Osher - Special Events

Special Events

Courses & Events

A required individual Osher membership fee of just $25 will be collected during the fall semester each year to grant participation in the Osher offerings for the next 12 months. Your paid membership allows you to attend Osher courses and special events. It also provides you access to several FREE activities including: the KU Osher Speaker Series; The Artistic Exploration Club; The Book Club; and The Osher Outings. We're excited to nurture your ongoing quest to learn as you engage with and contribute greatly to the world around you.


July 12, 2023 to July 13, 2024

Wednesday, May 1 - Friday, May 3


(First come, first served. This event will sell out!)


The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., boasts a world-class collection of American masterworks on 120 acres of natural Ozark landscape. During our time at the museum there will be lots to experience including various tours such as:


Bachman-Wilson House

Enjoy this exquisite Frank Lloyd Wright house built originally in New Jersey, but skillfully disassembled and reconstructed on a specially designed site. Self-guided tour.


Architecture Tour

This tour introduces the unique design features of Moshe Safdie (who also designed the Kauffman Center) and provides insights into some of the challenges the site posed. Docent-led tour.


Collection Highlights Tour

Visit some of the best-known names in American art, including Gilbert Stuart's "George Washington," Asher B. Durand's "Kindred Spirits," and Norman Rockwell's "Rosie the Riveter." Docent-led tour.


Sculpture Tour

Enjoy the museum's trails, the many outdoor sculptures and the nature waterways and native plants found on the property. Self-guided tour (a paved path includes a moderate slope with incline requiring appropriate footwear).


Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room

Artwork by Yayoi Kusama is an enclosed room filled with mirrors and dotted, color-changing paper lanterns. Not for individuals sensitive to flashing lights. View time is 60 seconds.


Temporary Exhibit - TBD

Self-guided tour.


You will also be able to spend time in the various galleries, library, and trails on the property.



Wednesday, May 1

We'll enjoy a boxed lunch at Orchards Park Pavilion as we learn about the history of Bentonville, past and present, followed by our first tour of Crystal Bridges. That evening we'll have dinner at Fred's Hickory Inn.


Thursday, May 2

After breakfast, we'll board the bus for a visit to the Museum of Native American History, nominated for Top 10 History Museums by USA Today, before returning to Crystal Bridges for more scheduled tours and/or exploring the museum, gift shop, and grounds on your own. You'll enjoy an included lunch at your pace and on your schedule. That evening we'll explore downtown Bentonville and have dinner on your own in one of the colorful restaurants.


Friday, May 3

Following breakfast we'll travel to Lamar, Mo., birthplace of Harry Truman. Then we're on to Fort Scott, where we'll enjoy lunch and a visit to the Gordon Parks Museum on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.


Wednesday 7 a.m. - Coach departs Lawrence Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., on Wednesday and returns on Friday around 4 p.m.


Wednesday 8 a.m. - Coach departs KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, on Wednesday and returns Friday around 3 p.m.


$655 fee per person - double occupancy

$745 fee per person - single occupancy


Fee includes coach transportation, lodging, two breakfasts, three lunches, and dinner on Wednesday evening. Dinner on Thursday is not included. Refund must be requested by April 3, minus a $125 administrative fee.


May 1-3, 2024
The Book Club provides members the opportunity to engage with each other and discuss books of interest while exploring fascinating topics. Outside of our monthly zoom meetings, members will be able to connect via the shared Osher email account.


February 9, 2024 to April 12, 2024, Zoom Facilitated Sessions
Friday, March 1, 2024, Zoom Facilitated Sessions
Friday, March 8, 2024, Zoom Facilitated Sessions
Friday, April 12, 2024, Zoom Facilitated Sessions
While women have become the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, prison education and reentry programs are not well prepared to respond to this influx. Hyunjin Seo will discuss her interdisciplinary team's evidence-based technology education aimed at supporting women transitioning from incarceration into entering (re-entering) the workforce.

Instructor Bio: Hyunjin Seo is Oscar Stauffer Professor in the William Allen White School of Jouralism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas and founding director of the KU Center for Digital Inclusion. Seo's research focuses on identifying emerging properties of networked communication and understanding their implications for social change, collective action and civic engagement.


This course contains no sessions
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Join Georgia Klein on a guided tour of 20 art and history sites in Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, including its sculptures, fountains, and towers reminiscent of Spanish architecture and European art. Designed and developed in 1922 by J.C. Nichols as the first shopping district away from a downtown area, and doubled in size in 1950 by his son, Miller, it became a sister city to Seville, Spain, in 1967. Learn about recent changes and hear stories of the creators. We'll enjoy a morning break with snacks and Q&A and share a delicious family style Italian meal at Buca di Beppo for lunch.


Wednesday, April 3


9 a.m. - We'll gather in front of the Classic Cup Café (3001 W. 47th). Free parking in underground garage behind Classic Cup. Other free lots along main street.


1 p.m. - Return to the Classic Cup Café from tour.


$75 fee includes guided tour, Q&A session, morning snacks and drinks, along with lunch.


Refunds will be honored on or before March 18, minus a $15 administrative fee.


Wednesday, April 3, 2024

We'll start the day in Lecompton with a reenactment of the 1850 town hall meeting while watching the "Bleeding Kansas" play, featuring unique characters who shaped Territorial Kansas. Next, we'll tour the 1882 Territorial Capital Museum, housed at Lane University, where President Eisenhower's parents were married. Lunch will be served at the 1884 Methodist Church (Windsor Hotel), home to the famous 1885 Chickering Grand Piano. We'll then enjoy a short walk past downtown shops to 1856 Constitution Hall, a National Historic Landmark and Kansas's oldest wood frame building. We'll end the day with a presentation from Bill McFarland and Tim Nedeau about the discovery of the portrait of the 1857 Kansas House of Representatives, the first free state legislature to meet in Lecompton.


Friday, March 15


9:15 a.m. - Arrive at 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton


2 p.m. - Depart


$60 fee includes "Bleeding Kansas" play, museum fees, guided tours, presentations, and lunch.


Refunds will be honored on or before Feb. 28, minus a $15 administrative fee.


Friday, March 15, 2024
We'll discuss the global struggle that unfolded among rival intelligence agencies operating in the shadows of Europe, in the forbidden border zones of the USSR, in the disputed straits of the South China Sea, on a hijacked plane, and around the walls of Soviet embassies. Learn how defection shaped the governance of global borders and helped forge an international refugee system.

Instructor Bio: Erik R. Scott is Associate Professor of History and director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire (OUP, 2016) and editor of The Russian Review.


Wednesday, March 20, 2024, Osher Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, In Person and Online

We begin at Constitution Hall, the original home of the Free State Legislature where delegates met in 1855 to ban slavery. Then we'll drive by the Mamie Williams House, home to the distinguished African American educator appointed to the Kansas Commission on the Status of Women in 1965 and a delegate to the 1971 White House Conference on Aging.


Next, we'll visit Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park to experience the interactive museum before lunch at Celtic Fox. Then we'll enjoy a guided tour of the Ritchie House, a stop on the Underground Railroad.


We'll end with a guided tour of the Kansas State Capitol to take in the historic beauty and grandeur and some of the most important public art in the nation. Our visit will include a dome tour for those intrepid enough to venture there.


Friday May 10


7:45 a.m. - Coach departs the Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, and returns by 6:00 p.m.


8:45 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence and returns by 5:00 p.m.


$145 fee includes coach transportation, guided tours, exclusive presentations, lunch, and snacks.


Refunds will be honored on or before April 24, minus a $30 administrative fee.


Friday, May 10, 2024

In 1827 Col. Henry Leavenworth established a fort to protect America's frontier, keep peace among the resettled Native Americans and provide escort on the new Santa Fe Trail. We'll learn its history from Mark Gerges, associate professor of history at the Command and General Staff College and visit the Lewis and Clark Center. Following lunch, we'll tour the historic Memorial Chapel, homes of George Custer and Douglas MacArthur, the Buffalo Soldiers Monument, and Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. We will also tour the Frontier Army Museum with its collection depicting the Army in the West from 1804 to 1917, leaving time to visit its bookstore.


Friday, March 22 7:30 a.m. - Coach departs the Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, and returns by 4:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence, and returns by 3:30 p.m.


9:30 a.m. - Tour begins at Fort Leavenworth


All participants must present a government-issued ID. $115 fee includes coach transportation, exclusive presentations, tours, and lunch on post.


Refunds will be honored on or before March 6, minus a $30 administrative fee.


Friday, March 22, 2024
How is a changing climate impacting Kansas and what's being done locally to address the challenges we face? From the tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills to the metropolitan Kansas City area, Rex Buchanan and Dave Kendall have been recording interviews with a diverse selection of individuals engaged in research, planning and implementation of various mitigation and adaptation strategies. We'll screen excerpts from their documentary production and review some of their most pertinent experiences, inviting participants to engage in dialogue about this subject.

Tuesday, Feb. 20 6:30-8:30 p.m.
In Person and Online

Osher Institute
1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence

$30 fee includes talk and reception.
Refunds will be honored on or before Feb. 9, minus a $10 administrative fee.


This course contains no sessions
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We'll tour Tom Corbin's studio, the Corbin Bronze Firehouse, galleries, and sculpture garden. Tom will discuss his career in bronze and talk about his monumental President Harry Truman sculpture, unveiled in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in 2022.


We'll eat lunch at Manny's before visiting Belger Arts Center for a guided tour of the contemporary art collections. Next, we'll enjoy a glass blowing demonstration at Glass Annex. Then we'll stop by Crane Yard Studies for a tour of the exhibits and a presentation in the Lawrence Lithography Workshop by printmaker Mike Sims on the steps involved in creating lithographs.


Tuesday, March 5


8:30 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence, and returns by 6:30 p.m.


9:30 a.m. - Coach departs the Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, and returns by 5:30 p.m.


$130 fee includes coach transportation, studio tours, exclusive presentations, and lunch.


Refunds will be honored on or before Feb. 16, minus a $30 administrative fee.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024
The Osher Outings occur in various locations. These social events will allow you to meet other Osher members outside of the classroom and connect with like-minded lifelong learners. No agenda and no lectures. Just show up, visit, engage, and have FUN! Make new friends and feel free to bring a friend. Registration required.


Monday, March 18, 2024, KU Edwards Campus, 163 Regnier Hall, In-Person
Wednesday, April 10, 2024, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging In Person
Join us for a discussion of the overall status and state of Kansas Athletics. The talk will include Big 12 Conference alignment, upcoming facility enhancements/renovations, the importance of culture and philanthropy, NIL (name, image, and likeness), and operations of an athletics department. Goff will also share a brief history of his career path. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about Kansas Athletics.

Presenter Bio: Travis Goff is in his second year as Athletic Director for the University of Kansas after serving as Deputy Athletic Director/Assistant Vice President at Northwestern. He has brought in dynamic new coaches and secured some of the top leaders in Kansas Athletics. Goff, was named a Next Up honoree by College AD in 2018 and one of Sports Business Journal's "Power Players in College Sports" in 2019.


Tuesday, April 23, 2024, Osher Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, In Person and Online