Contact:
Institute for Mature Learning
900 N Benton Ave
Springfield, MO 65802
Office: (417) 873-6952
iml@drury.edu

Current Courses

Last Quarter– IML Courses

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

September 2 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30pm meet at FSC Commons for lunch

The Every of Child Promise
Todd Parnell, former Drury President, will teach 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.

September 9 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

Epigenetics and the Future of Personalized Medicine
Dr. Paul Durham, MSU Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology will discuss how our environment regulates our genes even before we are born and how medicine will change in the future.

September 16 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

What Does Charlize Have to Do with Krishna?
Dr. Jack Llewellyn, MSU Professor of Religious Studies will make this presentation about how "The Legend of Bagger Vance" with Will Smith, Matt Damon, and CHarlize Theron is (very loosely) based on the classical Indian epic "The Bhagavad Gita."

September 23 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

Springfield in Controversy: THE NORMAL HEART
Dr. Bob Bradley will tell us about how 25 years ago Springfield made national news on CNN, NBC, and newspapers across the country over the production of a play. How have we changed in these 25 years?

September 30 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

America's Backraods by Rail to America's Natural Monuments
Springfield librarian Kathleen O'Dell will present a photogenic journal retracing her summer trip by Amtrak from KC to Flagstaff and on to the Grand Canyon.

October 7 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30pm meet at FSC Commons for lunch

6 Normal Types of Memory Loss
Julie Burnell will continue her previous talk and discuss how the brain processes sensory input, why we have brain freeze and techniques to improve.

October 14 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

The Biology of Race: Biological Processes with Social Consequences
Dr. Suzanne Walker-Pacheco MSU Professor of Sociology and Anthropology will discuss how and why people over the centuries have been categorized into various groups.

October 21 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

The Little Plane that Did
Gary Ellison will discuss a documentary he made with Brian Shipman and narrated by Cliff Robertson.

October 28 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

The Use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Mark
Dr. Victor Matthews will discuss how the Gospel writers made extensive use of the Old Testament to make the case of Jesus' status as Messiah.

November 4 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library
12:30pm meet at FSC Commons for Lunch

An Integrated Approach to Environmental Priorities
Barbara Lucks, Springfield Sustainability Officer will discuss an exciting project underway between the City, City Utilities, and the EPS.

November 11 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

Drury University Highly Successful Swimming Program
Drury's Swim Coach, Brian Reynolds will tell how he took the Drury program to national prominence winning over 10 NAIA titles and then taking them to the same prominence when they went to NCAA II.

November 18 - Meet at 2:00pm in Olin Room of Olin Library

In 2012 Charles Murray Wrote "Coming Apart History of White America"
Drury Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning will discuss how Murray wrote that the rich and poor in America have come apart in regard to their commitment to four family virtues: industriousness, honesty, commitment to marriage, and religiosity.

November 25 - Meet at 2:00pm at HyVee on W. Battlefield

They will prepare 3-4 recipes and discuss with us.

December 2 - Annual Christmas Party - Location TBA