Adults age 50 and better in the community are invited to participate in the fall 2015 offerings of classes, lectures and field trips as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Fresno State. OLLI provides non-credit, university-level learning opportunities on the Fresno State campus for older adults.

California political commentator and Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters will kick off the general session speaker series on Sept. 16.

The curriculum includes seven general lecture sessions, 26 short courses, a book club and five scheduled field trips. One flat fee includes attendance at and parking for all general sessions plus eligibility to attend courses and field trips for a small additional fee.

General session topics cover current issues including a perspective on Fresno as the state’s next entrepreneurial hotbed, a view of the pathology that leads to deviance presented by a celebrated criminal psychologist and an overview of how a modern television news organization works.

Among the fall courses are: “American TV: The Vast Wasteland,” “Why the Central Valley is Better Than Anyplace Else,” and “Special Collections at the Henry Madden Library.” Field trips will visit the Warner Bros. Studio in Los Angeles, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Big Fresno Fair for a behind the scenes look.

OLLI connects participants with curious fellow learners and expert instructors, including Fresno State and other area faculty, authors and artists. There are no tests, grades or exams – just a chance to dive into learning and recapture the thrill of intellectual growth and camaraderie of a vibrant learning community.

To find out more about OLLI courses or to become a member, visit Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or call 559.278.0008.

The OLLI program is a part of the University’s Division of Continuing and Global Education.