Open house set at UCSD's Osher Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSD will hold a new member information meeting on Jan. 8.

Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. followed by a presentation starting at 10 a.m. on the UCSD Extension Campus in the Rubinger Center, Building “D” located at 9600 North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive. Free parking is available adjacent to the UCSD Extension Campus. Winter quarter classes begin on Jan. 10.

Osher members enjoy many lectures and presentations including the Distinguished Lecture Series. A highlight of the winter schedule is a series of lectures on “The Loss of Nature and The Nature of The Loss” by Paul Dayton, a professor of marine ecology at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where he began his work in 1970. Dayton is the only person to win both the George Mercer Award (1974) and the W.S. Cooper Award (2000) from the Ecological Society of  America.

Also scheduled is a course on the Russian Revolution given by Dr. Neil Hyman, professor emeritus of history at SDSU; a lecture on “California in Crisis: Fiscal and Governance Challenges in the Golden State” and a two-session interactive science course in partnership with the Birch Aquarium. Classes in art, literature, science, speaking French, medicine and more will also be offered this quarter.

In existence for more than 35 years, the Osher Institute is an adult education program with a curriculum designed for those who are at least 50 years of age and enjoy challenging learning without tests or grades. The year-round program offers more than 120 academic courses, tours and social events.

For information, call (858) 534-3409, e-mail

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