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.
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
Do you like a good Law & Order, CSI or Chicago whatever?
Well stop watching it on TV and experience it through people who actually live in the real world of crime, law and society. We have an appellate justice, trial lawyer, attorney general to tell tales of what’s really going on in the courtroom and society.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CURRENT ISSUES IN CONTEXT
COURSE LEADER: Barry Mahoney
Barry Mahoney has worked on criminal justice issues for over 50 years as a litigating attorney, researcher, teacher, and consultant. He is the author of numerous publications on justice system operations and issues, has taught widely in the U.S. and abroad, and has received awards for distinguished service from leading national organizations. Barry is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, and holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.
In the past three years, long-simmering resentments about police practices and, more broadly, about harsh sentencing practices have dominated the news. Current policies and proposed reforms will be considered in light of the historical roots of key issues. Topics covered will include mass incarceration, drug policies, wrongful conviction of innocent persons, race and justice, money and justice, and prospects for meaningful reform. We’ll discuss possible changes in policies, practices, and law, and the impacts that such changes could have on the goal of a fair and effective justice system.
DISSECTING THE JURY SYSTEM
COURSE LEADERS: Judge Steve Bernard, Rosalie Goldman, Dr. Sheila Porter, Sharon Vary
Steven Bernard was a prosecutor for 28 years. For the past five years he has been a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals, where he has presided for over five years. He has frequently considered constitutional questions during his career. The Constitution is the document upon which our system of government is based and Steve believes that education about this seminal document is essential to an understanding of our system of government, and to understanding the rights of citizens. Rosalie Goldman, a semi-retired Special Education teacher and a community volunteer, has a lifelong interest in current events and civil and human rights. She wanted to organize and facilitate this course to offer Academy members this forum to gain information and hear divergent views on contemporary topics. Since retirement has unfolded, Sheila Porter’s interest in people and places have taken her to far flung locations and led her to doing psychological evaluations of asylum seekers seeking refuge in the U.S. Both activities have made her look at cultural differences, belief systems, the courage it takes to start a new life in a new place and the pros and cons of assimilation. As a psychologist and the granddaughter of immigrants, the multiple layers of what ‘diversity’ involves continue to engage her interest and provide her with a few answers and many more questions.
MEETS: 5 Thursdays TIME: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
DATES COURSE MEETS: 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16
NEW! What do a judge, a defense attorney and a prosecutor look for in their jury selection? Who gets chosen and why? What is the impact of serving on a jury, of being sequestered or having a life or death decision rest in your hands? And, even more importantly, what is the history of this enigmatic system and what impacts on peoples’ approach to the whole concept of ‘punishment’? Join three judges, two attorneys and a panel of jurors for an in-depth look at this intriguing part of our justice system. Participants will hear about the history of the system from attorneys, judges and those who have served on a jury, capped off by a discussion of ‘punishment’ itself and our need to seek retribution. REQUIRED READING: Morris B. Hoffman. The Punisher’s Brain. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
ANATOMY OF A MURDER TRIAL
COURSE LEADER: Dennis Wanebo
Dennis Wanebo is a lawyer who has tried hundreds of jury trials—civil and criminal—as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He has tried complex civil cases, and, on the criminal side, everything from traffic to murder. Dennis is a Denver native, Vietnam-era Navy veteran, graduate of Metropolitan State University, and the University of Colorado School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review. He currently serves as a part-time municipal judge in Boulder and in Westminster. He coaches a small high school’s mock trial team, and has taken that team to the state finals year after year.MEETS: 6 Thursdays TIME: 9:30am – 11:00am
DATES COURSE MEETS: 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23
NEW! Get a front seat to the trial system by turning one particular case inside out: the 1981 interstate-contract murder of a young mother in Boulder County. The instructor, who originally tried the case, will set the scene, introduce the characters, discuss constitutional issues, explore the pros and cons of “going for the death penalty,” discuss plea bargains and examine the jury system. Class limit is 25.
The Academy is always seeking out the best of the best to teach our courses. This Spring is no exception.
Dr. Beverly Chico was a long-time teacher at some of the best universities in the nation. Her passion lies in Headwear, and she is teaching a course about how hats display culture, starting March 9-April 6.
Just a couple of years ago, the Denver Post interviewed Chico to learn about her studies:
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Beverly Chico holds one of the many hats in her collection at her home in Greenwood Village, CO on Friday, October 11, 2013. Chico authored the book at right, “Hats and Headwear Around the World.” (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/ The Denver Post )
GREENWOOD VILLAGE — If there is such a thing as a thinking cap, it’s somewhere in the collection of more than 600 hats and headwear amassed by Regis University and Metropolitan State University history professor Beverly Chico.
Hats are much more than a superficial accessory, she believes. They signify rank in military and religious orders and provide protection as well as hint at the wearer’s style.
“Four of the five senses are in your head, and it’s through our senses that we interact with the world,” Chico said. “It’s through the face and head that emotions are expressed. So hats are one of the most important artifacts from around the world.”
A silver Miao hat (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
For further evidence, pick up a copy of ” Hats and Headwear Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia.” Chico described it as a “summation of my life.” It’s 532 pages long, weighs nearly two and a half pounds, and costs $100, a price point that Chico acknowledges may be daunting.
A French feather Cloche hat from the 1920s (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
Small, with a slash of bright red lipstick and dark hair she wears in a ballet dancer’s bun, Chico began collecting hats in 1955, when she was living in dictator Francisco Franco’s Spain as a college student. Franco’s control of Spain virtually cut it off from the rest of Europe. As a consequence, Spain “had the best flea market in Europe,” offering bargains on historic, collectable hats, she says.
When Chico returned to the U.S., she brought back hats, including a 500-year-old Samurai helmet, and a burgeoning passion for the stories they told.
A Chinese tiger hat (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)
“Headwear is like a walking billboard,” she said. It’s very subtle, but hats make you taller. The taller you are, the bigger you seem, a psychological message that announces you are important. Look at the spiked helmets soldiers wore. Look at a Shinto priest’s ceremonial hat. It’s like a pillbox with a tail. But only the emperor can wear the tail standing up, because he’s the intermediary between humans and the gods.”
Chico also sees hats as mileposts, and as talismans.
Here is an autographed golf hat that legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus sent her after she wrote to Nicklaus about her father, a member of Palm Beach’s elite Old Guard Society of golfers.
Here is the military hat that her son, Matthew, grabbed when the family attended the eldest son’s 1982 graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Chico knew that in the traditional hat tossthe hats are up for grabs. Matthew initially was reluctant.
“Do you want supper?” she asked him. He sprang out and returned with three hats, including the hat of May Holland Johnson, one of the first women to graduate from Annapolis. Today, it’s among the neatly labeled boxes in the Chico home’s Hat Room.
Here is a miner’s helmet with a propane-lit torch (a nod to her husband, Ray Chico, a mining geologist.) And a gaucho hat that represents Ray’s Argentine roots. And a bark-cloth hat acquired in 1987, an Indonesian souvenir with grim ties to Michael de Guzman’s Bre-X gold scam.
Here is her mother’s nurse’s aide cap that dates to her training during World War II.
Here are hats her son Greg brought from Africa and Thailand. Here is a cone-shaped fisherman’s hat, containing a message between the layers of straw, that son Matthew brought back from his Peace Corps service in the South Pacific.
Here is a Bedouin headpiece from a trip to the Sinai desert, and here a head ring from Rwanda, where the rings stabilize the buckets women carry on their heads. Here is a Brownie beret, a nod to daughter Tita’s Girl Scout days.
“People ask me which is my favorite hat,” she says.
“I say, ‘That’s like asking me which is my favorite child.'”
It’s hard to choose a favorite among so many hats with so many compelling stories.
One example: The disconcertingly jaunty masallahceremonial feathered hat worn by a Turkish boy on the day of his circumcision. Finding that hat required seeking out an Istanbul store that specialized in ceremonial circumcision outfits, a quest that earned Chico a few double-takes.
And with so many hundreds of hats and headwear to choose from, guess what kind of hat Chico wears?
She doesn’t. Instead, she wraps colorful ribbons, chosen to complement her outfit, around the bun that sits high on her head, and lets the ribbons trail down her neck.
“I decided that after I turned 50, I shouldn’t wear my hair long,” she said. “So I put it up in a bun, as the Spanish women do, and my sister suggested the ribbons.”
join Beverly in her class on Wednesdays at 1 pm. to learn more. Please email email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
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).