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Aug. 27, 2007

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to kick off fall season Sept. 19

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Iowa Center on Aging will host a free kick-off celebration to announce its fall lineup of courses for adults age 50 and older from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI health sciences campus.

The Sept. 19 event begins with a free light lunch from 11 a.m. to noon in the MERF atrium, followed by a program from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Sahai Auditorium. Exhibits and onsite registration are available throughout the lunch and program. Interested individuals can also meet OLLI class instructors, receive a discount on an upcoming OLLI course and learn how to earn a free lifetime membership to OLLI.

During the program, keynote speaker Marc Freedman will present "Encore: How We Can Make the Most of the Aging Opportunity." Freedman is CEO and founder of Civic Ventures, a nonprofit incubator of ideas and programs that build upon the experiences and passions of older adults with an interest in serving their community and society. He is also the author of the newly released book, "Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life."

In his presentation, Freedman will highlight the value of lifelong learning as a source of meaningful engagement, discovery and civic opportunities.

Event co-sponsors include the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Provost, the Dean's Office of the Carver College of Medicine and the Center on Aging.

The OLLI fall schedule, course descriptions and fees, and registration information is available online at

For a free brochure, call Linsey Abbott at 319-384-4221 or e-mail

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI is a program of the Center on Aging and is affiliated with the national network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, designated and funded by the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco. There are currently 115 Osher institutes in 48 states. For more information, visit

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well being of older people. For more information, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, Health Science Relations, 319-335-8032,