November 13 2007
Formerly known as the Dewey Institute for Lifelong Learning, the learning community received a $100,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation earlier this year to strengthen the existing program by reaching out to a larger number of adults, expanding learning opportunities available while making them more accessible.
The Indiana State learning community is the first Osher Institute in the state of Indiana.
Membership is open to all adults in the Greater Wabash Valley, with programs designed to meet the needs and interests of persons age 50 and over.
Ruth Erickson, curriculum coordinator, said while there are activities for older adults in the community, the Institute fulfills the need for educational programs.
â€œThe Institute is a great benefit for the community. There is a need for this type of programming,â€ she added.
Those attending the Nov. 30 event not only are able to signup to become a member and pay dues, but they will be able to enjoy a preview of the winter programming by attending four breakout sessions.
The sessions, beginning at 2 p.m., will cover Terre Haute history, presented by Tom Roznowski; opera, presented by professor emeritus David Watkins; World War II/Pearl Harbor, presented by professor emeritus Donald Layton and art appraisal, presented by Laurette McCarthy.
Members, known as OLLIs, enjoy a mix of lectures, courses and special events catering to the needs and interests of older adults. The only prerequisite for membership is a love of learning. Members extend their social network while learning among their peers.
Since programming is determined by the members, the offerings are diverse. Popular topics include the arts, literature, film history, technology, world cultures and religions, social issues, health sciences and the environment.
The membership fee is $25 per person, per year (September-August), which entitles participants to attend all the single lectures. Courses are $10 each and special event fees vary by event.
Free parking and refreshments will be provided for open house patrons. For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Indiana State University, contact Michelle Bennett, program administrator, at (812) 237-2336.
Contact: Michelle Bennett, program administrator, (812) 237-2336
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Indiana State University invites Wabash Valley residents to Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I from 1 - 4 p.m. on November 30 for an opportunity to learn about educational programs geared toward lifelong learners.