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.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Friday courses

Winter 2018 Semester

Potpourri of the Arts [4 SESSIONS]

9:30–11:00 a.m., Moss A 
Fridays: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye

Each semester, Osher invites the movers and shakers of mid-Missouri’s arts scene to discuss, display, perform and showcase their work. Join us for this grab bag of arts topics.

Jan. 26: The Wonderful World of Missouri Artist Robert F. Bussabarger

Dr. Joan Stack will present a slide lecture and discussion of life’s work of the late MU Art professor Robert Bussabarger (1922-2013).  Bussabarger was a compulsively creative individual whose interests in education, politics, spirituality and international travel infused his art. Stack will be accompanied by State Historical Society of Missouri’s Collections’ Manager, Greig Thompson, a lifelong friend and colleague of Bussabarger, and they will use examples from the SHS’s current exhibition, “Being Bussabarger: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Sketchbooks and More,” to explore the cultural legacy of Bussabarger’s life and art.

Instructors: Dr. Joan Stack serves as the Curator of Art Collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri, a position she has held since 2006.  She received her PhD in art history from Washington University in St. Louis and over the course of her career has organized over sixty art exhibitions. She has published three books on Missouri art and presented her scholarly work nationally and internationally. Joan is a recognized authority on Missouri art and artists.  

Greig Thompson graduated with an MFA from the University of Missouri and has a distinguished professional resume as an artist, educator and museum professional.  He currently works as collection’s manager at the State Historical Society of Missouri, where he works with a collection of over 19,000 artworks related to the history of Missouri and its artists.

Feb. 2: Missouri’s Popular, but Less Well Known, Literary Figures

We’ve all heard of Missouri writers Mark Twain, T.S. Eliot and William Least Heat-Moon, but have you heard of the following? The woman writer from La Plata who crossed Siberia and witnessed the Russian revolution in 1917. A woman writer from Branson who has more than 320 million copies of her books in print. The Missouri author who wrote the most popular mystery story series in the U.S. from 1933 to 1949. A famous playwright from Warrensburg who went on to become a movie star. The Missouri-born movie star who authored a series of popular cookbooks. The author from Butler who became the most popular genre writer in the world in the 1960’s. The Maryville author who wrote the most popular self-help book in the world. And many more. This course will discuss the writings and the lives of 25 less well known, but very popular, Missouri literary figures.

Instructors: Yolanda Ciolli grew up in central Missouri, attended Lincoln University, and for twenty years operated her own photo finishing lab and studio in Columbia. Since 2009, she has owned and operated Compass Flower Press, publishing quality works by regional authors.

Mike Trial is a retired civil engineer now managing his family tree farm.

Feb. 9: [Update] The February 9th Potpourri of the Arts session will now feature The True/False Film Festival Preview so members may see this presentation reasonably ahead of the start of the True/False Film Festival. The previously scheduled course, Missouri Traditional Fiddle and Dance Music has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Join True/False “co-conspirator,” David Wilson, for his annual preview of the documentary film festival, which runs March 1–4 in downtown Columbia. David will build his talk around some general tips for navigating the fest and specific information about the film list. True/False offers a heightened weekend of creative place-making in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake our college town into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.

Instructor: David Wilson is “co-conspirator” of the True/False Film Fest and an award-winning filmmaker.

Feb. 16: TBA

The Brown Bag Seminar Series [4 SESSIONS]

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Moss A  
Fridays: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16

Brown Bag seminars are open to all Osher premium, semester and basic members throughout the academic year. Feel free to bring some food to this “lunch & learn.”

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye 

Jan. 26: Essential Oils: The Missing Link to
Modern Medicine

Pamela Heyen will discuss different schools of application of essential oils, how oils are extracted and the history of usage. She’ll also cover chemistry, purity and potency as well as how to spot an adulterated oil. Participants will find out how to use essential oils safely and effectively.

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.  She uses her health-related experience, formal training, Zyto technology and essential oils to educate, encourage and empower clients with the option to heal the “whole self.” Pamela speaks to groups, offers webinars and personal consultations for those interested in taking control of their whole health. 

Feb. 2: Discover the Big Muddy National
Wildlife Refuge

The Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge derives its name from the Missouri river.  Learn how the Refuge revolves around the river and its floodplain to provide wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities to the public.

Instructor: Originally from Jefferson City, Tim Haller has worked on rivers across this country throughout his federal career.  He returned to his home state and is excited to work on one of the most impressive, yet altered, river systems in the country on the Missouri river.

Feb. 9: Big Pharma: Market Failure

Why do Americans spend twice as much for prescription drugs as people in other countries? We will show a 35-minute film, Big Pharma: Market Failure, followed by a panel and audience discussion. Marjorie Sable, Coordinator.

Instructors: Robert (Robin) Blake, MD, Emeritus Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, is a long-time participant in Osher educational activities. He has given presentations and written about the American healthcare system.

Jan Swaney, MD, is a retired Internal Medicine physician who has cared for patients across a variety of settings, led the clinical operations of a non-profit Medicaid HMO and conducted NIH-funded research on how to use technology to provide better primary and preventive healthcare.

Feb. 16: Homeland Denied: A Palestinian Perspective

In 2018, when the Israelis celebrate the 70th anniversary of their independence, the Palestinians will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or catastrophe, the loss of their homeland. Indeed, history has many narratives, and the Palestinians have a story to tell. This seminar will shine a light on the current conflict by providing a historical, human rights, and personal perspective that is often missing in mainstream media and public discourse.

Instructor: Jalal El-Jayyousi is a Palestinian American and alum of Mizzou. He is a member of Mid-Missourians for Justice in Palestine and Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation.