Osher Lifelong Learning members enjoy the grounds on UD's Wilmington Campus.

June 4-8: Wilmington lectures

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers morning lecture series

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2:28 p.m., May 21, 2012--The community is invited to spend a week in June learning from and enjoying some of the region’s most fascinating people through a morning lecture program at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington.

Highlights of the 16th annual June lecture series include a talk by author and counterterrorism expert Ray Holcomb and a presentation by the Rev. Lawrence Livingstone on the founding of African Union Methodism in Wilmington. The week concludes with a presentation and performance on the life and music of contemporary American and Russian composers presented by the Music School of Delaware.

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The week-long program takes place Monday through Friday, June 4-8, at Arsht Hall on the University’s Wilmington campus, 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue. Topics and speakers are:

  • “On Becoming the Emperor of Fun and Games”―Dave Raymond, Raymond Entertainment Group (and the original Phillie Phanatic);
  • “Walking (Musically) in Someone Else’s Shoes”―World music performed by String Theory, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Wilmington;
  • “High Drama in Newark”―Leslie Reidel, professor, Professional Theatre Training Program, Department of Theatre, University of Delaware;
  • “Delmarva’s Unique Collection of American Art”―Ryan Grover, curator, Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover;
  • “Exploring Trade and Culture of the Ancients”―Steven Sidebotham, archeologist and professor, Department of History, University of Delaware;
  • “August Quarterly: Celebrating the Founding of African Union Methodism in Wilmington”―Rev. Lawrence M. Livingston, senior pastor, Mother African Union Church, Wilmington;
  • “A Life Defined by Historic Moments”―General Carol A. Timmons, Delaware Air National Guard;
  • “Endless Enemies: Inside FBI Counterterrorism”―Ray Holcomb, author and retired FBI agent; 
  • “The Art of Baltimore’s Amalie Rothschild”―J. Susan Isaacs, professor of art history, Towson University; and
  • “The Artist and His Surroundings: Contemporary American and Russian Composers”―Holly Roadfeldt-O’Riordan, pianist and faculty with distinction, Music School of Delaware

Each day will feature two lectures, the first one beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m.  Doors will open at 8:45 a.m. each morning. The registration fee for the full 10-lecture series is $50 per person; light refreshments are included. Registration is open to everyone. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Saienni, Osher Lifelong Learning office, at 302-573-4415.

Osher Lifelong Learning in Wilmington is also holding a summer session July 10-August 2, with nearly 50 courses being offered. View the catalog online. Gift certificates may be purchased.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Wilmington is a membership organization that provides opportunities for adults 50 and over to learn, teach and travel with their peers. The only requirements for admission are interest in a continuing educational experience, support of the programs through participation, and a modest membership fee. Courses meet weekdays at Arsht Hall on the Wilmington campus. Ample free parking is available.

Photo by Dick Burgess

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