In this course we will explore the music and lives of some ofthe great composers of classicalmusic. We will track their careers from their early work, through influences that impacted their musical styles, tothe late work that culminated theircareers. Each class will explore one or two composers in detail,with many musical examples. Composers will range from Johann Sebastian Bach toPhilip Glass and several in between.
This course contains no sessions
June 4-18, 2019, Regnier Hall 163
Monday, April 29 - 6:30 p.m.
1515 St. Andrews Dr.
Monday, April 29, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
We'll mosey out to the Flint Hills to the Hoy family's Flying W Ranch. What could be better on a spring morning than a leisurely horse- drawn wagon ride across the Flint Hills? During the ride,we'll learn about the area's history and its inhabitants. A mouth-watering chuck wagon lunch will await us following the ride and cowboy historian Jim Hoy will sing cowboy tunes and share cowboy culture. This may be your highlight of the spring.
Friday, May 3
7 a.m.- Coach departs KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, and returns by 5:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - Coach departs Osher Institute, 1515 St.Andrews Dr., Lawrence, and returns by 8:30 p.m.
9 a.m -Coach departs the parking lot at I-70 and K-177 (near Manhattan) and returns by 3:00 p.m.
$125 fee includes charter coach transportation, ranch tour, entertainment and lunch
Refund must be requested by April 25,minus a $15 administrative fee.
Due to the popularity of this event, we have added a second trip to the Flying W Ranch. See the link below: Monday, May 6, 2019, Flying W Ranch.
Friday, May 3, 2019, Flying W Ranch
Monday, May 6, 2019, Flying W Ranch
April 4-18, 2019, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
April 3-17, 2019, Brewster Place
July 1-15, 2019, Roeland Park Community Center
Who and where are America's indigenous descendants now, and how are they faring? Topics will cover Kansas Tribes, including the Wyandot Nation; the 2012 Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Pottawatomie Prairie Band Nation and the historic Cobell v. Salazar case, alleging the U.S. government's mishandling of Indian trust funds (filed in 1996 and settled for $3.4 billion in 2009); and the Doctrine of Discovery (will it ever be repudiated?). And, finally, with visits by Native American tribe members, we will discuss current tribal issues and also learn about the Native Americans recently elected to government positions.
April 11-25, 2019, Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, Room M118
In this course,we will examine the creation and growth of artificial intelligence. Emerging AI technologies are designed to save time and energy, make jobs simpler, and allow employees to work more efficiently and productively. We will examine how computer systems are coded to mirror capabilities of the human brain and how AI has and will impact healthcare, industrial automation, and engineering, design and construction. We will also investigate how AI will impact and advance the capabilities of global military autonomous weapons.Economists and scientists alike believe this will result in a fourth industrial revolution within the next decade.
March 26, 2019 to April 9, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Photojournalism - the integration of pictures and text to tell a story - developed during the 20th century, due to advancing technology and a growing awareness of the impact of the visual. A "golden age" of iconic images and celebrated photographers began in the 1930s, with the advent of Life magazine, National Geographic and photo- oriented newspapers. This course looks at the history - and the future - of photojournalism, touching on equipment but emphasizing pictures and stories,including the work of Kansans Jim Richardson, Gordon Parks, Brian Lanker and others.
April 17, 2019 to May 1, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Around the world, highly skilled dog teams keep us safe, detecting explosives and contraband. But how did humans and canines team up in the first place? That is a fascinating, heartbreaking and largely unknown story dating back to the Civil War when dogs tagged along as battle mascots. Soon they showed their usefulness in an amazing number of tasks taught to them by the humans with whom they bonded. The military was slow to appreciate the value of K-9 teams, but over time the dogs'devoted handlers won respect and important rights for their four- footed comrades.
February 6-20, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Botanical gardens were first developed inthe 16th century as medicinalgardens, but today they are destination sites for plant lovers around theworld. From the oldest botanicalgarden in England, theChelsea 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 NationalGarden in Belfast, wewill explore the history, beautyand meaning of the botanical garden through photography, art andliterature. You won't want to miss this armchair tour!
June 17, 2019 to July 1, 2019, Brandon Woods Smith Center
February 20, 2019 to March 6, 2019, Roeland Park Community Center
March 5-19, 2019, Regnier Hall 153
This course contains no sessions
February 12-26, 2019, McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff
March 21, 2019 to April 4, 2019, Regnier Hall 165
July 11-25, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
This course examines three historical disappearances,one in 17th century, and two in the 19th century: The Roanoke Colony, the Franklin Arctic Expedition and the Mary Celeste. Although the sites where they vanished are widely distant from one another, they have one thing in common: no one knows for sure what happened to the people involved. There are many theories, some reasonable and some quite mad. We will set the stage, analyze the known facts and try to answer the most important question of all from these perplexing mysteries - what really happened?
Please note the dates and location for this course are different that those published in the catalog. The dates are Mondays, April 15, 22 & 29 at the North Kansas City Public Library, 2251 Howell St., North Kansas City, Mo. We apologize for the change and any inconvenience.
April 15-29, 2019, North Kansas City Public Library
Edinburgh is a popular destination remembered fondly for its magnificent skyline and vibrant city life. However, behind the tourist attractions lies a proud history of ideas that have shaped the world we live in, especially from the ferment of the "Scottish Enlightenment." Great ideas oft gang awry,so we'll also review some epic disasters whose anniversaries continue to be observed. Edinburgh was the first city designated a UNESCO "City of Literature," appropriate since its railway station is the only one in the world named after a novel. As Scotland teeters on the brink of independence, its capital forges into the future as a city of excitement and new ideas.
Although John Doveton is a Sassenach, he grew up in Edinburgh where he received a thoroughly Scottish education. He will incorporate his lessons and personal experiences in a commentary on a city where past, present and future coexist vividly in the everyday.
May 2-16, 2019, Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
March 14-28, 2019, Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
February 7-21, 2019, Brandon Woods Smith Center
June 6-20, 2019, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging
July 11-25, 2019, Westchester Village of Lenexa
February 14-28, 2019, Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered how it was made? What materials and techniques were involved in the creation of great works? Where artists got theirpaints, pastels, pencils and inks beforeAmazon? When we know what artistsendure to create a work ourunderstanding and appreciation for the art-and the artist-is enhanced. We'll look at great paintings, drawingsand prints through time, from cave paintings to today's art, and discuss how theywere and are made. Come discover how Vermeer and others obtained, made andpainted with that beautiful ultramarine blue.
June 25, 2019 to July 9, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
What separates a great movie from a terrible one? What elements go together to create an enduring classic? How do you describe your favorite movie to a friend, family member or significant other beyond the words "awesome," "boring" or "alien invasion?"In this class, you'll learn what the people who write about movies for a living think about when they watch a film and how to use that knowledge to deepen your own understanding of your favorite flicks. Together, we'll explore the elements and artistic choices of film making through short films,images and clips from both classics and recent releases.
February 12-26, 2019, Regnier Hall 165
July 9-23, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
February 14-28, 2019, Washburn University Henderson Learning Center Room 021
March 20, 2019 to April 3, 2019, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County Peaslee Tech
July 9-23, 2019, Regnier Hall 163
The stories associated with supernatural beings and events link people to their origins and provide an explanation about their existence. With influences from Shintoism, Buddhism and Taoism, Japanese folklore is filled with supernatural beings ranging from gruesome and mysterious to humorous and playful. We'll introduce prominent Japanese apparitions, but we will also look beyond the initial spectacle depicted in folktales, historical accounts,statues, prints, writings, and theatrical performances to reveal the origins and effects of such beings on Japanese culture and society.
February 20, 2019 to March 6, 2019, Regnier Hall 163
July 10-24, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
Join us for a nostalgic tour that includes John Wayne's birthplace, the Walter Cronkite Memorial in Missouri and the iconic covered bridges of Madison County in Iowa.
Departing the Osher Institute, we'll pickup travelers at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, arriving in St. Joseph, Missouri, Walter Cronkite's hometown and site of a national memorial to "the most trusted man in America." Then we'll make our way to Des Moines, check into our hotel and enjoy an early get-acquainted reception. Then it's off to Des Moines' historic East Village - a popular venue of shops, galleries, entertainment and restaurants. It's a perfect spring evening to sightsee,shop and have dinner on your own.
On Friday, we'll be greeted with coffee and apple fritters before our guided tour of the famed Covered Bridges of Madison County with time to explore several sites. Then it's lunch on the square at the historic Northside Café - featured in the "Bridges" movie. Finally we'll visit the birthplace and museum of Marion Robert Morrison. You know him as John Wayne.
Thursday-Friday, May 9-10
7:30 a.m. - Coach departs Osher Institute, 1515 St.Andrews Dr. on Thursday and returns on Friday at approximately 6 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - Coach departs KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, on Thursday and returns on Friday at approximately 5 p.m.
$325 fee per person - double occupancy
$385 fee per person - single occupancy
Fee includes coach transportation, lodging, breakfast, admission fees and lunches on Thursday and Friday.
Refund must be requested by May 2, minus a $15 administrative fee.
May 9-10, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
February 20, 2019 to March 6, 2019, Claridge Court
July 16-30, 2019, Roeland Park Community Center
This course contains no sessions
February 25, 2019 to March 11, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
June 6-20, 2019, Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
At the end of the 19th century, artists began to challenge the belief that art must realistically depict the world. We'll explore the streams of intellectual thought, the innovations in science and technology, and the cultures that gave birth to the three great modern art movements: Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, and we'll see how the artists themselves were shaped by the eras in which they worked. Skeptics and enthusiasts alike will finally be able to "make sense of Modern Art."
Due to the popularity of this course, it will be moved from Regnier Hall Room 153 to the Regnier Auditorium just across the hall.
April 25, 2019 to May 9, 2019, Regnier Auditorium
June 6-20, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
ABBA's timeless songs propel this joyful tale of love, romance andfriendship. Winner of five Tony Awards, Mamma Mia! shares the story ofbride-to-be, Sophie, and her quest to find her long-lost father in time to walkher down the aisle at her island wedding. ABBA classics like "Dancing Queen,""Take a Chance on Me" and the title number of this smash hit musical are sureto have you dancing in the aisles!
Thursday, June 13, 2019, Theatre Lawrence
April 9-23, 2019, Mission Square
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.
April 11-25, 2019, Roeland Park Community Center
July 9-23, 2019, McCrite Plaza at Briarcliff
Napoleon Bonaparte remains a controversial figure. To some,he is the heir of the French Revolution, protecting and then spreading the ideals of the revolution across Europe - but on the bayonets of the Grande Armée. To others, he is the devil incarnate; a despotic satrap intent on power and his own personal glory. This course examines the Napoleonic era, beginning with his role as part of a three-man consular government and the reforms that protected the key elements of the French Revolution while limiting its excesses. We'll also examine why Napoleon, defeated and exiled,is considered one of the great commanders of all time.
Please note: At the request of the instructor, the course will begin one week later than the date published in the spring catalog. The new dates for the course are Wednesdays, May 8, 15 & 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Lenexa City Hall, 17101 W. 87th Parkway, Lenexa. We apologize for any inconvenience.
May 8-22, 2019, Lenexa City Hall at City Center
March 29, 2019 to April 12, 2019, Matt Ross Community Center
America's presidents leadextraordinary lives and make unique contributions to society. But the story doesn't end when theirterms expire. Presidents have liveda combined 450 years after leaving the White House. Many go onto accomplish more than they did while in office. Jimmy Carter eradicatedguinea worm disease, William Howard Taft became ChiefJustice of the United States, and George Washington established one of thelargest alcohol distilleries
in the nation. This course willexamine the lives of our former commanders in chief after public office,including their libraries and monuments, and often overlooked gooddeeds.
June 4-18, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
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.
February 12-26, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
June 5-19, 2019, Brewster Place
Join KU Libraries as they celebrate the golden anniversary of Kenneth Spencer Research Library. A tour of the library will include an in-depth look at the updated North Gallery,the renovated conservation lab and University Archives, as well as a thorough look at the current exhibition titled "Meet the Spencers: A Marriage of Arts and Sciences." Additionally, a selection of collection items will be pulled, providing attendees a hands-on experience with some original materials. Knowledgeable librarians will be available to provide insider details during this behind-the-scenes visit.
Friday, April 26
9 a.m. - Coach departs Osher Institute, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence
9:30 a.m. - Behind-the scenes tour of the Spencer Research Library
Noon - Lunch at the Kansas Memorial Union
1 p.m. - Coach departs for the Osher Institute
Friday, April 26, 2019, Spencer Research Library
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.
February 27, 2019 to March 13, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
June 6-20, 2019, Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse
July 8-22, 2019, NW Missouri State University - Kansas City
July 11-25, 2019, Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community
The 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Gameswere mainly a propaganda event for Hitler'sNazi Party. Butthe Americans-including a group of Kansas farm boys, the inventor of"basketball,"and Jesse Owens- oftenstole the spotlight from the host Germans. We'llreview the struggles of the Kansas Olympians to earn their way to Germany; discuss the internationalpolitics, boycotts and the glittering spectacle that defined the Berlin Games and document the Americans'competitive efforts, including the first Olympic gold medal awarded inbasketball. Finally, we look at the "Hitler Olympics" in retrospect.
July 11-25, 2019, Regnier Hall 163
March 12-26, 2019, North Kansas City Public Library
March 14-28, 2019, Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
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.
March 5-19, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
March 14-28, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
As the 1916 academic year opened at the University of Kansas, Chancellor Frank Strong struggled against years of inadequate state funding while German aggression was pulling a reluctant United States into the European conflict. KU observed its 50th anniversary this fall, and we will examine its needs, its resources and its outlook. We'll learn how the KU community met its challenges -military training, volunteer services, revamped class schedules, and the Spanish influenza - and the contributions of Strong, Olin Templin, James Naismith and Alberta Corbin, among others, in the months and ensuing years that changed KU forever.
This course contains no sessions
Between 1830 and 1862, the Rev. Thomas Johnson was associated with a school and a mission on the Shawnee Reservation in the area west of Missouri. The school provided both a traditional segment education and a manual labor portion and provided the opportunity for students to embrace Christianity. The story of its origin and expansion from a small day school to a substantial boarding school was due to the work of a group of missionaries, teachers and their students whose impact reached beyond their 2,000 acres. Let's explore this rich history.
March 12-26, 2019, Shawnee Indian Mission
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.
Please note that while the dates for this course are correct (March 21, 28 & April 4), the Osher spring catalog incorrectly lists this course as meeting on Tuesdays; it is actually meeting on Thursdays.
March 21, 2019 to April 4, 2019, Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, Room M118
June 11-25, 2019, Regnier Hall 163
February 12-26, 2019, Aberdeen Village
April 17, 2019 to May 1, 2019, Claridge Court
June 7-21, 2019, Matt Ross Community Center
February 13-27, 2019, North Kansas City Public Library
February 11-25, 2019, Village Shalom
February 12-26, 2019, Mission Square
July 11-25, 2019, Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, Room M118
Before the increasing news coverage, any mention of Uyghurs was mostly met with a puzzled look. Who are they ... and how is that pronounced? As news venues have highlighted the plight of this Turkic ethnic group in far western China, awareness is growing, but still many questions remain. In this course, we will explore the history and culture of Uyghurs living in a region that has a contested past. The goal of this course is to promote understanding of the complex historical, cultural, political and economic reasons behind the current human rights atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic populations in Xinjiang.
February 20, 2019 to March 6, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
June 13-27, 2019, Regnier Hall 163
The collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II resulted in the creation of the modern American musical play, where a serious story was told through dialogue, music and dance.Building upon their decades of writing Broadway musicals with other partners, Rodgers and Hammerstein became the most important creative team in the history of the American musical theater. This course will include detailed commentary on several of their most important shows.
March 18, 2019 to April 1, 2019, Lawrence Presbyterian Manor
June 10-24, 2019, Claridge Court
This course will focus on the history, types and relative potency of opiates and the causes, victims and treatments of America's opioid epidemic. You will see the emergency lifesaving treatment for opioid overdose victims. We will examine the pharmaceutical industry's direct-to-consumer advertising programs, prescription drug pricing, pharma payments to doctors, and its effects on our health care costs. We will discuss the ever-changing world of medical marijuana,research activities on cannabis and kratom, and the relatively new potential for industrial hemp in Kansas.
This course contains no sessions
February 15, 2019 to March 1, 2019, Matt Ross Community Center
March 7-21, 2019, Townplace Suites, Jayhawk Room
April 2-16, 2019, Regnier Hall 153
June 11-25, 2019, Kansas City Kansas Community College Technical Education Center, Room M118