National Osher Online

Online courses offered in partnership with the national Osher Resource Center.

Courses

When you talk about 1939 in Hollywood people automatically think of Gone with the Wind or The Wizard of Oz - but there were more than 350 movies released that year, most still watched today, and five of which are in the American Film Institute's top 100 films of all time! In class we will discuss what made 1939 so unique, what was happening in the creative arts at the time, as well as the looming antitrust suits that would change Hollywood forever.


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Since the development of CRISPR technology 10 years ago, there has been a revolution in biology, medicine, and agriculture because we can now modify the genetic makeup of any organism, including ourselves.


Tuesdays; January 10, 17, 24, 31 February 7 & 14, Synchronous Online
Leading scholar of world mythology and comparative religion Joseph Campbell made the formerly esoteric subject of mythology relevant for ordinary people like us. For Campbell, all of the hero's stories are our stories, designed to impart crucial wisdom about the challenges, sacrifices, and transformations we all undergo on our journey from childhood dependence to autonomy and self-actualization. Join us as we trace the 17 stages of the monomyth outlined in Campbell's classic 'The Hero With a Thousand Faces' and find their relevance in our own lives.


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This densely packed six-week exploration of our Constitution provides Osher members an orientation to the philosophical and historical foundations of the constitution, how it defines and limits governmental powers and exalts and applies to the rule of law.


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Moral disagreements are tearing the fabric of American society apart. In this series, David Smith will provide an overview of moral theories in circulation today, including relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, divine command theory, and virtue theory, and he will apply these theories to abortion, war, end-of-life questions, and gun control. Lectures will include commentary on both the ethical and legal aspects of these issues.


Wednesdays; 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/01, 2/08 & 2/15, Synchronous Online
This course will use rock music as a lens through which to view the changing social and racial atmosphere in the US from the early 1920s through today. We'll take a look at how popular music has been impacted by technology, war, and ideology across the 20th century.


Tuesdays; January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 & 14, Synchronous Online
We all need to eat. But to eat with knowledge about what goes into your body requires purpose, planning and intention. Everything about eating -- including what we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who's at the table, and who eats first -- is a form of communication that is rich with meaning. Our attitudes, practices, and rituals surrounding food are a window into our most basic beliefs about our world and ourselves.


Mondays; 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 & 2/20 (skip 1/16), Synchronous Online
Modern Art can be hard to look at: it turns our idea of painting completely upside down. This class will look at the ideas and artists who sowed the early seeds of modernism in 19th-Century Paris and continue through to Abstract Expressionism, which exploded in America 100 years later in the 1960s. From Impressionism to Cubism to Surrealism and abstraction we will trace -- and attempt to understand -- the evolution of 20th-Century art.


Wednesdays; 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/01, 2/08 & 2/15, Synchronous Online
Today's longer life expectancy and better health means we are likely to have the opportunity to have a 'Portfolio Life.' How do you want to live during the years typically called 'retirement'? A Portfolio Life is an appealing and intentional way of thinking about living in an extended middle age, beyond the end of your job. It's a time to truly be yourself, discover new ways to contribute to society, and live a fulfilling life.


Saturdays; 1/28, 2/04, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 & 03/04, Synchronous Online
Let's go back to basics. We'll push past the headlines, the op-eds, and the shouting on cable news and talk candidly about what The 1619 Project actually says: and what it doesn't say. Critical Race Theory is a bit harder to pin down. There's no manifesto, no mission statement, or special magazine supplement. We hope to leave you with a better understanding of both subjects upon which you can then base your own informed opinions.


Thursdays; 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/02, 2/09 (Skip 1/26), Synchronous Online
Felicia Bornstein Lubliner, a Polish survivor of the Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen Nazi concentration camps, wrote and spoke publicly afterward about her Holocaust experiences. Her son, the course instructor, invites you to delve into her written stories and oral presentation transcripts, published as 'Only Hope: A Survivor's Stories of the Holocaust.'


Fridays; 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/03, 2/10 & 2/17, Synchronous Online
Explore the delights of musical satire in a variety of genres, cultures, and eras, especially America since 1950. This multimedia course covers 'Yankee Doodle,' slave satire, Gilbert & Sullivan, the Gershwins, the Marx Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, Monty Python, Spinal Tap, 'Saturday Night Live,' 'South Park,' Key and Peele, and a bountiful bevy of B's: Leonard Bernstein, the Beatles, Rachel Bloom ('Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'), Bo Burnham, and Bugs Bunny.


Mondays; 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 & 2/20 (skip 1/16), Synchronous Online
We'll follow the stories of six extraordinary women who pursued legal careers, justice, and equality, and became Supreme Court Justices. This course will examine the lives and careers of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Discover how their lives influenced their careers, and why they sought a position on the highest court in the nation.


Thursdays; 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/02, 2/09 & 2/16, Synchronous Online