The Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series

Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind

The life and spirit of Sally Silvers’ beloved Robert will be celebrated in perpetuity with a generous endowment to the Osher program. She created the Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series: Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind to commemorate Robert’s wondrous intelligence and humanity. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Missouri presents the seventh annual event of the seminar series.

After setting records for the number of courses in which he enrolled each semester, Silvers assumed the role of instructor. He was teaching a course in woodworking in the OLLI program when he took ill seven years ago. So overwhelming was Robert’s passion for the beauty of wood and opulent wood veneers, Sally’s choice of speaker for the series has been a woodworking artist — the very one that was her husband’s inspiration and mentor, Ian J. Kirby.

Join Sally Silvers’ family, friends and acquaintances — and our students to celebrate this fine human being who shared our lives and our hopes. He was one of our finest, most caring instructors — totally committed to his students and the Osher program.

It is from Ian Kirby that Robert acquired his avocation. The devotion, the respect, the bond between the Silvers and Kirby continues unchanged. You will likely experience the avocation they shared — and, of course, Kirby’s impressive insight into the development and historical importance of this great art. Kirby has been in America since 1973 teaching woodworking, designing and making furniture, as well as writing and consulting for major corporations. He has visited hundreds of shops of all sizes, and his unique perspectives on machines, tools, techniques and design will broaden your understanding. Kirby has devoted his life as an educator to teaching adults. He has an innate sense, honed by years of experience, of what helps people learn the most in the least amount of time. He focuses on teaching people to solve woodworking problems so they learn skills they can directly apply to their own work.

Designers and Designing: One Man's Journey

Time
2 p.m.

Location
Moss A

Date
Oct. 9

Description
Kirby bases this talk on what he thinks Robert would have enjoyed. This year's seminar is uniquely personal — Kirby has never before lectured about his own study and work. He'll illustrate his design upbringing, examples of his design output and some of the work of his collegaues.”

Instructor
It is from Ian Kirby that Robert acquired his avocation. The devotion, the respect, the bond between the Silvers and Kirby continues unchanged. You are likely to experience the avocation they shared — and, of course, Kirby’s impressive insight into the development and historical importance of this great art.

Kirby has been in America since 1973, teaching woodworking, designing and making furniture, and writing and consulting for major corporations. He has visited hundreds of shops of all sizes and his unique perspectives on machines, tools, techniques and design will broaden your understanding. Kirby has devoted his life as an educator to teaching adults. He has an innate sense, honed by years of experience, of what helps people learn the most in the least amount of time. He focuses on teaching people to solve woodworking problems so they learn skills they can directly apply to their own work.

Special events

The Brown Bag Seminar Series

Brown Bag Seminars are open to all Osher premium members, semester members and basic members throughout the academic year.

How Newspapers Are Made

Date
Sept. 11

Description
Explore the newsroom and the secrets behind how a newspaper appears on your doorstep every day.

Instructor
Maggie Walter is an associate professor in the Missouri School of Journalism and the interactive news editor for the Columbia Missourian.

Tigers on the Prowl

Date
Sept. 18

Description
Tigers On The Prowl is a local fundraising charity that brings Mid-Missouri charities and sponsors together with local Columbia artists to help raise funds and make a difference in our community.

University of Missou men’s basketball head coach Kim Anderson and his wife, Melissa, helped launch the 2015 campaign, which will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Boys and Girls Clubs, The Foundation for the Higher Good, Love Inc., Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, ParentLink GrandFamilies, Pascal’s Pals, Primrose Hill Teen Challenge, Welcome Home and Worley Street Roundtable. Nic Parks of The Arcade at Columbia Mall, and his wife, Brooke, are the 2015 campaign’s presenting sponsors. Over the past two years, Tigers on the Prowl has raised more than $150,000 for Mid-Missouri charities. Learn more at http://tigersontheprowl.org.

Cooking for One or Two

Date
Sept. 25

Description
Have you ever found yourself eating frozen entrees night after night or making another sandwich for dinner because it isn’t worth the effort to cook for just one? Over half of American households consist of only one or two people. But if you buy into the “It isn’t worth it” philosophy, you might find your healthy diet destroyed. Cooking for one or two might pose some challenges, but the alternative might be poor nutrition habits. In this session, we will discuss tips to help you plan, cook and eat meals for one or two people.

Instructor
Paula Vandelict is a dietitian at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee.

Turbulent Time: An Inside Look at Events After the Carnahan Tragedy

Date
Oct. 2

Note
This humble closeup of tragedy and tears, grit and resolve — and inspiration — will be the first time John Robinson has spoken publicly about the night of Oct. 19, 2000, and its aftermath.

Description
“It was nearing bedtime when my phone rang. The governor's plane was missing. And a crash had been reported. From that moment, my focus changed, and I got little more than a dozen hours sleep over the next seven days."

What happens to your government when tragedy strikes at the top?

“Fate placed me in a position to experience the dramatic events that happened rapidly after the tragic loss of Chris Sifford, Randy Carnahan and his father, Mel."

“The world watched these events unfold. This was my view, watching back.”

Instructor
At the time of the tragedy, John Robinson was chief of staff for Lt. Gov. Roger Wilson. John Robinson was chief of staff for two lieutenant governors and deputy chief of staff for one governor. His upcoming book, Confessions of a Bureaucrat, will recount his experiences as a public servant. Before he retired to write, John served as Missouri director of tourism for four years. He has driven every mile of every road on Missouri's highway map and written two books about the experience: A Road Trip Into America's Hidden Heart and Coastal Missouri. He won an Emmy award last year for a series about his travel stories. John and Cheryl live in Columbia.

Bucket List Travel: Is Exploring to the Ends of the Earth for You?

Date
Oct. 9

Description
Travel to the planet’s remote destinations yields great rewards in terms of discovery and experience, but the research, planning and self-awareness required to plan such trips differs from planning a trip to the great capitals of Europe. If you’ve dreamed of exploring the remote corners of the world such as the Antarctic, the Amazon, sub-Saharan Africa, Alaska, Machu Picchu and more, join us to learn about the informational resources available and the questions that you need to answer about the who, what, where, when and whether to go.

Instructor
Diane Stone has been a presenter in the OLLI program at UCONN Waterbury for the past seven years. Her courses have dealt with travel, providing insight into the histories of the great tourist sights of Europe to place them in context for the would-be traveler.

In recent years, her travel to more far-flung ends of the Earth has broadened her experience while seeking “the roads less traveled.” Diane is presenting this talk so students can learn the skills and information needed to ensure their experiences are as spectacular as the places they've chosen to go if they take trips like these.

The Impact of Columbia's Park Sales Tax

Date
Oct. 16

Description
Mike Griggs, director of Columbia Parks and Recreation, will present an overview of the park sales tax to explain its purpose and impact on the community, as well as offer a sneak peek of the projects being proposed for the 2015 ballot.

The Supreme Court in the 2014–2015 Term

Date
Oct. 23 and 30

Two Particularly Controversial Cases

Date
Oct. 23

Description

  • King v. Burwell
    Does the Affordable Care Act's provision of subsidies for certain purchasers buying insurance on exchanges “established by the state” preclude their availability to purchasers on the federal level?
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, et al.
    Does a state’s denial of the right of same-sex couples to marry, or refusal to recognize such a marriage lawfully entered into in another state, violate the federal constitution?

Other Decisions of Interest

Date
Oct. 30

Description

  • Foreign affairs
    Zitofsky v. Kerry (dec. June 8, 2015). Executive power over recognition of foreign states and government.
  • Immigration rights
    Kerry v. Din (dec. June 15, 2015).
  • Freedom of speech
    Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans (6/18/15). State vehicle license tags may be personalized, subject to state approval of the proposed content.
  • Freedom of speech
    Reed v. Town of Gilbert (6/18/15). Town signage ordinance identifies a category of private sign as “temporary directional signs.”
  • Voting rights
    Evenwell v. Abbott (accepted 5/26/2015 for argument in the 2015-16 term). Challenge to Texas redistricting plan for state legislative districts.

Instructor
William B. Fisch, professor emeritus of law at the University of Missouri, has been a member of the law faculty since 1970. Before coming to MU, he practiced law in Chicago with the law firm of Kirkland and Ellis and served on the law faculty of the University of North Dakota. He retired and took emeritus status in January 2003, and continued to teach as an adjunct faculty member until 2012. Fisch has published widely in the fields of American and comparative civil procedure, professional responsibility and constitutional law.

Extramural

Library Bookmobile at Hillcrest Community Center

Time
10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Location
Hillcrest Community Center

Dates
Sept. 11 and Oct. 23

Description
The Daniel Boone Regional Library will host bookmobile stops at Hillcrest Community Center this fall in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Columbia Parks and Recreation. The bookmobile will be open and free to all visitors. Once onboard, you can select from several thousand books, music and DVDs for all ages. If you don't have a library card, you can get one on the bookmobile. You can also get information from library staff about services for seniors such as technology classes, homebound deliveries and large-print books.

Travel Club

Time
2 p.m.

Location
Waters House
Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area (Just up the hill from Hillcrest)

Dates
Every second Wednesday

Description
The Travel Club, originally an OLLI 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. The Parks & Recreation charge for using the room is $20 per person for the entire year, but Osher members — at any level — may attend at no charge.'

El Club de Español

Time
3:15–5 p.m.

Location
Waters House

Dates
Thursdays

Description
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 & Recreation charge for using the room is $20 per person for the entire year. Call Judy Elliott at 573-445-3194 if you plan to participate in El Club de Español.

Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

Time
10 a.m.
Pastries and Coffee at 9:30 a.m.

Location
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.

  • Sept. 12
    Bettyville (2015) by George Hodgman
    • Sponsor
      Anne and Brady Deaton
  • Oct. 3 
    A Life in Translation II by Margaret Sayers Peden
    • Sponsor
      Robert Harper
  • Nov. 7
    Notes from Boomerang Creek: New Perspectives (2015) by Cathy Salter
    • Sponsor
      Missouri Life
  • Dec. 5
    Two Poets — Two Views (2015) by Walter Bargen and Clarence Wolfshohl
    • Sponsor
      Louise Martin

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+

Columbia Parks and Recreation 50+ welcomes Osher Members to an exciting new fall session at Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area, Hillcrest Community Center, Moss Building and Waters House!

With the beginning of your Osher Academic year on Sept. 10, 2015, all Osher Members will get a 2016 Parks and Recreation Waters-Moss/Hillcrest 50+ membership as well. As members, you can enjoy these activities at Parks & Recreation facilities at Waters-Moss: Travel Club, Saturday Morning Book Talks, Spanish Club, Painting Group, Mah Jongg, Adult Coloring Group and games such as a 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 for you to pick up. The same information is available at www.GoColumbiaMo.com when you search for "Senior/50."

50+ Travel Opportunities

Hop onboard the bus and join Columbia Parks and Recreation for fun and relaxation. Day trips to the following destinations are scheduled from May through August. Travel is always an adventure that enriches your life. 50+ Tour members only make the experience richer!

  • 50+ Explorers
    Explore Columbia area in our 14-passenger Parks & Recreation bus. Monthly trips at a minimal cost include a meal for social time and an activity.
  • 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+ Musical Opportunities
    Bell choir, adaptive bell choir, choir (The Good Timers), ukulele ensemble
  • Jammers House Band will provide music for dances
    The groups practice at Hillcrest and go out to perform at retirement centers, schools, nursing homes and special events

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.
Moss A
Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions. Films are announced weekly via email and on the Facebook page for Osher at 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.