Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University provides learning opportunities to expand knowledge, gain insights into current events, and access social and cultural activities in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. There are no entrance requirements, just bring your curiosity and love of learning.


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, , 410-704-3437

Spring 2024 Semester

Preview of Spring 2024 Classes
Streaming online starting Monday, February 5 at 2 p.m. WATCH PREVIEW

  • Session I: March 4–March 29
  • Session II: April 8–May 3 (Class will not be held April 1–5) 

View the spring course catalog (PDF)

New Osher Online programming

Osher at Towson University is excited to offer members new online course options. Study with subject matter experts, learn with Osher members from across the country, and experience this exciting new opportunity offered in partnership with the Osher National Resource Center. Space is limited, so register early.


Membership fees are $60 per person. Members can participate in all Osher activities and use TU’s Cook Library, University Store and campus dining facilities. 

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