Courses & Events

These women pushed the boundaries of art in media, style and subject matter. First, Georgia O'Keeffe, known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes; and Käthe Kollwitz, a German painter, printmaker and sculptor whose work depicts poverty and hunger. Then Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter whose naïve folk art style explored identity, gender, class, and race; and Faith Ringgold, African-American, known for her narrative quilts influenced by the people, poetry and music of Harlem. Finally, Barbara Hepworth, English painter and sculptor whose work exemplifies Modernism; and Louise Bourgeois, French sculptor, installation artist, painter and printmaker known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art.


October 9-23, 2019, Northland Innovation Center
From Superman and Batman to Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge to 50s horror comics to Spider- man and the X-Men to today's billion dollar movie blockbusters, this course takes us on a journey through the colorful action-packed history of comic books. Whether you favor funny animals, teenage hijinks, super-heroes, romance, science fiction or horror, we will cover it all in this examination of the almost 100 year history of this most American of inventions.


September 18, 2019 to October 2, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
We will examine the famed Kansas aviator who twice attempted to fly around the world. Both attempts failed with the last one creating an international mystery as to what happened to Earhart, how she may have died and the possibility that she may have survived. We will look into her life and discuss the assorted accounts of what may have happened to Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan on July 2, 1937. We will discuss the $4.5 million search-and-rescue mission over a 250-square-mile area ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt. Lastly, we will look at the many theories surrounding her disappearance and whether she survived.This course has been cancelled.


October 8-22, 2019, Aberdeen Village
Botanical gardens were first developed in the 16th century as medicinal gardens, but today they are destination sites for plant lovers around the world. From the oldest botanical garden in England, the Chelsea Physic Garden,to the newly revived Scampston Hall walled garden in North Yorkshire,and from the local Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kan., to the Irish National Garden in Belfast, we will explore the history, beauty and meaning of the botanical garden through photography, art and literature. You won't want to miss this armchair tour!


October 1-15, 2019, McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff
October 2-16, 2019, Brewster Place
Three strands of Scottish culture braid themselves together in a class that celebrates the essentials of Scotland. We'll learn to appreciate the life and poetry of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. Then we'll examine the kilt (inside and out), and enjoy a demonstration of bagpipe tunes from different pipes. Finally, we'll "taste" Scotland itself with a lesson on single malt whisky regions, flavors and lore.


September 10-24, 2019, Mission Square
It's like magic. You'll not only learn about the greatest pianists of the 20th century and beyond, but new technology will allow you to enjoy a "live piano performance" by these fascinating artists in an entertaining and engaging way on the new Steinway Spirio. In the first session, we'll enjoy the music, life and times of George Gershwin, Arthur Rubenstein, Art Tatum and Vladimir Horowitz. Then we'll explore Van Cliburn, Duke Ellington, Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein. Finally, we'll meet several magnificent young pianists from the 21st century. In each case, you'll watch them play and listen to a live piano performance.


November 4-18, 2019, Schmidt Music Piano Center
This course will explore the life and hardships of Kansas Territory immigrants in 1854 - 1860 as viewed through the personal diary and letters of Cyrus K. Holliday to his wife Mary, who remained in Meadville, PA. Holiday was one of the founders of Topeka, and first president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF). We will look at the historical events occurring in the eastern Kansas territory, with a principal focus on the free-state communities of Topeka and Lawrence. We will also look back at this period through newspaper stories documenting the birth of the AT&SF railway in Kansas.


November 7-21, 2019, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KU provides noncredit enrichment courses and events specially developed for folks 50 and older-although learners of all ages are welcome. Highly qualified instructors present a wide range of courses, including history, literature, art, music, religion and more. There's no homework. No tests. No pressure. It's learning just for the joy of it.And while we strive to keep the cost of our courses as low as we can--$50 for a single course, there are still many low-income seniors who cannot afford to participate. Our goal is to establish a scholarship fund that will allow these eager adult learners to take Osher courses for just $10 per course. Based on a similar program of the Douglas County Senior Resource Center for county residents, our goal is to make the scholarships available across the Osher program. We will start with senior agencies in five other counties-Riley, Shawnee, Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte-to identify eligible seniors. To qualify, seniors must meet one of three conditions: Live in subsidized housing; receive food stamps; be on Medicaid. Once they qualify they can register for two courses each semester, paying $10 per course with the remainder of the fee covered by the scholarship fund.


July 22, 2019 to December 31, 2019
What stories do congressional archives tell, where are they found, and how can they be used? What role do historical records playin democracy, civic engagement and our nation's future? How does a Congressional Archive relate to your story and the story of our nation? We'll discuss these questions and use the Dole Archives and intergenerational conversation to examine 20thcentury history, politics, policy and culture. This course will include discussion with first-semester freshman students in the KU Honors Program.


October 28, 2019 to November 11, 2019, Dole Institute of Politics
Have you ever wanted to play the game of Ba', walk the Ring of Broghdar, sit in a Black House,smell a peat fire, speak Orcadian or sail Scapa Flow? If the answer is yes, come aboard the ferry departing from the Scottish mainland on October 27 for Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. We will explore the physical, economic and cultural geography of these fantastic islands. After an introduction to the geography of Highland Scotland, we will discuss topics such as archaeology (why Orkney is the "Egypt of the North"), land tenure (clans, crofts and clearances),ecology (the machair) and economies (sheep and oil) of each of the three island groups.




September 19, 2019 to October 3, 2019, Northland Innovation Center

This course will explore events leading to WWI and how western society, so full of progress and optimism, became embroiled in the most horrific conflict in history. We will discuss pre-war tensions and diplomatic maneuvering, how the nations of Europe were drawn in, the failure of rival plans for quick victory, the resulting stalemate and the evolution of extensive trench systems. We'll identify the main personalities and battles, which determined the outcome along with the factors that led to the Allied victory, including U.S. involvement. We'll examine the individual soldier and the"psychology of war," the misery of life in the trenches and how soldiers adapted.

 



September 24, 2019 to October 8, 2019, Townplace Suites, Jayhawk Room
If there hadn't been a Kansas, there would not have been a cowboy." That statement by a respected scholar provides a basis for this class which will cover our state's role in creating this legendary icon. We will describe the history of the cowboy and the role of the state of Kansas in this legacy using PowerPoint slides and original cowboy poetry. We'll discuss how the cowboy has been portrayed in literature, movies, radio and television, and examine the development and portrayal of the Kansas cowboy in three eras through the decades.


October 10-24, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
Our first segment will examine the early trails of Territorial Kansas and how they gave way to the development of cattle towns atthe railheads of Ellsworth, Hays, Wichita and Dodge City. Then we will evaluate how the two most valuable resources in Kansas-oil and natural gas-helped urbanize southeast Kansas and the "oil patch" towns of western Kansas. Our final segment focuses on how early promotional efforts led to the rise of Wichita; how Topeka "captured" the state capital; and how Lawrence became the classic college town.


October 10-24, 2019, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Did you know that 30 percent of Kansans claim German ancestry, and German is the most prevalent language after English and Spanish spoken in homes in 77 counties in Kansas? Since the opening of Kansas in 1854, thousands of German-speaking immigrants have sought to better their lives here, including Pennsylvania Dutch, Volga Germans, Mennonites, Austrians and Swiss. German churches dot the prairie, and even now, many rural Kansans speak a dialect of German as their first language.


November 7-21, 2019, Kansas State University - Olathe
Gladiatorial combats were prevalent in ancient Rome for 700 years. We will examine the origins of these "games," how they spread and grew in popularity and why they continued. We'll learn where gladiators came from, how they were trained and what their living conditions were like, as well as types of gladiators and how they were paired for combat. Find out about the building of the Colosseum and other venues throughout the empire, the attraction to individual gladiators and how many became popular and developed into sex symbols and, finally, the eventual decline of the institution.


October 23, 2019 to November 6, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Kansas is home to numerous inventors and entrepreneurs who have contributed to the history and culture of food and drink. We'll examine the territorial days of Kansas in the mid-1800s to discover what people ate and drank. Next, we'll explore how generations of immigrant and native Kansans influenced and created sweet treats, kitchen staples, fast food, and booze consumed from the 1900s to present. From ICEEs to oysters, burgers to bierocks, this food history of Kansas will whet your appetite to learn more.


October 14-28, 2019, Regnier Hall 165
Go mobile with your digital photography and explore creative possibilities with your iPhone camera. We will help expand your skill set using your iPhone camera, exploring the basic operations, tools, apps and tricks to help make you smartphone camera-smart. Included will be discussions and demonstrations on how to improve your photography through creative visual devices and techniques. Please bring your iPhones so we can do some hands-on practice in class.


November 6-20, 2019, Regents Center 108
November 8-22, 2019, Matt Ross Community Center
Kansas once led wine production in the U.S. and was home to more than 90 breweries before Prohibition. The Kansas legislature legally abolished the manufacture and sale of alcohol in the state in 1881 and doomed these industries. National Prohibition wouldn't occur for four decades. We'll examine the growth and demise of brewing and winemaking in Kansas. We'll discuss the social, moral, cultural and political forces in Kansas during the early and mid-19th century. Next, we'll learn how Prohibition dashed economic dreams or prompted entrepreneurs to conduct business in Missouri. Finally, we'll discuss the renaissance of local breweries and wineries.


October 23, 2019 to November 6, 2019, Kansas City Kansas Community College
In the 1930s, graduating college athletes found the best basketball in the AAU Industrial Leagues, with the best teams found in Kansas. Learn how businesses sponsored basketball to market their products during the Great Depression. We'll highlight the McPherson Globe Refiners, a town team that introduced the dunk shot, originated the zone press, and won the first Gold Medal in basketball in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The course covers the first 50 years of basketball, focusing on Dr. James Naismith, the game's inventor, who mentored legendary coaches Phog Allen and John McLendon.


November 7-21, 2019, Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
In this course we will examine some famous-and not so famous-cases, both state and federal, that have had significant impact on the law and general society in the United States.We will read the decisions, supporting documents, popular and legal commentaries and try to understand the role of the judiciary and courts in shaping the U.S. The cases include Marbury v. Madison; Dartmouth College v. Woodward; Swift v. Tyson; Dred Scott v. Sandford; Plessy v Ferguson; State of Tennessee v. John ThomasScopes; Macpherson v. Buick Motor Co.; Brown v. Board of Education; District of Columbia v. Heller; Citizens United v Federal Election Commission and Obergefell v.Hodges.


October 17-31, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
November 13, 2019 to December 4, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Kansas has been home to a variety of unique, colorful and important individuals. First will be Joseph G. McCoy, the entrepreneur who brought cattle from the fields of Texas to the railroads at Abilene, creating the iconic cowboy image. Next will be Tom Pendergast, whose political machine ran Kansas City for almost 30 years. William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette, was an advisor to eight U.S. presidents. Finally, we'll focus on Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, and his years at the University of Kansas, including mentoring Hall of Famer John McLendon, who could not play at Kansas because he was African-American.


October 30, 2019 to November 13, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
This course will review a selection of motion pictures that have forever transformed our world. Some of them, like The Birth of a Nation (1915), threw a racist bomb into contemporary politics; others, like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Fritz Lang's Metropolis, expanded our vision of the future. Still others, like the work of Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney, used comedy and animation to deliver satiric jabs at our popular culture. The medium of the motion picture itself has been radically transformed by experiments in storytelling by filmmakers like Ken Burns, in his documentaries about the Civil War, jazz and baseball


October 9-23, 2019, Kansas State University - Olathe

In this course we will explore the music and lives of some of the great composers of classical music. We will track their careers from their early work, through influences that impacted their musical styles, to the late work that culminated their careers. Each class will explore one or two composers in detail, with many musical examples. Composers will range from Johann Sebastian Bach to Philip Glass and several in between.



October 30, 2019 to November 13, 2019, Claridge Court
When Reconstruction ended in 1877, the federal troops occupying the "unredeemed" Southern states were withdrawn, unleashing racial violence by white supremacist groups such as the Ku KluxKlan and the White League. This forced as many as 40,000 African American "Exodusters" to flee to Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. But it was Kansas, the land of John Brown and the Free State, which attracted most of the refugees.We will review the events that caused the exodus, the arduous trek to Kansas and its leaders, the communities that were established here and the fate of those communities.


September 11-25, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
November 5-19, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald are notorious for their assassinations, but who were Charles Guiteau and Leon Czolgosz, and why did they murder Presidents Garfield and McKinley? There have been 28 documented assassination attempts on 22 sitting or former presidents or presidents-elect. In Milwaukee, Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest, but finished his campaign speech. In Miami, Guiseppe Zangara fired five shots at FDR, but killed Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. And we'll discuss attempts to assassinate Presidents Obama and Trump. We'll uncover them all and closely examine the men...and women...who killed (or tried to kill) the president of the United States.




October 15-29, 2019, Eudora Community Museum
Rediscover the county's sixth- longest river, its history in westward expansion, its uses for transportation and irrigation, and how current populations interact with it. The course will build upon the insights gained from two solo kayak adventures taken by Hannes Zacharias down the Arkansas River, one in 1976 and again in 2018, following a drop of water from the headwaters at Tennessee Pass in Colorado to the Mississippi and on to the Gulf of Mexico. Rediscover what you forgot about this wild, massive, and sometimes non- existent river as it cuts across 2,060 miles of America's midsection.


October 24, 2019 to November 7, 2019, Regnier Hall 165

Long before Kansas womenobtained the unfettered right to votein 1912 (a full eightyears before the 19th Amendment established that right nationally), they foundother ways to affect policy in publicspheres dominated by men. The same indomitable spirit that enabled pioneer women to withstand the rigors of frontierlife infused their efforts to shapethe society in which they lived. Sara Robinson, Julia Lovejoy, Clarina Nichols, Carry Nation, Annie Diggs, Mary Lease, and Lilla Day Monroe, among others, took on such struggles as those toabolish slavery, repel demon rum,improve the lot of farmers and secure more rights for women.



September 25, 2019 to October 9, 2019, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
The landscapes of the Weald and Downs have made Sussex a beautiful setting for a rich history of dragons and dinosaurs, Romans, Normans, saints and devils, cannon ironmasters, and smugglers. In this class, we will take a virtual tour through a pageant of myth and history, people and places of this county from ancient times to the present day.


November 5-19, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Violence, illicit sex, treachery, abuse of women and other minorities-who would think that these subjects would be in the Bible? Well, they are, and in this course, we will examine selected passages where they occur. Our aim is not to dwell on the lurid but to analyze and interpret these texts in terms of historical and cultural context. We may also discover that our journey into the "dark side" of the Bible has helped us become more informed and responsible readers of a book that is foundational to much of Western civilization.


October 22, 2019 to November 5, 2019, Mission Square

Few places in the world have experienced as much historical drama as the world's longest river. For more than 4,500, years the Nile has witnessed sweeping events of discovery, conflict and engineering. It's been the stage for larger-than-life characters, remarkable edifices and far-reaching ideas. Join us for a sampling of stories that illustrate the geography, cultures and history of that primeval waterway, the Nile River.

 



October 15-29, 2019, Aldersgate Village Manchester Lodge
The Oracle at Delphi was the superstar of the ancient Greek world. Speaking from the "navel of the earth" as the voice of Apollo, her soothsaying launched wars, ratified laws, counseled marriages and helped spark western philosophy. For over a thousand years her influencewas felt throughout the Hellenic sphere. Her prophesies were often mysterious and prone to misinterpretation, making fertile soil for many Greek tragedies.


September 17, 2019 to October 1, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
We will relive one of the most spectacular journeys in American history, the Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase and find a route to the Pacific Ocean. This exciting human drama, which lasted from 1804 to 1806, began in St. Louis, reached the Pacific Northwest, and then returned, adding to our knowledge of the region while generating stories and adventures. We will view the beautifully produced Ken Burns/Dayton Duncan PBS video, listen to music played during or inspired by the trip, and read brief commentaries of trip participants and observers.


October 2-16, 2019, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor
October 8-22, 2019, New Century Fieldhouse
In 1775, gunfire broke out on a village green in Massachusetts. The skirmish was preceded by years of friction between Britain and its discontented American colonies. A new idea was taking hold, an idea that turned centuries of hierarchy upside down. Were people destined to be ruled by kings? Or, were people capable of choosing their own leaders? Subjects or citizens? The notion of a republic had been entirely discredited in Europe, but in the new land of America, people were enthused by the prospects. This course addresses the causes, the personages, the combat, and the diplomacy that launched an embryonic state on a path of greatness.This course has been cancelled.


October 3-17, 2019, Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse
Marking the 75th anniversary of the 1944 Ardennes counter-offensive, commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge, we'll examine one of history's most well-known battles. Fought in the rugged Ardennes forest of Belgium in the dead of winter, this epic struggle marked Nazi Germany's last offensive to split the Anglo-British allianceand compel a negotiated peace. Surprising American troops by attacking in a seemly quiet sector, the battle became one of the largest campaigns in U.S. Army history.This course examines the campaign from the political decision-makers in Washington, London and Berlin to the experiences and the harsh conditions of the individual soldiers and Belgian civilians.


October 21, 2019 to November 4, 2019, Roeland Park Community Center
One hundred fifty years ago, the McCoy brothers of Springfield, Ill. bet their fortunes on Abilene, Kansas, then just a slapdash way station. Instead of an endless horizon of prairie grasses, they saw a bustling outlet for hundreds of thousands of Texas Longhorns coming up the Chisholm Trail-and the youngest brother, Joseph, saw how a middleman could become wealthy in the process. This is the story of how that gamble paid off, transforming the cattle trade and, with it, the American landscape and diet.Due to a scheduling conflict, this course will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and continue on Thursdays, Sept. 19 & 26. These dates differ from the dates published in the fall catalog.


September 10-26, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
This course will examine the crucial eastern theater of the Civil War. First we'll review the first two years of the war where Confederate tactical dominance consistently defeated larger Union armies. Then we'll review the pivotal year 1863 and Lee and Jackson's great victory at Chancellorsville and the war's great turning-point with the Union's victory at Gettysburg. Finally, we'll look in depth at Grant's assumption of command in the east and his brilliant "overland campaign" culminating in the siege of Petersburg and the South's surrender at Appomattox. In addition to the emphasis on the military campaign, the social and political events in the east will also be discussed.


October 9-23, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Elements of a controversial phenomenon that would become rock 'n' roll, and forever alter American and world culture, gathered during the first half of the 20th century. The musical roots- country & western, rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, gospel, and folk-were integral to birth the Big Beat. But other forces-teen culture, politics, business, technology, racism,media and chance, also played roles in rock's development. The Golden Age of Rock was all teen idols, doo wop, and girl groups until 1959, when "the music died." Was this the end of Rock? Join our conversation about how rock became rock.The dates for this course have changed from those published in the catalog. The course will start one week later: Oct. 8, 15 & 22.


October 8-22, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

The Great Depression of the 1930s was the longest period of "hard times" in U.S. history. However, not every family had the same experience. We will cover various personal situations and national trends, as well as events in Kansas, including the Dust Bowl. We'll examine President Hoover's efforts and Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs like the Works Progress Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. We will also view the New Deal's legacy, including the FDIC and Social Security. Finally,we'll listen to 1930s music and share family stories from this tumultuous era.



October 3-17, 2019, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

George W. Bush and Donald Trump won recent presidential elections despite getting fewer popular votes than their opponents. They owed their victories to the role of the Electoral College, a unique institution mandated by the American Constitution. Why was the Electoral College included in the Constitution? How did it work initially? How does it work now? What prompted the changes in its functioning over the course of American history? What are its strengths and weaknesses? Can it be eliminated or reformed? What are the leading proposals to change the method by which we select our presidents? This course will address these questions.



November 6-20, 2019, Brewster Place
This course will trace current global issues back to their common source, World War One. The world experienced radical changes between 1914 and 1918 and their impact is still felt today in the fields of politics, economics, science and culture. This course seeks to explain how our current world is still shaped by events that occurred more than a century ago. We will include the stories of K-State's 48 Fallen, the students and faculty from the Kansas StateAgricultural College who gave their lives to the war, adding context to understanding our modern world.


October 2-16, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
Geography is much more than place locations and this course will prove it! We begin with the Kansas natural environment, specifically the land including aspects of geology and the state's physiographic regions, ranging from the Ozark Plateau in the southeast corner to the High Plains in the far west. Historical economic geography of Kansas regions involving resource extraction in the form of coal, oil and natural gas production; and agriculture, particularly the role of irrigation and its impact on water-today the state's most important resource-will follow. This course has been cancelled.

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This course will explore the historical development of the U.S.-Mexico border from the perspective of both Mexico and the United States.Together, we will explore how the border evolved and hardened through the creation of the Border Patrol, the Mexican Revolution and the effects of Prohibition. We'll review personal accounts, photographs and songs of"borderlanders," along with government officials providing crucial context to today's current debates. Finally, we will examine how to negotiate the border in the age of nationalism.


October 7-21, 2019, Lenexa City Hall at City Center
"Hey kids! Let's put on a Show!" KU Professor John Tibbetts presents this unvarnished look at the sometimes celebrated, often-maligned genre of the musical film, from 42nd Street to Hamilton. Tibbetts will share his interviews with Hollywood musical stars Cyd Charisse and Russ Tamblyn and director Richard Attenborough. Other films to be featured are the Judy Garland/ Mickey Rooney "backstage" musicals, the Astaire/Rogers Top Hat, the revolutionary Show Boat, the racially controversial Stormy Weather, and the experimental A Chorus Line. And yes, Hamilton will be examined.


September 19, 2019 to October 3, 2019, Regnier Hall 165
One of the leading musical figures in the history of the United States, George Gershwin (1898-1937) combined influences from Tin Pan Alley, classical music, jazz, and blues into a distinctive music style heard in his numerous Broadway musicals, songs for Hollywood films, and concert works like the famous Rhapsody in Blue. This course explores his biography and each aspect of his musical output.


September 17, 2019 to October 1, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Star Wars premiered nearly half a century ago to become a cinematic and cultural phenomenon. Hundreds of millions of people the world over, young and old, have seen episodes of this motion picture series, and have become eager consumers of its merchandise from action figures to lunch boxes. Many fans, however, are unaware of the powerful mythological themes animating the Star Wars narrative, especially those surveyed in Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. We'll embark on our own hero's journey through Campbell's work, and with the aid of excerpts from Star Wars, learn how and why this saga has had such a hold on our imaginations.


October 10-24, 2019, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County
Many scholars believe modern America was born in the 1920s. This raucous era brought us modern advertising, supermarkets, buying on credit, commercial radio and flight, culture wars, short skirts, fads, voter apathy-even television. Dramatic technological and social changes clashed with conservative values. Prosperity and mass media expanded their reach to more Americans than ever before, but this was also the "Aspirin Age"-a time of anxiety about health, public morals, crime, terrorism, corruption and race relations. This course will delve into the people and events that set the United States on a new path and continue to shape us.


September 16-30, 2019, Brandon Woods Smith Center
This course discusses how three generations of Spencers led Kansas to the forefront of coal mining and chemical manufacturing. John, the patriarch, his son, Charles, and the grandson, Kenneth, developed a coal/chemical empire from 1867 to Kenneth's death in 1960. During that century their companies became the world's leaders in mechanized mining processes and manufacturers of agricultural fertilizer. We'll also examine the Spencer Foundation's contributions to the arts and culture of the Midwest and nation such as the Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the Helen Foresman Museum of Art at KU.


November 4-18, 2019, Village Shalom
During the mid-19th century, the Underground Railroad was a critical network of routes and safe houses that provided escaped slaves a pathway from plantations in the South to freedom in the North or Canada. In this course, we will closely examine the important role Northeast Kansas played in the Underground Railroad. We'll meet the heroic men and women who risked their lives to aid those desperate fugitives whose only road to freedom ran through Kansas. We'll also meet those brave refugees, hear their stories, and visit the local routes and safe houses that were critical to their perilous journeys to freedom.


October 7-21, 2019, Washburn University Henderson Learning Center

The well-documented orphan trains brought a wave of humanity to the Midwest in the late 1800s. A lesser-known wave arrived in secrecy. In the early to mid-1900s, Kansas City was known as the "Adoption Hub of America." More than 100,000 pregnant, unwed young women arrived to give birth in one of several maternity facilities. The babies were placed for adoption and the women returned home heartbroken.We will explore how Kansas City received this distinction, delve into the history of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium (the "Waldorf"of such facilities). Finally, we'll study the family who ran The Willows for 64 years.



September 17, 2019 to October 1, 2019, Kansas State University - Olathe
Works of art tell fascinating stories about 18th-century France-the century of Versailles, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. We'll learn about the people who shaped the history of this very important period, including the kings of France and their loves, Americans Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson-both of whom lived in France-and many others. We'll explore fashion, economics, philosophy, ballet, interior design, landscape gardening and much more, and we'll discuss how they are related and how they play a part in our lives today.


October 10-24, 2019, Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
November 4-18, 2019, Regnier Hall 165
Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz's story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance-the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We'll also discuss what it means to lose not just one's family, but one's whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land.




November 6-20, 2019, Townplace Suites, Jayhawk Room
Issues will include birthright citizenship granted by the 14th Amendment and citizenship through naturalization or birth abroad, distinctions between U.S. citizens and nationals, how to immigrate or work legally in theU.S. and how to become a citizen. We'll also address whether asylum at the U.S. border is working, which citizenship or immigration laws and "quotas" might change, the N-400 U.S. citizenship application, civics test and mandatory interview for acquiring citizenship, and an overview of the naturalization ceremony. Not to be missed: Isbaby Archie Windsor a U.S. citizen? Could he be king of England? Will his children be U.S. citizens?


November 5-19, 2019, Regnier Hall 165
On three historic occasions, there were spirited wars of words before Americans chose between fighting and compromise. Colonists debated if they should remain loyal subjects of England or seek to become an independent nation. After less than a century, Northerners and Southerners wrestled with whether it was possible for our nation to remain half slave and half free. Decades later, U.S. citizens argued about the wisdom of entering or staying out of the Great War in Europe. We will relive these three monumental debates by sampling history-based documentary videos and written comments by participants and scholars.


November 7-21, 2019, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County
History's most destructive war began on September 1, 1939 in Europe, and eventually spread across the world. We'll review the events leading up to the war, the German advances of 1939-1941 and America's subsequent entry into conflict. Then, we'll focus on the titanic struggle in Russia, and the campaigns in North Africa and Sicily. The final class will examine the Allies' return to Europe with the D-Day landings, the 1943-1945 Russian counteroffensives, the liberation of Western Europe, and the fall of the Third Reich.


October 30, 2019 to November 13, 2019, Washburn University Henderson Learning Center
This in-depth examination of World War II in the Pacific and Asia will first review the origins of the war beginning with Japan's 1931 aggressive policies in China with subsequent European and American responses to them. We'll also examine events leading up to Japan's attack on American, Dutch and British military forces in Asia and the Pacific in December 1941. Then we'll review Japanese military operations in 1942 and the beginning of America, Britain, and Australia's struggle to take the offensive in 1942-1943. Finally, we will examine the major 1944-1945 campaigns in the southwest and central Pacific culminating in the August 1945 surrender of Japan.


September 11-25, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
You have accumulated wealth-wealth of knowledge, experience, and values. To whom will you leave these precious possessions? Consider writing an ethical will. Unlike a traditional will that bequeaths material things, an ethical will passes on the ethics and life lessons of a family elder-YOU. Our exercises and discussion will help you discern the life experiences that shaped your values. Unlike the bequest of heirloom china or a CD, your ethical will reflects who you are as a person. It will give your loved ones a document to treasure and a reminder of how your values guided and shaped a family.


October 31, 2019 to November 14, 2019, Northland Innovation Center