At Towson University, learning isn’t limited to traditional undergraduate and graduate programs. Learning opportunities abound for students of all ages, experiences, and professional backgrounds. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University provides classes and activities for retired and semi-retired men and women, ages 50 and older from across the greater Baltimore area.

This week is Osher’s “spring break”. While our members are enjoying some time off between sessions of a great spring semester, I’ve got my sights on the Osher Summer Series. It offers a change of pace from the fall and spring courses by providing a variety of lectures (June and July) along with a movie series.

All lectures will start at 10 a.m. and movies will start at 1 p.m. and be held at 7400 York Road, Towson, MD. For more information on how you or someone you know can get involved with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, send me an email. I would be happy to help!

Here’s A Sneak Peek of Summer at Osher

Summer at OsherOn June 2, Osher members, Fred Pincus, Natalie Sokoloff, and Dean Pappas, will display their collection of political buttons and discuss social activism throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s (touching on anti-war, anti-nuke, women’s liberation, anti-racism, gay pride, worker solidarity, African and Latin American solidarity movements among others). This exhibit and lecture is a great follow-up to the “Songs of Social Engagement”, “The Many Voices of Feminism”, and “Protest Art” classes being offered this spring at Osher.
Summer at OsherNext up, on June 7, Steven Gimbel, professor of philosophy at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania will be speaking about Albert Einstein and his influence beyond scientific circles. Author of two books about Einstein, Gimbel will discuss the roles that science, politics, and religion played in the complex world of Albert Einstein.
Summer at OsherThere has been a lot of concern recently about the decline of the bee population. A lecture on native bees and their habitats by the Irvine Nature Center’s Rob Mardiney on June 15 will shed light on the unique characteristics and behaviors that allow bees to adapt and survive.
Summer at OsherMusic critic and author, Bill Messenger, will leave you buzzing about the stories behind some of the songs and sounds that came out of the World War II era. His lecture will include a chance hum along to some favorites on June 22.
Summer at OsherIf those songs leave you feeling nostalgic, then perhaps, “Astronomy at the Top of the World” will be the just the trick to keep you feeling starry-eyed. On June 28, Jim O’Leary, Senior Scientist at the Maryland Science Center will talk about the remote observatories in exotic locations around the world including the Canary Islands, Arizona’s Kitt Peak, Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, and the Andes Mountains of Chile. He will show images from the magnificent telescopes used to study the planets, stars, and galaxies of the Universe.
Summer at OsherMaybe your universe began and ended in the pages of a comic book when you were a kid. Learn how the Comic Code Authority grew out of a Senate subcommittee exploration into the effects of comic books on America’s impressionable youth and the subsequent impact on the comics industry. Scott West, assistant professor of English and Humanities at Harford Community College, will fill in the details in his lecture on the subject on July 7.
Summer at OsherReal life villains are always compelling—and that is certainly true of Napoleon Bonaparte. Bob Mullauer, Archbishop Curly High School history teacher and expert in military history will speak about Napoleon’s role as “enlightened despot”, soldier, and ruler of an Empire in a lecture on July 12.
Summer at OsherJust a couple of days later on July 14, Chunta Rivers, one of my colleagues, will talk about her recent experiences traveling to Nigeria for the funeral of her late father-in-law, a chief in the Ondo State of Nigeria. View images and traditional garments and artifacts associated with the Yoruba people and the week of traditions, ceremonies, and celebrations that are part of honoring the dead in this culture.
Summer at OsherInterspersed throughout the summer lectures, there will be several movies that explore the nuances of relationships. These films will be followed by discussions facilitated by Osher member and film-enthusiast, Eric Gratz, who, as a marriage and family counselor for 50 years, knows a thing or two about relationships. He will be showing Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) on June 13, The Last Picture Show (1971) on June 27, The Little Foxes (1941) on July 11, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) on July 25.