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.

Tuesday courses

Fall 2018 Semester

“Toxic Brew” in Your Home [4 SESSIONS]

9:00–10:30 a.m., Moss B
Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2

Instructor Pamela Heyen will present on the hidden toxins in our homes and how they affect our health and our pets’ health. Discuss how personal care, cleaning products and mold may be contributing to personal health-related illnesses. Learn how to create a toxin-free home with essential oils and support wellness for your family and the environment.

Sept. 11: Hidden Toxins in Your Home; Sept. 18: Toxins & Your Pets; Sept. 25: Toxins & Your Hormones; Oct. 2: Toxins & Your Emotional Health.

Instructor: Pamela Heyen began her holistic health education after regaining her own health through natural remedies and therapies. Her credentials were obtained through the American School of Health Sciences in Portland, Oregon, a.k.a. Australasian School of Health Sciences She uses her health-related experience, formal training, Zyto technology and essential oils to educate, encourage and support the option to heal the “whole self.” Pamela speaks to groups and offers webinars and personal consultations for those interested in taking control of their whole health.

Eight Missouri Senators in Our Lifetime [8 SESSIONS]

9:30–11:00 a.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

This course will focus on the careers of eight outstanding Senators serving our state in our lifetime.

  • Sept. 11: Harry Truman, Senator 1935-1945, and later Vice President and President of the United States.
  • Sept. 18: Stuart Symington, Senator 1953-1976, earlier, Secretary of the Air Force and presidential candidate.
  • Sept. 25: Thomas Eagleton, Senator 1968-1987, earlier, Missouri Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor, briefly nominee for vice president in 1972.• Oct. 2: John Danforth, Senator 1976-1995, earlier, Missouri Attorney General, later, Ambassador to the UN, and special envoy to Sudan.
  • Oct. 9: John Ashcroft, Senator 1995-2001, earlier, Missouri Auditor, Attorney General and Governor, later, U.S. Attorney General.
  • Oct. 16: Kit Bond, Senator 1987-2011, earlier, Missouri Auditor and Governor.
  • Oct. 23: Claire McCaskill, Senator 2007 to current, earlier, Missouri Auditor.
  • Oct. 30: Roy Blunt, Senator 2011 to current, earlier, Missouri Secretary of State and Congressman from Missouri, Seventh District (with party leadership positions in both House and Senate).

Instructor: David Leuthold is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri and a frequent teacher at Osher, teaching courses on public policy and elections. He has lived in Missouri during the careers of all these Senators except Truman and is fascinated that Missouri has had such outstanding Senators. He is the author of Campaign Missouri 1992 and co-editor of Missouri Government and Politics.

French Conversation [8 SESSIONS]

10:00 a.m.–Noon, Hillcrest C
Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Are you able to speak French enough to be chatty, at a level somewhere between intermediate and fluent? Are there two or three years of French study or its equivalent somewhere in your high school and/or college history? Reinvigorate and polish your French skills, play along with enthusiasts, strut vocabulary and gestures and communicate with each other in a friendly and accepting setting. You will read and/or act out and discuss passages from French literature, examine themes, imagine new endings and generally immerse yourself in the French language. There will be a choice of oral presentations and communicative activities relating to our readings and on various other topics of interest, including current events, all encouraging serious communication, tout en francais, bien sûr! We end with a French film and a French déjeuner to which we all contribute.

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

Meet Our Nonprofit Neighbors and Connect with Our Future [4 SESSIONS]

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Moss A
Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2

The path of life affords us many opportunities to connect with others, strengthen our communities and help people look to a brighter future. In these four sessions, facilitator Doreen Dabney will introduce you to four individuals and their nonprofit organizations that are working to create a brighter future for people in our community. An interactive Q&A dialogue session will follow each interview. The presenters will represent in2 Action, the Foster Parent Community, Heart of Missouri CASA and Love INC.

Facilitator: Doreen Dabney (See bio, under “in2Action Community Re-Entry”.)

Sept. 11: in2Action Community Re-Entry

This organization provides transitional housing to gentlemen reintegrating into society from prison. One house and two duplexes in Columbia welcome these men and provide opportunities and community to enable them to help with re-integration. This session will introduce you to the program and some of the unique aspects of this on-program facility.

Instructor: Doreen Dabney recently retired to Columbia and has become involved at in2Action. She is the ‘volunteer’ volunteer coordinator and sometimes the cranky grandmother of the program. Doreen began her work with felons both inside and outside the institutions 10 years ago. She insists it has been a humbling and encouraging journey.

Sept. 18: Foster Parenting in Columbia

There is a large foster-parent community in Columbia. These parents provide homes and a stable living environment for children who have become wards of the court. You will meet a foster parent who has great experience and trains other foster parents as well. We also will brainstorm ways you might help, even if foster parenting is not for you.

Instructor: Brenna Matz and her husband are parents of five children; one is biological, two are adopted and two are fostered. Their ages range from 3 to 17. Brenna is a trainer of other foster parents. She a great resource in our community.

Sept. 25: Heart of Missouri CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. This program makes volunteers available to act as the voice for children who have been taken into custody by the state. The children are appointed an attorney, called the Guardian ad litem, but these attorneys have too many cases to enable them to spend much time with the children. The CASA volunteers fill this gap.

Instructor: Sara Echternach is one of the volunteer coordinators for Heart of Missouri CASA. She has had experience as a CASA herself and is well informed regarding the larger scope of the roles played by the various parts of the criminal justice system and how the process can serve the children in their care.

Oct. 2: Love INC, Loving People Forward

According to their website, Love INC., is in the business of loving people and helping them move forward in their lives. There is no simple solution to poverty, and Love INC helps to build a bridge between today’s difficulties and tomorrow’s successes. Love INC’s volunteers and staff lovingly help anyone in need. Sometimes they provide resources, other times they provide counsel, as they help to put community members on the road to sustainability.

Instructor: Jane Williams started Love, INC in Columbia and is a long-time social worker. Jane is a field instructor for the University of Missouri School of Social Work and benevolence director at Christian Fellowship Church. She is well connected in the community and has achieved this through hard work and her engaging personality. Jane is the person to know if you need to know about resources or need to meet anyone in Columbia. She is “in the know!”

Using Dialogue To Find Your Path Forward [4 SESSIONS]

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Moss A  
Tuesdays: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30

This is a basic-skills class on using dialogue patterns to work your way through difficult issues and conversations, both at home and in the community. We will cover how dialogue differs from debate, discussion and other forms of conversation; specific dialogue techniques, such as reflecting and reframing; and ways to use dialogue to work through complex issues and conflicts. Interactive exercises will help class members practice these skills.

Instructor: Sarah J. Read has more than 25 years of experience in resolving complex issues as an attorney, mediator, facilitator and consultant. Sarah has taught Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the MU School of Law and is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to civic engagement. Ms. Read received her B.A. Degree, cum laude, from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate degree with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin.

Philosophies of War and Peace [8 SESSIONS]

12:30–2:00 p.m., Moss B 
Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The course examines the pros and cons of the most popular philosophies of war and peace, Political Realism, Just War Principles and Pacificism. We will examine their positions on questionable practices, such as the use of weapons of mass destruction and torture. We will evaluate the practices in modern wars in which the U.S. has been involved, including Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. The instructor will summarize the arguments for each position, explain his own views and invite the people in the class to explain the reasons for their views. He will encourage arguments for and against the positions, which are widely accepted or condemned.

Instructor: Before becoming a University of Missouri professor emeritus of Philosophy, Jack Kultgen was active in the MU Peace Studies and taught a course in philosophies of war and peace for 30 years. Among his five books are two arguing against the use of nuclear weapons in war and as a deterrent for war, with the aim over the long run of eliminating war altogether.

Religious Fundamentalisms: Mixing Faith and Politics [8 SESSIONS]

1:30–3:30 p.m., Moss A  
Tuesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

This course will consider the historic roots of modern religious fundamentalist movements wherein groups are fighting for the survival of their faith against a perceived hostile world. We will give particular attention to the rise of Christian Fundamentalism in the U.S.

Instructor: Larry Brown is a retired MU assistant professor of Human Geography, having earned a Ph.D. in Policy Studies, an M.A. in Geography, a Masters of Divinity and a B.A. in Sociology. Larry is a professional storyteller and an ordained minister with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a frequent presenter on topics of cultural and political geography, Missouri history and religious studies.