Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

Coffee and cakes at 9:30 a.m.
Book talk 10 a.m.; Hillcrest D

Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks

Your participation is welcome on the first Saturday of the month. Osher members at any level may attend at no additional charge. For all others, admission is $3 or you can purchase a 10-event punch card for $20. Please thank the sponsors for their support of Book Talk.

March 4
"New Empires Rising" (2016) by Mike Trial
Mike Trial, a local author with a keen eye for mystery, will talk about his new JD Iselin drama. Iselin has his own security company that works with governmental operations in both a covert and overt fashion. This study of mercenary merchants of the Iselin Security Options (ISO) gives special attention to global oil dynamics.

April 1
"Slant of Light" (2012) by Steve Wiegenstein
"In times of war, everyone must choose a side." This quote sets the stage for Steve Wiegenstein's book, which is described as a novel of utopian dreams and Civil War in struggle. It gives graphic attention to the complexity of mid-19th century efforts by a Harvard-educated abolitionist to create a new world in the Missouri Ozarks. This already challenging task is made still more demanding by the inexorable need to take sides as the Civil War looms on the horizon.

May 6
"Living Zen Remindfully" (2016) by James Austin
James Austin, M.D. will present his current book in his decades long exploration of mindfulness. His MIT Press books have been strong as professional volumes but, as anyone who listens to Dr. Austin explain, there is a zen message for all who want to better balance their lives and thinking. "Living Zen Remindfully" continues his rich union of language and insight.

June 3
Steve Weinberg
Dr. Steve Weinberg has been a very popular Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks speaker and he has been invited to present a special program for us. Weinberg, who has been working on a book on American cartoonist Garry Trudeau for some years, suffered a stroke this past year. He will give us the inner story on remaining on a modified writing calendar even while fighting to regain his classic levels of high energy and productivity. There will be no book to read for this June talk, but there will be much to learn about the reality of writing in the uncertain flow of life.

Special events

Fridays: The Brown Bag Seminar Series

Fridays, 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

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Weekly seminar topics are listed below. Additional sessions may be scheduled and announced via email updates. Brown Bag Seminars are open to all Osher premium members, semester members and basic members throughout the academic year. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Sarah Ginter-Novinger, Program Committee

  • March 10
    An Eclipsed Culture: Coastal Turkey in the Hellenistic Agecia, in Ancient Times

    In the golden age of Greece (600-300 B.C.), the coastal cities of Turkey were part of the Hellenistic world. Troy, Halicarnassus, Ephesus and many other cities were Greek colonies on the coast of what is now Turkey. But what of the indigenous cultures of equally high achievement that existed prior to Greek colonization? Lycea on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey was one of these cultures and, like Lydia, Parthia and others, has until recently been largely ignored by archaeologists and historians. Mike Trial and Yolanda Ciolli recently spent five weeks in Turkey exploring the area that was once the thriving Lycean Federation. Using photos taken in July 2016, they will provide a fascinating introduction to this "eclipsed" ancient culture.
    • Instructors
      Mike Trial is a retired civil engineer who has lived and worked in many cities across the United States and overseas. Since graduation from the University of Missouri in 1969 his love of travel has taken him to places as different as Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Ireland, Turkey and Japan.
      Yolanda Ciolli grew up in central Missouri, attended Lincoln University and for 20 years operated her own photo finishing lab and studio in Columbia. Since 2009, she has owned and operated Compass Flower Press, publishing quality works by regional authors, and AKA Publishing, a general publishing company. Ciolli is also an avid traveler having visited Turkey, Ireland, England, Iceland, China and Japan in recent years.
  • March 17
    Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years, 1809–1861

    This class will focus on understanding Lincoln's story in a manner that separates fact from fiction, while emphasizing the major events that altered the life of this intelligent, ambitious and, at times, severely depressed young man. Topics will cover young Lincoln's relationships with members of his immediate family, his "romance" with the beautiful Ann Rutledge, the legend of a rising state legislator, the career of a successful lawyer, the problematic relationship with Mary Todd, and Lincoln's controversial one term in the U.S. House of Representatives and his unlikely emergence as a political figure of national stature in the 1850s. Topics will consist of a power point presentation followed by discussion:
    • Life on the Prairie
      From his birth in Kentucky to the homestead in eastern Illinois; the flatboat to New Orleans and a return to New Salem; the Ann Rutledge story (myth or reality?); Black Hawk War and an experience in leadership; frontier lawyer moves to Springfield; early campaigns for the Illinois Legislature.
    • The Springfield Years
      An influential voice in the Illinois State House; troubled engagement to Mary Todd and a marriage of opposites; a controversial single term in the U.S. House of Representatives where Lincoln questions his nation's war with Mexico; from humble circuit rider to corporate lawyer for the Rock Island and Illinois Central railroads, Lincoln's cases set major legal precedents; a return to politics and the Lincoln-Douglas debates receive national attention in the U.S. Senate race of 1858.
      The Presidential Campaign of 1860
      Defeated in 1858, Lincoln nevertheless emerges as a national figure. The Republicans meet in Chicago to select a candidate. The role of the "Wide Awakes," the local Illinois delegates and the Chicago Tribune; the four-way election and its aftermath; Lincoln's melancholy farewell to Springfield.
      • Instructor
        Dr. Michael J. Devine earned his doctorate in American history from the Ohio State University and served for 40 years as an executive with several of the nation's leading historical institutions. He was state historian and director of the Illinois State Historical Society from 1985-1991 and director of the Harry S. Truman Library from 2001-2014. He has been named a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American history in Argentina (1983) and in Korea (1995).
  • March 24
    The Power of Pets for Successful Aging

    Dr. Rebecca A. Johnson will delineate relevant research demonstrating that pet ownership and/or interacting with companion animals is associated with physical, mental and social health benefits for older adults.
    • Instructor
      Rebecca A. Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP, completed a master's degree in philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a PhD at the University of Iowa. She founded and directs the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. Its mission is to conduct research on human-animal interaction and to educate students and the public about the topic. Dr. Johnson is also the immediate past president of the International Association of Human Animal Interaction Organizations, which consists of 90 member organizations globally, working to facilitate research, education and practice in the area of human-animal interaction. She is the author of many publications in peer reviewed journals and other publications. She recently published two books: "Health Benefits of Dog Walking" and "Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound." Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson's program of research merges her earlier work on promoting wellness during older adults' life transitions with the benefits of human-companion animal interaction. Her research shows that companion animals may provide a unique source of social support and facilitate motivation for exercise and other wellness-promoting behaviors. Her research program has the potential to help reduce the costs of obesity-related illness in human health and national health care expenditures.
  • April 7
    Comfort Women of World War II

    The class begins with a PowerPoint presentation. Question and answer and discussion sessions will follow. A bibliography and other supplemental materials will be provided. Issues addressed in the course will include: Who were the comfort women? Were they sex slaves, camp followers, professional prostitutes or kidnapped girls forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers? Since their stories jumped into the spotlight in early 1990 s — after more than 40 years of silence — controversies and conflicting views have embroiled the world. How many were there? What were their lives like before, during, and after their time as comfort women? The course will open with a look at the historical, political, and societal context in which women and girls in Korea and other Asian countries led their lives before they became comfort women. What roles did the Confucian patriarchal way of life and the political and socio-economic distress from from poverty, war, and Japanese colonial rule play in the hundreds of thousands of women and girls being coerced/forced into providing sex to Japanese soldiers? Discussion of the extent of the Japanese military's involvement in the recruitment, transportation and operation of comfort stations will follow. Images of artifacts, official documents, and photos and videos from instructor's personal contacts with the women will bring to light the lives the women led under strict supervision of comfort stations operators and security. Stories of and by Japanese soldiers will also be introduced. What happened to the Korean, Chinese, Filipina and other comfort women after the war ended? Stories of their struggles to return home, the conflicted and less than warm reception by families and societies, and their efforts to strike out on their own will be presented. Stories and images of defeat are juxtaposed with those of resilience, hope and newfound relationships. Discussion of the current international controversy surrounding the Japanese apology and compensation issues, as well as questions about how victim nations, Japan and the United Nations should teach future generations about this chapter of World War II history will round out the course.
    • Instructor
      Maija Rhee Devine received a Fulbright award to complete a master's degree at St. Louis University. She taught Asian culture courses at the University of Kansas. Her autobiographical book about Korea, "The Voices of Heaven," won four awards. Her TEDx Talk about the book and its relevance to today's Korea, "A Message that 'Turns Over' Our Perception of Sexuality," is available on YouTube. Her stories and poems have appeared in journals, including The Kenyon Review. Works in progress include a novel and a nonfiction narrative about the comfort women of World War II. Ten of her essays on this topic were published in The Korea Times. She also teaches a course on comfort women through the University of Kansas Osher Institute.
  • April 14
    Test the Shroud

    This course provides an overview of the scientific, medical, archaeological and historical evidence on the Shroud of Turin regarding its authenticity as the burial garment of Jesus Christ and the cause of its unprecedented features and full-length body images.
    • Instructor
      Mark Antonacci is one of the leading authorities in the world on the Shroud of Turin. He gave the keynote address at an international conference in 2010. He has spent over 34 years studying all aspects of the evidence relating to this burial cloth and released his first book on the topic, "The Resurrection of the Shroud" in 2000, followed by his landmark book, "Test the Shroud," published in 2015. He has been interviewed on several nationally syndicated radio programs in the United State, as well on programs in Europe and South America.
  • April 21
    The Making of a Legend

    Vernon Kennedy came from humble beginnings in the little village of Mendon, Mo. His athletic ability was recognized early. He became a legend at Warrensburg State Teachers College (now University of Central Missouri) where he starred in football and track. He made his mark in professional baseball when he pitched the first no-hit-no-run game in Comisky Park for the Chicago White Sox. Following his professional career, he became a teacher. His daughter, Carole Kennedy, will share the details of her father's outstanding career.
    • Instructor
      Carole Kennedy was a teacher and principal in Missouri public schools for 38 years. After earning a degree from the University of Missouri, she taught for 18 years before becoming an administrator. Her last principalships were at New Haven Elementary and John B. Lange Middle School in Columbia. She served as president of the 28,000 member National Association of Elementary School Principals in 1996-97 and was selected to serve a two-year term as principal of residence in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She served on many state and national committees and has been honored for her contributions to education by many organizations.
  • April 28
    Charity Charge Card, Plus ID Theft

    David Whelan of Commerce Bank will share information about the Charity Charge Mastercard, and Barbara McCaslin, Commerce Bank vice president, will offer tips about personal security and ID theft.
  • May 5
    And 5, 6, 7 and 8: A Brief History of Choreography on the 20th Century American Musical Theater Stage

    Musical theater is America's own cultural treasure that brings delight, laughter and even tears. Through the use of videos, rare footage, photos, recordings, and behind the scene stories, you will learn how American musical theater choreography has evolved and become a universal art form. Explore the art's periods and pioneers, from buck and wing dancers to Jack Cole, from DeMille to Robbins to Bennett and then some.
    • Instructor
      Wendy Rouder has loved live performance her whole life and holds BA, MA and PhD degrees in theater. She has taught theater and directed plays, both musicals and dramas, around the country to college students and lifelong learners alike. Her articles on 20th century American actors appear in the Dictionary of American Biography.

Special events: Extramural

Open discussion

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. — noon
Thursdays, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

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The open discussion will be your chance to share ideas and get to know classmates for an informal social hour. We'll meet each Tuesday and Thursday so members can continue class discussions or swap stories over a cup of coffee.

No need to enroll; you are welcome to stay after class or come and go as you are able. Take time to connect with your fellow Osher members. Come as learners; leave as friends!

Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2 p.m.

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The Travel Club, originally an Osher@Mizzou class, is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations and deals. We've had presentations on extended living in a foreign country, purchasing the right camera and the merits of traveling alone or in a group. If any of this sounds enticing, join the Travel Club at their monthly meetings. Please share your email address with sharonkinden@yahoo.com and she'll add you to the mailing list for reminders and minutes of the topics and web resources discussed. Anyone can become a Travel Club member for $40 for the entire year; this membership entitles Travel Club members to enjoy all the benefits of a basic Osher membership. All other Osher members may attend Travel Club meetings at no charge.

El Club de Español

Thursdays, 3 — 4:30 p.m.

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This Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish. Osher members at any level may attend at no charge.

For all others, the Parks and Recreation charge for using the room is $25 per person for the entire year. Call Judy Elliott at 573-445-3194 if you plan to participate in El Club de Español.

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+ welcomes Osher members to an exciting new winter semester at Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area, Hillcrest Community Center and Moss Building!

We hope you have taken advantage of the added benefits offered this Osher academic year (September 2016 through June 2017) that included a 2017 Parks and Recreation Waters-Moss/Hillcrest 50+ membership as well. As members, you can enjoy the following activities at Parks and Recreation facilities at Waters-Moss: Travel Club, Saturday Morning Book Talks, Spanish Club, Painting Group, Mah Jongg, Adult Coloring Group and games such as Mexican train dominoes, bingo and jigsaw puzzles, as well as potlucks.

A monthly calendar is printed the last week of the month for the next month's activities and is placed in wall racks at the community center. The same information is available at http://www.CoMo.gov when you search for "Senior/50."

50+ travel opportunities

Hop on board the bus and join Columbia Parks and Recreation for fun and relaxation. Travel is always an adventure that enriches your life.

50+ Tours

Escorted day and overnight trips onboard White Knight charter coaches. Trip costs will vary depending on length and included activities. Quality and pacing are important to the planning of our trips.

50+ Explorers

Our 14-passenger Parks and Recreation bus takes monthly trips at a minimal cost around Columbia. Each activity also includes a meal for social time together.

At the time this brochure information goes to edit, there are trips still in the planning stages you might want to know about, so please check with the Hillcrest front desk for the most up-to-date details.

A new season at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, KS, has begun. Our season tickets include "Boeing-Boeing" on March 22, "The Dixie Swim Club" on May 10, and "Million Dollar Quartet" on July 26. It is a wonderful getaway Wednesday matinée that includes a buffet lunch and show.

A spring trip to Indiana Amish Country is being planned. Check for dates and further information.

Activities and meeting space

We are always looking for new activities and interests to fill our rooms during the day and some evening hours. Please inquire at the Hillcrest front desk for more information or to check availability.

The Moss Building is available for weekend rentals and some mid-week dates on a limited basis. With space for 150 people, this is a great place for meetings, birthdays, graduations, wedding receptions, reunions and other events. At $35 an hour (with a 2 hour minimum plus a refundable deposit), the Moss Building is an affordable and versatile space for your next gathering. Contact Parks and Recreation at 573-874-7460 for information.

Friday Afternoon Film Festival

Each Friday during the semester

Films begin at 1:30 p.m.

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Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions.

Films are announced weekly via email and on the Facebook page for Osher@Mizzou. All classes will be at the same location. If you wish to be kept informed about the weekly films, include your email address when you register for a course. If your email address changes, be sure to update us. The Friday Afternoon Film Festival is now open only to Osher members and guests of premium Osher members.