Monday, January 3, 2011



The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Emory University features an expanded schedule of impressive course offerings. Open to all adults age 50 and above, it is Atlanta’s best educational value and the quality of instruction and group participation makes this an absorbing intellectual and social adventure.
There is no better way to spend a winter morning and the group dynamics and exceptional instruction will do wonders for your intellect and morale. Here’s a sample of courses beginning on January 18:

Doubt: A History
Jennifer Michael Hecht has written perhaps the definitive book on doubt. Garrison Keillor proclaims it a bold and brilliant work, saying, "It is the World Religion course you wish you'd had in college, a history of faith told from the outside." This course will examine the arguments advanced in this book.

Blood Meridian
Harold Bloom, America's great literary critic, considers Blood Meridian the major esthetic achievement of any living American writer. Michael Herr compares Cormac McCarthy to Melville and Faulkner. Bloom found the book so difficult that his first two attempts to read it failed. However, his third attempt revealed its magnificence - languagelandscape, characters - that transcend the violence and converts goriness into terrifying art, comparable to Faulkner.
Neurobics III
This is a course that builds on the concepts and practice of creative thinking, exploring productive ways to apply creativity in our everyday lives. Based on the book Keep Your Brain Alive by Lawrence C. Katz, Ph.D. and Manning Rubin.

The Glories of Russian Opera, Part I
Taught by Jane Goodwin, former Production Manager of the Palm Beach Opera, this course will study Mikhail Glinka, Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Art of Storytelling
Do you have stories? Learn to effectively share life stories, shape them into tales, and present them to audiences - whether large or small, intimate or newly met.

Lovers and Rebels
Celebrate our loving rebels. William Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet gave us lovers who chose their own spouses. Though the lovers had rebelled against their parents, their choices were sound and ultimately transformed their elders.

East Meets West: Understanding and Composing English Language Haiku
Explore the genesis of haiku in old Japan, its journey to the West and how the form has been adapted to the English language, our culture and sensibilities. Students will be exposed to the work of poets whose writing exemplifies the best in English language haiku.

Ethics and International Politics: The Responsible Exercise of National Power
Explore the exercise of United States power in international politics with special attention to the ethical concept of responsibility. Particular topics will include the place of the U.S. in world politics, theoretical concepts guiding the uses of power, the role of states in the international system, the President as Commander-in-Chief, the politics of nuclear disarmament, and Pakistan/Afghanistan policies.

The History and Evolution of Jazz, Part II
A very popular exploration of the art, history and joy of this uniquely American art form with attention to the various and distinct instruments to focus on the contributions and influences of individual artists, instrumentalists and singers.

Been There, Done That. . . Revisited
We encounter many events that challenge our beliefs, our values, our tolerance and our endurance. This class revisits some of those experiences, to reflect on how we met the challenges and what we learned.


PHONE: 404.727.6000
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Emory University

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