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 1, 2023 to July 1, 2024

This guided tour takes us to scores of historic sites with photo stops. You'll be treated to a first-person account by Octave Chanute, the engineer who designed and built the 1869 Hannibal Railroad Bridge. Learn about the man who mentored the Wright Brothers and has a town named in his honor. Explore sites like the Santa Fe Trail Ruts, Satchel Paige's Grave, Case Overlook Park, the Missouri River Boardwalk, Lewis and Clark campsite, and others. Learn the stories behind KC's 8th Street cable car tunnel, Quantrill, Union Station Massacre, KC's first skyscraper, Thomas Swope and his murder, Nell Donnelly Reed's company and her kidnapping, the Battle of Westport, political boss Tom Pendergast, the NFL's longest game, and KC as the BBQ Capital of the World. We'll enjoy lunch at Minsky's Pizza located in the historic downtown City Market.


Friday, June 28


8 a.m. - Coach departs the Osher Institute, 1515 Saint Andrews Dr., Lawrence, and returns by 4 p.m.


9 a.m. - Coach arrives at Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, and returns by 3 p.m.


$115 fee includes coach transportation, tour guide, and lunch.


Refunds will be honored on or before June 14 minus a $20 administrative fee.


Friday, June 28, 2024

Welcome to the 16th annual KU Mini College! This is an educational event for inquisitive adults offered in partnership with KU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. KU Mini College is a beloved program that has continued to bring adult community members, alumni, and non-alums from all over the world to the KU Lawrence campus to attend presentations from KU faculty and other professionals on current topics of interest. This year's event will be held on campus with most events being held at Slawson Hall in the Beren Conference Center. Our 3 day lecture series will feature many of KU's outstanding professors and faculty. Attendees will have time to explore the Lawrence campus and visit with friends old and new!


Existing Osher members pay a $165 fee and includes a light breakfast each morning, light snacks, three days of presentations and one pizza lunch. Non-Osher members pay $190 fee and includes all the same benefits of an existing member plus access to sign up for additional Osher programming and includes access to numerous exclusive Osher Member benefits such as the KU Osher Speaker Series, the Artistic Exploration Club, the Book Club, and the Osher Outings.


For more information on membership opportunities go to: https://jayhawkglobal.ku.edu/membership-discounts



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Osher members are invited to attend a special event at Brandon Woods. From peanut farmer to Naval Officer, Governor of GA, and the Presidency, Jimmy had beside him his loving wife Rosalynn, who truly was Jimmy's chief advisor and partner. His four years in office were filled with many controversial decisions and high points (peace between Israel and Egypt) and low points (Iran Hostages). Their post presidency saw them continue to do good work around the world well into their nineties. President Clinton said of the Carters, "No one has done more good things for more people than any other couple on the face of the earth.'' This event is free to Osher members as a gift from our partner, Brandon Woods at Alvamar. Refreshments will be provided by Brandon Woods at Alvamar. Seating is limited.


Thursday, July 18


You can register for either a 10am or 2pm event.


Brandon Woods at Alvamar- 1501 Inverness Dr., Lawrence KS 66047

No admission fee, but reservations are required by completing the Osher registration form.



Thursday, July 18, 2024, Brandon Woods at Alvamar
Thursday, July 18, 2024, Brandon Woods at Alvamar