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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.

New classes this spring include Discovering Natural New Jersey, taught by nature columnist Jim Peck, which will examine New Jersey’s diverse ecosystems and feature field trips to several nature sites in easy driving distance. Instructor Anne Meany will lead participants through Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Bruce Tucker will explore American Jews and the Civil War, while Jon Plaut will expound on Ten Apples – 10 unique topics with a reference to the fruit. New courses are also on the schedule in music, aromatherapy, art, history and film in addition to traditional OLLI-RU favorites.

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

The complete catalog and course descriptions along with registration information can be found online at For a print catalog, send email to or call 732-932-7233, ext. 4200. Registrations are accepted up to and including the first day of a class, provided space is available. Minimum enrollment fee is $80.

OLLI-RU is a unit of Rutgers’ Division of Continuing Studies. The program was established by Rutgers in 1993 in The Reformed Church of Highland Park. The Freehold location was added in 2006.

Since its founding in 1993, OLLI-RU’s enrollment has grown from 75 to 1,893 students enrolled at three sites last fall.

OLLI-RU receives funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation, which was established in 1977 to benefit a wide range of educational and cultural activities. Osher, a Maine native and San Francisco resident, is a successful businessman, community leader and a patron of the arts and education. His wife, the Honorable Barbro (cq) Osher, consul general of Sweden in San Francisco, serves as chair of the foundation.


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