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K-State Today

January 22, 2015

Spring 2015 Osher Lifelong Learning catalog is now available

Submitted by Charlene Brownson

Kansas State University has teamed up with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas to bring to the Manhattan area the diverse content, innovative learning opportunities and quality faculty that promote lifelong learning in the community. The program in Manhattan is coordinated by UFM Community Learning Center.

The Osher Institute offers courses for participants age 50 and older that stress the joy of learning. Instructors are carefully selected for their expertise, a passion for the topic and a love of teaching. Courses generally meet weekly for two hours over a three-week period and require no homework, out-of-class preparation or testing.

To enroll, call KU Osher toll-free 877-404-5823, 785-864-5823 or visit their website. Read the spring 2015 Osher schedule.

Osher courses:

  • Techniques to Make Your Writing Memorable, with Catherine Hedge from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 18, Feb. 25 and March 4.
  • Bleeding Kansas with Tray Green, from 2-4 p.m. Mondays, March 23, March 30 and April 6.
  • The Kanza Indians and Their Last Homeland, 1846-1873 with Ron Parks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 25, April 1 and April 8.
  • The War of 1812: America's Forgotten War, with Robert Smith from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 31, April 7 and April 14.
  • Presidential Assassins: Men and Women Driven to Kill, with Jim Peters from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, April 2, April 9 and April 16.
  • The Bible and Science with Barry Crawford from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, May 6, May 13 and May 20.

Special events

  • The Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center on Sunday, March 8. We'll travel to Kansas City's majestic Kauffman Center to hear the Kansas City Symphony with Michael Stern conducting in Helzberg Hall. We'll include a preperformance presentation by Michael Stern and a post-concert dinner in Kansas City's Crossroads District.
  • "The Mikado" on Sunday, May 3. We'll enjoy another Manhattan Arts Center musical production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado." Before the show, Director Penny Cullers will introduce the production and Patricia Thompson, associate professor of music, voice at Kansas State University will give a short lecture while we enjoy a box lunch.
  • "Gettysburg of the West" on May 8. In October 1864, more than 30,000 Union and Confederate soldiers engaged in the largest conflict west of the Mississippi River — the Battle of Westport, often called the "Gettysburg of the West." We'll visit the battle site in Kansas City, including the Battle of Westport Visitor Center and Museum followed by lunch at the famed Seasons 52 restaurant in Country Club Plaza.

For more information, contact UFM at 785-539-8763.