IN MEMORIAM: Gloria Kubel

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,


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Click here for the spring schedule. Registration is underway and many classes are quickly filling up.  Be sure we save you a seat – register today.

For those who would like a little extra assistance with registration, on site registrations are still taking place on these dates (be sure to check the location as some have changed from previous information you received).

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Thank you for giving

Many thanks TO ALL WHO GAVE TO The Academy for Lifelong Learning on Colorado Gives Day!

Academy for Lifelong Learning members came together on Dec. 5, 2017 to raise over $4000.00 for Colorado Gives Day. Soon we will learn how much that will get “boosted” by the Colorado Gives incentive fund.
Your donation means we can:

-Continue to buy new and refurbished equipment for classroom education

-Grant scholarships to those in need

-Provide members-only, events in 2018:-Offer two, free semester-previews per year for you and friends. (The One-Day Academy is Jan. 17, 9:30 am-1:30 pm!)

-Host summer-time events to remind you how much you love the Academy during our off-semesters.

-Maintain low membership and tuition fees

 -Grow the Academy reserves for emergencies
Your support is much appreciated!



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Book Discussion/Tattered Cover Book Fair

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.

Citizen, An American Lyric, Book Discussion-FREE

Assetou Xango, the City of Aurora’s Poet Laureate
1:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.
Participate in the National Endowment for the Art’s Big Read, through a discussion of Citizen. Learn about its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, as a community.
Assetou Xango is a poet, community 
Assetou Xango
activist, filmmaker, teacher, and mentor born and raised in Denver. She founded poetry venues in Denver and San Francisco,and, as a member of Deadly Pens and SpeakOut, Assetou has performed worldwide and was featured on HBO. She was also a part of TED Talks Mile High edition.
Citizen, An American Lyric, Book Discussion-FREE
Assetou Xango, the City of Aurora’s Poet Laureate
1:30 pm, Fellowship Hall.
Assetou Xango is a poet, community 
activist, filmmaker, teacher, and mentor born and raised in Denver. She founded poetry venues in Denver and San Francisco,and, as a member of Deadly Pens and SpeakOut, Assetou has performed worldwide and was featured on HBO. She was also a part of TED Talks Mile High edition.



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Where’s My Classroom?

When school starts, where do you go to find your class? Right Here!

Days Courses Meet Fall 2017-sorted by day of Week

Click here for your Facility Map 

Click here for your DRIVING DIRECTIONS!

Welcome to Your First Day(s) of Classes at the Academy

Our classes are 1.5 hours long with a very short stretch break (think 5 minutes), but please calendar yourself to stay for two hours! This will allow you to get coffee, talk to classmates, find a good seat.

You’ll want to take a map from our Welcome Desk or find a volunteer greeter (a real, live person!) to find your way to your classroom.

Stop for some coffee, tea or iced water. It’s in the Fellowship Hall. Check out our Fireplace Room,  adjacent to the Fellowship Hall, feel free to eat your lunch, read the paper or have coffee there.

Restrooms are located near the Koinonia Room, and near the main Academy/church entrance,

Once you get to your classroom, please check your name on the attendance sheet.

Nametags will be in the classroom where your first course is held. If you have to miss your first class, the next time you’re on site, ask to see the big wooden box for nametags, which is alphabetized and self-serve.

Introduce yourself to the others in your class who love lifelong learning, too!


Do’s and Don’ts

DO Plan to come early or stay late to say hello to members and staff. There’s a half-hour between classes to get more coffee and see friends.

DO Feel free to bring your own lunch or a snack, we have lots of spaces to catch up with friends. We also have a guide to local restaurants in the area if you have time between classes.  Ask the staff, too!

READ our weekly-ish emails. We try to put in some fun events during class weeks. If the weather is bad, check your email before you come.

DON’T bug the folks in the church office. We like them and they like us. We’d like to keep it that way. Find Academy staff or a volunteer!

Bad weather? We update our Website, phone and even 9 News by 7 am. Your safety comes first always. Use your own discretion on whether to venture out.

Emergency? We hope not. But just in case, tell anyone. Or call 911. Look for exits as you find your classroom.


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Members: Free Monthly Presentations


Music of Latin America: From Mambo to Tango, Lorenz Rychner
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11:30 am-1 pm

This lively presentation will take us on a journey through the fabulous diversity of melodies and rhythms, from Cuba and Puerto Rico via Mexico and Bolivia to Brazil and Argentina.  We’ll compare styles and influences, watch historic footage, and try to keep our tapping toes in check. We’ll need to be careful not to crank the music too loud so the neighbors don’t complain.

Lorenz Rychner took up piano and clarinet lessons as a child in his native Switzerland. He combined a career in publishing with a busy performing schedule. After emigrating to Australia he spent 15 years as a full-time musician. In 1985, while in Los Angeles studying orchestration and conducting, he accepted an invitation to head up the music synthesis and electronic orchestration programs at the Grove School of Music. Many published books and articles later, he moved to Colorado in 1996 and was the at Recording magazine. Lorenz teaches classes regularly at The Academy with a concentration and undeniable love for Jazz.


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Book Sale at The Academy 

Nov. 7-9, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

A great way to support The Academy and find some wonderful books. The Tattered Cover will give the Academy 10 percent of its sales to benefit our scholarship and technology fund.


And featuring the book,

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Expert-Led Discussion on Nov. 7 at 1:30 pm


This book has been selected by Lighthouse Writers Workshop, the City & County of Denver, and NEA Big Read to invite public discourse through a program called Denver Talks.

Join the discussion about the book with your fellow Academy participants. Explore its messages and themes, and what we can take away from the work, both as individuals and a part of the community. A limited number of copies are available at the Denver Talks locations, found at

About the book: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen looks at racism today, from everyday slights in the classroom and at the supermarket to police shootings nationwide to incidents involving public figures like Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane. Using a blend of essay, image, and poetry, Rankine thoughtfully examines how these stresses accumulate-impacting the behavior, morale, and potential of individuals and communities.


-Bring one friend for FREE to each of these great FREE presentations. No RSVP required for these.

-First Tech Tips class of each semester is free

-Courtesy coffee in between classes

-In-class tech trouble-shooting

-Expert-led classes with dedicated students

-Smarts, Charm & Wit of your classmates and Academy staff

Presentations take place at: The Academy, 6500 E. Girard Ave. Denver 80224

Print this  by clicking here:  Member Benefit presentation flier


ThESE wERE fantastic presentationS!

Feathered Dinosaurs, Larry Matten
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 11:30 am-1 pm

In 1860, a long-tailed, sharp-toothed dinosaur with feathers and claws was described from Middle Jurassic beds in Germany. This single species, Archaeopteris lithographica, stood as the only transitional form between reptiles and birds for 132 years. In 1992, a large number of specimens of dinosaurs with feathers, birds with feathers, and transitional forms with feathers were discovered in China, Madagascar and Burma. The characteristics of these recent discoveries solidified the scientific determination that birds are modern dinosaurs.

This is a preview of Larry’s Spring 2018 Academy class, “Renaissance of Dinosaur Discovery.”

Larry Matten wears many hats: teacher, paleobotanist, administrator, lawyer and researcher. Above all, Larry loves teaching about his favorite subject – paleontology and evolution. He has spent over 55 years studying and researching the fossil record. Some of his previous subjects taught include: Darwin, human evolution, amazing fossils and the Stories They Tell, and most recently, mass extinctions.


Modern Death & What Matters in the End, George Ho Jr., MD.
Thursday, Oct. 26, 11:30 am-1 pm

Our concept of death has changed from acceptance of the inevitable to death becoming optional because of the marvelous miracles of modern medicine. Recently, death has become more fearful and frightening with scientific advancements compounded by a healthcare system that regards medicine as a business. How, when and where we die have changed in the last century. We will examine why and explore how hospice and palliative care can improve the end of life. “Dying well” and a “good” death are both possible.

For 40-plus years, George worked in Rheumatology and had a special interest in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Now retired, he welcomes the opportunity to apply that professional knowledge, experience and talent to helping members of the Academy navigate the healthcare system through information and self-exploration. Since 2011, he has facilitated the Academy course entitled “Making and Sharing Sound End-of-Life Choices” and the demand for this information has continued.

Here’s what some members had to say:

“Your presentation today was really excellent”

“My husband has already used your Template for a Living Will in his end of life documents”

” I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated your presentation on “Modern Death…” yesterday.  I enjoyed your poems in the handout too and  think the presentation itself was a prose poem of sorts with the sprinkling of cartoons being just the right touch.  You had the entire audience in rapt attention, and I know I’m not alone in saying I hope I have health care professionals with your kindness and concern when that time comes.”

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Film & Propaganda Jul 12

Academy summer SHORT course


Course leader: Paul Turelli

$15 – includes refreshments

Proceeds from this event go directly to the Academy technology fund.

Wednesday July 12
1 – 3:30 pm (with a short intermission)
6500 E. Girard Avenue (inside Calvary Baptist Church) Fellowship Hall

We are more impacted by propaganda today than during Nazi Germany!  Preposterous idea? Perhaps.  But look at the history of film, the corporate media, commercialization and our current political polarization, and you may begin to agree.  For a little over two hours, we will take a look at these ideas thru short film clips and lecture notes to get the audience to think and voice their thoughts and opinions about where we are today in the world of ‘information and truth.’  What is the lens through which you view what is happening today and in your life time?  Come and enjoy an afternoon of thoughtful inquiry into the bubble in which we all live.



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FREE One-Day Academy-Tell a Friend


aug. 9, 2017, 9:30 am-1:30 pm

at The Academy, (CBC, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver 80224


Presentations include:

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.

-Coffee, snacks

-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)

Print ODA Flier HERE





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Solar Eclipse/Calder Talks, FREE

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Tuesday June 13, 1-3:30 pm

At The Academy, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, CO 80224 (inside CBC)
FREE for members and their guests, light refreshments included
NO RSVP’s needed. Questions to or (303) 770-0786

Don’t Get Left in the Dark:  the Total Solar Eclipse

From NASA, “On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse will cross the entire country, coast-to-coast, for the first time since 1918. Weather permitting; the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth’s surface. “

Jim Baron will discuss the facts and developments surrounding this astronomical phenomenon. Joining Jim will be Anne Holland, the Community Engagement Director for the Space Science Institute. She will bring a solar telescope that will be set up to view the sun, and eclipse crophave eclipse-viewing glasses as giveaways.

Jim Baron is an Academy member and has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit. He spent 47 years working at Hughes Aircraft/Raytheon designing spacecraft and ground control systems.  He worked on the Surveyor moon program and says, “My only claim to fame is that in a very real way, my fingerprints are on the moon.”

Anne Holland has a Master’s of Science in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. She has conducted astronomy outreach for the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station in Hawaii.


Art in the Gardens: Alexander Calder and Morecalder crop

Join Lisa Eldred, Director of Exhibitions, Art & Interpretation for the Denver Botanic Gardens for the second part of the program. The Academy is proud to welcome her back to talk about the installation featured in the Garden’s current living gardens exhibit, Calder Monumental. Alexander Calder was the inventor of the mobile and used it in his sculpture work. Lisa will also talk about the gallery’s indoor exhibit: Color: Works by Teresa Booth Brown. Her paintings intend to “… organize thoughts and ideas that resist written language. From a simple composition, each painting is developed intuitively by the addition and subtraction of layers of paint, collage and drawing.”

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Boxed Lunch Brigade Week of March 21

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is having box lunches delivered
March 21, 12:30-1:30 pm
March 22, 11 am-1:30 pm
March 23, 11 am-1:30 pm
This is simply a courtesy to you to enjoy lunch with classmates.
All you need to do is:
1. Know What day or days you want to have lunch at The Academy
3. Bring $ to the Academy ON THE DAY YOU WILL EAT LUNCH.
A variety of lunches will be offered. If you don’t eat meat or bread, please check the vegetarian option.
PLEASE  RSVP no later than 8 pm, March 19.

Lunch includes a sandwich, side, dessert and drink.

Please bring $9 cash or check payable to The Academy. This link is just for RSVPs, please bring payment to The Academy.


 Lunch will be held in the Welcome Area.

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