Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

OLLI @ SSU WInter Course Preview December 11, 2017

If you missed attending the SSU OLLI Course Preview, here it is in its entirety. Classes begin Monday, January 8.

OLLI Winter 2018 Course Catalog

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OLLI is a unique learning community for adults age 50 years old or better. OLLI offers the very best continuing education with no tests and no grades. Distinguished SSU faculty and other Bay Area educators enjoy sharing their expertise with OLLI students, whose life experience and curiosity enrich the exchange of ideas.

OLLI at SSU is one of over 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. The program is supported by student fees, donations, and the earnings on an initial endowment generously provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Joining OLLI at SSU means discovering new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring meaning and enjoyment to your life. Courses are taught in six week sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring) at two locations. Areas of study range across many subjects:

  • Arts
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Food & Wine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social & Political History
  • World Cultures


Please note:

The History and Political Economy of China scheduled for Tuesday afternoons at SSU has been cancelled. In its place, we are pleased to offer The Bay Area Economy taught by Mike Arnold. Mike holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is co-founder of ALCO Partners, a small consulting firm specializing in financial risk management applicable to the banking industry. He is also a lecturer at Berkeley in the Department of Economics.

Course Description:

We will consider how national economic policies influence the Bay Area economy but also why the Bay Area economy has grown faster than the U.S. economy and is expected to continue to outperform the national economy.

We’ll also look at what economics tells about some of the challenges economic growth poses to Bay Area residents, like the growing traffic congestion throughout the Bay Area and the rising price of housing. We will end the course discussing Plan Bay Area and the basis (or lack thereof) for addressing these concerns by building high-density housing in the suburbs.