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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond combines intellectual stimulation and civic engagement with a vibrant community of like-minded students age 50 and better on the campus of the University of Richmond.

Established in 2004 at the University of Richmond through an endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco, our membership organization offers an extensive array of courses in the liberal arts in the fall, spring and summer semesters. These offerings are a combination of undergraduate credit courses for audit, special interest mini-courses, free lectures, community service projects, performing arts events and more.

There are no entrance requirements, no tests and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all. It’s your love of learning that counts.

Update from the Director

Peggy Watson photoDear Osher Members,

Fall is right around the corner, and that means our new semester of Osher classes is coming soon. We will look forward to welcoming you back on campus!

In the meantime, here are a few noteworthy tidbits of news for you:

  • Please mark your calendars for the Osher fall back-to-school event on Monday, September 12, 5-6:30 pm. Online registration for this fun evening is available now, so let us know that you’re coming by registering here. And, feel free to bring a friend! We’re planning a very special component to this year’s event that you won’t want to miss!
  • The fall catalog is now available online, and print copies should arrive in your mailbox soon. We are excited about the courses for the upcoming semester — you’ll have lots from which to choose!
  • The University’s summer construction projects are winding down, and we are hopeful that most of the road closures will be eliminated by the time classes start. Please continue to be mindful of our Osher parking locations, as you’ll recall that parking is a bit more challenging when the undergrads are back on campus.
  • In our effort for continuous improvement, the Osher Leadership Council and Osher staff will be conducting a membership survey in October. We are hopeful you will take a few minutes to respond and offer ideas and suggestions to make the Osher Institute better.
  • The School of Professional and Continuing Studies, which includes the Osher Institute, has begun the implementation process for a new online course registration and payment system. We are excited about this new way of handling registrations, but we want to move cautiously. To that end, we will be working on this in the background during the fall and spring, with an anticipated launch for our summer classes in 2017.

Hope to see you on September 12th and in our many Osher classes that follow!


What Osher Members are Doing

UR Osher at Local Farmers Markets

Volunteers from the Osher Marketing Team set up display booths at local farmers markets to talk to shoppers about the Osher Institute. The 2016 schedule: South of the James on May 21, June 25 & July 23; St. Stephen’s on June 11 & July 9.

Folk Art of Queena Stovall

Osher members learned about the folk art and music of artist Queena Stovall from her granddaughters and other artists and musicians during a multimedia presentation that featured Stovall’s work — and ended with slices of pie for everyone on the Cannon Memorial Chapel lawn.

What to Listen for in Music

In April 2016, Osher members enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a class on music appreciation led by UR’s President Crutcher. The course introduced participants to approaches to listening to musical ensembles (both large and small) for the most enjoyment and understanding.

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