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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
Behind every successful man, there is a woman, and throughout history, America's First Families have embodied this saying. The role of America's First Lady is ever changing with each new occupant of the White House. They are embedded in our memory as activists and leaders of the causes they championed. Women such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford, Abigail Adams, and Hillary Clinton have advanced discussions on once-taboo subjects and have led as fascinating lives as their husbands. This course will examine the often-secluded lives of these women, their actions behind the scenes and their impact on our nation.


June 25, 2019 to July 9, 2019, Washburn University Henderson Learning Center

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
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.


March 20, 2019 to April 3, 2019, Meadowlark Hills
July 11-25, 2019, Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging

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
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
July 11-25, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

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
June 5-19, 2019, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
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

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

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

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
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
July 12-26, 2019, Matt Ross Community Center
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

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

Thesetwo great writers, contemporaries who lived through the Civil War era, bothwrote books of remarkable poems about this unique time in history, particularlyabout death, the great subject of the time, and also about battles,personalities, slavery and the poets' hopes and fears for their country. Wewill be discussing selected poems by both writers in the context of thatcritical era. In the process, perhaps you will come to view both the Civil Warand its poems in a way you have not seen them before.



June 4-18, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

Historic military leaders have won greatvictories, but they have also committed incredible blunders. We'll examine what  happened and how they might have beenaverted. First, we'll cover the Roman disaster in the Teutoburger Forest of 9 A.D.,the Scottish Battle of Bannockburn in 1314,and two Revolutionary battles-the Battle for New York and theBattle of Trenton. Then, we'llreview the 1814 Battle ofBladensburg and the capture of Washington, D.C.,the Civil War Battle of the Crater, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Finally, we'll examine WWI'sBattle of Verdun, WWII's Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.



July 11-25, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

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
July 10-24, 2019, Brewster Place
Between 1917 and 1936, Martin and Osa Johnson of Chanute, Kan., travelled throughout the South Pacific and Africa documenting their adventures with reels of black and white film. In Borneo they encountered headhunters and cannibals, and in Africa Martin filmed close-ups of lions, elephants, rhinos, and zebras while Osa stood close by with a gun at the ready. We'll recount their adventures starting in Chanute before heading to more exotic places. We'll review the many books, still photos and documentaries they produced to wide acclaim around the world. Today, the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute stands in testament to their work.


July 9-23, 2019, Aldersgate Village Manchester Lodge
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.)

At the request of the instructor, the dates for this course have been changed. The course will meet May 2, 16 & 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan.


May 2-30, 2019, Meadowlark Hills

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

Let's review the time-testedtruths in Hamlet, Shakespeare's mostfamous play. See yourselves in the mirror he holds before you: "virtue her own feature, scorn herown image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure." The play is puzzling and challenging fordirectors. What are we to make of avanishing ghost in full armor? Why is Horatio at Elsinore? Whydoes Shakespeare bring Fortinbras to the play? Why is Hamlet areluctant assassin? To betterunderstand Shakespeare's own powerful version of the tragedy, we will immerse ourselves in his historical times, offering solutions forpersistent puzzles and unifying ever-important themes.



July 10-24, 2019, Washburn University Henderson Learning Center


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
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

The Great Depression of the 1930s was the longest period of "hard times" in U.S. history. However, not every family had the same experience. We will cover various personal situations and national trends, as well as events in Kansas, including the Dust Bowl. We'll examine President Hoover's efforts and Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs like the Works Progress Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. We will also view the New Deal's legacy, including the FDIC and Social Security. Finally,we'll listen to 1930s music and share family stories from this tumultuous era.



June 3-17, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

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

The well-documented orphan trains brought a wave of humanity to the Midwest in the late 1800s. A lesser-known wave arrived in secrecy. In the early to mid-1900s, Kansas City was known as the "Adoption Hub of America." More than 100,000 pregnant, unwed young women arrived to give birth in one of several maternity facilities. The babies were placed for adoption and the women returned home heartbroken.We will explore how Kansas City received this distinction, delve into the history of The Willows Maternity Sanitarium (the "Waldorf"of such facilities). Finally, we'll study the family who ran The Willows for 64 years.



July 10-24, 2019, Meadowlark Hills

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

Historic military leaders have won greatvictories, but they have also committed incredible blunders. We'll examine what  happened and how they might have beenaverted. First, we'll cover the Roman disaster in the Teutoburger Forest of 9 A.D.,the Scottish Battle of Bannockburn in 1314,and two Revolutionary battles-the Battle for New York and theBattle of Trenton. Then, we'llreview the 1814 Battle ofBladensburg and the capture of Washington, D.C.,the Civil War Battle of the Crater, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Finally, we'll examine WWI'sBattle of Verdun, WWII's Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.



June 5-19, 2019, Meadowlark Hills