KU News Release


October 2, 2012
Contact: JIm Peters, KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 785-864-9142

KU Osher Institute, Ottawa University announce partnership


LAWRENCE — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas and Ottawa University in Ottawa have announced an agreement to offer Osher Lifelong Learning courses on the Ottawa campus this fall.

“We are excited to partner with KU’s Osher Institute,” said Dennis Tyner, Ottawa University provost. “This program — designed for folks 50 and over — reflects the value Ottawa places on continuing education and offers us a great opportunity to share our facilities with this special segment of the Ottawa community.”

Fred Pawlicki, executive director of KU Continuing Education, said, “Ottawa University is a well-respected academic institution, and we are excited to welcome them as an Osher partner. Not only will they will help fulfill the mission of the Osher Foundation to provide lifelong learning opportunities, but these courses also fulfill our outreach missions to share the resources of our universities with all Kansans.”

John Mack, adjunct professor of history at Johnson County Community College and online instructor for the University of Georgia system, will present “Understanding Your Rights: The Supreme Court in American History,” Oct. 9, 16 and 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

And veteran Osher instructor Nancy Hope, associate director for special projects at KU’s Confucius Institute, will present “The Silk Road: from Marco Polo to Mao,” Nov. 12, 19 and 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Both courses will be held at Ward Science Building, Room 101, 1001 South Cedar Street, Ottawa.

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. This fall 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.

Courses on history, fine arts, geography, science, technology, literature, religion and politics are some of the topics being offered this fall. 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 Institute at KU also offers courses and special events in Manhattan, Hutchinson, Hesston, North Newton and Ulysses.

For more information on courses at all locations or to register, visit online or call toll free (877) 404-5823 or (785) 864-5823.



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