Special Events

Courses & Events

Osher is excited to partner with the Lied Center of Kansas to present a performance and lecture series for Osher participants and other community members. In this program, an online livestream of the performance will be presented from the Lied Center stage following an educational lecture. This collaboration, made possible by KS Creative Arts Industries Commission & National Endowment for the Arts grant, aims to provide free access to quality, engaging performing arts experiences and education from the comfort and safety of participants' homes during times of social distancing. 

FlamenKcmo, comprised of Melinda Hedgecorth, dance, Beau Bledsoe, guitar, and Antonio Rojas, voice, present an evening of traditional and cutting-edge Flamenco. This moving musical form was born in the south of Spain, and Sevilla, our sister city, is one of the most celebrated Flamenco Centers. They will discuss their vision of a cultural exchange between the two cities and what brought them together to perform this highly expressive and rhythmic art form. Pre-performance talk on Zoom begins at 6:30 p.m. Livestream performance begins at 7:15 p.m.


Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Osher is excited to partner with the Lied Center of Kansas to present a performance and lecture series for Osher participants and other community members. In this program, an online livestream of the performance will be presented from the Lied Center stage following an educational lecture. This collaboration, made possible by KS Creative Arts Industries Commission & National Endowment for the Arts grant, aims to provide free access to quality, engaging performing arts experiences and education from the comfort and safety of participants' homes during times of social distancing. 

Allégresse, the French word for joy, aptly depicts the graceful artistry of this inspiring trio featuring Annie Gnojek, flute, Margaret Marco, oboe, and Ellen Sommer, piano. They will discuss their passion for outreach concerts plus new projects on the horizon. The evening will conclude with a recital performance from the Lied Center stage. Pre-performance talk on Zoom begins at 6:30 p.m. Livestream performance begins at 7:15 p.m.


Thursday, July 8, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Rome boasts 13 monolithic granite obelisks from Egypt, coined "Cleopatra's Needle." Second only to the pyramids are Egypt's obelisks, a monumental four-sided pillar tapering made from solid granite topped by a miniature pyramid. In 31 B.C., the Roman general Octavian defeated his rivals Marc Antony and Queen Cleopatra, and Egypt was then annexed as a province of the Roman Empire. Join us as we take a Vespa tour through Rome's city center and be amazed at how Roman engineers were able to transport and erect these 326-ton monoliths. 

Instructor Bio: Caroline Cocciardi writer and filmmaker began an independent study on Leonardo da Vinci, while living in Rome. Her 20-year research lead to a da Vinci discovery.


Thursday, June 3, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
In preparation for our next bus trip to Crystal Bridges, enjoy this guided virtual tour with a docent from the museum. You will get an overview of the museum and an inside look at about six artworks from the collection, featuring such works as We The People by Nari Ward, Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell, Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand, Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 by Georgia O'Keeffe, Untitled by Joan Mitchell, Portrait of a Florentine Nobleman by Kehinde Wiley and more. The 45-minute presentation will be followed with a Q & A session. After the presentation we will be joined by, esteemed Osher instructor, Janice Stuerzl, who will help us put the tour in context by sharing her vision of American art and its big ideas.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
When thinking about German food, bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer and all kinds of breads come to mind, but there is so much more to German cuisine, especially when one takes the regional differences into consideration. Join German Historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. as she takes you on a fascinating, fun and delicious journey through the culinary wonders of her native country.

Instructor Bio: Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German Historian and Public Educator who has been presenting hundreds of programs on more than 30 different topics (all pertaining to her native country's history, politics, and culture) in the Chicagoland area and in South Florida. Ms. Isaacs holds Master's Degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History and is an adjunct faculty member at the lifelong learning departments of Oakton College, the College of Lake County, Harper College, the College of DuPage, and McHenry County College, all located in Illinois. She is also a popular instructor at Florida Atlantic University's OLLI in Boca Raton.


Thursday, July 1, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Osher is excited to partner with the Lied Center of Kansas to present a Performance and Lecture Series for Osher participants and other community members. In this program, an online livestream of the performance will be presented from the Lied Center stage. Prior to the performance, there will be an educational lecture related to the performance. This collaboration aims to provide free access to quality, engaging performing arts experiences and education from the comfort and safety of participants' homes, during times of social distancing. Made possible by KS Creative Arts Industries Commission & National Endowment for the Arts grant. 

Join virtuoso jazz pianist and Lied Center favorite Emmet Cohen for a conversation about how he has created an incredible sense of community through his Monday evening pandemic performance series, "Live at Emmet's Place". Tens of thousands worldwide join him every Monday evening for joyful and uplifting jazz. There is no doubt that these concerts have helped countless music lovers find happiness during these challenging times. 

Join us on Monday, April 19th for a zoom presentation and question and answer session at 2:30pm CT. Then later that evening at 6:30 p.m. CT enjoy the live performance by joining the Lied Center's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/liedcenter/ For additional information about Emmet click here: https://emmetcohen.com/


Monday, April 19, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
Long before the coming of Euro-Americans, native inhabitants of what is now Kansas left their mark on the land: carvings in the soft orange and red sandstone of the state's Smoky Hills. Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills features photographs from 14 sites in Russell, Ellsworth and Rice counties and offers viewers a chance to read the stories that these carvings tell of the region's first people. Join us as the authors discuss their new book and provide a rare glimpse into a compelling part of Kansas history. 

Instructors Bio: Rex C. Buchanan, a native of central Kansas, is the director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas and editor of Kansas Geology. Joshua L. Svaty is the fifth generation of his family to farm in Ellsworth County and has worked on natural resource issues with nonprofits and state and federal governments. He was the fourteenth Kansas secretary of agriculture.


Monday, June 21, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)
The advent of national security agencies and the need for secret intelligence in the early years of the Cold War was an anathema to many Americans. The Central Intelligence Agency's creation in 1947 met a need to provide the president of the United States with the necessary intelligence on foreign threats in a complex and potentially hostile world. By the late 1960s and early 1970s, however, the CIA had reached a crossroads in its maturation. CIA covert operations in Vietnam and involvement in domestic spying at home widened the CIA's scope and reach, raising serious questions about the propriety of its clandestine activities. This course addresses questions of the role of secret intelligence and covert operations in a democracy. Where is the line between individual liberty and national security? The CIA's activities in Vietnam and in various domestic intelligence operations in the late 1960s and early 1970s provide insight into these important issues. 

Instructor Bio: Tony R. "Randy" Mullis, Ph.D., is professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Professor Mullis holds a doctorate in history from the University of Kansas. His major fields include the history of the United States and military history and indigenous nations studies. He is the author of Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021, Zoom Facilitated Sessions (Online, WEB)