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  • Winter 2020 Semester registration opens Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Inclement weather policy

  • If the Columbia Public School System cancels classes due to inclement weather, Osher@Mizzou classes will not meet on that day.


Courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult.

Osher@Mizzou is currently between semesters, with classes starting up again in January 2020. Please check back in mid-December to view the Osher Winter 2020 semester catalog. Winter classes start on Tuesday, January 21, and registration opens Tuesday, January 7.

Dates for Osher’s 2019-2020 Academic Year are the following:

  • Completed Fall 2019 Semester (8 weeks): September 9 – November 1
  • Winter 2020 Semester (4 weeks): January 21 – February 17
  • Spring 2020 Semester (8 weeks): March 9 – May 8 (No classes the week of March 23)
  • Summer 2020 Semester (4 weeks): June 1-29

In the meantime, please review the courses that Osher offered last semester – a link to the Fall Catalog is in the sidebar at the right of this page. We look forward to revealing a whole new roster of classes for Winter Semester 2020.

We sincerely hope you will join us in January 2020!

Why be a part of Osher

The goal of Osher is to create a community for participants who are 50+, for many benefits:

  • Intellectual health impacts physical health
  • You can have thoughtful interactions about topics of interest to you
  • Taking classes helps nurture your natural intellectual curiosity
  • We create new opportunities for socializing, networking and meeting interesting people
  • Learning is fun

Curiosity never retires. If you have an active mind, love learning and are over 50 years old, join us.

Stay young. Be active. Learn at Osher@Mizzou.

Make charitable contributions from your IRA

For those aged 70-1/2 or older, it is possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities, such as the University of Missouri, free from federal income tax each year.

There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

If you are ready to make a charitable IRA rollover to Osher@Mizzou:

  • Contact your IRA provider as soon as possible to initiate the rollover.
  • Contact the MU Office of Gift Planning and Endowments to alert the university to receive the rollover.
  • Call 1-800-970-9977 or email

Osher updates

Each week we email all members and these emails often include information not printed in the course catalog. Details about upcoming Brown Bag Seminar sessions and reviews of the movies to be shown at the Friday Afternoon Film Festival are routinely shared in these emails. In addition, new and exciting events might come up later and will be scheduled as a talk, a formal presentation or seminar. We rely on email to get you this timely information.

You can stay well-informed if you have taken the time to join our mailing list. Do it today! Be sure to check your email for information about spontaneous events that might prove exciting. 

Learn more about Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Osher is a national volunteer-based education program designed for people aged fifty years and older who are eager to learn and socialize in a classroom environment. Watch these videos

Learners' comments


  • "The classes put me in small group learning situations with experts in the field and in instances such as this course targeted to my place in the life cycle."
  • "Reconnect with other retirees — excellent topics!"
  • "All of us need to continue to learn. It keeps us involved in our community and exercising our brains."
  • "Your program is excellent — a real service to the community. Cheers to the staff!"
  • "The classes have opened doors to information and ideas that continue to enrich my life. I am so grateful for those instructors who share their deep understanding and knowledge and give us seniors new things to think about."
  • "It keeps my mind active and in great shape — it is exercise for the mind."
  • "I love the variety of new subjects that one can study and enjoy."
  • "A widening of knowledge on all of these subjects enhances the value of everyday living."

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MU library card

As a registered student in our program, you can request a library card for MU Libraries. To request a library card, apply through our office.

Conduct of staff, advisory council, instructors, members and volunteers

A. Conduct of persons affiliated with Osher@Mizzou is governed by the University of Missouri Standards of Conduct. Specifically, they are spelled out in section 200.010: Standard of Conduct in the Collected Rules and Regulations.

B. Becoming a paid staff person or participating as a member or volunteer with Osher@Mizzou implies acceptance of and compliance with the university’s rules and policies. These rules and policies have been drafted to balance freedom and responsibility and to provide standards for the orderly operation of this educational community. The following principles are expected from all persons associated with Osher@Mizzou:

  • Mutual respect
  • Personal and intellectual integrity
  • Civil discourse
  • Responsible decision making

C. Common-sense rules of civil discourse should be observed. These include tolerance and respect for diverse opinions. Instructors should not engage in, nor allow members to engage in, dismissive, hostile or derogatory comments about other viewpoints and speakers.

Photo and participation disclaimers

Osher@Mizzou does not collect individual waivers for use of photographs or for liability.

Osher@Mizzou reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any program and to use them, whether taken by a representative of Osher@Mizzou or by other participants, for promotional purposes. By enrolling in an Osher@Mizzou program, participants agree to allow their images to be used in such photography. Participants who prefer their images not be used are asked to contact the Osher@Mizzou office at 573-882-8189.

Individuals acknowledge and assume any and all risk associated with participation in Osher@Mizzou activities. The University of Missouri makes no representation regarding the appropriateness of any activity for an individual. Osher@Mizzou disclaims any and all liability for each individual’s participation in said activities.

If you register for a course or event that involves physical activity, you are responsible for wearing the proper attire and using the proper equipment (if applicable). It is highly recommended you consult your physician before participating in any physical activity. OLLI disclaims any and all liability for each individual’s participation in any course that involves physical activity.

Volunteer instructors are responsible for developing their own course content. The information, views and opinions provided by Osher@Mizzou instructors are those of the instructor and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University of Missouri or the Osher@Mizzou program.