Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lunch & Learn
If you're 50 or better you are invited!
Lunch and Learn lectures are wonderful opportunities to meet Osher members and experience a bit of the program first hand. Bring a friend and a brown bag lunch and join us for these informative, interesting lectures. They are free!
Come early to visit and enjoy your lunch before the speaker starts. Speakers start promptly at noon. All lectures are held at the Commander's House, Ft. Douglas.
04/02 Giving and Receiving in Utah: The State of Philanthropy and Nonprofits in Utah
Fraser Nelson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah
Utahns are by far the most charitable people in the United States. Per capita, we give more money and start more charities than the citizens of any other state in the country. Interestingly, our giving patterns and the nonprofits we support are different from those of other states. More than a third of Utah nonprofits closed during the recent recession. What makes Utah such a hard place to run a charity? How do you know if your donations are making a difference? What are the more effective and tax efficient ways to give? Learn with and from an expert who struggles with these issues every day, the founder and Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah.
04/09 Alice in Jamesland
Susan E Gunter, Professor of English Emerita
Alice H. G. James, wife of psychologist and philosopher William James, was central to one of America’s most important intellectual dynasties. She proved the key to the dynamic collaborations between William and his younger brother, the writer Henry James. Susan will share the challenges she faced in writing Alice’s biography, Alice in Jamesland. She followed a circuitous route to uncover Alice’s life. Her adventures included detective work on the ground, going late at night to the Kinko’s at Harvard Square to copy hundreds of letters thought to have been destroyed, and poking about in archives for countless hours. She learned that it is possible and very rewarding to find out what nineteenth century women did.
04/16 Enhancing the Animal/Human Bond
Melissa Lipani, New Media Coordinator, Best Friends Animal Society & Captain Cowpants, therapy dog extraordinaire
Over half of all U.S. households have pets. We will discuss issues and topics related to companion animals. Topics will include but are not limited to animal-assisted therapy in the community, how to help shelter and rescue pets in our area, volunteerism, and social issues facing pets and their owners. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved as a volunteer, doing therapy animal work with one of your own pets, helping shelter and rescue pets, or supporting pets and people, or if you just love your own pets and want to share, you’ll get something out of this open discussion.
04/23 Wallace Stegner A Man for All Seasons
Robert C Steensma, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of English, University of Utah
Wallace Stegner (1909-1993), a University of Utah graduate and faculty member, was one of America’s most distinguished men of letters in the twentieth century. He published twelve novels, many short stories, and several histories . He was awarded both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for fiction. Literarily, he was indeed a man for all seasons. As the author of Wallace Stegner’s Salt Lake City, Bob will bring Stegner to life!
04/30 Antelope Island
Wendy Wilson, Park Naturalist & Jolene Rose, Wildlife Biologist
Antelope Island is the largest island in Great Salt Lake. It is also the largest of Utah’s forty-three State Parks. The diversity, natural and cultural resources, and recreation opportunities are numerous. During this lecture, we will discuss a variety of topics from wildlife to recreation and education opportunities.
05/07 Check Before You Invest The Anatomy of a Scam
Keith Woodwell, Director of the Utah Division of Securities
What are the typical characteristics of a scam? How can you recognize and avoid the most common types of investment scams? What are the red flags of all shady investment offers? We will discuss specific scams such as the Ponzi Scheme and the Free Lunch or Dinner Educational Seminars, and also the what, how, and why of annuities. Simple principles for successful investing and protecting your money will be presented to help you with your investment decisions.