KristiMillikanDirector's letter


Dear colleagues,
Welcome to Osher@Mizzou Summer School! We have so much in store for you to wrap up our 2016-17 Year of the Eclipse. This was the first time we tried out a year-long theme for our programming, and thanks to you it has been very successful. Each semester, more and more instructors have offered courses connecting to our theme, and we have one in store for you next year, too. (Hint: Sometimes we embrace it. Other times we run from it. Every now and then we make it. And often times we carry a little of it in our pocket. And it happens every day whether we notice it or not.)

For this final semester of eclipse programming, here are some highlights:

  • Clarence Wolfshohl's "Light Eclipsing Darkness: Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray"
  • Val Germann's "Techniques for Observing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse"
  • "William Blake: The Moon, the Sun, and the Power of Poetry" ­— Thomas F. Dillingham
  • "Children's Literature for Older Adults" — Diane Peterson will include books helping children understand the eclipse
  • In "Two Shakespearean Plays: Inside and Out," Judith Petterson Clark will explore eclipse references in "The Tempest"
  • "Star Stories: Telling your story of a total solar eclipse" ­— Lee Ann Woolery
  • Julia Gaines' "Music for the Solar Eclipse," and Mike Trial's "Missouri Prairie in Eclipse"
  • And, finally, the Queen of the Eclipse, the person who has gotten the whole city — dare I say ­the entire North American continent — excited about this coming phenomenon, Angela Speck will present "The Great American Eclipse 2017" as the first Brown Bag speaker.

Thank you to all the instructors who offered classes related to our theme this entire year! I also want to recognize Bob Hibbs for thinking of this idea of a year-long theme and for the theme of the eclipse — thank you, Bob!
Kristin Millikan


Advisory council letter

Dear colleagues,
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a joyous holiday season.

We have had a terrific fall term at Osher@Mizzou, and the winter and spring terms promise to be filled with more wonderful activities and classes. I hope I will see all of the regular members back and more new people joining us for the interesting course offerings and activities planned for the months ahead. For those of you who haven't yet volunteered for a committee, consider this avenue for more Osher involvement in the new year. It is an opportunity to get to know wonderful Osher folks and to work for a cause that benefits us all.

I also want to invite you to add Osher@Mizzou to your list of year-end philanthropies. I know all of you are being deluged with requests for contributions as 2016 comes to an end. You are no doubt asking why Osher@Mizzou needs your money when you paid for your classes. Certainly member fees are our most important revenue source. At present, the income from registrations does not cover the total cost of the operation of Osher@Mizzou. We have to rely on other sources of income. We also want to build a reserve and avoid increasing the enrollment fees. You can help assure a bright future for Osher@Mizzou by making a gift.

Your contributions to Osher are tax-deductible. The procedures for making a gift are outlined in the catalog before the registration form. If you are paying by check, be sure to specify Osher@Mizzou on the memo line. All contributions to Osher@Mizzou go only to the support of Osher@Mizzou.

Best wishes for a peaceful and healthy new year. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards,
Helen Washburn
Chair, Osher@Mizzou Advisory Council

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