University of Pittsburgh
July 19, 2005

Pitt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Previews Fall Classes


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH-From horseback riding to writing your own memoir, classes at the University of Pittsburgh's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are being finalized for the fall term.

Information sessions about the Osher Institute will be held at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. July 26 and Aug. 10 in Pitt's College of General Studies, 4th floor of the Cathedral of Learning, during an informal open house. Faculty and current Osher members will be on hand to explain the program, which provides adults age 55 and over with an intellectually challenging experience in the liberal arts and sciences, without the stress of tests or grades.

Fall Osher courses include Authentic Horsemanship, to be taught at a horse farm in Indiana Towship, near Dorseyville; Shakespeare's World, which will examine the social and political climate of 16th-century England; and Reading Adventure: Five Short Stories by American Nobel Prize Winners. A number of the courses are taught by Pitt's renowned emeriti faculty. A complete schedule is available at

Osher members pay $100 and can pick and choose any number of courses from the five-week daytime schedule. One session begins Sept. 12, another Oct. 14. The fee also permits members to audit two undergraduate courses and have access to Pitt's 11 libraries, campus shuttles, and computing services.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute was established at Pitt last year to help develop an intellectual community of older adults, and to provide them the opportunity to interact with Pitt faculty, fellow adult learners, and younger college students. For more information or to reserve a seat for the information sessions, call 412-624-7308.