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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Email or call 573-882-8189.

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

Wednesday courses

Spring 2019 Semester

Developing Effective Stories for Climate Change Policy [8 Sessions]

9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Moss B 
Wednesdays: March13, 20; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8

Competing stories underlie and drive public action. As recent reports make clear, no public issue requires immediate action more than climate change and its accompanying effects. While those hesitant about or resistant to the climate change “story” may not support equated actions, studies indicate that “stories” about specifics directed toward existing personal concerns can resonate and generate more support and participation. This course will (1) review the role of stories in public action; (2) outline particular problems posed by and responses proposed to climate change related to water and food availability/accessibility; energy sources/ returns/new demands; physical/mental health; internal/ external migrations; infrastructure; crime; institutional adjustments; and economies; and (3) discuss possible narratives to persuade those not otherwise engaged in potential action to join those actively involved to address those issues and/or overcome continuing opposing narratives. Participants will exchange ideas about the best “stories” regarding those issues and how to tell them so that the issues can be met most effectively. In a policy action exercise, they will also brainstorm a plan/design for a “time dollars” program as a possible response to future community problems related to climate change. 

Instructor: Mike Connelly has had careers in academe, state policy administration and policy consulting as well as board memberships on local, state and national levels. His most recent consulting work with the National Institute of Corrections focused on making agencies and their staffs aware of and resilient in the face of coming climate change impacts. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri. 

Storied [8 Sessions]

10:00 a.m. – Noon, Moss A 
Wednesdays: March13, 20; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8

This course will be a storytelling “concert series,” featuring nearly all original stories performed by Larry Brown. Ten to 12 stories will be presented in each session, around a central theme, with some time for explanations and discussion. 

Instructor: Larry Brown is a retired MU assistant professor of human geography, having earned a Ph.D. in policy studies, an M.A. in geography, a Masters of Divinity, and a B.A. in sociology. Larry is a professional storyteller and an ordained minister with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a frequent presenter on topics of cultural and political geography, Missouri history, and religious studies.  

The Lives and Music of Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy [8 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss A 
Wednesdays: March13, 20; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8

This music history course will feature the study of music composed by two remarkable musicians: Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy. Lectures will detail composer biography, musical styles, genres, instrumentation and forms as this course will include the detailed study of two prominent works: Liederkreis, op. 24 by Robert Schumann and the String Quartet in G Minor, op. 10 by Claude Debussy. These works will be featured inthe upcoming chamber music concert on May 3, 2019, sponsored by the Odyssey Chamber Music Series. 

Instructor: Alison Robuck teaches at Central Methodist University and for the Missouri Symphony Conservatory, and is president of the Midwest Double Reed Society and vice president for Odyssey Chamber Music Series. She has performed for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the Champaign- Urbana Symphona, among others. She has performed solo and chamber concerts in Prague and was invited to perform oboe recitals at the International Double Reed Society conventions in New York, Tokyo, and Columbus, Georgia.