Pressroom: Osher Explores How and Why World War II Occured

Course explores the causes and effects of World War II

January 7, 2010


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Some would argue that World War II started with Napoleon in the early 1800s and ended when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Historian Richard Shiff will explore those views and others in the course,“A Modern Historical Interpretation of World War II,” through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute sponsored by UCR Extension.

Osher classes are specifically designed for adults, 50 years and older, who want to enjoy college-level courses without worrying about tests, grades, entrance exams or prerequisites.

Shiff, a former middle school social studies teacher and a docent at the Palm Springs Air Museum, is profoundly interested in that particular period of world history.

“Most people take a history course and don’t really realize what history is. History is not just regurgitation of facts but an interpretation of facts, exploring how and why something occurred and how it affected the people at the time,” Shiff said.

Slides, photographs, maps and diagrams will augment the lectures.

The course will focus on technology, specifically aircraft, and how, unlike any other war in history, air power played a major role.

The final session of the six-week course will include a guided tour of the Palm Springs Air Museum with its displays of vintage aircraft that was used in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during the war.

Classes will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, 39-000 Bob Hope Drive, in Rancho Mirage beginning Jan. 29 and continuing through March 5.

The Osher membership fee of $125 per quarter entitles students to take up to six classes. Spouses or partners of renewing members can become an associate member for a fee of $70, which entitles them to attend two classes during the same session as the renewing member.

In addition to the Annenberg Center, Osher classes are held at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside, and the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center, 75-080, Frank Sinatra Drive.

Member benefits include: discounts on UCR campus programs; UCR Extension class discounts and notice of special field trips.


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