About Osher

What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute?

[email protected] is one of over 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes found on the campuses of U.S. colleges and universities, from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska. Each provides a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for adults aged 50 and older who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. The Bernard Osher Foundation provides support to [email protected] through its grants and endowments. The foundation's goal is to be “the best provider of education for adults over 50 in the United States.”

The organization's mission is as follows: [email protected] is a lifelong learning program that provides a variety of non-credit classes and other educational, cultural and social opportunities designed for individuals age 50 and over, all for the joy of learning.

Why join [email protected]?

The goal of Osher is to create a learning community for participants who are age 50+, which provides many benefits:

  • Intellectual health impacts physical health.
  • Taking classes helps nurture your natural intellectual curiosity.
  • Learning can be fun!

Join Osher and take part in thoughtful interactions about topics of interest to you. Osher creates opportunities for socializing, networking and meeting interesting people. So what are you waiting for?

Check out our current semester

Curiosity never retires. If you have an active mind, love learning and are over 50, come join us!

What are classes like at [email protected]?

Happy Osher students attending a class

Classes are relaxed and informal. We share knowledge, spark ideas, inspire new thinking and promote friendships. We create opportunities for thoughtful interaction and nurture intellectual inquiry.

[email protected] offers over a hundred different courses in any given year, covering a wide range of subjects. These include the arts, science, literature, psychology, history, finance, technology, environment, politics and religion. We also cover topical subjects such as poetry, travel and current events.

Most Osher classes meet one time per week for 90 minutes each; some classes run for four weeks and others eight weeks.

Osher classes and clubs are currently meeting online only. We will update this page when in-person classes resume.

When can I register for classes?

[email protected] offers more than 100 classes each year over four semesters during its academic year.

Osher is currently in the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Important dates are below – please add them to your calendars.

Osher Fall 2020 Semester — Runs for eight weeks

  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020: Catalog becomes available and registration opens
  • Monday, Sept. 21, 2020: Classes begin
  • Friday, Nov. 13, 2020: Classes end

Osher Winter 2021 Semester — Runs for four weeks

  • Mid-December 2020: Catalog becomes available and registration opens
  • Monday, Jan. 11, 2021: Classes begin
  • Monday, Jan. 18, 2021: No classes in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, Feb. 8, 2021: Classes end

Osher Spring 2021 Semester — Runs for nine weeks (no classes during Spring Break)

  • Mid-February 2021: Catalog becomes available and registration opens
  • Monday, March 8, 2021: Classes begin
  • Monday, March 29–Friday, April 2, 2021: Spring Break (No Classes)
  • Friday, May 7, 2021: Classes end

Osher Summer 2021 Semester — Runs for four weeks

  • Mid-May 2021: Catalog becomes available and registration opens
  • Monday, June 7, 2021: Classes begin
  • Friday, July 2, 2021: Classes end

[email protected] scholarships

[email protected] is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for individuals, age 50 and above, who would like to participate in the program but, due to financial or time constraints, are unable to do so.

Need-based Scholarships: For individuals age 50+ who would like to join at the Premium level but, due to financial constraints, are unable to do so. More information is included on the scholarship application.

Apply for a need-based-scholarship

Caregiver Scholarships: For individuals age 50+ who take part in caregiving services for family members and friends. Provides a complimentary Basic membership, which includes Brown Bag seminars, Friday films, clubs and Saturday Morning Book Talks.

Apply for a caregiver scholarship

Who serves on [email protected]'s advisory council?

Jack Wax, Chair Carolyn Dye
Gloria Crull, Vice Chair Jeanne Dzurick
Helen Washburn, Past Chair Nancy Griggs
Kathy Green, Secretary Robert Hibbs
Don Bay Jason Ingram
Tom Bender Georgia Morehouse
Sarah Bowman Marilou Oliver
Barbara Churchill Barbara Schneider
Robert Churchill Nan Wolf
Mark Dickinson Clarence Wolfshohl

Where is the [email protected] campus?

Moss Building parking lot

As of March 30, 2020, all Osher classes are meeting online. No classes are meeting in-person at the Moss Building.

Most of our classes (unless otherwise noted in our course catalog) occur at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area: 1905 Hillcrest Drive, Columbia, MO 65201