In 2009, when my husband and I were deciding where to move from Albany, N.Y., there were a few preferences. My husband wanted a place that offered skiing and fishing. I sought culture. We found Boise.
One of the determining factors for me was discovering the then-named Renaissance Institute, now called the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, one of 119 Osher Institutes in the U.S. For those over age 50, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership-based program that offers noncredit courses, lectures and events for the intellectually curious.
Drawing from education and the community, varied classes and courses feature instructors such as Dr. Jacqueline O’Connor from Boise State University; Dr. Howard Berger from the College of Idaho; Ralph Bild, a former CIA analyst.
There are no exams and minimal — if any — homework. There are healthy dialogues, learning experiences and field trips. You may choose to band birds, listen to opera, learn about snakes, write a memoir, explore history or delve into economics. Osher is a place to satisfy your curiosity, a place where lifelong learning may lead to lifelong friendships.
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For more information, visit https://extendedstudies.boisestate.edu/osher/ or call (208) 426-1709.
Merilee Marsh, Boise