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March 3, 2005
Contact: Marvin Hunt, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-7857.

KU Continuing Education announces Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Continuing Education's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has announced its spring schedule of courses taught primarily by KU faculty and offered in the arts, theology, philosophy, culture, health and well-being, and other topics.

The 12 noncredit institute classes are presented throughout the Lawrence, Kansas City and Topeka communities. Many computer classes are also offered through the KU Libraries' instructional services department in Lawrence.

Spring classes take place during days and evenings, with several classes offered on weekends. One weekend class, a two-day workshop, will be presented by Yvonne Haddad, Georgetown University professor of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations.

The program develops classes with a focus on those 50 and over but welcomes lifelong learners of all ages. Institute members can enroll in as many classes as they want for $155 a year. Participants also may pay for individual courses on a seasonal basis, which costs $55.

A new benefit of membership is an online forum that allows members to continue discussions and ask questions related to their interests. The forums help students continue the learning experience between classes and between seasons, said Marvin Hunt, director of the KU Osher Institute.

The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco selected KU in 2004 as a site for this nationally prominent program focusing on opening the doors of the university to the general public. The KU program, which replaced an earlier program called "KU and Lawrence," offered its first courses last fall, attracting more than 160 members.

In addition, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants receive a 20 percent discount on classes in art education at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Course titles and the remaining dates are listed below. For information about the courses, visit www.kuce.org/lifelonglearning. For information on how to join the institute or enroll in a specific course, call toll-free (877) 404-KUCE (5823) or (785) 864-KUCE (5823).

Spring 2005 schedule:

" Scientist in the Crib," March 8, Regnier Hall, KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park.

" Emerging Cultures of the New Amazon," March 9, John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, Mo., and March 31 and April 7 and 14, Brandon Woods, 1501 Inverness Drive, Lawrence.

" Understanding Tsunami and Other Natural Disasters," March 9 and 16, Nichols Hall, Lawrence.

" The Life and Work of George Gershwin," March 3, 10 and 17, KU Continuing Education, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence.

" Motivating Moves," March 4, John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, Mo.

" Saturday Morning at KU Med: Addressing Heart Health Issues," March 5, KU Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, Kan.

" The Art of Leonardo: The Da Vinci Code Deciphered," March 30, Brandon Woods, 1501 Inverness Drive, Lawrence.

" Native American Expression: Retraditionalizing the Pow Wow, Film, Music and Dance," March 30 and April 6, 13 and 20, Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center and Museum, 155 Indian Ave., Lawrence.

" Beyond Lewis and Clark: Army Explorers of the West," April 3, 10, 17 and 24, Kansas Museum of History, 6425 S.W. Sixth Ave., Topeka.

" Islam in the West: History, Theologies and Values," April 9 and 10, Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St., Lawrence.

" Modern and Contemporary Art Appreciation," April 21 and 28 and May 5, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.

" You've Got CLAS (a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Sampler)," March 3, 10, 17 and 24, Kansas Union.

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