IN MEMORIAM: Lois Martin

The Academy has lost a dear friend, a tireless worker and a relentless Academy supporter with the passing of Lois Martin.Lois Martin

Since the Academy’s inception Lois was always found in numerous classes, taking notes and adding her thoughts and perspective to the discussion.  For many years she led the ‘Experts and Entertainers’ class of lunchtime speakers and discussion. She pursued every lead and every speaker suggestion to line up a broad variety of people and topics for our members’ enjoyment over many terms of Academy classes. Her eager mind was limitless in its scope and her choice of classes to participate in was wide ranging. All of us will miss her eagerness to learn, her willingness to help and her always ready smiles and greetings.

Lois Martin came to Denver by way of Philadelphia and Nebraska. She majored in journalism at the University of Nebraska, before she moved to Pennsylvania while her husband was in medical school. She has been editor of internal publications for Campbell Soup Co. and Leeds and Northrup, both in the East. After the arrival of her four children, she founded the Aurora Sun Newspaper where she worked for 20 years as publisher. She was founding moderator of the Aurora Hospital Association, President of the Aurora Hospital District, Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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Newbies Answer Questionnaire

Our Newest Course Leaders Answer the Proust Questionnaire.

Not really, but still a fun read. Click on the Course Title below to find out more and to register.

Course Leader Name: Matt Wigdahl
Course Title:  Film- The Essence of the Art.
10 -12:45 WED AM, 10/19-11/16
$55   Viewing, Discussion

Why do you love teaching?
I love teaching for the surprises it yields.

What new thing did you learn while preparing for your course?
I learned that rubber cement is a more effective adhesive than double-sided tape for hanging movie posters.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is sitting stream-side anywhere in the west with my wife watching our daughter cast a fly with either hand to a rising trout.

Greatest Fear?
My greatest fear is using the word “notwithstanding” in public.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I most identify with Emily Dickinson.

Which living person do you most admire?
Barack Obama has more cool than anyone I’ve seen.  He has my most admiration.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Honesty is the most overrated value.

What is your favorite journey?
My favorite journey is writing a sonnet.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would most like to compose or play music.

What is your current state of mind?
Usually, overturned.  But I am most comfortable overturned. As Rabelais said, “The mind is never so much itself, as when it has been lately overturned.”

My greatest achievement:
Helping my wife raise a cool, funny, generally well-balanced daughter.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would come back as a 12th Century Nomadic Tribesman wandering the steppes of Central Asia.

Favorite Writers:

Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Twain, Cather, Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats and about 74 others.

Motto:  
What word might work better here?

Where would you most like to live?
I would most like to live on The Pacific Coast of this continent.  Oregon, (where we already do), usually wins my heart.

 

David Scruggs
David Scruggs

Course Leader Name David W. Scruggs
Course Title: Apollo Missions: An Insiders View
TUES PM, 9/27-11/15
$75   Lecture, Q&A

Why do you love teaching?
It is fun and the students learn.

What new thing did you learn while preparing for your course?
That I’m getting old.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I lived it.

What is your greatest fear?
Heights even though I’m a pilot

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Dwight Eisenhower

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to spell with ease

What is your current state of mind?
Content

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
President and CEO Advanced Technology Associates, Inc. for 20 years

What is your motto?
Never go back

Where would you most like to live?
Here

Course Leader: Karyl Meyer
Course Title: READERS THEATRE: ACTING OUT!
TUES PM, 9/13-10/25, performance date pending
$65   Reading, performing

Why do you love teaching?
I love collaborative, creative teaching because I love seeing people try new things and grow. There are surprises in every class.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Patience. Sometimes impatience is required to get the job done.

What is your favorite journey?
One I’ve never taken before!

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d love to be able to sing beautifully, or at least on key.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Shakespeare – to be able to both write and act as he did would be sublime.

Who are your favorite writers?
Shakespeare and John Irving

Tim Steele
Tim Steele

Course Leader Name:  Timothy D. Steele
Course Title:  Water is Life-Global and Local Issues
WED AM 10/19-11/16
$50   Lecture, Q&A

Why do you love teaching?
Mentoring/teaching gives fulfillment when students/attendees get excited about a topic as I do!

What new thing did you learn while preparing for your course?
Three percent of people living on Iceland are Polish.

What is your greatest fear?  
That the general public is unwilling to take proactive measures to minimize or reduce the adverse impacts of climate change.

Which living person do you most admire?
President Barack Obama.

What is your favorite journey?  
Life is a one-time journey.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Instill Hoosier humor into my dealings with others

What is your motto?  
Be Prepared (from Scouting) and Stay In Touch (from marriage(s))

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Mars: Straight from the Telescope July 27

To Welcome you to our new home, The Academy presents:

EXPLORING MARS ONE GIANT IMAGE AT A TIME

Wednesday, July 27, 1-3 pm followed by reception and classroom tours

Presentation by Dr. Jim Bergstrom, Ball Aerospace & Technologies

Although this amazing telescope launched over 10 years ago, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera remains the largest telescope ever sent to another solar system body. Since arriving in Mars’ orbit in March 2006, it has collected over 40,000 high-resolution, stunning images of the planet’s topography, past- and present-day surface water and even spacecraft ascending from its atmosphere. Get an understanding of the MRO Mission, a description of the HiRISE Instrument, a brief reflection on launch activities at Kennedy Space Center and the current status of the MRO Mission.

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Seasonal flows on warm Martian slopes may be caused by the flow of salty water on Mars.

Dr. Bergstrom has 35 years of experience in the design, development and testing of electro-optic instruments and components. Jim retired in 2014 from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., after 18 years of work on remote sensing instruments there. He continues part-time as a consultant to Ball and remains the Chief Systems Engineer for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera.

This is a FREE event for you and a friend. No RSVPs necessary.

Onsite registration available at this event. 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver CO 80224

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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.

Headliners:

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

 

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Profile: Thoroughly Modern Ellie

We are so proud to have had Ellie Greenberg serve as Social Science Chair on The Academy’s Curriculum Committee. Ellie has brought us Academy classics like “All Rise! Our Courts” and Steve Bernard’s courses over the past three years.

Her most recent contribution was coordinating the NEW Academy course this fall: “Modern Family: 21st Century Issues” being presented by various attorney at Gutterman Griffiths PC Family Law. The course starts Oct. 29 and runs for four weeks. Topic areas covered are: Anatomy of a Divorce, types of Colorado marriages, Low Impact Divorce, and marijuana and the legal matters relating to the drug’s place in divorce. Read More about the Modern Family Class by clicking here

A life of learning and social change

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Centennial’s Ellie Greenberg helped organize Martin Luther King’s visit to Littleton in 1964. Photos by Peter Jones

Centennial’s Ellie Greenberg helped organize Martin Luther King’s visit to Littleton in 1964. Photos by Peter Jones

At 82, Centennial’s Ellie Greenberg isn’t done yet

BY PETER JONES
STAFF WRITER

Elinor Greenberg – known as Ellie to her friends – was a strange neighbor when her family built a house in what was then greater Littleton in the late 1950s.

Having received her master’s degree in speech pathology in 1954, she was on the faculties of the University of Colorado and Loretto Heights College at a time when many women were attending the June Cleaver school of stay-at-home moms.

Greenberg and her late husband Manny were also Democrats during a period when the south suburbs were strongly dominated by Republicans.

What’s more, the Greenbergs were outspoken civil-rights activists, even as segregation and white flight to the suburbs were playing out in Arapahoe County.

Last but not least, the family was Jewish.

“One of my motivations for moving out here is I wanted my children to grow up knowing what it is like to be a minority,” Greenberg said. “I felt that was a much better preparation for life.”

As the mother of three continued her career and education for decades, eventually receiving her doctorate in 1981, Greenberg found time to take a leadership role in Littleton’s small, but passionate, civil-rights movement, eventually welcoming an unlikely visit from Martin Luther King Jr.

“My career was in higher education, but it was about creating access to opportunity,” Greenberg said.

Decades later, the activist-educator would travel to Germany’s Dachau concentration camp as part of a high-profile delegation that would be the basis for a local television documentary called Journey for Justice.

Over the years, Greenberg would author nine books, including 2008’s critically popular A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women Over Sixty….

Full article here
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Academy hosts own Firework Superstars!

Congratulations to newly appointed Colo. Supreme Court Justice Rich Gabriel and Academy Board member Dr. Toni Larson!

Justice Rich Gabriel served as one of the Academy’s speakers in the Academy’s “All Rise! Our Courts” class, most recently in Spring 2015. He usually gave the module regarding civil cases. The course, which has been going on for about five years, features attorneys and judges with first-hand courtroom experience and was designed by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Our Courts program to explain how State and Federal courts actually work—and how judicial procedures help keep the law fair and impartial. Topics have included:  The selection and evaluation of federal and state judges, differences between practices followed in criminal and civil cases, bankruptcy basics, divorce and family law, our rapidly changing immigration law, and how Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to equality and liberty transformed our system. For more on Our Courts:  http://ourcourtscolorado.org/

 

Follow the link to the formal announcement on the Colorado Courts webpage: Colo Supreme Court gets new Justice-court

 

Toni Larson

One June 25, 2015, Lt. Governor Joe Garcia declared it “Dr. Toni Larson Day,” for her unrelenting volunteer efforts for the state of Colorado and the National League of Women’s Voters. At the Academy Larson has been sparring on and off with Jim Kneser in some of his Critical Economics courses over the years and hosted last summer’s “Academy Voter Update.” As of July 1, The Academy is thrilled to have her on its Board of Directors.

Dr. Toni Larson served as executive director of Independent Higher Education of Colorado, a nonprofit organization that conducts the government relations work for Colorado College, Regis University, and the University of Denver.  Prior to this position she served in several capacities in the League of Women Voters. Currently, her main volunteer activities include the League of Women Voters of the United States (Vice President), Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations (co-chair, Public Policy Committee), and homeowners’ association board (President). She has been an affiliated faculty member at Regis University and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver.  Dr. Larson received a B.A. from Colorado College where she majored in English and minored in Zoology.  Her Master’s in Nonprofit Management is from Regis University, and she has a Ph.D. in Higher Education with an emphasis on policy studies from the University of Denver.

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Map Maven has Hidden Talent

Long-time Academy course leader Lorraine Sherry is excited for her two new projects.  She helped organize “Map Month May” with the Denver Public Library through the Rocky Mountain Map Society and is teaching a course on Baroque Music at The Academy next fall (hint: hidden talent.)

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For Map Month May, there are four lectures, three exhibits, and a map fair.  Venues are at the Denver Public Library, University of Denver, and CU-Boulder. Please click below to get more info about this event.

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While Maps might be her main claim to fame at The Academy, Lorraine spends a lot of time championing Baroque music. Her class, taking place in Fall 2015, takes on this important mussical movement. Over the past 30 years, the Boulder/Denver metro area has become one of the most important centers for the current “Renaissance” of early music.

Six local, world-class musicians who have sung, played, or directed choral and instrumental music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods throughout the USA and Europe will play music and share their experiences with you, including:
Where and how they found early music manuscripts
250 years of vocal music: from rich polyphony to harmony
Musical forms and styles from early Renaissance to late Baroque
The birth of the orchestra and evolution of musical instruments
The development of opera from musical drama
The art and excitement of performing early music.

Lorraine Sherry’s training and experience has been in science, technology, and educational research. However, herpassion in life has always been music – primarily singing – beginning with her first solo in third grade. Although she majored in physics while attending undergraduate and graduate schools, she minored in music at Vassar and took a one-year graduate course in the music of J.S. Bach at M.I.T. from Klaus Liepmann. She studied voice with Albert Van Ackere (formerly of Pro Musica, Brussels), Maria Coffey in Boston, and Rebecca Barker in Florida. At home with her family in New York City, musical training and performance was as valued as higher education. Listening to the Metropolitan Opera performances on the radio was as important as attending church on Sundays. Taking diction training at the Met enabled her to attend the Saturday opera matinees for free. Lorraine sang in school plays and concerts and was selected for Allstate Choir while in high school in Long Island. She was elected president of the Opera Workshop at Vassar. Lorraine has been a member of many choirs including the Gregorian Chant choir at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, Vassar Glee Club and Madrigal Group, Radcliffe Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale in Boston, First Presbyterian Church Choir in Winter Haven Florida (choir member & soloist), Boca Magna Cantores in Lakeland Florida (16 voice semi-professional chorus), Central Florida Bach Festival, Central Florida Messiah Chorale, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir in Denver, Boulder Bach Festival, and Boulder Messiah Chorale. She supported symphonies, choirs, early music societies, and chamber music groups wherever she lived, and she continues to sing with the Boulder Messiah Chorale every Christmas.

Lorraine hails from the east coast (New York, Massachusetts, Florida).  She has a B.A. in physics from Vassar, three master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Innovation from the University of Colorado.  She was a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Larimer Square until she retired in 2005.  She has been a member of The Academy since 2006 and has facilitated courses in cartography, music, and historic garden design.  She is a Colorado Master Gardener, has sung with many semi-professional and informal choral societies, and is an avid international traveler.  She is the Secretary/Webmaster and Director of the Rocky Mountain Map Society (www.RMmaps.org).  Her personal collection of antique maps focuses on the geography of Eastern Europe, Lithuania, and Russia in the 15th to 19th centuries.

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Academy Board Member Receives High Honor

The Academy is proud to say that Board Treasurer Georgi Contiguglia is being honored with the following prestigious award. Congratulations Georgi!

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The Dana Crawford and State Honor Award Celebration is Colorado’s premiere statewide historic preservation awards event honoring the individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution toward preserving Colorado’s historic resources. The evening’s namesake, Dana Crawford, is a preservation pioneer who proved that saving historic buildings makes sense – both culturally and economically.

Starting in 1988, with the State Honor Awards, and adding the Dana Crawford Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in 1990, Colorado Preservation, Inc. recognizes accomplishments in the area of preservation, rehabilitation, promotion, philanthropy and leadership.

Dana Crawford Award for Excellence in Preservation
2015 Honoree – Georgianna “Georgi” Contiguglia

Presented May 6, 2015 at the History Colorado Center

Colorado Preservation, Inc. will be honoring Georgianna Contiguglia this year with the prestigious Dana Crawford Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.  Georgi’s impressive achievements in historic preservation span 30 years including ten as President and CEO of the Colorado Historical Society, now called History Colorado, and as State Historic Preservation Officer.

Colorado Preservation Inc., invites you to purchase a table so that you and your friends can enjoy this intimate and inspiring gathering of preservation leaders.  The Dana Crawford and State Honor Awards event is our premier fundraiser.  Individual tickets will be available to the public on April 3rd.  For information, call Cindy Nasky, CPI Events & Development Manager at 303.893.4260 (ext. 230) or email cnasky@coloradopreservation.org.  We hope to see you for this fun evening!

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