Spring 2020 Semester

    • "Even at my age, I have an insatiable curiosity. Thank you for giving me a venue to discover more about so many interesting topics!"

      – Anonymous Osher Member

Registration for the Osher Spring 2020 Semester opens on Tuesday, February 25. Classes begin on Monday, March 9, for this eight-week session. Classes do not meet during MU’s Spring Break, March 23–27.


There are several ways to register, starting Tuesday, February 25.

Globe icon Register online. Online registration opens on Tuesday, February 25.

Phone icon Register by phone. Call (573) 882-8189 and staff or a volunteer will assist you with registering over the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please be prepared to pay with a credit card.

Mail icon Register by mail. View and print the Registration Form. You may fill out this form and mail it, along with payment, to the below address. Please make checks payable to the University of Missouri.

[email protected]
344 Hearnes Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

In person icon Register on-site. You may travel to our location at 1905 Hillcrest Drive to register in person. Staff will be present on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting February 25, 2020.

Scholarships are available! For more information, see our scholarship information on the About Osher page.

Scholarship information


Dates for Osher’s 2019-2020 Academic Year are the following:

(Completed) Fall 2019 Semester (8 weeks) September 9 – November 1
(Completed) Winter 2020 Semester (4 weeks) January 21 – February 17
(Upcoming) Spring 2020 Semester (8 weeks) March 9 – May 8 (No classes the week of March 23)
Summer 2020 Semester (4 weeks) June 1–29

Spring 2020 Semester at a glance

Spring Semester classes run Monday, March 9, through Friday, May 8, 2020. Classes do not meet during MU's Spring Break, March 23–27

The theme this academic year is "Innovation and Outliers: What Drives Change?" As an Osher member this semester, you can choose from more than 20 courses on a myriad of topics during this eight-week semester. In addition, Fridays at Osher will include the Arts Potpourri session (registration required), the Brown Bag Seminars, and the Friday Film Festival (open to all current members).

Two instructors teach an Osher class.
Learn Something New Politics/Current Events
  • Renewables, Reliability & Rates* (Section I: M, 9:30 a.m.; Section II: T, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Wealth Strategies ** (M, 12:30 p.m.)
  • White Oak, Whiskey and Wine * (W, 5:30 p.m.)
  • Conversational French (Th, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Nominations/Elections for Spring 2020 (T, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Wag the Dog: Foreign Policy/Domestic Politics (T, 1:30 p.m.)
  • Democracy Lab 2 (Th, 2:30 p.m.)
All Things STEM # History/Culture
  • Master Pollinator Steward Program (M, 10 a.m.)
  • Advancements in Medicine Series (M, 1 p.m.)
  • The World in 2040 (W, 10 a.m.)
  • God in the Equation: Science & Religion (W, 1 p.m.)
  • Rome & the Apostle Paul * (M, 9:30 a.m.)
  • Why We Wear Clothes (T, 10 a.m.)
  • War for Missouri, 1861-62 * (W, 10:30 a.m.)
  • Islam: Mercy to Mankind (T, 2:30 p.m.)
In-depth Discussions Course Key
  • Ephemeral Nature/Built Environment * (M, 2:30 p.m.)
  • What’s New? American Poetry (T, 12:30 p.m.)
  • TED Talks: Watch & Discuss (Th, 10 a.m.)
  • Eight Great Courtroom Dramas (Th, 1 p.m.)

# Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

*Four-week session

**Five-week session

M: Monday, T: Tuesday, W: Wednesday, Th: Thursday

For more detailed information, view the Spring 2020 Course Catalog.

View catalog


Membership benefits

All three membership types include the following benefits:

  • Access to Brown Bag Seminars, Friday Afternoon Film Festival and Saturday Morning Book Talks
  • Take part in any of the Osher Clubs
  • Joint membership between Osher and Columbia Parks and Rec 50+ Program (include an "All Access" pass to use Parks and Rec facilities for Osher functions, such as Osher Clubs, Book Talks and other groups)

Which membership is right for me? Pick from the following three options:

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    Premium Membership

    Your best value – less expensive than paying a la carte for one class per semester!

    • Enroll in unlimited Osher classes, as space allows
    • Membership last the entire academic year (August 2019 to July 2020)
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year
    • Gain Premium-only perks!
      • Bring a guest along to the Brown Bag sessions and Friday films
      • Request an MU Libraries card for the entire academic year
      • Become elegible to serve on the Osher Advisory Council
      • Receive a printed invitation to the Robert G. Silvers Seminar and other events

    Cost: $140 prorated fee for Spring Semester, plus $10 re-enrollment fee for each subsequent semester

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    Semester Membership

    Pay "by-the-course"

    • Enroll in classes in an a la carte fashion
    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the current semester only

    Cost: $20 semester fee, plus individual course fees (from $40-$60)

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    Basic Membership

    The best option for those who do not want to take classes

    • Gain MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS (above) for the entire academic year

    Cost: $40 per year