Scenes from Osher Institute
July 2010 Reception for Bernard Osher
At a mid-July campus reception in his honor, philanthropist Bernard Osher (seated) joined UHM Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, OLLI instructors Tom Sheeran and David Johnson in a laugh at Jack Sullivan's anecdotes about his 89th course at the Osher Lifelong Leaning Institute. (Photo by Spencer Kimura, Wm. Richardson School of Law.)
OLLI member Rosamond Sullivan and Bernard Osher enjoying the reception.
OLLI in Peru September 2008
The Success Story Unfolds...
As the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute enters its sixteenth year of operation, it's a good time to acknowledge the hundreds of hardworking members and instructors responsible for the Institute's success. Grateful thanks go to all of you for your generosity and for giving meaning to the expression LEARNING NEVER ENDS. Osher Institute proudly defines itself as a community of elder learners. Through peer-led courses taught by volunteer instructors, we encourage people from all walks of life to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the community. The only requirements for participation in Osher Institute are life experience and a desire to learn. Join us as we unveil Fall Term 2012!
An Open Letter to Prospective Instructors at Osher Institute...
Would you or your colleagues like to "test drive" some new course ideas with a group of exceptional, inquisitive older students? The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences seeks enthusiastic volunteer instructors to offer lectures, short courses, or workshops on a variety of subjects. Ours is an educational program at UH Manoa that encourages older individuals from all walks of life to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the community. Founded in 1996 by community individuals and emeriti faculty, Osher Institute sustains its program through volunteerism and individual contributions.
Some recent instructors and courses have included:
- Mitsuo Aoki, Religion, Living Your Dying;
- Abe Arkoff, Psychology, The Illuminated Life;
- Elizabeth Bailey, Family Resources, Family Relationships;
- Ram Bhagavan, Biochemistry, Fundamentals of Nutrition;
- Phil Damon, English, Life Story Workshop;
- Sandy Davis, Music, Opera for Beginners;
- Michael Harrington, Plant Physiology, Feast and Famine;
- Daniel Kwok, History, Freedom Forum Fellowship, China;
- Roger Long, Arts & Sciences, Shadow Theatre of Java;
- Deborah Merritt, Physiology, Optimizing Your Physical Potential;
- Joseph Morgan, Geography, Understanding War;
- Alice Scheuer, Psychology, Shakespeare: Reciprocal Insights;
- Jane Starn, Nursing, Energy Healing;
- Mark Wilson, English, Literature of Aging;
Courses and workshops are offered during three terms (Fall, Spring, Summer) and most are either single-session workshops or classes of just four or five weekly sessions. Course enrollments are typically 15-25 persons. Some classes assign readings from handouts; no exams are given. The only requirements for participation are life experience and a desire to learn. Students in Institute programs are enthusiastic and appreciative (see student reviews from course evaluation forms). If you would like further information or if you know someone who might enjoy participating or teaching in our program, please see our Course Proposal Form, call us at 956-8224, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest in lifelong learning.
The Osher Institute Staff