The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas will have a partnership with the McPherson Scottish Society to bring an educational component to this fall’s annual Scottish Festival.
The presentation, “Exploring Scotland: An Insider’s Look at Its Archeology, History and Politics,” will kick off the Scottish Festival on from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at The Cedars Conference Center.
This special presentation surveys the geography of Scotland from lowlands to highlands to islands and explores its archaeological legacy, unmatched in Europe, including the Roman and Viking incursions. The presentation then travels forward to see how the Industrial Revolution gave rise to the distinctiveness of Glasgow and Edinburgh and finishes with a dive into the contentious issue of Scottish nationalism. Which way is the wind blowing on Scotland becoming a country? Or is it one already?
Presenter Tom Schmiedeler, Ph.D., is professor of geography at Washburn University and has traveled extensively in Scotland. An accomplished photographer, his slides take viewers on a virtual tour of Scotland.
A unit of KU Continuing Education, the Osher Institute develops enrichment programs focusing on those 50 and older but welcomes lifelong learners of all ages. Courses generally meet for three two-hour sessions during three consecutive weeks. The Bernard Osher Foundation of San Francisco selected KU in 2004 as a site for this nationally acclaimed program the shares the rich resources of the university with the general public. Hutchinson Community College was the first Kansas regional institution to partner with KU, bringing Osher courses to the south central area in 2008 and expanding classes into their McPherson Center in summer 2013. The Cedars began offering classes in spring 2013, and invites the public to attend. The institute now has more than 2,700 members, statewide.
Nine other South Central area course titles will be offer this fall.
For more information or to enroll, visit www.osher.ku.edu or call toll free 877-404-5823.