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

Spring 2018 Semester

Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education [4 SESSIONS]

9:00–10:30 a.m., Moss A
Thursdays: March 15, 22; April 5, 12

At Edward Jones, we believe financial education is an important step in helping you achieve a better future. That is why our Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education offers clear and practical investing education in a convenient and comfortable format. By attending our workshop, you’ll gain a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing and also learn specific strategies to help reach your long-term goals.

March 15: Foundations of Investing

Whether you are a new investor or need a refresher, building your investor IQ starts with understanding the basics: the importance of developing a strategy, the impact of asset allocation and the influence of inflation on your long-term goals.

March 22: Retirement: Making Your Money Last

What type of lifestyle do you want in retirement? You’ll need a strategy to help you fulfill your retirement expectations, focusing on providing not only for your income needs today but also well into the future. Includes inflation, health care expenses and market volatility.

April 5: Ready or Not? Preparing for the Unexpected

Life is full of surprises. You probably prepare for potentially unpleasant, unexpected events. A job loss, extended disability or loss of a family member can profoundly impact your family’s financial situation. During this presentation, you’ll learn how to develop a proactive strategy to protect your family.

April 12: Preparing Your Estate Plan

Estate planning is easy to put off, but it’s vitally important. Proper planning helps prepare a secure future for yourself and for generations to come: what to consider when creating a will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning, how to reduce estate taxes and how insurance can help protect your family.

Instructor: JR Lawless, AAMS, CFP, began his Edward Jones career in Versailles in 2003 and has served Columbia investors since 2005. He became a principal with the firm in 2016, serving in regional leadership positions and garnering awards for client service excellence. A native of Marshall, Lawless graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Washington University. Lawless was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and deputy program manager for the Korean F-16 Fighter Program.

Our Changing World in the Next 25 Years [8 SESSIONS]

10:00–11:30 a.m., Moss B
Thursdays: March 15, 22; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

Wayne Anderson will discuss the following topics, all related to Osher’s theme this academic year of change:

  • March 15: Elon Musk, Tesla, China and GM: the end of gas stations.
  • March 22: Bill & Melinda Gates and Oprah Winfrey: the end of bacterial illness and illiteracy in the third world.
  • April 5: Craig Venter, Drew Endy, human DNA modification: the end of inherited illnesses and defects.
  • April 12: Jeff Bezos and Amazon, Jack Ma and Alibaba: the end of stores and malls as we know them.
  • April 19: Kevin Carey, Ryan Craig and Google: the end of lectures, text books and colleges as we know them.
  • April 26: Tim Cook, Apple, artificial intelligence and the reprogramming of the human brain.
  • May 3: Norman Borlaug and the green revolution: restoring and recreating what we eat.
  • May 10: Al Gore and Bjorn Lomborg: the struggle with Global Warming consequences.

Instructor: Wayne Anderson is professor emeritus of psychology at MU; he retired in 1995. Wayne was a team member for the International Center for Psychosocial Trauma from 1995 to 2011, making 26 trips into trauma zones; from 1995 to 2012, he taught an MU honors class in human sexuality and taught a capstone course in criminal justice at Columbia College; since 1996 he’s written a weekly travel column for the Columbia Daily Tribune and has taught two courses per year for Osher since 2004.

Systems and Citizens: Monitoring and Managing Social Change [8 SESSIONS]

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: March 15, 22; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

This course will look at the roles both systems and citizens play in shaping the changes that affect our lives and communities. We will consider these issues through the lens of three books: Evicted by Matthew Desmond (poverty and housing), Dreamland by Sam Quinones (the opioid crisis) and Dark Money by Jane Mayer (politics and money). Classes will use interactive and structured small-group dialogues as we explore each book. Topics to be discussed for each book will include the systems that affect individual and community choices and their drivers, opportunities for citizens to monitor and affect those systems and how what we are learning can be used to affect change in our own community.

Instructor: Sarah J. Read has more than 25 years of experience in resolving complex issues as an attorney, mediator, facilitator and consultant. Sarah has taught Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the MU School of Law, and is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to civic engagement. Ms. Read received her B.A. Degree, cum laude, from Yale University and her Juris Doctorate degree with the Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin.

Life Choices from Existential Perspectives: Kierkegaard and Sartre [8 SESSIONS]

1:00–2:30 p.m., Hillcrest C
Thursdays: March 15, 22; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

This course will consider a number of basic choices in life that affect a person’s existence and consider what existentialist philosophers had to say about them. The choices include religious faith; whether always to do what one’s conscience demands; to whom or what should one be loyal; when one should use violence and when abstain from it; whether one should be honest throughout life about who and what she or he is; and how one should face death. The existentialists included Soren Kierkegaard and Friedrich Nietzsche in the 19th Century and Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir in the 20th. We will consider the views of Kierkegaard and Sartre, in particular, because they have much to say that is debated by reflective people; one was a theist and the other an atheist, so they disagred with one another on many important issues.

Instructor: John Kultgen received a B.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Texas and University of Chicago and taught at Oregon State University and Southern Methodist before coming to University of Missouri, where he taught for 40 years before retiring in 2007. At MU, John taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on ethics and social issues and Existentialism, having published books and essays in both topic areas.

Culturally Significant American Films of the 1970s [8 SESSIONS]

1:30–4:00 p.m., Moss A
Thursdays: March 15, 22; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

In this eight-part series, we will review key historical and cultural events of the 1970s and the impact they had on the filmmakers and their films.

Instructor: John Blakemore spent 11 years in the advertising agency business in New York City, Detroit, and St Louis, managing the Coca- Cola Export, Gillette International, Buick Motor Division, and Ralston Purina accounts in one capacity or another. He ran his own advertising and public relations firm in Columbia for 11 years. He also spent 19 years as a professor of mass communication at Stephens College. As department chair, he created the film and the Marketing: Advertising and Public Relations majors. He currently serves on the Osher@Mizzou Advisory, Outreach and Development committees and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri board.

Advanced Energy Medicine: A Deep Dive into the Chakras [8 SESSIONS]

2:00–4:00 p.m., Moss B
Thursdays: March 15, 22; April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

In this course we will take a deep dive into the chakra system as another pathway to the integration of body/mind/spirit, to further connect to health, healing and a deeper understanding of your innate gifts and talents. Please review the ‘Chakra’ Chapter in Donna Eden’s book, Energy Medicine, as this course starts where that chapter ends. After the closing ceremony of our final class, we will carry on our potluck-lunch tradition. Prerequisite: Students must have taken the Introduction to Energy Medicine course or currently practice Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine on a regular basis and be familiar with the information in her book, Energy Medicine.

Instructor: Karen R. Onofrio, M.D., EEM-CP, artist and retired pathologist, continues to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the human body and human spirit. She is an Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner, Authorized Energy Medicine for Women Class Instructor, Usui Reiki Master, a Free Soul Instructor and a HealthRhythms trained facilitator. She takes Wisdom Healing Qigong classes from Master Mingtong Gu.