Osher Lifelong Learning Program Accepting New Members
For the first time in more than five years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus is opening its registration to the general public.
Until now, new registrations were offered solely to people on a waiting list. Due to some recent programmatic and administrative changes, Osher was able to eliminate the wait list and can now enroll people who hadn’t been on it.
Osher offers non-credit, daytime classes to retired and semi-retired adults. The program fosters a stimulating learning environment, lively discussions, rewarding cultural experiences and social opportunities within a university setting.
Courses are taught by faculty drawn from JHU, the region and the connections of members. Classes are available in history, politics, music, film, philosophy, literature and other disciplines.
Osher students sign up for yearly memberships, enabling them to take classes and granting them access to JHU resources, such as the library and Peabody events. There are no entrance requirements, no tests and no grades. As Osher members like to say, the program is “learning for the sake of learning.”
Currently, more than 700 retirees partake in lifelong learning lecture classes in the JHU Montgomery County Campus auditorium, or in smaller discussion groups in Gilchrist Hall and the Academic & Research buildings.
Summer programing already is in full swing. A course called Giuseppe Verdi Part 1: Early Verdi is the first installment of a three-part series to be held over the course of three summers. Summer programing already is in full swing. A course called Giuseppe Verdi Part 1: Early Verdi is the first installment of a three-part series to be held over the course of three summers. Taught by Osher member Bruce Herzfeld, the course is intended to provide Osher members with an enhanced appreciation of operas.
Field trips also are part of the Osher experience. In June, Osher members attended a series of five lectures about art. Each lecture was paired with a field trip to bolster the experience. Osher members visited the Walters Art Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Portrait Gallery and more.
In July, Osher members will visit Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Theater to see “Byhalia, Mississippi,” a play that explores issues of class and race in a southern town.
In August, Osher members can attend a lecture and lunch discussion about the mystery novel “The Snowman.” Participants are encouraged to read the book before attending the Aug. 15 event. Attendees may bring in mystery books to trade with others.
The fall semester runs Sept. 12-Dec. 7, with courses held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The spring semester will run from February through May.
More information about the Osher program, membership dues and registration information can be found at osher.jhu.edu