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All Osher Lifelong Learning courses will meet at the Stephens Lake Activity Center (SLAC), 2311 East Walnut—the white building with green awnings directly across the street from the Reichmann Pavilion on the north edge of Stephens Lake Park. We are very grateful to the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department for hosting our courses in their classrooms at SLAC.
As a registered student in our program, you may request a library card for use in the MU Libraries. Should you wish a library card, please apply through our office.
If the Columbia School System cancels classes, the Osher Institute classes, too, will not meet on that day.
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To register, call 573-882-4349.
Free and open to Osher members and their guests
The Brown Bag Seminar Series
Newly elected Columbia council members share their hopes and visions
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18, 25
The April 2, 2013 election brought change and perhaps new dynamics to City government. As citizens of a cherished town, we are interested in the vision of our leaders and their strivings to maintain the best of Columbia, while simultaneously guiding our citizenry through ever evolving societal change. What do they see ahead? We ask only that they share their hopes.
- June 4
Karl Skala, ward 3 councilman
Ian Thomas, ward 4 councilman
- June 18
Bob McDavid, mayor
- June 25
Laura Nauser, ward 5 councilwoman
Special Events II
Special Brown Bag Seminar
Mama Rose’s Vision: a Hospital Where White Doctors Deliver Black Babies
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Monday, June 17
Sharon Kinden has always declared it was easy for the patriarchs of the Old Testament to know when God was speaking because His voice was accompanied by burning bushes, claps of thunder, or angels. Then in 2009, she had a “burning bush” experience when she met Billy Jivetti, a University of Missouri graduate student from Western Kenya, Africa. That “accidental” meeting initiated construction of a hospital in a subsistence farming community of 25,000 near Kainmosi, Kenya, Africa. After visiting Billy’s village and meeting his parents, Sharon pledged her share of a sizeable inheritance from the estate of her late cousin Lloyd Feilbaum, a South Dakota bachelor farmer. Come and hear the inspirational story of the fulfillment of a vision as Pathways Africa is incorporated as a tax-exempt entity. Learn first-hand the daily life of subsistence farmers and their medical needs. Watch as villagers clear the land, carry the sand, make the bricks, dig the foundation, mix the concrete, and construct the walls to make this hospital project a reality. Hear the impact that this project is having upon individuals learning construction skills, on the village as it experienced electricity for the first time, on the small businesses that have sprung up and on the enhanced enthusiasm of local school children. Hear how the totally corrupt government has embraced this project without the usual bribes. Learn how dedicated individuals can make a difference and channel money directly into a project without going through the big-name charities that siphon money for administrative and marketing over-head.
Sharon Kinden is known for her boundless energy and her zest for life. After losing her husband to ALS — Lou Gehrig’s disease — in 1997 and retiring from a successful 30-year career selling real estate, she has visited 61 foreign countries and all seven continents. Most often, Sharon, our Osher Travel Guru, is beguiling our students with photos and tales of her geographic high jinx’s or holding forth in the Osher Travel Club which she initiated. For this session, however, she brings you closer to her heart and her passion. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience an emotionally invested and fulfilled Beloved Colleague.
Special Events III
Brown Bag Seminar
The New World of Reading: Digital and Print
1:45 to 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, June 27
Reading today is not like it has always been. New technologies and new gadgets offer more options for enjoying books. In this class we will explore the following topics:
- Advantages and disadvantages of e-books and print books
- Types of e-readers
- Other options for e-reading
- Where to buy books
- Where to get free or cheap books
- Reading gadgets
If you own an e-reader or are thinking about buying one, or if you just like to read, join us to expand your horizons in the new world of reading.
Diane Peterson is a retired school library media specialist and is currently writing her first historical romance. She has a B.S.Ed. in elementary education and English, a M.Ed. in elementary education and a M.A.T. in educational technology. Diane reads over 120 books a year and reviews historical romance for a popular blog. She is excited to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of books and technology with Osher @ Mizzou students.