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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Wednesday courses

Spring 2018 Semester

Digital Photography: Landscapes and Nightscapes [8 SESSIONS]

9:30–11:00 a.m., Hillcrest C
Wednesdays: March 14, 21; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9

The digital revolution has opened up amazing vistas for all photographers, professional and amateur alike. Recent generations of digital cameras, including even the camera phone, have made it possible to create images considered impossible only a few years ago. In this course we will examine how digital cameras (DSLR, all-in-one and camera phone) can be used to create spectacular landscapes and nightscape photos. We will also take a look at software to manage and improve these images after they are made.

Instructor: Val Germann bought his first decent camera in 1966 and has been lugging photographic equipment around ever since. He developed his first roll of black/white film in the 100-degree heat of the Mekong Delta, in 1969, and began making large landscape prints in Germany the following year, all while serving in the U.S. Army. Val strongly considered photojournalism as a career but retired from teaching a few years ago. He and his wife, Marla, have lived in Columbia for more than 40 years.

Math is Not a Four-Letter Word [4 SESSIONS]

10:00–11:30 a.m., Moss B
Wednesdays: March 14, 21; April 4, 11

Mathematics, like death, gets bad press. Part of this confusion stems from a misunderstanding of the true natures of mathematics and arithmetic. 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 those differences in a wide-ranging, light-hearted, hands-on AND FUN manner. Brain teasers and games will open the door to re-capturing and building our confidence to attack and solve real-world problems using the tools at our disposal. 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. The number of course sections for each of the following topics will be flexible, and partly determined by special interests and input from enrollees: A) What Is Math Anyway, and Why Is It so Hated? B) Guaranteed Fun: Brain Teasers, Games, Puzzling Problems, Patterns and Other Goodies. C) Exploration and Examination of our Fun Session(s) - What Are ‘Basic Skills,’ Anyway?! D) Interesting (and Weird!) Mathematicians, and Stories About Them.

Instructor: Larry Campbell spent his 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. Besides doing talks and workshops for civic/ community groups and schools, 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. He also writes a bi-weekly educational column for the Springfield News-Leader.

Understanding Behavior and Change Through Trans-State Induction Theory [8 SESSIONS]

10:30 a.m.–Noon, Moss A
Wednesdays: March 14, 21; April 4, 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9

Who am I? Why do I behave the way I do? Why is it so difficult to change? Trans-State Induction Theory is a meta-theory that draws concepts from a variety of psychological and philosophical sources to answer these questions and to help individuals effect change. The course will explore how we conceptualize ourselves and each other, how we can get stuck in non-productive patterns of thought and behavior and how we can free ourselves to become more independent, more creative and more mature.

Instructor: Cindy Claycomb is a licensed psychologist, retired from clinical practice. She is trained in Trans-State Induction Theory and has used it as a basis for conducting psychotherapy for twenty years.

Rollin’ Down the River: Exploring the Mighty Missouri River [4 SESSIONS]

1:00–2:30 p.m., Moss B
Wednesdays: March 14, 21; April 4, 11

This course is based on the instructor’s 2016 seven-week exploration trip (by car) down the entire Missouri River, from official source in Three Forks, Mont., to its confluence with the Mississippi near St. Louis. By the time of the course’s completion, a wide variety of the River’s personality and make-up will be explored. The course should be of interest to everyone, from armchair travelers to history buffs, with scenery, photography, geography, the River’s people, and much more, thrown in for good measure. Course content will likely include (though perhaps not be limited to) a variety of topics, such as: A) General Overview of the Trip and the Course; B) Itinerary: Cities Along the River; B1) The Four State Capitals and Capitols; C) Adventures and Special Sites & Sights; D) Human Treasures: People and Stores Along the River; E) In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark; F) The Paradox: A Cultural Divide and a Connector of Peoples. The number of course sections for each topic above will be determined by course length and format, as well as by special interests and input from enrollees.

Instructor: Larry Campbell.

A Window into Palestine [4 SESSIONS]

2:00–4:00 p.m., Moss A
Wednesdays: April 18, 25; May 2, 9

In the last two decades, a rich array of distinctly Palestinian feature-length films have come to worldwide attention – the work of masterful directors and screenwriters, such as Annemarie Jacir and Hany Abu-Assad, and accomplished actors, such as Hiam Abbass, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri and Ali Suliman. We have chosen a series of four films whose art illuminates the Palestinian people and their historic homeland – what is now Israel, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza— in marvelously diverse styles, from delicate, goodhumored satire to elegiac melancholy to shocking abuse and violence to matter-of-fact documentary narration, frequently seamlessly sewn together within the same film. The dispossession of the Palestinian people over the last 70 years is the subtext of all the films, but for most of them that subtext is overlaid by a compelling story with its own independent dramatic integrity. We have excluded shrilly, polemical works. A short introduction to each film that provides essential background and points to key markers of the filmmaker’s skill will be posted and distributed ahead of time. There will be time after each screening for participants to express their reactions to the films.

Instructors: Nancy F. Browning is an emeritus professor of cultural diversity at Lincoln University of Missouri. Nancy has a wide-ranging interest in social justice. She is the secretary for Mid-Missourians for Justice in Palestine (MJP). In her retirement, she takes and teaches Osher classes, edits freelance and writes children’s books.

George P. Smith is an emeritus professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, with a long-standing interest in the politics and modern history of Palestine and Israel. He is a member of MJP and Jewish Voice for Peace.

Jalal El-Jayyousi is a Palestinian American. He is a member of MJP, a local grassroots group whose mission is to educate Mid-Missourians about the need for justice for the Palestinians. In 1967, Jalal and his family had to leave their homeland when Israel occupied the West Bank of the Jordan River in Palestine. He grew up in Jordan before coming to the University of Missouri for graduate studies. He works as an environmental engineer.