Fall 2020 Semester

“[Osher Online classes] provided meaningful engagement of my brain and allowed for the feeling of being with others which is important for good mental health.”

– Osher member

It’s not too late to register for Osher fall classes!

Five of the Osher Fall 2020 Semester classes have yet to begin. Choose from the following four-week sessions:

  • Starting on Monday, Oct. 19: Two Centuries of American Paintings, Dr. Robin Blake (10 to 11:30 a.m.)
  • Starting on Tuesday, Oct. 20: Biden v. Trump; Galloway v. Parson; Baker v. Rowden; and Others: Politicians and Policies in 2020, David Leuthold (10 to 11:30 a.m.)
  • Starting Tuesday, Oct. 20: Sci FI for a Pandem-icky Era, Tom Dillingham (1 to 2:30 p.m.)
  • Starting on Thursday, Oct. 22: Four More Lessons in U.S. History, Hank Landry (10 to 11:30 a.m.)
  • Starting on Friday, Oct. 23 (Value-added, free for members – see catalog pages 20-25 for details): MU Department of Personal Financial Planning Presents: Estate Planning and Charitable Giving, Andrew Zumwalt, Graham McCaulley, Marco Pantoja (9:30 to 11 a.m.)

Course fees are variable. If you enroll in one four-week class, your fees will total $60 ($20 Semester fee, plus $40 course fee). Or you can opt for Osher Premium membership, which gives you access to unlimited Osher courses during the entire 2020-2021 academic year for a $240 fee. To read all about the Osher Fall Semester fees, see page 27 of the Osher Fall Catalog.

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 573-882-8189 and leave a message. An Osher staff person will call you back.

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For a quick glance at the Fall Semester, view the course calendar. For more detailed information, view the Fall 2020 Course Catalog.

View course calendar (PDF)     View catalog (PDF)

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Scholarships are available! For more information, see our scholarship information on the About Osher page.

Dates for Osher's 2020-2021 Academic Year are the following:

  • Fall 2020 Semester (8 weeks): Sept. 21 – Nov. 13, 2020
  • Winter 2021 Semester (4 weeks): Jan. 11 – Feb. 8, 2021
  • Spring 2021 Semester (8 weeks): March 8 – May 7, 2021 (No classes the week of March 29)
  • Summer 2021 Semester (4 weeks): June 7 – July 2, 2021

Membership benefits

All three membership types include the following benefits:

  • Access to Friday “value-added” programming
  • Take part in any of the Osher Clubs
  • Joint membership in the Columbia Parks and Rec 50+ program

Which membership is right for me? Pick from the following three options:

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    Premium Membership

    Your best value – less expensive than paying a la carte for one class per semester!

    • Enroll in unlimited Osher classes, as space allows
    • Membership lasts the entire academic year (August 2020 to July 2021)
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Gain Premium-only perks!
      • Bring a guest along to the Brown Bag sessions and Friday films
      • Request an MU Libraries card for the entire academic year
      • Become elegible to serve on the Osher Advisory Council
      • Receive a printed invitation to the Robert G. Silvers Seminar and other events

    Cost: $240

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    Semester Membership

    Pay "by-the-course"

    • Enroll in classes in an a la carte fashion
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the current semester only

    Cost: $20 semester fee, plus individual course fees (from $40-$60)

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    Basic Membership

    The best option for those who do not want to take classes

    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Contact the Osher Staff if you'd like to register as a Basic Member

    Cost: $40 per year