Anyone over age 50 is welcome to join Osher as a regular member. Supporting memberships are offered to Towson University faculty and staff of any age. Membership in Osher is a requirement to register for classes in the fall and spring semesters.
To comply with State and University policies and procedures, registrations and payments can no longer be accepted before the Preview. Any registrations and payments received prior to the Preview will be returned.
Session I: March 1–25
Session II: April 5–29
Classes will meet Monday through Thursday at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Courses are open to current members. All courses will meet online via Zoom. View Osher's Zoom Attendee Guide (PDF).
Two charismatic leaders discuss their unexpected relationship, the initiatives being taken by their congregations, and the positive outcomes that have come from the building of relationships and addressing of violence and racism in and around their communities.VIEW LECTURE
East Towson is an historic African American neighborhood located on the eastern side of Towson. This presentation will trace its founding by formerly enslaved people from Hampton Plantation through many societal pressures to its present day. Carol Allen, local historic preservationist, will demonstrate the effects of racism on this tight knit community, which are still evident today.VIEW LECTURE
No one wants to be #4. You can’t win an election or even a Scrabble game by placing #4. What is it about the #4? We begin at the dawn of civilization and then look at the polytheistic gods of Egypt, Babylon, and Greece. Next, we’ll look at the 4s in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Then there were the #4 kings in France, England, and Germany. Who tells Chaucer’s 4th tale? What's Shakespeare’s 4th play? You'll never see the #4 the same way again.VIEW LECTURE
Lino Tagliapietra is considered to be the world’s finest glass artist. Even at age 85, each day, he enters a hot shop with eager enthusiasm to use his unparalleled acumen to create yet another radiant form with brilliant colors, graceful curves, and intricate patterns.VIEW LECTURE
Dashiell Hammett is an author and screenwriter who is almost as complex as the characters he created—Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta, of course). He's credited with inventing the hard-boiled private detective figure. Much of what Hammett wrote about came from his early life in Baltimore where he grew up and started working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency.VIEW LECTURE
If asked to pick the most important event between the two World Wars, the answer may be the crash of 1929 and the ensuing depression. Few would answer the “dust bowl.” But the suffering, the deaths, the displacements caused by the dust storms should put it in the same league. The Dust Bowl started in 1931 with the beginning of a drought and ended in 1939. However, the dust bowl is not yet over. It’s a work in progress.VIEW LECTURE
What launched these four kids from the toughest section of Newark, New Jersey into rock and roll history? Hear the amazing story of Frankie Valli’s trip to stardom with its highs and heartaches. Learn how his legendary life became the subject for a smash musical and movie. Movie and song clips with lots of singing and dancing promised!VIEW LECTURE
"Casablanca" is one of the most popular, critically acclaimed, and simply beloved American films and at the top of critics' polls as one of the top films in world cinema history. Learn about the film's making, casting, and its influences on modern cinema.VIEW LECTURE
How did the child of Russian Jewish immigrants go from abject poverty to eminent stardom in American music by the time he was a mere 26 years old? Learn about the rise of Benjamin David Goodman and how he helped usher in a new era in pop culture.VIEW LECTURE
Deepen your understanding of the art and architecture of The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from archival and personal photographs and video. The thinking of survivors Elie Wiesel and Viktor Frankl will serve as a thematic thread.VIEW LECTURE