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

Winter 2018 Semester

Literary Makeovers: The Theme of Metamorphosis [4 SESSIONS]

9:00–10:30 a.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Jan 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13

Change is a constant in literature (and coincides with Osher’s theme this year of ‘understanding change’). Characters undergo psychological changes as part of the novel’s trajectory. Some undergo physical changes — even to fantastic degrees. We will look at four such metamorphoses: the protagonist changes into a giant bug in Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, into a nose in Nikolai Gogol’s The Nose, into a salamander in Julio Cortazar’s Axolotl, and into a mammary gland in Phillip Roth’s The Breast. All of these are available in inexpensive editions, in collections, or free on the internet.

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.  His latest published work of poetry is the e-book Scattering Ashes, from Virtual Artists Collective. 

Passive-Aggressive Behavior: Sabotaging Work and Love [4 SESSIONS]

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13

Passive-aggressive behaviors are often employed as defenses, particularly in the areas of work and love. Many use such defenses, if only occasionally, to attempt to navigate relationships, avoid negative feelings, and/or exert influence where doing so seems difficult. This course will identify these behaviors, their origins in personality development, and means to recognize and address them.

Instructor: Cindy Claycomb is a licensed psychologist retired from clinical practice.

Three Poets, Eleven Poems Each: Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks [4 SESSIONS]

1:00–2:30 p.m., Moss A
Tuesdays: Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13

While it is dangerous to repeat a cliché, I will risk it here:  sometimes, less is more. For this course, we will explore small selections of each of three great American poets. For the opening class, one poem by each of the three will be the focus of an introductory discussion. In the three following weeks of the course, I will supply ten poems by each of the poets, and we will read and discuss them with plenty of time for exploration, re-examination, open-ended thought. The point of the small selection is to assure that we have time for attention to details and depth. The three poets are distinctly different in historical context, style, and poetic strategies, but each has achieved comparable stature.

Instructor: Thomas F. Dillingham, Ph.D., taught in the Stephens College English Department, 1971–2001; he also taught English at Central Methodist University, 2002–2006, and was designated Emeritus Associate Professor of English when he retired. He has published many reviews and scholarly essays on contemporary American poetry, science fiction, and 18th Century poetry.