WINE & CHEESE OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, Sept. 9
4:30 – 6:30 pm
$5 (both first-time and prospective members are free—but enter $0 on the form to register if you’re a new member)
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
Sip, nibble, and chat. Schmooze with facilitators and your Academy colleagues, 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 need.) Don’t miss this chance to party with fellow students to the music of a talented quartet from the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra. Bring friends and neighbors to join the fun and find out what the Academy is all about—and we promise there won’t be any long speeches. But warn your guests that many classes will already be filled by then.
COFFEE OPEN HOUSE
Thursday, Sept. 10
FREE! Please write $0 on the form to register
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
Chat with friends old and new and enjoy cinnamon buns from the Duffeyroll Café at this relaxing and informative free open house. Attend a 10:30 or 11:30 demonstration of the Academy’s NEW Brain Fitness computer programs from Posit Science, and try out either the visual or the auditory program on your own at a second location in the coffee area. You can exercise your brain anytime during the fall term at two computers we’ll have available from Tuesday through Thursday. More details about these programs are on the last page of this brochure.
IMPACTING THE DEVELOPING WORLD:
Feeling Good, Doing Good or Doing Business?
Facilitators: Sheila Porter, Bill Korstad
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Nov. 17 (skip Oct. 27)
Lecture, discussion, video
Have you ever wondered if anything changes in a developing nation after you write a check to a charity, buy something at 10,000 Villages, go on a mission trip, or volunteer to teach English in a third-world country? Much assistance has been given around the world through the years and yet heartbreaking problems continue. We’ll examine the opinions of laypersons and experts on many topics including direct aid, micro-lending, volunteerism, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and entrepreneurship. We’ll debate which efforts work and why; how to anticipate unintended consequences; how to become more culturally knowledgeable, instead of just culturally sensitive; and how we can make better choices about where we put our money, our efforts, our energy, and our hearts. You might not come away with all of the answers, but you will be pondering questions you’ve never thought of before.
Required reading: Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2009).
Also recommended: Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion (Oxford Press, 2007); Kweku Ampiah & Sanusha Naidu, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? China & Africa (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2008).
Facilitators: Bill Korstad, a software entrepreneur, spent three years as a volunteer for the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) on USAID-funded economic development projects in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and North Africa. Sheila Porter, a retired clinical and forensic psychologist, traces her interest in genocide, the plight of Africa, and the erratic progress of the developing world in part to her volunteer projects in Cambodia and Africa.
DOCTORS ON THE EDGE:
Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?
Instructor: Fred Abrams
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Nov. 10 (skip Oct. 6)
10 am-12 noon
$60 (includes the book which will be handed out at the first class)
(deduct $12 if you are sharing someone else’s book)
Doctors lie, betray confidences, and break the law. Can this be right? If their decisions are the best of anguishing alternatives, perhaps they are right. But where would you draw the line? To examine these issues, we’ll analyze absorbing, true stories about dilemmas faced by doctors and patients, including euthanasia, assisted suicide, advance directives, abortion, sterilization, marital infidelity, intersex, birth defects, AIDs confidentiality, and rape. All participants are expected to read the appropriate chapter of Dr. Abrams’ book Doctors on the Edge (included in the course tuition) in order to offer their opinions each week. You will face the dilemma. You will decide. Registration is required by August 24 so that books may be ordered.
Instructor: An obstetrician and gynecologist since 1959, Dr. Fred Abrams has taught biomedical ethics and spearheaded medical ethics programs for health-care professionals, teachers, community leaders and hospital ethics committees.
Are We There Yet?
Facilitators: Janet Landis Barrett, Priscilla Linsley, Larry Grimm, Tom deBree
8 Thursdays, Sept. 24—Nov. 12
$55 (includes a notebook of timely materials)
Interactive workshop, videos, museum field trip
Americans “want to forget the past and just ‘move forward.’ It’s over. Heck. Obama is president. It’s a new day.” Do you agree with this provocative assertion in Sojourners magazine? Has the election of our first African-American president changed us as individuals? As a country? Join members of the Denver Area Racial Reconciliation Team (DARRT) for a dialogue about race and racism, including how racism creates its own organizational dynamics and how to evaluate and improve those dynamics. In addition to having an anti-racism strategy to practice at the end of each session, participants will have dialogue strategies and experiences that will enhance other relationships.
Facilitators: Janet Landis Barrett founded DARRT in 1997 and continues learning and teaching about racism, criminal justice, and immigration reform. Tom deBree works on a team of ecumenical and interfaith chaplains at CU Hospital; he is writing a book linking spiritual values, the interfaith movement, and the evolution of revolutionary democratic ideals. Larry Grimm, currently serving as chaplain for Hospice of St. John in Lakewood and a consultant on pastoral leadership, teaches classes on racism and the Bible. A grant writer by profession, Priscilla Linsley‘s extensive volunteer-leadership résumé, ranges from neighborhood associations and literacy tutor training for programs serving prison inmates to Montview Presbyterian’s Peace & Justice Task Force.
GREAT DECISIONS IN AMERICA’S CURRENT FOREIGN POLICY
Facilitator: Vee Sabel
8 Thursdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 12 (1 week will be skipped)
10 am – 12 noon
$70 (includes Great Decisions Briefing Book)
Discussion, PBS videos, guest speakers
Developed by the Foreign Policy Association in 1954, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the longest-running and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind. It brings millions of Americans together to discover, discuss, and formulate their opinions on vital foreign policy issues. This year’s featured topics: the Middle East, climate change, Mexico, migration, South Africa, war crimes, Central Asia, and children’s rights. The Great Decisions Briefing Book places the issues in historical context and provides background, current policies, and alternative options. Each 15-page chapter includes photographs, maps, charts, and editorial cartoons to augment the text. Discussion questions, annotated reading suggestions, and additional resources, including websites, are provided. Registration is required by September 1 so that books may be ordered.
Required reading: Great Decisions Briefing Book, which will be mailed in advance.
Facilitator: Vee Sabel is a confirmed foreign policy junkie and world traveler. She is a skilled facilitator who loves to hear the opinions of others and gain new perspective on issues.
A Preventable Disease
Facilitator: Abe Flexer
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Nov. 18
Discussions, lectures, participant reports, interactive videos
Who are the urban poor in the U.S? Why are they poor? What does poverty do to them? Should we care? Should we do anything about poverty or must we accept the status quo? Why or why not? In lectures and discussions, we explore relevant research in disciplines as diverse as medicine, biology, sociology, economics, education, and anthropology. These and related disciplines offer fresh insights into the causes and dimensions of poverty, and potential solutions. We also review recent experiments which demonstrate that urban poverty can be ameliorated with net savings to the economy. Overall, the course argues that poverty in the U.S. is a (largely) preventable social disease for which we already have proven cost-effective remedies.
Required reading: Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Henry Holt, 2001), and Jared Bernstein, All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006).
Facilitator: Trained as a microbiologist, Abe Flexer began his professional life studying sexual behavior in the fungi. After retiring from a career of teaching and administration at CU-Boulder, he began to travel and to take Academy classes.
CELEBRATING WOMEN OVER SIXTY
Facilitator: Ellie Greenberg
4 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Oct. 13 (skip Oct. 6)
Group exercises, discussion, lecture
Chances are, you are in or near the “third third” of your life. But are you wondering, as did Ellie Greenberg, “How could that be? Where has the time gone? Is life really so very short? Stop the clock!” Join this tour of exciting options for life after 55. Your tour guide will also explore the impact of history on our view of aging, including the current research on adult development by Ellie and others, and the deeply personal issues shared by those in the “third third” of life.
Required reading: Elinor Miller Greenberg and Fay Wadsworth Whitney, A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women over Sixty (Fulcrum Publishing, 2008).
Recommended reading: Betty Friedan, The Fountain of Age (Simon & Schuster, 1993) and pages at www.SilverPlanet.com.
Facilitator: An author, teacher and educational leader, Ellie Greenberg is perhaps best known for developing and leading University Without Walls in the 1970s. She learned politics through the civil rights and women’s movements.
BOMBARDED WITH PERSUASION
Are You the Next Target?
Facilitator: Sherma Erholm
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Nov. 10
$60 (includes many copies)
Lecture, home-preparation for discussion, optional participant reports
Would you have given Bernie Madoff your money? Even if you can honestly answer “no” we all need to heighten our awareness of the techniques that individuals, politicians, companies, and the media may use to influence us. Obviously there is a need for vigilance, whether in the face of unscrupulous ploys or to ensure that we can respond more discriminatingly to assertions by those we trust. We’ll probe the persuasion process, analyze messages from diverse sources, and evaluate the role of persuasion in social and cultural change.
Recommended reading: Robert B. Cialdini, Influence: Science and Practice (Pearson/Allen and Bacon, 2009) and Carl I. Hovland, Irving L. Janis, & Harold H. Kelley, Communication and Persuasion: Psychological Studies of Opinion Changes (Greenwood Press, 1982).
Facilitator: A career teacher with degrees in speech and music and also in communication theory and psychology, Sherma Erholm is intrigued by the societal role of increasingly sophisticated persuasion techniques–for better or worse.
DOES ECONOMICS TRUMP WAR
As the Principal Source of National Power?
Facilitator: Ralph Plimpton
4 Thursdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5
10 am-12 noon
Historically, nations went to war in order to grow: they took over foreign territory to gain both land mass and natural resources. But as the Industrial Revolution emerged in the early 19th century, some nations realized technology-plus-investment was the means to power equal to or greater than that gained through war. We’ll see how the United Kingdom used economic power to dominate the 100 years after 1815 and why the American Civil War was doomed from the start. We’ll look closely at how Germany and Japan tried to establish themselves as dominant powers—both failing in war and later succeeding through economics. And we’ll study China as a current example of a nation that chose economics as the path to power. Finally we will explore the possible future role of economics in gaining national power for all nations. Have we discovered in economics a realistic way of preventing most wars in the future? What will the rise of economics mean in terms of world peace? Come join us to find out.
Recommended reading: Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Random House, 1987).
Facilitator: Ralph Plimpton served as a manager and Vice President of Human Resources with Arco and Amoco until the early 1980’s. Until retirement in 2003, he founded and operated an outplacement consulting firm. Ralph has had a lifelong interest in economic, political, cultural, and social issues and has facilitated popular Academy courses on topics such as current energy issues and how culture shapes nations.
FINANCIAL BUCCANEERS & REGULATORY FAILURE
Facilitator: JD MacFarlane
8 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 5
What could have been done to avoid the current economic collapse and what should be done to prevent another? We’ll examine the causes of this crisis, the role of financial regulation (and its absence), and the resulting free market behavior, paying special attention to the 18-year development of three revolutionary home financing techniques that became Warren Buffett’s “financial weapons of mass destruction.” We’ll explore what might have prevented or contributed to the bubble that developed in the homebuilding market and why the housing bubble crashed. Finally we will explore why the housing crash brought down the entire American economy and how its effects spread worldwide.
Required reading: Charles Morris, The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown (PublicAffairs, 2009).
Recommended reading: Mark Zandi, Financial Shock: Global Panic and Government Bailouts, (FT Press, 2009) and Paul Krugman, The Return of Depression Economics, (WW Norton & Co, 2009).
Facilitator: During his successful career in both private practice and high-level government positions (Colorado State Representative, Senator, Chief Deputy State Public Defender, Attorney General and Denver Manager of Safety), attorney JD MacFarlane developed a special interest in the economic impact of government on the economy.
ECONOMICS & HISTORY
SLUM DOGS & MILLIONAIRES:
The Economics of Globalization
Instructor: Jim Kneser
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 23—Nov. 11
10 am-12 noon
$60 (includes copies of the daily lecture slides)
$20 Notebook of timely readings to purchase separately
Globalization is often defined as the accelerating international integration of economics, politics, and culture. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, many authors predicted great things for an economically and politically integrating world. Sadly, those predictions proved far too optimistic. A thorough understanding of the components of globalization is critical for evaluating world events and international economics in these turbulent times. We’ll cover the current level of international economic integration in historical terms; the winners and losers in free trade, managed trade, fair trade, off-shoring, and immigration; the balance of trade and capital flows; and the institutions of economic globalization (World Bank, International Monetary Fund & World Trade Organization). Putting this all together we’ll decide if open financial markets are the enemy of undeveloped nations or their only hope. The course is designed to be highly rewarding for participants without any economics background. All the material in the notebook will be online and may be read there and/or printed at home.
Required Reading: Notebook of articles.
Recommended Reading: Instructor’s web site postings.
Instructor: Jim Kneser, in his tenth year of leading economics classes as a volunteer, has led over 40 classes with over 2,000 class members. A CPA with a degree in economics from Ripon College and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School, he worked in private equity specializing in mergers, acquisitions, speculative markets, and corporate finance.
DISSECTING CURRENT ECONOMIC ISSUES
Instructor: Jim Kneser
4 Thursdays, Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29
10 am-12 noon
$35 (includes lecture slides & timely readings)
Lecture, Q&A, and discussion
For the past eighteen months the current worldwide economic turmoil has crowded other events off the front page while wreaking havoc with our savings. Understanding economic events and policy is like sailing on a choppy sea at best and now we are sailing into uncharted waters. Suddenly it seems that sleeping through college macroeconomics might not have been the best idea. This course will be devoted exclusively to the most important economic current events occurring in the fall as selected by both the facilitator and the participants. Should the economic seas have calmed by the fall, Jim will devote the class to looking at the economics of health care in America and the likely policy changes that are being proposed. The course is designed to be highly rewarding for participants without any economics background.
Required Reading: Limited handouts of current articles.
Recommended Reading: Instructor’s web site postings.
Instructor: Jim Kneser enjoys researching the facts behind the news and comparing current economic news to historical events. Participants will be encouraged to bring in their own research on breaking news.
ISLAM FROM MOHAMMED TO OSAMA
Moderator: Walt Meyer
9 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 19 (skip Oct. 8)
Discussion & lecture
Explore the history of Islam from its seventh-century beginnings to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We’ll study the life of Muhammad and discuss the Holy Qur’an, both of which are widely misunderstood in the Western world. We’ll explore the similarities and differences among the three great monotheistic religions—Islam, Christianity, and Judaism—and examine the implications and consequences of the long political history between Islam and the West. At least one Muslim guest will provide some insight into the struggle faced by the American Muslim community in the wake of 9/11.
Required reading: John Esposito, Islam: The Straight Path (Oxford Univ. Press, 2005).
Recommended reading: John Esposito, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam (Oxford Univ. Press, 2002), Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet (Harper One, 1993).
Moderator: Teaching is a passion for retired “technocrat” Walt Meyer, who has presented a series of classes on Islam. He spent more than 40 years working for the US Air Force and a defense contractor.
PRESIDENTS, POLITICAL PARTIES & THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
Instructor: Dick Young
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 23—Nov. 11
10 am-12 noon
$50 (includes numerous handouts)
Nothing in our political system is more generally misunderstood or under fire than the way we elect our presidents. In this course we’ll look at the history of the United States through the lens of the Electoral College and examine the way our political parties came into being and have evolved. We’ll see what part our founding fathers’ opinions of political parties played in the creation of the Electoral College, how the college was first used, and how it was affected by the passage of the Twelfth Amendment. We’ll take a close look at several notable elections, including the disputed 2000 election, and see what roles the Electoral College, political parties, and the popular vote play in determining the President of the United States. You’ll have a chance to ponder the “what ifs” of American political history and might perhaps end by agreeing with Thomas Jefferson, who said, “If I must go to heaven with a political party, I would prefer not to go.”
Recommended reading: Jay Winik, April 1865: The Month That Saved America (Perennial, 2001).
Instructor: Dick Young is a political activist and history buff who is earning a Master’s in history forty years after taking his law degree at the University of Michigan. Young has taught this course at various Elderhostels and the continuing education programs of several universities.
THE CULTURE OF THE THIRTIES
Turmoil to Triumph
Facilitator: Connie Hyde
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Nov. 3
$60 (Includes a notebook of reading materials)
Lecture, discussion, CD’s, DVD’s
The decade of the thirties was one of turmoil, suffering and triumph, as the cauldron of the Great Depression challenged the certainties of people’s lives. How did America go from a decade of soaring prosperity in the 1920s to the breadlines of the 1930s? The distance from Herbert Hoover’s confident 1928 assertion that “we in America today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land,” to Franklin Roosevelt’s promise that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is measured in more than years. We will look at the decade’s key events, their impact across society, and their echoes in our own lives. Using the artists, writers, musicians, and social historians of the period, we will recreate the great national conversation (sometimes articulated in bloody violence) that dominated the thirties—about the worth of the common person, about the relationship of government to the governed, about the costs of and alternatives to capitalism, and about the dimensions of social morality in a democracy.
Required reading: The notebook which will be provided at the first day of class.
Facilitator: After college days immersed in literature, Connie Hyde spent several decades in commercial real estate law and raising children. Recently retired, she has returned enthusiastically to her first loves of literature, history, politics, music and art.
HUMAN BEHAVIOR & NEUROBIOLOGY
Are We Hardwired? Part 1
Instructor: Bennie Bub
10 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 19
$20 Giant notebook of basic terms & timely articles
Lectures, videos, Q&A
The 19th-century satirist Ambrose Bierce defined the brain as “an apparatus with which we think we think.” And, indeed, although humans possess the only organ in the world capable of trying to dissect its own function, most of us have very little understanding about our bodies, much less our nervous system and brain. Neurobiology (the study of the nervous system) is only one of the 50 or so overlapping, affiliated scientific fields comprising neuroscience. It is also in a state of constant flux, as newer investigative methods (such as functional MRI) provide clarifying insights. In this course, we’ll take a wide-ranging look at the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, the hormones used by the brain, ideas on evolution, behavioral genetics and ethology (animal behavior) to try to understand the interrelationships of those very complex factors inherent in human behavior. If you ever wanted to know what really makes you tick, this is the course for you. This is a repeat of the Fall 2007 course which was Part 1 of the three-term course. All the materials in the notebook will be online and may be read there and/or printed at home.
Highly recommended reading: Michael S. Gazzaniga, The Ethical Brain (Dana Press, 2005).
Another good book: Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature (Penguin, 2003).
Instructor: Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, is a South African neurosurgeon board-certified in three different specialties on three continents. After immigrating to the US in 1976, Bub practiced in Denver as an anesthesiologist for more then 20 years before founding a successful database company, from which he has retired to indulge his love of music, travel and reading.
THE GREAT EQUATIONS
Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg
Instructor: John Anderson
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Nov. 18
$60 (includes a book’s worth of copies)
Lecture, discussion, video
Bertrand Russell said, “Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty—a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.” Our class textbook, Robert Crease’s The Great Equations, tells the stories of ten seminal equations, revealing the personal struggles of their ingenious originators and the impact of their work on western civilization. This intellectual adventure is tailor-made for the non-scientist eager to expand his or her understanding of current scientific frontiers.
Required reading: Robert P. Crease, The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg (W.W. Norton & Co., 2008).
Instructor: Since retiring from the computer industry, John Anderson has enthusiastically resumed his undergraduate interest in physics and the history of science. His degree from Yale is in physics, and he has facilitated science classes such as “Feynman Physics Fest” and “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists.”
FINE ARTS, MUSIC & HUMANITIES
DAM GREAT ART
Coordinators: Joanne Mendes, Denise Turner
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 21—Nov. 18
$45 (includes a museum guide book plus a notebook of copies)
DAM membership required & museum parking fees
Museum tours led by docents
Following last year’s popular Academy course introducing the Denver Art Museum’s multifaceted collections, we return this fall to explore American western art in depth, from the 19th to the 21st century. DAM’s “western” art doesn’t end with Russell and Remington. At any given time, the western American art galleries might feature a red metal horse made by Montana sculptor Deborah Butterfield in 1988, or photographs of Colorado taken in the 1970s by Robert Adams. New galleries feature more than 130 historic paintings and sculptures that explore the making of the American West. We’ll feast on early depictions of the western frontier, breathtaking landscapes by Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, intriguing images of cowboys and Indians by Charles Deas and Frederic Remington and stunning works by the Taos art colony, as well as contemporary realist paintings. We’ll be among the first to tour the traveling exhibition of Charles Russell’s paintings and sculptures. The course ends with a very special visit to Philip Anschutz’s prized collection of American western art. Participants must be DAM members or guests of someone with a multiple person membership.
Coordinators: Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes has recently retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the Denver Art Museum. The Academy’s liaison with the Denver Art Museum, Denise Turner joined the museum as a volunteer in 2000 and serves as an outstanding and popular docent.
ART OF THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE, PART 2
From Bosch to Breugel
Facilitator: Laura Pardee
8 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 19 (skip Oct. 8 & Oct. 15)
10 am-12 noon
Video lectures and analysis of images
In this sequel to “Art of the Northern Renaissance, Part 1,” you’ll explore masters working north of the Alps during one of the most brilliant periods of European art. Here’s your chance to explore the rich variety of paintings and prints created during a century marked by stylistic and technical changes fueled by the invention of oil paint and book printing. Professor Catherine Scallen’s DVD lectures are calculated to enrich the time you spend looking at art by sharpening your ability to hone in on detail and by showing you what questions to ask in order to discover something fresh in each viewing. Among the major artists you’ll meet are Lucas Cranach, Holbein the Younger, Hieronymus Bosch, Lucas van Leyden, Patinit, Massys, David and the Master of Mary of Burgundy. You’ll also discover the role of engravings and woodblock prints in disseminating artistic ideas in the 15th century and spend some time getting to know the innovative Pieter Breugel and his popular images depicting peasant life and folk culture of his time. (Previous participation in Part 1 is not required.)
Recommended reading: Craig Harbison, Mirror of the Artist: Northern Renaissance Art in Its Historical Context (Prentice Hall, 2003).
Facilitator: A devotee of art museums at home and abroad, Laura Pardee has long been fascinated by European painting, sculpture and architecture. Her firsthand experience adds a personal dimension to your virtual tour with art historian Catherine Scallen.
THE GARDEN AS A FINE ART
Instructor: Lorraine Sherry
10 Thursdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 19
Lecture, videos, online tours & assignments
Enjoy a virtual tour of some of the world’s greatest and most beautiful gardens, as you explore the story of the garden’s stylistic and cultural evolution over more than 2,000 years. Gardens have not only been used to create beauty and to display wealth, but also to symbolize religious belief, to contrast wilderness and cultural order, to turn abstract fantasy into solid form, and to display rare plants. Your adventures will encompass the western world’s most exquisite and unusual gardens, from antiquity to medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy, Classical France, Baroque and Rococo Europe, 18th-19th century England and the modern day.
Recommended reading: Gabrielle van Zuylen, The Garden: Visions of Paradise (Thames & Hudson, New Horizons, 1994).
Instructor: Lorraine Sherry’s academic and professional training and experience has been in science, technology and research/evaluation of instructional technology. Guided by her lifelong passion for gardening, she pursued her horticultural education through CSU’s Colorado Master Gardener program and international travels that convinced her that garden design is a fine art.
The Cultural and Psychological History
Facilitator: Arthur Jones
4 Tuesdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 10
What underlies the extraordinary emotional power of spirituals? Explore the evolution of these sacred songs created and first sung by enslaved Africans in North America in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. We will examine the African cultural roots of the songs and then follow the music as it evolved in the slave community, fostering the fight for freedom while nurturing the community in numerous other ways. We will also analyze the evolution of the music after slavery, as it became concert music, and will ponder the question of what functions spirituals continue to serve today. Plan to read Chapter 1 for the first day’s discussion.
Required reading: Arthur Jones, Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of the Spirituals (Leave a Little Room, must be 2005 edition).
Facilitator: A clinical professor of culture and psychology at DU, Arthur Jones has been immersed since the 1990s in scholarly research into the cultural and psychological history and functions of the spirituals tradition. Founder and chair of The Spirituals Project, he is dedicated to its mission of preserving and revitalizing the music and teachings of the spirituals.
FROM MONTEVERDI TO SCHUBERT:
The Baroque & Classical Years
Instructor: Robin McNeil
10 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 19
10 am-12 noon
Lecture, discussion, CD’s
Delve into the music of the Baroque and Classical periods, beginning with Monteverdi and continuing through the classical works of Schubert. Learn how to tell the difference between Mozart and Haydn as you listen to their music, and discover how the Sonata Allegro form—one of the most important forms in the history of music–emerged. Additional composers we’ll discuss and listen to include Frescobaldi, Albinoni, D. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Telemann, J.S. Bach, the Bach sons, Handel, Stamitz, Sammartini and Beethoven.
Instructor: Concert pianist Robin McNeil taught at the University of Illinois and the University of South Dakota, in addition to serving as executive director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra.
Facilitators: Greg Carpenter, John White, Conrad Kehn, Jim Hanson
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Oct. 28
10 am-12 noon
Lecture, discussion, live & recorded performances
You won’t want to miss this magical mix of live and recorded performances illuminated by award-winning musicians and experts. To launch this engaging musical potpourri, Greg Carpenter with Opera Colorado will explore the history of French opera, preparing you for enjoying a special preview of their fall production of “The Tales of Hoffman.” Next, veteran composer John White will take you behind the scenes, unraveling the secrets of each stage of his creative process. Then we’ll time-travel with Conrad Kehn and the Playground Ensemble through J.S. Bach’s music, starting with his music as traditionally performed and ending with contemporary Bach-inspired music. Bach will also be featured in the last two sessions of our series, as a professional organist, Jim Hanson, illustrates the intricate equipment and technical instrumentation of the pipe organ by playing Bach’s and other composers’ majestic music on the Wellshire church organ.
Facilitators: An experienced opera singer and manager of opera programs, Greg Carpenter currently serves as General Director of Opera Colorado. Composer and cellist John White, who formerly held the Fulbright-University of Vienna Distinguished Chair in Humanities, has had several of his compositions published, commercially recorded and performed across the country. A performer, composer, improviser, educator, writer and artist, Conrad Kehn serves as a lecturer of at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music and as the founding Director of The Playground Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to modern music. After Jim Hanson officially retired from his 50-year career as a liturgical organist at various Denver-area churches, he found that he missed his music, leading him to accept his current post as organist/choral director at Evergreen’s Christ the King Catholic Church.
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SHORT STORIES OF 2007
More Fuel for Reflection
Discussion Leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Oct. 28 (skip Sept. 23)
This update of the popular Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 courses features a new group of stories from Best American Short Stories, 2007, edited by Stephen King. Each of the story selections is distinguished for its excellence. Each offers insights to universal issues, challenges to conventional values and behaviors, and views of memorable characters who will live with us long after our discussions. Class sessions will provide opportunities to share ideas and interpretations of meaning and deepen your appreciation of the short story as an art form. As with all great literature, these stories may leave you pondering their ambiguities for a long time. Each week we’ll discuss one or two short stories.
Required reading: Stephen King, ed., Best American Short Stories, 2007 (Mariner Books, 2007).
Discussion Leader: A former English teacher and educational consultant, Paulette Wasserstein, PhD, has always loved sharing a “good read.”
A Miss Marple Sampler
Facilitator: Bill Dorn
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Nov. 3
10 am-12 noon
Dame Agatha Christie, the most prolific mystery writer of all time, has written books that have sold an estimated 4 billion copies. Twelve of her mystery novels are centered around the activities of Miss Jane Marple, an elderly spinster who also is an unofficial detective based in the tiny English village of St. Mary Mead.
This course is based on four of the more popular of the Miss Marple novels: The 4.50 from Paddington, At Bertramʼs Hotel, A Caribbean Mystery, and The Mirror Crackʼd. These readings will be supplemented by two motion picture/television versions of each novel. Why do the films differ so much from the original novel and each other? Which portrayals of Miss Marple do you prefer? You don’t have to be a film expert nor an aficionado of mystery stories to become involved in the discussions. Both newcomers to Miss Marpleʼs adventures as well as readers well-versed in this remarkable detective should find the material challenging but within reach.
Required reading: Any book or collection of books containing the four novels listed above.
Facilitator: A retired DU mathematics professor, Bill Dorn has taught numerous courses on classic fictional detectives and is the author of five books on Sherlock Holmes.
THE PLAY’S THE THING
Facilitator: Laura Rubin
8 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 5
Play readings, discussion
Discover the joy of reading excellent plays, using a newly selected set of plays ranging from Greek classics to modern one-acts. At the beginning of each class, you’ll be handed the text of a play, and parts will be assigned for reading aloud. Watch your worries evaporate as the reading unfolds, and revel in the unique enjoyment found in reading aloud a play versus watching a performance or reading silently. Although the plays will not be discussed in class, participants are encouraged to stay afterwards in order to share their perceptions.
Facilitator: Laura Rubin is a retired public school speech therapist, who has facilitated play reading groups for seven years in Jacksonville, Florida and Denver. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in speech therapy.
WRITE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
Beginning Memoir Writing
Facilitator: Patricia Cox
5 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Oct. 13
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. 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) and Frank Thomas, How to Write the Story of Your Life (Writers’ Digest Books, 1989).
Facilitator: Patricia Cox has taught writing to upper elementary students for the Denver Public Schools and for Cherry Creek School District. Her credo is: “Write to save your life, and write to share your life.”
WRITING YOUR LIFE STORIES
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Tuesdays, Oct. 20—Nov. 17
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 Stories workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers and The Academy. She also works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape.
A Haiku Workshop
Facilitator: Ginny Hoyle
5 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Oct. 14
10 am-12 noon
Informal lectures, discussion, short outdoor sessions
Writing haiku invites us to look more closely and see more deeply, to create small poems that bear witness to the poignancy and beauty of this world, this life, this day, this now. We will explore this venerable short-form poem through reading, discussion and modest weekly writing assignments. We will approach the writing of haiku as a mindfulness practice—an activity that heightens our awareness of the here and now. Haiku makes rules and breaks rules in the realm of poetry, and we’ll do a little of each, writing some haiku to a strict syllable count (5/7/5) and some that are even more spare and minimalist.
Recommended reading: Robert Hass, The Essential Haiku (The Eco Press, 1994).
Facilitator: Ginny Hoyle divides her time between grandmothering and poetry. Her poems have won numerous awards and been featured in major art installations and exhibits.
WRITING & JOURNALING
Celebrating Nature’s Wonders
Facilitator: Art Elser
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Nov. 18
$65 (includes an autographed copy of the book)
(Deduct $15 if sharing a book)
Discussion, brief lectures, interactive workshop
By writing and journaling about nature, we can feel the truth behind Thoreau’s comment, “. . . in Wildness is the preservation of the World.” We’ll learn to observe nature closely and to use those observations and field notes to capture the joy and wonder we feel in nature. Discussions, free-writing exercises, reading our journal entries, and reviewing our drafts of articles, poems and letters to friends will help us learn to polish our written work. Elser believes, “Writing is a process of learning and improving, no matter how long we’ve been writing. You will learn. I will learn. We will learn from each other.” Participants should bring their own pens, writing paper and a journal or notebook. During one class author Mary Taylor Young will join the group to offer her insights.
Required reading: Mary Taylor Young, Land of Grass and Sky (Westcliffe Publishers, 2002).
Facilitator: Art Elser has been a volunteer naturalist for over five years and a professional writer and writing teacher for 40 years. His freelance writing and poetry capture his joyful and varied experiences in nature.
SHORTCUTS TO FINISHING & PUBLISHING YOUR BOOK
Instructor: Othniel (Otti) Seiden, MD
2 Wednesdays, Oct. 21—28
10 am-12 noon
$25 (Includes the required book)
Want to be a published author within a year? This course will help aspiring authors focus: researching their markets and niches, finishing their books in record time, and getting them published. Seiden asserts, “When it comes to getting published, I’m an expert and, if I can get published, anyone can!” Registration is required by September 20 so that books may be ordered and mailed.
Required reading: Othniel Seiden, So You Want to Write a Book…a Publishable Book (E.J. Thornton, 2007) (this will be provided).
Instructor: Otti Seiden, MD, has published more than 30 books, including five novels and more than 25 non-fiction books. “I’m not such a great writer,” he claims, “but I know my niches, my readers and the publishers that reach them.”
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
EXPERTS & ENTERTAINERS
Facilitator: Lois Martin
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Nov. 4
$30 or $5/session (one session free with Academy membership) (nonmembers $8)
Lectures, Q&A, various media presentations
Choose one, some or all of these fascinating lunchtime presentations; one session is free with your Academy membership:
A) Sept. 16 “The Political Influence of the Cartoon” Bradford Mudge, an English professor at U. of Colorado Denver specializing in 18th- and 19th-century British literature, will analyze the political influence of the cartoon in 18th-century Britain.
B) Sept. 23 “The Arts & Crafts Movement in Colorado: An Overview, 1890-1920” An appraiser/dealer of antiquarian books and Arts & Crafts era art and antiques, Robert Rust will examine the decorative arts from Oscar Wilde to Artus Van Briggle, including the early history of the DAM & the Kirkland.
C) Sept. 30 “Transition Denver” Dana Miller, a lifelong community activist, will explore the worldwide Transition Movement, a grassroots movement aimed at empowering local communities to be more sustainable, resilient and vibrant.
D) Oct. 7 “The Rise of the Graphic Novel” Metro State English professor Rebecca Gorman will trace the history of comic books in America, as our culture evolved from seeing them as a trivial pastime to their current status as a serious medium, studied in colleges as literature.
E) Oct. 14 “Ancient Herbs—Modern Uses” Certified in Celtic Herbal Healing, Colleen Willette invites you to come experience the magic of herbs from ancient times until the present day, including the current role herbs play in foods, medicines, cosmetics, and household cleaners.
F) Oct. 21 “Jewish Images in the Christian Church” A recent Bonfils-Stanton honoree for his lifetime contributions to “the state and beyond,” Dr. Henry Claman will share his independent research on the importance and influence of Jewish images in the Christian church.
G) Oct. 28 “Turkey: An Islamic Democracy” Joseph Szyliowicz, professor at DU’s Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, will examine Turkey’s current status and potential impact as an Islamic democracy in the Middle East.
H) Nov. 4 “Life Settlements: How to Obtain Cash from Unneeded or Unwanted Life Insurance Policies”
Attorney Michael Weinberg will discuss how, with a life settlement, you can sell a life insurance policy in the secondary market for an amount greater than the policy’s cash-surrender value and will also expose the serious risk of Stranger-Owner Life Insurance, a “free life insurance” scheme.
Facilitator: Lois Martin founded the Aurora Sun Newspaper where she worked for 20 years as publisher. She was named Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.
MATH TO KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP
Facilitator: Glenn Bruckhart
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 29—Nov. 3
10 am-12 noon
Group activities, discussion and analysis
If you never liked math, were scared to death of it or feel it is completely useless, this is your chance to let your “math gene” blossom in a comfortable atmosphere! Math exercises in class will relate to practical and challenging issues such as finance, climate change, evolution, problem-seeing, problem-solving, and doing puzzles. Agreeing with author Keith Devlin that “everybody has the math gene,” Bruckhart guarantees that “participants will find themselves doing things they had no idea they could do.”
Recommended reading: Keith Devlin, The Math Gene (Basic Books, 2001).
Facilitator: While teaching math in the public schools, Glenn Bruckhart became fascinated by how different people learn mathematics and what gets in the way of those who have trouble learning it. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Senior Mathematics Consultant for the Colorado State Department of Education and university instructor, he has worked with teachers to make mathematics accessible to all learners.
SKETCHING & WATERCOLOR PAINTING
A Vivid Experience
Instructor: Sharon Rouse
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Oct. 20
9:30 am-12 noon
Workshop—Limited to 20
Which is more important to concentrate on: sketching or painting? Both! And this class will help you rise to a new level of competence in each as you learn visual and drawing skills in addition to watercolor techniques and color mixing. Both beginners and experienced artists will enjoy tips on how to view subjects differently, arrange their compositions, and best employ their newly learned techniques. We will test our skills both outdoors and indoors. Please Note: This class begins at 9:30 and ends at noon.
Instructor: A retired art teacher, Sharon Rouse has taught adult watercolor and sketchbook classes, presented watercolor workshops and has had her work accepted into various shows and installed in private collections.
Improve Your Mind
Coordinator: Bennie Bub
10 Tuesdays, Sept. 15—Nov. 17
Activities, games, puzzlers, talk-back
To borrow from Robert Frost, “The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to retirement.” We all suffer from brain rot, but it’s not an irreversible condition. Come with us as we engage in a series of fun and sociable exercises to train, strengthen and stretch that three-pound mass between our ears, by infusing it with novelty, variety and challenge. Various leaders will direct newly organized activities. This course MAY meet in the Chapel where food is not allowed. If you have a morning or afternoon class, plan for lunch before or after this course.
Coordinator: Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, is a South African neurosurgeon board-certified in three different specialties on three continents. After immigrating to the US in 1976, Bub practiced in Denver as an anesthesiologist for more then 20 years before founding a successful database company, from which he has retired to indulge his love of music, travel and reading.
BRIDGE FOR BEGINNERS & NEVER-EVERS
Instructor: Judy Helfer
10 Thursdays, Sept. 17—Nov. 19
10 am-12 noon
$60 (includes BOTH of the required reading books)
Playing cards, demonstrations, explanations
This class is designed for the brand-new student, as well as the person who has not played bridge for many years. Modern methods of playing and the commonly used conventions (which have radically changed from the game as it was played years ago) will be taught. In this very hands-on class, you will be playing and bidding from day one. Two books, Bridge Basics I & II, will be used, although the second one will be completed in the spring term. Registration is required by September 1 so that books may be ordered.
Recommended purchase: Bridge Basics I: An Introduction (the cards, not the book) and Bridge Basics II: Competitive Bidding (the cards, not the book).
Instructor: Retired from a 40-year teaching career, Judy Helfer enjoys both playing bridge with friends and teaching the game to others. A Life Master and certified Bridge Director, she has been trained in the Audrey Grant method of teaching bridge.
Play of the Hand
Instructor: Sally Kneser
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 22—Nov. 17
$65 (book is not included)
Lecture, playing cards
This class will begin with a whirlwind review of modern basic bidding. After that the recently updated ACBL-approved Play of the Hand in the 21st Century book will guide us through specific techniques in order to make the most of the cards you’re dealt. The explanations of how to do things and why are always followed by many examples and exercises. Participants will have numerous opportunities to decide which techniques are the most appropriate and effective, and then to formulate a plan. Each session will include one hour of lecture, followed by one hour of playing pre-set hands. Weekly reading is required, as we will cover the first half of the book during the fall term. Advanced beginners and intermediate players are welcome.
Required reading: Audrey Grant, Play of the Hand in the 21st Century (Baron Barclay Bridge, 2008).
Instructor: Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser is also the Academy’s Director. Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics of the game.
Instructors: Scott Henke, Sally Kneser, & Bennie Bub
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 16—Nov. 18
10 am-12 noon
$40 ($5/session, nonmembers $10/session)
Demonstration, Q&A, limited to 35 with preference to those who sign up for all 10 classes.
Choose one, some, or all of the ten two-hour demonstrations, to learn to use your computer more effectively: A) Avoiding internet viruses, spyware & scams; B) Organizing files, folders & backups; C) Mastering email: attaching & opening files, plus more; D) Editing, organizing, and emailing photos with Picasa; E) µExploring Excel databases; F) µExploring Excel math magic; G) µMastering Word shortcuts; H) µMastering Word mail merges & address labels; I) µExploring PowerPoint (beginning); J) Mastering PowerPoint (advanced). Please don’t bring your own computer! Each week you will be assigned homework for the next week. (µIndicates sessions focused primarily on PC’s rather than Mac’s. ¥Indicates session focused primarily on Mac’s.)
Instructors: Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (sessions A—D) has been a computer consultant for 27 years, taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School; his company received the 2008 Business of the Year Award. Sally Kneser (sessions E—I) uses her computer every day and loves sharing the tips that she has picked up; in addition to managing the Academy’s business, she has volunteered as the “keeper of the files” for several nonprofits. Bennie Bub (session J), retired neurosurgeon and anesthesiologist, founded a successful database company, from which he has also now retired, to indulge his love of music, travel and reading.
BRAIN FITNESS PROGRAMS
Instructors: You! Just have a good time
Every week, Tuesdays through Thursdays
9:30 am-3:00 pm
Participation or observation
Brain Fitness Programs will be available on two computers in the Coffee Break area. Academy participants are welcome to sit down at any time and practice the skills involved. There are two different programs. The Brain Fitness Program Classic improves how your brain takes in and remembers sounds, improving memory by an average of 10 years and increasing auditory brain speed by over 100%. The InSight Program speeds up and sharpens how your brain processes visual information, improving driving safety by cutting the risk of an accident in half, helping seniors do daily tasks, like managing money, and increasing visual brain speed by up to 300%.
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. (Doctors on the Edge) is currently the Director of The Clinical Ethics Consultation Group, a medical consultant to the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, an Adjunct Professor of Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, and also a 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.
John Anderson (The Great Equations) was in technical sales and support in the computer industry for 30 years. Retirement allowed him to resume an undergraduate interest in physics and the history of science. He has facilitated several science classes including “Feynman Physics Fest”, “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists”, “Survey of 21st Century Physics”, and “The Man Who Changed Everything: JC Maxwell”. He escaped to Colorado 20 years ago after a score of years in the New York/New Jersey area, including 7 years on Wall Street. He has a degree in physics from Yale. In addition to lifetime learning, John and his wife Pat love to ski, bike, W. S. Churchill, and travel.
Janet Landis Barrett (Post-Racial America) worked as a registered nurse for 17 years. In 1994 she recognized her own issues around racism. She stopped her liberal arts education at CU and began her education about racism. Janet started organizing anti-racism workshops in 1995 and founded DARRT (Denver Anti-Racism And Reconciliation Team) in 1997. Around that time she was invited to work with the national Racial-Ethnic Ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She was on the writing team for the “Facing Racism” document that was presented to the General Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas in 1999. Janet has continued learning and teaching about racism, more recently including facilitating discussions on immigration reform.
Kathy Boyer (Writing your Life Stories) 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.
While teaching math in the public schools, Glenn Bruckhart (Math to Keep Your Mind Sharp) became fascinated by how different people learn mathematics and what got in the way of those who had trouble learning it. This led to his work with teachers to better understand the learning process, the nature of mathematics and how to make mathematics accessible to all learners. This work was pursued through a number of organizations, including the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the National and the Colorado Councils of Teachers of Mathematics, and with courses taught for many of the colleges and universities in Colorado. Most recently he served as Senior Mathematics Consultant for the Colorado State Department of Education.
Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, (Brain Games, Human Behavior & Neurobiology, Computer Tips) 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 currant with the neurosciences.
Greg Carpenter (Music Sampler) serves as Executive Director of Opera Colorado. Prior to joining Opera Colorado, he worked for three years as the Manager of Development with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His previous work experience also includes two years as the Arts and Events Manager with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland and as a professional opera singer from 1986 to1998. He sang leading and supporting roles at Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of North Virginia, Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland. He is currently the Chairman of the fundraising committee for the National Performing Arts Convention; member of Curious Theatre Company’s special events committee; and a member of OPERA America. He received a Bachelor of Music from Wittenburg University; a Master of Music from Michigan State University and was a Post-Graduate Studies/Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at the University of Maryland School of Music.
Recently honored by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for his contributions to “the state and beyond,” Dr. Henry Claman (Experts & Entertainers) is a professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. In 1966 Claman published a crucial paper showing that irradiated mice given a mixture of bone marrow and thymus cells produced more antibody after immunization than those given either cell type alone. His discovery of the relationship between T-cells and B-cells changed the course of AIDS and immunology research. He is the Director of the Medical Humanities program at UCD. The program integrates the arts, literature, reflective writing, etc. into the medical education curriculum.
Patricia Cox (Writing to Save Your Life) is a graduate of Texas Christian University and received her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Denver. She taught for the Denver Public Schools and the Cherry Creek School District. Being the mother of three daughters and grandmother of eleven gives her joy and focus. After working with children most of her adult life, she found challenge and purpose working as Parish Coordinator for Wellshire Presbyterian Church. She has enjoyed teaching memoir writing classes because of the richness of history shared by all participants.
Reverend Tom deBree (Post-Racial America) is an ordained clergy person in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a Minister member of Denver Presbytery. He presently is part of the Spiritual Care Services Department at the University of Colorado Hospital, working on a team of ecumenical and interfaith Chaplains. He has degrees from Amherst College and Princeton Theological Seminary. Tom continues to work on a book linking human spiritual values, the interfaith movement and the evolution of revolutionary democratic ideals.
Bill Dorn (A Miss Marple Sampler) is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Denver, where he was a faculty member for 30 years. He has taught both credit and non-credit courses on a number of classic fictional detectives and is the author of five books about Sherlock Holmes, including a Sherlockian cook book. Bill is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars (the premier American Sherlockian organization) and The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, as well as Colorado’s own club, “Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients.”
Art Elser (Nature Writing & Journaling) has been a volunteer naturalist for over five years and a professional writer and writing teacher for 40 years. As a naturalist at the Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, he observes and records nature and writes articles and reports. “I’ve had the good fortune to write about nature,” he says, “and want to help others have that opportunity also. In Illusions, Richard Bach writes, ‘You teach best that which you most need to learn.’ That’s why I want to help you learn. When we write about something, we learn more about it. I need to learn.”
A career public school teacher with a bachelor’s degree in speech and music and a master’s in communication theory and psychology, Sherma Erholm (Persuasion) now enjoys facilitating lively discussions among adults eager to gain and share knowledge. Since the majority of books for popular consumption on the subject of persuasion are “how to” books focusing on increasing the abilities of the sender, she sees a need for receivers to cultivate insight into the increasingly sophisticated techniques in use by those wishing to bring about any kind of change in our thinking or behavior.
Abe Flexer (American Poverty) escaped from New England to Colorado in the late 1960s and never left for more than a few weeks at a time. Trained as a microbiologist, he began his professional life studying sexual behavior in the fungi. After retiring from a career of teaching and administration at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he and his wife Bobbie (retired from a teaching and research career, also at CU Boulder) began to travel and to take classes at the Academy. These classes stimulated a latent interest in economics (which he sees a branch of biology), particularly issues of urban poverty in the US.
Rebecca Gorman (Experts & Entertainers) holds a B.A. in Drama and English from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. A working playwright, Rebecca is an English professor at Metro State College of Denver, where she teaches playwriting and screenwriting, Cinema Studies, and the Graphic Novel.
Ellie Greenberg (Women over 60) has been interested in the adult life cycle since she developed and led the University Without Walls in the 1970s. Over the last 40 years, she has had the privilege of designing and leading many more programs for adults, such as: PATHWAYS to the Future for 40,000 US WEST non-management employees in 14 states, Project Leadership focused on non-profit board leadership, and MAPP-the Mountain and Plains Partnership-online Masters degree programs for health professionals in underserved areas. She has raised more that $20 million to support adult education projects and various organizations.
Ellie has been the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, four pamphlets, 85 published articles and more than 230 unpublished papers. Her most recent book is the two-time Denver Post Best Seller, A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women Over Sixty, which she co-authored with Fay Wadsworth Whitney.She holds earned degrees from Mount Holyoke College (BA), University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA), and University of Northern Colorado (EdD) and has received two honorary doctorates and numerous awards. She has co-founded women’s organization, served on many boards and commissions, and learned politics through the civil rights and women’s movements. She cares about learners and learning, and is committed to creating “access to opportunities” for others.
Reverend Larry Grimm (Post-Racial America) has an A.B. degree from Grinnell College and a D.Min. degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. He has served a variety of Presbyterian Congregations, including a multicultural congregation in Northwest Denver. Larry is presently serving as Chaplain for Hospice of St. John in Lakewood. He also consults with pastors on their leadership position in the congregation using family-natural systems theory as a frame of reference. He facilitates planning events, teaches classes on racism and the bible, and offers leadership to those who want to improve their spiritual practices. He says, “The best work we can do is work upon ourselves.”
Fascinated with the sights and sounds of the pipe organ since childhood, Jim Hanson (Music Sampler) began playing the organ at age 13 and developed a second, 50-year career as a liturgical organist. His organ teachers were Dr. Rupert Sircom, MacPhail School of Music and Dr. Joyce Kull, Denver. He served several years on the Board of the Denver Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as organist for various churches in the Denver area, including 14 years at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Littleton. After two years of retirement, he found that he missed his music, leading him to accept his current post as organist/choral director at Evergreen’s Christ the King Catholic Church, nestled among the pines of Colorado.
Judy Helfer (Bridge: Beginners & Never-Evers) has retired from over 40 years of teaching. She now spends many enjoyable hours playing bridge with her friends. Besides playing bridge, she enjoys sharing and teaching the game with others—in the hopes that they will enjoy playing the game, too! It is a wonderful way to spend social time with friends and meet lots of new people. Judy is a Life Master and certified Bridge Director. She has been trained in the Audry Grant method of teaching bridge.
Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (Computer Tips) has been a consultant for 27 years, training computer users and repairing computers. He taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School, helping students learn computers and the Internet. His company, Onsite Consulting, offers PC training, PC and network troubleshooting, repair, virus and spyware solutions, free offsite backup, remote emergency help and many other computer services. The company recently received the 2008 Business of the Year Award.
Ginny Hoyle (Haiku Workshop) divides her time between grandmothering (two girls, 6 and 3) and poetry. She was the First Place winner in the 2009 Writers Studio competition judged by poet Mark Irwin for Arapahoe Community College, and she was a national finalist in MARGIE’s Strong Medicine poetry contest (2007). Through collaboration with artist Judy Anderson, her poems have been featured in installations at Ironton Studios (2005) and the Museum of Outdoor Art (2007). The Ironton show included Haiku Journal, a collection of haiku written between 2000 and 2003. The piece was also included in the Best of Colorado exhibition at DIA, 2006/2007.
Connie Hyde (Culture of the Thirties) 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.”
Art (Arthur) Jones (Spirituals) is a clinical professor of culture and psychology at the University of Denver, with a split appointment at the University of Denver Women’s College and the Divisions of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He is also a trained singer. Art has had a longstanding interest in the intersection of issues of psychological experience, ethnicity, race and culture. Since the early 1990s he has been immersed in scholarly research into the cultural and psychological history and functions of the spirituals tradition. He is the founder and chair of The Spirituals Project (www.spiritualsproject.org), an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based on the campus of The University of Denver, with a mission of preserving and revitalizing the music and teachings of the spirituals. His book Wade in the Water: The Wisdom of the Spirituals, first published in 1993, was the winner of a First Book award from the Catholic Press Association of America. He is also the co-editor, with his brother Ferdinand Jones, of The Triumph of the Soul: Cultural and Psychological Aspects of African American Music (2001). In addition to singing in the 70-voice, multi-ethnic, multi-generational Spirituals Project Choir, Art has performed numerous solo lecture-concert programs on spirituals throughout the United States. He is currently immersed in a research project focusing on the pioneering work of Roland Hayes (1887 – 1977), the first African American concert singer to gain international acclaim, and an important interpreter of spirituals in formal concert performance.
Conrad Kehn (Music Sampler) is a performer, composer, improviser, educator, writer and artist. He serves as 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. He is the founding Director of The Playground, a chamber ensemble dedicated to modern music. An award winning composer, His 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. As a vocalist, he specializes in improvisation, contemporary music, and the use of electronics. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music and Recording Technology from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music (1996). He also has a Master’s Degree in Composition from Lamont (2000) where he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Composition and the Outstanding Graduate Student in Commercial Music. He is currently pursuing an MBA at the Daniels College of Business focusing on Entrepreneurship and Non-profit Management.
Jim Kneser (Dissecting Current Economic Issues, Slum Dogs & Millionaires) is in his twelfth year of leading economics classes as a volunteer, where he has led over 40 classes with over 2,000 class members. Kneser has an undergraduate degree in economics from Ripon College and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School. He is also a CPA and worked in private equity specializing in mergers, acquisitions, speculative markets, and corporate finance.
Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser (Computer Tips, Beginning Bridge: Play of the Hand) 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.
Bill Korstad (Impacting the Developing World) is a software entrepreneur from Denver who spent three years as a volunteer for the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) on USAID-funded economic development projects in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and North Africa. As a member of the Rotary Club of Denver, he recently traveled to the Congo (DRC) on a humanitarian project. These experiences inspired further study on the subject both independently and in classroom settings. He has taught three Cities & Regions classes: Congo, Romania, and Morocco.
Priscilla Linsley (Post-Racial America) has been self-employed as a consultant for Colorado non-profit organizations, specializing in grant writing, for more than 20 years. Her volunteer and community involvement includes four terms as President of Uptown on the Hill registered neighborhood association and she is a member of the Uptown Partnership and Inner-city Community Development Corporation boards. She is currently Co-Chair of the Peace & Justice Task Force, Montview Boulevard PCUSA. She has participated in volunteer and service projects in Nicaragua, Vietnam, and Mexico and organized two work trips to New Orleans. She has facilitated several courses for OLLI (formerly VIVA). Other teaching experience involves literacy tutor training for the “Lifers Group” at Rahway State (NJ) Prison.
JD MacFarlane (Financial Buccaneers) is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Law School, managed a small partnership and sole practitioner law practice from 1964-70, and then served as a Colorado State Representative, Colorado State Senator, Chief Deputy Colorado Public Defender, Colorado Attorney General, and the Denver Manager of Public Safety. As a manager in many of those roles, he developed a special interest in the impact of government on the economy, as well as economic theories regarding the interplay of federal, state and local tax policies. Currently he is studying the economic bubbles of the last two decades and their relationship to the virtually unregulated financial markets of the era, focusing on the role played by esoteric asset-backed security structures and credit default swaps in the global economic collapse we are experiencing.
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.
Robin McNeil (Baroque & Classical Music) began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four, taking lessons with Irene Soltas. He has a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois and then went to the University of South Dakota where he was Chairman of the Piano Department.
He has performed over three hundred concerts throughout the United States and has written many musicology book reviews for Choicemagazine 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.
In the past, Mr. McNeil has been thoroughly involved in arts management as the Executive Director of the Fine Arts Center of Clinton (Illinois), State Treasurer of the Association of Illinois Arts Agencies, and member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Central Illinois Cultural Affairs Consortium. Mr. McNeil has been the Executive Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation.
Outside the sphere of music, Robin has raced Alfa Romeo and Ferrari automobiles and flown WW II vintage aircraft. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Mr. McNeil now lives with his wife in Littleton where he 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.
Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes (DAM Great Art) 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.
Reverend Amy Mendez (Post-Racial America) has been ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) since 1997. She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Divinity. She was Associate Executive for Hispanic Ministries at the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii. Rev. Mendez served as Associate Pastor at West End Presbyterian Church in Manhattan New York City and Head of Staff at Fort Washington Heights Presbyterian Church in Manhattan New York City. She also teaches Social Justice and Immigration issues. Currently she is serving as a pastor at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Thornton.
Walt Meyer (Islam from Muhammad to Osama) is a retired “technocrat”, having spent 22 years in the weather field of the US Air Force and almost 20 years as a program manager for a defense contractor. He has been married to his wife Karyl for 44 years and has three grown children and four grandchildren.
Walt’s interest in Islam stems from the post -9/11 realization that those in the West have little understanding of the Muslim faith, contributing to many false characterizations of the Muslim people. Shortly after 9/11 he attended a workshop on Islam presented by Jim Gonia, Pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Denver. He had an excellent background on the subject, having served in Madagascar among the Muslim people. Walt has since done considerable reading on the subject and has presented a series of classes on Islam to his church on two occasions. He feels that this subject is of vital importance today.
Walt has a BS in Chemistry from Capital University, a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington, and he is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Minnesota Management Academy. He has served on many boards and task forces within the Lutheran Church and he is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union of the University of California at Berkeley. Walt served as Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at Saint Louis University for one year, has taught numerous Bible study classes, and has found teaching to be one of his passions.
A lifelong community activist, Dana Miller (Experts & Entertainers) is a member of Transition Denver. The worldwide Transition Movement is a grassroots movement aimed at empowering local communities to be more sustainable, resilient and vibrant. Transition Denver offers events, films and community get-togethers to share information about how to live a simpler, wiser and more energy efficient life. Transition Denver has recently partnered with the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Mile High Business Alliance and the Living Earth Center to create the Grow Local Colorado Campaign. For more information, visit www.growlocalcolorado.org, www.transitiondenver.org and www.transitioncolorado.ning.com.
Bradford Mudge (Experts & Entertainers) is a professor in the English Department at the U. of Colorado at Denver. In addition to teaching courses in 18th- and 19th-century literature, he has lectured on the political influence of the cartoon in 18th-century Britain, at The Lab at Belmar.
The Reverend Paul Neshangwe (Post-Racial America) holds a new position as “Pastor in Partnership” for Denver Presbytery. He has begun a probe to investigate the possibility of starting a new church development to meet the needs of African immigrants as well as building on the established presbytery partnership between the Presbyteries of Denver and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Denver Presbytery in December of 2008, Paul was most recently the minister of Lomagundi Presbyterian Church in Chinhoyi. During his service to this congregation, Paul strengthened and grew his congregation by focusing on peacemaking and racial issues. He has a great passion for new church development and with this session was able to start several new outlying congregations. He also feels passionate about the lack of medical care in Zimbabwe, and together with his congregation, they began the successful Lomagundi Clinic, serving patients who come from both near and far for medical treatment not available in other parts of the country.
While in Zimbabwe, Paul served on many Presbytery of Zimbabwe committees and most recently was the Moderator of the Presbytery, a two year term. He served as the Convener for the Justice and Social Responsibility committee as well as participating in many other Presbytery committees. Rev. Neshangwe has also served the denomination in Zimbabwe on many General Assembly committees including as Convener of Christian Education.
Rev. Neshangwe was intimately involved in national and religious organizations in Zimbabwe. He served as chairperson of the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Committee for the Zimbabwe Council of churches for three, 2 year terms. He was the chairperson of the Church in Society and Election Monitoring Advisory Board for the Zim Council of Churches. Paul served as National Executive Committee member of Christian Care, was the Chairperson of the HIV/AIDS Standing Committee, and Chairperson of Personnel & Recruitment Committee. In addition, Rev. Neshangwe was a member of the National Task Force of the National Constitutional Assembly, representing religious organizations, was a member of the Christian Alliance, and Chairperson of Community Development and Participation Trust.
Paul is married to Lydia who is currently a student at Denver Seminary. The couple plans to stay in the Denver area until Lydia completes her education, upon which time they will return to Zimbabwe to devote their energy and talents to the great need there. The couple has two sons, T.C. and Melusi.
Always eager and interested to learn more about European art, especially painting of the Renaissance period, Laura Pardee (Northern Renaissance Art) regularly visits museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. She was a French language and literature major in college and took several art history courses as well. She served as a docent at Winterthur Museum in Delaware before moving to Denver.
Ralph Plimpton (Does Economics Trump War?) 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, With an undergraduate degree in art history and 30+ years as a Clinical & Forensic psychologist, Sheila Porter (Impacting the Developed World) 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.
Sharon Rouse (Sketching & Watercolor) is a retired art teacher, has taught adult watercolor and sketchbook classes and presented short watercolor workshops. She uses her sketchbooks and journals to record ideas for future paintings. Her work has been accepted into various shows and is in private collections. In addition to her art, she is a docent at the Denver Art Museum and a supervisor for art student teachers at Metropolitan State College.
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.
Robert Rust (Experts & Entertainers) is an appraiser/dealer of Antiquarian Books and Arts and Crafts Era Art & Antiques in Denver and western New York state, with more than 25 years of experience. He has co-authored and contributed to over a dozen books on the Arts and Crafts era and has written articles about this important movement in Decorative Arts History for various magazines, newsletters and journals focused on antiques.
Vee Sabel (Great Decisions in America’s Current Foreign Policy) 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.
Otti Seiden (Shortcuts to Publishing) is a local author with over 30 published books, 5 historical novels and over 25 non-fictions. Virtually everything he has ever written has been published by over a half-dozen publishers. “It’s not that I’m such a great writer,” he asserts, “but I know my niches, my readers and the publishers that reach them. Following my formula, I believe anyone can get profitably published. I’ll show you how to product research your project, your reading market, then get your first draft finished in a matter of weeks and in the second draft polish it into a publishable manuscript. Then I’ll show you how to find and sell your work to a publisher who wants it. If I can write a publishable book anyone can!”
Lorraine Sherry‘s (Gardens as a Fine Art) previous careers included radar systems analysis for The MITRE Corporation in Bedford MA, and evaluation of educational technology grants for RMC Research Corporation in Denver. Dr. Sherry has written more than three dozen articles in peer-reviewed professional journals and seven book chapters on e-learning and instructional technology. Since she retired in 2005, she has pursued her “true loves” of choral performance, perennial gardening, world travel, and collecting antique maps. She is a Colorado Master Gardener; has taught a course in “World Gardens as an Art Form;” and has written two City of Westminster grants to beautify the public areas of her townhome subdivision. Her personal website is located at http://home.comcast.net/~lorraine.sherry/index.htm.
Joseph S. Szyliowicz (Experts & Entertainers) is a Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver. He is the past President of the Turkish Studies Association and has received numerous grants and awards for his work in Turkish studies. He is author, co-author, or editor of a half dozen books and reports and more than two dozen book chapters, scholarly articles, and “op ed” pieces, many of which deal with various aspects of development in Turkey ranging from the politics to religion to education to technology transfer. He has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs in Denver as well as on The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, the Voice of America, and National Public Radio.
He has served as a consultant and reviewer to many governmental agencies such as the Office of Technology Assessment, the National Science Foundation, and the Transportation Research Board. He was a member of the Scientific Committee for the International Railroad Conference held in Istanbul in 2008 and in May of that year, he was an invited speaker at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop in Ankara.
The Academy’s liaison with the Denver Art Museum, Denise Turner (DAM Great Art) 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.
Paulette Wasserstein (Best American Short Stories) 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.
President of The Weinberg Group, Inc., in Denver, Michael D. Weinberg (Experts & Entertainers) works with individuals, families and businesses and their professional advisers to design and fund estate and business continuity plans, as well as to place clients’ unwanted or unneeded insurance policies in the life settlement market. His more than 40 years of experience includes serving as a tax attorney with the IRS and as an adjunct professor at the U. of Minnesota Law School.
John White (Music Sampler), former Fulbright-University of Vienna Distinguished Chair in Humanities, received the BA Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota and the Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, and Performers Certificate in Cello from Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. His composition teachers were Howard Hanson, Bernard Rogers, Nadia Boulanger, and Ross Lee Finney. Now living in Westminster, CO, White’s music is frequently performed at concerts of the Society of Composers, Inc., The College Music Society, and over the years by many ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Oklahoma City Symphony, Akron Symphony, Madison Symphony, and numerous university and community ensembles.
For many years White taught composition, theory and violoncello at the University of Florida where he is Professor of Music Emeritus. In early and mid-career he was Professor of Music at Kent State University in Ohio and Whitman College in Washington. He has served as Visiting Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. White’s music is widely published. Recent publications include Palindromes for Native American Flute (J.P. Publications), Time and the Water for Horn and Piano (R.M. Williams Publishing) and Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble. The St. Martin’s Chamber Choir of Denver, Timothy J. Krueger, artistic director, has also premiered and recorded many of his choral works. In 2008, he was awarded first prize in the Choral Composition Contest of Segorbe Spain, for his Credo Trifarium.
Colleen Willette (Experts & Entertainers) earned a BS in Nutritional Chemistry, MS in Secondary Education, MA in Adolescent Psychology and is certified in Celtic Herbal Healing. She grew up in Canada and northern New York, where foraging for “green stuff” was a way of life. The love of wild crafting and now the more civilized art of growing herbs has always been a part of her life. A member of the Guild at the Botanic Gardens, she concocts new herbal blends for the holiday sales. She also teaches classes across the Denver metro area on the growing and use of herbs as food, medicine, cosmetics and household cleaners.
One of the Academy’s most accredited and popular facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young (Presidents, Political Parties & the Electoral College) is a recognized expert on Pearl Harbor and military history in general. Dick has a BA from the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from the United States Navy’s Officer Candidate School, after which he was ordered to the destroyer, USS MADDOX (DD731) where he served two tours in several official capacities. After leaving active duty, he obtained his JD from the University of Michigan and was Assistant Editor of the Michigan Law Review. His years in Denver have been no less impressive. He practiced law and remained active in the Naval Reserve as well as in numerous civic and political organizations. His awards, citations and commendations are literally too many to mention but his greatest pride and pleasure are his wife Lorie, to whom he has been married over 50 years, and his four grown daughters.