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ASU brings expanded lifelong learning lineup to Sun Cities

January 08, 2007

Arizona State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute expanded its class offering for the spring semester in the Sun City communities. Residents now have the opportunity to choose from dozens of exciting classes and lectures that explore subjects that range from curses to comedies, relics to romance, cowboys to crime scene investigation.

“The rising popularity of the lifelong learning programs in the Sun Cities has allowed us to develop a whole new range of exciting and challenging courses,” said Diane Gruber, director of ASU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. “This spring, we have some wonderful new faculty joining our popular longstanding instructors.”

This semester’s program of short courses includes innovative offerings such as global capitalism, Southwest art, battles of the Civil War, the brave and noble nurses of WWII, and a fascinating examination of some of the most popular Eastern religions. Free lectures offered by ASU instructors include financial and legal caretaking issues, first ladies and female politicians, caregiving and stress management, and the Rwandan genocide.

Back by popular demand, Dick Buscher returns to Sun City Grand to explore various aspects of the Wild West. Buscher, a lecturer in the College of Teacher Education and Leadership, will explore the stories behind the lawmen, soldiers and cowboys that reigned during this 20-year period of American history. Janet Painter, an ASU natural sciences faculty associate, will return to Sun City to uncover the mysteries of forensic science and crime scene investigation.

Registration begins Jan. 11 in Sun City and Jan. 16 in Sun City Grand. For registration and class information, call the local ASU Lifelong Learning Academy office – Sun City (602) 377-8390, Sun City Grand (623) 546-7429 – or visit online

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU provides stimulating, university-quality learning experiences for older adults with a wide variety of educational backgrounds and interests who are interested in learning for the joy of learning. Noncredit short courses, lectures, travel opportunities, and workshops taught by ASU faculty, emeritus faculty and talented community volunteers are offered at ASU campuses and community sites throughout the Phoenix metro area.