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August 7, 2019

Fall 2019 Manhattan Osher Lifelong Learning Program registration now open

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 over that stress the joy of learning. Courses meet weekly for two hours over a three-week period and require no homework, out-of-class preparation, or testing.
To enroll, call 877-404-5823 or 785-864-5823 or register online

The following are fall 2019 Manhattan Osher Courses: 

World War II: The Pacific Theater, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25. Instructor: Robert Smith, director of the Fort Riley Museum.

The Chisholm Trail, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, and Thursdays, Sept. 19 and 26. Instructor: Jim Sherow is a university distinguished professor of history at Kansas State University. He actively participates in historic preservation at both the local and state levels and served 10 years as the Kansas historian on the Kansas Historic sites Board of Review.

The First World War: Understanding the Present by Studying Our Past, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16.
Instructor: Jed Dunham works as a freelance writer and historian. He is currently writing a book on the American experience of the First World War called "48 Fallen 48 Found."

From Spurs to Silver Screen: Kansas Cowboy History and Poetry, 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Instructor: Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at K-State. As a cowboy poet, he was proclaimed "Poet Lariat" by then-Gov. Bill Graves and was named an ambassador for the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. 

More Kansas Characters, from the Real McCoy to the Sage of Emporia, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and 13. Kansas has been influenced by a variety of unique, colorful and important individuals. Instructor: Thomas Luellen, who retired after 31 years in hospital administration and 14 years as an adjunct instructor at Washburn University. He has a master's degree in geography from the University of Kansas.