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 2018 Semester

Up-Cycle Miniature Construction [8 SESSIONS]

10:00–11:30 a.m., Moss B
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1

This is a do-it-yourself architectural adventure for guys or gals who want to make buildings for their model train layout or a Christmas village. We will use found objects and inexpensive materials, share ideas and end up with artistic treasures. This is a hands-on, interactive class.

Instructor: Professor of costume design at Stephens College’s Theatre Deparment for 35 years, Patti Doyle has spent her life as an artist and artisan. Costume design is her profession, creating jewelry and miniatures her current passion. Teaching at Osher and taking classes in different fields of study is now her retirement joy.

Women Who Changed the 20th Century [8 SESSIONS]

10:30 a.m.–Noon, Moss A
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1

In this course, we will examine the backgrounds of women who changed the 20th Century. The century started with no vote for women, no birth control, no social protections for the poor and the country locked into a mindset that women were incapable of complex tasks and that blacks were inferior. How did these women find the strength and backing to fight for needed social innovations and changes against fiercely defended norms?

  • Sept. 13: The 80-year battle for the right to vote, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Alice Stokes Paul.
  • Sept. 20: Planned Parenthood – Margaret Sanger went to jail for daring to tell women about birth control.
  • Sept. 27: Coco Chanel freed women from the prison of corsets and girdles and invented the little black dress.
  • Oct. 4: Improving conditions for the poor and the American worker: Francis Perkins and Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Oct. 11: Increasing our knowledge about female sexuality: Virginia Johnson, Helen Gurley??????? Brown
  • Oct. 18: Liberating blacks from the prison of negative expectations – Rosa Parks, Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Oct. 25: Modern developments in pesticides had significant unintended consequences – Rachel Carson
  • Nov. 1: Breaking down the confines of The Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and Germaine Greer.

Instructor: Wayne Anderson, Ph.D., spent 65 years as a psychologist observing marked changes in our attitudes about what people are capable of and has been a participant in many of those changes related to women’s rights and sexual freedom. He retired as a professor in 1995 but continued to teach on human sexuality until 2014, and on crisis intervention for law enforcement until 2011. He presently writes a weekly travel column for the Columbia Tribune.

Vignettes in Mathematics II [8 SESSIONS]

12:30–2:00 p.m., Moss B
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1

This course is a continuation of Vignettes in Mathematics I, which was offered last Fall Semester at Osher. We will continue to explore topics from Ian Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematica; Curiosities, but now include his Hoard of Mathematical Treasures, as well. Topics include the Riemann hypothesis, fractals, the number e, chaos, and maybe a revisit or two with earlier topics. There’s no real prerequisite, other than having taken arithmetic at some point and perhaps a long-forgotten smattering of ninth-grade algebra. It is not at all necessary to have previously taken Vignettes I.

Instructor: Dennis Sentilles, emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Missouri, is the author of two books and several noted research discoveries.

Back to the Future with Films from 1968 [4 SESSIONS]

1:30–4:00 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: Oct. 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8???????

This year is the 50th??????? anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and a fitting time to focus on four seminal films from 1968. We’ll analyze the films, look at the backstory of their creation, track the sometime bumpy progress to the theater and look into talent that made them and their impact on the American film scene.

Instructor: John Blakemore spent 11 years in the advertising agency business, managing the Coca-Cola Export, Gillette International, Buick Motor Division, and Ralston Purina accounts in one capacity or another. He ran his own advertising and public relations firm in Columbia for 11 years. He also spent 19 years as a professor of mass communication at Stephens College. As department chair, he created the Film and the Marketing: Advertising and Public Relations majors. He currently serves on the Osher@Mizzou Advisory, Outreach and Development committees and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri board.

American Pathways and “American Values”: Exploring the Values That Mark Our Trails  [8 SESSIONS]

2:30–4:00 p.m., Moss B
Thursdays: Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1

Our values often guide the paths we choose to take, both personal and political. In this course, we will explore the issue of “American values” using small group interactive dialogue. Questions we will consider include: What values guided us as citizens and as a country in the past? What values guide our lives today? What values might guide us in the future? How do values get passed on between the generations? What values are the primary drivers in our politics today? Where are those leading? Are there values that are absent or of concern? If so, how do we make changes that might change the paths we are on? We will explore these questions in the context of four books: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild, A Higher Loyalty by James Comey, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio by Terry Ryan, and Hand To Mouth by Linda Tirado. We will use other materials as well, including current news articles.

Instructor: Sarah J. Read (please find her bio under “Using Dialogue To Find Your Path Forward”).