Osher Online - Winter 2021

Thursday Courses

Memoir Writing with Bill Clark: Capturing Your Past, in the Present, for the Future

Thursdays: Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4 (4 Sessions)
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

In this class, you will have the opportunity to preserve for the future four of the most memorable aspects of your life. It should be a fun journey!

This course will be handled just as we did with creative writing in the Osher fall session: your assignments will be due by Tuesday morning each week so that the Osher staff may email the submissions to your instructor and classmates on Tuesday evening for review ahead of the Thursday morning class.

The first assignment, due on Tuesday, January 12, will be to bring to life your first case of “puppy love” and relate what happened to that relationship in 250 (minimum) to 2,500 (maximum) words. The following three assignments will be determined each week by the class members.

Instructor: Bill Clark is a retired Major League Baseball scout who has written columns in Columbia on a wide variety of subjects for both The Missourian and The Columbia Daily Tribune, and now online, since 1956. He has also written a weightlifting publication for 50-plus years and contributed to various other baseball and bird-watching journals. And, he adds the alleged wisdom that should come with his 88 years on this earth. (Clark’s update in 2020: “Nothing changed. I'm still 88, but a bit wiser on Zoom.”)


Explore MU Extension Series

Thursdays: Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4 (4 Sessions)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (CST)

When you hear of the organization MU Extension, what comes to mind? For many, the first thought is of soil tests, agricultural assistance, 4-H programs, and/or food preservation. Or, you may have first thought of the Osher@Mizzou program. MU Extension offers so much more! In this four-part series, we’ll engage in discussion on four topics within the expertise of MU Extension faculty. As a Land Grant University, Extension programs connect the University of Missouri and its system to local communities around the state to solve local, emerging issues with research-based information.

Jan. 14: Public Health: For the Good of All

If you tell me what your profession is, I can almost always tell you how you are a public health worker. Public health as a discipline is focused on promoting community health and protecting populations from disease. In this session, we’ll run through a history of public health, discuss historical public health achievements that have led to our current system, and talk about the process for establishing public health standards. From protecting and preserving water sources to vaccination practices to enacting health and safety policies to controlling the spread of infectious diseases, join us as we discuss the pros and cons of public health measures and talk about how public opinion can support or slow down work to improve population health.

Instructor: Liz Harrison, MPH, CHES®, is the MU Extension Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for Boone and Howard counties. Harrison offers research-based courses for the community on topics including disease management, nutrition, food safety, mindfulness, balance and physical activity. Her background is in health planning, and she is most excited to offer programs that meet the needs and wants of the communities where she lives and works.

Jan. 21: A Public Issue Forum: How Should We Rebuild Our Economy?

With a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, attention is turning to how our nation will pick up the pieces. In this session, participants will engage in thoughtful deliberation, using a process developed by the Kettering Foundation, to explore three nonpartisan perspectives on jumpstarting the economy. Participants in deliberative forums gain a deeper understanding of specific issues and the tradeoffs of different approaches in addition to discovering common ground.

Instructor: Letitia “Tish” Johnson works as a Community Development Educator with University of Missouri Extension. She has been with Extension for 25 years, the last six in Boone County. Her niche is the intersection of two disciplines, bringing together social work’s focus on empowerment and social change with the processes of community development. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jan. 28: The Science of Learning (UPDATED 12-17-20)

Are you someone who constantly wants to learn new things?  Did you know there is a science behind how we learn? This class will explore a variety of learning theories and will focus primarily on the  Experiential Learning Model. Experiential learning employs a variety of hands-on techniques during instruction to guide learners through a “do, reflect, apply” approach. These tools can be useful in your own learning or for those who may volunteer their time with youth. Learning by doing will aid you in providing an engaging interaction with multiple audiences.

Instructor: Christal Huber, MS is an MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist.  Huber provides positive youth development programing via 4-H to youth in Boone and Howard counties. She also trains and supports 4-H volunteers in these counties. Huber specializes in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), leadership and adult education.

Feb. 4: Overindulging in Media: Depression and Anxiety (UPDATED 12-17-20)

Do you scroll thoughtlessly through social media? Is your television history a plethora of news channels? Using social media to stay connected within a social circle is one strategy to remain brain healthy; however, evidence is mounting regarding the link between social media and mental health concerns. Join us as we explore the connections with mental health, media and self-care in this digital time.

Instructor: Tina Edholm is a Field Specialist in Human Development and Family Science with University of Missouri Extension. In this role, Edholm strives to empower families through educational opportunities and by furthering community engagement. Edholm joined the University of Missouri Extension faculty in 2020. Prior to joining MU Extension, she received her Educational Specialist in Educational Technology as well as a Master’s in Family Studies from the University of Missouri.


(More) Clothes and How We Decorate Them

Thursdays: Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4 (4 Sessions)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This course is an extension of the “Why We Wear Clothes” courses offered last spring and summer through Osher. During the winter session, we will look at the ways we embellish our clothing and the accessories which, over time, we have added to our stylish outfits. Instructor Patti Doyle will cover the history of fabric modification (e.g.,dying, embroidery, beading), sewing machines, irons and lace.

With extensive illustrations in her presentations, Doyle considers the human motivation for clothing choices. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share comments and stories from their own wardrobe history.

Instructor: Patti Doyle taught costume design in theatre departments from Michigan to Utah to California before settling in Columbia and working at Stephens College, where she taught and designed costumes in the Performing Arts Department for some 35 years. She also spent many summers designing costumes at Stephens’ Okoboji Summer Theatre. Throughout her career, Doyle has shown a love of history, drama and the art of color and texture in the clothing people have chosen to wear throughout the ages.


The United States After World War II (Part Three)

Thursdays: Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4 (4 Sessions)
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Ward continues his examination of political events following World War II, beginning with the election of Richard Nixon and moving into the 1970s. The Vietnam War, Watergate, the resignation of President Nixon and the inauguration of Gerald Ford and his subsequent pardon of Nixon will be highlighted. If time allows, Jimmy Carter's presidency will also be examined.

Participants may register for Part Three without having attended the earlier sessions.

Instructor: Jay Ward was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Lexington, Mo. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University and received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. Upon retiring from medicine after 30 years, he received a master’s degree and doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Missouri.

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