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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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Email Osher@Mizzou.edu or call 573-882-8189.

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

Tuesday courses

Faith in the Face of Tyranny: The Life, Times and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer [8 sessions]

Time
9–11 a.m.

Location
Moss A

Dates
Sept. 12, 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

Description
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian active in the German resistance to the policies of Hitler and Nazism. For his opposition, Bonhoeffer was arrested and executed during the last month of World War II. He remains an important symbol of opposition to fascism, and his views on Christianity are increasingly influential. This class considers the historic context for his theological development, his role in the Confessing Church's opposition to the Reich Church of Germany, his thinking about modern ethics and social justice during Nazism and his martyrdom.

Instructor
Larry Brown is a retired MU assistant professor of human geography with a doctorate in policy studies, master's degrees in geography and divinity and a bachelor's degree in sociology. A professional storyteller, Brown is president of Missouri Storytelling, Inc. (MO-TELL) and has recently completed a certificate in Biblical storytelling with the Academy of Biblical Storytelling. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he is a frequent presenter on topics of cultural and political geography, Missouri history and religious studies.

Conversational French [8 sessions]

Time
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Location
Moss B

Dates
Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Description
Are you able to speak French enough to be chatty at a level between intermediate and fluent? Are there two or three years of French study or its equivalent somewhere in your high school or college history? Reinvigorate and polish your French skills, play along with enthusiasts and communicate with each other in a friendly and accepting setting. You will read, act out and discuss passages from French literature, examine themes, imagine new endings and immerse yourself in the language. You'll participate in oral presentations and activities related to class readings and other topics, including current events — all encouraging communication, tout en français, bien sûr! We end with a French film and déjeuner to which all contribute.

Instructor
Aline Kultgen is a native French speaker who has taught French in Toronto, Canada, and in the Columbia Public Schools for 25 years. She has been teaching French at Osher since 2006.

From the Inside Out: Naturopathic Protocols for Happy and Healthy Longevity [4 sessions]

Time
12–1:30 p.m.

Location
Moss A

Dates
Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3

Description
In the face of frequent change, stress and the passage of time, how do we maintain our resilience and optimal health? In this series of classes, participants will look at the approach of naturopathic and holistic medicine to healthy aging. The class will take a detailed look at how to maintain healthy digestion; healthy energy levels; a healthy brain; a healthy spirit, nutrition and energy; and healthy skin.

Instructor
Caya J. Tanski, ND (CTN), PhD, CCH, CHom, is a nationally certified naturopath, homeopath and energy medicine practitioner. She has completed several programs in the field of natural health sciences, including a Doctor of Naturopathy degree and a degree and national certification in classical homeopathy. She also is a Master Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and has several years of training in functional medicine and BodyTalkTM. Her goal is to help clients achieve wellness by providing individualized care and treatments.

The Ark of the Covenant, Archeology and Indiana Jones [4 sessions]

Time
12–1:30 p.m.

Location
Moss A

Dates
Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31

Description
The mysterious Ark of the Covenant seems to have disappeared around 750 B.C. after the reign of King Josiah of Israel. No specific mention of the Ark is found in Scripture or in historical accounts after this. There is much conjecture about whether the Ark was stolen, hidden or destroyed. This class focuses on its original importance, as well as its construction and instructions about its use and handling. Participants will examine the Ark's central part in the people of Israel's 40 years in the wilderness and early existence as a nation. The Egyptian influence on Hebrew religious life after the Exodus will also be discussed.

Instructor
James R. Hillbrick grew up in eastern Washington; received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Ca., and pastored two churches in Idaho until he retired. He and his wife, Kathi, moved to Columbia, Mo., six years ago to be near two of his three daughters and four grandchildren. He teaches Hebrew foundation classes at Community United Methodist Church. He and Kathi traveled to Israel in 2000 and 2013; last year, they led a tour of Turkey and Greece. He coaches reading for elementary children; volunteers for the church and Services for Independent Living; and enjoys running, gardening and playing volleyball at the ARC.

A Guided Tour of Hell with Dante Alighieri and William Blake [8 sessions]

Time
2–3:30 p.m.

Location
Moss A

Dates
Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

Description
While an invitation to travel through hell may seem outrageous, the opportunity to make the journey via the sublime poetry of Dante, with visual depictions by William Blake (and perhaps a few other artists), may be intriguing. (After all, we never know whom we might meet along the way.) Although this class will traverse all 34 of the Inferno's cantiche, we will proceed in leisurely rather than lockstep fashion. The preferred text for this course is the translation by John Ciardi. It is possible to purchase used copies of the paperback edition of the Inferno only. The complete "Divine Comedy" in Ciardi's translation is also available at www.abebooks.com or at www.amazon.com. (Search "Ciardi > Dante > Inferno"). Other translations are acceptable, as well.

Instructor
Thomas F. Dillingham, PhD, earned his bachelor's degree at Princeton University and his doctorate at Boston University. He was a member of the English Department at Stephens College, Columbia, Mo., from 1971 to 2001 and taught English at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., from 2002 to 2006. At his retirement from Central Methodist, he was designated emeritus associate professor of English. He has published essays and reviews on 18th century and contemporary poetry, folklore, mythology and science fiction.'

Islam: Reflections on the Sacred Texts and Traditions [8 sessions]

Time
2:30–4 p.m.

Location
Moss B

Dates
Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Description
Islam means submission to the will and command of almighty God willingly and knowingly. There is no compulsion in religion. Discourse on spirituality will reflect the connectivity of the three monotheistic religions.

Instructor
A Rashed Nizam, MD, a graduate of Brown University, is a board certified ophthalmologist and founding director of the Mid Missouri Eye Center, LLC. He is president of the North American Bangladeshi Islamic Community (NABIC); chairman, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Founders Committee; past chairman, Islamic School of Columbia, Mo.; past chairman, Islamic Center of Central Missouri (ICCM) Shura Council; Physician of the Year awarded by the National Republican Congressional Committee; and a Physicians Advisory Board National Leadership Award recipient. He has received many other awards and recognitions for his civic and professional accomplishments.