Spring Term Catalog

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Hood Museum Class

Meet our Study Leaders. Member Testimonial: "Each of the courses I have taken have been better than the course description because the Study Leader brings their energy and uniqueness to the words."

Available Courses as of 2/20/20

American Contemporary Short Stories - Jim Adler
Emotion and Meaning in the Music of Jon Appleton: Classical and Electronic - Jon Appleton
Hand-building with Clay - Dianne Burger
Playfully Poetic - Page Coulter
Merle Haggard: The Soul of Country - Ford Daley
From Gags to Riches: Comedians of the 50s and 60s - Maynard Goldman
Not Your Usual Music Appreciation - Moby Pearson
When Stars Were Born: 1919 - John Peterman
Watercolor for Enthusiastic Watercolor Painters - Stephanie Reininger
Form, Function and Relation: Ceramic Art by Native Americans at the Hood Museum of Art - Jeanne Shafer
English Gardens: A Social History - Barbara Stern
Take a Hike! Ok. I'm Ready to Learn. - Don Watson

Current Affairs
Charities and Their Directors: Opportunities, Responsibilities, and Pitfalls - Neil Castaldo
Duped? Is the American Dream Dead? - Robert Gasser
The State of the Union: Now and Beyond - James Wilson

Entering the World of Andre Dubus' Writings - Brian Blanchette
Myth & Metaphor: Language of the Soul - Patricia Cashman
Opening Poetry to Greater Enjoyment: Six Simple Ways - Dan Collison
D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love - Phyllis Deutsch
Anne Frank in the World - Phyllis Deutsch
Active French - Gloria Finkelstein
Writing in Circles - Stephen Hackman
Writing Poems/Making Them Better - Don Herzberg
Thus Spoke Zarathushtra - Werner Kleinhardt
Remembrance of Things Past: Writing Memoirs - Joe Medlicott
Shakespeare's Greatest Comedies: As You Like It and Twelfth Night - Marilyn Roberts
Aristotle's Ethics and Politics in Today's Disjointed World - Joseph Ronan
The Curious Minds of Transcendentalists - Marc Smith
Mingling Sincerely My Tears With Yours: Condolence Letters, Obituaries, and Other Death Writing Considered - Lee Webster

Useful Tools for Life Planning - Richard Davis
Women & Investing - Kevin Moquin
Mindfulness Meditation: Establishing or Deepening a Daily Practice - Stephen O'Dwyer
Beyond the Basics: Getting to Know Your Gut With Plant-Based Nutrition - Beth Perera
How Much Money is Enough to Retire? - Evan Roberts
Svaroopa® Yoga - Gentle, Deep and Profound - Annie Ross
An Introduction to Svaroopa® Vidya Meditation - Annie Ross
How to Deal with Difficult People...and Look Forward to It! The Positive Messages These People Bring to Our Lives - Steven Shama

Books That Changed My Life - Harry Dean Brown
Mercury, Gemini & Apollo, NASA's Golden Age: A 50-Year Retrospective - Dan DeMars
Roots of Civilization in Soil: How Land and Water Use Underlie the Fate of Societies - Bruce James
NEW REVELATION - Charles E. Memusi Johnson

Natural Science
Whales, Dolphins, Seals, & Sea Lions: The Biology of Marine Mammals - Rob Nawojchik
Spring Wildflowers and Ferns (Wednesday Section) - Alice Schori
In Your Genes: Another Year of Advances in Genetic Technology - Iain Sim

Social Science
Perspectives on the Holocaust - Thomas Burke
Actually Reading the Constitution - Larry Crocker
The Greatest Show on Earth III: The Primaries - Maynard Goldman
China's Grand Strategy - Sarwar Kashmeri
Nuclear Weapons: The Early Years - John Lamperti
African Roundtable - Norman Miller
The Pinocchio Signal – Personal Media Literacy in the Information Age - Scott Rappeport
Triumph of the Human Spirit – High Mountains, Vast Oceans, Extreme Cold, Remote Settings - Jed Williamson

Full Courses (waitlist available)
Hand-knitted Hats - Judith Esmay
Mixed Media Art Journaling - Kate Farricker
Preparing to Hear Benjamin Britten's War Requiem - Mark Nelson
Canada Today - Josette Malley
Great Decisions 2020 - John Sanders
Mah Jongg: The Game of the Sparrows - Mary Ann Holbrook
Cooking the Book: Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat - Lindsay Smith
Natural Landscape Design - Jim Kennedy
Spring Wildflowers and Ferns (Thursday Section) - Alice Schori
100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in America - John Ferries
Political Representation and Gerrymandering - Linda Fowler
Revolution Revised: The Founders in the 1790s - Vic Henningsen
The American 1920s - Bob Jakoubek

Feedback Form

There are three purposes to this feedback form.

  1. It can provide direct feedback to the Study Leader about your experiences in the course.
  2. It helps the Curriculum Committee plan for future terms; it is our single source for recorded data about our curriculum.
  3. It gives you a voice about your experience.

Please take a few minutes to write in detail. Remember Study Leaders volunteer their service to OSHER@Dartmouth. Click here to complete a feedback form.

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Guide to Online Registration


Special Rate Membership: $110 (February 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)
Regular Membership: (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)
Dartmouth College/DHMC staff, faculty, and students please call 603-646-0154 to join our program.

Course Fees:

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

Course Materials

  • Welcome Letter: supplied prior to the first class session via e-mail and/or post. (Depends on the preference of the registrant.)
  • Reading Packets: 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.)
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    • If printed materials exceed 50 pages, a fee will apply.


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Catalog Cover Submissions

Every term, we invite members of OSHER@Dartmouth to submit images for consideration for the cover of our upcoming catalog. If your image is selected, it will appear on the next catalog cover and you will receive a voucher to cover the cost of one OSHER@Dartmouth course.


  1. Contents must be your original work.
  2. Contents should be suitable for viewing by all ages.
  3. Other than that, it's up to you!

How to Submit:

  1. Make sure you have a digital file of your submission. You can send a jpg/jpeg, a PDF, or a native Photoshop file. (Don't forget, you can use your iPhone or other smartphone to take a photo of your artwork and email it to us!)
  2. Test the file - you should be able to print your image on a standard 8.5"x11" sheet of paper. It should fill at least 3/4 of the page and print clearly - no blurring.
  3. Your image should be presented in "portrait" mode.
  4. Email your file to sarah.chamberlin@dartmouth.edu.

The OSHER@Dartmouth office will announce the winner via our weekly newsletter.

Catalog Archive

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