OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLIRU)

Fri
07
Jul

Video: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU)

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At Rutgers, we truly believe in lifelong learning, which is why we offer programs and courses for individuals throughout their lifespan. After reaching 50, you may want to explore interests and topics you didn’t have the opportunity for earlier in your life. We invite you to participate in our programs and expand your interests, make new connections, and perhaps even find a second career!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) is for individual sover 50 who are looking for an opportunity to expand their horizons, learn in an engaging environment, and meet new friends. OLLI-RU offers noncredit education that is stimulating, friendly, and informal - there are no tests and no grades! You will be part of a learning community that is full of diversity, insight, wisdom, intellectual and cultural stimulation, and friendship.

Mon
27
Jun

Rutgers' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Taps into a Thirst for Learning that Knows No Age Limit

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Social connection among the 50+ community is as important as the intellectual stimulation

For Lynette Birkins, taking a class for older adults was a lifeline out of a depression that settled in after she retired from a 36-year career in education. A friend who knew about her love of writing encouraged her to take a creative writing class offered for the 50+ community. Now, 105 classes later, Birkins actually taught a class of her own last semester.  She credits the friends she made and the nurturing hand of the teachers with her recovery.

Mon
29
Apr

OLLI-RU Slates Summer Classes in Art, Music, Film and More for Learners 50+

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – New courses on rock operas, Woody Allen, and vaudeville-inspired musicals will be among the offerings of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) this summer. Registration begins May 6 for the session, which starts June 4 in Highland Park and June 5 in Freehold.

Classes will be offered Tuesdays, June 4 through July 2, at The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; and on Wednesdays, June 5 through July 3, at the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center at Brookdale Community College, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold.  

The noncredit courses are taught by current and retired instructors from area colleges, including Rutgers, as well as high schools. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required to enroll.

Courses cover a wide range of subjects, including, art, film, music and current affairs, with specific courses ranging from Mosaic Art, to Computer Basics, to Discovering Natural New Jersey.

Wed
13
Feb

OLLI-RU’s Spring Session Enrolling Learners Over 50

Jane Austen fans, nature lovers and war history buffs can fuel their passions in several new courses offered for learners over 50 by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) during its spring session, March 4 through May 14.

Registration is underway for more than 200 courses in art, music, language and other interests for adults over 50. Classes are taught in five- and 10-week sessions at three Central New Jersey locations: The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold, and Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater facility at 14 Vogt Drive. Some classes meet at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick.

Mon
03
Dec

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers Opens Registration for Winter 2013 Classes

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New classes in acting, aromatherapy, history and film are on the schedule for the upcoming winter 2013 session of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU), offering lifelong learning opportunities for persons over 50.

Enrollment is in progress until December 21 for OLLI-RU’s winter session from January 9 through February 7. Most classes are offered at two locations: the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 23 S. Second Ave., and the Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold. The facilities are handicapped accessible with free on-site parking.

OLLI-RU courses are taught by active and retired educators from high schools, colleges and universities, including Rutgers. There are no grades or tests, and a college degree is not required for any of the noncredit courses or seminars.  Classes meet once a week for five weeks.

Tue
16
Oct

OLLI-RU Slates Dinner, Talk With Election Expert Gerald Pomper

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Long after the dust has settled and the pundits have gone home, historians and political scientists will still be evaluating the impact of the 2012 elections on the country for years to come.

For insight on what they might be saying, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) is hosting a post-election dinner and discussion with Dr. Gerald Pomper, one of the nation’s leading authorities on American elections and politics, as he looks at the meanings of this year’s results.

The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center at 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, and is open to OLLI-RU students, and the general public. Admission to the dinner and discussion is $35 for OLLI-RU members (students) and $50 for non-members. Free parking will be available in Lot 82 at the inn.

Thu
21
Jun

Courses on Presidential Election Coming to OLLI-RU This Fall

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Love politics? Over 50? As the presidential election heats up, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) will bring in esteemed experts to examine this most salient of American political institutions during its fall session, August 27 through November 14.

Two courses on the presidential election will be among 97 offerings scheduled by OLLI-RU this fall.

Gerald Pomper, Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of political science, and Jon Plaut, a Clinton Administration appointee and educator, will lead the discussions and offer insights into the election process, politics and other key issues in two separate courses.

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