It’s Osher Time at UC Riverside

What a line up for this Fall. You name the course, the UCR Osher Program is offering it. From music to the arts, from history to current events, from writing memoirs to embracing your inner self through yoga, you’ll probably find it in Riverside or Rancho Mirage. Starting my fourth year as a UCR Instructor, this will be my eighth course,”Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis.” It will once again serve as a platform for an engaged dialog between a seasoned group of mature students. (Pages 5 & 8) It’s learning for the sake of learning, discussing potential solutions to the complications facing our contemporary global society. If you’re in the neighborhood, consider enrolling for the upcoming Fall course offerings. Learning opportunities never end.

Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis

Based on the scholarship of Jared Diamond, Ian Bremmer, and Fareed Zakaria, this course will explore how a composite of contemporary nations have reacted, survived, and adapted as a result of prolonged crises. Do nations as a whole employ the same coping mechanisms that individuals do in times of apparent overwhelming difficulties? Why do some countries succeed in defending their sovereignty, forms of governance, culture, and economic systems while others do not? As Thomas L. Friedman suggests, how do the United States and the world thrive in a world of threatening accelerations? History, and the review of specific case studies, will depict how nations have risen to find solutions to insurmountable problems. – See more at:

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