Visual imagery to highlight content on this page

Oasis Offers Spring Courses to Senior Citizens

The Oasis center has a full line up of spring semester courses for senior citizens at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

Oasis is a non-profit educational organization active in more than 50 cities and reaching more than 50,000 individuals each year. Its mission is to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement.
Oasis logo.jpg
Locally, the Oasis center is located inside Macy’s Home Store at Westfield Montgomery Mall and is sponsored by Suburban Hospital.

Classes are held at the main center as well as in other locations throughout the county, including at the JHU Montgomery County Campus. Students may sign up for one or more classes, most of which are one-time lectures. 

Class topics include offerings in art, music, computers, health and wellness, history and current events.

Below is a selection of some of the spring course offerings and course descriptions. A complete list, course times and registration information can be found on the Oasis website.

+ The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence. Mike Pence, who proclaims himself a Christian first, a conservative second, and a Republican third, has long worn a carefully constructed mask of Midwestern nice. Behind his self-proclaimed humility, however, hides a man whose own presidential ambitions have blazed since high school. Journalist Peter Eisner describes Pence’s path from Catholic Democrat to conservative evangelical Republican. A book sale and signing will follow Eisner's presentation.

+ Hamilton: Man and Musical. Alexander Hamilton has always been known as a central player in America’s early history, and the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has focused new attention on the life of this fascinating individual. This multimedia presentation draws on both Hamilton’s biography and his depiction on stage to examine his accomplishments, discuss his relationship with Aaron Burr, and reflect on the accuracy of the musical.  It includes recordings from the musical's soundtrack and interviews with its creators.

+ Women in American Roots Music. The genres of blues and jazz (and their unruly stepchild, rock 'n' roll) have been dominated by men. Yet there are numerous women who have made immeasurable contributions to these art forms, either on stage or behind the scenes.  We will examine the lives and music of such remarkable women as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Mary Lou Williams, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Maybelle and more. Audio recordings, video clips, and live performances from the instructors will make this presentation as lively as the music itself.

+ Women in Politics: Lessons from 2018 and What They Mean for 2020. Since the 2016 election, there has been a remarkable surge in women's activism, and it’s been mirrored by a surge in female candidates for political office.  Fischer Martin will offer perspectives on 2018, the Year of The Woman, and the new female members of Congress.  She'll also discuss the several women who could make a run for the White House in 2020.

+ US, Russia and China: The Triangular Relationship. Nearly fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger developed the "Strategic Triangle" for relations between the United States, the Soviet Union and China.  Today the triangle no longer exists, and relations between Russia and China are far better than those between the United States and either country.  This lecture will discuss the enormous benefits and advantages from the "Strategic Triangle" as well as the current implications for the United States in today's geopolitical situation.

+ Middle East Chaos: Implications for Israeli-Palestinian Progress. Middle East unrest is spreading, with political ramifications and global economic risks as longstanding rivalries escalate.  Is there room to address meaningfully the Israeli-Palestinian issue?  Would progress “fix” the larger regional challenges?   Explore key factors affecting these interrelationships, including the significance of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem and movement of the U.S. embassy.

CATEGORY: Academics, In The Community