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

Summer 2019 Semester

The Proletarian Visionary: Kenneth Patchen’s Poetry, Prose, and Pictures [4 Sessions]

9:30 – 11 a.m., Moss B 
Tuesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25 

Starting his career in the 1930s under the influence of other working class writers in the United States, Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) is often referred to as a Proletarian visionary. Compared with William Blake and Walt Whitman, Patchen explored new forms in poetry and prose and pioneered what he called picture poems. Also labeled a godfather of the San Francisco and Beat poetic movements, he spoke against war, capitalism and intolerance, often sardonically but with hope in the power of imagination. This course will consider Patchen’s poetry and his artwork, their Blakean combinations and his typographical-narrative experiments in prose. The instructor will provide copies of the class material, since it will come from a variety of his many works, but if interested you may find many of his books online. The instructor recommends Patchen’s Selected Poems and the novel, Sleepers Awake. 

Instructor: Clarence Wolfshohl is professor emeritus of English at William Woods University. He taught for 40 years and operated Timberline Press for 35 years, until the end of 2010. His poetry and creative non-fiction and scholarly articles have appeared in many journals and reviews as well as chapbooks. He has been involved with Osher for six years as student and teacher. 

America’s Path to the Moon: History and Consequence of the Apollo Program* 
[4 Sessions]

10 – 11:30 a.m., Moss A 
Tuesdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25

As the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings draws near, it is well worth a look back at how it all began, and then ended, as NASA forged America’s path to the Moon. In our four sessions, we will start with a discussion of Apollo’s origins in the surprising goal of a Moon landing, set by the newly elected President, John F. Kennedy. We will then examine the course of the Apollo program, its successes and failures, as well as its effect on U.S. science and technology. Finally, we will discuss the legacy of Apollo and the Moon flights, including its importance to the environmental movement. 

*If this course interests you, you might also consider signing up for the Thursday Osher@Night Moon Landing Potpourri. 

Instructor: Val Germann grew up with the space program and remembers the effect of the Russian Sputnik on his extended family. “It’s another Pearl Harbor,” said an uncle. Val has maintained a strong interest in space-related issues throughout his life and, in the 20 years he was an instructor in astronomy for Columbia College, always kept his students up to date on both U.S. and world space developments. Val is an MU grad, and he and his wife, Marla, have lived in Columbia since 1972.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia [2 Sessions]

12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Moss A 
Tuesdays: June 4, 11

In the first session, you will learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources. In the second session, the instructor will cover typical age-related changes, common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, how to approach someone about memory concerns, early detection and the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process. 

Instructor: Janette Nichols is the community outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter. She works with programs and outreach at the community level and covers the greater Missouri region. Janette is based out of the Columbia office location. She is currently working on attaining her Ph.D. in Human Services and Social Work. As a caregiver, she wants to share information to support those in a caregiving role and to educate those new to dealing with dementia.

Pathways Through Grief [2 Sessions]

12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Moss A 
Tuesdays: June 18, 25

By the time full maturity has been achieved, most people have endured the life-changing experience of grieving a loss. We tend to think first, perhaps, of the death of a much-loved person which can leave a sometimes overwhelming void for the person(s) yet living. In addition, other losses can alter the course of life: divorce, the loss of work through retirement or termination, death or loss of a pet, estrangement or physical distance from loved ones, changes in health and physical function. This two-session class will use Trans-State Induction Theory as a basis for examination of ways to chart a course through grief, to reconstruct the Self that has been compromised and to regain a sense of purpose, satisfaction and even joy in living. 

Instructor: Cindy Claycomb is a licensed psychologist who is retired from clinical practice. She is trained in Trans- State Induction Theory and has used it as a basis for conducting psychotherapy for 20 years.  

The Evolution of Romance [4 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss B 
Tuesdays: June 4, 11, 18,25

The world of romance novels has undergone great changes in its short history. Starting with romance in early literature, this class will examine how the genre has grown to the most popular one in U.S. publishing. We will consider the influences of the publishers, the development of various sub-genres and the status of romance publishing today. 

Instructor: Diane Peterson is a retired school library media specialist who promotes the romance novel industry as an analyst, speaker, reviewer and writer. Diane is very active on Goodreads, tracking her own extensive library of romance books, writing reviews and following many authors and groups.