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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Tuesday courses

Winter 2019 Semester

From Ancient Secrets to Modern Medicine: Essential Oils, A Pathway to Wellness [4 Sessions]

9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12

This class will focus on the history of essential oils, from biblical times to the modern day. Essential oils are some of the oldest and most powerful therapeutic agents known. They have an impressive, multimillennial history of use in healing and anointing throughout the ancient world. They were used to treat every ailment known to man at that time, and their enormous therapeutic potential has only just begun to be tapped in today’s world.

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.

Good to the Last Drop: Bram Stoker’s Dracula [4 Sessions]

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Moss B
Tuesdays: Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12 

Two classic gothic novels bracketed the nineteenth century – Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897). Each has been the source of innumerable imitations, adaptations and pop culture spin-offs. And each has provided metaphors for our modern condition. This class will look at Dracula as a surprisingly innovative piece of fiction and a cultural phenomenon. What does the novel tell us about Stoker, the Victorian culture, our present culture, which is still fascinated by vampires, and human nature? These questions and more we will ponder as we visit the undead. Some attention will be paid to the classic 1931 film, starring Bela Lugosi, as well as other versions. Black attire is not required. There are many editions in both print and digital formats. The weekly reading assignments will be as follows:  Week 1: chapters 1-7; Week 2: chapters 8-14; Week 3: chapters 15-21; and Week 4: chapters 22-27.

Instructor: Clarence Wolfshohl is professor emeritus in English at William Woods University. He has published poetry and non-fiction in many journals, both print and online, including Red River ReviewSan Pedro River ReviewAgave and The Cape Rock.  Most recently he has published the e-chapbook Scattering Ashes (Virtual Artists Collective, 2016),  the chapbook Holy Toledo (El Grito del Lobo Press, 2017), and Queries and Wonderments (El Grito del Lobo Press, 2017).

Viewing and Photographing the Winter Milky Way [4 Sessions]

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12 

Since time immemorial, the Milky Way has been seen as a beautiful and mysterious pathway in the sky. In winter, this stellar trail is at its most brilliant and provides spectacular viewing, both with the unaided eye and any instrument. In this course we will use images of the winter Milky Way to discuss the best viewing and photographic techniques and, if the weather allows, go outside for a direct experience of our home galaxy. Star charts, telescopes and binoculars will be provided.

Instructor: Val Germann bought his first telescope in 1965 and has been observing the sky ever since. A 40-year member of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association, Val is currently on the volunteer staff at MU’s Laws Observatory. He is a two-time president of the Mid-States Region of the Astronomical League and was an instructor in astronomy at Columbia College for many years. Now retired, Val lives here in Columbia with his wife, Marla.

“And I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” — William Blake and Job [4 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss B
Tuesdays: Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12 

Limit of 30 students

Starting in 1818, William Blake created a series of watercolor illustrations of The Book of Job for one of his patrons. Subsequently, he produced two more and then undertook to engrave the series, perhaps hoping for a commercial success. As with most of his illustrations of both his own texts and the texts of others, the images are not merely representational, but embody Blake’s interpretive comments on the character and meaning of Job’s transformation from prosperity to despair and to restoration beyond. The Book of Job is among the greatest and most mysterious parts of the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. In this course, we will explore the text in conjunction with Blake’s illustrations, using the King James AV version, since that is the one Blake knew best. Other translations and commentaries may be consulted as we pursue deeper understanding of the biblical text and Blake’s sometimes contrarian “reading” of it.

Instructor: Thomas F. Dillingham, Ph.D., taught in the Stephens College English Department from 1971 to 2001; he also taught English literature at Central Methodist University, 2002 to 2006, and was designated emeritus associate professor of English when he retired. He has published reviews and scholarly essays on contemporary poetry, science fiction, folktales and 18th Century British poetry.

The New Age of the Refugee Crisis [4 Sessions]

2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12

Each class will concentrate on different regions that have been impacted from the refugee crisis, including Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Topics covered will include the scope of the current world refugee crisis and how it compares to refugee crises of the past, how politics have impacted the definitions of terms such as “refugee” and “displaced persons,” and what have we learned from past refugee crises. The instructor will also touch on her own personal field work experiences throughout different regions and refugee camps, and may invite a few guest speakers.

Instructor: Rasha Abousalem holds a B.A. in International Criminal Justice with a concentration on human rights and refugees from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Since 2015, Rasha has volunteered and worked in more than 22 refugee camps and centers in locations such as Jordan, Greece, France and Bangladesh. Additional humanitarian trips have includeed work in underserved villages in India and in the mountainous regions in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Islam – Daily Life and Spirituality [4 Sessions]

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Moss B
Tuesdays: Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12

The class is meant for Osher students interested in learning about the religion of Islam, going beyond the basics. Instructor Dr. Rashed Nizam will discuss the tenets and beliefs of Islam and how the religion impacts daily life for Muslims, allowing for a strong connection with spirituality.

Instructor: Rashed Nizam, M.D., is a board-certified ophthalmologist who has resided in Columbia, Missouri, since 1997. He is happily married to his wife Roxana for 35 years and a proud father of three wonderful children. Dr. Nizam is the past chairman of the Islamic Center  and Islamic School Board in Columbia, and has been teaching courses on Islam at Osher since 2008. He is involved in various interfaith activities and sits in the board of the Religious Program Advisory Committee (RPAC) for the Missouri Department of Corrections.