Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Sets Winter Program

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 10, 2009) -- At a presentation hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USF, guest lecturer Susan Bottom fascinated the audience with detailed facts and amusing anecdotes illustrating how Ben Franklin was the consummate lifelong learner. The afternoon lecture for OLLI members and guests at Moffitt’s Vincent Stabile Building at USF Tampa provided an appropriate year-end celebration and fundraising event for student scholarships.


With her unique ability to bring historical figures to life, Bottom provided insight into Benjamin Franklin’s life before the American Revolution and the legends that surround this Revolution Era father figure. A former and popular instructor for the Tampa OLLI program, Bottom now teaches for the OLLI program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where she now lives. The Tampa Education Channel continues to air her eight-week course on “Turning Points in British History.”


Bottom’s presentation is just one of the many learning opportunities for older adults offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF. This membership organization offers study groups in the liberal arts, computer classes, a free Friday lecture series, and day trips throughout the year. Upcoming courses include:


China Rising: Challenges, Threats, Opportunities

Film Comedies

Foreign Policy Discussions

Brontë Sisters

Computers II with Vista: Essential Skills

Internet Genealogy: A Practical Course


The winter issue of Evergreen, OLLI’s bulletin providing information on all upcoming programs, is now available. Request your copy of Evergreen today, or register now for programs beginning in January by calling 813-974-2403, option 1, or by visiting the OLLI Web site.


To learn more about joining this exciting membership organization, plan to attend one of OLLI’s two upcoming Open Houses in January. Meet OLLI faculty and other members, enjoy refreshments and find out more about this unique learning community.


North Tampa Open House
Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
Alfano Conference Center, 11606 McKinley Dr, Tampa


South Tampa Open House
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.
USF Downtown Center, 1101 Channelside Dr, Tampa


Free and ample parking is available at both locations. Please let us know you plan to attend by calling 813-974-8036, or by emailing OLLI by Friday, Jan. 8.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.