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.

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Monday courses

Fall 2019 Semester

The Keys to Comprehensive Retirement Income – The 4 Ms [4 Sessions] 

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Moss A  
Mondays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30

Instructor Jason Ingram will present his four solutions to develop comprehensive retirement income. The course will cover Maximizing current cash flow, especially in the early years of retirement; Maintaining your standard of living; Minimizing cash-flow risk; and Minimizing short- and long-term principal erosion. The key to comprehensive retirement income is exploring how the 4 Ms are connected and balancing them to create personalized solutions. 

Instructor: Jason Ingram is the principal of the Columbia office of LionsGate Advisors and co-owns the Chesterfield, Mo., office. He holds a Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser license and is a faculty member at St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College, in addition to teaching for Osher@Mizzou. He’s a member of the National Ethics Association, serves on the advisory board for the Better Business Bureau and works to support numerous philanthropic organizations.  

Musical Instruments of the Bible [4 Sessions]

9:30 - 11:00 a.m., Moss A
Mondays: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

Class starts Monday, Oct. 7.

Instruments will be displayed and demonstrated, and class members will have opportunities to participate in playing instruments and working on various rhythms. Guest musicians and speakers will join the instructors. 

Oct. 7: Biblical instruments and how they sounded; the religious purposes of the shofar, trumpet and tambourine in worship, war and celebrations. 

Oct. 14: Percussion instruments, how they sounded and were used (cymbals of Psalm 149 and 150); Psalms; praise, lament, and creativity. 

Oct. 21: David’s harp and his music (played for Saul), guest musician; Israel’s songs and instruments in captivity, Egypt and Babylon. 

Oct. 28: Loud cymbals of Psalm 149 and 150; Levitical worship liturgy and songs in the Jerusalem temple. 

Instructors: Julia Gaines, D.M.A., is director of the School of Music at Mizzou. She taught percussion at Mizzou for 17 years prior to becoming the director five years ago. Her musical specialty is the marimba and ethnic world percussive instruments. She lives in Columbia and has two children. 

James Hillbrick is a retired pastor of 25 years and currently teaches Bible classes at Community United Methodist Church here in Columbia. He’s married to Kathi, and they both enjoy teaching and being active in the local church. Jim enjoys emphasizing the Hebrew foundations of the Christian scriptures. He has three daughters and five grandchildren and enjoys running, swimming, volleyball and doing landscape work around his home. 

MU College of Arts & Science Potpourri (Monday!)  [8 Sessions]

1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Moss A 
Mondays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 

Stay up-to-date on cutting-edge academic topics by signing up for this fascinating course, wherein MU faculty members from the College of Arts and Science will present on their current research and educational pursuits. 

Coordinator: Patricia Okker serves as dean for the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri and is a professor of English. Dean Okker has been a faculty member at MU since 1990 and, as dean, oversees 28 departments, two museums and two ROTC units. From exploring the earliest forms of life on Earth, to creating works of art, to understanding human behavior, more than 8,000 students call the College of Arts and Science home. 

Sept. 9: Medical Radioisotopes and Radiopharmaceuticals at the MU Research Reactor 

For over 50 years, the MU Research Reactor (MURR) has promoted ground-breaking research across many disciplines. This includes the production and supply of medical radioisotopes and the development of radiopharmaceuticals, which are drugs that use radioactivity for diagnosis or treatment of diseases like cancer. The 10-megawatt nuclear reactor at MURR is the highest-power university research reactor in the U.S., making it a unique resource not only for researchers, scientists, engineers and students across the country but also to the worldwide nuclear medicine community. The MURR facility will be discussed, and examples of projects involving medical radioisotopes and life-saving radiopharmaceuticals will be highlighted. 

Instructor: Heather Hennkens is an assistant research professor with appointments at MURR and in the Department of Chemistry within the College of Arts and Science. Hennkens’ research is focused on producing and purifying radioactive atoms, called radionuclides. In addition to their production, she utilizes radionuclides in the development of radiopharmaceuticals, which may one day be used to diagnose and treat cancer. Her work has been funded by such agencies as the American Chemical Society and the U.S. Department of Energy. Her findings have appeared in leading publications, including Nuclear Medicine and Biology. 

Sept. 16: The Effects of Presidential Debates 

Dr. Benjamin Warner will discuss research he has conducted with his colleagues at the University of Missouri on the effects of viewing televised presidential debates. He and his colleagues have been collecting experimental evidence of debate effects going back to the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Their research is the primary source of information for our understanding of how debates affect things like vote preference, support for candidates, and important democratic attitudes such as the belief that one is qualified to participate in politics. 

Instructor: Benjamin R. Warner (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is associate professor in the Department of Communication and co-director of the Political Communication Institute. He is interested in the effects of partisan media, presidential debates, campaign ads, social media and political humor. Much of Dr. Warner’s research explores the antecedents, consequences and remedies of political polarization. In pursuit of these objectives, he draws on theories of persuasion, intergroup processes and media psychology. He is co-editor of An Unprecedented Election: Media, Communication, and the 2016 Campaign. He is presently serving a three-year term that will culminate in him assuming the role of chair of the political communication division of the National Communication Association in 2019. 

Sept. 23: Afro-British-American Literature: Introduction to History and Contexts of the Beginnings of African American Literature (1619-1808) 

The purpose of this lecture is to connect literature with history and culture, through a very basic overview of the colonial period (1619-1808) of colonial Afro-British-America, and to explore the impact of slavery and African cultural influences on the earliest Black American literature. In short, this lecture will provide an historical and cultural snapshot of the conditions under which early African American life, social practices, culture and literature developed, with the hope that a bit of context may inspire new questions about literature, history, race and the Afro-British-American story. And, perhaps, more importantly to extend and add some new places and spaces in our lifelong learning journey that connects some dots between history and literature. 

Instructor: April Langley, chair of the Black Studies Department, began teaching at MU in 2001, when she joined the faculty as assistant professor of English in the newly developed area concentration of African Diaspora Studies. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Mills College and received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. Langley specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African American and American literature and theory. Her recent book, The Black Aesthetic Unbound: Theorizing the Dilemma of Self and Identity in Eighteenth-Century African American Literature, explores the culturally specific African origins of the eighteenth-century Afro-British American literary and cultural self through a conceptualization of the dilemma posed by competing African, American and British cultural identities. 

Sept. 30: Language Changes Whether We Like It or Not 

This lecture discusses how languages change from a sociolinguistic perspective. Get ready to explore various changes that the English language has experienced in the past and discuss other linguistic changes that are occurring in our time. 

Instructor: Matthew Gordon teaches courses in linguistics and the structure, dialects and history of the English language. His research interests include sociolinguistics, American dialectology and language change. Currently he is engaged in research examining linguistic variation in Missouri. He authored a monograph titled Small-Town Values, Big-City Vowels: A Study of the Northern Cities Shift in Michigan, which examines the diffusion of sound changes to rural communities. His Sociolinguistics: Methods and Interpretation, co-authored with Lesley Milroy, presents a critical discussion of sociolinguistic theory and methods. He is also the author of Labov: A Guide for the Perplexed, which reviews the scholarly contributions of the sociolinguist, William Labov. 

Oct. 7: Unpeeling Pompeii 

This lecture provides the opportunity to discuss the complex cultural layering of the most famous and well-preserved towns of the ancient Roman world. Although Pompeii is often described as a time capsule, frozen in the state it had at the time of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, several clues hidden below the 79 C.E. horizon allow archaeologists to reconstruct a long sequence of occupation stretching back hundreds of years. Students will be exposed to some of the problems that scholars face in studying the early city, and different methodological approaches to their solution. 

Instructor: Marcello Mogetta (PhD, Michigan) is assistant professor of Roman art and archaeology in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at MU. His teaching and research interests focus on Mediterranean urbanism (Archaic and Hellenistic periods), Roman archaeology (especially Italy and the West), Roman Republican architecture, and archaeological methods and digital humanities. He co-directs field projects at Pompeii and Gabii and is a collaborator of the Hidden Treasures of Rome Project, an international initiative spearheaded by the Capitoline Museums and the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology to study a ceramics collection from Rome’s Antiquarium Comunale. He is the co-author of A Mid-Republican House from Gabii and is currently preparing a book on the origins of Roman concrete architecture. 

Oct. 14: Making Peace out of War: Warfare and Social Conditions in the Late Prehistoric Southwest 

During the 13th and 14th centuries, warfare tore apart the social fabric of the late prehistoric American Southwest. Changing environmental and social circumstances caused longstanding social alliances to end and forced displaced populations, including war refugees, to flood into previously existing communities. Violence within and between communities increased to the point that towns that had been occupied for centuries were burned and abandoned within years of the arrival of these displaced populations. In this context of social upheaval and violent conflict, people began to form new ways to integrate culturally diverse populations that now found themselves reliant on each other. These efforts are reflected in the religious traditions of the region, especially the pottery women produced and the architecture that structured human interaction. The success of these integrative mechanisms led to a more stable social and political landscape across the region and decreased (but did not eliminate) warfare. The challenges and success of the Southwestern people provides useful insights into both the difficulties and potential solutions faced by modern people in similar social and political situations around the world

Instructor: Todd L. VanPool earned his B.A. at Eastern New Mexico University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He is an associate professor of anthropology at Mizzou. His research focuses on the archaeology of the North American Southwest, quantitative analysis of archaeological data, archaeological method and theory and the anthropology of religion.

Oct. 21: Tongariro National Park in New Zealand 

Instructor: Mark Palmer’s work focuses on the social aspects of geographic information systems, including the uneven development of geographic information networks within institutions and their connections and disconnections within indigenous communities around the world. More specifically, he studies UNESCO World Heritage nomination maps/ GIS to determine what translations and network alignments work or do not work, and how to flatten out the process to allow for greater Indigenous participation. His education is as follows: Ph.D., geography, University of Oklahoma; M.S., rural geography, University of Northern Arizona; B.S., geography, University of Oklahoma. 

Oct. 28: Amanda Rose – Gaslighting Women at Work and Home: How Mixed Messages Create Challenges 

Girls and women receive many mixed messages about how they should live their lives. We encourage girls to be self-assured, but then peers tell them they are “stuck up” or too confident. Young women are told to reach for the stars in their careers, but, at the same time, are sometimes criticized for not staying home with children. At work, women are expected to be assertive and self-assured but receive social backlash for not being “nice enough.” We will discuss how these mixed messages are a form of gaslighting and how they affect women’s well-being. 

Instructor: Amanda Rose’s research focuses on gender, relationships, and emotional adjustment from childhood through young adulthood. She also teaches and gives talks about women’s professional development, with a focus on what girls and women need to know to reach their full potential. 

The American Presidents – Part Two [8 Sessions]

3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Moss A 
Mondays: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28   

In this series, Dr. Jay Ward will cover U.S. Presidents Monroe, J.Q. Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, W.H. Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce and Buchanan. The premise of the class is that by exploring each president’s background (family history, education, job experience and personality) it may be possible to identify aspects of life experience that either help or hinder in the performance of the presidency of the United States. 

Instructor: Jay Ward was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Lexington, Mo. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University and received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. Retiring from medicine after 30 years, he received a master’s degree and doctorate in United States history from the University of Missouri.