Special events

Fall 2018 Semester

The Brown Bag Seminar Series [7 SESSIONS]

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Moss A  
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19; Nov. 2 [No Brown Bag on Oct. 26]

Brown Bag seminars are open to all Osher Premium and Basic members throughout the academic year. Semester members may attend for the semester in which they enroll. Feel free to bring some food to this “lunch & learn.”

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye

Sept. 14: They Are Coming Home: Returning Prisoners

Session participants will become better educated about incarceration and those who are in prison. The presentation will begin with a survey of state- and county-level data. For example, there are more than 30,000 people presently incarcerated in the state of Missouri, with more than 20,000 released each year. In the Columbia/Boone County area we have about 450 people per year returning home from prison; over 27% are back in prison within one year, which grows to nearly 50% by year two. While those released from prison are largely responsible for the high recidivism rates, our community also has a responsibility to address this very expensive issue. Session participants will learn about current efforts to reduce recidivism and what else can be done. In2Action, a local residential transition program for released offenders, will be highlighted as a research-driven, effective reentry program. Finally, session participants will learn what they can do for these men and women when they come home. When people from Columbia come home from prison and are successful, they quit committing crimes and taking victims and become law-abiding and productive neighbors, employees and family members.

Instructor: Dan Hanneken is the founder and executive director of in2Action, a residential transition program for released offenders. Prior to his current position, he was the reentry coordinator for the state with the Missouri Department of Corrections. Dan is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and is also a professor in the School of Social Work at MU. Hanneken is an experienced presenter and published author on the offender population and reentry issues. 

Sept. 21: Our Local Foster Care System: How CASA is Making a Difference

Every year, more than 600 children pass through the Boone and Callaway Family Court System due to abuse and/or neglect. Over the last 8 years, the number of children involved in the system has skyrocketed, and the court and child-welfare systems have become heavily overburdened. It’s common for the professionals involved in the children’s lives to turnover frequently or not have the time to know the children or their cases to the level that is needed. As a result, many of the children spend more than two years in the foster care system and change homes more than five times. Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provide a way for community members to volunteer their time and make a difference for each of our community’s most vulnerable children. Heart of Missouri CASA aims to provide each child access to a stable, consistent adult who truly knows them and advocates for them at every meeting and every court hearing. Join Executive Director Kelly Hill as she explains how every foster child in the 13th Circuit can have a brighter future and how you can be a part of this mission.

Instructor: Kelly Hill is the executive director of Heart of Missouri CASA. Kelly is responsible for Heart of Missouri CASA’s resource development, community and public relations, agency and program planning, board of directors, personnel and fiscal management. Kelly has her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has dedicated her career to making a difference for the families of Boone and Callaway counties.

Sept. 28: Pathway to the Moon and Back: 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Come hear MU professor, and real-life rocket scientist, Craig Kluever, present on the Apollo 11 moon landing, including descriptions of the mission timeline, the launch, injection to lunar orbit, reaching lunar orbit, landing, ascent from moon to rendezvous, reentry in Earth’s atmosphere and landing. This mission was conducted on a massive scale; Professor Kluever will help us make sense of the enormity of the event. He’ll also give a brief preview of a course he’ll teach for Osher later in the academic year, which will focus on the science behind Apollo 11’s mission.

Instructor: Craig Kluever is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and has been with MU since 1993. Prior to joining MU, he worked as an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Prof. Kluever has performed research for NASA, Aerojet and SpaceX in the areas of orbital mechanics and space mission design. He recently completed the textbook Space Flight Dynamics, published by Wiley & Sons.

Oct. 5: Roundtable on Poverty and the Homeless in Boone County

Osher Advisory Council member Robert Churchill has invited experts from the City of Columbia, the state of Missouri and local nonprofits and social service organizations to discuss homelessness and poverty here in Boone County. Do you understand the magnitude of the problem locally? What can we do to help our neighbors who are struggling? This roundtable discussion will shine a light on this often misunderstood topic, with a goal of addressing issues and sharing information.

Moderator: Robert Churchill was a physician, department chair at MU for 19 years and dean of the MU School of medicine for six years before retiring in 2012. He’s in his second year as president for the Rotary Club of Columbia, is past president for Voluntary Action Center and served on the Safety Net Advisory Council for the Heart of Missouri United Way for three years.

Panelists: Katie Burnham-Wilkins, MSW, LCSW, is coordinator of the Homeless Veterans Program at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital. Steve Hollis serves as human services manager for the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services. Kelli Watkins-Turley is the housing development officer for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mark Kirchhoff is the coordinator of the Homeless Youth Program for Rainbow House.

Oct. 12: Meet Your Big Muddy - Learning to Love the Missouri River

The Missouri River is the longest river in North America. It is at the heart of the history of the Great Plains tribes and the story of western expansion. It still plays an important role in the lives of many Missourians (it is the drinking water source for 43% of us) but most don’t think of it much at all. Steve Schnarr, from Missouri River Relief, will share some in-depth knowledge of the history, ecology, geology and economy of this great river. And he’ll share the story of his organization’s work to foster deep connections between people and the river they depend on. From river clean-ups to river education, MRR has brought over 40,000 people to the river to learn to love it.

Instructor: Steve Schnarr is the program manager for Missouri River Relief (www.riverrelief.org), a non-profit based in Columbia that is dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the- river clean-ups, education and recreation. Steve has organized river events from St. Louis to Yankton, S.D., and hosts the monthly Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport. He works with the best volunteers on the planet…the Missouri River Relief Crew!

Oct. 19: Rethink Sugar: Your Pathway to a Healthier, More Vibrant Future

If you try to eat healthy, but find that you’re unable to resist cookies, donuts, a sugar-filled latte, chips, bread or other goodies, this is the class for you! There is a simple fix to help you achieve lasting weight loss by breaking through sugar cravings without deprivation or willpower. Here’s what we’ll cover: Why sugar and certain carbs are secretly FORCING your body to hold onto excess weight, regardless of how “healthy” you think you’re eating and how much exercise you do. The #1 food that is causing your sugar and carb cravings. How and why sugar wreaks havoc on your metabolism, preventing you from burning fat (and why this results in extra pounds piling up). The truth about carbohydrates – which ones are good for you, which ones are bad for you, and how to choose the ones that help spur weight loss. (It’s true – not all carbs are equal!). My little-known strategy for kicking cravings to the curb, so you can finally reclaim full control over your diet and start losing weight (without will power). This is the pathway to the future!

Instructor: Jane W. Smith has been a student of nutrition and healthy living all of her adult life. She raised seven children and was a hospital chaplain for over 20 years. She now owns Abundant Raw Life, where she provides health-coaching programs and online cleanses to people of all ages and health circumstances. She emphasizes that individuals need individual diets, (bio-individuality), and that everyone can benefit from eating more raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

(Date change) Oct. 26: Navigating the Medicare System

The class will provide information to Medicare recipients and their families. Participants will learn how to access and use “CLAIM,” Missouri’s state health insurance assistance program for Medicare. Trained CLAIM counselors provide free, unbiased advocacy, education and assistance to persons with Medicare and those who help them to make informed decisions about Medicare and related health insurance needs. CLAIM is a federally-funded, volunteer program to help answer your Medicare questions.

Instructor: Randy Kiser is an AmeriCorps member and a volunteer counselor with CLAIM, the State’s Health Insurance Assistance Program for Medicare. During his career, he served on the boards of several non-profits. He retired from the AFL-CIO after 35 years, where he held leadership and senior staff positions. He lobbied on both the federal and state levels on numerous subjects, including Medicare. He has a degree in Government and International Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Silvers Seminar

(Date change) Friday, Nov. 2
1 p.m., Moss A

Join us for the Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series: Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind. The subjects of these lectures, in memory of longtime Osher member and instructor Robert Silvers, are angled to topics that instructor Ian Kirby believes Robert would have enjoyed. Previous talks have focused on a “clear-eyed” approach to kitchen and bathroom design, the Arts and Crafts movement, our human relationship to industrial design and nature and a personal journey through Kirby’s own work and inspiration.

Computers in Our Pockets — Observations on How We Live in the Digital Era

The cell phone in your purse or pocket attests to our inclusion in the digital revolution. In this talk, returning guest instructor, Ian Kirby, will explore the effects of digitization in the world of furniture, and then take us on a tour with photos he has taken on his recent travels to different parts of the world, where digitization may be slow to arrive.

The subjects of these lectures in memory of Robert Silvers are angled to topics that instructor Ian Kirby believes Robert would have enjoyed. Previous talks have focused on the Arts and Crafts movement in Great Britain and the U.S., our human relationship to industrial design and nature, and a personal journey through Kirby’s own work and inspiration.

Instructor: Along with degrees in furniture making and materials and wood science and technology, Ian Kirby holds a degree in industrial design. All of these are the results of his studies in England. Kirby first came to the U.S. in 1973 on a sabbatical from his teaching post at Middlesex University to teach design in the California State University system. He then served as a visiting professor at The School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1976, Kirby emigrated and opened his school of furniture making and design. It was during summer classes at Kirby Studios that he met Robert. Soon afterwards, Robert and Sally invited him to design them a new home. Since closing the school in 1987, Kirby has been involved in all the activities for which teaching leaves no time, from commission work on interiors and furniture to writing articles and books and traveling to give three-day seminars and lectures. Recently, Kirby ended all “outside” work to focus only on the design and creation of his own house and its furniture.

This Robert Silvers Memorial Lecture is the only public function he commits to because of the depth of his relationship with the Silvers family.

Friday Afternoon Film Festival [7 SESSIONS]

Each Friday during the semester  •  Films begin at 1:30 p.m., Moss A
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19; Nov. 2 [No Film Festival on Oct. 26]

Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions. Films will be announced weekly via email and on the Facebook page for Osher@Mizzou. The Friday Afternoon Film Festival is open to all Osher members and guests of premium members.


Take full advantage of your Osher membership and join a club, open to all current members, including Premium, Semester and Basic.

El Club de Español

(Change to day of the week) Wednesdays, 2:00–4:30 p.m., Hillcrest C

Habla español? Osher’s Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish. Beginners meet from 2 to 3 p.m., and advanced speakers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call club organizer Judy Elliott at 573-424-4244 if you plan to participate.

Diversity Book Club

Every third Thursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m., Hillcrest C

Nancy Browning, professor emeritus of cultural diversity at Lincoln University, facilitates this monthly book discussion centered on diversity issues. Plan to have read the book in advance and come ready for discussion. Books are decided by the group and will be announced via Osher’s e-newsletter.

Osher Sings Club

Mondays, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Moss A

Come and sing along just for the sheer joy of singing — no experience necessary. The group is led and accompanied by two enthusiastic MU music students, and Osher member Michael Porter remains as the group’s founder and head ‘lounge lizard.’ Join in on the fun!

Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.,  Hillcrest D

Travel Club is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations and deals. If interested, please email coordinator Sharon Kinden at sharonkinden@yahoo.com.

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

Join us on the first Saturday of each month. Free for current Osher members; all others, $3 per session or $20 for 10-event punch card.

Sept. 8 (Second Saturday): Travels into our Past, Vol. 1, 2 (2017) by Wayne P. Anderson & Carla Lee Anderson

Sponsor: Compass Flower Press

In 1988 retired MU psychologist Wayne Anderson crafted a trajectory that many academics dream about, but very, very few achieve. He became a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune and began –with his wife, Carla Lee Anderson – a new Tribune feature called “Venture Bound.” The Andersons visit not only formal museums and tourist venues, but they dissect ordinary and extraordinary landscapes as well. Travels into our Past – the two volumes Wayne will speak of – are filled with photographs and classic Anderson assessments of ‘what’s out there.’ Both Wayne and Carla will be on hand to respond to Q & As.

Oct. 6: The Carnival Quintet (2018) by Gladys Swan

Sponsor: The Friends of Gladys Swan

In Gladys Swan’s previous Saturday Morning Book Talks, she spoke of developing carnival themes that go back to stories for which she won awards as early as the mid-1980s. Over the years, Swan says she has grown close to her cast of characters, including Alta, Dusty, midget Curran, Elsie, Amazing Grace, the Kid and a nameless ‘wandering Jew.’ In October she will portray a collection of Carnival and carnival personas as inhabitants of a “series of novels explor(ing) the relations between life and art, reality and illusion, the openness to possibility and the renewal of energies within a culture.” She also will bring three pieces of her art that are central to the graphic richness of her carnival theme. This will be, in essence, a showcase of one of our region’s most inventive local authors/artists speaking on many of the themes motivating her creative life.

Nov. 3: Sage Grouse, Icon of the West (2018) by Nop Paothong

Sponsor: Steve Heying

I truly wish that I could step aside, have you sit down with no device in your hands and cause you to silently pore  over this glorious new book by Noppadol Paothong. Sage Grouse Icon of the West is truly breathtaking. It is – even for me – silencing! Kathy Love has written the text; she edited Nop’s first grouse book, Save the Last Dance: The Story of North American Grassland Grouse (2012). Michael Schroeder declares in his introduction, “Sage-grouse belong in the sagebrush landscapes of western North America. Without this species the landscape will have lost … a wild link between the past and future, between Native Americans and present-day naturalists, and between pristine unmanaged landscapes and fenced rangelands. It is up to us to ensure that these links are never broken.” The heart of this volume, however, is the magnificent nature photography of Nop Paothong. The scope and power of his pictures make you stop what you are doing and drink in Nop’s multicolor imageries of spectacular sage grouse and their landscapes. This volume has the potential for a December Holiday gift that will pull people together around a stationary, but very moving, expression of a real and seldom-seen world.

Dec. 1: 300,001 A Road Odyssey (2018), by J. D. Robinson

Sponsor: Compass Flower Press

J. D. Robinson is a man of the road. This volume chronicles scores of encounters across the range and unpredictability of Missouri settings and settlements. One of the roadside attractions most often causing him to stop his car – Erifnus Caitnop (yes…that’s right) – is yard sales. To wit, “Every yard saler’s scene is unique. Like a fingerprint. And every yard sale is a psychological study. The sellers organize clues to their past and spread them on a grid for buyers to pick over like blackbirds. A carny of card tables and cardboard boxes serve up a mix of function and folly, kitsch and utensils … [and buying old books leads him to conclude that] passing on knowledge is the most satisfying form of recycling. That and yard sales.” In this road-trip chronicle, Robinson nudges his car past 300,000-miles to near collapse. This book is a great way to ‘read the road’ and be fascinated by the culture and individuality that contributes so much character to our state.