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Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn

Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference

We’re happy to announce that the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference is Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn. Dr. Blackburn won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for discovering the molecular nature of telomeres,

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Breakout Session Descriptions – 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference

Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:45am Civil Discussions on Contemporary Issues At a time when the American public is divided, is there a better way of talking about critical issues? Civil discourse is essential to OLLI learning communities. Embracing diverse perspectives on subjects ensures vitality, relevance, and further learning. The National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) publishes issue […]

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Transportation Options – 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference

Airport The closest major airport to the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

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Dining, Dress & Weather – 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference

Dining Our aim is to provide well-balanced, nutritious meals and snacks during the conference, as well as enough variety to accommodate attendees with particular eating preferences. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know in June by filling out the appropriate area on your registration form. For those attendees who need to […]

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October 2018 National Conference Venue

The 2018 Osher Institutes National Conference will be held October 22-24, 2018 at the well-appointed conference facilities of the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, near Phoenix, Arizona.

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A Successful 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

The 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference held in Irving Texas, April 3 – 5, 2017, lived up to the well-known saying “Bigger’n Texas” – with ample opportunities to share ideas and celebrate the mission of lifelong learning.

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Plenary Session Descriptions – 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

Monday, 3:30-4:45pm Welcome to the 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference The opening plenary session will provide a general orientation of the conference agenda, staff introductions, and some inspiring words from our Bernard Osher Foundation colleagues. An overview of the results from the 2016 Osher Institutes Membership Survey will be presented, as well as the first of […]

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Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

We’re happy to announce that the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference is Dr. Bill Thomas. Dr. Thomas is a noted leader in the field of Aging. He has been named one of the nation’s “top 10 innovators” changing the future of retirement in America by the Wall Street Journal, as well as being […]

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Breakout Session Descriptions – 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

Tuesday, 10:45am – 12pm A Culture of Inclusion Over the last few decades, the strategic plans of many lifelong learning programs have stated the need for diversity. Some programs have made progress, but members still question: “What are we going to do about our diversity problem?” Are we defining diversity too narrowly, focusing on what […]

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