All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Monday courses

Spring 2019 Semester

Bridge for Beginners [8 Sessions] 

9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Hillcrest D 
Mondays: March 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 

Limit of 20 students.

Instructor Dave Shipman will focus on the basics of the card game of bridge. This class is geared to beginners, but can also be a refresher course for those people who have played and been away from the game for years. Participants will learn “declarer play,” as well as “defensive play.” Upon completion, participants should be able to play and bid in social groups, as well as on the internet. 

Instructor: Dave Shipman is a certified bridge instructor with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and has accrued a total of 30+ years of duplicate bridge experience. Dave is a frequent attendee at national bridge tournaments, with 4,000 + master points. He has taught beginning bridge classes before at Osher and the Career Center of Columbia. 

Egypt, the Nile and the Exodus [4 Sessions]

10:30 a.m. - Noon, Moss A
March 18; April 1, 8, 15
(Class starts on Monday, March 18) 

Egypt plays a significant role in the development and life of the Hebrew people. The long and significant religious history of Egypt collides with the Hebrew creator God and concludes with the incredible exodus of the Israeli people out of Egypt and into freedom on the Sinai peninsula, and ultimately to the land of Canaan. Session One will focus on the power and significance of Egypt; Session Two on the Nile River’s importance; Session Three on the land of Goshen and the life of Moses; and Session Four on the Exodus with Moses’ leadership. 

Instructor: James Hillbrick is a retired pastor, having spent 25 years in full-time ministry. He currently teaches adult classes at Community United Methodist Church in Columbia and has taken three pilgrimages to Israel and one pilgrimage to Turkey, following the footsteps of Paul’s itinerary. James holds a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. His teaching emphasis is on the contextual understanding of the Bible and Biblical times, and on the significance of the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus in scripture. 

Our Choices, Our Children, Our Future as a Country [8 Sessions]

Noon – 1:30 p.m., Moss B 
Mondays: March 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6

Limit of 30 students.

Instructor Sarah Read will use the video series, The Raising of America, to explore how public policies affecting families and children developed over the last five decades, and how these policies have changed our families and our communities. In five of the sessions, participants will screen and discuss an episode in this series; for the remaining three sessions, participants will examine and discuss issues and opportunities in our own community. This class will use small group interactive dialogues. 

Instructors: Sarah J. Read has more than 25 years of experience in resolving complex issues as an attorney, mediator, facilitator and consultant. Sarah is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to civic engagement, and has led several dialogue-based courses at Osher. Ms. Read received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate degree with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin. 

Adaptive Distribution Theory in Today’s Economy [8 Sessions]

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Moss A 
Mondays: March 11, 18; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 

Economic change can be stressful when one is in retirement. Will markets continue in Bear territory? Will there be a recession? Having a flexible income plan for retirement can be stressful as the economy changes. Retirees have a small margin for error and may be hypersensitive to losses, so they need approaches that focus on downside risk and adapt as goals, risks, biases, wants and markets change over time. In this class, we will redefine risk and capture investor psychology. Risk and cash flow will be addressed, as well as managing the portfolio using acceptable annualized erosion rates and building a buffer of earnings. The ability to see the obvious is a recurring theme and the key to retirement income solutions. 

Instructor: Jason Ingram is president of LionsGate Advisors, with offices in both Columbia and Chesterfield. He is the principle of the Columbia office and co-owns the Chesterfield office. Jason holds a Series 65 NASAA Investment Advisers Law License, which qualifies him to serve as an investment advisor representative. He also maintains Life and Health licenses in numerous states. Jason is a member of the National Ethics Association, serves on the Advisory Board for the Better Business Bureau and works to support numerous philanthropic organizations. He also teaches at St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College. 

Writing in the Fourth Quarter III [7 Sessions]

2:00 – 3:30 p.m., Moss B 
Mondays: March 11, 18; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 

(No class on April 1 or during Spring Break) 

Limit of 20 students.

This class is intended to explore the realm of personal ideas not yet fully expressed to your satisfaction. We all have decades of life experienced, considered, but not yet put to paper. There is a sense of relief at having made it to the ‘Fourth Quarter,’ and this class is intended to address, face on, the richness and interest inherent in our own lives. Four of the class sessions will be shaped around presentations by four local seniors talking about their writings and the processes that led them to writing. The other three sessions will be comprised of discussions in our class, looking at short pieces we have or will write in an effort to tease out our own primary concerns. In this process, we hope to draw on the fabric of our lives— both joys and fears. There will also be a presentation on things to consider if you are interested in publishing any of your past, present or future written work. The outcome will expose us to creative senior writers and some of their work—but it will also lead us to explore our own creative potential for writing in the fourth quarter. 

Instructor: Kit Salter is a geographer with four+ decades of college teaching and associated writing at UCLA, Mizzou and the National Geographic Society. He was educated at Oberlin College and the Univ. of California, Berkeley.