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Curious minds = a fascinating array of programs

From The Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica to A Short History of Jazz, from Henry IV to Good Golly! It's Bolly!, from Big-Band Celebrations to trips to the Shaw Festival, activities at Osher span an enormous range of interests.

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"It’s the ideas and the stimulation...and also a group of people who make growing old look good! Truly they are very, very bright...and they are interested in the world and knowledgeable and exciting."


Courses form the core of our activities, and cover the arts, mathematics and finance, history, current events, government, language and literature, science and technology—plus whatever other topic sparks an interest among members.

Our 40+ offerings per term range from one–session courses for those who like big ideas in small packages to courses that meet weekly over the entire term. We encourage interactivity and discussion in every class. We also have Peer Group Seminars, where class members participate in leading as well as learning.

Want to lead a course? Share your gifts of experience—or dive into something new. Some people say teaching is the best way to learn. Find out more.

"I appreciate the course curriculum, and the concept that you don’t have to hit the books at night. There’s no homework. I wanted something that would be challenging during the day but would leave the rest of my time to myself. I wasn’t looking to do homework."

Summer Seminars & Intersessions

Discovery/Adventure learning experiences are capped by expeditions to complementary destinations. Some members say Summer Seminar is their favorite activity. For example one summer we learned about the "Fascinating Rhythm" of Jerry Herman and traveled to Niagara on the Lake to see "Mack and Mabel" Read More.

Intersessions are between-session expeditions to local museums and cultural attractions. We've recently visited the Eastman House, Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Strong National Museum of Play, and others. Read More


In 2006, we became an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, joining a growing national network of more than 120 university-based centers for older learners.