OSH 105 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English


Course description: A series of biographical lectures based on the lives of famous (and infamous) men presented as the historical characters in costume and makeup.  Part History Channel, part theatre, an enjoyable and engaging way to learn about history.



Week 1

Marco Polo (1254-1324) “The Man Who Saw the World” Traveler, merchant, adventurer, Marco Polo journeyed East with his father and uncle and spent 17 years in the service of the Emperor Kublai Khan. His stories, Il Mundo, would change our perspective of the World.

Week 2

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) “Sweden’s Valiant King” Perhaps Sweden’s most famous monarch. As he fiercely protected Sweden’s sovereignty, he always led his armies from the vanguard, never from the safety of his throne.

Week 3

Robert P. Dawson, 1st Sgt. (1920-1985) “The 101st Airborne on D-Day, June 6th, 1944” This is an homage to my late father, the 101st Airborne, and all who served this nation during WWII, in the defense of freedom. What they saw, and experienced, would stay with them the rest of their lives. Their sacrifice would shape the world we live in today. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Week 4

Lucilius Marilus Valerians “Roman Legionaries as Empire builders (literally)” Lucilius is my “composite” Roman legionnaire (hence, no specific birthdate). We are all aware of the vast empire created by Rome, primarily through the exploits of its highly disciplined army. What is less known is that their greatest feats of Roman engineering, architecture, and building, were accomplished, utilizing their military brawn, and expertise. This lecture examines their remarkable accomplishments.

Week 5

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) “Noah Noah: Letters from the South Seas” Artist, Paul Gauguin, was never comfortable in civilization. “Je suis au savage”, he would often say. So, it is not surprising that he would, eventually, seek inspiration form the most idyllic paradise on Earth, the South Seas. This is the story of Gauguin’s fascination, and disillusion with an unattainable vision and dream.

Week 6

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) “A Brilliant Poet’s Life of Struggle” It is sometimes said that heartache, suffering, and struggle brings out the best in an artist. If it is so, the life of Edgar Allan Poe was a textbook study of the theory. Despite the pain, loss, personal struggles, and suffering, he was a brilliant poet, and writer in a number of genre. Yet, Life would simply not give him a break. The circumstances of his early death remain a great mystery.



Mr. Robert Dawson

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020