Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute comes to Sun Valley

Express Staff Writer

Intellectuals, those with curious minds and anyone wanting a little more insight into hot topics of the times and around the world will want to know about the Sun Valley Osher Institute Symposium, occurring on Saturday, June 18, from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Lodge. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will make its debut in Sun Valley with hopes of the event's becoming an annual event.

The institute, which is at Boise State University, offers continuing education for adults.

The event is sponsored by The Community Library, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and KBSU Radio. A full day of learning about old and new concepts with invigorating discussion will include lunch. The symposium costs $75 and those who are not members will need to pay an additional $10 fee.

In addition, a reception for presenters and interested attendees, costing $20, will take place on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Golf Club. Scholarships will be available to those who need the financial assistance. The scholarship will waive the $10 affiliate membership and cover half the cost of the symposium, making the cost for scholarship participants $37.50, including lunch. For registration, visit or call 208-426-1709.

Kathleen Lewis will present a session titled "The Anatomy of a Bank Takeover." Lewis is a financial institutions consultant and senior vice president of Umpqua Bank.

"There is a perspective that bank is a four-letter word," she said. "Your community bank is investing in the community and they play an important role in community."

Lewis said she wants to provide hope to attendees that things will get better. She will talk about the positive financial things that are happening in Idaho, including requests for new bank branches and new investments.

"There are positive signs that we are moving forward," she said. "I can't imagine we will be in a down cycle forever."

The symposium will also include sessions such as "American Foreign Policy: The Future as History" with Gregory A. Raymond. Raymond is a political science professor and holds the Bethine Church chair at Boise State University.

In another session, Dr. Troy Rohn will present "The Plasticity of the Brain: A Summary of Research on Alzheimer's and Memory Loss." Rohn is a research scientist and an associate professor of biology at Boise State University.

"White Canvas, the Single Line, the Wooden Box" will be a session presented by Kristine Poole, co-executive director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Courtney Gilbert, The Center's artistic director.

"The Changing Role and Impact of the Media" with Van Gordon Sauter will be a session that will include Robert Kustra interviewing Sauter. Sauter is the former CEO of CBS News and Fox Television and Kustra is president of Boise State University. In addition, David Adler will present the session "Constitutional Controversy: Old Wine in New Bottles." Adler is director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy at the University of Idaho.

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