Special events

Winter 2018 Semester

Osher Saturday Morning Book Talks

Coffee and cakes at 9:30 a.m.; Book Talk 10 a.m.; Hillcrest D
Book selling and signing will follow the Book Talks

Your participation is welcome on the first Saturday of the month. Osher members at any level may attend at no additional charge. For all others, admission is $3, or you can purchase a 10-event punch card for $20. Please thank the sponsors for their support of Saturday Morning Book Talks.

Jan. 6 
Salter Times Three: Writings from the Salter Family  (2010, 2014, 2017) with Kit Salter
Two Mules Editing

Kit Salter is presenting three volumes of family lore written by his three elder sisters. Carrying the Banner (2014) was written by his youngest sister, Jean, who just passed at 92. It chronicles the lives of a mother and three adolescent daughters and a young brother trying to save money by living in hotels. The second book is Lean on the Wind: A Collection of Poems Celebrating Life (2010), written by his middle sister, Patricia, (now 94). The publication comes from a manuscript Kit found in a stack of random papers in her apartment in 2009. His oldest sister, Kate, took a six-week freighter trip from Rotterdam to Manila in 1949 and Dream Trip to the Orient: A Memoir (2017) tells of early adventures in photography and writing (she soon went from this freighter odyssey to working for Life magazine). Kit played a role in bringing all three books to print, and will read evocative passages and talk a little about being the fifth of five children in a family with keen demands for change, adventure, and creative writing.

Feb. 3
Too Quick for the Living (2017) by Walter Bargen
Greg and Carol Busacker

Poet and author Walter Bargen was designated Missouri’s first Poet Laureate in 2008. In his poetry he achieves a poet’s prime goal – he makes the reader or the listener look at words in new and unexpected ways. Bargen will focus on Too Quick for the Living (2017), but he also may draw on other poetry in the 20 books he has penned in support of making our images and language richer. During this talk, ask Walter to do a reading of “Jack Mackerel Joins the Roman Legion” or “The Usual Regrets” and watch your mind stretch to grasp the poet’s possible/probable/outrageous intention in creating the lines he does. You will be glad for the invention of poetry and particularly glad that the State of Missouri selected local Boone Countian Walter Bargen to bring that tradition to our reading and listening public. There will be considerable time given to Q&A, but also listening time spent in quiet, sometimes grinning awe as Too Quick for the Living is examined by its author. 

Mar. 3
Mongolian Interior: An Expatriate Experience (2017) by Lori Younker
Marilee “Cricket” Dunn

Author Lori Younker weaves together a series of vignettes of life with her husband and three children between 1995 and 2000 on the desert margins of China. Although life for this family of five was mostly based in the Mongolian capital city of Ulaanbaatar, they also passed time in living in a desert yurt – the traditional structure that has been the standard shelter for thousands of years for Mongolians living outside the few traditional city spaces. The Younkers made the decision to invest their foreign field time and energy because of strong rural experiences they had in Winner, S.D., working with farming and religious organizations. The book is full of very real life experiences – including home schooling – and graced by lovely graphics done by Laurel Springer. As always, there will be generous time for Q&A as you peer inside the world of Mongolia and the American expatriate experience in a very distant and distinct setting.

Special events - Intramural

El Club de Español

Thursdays, 2:00–4:30 p.m., Hillcrest C

Habla español? Osher’s Spanish club is for participants who have studied the present and the preterite tenses in Spanish. Beginners will meet from 2 to 3 p.m., and advanced speakers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Please call club organizer Judy Elliott at 573-424-4244 if you plan to participate in El Club de Español.

New! Diversity Book Club

Every third Thursday, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Hillcrest C

Starting on February 15 and during each month of the Osher semester, Nancy Browning, Professor Emeritus of Cultural Diversity at Lincoln University, will facilitate a book discussion centered on diversity issues. Please plan to have read the book in advance and come to the monthly meetings ready for discussion, with questions, comments, and quotes to share. February’s book is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. Future books are decided by the group and will be announced via Osher’s e-newsletter.

New! Osher Sings Club

Mondays, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Moss A

The ‘Osher Sings Chorus’ launched in Fall 2017, and now makes its debut as an official Osher club. Come and sing along just for the sheer joy of singing – no experience necessary. The group is led and accompanied by two enthusiastic MU music students, and Osher member Michael Porter remains as the group’s founder and head ‘lounge lizard.’ Join in on the fun!

Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.,
Waters House
(2104 Hillcrest Dr.)

The Travel Club, originally an Osher@Mizzou class, is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations, and deals. We’ve had presentations on extended living in a foreign country, purchasing the right camera, and the merits of traveling alone or in a group. If any of this sounds enticing, join the Travel Club at their monthly meetings. Please share your email address with sharonkinden@yahoo.com and she’ll add you to the mailing list for reminders and minutes of the topics and web resources discussed.