Online Courses

Courses offered online through the Osher Institute. Includes both partner-provided and Richmond-created classes.

Courses

Uncover the backstory to the birth of Artificial Intelligence intersecting with visual art. From the middle of the 20th century, electronic compositions paved the way for artists, engineers, and technologists to lay the foundations upon which today's visual worlds seemingly construct themselves. Peer past the threshold of tomorrow as we enter an era promising to augment human capabilities, yet posing ethical and philosophical questions that interweave the past with the dawn of a new age.


Tuesday, Aug 13, Synchronous Online
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement started in 2013 as a reaction to police brutality on Black youth. BLM is a political and social movement that seeks to highlight racism, discrimination, and racial inequity experienced by Black people. In this session, your instructors will feature art created both before BLM heightened our awareness of racial inequality and after the movement took off in 2013 and beyond.


Wednesday 6/26, Synchronous Online
The Osher Institute at Dartmouth College is offering its summer lecture series via livestream to Osher colleagues across the nation. This year's theme is America's Role in Preserving Peace and Prosperity. Lecture one is 'US Global Leadership Challenged.' We will add a more detailed description when it's available.


Wednesday, July 10, Synchronous Online
Over a protracted period of time, authoritarian powers have mobilized and taken the initiative, and in the process sought to reshape the global landscape. Led by ambitious regimes in China and Russia, the multiyear authoritarian surge poses enormous challenges to democratic standards, principles, and ideas. If the United States and its democratic allies are to meet this top order challenge and set the global trajectory on a more positive course, they will need a new, more competitive mindset.


Wednesday, July 17, Synchronous Online
The Osher Institute at Dartmouth College is offering its summer lecture series via livestream to Osher colleagues across the nation. This year's theme is America's Role in Preserving Peace and Prosperity. Lecture three is 'Climate Change - Its Impact on Prosperity.' We will add a more detailed description when it's available.


Wednesday, July 24, Synchronous Online
The Osher Institute at Dartmouth College is offering its summer lecture series via livestream to Osher colleagues across the nation. This year's theme is America's Role in Preserving Peace and Prosperity. Lecture four is 'DRIVEN OUT: Human Displacement and the Challenge of Forced Migration.' The description was not available at the time of printing, but is in our online registration system.


Wednesday, July 31, Synchronous Online
Since the rise of social media and the 2016 election, there has been increasing recognition that facts themselves have become a battleground, amid widespread disinformation (that is, the often viral circulation of falsehoods) and misinformation (the intentional promulgation of untruths) are considered epidemic by many. We will consider how prevalent the problems really are, what practical difference they are making, including in our politics, how the press has been responding (for both better and worse), and how these phenomena in America interact with similar issues elsewhere.


Wednesday, Aug 7, Synchronous Online
This session will start with the geopolitical cards dealt to the United States, Russia, and China. While the United States and its partners and allies are attempting to maintain a maritime global order to foster trade, China and Russia are great continental powers increasingly fixated on dominating territory. These differences have precipitated a Second Cold War. We will examine how the democracies won the First Cold War without fighting a hot war.


Wednesday, Aug 14, Synchronous Online
A person living with Alzheimer's or other dementia doesn't have to give up the activities that he or she loves. Many activities can be modified to the person's ability. Join us as we talk about simple, fun activities you can do together that are great ways to connect with your loved one. We will share activities that one can do throughout all the stages of dementia.


Monday, Aug 5, Synchronous Online
As women move through stages of life from pregnancy and childbirth to menopause and beyond, their bladders and pelvic floors often go through changes as well. It's quite common to experience bladder leakage and pelvic floor discomfort due to these changes. In fact, it happens to one in three women. But just because these are common issues does not mean a woman should have to 'just live with them.'


Wednesday, Aug 14, Synchronous Online
A study of the Roman Empire scarcely requires justification. The Roman achievements in the realms of politics, economics, diplomacy and the role of women remain remarkable, even after 2,000 years. But its decline and fall provide a cautionary tale for the US today. Is the America of today the Rome of yesterday?


Mondays, June 10, 17, 24, July 1, Synchronous Online
There are more than 400 parks in the National Park System spanning 11 time zones. Have you ever wondered how a place becomes a park, what it takes to manage a park, or why there are so many different types of parks? Take a behind-the-scenes look at the National Parks as we reveal the laws, regulations, policies, and practices of managing these special places of American nature and history. Become a national park "insider" by learning more about these memorable places.


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Delve into the world of bugs, creepy crawlies, and anything without a backbone. Bugs are interesting, not gross (OK, maybe a little), and understanding their outlook on life can change how we perceive the world. Based on biological principles, we will explore these animals in our lives, society, homes, and even our bodies.


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American writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) may be best known as an activist and essayist, but he was also a groundbreaking writer of novels and short stories. We will read Baldwin's novels, Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni's Room, in which he explores race, religion and sexuality. We will analyze Baldwin's unique voice and talent as a writer and discuss the ways his fiction helps us understand what connects us as human beings. Prerequisites: Be willing to read and engage with complex texts addressing challenging subjects.


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This course will give an introduction to film movements and some of the greatest films made (according to critics?but you can judge for yourself) from the 1920s to the 1960s. We will discuss how and where films were made in the 1920s and how the filmmaking process evolved over the next 40+ years. We will watch at least one film during the week, and then during class we will unpack the film in terms of style, story, filmmaking technique, and impact on society and culture.


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The automobile has shaped the way we conduct modern life - from the way we eat our meals down to the songs we sing. It is endlessly fascinating to learn where we have come from and where we are going on our automotive journey. This course will make relevant the impact of the automobile on our everyday lives so even those who do not tout the title of "gearhead" may enjoy the experience and walk away with more knowledge and insight into our world than they had before.


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The women included in this course were practitioners of psychoanalysis and wrote extensively about their work. These women have been selected because of the significance of their thought for psychoanalytic practice. We will articulate what is different about the contributions of women to psychoanalytic theory. And we will concentrate on women who were considered important: Karen Horney, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Ana Maria Rizzuto and others.


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Songwriters are modern-day bards who serve as historians and preservers of the oral tradition of our culture. Songs reflect and influence what humans consider important: ideas, feelings, and stories, often using poetic imagery. What do women songwriters and singers have to tell us? We'll talk about Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlisle, and Nanci Griffith.


Fridays, Aug 2 and 9, Synchronous Online
The music of Broadway and Hollywood musicals is an artform in and unto itself. It takes a team of multi-talented performers and an orchestra to produce these entertainment extravaganzas. At the heart of it are the creative geniuses who set the whole thing in motion: the songwriters. In this multi-media course, we will cover: Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Alan Jay Lerner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Kern, Claude-Michel Schoenberg, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, and George Gershwin.


Thursdays, 7/11, 18, 25, 8/1, 8, Synchronous Online
The UR Computer/Technology Help Desk is available to Osher members, but do you really know what services it provides? Join this session to find out how to take full advantage of this great benefit of Osher membership.


Monday, Aug 12, Synchronous Online
Shenandoah National Park stands out as one of Virginia's top tourist attractions. Awe-inspiring vistas and abundant wildlife attract millions of people to explore the park's peaks and hollows. However, the park's modern beauty came at a heavy cost. Virginia evicted thousands of local residents to return the land to 'wilderness.' Join us as we explore the complicated origins of one of Virginia's most beautiful assets.


Monday, Aug 5, Synchronous Online