Special events

Summer 2019 Semester

Brown Bag Seminar Series [4 Sessions]

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Moss A
Fridays: June 8, 15, 22, 29

Brown Bag seminars are open to all Osher Premium and Basic members throughout the academic year. Semester members may attend for the semester in which they enroll. Feel free to bring some food to this “lunch & learn.” 

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye 

June 7: Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri, a Documentary about Route 66 in Missouri 

Missouri has long been a key player in the Route 66 story. Equal parts travelogue and historical narrative, Show Me 66 explores the sights and landscapes found along Route 66 in Missouri. It also examines the Show Me State’s biggest Route 66 stories from across the decades, including the road’s birth in Springfield, the effects of World War II, the road’s relationship to the Ozarks and St. Louis, its decline to the interstates and the rediscovery still taking place today. The Missouri Historical Society’s first feature-length documentary, Show Me 66 chronicles the Missouri cities, landscapes, people, and events that helped transform the highway into an internationally recognized icon. The film won the Mid-America EMMY Award for Best Historical Documentary in 2017. A copy of the film will be raffled at the end of the film. 

Instructor: Barbara Schneider has been an Osher member for almost three years, since retiring from the University of Missouri where she did marketing and admissions with the College of Business MBA program. She has become interested in Missouri history during her 30+ years living in Columbia. 

June 14: Missouri’s Conservation Legacy 

Missouri has a rich history of citizen-driven and -led conservation efforts. Today, Missouri leads the way in the conservation of fish, forest and wildlife resources, but it wasn’t always like this. From pre-settlement conditions to exploitation of wildlife and degradation of habitat, Missouri’s resources have truly come back from the brink of destruction. Learn where we’ve been, where we’re going and what challenges today’s conservation managers face. 

Instructor: Brian Flowers serves as a regional outreach and education supervisor with the Missouri Department of Conservation in 33 counties in the central and northeast portions of Missouri. He is a 1994 graduate of MU’s School of Natural Resources and a 2018 Earnest Thompson Seton award winner for his leadership and commitment to conservation. He is also the 2014 recipient of the MDC Outreach and Education Division award of achievement. Brian resides in Columbia with his wife JoAnne, loves history, hunting, fishing, floating and always enjoys exploring Missouri’s outdoors. 

June 21: Science, Science Communication and Women 

There is a long history of women is science, but there is also a long history of women being excluded from science opportunities. Even when women have been able to participate in science, their skills and contributions are often overlooked. One aspect of the life of any scientist has always been treacherous: communicating science to the public. From Galileo to Carl Sagan to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the public personality has been an anathema. For many scientists, being a science communicator implies a lack of seriousness about science. The line between translating difficult concepts and dumbing down the science is a tightrope. When we fold in the implicit/systemic bias and its role in precluding women from scientific 

endeavors, the path of scientist/communicator becomes even more difficult. Dr. Speck will discuss her role as a scientists and a science communicator and why it is important to be both - especially as a woman. 

Instructor: Angela Speck is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. 

June 28: Fasting: Ancient Secret of Health 

Simply put, fasting, in its strictest sense, is the voluntary abstinence from all food and drink, except for water, for a period of time, and reliance on the nutritional reserves of the body to sustain normal function. While some studies on fasting have included coffee, teas, juices and sometimes even drugs, fasting with water only is the most effective and safest way to fast. Humans have been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available. It has also been a part of many religions, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism. For most of history, there have not been supermarkets, refrigerators or food that was available all year round. After a brief walk through the history of fasting, this class will present some of the benefits of fasting and methods of adapting the more recently developed art of Intermittent Fasting. And, as is my usual practice at Osher, I’ll bring along a snack to help you get started with your own fasting practice. 

Instructor: Jane Smith has been a student of nutrition and lifestyle her entire adult life. She raised seven children and worked as a hospital chaplain for 25 years. She now owns Abundant Raw Life: Better Health at Any Age, where she provides health-coaching programs, webinars and online cleanses, both locally and remotely. She believes that people are bio-individual and that everyone benefits from eating more raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. 

Friday Afternoon Film Festival [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.


Take full advantage of your Osher membership and join a club, open to all current members, including Premium, Semester and Basic.

El Club de Español

Wednesdays, 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 meet from 2 to 3 p.m. and advanced speakers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Call club organizer Judy Elliott at (573) 424-4244 if you plan to participate.  

Diversity Book Club

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

Nancy Browning, professor emeritus of cultural diversity at Lincoln University, facilitates this monthly book discussion centered on diversity issues. Plan to have read the book in advance and come ready for discussion. Books are decided by the group and will be announced via Osher’s e-newsletter.  

Osher Sings Club

On hiatus for the summer

Please consider signing up for the Summer Sings 2019 class, offered in the time slot normally held for Osher Sings club: Mondays, 3 to 4:30 p.m., June 3, 10, 17 and 24. 

Travel Club

Every second Wednesday, 2:00 p.m., Hillcrest D

Travel Club is an open forum and agenda for sharing travel tips, tales, opportunities, photos, destinations and deals. If interested, please email coordinator Sharon Kinden at sharonkinden@yahoo.com.

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

Join us on the first Saturday of each month. Free for current Osher members; all others, $3 per session or $20 for 10-event punch card. 

June 1 

Rollin’ Down the River (2017) by Larry Campbell 

Sponsor: Acclaim Press 

Some 60 years ago, I (Kit) had a summer construction job prior to beginning college. A buddy and I thought we ought to float down the Mississippi and visit New Orleans (oh, the folly of youth!) We built an 8’ x 12’ raft and towed it to the Wisconsin River to begin our two weeks of vacation. We envisioned celebrating in New Orleans on Day 14. In reality, we sold our raft to a dentist in Dubuque, Iowa, and hitchhiked back to Madison, Wisc. This Book Talk will add sensible perspectives to the riverside fans of the life and landscape of the Missouri River. Author Larry Campbell made his seven-week trip from the official source in Three Forks, Mont., to its confluence with the Mississippi River not on raft, but in his “Blue Goose” sedan. Campbell’s journey is punctuated with a colorful report on the people and places he met on his river odyssey. Rollin’ Down the River takes us along the intricate course of the Missouri River and reminds us of the dynamic significance of historical river discoveries. 

July 13 

My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes (2018) by Walter Bargen 

Sponsor: “Bender, Friend of Poets” 

When introducing July’s book to Columbia Tribune readership, journalist Aarik Danielsen wrote, “Words, like ants, are capable of carrying more than their body weight. The words in Walter Bargen’s latest book, My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes, bear more than most.” Bargen—the first Missouri Poet Laureate— takes his readers through the mystery and agony of his mother’s dementia. In this sadly beautiful book, 

Bargen offers vignettes such as driving his mother to a new ‘skilled nursing facility.’ 

She turns to me and asks why I’m engaged to a six-year old. I don’t know what to say. She read it in the newspaper. She believes this is why we are traveling so far, to escape the publicity. The highway rough before bridges over creeks and rivers. The jostle and jolt cause her to grimace. She turns to me,“What are you trying to do, kill the road?” 

This volume will bring a pensive quiet to our Saturday Morning Book Talk as Bargen identifies worlds some in the audience will know too well from their own family experiences. 

August 3 

Show Me the Sinister Snowman (2017) by Carolyn Mulford 

Sponsor: Doreen Dabney 

Author Carolyn Mulford has created a provocative cottage industry of murder mysteries in her Show Me series. She has captured readers’ ongoing attention by building her mysteries around ex-CIA agent Phoenix Smith and acting Sheriff Annalynn Keyser, a duet made even more interesting by the addition of K-9 dropout Achilles. Mulford writes to “create the quirky possible rather than the highly probable.” For instance, in Sinister Snowman, a tardy keynote speaker at a campus political rally results in Phoenix playing the piano to occupy the crowd. After being dragged onstage, she asks the organizer, “Do you want me to play the white keys or the black keys?” The organizer patted her on the shoulder and replied, “Let’s be bipartisan tonight. Play both.” There is a good contest between casual and causal actions as this Mulford mystery leads us to determine how Congressman Condon died. The author will bring copies of her earlier Show Me books, as I’m certain she will gain new followers.