Osher Online with Northwestern University
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Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is required to register for Osher classes. If you are unsure about your membership status, call us at 801-581-6461. If you are new to Osher, follow the Membership link at the right to learn more about membership.

We are excited to be selected to participate in Osher Online, a limited pilot project run by the National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. This pilot project will involve eight of the 125 Osher Institutes during two terms in the winter and spring of 2023 to test a model for shared online courses. These courses are not meant to replace our locally offered in-person or online courses but rather to supplement our own local offerings. The very high-quality courses will feature popular instructors with online teaching experience from Osher Institutes all across the country. Osher Online will provide varied Osher members from different states and institutions the chance to learn with and connect to each other while maintaining membership at their own local Osher Institutes. We are grateful to the Bernard Osher Foundation and the Osher NRC for their support and hard work in making this happen. We look forward to this new learning journey with Osher Online and hope you will enjoy being a part of it!

Questions? Call Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 801-581-6461 or use our online form.

Class Sections For Osher Online with Northwestern University (OSHER 760)

Spring 2023 Section 4, Starting on: 01/09/2023

Legendary Foods of the World: We all need to eat. But to eat with knowledge about what goes into your body requires purpose, planning, and intention. Everything about eating--including what we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who's at the table, and who eats first--is a form of communication that is rich with meaning. Our attitudes, practices, and rituals surrounding food are a window into our most basic beliefs about our world and ourselves. Join this international journey to discover the Legendary Foods and traditions of France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Greece, and Mexico. Instructor: Larry Canepa. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/09/23 M 2:00 pm -3:15 pm Online
01/23/23 - 02/20/23 M 2:00 pm -3:15 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 8, Starting on: 01/09/2023

The World of Musical Satire: Explore the delights of musical satire in a variety of genres, cultures, and eras, especially in America since 1950. This multimedia course covers "Yankee Doodle," slave satire, Gilbert & Sullivan, the Gershwin's, the Marx Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, Monty Python, Spinal Tap, "Saturday Night Live," "South Park," Key and Peele and a bountiful bevy of B's: Leonard Bernstein, the Beatles, Rachel Bloom ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"), Bo Burnham and Bugs Bunny. Because satire is often dependent on social and historical events, this course is as much cultural history as music appreciation. And while words are preeminent in musical satire, we will also discuss the music and its interactions with lyrics. We will include some (brief) exclusive interviews with songwriters and performers: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Michael Palin (Monty Python), Country Joe McDonald, Mike Stoller (Lieber & Stoller), and more. Instructor: David Misch. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/09/23 M 11:00 am -12:30 pm Online
01/23/23 - 02/20/23 M 11:00 am -12:30 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 2, Starting on: 01/10/2023

CRISPR and the Gene Editing Revolution: Since the development of CRISPR technology 10 years ago, there has been a revolution in biology, medicine, and agriculture because we can now modify the genetic makeup of any organism, including ourselves. Cures for many genetic diseases including sickle cell, muscular dystrophy, and cystic fibrosis are now in clinical trials. Similarly, new treatments for cancer and heart disease are being tested. Genetically modified babies are now feasible and three have already been born. Control of disease-spreading mosquitoes is possible. New crop varieties promise to be more sustainable and more nutritious. Which of these technologies should we enthusiastically embrace, which should we ban, and how should we regulate these applications? The lecture portion of this class will explain the technology and the participants will subsequently discuss our options for the future. Instructor: Bryan McKersie. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/10/23 - 02/14/23 T 12:00 pm -1:15 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 3, Starting on: 01/10/2023

History of Rock - How Race Relations and the Cold War Shaped America's Most Popular Genre: History of Rock will use rock music as a lens through which to view the changing social and racial atmosphere in the U.S. from the early 1920s to today. We'll take a look at how popular music has been impacted by technology, war, and ideology across the 20th century. Instructor: Caleb Westby. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/10/23 - 02/14/23 T 3:00 pm -4:15 pm Online
Tuition: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 1, Starting on: 01/11/2023

Contemporary Ethics: Moral disagreements are tearing the fabric of American society apart. In this series, David will provide an overview of moral theories in circulation today, including relativism, egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, divine command theory, and virtue theory, and will apply these theories to abortion, war, end-of-life questions, and gun control. His lectures will include commentary on both the ethical and legal aspects of these issues. Instructor: David Smith. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/11/23 - 02/15/23 W 11:00 am -12:15 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 5, Starting on: 01/11/2023

Making Sense of Modern Art: Modern Art can be hard to look at. It turns our idea of painting completely upside down. Why does it look like that? This class will look at the ideas and artists who sowed the early seeds of modernism in 19th-century Paris and continue through to Abstract Expressionism which exploded in America 100 years later in the 1960s. From Impressionism to Cubism to Surrealism and abstraction we will trace - and understand - the evolution of 20th-century art. Instructor: Nancy McAfee. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/11/23 - 02/15/23 W 5:00 pm -6:15 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 7, Starting on: 01/12/2023

The 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory: In this six-week course, we will go back to basics. We will push past the headlines, the op-eds, and the shouting on cable news and talk candidly about what The 1619 Project actually says--and what it doesn't say. We will engage with the debates among leading scholars as to its claims and to their merits and get as close as we can to the subjects--like the American Revolution, the Constitution, Abraham Lincoln, and Reconstruction--around which so many of these debates over The 1619 Project have swirled. Critical Race Theory is, of course, a bit harder to pin down. There is no manifesto, no mission statement, or special magazine supplement. That has made CRT a moving target. Our goal will be to establish its core premises, describe them accurately, and interrogate their validity--and do so with respect for those moments when we inevitably disagree. Our purpose here is not to promote and persuade, disparage and reject, or let alone proselytize. Instead, we hope to leave you with a better understanding of both The 1619 Project and CRT upon which you can then base your own informed opinions. Instructor: Richard Bell. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/12/23 - 01/19/23 Th 4:00 pm -5:30 pm Online
02/02/23 - 02/23/23 Th 4:00 pm -5:30 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 9, Starting on: 01/12/2023

Women, Diversity, and the U.S. Supreme Court: Follow the stories of six extraordinary women who pursued legal careers, justice, and equality, and became Supreme Court Justices. This course will examine the lives and careers of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Elena Kagan, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. Understand how their lives influenced their careers and why they sought a position on the highest court in the nation. Instructor: Lauren Andersen. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/12/23 - 02/16/23 Th 4:00 pm -5:15 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

Spring 2023 Section 6, Starting on: 01/28/2023

Retirement Reimagined - Is a Portfolio Life in Your Future?: Today's longer life expectancy and better health mean we are likely to have the opportunity to have a "Portfolio Life." A Portfolio Life is an appealing and intentional way of thinking about living in an extended middle age, beyond the end of your job. How do you want to live during the years typically called "retirement?" You can choose to create a balanced mix of work, learning, leisure, healthy living, family time, and giving back, tailored to your priorities and goals. Retirement was once relegated to winding down. Today it holds the possibility of being your most significant and passionate years. It's a time to truly be yourself, discover new ways to contribute to society, and live a fulfilling life. This workshop series will help you create your own plan for a Portfolio Life, through lectures, self-reflection, and small and large group discussions. Instructor: George Dow. Registration deadline is Dec 19. A mandatory orientation will be held on Jan 5 for all enrolled attendees.

Date(s) Day Time Location
01/28/23 - 03/04/23 S 11:00 am -12:15 pm Online
Tuition: $0.00 Fee: $99.00      

Instructor: Staff

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