Tag: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Lifelong Learners Head Back to School

It’s August and you know what that means: It’s almost Back-to-School time! The great thing about classes as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University is that there are no tests and no homework! And, just like any other respectable center of education, Osher has its own set of extracurricular activities—so that lifelong learners can get involved outside of the classroom too. Don’t be a wallflower! Here are some of the ways lifelong learners can get involved with Osher. Book Groups Osher has a great selection of book clubs that you can take advantage of as a regular...

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Osher Spotlight: Jackie Gratz

This past Wednesday, Jackie Gratz retired after more than a decade as director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. The next day, plans were in place to honor Jackie with a reception and concert. But just as Jackie was getting ready to head home on her last day of work, all of the lights went out, the computers went dark, and the air conditioning went silent. Utility workers outside had inadvertently cut the power, leaving the entire block quietly twiddling their thumbs and trying to determine how to survive the rest of the work day without...

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Rock ‘n’ Roll, Race, and Society

Daryl Davis, noted American R&B and blues musician, author, actor and bandleader, recently taught a “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Race, and Society” course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. Davis provided Osher students a unique blend of academic insight into the origins of rock ‘n’ roll and amazing first-hand accounts from the instructor’s life. Not Just Rock ‘n’ Roll Daryl Davis earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Howard University. Davis has played piano with music legends Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Percy Sledge, and more. His respect and knowledge of these greats and their...

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From Maryland to Missouri: An Osher Member Celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Life is often called a journey…Why not call it a voyage of discovery and take it in the spirit of happy adventure?” —Laura Ingalls Wilder Ann Weller Dahl, Osher member since 2005, is taking Laura Ingalls Wilder’s advice and spreading it far and wide. A retired elementary school teacher, Ann is a children’s literature expert who gives presentations on A.A. Milne, the author famous for the Winnie-the-Pooh books, as well on the illustrator and writer, Robert McCloskey. But it’s clear that Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books are near and dear to Ann’s heart. She has been...

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Osher Plans Trip to Bordeaux, France

Earlier this year, I wrote about day trips offered at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University. At the time we were finalizing plans for our first overnight trip—one that took Osher members to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. We were also making plans to our first international trip—one that will take Osher members to Bordeaux, France. Here are the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Bordeaux with Osher This Summer French Wine with an Expert Towson University assistant professor of marketing, Philippe Duverger, has been sharing his love and knowledge of French wines...

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Osher Member Spotlight: Ellen and Rex

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University has a number of married couples among its members—but it’s rare to have such a couple who both teach in the program. With Ellen O’Brien and Rex Rehfeld, we have struck gold! I asked them to chat with me a bit about their lives after retirement, the role Osher at Towson University has played, and their philosophies on teaching and learning. Ellen is currently teaching “The Devil is in the Details”, a course that explores the history, mythology, and representations of the devil from ancient civilizations through early Christianity and beyond....

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Osher Fall Course Preview

Although we just wrapped up the summer session at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, registration for our fall semester is in full swing. Classes begin September 12 and are held in our classrooms 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! The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University Fall 2016 schedule of classes has something for everyone! For those who love music—There is J.S. Bach: “Mediocre Composer”...

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Day Tripping with Osher

Did you know that Greenbelt, MD was a planned community built during the Great Depression? Or, that there is a purportedly haunted place on the Eastern Shore known as Suicide Bridge? How about going a little farther from home to find out that the Princeton University Museum of Art is a world class art museum rivaling New York’s Metropolitan Museum? Every semester, in addition to classes and interest groups that meet at Towson University, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University offers several day trips for our members. Led by Anne Graham, who has been orchestrating the Osher trips...

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Summer at Osher

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...

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Osher Member Spotlight: Lester and Arlene

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. Have You Met Lester and Arlene Yet? In the first few days in my role as assistant director at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University, I had several people ask me the same question: “Have you met Lester and Arlene yet?” A short while...

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