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"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.

Osher Institute

1515 St. Andrews Dr.

Lawrence

 $20 fee includes screening of "The Tree," panel discussion and reception.

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




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 Manhattanand 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
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.


April 3-17, 2019, Brewster Place

We'll examine three often- overlooked conflicts in our nation's history. First, we'll focus on the undeclared 1798-1800 Quasi War with France. This maritime conflict was significant as the fledgling American Navy's baptism of fire against a foreign power, Revolutionary France. Then we'll review the American Navy's second serious conflict - the war against the Barbary States (1801-1805) when President Thomas Jefferson ordered a naval expedition to the Mediterranean to curb piratical activities. Finally, we'll focus on the Spanish- American War, a four-month war with Spain that launched America as an international power and made national heroes of Theodore Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders."



February 13-27, 2019, Meadowlark Hills

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
This course reviews how the legal system treats persons with disabilities in the areas of non- discrimination, the criminal law, and life-and-death decisions. Week one reviews the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities and the federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Week two examines issues a person with a disability faces if he or she is accused of a crime, such as competency to stand trial and the insanity defense. Week three looks at the sterilization of persons with mental disabilities and end-of-life decisions for disabled persons


March 21, 2019 to April 4, 2019, Regnier Hall 165

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.

 



February 7-21, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
This course will examine the exploits of some of the Old West's most colorful and notorious individuals, such as Wild Bill Hickok, John Perrett (alias "Potato Creek Johnny") and Calamity Jane-and the towns they inhabited, such as Deadwood, S.D. Then we'll visit Dodge City, the "Wickedest Town in the West," home to lawmen Wyatt Earp, "Bat" Masterson and Bill Tilghman and showmen Eddie Foy and Mysterious Dave Mather. Finally, we'll explore Tombstone, Ariz., and the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral involving Wyatt Earp, his brothers and "Doc" Holliday. Other characters include John Behen, Johnny Ringo, the McLaury brothers and Ike Clanton.


April 16-30, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

Chances are your retirement will look very different than the retirement of your parents. This new model promises an expanding rather than constricting sphere of personal operation, a deepened interest in life, a heightened sense of one's own authentic self and a new passion for discovery not felt since youth. Discover the 15 factors that contribute to a successful retirement and begin designing the retirement adventure of your dreams!



March 21, 2019 to April 4, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
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.


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

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
Images of Kansas range from the moral heartland where Superman was raised to Bleeding Kansas where neighbors took up arms against neighbors. This course will examine several notable Kansans within that range of images. First will be the Notorious-John Brown, the abolitionist or terrorist, and Dr. John R. Brinkley, the infamous goat gland doctor. Then we'll review the Self-Righteous-Carrie Nation and the Temperance Movement and Vern Miller, the Kansas Attorney General who sought to prohibit airlines from serving drinks while flying over "dry" Kansas. Finally will be the Innovators-Karl Menninger and his famous psychiatric clinic and Bill James, godfather of a new generation of baseball statistics.


April 10-24, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
This course will examine infamous cases of murder and murderers from throughout Kansas history. During the first session, we'll review serial killers, the fact that they have existed throughout history, and why their murders fascinate us. Subsequent sessions will focus on three well-known cases in Kansas history: The "Bloody Benders," the 19th-century family from Labette County believed to have killed a dozen travelers; the Clutter family murders, the subject of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood); and BTK, the "Bind, Torture, Kill" murderer who killed ten people between 1974 and 1991.


April 2-16, 2019, Aldersgate Village Manchester Lodge

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.

 



February 4-18, 2019, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County Peaslee Tech
Kansas poets have long helped us fully see our home in the earth and sky, the tallgrass prairies of the eastern part of our state and rock formations in the West. We'll draw from many Kansas writers, including William Stafford, Denise Low, Harley Elliott, Jonathan Holden, Elizabeth Dodd, Brian Daldorph and 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 of place informs how we live and who we are. (Please bring a journal or notebook.)


May 2-16, 2019, Meadowlark Hills

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


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

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

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




Friday, April 26, 2019, Spencer Research Library

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



February 28, 2019 to March 14, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

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
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.


February 13-27, 2019, Brewster Place
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.


March 7-21, 2019, Washburn University Henderson Learning Center Room 021

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

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

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

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



April 11-25, 2019, Meadowlark Hills