OLLI spring session enrolling now

SF State's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is kicking off the spring semester with courses for persons ages 50 and up that showcase San Francisco’s diverse art and culture. 

Registration is open now for the first six-week session of spring courses, which begin meeting the week of Jan. 20. Online registration will open Feb. 10 for the second session of courses, scheduled to begin April 7.

Photo of the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus

The Osher Lifelong Learning Center calls the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus home, the location puts students just blocks away from the city’s premier theatres and museums.

Each session connects its courses to current events in the community. Baseball: A History, taught by the Department of History’s baseball historian Mark Sigmon during session one, will lead OLLI members through the sport’s uniquely American history just in time for Major League Baseball’s 2014 spring training.

"We want to take advantage of our location at the Downtown Campus," said Sandra Halladey, OLLI director. "Public transportation is readily available and the San Francisco Symphony and other landmarks are right around the corner."

Another session one course, America Through the Eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe, will invite OLLI members to the “Modern Nature” exhibition opening Feb. 8 at the de Young Museum.

Members enrolled in Mary Scott’s course, An Introduction to the Art of Silent Film, can look forward to attending a screening by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theatre.

"Each film is accompanied by live music, which is true to the history of silent film," said Scott. “It’s fascinating to see how modern musicians interpret the material.”

Session two features a course on the Ecology of San Francisco Bay, organized in partnership with the Romberg Tiburon Center and the Exploratorium. Courses on bookmaking, the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and choral music are also scheduled.

OLLI membership is open to anyone over the age of 50; a variety of membership options are available. For more information, visit http://olli.sfsu.edu/ or call (415) 817-4243.

-- Gianna Devoto