OSHR 1175 - Idea of America, Our Values, Our Legacy, Our Future

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course seeks to revisit the ideals upon which the United States was built, full of high ideals but lacking in practice. Fully acknowledging this tension, we shall engage in a discussion of civics, the individual and civic responsibility of citizens to know and help the government live up to its ideals in practice.

As part of the Idea of America Network, this class is based on the United States being founded on enlightenment values that proclaim the inherent equality of all human beings and promotes education individual and civic responsibility for our happiness and unity as a nation.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Ray Black

Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies who researches antebellum slave narratives as survival stories, as well as the retention and success strategies of African American undergraduate students. He views and teaches the country’s founding documents as the basis for civil rights and civic responsibility.