:: UT FORUM FAQs

What is UT FORUM™?
How is UT FORUM™ managed?
How is the program structured?
Who selects the topics and presenters for Lectures and Seminars?
How can I participate in UT FORUM™ committees’ activities?
Are there other opportunities for members to participate?
Where is the program held?
How about parking?
How can I join UT FORUM™?
May I join more than one Osher Lifelong Learning Institute organization?

What is UT FORUM™?

A membership organization providing lifelong learning through UT Austin Continuing Education Division’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

How is UT FORUM™ managed?

Members elect an Executive Committee each year to oversee program and financial operations. These volunteer leaders benefit from the expertise and experience provided by staff of the Joe C. Thompson Center (TCC) Department of the Continuing Education Dean’s office. The TCC also provides meeting space and other resources necessary for member communications, membership and financial recordkeeping, and implementing decisions by the Executive Committee and key committees. This support is financed by annual fees paid by members.

How is the program structured?

Four hours of programs are offered each Friday during three six-week periods in the fall, winter and spring: Ninety-minute seminars at 9:15am and 11:00 am—members choose from among three offerings in each time slot Sixty-minute lectures at 1:30 pm open to all members

Who selects the topics and presenters for Lectures and Seminars?

The Lecture and Seminar Committees are composed of member volunteers. They utilize the experience and contacts of the TCC staff and the three other Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member organizations, as well as results of member surveys and program evaluations. The vast and varied pool of expertise available from retired and current UT Austin professors provides an invaluable resource for obtaining talented presenters.

How can I participate in UT FORUM™ committees’ activities?

Check the appropriate box on your Enrollment Form and/or contact the current chair who can give you more information about how the Committee operates and how your skills might fit. In addition to Executive, Lecture and Seminar, other committees are Social and Membership.

Are there other opportunities for members to participate?

Special Interest Groups offer small-group activities. These include two Restaurant Adventures groups; Live Theater; Hiking/Walking; Film First; Art Lectures; and Book Club.

Where is the program held?

At the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center on the UT Austin campus, Red River at Dean Keeton.

How about parking?

The TCC has its own parking lot, a short walk to entrances of the Center, for which there is currently no charge. When the lot is full, which may happen on occasion, discounted parking is available at nearby UT parking garages.

How can I join UT FORUM™?

Follow the enrollment application link. You also may contact the UT FORUM™ Administrator at the TCC, Christina Fenton, at 471-3124.

May I join more than one Osher Lifelong Learning Institute organization?

No.

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