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ASU partners with Valley museums on lifelong learning classes

September 27, 2011

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at ASU is partnering with the Arizona Science Center to offer an exploration lecture and a private, personalized tour of the National Geographic exhibition "Pirates" and with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) to offer a series of workshops and discounts on concerts. Both programs are exclusive for OLLI at ASU students. Pre-registration is required to attend.

"We are so proud to partner with these organizations. Our goal is to offer high-quality educational programming for 50+ adults. We have done so for 10 years with our traditional classes, which are taught by highly regarded instructors, faculty and emeritus professors, and focus on all types of subjects such as arts, science, and social issues.  Now, we are very excited to expand our offerings with these specialized programs that also integrate OLLI at ASU with our community partners that share our love of learning,” says Richard Knopf, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU.

“Pirates” will be an exclusive narrated exploration, lecture and tour of the exhibition, which reveals the true story of the slave ship, the Whydah, and those who lived aboard as it was overtaken and turned into a pirate ship in the early 18th century.  Discovered by intrepid diver Barry Clifford deep in Cape Cod waters, the ship and its artifacts were recovered, from cannon and pistols to buttons and buckles – and of course, pirate treasure: gold, silver and pieces of eight.  The class will explore the Whydah and the relationship of slavery to piracy and will be held at the Arizona Science Center from 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 14.  

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) offers OLLI at ASU students the chance to learn about musical traditions and unique instruments from around the world and even try their hand at making some music in its four-part series beginning Oct. 21.  MIM curators, educators, and docents will guide the students through a visit to its galleries, exploring different areas of the world such as Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at ASU programs are funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports university-quality educational offerings for mature students interested in learning for the love of learning.  A variety of courses are also offered at various locations including ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix, Tempe Connections at the Tempe Public Library, and Friendship Village Tempe. Fall classes begin Sept. 27 and run until Jan. 25.

Registration information for OLLI at ASU membership for 50+ adult students and all course offerings is available at or by calling (602) 543-6440.

Location: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix 85004
Date: Friday, Oct. 14
Time: 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Event cost includes exclusive exhibition access. $50 per person, plus $15 OLLI at ASU fall semester membership fee (if not already paid), or $45 for ASC member, plus $15 OLLI at ASU fall semester membership fee (if not already paid)

Location: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Cost includes museum admission: $110 per person, plus $15 OLLI at ASU fall semester membership fee (if not already paid), or $85 for MIM Circle of Friends donor, plus $15 OLLI at ASU fall semester membership fee (if not already paid).
2:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 21, MIM Founders Room | MIM: The Most Extraordinary Museum You’ll Ever Hear
2:30-4:30 p.m., Oct. 28,  MIM Founders Room |Sights and Sounds of Asia and Gamelan Workshop
2:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 4, MIM Founders Room | Sights and Sounds of Europe
2:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 11, MIM Founders Room | Sights and Sounds of Latin America and the Caribbean