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.

Contact Osher@Mizzou

Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Thursday courses

Summer 2019 Semester

Math is Not a 4-Letter Word! [4 Sessions]

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Moss B 
Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

Mathematics is so much more (and more fun) than times tables, long division by paper/pencil, arbitrary movement of decimal points and seemingly random and arbitrary ‘rules.’ This course will explore these differences in a light-hearted, hands-on AND FUN manner. NO ONE will be uncomfortable at any time and EVERYONE will have a good time and learn some interesting facts, distinctions, shortcuts and practical uses of mathematics. No prerequisite is required for this course; it should appeal to both math-phobics and math enthusiasts. Furthermore, prior attendees in a similar course (Spring ‘18) will also enjoy the course as a Part Two. There are so many topics, problems, brain teasers and other fun material to explore that everyone – at all levels – should have fun (in a ‘safe’ environment). Some likely topics: Course Review, Overview, and Preview; Guaranteed Fun: Brain Teasers, Games, Puzzling Problems, Patterns, and Other Goodies (new goodies, as well as old favorites, will be explored); Exploration and Examination of Our Fun sessions (with emphasis on how these things affect (as in hinder or help) our learning of practical mathematics – what are ‘basic skills’ anyway?!) 

Instructor: Larry Campbell spent his professional career working as a mathematics professor, split equally (17 years each) between the College of the Ozarks and Missouri State University. Since retirement, he has been running AfterMath Enterprises LLC, an umbrella organization for a variety of activities. He also puts out a (free) photo sharing e-mail blog which combines his photography hobby with several other Monday morning brighteners and tidbits for the week. 

Woodstock, Fifty Years Later: A Conversational Look Back [4 Sessions]

10:30 – Noon, Moss A 
Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

“If you remember where you were in the 60s, you weren’t at Woodstock!” said Osher instructor and storyteller, Larry Brown. That may be, but those of us who were not there (but were alive and the right age to have wished we were there) learned a lot about ourselves in that age and what we hoped to be. As a group, we will ponder all the input, questions and answers we lived through. This class will include, but not ultimately be about, the Academy Award-winning movie. So much more happened and influenced us that the conversation will cover much more than just Woodstock. June 6: The sign of the times that made Woodstock a happening; June 13: The people that made Woodstock a happening; June 20: The music that made Woodstock a happening; June 27: The life events and stories we have taken from the era of Woodstock that are still happening. 

Instructor: Steve Heying grew up in the 60s, graduating high school in 1969, got his first hawk in falconry that year, and started college that year, and was born a February Aquarian (age of Aquarius and all that baggage!). “I hope to just be a facilitator of this course and not an ‘instructor!’” 

A Century of Notable Anniversaries [8 Sessions]

1 – 3:00 p.m., Moss A 
Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

Help celebrate the anniversaries of four significant U.S. programs and events by learning more about their illustrious histories, as well as hearing status updates and looking to the future. 

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye 

June 6: 100th Anniversary Passage of 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Learn about efforts in Missouri to bring this about. On a hot, sticky June day in St. Louis, thousands of women lined Locust Street wearing sashes inscribed “Votes for Women.” They stood in the heat for hours while the Democratic delegates marched past on their way from the Jefferson Hotel to the Convention Center. It was 1916, and the women were “the most interesting part of a dull convention,” according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. This “golden lane” was one of the final chapters in a St. Louis suffrage saga that began before the Civil War. 

Instructor: Margot McMillen is a writer and farmer living in Callaway County. She is retired from Westminster College. Her book, The Golden Lane: How Missouri Women Gained the Vote and Changed History, was published by the History Press in 2011. 

June 13: 75th Anniversary Appalachian Spring Ballet and Music 

Come learn about the creation of the Appalachian Spring Ballet for Martha Graham, with music by Aaron Copland. Clips of the ballet will be shown. 

Instructor: Ken Braso is the rehearsal director of Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Ken came to Columbia with over 30 years of professional dance experience. He was a featured dancer with Southern Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Boca Ballet, Chattanooga Ballet, Cincinnati Opera Ballet, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and Walt Disney Productions. Ken retired after the completion of a long tenure with the Louisville Ballet. 

June 20: 50th Anniversary In the Shadow of the Moon 

In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. The 2007 British documentary film, In the Shadow of the Moon, features interviews with ten of the surviving astronauts of the successful Apollo program. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Occasional supplementary information is presented on screen with text and archival television footage presenting the words of journalists, such as Jules Bergman and Walter Cronkite. Critics gave the film very positive reviews. The Los Angeles Times called the film a “fresh and compelling film, made with intelligence and emotion.” The Hollywood Reporter concluded that “the value of this film, not just to moviegoers today but to future generations, is simply enormous.” In the Shadow of the Moon received thunderous ovations at the 2007 True/False Film Fest. If you saw the film then, you will want to view it again as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of that momentous event. 

Instructor: Sharon Kinden, world traveler. 

June 27: 25th Anniversary Mobility Worldwide (originally called the PET Project) 

Mobility Worldwide, originally called the PET Project (for Personal Energy Transportation), has been making three-wheeled, hand-cranked carts and distributing them to people with a mobilitiy disability in developing countries all over the world for 25 years. More than 75,000 of these carts have been given to people who prior to receiving the carts had crawled on the ground, sometimes for many years. Their lack of mobility had reduced many of these people to being beggars and dependent on others to provide for them. After being lifted off the ground and given the gift of mobility, many cart recipients begin or return to a productive life of dignity: they can return to school, go to church and the markets, visit friends. Many begin a business or provide services to others. In this session, we will trace the history of this project and its prospects for the future. 

Instructor: Jeff Moran has been a volunteer with Mobility Worldwide for more than eight years, and has been on mobility cart distribution trips to Guatemala and Kenya. Prior to retirement, he worked at the University of Missouri for more than 25 years as a researcher at the School of Medicine and as the science/math editor at the Assessment Resource Center. 

A Matter of Balance [8 Sessions]

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Hillcrest D
Twice weekly, on Mondays and Thursdays: June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 

Limit of 15 students. 

As the No. 1 cause of injuries and death from injury, falls threaten the independence of older adults and often prove costly, as well. A Matter of Balance helps adults 60 years old and up realize that falls — and the fear of falling — are controllable. The program provides information on ways to change your environment to limit risk factors that contribute to falling, and will help you find strength and balance exercises to reduce your chances of falling. 

This award-winning program may be for you if you: 

  • Are concerned about falls 
  • Have fallen in the past 
  • Restrict activities because you’re worried about falling 
  • Are interested in improving your flexibility, balance and strength 
  • Are at least 60 years old, ambulatory and able to problem solve 

Join us to learn the steps you can take to prevent falls and continue enjoying your favorite activities. 

Instructors: Kelsey Weitzel is an assistant Extension professor in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She has been a certified exercise physiologist for five years and helps manage the University of Missouri Extension exercise programs. She loves to help others improve their health and fitness. She lives with her husband in Columbia, but is originally from Iowa. 

Judith Mutamba obtained her B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics at MU and a masters in Medical Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden. Judith served 20 years as a dietitian, public health nutritionist and deputy director of national nutrition in the Ministry of Health & Child Welfare, Zimbabwe. Judith is an intern with Columbia/ Boone County Health Department as she completes her M.S. in Nutrition, Exercise & Physiology at MU. Judith believes in lifelong learning and is dedicated to working with older adults in promoting healthy lifestyles. 

Kristin Miller is an assistant Extension professor in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She manages some of state-wide Nutrition and Health programs for University of Missouri Extension. She has a passion for helping others live their healthiest life and enjoys being active. She is from Ashland, Mo., where she currently lives with her husband, Kyle, and daughter, Anna.

Apollo Moon Landing Potpourri: Physics, Culture – and Moon Rocks! [4 Sessions]

5:30 - 7:00 p.m., 215 Tate Hall on the MU Campus 
Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27

Limit 60 students.

June 6: Engineering Challenges of Apollo 11: Getting to the Moon 

MU professor – and real-life rocket scientist – Craig Kluever will present an overview of the Apollo 11 moon landing, including descriptions of mission-critical events, such as launch, injection to lunar orbit, reaching lunar orbit, landing, ascent from the moon and return to Earth. This first class will focus on the trip from Earth to the moon, and will include topics such as the Saturn V rocket, space navigation, and the lunar landing. This mission was conducted on a massive scale; Professor Kluever will help us make sense of the enormity of the event. [Note: For those of you who attended Kluever’s Brown Bag presentation in Fall 2018, this will be a good refresher; Dr. Kluever will also include additional details.] 

Instructor: Craig Kluever is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and has been with MU since 1993. Prior to joining MU, he worked as an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Dr. Kluever has performed research for NASA, Aerojet and SpaceX in the areas of orbital mechanics and space mission design. He recently completed the textbook Space Flight Dynamics, published by Wiley & Sons. 

June 13: Wishing for the Moon: Apollo 11 and the American Cultural Imagination 

This session will invite students to share their own memories and artifacts of the moon landing as it draws attention to the films, literature and other cultural forms that have shaped the Apollo 11 mission in the American imagination. 

Instructor: Nancy West teaches cultural studies and film studies at The University of Missouri. She writes about a wide variety of subjects including film noir, photography, historical fiction, adaptation, and television drama. She is currently writing a cultural history of the TV show, Masterpiece Theatre. 

June 20: The Moon Landing as Represented at the Missouri State Capitol and Museum 

This program will highlight two resources that are associated with the Missouri State Capitol and Missouri State Museum. 

  • Robert Heinlein, sci-fi writer, was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2016. John Peterson will discuss how his work inspired the astronauts, scientists, and engineers who led Moon and Space exploration. Heinlein was on TV with Walter Kronkite during the Apollo 11 landing, and in 1988, NASA posthumously awarded him its Distinguished Public Service Medal. 
  • On July 20th, 1969 Apollo 11 fulfilled John F. Kennedy’s vision of landing men on the moon before the end of the decade. During this mission, 47.5 pounds of lunar material was collected by astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong for scientific study. However, small samples of lunar material were presented as goodwill gifts to all of the States and countries around the world. Lucas Schwartze will recap the Apollo mission and discuss the lunar samples that were gifted to the State of Missouri as well as what was learned from the samples brought back by our first visit to a foreign celestial body. 

Instructors: John Peterson grew up as many kids did at the time fascinated by Space exploration and an avid reader of science fiction. Although he is too young to remember the Apollo 11 landing, he does remember subsequent landings. John is an Interpretive Resources Specialist with the Missouri State Museum. He holds a BS and an MA in anthropology, and a BA in history. 

Lucas Schwartze has been an Interpretive Resource Specialist with the Missouri State Museum for three years, providing interpretation on a variety of topics relevant to Missouri’s history and natural resources. Lucas obtained a BA in archeology from Washington University in St. Louis, and a MA in anthropology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

June 27: Engineering Challenges of Apollo 11: Returning to Earth 

Dr. Kluever will continue his presentation, this time focusing on the “really tricky bits” that were essential for Apollo 11’s return to the Earth, such as rendezvous in lunar orbit, communicating with the onboard computer and the re-entry guidance system’s reliance on extremely crude computers and clever math. 

Instructor: Craig Kluever is a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and has been with MU since 1993. Prior to joining MU, he worked as an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle program. Dr. Kluever has performed research for NASA, Aerojet and SpaceX in the areas of orbital mechanics and space mission design. He recently completed the textbook Space Flight Dynamics, published by Wiley & Sons.