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OSHER@Dartmouth Offers People of All Ages The Opportunity to Continue Learning Through The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Oct 18, 2018 03:52PM ● By Linda Ditch
Think back to when you were in school. Maybe you still are! What classes do you remember the most? Those are probably the ones you found enjoyable where the work didn’t really seem like work at all.

You can continue learning for your own enjoyment through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth (Osher@Dartmouth). Best of all, these courses cost a fraction of the ones found in a typical college catalog. How? Because the study leaders offer their time and expertise free of charge!

Classes offered by OSHER@Dartmouth are taught by people from all backgrounds and professions, including seasoned professors from Dartmouth and visiting experts in art, literature, politics, and science. A typical class (known as study group) ranges in size from 8 to 25 participants. The study groups usually meet once a week for two hours at the D.O.C. House on the Dartmouth College campus or other local facilities, including Kendal at Hanover, Lebanon College, Hanover Senior and Community Center.

OSHER@Dartmouth was started as the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth in November 1990 by 38 members of the Upper Valley who were inspired by the idea of continuing education with self-administered and peer-taught discussion programs. By 2010, more than 25,700 people participated in the institute's programs. The Institute became a member of the Osher network in 2014. 

The courses offered vary greatly in topics and the fall’s catalog features everything from Intro to Travel Photography and The History of American Skiing to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Caveman to City Slicker in 10,000 Years, and Beekeeping for Beginners.

OSHER@Dartmouth also offers special one-time lectures on a variety of topics, a Lunch & Learn series co-sponsored by Richard W. Black Center once a month, and movie-based lectures at Nugget Theaters.

The OSHER@Dartmouth Art Gallery provides public exhibit space to display and view art produced by members and regional visual artists. Mediums displayed include, but are not limited to, photography, water color, and oil paintings, sculpting, pottery, and mixed media. 

For those of you who are still struggling with this technical age, membership also provides access to Tech Cafes. You can bring in your laptop or tablet to ask questions and receive support. Volunteers will help you register for online for classes or navigate the OSHER@Dartmouth website. This is a free service for members.

The OSHER@Dartmouth membership fee is $70 per year, per person and is open to anyone no matter their age, academic background, or college affiliation. The year goes from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Some study groups also charge an additional fee for materials used in the class.

To learn more about OSHER@Dartmouth, visit the website osher.dartmouth.edu.

The 2018 Fall catalog is available online (stay tuned for the Winter 2019 catalog). You can also sign up for a weekly email with the latest info.


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