The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Announces Schedule
By lauren-woeber | 8/7/2017
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter has announced its course offerings for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Oct. 16.
Taught by FAU professors and distinguished guest lecturers, course offerings include such varied subjects as foreign policy, political science, film, music, art history and literature. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides seasoned adults the opportunity to enrich their lives through non-credit, university-level courses with no homework or tests.
Fall one-time lectures and courses take place in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute complex at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, 5353 Parkside Dr., in Jupiter, and include:
- “Hamilton: Man, Myth, Musical,” taught by Robert Watson Ph.D., a professor of American studies at Lynn University. This one-time lecture will discuss the details of Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable life, from his illegitimate birth, Jewish roots and struggles in the West Indies as a child, to his role in winning the Revolutionary War, developing and later securing the ratification of the Constitution, and serving as U.S. President George Washington’s treasury secretary.
- “The Economy of President Trump One Year after the Election,” taught by Mark Schug, Ph.D., a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This one-time lecture will include a panel of speakers that will analyze the economic policies that have emerged thus far from the administration and Congress. The panel includes Daniel Gropper, Ph.D., dean of the College of Business at FAU; Keith Jakee, Ph.D., professor in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at FAU; Kanybek Nur-tegin, Ph.D., professor in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honor College at FAU; and Dan Mangru, the founder and managing director of The Global Advisory Group.
- “Andrew Jackson and the Rise of the Democratic Party,” taught by Stephen Engle, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the history department at FAU. This one-time lecture will analyze Andrew Jackson and his impact on the development of the Democratic Party.
- “‘Reel’ Jews and Judaism,” taught by Burt Atkins, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of political science at Florida State University and an adjunct professor at Penn State University. This one-time lecture includes using clips from movies as diverse as “Hester Street,” “The Pawnbroker,” “The Chosen,” “A Serious Man” and “The Pianist,” to examine how movies have created part of the historical and cultural record of Jewish life and tradition.
- “America the Beautiful,” performed by Uryvayeva Martin, a classical pianist who graduated from the Odessa Stolyarsky Special Music School. This one-time performance includes popular patriotic songs, movie themes, choices from the Great American Songbook and more.
- “Eudora and Flannery” taught by Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., a professor of American literature at FAU. This four-week course examines two of the greatest women writers of the United States: Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor. The course will delve into their work, highlighting their craftsmanship and discuss the themes that have made their work timeless, not just within the context of the South, but also within the nation and the world.
- “Electrified,” taught by Stephen Kowel, Ph.D., a former dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. This four-week course will describe our understanding of electricity and how it makes possible energy delivery with everything digital, such as medical prosthetics, digital photography, surround sound, computing, mobile phones and navigation systems.
- “Art in the U.S.A.,” taught by Terryl Lawrence, Ed. D., a Lifelong Learning instructor who earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University and held teaching positions at C.W. Post College and SUNY Empire State College. This eight-week course will examine the history of art covering primitive art, painting in the 1930s, American architecture, African-American art and much more.
For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute or to receive a course catalog, call 561-799-8547.