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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Text Box: Sources of Country Music by T.H. BentonWe'll examine three often- overlooked conflicts in ournation's history. First, we'll focus on the undeclared 1798-1800 Quasi War withFrance. This maritime conflict was significant as the fledgling American Navy'sbaptism of fire against a foreign power, Revolutionary France. Then we'llreview the American Navy's second serious conflict - the war against theBarbary States (1801-1805) whenPresident Thomas Jefferson ordered a naval expedition to the Mediterranean tocurb piratical activities. Finally, we'llfocus on the Spanish- American War, afour-month war with Spain that launched America as an international power and made national heroes of TheodoreRoosevelt and his "Rough Riders."

 

 



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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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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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Although federal highway construction started in 1916,the U.S. became a car-oriented nationafter World War II. Some of us recall tourist travel on Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway when they were two-lane roads,eating homemade sandwiches or foodfrom roadside diners, spending the night at modest tourist courts while on theway to the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, or lesser known travel destinations.Then came the Interstate Highways, Howard Johnsonsand Holiday Inn. We will recallthe years when gas was cheap and cars were large through film clips, historical accounts, travel music and ourown memories.

 



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Kansas poets havelong helped us fully see our home in the earth and sky, the tallgrass prairies of the easternpart of our state and rockformations in the West. We'll draw from many Kansas writers, including WilliamStafford, Denise Low, Harley Elliott, Jonathan Holden, Elizabeth Dodd, Brian Daldorphand Gordon Parks, investigating what these writers show us about where we live.We'll also discuss and write about (in short, easy exercises) how sense ofplace informs how we live and who we are. (Please bring a journal or notebook.)


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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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Slip into someone else'svoice, take a walk in theirshoes, deepen the conflict, complicate the joy and explore the most lifelike of the arts. In this studioclass, students engage in the time- honored practice of examining character,action and consequence by recreating them for the stage. In-class activitiesand prompts get juices flowing for new and "used" playwrights alike,encouraging them to turn memories, experiences and curiosities into dramaticaction and compelling characters. Outside writing is not required butencouraged. Willing students will have their work read aloud, brought to life,and discussed by the class. It's always fun.



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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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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.


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We will examine the early battles in the neutral Border States and the war along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. We'll consider the tactical and strategic advance of Ulysses Grant and William T. Sherman during the first two years of the war. The second session will survey the war along the Mississippi River in 1863 and the capture of Vicksburg, which split the Confederacy and denied the South important Texas resources. The final class will focus on the battles of Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Atlanta and Sherman's march through Georgia. We'll also look at the home front and the war's effect on the civilian populations.


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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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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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We will explore the Oregon, California and Santa Fe pioneer trails that made their way westward across Kansas and beyond. We'll examine the ButterfieldOverland Stage Line and others thatopened Kansas and the western territories tosettlement. But expansion was not without hardships, adventures,endeavors and inventions, which helped the pioneers travel west. We'll reviewthose, too, and the conflicts with Native American peoples, the Spanish,Mexican and British governments that also had strong claims and interest in theAmerican West. Join us as we travel to see some of the remains of the old trailvia video and photos.



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