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Lecture Series Caters to Over 50 Crowd

January 09, 2006

MESA, AZ -- Those lifelong learners interested in returning to school without the hassle of tests, homework or grades are invited to explore an introductory lecture series sponsored by the Arizona State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The lecture series, tailored for those over age 50, are given by professors and professionals on topics relating to journalism, astronomy, dance and art. The lecture series is free and all lectures will be held at ASU's Polytechnic campus in southeast Mesa.

"Through the lectures, we hope to familiarize East Valley senior adults with the institute and the Polytechnic campus," said Lois Lorenz, ASU program coordinator of the lecture series and the institute.

The lectures for the spring semester include:

  • "TV News, Decision-making, and Deadline Pressure," Feb. 9, 1 to 3 p.m., Student Union Ballroom A, presented by B. William Silcock, ASU journalism professor.
  • "Meteorites: Messengers from Time and Space," Feb. 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom A, presented by Carleton Moore, founding director of the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies
  • "Mystery and Majesty: The World of Dance," March 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom B, presented by Ann Ludwig, ASU dance professor emerita
  • "Is that Art? Public Art Around the Valley," April 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Student Union Ballroom A, presented by Dianne Cripe, director of public art for ASU

The California-based Osher Foundation supports more than 60 Osher Institutes at universities across the United States. ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans to develop a program for senior adults in the East Valley and sees the lecture series as a springboard for future programming.

"With baby-boomers nearing retirement age, the older population in our state is growing rapidly. Arizona State University wishes to meet the ongoing educational interests and needs of this group of individuals. This spring we want to introduce the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to the East Valley with the hopes of expanding our offerings in future months," said Lorenz.

For more information about the series or to reserve a seat, contact Lois Lorenz at (480) 727-1153 or Lois Lorenz.