University of Richmond

Classes led by University of Richmond faculty, staff and administrators, or about key University buildings, events, centers or activities.

Upcoming Courses


If you are familiar with the library resources but want to go beyond the basics, this session will explore some of the more interesting and unusual digital collections and databases. This is an advanced session that builds on the information introduced in Bounty of Boatwright.

Monday, Mar 13, Boatwright Seminar Room 2
Are you missing the beauty of summer flowers and nesting birds? Come join us for a peek at the beautiful bird and blooms that live within the Galvin Rare Books and Archives. In this course, we'll explore some rare botanical and ornithological collections, highlighted by recently donated materials, including a set of 19th-Century engraved lilies from the renowned French botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

Friday 3/24, Boatwright Library, Room B1-22
Learn how to find books, articles, and other resources that are of interest to you. This session provides an overview for beginners or those new to Osher and includes a virtual tour of the library.

Friday, Jan 20, Synchronous Online
2023 ChinaFest's opening event will feature Handel Lee, who will discuss his observations from working and living in China for 27 years, and the happenings that caused the relationship to swerve back and forth between the extremes of alliance and loathing.

Thursday 2/2, TBD - UR Campus
Learn about the long-term health benefits of just moving! Different musical and dance style such as Bollywood, jazz, Latin and disco are used to inspire participants to embrace dance as a lifelong means to health, joy and fulfillment.

Mondays, Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, 12 (Skip Oct 31 and Nov 21), THC, Alice Haynes Room (1 seats (3%) remaining)
Jan 23, 30, Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3, 10, 17, 24 (skip Feb 6, 13), TBD - UR Campus
Visit the University of Richmond Museums for a guided tour of the exhibition: 'Jay Lynn Gomez: Domestic Scenes Reconsidered' with co-curator Martha Wright. This exhibition is a part of the Tucker Boatwright Festival, collaborated with Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Department and co-curated with Dr. Karina Vazquez.

Thursday 2/16, THCX - Harnett Museum
The stories from our childhood take us to places where dragons are real and dreams were magical transformations of the impossible. In this course, we will explore some of the storytelling literature from the Galvin Rare Book Room's collections of historic children's literature. Introduction to the collections will be followed by a lecture-based study showcasing highlights and special materials from the collections, capped by a question and answer session.(Note, this course is offered twice this semester. In person on 2/3 and via Zoom on 2/24)

Friday 2/3, B1-22
Friday 2/24, Synchronous Online
Built as the home of Westhampton College, North Court is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Learn about its many uses throughout the years from dormitory, military hospital, dining facility, and concert venue.

Tuesday May 2nd, TBD - UR Campus
Join the Osher Leadership Council and staff for an update on your Osher Institute.

Wednesday, Jan 18, Synchronous Online
Learn how to access and fully enjoy the many benefits of being an Osher member and member of the UR community.

Monday, Jan 23, TBD - UR Campus
Join us as we look at 18 poets, 1850-present, two per session. We will also spend time on participant poems and on poems from the presenter's new chapbook, On Sunday Afternoons. Topics will include syntax, line, beat, meter, word, image, voice, and feel. Discussions will focus on poetry of Merwin, Dickinson, Collins, Stevens, Grennan, Eliot, Ashbery, Yeats, Baraka, Williams, Komunyakaa, Whitman, Graham, Walcott, Creeley, Frost, Brooks and Bishop.

Thursdays; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, Booker Hall, Room 207
Join us for this special guest speaker, who is part of our SPCS Community Conversations series. Jeannie Opdyke Smith will talk about the choices we make. Regardless if they are large acts of service or small 'spur of the moment' deeds, our choices make a significant impact. Our sacrifices of time, money, and caring, matter and have the ability to change the course of the world around us. This event is co-sponsored with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond and the Virginia Holocaust Museum.

Sunday, March 19, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151
We have a great group of women in our basketball program. Let's support them with our presence, and cheer them on! Come join the fun and watch our Home Opener on Thursday, November 10 at 6 pm.

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Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker was a significant figure in the fight for civil rights and Black religious life from the 1950s into the 2000s and beyond. He and his wife, Theresa Ann, donated their personal papers to the University in 2015. The course includes a presentation on Dr. and Mrs. Walker as well as the collection's content and status, followed by some hands-on time reviewing material from the collection.

Monday May 15, Boatwright Library, Room B1-22
Hear the trials and tribulations of a dot-com start-up of the late 1990s: Netflix. Founded by a team with no entertainment experience and with the goal of taking on industry giant Blockbuster, this group of brilliant renegades ended up changing the face of entertainment forever. Hear stories and lessons from the University of Richmond's Dr. Joel Mier, a former director of Netflix during its formative first decade,

Tuesday 3/21, TBD - UR Campus
Come and learn about this unusual 212-year-old church, probably the earliest, independent, ongoing church founded by Blacks in the South, emphasizing their remarkable work in offering a place of worship; providing education even before slavery; and promoting political activity. Students would benefit from reading Dr. Dance's book, 'Land of the Free. . . Negroes: A Historical Novel' prior to class.

Monday 5/8, TBD - UR Campus
This lecture and discussion will review the current situation in Ukraine, explore the struggles to define Ukrainian national identity, and discuss the complications of forging a lasting peace in this troubled country.

Tuesday 2/7, TBD - UR Campus
CLASSES AND BUS TRIP We will review a brief history of America's founding and America's founding documents in conjunction with an overview of the National Archives and its role in preserving American history This introduction will be followed by a day-long trip to the National Archives in DC. A final session will be devoted to sharing our individual experiences at the Archives. (Part 1 was offered in 2019 and is not a required prerequisite for this course.) Due to costs associated with this course, fees are non-refundable unless we can fill your slot.

Tuesdays, April 11 and 18 for in person classes. Saturday, April 15 is field trip to DC, TBD - UR Campus
This course serves as a basic guide to rock and mineral identification for the interested hobbyist or hiker. We will examine typical examples of igneous/lava rocks (we will study metamorphic and sedimentary rocks in future classes). Bring along your own rock collection for a 'stump the professor' session! A small x10 hand lens (loupe) is required for this course. The instructor will have a few on hand, but please bring your own.

Monday 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, TBD - UR Campus
Join University of Richmond's 11th President, Kevin F. Hallock, for a presentation on why college costs so much. Hallock, an economist, will discuss a set of factors including wage inequality, increases in regulation and compliance costs, increases in student support, including for mental health, and the competition for amenities. He will also discuss finances at the University of Richmond today and challenges and opportunities for higher education in the future.

Tuesday, Mar 28, TBD - UR Campus