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William & Mary Joins the Osher Network

With funding from The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Christopher Wren Association (CWA) at William & Mary has become the newest Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and founded as a volunteer organization in 1991, the Christopher Wren Association provides over 300 courses throughout the year, including a Town and Gown Noon Lecture Series and other scheduled activities to registered members. With the addition of William & Mary’s program to the national Osher Institute network, the Osher Foundation now supports 122 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Instructor Francis O’Donnell teaching In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

“A key element of the Osher Foundation support is our close connection to William & Mary,” said Harry Haynsworth, president of the Christopher Wren Association. “William & Mary has been a wonderful support of our continuing education mission and goals. As our transition to an Osher Institute progresses, we will strive to maximize course availability and become even more immersed in the William & Mary campus.”

Scherry Barra, director of the Osher Institute at William & Mary, is thrilled to be part of the national Osher network. “We are excited to see how pleased our members will be this fall with the upgraded equipment in one of our main classrooms (The Wightman Cup Room) funded exclusively by the Osher grant.  Becoming an Osher Institute additionally provides a wonderful resource center of other lifelong learning institutes with whom we can network for ideas on strategy, marketing and curriculum.”

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