Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University offers adults, age 50 and older, opportunities for continued learning, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment in a congenial and supportive environment.
Founded in 1999 as the Auburn Society and taking its name from its original home in the historic Auburn House on the Towson University campus, the former Auburn Society became the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2006 when it was awarded a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher Foundation supports a national network of lifelong learning institutes on university campuses from Maine to Hawaii.
In spring 2009, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University was awarded $1 million endowment by the Bernard Osher Foundation after having received $100,000 grants from the Osher Foundation for each of the three preceding years.
Quick Contact: Tracy Jacobs, Director, tjacobs AT_TOWSON, 410-704-3437
Fall 2021 Term
The fall term begins September 13 and runs through November 12 with a full schedule of in-person classes with the instructors and diverse subjects you’ve come to expect from Osher at Towson University.
Membership fees are $50 per person. Members can participate in all Osher activities and use TU’s Cook Library, University Store and campus dining facilities.Pay Your Membership
Osher is successful because of our members who serve on committees and help at events.Volunteer your time
Your tax-deductible contributions ensure a more vibrant program for years to come.Support our program
Osher members have the opportunity to participate in trips, social activities and more.Get involved
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