Special events at Osher
All Osher memberships give you access to fun activities outside the classroom! The Osher staff will email throughout the semester with instructions and details on how you can take part.
Currently, three clubs are active and engaged. We have room for more, however, so if you have a bright idea or would like to coordinate a new club, contact the Osher staff.
- Diversity Book Club: Meets on the third Thursday of the month when Osher classes are in session. Coordinated by Osher member Nancy Browning, professor emeritus of cultural diversity at Lincoln University. Books are announced in the Osher e-newsletter.
- Travel Club: Meets the second Wednesday of each month. Come and share your travel stories with an engaged group. Coordinated by Osher member and world traveler Sharon Kinden.
- Social Club: Current Osher members will receive occasional invitation emails for unique and creative outings. Coordinated by the Osher@Mizzou Outreach Committee.
Friday Morning Book Talk Series
The series has evolved from its Saturday-morning time slot, but will still offer coffee, scones, author visits and book signings. Sessions will take place on the first Friday of each month, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Moss Building (1905 Hillcrest Drive in Columbia). Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
The sessions are open to the public – free for current Osher@Mizzou and Columbia Parks and Rec 50+ members; $3 at the door for others.
Feb 3 • Justin Hamm
Drinking Guinness with the Dead
Spartan Press 2022
Mar 3 • Stephen Paul Sayers
100 Things to Do in Columbia, MO Before You Die
Reedy Press 2022
Apr 7 • W. Arthur Mehrhoff
Explore Missouri’s German Heritage
University of Missouri Press 2019
May 5 • Lynn Rossy
Savor Every Bite: Mindful Ways to Eat, Love Your Body, and Live with Joy
New Harbinger Publications 2021
Jun 2 • Lynne Jensen Lampe
Talk Smack to a Hurricane
Ice Floe Press 2022
Jul 7 • Alex George
The Paris Hours
Flatiron Press 2020
Aug 4 • Sarah Kohnle
For Such a Time as This: Flavors and Recipes of My Honduras
Compass Flower Press 2020
September • No Book Talk
Oct 6 • Walter Bargen
Too Late to Turn Back, Singing Bone Press 2023
Radiation Diary, Lamar University Literary Press 2023
Nov 3 • Dianna Borsi O’Brien
Historic Movie Theaters of Columbia, Missouri
Arcadia Publishing 2021
Dec 1 • Steve Wiegenstein
Land of Joys
Amphorae Publishing Group 2023
Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series
Next seminar date - TBA
Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind
The life and spirit of Sally Silvers’ beloved Robert will be celebrated in perpetuity with a generous endowment to the Osher program. Sally created the Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series: Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind to commemorate Robert’s wondrous intelligence and humanity.
After setting records for the number of courses in which he enrolled each semester, Silvers assumed the role of instructor. He was teaching a course in woodworking in the Osher program when he took ill eleven years ago. So overwhelming was Robert’s passion for the beauty of wood and opulent wood veneers, Sally’s choice of speaker for the series has been a woodworking artist – the very one that was her husband’s inspiration and mentor, Ian J. Kirby.
Join Sally Silvers’ family, friends and acquaintances – and our students – to celebrate this fine human being who shared our lives and our hopes. He was one of our finest, most caring instructors – totally committed to his students and the Osher program.
It is from Ian Kirby that Robert acquired his avocation. The devotion, the respect, the bond between the Silvers and Kirby continues unchanged. You will likely experience the craft they shared – and, of course, Kirby’s impressive insight into the development and historical importance of this great art.