All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

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Thursday courses

Fall 2019 Semester

Where in the World is Wayne Anderson? [8 Sessions]

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Moss A  
Thursdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Join longtime travel writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune and retired MU professor, Wayne Anderson, for a classroom journey through the following topics. 

Sept. 12: Offbeat Travel: Exploring the Unexpected and Mysterious.

We will take a look at the mummies of Palermo, go underground in Seattle and explore the dark side of New Orleans. 

Sept. 19: Travels into Our Past: America’s Living History Museums and Historical Sites: Volume 1. 

We will visit reconstructions of life as it was in the U.S. and drop back in time to Colonial Williamsburg, Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village and Old World Wisconsin. 

Sept. 26: Travels into Our Past: America’s Living History Museums & Historical Sites: Volume 2. 

We will investigate a number of the sites that are working to make history real. This will include living history farms, a pioneer women’s museum and Oak Ridge’s secret city of WWII. 

Oct. 3: India: Trains, Beggars and Sacred Cows. 

This is a highly personal account of six weeks of riding trains 5,000 miles with only a backpack and visiting many of the major sights of India, including the Burning Gnats, Taj Mahal and Caves of Ajanta. 

Oct. 10: Native Americans: Cultures Past and Present. 

We will explore such places as the Trail of Tears, the Mystery of Cahokia Mounds and the National Museum of the American Indian. 

Oct. 17: Unforgettable World Wonders. 

Hillman has a list of 100 world wonders. In this session we will look at some of the most popular, among them an African Safari, the Great Wall of China and Jerusalem’s Way of the Cross. 

Oct. 24: Georgia and Alabama: Memorable Sites to Explore. 

In Georgia we will emphasize the Civil War sites and in Alabama we will examine the Civil Rights museums. 

Oct. 31: Crisis Intervention: Reducing Trauma. 

This is a book I prepared for the Crisis Intervention class I taught at Columbia College for 15 years. It includes my work after the India earthquake, the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. 

Instructor: Wayne Anderson is professor emeritus of psychology from the University of Missouri. For the last 22 years he has been a correspondent and travel writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. 

Mah Jongg [8 Sessions]

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Hillcrest D  
Thursdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Limit of 16 students.

Mah Jongg is a Chinese gambling game played with three to four players. Skill and intelligence are required; luck plays a part. Some say Mah Jongg originated around the time of Confucius, about 500 B.C.; some even say that he invented the game that originally was exclusive to the royal class. Commoners who dared play faced decapitation. Eventually, the penalty was lifted, and the game became popular among all classes. The game was introduced to the U.S. in 1920, with English translations provided on the tiles. In the late 1920s, its popularity waned but the game enjoyed a resurgence during the Depression due, it’s thought, to the mental stimulation it offered. Enthusiasts today invite you to learn to play and keep this ancient cognitive challenge alive and thriving. 

Note: There is a $10 materials fee for this session. 

Instructor: Dee Dee Strnad is a retired Columbia Public Schools teacher with a master’s degree in special education. She taught at West Junior High for 19 years and has been playing Mah Jongg for about 20 years. She plays weekly with a group of friends and has taught the game to many retired teachers. Strnad remembers hearing her mother and her friends calling out tile names when she was a child and feels a connection to the past and closeness to her late mother as she plays with that same Mah Jongg set.  

Human Existence and Critical Decisions in Life [8 Sessions]

10:30 a.m. – Noon, Moss B  
Thursdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

In this course, we will discuss important decisions each of us may have made in life’s circumstances and how these affected our later life. Among the choices will be ones that have been pondered by Existentialist philosophers; for example, the use of violence for self or country, keeping commitments in occupations or public acts, honoring marriage and other intimate relations, etc. I will sketch what is involved in some of the issues and those in the class can describe others, and we will discuss whether the results of each were good or evil. Hopefully this discussion will enrich the thoughts of all in the class, including mine. 

Instructor: John Kultgen is professor of philosophy emeritus at University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned a B.A. at the University of Texas and a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He taught for 55 years at Oregon State, Southern Methodist and University of Missouri, before retiring in 2008. He has subsequently taught several courses at Osher. 

The Lives and Music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich [8 Sessions]

12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Moss A 
Thursdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  

This music history course will feature the study of music composed by two remarkable musicians, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. Lectures will detail composer biography, musical styles, genres, instrumentation and forms. The course will include the detailed study of two prominent works: Piano Trio in a minor, op. 50, by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the Prelude & Scherzo: Two Pieces for String Octet, op. 11, by Dmitri Shostakovich. These works will be featured during Season 16 of the Odyssey Chamber Music Series on Friday, December 16, 2019, and Saturday, February 22, 2020. 

Instructor: Alison Robuck, D.M.A., teaches at Central Methodist University and for the Missouri Symphony Conservatory, and she is president of the Midwest Double Reed Society and vice president for Odyssey Chamber Music Series. She has performed with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, the Champaign- Urbana Symphony and the Peoria Bach Festival. She was invited to perform oboe recitals at the International Double Reed Society conventions in New York, Tokyo and Columbus, Georgia. 

Remember the Ladies: Women’s Suffrage 100 Years [4 Sessions]

1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Moss B 
Thursdays: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31 

Class starts Oct. 10.

Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, “…in the new Code of Laws…I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorouble to them than your ancestors. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.” 

This class will explore the multi-dimensional revolution American women fought to finally obtain suffrage one hundred years ago. That changed on August 18, 1920, with ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing women the right to vote. From the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 until 1920, women (with some male allies) battled social convention, entrenched political interests, fines, prison and physical abuse to triumph. We will look at the issues, conflicts and remarkable women who helped achieve Abigail Adams’ demand to “remember the ladies.” Discussion will be encouraged. 

Instructor: Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Bonnie S. Margolis received her B.A. in history from the University of Michigan. She earned her M.A. in colonial and constitutional history and additional coursework in political theory and women’s studies from the University of Missouri. Bonnie taught American history at Columbia College and is now retired after 12 years at Moberly Area Community College, where she also offered a regular course on women’s history. 

Sustainometrics - Measuring Sustainability [8 Sessions]

2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Moss A  
Thursdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

In this course, Architect Nick Peckham will describe how sustainability can be measured at the individual, regional and national levels. The sustainability factors (energy, earth’s resources, health, food, water, education, social justice, economy, recreation) are interactive; we will study them individually and as a whole system, as well as their sub-factors. We will discuss how to measure the social and environmental requirements that are needed for ongoing sustainable life. The course is rooted in a strong desire to become more sustainable, ecologically wise and socially friendly in order to safeguard the future. 

Sept. 12: Introduction and Overview of Sustainability; The Scale of Sustainability: Individual, Regional, National, Global 

Sept. 19: Natural Resources and Energy 

Sept. 26: Health and Food 

Oct. 3: Water and Education 

Oct. 10: The Economy 

Oct. 17: Social Justice and Recreation 

Oct. 24: Measuring Sustainability 

Oct. 31: Class Discussion 

Instructor: Nick Peckham has been an architect for over 40 years and, as the leader of Peckham Architecture, focuses primarily on net zero and deep green sustainable architecture. Through design science, Mr. Peckham hopes to raise awareness and promote sustainability related to the built environment in our community. For Osher, he taught “Designing Small and Tiny Houses,” during Summer Semester 2018 and “Emerald Triangle – a Regional Approach to Sustainability” in Winter 2019.