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.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Thursday courses

Winter 2019 Semester

Human Food and Nutrition in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities [4 Sessions]

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Moss A
Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14

This class will consider solutions to the multidimensional problem of feeding a world population projected to increase by 30% and reach about 9 billion by 2050. Adding to the complexity of solving the problem are the impacts of global warming and the increased urbanization of the population. Solutions will need to focus on the sustainable production of food from plants and animals, conserving soil, water, natural resources and biodiversity, and reducing the loss and waste of food. One key to success will be increasing crop yields on existing agricultural lands, thereby minimizing the need to bring additional land under cultivation that would result in further deforestation and environmental damage. Dealing constructively with the economic, social, and political issues is central to finding long-term solutions for future world food security. Solving these complex problems will require innovative thinking, policies, actions and strengthened international collaborations involving the public and private sectors. A significant increase in expenditures for research and development worldwide for sustainable food production will be needed.

Instructor: Michael Chippendale is professor emeritus of entomology at MU, where he led the insect physiology laboratory. He received a B.S. degree from Manchester University, England; a M.S. from the University of Waterloo, Canada; and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. A fellow of the Entomological Society of America, Chippendale brings to Osher years of experience in the life sciences to apply to the issues surrounding the sustainable production of food for an increasing world population.

Preserving History: Columbia’s History Through the Lens of Our Most Notable Properties [2 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31

In 1818, a company was formed to purchase land at the center point between Moniteau and Cedar Creeks east of the Missouri River at the first government land sales in the territory. The area was a gamble – there were no established roads or easy access – but in the end it paid off, and thus began what would eventually become Columbia, Missouri. This course explores Columbia’s history by looking at the lives and stories surrounding the historic structures recognized as Columbia’s Most Notable Properties. We will discuss the properties, the people and the growth of Columbia as learned from historical documents, as well as touch on the area’s prehistory up to the time of Columbia’s establishment.

Instructor: Amanda J. Staley Harrison is a Columbia native who serves as the vice chair of the City of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission as well as on the Mayor’s Bicentennial Task Force as the historic preservation representative. Her day job is assistant curator of the University of Missouri’s Museum of Anthropology, where she leads and develops the educational programs, designs exhibits and serves the strategic communications coordinator.

The American Civil War in Missouri [2 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: Feb. 7, 14

This class starts on February 7.

Missouri has been treated by historians, particularly in the This class starts on east, as a secondary theater Thursday, Feb. 7. with minimal influence in the outcome of the Civil War. This point of view ignores Missouri’s central role in most of the major legislative and judicial attempts to politically solve the problem of slavery (Missouri Compromise, Dred Scott Case, Fugitive Slave Act, Kansas Nebraska Act). Missouri also experienced the third most military engagements (more than 1000); it was where Ulysses S. Grant began his journey to become a formidable war-fighting general; and it was situated in an important geographical location, astride major transportation routes and a wealth of resources. The instructor will explore important Civil War events, along with dozens of major battles, the interesting personalities of major players, and the impact on the local civilian population (over 20 % of the population will flee the state before the war is over). By the session’s end, students should be well versed in understanding how and why the Western Theater of the war was as vital to the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox Court House in 1865 as was the course of the war along the eastern seaboard states.

Instructor: Whit McCoskrie is a native Missourian who graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in economics. He spent 28 years of active and reserve duty as a lieutenant colonel and three decades as a Midwest bank executive. After leaving active duty, and upon retiring, Whit taught American military history at MU’s Army ROTC program. He has served as a tour guide at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton and co-authored The Civil War Missouri Compendium, Almost Unabridged (2017).

Emerald Triangle: A Regional Approach to Sustainability [4 Sessions]

2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Moss B
Thursdays: Jan. 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14

This course will describe the sustainable possibilities of the central Missouri region, called the Emerald Triangle. This triangular region extends about 10 miles beyond the triangle formed by I-70, US 54 and the Missouri River. The region includes the cities of Ashland, Boonville, Columbia, Fulton, Jefferson City, Mexico, New Franklin, and more, and encompasses some or all of ten counties: Audrain, Boone, Calloway, Cole, Cooper, Moniteau, Monroe, Osage, Ralls and Randolph. In Sweden, these types of areas are called eco-municipalities and are managed by a local government to provide ecological and social justice in its charter. The instructor will discuss the social requirements (food, health, education, shelter) and the environmental requirements (energy, water, clean air) that are presently needed for ongoing sustainable life. The course also will propose ways to become more sustainable, ecologically wise and socially friendly in order to safeguard the future. 

Instructor: Nick Peckham has been an architect for more than 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. He recently taught “Designing Small and Tiny Houses,” during Osher’s Summer 2018 semester. Peckham Architecture is currently working on a dozen architectural projects throughout Missouri.