Osher Online is a program from the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University.  These classes are delivered by the Osher NRC via Zoom, with participants from all over the country.

OLLI at BCC is excited to be a part of this program. Space is limited! Register early.

Osher Online classes are $60 each, and available to OLLI at BCC members only. 

Each class has a limit of 15 students from each participating OLLI. Register by June 24 at 9 a.m.

Osher Online classes are not recorded.

After you register for Osher Online classes, you will receive a welcome email from the Osher NRC. This email will include an Osher Online username and password as well as a link to the Osher Online Website, through which you will access your classes.

You will also have access to a pre-class orientation, where you'll get helpful information for accessing your class. There you'll find the class Zoom link, syllabus, discussion board and Customer Care contact information.

It is recommended that you test your ability to log in before the start date of your class. On class days, you are also encouraged to log on 10-15 minutes before the start time. That will give you ample opportunity to get tech support and troubleshooting from the NRC if you need it.

Osher Online classes are separate from our OLLI at BCC Summer Courses.

 Women Psychoanalysts: Stories and Theories


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Six Sessions: 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13

The women included in this course were practitioners of psychoanalysis and wrote extensively about their work. These women have been selected because of the significance of their thought for psychoanalytic practice. Some of them were ostracized by other psychoanalysts and the importance of their thought may have been neglected, ignored, or forgotten, and their work may have been derogated. We will articulate what is different about the contributions of women to psychoanalytic theory. And we will concentrate on women who were considered important: Karen Horney, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Ana Maria Rizzuto and others. The goal of this series is to bring out the indisputable contributions of these four women to psychoanalysis and the practice of psychotherapy.

Oliva M. Espín is Professor Emerita in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and the California School of Professional Psychology of Alliant International University.

A native of Cuba, she received her BA in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica and her PhD from the University of Florida, specializing in counseling and therapy with women from different cultures and in Latin American Studies. She has done post-doctoral work at Harvard University with a fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Watch a video introduction here.

 The World's Fascination with the Automobile


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Six Sessions: 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17

The automobile has shaped the way we conduct modern life — from the way we eat our meals down to the songs we sing. It is endlessly fascinating to learn where we have come from and where we are going on our automotive journey. This couse will make relevant the impact of the automobile on our everyday lives so even those who do not tout the title of “gearhead” may enjoy the experience and walk away with more knowledge and insight into our world than they had before.

Pandora Paúl is the Curator at America’s Automotive Trust and LeMay America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington. She grew up in Southern California enjoying drives in her father’s red ’59 Convertible Corvette, her mom’s ’70 Opel GT, and cruising while in high school in her ’77 Malibu Classic station wagon. Her career has included both work and play in museum education, training, and curation. Pandora was part of the team at the San Diego Automotive Museum, creating award-winning exhibits. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Automobile Museums. She loves to showcase vehicles that have not seen before, as well as interpreting cars in unique ways that inspire conversation and create wonder and awe. She believes that automobiles are snapshots of our culture.

Watch a video introduction here.

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