Institute for Mature Learning

Current Courses

Second Quarter 2015 – IML Courses

1st Tue each Month - Meet at 12:30 for lunch at Findlay Student Center

May 5– Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at Commons for Lunch

The Problem of Homelessness by Dr. Paul Rollinson, MSU Professor of Geography, Geology and Planning
Homelessness is a problem found in many cities including Springfield. Dr. Rollinson will share his research findings about the problem in Springfield, Kansas City and Chicago and possible solutions to this timely problem.

May 12 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Transforming Lives and Enriching our Community through the Arts by Leslie Forrester, Executive Director Springfield Regional Arts Council.
Ms. Forrester will discuss the Springfield Arts Council and what they do for our community.

May 19 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Spiritual leader of Springfield’s Jewish Community by Rabbi Block
Rabbi Barbara Block will share with us her views on the nature of Judaism and related topics.

May 26 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Drury Professor of Economics Dr. Steve Mullins will discuss energy prices and pollution.
Dr. Mullins has done a great deal of research about energy prices and pollution and will share some of his findings.

June 2 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at University Plaza for Lunch

Survivor by David Stoecker Recovered Drug Abuser
David Stoecker is a recovered drug abuser and meth cook. Now in middle-age, married, father and college graduate, he is working to rebuild his life and help others rebuild theirs.

June 9 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Brian Fogle President of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Springfield’s Community Foundation of the Ozarks manages over $200 million as it supports non-profits that are helping address some of our area’s most pressing social problems. Mr. Fogle will share with us what is the CFO, what it does and what it is hoping to do in the future. 

June 16 – Meet at 2:00 PM in the Lobby of the Hammons School of Architecture

Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Fine Arts Division at Drury
From Professor Bruce Moore’s more than 30 years of experience in the field, he will share his views on the field of architecture and its impact on our lives.

June 23 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Dr. Tom Dicke, Professor of History at Missouri State
Perhaps no one today knows more about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, its impact and devastation than researcher, author and teacher Tom Dicke. He will share with us what he has learned about this terrible epidemic.

June 30 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

“Conversing with the Biblical Narratives”, by Dr. Victor Matthews, MSU Professor of Religious Studies
The biblical text is filled with conversations. Several of these will be discussed to open up how the characters addressed each other and the social context of their text.

July 7 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at University Plaza for Lunch

Miss Texas’s Blue Jackets by Todd Wilkinson
While most folks remember the Alamo, few today realize that Texas was a sea-going country as well. Todd will spin yarns and tell of the Republic of Texas Navy’s efforts to defend the Lone Star Republic at sea.

July 14 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Walter and Laura Cowart will present a China Travelogue.
This will be a presentation of a recent China trip complete with pictures.

July 21 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Susan Sommer-Luarca, Artist
Susan will make a presentation showing some of her work as an artist and
tell us about her path to becoming an artist.

July 28 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Dr. Mark Rushefsky, MSU Professor of Political Science.
Author of one of the most widely read books on health care; he will share his views on health care in America.


 

First Quarter 2015 – IML Courses

1st Tue each Month - Meet at 12:30 for lunch at Findlay Student Center

Feb 3 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at Commons for Lunch

Staying Active – by Dustin Cox DPT
Finding actives to activate our lives through every stage.

Feb 10 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Sharia law by Dr. Jack Llewellyn, MSU Professor of Religious Studies
What is the role of the traditional Islamic law in the modern world?

Feb 17– Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

“Conversing with the Biblical Narratives”, by Dr. Victor Matthews, MSU Professor of Religious Studies
The biblical text is filled with conversations. Several of these will be discussed to open up how the characters addressed each other and the social context of their text.

Feb 24– Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

The role and function of colonial militia from 1607 to 1775. - By Dr. William Piston, Missouri State Professor of History
Dr. Piston discusses the colonial militia as a source of confidence and nationalism on the eve of the American Revolution.

Mar 3 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at Commons for Lunch

“New Beginnings at War’s End: Napoleon’s Waterloo at 200 and Lincoln’s Appomattox at 150” by Dr. Brian M. DeToy, Essential History Expeditions 2015 marks the bicentennial of the end of the Napoleonic epoch at Waterloo and the sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s triumph in the American Civil War.

Mar 10 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Quinine, Malaria, Gin and Tonic, by Paul Gill, MD
A bittersweet history … Any lessons for the 21st century?

Mar 17 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

“Performances of my life” by Dr. Robert Bradley MSU Professor of Theater
What makes some performances special, magical and memorable in theatre, music, dance and other moments in life? Some moments that I treasure along with funny and interesting stories about the people involved.

Mar 24 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Diabetes-Current understanding of pathology, diagnosis, and treatment, by Dr. Paul Durham, MSU Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
What is diabetes type I and II, how is it diagnosed, the disease progression monitored, and what are the latest treatments?

Mar 31 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Cheryl Clay, President of the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP
Ms. Clay will share her views on the nature of the relationship between and within the Black population of Springfield and the rest of the city and between the Black community and the justice system in Springfield.

Apr 7 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at Commons for Lunch

The 53d season of Tent Theater by Michael Casey
The benefits of being an “Equity” theatre.

Apr 14 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

“The Extraordinary Life of Rose O’Neill” by Dr. Erin Kenny and Dr.Katherine Gilbert Drury Professors of English
Rose O’neill led an exciting and highly unconventional life as a highly paid illustrator, bohemian ex-patriot and suffragette.

Apr 21– Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Dr. Bernard J. McCarthy, MSU Professor of Criminology, Director of the Community and Social Issues Institute and Coordinator for the Master of
Science in Administrative Studies program in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security.
United States border security, illegal immigration, cyber security, antiterrorism strategies and the threat posed by ISIL.

Apr 28 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Dr. Dennis Hickey, MSU Director, Graduate Program in Global Studies and the James F. Morris Professor of Political Science
The ongoing dispute between the People’s Republic of China (Taiwan) and Japan over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea. Why does
the U.S. not recognize Japanese ownership of the territory.


Second Quarter 2014 – IML Courses

1st Tue each Month - Meet at 12:30 for lunch at Findlay Student Center

May 6 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM Meet at Commons for Lunch

“Oh la la, Paris!!!”
Dr. Mike Carlie will take us on a tour of beautiful Paris, France with all of its famous museums, architecture, markets, transportation systems, artists, street life and much more.

May 13 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center

Prevention of Falls
Dustin Cox, DPT will teach how to learn safer ways to fall into summer.

May 20 – Meet at Jordan Valley (Roy Blunt) Innovation Center

An Introduction to the Jordan Valley Innovation Center
We will meet there and will be treated to a presentation followed by a tour.

May 27 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

The history of the Book in Fifty Minutes
David Richards, Head of MSU’s Special Collections and Archives Department will teach us about the history of the book from Ancient Sumerian clay tablets to 21st century publish-on-demand books.

June 3 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM meet at University Plaza for lunch

“Biography and Memoir”
Drury’s Dr. Resa Willis, English Professor, is the author of “Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and The Woman Who Almost Tamed Him” and “FDR and Lucy: Lovers and Friends.” She also wrote “Farmer’s Daughter and I Can Prove it.”

June 10 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center

What is sustainability and why should we care?
Barbara Lucks, Sustainability Officer Springfield Department of Environmental Services, will make this presentation about recycling.

June 17 – Meet at 2:00 PM Reed Auditorium in the Trustee Science Center

The Every of Child Promise
Todd Parnell, former Drury President, will tell us how our community promises to empower families so that every child age birth to 6 has the opportunity to enter our schools ready to learn.

June 24 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

The Unsecular Campus: Exploring the Student Religious Marketplace
John Schmalzbauer will tell us how colleges and universities have long been portrayed as a negative influence on student religiosity. Far from secular, the student union is one of the most religious places.

July 1 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30 PM meet at University Plaza for lunch

You say you want a revolution? Changing hearts and minds in our Revolutionary period.
Dr. Daniel Ponder, Drury Professor of Political Science, will trace the sometimes surprising historical and intellectual roots of the American Revolution.

July 8 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

Fire on the Border: the Iowa and Minnesota Sioux Uprisings, 1857-1862
Todd Wilkinson will tell the long-neglected story of the Dakota Sioux uprisings which culminated in the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 and the largest 1-day execution in American history.

July 15– Meet at 2:00 PM in Reed Auditorium in the TSC

Inflammation – The Real Killer
Drury Biology Professor Dr. Robert Stone will tell us about how we could be treating some of the wrong conditions in the human body.

July 22 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

A visit to the South Pole
Doyle Kinder M.D. will tell us how the Antarctic is a place where all wind comes from the north and where a polar bear would freeze to death.

July 29 – Meet at 2:00 PM in Olin Room of Olin Library

The United States of America
Jerry Jacobs visited each Springfield in the United States in 2001. He will tell of his experiences from the largest at the time Springfield, MA to the smallest Springfield, MS. Abraham Lincoln’s parents were married in Springfield, KY while he is buried in Springfield, IL.

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