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Osher Institute announces summer courses, events in 14 cities

Thu, 05/09/2013

LAWRENCE — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas will offer 32 courses and eight special events this summer in 14 cities across Kansas and greater Kansas City.  

Established in 2004, the Osher Institute develops programs focusing on those 50 and over but welcomes lifelong learners of all ages. “From pasta to printmaking and from gospels to Gershwin, we’re offering more courses in more places than during any summer semester,” said Jim Peters, director of the Osher Institute.

As part of the summer program, the Osher Institute has joined with 1863 Commemorate Lawrence, the consortium of community organizations to commemorate William Quantrill’s 1863 raid on Lawrence. It will offer two special courses taught by Kansas historians, Tony Mullis, professor of history at Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Staff College, and Katie Armitage, author of “Lawrence, Survivors of Quantrill’s Raid.”

For more information information or to register, visit osher.ku.edu or call (785) 864-5812 or toll-free, (877) 404-5823.

Following are the courses and special events.

Lawrence courses

  • American Short Story Masterpieces, June 5, 12 and 19, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
  • Famous Kansans of the 1920s and 1930s, June 6, 13 and 20, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
  • A Primer on Pasta and Its Pairings, June 11, 18 and 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education
  • I Always Wanted to Learn to Draw, June 11, 18 and 25, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
  • The Art of Printmaking, June 12, 19 and 26, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
  • Bleeding Kansas, June 25, July 2 and July 9, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Carnegie Building
  • Introduction to Digital Photography, July 8, 15 and 22, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., KU Continuing Education
  • Chinese and Japanese Gardens, July 9, 16 and 23, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Brandon Woods
  • Lawrence: Survivors of Quantrill’s Raid, July 9, 16 and 23, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Carnegie Building
  • The Golden Age of Television, July 17, 24 and 31, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., KU Continuing Education

Lawrence special events

  • A Day at the Flying W Ranch in the Flint Hills, June 21, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cedar Point, Kan.
  • Theatre Lawrence Behind-the-Scenes Tour, June 26, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Lawrence
  • Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Art Exhibit Tour, June 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
  • “Kiss Me, Kate,” Preview: July 12, 2-3:30 p.m.; Performance: Sunday, July 14, 2:30 p.m., KU Theatre
  • Eisenhower Presidential Center Tour, July 19, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Eisenhower Presidential Center, Abilene

Topeka courses

  • Six Thinkers Who Changed the World, June 6, 13 and 20, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., McCrite Plaza
  • Sigmund Freud and the Modern Mind, June 11, 18 and 25, 7-9 p.m., Washburn University
  • Japan at the Crossroads, June 19, 26 and July 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Brewster Place
  • Real to Reel: How History is Portrayed on the Silver Screen, July 10, 17 and 24, 7-9 p.m., Washburn University
  • Famous Kansans of the 1920s and 1930s, July 11, 18 and 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Brewster Place

Overland Park courses

  • The Lost Gospels of Early Christianity, June 5, 12 and 19, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., KU Edwards Campus
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets, June 12, 19 and 26, 3-5 p.m., Jewish Community Center
  • Poetry of the Soul: Reading and Writing as a Spiritual Practice, July 10, 17 and 24, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Jewish Community Center
  • Creating a Successful Retirement, July 10, 17, 24, 7-9 p.m., KU Edwards Campus
  • The Music of George Gershwin, July 11, 18 and 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Tallgrass Creek

Olathe course

  • Native American Art: How It Speaks to Us, June 4, 11 and 18, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Aberdeen Village

Prairie Village courses

  • Six Thinkers Who Changed the World, June 18, 25 and July 2, 7-9 p.m., Claridge Court
  • 1863: The Critical Battles of the Civil War, July 16, 23 and 30, 7-9 p.m., Claridge Court

Clay County, Mo., courses

  • The Pipe Organ: “King of Instruments,” June 17, 24 and July 1, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., William Jewell College
  • The Lost Gospels of Early Christianity, June 26, July 3 and 10, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Maple Woods Community College
  • Exploring the Northern Isles of Scotland, July 16, 23 and July 30, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Maple Woods Community College

Manhattan courses

  • Summer Fun with Cocktails, June 3, 10 and 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Meadowlark Hills
  • The Great Flood of '51, June 5, 12 and 19, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Meadowlark Hills
  • The End of Compromise and the Coming of the Civil War, July 8, 15 and 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Meadowlark Hills

McPherson courses

  • Buggies, Bonnets and Boundaries: A Study of the Amish, Tuesday-Thursday, June 4, 5 and 6, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Hutchinson Community College McPherson Center
  • Arlington National Cemetery, June 24, 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. and Tuesday June 25, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., The Cedars Conference Center

McPherson special event

  • Eisenhower Presidential Center Tour, July 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Eisenhower Presidential Center, Abilene

Hutchinson course

  • The Gospels' Four Portraits of Jesus, June 19, 26 and July 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Hutchinson Community College

Hutchinson special events

  • I Like Ike: The Man, the Myth and the Legend, July 11, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Hutchinson Community College
  • Eisenhower Presidential Center Tour, July 18, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Eisenhower Presidential Center, Abilene

Hesston special events

  • I Like Ike: The Man, the Myth and the Legend, Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hesston Wellness Center
  • Eisenhower Presidential Center Tour, Thursday, July 18, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Eisenhower Presidential Center, Abilene


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