Osher's Spring Semester Offers New Courses
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which offers non-credit classes to retired and semi-retired adults, starts its spring semester on Feb. 20, with 36 classes and more than 750 students at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. Susan Howard replaces Mary Kay Shartle Galotto as program director; Shartle Galotto retired in January.
The Osher 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.
A special event will be held March 2, featuring a special lecture and lunch with Ann Kaiser Stearns, a professor at Community College of Baltimore County. She will discuss her book, Redefining Aging: A Caregiver's Guide to Living Your Best Life, and give advice on the practical and personal challenges of caregiving and successful aging.
Popular courses and instructors will return to the Osher curriculum. Eleanor Clift, politics writer at the Daily Best, will discuss the Trump presidency in Government at the Crossroads. Saul Lilienstein will teach an opera course and Stan Levin will lead a course called The Films of Meryl Streep.
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 highlight the latest in cutting-edge medicine.
New classes include:
* The Wizardry of Short Fiction: The Secrets of the Writer Behind the Curtain. The class will discuss storytelling techniques and will study the contemporary masters of the short story.
* Cinema of Russia. The class looks at films in genres including serious cinema art, musical comedy, war movies, melodramas and more.
* The Camera in the Hands of the Artist. The class explores the history of photography as fine art, the styles of photography and how contemporary photography can be manipulated.
* 2043: What May Lie Ahead: This course will look at some of the trends and possible innovations that may reshape America throughout the next 25 years. Topics will include climate change, demographic shifts, self-driving cars, big data and more.
The semester ends May 10.