What's New Around Asbury: Osher Institute & Strathmore

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February isn’t just for lovers – it’s for learners, too. Three classes offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute kick off on campus this month, an eclectic trio that promises something for everyone.

“Robin Williams: Seriously Funny,” runs from Feb. 16 to May 4. The instructor – who graduated from New York University with a degree in dramatic literature, theatre history and cinema – promises that the class will analyze and build appreciation for the range Robin Williams exhibited as a performer.

“Inspired by Opera,” also runs from Feb. 16 to May 4 and explores literary works, classic films and parodies inspired by operas. Smithsonian lecturer and instructor Saul Lilienstein guarantees some unexpected discoveries.

From Feb. 19 to May 7, students will delve into the psyches and medical histories of famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo and Dale Chilhuly. This class focuses not only on diagnoses, but also how each artist coped with their impairments and the healing power of art.

And, of course, the Spring 2015 semester of the resident-run Keese School is already underway, featuring dozens of lectures, classes and trips taught by area professionals, educators  and residents who are experts in their field. View the Spring 2015 catalog.

Coming up in March, residents will enjoy Asbury's unique partnership with Strathmore cultural arts center with an on-campus performance by jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly. April brings harpist Lily Neil, whose repertoire includes original pieces, Irish jigs, tangos and Lithuanian folk numbers. In June, Seth Kibel of Seth Kibel's Big Band will perform.

At Asbury, learning opportunities and new experiences are always right around the corner. Contact the Marketing Department for more information about Osher, the Strathmore Society at Asbury and more campus amenities.


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