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All Osher at Mizzou courses will meet at the Moss Building about 1/3 mile from the Stadium/Old Highway 63 intersection. Turn on Hillcrest Drive. The Moss Building (Osher at Mizzou) and the Hillcrest Community Center will be on the left. The Moss Building entrance is located on the east side. Parking is conveniently located.

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 classes, too, will not meet on that day.

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Special Events

The Brown Bag Seminars (3 sessions)

Monarch Butterfly: Its Beleaguered North American Migration

June 6

The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is the best known butterfly in North America because of its annual long distance migration. Currently, its spectacular north-south migration is under threat. This talk will consider the reasons for this threat and ways that we can help conserve populations of this beautiful butterfly.

East of the Rocky Mountains, monarch butterflies in the summer can be seen in open habitat from southern Canada southward. In the fall, butterflies migrate to spend the winter clustering in mountainous oyamel fir forests in central Mexico. In the spring, they begin their migration north. On the way north the females lay eggs on milkweed plants, the only host plant for the monarch caterpillar. The next generation of butterflies continues to migrate north with females laying eggs on milkweed plants they find on their route. By summer, their populations extend into southern Canada. In the fall, the butterflies begin to move south in their annual migration to Mexico.

West of the Rocky Mountains, a similar cycle of migration occurs, except that the butterflies congregate during the winter in areas of woodland on the Pacific Coast from Sonoma City southward to Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico.

Remarkably, monarch butterflies that return to the overwintering sites in the fall are a few generations removed from the butterflies that left the same sites in the spring.

If milkweed plants are available year-round in southern states, such as Florida and Texas, monarch butterflies do not migrate.

A report in the 7 February 2014 issue of the journal Science entitled Meager Migration commented:“Monarch butterfly colonies now cover just 0.67 hectares of Mexican Forest — the smallest swath of land since data collection began in 1993...”

This precipitous population decline is rooted in a significant loss of habitat for monarch butterflies and their caterpillars. The decline means that attention should be focused on having significant areas of oyamel fir forest in Mexico for adult overwintering habitat, milkweed plants in the US and Canada to provide food for the caterpillars, and flowering plants to provide nectar as an energy source for the adults.

This talk will consider the reasons for the loss of monarch butterfly habitat, and ways we can help to improve the resources for this beautiful creature through programs like Monarch Watch and Monarch Way Station.

G. Michael Chippendale, MU professor emeritus of entomology

Using the Web to Do African American Research

June 13

This 90-minute seminar will review samplings of Wilson-Kleekamp's past and on-going African-American research projects aided by the internet and a variety of other reference resources.Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and family documents to share with the class.

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, family history research consultant, explores the resources available online and in local, state and national historical repositories that help family historians discover more about their African-American heritage. She is currently featured on the Missouri State Archives website African-American Genealogy: Putting Together the Pieces of Your Past: A Five-Part Series.

A discussion of two recent US Supreme Court Decisions: McCutcheon v Federal Election Commission (April 2014): Death Knell for Campaign Finance Controls? and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (April 2014): Closing the Circle on Affirmative Action

June 20

These constitute two consecutive sessions of presentations by Professor Fisch and discussions on each topic, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Bring your lunch!

For McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission we will discuss the background and possible consequences of the decision by a sharply divided Court.

Regarding Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, we will discuss the background and implications of a decision that to some degree crosses the ideological divide.

William B. Fisch, professor emeritus, MU School of Law

Saturday Morning Book Talks 2014

Your participation is welcome on the first Saturday of the month-except in July,. Admission $3 or purchase a 10-event punch card for $25.

Pastries and coffee at 9:30; Book Talk 10 a.m. (Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks)
1407 Hillcrest Drive. See map.

Too Quick for the Living (2014)

  • Date
    June 7
  • Author
    Walter Bargen
  • Sponsor
    Two Mules Editing

New Regionalism: The Art of Bryan Haynes (2013)

  • Date
    July 12
  • Author
    Bryan Haynes
  • Sponsor
    Missouri Life

A Road Trip Into America’s Hidden Heart (2012)

  • Date
    Aug. 2
  • Author
    J.D. Robinson
  • Sponsor
    AKA Publishing

Zen-Brain Horizons (2014)

  • Date
    Sept. 6
  • Author
    James Austin, MD
  • Sponsors
    Greg and Carol Busacker

Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland (2013)

  • Date
    Oct. 4
  • Author
    Nina Murkerjee Furstenau
  • Sponsor
    Laura McHugh

Walt Disney’s Missouri: The Roots of a Creative Genius

  • Date
    Nov. 1
  • Author
    Dan Viets
  • Sponsor
    The Kansas City Star

Limestone Wall

  • Date
    Dec. 6
  • Author
    Marlene Lee
  • Sponsor
    Boomerang Creek

The Friday Afternoon Film Festival

A Free, Fun Event Show starts at 1:30 p.m.

Films are announced weekly via e-mail and posters on the Osher @ Mizzou bulletin board at the Hillcrest Community Center at 1907 Hillcrest Drive in the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Area.

Our classes are conducted at the same location. If you wish to be kept informed about what is being shown each week, be sure to give us your email address at the time you register for a course. Remember if you change your address, do let us know. Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions. The experience is another familiar and comfortable one in the company of your peers. You are at home for these are the folks who have been walking this Wonderful Ole Earth in the very same years you have.

Travel Club

Originated in an OLLI class, the club is an open forum/open agenda sharing of travel tips, travel tales, travel opportunities, travel photos, travel destinations, travel deals. We’ve had presentations on extended living in a foreign country, purchasing the right camera, the merits of traveling alone or in a group. If any of this sounds enticing, join the Travel Club the secong Wednesdy of each month at 2 p.m. in the Club Room (second floor) of the Hy-Vee at Grindstone and Providence. Please share your e-mail address with and she’ll add you to the mailing list for reminders and “minutes” (another very loose term for the discussion topics and web sites). You are Invited.

Updated 4/29/14