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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Tuesday courses

Summer 2018 Semester

One More Turn: Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw [2 SESSIONS]

9:00–10:30 a.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: June 5, 12

First serialized in Collier’s in 1898, Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw is a classic example of the fantastic, a literary subgenre that posits two equally valid explanations for the novella’s events. Did the ghost of Peter Quint really appear, or was the governess suffering a psychological breakdown? We will explore both possibilities in this two-week course. Students should have read through chapter 9 for the first session and the remainder of the novella for the second. Editions of James’s story are available in a variety of prices and formats, in print and online.

Instructor: Clarence Wolfshohl is professor emeritus of English at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo. His poetry, creative nonfiction and literary articles have appeared in many small press and scholarly journals, both in print and online. He has taught several courses at Osher.

The Wonderful World of Tea [4 SESSIONS]

10:30 a.m.–Noon, Moss B
Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Did you know that, after water, tea is the most popular drink in the world? Every month we see magazine articles extolling the benefits of drinking tea. The instructors will introduce you to various types of teas and help you learn to incorporate tea into your life. Topics will include the history of tea and its influence on the world, tea preparation/infusing, types of tea (black, green, oolong, white), health benefits of tea, tea drinking customs around the world, tea for relaxation and mindfulness and recipes for cooking with tea. Participants will have the opportunity to taste a number of different teas.

Instructors: Diane Peterson and Sharon Pauley are previous owners of Sweet P’s Teas, an online tea business. Both are avid tea drinkers and great proponents of tea for health and wellness. Peterson is a retired school library media specialist who is currently reviewing and writing historical romance. Pauley has a background in social work and is pursuing her own writing ambitions. 

Four Operas You May Not Have Seen or Heard [4 SESSIONS]

12:30–2:30 p.m., Moss B
Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Opera is an art form that has evolved and changed radically over the centuries, yet has retained a core identity, part of which is exactly its readiness to find new ways of fulfilling its mission and impact. For this course, we will view and discuss performances of works that transform earlier materials, experiment with new ways of presenting themselves and exploit new media. The operas include an adaptation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a re-conceptualized treatment of the Faust legend by Pascal Dusapin (Faustus, the Last Night), a strange new narrative of physical and spiritual transformation by George Benjamin, (Written on Skin), and an animated adaptation of a children’s tale with music of Leos Janacek. Each of these operas runs between 60 and 90 minutes, so there will be time for discussion and responses.

Instructor: Thomas F. Dillingham, Ph.D., earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his doctorate at Boston University. He was a  member of the English Department at Stephens College from 1971 to 2001 and taught English at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo., from 2002 to 2006. Upon his retirement from Central Methodist, he was designated emeritus associate professor of English. He has published essays and reviews on 18th century and contemporary poetry, folklore, mythology and science fiction.

Islam: Maker or Shaker of Peace? [4 SESSIONS]

2:30–4:00 p.m., Moss A  
Tuesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Islam is distinguished by the fact that the Muslim who must be at peace with others must also be at peace with himself. This is a necessary effect of the Muslim’s total submission to the will of God. Islam is unique in the compatibility and harmony it creates between the spiritual and material aspects of life. Muslims are unique by virtue of their complete submission to the will and command of God and are taught by the Quran to say: “It is You we worship and You we ask for help.” Bowing and prostrations are the expressions of the Muslim’s extreme humility, which is reserved for God alone and no one else.

Instructor: Rashed Nizam, MD, a graduate of Brown University, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founding director of the Mid-Missouri Eye Center in Moberly. He is a diplomat, American Board of Ophthalmology, and a fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Nizam serves on the Religious Program Advisory Committee for the Missouri Corrections Department, representing Muslims in Missouri, and is chairman, Islamic Society of North America Founders Coordination committee. He has received many awards and recognitions for his civic and professional accomplishments.