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The Odyssey Program Presents Summer 2020 Zoom Courses

Dear Odyssey Patrons and Friends,

As the end of the Spring semester draws to a close, I want to thank all of you who have supported Odyssey through this difficult time. Through the use of the online Zoom platform, Odyssey has been able to run 22 of its 42 courses that were scheduled from March 11, the day of the JHU shutdown, including our Cover Perspectives. And they have run with a very high rate of participation, patience, and success!

To make up for some of those lost courses, Odyssey, for the first time in a long time, is offering selected summer courses this June. You may NOW register for SUMMER, 2020 Odyssey personal enrichment, non-credit liberal arts course offerings! All IN-PERSON Odyssey courses have been cancelled as of March 11th, 2020 until at least June 30, 2020. All summer courses will be offered through online instruction only. Updates will be posted on our website and communicated through email.

Our new Summer 2020 courses will be offered exclusively through Zoom’s online platform. During our spring 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.

Just click on the REGISTER ONLINE tab, either here or on the website. Except, please remember that to receive JHU faculty and staff tuition remission benefits, and discounts for JHU, Osher members and JHU Alumni, the on-line registration option may NOT be used. Instead, call the Odyssey Registrar at 410-516-8516 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and leave a voicemail. Emailed instructions will then be sent on how to receive those benefits or discounts. Tuition remission instructions and forms may also be found on the Odyssey Quick Links webpage and on the JHU Benefits website.

Click on any of the following categories to see course names and descriptions:

  • Click here: 910.854.01 The Southwest: A New History for an Ancient Land by George Scheper
  • Click here: 910.841.01  Global Flashpoints! moderated by Mark Croatti
  • Click here: 910.840.01 Mini-Law School moderated by Mark Croatti, discussing 4 controversial case studies
  • Click here: 911.309.01 Welcome Back, Olive Kitteridge by Dianne Scheper
  • Click here: 913.205.01 1984 is 70: The Construction of a Dystopia by Melissa Hilbish
  • Click here: 913.206.01 The Smell of Honeysuckle – Double Indemnity (1944) as Classic Film Noir by Melissa Hilbish

Please register early! Our first scheduled class begins on Monday, June 1. Attached is the June calendar of all the summer 2020 courses. 

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For course registration or information, email:  or visit  And, be sure to email updates to e-mail or mailing address. We want to hear from you! Email to let us know what you’re interested in and what course format(s) you like best!


The Odyssey Team,

Douglas Blackstone, Director

George Hickman, Program Coordinator

Bada Hebron, Non-Credit Registrar