Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2019

FAU Launches Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fort Lauderdale

Boca Raton, FL – Florida Atlantic University has announced the establishment of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fort Lauderdale. Classes will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Abdo New River Room, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesdays, March 12 and 26, and April 23. The series is $50 and individual lectures can be purchased for $20. There will be a reception following each of the lectures. Tickets can be purchased at

“Our plans to expand service in Broward County have been in the works for some time,” explains Anthony Abbate, associate provost for FAU’s Broward Campuses, “Florida Atlantic University is amplifying its commitment to the South Florida community and we hope to create a permanent Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at our Fort Lauderdale location.”

The 2019 lectures at the Broward Center include:

‘Music is my Time Machine: A Celebration of Memorable Cinematic, Broadway and Popular Themes!’

Courtney Jones, DMA, assistant professor of trumpet and artistic director of jazz at FAU

Tuesday, March 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

With the help of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and John Williams, Courtney Jones, DMA, presents an innovative approach to performance practice while exploring visual aesthetics and theatrics. His performances have been described as “… a silk-thread that weaves through the music to create a perfect evening of entertainment.”


‘Making a Wetter Florida a Better Florida’

Tony Abbate, Associate Provost for the FAU Broward Campuses, Director and Professor, School of Architecture, FAU;

Colin Polsky, Ph.D., Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Geosciences, FAU

Tuesday, March 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

South Florida is highly vulnerable to rising sea level as the result of the changing climate.  Architects and engineers can devise solutions for our buildings and infrastructure, but the problem is much more comprehensive and requires heavy lifting by policy makers and decision makers before the financial markets and insurance industry force our hand.


‘The State of American Foreign Policy’

Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., professor of political science and Foreign Policy Association Fellow

Tuesday, April 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

In this special one-time lecture, Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., will provide an assessment of the current state of American foreign policy at the onset of U.S. President Donald Trump’s third year in office. Key issues for consideration include North Korea, Russia, China, the evolving U.S. policy toward the Middle East, and America’s relations with key allies.


FAU’s Lifelong Learning program for adult learners was established on the Boca Raton campus of FAU in 1980, and expanded to the Jupiter campus in 1997. With close to 50,000 registrations per year, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU is a national model of exemplary Lifelong Learning programs. For more information about the classes in Fort Lauderdale, or call 954-414-6904.

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