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Education, self-expression, dialogue for ages 50 and up at new SFSU institute



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


Fall classes at SFSU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute begin between Sept. 22 and Oct. 30

SAN FRANCISCO, September 18, 2003 -- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Francisco State University launches this month with a diverse range of courses, forums and conversations aimed specifically for the over 50 crowd.

As baby boomers are now pushing retirement and senior citizenship, many want to remain active intellectually and in their communities but are often unsure how. People over 50 are expected to comprise 20 percent of the U.S. population in the next three decades.

"To answer the question, 'What do I do with the next stage of my life?', we have created a program that couples knowledge and insight with opportunity and action," said Susan Hoffman, OLLI program director.

One of a handful of such centers created across the country with three-year, $300,000 grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation, SFSU's institute offers courses in art-making, storytelling, politics, international affairs, wellness, public speaking, entrepreneurship and more.

Classes begin between Sept. 22 and Oct. 30.

OLLI has two artists-in-residence this fall, author Cyra McFadden and photographer Marcia Lieberman. Sausalito resident McFadden, author of the seminal 1977 novel "The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County," will contribute five fiction stories to the OLLI newsletter, all focusing on a middle-aged Bay Area woman who is dealing with aspects of her life that change with age. Lieberman, a San Francisco resident who is internationally known for her playful portraits of writers, artists and scientists over age 50, lent her images to OLLI for use in promotional materials.

For details on OLLI or to register for classes, call (415) 405-7711 or visit:

OLLI is a program of the SFSU College of Extended Learning.

One of the largest campuses in the California State University system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.


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