The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU Monterey Bay resumes this fall for its fourth year with a diverse range of courses, speakers and events specifically for those 50 and better.

OLLI logoOLLI at CSUMB, with support from the Bernard Osher Foundation, is part of a national network that recognizes learning and exploration have no age limits. Members are inspired to take a fresh look at themselves, their world, and the possibilities that await them.

The program started with 100 members in 2007. By the second year, membership had doubled. The third year saw another 175 people sign up for courses. By the end of this year, a membership of 500 will trigger a $1 million grant from the Osher Foundation to provide an endowment.

Among the course offerings are the OLLI Writers' Circle and several other writing and poetry classes and workshops; Unearthing the Past: the Prehistory of Monterey Bay; Introduction to Oceanography; the Three Worlds of Jazz, about the Monterrey Jazz Festival; and back by request, OLLI Goes to the Movies: International Social-Issue Films.

Several classes, such as Autumn Bird Migration and Salinas Chinatown: Once and Again, involve field trips. Most of the classes will be held on the CSUMB campus; several will be offered at locations in the local community.

Former Assemblymember Fred Keeley is back with a six-session class on the 2010 California elections that will include polling and campaign updates and a post-election summary. And popular MPC instructor John Provost will offer an eight-week class in integral philosophy.

Community members can purchase individual OLLI class offerings or may become members by paying a $149 annual fee or $99 semester fee, which includes complimentary tuition for three OLLI courses per semester as well as many other benefits including a parking pass, invitations to social events, discounts to the university's sports center, swimming pool, athletic events and World Theater performances.

For details or to register for classes, call 582-5500 or click here.