Special events

Summer 2018 Semester

The Brown Bag Seminar Series [4 SESSIONS]

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m., Moss A  
Fridays: June 8, 15, 22, 29

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

June 8: Estate Planning with Trusts

What is a trust? What are the pros and cons? Revocable or Irrevocable? This informative session will discuss the popular types of trusts that people use in their estate plans.

Instructor: Brett Barton is a frequent speaker on the topics of estate planning and nursing home planning. He is licensed in Missouri and Iowa.

June 15: Federal Wildland Fire Fighters – A Quick Job Change for National Emergencies

Learn how a federal employee may step out of his or her everyday job to take on the role of a wildland firefighter, oftentimes because of a national emergency. Tim Haller will talk about his own personal experience as a wildland firefighter in forests of the western United States, covering how the fire operation is handled in an ever-changing environment. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of helicopters for wildland fire suppression. 

Instructor: Tim Haller has been a federal park ranger for more than 30 years. Even though he’s worked with different federal agencies during that time, he’s been able to maintain a “red card,” for which he must train and pass an annual fitness-ability exam. His red-card status means he may quickly change from a ranger to a firefighter when the need arises.

[UPDATED] June 22: Green Smoothie: The Cornerstone of a Healthy Diet

Among the foundation elements of good nutrition, such as water, fresh fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens stand out as among the most important. This class will describe in detail their importance and then focus on the simplest, most effective and economical means to include them in daily eating habits – green smoothies. We’ll discuss how to make, store and enjoy them, no matter what the occasion or circumstance. Dark leafy greens – spinach, kale, collards, chard, etc. – are the most important foods in our diets, and, in our modern diets, the most missing. Learning to eat more greens, (and a salad a day is not nearly enough), is essential in creating good health and staying invigorated and energized at any age. Green smoothies are delicious and satisfying, easy to make and portable for easy access all day. Also, they’re full of flavor and a perfect arena for creativity; they can make a huge difference in your life in a relatively short period of time. Come, understand, see, learn how, create and sample green smoothies – the cornerstone of good eating.

Instructor: Jane W. Smith has been a student of nutrition and healthy living all of her adult life. She raised seven children and was a hospital chaplain for more than 20 years. She now owns Abundant Raw Life where she provides health-coaching programs and online cleanses to people of all ages and health circumstances. She emphasizes that individuals need individual diets (bio-individuality), and that everyone can benefit from eating more raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

[UPDATED] June 29: Navigating the Medicare System

This class will provide information to Medicare recipients and their families on navigating Medicare. Participants will learn how to take advantage of "CLAIM," Missouri’s state health insurance assistance program for Medicare. Trained CLAIM counselors provide free, unbiased advocacy, education and assistance to persons with Medicare and those who help them to make informed decisions about Medicare and related health insurance needs.” CLAIM is a federally funded, volunteer program to help answer your Medicare questions.

Instructor: Randy Kiser is an AmeriCorps member and a volunteer counselor with CLAIM, the State’s Health Insurance Assistance Program for Medicare.  During his career, he served on the boards of several non-profits. He retired from the AFL-CIO after thirty-five years where he held leadership and senior staff positions.  He lobbied on both the federal and state levels.   He has a degree in Government and International Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Friday Afternoon Film Festival [4 SESSIONS]

Each Friday during the semester  •  Films begin at 1:30 p.m., Moss A
Fridays: June 8, 15, 22, 29

Quality films are followed by genuinely interesting discussions. Films will be announced weekly via email and on the Facebook page for Osher@Mizzou. The Friday Afternoon Film Festival is open to all Osher members and guests of premium members.


Want to take full advantage of your Osher membership? Then join a club this summer! Clubs are open, at no charge, to all current members, including premium, semester and basic.

El Club de Español

Tuesdays, 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.

Diversity Book Club

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

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. Books are decided by the group and will be announced via Osher’s e-newsletter.

Osher Sings Club

Mondays, 3:30–4:30 p.m., Moss A

The ‘Osher Sings Chorus’ launched in Fall 2017, and has evolved into 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.,  Hillcrest D

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.

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.

June 2: Have Fun in Burma (2017) by Rosalie Metro
Sponsor: Judy Metro

Rosalie Metro’s first novel comes to our Spring Book Talks because of a dream her heroine had about an unknown locale in Burma (known as Myanmar since 1989). In the novel, Metro’s lead character imagines herself in a Burmese world, and encountering landscapes and peoples she had never known — or even thought much about. This is a fascinating novel with themes of ethnic tension, religious conflict, threats of ethnic cleansing, awkward American involvement in local political unrest, Rohingya persecution… and add to that, this is the setting George Orwell used for his 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty Four.

July 7: Edges of a Life (2017) by Greg P. Busacker 
Sponsor: Beverly Smull

I came first to know Greg Busacker’s poetry in a cultural geography class I taught for Osher some years ago. He was a tall and lean hunter-type. After some class discussion, he brought me a few evocative haikus that he had composed while passing chilly dawns in his deer stand. I invited him to bring a small collection of his work to our next class. I introduced him as “The Haiku Hunter.” Over the next few years of friendship, I found that Busacker’s vision of the world and people around him went well beyond his search for careless deer. In asking him about the origins of his poetic interest and images, he referred me to Edges of a Life. “I have often been accused//of being the product of//a misspent youth.// I would not have it// any other way.//  P.S. Would you like to shoot a game of pool?// [p 90]. This first book of his work suggests that there is more poetry in the quiet of his mind. This collection will not only be evocative summer reading but his words will demand a place in your thoughts again and again.

September 8: Travels into our Past, Vol. 1, 2 (2017) by Wayne P. Anderson & Carla Lee Anderson
Sponsor: Compass Flower Press

In 1988 retired MU psychologist Wayne Anderson crafted a trajectory that many academics dream about, but very, very few achieve. He became a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune and began — with his wife, Carla Lee Anderson — a new Tribune feature called “Venture Bound.” In just 20 years this series has produced several hundred columns on domestic as well as foreign travel. The Andersons visit not only formal museums and tourist venues, but they dissect ordinary and extraordinary landscapes as well. For Wayne’s September Book Talk, I asked him to select a book title or two that would serve as a platform to use in talking about a serious writing and travel life motivated by their travel ambitions and writing discipline. Travels into our Past — the two volumes Wayne will speak of — are filled with photographs and classic Anderson assessments of ‘what’s out there.’ Both Wayne and Carla will be on hand to respond to Q & As.