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Osher, Oasis Offer Summer Classes and Activities for Senior Citizens

Programming for senior citizens will be in full swing this summer at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Oasis program both are offering a robust lineup of activities and courses.


Osher is a noncredit membership program for retired and semiretired adults. Courses osher logo.jpgthroughout the traditional academic year – September through May – explore history, art, literature, music, film, current events, politics and more.

This summer, Osher members can:

+ Go on the Shepherdstown Contemporary American Theater trip on July 18 to see Memoirs of a Forgotten Man. The bus for this trip departs from the JHU Montgomery County Campus at 10 a.m. There will be a pre-performance discussion.

+ Explore and discuss author Anne Hillerman’s novel Spider Woman’s Daughter at 10 a.m. Aug. 15. Osher Professor Melinda Kramer will lead a discussion about the mystery. A New Mexico ethnic cuisine lunch will be served. [If you have mystery novels you want to trade in, bring them that day.]

+ Learn about the National Mall at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 with Judy Scott Feldman, an art historian and founder and chairwoman of the National Mall Coalition. Attendees will learn about the mall’s history, controversies and future. The talk will be supplemented by a tour of the National Mall in the fall.

+ Tour the Baltimore Museum of Art’s Cone Collection on Aug. 10 with Ann Wiker, the administrative supervisor for Osher. Wiker has a background in art history and art education.

Information and registration can be found on Osher’s website.


Oasis is a non-profit educational organization active in more than 50 cities and reachingoasis logo.png more than 50,000 individuals each year. Its mission is to promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, active lifestyles and volunteer engagement.

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.

The Oasis lineup this summer at the Montgomery County Campus includes the following classes:

+ Election 2018: What Can We Expect?. The class, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. July 11, features journalist Steve Roberts. Roberts will discuss the 2018 Congressional midterm and gubernatorial elections.

+ The Tumultuous Year That Changed America Forever. The class meets 1:30-3 p.m. July 11. The year 1968 was one of the most traumatic and consequential years in American history. White House correspondent Ken Walsh will discuss this pivotal year and compare and contrast it to today.

+ Is This Normal?! Your Guide to Understanding Your Aging Body. The class meets 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 26. Dr. John Whyte of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will discuss normal aging and signs of serious medical conditions, including the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

+ Supreme Court Update. The class meets 1:30-3 p.m. July 26. Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy will highlight the top dozen civil and criminal cases heard by the Supreme Court of the United States in the past year.

Information and registration can be found on the Oasis website.

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