Online Courses

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

Courses

This course will cover the notable changes in iOS 16 and new iPhones released in September 2022. However, the main focus will be on using the camera, photos, financial, and other essential apps. An iPhone updated to iOS 16 is recommended for this class.


Mondays and Thursdays, Feb 23, 27, Mar 2, 6, 9, Synchronous Online
Delving into the art of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, we will examine the works of such artists as Manet and Monet Seurat and van Gogh, Mondrian and Kandinsky, Cezanne and Picasso, and even Pollock and Rothko, in the pursuit of a meaning and purpose for art and the formal equivalents for their efforts. We then look at the influence of these giants on later artists, then and now.


Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan 19, 24, 26, 31, Feb 2, 7, Synchronous Online
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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How do artists depict children in their art works? Are they merely miniature adults or do they possess a quality or character of their own? Join us in this interactive session to see how American artists have rendered children over the decades and how these images can reflect our social and cultural views of childhood.


Thursday May 18th, Synchronous Online
Economics is central to the functioning of every aspect of society. This course addresses a set of prominent policy issues with economics at their core. We explore their origins as policy matters, the underlying data and evidence, and what policy levers are available to deal with them. Each lecture will be taught by a different subject matter expert.


Mondays; 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/13, 2/20 & 2/27, Synchronous Online
Songs, essentially poems that are sung, can unite humans with their rhythm, artistry, stories, and universal truths. We'll study several songwriters of country music, a genre that is often overlooked by literary scholars who may not realize the sophistication and wisdom of these writers of truth. We'll look at Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and John Prine.


Monday and Wednesday 4/17, 4/19, 4/24, 4/26, Synchronous Online
For centuries humans have used creatine and inventive ways to find shelter, stay safe, and thrive. In this interactive session, we will use artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection to explore the concept of 'dwellings.' Join us to discover how artists have used diverse media to capture a variety of abodes, large and small, humble and grand, isolated and in community, and what we can learn from their endeavors.


Monday 2/20, Synchronous Online
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
Changed date/time! This will now be on Friday, March 3, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Synchronous Online
Join us for the latest offering of the Osher Travel Interest Group's series. Harriet Tubman lived a long and storied life filled with hardship, resilience, and triumph. This is an introductory program that helps to demystify some of the misconceptions surrounding Harriet Tubman's life and the Underground Railroad. The program focuses on Tubman's life before, during, and after the Underground Railroad.


Thursday 2/9, Synchronous Online
Generating income from bonds, bond funds, CDs, and income funds has been extremely challenging for years. Do you want another way to earn income? Consider Selling Covered Call Options on stocks you already own. This class will teach you what Selling Covered Call Options are, how they generate additional income from dividend and non-dividend stocks, and how they may reduce risk in your investment portfolio.


Tuesday 1/31, Synchronous Online
This course covers ways in which students can use Microsoft Word more efficiently and with greater confidence. We will go beyond a list of shortcuts to cover some 'hidden' features that could be helpful to beginners and advanced users alike.


Every day, starting on 05/04/23 and ending on 05/04/23, Synchronous Online
Music can enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease, allowing for self-expression and engagement, even after dementia has progressed. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues common in the middle-stages of the disease. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer's, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult.


Monday, 3/6, Synchronous Online
Few areas of astronomy provoke our imaginations as much as the search for "alien life" among the stars. It is a staple of science fiction stories and films, but recently it has also become a legitimate branch of scientific inquiry.


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Are you a genealogy "newbie" or looking for help in developing and organizing your family history research? This introductory course is designed to get you started in searching for your roots and to help you develop an organized process for tracing your family history.


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Both Sides Now is about reflecting on our lives and culture to understand how and why we are who we are. However, just as importantly, looking at where we are now, in life, and what we want for the rest of our lives. How do we stay vibrant and alive throughout the joy and pain that is life?


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Explore the history of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution by natural selection.


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Dickens pioneered the method of publishing novels in serial. By writing and publishing a novel in 19 monthly or 36 weekly installments, Dickens could change his story, shared and shaped by the audience who read it, at any time, depending on what his readers liked or disliked. And he did.


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The campaign of 1796 established the template for the "the politics of personal destruction." The campaign of 1800 sank even deeper into the abyss with each side making frightening predictions about what would happen if the other candidate was elected. Underpinning the personal attacks was the message about what type of person should be president.


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We will study the major ethical theories of the world's philosophical traditions, immersing ourselves in an inquiry into the nature of justice, virtue, and the good life.


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Join us for Female Stars of Hollywood's Golden Age: A celebration of the greatest female stars. This course will feature an in-depth look at the individual studios in which these stars, while under contract, rose to prominence.


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Film noir, a crime genre with a distinctive black and white style, appeared mostly in America for only about 20 years in the mid-20th century, but it has had lasting impact on American film and television ever since.


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This course will cover the history of photography from its inception to contemporary work.


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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest author of plays and poems in the English language. What is not widely recognized is that he wrote for two audiences: playgoers eager for diversion and entertainment, and the thoughtful "wiser sort" concerned with political, cultural, religious and social questions of the day.


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Trace the history of dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court from its inception through current day. Learn why dissents were discouraged by Chief Justice John Marshall and why that upset some of our founding fathers.


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This class pays tribute to the women behind Picasso's art and how they shaped his artistic development. There were several, spanning his entire career.


Wednesdays; 3/01, 3/08, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29, Synchronous Online
Race and labor problems dominate this post-Civil War era. Further complicating the matter is a long wave Depression lasting from 1873 until 1898. Despite these hurdles, 12 million immigrants landed at Ellis Island. These and other issues will be discussed.


Mondays; 2/27, 3/06, 3/13 & 3/20, Synchronous Online
This lecture will provide an overview of the DNA testing conducted by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in the Department of Forensic Biology. It will also highlight OCME's response and role in 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thursday 4/6, Synchronous Online
Have you ever wondered what research says about how to best communicate with individuals living with dementia? Would you or a loved one benefit from learning evidence-based strategies for addressing difficult behaviors? Do you know how to stay up to date on the research as a lay person? Join several members of Genworth's Care & Wellness team for a jam-packed two hours of discussion and role play scenarios.


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It is not uncommon for war to lead to great political and social upheaval within a society. This is particularly true for many of the West African kingdoms who fought various wars against each other and foreign forces. The outcome of those wars would have historically significant changes to both Africa and America.


Friday 3/3, Synchronous Online
This course explores how aircraft changed warfare. Focusing on the Luftwaffe, the RAF, and the United States Army Air Force during WWII, it covers the development of aviation, air power, and the greatest clash of machines in the history of armed combat. It also tells how each enjoyed its own 'Finest Hour,' and how American industrial might brought victory, but only after enormous cost.


Wednesdays; 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, 2/22, Synchronous Online
When learning about opera, it can be hard to know where to begin. This class is here to help, by introducing students to opera history and repertoire to prepare for performances at Virginia Opera. This spring, the class will explore the works of Giuseppe Verdi as his work intersect with the history of Italy and opera, culminating with performances of 'La traviata' this spring. (NOTE: first class via zoom, remaining two in person)


Fridays, Feb 24 (ZOOM), Mar 3 and 10 (In person), TBD - UR Campus
When learning about opera, it can be hard to know where to begin. This class is here to help, by introducing students to opera history and repertoire to prepare for performances at Virginia Opera. This winter, we'll explore an overview of operatic history. Each session will focus on the operatic traditions from one century, and attention will be given to how these styles, composers, and artists influence the art we produce today.


Tuesdays; 1/17, 1/24, 1/31 & 2/07, Synchronous Online
Since before the Revolutionary War, these First Ladies were advisors, campaign managers, and partners in leadership, instrumental in shaping the modern world. They are among the most powerful and influential unelected and unpaid women in the world. If George Washington had married anyone other than Martha Dandridge Custis, there would be no United States of America. That's how important these women have been to the leadership and success of our country and this continuing story.


Wednesday 2/01, Synchronous Online
Richard Wagner's monumental (and controversial) Der Ring des Nibelungen is one of the largest works of Western art. Comprising four epic operas based on Norse mythology, this cycle has profoundly influenced generations of artists including the creators of The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. With Virginia Opera continuing the Ring this fall with Die Walk


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George Washington did not have much military acumen, and his troops, although loyal, were woefully unprepared for battle. Friedrich Baron von Steuben, with his years of experience, trained the troops, won the war, and retired a hero. Washington, Ben Franklin, and others knew about his past, and his current interests in men, but chose to overlook it: as his expertise was direly needed to salvage the war effort.


Thursday 4/6, Synchronous Online
Throughout our history, artists have been embedded on the battlefield to capture soldiers in action. Join us as we analyze and discuss how wartime artists serving on the frontlines apply their artistic talents to express what they experience real-time from their own unique perspectives.


Friday 3/10, Synchronous Online