KU News Release


August 30, 2012
Contact: Jim Peters, KU Continuing Education, 785-864-9142; Kyle Garcia, KU Continuing Education, 785-864-7857

Osher Institute announces four new partners for fall schedule

LAWRENCE — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas will welcome four new academic partners as it launches its fall schedule: Washburn University in Topeka, Ottawa University in Ottawa, William Jewell College in Liberty. Mo., and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City will host courses and special events as part of the Osher Institute’s fall lineup. The Institute will offer 37 courses and six special events at 19 sites in 11 cities in northeast Kansas and the greater Kansas City area, including the Lawrence Arts Center and KU’s University Theatre.

“Adding academic partners of this caliber to the Osher Institute’s program is certain to enhance the reputation and quality of courses we offer,” said Jim Peters, director of the Osher Institute. “And high-quality instruction is the primary reason Osher participants return to the program semester after semester.”

“We are excited to welcome these highly respected institutions as partners,” added Fred Pawlicki, executive director of KU Continuing Education. “Not only do they help fulfill the mission of the Osher Foundation to provide lifelong learning opportunities, but they also contribute to the outreach mission of Continuing Education to open the resources of KU to all Kansans and beyond.”

Courses on history, fine arts, geography, science, technology, literature, religion and politics are just some of the topics being offered this fall, says Peters. Six special events are also planned, including a tour to the new Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, a presentation by Larry Welch, former KBI director and author of “Beyond Cold Blood: the KBI from Ma Barker to BTK,” two concerts by Ashley Davis and Friends and performance previews of “The Threepenny Opera” and “Into the Woods.”

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KU develops programs focusing on people 50 and older but welcomes lifelong learners of all ages who can enroll in courses and special events for as little as $10. In 2004, the Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco selected KU as a site for this nationally acclaimed program. During the past year more than 1,700 people participated in Osher courses and events.

The Osher Institute at KU also offers courses and special events in Manhattan, Hutchinson, Hesston, North Newton and Ulysses.

Course titles, dates and locations are listed below. For more information on courses at all locations or to register, visit www.osher.ku.edu or call toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864- 5823.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at KU fall schedule:

Lawrence
• From Horses to Automobiles: How Transportation Changed Kansas, Sept. 11, 18 and 25, 7-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: A Renaissance in Mexican Art, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, 2-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Exploring the Northern Isles of Scotland, Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 2-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• The Music of George Gershwin, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 7-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Why Don’t Jumbo Jets Flap Their Wings?, Oct. 3, 10 and 17, 2-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Long Live the Queen: The Success of Social Insects, Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 7-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Wrestling with Emily Dickinson, Oct.15, 22 and 29, 2-4 p.m., Brandon Woods Smith Center
• Reading Baseball Literature, Oct.19, 26 and Nov. 2, 2-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Tales of Terror: Forbidden Texts in the Bible, Oct. 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 2-4 p.m., Brandon Woods Smith Center
• Social Media for Seniors, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 10 a.m.–noon, KU Continuing Education
• German Immigrants and Their Influence on Bleeding Kansas, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and 12, 7-9 p.m., Max Kade Center, KU campus
• The Custer Brothers in Kansas, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and 13, 2-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• Creating a Successful Retirement, Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 7-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education

Topeka
• The Men Who Invented Hollywood, Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m., Brewster Place Retirement Community
• U.S. Presidential Elections: A Proud and Strange History, Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 7-9 p.m., Washburn University
• The Life and Times of Harry Truman, Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 2-4 p.m., Brewster Place Retirement Community
• The Silk Road: from Marco Polo to Mao, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, 7-9 p.m., Washburn University
• Amber Waves: The German Russian Settlers of Kansas, Nov. 19, 26 and Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m., Brewster Place Retirement Community

Ottawa
• Understanding Your Rights: The Supreme Court in American History, Oct. 9, 16 and 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ottawa University
• The Silk Road: from Marco Polo to Mao, Nov. 12, 19 and 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Ottawa University

Lenexa
• The History of American Political Campaigns: The Viewpoint of a Political Memorabilia Collector, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and 10, 7-9 p.m., Lakeview Village
• The Golden Age of Television, Oct. 31, Nov. 7 and 14, 2-4 p.m., Lakeview Village

Olathe
• U.S. Presidential Elections: A Proud and Strange History, Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3, 2-4 p.m., Aberdeen Village
• Johnson County History, from Settlement to Metropolis, Oct. 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 2-4 p.m., Aberdeen Village

Overland Park
• Japan at the Crossroads, Sept. 13, 20 and 27, 2-4 p.m., Tallgrass Creek
• You Be the Judge: The United States Supreme Court, Oct. 4, 11 and 18, 7-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
• Islam is “A Thinking Chick’s” Religion: How Muslim Women Can Save Islam, Oct. 10, 17 and 24, 2-4 p.m., KU Edwards Campus
• Arlington National Cemetery: Its History and Its Heroes, Oct. 23, 30 and Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m., Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
• From Horses to Automobiles: How Transportation Changed Kansas, Nov. 1, 8 and 15, 2-4 p.m., Tallgrass Creek
• Your Life as Legacy: Writing Your Life’s Stories, Nov. 13, 20 and 27, 2-4 p.m., KU Edwards Campus

Prairie Village
• The French Revolution: “Vive la République!” and “Madame Guillotine,” Sept. 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m., Claridge Court
• Angelic Harp Music from Around the World, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m., Claridge Court

Kansas City, Mo.
• Exploring European Art, Fridays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and 12, 10 a.m.-noon, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Clay County, Mo.
• The Pipe Organ: "King of Instruments," Sept. 10, 17 and 24, 7-9 p.m., William Jewell College, Liberty
• Explaining the Perplexing Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and 9, 2-4 p.m., Maple Woods Community College
• The Berlin Wall: Symbol of a City Divided, Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 2-4 p.m., Maple Woods Community College
• The Border War: Forging Freedom, 1854-1861, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, 2-4 p.m., Maple Woods Community College

Special events
• Charter Coach Tour to Flint Hills Discovery Center and lunch, Friday, Sept. 21, Manhattan
• Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK, lecture and book signing by author Larry Welch, Monday, Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
• "The Three Penny Opera" preview presentation by Ric Averill and Henry Bial, Friday, Oct. 12, 2-4 p.m., Lawrence Arts Center
• KU University Theatre’s "Into the Woods," presentation by John Staniunus, Friday, Nov. 16, 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday matinee, Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m., Crafton-Preyer Theatre, KU Murphy Hall
• Ashley Davis and Friends concert, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Lied Center Pavilion, Lawrence
• Ashley Davis and Friends concert, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., William Jewell College, Liberty, Mo.



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