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 noncredit 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.

Starting with the Fall 2021 Semester, Osher will offer classes in online, in-person and hybrid format.

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 2021–2022 Academic Year. Important dates are below — please add them to your calendars.

Osher Fall 2021 Semester — Runs for eight weeks

  • Mid-August: Course details will be added to the website
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24: Registration opens
  • Monday, Sept. 13: Classes begin
  • Friday, Nov. 5: Classes end

Osher Winter 2022 Semester — Runs for four weeks

  • Mid-December 2021: Course details will be added to the website
  • TBD: Registration opens
  • Monday, Jan. 10: Classes begin
  • Monday, Jan. 17: No classes in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, Feb. 7: Classes end

Osher Spring 2022 Semester — Runs for nine weeks (no classes during Spring Break)

  • Mid-February: Course details will be added to the website
  • TBD: Registration opens
  • Monday, March 7: Classes begin
  • Monday, March 28–Friday, April 1: Spring Break (No classes)
  • Friday, May 6: Classes end

Osher Summer 2022 Semester — Runs for four weeks

  • Mid-May: Course details will be added to the website
  • TBD: Registration opens
  • Monday, June 6: Classes begin
  • Monday, June 20: Observation of Juneteenth (No classes)
  • Friday, July 1: 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

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