QUESTION: In the past, you have provided information about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Do you have any information about upcoming classes?

ANSWER: Yes, I do. I was just given a copy of the catalog for the early spring semester, which begins Jan. 23.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU Channel Islands serves those who believe curiosity never retires. It offers an adventure in academia to adults over 50 years of age with courses in lecture and discussion format with no grades, no tests and no homework – for those who are still in love with learning.

The catalog lists classes that range from biology and genetics to 20th century history, terrorism, Native American art, music and Renaissance art.

Classes will be held at seven locations, including two new ones – the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center in Agoura Hills and the Ventura Avenue Adult Center in Ventura.

Classes at the CSUCI John Spoor Broome Library include: “How Scientists Think: A Critical Thinking Course”; “The Arctic: Exploration, Exploitation and Natural History”; “Television’s Golden Age of Live Drama”; “Under the Sea: An Introduction to Marine Biology”; “Genes, Health and Genetic Medicine”; “Is There a Planetary Home for Extra-Terrestrials”; “On Defining Terrorism”; “The Science of Acupuncture”; “The Art of the Film Score”; “History of Native North American Art”; “The Diversity Paradox: The Promise, Peril and Potential of Difference in America”; “The Harlem Renaissance”; “Art of the European Renaissance”; and “The American Dream: History and Future of an Idea.”

The Thousand Oaks campus at 501 Marin St. will offer: “The Mughal Empire: Three Centuries of History, Art and Culture”; “Psychological Research of the Criminal Justice System”; “Adventures in Music: The Development of Style”; “Contemporary Women Artists”; and “Colonial America: It’s Much More than Thanksgiving.”

In the Garden Room at Leisure Village, 200 Leisure Village Drive in Camarillo, the class will be “Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound and Music.”

At the Ventura Adult and Continuing Education, 5200 Valentine Road in Ventura, classes will be: “Exploring Globalization” and “Opera’s One Shot Wonders.”

The Little House in Ojai, 111 W. Santa Ana St.., will host: “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Voting Rights Effort” and “Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady.”

The Ventura Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave., will offer “Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound and Music.”

At the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Circle, there will be three offerings: “On Defining Terrorism”; “Museums 101: Understanding How Museums Work”; and “Origami Memory Gymnastic – OMG-1.”

It appears to be a very varied and interesting semester. I can see three great reasons to join – intellectual stimulation, social interaction with interesting people and entertainment, since the instructors can make every class of great interest.

Registration is in progress. The classes range from four- to eight-week sessions and the prices are very reasonable. For more information about the program or to register for a class or two call 437-2748 or Google “OLLICI.”

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