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Open house scheduled for adults who want to continue learning

OLLI, Widener

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Widener University is for individuals age 50 and over.

Chester, Pa. – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Widener University will host an open house on Aug. 21. Individuals age 50 and over will be able to meet the instructors and administrative team, see the classroom facilities, learn about the courses offered on the Chester campus, and register for the fall.

In 2010, Widener University received a $1 million endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation to support OLLI. The gift supports the institute's commitment to providing mature adults with classes developed and taught by its members.

The Osher Foundation also encourages OLLI programs to integrate their members into campus culture and life.

"OLLI at Widener is a tremendous opportunity for adults," said Dr. Bridget Thompson, assistant director of OLLI. "We are committed to nurturing and growing this worthwhile program on our main campus so that our members can fully enjoy all that Widener has to offer. This year we will incorporate more volunteerism and community outreach to extend Widener's mission of civic engagement to our OLLI program."

OLLI operates on a three-semester system, offering classes in the fall, spring and summer. The 2017 fall catalog boasts approximately 40 courses and a free lunchtime speaker series for all OLLI members.

The fall semester features courses ranging from "Meditative Walking," in which a group will meet weekly to explore the Taylor Arboretum's 30-acre property in Wallingford, to "Hollywood Women Directors: Ups and Downs," in which the group will look at the history of female film directors.

To learn more, visit the open house on Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Wyman Room inside the University Center, 1 University Place, Chester, Pennsylvania. Parking is reserved in the Old Main lot.

Contact Bridget Thompson at 610-499-4279 or email to reserve a spot at the open house or to get a current course catalog.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,