December 2017

Florida Atlantic University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Jupiter has announced its course offerings for the winter semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

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 was established to provide adults of all ages the opportunity to enrich their lives through non-credit, university-level courses with no homework or tests.

Winter 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:

  • “Amadeus by Peter Shaffer,” presented by National Theatre Live on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at 1 p.m. This one-time performance is pre-recorded.
  • “Russian Covert Intervention in the 2016 U.S. Elections: Do We know What Really Happened,” taught by James B. Bruce, Ph.D., on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at 2 p.m. Bruce is a  senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation where he leads research projects for U.S. government clients. This one-time lecture will clarify the controversy surrounding the November 2016 election of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.
  • “Operatic Love Duets,” performed by Robyn Lamp and Edgar Miguel Abréu on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at 7 p.m.Lamp and Abreu, both alumni of FAU, have performed in numerous operas, which include “Not In My Town” with Opera Fusion and “Norma” with the Florida Grand Opera. This one-time performance will include duets by Bizet and Verdi and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
  • “Bottled Water: The Improbable Commodity,” presented by Felicia Survis, Ph.D., on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. Survis received her M.S. in geology from FAU and has worked for the Shell Oil Company and the Florida Department of Environmental Resources. This one-time lecture will explore where our drinking water comes from and explore how bottled water has changed our relationship with water.
  • “Shakespeare Retold II,” taught by Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., a FAU professor of American literature, is an eight-week course beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. This course will analyze plays by William Shakespeare.
  • “The Vietnam War” taught by Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., a former instructor at Georgetown University, is a four-week course beginning on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at 9 a.m. This course examines the Vietnam War from the colonization of the Indochina Peninsula to the involvement of the United States in the 1960s and the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.
  • “Eight 21st Century Films: the Reinvention of Cinema,” taught by Benito Rakower, Ed.D., who received a degree from Harvard University in English, is an eight-week course beginning on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. This course will review films that depict the evolution of human relationships.
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court and the Protection of the Constitution,” presented by Susan Low Bloch, J.D., on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 at 4 p.m. Bloch, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., will examine the prospect for changes in the composition of the court in this one-time lecture.
  • “Introduction to the Psychology of Religion,” presented by Douglas J. Wessel, Ph.D., on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. Wessel is an emeritus professor of psychology and a retired licensed psychologist in South Dakota. This one-time lecture will examine the ideas of philosophical psychologists discussing the importance of religion in adulthood, aging and death, religious transformation and religious experiences. 

For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or to receive a course catalog, call 561-799-8547.


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