University of Pittsburgh
May 11, 2005

History, Health, Short Story Writing Among Summer Classes Offered For Students Over 55 at Pitt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH—As senior citizens gather in Pittsburgh to test their physical prowess during the 2005 Summer National Senior Games June 3-18, other senior citizens will be exercising their minds at the University of Pittsburgh's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers a rich array of courses for people ages 55 and over.

Topics covered in Osher's second summer session, which runs from June 13 to July 15, include how to write short stories, become conversational in French or Spanish, perfect the art of storytelling, and locate health resources on the Internet. The classes are taught by Pitt faculty and other community scholars, and sometimes include special lectures, walking tours, and informal discussions. A bus trip and tour to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life, located near Avella, Washington County, will explore archaeological evidence of ancient America as well as a 19th century village.

For a $75 fee, Osher members may take as many summer term courses as they like, as well as audit two Pitt undergraduate courses, if they choose. Members also are given a University computer account with access to e-mail and the Internet, as well as access to Pitt's shuttles and its 11 libraries.

Registration for Osher membership can be completed online at or by calling 412-624-7308. One can register for a class until its start date. Registration for auditing undergraduate classes begins at various times throughout the summer. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is part of Pitt's College of General Studies.