Historically Speaking Interest Group

As part of the group's activities, the Historically Speaking Interest Group discusses both classic historical works, and recent history books

We are for all those who love history and enjoy the fellowship of others who feel the same way. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Louis Cei at ceilb2@aol.com. Please join us!

There is no cost to attend, but you must be a current Osher member.

Most of the books can be checked out of a local library, purchased on Amazon, or found on reserve at UR’s Boatwright Library under the name of Louis B. Cei at the Reference Desk.

Also you don’t have to have read the book to attend, but it is encouraged. Dates, times and locations will be announced by email. All meetings will be held via Zoom.

2021 Schedule of Readings & Activities

Date Title/Activity Author
December Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist (2018) Justin Vaisse

2022 Schedule of Readings and Activities


Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy (1991)

  • Author: Donald Kagan
  • Presenter: Louis Cei


Feudalism in French Epics

  • Feudalism (Qu'est-ce que la féodalité?) (1964) by F. L. Ganshof
  • The Song of Roland (La Chanson de Roland) (ca. 1100)
  • Presenter: Sharon Scinicariellio


Japan 1941 (2013)

  • Author: Eri Hotta
  • Presenter: David Dorfman


The King of Crimes: The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr (DVD)

  • Presenter: John Festa


American Melodrama: The Presidential Election of 1968 (1969)

  • Authors: Lewis Chester, Godfrey Hodgson, Bruce Page
  • Presenter: John Timpane


Troublesome Young Men (2007)

  • Author: Lynn Olson
  • Presenter: Bob Warwick