Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

JCPRD's 50 Plus Program is pleased to be a host site for KU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute which offers noncredit enrichment courses and events in accessible and innovative learning environments with a special focus for folks 50 and “better,” although learners of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.  No homework. No tests. No pressure. It’s just learning for the joy of it.

Participants must register directly with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  Click on the REGISTER HERE link provided below for each individual course to register online.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for additional information on how to enroll over the phone or by mail.


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This course examines the economic, political, and cultural impact of U.S. railroad corporations, passenger, and freight trains, as well as workers who built, ran and maintained them. Focusing on years from the Civil War to the present, the class emphasizes not only the Union Pacific-Central Pacific transcontinental route, but also lines in Kansas and Kansas City like the Santa Fe and the Rock Island. The nation's first big business, railroads still matter today. We'll view film clips, read book and magazine excerpts, listen to railroad songs, and see photos from the instructor's own collection. 

Instructor Bio: Carl Graves, Ph.D., holds a U.S. history master's degree, and his Harvard Ph.D. dissertation was on Topeka's Santa Fe shop workers. He taught university and community college classes, was a high school history instructor at Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City and published many railroad articles and photographs.

3 - 2 hour classes - $50

REGISTER HERE        New Century Fieldhouse          2/22       Wed        10 am


We will look at eight U.S. first ladies who lived in the 20th and 21st centuries.  THey are not as well-known as some of the other first ladies, but they made impressive contributions to the United States.  We will study Lou Hoover, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, Rosalynn Carter, Barbara Bush, and Laura Bush.

Instructor Bio: Anita Tebbe is a retired professor of the Legal Studies Department at Johnson County Community College. She earned an undergraduate degree in history, a graduate degree in education and a juris doctor degree in law. Anita is a Kansas licensed attorney and has more than 40 years at the high school and college levels.

3 - 2 hour classes - $50

REGISTER HERE        Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse          4/12       Wed        2:30 pm


How to register with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

1. Register Online

If you would like to register online for one of the courses above, click on the Register Here link to go directly to the program registration page.  Click here for specific Instructions for how to register online.  

2. Register By Phone

If you would like to register by phone, please contact Osher's Registration Center at 913-897-8530

3. Register By Mail

Download and complete the registration form (PDF) and mail with a check or money order to:

KU Lifelong & Professional Education
12600 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS 66213

Credit Card. For security reasons, KU cannot accept credit card information written on the registration form. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call our Contact Center at 913-897-8530.