SPARK Flossie Pack Center for Lifelong Learning

Sample The SPARK Fall 2023 Offerings: 

These classes have been specially selected for members of Osher@Mizzou to enjoy at a discounted rate!

 You can click on the title below to read more about the class.

  • American History Thru Art –  This course will follow the history of the United States from the Civil War through today (or as far as we can get during our 5 weeks together).  Our instructor, Doug Sheer, is a former AP History Teacher who joins us remotely from Long Island, N.Y. (Class Cost – $27.50)
  • China’s Past is America’s Prologue: Sino-US Relations Past, Present, and Future – This course provides an overview of the broad sweep of Chinese history from the Spring and Autumn Period to the rise of Xi Jinping.  Lieutenant Colonel Geoff Babb, currently posted to the Command and General Staff College faculty at Fort Leavenworth will be our instructor. (Class Cost – $27.50)
  • Intellectual Freedom Committee for Missouri –  In recent years, libraries across the country have seen an uptick in censorship and book banning attempts.  Join us to learn more about censorship, legislative issues, and what you can do to support your local library.   is The current Chair for the Missouri Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC), Colleen Norman, will lead this discussion. (Class Cost – $12.50)
  • Nobody’s Free Until Everybody’s Free-Fannie Lou Hamer – Fannie Lou Hamer was one of the leading Civil and Voting Rights activists of the 1960’s.  Join the journey, as Sandra Campbell portrays this amazing woman who rose from poverty and discrimination to help lead a movement toward greater racial and economic equality. (Class Cost – $12.50)


 

Registration is straight forward and our system allows you to enroll online and either pay using a credit card or choose to mail a check to our Post Office Box.

A few pointers to make the process easy!

  • We use the PayPal system to process credit and debit card payments.  You don’t need a PayPal account to use the system.  Simply scroll past the log in information and click on Pay with Debit or Credit Card.  You will then be redirected to a typical payment screen.  
  • Payments by check need to be sent to SPARK, PO Box 300362, Kansas City, MO  64130
  • Once your payment has been received you will get an email with your Zoom log in information.  You may need to enter your name and email address the first time you log into one of our classes.  Check your SPAM/JUNK folder if it isn’t in your Inbox.
 

If you have trouble or need assistance, our SPARK staff are here to help!  Email spark@umkc.edu to schedule a time to work with someone via phone, email or Zoom.

NOTE – The discounted offer does not extend to other SPARK classes offered for Fall 2023.

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