Fall 2008

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 4:30-6:30 pm
$5 (both first-time and prospective members are free)
Location: Three Fountains Clubhouse, 3280 South Oneida Way (NOT at the church!)

A talented quartet from the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra will greet you at this fall’s Open House.  Sip, nibble, and chat. Schmooze with facilitators and fellow Academics, and pick up any hand-outs you’ll need to get ready for your first classes. (Can’t make it? We’ll mail anything you miss.) Bring along friends and neighbors to join the fun and find out what the Academy is all about.  There may still be openings in a class that strikes their fancy.  A note of caution: long before last term’s open house, five classes filled.  Members waiting to enroll that evening were disappointed.
The Fall 2008 course offerings


Explore the Denver Art Museum with Experts
Coordinators: Joanne Mendes & Denise Turner
8 Wednesdays, Oct. 1 – Nov. 19
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$55 (includes museum docent fee plus two museum guide books)
Must be (or become) a DAM member, 720-913-0130
Guided tours, lectures, all at the Denver Art Museum

With the opening of its astonishing new building by Daniel Libeskind, the Denver Art Museum is now a must-see destination for art lovers from around the globe.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the DAM’s treasures and its rarely seen behind-the-scenes facilities with experienced DAM docents and staff as your guides. Featured art includes; impressionist paintings by Monet, Morisot, and Degas; outstanding examples of ancient art from China, India, and the Americas; masterpieces of American Indian and Western American art; important modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture by Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still, Andy Warhol, and Antony Gormley; as well as the special exhibition of work by internationally known German painter, Daniel Richter.  Our first meeting is scheduled for the lecture room on the lower level of the DAM north building. After that, walking tours are the order of the day.

Further Recommended Reading: Neil Harris, Marlene Chambers and Lewis Wingfield Story, The First Hundred Years (Denver Art Museum, 1996).

Coordinators: A long-time art enthusiast, Joanne Mendes recently retired from the Denver Art Museum after an international career as an art educator. A popular and respected DAM docent, Denise Turner trains docents and serves on the DAM’s Education Council board.

Lecturer: With more than thirty years’ experience as DAM’s senior editor and head of publications, Marlene Chambers will introduce the early history of the museum.

Instructor: Sunny Wold
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 11 (no class Oct. 30)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Powerpoint lectures, videos, discussion

Many sculptures and paintings by significant artists have used mythology as the subject matter.  Come look at art by Titian, Bouguereau, Bernini, Burne-Jones, Rembrandt and others.  We will then explore the myths being portrayed in order to more fully appreciate the art.  Can’t tell Demeter from Diana?  Did Leda really get impregnated by a swan?  Gods, goddesses, and demi-gods will come to life in this multi-media course as we learn about their wicked or heroic stories and come away with a clearer picture of who did what and why!  The course melds two art forms so that each is appreciated and understood more.
Required reading: Handouts will be provided by the facilitator.

Recommended reading: Edith Hamilton, Mythology, (Back Bay Books, 1998), Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, (Folio Society, 2000), Ovid translated by Horace Gregory, The Metamorphoses (Signet Classics, 2001), and Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (Anchor, 1991).

Instructor: Sunny Wold has had a lifelong interest in art history.  She has traveled extensively in France and Italy, and visited many art museums in Europe and America.  She is currently a docent at the Denver Art Museum, providing many volunteer hours in her areas of expertise.

Fuel for Reflection
Discussion leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Thursdays, Sept. 18—Oct. 30 (no class Oct. 9)
1:30 – 3:30

Discussions of short stories (unlike novels) can often be brought to conclusion in just one session.  We can do it!  Each week we’ll discuss 1 or 2 short stories.  While brief, their impact will provoke endless thought and great discussion.  All of the stories were published in 2006 and reflect diverse views of contemporary values and cultures.  The authors represent a heterogeneous group of ethnicities.  Class discussions will challenge your imagination and offer opportunities for interpretations and arguments about meaning.  You may be “stumped” at times to figure out the author’s intent, but all great works of art should leave questions unanswered!  In the words of Ann Patchett, editor of this publication, “short stories are more daring, more artful, more original than novels….which in turn usually leads to better writing.”

Required reading: Ann Patchett, Ed., The Best American Short Stories, 2006  (Hough-Mifflin Company, 2006)

Discussion Leader: A former English teacher and educational consultant, Paulette Wasserstein PhD, has always loved sharing a “good read.”

Suite Française
Facilitators: Donna Barrow & Connie Platt
4 Thursdays, Oct. 30 – Nov. 20
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Discussion, mini-lectures, video

Six decades after being penned by Auschwitz-bound Irene Némirovsky, Suite Française has found its rightful place on the best-seller list. The two novels comprising Suite detail—in the author’s own words—the chaotic “daily life, the emotional life, and especially the comedy” of a France overrun by Nazi forces. Delve into this gifted novelist’s light-hearted evocation of a bitter time, written as it was being lived, and savor its rich mixture of history and imagination. This is a repeat of the popular Spring 2008 class.

Required reading: Irene Némirovsky, Suite Française (Vintage, 2007).  Try to finish by Oct. 30.

Facilitators: Trained as a geologist, Donna Barrow is a discriminating reader who loves to explore the facts behind historical fiction. Former literature professor Connie Platt has served as a book reviewer on Denver’s KCFR-Radio and as host of an author-interview program on Channel 8.

Unrehearsed Drama
Facilitator: Laura Rubin
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 5
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Reading aloud, some discussion

Discover the joys of reading a script out loud.  Each week we will collectively become the characters from one or two plays selected for their excellence.  We’ll hand out scripts at the beginning of class and character parts will be assigned then changed every 6 or 7 pages.  You may immerse yourself in your character or simply read straight from the script. You’ll appreciate every playwright’s skill, and, with the copy of the play in front of you, you’ll never miss a word.  New plays, selected for their potential excellence for reading aloud, are chosen each year from Greek tragedies to modern one-act plays. Playwrights may include Strindberg, Neil Simon, Lillian Hellman, George B. Shaw, Arthur Miller, Ibsen, and Noel Coward.

Facilitator:  Retired public school speech therapist Laura Rubin has given hundreds of students in Florida and Colorado a new, hands-on appreciation of theatre during her play reading classes.

Chaplin, Lloyd, Langdon & Keaton
Facilitator: Ted Borrillo
3 Thursdays, Nov. 6 – Nov. 20
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$20 (nonmembers $35)
Lectures, discussion, film clips

How did Charlie, Harold, Harry, and Buster shape cinematic history without saying a word? What distinguishes their styles of comedy?  How did the introduction of sound in films impact their careers?  Join our journey through the lives and art of these four.  Film clips of each comedian will be shown.  Get ready to laugh, draw comparisons, and then defend your own choice for Best Silent-Film Comedian.

Facilitator:  A retired attorney and published poet, Ted Borrillo continues to pursue his love of art in its many forms. Long a fan of silent films, Ted will share his personal collection of videos and books.

Classical through Romantic
Instructor: Devin Hughes
9 Thursdays, Sept. 18—Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 9)
1:30 – 3:30

Explore the history, development, and performance of orchestral music from a conductor’s perspective. The focus will be from a stylistic, compositional, and developmental point of view. The class will also trace the history and context of how and when pieces were performed and touch on the lives of the composers, revealing how some viewed their contemporaries and predecessors. You will learn why all of this is relevant in everyday life, and how it factors into performance and interpretation. The class will focus on the Classical through Romantic Era (1750-1870), exploring music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Brahms, Wagner, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, etc.  Included in this course is the invitation to attend for free the Neurobiology lecture on Music and the Brain on October 2nd  at 10:00 am.

Instructor: Devin Hughes is the music director of the Niwot Timberline Symphony Orchestra and is currently pursuing an Artist’s Diploma at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, where he is Assistant Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.

Listen to What You’ve Been Missing
Instructor: Robin McNeil
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 19
10 am – 12 noon
Lectures, discussion

The next time you listen to a quartet, symphony or concerto, you’ll have a whole new appreciation of music, its role in history and literature and the physical properties of the instruments and groups that create it.  By listening to a variety of musical samples we’ll increase our comprehension of the “how” and “why” of music.  We’ll learn about scales, when they were created and their relationship to the evolution of music.  We’ll learn about the sonata form, atonal music, and aleatoric music. We’ll examine the similarities between a string quartet and a symphony.  Imagine the pleasure you’ll experience listening to piano music after learning why a piano is built the way it is!  Included in this course is the invitation to attend for free the Neurobiology lecture on Music and the Brain on October 2nd  at 10:00 am.. On October 15 other Academy members will join us for Conrad Kehn’s lecture on Olivier Messiaen and His Music.

Instructor:  Music critic and concert pianist Robin McNeil began his study of the piano at the age of 4 at De Pauw University.  He holds a bachelor of music in Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois.  When he is not performing or writing poetry, Mr. McNeil can be found racing sports cars or flying WWII vintage aircraft.

Olivier Messiaen’s 100th Birthday
1 Wednesday, Oct. 15
10 am – 12 noon
$5 (nonmembers $10)
Lecture, demonstration

The Playground, a chamber ensemble from the Lamont School of Music, will perform a free concert on October 24th to celebrate Olivier Messiaen’s 100th birthday.  In preparation, Conrad Kehn will host a class discussing Messiaen and his music, focusing on the repertoire that will be performed at the concert.  Messiaen, a French composer, organist, and ornithologist, entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 11.  When France fell in 1940, he was held as a prisoner of war where he composed his Quartet for the End of Time.

Contemporary American Composers
1 Tuesday, Nov. 18
$5 (nonmembers $10)
Lecture, performance

A one-time lecture and chamber ensemble performance will deliver a lifetime appreciation of the most renowned 20th century composers.  Their unique styles emerged when Western high art music’s center of gravity shifted from Europe to America.  As these Americans redefined music for their era, stylistic trends emerged, each one revolutionary in its own way. We explore these trends with discussion and performances by instructor Conrad Kehn and the Lamont School’s Playground, a chamber ensemble.

Instructor:  Conrad Kehn is a performer, composer, improviser, educator, writer and artist and founding Director of The Playground, a chamber ensemble dedicated to modern music. He is a lecturer of Music Theory, Composition and Music Technology at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he directs the Lamont Composers Concert Series.

The Emotions, Part 2
Facilitator: Jim Hartmann
5 Tuesdays, Oct. 21 – Nov. 18
Take your pick: 10 am – 12 noon
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$45, includes copious handouts
Video, lectures, discussion

Discover what the world’s great philosophers, dramatists, poets, and writers have had to say about our emotions. We will continue to examine the ways in which our passions define us, play havoc with our hearts and minds, and give meaning to our human experience as rational beings. As we look at how desire, hate, avarice, pleasure, pain, hope and despair affect our lives, we’ll take a deep look into ourselves.  This course is Part 2 of a two-part series that provides an intellectual framework with which we can reflect upon our humanity as individuals, as members of society, and as conscious beings in the cosmos. Join this great intellectual adventure.  Bonus: Participants in this course are automatically enrolled in the optional three noon lectures described below.

Required reading: Photocopied materials

Recommended reading: Robert C. Solomon, ed., What is an Emotion: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2d ed. (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003).

Instructor: Jim Hartmann rose from deputy state historian to president of the Colorado Historical Society and gubernatorial-appointed state historic preservation officer during his thirty years with the society.

Lecture one: Emotion, Temperament, and Mood in Western Music
Lecturer: Robin McNeil
1 Tuesday, Nov. 4
12:15 – 1:15
Lecture two: Get out Your Handkerchiefs
Lecturer: Marlene Chambers
1 Tuesday, Nov. 11
12:15 – 1:15
Lecture three: The Neurobiology of Emotion
Lecturer: Bennie Bub
1 Tuesday, Nov. 18
12:15 – 1:15
$5 each lecture (nonmembers $10)

Three presentations will examine how the emotions have been expressed in music, the arts, and within the very neurobiology of the brain itself.  A retired performing pianist and university professor, Robin McNeil will examine and demonstrate emotion, temperament, and mood in Western Music and also discuss emotion in the extra-musical world of concepts, actions, and the individual.  Next, take a look at how your emotions play out and influence your value judgments in encounters with the visual arts in a discussion session with Marlene Chambers, art historian and veteran art museum professional.  Bennie Bub, neurosurgeon and anesthesiologist, will undertake the “simple” task of untangling, in one hour, the cerebral components of emotions and feelings.  Dancing en pointe on the edge of philosophy & science, we’ll learn how and why actors like Laurence Olivier leave you awash in emotions while the vast majority move you not at all.

Instructor: Irwin Kirk
10 Thursdays, Sept. 11 (one week earlier) —Nov. 20 (no class Oct. 9)
1:30 – 3:30
Note that this course begins one week earlier than all others
Lecture and Discussion

Understand present-day China by examining its past. This class will look at the events and personalities involved in the Chinese struggle to create a nation-state in the 19th and 20th centuries. After suffering from a Japanese invasion during World War II and a civil war between the Guomindang and the Chinese Communist Party, the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949. The last fifty years have seen the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, diverse paths to building an economy, and tensions reaching the breaking point at Tiananmen Square in 1989. The tale from 1990 onward is current events: subject of another class.

Required reading: Jonathan Spence, The Search for Modern China (W.W. Norton, 1999 edition).

Instructor: Irwin Kirk teaches history and government at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, and has facilitated lifelong learning classes about America’s First Salute, the Paris 1919 Peace Conference, American Reconstruction and Middle Eastern history.

An Up Close and Personal Look at the Statesman’s Life
Instructor: Lewis House
7 Tuesdays, Sept. 23 – Nov. 11 (no class Sept. 30)
10 am – 12 noon
Lectures with Q&A

Winston S. Churchill’s oratory brilliance and strategic foresight courageously led Britain and the allies in the darkest hours of war while his many other talents, perhaps less well known, won him the Nobel Prize for Literature and recognition as a notable artist. This course will examine each of these areas of his extraordinary life.  While we look at the principles, moral compass, vision, genius, humor and wit of this great man we will also explore his failures, shortcomings and the controversies that followed him throughout his life. Noted historian Isaiah Berlin described Churchill as “the saviour of his country, a mythical hero who belongs to legend as much as to reality, the largest human being of our lifetime.”  A power point presentation in the first hour will include numerous audio and video clips.  Group discussion in the second hour will seek to find the relevance of Churchill’s exceptional life and accomplishments to today’s world.

Required reading: either of the following: Geoffery Best, Churchill A Study in Greatness (Hambledon & London, 2001, pp 336) or Robin H. Neillands, Winston Churchill Statesman of the Century (Cold Springs Press, 2003, pp 208).

Recommended reading before the first session:  Winston S. Churchill, My Early Life 1874-1904 (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, 1958).

Instructor: Lewis House (Lew) is a founder and current president of the Rocky Mountain Churchillians and has published a graphical Timeline of the Life of Winston S. Churchill.

Part 6
Coordinators: Nancy Collins, Lynn Luhnow & Bebe Telles
7 Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 4 (no class Sept. 30)
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, media presentations, Q&A

With travelers extraordinaire as your guides, join our banquet for the eyes and heart, as we visit intriguing places in our shrinking world. Gary Knapp, co-founder of Denver’s Egypt Society, will launch our tour in Egyptian temples and tombs, illuminating their cultural and religious riches. From the equator, we’ll sprint to the North Pole with Jimmy Dunn, geography professor and veteran of 17 Arctic summers; he’ll examine the implications of Arctic climate change and the conflicts brewing over territory and resources. From there, we’ll visit the little-known Chinese Miao ethnic minority group with Pat Dalton, a China tour-guide and needlework artist; lacking a written language, the Miao preserve their culture through exquisite embroidery and jewelry. Then, retired educators Margo Sargent and Terri Slivka will spirit us off to Rwanda; against the backdrop of  the country’s history and political turmoil, they’ll share their first-hand experiences with Rwandan schools, AIDS facilities and reconciliation meetings between the warring Hutus and Tutsis, as well as their adventures with Rwanda’s gorillas, monkeys and orphaned chimps. Next on our itinerary is Stockholm, the hometown of Bernhard Abrahamsson, former sea captain turned professor; he’ll recount the city’s history and reveal beloved places in this “Venice of the North.”  Our next stop will be Palestine, with Herzl Melmed as our guide; we’ll trace Palestine’s tumultuous history and grapple with such questions as “Whose land is it, anyway?” and “Who are the ‘Palestinians’?” Then we’ll do some time-traveling with Christina Haas, who will beam us up to the livable city of the future and explore its essential role in global sustainability. If Inga Calvin’s teaching schedule allows, there will be a bonus class exploring the world of the Maya.

Good companion book: Rosemund Halsey Carr, Land of a Thousand Hills, My Life in Rwanda (Plume Books, 2000).

Coordinators: Nancy Collins, Lynn Luhnow and Bebe Telles—all passionate sightseers of the imagination—have cooked up a tantalizing menu of enthusiastic experts.

On a 60-Year Struggle
Lecturers: Joy Lapp, Aref Nammari, Rob Prince, & Arnie Voigt
4 Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 8
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion, video

Palestinians remember Israel’s 1948 founding as the “Nabka,” which means “catastrophe” in Arabic and summarizes their experience of dispossession and displacement. Jewish and Palestinian facilitators passionately committed to a just peace will examine the Israel/Palestine conflict, the Palestinian refugee crisis, the reality of living under military occupation in today’s Palestinian territories, and the influence of the US, the media, and the so-called “Israel Lobby.” The course will climax with a discussion of the search for a just solution for Palestinians and Israelis, a solution leading to peace and security for both peoples.

Recommended reading: Phyllis Bennis, Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Interlink Publishing, 2007).

Instructors: Now teaching Religion and Ethics at Metro State College, Joy Lapp previously taught English in Egypt and has led several fact-finding delegations to Israel/Palestine. Aref Nammari, a Palestinian born in Jerusalem, currently works as an electronics engineer at CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Rob Prince, a senior lecturer at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies and long-time advocate for Palestinian human rights, publishes the Colorado Progressive Jewish News. A retired minister, Arnie Voigt served Lutheran parishes for 40 years and has led numerous trips to Israel/Palestine.


Making Difficult Choices
Instructor: Fred Abrams
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 12
10 – 12 noon
$65, includes bound notebook, topically relevant handouts, and the Five Wishes document
Lectures, discussion, Q&A

Did you follow the Terry Schiavo media circus? Have you wondered about the wisdom of transplanting a baboon heart into a human newborn with a fatal heart malformation? Should conjoined (“Siamese”) twins be separated when only one will survive? Is physician-assisted suicide acceptable public policy?  Is a fetus a “person?” This course will confront these issues in sessions that will examine actual medical cases and legal decisions. Among the topics we’ll discuss will be ethical theories, the purpose of institutional ethics committees, privacy and truthfulness in doctor-patient relationships, decisions to withdraw life support and how to make an “Advance Directive” for your end-of-life preferences.  Here’s your chance to gain the medical, legal, and ethical foundation to help make difficult personal choices.  This is a repeat of the popular fall 2007 course and is limited to 20 participants.

Required reading:  Albert R. Jonsen, Mark Siegler, and William J. Winslade, Clinical Ethics, 6th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2006).

Instructor: As a physician, Fred Abrams faced many ethical questions, leading him to found the first community-hospital based center for the study and teaching of bioethics at Rose Medical Center in 1983.  Formerly a professor at Iliff School of Theology, UCD and the Health Sciences Center, he has received many awards and written numerous journal papers and a book concerning ethical decisions.

Are We Hardwired?
Lecturer: Bennie Bub
4 Thursdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 16 (no class Oct. 9)
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
$35, includes Part 3 handouts
$20, Notebook for new participants with reference materials and timely articles from Part 1 & 2
Illustrated lectures with Q&A and discussion

In addition to genetic factors, the brain is shaped by environment and personal actions.  What are the complex roles of the brain during aggression?  When listening to music? These compelling explorations into what makes us tick (and get ticked off) will be followed by a summary of fascinating highlights from all three parts of the Neurobiology course. Even if you missed Parts 1 and 2, you won’t want to miss these final four classes!

Recommended reading: Michael S. Gazzaniga, The Ethical Brain (Dana Press, 2005) and Sacks, Oliver, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (Knopf, 2007).

Instructor:  Bennie Bub is a South African neurosurgeon board-certified in three different specialties on three continents. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1976, he practiced in Denver as an anesthesiologist for more than twenty years before founding a successful database company, from which he retired to indulge his love of music, travel and reading.

Instructor: Sandy Stolar
4 Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Oct. 14 (no class Sept. 30)
10 am – 12 noon
$35, includes lecture printouts
PowerPoint lectures, discussion

What’s in a brain? No one really knew until 1991 when scientists began to study healthy human brains. This course will focus on the most recent discoveries about brain biology, how memory works, and the importance of meaning and emotion in learning. But there is still much more to discover about the physical workings of the brain and consciousness. What should we be doing to keep our brains healthy? How does all this information affect how we live our lives? Get your brain engaged, and learn about how you learn and remember information.  This is a repeat of the popular course last spring.

Instructor: After thirty years of classroom teaching, Sandy Stolar became intrigued by how the brain actually learns. Today she is a trainer for Translating Brain Research into Classroom Practice and a member of the “Brainy Bunch,” a national group that studies brain research.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours with Experts
Leaders: Larry Matten & Bennie Bub
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Oct. 28 (no class Sept. 30)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$40 (plus your own museum fees of $9 [senior] or $13 [adult])
Guided tours, Q&A

Behind-the-scenes tours by experts will illuminate the workings of science facilities and also provide education about specific areas of science.  Explore climate and weather research (past, present, and future) at Boulder’s NOAA facility. Learn about the “green” sciences at Golden’s National Renewable Energy Lab.  See how a “green” building is designed at the EPA and find out how the agency protects air, water, and food.  Walk up Dinosaur Ridge and through the Morrison Museum for an up-close look at an ancient Jurassic ecosystem and hunt dinosaur bones. Visit a working genetics laboratory and discover how your DNA can be deciphered and interpreted.  Explore activities, facilities and procedures behind the scenes at Children’s Hospital.  What a fascinating way to study science!  Carpooling is encouraged.

Facilitators: Lawyer, paleobotanist and retired Southern Illinois University professor Larry Matten returns to his first love, teaching about early land plants and evolution. Bennie Bub, a neurosurgeon board-certified in three specialties, is passionate about sharing his ongoing research on evolution and new developments in medicine.


New Artists, Old Pathologies
Lecturer: Sheila Porter
8 Thursdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 13 (no class Oct. 9)
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Lectures, discussion

Did Picasso love or hate women?  Why did Gaudi design such strange buildings? In this class we will look at the developmental, situational and personal qualities of artists and the historical times in which their art was produced.  Learn how religion, psychosis, survival, depression, obsession, misogyny and other “dark” sides of humanity may have affected the works of  Mark Rothko, Antonio Gaudi, Dory Previn, Camille Claudel, Vann Nah, Edvard Munch, Picasso, and some purposely-anonymous African artists.  If you agree with Plato that creativity is “a divine madness,” this is your chance to evaluate selected works of art and share your own psychological analyses in class discussions.

Required reading: Handouts provided in class.

Recommended reading: Lynn H. Nicholas, The Rape of Europa (Knopf, 1995); and Dario Gamboni, The Destruction of Art (Yale Univ. Press, 1997).

Instructor:  Sheila Porter, PhD, has been called the Academy’s patron saint of solemn subjects because of her interest in the “darker” human emotions.  She combines an art history degree with over 30 years experience as a clinical and forensic psychologist.  Recently retired, Sheila divides her time between the Academy (where she chairs the Curriculum Committee) and volunteer projects in Cambodia and Africa.

Solutions for a Complex World
Facilitator: Ralph Plimpton
6 Weeks, take your pick:
Tuesdays, Oct. 14 – Nov. 18
Wednesdays, Oct. 15 – Nov. 19
Both: 10 am – 12 noon
Discussion, some lectures, Q&A

Climate change, energy use, population, and energy technology are all rolled into this one course. What more could we ask for? In his new book, scheduled for release on September 8, Tom Friedman levies the charge that climate change and energy use threaten our world and must be transformed. Not all agree. Is it technology or lack of political courage that’s holding us back? Until we get the necessary breakthroughs, what should we do? We’ll thread our way through competing claims to arrive at a course of action that mitigates the threat and retains our ability to grow and prosper in the new world we face.

Required reading: Thomas L. Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008).

Recommended reading: Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Picador, 2007).

Facilitator: After a career at Arco and Amoco, Ralph Plimpton founded and operated an out-placement consulting firm serving corporate clients and helping thousands of individuals find new opportunities or careers.

Facilitators: Sue Haskell & Barbara Rush
5 Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Oct. 21 (no class Sept. 30)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$35, includes handouts
Lecture, discussion, video, participant reports

Whether you’re a believer, a skeptic or a dispassionate observer of world-wide movements, you’ll enjoy exploring what Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay and even Oprah are saying about spirituality. We’ll examine a host of questions:  What is spirituality? What is mysticism? How does spirituality impact our lives? Can we heal ourselves? Is God still speaking to us today? Is this spirituality movement benign, harmful or the saving grace for our planet? Join us on a journey to our own individual answers.

Required reading: Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Penguin Group, 2005).

Recommended reading: Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love (Harper Collins, 1992).

Facilitators:  While the real estate business was her vocation, Sue Haskell’s avocation has always been spirituality. Her extensive spiritual studies range from est to Reiki and a course in miracles.  With advanced degrees in Global Religions and The Study of Higher Consciousness, Barbara Rush envisions her Special Focus Ministry as a natural extension of her passion to help expand humankind’s “oneness.”

Facilitator: Keith Meagher
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 19
1:30 – 3:30 pm

What motivates the religious militants of the settler movement in Israel, the Hamas and Hizbullah factions of Islam, the Christian Coalition of the US, and others? We’ll review the history of fundamentalist versions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in our search for answers to these questions. Discussions will focus on the development of religious fundamentalisms and their temptation to seek political dominance. This is a repeat of the popular class in the Winter 2004 term.
Required reading: Karen Armstrong, Battle for God (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000).

Recommended reading: Gabriel A. Almond, R. Scott Appleby and Emmanuel Sivan, Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalisms around the World (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Facilitator: An Academy founder, Keith Meagher is fascinated with the connection between culture and history. An experienced facilitator for courses in religion, philosophy and various cultures,  Keith loves delving deeply behind the surface and encouraging students to do the same.

Your Vote Counts
Presenters: Toni Larson & Jim Kneser
7 Tuesdays, Sept. 16–Nov. 4 (no class Sept. 30)
1:30–3:30 pm
$55, includes cost of copious photocopies
Lectures, discussion

Colorado has increasingly turned to ballot initiatives and referenda (that take the form of amendments to the state constitution) to address its contentious fiscal and public policy issues. This puts the burden on all of us, as taxpayers and voters, to make informed decisions at the polls. This fall it is possible that we will face the largest number of new ballot proposals in the history of the state.  We’ll scour the proposed amendments to ferret out all their intended and unintended consequences before we have to decide how to vote. Look forward to lively discussions as we separate fact from fiction on these important state issues.

Presenters: As executive director of Independent Higher Education of Colorado, the nonprofit agency responsible for public policy research and lobbying for Regis, DU, and CC, Toni Larson keeps abreast of state and federal issues, especially as they affect higher education.  After a career in financial management, Jim Kneser has turned his attention to educating adults about the workings of complicated economic principles in the real world.

Critical Election Year Economic Issues
Instructor: Jim Kneser
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 5
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$70, includes numerous handouts
Lectures and discussions

Economic issues always play an important role in determining the outcome of presidential elections.  Are the economic fundamentals and principles underpinning these issues clearly understood by the electorate?  Too often the heated election rhetoric obscures economic reality.  Get past the smoke and mirrors with economist Jim Kneser who will research the facts and attempt to explain the issues from an economist’s point of view.  We will look at between three to six economic issues in this eight-week course.  The issues will be selected by the facilitator just before the course begins.  At this writing, healthcare, tax policy, trade issues, immigration, inequality, Federal spending and Federal deficits are all possibilities.

Required reading: Handouts of the economic pronouncements from the candidate’s websites plus articles from the popular and economic media will support discussion in the class.

Instructor: After a career in financial management, Jim Kneser has turned his attention to educating adults about the workings of complicated economic principles in the real world. In the past few years he’s taught classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics, globalization, and public policy.

Facilitator: Vivian Sabel
8 Thursdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 13
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
$75, includes Great Decisions Briefing Book
Discussion, PBS videos, guest speakers

If you relish debating, discussing and critiquing U.S. foreign policy—or just updating yourself on the latest hot-button issues—this is the course for you. This long-standing, popular world affairs program was developed by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954 and continues to bring millions of Americans together to exchange opinions on vital foreign policy issues. This year’s featured topics are: Iraq, the European Union, Russia, U.S. defense and security policy, Latin America, U.S.-China trade and private global philanthropy.

Required reading: Great Decisions Briefing Book, which places the issues in historical context and provides background, current policies and alternative policy options. Photographs, maps, charts and editorial cartoons illustrate the text. Discussion questions, annotated reading suggestions and additional resources (including websites) are also provided.

Facilitator: A confirmed foreign policy junkie, world traveler and skilled facilitator, Vee Sabel loves to hear the opinions of others and gain new perspective on current issues.

Presenter: Jim Kneser
4 Thursdays, Oct. 30—Nov. 20
10 am – 12 noon
$40, includes notebook and numerous handouts
Lectures and Q&A

Immigration has become a hot-button issue of the 2008 presidential election campaign. Hillary Clinton was pilloried for her defense of former Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s plan to require illegal immigrants to have drivers’ licenses. Tom Tancredo says he won’t run for congress again now that he has successfully taken his “send ’em all home” message to the nation as a presidential candidate. Are today’s immigrants different from those of the past, as some claim? Is America ready to turn its back on its 250-year history as a nation of immigrants? Can we afford to absorb all the new arrivals, authorized and unauthorized? Can we afford to turn them away? We’ll review the history of American immigration and immigration laws past and present. We’ll also compare relative rates of assimilation and changing attitudes toward immigrants. Finally, we’ll look at the economic impact of immigration and weigh its costs and benefits.

Recommended reading: Most books on this subject are out of date. Instead of a book, numerous readings and a list of recommended websites will be distributed at the first meeting.

Facilitator: For those who missed it the last time around, economist Jim Kneser repeats this lively and highly popular investigation into one of today’s hottest topics.


One Lecture Free per Member
Organizer: Lois Martin
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 19
12:15 – 1:15 pm
$40 or $5 each ($10 each nonmembers)
Lecture, Q&A

Members: register for one lecture for free.  Lois Martin, founding editor and publisher of the Aurora Sun and an Academy member, has put together another appetizing array of experts and entertainers for this noon-hour lecture series. Pack a lunch, gather your friends, and join your fellow Academics for this weekly buffet of new ideas. You can find out more about the speakers at www.academyLL.org, by clicking on Facilitator Profiles.

A) Sept. 17.  “Did the Ancients handle water better than we do?”  A trip to Machu Picchu in 1974 inspired Ruth and Ken Wright to study the water supply, engineering, construction, and city planning of the site.  Similar work at Mesa Verde builds their understanding of handling scarce water in a very arid climate.  Both have published books on their findings.

B) Sept. 24.  “The Balkans: Powder Keg of Europe.”  Ed Schreiber, born in Croatia and educated in communist schools in Yugoslavia, will present a reasoned analysis as to why this rich and beautiful region seems as if it is always ready to blow.

C) Oct. 1.  “Our Narratives, Ourselves.”  Presenter Connie Platt believes one of the gifts of late adulthood is the opportunity to recognize and reflect on the stories we tell ourselves about our lives.  Using literary examples, she will highlight the few basic narrative patterns and their implications as our life stories continue to unfold.

D) Oct. 8.  “No Teacher Left Behind.” As president of the Colorado Education Association for six years, Ron Brady has examined hot educational topics from many directions.  Is it the students or the teachers who have been left behind and what should be done now?

E) Oct. 15.  “Presidential Elections of the 19th Century.”  Sleaze and slander in presidential elections are not an invention of the 20th century.  Several of our best-known presidents in the 19th century were the target of “no-holds-barred” attacks that would be envied by contemporary 527 committees.  Connie Hyde is ready to take you to the gutters for a closer look.

F) Oct. 22.  “The Pacific is Drowning.”  Since 1985 Elizabeth Harding has been advising Asian nations on environmental, economic, and social issues.  For the past six years her work has supported the Army in developing an environmental compliance program incorporating the numerous federal and state statutes.

G) Oct. 29.  “Benjamin Banneker, First African-American Self-taught Mathematician and Astronomer.”   Kathy Boyer loves to tell this story about a time in history, during the height of slavery, when Molly Walsh and her remarkable grandson Benjamin achieved the nearly impossible.

H) Nov. 5. “The Morning After: Analyzing the Election.”  Colorado Senator Bob Hagedorn will bring his years of experience in both the House and the Senate to what is sure to be a lively discussion of the election results.  Academic experience as a political science instructor at Metro State College for 22 years will help with the analysis of what the election results may mean for the future.  Park your politics at the curb and be ready to learn and discuss issues.

I) Nov. 12. “The Difference between Melancholia and Depression.”  Academy members have proclaimed, “I will take any class given by Sheila Porter.”  Although her subjects sound depressing, her years of experience in clinical psychology combine with her humor and perspective to produce enlightening and thoughtful lectures.

J) Nov. 19. “Psychotherapy for the 21st Century.”  Kay Robinson, with a master’s in counseling, will quickly trace the history of psychotherapy from snake pit institutions and electro-shock therapy up to the late 20th century and then she will focus on the tools available in just the last 20 years and what is now treatable.  Her specialty is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Tuesday, Sept. 9, 9:30 am–1 pm
$5 (nonmembers $20) Lunch is included
Instructor: Academy Director Sally Kneser

Facilitating is FUN!  Have you enjoyed participating in the Academy?  Would you like to become more involved?  Here’s your chance to learn techniques to make you both a great facilitator and a better group member.  This course is designed for both current and future facilitators.  If you have been a member at any time since the Academy began, the fee is only $5. What you’ll learn: How to organize an Academy class, the best ways to ask questions, how to begin a group activity, how to keep a group focused, and how to promote participation. What you’ll do: Listen to presentations, practice giving instructions, analyze and offer comments on the techniques of others, take home material for review, and receive advice from former facilitators.  “I have two main reasons for facilitating. First is that I enjoy the Academy so much that I want to make a significant contribution. Secondly, facilitating gives me the nudge to study the subject in more depth than if I were just taking the class, and accordingly, I learn more.”

A Matter of Life and Death Decisions
Instructor: Larry Matten
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 29
10 – 12 noon
$55, includes a large notebook of materials
Lectures, Q&A, discussion

Here’s your chance to get an overview of estate issues and their tax implications from an experienced elder-law attorney before going to see your personal lawyer. We’ll examine the Colorado laws governing estates, end-of-life health issues, and transfer of wealth as we explore various scenarios that could affect the decisions you make about your financial and health-care future.  Are the “Five Wishes” the best choice? What if you are unable to make decisions? Who can you turn to? Can you do this yourself? Do you really need a will? Is there an advantage to having a living trust?  Why put off getting your house in order any longer? This is a repeat of the popular spring 2007 course.

Instructor: After a long career as a professor of biology and botany, Larry Matten began a second career in 2000 as an elder law attorney specializing in estate planning and Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security issues. He has recently retired from the practice of law and returned to his first love, teaching.

Facilitator: Patricia Cox
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 16—Oct. 28 (no class Sept. 30)
10 – 12 noon
$50, includes 3-ring notebook, paper and photocopies
Interactive workshop environment

“Anyone who physically and emotionally outlasts childhood has something to write about forever,” offers author Lou Willett Stanek.  You will find this to be true as you discover the rich source of topics in your past and the joy of preserving these treasured tales.  This class is offered for those of you who have vowed to write your memories down, but have not yet done so.  We will share and encourage each other in class as well as tackle some writing at home.  Reading your stories aloud is a powerful affirmation and listening to others as they share is an effective way to improve your own writing.  Join this group, capped at 12, to transform your cherished memories into the beginning of your memoirs.

Recommended reading:  Lou Willett Stanek, Writing Your Life (Collins, 1996).

Facilitator: Patricia Cox taught writing to upper elementary students for the Denver Public Schools and for Cherry Creek School District.  She has facilitated the Beginning Memoir Writing class previously and it was well received.

Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 5
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$60, includes 3-ring notebook, paper and photocopies
Interactive workshop environment

Whether you’re nineteen or ninety, you have stories to tell and wisdom to share. This course creates a respectful and supportive atmosphere to help you recall your special life experiences and start compiling a permanent collection of your own stories to share with family and friends or simply to enjoy for yourself. Jump-start your memory with innovative and engaging activities to help you recall long-forgotten events and begin writing. This is a repeat of the popular class offered multiple times; it will be capped at 14 participants.

Facilitator: Kathy Boyer, a retired teacher, has conducted Life Story workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers and The Academy. She also works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape.

Instructor: Sally Kneser
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 18 (no class Sept. 30)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$85, includes newly revised ACBL book Bidding in the 21st Century, flash cards, and handouts
Lectures, practice hands, Q&A

Designed specifically for both beginning bridge players and those who have never-ever learned the game, this class will focus on modern bidding and playing agreements.  Bridge basics will be carefully presented using the latest discoveries about how adults learn.  After nine weeks, participants should feel comfortable joining their friends for casual games.  If you played bridge years ago in college, this class will be invaluable in highlighting the many changes that have made the game easier than ever to play.

Instructor: Everyone’s favorite bridge instructor, Sally Kneser takes her passion for bridge to the classroom with humor, patience and clarity.  She keeps busy as a member of two book clubs and as Director of the Academy.

Get More Out of Your Next Trip
5 Wednesdays, Sept. 17—Oct. 15
10 am – 12 noon
Continuing Beginners
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 22—Nov. 19
10 am – 12 noon
$35/each 5 week term, includes numerous handouts

Seasoned travelers agree that a grasp of conversational and transactional Spanish makes a trip to Latin America or Spain less stressful and more enriching.  Immersion classes in an exploratory environment will give you the Spanish capabilities necessary to feel more in control of your trip and be better able to connect to the culture.  Locals will appreciate and reward your language skills as well.  The first 5-week session will cover basic conversations, ordering at a restaurant, buying a ticket, and making a reservation.  The second session will continue with getting and understanding directions, and expressing wants, needs, and preferences plus increased vocabulary building.  Each class will be capped at 12 participants.

Instructor: Recently returned from a year living, working, and traveling through the Spanish-speaking world, Nikki Knaddison is a certified language instructor who has taught English and Spanish in Denver and Argentina.  Her travel experience inspired her to found the Denver Spanish House where she teaches English and Spanish.

Leader: Diane Carrick
8 Thursdays, Sept. 18—Nov. 13 (no class Oct. 9)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$70, includes the book Colored Pencil Step by Step

Guaranteed: You can draw. Drawing helps us appreciate the charm, harmony and beauty of real forms and offers a rare opportunity for originality in a world that grows more and more conventional every day. Using the book, Colored Pencil Step by Step, you’ll explore such drawing skills as proportion, shading and perspective. By practicing between sessions, skills increase rapidly. Past participants are welcome to return in order to hone skills learned previously.  Bring a drawing pad, pencil, colored pencils and kneaded eraser.  The class will be limited to 12 participants.

Leader: Retired art teacher Diane Carrick enjoys introducing people to art and encouraging them to stretch their limits.  Former classes depleted all used copies of the previously used drawing book so the fall term will switch to color pencil drawing.

Academy Facilitators

Our facilitators are enthusiastic volunteers who research and present courses on topics of great interest to them. The materials and opinions they and their guest speakers present are their own and not necessarily those of the Academy for Lifelong Learning.

Fredrick R. Abrams, M.D., (Biomedical Ethics: Moral Challenges for Patients and Doctors) is currently Director of The Clinical Ethics Consultation Group, Medical Consultant to the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, Adjunct Professor of Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, Volunteer Faculty for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at UCHSC. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the UCHSC. In 2006 he was selected to receive the Isaac Bell and John Hayes Award for Leadership In Medical Ethics And Professionalism from the Board of Trustees and Foundation of the American Medical Association.

In 1983 he became the founder and director of the first community hospital based center for study and teaching of bioethics, the Center for Applied Biomedical Ethics at Rose Medical Center in Denver, which provided the training in the 1980s for all the original Colorado hospital ethics committees. In the mid 1980s, he was a leader in the passage of Colorado’s first “Living Will” law and participated in its revisions during the next decade.

He has served as founding Executive Director of the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Life and the Law, Executive Committee of the Colorado Collaboration for End-of-Life Care, Steering Committee-Hospice of Metro Denver. He served on the national advisory board of: Institutional Ethics Committees of the American Society of Law and Medicine, National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction, the ethics committee of the Denver Medical Society, the Colorado Medical Society, founded the ethics committee of Rose Medical Center, and co-chaired the Joint Ethics Committee of the Colorado Columbia-Health One System. With the Denver Department of Social Services, he organized a curriculum and initiated instruction with the intention and result of establishing the Denver Community Ethics Committee.

Dr. Abrams was Executive Director of the Denver University/ Colorado University Health Ethics and Policy Consortium and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver. He was Project Director of the Robert Wood Johnson-supported “Colorado Speaks out on Health” project in 1987 that held over 400 meetings with Coloradoans to discuss ethical issues in healthcare. He developed and teaches courses in the Essentials of Biomedical Ethics, assisting hospitals, long term care facilities and communities to create ethics committees for continuing education of facility staff and for public outreach. Over the past 25 years, he has conducted over 1500 workshops, lectures and conferences for medical, nursing, legal, clergy, and teaching professionals, and for the public on ethical issues.

Born in Stockholm and raised during the great depression, Bernhard Abrahamsson (Cities and Regions of Destiny: Stockholm) went to sea at an early age. He graduated from Stockholm Merchant Marine Academy and ultimately received an unlimited master mariner’s (captain’s) license authorizing him to captain any ship of any size for any trade. His diverse career includes an interesting collection of positions: commander in the Swedish Navy, staff economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at DU, head of the Department of Marine Transportation at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, professor and division chair of the College of Business and Economics at University of Wisconsin-Superior, member of the Marine Board of the Transportation Research Board (National Research Council). Bernhard enjoys having time to take classes since his retirement in 1997.

Donna Barrow (Revisiting Occupied France in Fact & Fiction) is a discriminating reader who loves to explore beyond the page. She enjoys finding the facts behind historical fiction. After a brief career in hydrology, she turned to gardening, raising children and dogs, landscaping large spaces, and bridge.

Ted Borrillo (Four Great Silent Film Comedians: Chaplin, Lloyd, Langdon & Keaton) is a retired attorney. He was Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, taught criminal procedure and constitutional law at the DU Law School, and was a defense counsel in his private practice of law.  He has had an abiding interest in the criminal justice system resulting from his interest in the Bruno Hauptmann trial and his execution for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.  Hauptmann lived in the Bronx not far from Ted’s home. Ted has visited Flemington, New Jersey, the site of the trial, the cell where Hauptmann was kept, and has spoken with David Wilentz, the prosecutor of Hauptmann. He has taught at the Colorado Police Academy and at the National College of District Attorneys in Houston.

Kathy Boyer (Writing your Life Story; Experts & Entertainers: Benjamin Banneker, Mathematician) has conducted LIFE STORY workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and with the Academy.  As a child, Kathy developed a love of the personal story as she listened to adults recall the tales of their childhood.  Now a retired teacher, Kathy works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape.  As a workshop facilitator, she offers inspiration and ideas to groups of people who want to begin a written collection of their own short stories.

Ron Brady (Experts & Entertainers: No Teachers Left Behind) received his Bachelors in Education from the University of Colorado, and went on to complete his Masters in Education from Regis University.  He has a background in television production as well as photography, but his primary career has been in the classroom.  After teaching in Adams County for 25 years, he went on to be the President of the Westminster Education Association from 1995 – 2000 before becoming President of the Colorado Education Association from 2000 – 2006.  Mr. Brady now has a consulting firm, and works as an avid volunteer in the field of education and policy.

Bennie Bub (Human Behavior and Neurobiology) is a South African neurosurgeon who is board certified in three different specialties on three continents.  His teaching career began when, as a medical student, he taught physics at a technical college in return for free car maintenance courses.  After receiving his MD at the University of Cape Town he became a general surgeon gaining his FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) in the UK.  Having been captivated by the complexities of the brain, he now began his neurosurgical studies in London at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Epilepsy.  Thereafter he became a Teaching and Research Fellow at Harvard College as well as a resident in the Harvard Neurosurgical Service at the Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals.  Concurrently, he studied violin performance in the Boston Conservatory of Music under Reuben Gregorian.  This Boston sojourn was followed by completion of his neurosurgical certification at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.  Then began his years of busy neurosurgical private practice simultaneously teaching as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cape Town.  During this period he founded the first multidisciplinary clinic in South Africa for the management of intractable pain.  Immigration to the USA in 1976 was followed by training and board certification in Anesthesiology.  He then joined a practice in Denver from which he retired after more than 20 years.  In the early nineties he was founder and CEO of a successful database company, which provided credentialing of physicians for health insurance companies.  Since retirement he has indulged in his love of music, travel and voracious reading, all the while striving to stay au courant with the neurosciences.

Archaeologist and photographer Inga Calvin (Cities and Regions of Destiny:   ) teaches at the University of Colorado-Denver. Having originally planned to conduct ethnographic fieldwork among the Navajo, her life was transformed after viewing the dynamic exhibit about Maya art and writing, “Blood of Kings.” Inga has conducted archaeological research in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—and regrets that her Spanish is not better. Her most recent studies have taken her to the basements of Guatemala’s bodegas and museums in search of Classic Period (AD 200-900) Maya ceramics. She served as director of the Center for Latin American Art and Archaeology and participated in the reinstallation of the New World galleries at the Denver Art Museum.

Diane Carrick (Yes, You Can Draw!; Experts & Entertainers: Thinking Outside the Box) taught junior high school art classes for eight years in Ohio. She has published poetry in Windows to the Soul, and her art work and articles about art have appeared in 5280 and elsewhere. She enjoys taking Academy classes and teaching art to small groups in her home. She’s currently in the process of writing her life story as she charges on to another adventure.

After thirty years as senior editor and head of publications at the Denver Art Museum, Marlene Chambers (DAM Great Art:  Explore the Denver Art Museum with Experts) has escaped to the Academy, where she hopes to indulge her lifelong interest in literature, art history, and learning theory. She holds master’s degrees in both English literature and art history. Her literary, film, and exhibition criticism has appeared often in professional journals, and she currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Curator. She has taught high school English, college freshman English, and label-writing workshops and believes that “learning is meaningless unless it opens your eyes to fresh ways of seeing.”

Pat Dalton (Cities and Regions of Destiny:  Chinese Miao Ethnic Minority Group) first traveled to China in 1986 and was fascinated by the country, culture, people, historical sites and delicious food.  She returned to China a number of times to visit and finally decided to organize tours, having just completing her 32nd trip to China and will go again in November.  Ms. Dalton is especially interested in textiles, batik (wax resist), silver works,  embroidery and the numerous crafts of China.   She does different kinds of needlework, having studied Japanese Embroidery for five years.  She is an avid beader, and feels that having a needle in her hands is therapy!  She has a huge collection of needlework items and books, too.  Ms. Dalton also loves to cook all kinds of cuisines, especially Mexican and Asian,  and has a small herb and vegetable garden.

Dr. Jimmy Dunn (Cities of Destiny:  Arctic Geography)spent 17 summers exploring the arctic and a good deal of his professional life studying arctic issues. He has paddled approximately 10,000 miles in the arctic. He teaches Geography at the University of Northern Colorado and coordinates a grassroots organization of 3,000 teachers interested in geography education.  Dr. Dunn describes himself as a, “a guitar-strumming, golf ball chasing, paddling fanatic and family man with a wonderful wife and a 2 year old son.”

Christina Haas (Cities and Regions of Destiny: Elements of a Liveable City: Global Sustainability).

Senator Bob Hagedorn  (Experts & Entertainers: The Morning After: Analyzing the Election)  was first elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1992 and re-elected three times.. During his time in the state house, Hagedorn worked on issues including patient protection legislation, and prevention strategies in the criminal justice system, and was named by the Democratic Leadership Council as one of “100 to Watch” among young Democratic officeholders. Term-limited, Hagedorn went on to serve in the Colorado State Senate, elected in 2000 and 2004 to represent the solidly Democratic district.  Hagedorn emphasized health care issues in particular during his Senate tenure and his 2004 re-election campaign.

In the 2007 session of the Colorado General Assembly, Hagedorn served as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and as a member of the Senate Transportation Committee.  In past Senate sessions, Hagedorn has served on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. During the 2007 session, Hagedorn successfully sponsored legislation to establish a state prescription drug discount program — the first bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter– and to declare John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” the second official state song.

Elizabeth Harding (Experts & Entertainers: The Pacific is drowning joy (I am not sure of this name – couldn’t decipher Lois’ handwriting) of Elizabeth Harding & Associates, P.C., a Women-Owned Small Business Concern, has extensive environmental compliance experience.  Beginning in 1985, Elizabeth’s work in Asia and the developing Pacific has included both long and short-term representation of national and provincial governments on environmental, economic, and social issues.  Her work travel in the Pacific includes considerable time in Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Kiribati, and Tuvalu.

For the past six years, Ms. Harding has been supporting the Army at Fort Greely, Alaska as a member of the Fort Greely Environmental Team responsible for developing an environmental compliance program incorporating the requirements of numerous federal and state statutes and regulations.  In addition, Ms. Harding is currently supporting the Navy Region Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii.

Jim Hartmann (Adventures with Great Ideas: The Emotions) received his B.A. degree in the humanities from Regis College and M.A. degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a three-year stint in radio-television, he began a thirty-year career at the Colorado Historical Society, beginning as deputy state historian and ending as president of the Society and gubernatorial appointed state historic preservation officer for the State of Colorado. After retiring from those positions, he was appointed executive director of Four Mile Historic Park where he remained for five years.

Sue Haskell (Kooks or Gurus? Examining New Age Spirituality) has her Master in Business Marketing from the University of Denver. She was involved in real estate and relocation businesses for 30 years in management and ownership. While business was her vocation, her avocation has always been spirituality and the search for Truth. She has studied everything from est to Reiki to Course in Miracles and many, many more teachings giving her a good overview of the many facets of spiritual enlightenment. Before going into business she taught in a junior high school for two years. She also instructed many real estate classes for the Colorado Association of Realtors and twice taught a class for VIVA called The Power of Myth.

Lew House (Winston S. Churchill: Exploring Greatness) is a founder and current President of the Rocky Mountain Churchillians, an Affiliate of the international Churchill Centre. An avid fan of Winston S. Churchill, Lew published a graphical Timeline of the Life of Winston S. Churchill and has given talks and a course on Churchill.  Retired from two careers, twenty years as Senior Scientist in astrophysics and ten years as Senior Director of Competitive Technology Intelligence, Lew finally turned nearly full-time to his love of history.  Recently he acquired a MA in Military History.  As part of his professional careers, Lew published numerous scientific papers and frequently taught graduate courses. He has lectured and presented seminars widely in the U.S. as well as in seven other nations. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Astro-Geophysics, a MS in Physics, a MA in Military History, and an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Engineering.  Lew’s current interests include, in addition to Winston S. Churchill, Napoleonic history and the co-evolution of military science and European history from ancient to modern, as well as cosmology, cryptography, war gaming, system dynamic simulation, gourmet cooking, and travel.

Devin Patrick Hughes (A Conductor Explores Orchestral Music) was recently appointed Music Director of the Niwot Timberline Symphony Orchestra and is currently pursuing an Artist’s Diploma at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, where he is the Assistant Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.  He also leads the Denver Chamber Players, with whom he recently performed a fully staged version of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with a libretto by Kurt Vonnegut.  In Ithaca, New York he founded the Ithaca Chamber Players, was Music Director of the Ithaca Sinfonietta, and conducted Kulmusik, a contemporary chamber ensemble performing works of many living composers including Christopher Theofanidis, Jennifer Higdon, and John Harbison. While pursuing his Masters degree in orchestral conducting at Ithaca College he also conducted in the annual Cornell University production of the Messiah, and premiered In the Garden of Eden, a ballet by Naomi Williams, along with two new works by Jesse Clark: his Cello Concerto and his controversial work entitled Free Weight Fantastique.

Devin was also Assistant Conductor of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Ball State University Summer Symphony, Conductor of the annual opera production and was Associate Conductor of the East Central Indiana Youth Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras such as the Rochester Philharmonic, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, and the Green Bay Symphony.
Devin is originally from Springfield, Illinois and has studied with Gustav Meier, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Kurt Masur, Bridget-Michaele Reischl, Jeffrey Grogan, Michael Morgan, and Lawrence Leighton Smith.

Connie Hyde (Experts & Entertainers: Presidential Elections of the 19th Century)spent her college and graduate days immersed in literature, but, after a final year in the rare book room at Duke University library with 16th century folios, decided that her intellectual life needed more human dynamic. She spent the next several decades practicing commercial real estate law (and raising children, who, according to Connie, taught her more about the psychology of negotiation than all the law books in the world). Recently retired, Connie has returned enthusiastically to her first loves of literature, history, politics, music and art (and, of course, gardening). “I am fascinated by the people and ideas that have shaped our world and the way that literature, music, and art interact with history and politics. The modern world is so complex and perilous that we, as thoughtful adults, have to be alive to the historical currents that brought us to the present.”

Conrad Kehn (Contemporary American Composers, Olivier Messianen and His Music) is a performer, composer, improviser, educator, writer and artist.  He is the founding Director of The Playground; a chamber ensemble dedicated to modern music.

An award winning composer, Conrad’s style spans all genres touching on electro-acoustic music, multimedia works, graphic scores, aleatory, and experimental rock, but still remains grounded in the western music tradition. His music has been performed across the US including Issue Project Room (NY), Audio Inversions (Austin, TX), Pendulum New Music Series (CU-Boulder), and the Summer New Music Symposium at Colorado College.

Conrad is a lecturer of Music Theory, Composition and Music Technology at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where he directs the Lamont Composers Concert Series.

In his career as a lawyer, Irwin Kirk (China’s Power Struggles, 1800-1989) attempted to determine Congressional intent expressed in statutes governing grant-in-aid programs of the present Dept. of Education in Washington D.C. He supervised the agency’s administrative operations until a family vacation in Colorado prompted an assignment to the Denver regional office. Retirement offered him opportunity to read widely in history and to teach history and government courses at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.  Irwin has facilitated lifelong learning classes about America’s First Salute, the Paris 1919 peace conference, American Reconstruction, and Middle Eastern history.

Gary Knapp (Cities and Regions of Destiny:  Egyptian Temples) retired from the Denver Deptartment of Health & Hospitals Division of Biostatistics after 33 years. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with BBA and MA in Statistics and went on to take PhD course work in Statistics and Econometrics at CU. Gary volunteered as a youth coach for 30 years and is active with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and South High Alumni Association.

Joy Lapp (A Palestinian Perspective) has a Ph.D. in Early Christian Literature. She taught English in Egypt for three years, and has led several fact-finding delegations to Israel/Palestine. She teaches Religion and Ethics at Metro State College.

Recently returned from a year living, working, and traveling through the Spanish-speaking world, Nikki Knaddison (Spanish for Travelers) is a certified language instructor who has taught English and Spanish in Denver and Argentina. She minored in Spanish at Whitman College and studied at the University of Buenos Aires. Her travel experience inspired her to found the Denver Spanish House where she teaches English and Spanish. Before teaching, Nikki worked for not-for-profit organizations, many of which focused on working with Spanish-speaking families. She was involved with the Hispanic Initiative through Junior Achievement, a grant that focused on better serving Latino students and their families. Nikki has enjoyed her formal study and practical application of Spanish because, at its core, language allows one to connect with people and cultures in a way that would be impossible without knowledge of the language.

After a career in financial management, Jim Kneser (Colorado Ballot Issues: How many did you Say?, The Dilemma of Immigration, Critical Election Year Economic Issues) has turned his attention to educating adults about the workings of complicated economic principles in the real world. In the past few years, he has taught classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics, globalization, and public policy. Hardly a Johnny one-note, Jim indulges his lifelong interest in music by facilitating courses showcasing some of his favorite composers.

Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser (Bridge for Beginners & Never-Evers) is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. “I love to learn, and it’s so much more fun with friends around.” Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics to others. As the Academy’s Director, Sally tackles operational and tactical issues in running the nonprofit. While volunteering with the Junior League, Sally chaired several committees, including the Facilitators. When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs and stops to smell roses in her gardens.

Lynn Luhnow (Cities & Regions of Destiny) is a Denver native, although she lived in Leadville and Grand Junction for many years. She is a semi-retired paralegal and recently received the Pro Bono Paralegal of the Year award and serves on the Colorado Judicial Performance Commission for the 18th Judicial District. She now enjoys the additional time to play in her flower gardens, enjoy nature, cook, walk, and bike ride. “One of my greatest joys is to learn new ideas and thoughts and get more acquainted with nature, our world culture, and current events.”

Lois Martin (Experts & Entertainers) came to Denver by way of Philadelphia and Nebraska. She was a major 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.

Larry Matten (Putting your House in Order, Real World Science: Behind-the-Scenes Tours) started teaching science when he turned 21.  Most of his teaching experience was as a Professor at Southern Illinois University.  He has taught over 10,000 students in his large general biology and general botany courses.  He was major advisor for 5 Ph.D.’s and 15 Master’s students.  His area of interest has been on early land plants.  Dr. Matten has published extensively, received numerous grants, been the president of his national professional organization, is a past editor of the international journal Palaeontographica, and has had two species of fossils named in his honor.  He retired from academia after the death of his wife of 36 years and changed careers.  He received his law degree in 2000, passed the bar and went into private practice as an Elder Law Attorney in the firm of Solem, Mack & Steinhoff, P.C.  His practice has specialized on estate planning that includes: powers of attorney, guardianships, conservatorships, wills, trusts, and probate.  He also represented clients having Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security issues. Dr. Matten is a trained mediator/arbitrator and is currently doing arbitrations for the Better Business Bureau.  He has recently retired from the practice of law and has returned to his first love, teaching.

Robin McNeil (Music Literacy: What to Listen for) began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four. He has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois. He has performed over three hundred concerts throughout the Midwest and East as soloist, soloist with several symphony orchestras, duo pianist, a partner in four-hand concerts, and in chamber music recitals. Mr. McNeil has written many musicology book reviews for Choice magazine of the American Library Association and Publisher’s Weekly, in addition to being an experienced music critic for newspapers. He is also a published poet, and the Denver composer, David Mullikin, has used his poems for art song texts.

Outside the sphere of music, Robin has raced sports cars and flown WW II vintage aircraft, and is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  Mr. McNeil teaches privately and continues to do research on the French composer, Théodore Gouvy.  Mr. McNeil is President of the Piano Arts Association, and an Honorary Member of the Institut Théodore Gouvy of Hombourg-Haut, France.

A man for all seasons, Keith Meagher (The Rise and Impact of Religious Fundamentalisms), one of the Academy’s founders, has special interests centering on the connection between culture and history and has facilitated courses in Complexity, Modern Philosophy, Clash of Cultures and Religious Fundamentalism. An avid reader and interested observer of the Arts, Keith loves delving deeply behind the surface and finding ways to encourage fellow students to do the same. He looks forward to hearing the thoughts of others as weighty and complex issues are examined.

Born in South Africa, Herzl Melmed (Cities and Regions of Destiny: Palestine) grew up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He attended the University of Capetown and was President of the Student Council, a very political position dealing with the authorities in order to provide equal treatment for all students, Black or White, in 1962. He emmigrated to Israel in 1965 and was there for the 6 Day War and the Yom Kippur War. He ran the OB-Gyn service for the Upper Galilee, and parts of the Golan Heights and Lebanese border areas. He emmigrated to Colorado in 1976 and has been active in the local community presenting Israel’s case to numerous audiences, including church groups, university campuses and radio. This has often involved debates with representatives of the Palestinian community. He chairs a grass roots org. called ActionIsrael of Christian and Jewish supporters of Israel. He is a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Mid E at DU. He has chaired a Middle East study group for the last 16 years, and was recently involved in leading a Muslim-Jewish dialog for about 2 years. He is a practicing gynecologist at Swedish when not involved in his passions.

Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes (DAM Great Art; explore the Denver Art Museum with Experts) has recently retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the Denver Art Museum, for which she developed and coordinated adult courses and lecture series for over a decade. Her passion for art was ignited when she and her petroleum engineer husband, Bob, moved to England, where she soon put her education degree to good use as co-director of Modern Art Studies, a company associated with the Institute of Contemporary Art. Joanne likes nothing better than to put people in touch with the most knowledgeable art experts available and currently continues to organize art-related education and travel opportunities for the DAM Contemporaries, one of the Denver Art Museum’s support groups.

Aref Nammari (A Palestinian Perspective) is a Palestinian born in Jerusalem. He completed High School there, then studied in France, and came to the U.S. in 1985. He currently works at the University of Colorado as an Electronics Engineer at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.

Connie Platt (Revisiting Occupied France in Fact & Fiction) received her BSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, her MA in English from San Jose State University and her Ph.D in English from the University of Denver. For two years she reviewed books on KCFR – Denver and for 14 years she hosted the author interview program, Between the Lines, on Denver’s KDTV-Channel 8.

Constance Platt (Experts & Entertainers: Our Narratives, Ourselves) has taught literature and writing at the University of Denver, University of Colorado, Boulder and Denver, and Loretto Heights College.  For 15 years she was the host of an author interview program, Between the Lines, on KDTV, Denver, and has reviewed books on KCFR, Colorado Public Radio.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

Connie observes that “one of the gifts of late adulthood is the opportunity to recognize and reflect on the stories we tell ourselves about our lives.  The study of literature shows us that under the superficial details, there are only a few basic stories, a handful of narrative patterns.”

Ralph Plimpton (Hot, Flat, Crowded: Solutions for a Complex World,) was a manager and Vice President of Human Resources with Arco and Amoco until the early 80’s. Until retirement in 2003 he founded and operated an outplacement consulting firm serving corporate clients in 17 states in the Mountain States and the West. During that period he and his associates worked with thousands of individuals in developing their best skills and capabilities in the process of finding new opportunities or careers.

With an undergraduate degree in art history and 30+ years as a Clinical & Forensic psychologist, Sheila Porter (Creativity & Madness: New Artists, Old Pathologies; Experts & Entertainers: The Difference between Melancholia and Depression) joined those two factions into the study of the impact of an individuals’ psychological makeup on their artistic production.  She has been an international speaker for the psychiatric group known as “Creativity and Madness” and has lectured on Miro, Kahlo, Shahn, Ernst, Gauguin, and others. Her interest in Genocide and the ‘darker’ human emotions have earned her the Academy’s designation of the patron saint of solemn subjects. Sheila has said, “I always return to the study of art and artists because it is good to remember that the world has always produced beauty in spite of itself.”  Recently retired, Sheila divides her time between the Academy, where she chairs the Curriculum Committee, her grandchildren who always make her laugh, and volunteer projects in Cambodia and  Africa.

Rob Prince (A Palestinian Perspective) is a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver and long-time advocate for Palestinian human rights. He spent 2 1/2 years in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, teaching at L’Institut Bourguiba des Langue Vivantes.He publishes the Colorado Progressive Jewish News.

Kay Robinson (Experts & Entertainers: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century) grew up in Texas and earned degrees in International Studies and Latin American Studies before becoming a history teacher.  Due to long term health problems she stopped teaching and returned to college in 1983 for a master’s degree in counseling.  Although she first intended to work only with clients who suffered chronic physical pain, she quickly discovered that given a choice, most people can cope with physical disability and discomfort more easily than emotional turmoil.  Since 1985 she has practiced primarily in the areas of PTSD due to incest.

Laura Rubin (The Play’s the Thing: Unrehearsed Drama) is a retired public school speech therapist, who has facilitated play reading groups for seven years in Jacksonville, Florida and Denver, Colorado.  Laura has enjoyed international and domestic travel with the meeting of new people.

Barbara Rush (Kooks or Gurus? Examining New Age Spirituality) graduated from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Christian Leadership/Organizational Behavior and from Holmes Institute with a Masters Degree in The Study of Higher Consciousness as well as a Ministerial Degree in Global Religions. She has been blessed with having the opportunity to live in eight different countries and has traveled extensively to over 42 countries around the world. Barbara’s Special Focus Ministry has been called, “Global Outreach Ministries” for her passion and dedication to being part of the greater cause of our Global expansion of ONENESS throughout humankind.

Vee Sabel (Foreign Policy Decisions) is a confirmed foreign policy junkie and world traveler. She loves to hear the opinions of others and gain new perspective on issues. She is a skilled facilitator having been trained by and worked with Michael Doyle and Peter Strauss in their worldwide consultancy, Interaction Associates. While with them, she specialized in issues involving information flow and management structure. She has also worked with nonprofit boards throughout the United States on similar matters. Locally she is a member of the Institute for International Education, the Englewood Rotary Club, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum, and numerous other nonprofit groups.  Vee is also a designer with the Allred Architectural Group and often lectures at Arapahoe Community College.

Margo Sargent (Cities and Regions of Destiny: Rwanda) is from Vancouver, B.C. and has a BA in English and an Masters in Education of the Linguistically Different.  She is a retired English as a Second Language teacher from Smoky Hill High School and an avid volunteer with immigrants and refugees.  She now enjoys being “free” to participate in a myriad of activities including being able to “give back” to her local and state communities. Ms. Sargent feels that what she’s learned from her personal and professional experiences with immigrants and refugees, including  victims of poverty and war, might enlighten and  inspire others to get involved.

Your guide to the many cultures and colorful history of the Balkans will be Ed Schreiber (Experts & Entertainers: Balkans, The Powder Keg of Europe), former Democratic candidate for Congress, who was born during World War II to an aristrocratic fascist Catholic family in Zagreb, Croatia, and educated in communist schools in Yugoslavia before coming to the U.S. at thirteen.

Ed Schreiber finished high school in Dearborn, Michigan and then served for six years in the U.S. Army as a musician, mostly in France.  Ed played piano in Denver night clubs while studying engineering at the University of Colorado, and had a distinguished career in the computer industry.  Ed has also been a race driver, a taxi driver in Paris, an amateur actor, a radio talk show host, and a Democratic candidate for Congress.

Terri Slivka (Cities and Regions of Destiny: Rwanda) is from Denver and has a BA in Biology and a Masters in Educational Counseling.  Ms. Slivka is a retired counselor from Cherry Creek High School; and is an active community volunteer and sports activist.  She feels it is very important to be able to “give back” to her local and state communities.  Ms. Slivka feels that what she’s learned from personal and professional experiences with immigrants and refugees, including victims of poverty and war, might enlighten and  inspire others to get involved.

Having thirty years of classroom experience caused Sandy Stolar (New Discoveries in Memory & Learning) to become curious about how the brain works and learns.  After reading several books, she decided to attend a couple of workshops and then she was absolutely hooked on learning about the brain.  Sandy became a trainer for “Translating Brain Research into Classroom Practice” and is a member of the “Brainy Bunch”, a group of people who study brain research and gather each January to hear from some of the researchers themselves about the new information that is coming out.  She loves sharing what she has learned with others who are curious about this fascinating subject.

Bebe Telles (Cities & Regions of Destiny) is a proud native Texan now living in Colorado because she loves the climate. Her husband’s career as a geophysicist for a major oil company gave them the opportunity to live in the Connecticut/NY area, Denver and Lima, Peru. Bebe has found various occupations and volunteer opportunities to satisfy her personally and professionally with every move. “I am a perpetual student and feel that I am a good and effective teacher in subjects and areas that I know.”

Denise Turner (DAM Great Art:  Explore the Denver Art Museum with Experts), liaison with the Denver Art Museum, joined the museum as a volunteer in 2000 and is an outstanding and popular docent. She has worked with both student and adult programs as a docent and currently serves on the Education Council Board. She has been working with the current docent class by doing demonstrations and mentoring. Her love of art was reflected when she taught 6th grade, junior high and high school literature and language arts because she incorporated units on movements in art, music, and literature at all levels.

Arnie Voigt (A Palestinian Perspective) is a retired Lutheran minister. He served Lutheran parishes for 40 years, including ten years in an Afro-American parish in Mobile, Alabama. He has traveled frequently to Israel/Palestine, including spending a sabbatical there, and has led numerous trips to the region.

Paulette Wasserstein (Contemporary Short Stories: Fuel for Reflection) has always loved sharing “a good read.”  Her career in public education, teaching high school English, afforded her the endless opportunities to open student thinking by way of the printed word.  In the early 1990’s after many wonderful years of teaching reading and writing at Cherry Creek High School and adult education at the U of P departments of Communication and Masters of Education, Paulette was inspired to contribute to education on state and national levels.  With a PHD in Educational Leadership, she was contracted to work as an independent consultant with many school districts and administrators to create challenging curricula and to provide teacher training K-12 to raise literacy levels for students.

Sunny Wold (Greek Mythology in Art) is currently a docent and curatorial staff research assistant at the Denver Art Museum.  She originally earned a degree in Nutrition Science with a second major in psychology and spent ten years as a Health Educator.  Returning to college later in life, she loved the opportunity to change careers and explore her lifelong interest in Art History.  She has traveled extensively in France and Italy, and had the opportunity to visit many art museums in Europe and in the United States.  Always a student, Sunny is currently studying European history.

Kenneth R. Wright, P.E. (Experts & Entertainers: Machu Picchu) serves as Chief Engineer and Chief Financial Officer of Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE), of Denver, a company he founded in 1961.  Mr. Wright is President of the Wright Paleohydrological Institute, an organization he established in 1998 to further the knowledge of past civilizations through the study of ancient water management and practices.  Mr. Wright has lectured twice at the Library of Congress and once at the Huntington Library.  He is a prolific author who has published more than 100 articles for civil engineering publications and manuals during his career.

Ruth M. Wright graduated with a history major from Marquette University and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Law School.  She was a gubernatorial appointee to both the State Health Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.  Ruth was elected to the House of Representatives of the Colorado Legislature in 1980 and served for 14 years, six of which as House Minority Leader. Ruth currently serves as Vice President of the Wright Paleohydrological Institute which promotes research.

A trip to Machu Picchu in 1974 inspired Ruth and Ken to study this magnificent Inca site.  Over the last 12 years, they and their colleague, anthropologist Dr Alfredo Valencia of Cusco, Peru, have investigated the water supply, engineering, construction, and city planning of Machu Picchu.  Both have published books on their findings.  They have done similar work at Mesa Verde, Colorado, regarding the ancient Americans’ management of scarce water in a very arid climate.