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The Titanic sailing the open sea. The Titanic sailing the open sea.

Unsinkable Titanic Unearthed

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will offer a course on the Titanic, advertising and more this spring.

One hundred years later and 12,600 feet below sea level, the tragedy of the 'ship of dreams' — better known as the RMS Titanic — continues to fascinate.

“We may know how the story ends, but there is still something that we want to understand, some experience of life that we want to have,” Professor Stephen Cox said in his book "Titanic: Hard Choices, Dangerous Decisions."

On the eve of the anniversary of the disaster, Cox will delve into the myths and romanticism surrounding the tragic events that took place on that frigid morning in the Atlantic on April 14, 1912.

On March 20, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU'S College of Extended Studies will offer the course "Titanic – 100 years later." The course will give students an overview of the Titanic and the many connections the unsinkable ship has to San Diego, including ties to the Scripps Institution of Oceanorgraphy in La Jolla and the award-winning James Cameron film that was shot in Baja California and Escondido.

The Osher course is taught by Carl Larsen, former Home section and Metro editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Academically rich courses

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an SDSU Research Foundation program managed by SDSU College of Extended Studies, offers adults 50 and better the opportunity to enroll in academically engaging courses that are taught by current and retired SDSU faculty, award-winning artists and authors. The non-credit courses offer individuals a stress-free learning environment without the burden of grades, test-taking or career preparation.

The course costs $59 for Osher members and $79 for non-members. The following courses will be offered in March as well:

  • Advertising: The American Art, students will examine the 150-year history of American advertising and how the industry has not only sold products, but shaped the world we live in today.
  • E.M. Forster and Merchant-Ivory Film, students will focus on films such as “A Room with a View,” “Howard’s End” and “Maurice,” which are period pieces set in early 20th-century England that feature lavish sets and top British actors portraying genteel characters who suffer from disillusionment and tragic entanglements.

About the College of Extended Studies

The College of Extended studies reaches out to the greater San Diego community, the nation and the world by providing lifelong learning classes, seminars and certificate programs. Additionally, the college offers more than 50 certificate programs, online courses and self-enrichment opportunities. 

To find out more about the Osher Institute, visit For more information or to register, log on to or contact SDSU Extended Studies at 619-265-7378.