Adults ages 50 and better are invited to participate in spring semester offerings of classes, lectures and field trips as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Fresno State. The institute provides non-credit, University-level learning opportunities for older adults.

The curriculum includes eight general lecture sessions, 27 short courses, a book club and 11 field trips. One 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 a range of interests presented by Fresno State professors and others in the community, from the ethical state of the union, to interconnected forces that are changing the world, to the sophisticated methods engineers use to make structures earthquake-safe. One session will feature Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer discussing policing in the 21st century.

Spring semester courses include: “The Films of Alfred Hitchcock,” “Introduction to the Piano,” “An Insider’s Guide to Successfully Navigating Health Care,” and a course taught by author Armen Bacon called “Our Stories Matter.”

Field trips will include visits to the Pixar exhibition at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum to view an exhibit called “Monet: The Early Years” and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco for a look at the art and fashion from the Summer of Love.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute connects curious learners and engaging instructors, 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 learning community.

For more information, or to become a member, visit, call 559.278.0008 or email

The program is part of Fresno State’s Division of Continuing and Global Education.