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 through 2021 will be held via Zoom.

2021 Schedule of Readings & Activities

Date Title/Activity Author


The 1968 Kerner Commission Report and #BLM (Special discussion)


Women’s History – Shirley Modlin (Discussion of several women’s history books)


Why Containment Works (2020)

Wallace J. Thies


Unresolved Issues of World War II — Panel discussion moderated by Tommy Hudson

  • How Did Hitler Come to Power? Louis Cei
  • Why Did Hitler Halt at Dunkirk? Bob Warwick
  • Why Did Hitler Invade Russia? Dave Fishman


Augustus (2014)

Adrian Goldsworthy


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


Feudal Society, Vol. 1 (1940)

Marc Bloch


The Passing of the Modern Age (1970)

John Lukacs


Brzezinski: America’s Grand Strategist (2018)

Justin Vaisse