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September 6, 2005
Contact: KU Continuing Education, (877) 404-5823 (toll free) or (785) 864-5823

KU Continuing Education announces fall Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes

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

The 13 noncredit institute classes and tours are presented throughout the Lawrence, Leavenworth, Kansas City and Topeka communities. Fall classes take place during weekdays and evenings, with one program offered on a Saturday morning.

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 during the fall season for $60. Participants also may enroll for a year (three seasons) for $170.

Another 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.

"KU Lifelong Learning," the Osher Institute's weekly radio program, will continue broadcasting throughout the fall, often previewing future classes and tours. The program airs at 11:05 a.m. Saturdays on KLWN 1320 AM.

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 in fall 2004, attracting more than 338 participants.

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).

Fall 2005 schedule:

  • "A Journey into Jazz: America's Grass-Roots Music," Sept. 20 and 27, and Oct. 4, Kansas History Museum, 6425 S.W. Sixth Ave., Topeka.
  • "Making Medicines Better: Drug Discovery and Delivery at KU," Sept. 20 and 27, and Oct. 4, Higuchi Biosciences Center, Room #100, 2099 Constant Ave., Lawrence.
  • "Exceptional Grandparents," Sept. 21 and 28, and Oct. 5 and 12, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., Lawrence.
  • "Writing for Travelers: Double the Adventure," Sept. 21 and 28, and Oct. 5, Sun Valley Clubhouse, John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, Mo.
  • "Broadway in Lawrence: The World Behind the Musical," Sept. 22 and 29, and Oct. 6, Brandon Woods, 1501 Inverness Dr., Lawrence.
  • "Beyond the Art Exhibit: The Curator's Perspective," Sept. 22 and 29, and Oct. 6 and 13, various sites in Kansas City and Lawrence.
  • "The History of the Devil in Religious Traditions," Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3, Sun Valley Clubhouse, John Knox Village, 1001 N.W. Chipman Road, Lee's Summit, Mo.
  • "Motivating Moves," Oct. 14, Smith Center, Brandon Woods, 1500 Inverness Dr., Lawrence.
  • "Origin of the World in Religious Studies," Sept. 22 and 26, and Oct. 6, Washburn University, Topeka.
  • "Surviving the Dust Bowl," Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3 and 10, Kansas History Museum, 6425 S.W. Sixth Ave., Topeka.
  • "Exploring Historic Leavenworth" Tour, Nov. 4, Leavenworth.
  • "The Pluto Legacy at KU and the Hunt for Other Worlds," October 18 and 25, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence.
  • "Writing for Travelers: Double the Adventure," Nov. 2, 9, and 16, KU Continuing Education, 1515 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence.

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