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

Summer 2017 Osher@Mizzou

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

Eclipse
 The Year of the Eclipse

A total solar eclipse in the Northern Hemisphere is a rare occurrence indeed. The last time a total eclipse of the sun was visible over Missouri was in 1869 — 148 years ago! In anticipation of the Aug. 21, 2017 solar eclipse, Osher@Mizzou has proudly offered several classes and sessions with eclipse related topics. This summer, we continue this theme as we explore a range of topics — from the science of eclipses, brought to us by UM Director of Astronomy Angela Speck, to reflections of the eclipse in literature, music and storytelling. Be prepared for this once in a lifetime event!

  • Light Eclipsing Darkness: Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (Clarence Wolfshohl)
  • Techniques for Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (Val Germann)
  • William Blake: The Moon, the Sun, and the Power of Poetry (Tom Dillingham)
  • Children's Literature for Older Adults (Diane Peterson)
  • Two Shakespearean Plays: Inside and Out  (Judith Clark)
  • Star Stories: Telling Your Story of a Total Solar Eclipse (Lee Ann Woolery)
  • Music for the Solar Eclipse (Julia Gaines)
  • The Great American Eclipse 2017 (Angela Speck)
  • Missouri Prairie in Eclipse (Mike Trial)

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at 1:12 p.m. CDT — total eclipse of the sun!
"The rim of black spread slowly into the sun's disk…The multitude groaned with horror to feel the cold uncanny night breezes…and see the stars come out…"
— Mark Twain
 "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

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 giftplanning@missouri.edu.

Important dates?

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    Annual member meeting
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    Summer registration begins
  • Monday, June 5, 2017
    Summer semester begins
  • Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
    Solar eclipse
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
    Fall registration begins
  • Friday, Aug. 25, 2017
    Fall welcome back and Friday film
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
    Fall instructor welcome
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
    Fall semester begins
  • Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
    Fall semester begins
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
    Faculty tribute dinner
  • Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
    Silvers Seminar

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 send your email address to Sarah Ginter- Novinger at ginternovingers@missouri.edu. 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

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  • "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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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.