Open to anyone who wants to learn, our personal enrichment programs offer a wide selection of courses, workshops, and lecture series delivered by the top-notch JHU faculty and community experts. Odyssey doesn’t have grades or exams—just learning for the sake of learning in a fun, creative environment. Explore our extensive course listings from science to art, writing to photography—choose course subjects across these areas:

  • Odyssey on the Go: single session programs
  • Perspectives: Keynote Lecture and Multi-Speaker Programs
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Music, Cinema, and the Performing Arts
  • Science and Nature
  • Certificate on Aging
  • Writing and Communications
  • Photography, Film, and Digital Arts

Odyssey Spring 2021 Course Catalog

Odyssey Spring 2021 Course CatalogOur new Spring 2021 courses will be offered exclusively through Zoom’s online platform. In the Spring 2020 semester, we successfully transitioned many of our courses to this online format and received positive feedback from our students.

Zoom links will be sent to registered participants on the day of their scheduled course. Updates will be posted on our website, social media, and communicated directly to students through email.

You can browse our entire Spring 2021 Course Catalog.

Spring 2021 Semester and February Course Highlights

Fall 2020 is unlike any semester we have dealt with in the past. When the pandemic hit and challenging times were on the horizon, the Odyssey community rallied together. The Instructors and student population clicked on their computers and created a wonderful learning environment with the online platform of Zoom. As we start to see a “light of the end of the tunnel” with the proposed vaccine, we will continue our online offerings for the spring 2021 semester. We wish we could determine how long it will be until we are able to come back to on-ground courses, but we appreciate your continued enrollment of the online offerings. The Instructors have worked hard to make this 2021 semester, even better than 2020.

10 Sessions: Wednesday, February 3 – April 7, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Barbara Morrison

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This workshop will help you better understand and appreciate how a story is put together and give you the tools to create your own. Using readings and guided writing sprints, we will explore techniques used in creative writing and practice applying them. There will be opportunities to critique each other’s work using guidelines that inspire constructive and positive suggestions. If you want to understand or review the fundamentals of creative writing, this workshop is for you.

3 Sessions: Saturday, February 13 – February 27, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Instructor: Michael Hughes

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Join author and tarot expert Michael M. Hughes for a hands-on, highly visual exploration of the fascinating history, art, and practical use of this ancient system of divination and personal development. From its origins as a gambling game in 15th century Italy to its transformation into an esoteric teaching tool in Europe in the 1800s, and its widespread and growing popularity in our own era, the 78-card deck has always been shrouded in mystery and myth. This 3-day workshop uses gorgeous imagery and the latest academic insights to demystify the history and use of the tarot, along with teaching a practical, effective method for reading the cards for personal insight that requires no memorization or belief in the supernatural. Students will need to purchase a deck of Marseille-style tarot cards, readily available at most major booksellers and online. Students are also welcome to use their own choice of the deck as a supplement to the class.

4 Sessions: Monday, February 15 – March 8, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Instructor: George Scheper

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Our first two sessions explore the challenges and intricacies of arctic cultures: the prehistoric Dorset and Thule, and the living cultures of the Inuit (or Eskimo) and Yupik peoples, emphasizing the lifeways of the polar ice fields and the sub-arctic tundra. We will encounter rich traditions of oral storytelling and many other forms of artistic expression, including expressive ivory carvings, masks, and other ceremonial and practical artifacts, giving focus to the theme of “inua” or spirit, and the role of shamanism, reaching across the far northern world from Siberia through Alaska and Canada, to Greenland. Our third and fourth sessions explore the “Land of the Totem Poles,” the cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America, including the Tlingit, the Haida, and the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl). Beginning with archaeology and prehistory, we focus on major categories of social, religious and artistic expression, such as the winter ceremonial, the potlatch or chiefly feast, masking, and shamanism, as expressed in art, storytelling, and film.

10 Sessions: Tuesday, February 16 – April 20, 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Instructor: James Ward

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Whether you are planning a trip abroad, wanting to learn a foreign language for personal enrichment, or brushing up on a language you previously studied, our foreign language courses are designed to meet your needs. All classes are taught by expert, experienced language instructors who have native fluency. The program is learner-centered, focusing on individual interests and goals, emphasizing conversation and listening skills. Courses are offered at introductory levels, and at further levels as enrollment justifies. Beginners should register for Introductory Level I.

10 Sessions: Wednesday, February 17 – April 21, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Madeleine Grose

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Whether you are planning a trip abroad, wanting to learn a foreign language for personal enrichment, or brushing up on a language you previously studied, our foreign language courses are designed to meet your needs. All classes are taught by expert, experienced language instructors who have native fluency. The program is learner-centered, focusing on individual interests and goals, emphasizing conversation and listening skills. Courses are offered at introductory levels, and at further levels as enrollment justifies. Beginners should register for Introductory Level I.

1 Session: Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Instructor: Irene Sacilotto

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This lecture is based on more than 35 plus years’ experience photographing wildlife and covers the requirements, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture engaging animal images. The lecture will discuss lighting and composition, plus locating, attracting, and approaching wildlife. The program is interwoven with some entertaining stories behind some of the images. The instructor will also discuss her recent urban wildlife project.

Thurs., Feb. 18 – Apr. 22, 6:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Instructor: James Ward

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Whether you are planning a trip abroad, wanting to learn a foreign language for personal enrichment, or brushing up on a language you previously studied, our foreign language courses are designed to meet your needs. All classes are taught by expert, experienced language instructors who have native fluency. The program is learner-centered, focusing on individual interests and goals, emphasizing conversation and listening skills. Courses are offered at introductory levels, and at further levels as enrollment justifies. Beginners should register for Introductory Level I.

4 Sessions: Tuesday, February 23 – March 16, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Instructor: Alexandra Hewett

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Discover the healing aspect of unleashing your creativity through writing, improv, drawing, music, self-exploration, and a guided encounter with your own imagination. This interactive workshop is inspired by Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This course will be a combination of lectures that explore artists who have turned to creativity in times of trauma (Frida Khalo, Roald Dahl, Maya Angelou, etc.) and interactive experiences with the group. Uncover and express your authentic creativity potential.

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JHU Tuition Remission and Discounts

If you are a candidate for tuition remission, please do not register online. To receive JHU Tuition Remission Benefits, JHU Alumni Discounts, or Osher at JHU member discounts for Odyssey courses, please call 410-516-8516 and leave a message with your email address. We will return all inquiries through email.

Certificate on Aging

Built upon the solid tradition of excellence, Johns Hopkins University offers a Certificate on Aging and now an Advanced Certificate on Aging. The non-credit certificate is designed for those who work with aging adults and their families.

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Baltimore, MD 21218
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