General Information-The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

General Information


Osher at CMU is a member organization. Members pay annual dues of $60 and receive a full-color course catalog three times per year as a benefit. To maintain your membership you do not have to enroll in any courses, although payment of annual dues is required to maintain membership. Membership is by invitation only through the Membership Committee. Periodically, membership is offered to those on the prospect list. Currently, there is no charge to be added to the prospect list.

Email Notifications

It is important that we have your current email address:

  • The Osher Office will send “broadcast emails” to notify you of upcoming Osher and Carnegie Mellon activities and events.
  • Study leaders or their assistants may want to email students regarding class assignments, reading materials, etc.
  • So that you are well informed, the "Weekly Essentials" electonic newsletter is sent on Fridays.
  • Let us know if you cannot receive emails. We will send notices to you by surface mail.

Study Leader Assistants Are Vital

The responsibilities of the Study Leader Assistants (SLAs) are to welcome new members to class, take attendance, and act as liaison between the classroom and the office. We need an assistant for every class. Volunteer by email when registration opens.

Inclement Weather Days

  • Classes will not be held if the Pittsburgh Public Schools are closed for inclement weather. If the Pittsburgh City Schools have a 2-hour delay, we will hold our classes as scheduled unless the study leader does not want to hold the class. Please use common sense when venturing out.
  • Check the TV or online at for school closings. Should the weather turn poor during the day and classes are canceled, the office will make every attempt to contact everyone by email and by the phone.

Photos and Videos

  • Photographs and videos are taken at many Osher at Carnegie Mellon events.
  • The photos may be used in course catalogs, the website, the newsletter, brochures, or other publications.
  • We encourage our members to share their photos and videos by emailing them to
  • If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please advise the photographer.

Controversial Speakers

On occasion, the sentiments and beliefs of a speaker or study leader may be controversial or divisive. To ensure the inherent rights of free speech and freedom of expression, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon will not censure or limit any materials or opinions expressed by persons involved in our courses or lectures. However, it should be noted that those opinions may not reflect the philosophical perspective of our organization.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.