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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Wednesday courses

Fall 2018 Semester

The Art of Memoir Writing: Turning Memories into Stories [8 SESSIONS]

9:00–11 a.m., Hillcrest C
Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

This class will be devoted to unlocking memories from the many different paths we’ve taken in our journey of life, so far. In the first hour of class, participants will share their writings in small groups. Lessons will be given on the etiquette of constructive positive comments in order to improve a writing. The second hour will involve active participation to implement strategies to shake memories out of the mind. Included will be ideas, suggestions and expressions to enhance a writing. Homework will be a writing based on the lesson taught. Spread throughout the two hours will be examples of six-word memoirs and wisdom from published memoirists. Participants will receive bibliographies on how to write a memoir and a list of memoirs to read. Have no fear, whether you are a novice or an experienced writer, this class will assist your writing endeavors. Remember, memoir writing can be inescapable and inestimable.

Instructor: Sheila Bailey is a retired teacher with experience teaching English to English-language learners for 19 years with the Columbia Public Schools and to adult students for three years at the Asian Affairs Center at Mizzou. After writing 70 stories for her sister’s 70th birthday, she has continued to write memoirs for sharing with her family and writer’s group. Her most recent workshop was from the University of Wisconsin to learn how to apply resonance into her writings.

The American Presidents VI [8 SESSIONS]

10:00–11:30 a.m., Moss A  
Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

This course will cover U.S. presidents from Harry S. Truman to Ronald Reagan and address the following questions: Who were the men who have served as president of the United States? Who were their families? What were their backgrounds and education? What jobs did they hold before becoming president? What, if any, of these factors impacted their character? How well did they do? What can we learn from their presidencies?

Instructor: Jay Ward was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Lexington, Mo. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University and received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. Retiring from medicine after 30 years, he received a master’s degree and doctorate in United States history from the University of Missouri.

Pathways through Dublin in James Joyce’s Ulysses [8 SESSIONS]

10:30–Noon, Moss B 
Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

The Ulysses of Greek myth left Ithaca for adventures throughout the ancient Mediterranean world before returning home. In Joyce’s novel, Leopold Bloom leaves his house in Eccles St., Dublin, for everyday (and night) adventures on June 16, 1904. Bloom’s path can be followed clearly on a map of Dublin and also parallels the course Ulysses follows in Homer’s epic The Odyssey. This course will study representative episodes in the 18-episode novel to introduce the new or returning reader to its major characters and plot lines. Each of the eight classes will examine one of the book’s 18 episodes; however, the instructor will often digress to bring in other episodes and give students a grasp of the entire work. Brief sections of the text will be assigned for special study. Although students are encouraged to read an entire episode for class (usually about an hour of reading), the teacher will focus on selected passages for close reading in class. The complete Ulysses is available on the internet at Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive. You may use any digital or printed text of Ulysses you wish, but some old Vintage editions have no chapter breaks.

Instructor: Timothy Materer is an emeritus English professor at the University of Missouri. He has written six books on modern literature and has received MU teaching awards. He has frequently written and taught courses on James Joyce.

MU Extension ‘Live and Learn’ Series [4 SESSIONS]

12:30–2:00 p.m., Moss A
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3

Would you like to learn strategies for living a healthier and more full life? Then this is the course for you! Join MU Extension field faculty members as they present on topics related to health and wellness. Osher Lifelong Learning institute is a program of MU Extension, which helps more than 1 million Missourians each year gain practical knowledge, solve problems, adapt to change and make informed decisions.

Coordinator: Kristin Miller, MU Extension associate, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology department. (See full bio, in “Dealing with the Stresses of Life”).

Sept. 12: Managing Chronic Disease

Liz will provide an introduction to two selfmanagement programs currently being offered throughout the state of Missouri, including here in mid-Missouri. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program were developed and researched by Stanford University and offer a guide to help manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Instructor: Liz Harrison, MPH, CHES®, is the healthcare program specialist for the Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program (MAOP) at MU. She coordinates community-based, self-management and physical-activity group classes for Central Missourians through the Regional Arthritis Center. She also assists with managing grant funds and overseeing management of program data from partners all over the state, including planning where more programs can be held.

Sept. 19: Stay Strong, Mentally and Physically 

This class will explore the importance of exercise for building confidence, strength, balance and flexibility. Learn about the need for awareness and physical fitness to complete activities of daily living and prevent falls. Discover resources available in your area to help maintain independent living. Participants will take part in very light exercises during the session.

Instructor: Kelsey Weitzel has been an MU Extension associate in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology for two years and a certified exercise physiologist for five years. Kelsey helps manage the University of Missouri Extension exercise programs. She loves to help others improve their health and fitness. She lives with her husband in Columbia, but is originally from Iowa.

Sept. 26: Dealing with the Stresses of Life

Everyone has stress, but we all manage it in different ways. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. This class will dive into what causes us stress, and the different ways we can deal with it.

Instructor: Kristin Miller is an extension associate in the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology department, and has been with MU Extension for two years. She has a passion for helping others live their healthiest life and enjoys being active. She is from Ashland, Mo., where she currently lives with her husband, Kyle, and daughter, Anna.

Oct. 3: Food Preservation

Interested in preserving garden produce? Want to know how to can fish or venison? Find a great deal on ripe fruit and want to dehydrate it for a healthy snack? In this class we will discuss some of the latest research-based guidelines for preserving food at home. Learn the correct ways to preserve food at home, and what techniques to avoid.

Instructor: Susan Mills-Gray is an Extension professor, and has been with MU Extension for over 35 years. She serves as the state food preservation specialist, and state nutrition specialist, and coaches newly hired nutrition and health faculty across the state. She lives with her husband near Kansas City, and is the proud GG to eight grandchildren!

Dante’s Paradiso: It’s Not a Resort Island [8 SESSIONS]

1:30–3:00 p.m., Moss B 
Wednesdays: Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

The power of Dante’s imagination and the depth of his philosophical inquiries are most evident in this third of the cantiche, the Paradiso. His poetry soars as the central character of the poem we have come to know as “Dante” is exposed to nearly indescribable beauties and truths while he experiences celestial visions and the light of the presence of God. The translation by John Ciardi will be the basic text, though other translations are welcome and opportunities for comparisons should be pursued. There are, of course, advantages to having participated in the earlier two classes, but all are welcome who wish to experience Dante’s masterpiece.

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

TED Talks — Watch and Discuss [8 SESSIONS]

2:30–4:00 p.m., Moss A
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

You might be familiar with TEDtalks. (Technology, Entertainment and Design*) features short web-based videos on compelling topics presented by some of the best minds in the world. For each session, the group will watch the video together and then join in a discussion and dialogue led by an experienced facilitator. Come. Watch. Learn. Discuss!

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converge, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Sept. 12 

How Fascism is So Tempting—and How Your Data Could Power It

In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy.

How (and Why) Russia Hacked the US Election

Hacking, fake news, information bubbles ... all these and more have become part of the vernacular in recent years. But as cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.

Sept. 19 

How to Tame Your Wandering Mind

Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power.

All It Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present.

Sept. 26: Is the World Getting Better or Worse? A Look at the Numbers

Was 2017 really the “worst year ever,” as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we’re doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago.

Oct. 3: Mammoths Resurrected, Geoengineering and Other Thoughts from a Futurist

Stewart Brand is a futurist, counter-culturist and visionary with a very wide-ranging mind. In a conversation with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Brand discusses ... just about everything.

Oct. 10: The New Age of Corporate Monopolies

Margrethe Vestager wants to keep European markets competitive -- which is why, on behalf of the EU, she’s fined Google $2.8 billion for breaching antitrust rules, asked Apple for $15.3 billion in back taxes and investigated a range of companies, from Gazprom to Fiat, for anti-competitive practices.

Oct. 17 

The Ethical Dilemma of Designer Babies

Creating genetically-modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it’s a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within 15 years, scientists could use the gene-editing technology, CRISPR, to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos.

Gene Editing Can Now Change an Entire Species

CRISPR gene drives allow scientists to change sequences of DNA and guarantee that the resulting edited genetic trait is inherited by future generations, opening up the possibility of altering entire species forever. How will this new power affect humanity? What are we going to use it to change? Are we gods now? Join journalist Jennifer Kahn as she ponders these questions.

Oct. 24

How Megacities are Changing the Map of the World

“I want you to reimagine how life is organized on earth,” says global strategist Parag Khanna. As our expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks, we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.”

Why Mayors Should Rule the World

It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world’s problems. So who’s actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests, let’s give them more control over global policy.

Oct. 3: A Political Party for Women’s Equality

Women’s equality won’t just happen -- not unless more women are put in positions of power, says Sandi Toksvig. In a disarmingly hilarious talk, Toksvig tells the story of how she helped start a new political party in Britain, the Women’s Equality Party.

Instructor: Jeanne Dzurick moved to Columbia several years ago and has been an insurance executive, financial advisor and was owner of her own business, Divorce Consultants, as a trained mediator working with attorneys and their clients to facilitate a fair and mutual agreement regarding asset division and support. Jeanne has a strong desire to share and discuss with other lifelong learners these presentations from some of the world’s greatest innovators and speakers.