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Elders enter cyberspace as part of lifelong learning series


October 06, 2008

Arizona State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is expanding its Polytechnic offerings to those 55 and older to include short courses with Osher membership this fall. In addition to the free lectures planned for this fall, there are opportunities for members to attend short courses in writing family history and nutrition.

Along with the short courses, the free lectures will include guidance to making the most of your vote, getting physically active, security in cyberspace and more.
    
“The Osher Lifelong Learning lecture series brings the most current thinking on stimulating topics to mature adults in the East Valley,” said Lois Lorenz, ASU program coordinator of the lecture series and the institute.

The lectures for the fall series at ASU’s Polytechnic campus include:

Make the Most of Your Vote,” Oct. 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m.,  Center Building, Library (lower level), presented by Ellen Welty, ASU librarian.  

Convincing Yourself You can Be Physically Active,” Oct. 22, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Student Union Cooley Ballroom A, presented by Teresa Abraham, a Ph.D. candidate in the ASU Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness program.

The Presidential Campaign and the Media, Old and New,” Oct. 31, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Student Union Cooley Ballroom A, presented by Steven Elliott, founding director of ASU’s Cronkite News Service’s print journalism program.

The 3 Rs for the Second Half of Life: Relaxation, Restoration and Renewal,” Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Student Union Cooley Ballroom A, presented by Pamela Scala, ASU lecturer in the School of Social Work.

Happiness, Virtue and Love,” Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Student Union Cooley Ballroom A, Elaine Yoshikawa, Student Union Cooley Ballroom B, presented by Elaine Yoshikawa, ASU lecturer of philosophy in the School of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Security in Cyberspace,” Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Student Union Cooley Ballroom C, presented by Penny Ann Dolin, ASU lecturer in the College of Technology and Innovation.

The California-based Osher Foundation supports more than 115 Osher Institutes at universities across the United States. ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans to develop a rich program for senior adults in the East Valley, including travel opportunities, a film series and formal classes. The continuing lecture series is a springboard for future programming.

“Now in its fourth season, the Osher Lifelong Learning lecture series gives active East Valley adults the chance to gain knowledge about a wide variety of topics in today’s world,” said Lorenz. “From thought-provoking issues to personal interest, these lectures give mature students the chance to exchange ideas with ASU faculty and other students in a relaxed and comfortable learning environment.”

Seating for some of the lectures is limited. For more information about the series or to reserve a seat, contact Lois Lorenz at (480) 727-1153 or lois.lorenz@asu.edu.  For more details about these and other Lifelong Learning lectures and short courses, visit http://lifelonglearning.asu.edu/.

Chris Lambrakis, lambrakis@asu.edu
(480) 727-1173
Public Affairs at ASU Polytechnic campus