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 2019 Semester

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

9:00 - 11:00 a.m., MU’s Family Impact Center (105 E. Ash St., Suite 200, Columbia) 
Wednesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

Limit of 16 students.

This class will be devoted to unlocking memories from the many different paths we’ve taken in our journey of life. In the first hour of each class, participants will share their own writings in small groups. Instructor Sheila Bailey will give lessons 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. Also, the instructor will prepare bibliographies on how to write a memoir and 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 language learners for 19 years with Columbia Public Schools and 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 to share with her family and her writer’s group. This Fall will be her fourth year teaching memoir writing for Osher. 

Racism Persists: A Brief History of White Nationalism in the U.S. [8 Sessions]

10:00 a.m. – Noon, Moss A  
Wednesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

This course will consider the recent rise of American white supremacy groups in the context of the development of the White Nationalist movement over the last several decades. Topics will include contemporary violence, white maleness, Christian identity, distribution of groups, nativism and other related issues. Some material presented will include information gathered from participant-observation and personal research by the instructor. 

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 MU Osher instructor for topics of cultural and political geography, Missouri history, and religious studies.

The Years Between the Wars (1918– 1941) – Part Two [8 Sessions]

2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Moss A  
Wednesdays: Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Dr. Ward will continue his illustrative journey through the period between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II in the U.S. This section of the course will explore the era following the stock market crash in 1929 through the attack on Pearl Harbor. We will discuss the Great Depression and the attempt by the Roosevelt administration to reverse the economic devastation that it caused. We also will review the isolationism of much of the country and the difficulty Roosevelt had in getting Congress to agree to gear up the economy in preparation for war. 

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.