Osher Fall 2018 Highlights
The Osher fall semester kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 18 with new courses, new faculty and several special events.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers non-credit classes to retired and semi-retired adults, starts its fall semester with 33 courses and approximately 700 students at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. The program fosters a stimulating learning environment, lively discussions, rewarding cultural experiences and social opportunities within a university setting. Course disciplines include history, music, politics, literature, current events and art.
Classes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The semester’s kick-off event will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 with a question-and-answer session about “Understanding the Immigration Debate.” The discussion will focus on policies toward undocumented immigrants; border security; immigrant employment; Trump administration policies on immigration; and more. George Clack of Howard County Indivisible will lead the discussion. Clack also teaches literature and film for Osher and for Howard Community College.
Before the event, members are invited to bring in a cake. Half of each cake will be served before the event, and members can choose half a cake to bring home.
New classes this semester include Causes and Course of the Russian Revolution 1865-1924; Living with Integrity: Jewish Medical and Legal Ethics; and Making Choices: Understanding Environmental Issues.
Many popular courses will return to the Osher line up: Eleanor Clift, formerly of Newsweek magazine, will scrutinize the midterm elections. Journalists Marvin and Bernard Kalb will discuss foreign affairs. Anthony Kane, a historian of modern China, will teach Confucianism, Communism and the Chinese Dream. The Strathmore music series will return, with weekly concerts showcasing emerging musicians in Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program.
The fall semester lecture series – a different guest lecturer speaks each week – addresses issues such as race relations, life beyond the solar system, U.S. Supreme Court cases, North Korea, Iran-Saudi relations, and economic mobility and the American Dream.
Several field trips are planned, including a trip to the Olney Theater to see “Twelfth Night” on Sept. 28and an outing to the National Mall on Sept. 29. An October trip to tour three factories in Baltimore also is in the works.
The semester ends Dec. 13.