December 2018

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter has announced its course offerings for the winter semester, which begins Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

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:

  • On Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at 1 p.m., “The Great American Tear-Jerker,” performed by Robert Milne, a musician declared a “national treasure” by the Library of Congress. This one-time performance will focus on “Priscilla at the Piano,” which is an old phrase among saloon piano players referring to those who would sit at their upright pianos at home in the 1890s and sing the old “tearjerker” songs.
  • On Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 at 9 a.m., “The Future of Religion or Why God is Not Dead,” taught by Byron McCane, Ph.D., a professor in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at FAU. This six-week course will explore how and why religion was able to adapt and succeed in a changing environment.
  • On Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m., “Israel and the Middle East,” taught by Ambassador Ido Aharoni is an eight-week course that will examine Israel’s civil liberties, market principles, military power and relationships with its neighbors.
  • On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at 3:45 p.m., “Forgiveness: Possibilities and Limits in a Vengeful Age,” taught by Stephanie Cassatly, an author and instructor at Palm Beach Atlantic University. This one-time lecture will discuss the memoir that she wrote about finding her mother’s killer and forgiving him before he died in Angola State Penitentiary.
  • On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at 1 p.m., “Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare,” presented by National Theatre Live. This one-time recorded performance includes actors Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder and David Morrissey.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 11:15 a.m., “Debating Islam and the Middle East,” presented by Mehmet Gurses, Ph.D., a professor of political science at FAU. This four-week course will examine the complex and complicated nature of Islam, including discussions on war and peace, women and democracy and Islam.
  • On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:15 a.m., “The United States, China and Russia: A New World Order or Disorder?” taught by Robert Rabil. Ph.D., a professor of political science at FAU. This one-time lecture will underscore what’s driving this new Cold War and analyze whether these three major powers will help create a new world order or disorder.

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



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