Those who work in downtown Fresno can nourish their minds during lunch by participating in lectures at Bitwise South Stadium presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute  at Fresno State. The institute serves ages 50 and better, providing ongoing learning in the form of lectures, courses and field trips.

The institute provides learning and exploring for the sheer joy of it, without entrance requirements, grades or exams. The Fresno State program was expanded into downtown just this month.

There will be monthly downtown lectures on topics including art, history, criminology, politics and more. The series is taught by Fresno State professors.

“The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Fresno State is a dynamic program created for a group of seasoned adults who love to learn new things, share ideas and build a social connection with other members of the community,” said executive director Jill Wagner. “Our downtown program targets the same type of individuals, just in a different area of town.”

The downtown series is held during the lunch hour, making it an option for people working downtown to enjoy on their lunch breaks. The June series wraps up with a lecture by Dr. Michelle DenBeste, interim dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State, on June 28: “Vladimir Putin’s Russia.” This session will examine the Russian president’s rise to power, his politics, his ideologies, his wars and his vision for Russia.

Membership for the month is $20 and includes access to the lecture, check-out privileges at the Henry Madden Library, the opportunity to register for on-campus institute courses and announcements about Fresno State events.

The institute is supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. The foundation has launched programs at 120 universities and colleges throughout the United States. For more information about the program, or to sign up, visit, email or call 559.278.0008.

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