Courses & Events
"Sometimes the road back home takes the journey of a lifetime?" So begins the poignant, heart- warming story of an 88-year-old widow, Dorothy Thorp, who takes a road trip from Wamego, Kansas, back to her hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana, to visit her oldest and dearest childhood friend. This locally produced film raises questions about aging, independence, assistance and family relationships. Following a screening of "The Tree," a panel will lead a discussion and answer your questions about the issues raised in the film or other issues of interest. We'll finish the evening with an informal reception.

Monday, April 29 - 6:30 p.m.

OsherInstitute

1515 St. Andrews Dr.

Lawrence

 $20 fee includesscreening of "The Tree," paneldiscussion and reception.

 Refundsmust be requested by April 22, minus a $15 administrative fee.




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We'll mosey out to the Flint Hills to theHoy family's Flying W Ranch. What could be better on a spring morning than aleisurely horse- drawn wagon ride across the Flint Hills? During the ride,we'll learn about the area's history and its inhabitants. A mouth-wateringchuck wagon lunch will await us following the ride and cowboy historian Jim Hoywill sing cowboy tunes and share cowboy culture. This may be your highlight ofthe 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. - Coachdeparts 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.

$125fee includes charter coach transportation, ranch tour, entertainment and lunch

Refund must be requested by April 25,minus a $15 administrativefee.



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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.



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In this course,we willexamine the creation and growth of artificial intelligence. Emerging AItechnologies are designed to save timeand energy, make jobs simpler, and allow employees to work moreefficiently and productively. We will examinehow computer systems are coded tomirror capabilities of the human brain and howAI has and will impact healthcare, industrial automation, and engineering, design and construction. We will also investigate how AI willimpact and advance the capabilities of global military autonomous weapons.Economists and scientists alike believe this will result in a fourth industrialrevolution within the next decade.



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Photojournalism - the integration of pictures and textto tell a story - developed during the 20th century, due to advancingtechnology and a growing awareness of the impact of the visual. A "golden age" oficonic images and celebrated photographers began in the 1930s, with the adventof Life magazine, National Geographic and photo- orientednewspapers. This course looks at the history - and the future - ofphotojournalism, touching on equipment but emphasizing pictures and stories,including the work of Kansans Jim Richardson, Gordon Parks, Brian Lanker andothers.



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Around the world, highly skilled dog teams keep ussafe, detecting explosives and contraband. But how did humans and canines teamup in the first place? That is a fascinating, heartbreaking and largely unknownstory dating back to the Civil War when dogs tagged along as battle mascots.  Soon they showed their usefulness in anamazing number of tasks taught to them by the humans with whom they bonded. Themilitary 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- footedcomrades.



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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.


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This course reviews how the legal system treatspersons with disabilities in the areas of non- discrimination, the criminallaw, and life-and-death decisions. Week one reviews the history ofdiscrimination against persons with disabilities and the federal laws prohibiting discrimination on thebasis of disability. Week twoexamines issues a person with a disability faces if he or she is accused of acrime, such as competency to standtrial and the insanity defense. Week three looks at the sterilization ofpersons with mental disabilities and end-of-life decisions for disabledpersons.



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The stories associated with supernatural beings and events link people to their origins and provide anexplanation about their existence. With influences from Shintoism, Buddhism andTaoism, Japanese folklore is filledwith supernatural beings ranging from gruesome and mysterious to humorous andplayful. We'll introduce prominentJapanese apparitions, but we will alsolook beyond the initial spectacle depicted in folktales, historical accounts,statues, prints, writings, and theatrical performances to reveal the originsand effects of such beings on Japanese culture and society.



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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.



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Kansas is often thought of as a vast collection of wheat fields and Dorothy references, but there is a deceptively interesting hidden history beneath the surface. The state's past is steeped in fascinating stories and places long forgotten. Dive into a collection of remarkable true stories such as the first woman mayor in the United States, the boy that survived a scalping, Wild West shootouts, ancient camels that once roamed the land, Bonnie & Clyde's misadventures, Denver's founding as a Kansas town and even a very lucky man that hanged his own would-be executioner.


October 29, 2018 to November 12, 2018, Regnier Hall 165

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."



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In this coursewe willexplore the music and lives of some of the great composers of classical music. We will track theircareers from their early work, throughinfluences that impacted their musical styles, to the late work that culminated their careers. Eachclass will explore one or two composers in detail, with many musicalexamples. Composers will range from Johann Sebastian Bach to Philip Glass andseveral in between.


 



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Napoleon Bonaparteremains a controversial figure. To some,he is the heir of the French Revolution, protecting and then spreading the ideals of the revolutionacross Europe - but on the bayonets of the Grande Armée. To others, he is the devil incarnate; adespotic 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 thereforms that protected the key elements of the French Revolution while limiting its excesses. We'll also examine whyNapoleon, defeated and exiled,is considered one of the great commanders of all time.



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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 there have been four known plots to kill President Obama. We'll uncover them all and closely examine the men...and women...who killed (or tried to kill) the president of the United States.


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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.



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Join KU Libraries as they celebrate the golden anniversary of Kenneth SpencerResearch Library. A tour of thelibrary will include an in-depth look at the updated North Gallery,the renovated conservation lab and University Archives, as well as a thoroughlook at the current exhibition titled "Meet the Spencers: A Marriage of Artsand Sciences." Additionally, a selectionof collection items will be pulled, providingattendees 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

 $40 fee includes bus transportation, library tour and lunch.

 Refund must be requested by Apr. 19, minus a $15 administrative fee.




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

 



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



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Between 1830 and1862, the Rev. Thomas Johnson was associated with a school and a mission onthe Shawnee Reservation in the area west of Missouri. The school provided botha traditional segment education and a manual labor portion and provided the opportunity for students to embrace Christianity. The story of itsorigin and expansion from a small day schoolto a substantial boarding school was due tothe work of a group of missionaries, teachers and their students whose impactreached beyond their 2,000 acres. Let's explore this rich history.

 



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This course will explore the historical development ofthe 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 thecreation of the Border Patrol, the Mexican Revolution and the effects ofProhibition. We'll review personal accounts, photographs and songs of"borderlanders," along with government officials providing crucial context totoday's current debates. Finally, we will examine how to negotiate the borderin the age of nationalism.

 



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Want to understand the common spiritual bonds shared by the three great religions that claim Abraham as their patriarch? Throughout time the adherents of these three faith groups have tended to their souls through the same spiritual disciplines: fixed-hour prayer, sacred day, sacred meal, fasting, giving, pilgrimage, and the observance of sacred seasons. Each faith group believes that through these disciplines they become the persons God called them to be. Class sessions will focus on specific spiritual disciplines and how they are understood and practiced in each faith group.


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Before the increasing newscoverage, any mention of Uyghurs was mostly met with a puzzled look. Who are they ... andhow is that pronounced? As news venues have highlighted the plight ofthis Turkic ethnic group in far western China, awareness isgrowing, but still many questionsremain. In this course, we will explorethe history and culture of Uyghurs living in a region that has a contestedpast. The goal of this course is to promoteunderstanding of the complex historical, cultural, political andeconomic reasons behind the currenthuman rights atrocities against Uyghurs and otherTurkic populations in Xinjiang.



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This course will focuson the history, types and relativepotency of opiates and the causes, victims and treatments of America's opioid epidemic. You willsee the emergency lifesaving treatment for opioid overdose victims. We will examine the pharmaceutical industry'sdirect-to-consumer advertising programs, prescription drug pricing, pharma payments to doctors, and its effects onour health care costs. We will discuss the ever-changing world of medical marijuana,research activities on cannabis and kratom, and the relatively new potentialfor industrial hemp in Kansas.



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The Holocaust has so many told and untold stories that show us more of what humans are capable of at our worst and our best. This class investigates the stories of multiple victims and survivors, focusing most on what survivors show us-after losing their families, communities, and whole way of life-about making and finding resilience, courage, and meaning. We'll also learn more about Jewish life in Europe before WWII, the incremental evolution of the Holocaust (including ghettos and concentration camps), and-drawing from memoirs, films, and interviews-we'll learn about survivor legacies.


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