Special programs presented at Osher@Mizzou

What’s Up with Ferguson

  • Pamela Merritt, communications director for Progress Missouri
  • Feb. 24, 2015.

Merritt addresses not only some of the conditions that led to the events in Ferguson, Missouri, but also discusses the implications for all Missouri communities — urban, suburban and rural, as well as possible strategies for individuals and families to create a more positive future for themselves.

The presentation is offered in four segments, each about 30 minutes in length. During the first segment, Merritt presents a short video documentary, Crossing a St Louis street that divides communities.

Podcast segments

Why Cops Pull the Trigger

  • Wayne Anderson, PhD, is an MU professor emeritus of psychology and an adjunct professor in Columbia College’s criminal justice program
  • Feb. 26, 2015

In his presentation Anderson discusses how focusing on one officer’s behavior tells us little about why the shooting in Ferguson occurred. He covers:

  • Officer training
  • Stress factors in officers
  • Community attitudes toward perpetrators
  • Offender personalities
  • Court system enforcement of the law

Podcast segments