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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Monday courses

Winter 2018 Semester

Freedom of Speech Under the U.S. Constitution: Recent Developments [4 SESSIONS]

10:00–11:30 a.m., Moss A
Mondays: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12

After an introduction to the text and the scope of its application, we will look at current issues in a number of contexts: 

  • Demonstrations and protests
  • Subversive and offensive speech, including “hate speech”
  • Freedom of speech of public employees
  • Speech issues in union membership and representation
  • Student speech in schools and colleges
  • Political campaign finance laws

Instructor: William B. Fisch, professor emeritus of law at the University of Missouri, has been a member of the law faculty since 1970. Before coming to MU, he practiced law in Chicago with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis and served on the law faculty of the University of North Dakota. He retired and took emeritus status in January 2003, continuing to teach as an adjunct faculty member until 2012. Fisch has published widely in the fields of American and comparative civil procedure, professional responsibility and constitutional law.

Adaptive Distribution Theory for Retirement [4 SESSIONS]

1:00–3:00 p.m., Moss A
Mondays: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12

Innovative retirement solutions are not easily developed or understood.  Retirees have a small margin for error and may be hypersensitive to losses, so they need approaches that focus on downside risk and adapt as goals, risks, biases, wants, and markets change over time. In this class, we will redefine risk and capture investor psychology. Risk and cash flow will be addressed as well as managing the portfolio using acceptable annualized erosion rates and building a buffer of earnings. The ability to see the obvious is a recurring theme and the key to retirement income solutions.

Instructors: Jason Ingram is one of the original members of the Accelerated Wealth organization, founded in 2007. He is the principle of the Columbia office and co-owns the Chesterfield office. Jason holds a Series 65 license, which qualifies him to serve as an Investment Advisor Representative. He also maintains Life and Health licenses in numerous states. Jason is a member of the National Ethics Association, serves on the advisory board for the Better Business Bureau and works to support numerous philanthropic organizations.  

Jonathan Krueger is Executive Director and Investment Advisor for Accelerated Wealth, with offices in Chesterfield, Mo., and Colorado Springs, Colo. Jonathan has invested in the personal finance industry and has held several executive management positions throughout his career. As a fiduciary, Jonathan maintains his Series 65 registration and uses his intricate knowledge of insurance and investment solutions to provide Accelerated Wealth clients with advanced wealth preservation and legacy continuance strategies. 

Collapse of Human Civilization: A Further Consideration [4 SESSIONS]

2:00–3:30 p.m., Moss B
Mondays: Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12

Jan. 22: Class will feature five, ten-minute segments from a one-hour PBS video called The Last Days of Man, which introduces the gravity and the fearsome ease with which human society might end its time on Earth. Our viewing and discussion will create a ‘platform’ of possibilities for societal collapse. 

Jan. 29: We will discuss the early novel of human collapse, Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank (1959), which outlines America’s (re-)entrance into atomic war and the elimination of major U.S. urban centers. Frank is effective in taking the reader through the political processes that lead to collapse and social actions that demonstrate small groups trying to piece together survival at a new scale. 

Feb. 5: We’ll discuss the first half of Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel (2015). This novel — the 2015 DBRL One Read — is wonderfully comprehensive, showing diverse aspects of human deportment in the onset of a deadly plague. But, Mandel’s real genius is the variety of responses outlined following the breakdown of urban utility systems. 

Feb. 12: We’ll continue discussion of Station Eleven, as well as our own efforts to evaluate the approaches and responses to societal crises. The whole fabric of the class will be the examination and reaction to these fictional — but potential — scenarios.  

Required books: Alas, Babylon (1959) by Pat Frank (Amazon claims 200+ used copies) and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (2015) in B&N, used book stores and in the library. 

Instructor: Kit Salter is a geographer with 20 years teaching at UCLA, 14 at MU, 10 years consulting work with National Geographic Society, and a great deal of bright-eyed travel, both domestic and global. Most of all, his life is defined by being married to a really fun and thoughtful woman, Cathy Salter. He was educated at Oberlin College and the University of California, Berkeley.