Welcome to UCR Osher


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Dear UCR Osher Members and friends of Osher,

Welcome to Osher at UCR’s Winter 2023 term. It has been an amazing experience joining the incredible team at UCR as Osher director, and I look forward to continuing to engage with Osher members, instructors, friends, campus and community members in the coming months. This is your program, and I want to hear your feedback. Now, more than ever, is the time to reach out and share your ideas!

Welcome back to continuing Osher members, and greetings to new (and prospective) members! We are adults with wide-ranging interests in history, literature, the natural and social sciences, fine arts and special events. The 2022 Fall term was an exciting one – our first real engagement with in person courses on both the UCR Extension and the Palm Desert campuses since March 2020, alongside with Zoom classes for those who wished to participate from afar or from the comfort of home. There is truly something for everyone at Osher at UCR. Please help us continue to offer quality educational programming for mature adults by renewing your membership and signing up for courses today! To learn about upcoming events, please make sure you are on our mailing list. Not sure? Email olli@ucr.edu

We know many of you remain concerned about COVID-19 and in-person courses and gatherings. Looking ahead, as always, the safety and well-being of our community remains a top priority. When on campus, the use of face coverings indoors are strongly recommended for all individuals who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and required for anyone who is not up to date on vaccinations.

Inside the new catalog, you will find a listing of the Winter 2023 courses and events to continue this exciting membership year. Additional events will also be included in our weekly newsletter, so make sure to sign up! As W.B. Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.” I look forward to this upcoming term with you all this Winter. 

Johnna Norris,
Director, UCR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute