Tattered Cover Hosts Book Fair at Academy

Nov. 7-9, 9:30-1:30 p.m. 

A great way to support The Academy and find some wonderful books.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is proud to announce a book fair of Colorado authors taking place at The Academy, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver 80224,tattered-cover-logo

The Tattered Cover will give the Academy 10 percent of its sales to benefit the our scholarship and technology fund.

FREE to members and guests,
No RSVP necessary
At the Academy for Lifelong Learning,
6500 E Girard Ave, Denver 80224




Continue reading

Meet Ausma Zehanat Khan + Book Fair

Author Presentation by:

Ausma Zehanat Khan

A Muslim Detective in an Anti-Muslim World.

Thurs., Nov. 3, Noon-1 pm. Book signing afterward.


Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of The Unquiet Dead (2015) and The Language of Secrets (2016). Both novels received widespread critical acclaim, including a Publishers Weekly starred review, and reviews in the LA Times and The New York Times. Her first novel builds upon her expertise in human rights and war crimes in the Balkans, while the second focuses on an anti-terrorist investigation. She holds a Ph.D. in international law and is the former editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine.

You will enjoy her presentation about her books and career. Her books will be available for purchase at the accompanying Tattered Cover Book Fair, taking place at The Academy Nov. 1-3. The Book Fair will be available each day of classes from 9:30-3 p.m.  and will feature notable Colorado authors. The Tattered Cover is giving the Academy 10 percent of its sales.

Ms. Khan practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University. She is a long-time community activist and writer, and currently lives in Colorado with her husband.


Print This Flyer about the Book Fair and Author Talk

FREE to members and guests, No RSVP necessary
At the Academy for Lifelong Learning, 
6500 E Girard Ave, Denver 80224


Continue reading

Giving-More than Turkey and Stuffing

The Academy is joining the ranks of other well-known nonprofits like PBS and NPR to solicit your help now through Dec. 31.

Dear Academy Members: To protect our independence, we’ll never run ads, sell our mailing list, or pay our wonderful course leaders and speakers who volunteer more than 100 hours of time per course. We’re a small non-profit with big business costs: rent, staff, insurance, equipment/computer maintenance, and coffee (okay, that last part isn’t that big business). And we love to offer our scholarships to those who need them!  Because we are committed to keeping tuition costs low, we survive on donations averaging all together about $7,845 a year, which doesn’t even cover the cost of the coffee we drink.

The Academy is something special–An athletic club for the mind where we can all go to connect, think, and learn. If The Academy is a place that enriches your life, please consider this request.

Now is the time we ask. If everyone reading this right now gave $100 (or whatever amount is comfortable to you), our fundraiser would be over within an hour.  If we can reach our goal of  $20,000, we can meet our needs not covered by tuition and membership fees.

Thank you for your consideration and patronage. Please bring checks payable to The Academy in any amount next week or mail them to The Academy, PO Box 3893, Greenwood Village, CO 80155

Corporate and anonymous donations are fine, too.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning wishes to confirm that no goods or services will be provided in exchange for your contribution. The Academy for Lifelong Learning is recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS. Letters will be sent by year end.

Please contact the Academy Directors at info@academyLL.org for questions or concerns.



Continue reading

Break Out the Wigs! It’s an Einstein Party!

Plus Anniversary cake!!!!Einstein

To button up our end-of-year programming, The Academy is offering a FREE lecture in conjunction with the Academy’s inaugural Giving Week.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, Noon-2
(with 15 minutes at 12:45 for cake eating and a passing period for those with a 1 p.m. class)

Einstein’s Key to the Universe – The 100th Anniversary of General Relativity

Einstein’s greatest achievement was his General Theory of Relativity which he presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin 100 years ago in November, 1915.

This discovery gave birth to the new science of cosmology which studies the structure, birth, and fate of the entire universe.  Huge advances in cosmology have occurred throughout the 20th century and into the present.

His success would make him the first international scientific celebrity. Einstein overcame personal health problems as well as the strife created by his pacifism in the midst of fervent nationalism while World War I raged.

Anger and revenge against him would follow him through the 1920s in Weimar Berlin and intensify with the rise of National Socialism.  He fled Germany for the United States just before Hitler became chancellor in 1933.

I will provide an overview of the key concepts of General Relativity and discuss the culture, personal issues, and harsh times that Einstein had to overcome.

Speaker:  John Anderson worked in technical sales and support in the computer industry for 30 years. Retirement allowed him to resume an undergraduate interest in physics and the history of science. He has facilitated several science classes at the Academy and OLLI, including “Neutrinos: Ghost Particles”, “The Great Equations,” “Feynman Physics Fest” and “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists.” He escaped to Colorado 26 years ago after a score of years in the New York/New Jersey area, including seven years on Wall Street. He has a degree in physics from Yale.

Continue reading

Cookie Week is Back!

With apologies to Emma Lazarus:

Give me your Chocolate, Oatmeal raisin and sugar
Your Nut-Filled recipes yearning to be eaten
The glorious overflow from your oven.
Send these tasty, golden brown, crispy and chewy confections.
A table will be ready to display their wonder.


Please bring a dozen homemade or store-bought cookies to share with your classmates on Oct. 13, 14, 15. Please use a disposable tray, plate or box to put them on, and label your cookie and your name (if you’d like).



Continue reading

Join Us at Boom! this Sat. Register Now!

BOOM! Flyer with Break-outs--09-18-15The Academy helped host Boom!, a day dedicated to the the upside of aging. We sponsored a few booths and took our experts to this roadshow.


Judith Viorst, Best Selling Author, lunchtime speaker, Noon
Ashton Applewhite, Aging Activist, 4 p.m.

Special Guest Stars:

Woody Emlen, Panelist for Lifelong Learning, Board Member, The Academy, a.m.
Patricia Cox, “Write to Save Your Life,” Course Leader, The Academy, p.m.

Aging is Optional, Finding Purpose, Brain Health, Creativity, Lifelong Learning, Encore Movement, Meditation, Conscious Aging, Financial Gerontology, Caring for Caregivers, Life Reimagined, Volunteering/National Service, Social Enterprise, Technology, Embracing Aging, Philanthropy, Cannibus, Entrepreneurship.

Here’s Who We Brought

Woody Emlen, Board Member, organizer of Cutting Edge Research from the Anschutz Campus
Emlen Woody

Patricia Cox, Course Leader, Write to Save Your Life2-Cox-Patricia


Continue reading

Short-Film Festival Tuesday, July 14

It’s almost show time at The Academy, and we hope you will join us for a fun, inspiring and interactive afternoon at the movies.

 Short-Film Festival + Vote, Tuesday, July 14, 1-3 p.m.

Brian Steward from the Colorado Film School will provide industry commentary and tips on movie critiquing.

$5 Admission
Cash or check made payable to the Academy Includes popcorn, candy and drinks
(and covers our viewing rights)


8081 E. Orchard Road, Auditorium – 2nd floor (park near Door 11 for quickest access)

 The following films will be screened:

Cindy’s New Boyfriend  – Action/comedy
24 minutes
An actor tries to scare off the new boyfriend of his buddy’s ex-girlfriend by reprising his role as a tough guy in a bad movie, but the new boyfriend turns out to be a real gangster who isn’t easily intimidated and kidnaps him instead.

Life Cycle Project – Documentary/sport
16 minutes
Awaiting the results to see if she has the deadly ovarian cancer gene, first-time filmmaker Debora De Napoli shares her personal journey as she starts the charity Life Cycle, an adventure that sends this cubicle dweller biking up (and falling down) nine harrowing summits in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Ripple – Thriller
32 minutes
A dead-end life, a dead-end job and a dead body in the fridge. A destitute man finds purpose while attempting to cover up a deadly accident.

Notes On Ice – Documentary/nature
25 minutes
A beautiful documentary about the world’s only ice musical festival where all instruments are made from natural ice. Set in Norway.

Your friends are welcome. This is a great way to get a taste of The Academy’s Indie Film Inspiration class,
Tuesdays at 10 a.m. starting Sept. 22.

**  On-site registration will also be available at this event.  If you are having trouble printing or completing your form, come on down, and we will be happy to assist you.

 Presented in part by:






Continue reading

Back to School: Sept. 10 Health Insurance Commentary

The American Healthcare System:  the Present and the Future

Back to School Presentation and Registration Event

Thursday, September 10, 1- 3 p.m.

 Join us on Thursday, Sept. 10, as we hear from Bill Wright, Executive Medical Director and President of CPMG (Colorado Permanente Medical Group), who will provide a candid discussion of what some call “an ideal healthcare system,” vis-à-vis the Kaiser model and the Affordable Care Act. How does prevention and chronic care management fit into improved patient outcomes? Wright will give a balanced discussion and educate us on the different models of healthhealthcare and what the future may look like.

Dr. Bill Wright, Executive Medical Director and President has served in a variety of administrative positions during his 21 year career including physician-in-charge of the Kaiser Permanente Smoky Hill Medical Offices, regional department chief for Family Practice, chief of Primary Care Departments, associate medical director for Primary Care and Quality, associate medical director for Primary Care Operations and associate medical director for external relations.  Dr. Wright was CPMG’s associate medical director of market and networks charged with assessing and developing community network relationships with the medical group in partnership with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado.

***Feel free to fill out or leave your Academy Fall 2015 registration form before or after this event!***

Program takes place at 8081 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village – Auditorium, 2nd floor


To learn more, visit Academyll.org or call (303) 770-0786 


 Click here to join us on Facebook

Continue reading

Ebola: Preparing for a Substantial New Challenge, Feb. 12

acadpennantPlease join us for our Back to School Lecture
Ebola: Preparing for a Substantial New Challenge
Thursday, Feb. 12
1-3 p.m., Please join us for a snack and scintillating conversation after the event!

Is a “new normal” of scary infections upon us?

Join virologist Dr. Eric Poeschla, formerly of the Mayo Clinic and now the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at CU’s School of Medicine, and epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Barron, Medical Director of Infection, Control and Prevention, at the University of Colorado Hospital as they discuss Ebola—the disease, the science, the epidemic and the challenges it presents to the health care system. Get the facts on how Ebola causes disease, where it comes from, how epidemics are managed, the value of quarantines, updates on Ebola treatment and prevention, and understand the deep need for supporting research so that in the future we can prevent these outbreaks before they happen!

NO RSVPs needed, please bring a friend.
We will be taking registrations that day.

Program takes place in the Auditorium, on the 2nd floor, at 8081 E. Orchard Rd, Greenwood Village

Park near Door 11 (not in the FIT DTC spots, you could get towed!)
***BUT, If it’s snowy or icy, DO NOT PARK NEAR DOOR 11, park in the basement (entrance on southeast side of the building), and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. 

Continue reading

Summer Events 2014: School is Cool — and FREE

Someone once said “There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it”. As with bodily exercise, the same can be said of “brain exercise,” which is the essence of The Academy for Lifelong Learning, the Athletic Club for your Mind. Give your mind the opportunity to exercise this summer with a variety of FREE events:

Click here for a printable copy of Summer 2014 Events at the Academy.




Wednesday, June 25: RECEPTION 2:30, CONCERT 3-4:00 (Auditorium,
2nd floor, park at door 11). Come in from the heat and enjoy an afternoon of chamber music. The Lamont School of Music’s Summer Academy will showcase its top chamber ensembles — string quartets, piano quintets, musical theatre and wind quintets — performing the classics.

Tuesday, July 1: FALL ’14 REGISTRATION OPENS Watch your mail for the Fall schedule featuring an array of new courses as well as some encores. Get your registration form in quickly to confirm your first class choices—many popular courses fill up quickly. Remind your friends to do the same.

Tuesday, July 22 – 1-3:00 – MOVIE DAY AND DISCUSSION (Auditorium, 2nd floor, park at door 11). To introduce you to our newest literature and music course offering this fall, Alice’s Piano: Survival through Music, we will show a viewing of the Academy Award-winning International film, The Lady in Number 6. This documentary follows a woman in the 1940s Czech Republic who uses music to survive and overcome the worst of the war.

Wednesday, August 27: 1-3:00 – MOVIE DAY AND DISCUSSION (Auditorium, 2nd floor, park at door 11). The Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting an exhibit by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly at its downtown Denver location through November. Enhance your experience at The Academy: view footage of Chihuly’s artistic development in a DVD and then hear Gardens’ expert Lisa Eldred (Director of Exhibitions, Art and Interpretation) as she showcases his exhilarating and colorful work nestled perfectly in Denver’s favorite green space.

Tuesday, Sept. 9: 2-4:00 Dr. Larry Hergott (Auditorium, 2nd floor, park at door 11). Plan to stay for a cocktail reception at the Café De France for more fun and discussion.
4:00-6:00 Drinks at the Cafe de France are $3 each and a happy hour menu will be provided.

September 16-17-18: FALL SEMESTER CLASSES BEGIN…FINALLY! It’s back-to-school. Sharpen your pencil, bring your notebook (if you choose), and come prepared to learn and grow. Classes run through November 18-19-20.

All classes meet at 8081 E. Orchard Rd. in Greenwood Village, home of The Academy.

No reservations or RSVP’s required: your friends and your curiosity are welcome!

Print this: Summer 2014

Continue reading