The Academy remembers Gloria Kubel: teacher, dancer, inspiration.
Having just finished her Academy course, Dance American Modern Dance:
Isadora to Martha to Merce,” The Academy was saddened to hear about
the passing of course leader Gloria S. Kubel.
Gloria Kubel received a BA in Education from Sarah Lawrence College,
Bronxville, New York and a MA in Dance from the University of
Colorado. She studied ballet growing up in New York City and studied
modern dance with Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Erick Hawkins, Alwin
Nikolais and Murray Louis. She taught modern dance in Denver for over
20 years and directed a small company of dancers, performed in several
Colorado cities. Gloria created a movement-discussion support group
for women after breast cancer and continues to teach Dance, exercise,
and Tai Chi Movement Meditation classes. She is the author of Food Is
Us: Easy, Tasty, Mostly Vegetarian Cooking.
Academy members who enjoyed Gloria’s recent class had this to say:
“It was a delight to have Gloria as our class leader. She was
informative, articulate, warm and passionate about dance in America.
Her personal experience as a dancer added to the energy and knowledge
she shared with us. Altogether a superb experience. Thanks Gloria.
You did a baffo job.” “Gloria Kubel, a kind person sharing dance with
the class.” And another called her knowledge “exceptional”, and
another referred to her “inspired leadership”. A great journey across
the spectrum of modern dance.”
From the Denver Post:
Gloria Kubel passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 19 at the age
of 84. She was known and loved for her endless energy and indomitable
spirit by family, friends and the wellness community. Gloria was a
figure in the Denver dance community as a performer, patron and
educator for OLLI and The Academy. She is survived by her children,
Holly Winber Powers and Ken Winber, 5 grandchildren and 5
great-grandchildren. More information about Gloria and donations to
her favorite charities can be found on her memorial website,
It’s the moment(s) you’ve been waiting for-eclipse viewing glasses.
We’ve run out of glasses. They are available at Amazon.com, or even at King Soopers (we saw them at the customer services desk) Make sure they are ISO certified.
Our friend Anne Holland, Community Engagement Director for the Space Science Institute, sent us a whole bunch of these glasses so you can look at the sun anytime you want on August 21 for two minutes and 40 seconds (two to three hours for the partial eclipse).
You can pick them up on the following dates at the Academy, 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver 80224.
July 25, 10 am-Noon
Aug 9, 9:30 am-2pm. Stay for the One Day Academy! FREE
Please make sure to read this helpful flier before viewing the eclipse. Eclipse Kit Flyer
“Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. ” NASA.
ONE-DAY Academy PRESENTATIONS, COURSE ROUND-UP,
ONLINE and ONSITE REGISTRATION + SNACKS
aug. 9, 2017, 9:30 am-1:30 pm
at The Academy, (CBC, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver 80224
Brad Calvert – Future Metro Denver on the Cutting Edge – (class meets Thursdays 1:15 – 3:00). In recent years, “millennials” have been the defining demographic factor for metro Denver growth. Well, “seniors” have become the defining demographic for the future. How is population growth, including the impact of “seniors,” going to affect metro living? This course will educate you about metropolitan cooperation, characterized by the Brookings Institution as among the best examples in the country. You will also study what transportation, housing affordability and choice will look like and how will they affect your lifestyle. Digital technology will be addressed as it is redefining urban planning and service delivery. Denver is rumored to be the preferred site of Google to demonstrate the “City of the Future.” Come get a taste of what all the excitement is about.
Brad Calvert is the Regional Planning and Development Director, Denver Regional Council of Governments and one of the many featured speakers of this class.
David Marsh – U.S. Highway 50 the “Main Street of America” – (class meets Wednesday 11:30 – 1:00) Time Magazine calls U.S. Highway 50 the “main street of America”–the highway extends from Maryland’s eastern shore to Sacramento and passes through Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City and the heartland of America. What were the noble ideas that shaped our nation and how have these ideas played out as we tour across the country? This class will use Highway 50 to explore America from its founding, early development, the Civil War, and westward expansion, to our current life together. Today’s presentation will be just a glimpse of what we will learn this semester.
David Marsh, former Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Rossier School of Education at USC specialized in curriculum and instruction. He was also an adviser to the California and U.S. Departments of Education .
Susan Blake-Smith – Hamilton: The Man & the Musical (class meets Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00) Hamilton, the record-breaking Broadway sensation, has sparked new interest in one of America’s most fascinating founding fathers. Using songs from the musical as our backdrop, we’ll touch on the highlights of Alexander Hamilton’s remarkable story from his brutal childhood in St. Croix to his meteoric rise to Secretary of the Treasury, his role in the country’s first publicized sex scandal and his fateful duel with Aaron Burr. We will discuss why the musical has “revolutionized” Broadway and whether it is historically accurate. While this lecture can only scratch the surface of what will be presented during the course in the fall, it will be fast-paced, fun and informative. To quote a line from the musical: you’re going to “want to be in the room where it happens.”
Susan Blake-Smith has been an enthusiastic member of The Academy since its inception where she has taught Spanish for many years and facilitated a popular counterfactual history class called “What If?”
The Day includes:
-Information about all Spring courses
-Chance to meet course leaders and learn about their courses.
-Assistance with Online registration for classes beginning Sept. 12, 13, 14.
No RSVPs necessary. 6500 E Girard Ave, Denver CO 80224
(303) 770-0786 (Messages only)
The Academy has lost a dear friend, a tireless worker and a relentless Academy supporter with the passing of 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.
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 novelsreceived 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
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.
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.
Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, Twain, Cather, Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats and about 74 others.
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.
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.
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