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Commonly featured in tales of terror and hauntingly good stories, spooky creatures and things that go bump in the night have a long history. Come along as we step into some of the unusual and mythical materials of the Rare Book Room and explore the spirit of Halloween magic.


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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. Feel free to follow along on your laptop, but you must have already used your NetID login and have it set-up on your computer before the session starts. This is an advanced session that builds on the information introduced in Bounty of Boatwright.


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At this session, you'll 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.


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Learn how to identify, avoid, and respond to frauds and scams. This talk will include a discussion of common types of fraud, including telemarketing, mail, and internet fraud; credit card fraud; and identity theft.


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How much should we spend to save a low birthweight baby? Which of three patients should get a transplantable kidney? Is one human life today worth more than two lives ten years from now? In this class, we'll discuss whether we can put dollar values on life and health: or whether we can actually avoid doing so.


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This course will provide an overview of the role of college athletics within higher education, and specifically at the University of Richmond. The class will provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from current student-athletes while learning about the comprehensive services and infrastructure of Division 1 Athletics.


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Access to global public healthcare is affected by many technical, economic, and social factors. It is widely recognized that the resources required to deliver and improve global public health are currently constrained. A powerful way to increase access is to lower the cost of products and services that have already proven to be effective. The mission of Medicines for All (M4ALL) is to transform active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) processes in order to reduce medication cost and improve patient access.


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We all loved and admired Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, UR's President and Chancellor for many years. He was a presence on campus until his death in the fall of 2019. Join his daughter and UR's Director of Parent Philanthropy Terry Heilman Sylvester as she reflects on her father's life.


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Learn how to access and fully enjoy the many benefits of being an Osher member and member of the UR community.


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Join Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond and Henrico Districts of the Virginia Department of Health, for an informal conversation about where we've been and where we are going with the COVID-19 pandemic. The facts and figures are ever-changing, so come with your questions!


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Richmond's tourism industry has been flourishing for years and has been especially attractive to foodies and sports enthusiasts. COVID-19 and civil unrest have certainly had an effect on tourism, but to what degree and for how long? Jack Berry will give us a sense of where we've been, where we are, and where we're going as a tourist destination.


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Come explore some historical cookbooks from Boatwright's Rare Book Room and see what you can discover.


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Are you contemplating teaching an Osher course? Facilitated by Osher members who lead courses, this session covers the ingredients of peer-led Osher Institute courses.


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Born in Richmond in 1904, Warren Chappell graduated from the University of Richmond in 1926 and became a leading figure in 20th-century book and type design and illustration. This course will explore multiple facets of Chappell's life and work, including his work as an illustrator, type designer, and author.


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There's some interesting background associated with the University's move to an entirely new campus more than a hundred years ago. We'll look at the dominant aesthetic, the involvement of a renowned architect, some history of the property, and historical/political influences of the time.


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Are you missing your Osher friends? Wish you could just have a cup of coffee with them before or after a class like you used to? We have the solution: a virtual Osher 'Coffee Chat'.


Every day, starting on 08/19/20 and ending on 08/19/20, Synchronous Online
The tales behind 20 years of stories and pictures (and a never-ending search for pie) of Richmond Times-Dispatch photographer Bob Brown and columnist Bill Lohmann, along with the answer to the question: After thousands of miles on the road together, have you ever wanted to bring harm to one another?


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