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We offer fall, spring and summer courses at various locations across Oklahoma City. Topics change each semester and range from art, history, culture, cinema, cuisine and more.
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Oklahoma City Fall 2022 Course Offerings

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  • Let’s Watch: Bogie and Bacall

    Mondays, 1:30-3:30p | 6wks | 9/19-10/10

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Dennis Scott, Movie Historian

    Location: Epworth Villa

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25


    She was 19; he was 44. It’s been called the greatest love affair in the history of cinema. Let’s watch them on screen. “Casablanca” (1943) will show us Humphrey Bogart before Lauren Bacall. “To Have and Have Not” (1944) will show us their first film, followed by the duo in “The Big Sleep” (1946), “Dark Passage” (1947) and “Key Largo” (1948). We’ll end with a solo Bacall in “How to Marry a Millionaire” (1953), just a few years before Bogart’s death.

  • Storytelling 101

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 9/22-10/13

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Stephen Kovash, Writer

    Location: Epworth Villa

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25


    Through facilitated exercises you’ll learn to use tone, voice and other storytelling craft elements to interpret the theme of your own story. Through practice and interaction with other participants, you’ll gain a better understanding of your story and insights into the stories of others while sharpening your skills both in writing and live storytelling.

  • City Forum | Free to attend

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 7wks | 9/26-11/7

    Epworth Villa 14901 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Oklahoma City


    Sept. 26 l Fighting the Bad Guys
    Jenna Odgers
    Senior Criminal Intelligence Analyst | Oklahoma Information 

    Fusion Center Housed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Fusion Center serves as the focal point for the collection, assessment, analysis and dissemination of terrorism intelligence and other criminal activity information relating to Oklahoma.


    Oct. 3 l Update on MAPS 4
    David E. Todd
    MAPS Program Manager | City of OKC


    MAPS 4 is a debt-free public improvement program funded by a temporary penny sales tax that will raise a projected $978 million over eight years. The project is dedicated to neighborhood and human needs, as well as quality of life and job-creating initiatives. 


    Oct. 10 l Caring for a Loved One
    Herb Magley
    Board Member | Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter

    Speaker and Advocate Learn about Alzheimer’s from Herb Magley, who was primary caregiver for his wife and best friend after her diagnosis at the age of 54. Now turned speaker and advocate, he will describe what happens over the course of the disease, medications, resources and more. 


    Oct. 17 l The Original Machine Gun Kelly
    Leigh Dudley
    Executive Director | Federal Judicial Learning Center and Museum 


    In 1933, Machine Gun Kelly and others kidnapped and held for ransom Charles Urschel, a wealthy Oklahoma oil man. Hear how the crime was solved and the historic trial that shook the nation and helped define Oklahoma judicial history. 


    Oct. 24 l Top Scams and Frauds to Avoid
    Deputy Tara Hardin
    Oklahoma County Sheriff


    Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Tara Hardin will give an overview of the top scams and frauds targeting those aged 50 and over, including how these scams manifest, how to recognize and avoid them, along with a few tips on what to do if you have become a victim of one.


    Oct. 31 l Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
    Dr. Trang Nguyen
    Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist


    With nearly half of the population taking at least one prescription drug, it’s important to know what types of interactions may occur with other medications, supplements or herbs. Pharmacist Dr. Trang Nguyen will introduce some of the key supplement-drug interactions, common nutrient depletions and hands-on experience that can assist in decision-making.


    Nov. 7 l Tribal Community Response Plans
    Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney | Northern District of Oklahoma
    Bryan Kuester, U.S. Attorney | Eastern District of Oklahoma


    U.S. Attorneys Trent Shores and Brian Kuester launched a pilot project to address missing and murdered indigenous persons cases. The first of its kind in the United States, the project implemented tailored guidelines to coordinate efforts with Tribal communities and law enforcement partners.

  • Beginning Genealogy

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 6wks | 9/28-11/2

    Format: Presentation

    Instructor: Oklahoma Historical Society Research Staff

    Location: 45th Infantry Museum

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25


    Do you know that a massive collection of archived, genealogical data is ready and waiting for you to dig in? The Oklahoma Historical Society’s Research Division offers resources beyond a family historian’s wildest dreams and staff members are eager to show you how to put it to work. You will learn how to search Oklahoma newspapers through the Gateway including Chronicling America and more. You’ll also learn how to navigate free online genealogy resources, including DPLA, Family Search, Internet Archives and resources at the Metropolitan Library. 

  • The Stuff of History: Material Culture

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 10/4-10/25

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Nathan Jones, Historian and Curator National Cowboy Museum

    Location: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Recommended Text: A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor (or associated podcast)


    This course will be a guided exploration of material culture, the objects museums interpret as historical sources. Through presentations and recommended readings, you will gain deeper insight into the practice behind object-based interpretation used by historians, curators and archaeologists. You will also have the opportunity to closely examine some of the National Cowboy Museum’s collections and how those objects and their stories provide deeper meaning and knowledge of our own culture.

  • Reporting World War II: On the Home Front and Overseas

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 10/19-11/9

    Format: Lecture

    Instructor: Dr. Denise Neil, Historian and Museum Director

    Location: 45th Infantry Museum

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25.


    During World War II, news reports were generated from across the globe. We will look at journalism during this time using archival materials from the 45th Infantry Division Museum’s collection. Those who reported the news left behind a legacy for our understanding of that war. Men such as Edward R. Murrow, Andy Rooney and Ernie Pyle shot to fame. Women like Margaret Bourke White and Martha Gellhorn had unprecedented opportunities. News reports informed the home front while Stars and Stripes, Yank Magazine and even division-level newspapers, like the 45th Division News, were published for soldiers.

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