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Osher Starts Spring Semester

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In a few weeks, the campus will be buzzing again with senior citizens ready to tackle a new set of courses.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers non-credit classes to retired and semi-retired adults, starts its spring semester on Feb. 21, with 34 classes and approximately 800 students at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

A kick-off event will be held a few weeks later, on March 3, and feature a special lecture and lunch with Nicholas Hersh, associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Hersh leads the orchestra’s educational and family programming, including an academy for adult amateur musicians.

Popular courses will return to the Osher curriculum. Students in the Global Diplomatic Hotspots class will hear from former Foreign Service officers who will describe the importance of effective U.S. diplomacy. Students in the New President, New Challenges class will hear from Eleanor Clift, formerly of Newsweek and now a politics writer at the Daily Beast. Clift will discuss the challenges the president faces in bringing the country together and in governing effectively.

Three new classes are filling up as well: Visitor’s Guide to Mind-Brain Science; Introduction to the Cloud; and Why I Should Care About Opera.

For the second year, Kris Obom, director of the Center for Biotechnology Education and program director for the Master of Science in Biotechnology program at JHU, will lead a course called Genomics and You: What is Personalized Medicine? Faculty from the Center for Biotechnology Education will introduce students to personalized medicine, genetics, molecular biology, cancer genomics and other topics.

Also returning is Medicine: Advances in Health Research and Treatment, a six-week course taught by health experts from Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  The healthcare professionals to highlight the latest in cutting-edge medicine.

On April 21, Osher members will go on a trip to the Winterthur Museum, Brandywine River Museum, Longwood Gardens and Nemours Mansion.

The JHU Osher program recently was featured in the Osher Institute national newsletter. You can read that here.


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