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2017 Fall Course Catalog

Available Courses:
(updated September 19, 2017)

(NEW!) Born in the USA: Nature, Enlightenment, and the Hudson River School of Painting (Tuesday Section) - Jo Evarts
Backstage@Northern Stage: The Little Mermaid - Northern Stage
Eugene O'Neill, Nobel Prize Winner - Judith Edwards
Louis Armstrong - Ford Daley
Masters of 20th Century Architecture - Harte Crow
Silent Film Comedy - Joanna Rapf
Writing Fictional Memoirs, a Workshop - Robert Belenky

Making Politics Constructive Again - Ralph Hough
Trials, Tribulations, & Triumphs of Ted Kennedy - Maynard Goldman

Feeling Like An Immigrant - Toni Egger
Finding Yourself in Your Dreams - Dean Brown
Nan Shepherd's The Grampian Quartet - Anne Shivas
The Book of Job Revisited - Alan Fuchs
The Serious Business of Comedy - Jonna Mackin
Two Dickens Boyographies - Steve Rounds
Virgil's Aeneid, Another Odyssey - Susan Brown

Brew Class 102 - Scott Russell
Estate Planning: It's More Than Money - Cyndi Scott
Geocaching: Treasure Hunting with a Purpose - Roger Dontonville
Retirement Planning Made Easy - Evan Roberts
The Internet of Things - Bryant Patten

Quantum Creativity - Charles Johnson

Armchair Travelers IX - Our National Parks - Tom Wilson
Numbers and Transfinite Arithmetic - Larry Crocker

Honoring the Dead in America - Lee Webster
Revolutionaries & Tyrants - John Lamperti
Right Turn: The Republican Party - Bob Jakoubek
The Patty Hearst Story - John Ferries

Course Updates:

  • JUST ADDED! New section of Jo Evarts' "Hudson River School" course - Tuesdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm (see below)
  • Art and the Garden with Ann Semprebon - cost is $40 (incorrectly printed as $30 in our catalog)
  • Pilots, Painters, Princesses, Presidents, and Psychopathology with Melanie Podolec - course has been cancelled
  • Run the Numbers with Rick Hutchins - course has been cancelled
  • Sport in America with Rick Hutchins - course has been cancelled
  • Caveman to City Slicker with Barbara Butler - course has been cancelled
  • On Collecting Antique Oriental Rugs with DeWitt Mallary - course has been cancelled
  • Discovering Your Teaching Style - Course dates are now October 5 through November 2 (No class October 12). All classes at the Howe Library.
  • Intro to Acrylic Paints with Janet Rae - new schedule (Wednesdays, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, 2017)

Guide to Online Registration

Fees, 2017-18:

Annual Membership (expires June 30, 2018): $70

Course Fees:

  • 8 hours or less: $40
  • 10-12 hours: $60
  • 14 hours or more: $80

 Need help with your online registration? Click here to view our quickstart guide!


We may supply several different types of course materials to registered participants:

  • Welcome Letter - supplied prior to the first class session via e-mail and/or post. (Depends on the preference of the registrant.)
  • Reading Packets - Reading packets are usually materials prepared or compiled by the Study Leader prior to the first class. (If the Study Leader is relying on current news items, materials may be distributed on a weekly basis.) Reading packets are sometimes only supplied in printed form, but may be available online in the course folder. Check your welcome packet for more information, or contact our office.
  • Hand-outs and photocopies - Study Leaders and some class participants may choose to share materials with members of the class via photocopies and hand-outs, which are usually passed out during a class session. If the study leader or participant has supplied a copy to the office, we will do our best to make these materials available in print as well as online in the course folder. (Please see below for more information on hand-outs and photocopies.)

The Welcome Letter is the one piece of printed material for which a member should never be charged. However, receiving other types of course materials in printed form may result in a fee. If the total amount of printed materials for one course (either distributed by the Study Leader or requested by a participant) exceeds 50 pages, a fee will apply. Fees are calculated on an individual basis, meaning that each class participant receiving their own printed copy of materials will be charged for the materials they receive. This is why it is important that each member notify the office of their materials preference when they register for the term.

Please remember the following regarding course materials:

  • Requests for printed copies of materials must be made at least 24 hours in advance of pick-up.
  • Printed materials will be available for pick-up in our office at 7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107, Hanover. If you cannot pick up materials at the office, we can mail materials to you, but a postal fee may apply. We also cannot guarantee timely receipt of mailed materials.
  • Printed Materials Fees: As mentioned above, if printed materials exceed 50 pages, a fee will apply. The office staff will present totals for course materials fees as soon as they are finalized. Some fees may be presented at the start of the term, while others may not be available until the final session of the class. Please contact the office if you have any questions.


Click the icon below to view our manual on using Google Drive. Just below, we have a five-part video tutorial series on using Google Drive, as well as an FAQ containing answers to some of our most frequently asked questions regarding Google Drive.

Google Drive

Video Tutorial Series: Accessing Your Online Course Folder in Google Drive

PLEASE NOTE: Google Drive received a major update in December 2014. This video series and the information below utilize the previous version of Drive, and will be updated, but should still provide a good starting point for those wishing to work with online course materials.

Session 1: What You Need To Get Started

Click on the image above to view the tutorial, or visit this link to view the video via YouTube:

Session 2: Opening Your Course Folder

Click on the image above to view the tutorial, or visit this link to view the video via YouTube:

Session 3: Creating A Bookmark

Click on the image above to view the tutorial, or visit this link to view the video via YouTube:

Session 4: Navigating Your Course Folder

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Session 5: Printing and Downloading

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Google Drive FAQ - 2015

This section contains some of our most frequently asked questions regarding Google Drive and online course materials. If you do not see your question and answer below, or if you need clarification on any of these items, please contact the office.

1. Question: When will I receive my course materials?
Answer: The office tries to supply course materials as classes fill during the registration period. Please remember that e-mails regarding your course(s) sometimes end up in your Junk or Spam folder; don't forget to check there! Mailed packets should start arriving about two weeks prior to the start of your course; please allow a few days for your packet(s) to arrive. If you have not received a welcome packet in the mail or by e-mail at least one week prior to your first class, please contact the office to check on your registration status. Your welcome packet is an essential tool for your class, and you should have it in hand prior to your first class session. PLEASE NOTE: Class rosters will be sent separately via e-mail, while printed copies will be provided in the course binder at your first session.

2. Question: HOW will I receive my course materials?
Answer: Our office provides course materials via e-mail or through the post. If you have indicated 'postal' as your preference for materials (either on the course application form or by communicating that preference to the office), you will receive your packet by mail, EVEN IF WE'VE ALSO SENT YOU A COPY BY E-MAIL. Otherwise, you should receive your materials at the e-mail address we have on file under your name.

3. Question: I received the e-mail, but I'm not seeing my study leader's letter or syllabus in the message, just the note from the Osher at Dartmouth office. Where is my course info?
Answer: If you received your welcome letter via e-mail, it contains a link to the online folder for your course. That online folder is where you'll find the welcome packet and any other materials your study leader has provided. The link to the folder usually appears as an underlined, bright blue line of text near the center of the e-mail message. You need to do the following to open that link:
a. Click once on the link (the underlined section of text).
b. A page will open in your internet browser, displaying the welcome packet for your course and any additional materials your study leader has provided. PLEASE NOTE: Ignore the blue 'Sign In' button at the top right of the screen - it isn't necessary to sign in.
c. Click once on any of the documents you see to read them on your screen.

We strongly suggest that you either save your e-mail message or bookmark the page once you've arrived so that you can visit the folder again as the term progresses.

4. Question: I'm clicking the link, but nothing happens.
Answer: Some computers may require you to hold the 'Ctrl' button ('Command' button on a Mac) as you click on the link in order for it to open. If you try this and it still won't open, you may need to do the following:
a. Select the link by clicking and holding your mouse button just before the start of the underlined text, then move your cursor to the end of the underlined text. You can then release the mouse button. This should highlight the link.
b. Press 'Ctrl' and the 'c' key at the same time to copy the highlighted text. (Command-C for Mac users.)
c. Open your browser. (Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)
d. Find the address bar at the top of the screen and click once in the white space. (Make sure you are working with the address bar, and not with a search box!)
e. Clear all of the text by hitting 'Backspace' or 'Delete', then press 'Ctrl' and 'v' to paste the link into your address bar. (Command-V on a Mac.) When the text appears, hit 'Enter' or 'Return'. Your course documents should now appear on your screen.

5. Question: Do I need a password?/Do I have to sign in?/Do I have to have a Google account to view my course materials?
Answer: No, you do not. Although you may see a 'Sign In' button at the top of your screen when you visit your course folder, you can ignore it.

6. Question: The folder just shows little tiny pictures - I can't read these documents!
Answer: When you first arrive at your course folder, you'll see what are called 'thumbnail' images of the course documents. These are miniatures snapshots of the actual documents, not the documents themselves. When you want to view the document, select the thumbnail image and click on it once. The document should then open in Preview mode on your screen.

7. Question: How do I print the online documents on my home computer?
Answer: You cannot use your computer's standard 'Print' command to print the online documents. (You'll only get a snapshot version of what you are seeing on your screen.) In order to print the entire document, you must open it in 'Preview' mode as mentioned above (see Question #6), then look for a series of four black-and-white buttons that will appear at the lower right of your screen. The button furthest to the right (next to the magnifying glasses with plus and minus signs) is your Print button. Click on it once, and it should open the print dialogue for your computer.

NOTE REGARDING PRINTING YOUR WELCOME PACKET AND COURSE ROSTER: If you are having trouble printing your welcome packet and/or roster, make sure you have opened the document in Preview mode, and that you are selecting the Print icon near the top center of the Preview screen - DO NOT USE YOUR BROWSER'S PRINT COMMAND, as this will only print the content appearing on your screen, not the entire document. The 5th session of our video tutorial series (see above) provides a visual guide to this process. 

8. Question: I don't want to deal with online material/I'm having too much trouble accessing online material. Can't I just get a printed copy?
Answer: Our office is happy to provide printed course material upon request - please provide a minimum of 24 hours notice! Remember that welcome packets and rosters are considered standard course material, but printed copies of reading packets or hand-outs may incur a cost.

9. Question: If my course requires a textbook or my study leader is supplying a reading packet, where do I pick it up?
Answer: Check your welcome packet for specific information on textbooks or reading packets. The Osher office does indeed have packets and/or textbooks ready for pick-up for certain courses (ex: Great Decisions), and that information should be included in your welcome packet. For most textbooks you will need to visit either the Dartmouth or Norwich Bookstores or go online to purchase books for your course.

NOTE: Many of our members have reported problems accessing Google Drive when using Internet Explorer as their internet browser (the application that allows you to surf the web). Some Mac users have reported problems when using their Safari browser. For best results, we recommend that you download either Google's Chrome browser or Mozilla Firefox. Both are free applications and take just a few minutes to download and install.


When we provide the link to a course packet, most computers and browsers will be able to access the file easily, because many computers have Adobe Acrobat Reader pre-installed. If you find you are having trouble viewing an item in Drive, it may be because your computer does not have Reader. This is a free application, and very easy to install on your computer. Visit Adobe's website by clicking the logo below. If you are still experiencing problems viewing files on Drive after downloading Reader, contact our office for help.

Adobe Acrobat Reader


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Last Updated: 9/19/17