Courses & Events
On Nov. 11, 1918, the United States and its allies signed an armistice with Germany to end fighting on land, sea and air. It was to take effect at 11 a.m. Paris time or "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month," ending The Great War. Join us as we tour the museum and hear Dr. Robert Smith, curator of the Fort Riley Museum and veteran Osher instructor, review the events leading to the armistice and its aftermath.7 a.m. - Coach departs Meadowlark Hills (residents)7:15 a.m. - Depart Town Center lot8:15 a.m. - Depart Red Robbin (Topeka)9 a.m. - Depart Osher Institute10:30 a.m. - WWI Museum tour11:30 a.m. - Lunch in the Over There Café and touring on your own1:30 p.m. - Coach departs2:30 p.m. - Arrive at Osher3 p.m. - Arrive in Topeka3:45 p.m. - Arrive at Town Center4 p.m. - Arrive at Meadowlark Hills$95 fee includes transportation, presentation, tickets, tours and lunch.$70 fee includes presentation, tickets, tours and lunch (no transportation).Refund requests honored on or before Oct. 5, minus a $15 administrative fee.

Friday, October 12, 2018, National WWI Museum
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.

September 12-26, 2018, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County Peaslee Tech
The course will cover a variety of topics both historic and current, including a comparison between the older Mississippian Indian culture and the current Chickasaw Tribal culture. We'll also review World War II's Navajo Code Talkers; the failed U.S. government policy of assimilation; the Trail of Tears; the four Kansas Native American Reservations; and the Haskell Indian Nations University. Guest Native Americans will give insights on their history, civilization and current challenges.

September 20, 2018 to October 4, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
The Gothic story is central to the American literary imagination. From Washington Irving to Stephen King, from Edgar Allan Poe to Joyce Carol Oates and Philip K. Dick, haunted houses, haunted minds and ghosts populate our literature. In this course (the first of two), we'll discuss works by Poe, Hawthorne, Oates, Faulkner, Cheever and O'Connor. As a whole, the stories ask us to consider why the dark side is so prominent in a country dedicated to optimism and the future. We'll also discuss haunted-house (Gothic) movies, the dark side of Romantic literature, and the haunting of the modern imagination by Sigmund Freud.

October 8-22, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
The three most noted artists of American Regionalism will be the focus of this class: Thomas Hart Benton from Missouri, John Steuart Curry from Kansas, and Grant Wood from Iowa. How did these artists, with their anti-modernist tendencies, take on European abstract art and form a significant, if not major, American art movement? We'll examine their major works and the influences of their home states and region, an area that most in the class call home.

October 10-24, 2018, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County Peaslee Tech
Of all of the arts, none is more fundamental to the way we live than architecture. It is a mirror of our own time and of times gone by, a diary written in mud and timber, brick and stone, concrete and glass. Our homes and public buildings reflect what we once were - and what we hope to become. Join art historian Ann Wiklund on a journey to visit buildings that truly do astonish, from the ancient pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and so much more.

The Edwards Campus section of this course has been postponed. The new dates for the course are Thursday, Dec. 6, Tuesday, Dec. 11 & Thursday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., Room 165 in Regnier Hall. The Lawrence course will be held as originally scheduled.

September 18, 2018 to October 2, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
December 6-13, 2018, Regnier Hall 165
What better way to enjoy the sounds of the season than with a Canadian Brass Christmas? Now in its 47th year, the Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television and sold 2 million albums worldwide. Renowned for versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass has elevated the art of the brass quintet. Join us for a pre-performance dinner and Canadian Brass preview by Dr. Paul Stevens, associate dean of the KU School of Music and associate professor, horn.

Sunday, December 9, 2018, Lied Center
Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg reading from her new novel Miriam's Well about mythology, history and finding our place, people and purpose. In this modern-day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, driven by her sense of purpose but searching for her place and her people. As she seeks the Promised Land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals and miracles. The reading and discussion will be followed by a reception featuring recipes central to Miriam and other characters included in the novel.

Thursday, November 15, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
No other English poet - including Shakespeare - had a better understanding of the strengths and the foibles of human nature than Geoffrey Chaucer. And there is no better place to experience the idiosyncrasies and contradictions of human behavior than by joining the diverse elements of humanity that met in the Tabard Inn back in the latter 14th century. With an eye on the 21st century, we look back at tales of those travelers on their way from the London suburb of Southwark to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral.

October 16-30, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
There is near certainty among scientists that humans are affecting the climate, and not necessarily in a good way. The evidence of climate change is mounting each year. This course will review that evidence and delve into what the socio-economic impact could be. We'll examine how climate change would impact such industries as health care, agriculture (including livestock, forestry and fisheries), energy, insurance and tourism. Also, we will explore how climate change affects different regions of the globe and how it could cause income inequities between and within countries.

September 12-26, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
This is an introductory course about the prophetic tradition of Islam. The course provides a brief survey of the diverse ways in which Muslims have practiced the message of Muhammad. It offers an overview of basic Islamic beliefs and practices by examining how Islam has related and negotiated identities with the other Abrahamic religions. The course also examines the relationship and interpretation of Islam with violence, peace, commerce and political governance, all designed to cultivate an appreciation and a richer understanding of Islam and its many manifestations on the world stage.

October 3-17, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
In celebration of the Lied Center's 25th Anniversary, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) will premiere a new work commissioned by the Lied Center. Each of the 15 members of the JLCO will compose one movement to capture the spirit of a beloved KU basketball legend. This project represents the first time the JLCO has been commissioned to create a new work as a collective. The combination of the world's greatest jazz orchestra with the tradition of basketball that runs so deep at the University of Kansas will result in an unforgettable performance.The JLCO, comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus and many others. Wynton Marsalis (music director, trumpet) is the managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982 and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums, which have garnered him nine Grammy Awards. In 1997, Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music.Through the generosity of private donors, each movement of the 25th Anniversary Commission is sponsored. Net proceeds of this project will help fund the Lied Center's Performing Arts Access Endowment, which will enable every student in Lawrence Public Schools to attend a world-class, age-specific performance on an annual basis.

Thursday, October 11, 2018, Lied Center
"Rethink: I Am a Veteran" is a performance and storytelling project centered on the lives of women veterans, their families, and friends. This project, which is designed and led by women artists, focuses on veterans who are women, sharing their first person experiences and delving into topics such as toxic masculinity, abuse, military glass ceilings, family life and sexuality.

Friday, November 9, 2018, Lawrence Arts Center
What stories do congressional archives tell, where are they found, and how can they be used? What role do historical records play in democracy and civic engagement? We'll discuss these questions and use the Dole Archives and intergenerational conversation to examine 20th-century history, politics, policy and culture. Osher participants will work with first-semester freshmen students in the KU Honors Program on a project that may be featured as an exhibit at the Dole Institute. This is a great opportunity to interact with the newest generation of voting-age citizens.

October 29, 2018 to November 12, 2018, Dole Institute of Politics
We'll study the great oil paintings of Cassatt, Eakins and Homer along with their accomplishments in other areas of art and art media. We'll discuss Cassatt's 10-color intaglio prints from the 1890s, which many in the print world consider to be some of the finest of this type of color printing, as well as her involvement with the French Impressionists. We'll cover Eakins' work in photography and his revolutionary approach to teaching life drawing. Finally, we'll review Homer's work in watercolor as an illustrator covering the Civil War for Harper's magazine and his work in etching. Homer is "the" watercolorist by which all American watercolorists will forever be judged.

October 8-22, 2018, Monterey Village
This exhibition explores the artistic, political and ideological significance of Napoleon's imperial court. It aims to re-create the ambiance and capture the spirit that prevailed in the French court during the Empire. A selection of works, many never before exhibited in North America, will reveal the power and splendor of the Imperial Household and its role in fashioning a monarchic identity for the new emperor, his family and loyal entourage.9 a.m. - Coach departs Osher Institute10:15 a.m. - Docent-led Napoleon tour11:30 a.m. - Rozzelle Court lunch and touring on your own1:30 p.m. - Coach departs2:30 p.m. - Coach arrives at Osher$95 fee includes transportation, tickets, tours and lunch.$70 fee includes, tickets, tours and lunch (no transportation).Requests for refund will be honored on or before Nov. 9, minus a $15 administrative fee.?

Friday, November 16, 2018, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
This course will explore philanthropy from the donor's perspective. Examine real-life situations, tools and techniques that allow people to have more money currently through tax deductions, guaranteed income for life and asset protection from creditors. Did you know that you could redirect money that you pay in taxes to your favorite charitable organizations? Also we'll hear from a guest speaker from the KU Endowment Association who will explain how nonprofits operate today and how vital they are to our society.

November 6-20, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
This course introduces East African popular culture and its contribution to the globalized 21st century. Using popular music, short films and selected readings, we highlight the richness and diversity of East African popular cultural components such as music, dance, film and media. The course reviews how cultural developments have shaped socioeconomic and political life in East Africa over the years. Finally, we examine East African languages and how they shape and reshape popular culture in East Africa, and their impact on all spheres of life.

September 12-26, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
Roman Britain was generally considered to be an obscure imperial province, but recent excavations in London and throughout Britain have brought the period into a new light. The everyday life of civilians and military has been revealed by modern technology applied to DNA, isotopes, and the transcription of newly discovered texts. In this class, we will follow the Roman invasion with explorations in Londinium, countryside villas and the wild northern frontier. The story will conclude with the departure of the legions and the merge of Romano-Britain with Arthurian mythology.

October 16-30, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
Women have a long, but underappreciated history in the American military, having served in every conflict from the American Revolution to the current War on Terror. Nancy Hope, a former line officer in the U.S. Navy, will offer a personal perspective as well as a historical exploration of the evolving roles of women in our military, from their early days as cooks and nurses to the combat roles they fulfill today.

This course has been cancelled at the request of the instructor.

This course contains no sessions
This course will examine Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) who ruled the Soviet Union with an iron hand for almost 30 years until his death in 1953. He was a key leader in the Russian revolution, Civil War, founding of the U.S.S.R., widespread famine, forced industrialization, collectivization of agriculture, great purges, World War II, hegemony over neighbors, post-war reconstruction and competing with the West in the Cold War. Taken together, these events constitute the single most earthshaking cataclysm of the 20th century. This makes Stalin one of the most influential figures in world history.

The course has been cancelled at the request of the instructor.

This course contains no sessions
Almost 3,000 years old, but still as current as the morning news, the Psalter has enticed generations into an exploration of its spiritual and secular depths. As history, the psalms reveal a people searching for a homeland, for a psychic identity, and for internal and national peace. As literature, they invite readers to examine the poetic power of parallel construction and perhaps to try their own hand at writing such personal verse. As windows into the human heart, they capture our lives, from the sadness of war and exile to the everyday experiences of relationships, worries, and work.

October 17-31, 2018, Maple Woods Community College Campus Center Building Classroom 110
October 18, 2018 to November 1, 2018, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor
This adaptation of Robert James Waller's bestselling novel earned a Tony Award for Best Original Score. It's 1965 in Winterset, Iowa, where Italian war bride Francesca Johnson has been living a largely unfulfilling farm life when her husband, son and daughter leave to attend a 4-H show. Francesca's quiet weekend is upended when photographer Robert Kincaid appears asking directions to one of the county's famed covered bridges. Her well-intended hospitality to a stranger turns both their lives upside down.

Thursday, September 27, 2018, Theatre Lawrence
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.

The Roeland Park session of this course has been cancelled. However, the session at Pioneer Ridge in Lawrence will proceed as scheduled.

September 13-27, 2018, Roeland Park Community Center
October 31, 2018 to November 14, 2018, Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community
century ago to become a cinematicand cultural phenomenon.Hundreds of millions of peoplethe world over, young and old,have seen episodes of this motionpicture series, and have becomeeager consumers of its merchandisefrom action figures to lunch boxes.Many fans, however, are unawareof the powerful mythologicalthemes animating the StarWars narrative, especially thosesurveyed in Joseph Campbell'sThe Hero with a Thousand Faces.We'll embark on our own hero'sjourney through Campbell's work,and with the aid of excerpts fromStar Wars, learn how and why thissaga has had such a hold on our imaginations.

September 10-24, 2018, St Andrews Classroom
Winston Churchill had such a penchant for espionage that he might have been to model for James Bond's secretive superior, "M." Churchill had a war to win on many fronts, and just how he did it remained largely secret for 70 years. At last we can examine the tactics used by Churchill and his team to confound and defeat the enemy whoever and wherever they were. We'll review the alleged treasonous actions of the Windsors, the secret British peace negotiations that started in 1942, and the British code-breaking operation. Finally, we'll watch a commando raid first from the public point of view and then with inside information. Why James Bond? That's a secret.

November 1-15, 2018, Brandon Woods Smith Center
November 6-20, 2018, Claridge Court