Fall 2011

Tuesday, August 30
4:30-6:30 pm
$5 (new and prospective members FREE!)
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.

This is a don’t-miss event, especially if you are new to the Academy. Get together informally with facilitators and fellow members of the Academy.  Renew connections, pick up pre-class handouts if there are any for your course, and find out about any changes in the course schedules.  Bring a friend or neighbor to find out what the Academy is all about. But be sure to let them know that many of the courses may already be filled by August 30.


21st Century Survival Skills
Instructor:  Eileen Sharkey
6 Thursdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, discussion

Financial literary is a 21st century survival skill.  Global and personal economic storms are hard to avoid but you can improve your chances of survival.   You’ll learn you’re not alone in trying to understand today’s financial system and wanting to take control of your finances.  To break the cycle of confusion and procrastination, you’ll privately audit your financial situation and perform exercises to help you determine your goals. Then you’ll develop an action plan to achieve them because, as Will Rogers once said, “Even though you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” You’ll learn about today’s basic and advanced money management techniques and gain new insights about topics like the psychology of money, cash flow, inflation, investing and withdrawal rates, insurance, medical directives, getting help you can trust, and communicating your end-of-life plans. Break-out sessions will be co-facilitated by Ellie Greenberg.

Instructor:  Educated in London and Kansas, Eileen Sharkey’s practical and global view of finance and easy-to-understand approach to the changing principles of money management makes her in demand as a financial educator. Last year Wealth Management honored her as one of the nation’s 50 most influential women in finance.

Facilitators:  Jim Kneser & Toni Larson
5 Tuesdays, Sept. 27 – Oct. 25
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion, Q&A

As citizens, we look to state government to provide certain critical services and to finance these services effectively, efficiently, and equitably.  Over the past few years, as the economy has foundered, most Coloradans would say things have not gone well, but few can agree on the causes or remedies for our problems. We’ll take an in-depth look at efforts to deal with emerging crises in higher education, K-12 education, Medicaid, public employee pensions, and other statewide concerns. We’ll also examine carefully the most interesting and sometimes hair-raising ballot initiatives that may be put forward. If you care about how your state is managed, you’ll want to take part in this timely discussion.

Facilitators: Legislative representative Toni Larson teams up with retired economist Jim Kneser to present a balanced analysis of some of Colorado’s fiscal challenges. Larson is executive director of Independent Higher Education of Colorado (the governmental affairs arm of Colorado College, Regis University, and the University of Denver). Economist and public policy junkie Kneser now pursues these interests through his work with the Academy.

Opportunity or Threat?
Facilitator:  Ralph Plimpton
4 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Oct. 5
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

The use of electronic technology to disrupt or destroy a nation’s assets is perhaps the most important and least understood new source of power on the planet. Already it has put off Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb by three years—as long a delay as a conventional attack would achieve.  Right now cyber power could knock out a multistate swath of the US electric power grid—not for a few days, but for months. We’ll explore the impact of this new weapon on the way wars are waged and discuss its implications for defense spending and the maintenance of a sizeable military force. We will also discuss the exponential growth of cyber attacks on individuals and their privacy. Cyber power has already been used to accomplish a great deal without loss of life or significant expense, largely without public knowledge.  Join us as we consider how it may become our best friend or our greatest threat.

Required reading: Richard Clarke and Robert Knake Cyber War (Harper Collins Publishers, 2010).

Facilitator: Ralph Plimpton 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.

Facilitator: Vee Sabel
8 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 (skip 9/29)
1:30—3:30 pm
$75 (Includes Great Decisions Briefing Booklet)
$55 (No booklet; you must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Discussion, PBS videos, guest speakers

The Great Decisions Discussion Groups are part of a nation-wide program developed by the Foreign Policy Association.  Each year thousands of Americans discuss and formulate their opinions on eight vital foreign policy issues. This year’s topics include: Rebuilding Haiti, National Security, Horn of Africa, Financial Crisis, Germany Ascendant, Nonproliferation, Crisis in the Caucasus and Global Governance. Each 15-page chapter in the Great Decisions Briefing Book places the issues in historical context and provides background, current policies, and alternative options. Discussion questions, annotated reading suggestions, and additional resources, including websites, are provided.  Videos featuring renowned experts in the field provide additional food for thought. Registration is required by August 28 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.

Lecturer: Jim Kneser
6 Thursdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 17 (skip 10/20)
10 am—12 noon
$60 (includes daily lecture notes)
Lecture, Q&A

The “Dissecting” series at the Academy was born in the ashes of the great credit contraction and recession of 2008-09. It explained what was happening and provided historical context.  The series will end when things return to normal—but here we go again, offering it in the fall, and what does that tell you? Likely topics include the US budget deficit and national debt crisis, the sovereign debt debacle in Europe, the unsustainable and underfunded public employee pension system, and anything else that erupts between now and then. Easy-to-understand examples will explain the intricacies of the problems. Even so, we urge participants to take the Academy’s core economics curriculum as well, starting with “Thinking like an Economist” this fall. Later core offerings in macroeconomics, international economics, and the history of economic thought will give you what amounts to the essence of an undergraduate econ major and help you face the complexities of today’s economic world.

Lecturer: Jim Kneser loves putting his educational training in economics and finance plus his vocational experience in private equity to work researching the facts behind the news and putting current developments in proper historical context.

Lecturer:  Jim Kneser
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 16
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$50 (includes daily lecture notes)
Lecture, Q&A

At its core, economics is really just the study of “how people choose to lead their lives and interact with others,” according to Harvard professor Gregory Mankiw. What we read and hear about the economy sounds considerably more complex than that. But once you understand the basic principles and thought patterns, it all makes sense. This is the foundational course in the Academy’s economics curriculum. If you have concerns about where the nation is headed financially, , this is the place to learn the basics of economics in an easy-going environment that uses today’s headlines to teach principles that will, in the words of a famed British economist, keep you ”from being fooled by economists.”

Lecturer: Jim Kneser loves putting his educational training in economics and finance plus his vocational experience in private equity to work researching the facts behind the news and putting current developments in proper historical context.


Discussion Leader:  Bill Dorn
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 1
10 am – 12 noon
Discussion, video

In addition to four novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories in which Sherlock Holmes takes center stage.  In this course we’ll study 14 of the most popular stories and view video versions of eight of them. We’ll compare different video interpretations with each other and with the written version of the stories.  Our goal, though, won’t be merely to discuss the technical similarities and differences between them and how these affect the story’s impact.  Instead, it will be to have fun—and maybe learn a little more about the great detective and his creator as well.  Go to http://web.me.com/billdorn/Sherlock_Holmes_Sampler for further information plus reading assignments.

Required reading: Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes: All 4 Novels and 56 Short Stories (Bantam, 1986-$10).

Discussion leader: 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.

Poet:  Ted Borrillo
3 Tuesdays, Nov. 1 – Nov. 15
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$20 (nonmembers $30)
Discussion, poetry reading, writing poetry (if you’d like)

Who has time for poetry in today’s hectic world?  Discover how reading and writing poetry can enrich your life. We’ll look at a wide variety of poets—including, among others, Sara Teasdale, Robert Frost, A.E. Houseman, Carl Sandburg, Countee Cullen, Oscar Wilde, Joyce Kilmer, and Shakespeare.  We’ll discuss the steps in writing a poem and how poetry can change the way you look at life and your surroundings, things you might otherwise take for granted.  Through an understanding and love of poetry, we can learn to love life and the uniqueness of its expression in nature, language, interpersonal relationships, and even tragedy.  Come prepared to share your favorite poems—your own or those of others.  This is a repeat of the course offered in previous terms.

Poet: Retired lawyer Ted Borrillo makes poetry a rewarding part of his life.  He recently completed and published his fourth book of poetry entitled Poems from a Bystander, available at the Tattered Cover.

All New Stories
Discussion Leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 16 (skip 11/2)
1:30—3:30 pm
Reading, discussion

This popular course, now in its fourth season, will explore all new stories with the same participation-friendly discussions.  If you love great literature, you will appreciate the artistry that goes into the creation of the short prose found in Best American Short Stories, 2009, edited by Alice Sebold.  Each week the class examines one or two memorable stories, teasing out the meanings of each story and building a greater understanding of how the short story is constructed.  Because the short stories are written by contemporary authors, their subject matter and dilemmas cannot fail to stir great questions and evoke new insights about the world in which we live.

Required reading: Alice Sebold, editor, Best American Short Stories 2009 (Houghton-Mifflin, 2009)

Discussion Leader:  Dr. Paulette Wasserstein, career teacher of English and education consultant, loves the exchange of ideas and sharing “a good read.”

More New Selections
Leader:  Laura Rubin
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2
10 am – 12 noon
Reading plays aloud

Discover the fun of reading plays aloud with a group. We shall read full-length plays by August Wilson, Neil Simon, Langston Hughes and others and one-act plays by Arthur Miller, Archibald MacLeish, Mel Brooks, and others. A copy of the play to be read will be handed out on the day it’s scheduled to be read. Parts will be assigned at random. You may choose to read with emotion or not. The pleasure of the experience comes from the playwright’s skill and the fact that all participants have a copy of the play they can read–hearing problems are actually no problem. There will be a get-acquainted gathering at Laura’s home after class the second week of the semester. Limited to 12.

Leader: Laura Rubin is a retired public school speech therapist, who has facilitated play reading groups for seven years in Jacksonville, Florida and Denver.

Beginning Memoir Writing
Facilitator: Patricia Cox
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 1
1:30-3:30 pm
Interactive writing workshop

“Anyone who physically and emotionally outlasts childhood has something to write about forever,” offers author Lou Willett Stanek. You’ll agree once you discover the rich vein of topics in your past and experience the joy of preserving these treasured tales. We’ll share and encourage each other in class and tackle some writing at home. Reading your stories aloud will prove a powerful affirmation, and listening to others as they share theirs is an effective way to improve your own writing. Join this group, capped at 12, to learn how to transform your cherished memories into your memoirs.   This is a repeat of the popular course taught in the spring of 2011 and earlier.

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

Facilitator: A retired teacher for the Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools, writing is Patricia Cox’s passion.  Her memoir, We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator, is available at The Tattered Cover.

Getting Started
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Oct. 20 (skip 9/29)
10 am – 12 noon
Interactive writing workshop

Whether you’re nineteen or ninety, you have stories to tell and wisdom to share. Learn how to begin compiling a collection of your life experiences to share with friends and family—or simply to read later at leisure.  Spark your memory with innovative and engaging activities designed to bring to mind long-forgotten scenes from your past and to help you start getting them down on paper. Pick up your pen and open a new chapter on your life in the supportive atmosphere of this popular class. Limited to 13 participants. This is a repeat of a Fall 2010 workshop (subtitled Getting Started) and earlier courses.

Facilitator: Kathy Boyer, a retired teacher, has conducted Life Stories workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and the Academy. She also works one-on-one to help people record their memories electronically.

Finishing your Project
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
4 Thursdays, Oct. 27 – Nov. 17
10 am – 12 noon
$25 (nonmembers $35)
Interactive writing workshop

If you’ve completed any memoir-writing class and are serious about continuing your project, this is the class for you. Participants will be expected to write at least one new piece each week to read to the class for possible feedback and encouragement.  At the end of the five sessions, members will be ready to form an independent, ongoing writing group.  This is a repeat of a workshop taught in Fall 2010 and earlier. Limited to 12 participants.

Facilitator: Kathy Boyer has conducted memoir-writing workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and the Academy.


Peacekeeper:  Lew House
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 18
10 am – 12 noon
Role Playing

In this unscripted role-playing course based on a game that counted JFK, Kissinger, and Cronkite among avid fans, you’ll take the part of a head of state, foreign secretary, or military chief of one of the seven great European powers engaged in the intricate struggle for supremacy leading to WWI. In each class period, your team will gather information on the evolving world situation, secretly develop strategic decisions, and then negotiate your position in diplomatic sessions.  You will soon realize the results of your decisions may be as unpredictable as they often are in the real world of geopolitics.  By learning to take advantage of the tools, language, and protocols that real-life diplomats use in interactions between friendly and rival nations, you’ll gain a better understanding of today’s diplomatic complexities. In addition to the diplomats, there will be a few roving reporters to publish news headlines. Note: This class is an experiment; political correctness and weapons will be checked at the door.  Class limited to 24.

Recommended reading: Harold Nicolson, Diplomacy (Oxford Press, 1963) and Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy (Simon & Schuster, 1994).

Peacekeeper: Lew House is an astrophysicist who has been a principal investigator on two major NASA satellite projects and has advised corporate executives on the use of advanced technologies in strategic planning. In retirement, he studies history and enjoys keeping track of developments in many areas of scientific inquiry.

Discussion Leader:  Dick Young
6 Wednesdays,  Sept. 14 – Oct. 26 (skip 9/28)
10 am – 12 noon
Class discussion

What criteria would you use to select the best and the worst US presidents? Presidential scholar Alvin Fetzenberg focuses on character, vision, competence, economic policy, preserving and extending liberty, and finally defense, national security, and foreign policy. In making your ranking, how much weight would you give the ability to compromise and honesty? And what about luck, timing, a good TV image, events outside the US, and communicating with the voters?  In our first class we’ll discuss and then vote to select the group’s five greatest and five worst, excluding all who served after 1980. Then in the next five sessions we’ll discuss, debate, discern, deliberate, and dissect each choice. Or you can come, sit back, and just listen.  Prerequisites: facts, civility. Optional: opinions, your own research.

Facilitator: Dick Young, a political activist and history buff, has taught a course on Pearl Harbor at various Elderhostels and the continuing education programs of several universities.

Facilitator:  Dan Lynch
10 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 15
1:30 – 3:30
Lecture, discussion

In this broad-brush survey, we’ll trace the development of our republic’s most elemental code of conduct, from the original version drafted by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia to the latest rulings on corporate financing of elections and women’s rights. Among the topics we’ll cover are the circumstances leading to the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the early importance of Chief Justice John Marshall, the impacts of slavery and the Civil War, the amendments passed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the legacies of the Warren,  Rehnquist, and Roberts courts. We will discuss approaches to interpreting the Constitution, including “originalism,” “living Constitution,” and “activist judges.”

Required reading: A book of your choice on each of these 3 subjects: Philadelphia Constitutional Convention of 1787, Bill of Rights, and the 14th Amendment.

Recommended reading: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay, The Federalist Papers.

Instructor: Denver lawyer Dan Lynch has long been fascinated by the interplay between government and religion. As author of Our Fading Religious Liberties: Government Using Religion (2008), he argues that—under the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and 14th Amendment—the State must not only remain separate from the church but is precluded from exercising any power at all over religion.


Head to Toe, What Do We Know?
Instructor:  Mel Klein
8 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 (skip 9/29)
1:30—3:30 pm
Lecture, discussion

“Take care of your body,” advised the late inspirational speaker Jim Rohn. “It’s the only place you have to live.” This course is about you; it’s about all of us. It offers a mixture of technical and practical information about how the body works and what you can do to maintain it—presented by experts who have been on the front lines of medicine. Nine experienced medical doctors will cover topics in cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, nephrology, ophthalmology, rheumatology, and toxicology. In addition to lectures, we plan to have demonstrations of heart valves, pacemakers, artificial joints, endoscopes, and dialysis machines. Our discussions will include different perspectives on the controversies surrounding various treatments. Find out whether you’re getting your money’s worth from your body, your doctor, your insurance company, or your government.

Organizer: During 45 years as an inpatient, outpatient, and administrative nephrologist Dr. Mel Klein has served Rose Medical Center as medical staff president, Renal Division chair, and director of dialysis. He’s been a teaching attending at Rose and a clinical professor of medicine (Renal) at UC Medical School.

Facilitator:  John Anderson
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 9
10 am – 12 noon
Video Course with discussion and Q&A

Mathematics is crowded with beautiful theorems that are as awe-inspiring as the most celebrated works of art.  They are the Mona Lisas, the Hamlets, the Fifth Symphonies of the field—landmark achievements that repay endless study and that have come down to us as the legacy of geniuses as fascinating as Leonardo, Shakespeare, or Beethoven.  With the help of a video course, we’ll look in detail at the most notable of these masterpieces from ancient Greece to Enlightenment France and explore the lives and times of the colorful thinkers who developed them.  Treating great theorems the way you’d treat great works of art opens your mind to a new level of math appreciation. Best of all, you’ll need no knowledge of math beyond basic high school-level algebra and geometry to discover what “beauty” means in mathematics.  Theorems even share a trait with diamonds:  once proven, a theorem is forever.

Required reading: William Dunham Journey through Genius: the Great Theorems of Mathematics (Penguin Books, 1991).

Recommended reading: Eli Maor The Pythagorean Theorem: A 4,000-year History (Princeton University Press, 2007).

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.”

Instructor:  Larry Matten
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 16
10 am – 12 noon
$75 (Includes class notebook)
$65 (No notebook.  You must borrow or share one to participate.)
Lectures, discussions, videos

The effort of religious groups to control the teaching of science in public classrooms has become a major issue of our time. Like other great social debates, this one is fueled by the lack of agreement about the meanings of basic terms. We’ll see how words like theory, science, scientific law, scientific method, religion, dogma, creationism, scientific creationism, intelligent design, natural selection, empirical evidence, and controversy have been bandied about in a way that makes it difficult for interested lay persons, even judges, to understand some of the arguments.  And we’ll examine court decisions—from the Scopes Trial to recent Georgia and Pennsylvania cases—that have helped to elucidate the meanings of these terms and arrive at standards regulating the ability of the government to endorse a specific religious viewpoint.  This is a repeat of the Spring 2007 course.

Instructor: Larry Matten is a former professor of plant biology and nationally recognized expert on the evolution of early land plants.  His second career as an attorney has spurred his keen interest in judicial decisions that affect the teaching of intelligent design and evolution in public schools.

Presenters:  Various CU Professors
4 or 5 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Oct. 12; 1 Thursday, Sept. 15
1:30 – 3:30
Lecture, Q&A

This series of lectures featuring CU Boulder professors will bring you up to speed on the issues of gender, politics, race, migration, and foreign policy that face our Latin American neighbors today.

Sept. 14. Women in Politics in Latin America. Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo, associate professor of women and gender studies, offers insights about how gender informs war, revolution, political violence, social movements, and peace processes in Latin America.

Sept. 15. (Thursday) Economic Development: Lessons from Brazil.  Confusion and complexity have engulfed the search for the key factors of economic development.   Dr. Lee Alston, professor of Economics at CU-Boulder explains some of the contending explanations, such as geography, culture, and institutions. He then focuses on the recent success of Brazil.

Sept. 21.  Understanding Anti-Americanism in Latin America. Dr. Andy Baker, associate professor of political science, discusses the influences that affect Latin American attitudes toward the US, pro and con, and suggests ways the US can assure a more positive relationship.

Sept. 28.  Factors Influencing the Internal Migration Decisions of Mexican Migrants in Colorado. Drs. Christina Sue and Fernando Riosmena, Department of Sociology, discuss the reasons for the unprecedented shift in the destination-related decisions of Mexican immigrants in the past 20 years.

Oct. 5.  Science, Politics & Literature in Latin America: Darwinism and Beyond.  Dr. Leila Gomez, associate professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, examines the complex mechanism of Darwinism in the inclusion and exclusion of indigenous, mestizo, and immigrant peoples of South America in the light of the historical-scientific contexts of the Darwinist debate, the role of paleontology as a modern discipline, and the tensions between metropolitan and local scientific knowledge in Latin America.

Oct. 12.  Save the date as another professor may be able to join the series.

Choices! Choices!
Facilitator: Ellie Greenberg
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Oct. 19
$55 (includes required book – register by Sept. 1)
$40 (no book; you must purchase or borrow one in order to participate)
Group exercises, discussion, participation, lecture

Chances are, you’re either in or nearing the “third third” of your life and probably wondering, like Ellie Greenberg, “How could that be? Where has the time gone? Stop the clock!” Join Ellie as she reviews recent research on adult development, explores the personal issues and options you’re facing in life after 60, and explains some steps you can take to smooth the way for making inevitable and important life transitions.  We’ll check out various over-60 websites and blogs and take a look at intergenerational opportunities and barriers—all with the goal of uncovering new ways to live a vibrant and active life during your lengthening “third third.”  This is a repeat course but much has happened over the past two years, and there will be new twists. New and returning participants are welcome.

Required reading: Elinor Miller Greenberg and Fay Wadsworth Whitney, A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women over Sixty (Fulcrum Publishing, 2008).  [Books ordered through the Academy available at the first class session.]

Recommended reading: Betty Friedan, The Fountain of Age (Simon & Schuster, 1993).

Facilitator: Author, teacher, community activist, and educator, Ellie Greenberg is perhaps best known for developing and leading the University without Walls in the 1970s, the start of a more than 40-year career in providing “access to opportunity” for adults.

Presenters: Colorado Bar Association judges and lawyers
7 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 3 (skip 9/29)
1:30—3:30 pm
Lecture, discussion, video

If what you know about our judicial system depends largely on the media coverage of sensational cases, this course will prove a real eye-opener. Taught by attorneys and judges with first-hand courtroom experience, the course was designed jointly by the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Our Courts program to explain how State and Federal courts actually work—and how judicial procedures help keep the law fair and impartial. The Our Courts program recently won a national award from the ABA and has been recognized by Sandra Day O’Conn0r.  Topics include the selection and evaluation of judges, the differences between practices followed in criminal and civil cases, the basics of bankruptcy, and the ways in which Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to equality and liberty transformed the system more than a century ago. This is a repeat of the popular course offered previously.


Discussion Leaders:  Opera Colorado Leadership
9 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 16 (skip 10/26)
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, video, performance

Opera Colorado, with an assist from the CU Opera program, will be presenting another outstanding course tailored specifically for Academy members.  The course will feature both an in depth look at Opera Colorado’s schedule of operas for the coming season and also valuable insight into producing an opera and becoming an opera singer.  The course will begin with an examination of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.   First, Jim Kneser will set the little-known but highly important political and cultural context surrounding the composition and performance of the opera and then Greg Carpenter, general director of Opera Colorado, will present the creative and musical aspects that have made the opera a mainstay in the repertoire – with valuable insight into the interpretation taken at Opera Colorado.  Director of CU opera, Leigh Holman, and her students will return to provide a roundtable discussion with the class on how young singers train for an operatic career.  Their presentation will include performances of some of their favorite arias.  Greg Carpenter will then return to describe Opera Colorado’s groundbreaking setting of  Florencia en el Amazonas (What an opera plot: a famous opera soprano travels down the Amazon to give a concert and search for her long lost love).   Next, Opera Colorado’s Young Artists will perform a new tour production of Carmen.  One of the Young Artists who sang for us last year, Ryan Speedo Green, went on to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Greg then returns to discuss Opera Colorado’s third offering of the upcoming season, Il Trovatore.  For two weeks Academy Diva, LaDonna Donna Barrow will host “You Be the Critic” where the group will debate the merits of various new ideas in opera. During the last week, Brad Trexell, director of artistic planning at Opera Colorado, and two Young Artists will return to discuss the audition process.   This course will greatly enhance your experience as you enjoy Opera Colorado’s entire season.

Wagner’s Last Opera
Facilitator:  Robin McNeil
9 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 17 (skip 9/29)
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

Wagner’s longest opera, Parsifal takes almost six hours to perform, although it’s often cut by opera companies to fit the audience’s hypothetically short attention span. We’ll watch a DVD of the Metropolitan Opera’s production of the opera and use as our standard for study the only full-length version ever staged outside of Bayreuth (where cuts were also made at times)—one performed by the School of Music (now the Jacobs School of Music) at Indiana University every Good Friday for 17 years until a fire destroyed the costumes and sets in 1968. Wagner first conceived the work in 1855 but put it aside for long periods several times before taking it up again while working on Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger. He finally completed Parsifal in 1882. We’ll talk about Wagner’s skill as a poet, for he wrote all of his own librettos, and we’ll consider the distance he put between his opera and the Medieval legends that inspired it. We’ll trace the leitmotifs, or themes, that act as musical “nametags” for all the opera’s characters and objects (even the balm applied to Amfortas’s permanent wound has an identifying theme).

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.

Instructor: Georgi Contiguglia
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25
10 am—12 noon
Video, discussion

“The first virtue of painting is to be a feast for the eyes,” according to 19th century French painter Eugene Delacroix. Using this remark as our touchstone, we’ll undertake an in-depth exploration of European masterpieces dating from the Baroque period (about 1650) to mid-twentieth century modern art. Among featured artists are Goya, Delacroix, Turner, Homer, Matisse, and Pollock. We’ll begin each week with a video lesson developed by Oberlin College professor and Smithsonian lecturer William A. Kloss for the Teaching Company’s “Great Courses” program. We’ll follow this with a discussion of the history and formal esthetic features of the various works, as well as the changing tastes and technologies that transformed the world of art during this period.  It is not necessary to have taken the spring semester of “The Word’s Greatest Paintings” to enjoy this course.

Instructor:  Georgi Contiguglia was the Curator of Decorative and Fine Arts at the Colorado Historical Society before becoming its President and CEO. She has a Master’s Degree in art history and has worked at the Brooklyn Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum.  She currently teaches art history at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins.

A New Look at the American Indian Artist
Coordinators: Joanne Mendes, Marty Corren
4 Wednesdays, Oct. 12—Nov. 2
1:30-3:30 pm
$45 (includes tour fees & printed materials)
Parking additional
Tours at the Denver Art Museum

The remodeled Indian galleries star in this latest DAM Great Art series. You’ll see 650 objects never shown before among the 700 on view, and you’ll see Indian art in an entirely new light.  Master teacher Heather Nielson helps us understand Indian art as the product of a vital creative impulse, not simply as utilitarian ethnographic artifacts. Still keeping the nine traditional regional groupings for the gallery layout, the display focuses on individual artists or types of art.  Expert docents walk us through two of these regional areas each week. You’ll discover exquisite pots by Hopi innovator Nampeyo and her descendants and check out shirts and coats ranging from a Faw Faw Coat from about 1890 created as part of a religious movement started by William Faw Faw to a contemporary Plains Indian war shirt the museum commissioned from Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang of Billings, Montana. We’ll count the ways that Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s painting, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, takes aim at U. S. government policies and treatment of Indians, and we’ll discuss Santa Clara potter Roxanne Swentzell ‘s 10-foot straw wattle and adobe clay sculpture, Mud Woman Rolls On, created as part of the new demonstration laboratory.  Participants must be (or become) DAM members.

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, Marty Corren joined the museum as a volunteer in 2006 and serves as an outstanding and popular docent.

Roots of Garden Design
Instructor:  Lorraine Sherry
5 Thursdays, Oct. 20 – Nov. 17
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, video, Q&A

This is not a horticulture course about “how to grow a better rose bush.”  It’s an art course focusing on the ways in which garden design reflects the cultural milieu and spirit of the time in which it is created. Earlier courses in this series have dealt with the history of world garden design and American, tropical, and specialty gardens.  In this short course we turn to a close examination of three important roots of garden design: Paradise or Persian gardens, Japanese and Chinese gardens, and English naturalistic gardens.  Our guides include three guest speakers: Ebi Kondo of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Gina Hander of the Asian Arts Association, and Bradley Goetz, chairman of the Landscape Architecture Department at Colorado State University.  If you missed the earlier courses, you’ll find all the background information you need on the 2011 class website (http://home.comcast.net/~lorraine.sherry/gardens/index.htm) under “The Basics.”

Recommended reading: W.H. Adams, Nature Perfected: Gardens through History (Abbeville Press, 1991) and E.B. Rogers Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History (Abrams, 2001).

Facilitator: Lorraine Sherry’s academic and professional training and experience has been in science, technology and research/evaluation of instructional technology. With a 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.

A Nostalgic Journey
Presenter:  Ted Borrillo
3 Tuesdays, Nov. 1 – Nov. 15
10 am – 12 noon
$20 (nonmembers $30)
Lecture, discussion, field trip

The film producer Cecil B. DeMille once said that Denver’s Elitch Theatre had a reputation among actors and actresses for being “one of the greatest cradles of drama in American history.” Today the name “Elitch” is probably best known in association with the LoDo amusement park, but thousands recognize its deeper roots in Denver’s cultural history. The tale begins with the love story that brought John and Mary Elitch to construct a lovely garden complex at Tennyson Street and West 38th Avenue, where they opened a theatre on May 1, 1890. Until its closing in 1987, nearly a hundred years later, the playhouse hosted many of the nation’s premier performers and witnessed huge transformations in American life. Join us as we share amusing anecdotes of the actors who walked the boards at Elitch and look back on the role the theater itself played in shaping the city’s cultural landscape.

Instructor: Retired lawyer Ted Borrillo is a published poet who enjoys delving into history and law issues and cases.


The Problem of a Good God and Evil Actions
Facilitator:  Ralph Stern
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 8 (skip 10/25)
10 am – 12 noon
Some lecture, mostly discussion

The Book of Job has inspired theologians and philosophers through the ages.  Some scholars consider it one of the greatest literary works of all time, ranking with Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Dante’s Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost.  It is also very short, and course participants should plan to read the book in its entirety before the first class. We’ll spend our time together analyzing and discussing each chapter in turn, wrestling with the same enigmas that believers in a supreme being have struggled with since biblical times: What is the source of evil, and why does a just God tolerate it?

Required reading: “TheBook of Job” from any Bible.

Facilitator: Ralph Stern has spent the past 40 years reading about theology, theodicy and comparative religion.   In 1986 he entered the Jewish Theological Seminary and received a Masters in Jewish Philosophy.

Facilitator:  Walt Meyer
5 Thursdays, Sept. 22 – Oct. 27 (skip 9/29)
10 am – 12 noon
Reading, lecture, discussion

In the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church was rocked by a series of challenges to the theology of the day that divided the church and sent secular repercussions through Europe and, subsequently, the rest of the world. After we briefly review the events known as the Protestant Reformation, we’ll examine in some detail the legacies of this cataclysm. We’ll see how the Reformation led to the rise of religious intolerance, promoted the development of education and individualism, contributed to the growth of capitalism and nationalism, and inspired an explosion of primarily religious art. Join us to talk about the ways in which aftershocks from the Reformation still influence our lives today.

Recommended reading: Diamaid MacCulloch The Reformation: A History (Viking Penguin, 2004).

Facilitator: Walt Meyer is a “retired technocrat” who enjoys studying not just events, but their legacies through the years.

Facilitator: Dr. George Ho
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 1 (skip 10/18)
1:30—3:30 pm
$50 (Includes class workbook)
$40 (No workbook.  You must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Discussion, lecture

Why do we fear dying? What options do we have as we face the end of life? We’ll look at these and other questions, including how to decide what really matters most, what kind of care to choose, and when and how to define our values in a living will. This is neither a “how-to” workshop nor a substitute for professional medical and legal advice.  Rather, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the nuances of the dying process, develop new perspectives, and share insights with others. At the end of the course, you should have a better sense of what may lie ahead, how to prepare for it, and how to let your loved ones know your wishes.  This is a repeat of the spring 2011 course.  Limited to 15.

Facilitator: Now partially retired from an active career in teaching and medical practice, Dr. George Ho Jr.’s areas of special expertise focus on arthritis treatment and palliative end-of-life care.

Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?
Instructor: Dr. Fred Abrams
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 18
10 am – 12 noon
$55 (Includes book)
$40 (No book.  You must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Reading, lectures, discussion

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, intersexuality, birth defects, AIDs confidentiality, and rape.  All participants are expected to read the appropriate chapter of Dr. Abrams’ book Doctors on the Edge in order to offer their opinions each week.  You will face the dilemma.  You will decide.  Registration is required by August 15 so that books may be ordered. This is a repeat of the popular course offered in Spring 2011 and earlier.  Limited to 24.

Instructor: An obstetrician and gynecologist since 1959, Dr. Fred Abrams, MD, has taught biomedical ethics and spearheaded medical ethics programs for health-care professionals, teachers, community leaders, and hospital ethics committees.


Coordinator: Lois Martin
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 9 (Skip 10/19)
$30 or $5/session (one session free with Academy membership) (non-members $8 each session)
Lectures, Q&A, various
Choose one, some or all of these fascinating lunchtime presentations

A)  Sept. 14: “The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Suriname.” Adam Rovner provides a summary of several centuries of Jewish history in Suriname, and how the long established Jewish community encouraged the efforts of playwrights and politicians to found an alternate “promised land” in the rain forests of South America in the mid-twentieth century.

B)  Sept. 21: “No More Deaths:  Saving Lives on the Tucson-Nogales Border.” Belinda Hamilton, a volunteer for a Social Justice Task Force, describes her efforts to assist South American immigrants fleeing poverty.

C)  Sept. 28: “Power Against Fraud—Outfoxing the Predators.” Barbara Martin-Worley, Director of Consumer Fraud Protection for the Denver District Attorney’s Office will present information on all areas of consumer fraud and distribute a handbook of helpful prevention tips.

D)  Oct. 5: “Unfinished Business in Rwanda.” Retired educator Margo Sargent will describe why she went to Kenombe Village, Rwanda, the site of the start of the 1994 genocide, what she observed and learned while there, what she has done since, and why she is returning.

E)  Oct. 12: “Climate Change since the Beginning of Time.” Dr. Jonathan Ormes, DU professor of Physics and Astronomy, examines the issues involved in our stewardship of the planet, including global warming, species extinctions, land and water issues, and how these issues are driven by increasing population and affluence.

F)  Oct. 19: Open

G)  Oct. 26: “How to Ease Inflammation and Arthritis through Nutrition.” Dr. Kaycie Rosen Grigel, a Naturopathic Doctor, focuses on providing comprehensive holistic solutions for managing your pain and symptoms.

H)  Nov. 2: “Stories to Tickle Your Fancy.” Professional Storytellers, Kathleen Visovatti and Karen Fox, will prove that stories are not just for children; they can change your thinking or move you to laughter or tears.

I)  Nov. 9: “The Future of Government Sponsored Public Radio.” Max Wycisk, President of Colorado Public Radio, will share his experiences at KCFR and guide us through the current media frenzy and issues surrounding government sponsored radio.


Beginner / Intermediate
Instructor: Susan Blake-Smith
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 9 (skip 10/5)
1:30—3:30 pm
Conversational Spanish

Tailored to fit beginners as well as those with “un poquito de” previous Spanish language experience, this class will build on the fall semester and cover basic vocabulary and phrases essential for travel and casual conversation.  You’ll learn what to say in common situations—“My luggage seems to have taken a different flight,” or “Did I really order this?”  Will you become fluent in six weeks?   No, but you will have fun and gain greater confidence in this musical and increasingly important language.  Thinking about signing-up but have questions about what was covered during the fall? Call Susan at (303) 794-9635.  Limited to 20 participants.

Instructor: Susan Blake-Smith grew up in Mexico City and enjoys sharing her love of the Mexican language, history, and culture.  She has served on several nonprofit boards and worked as a volunteer and fundraiser for many others.

Intermediate / Advanced
Instructor: Linda Gordon
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 16
1:30—3:30 pm
Conversational Spanish

Continuamos la conversación! This class will be conducted primarily in Spanish—starting with a review of the basics, then engaging in themed conversations to build vocabulary and the confidence to speak in complete sentences in real-life situations.   Si tú puedes pedir una margarita, describir las cosas que más te gustan, y preguntar como llegar al museo and want to dust if off and trot it out—and have a lot of fun doing it—esta es la clase para ti. Wondering whether this class is a fit? Llámame at 303-408-8171.  Limited to 15 participants.

Instructor: An educator for 35 years, Dr. Linda Gordon just retired as a school principal. As the former director of an English as a second language school in Mexico City for 10 years, she’s excited about working with adults who want to learn Spanish.

Explore and Create
Instructor:  Sharon Rouse
7 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 10 (skip 9/29 & 10/6)
9:30 am – 12 noon

Watercolor is a beguiling and exciting medium with a character all its own. Even if you’ve never handled a brush before, you’ll enjoy exploring watercolor’s idiosyncrasies while learning how to deal confidently with washes, glazes, and color mixing. Discover your hidden potential as you unleash the power of this unpredictable but rewarding medium. Beginners will explore specific exercises creating a variety of results and develop personal paintings.Experienced artists may work on individual projects with mentoring in addition to exploring one or two new ways to work with watercolor.  After you’ve registered, we’ll send a list of materials you’ll need. Limited to 20. Note the early start time.

Instructor: Sharon Rouse’s skills as an experienced teacher of adult classes and workshops in a museum setting serve her well as a supervisor for student-teachers of art at Metro. Her work appears in various group shows and private collections.

Advanced Intermediate Bidding
Instructor: Milt Shioya
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 1
1:30 – 3:30
Lecture, Q&A, playing cards

Those who have mastered their basic bridge bidding will enjoy learning the more advanced standard conventions known across the nation.  Participants should already know Stayman, Jacoby transfers, weak- and strong-two bids, and Blackwood and Gerber.  This class will cover the best leads, negative doubles, Cappelletti, and Michaels.  There will be assigned reading, explanations, Q&A, and playing pre-set hands.  Those who are uncertain about their ability level should contact Milt Shioya, 303-331-8654.

Required reading: Seagram, Barbara, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know (Master Point Press (1999).

Instructor: Milt Shioya  is an avid bridge play who has proven himself at the bridge table as a Silver Life Master with over 2000 master points.

Intermediate Play-of-the-Hand
Instructor: Sally Kneser
9 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 17 (skip 9/29)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, Q&A, playing cards

This is a repeat of the Fall 2010 class.  Participants should already be comfortable using basic finesses, discarding losers, promoting length, and ruffing. This class will fine-tune and expand those skills. Intermediate-level bidding skill is also expected, including a thorough understanding of Stayman, Jacoby transfers, weak twos, and strong two clubs.  The first hour includes lectures, examining hands, Q&A, and drilling, followed by an hour playing pre-set hands.  Those who took Milt Shioya’s class last year are pre-approved.  Other participants must have the permission of the instructor, Sally Kneser, 303-770-0788.

Required to have already read, or have equivalent knowledge: Audrey Grant, Play of the Hand in the 21st Century (Baron Barclay Bridge, 2008).

Recommended  reading: Watson, Louis, Watson’s Classic Book on The Play of the Hand at Bridge (Harper Paperbacks, 1971).

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.

PC Questions & Problems
Computer Super-User: Carri Currier
8 Thursdays, Sept. 22 – Nov. 17 (skip 9/29)
12:15—1:15 pm
$0 FREE!  Drop in
Demonstration & Q&A

Drop in with your computer questions, or just sit in on the topic of the week. We’ll cover 1) file organization, 2) internet search engines, 3) emailing, 4) photographs, 5) using editors, 6) computer security, and 7) customizing your system. We’ll deal with specific individual problems that can be shared with the group, plus you’ll have handouts you can use at your home computer.   Carri will demonstrate with her computer and also provide instruction using PowerPoint.  Although this is a drop-in class, if you sign up ahead of time Carri will send an email and you can mention particular questions or areas of concern.  The first class will cover terminology and file organization and show the scheduled topics for each week.

Computer Super-User: Carri Currier started as a computer programmer in the late 60s and eventually owned a computer consulting company that customized off-the-shelf software.  After retirement she has focused on painting and participates in a Santa Fe Art District gallery.

Instructor: Larry Matten
9 Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Nov. 17 (skip 9/29)
10 am – 12 noon
$75 (Include chess workbook)
$60 (No workbook.  You must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Lecture & playing

Give your mind a work-out.  Learn the game of kings (and queens).  You don’t have to know a thing about chess to have fun in this class—just share an interest and willingness to learn this classical game.  There will be a weekly tutorial and review of the basic moves.  Opening moves and defenses will be discussed, as well as end-game strategies. Learn the algebraic notation for record-keeping during a game.  Recreate and follow games played by chess masters.  Solve chess problems.  A round-robin matrix will be set up so that each person will have an opportunity to face every other player.  As the group advances, we’ll introduce variants such as speed chess and team chess.  Chess boards and pieces will be provided.  This is a repeat of the course offered previously.

Instructor: In addition to his background in biology, botany, and law, Larry Matten is an avid chess player.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and has coached elementary-school chess teams.

Academy Facilitators

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

Dr. Fred Abrams (Doctors on the Edge: Will Your Doctor Break the Rules for You?) is currently medical consultant to the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, Adjunct Professor at University College at DU. In 2003 he was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the UCHSC. In 2006 he received the Isaac Bell and John Hayes Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism from the American Medical Association.

In 1983 he founded and directed 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 then provided the training in the 1980s for all the original Colorado hospital ethics committees as well as the Community Ethics Committee sponsored by the Colorado Department of Health. In the mid-1980s, he was a leader in the passage of Colorado’s first “Living Will” law.

Fred was Executive Director of the Denver University/ Colorado University Health Ethics and Policy Consortium, Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at UCD and Adjunct Professor of Ethics at the Iliff School of Theology. He directed the Robert Wood Johnson-supported “Colorado Speaks out on Health” project reporting the opinion of thousands of Coloradoans on ethical issues in healthcare and later, the opinions of Colorado doctors on euthanasia. 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 staff and public. In the past 30+ years, he has conducted more than 2000 workshops, lectures, classes and conferences for medical, nursing, legal, clergy, and teaching professionals and for the public on ethical issues.

Dr. Lee Alston (Economic Development Lessons from Brazil) serves as a professor of economics at CU-Boulder, focusing recently on Brazil’s economic development. He has examined the role of contracts and institutions in shaping agricultural land use in contemporary Brazil (including the Amazon), comparing it to U.S. historical development. His special economic-development focus is the timing of the growth of the U.S. welfare system, and the impact of strong Presidential powers in shaping Brazilian policies. Lee has held numerous positions at CU-Boulder, Williams College, the University of Illinois, University of Washington, the Stockholm School of Economics, and elsewhere, receiving numerous awards, honors and grants.

John Anderson (Great Mathematicians, Great Theorems, Part 1) worked in technical sales and support in the computer industry for 30 years. Retirement allowed him to resume an undergraduate interest in physics and the history of science.  He has facilitated several science classes at the Academy and OLLI, including “The Great Equations,” “Feynman Physics Fest” and “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists.”  He escaped to Colorado 20 years ago after a score of years in the New York/New Jersey area, including seven years on Wall Street.  He has a degree in physics from Yale.  If he doesn’t answer the phone, he’s probably out biking or skiing.

With more than 30 years’ experience as a psychologist, trainer of adults, speaker and author, Maria Arapakis (The Marvelous, Magical World of Mac) has presented thousands of programs around the world on leadership development, life balance and conflict resolution.  Maria bought her very first Mac 25 years ago and, ever since, she has thoroughly enjoyed mastering the many ins and outs of the miracle that is a Mac.  Maria loves encouraging men and women (including those timid with technology) to “make nice” with their Macs. Let her help you become more productive and comfortable with yours!

Dr. Andy Baker (CU’s Latin American Sampler) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at CU, an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston.  Andy earned his BA with Honors at Valparaiso University, his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  As well as his many published articles in journals and refereed volumes, he has published a book entitled The Market and the Masses in Latin America: Policy Reform and Consumption in Liberalizing Economies. He has also presented at numerous conferences and professional associations such as the American Political Science Association.  His research has been supported through grants from the National Science Foundation, the CU Dean’s Fund for Excellence, the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics, and others.  He has done field work in Brazil and Mexico and speaks both Portuguese and Spanish.

Dr. Lorraine Bayard de Volo (CU’s Latin American Sampler) earned her BA in Political Science and Economics, with honors, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Michigan.  She joined the faculty at CU Boulder in 2006 after teaching for eight years at the University of Kansas.  Dr. Bayard de Volo’s areas of interest include gender as it interacts with and informs war, revolution, political violence and social movements.  Her regional area of specialization is Latin America, and she has done field work in Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and most particularly Nicaragua.  She is the author of Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs: Gender Identity Politics in Nicaragua, 1979 – 1999, as well as numerous articles in journals and other publications.  Her current research is based upon grants she received from the National Science Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace.  She is currently working on a comparative research project on women, war and peace processes in Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua.  Her first planned major publication based on this research will be a book on gender and the Cuban revolution.

Susan Blake-Smith (Chatting in Espanol 1) is an early member of The Academy who spent 25 years living in Mexico City, making her uniquely qualified to teach conversational Spanish.  Susan has a BFA in journalism from SMU and enjoyed a successful career in marketing and sales in the travel industry. She has served on several non-profit boards in Denver and chaired many fundraisers over the years.   She remembers scrambling up the Pyramid of the Sun on grade-school field trips and looks forward to sharing her love of Mexico and its beautiful language.

Ted Borrillo (Denver’s Elitch Theatre – A Nostalgic Journey and Making Poetry Part of Your Life) is a retired attorney. He was Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, taught criminal procedure and constitutional law at the DU Law School, and was a defense counsel in his private practice of law.  He has had an abiding interest in the criminal justice system resulting from his interest in the Bruno Hauptmann trial and his execution for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.  Hauptmann lived in the Bronx not far from Ted’s home. Ted has visited Flemington, New Jersey, the site of the trial, the cell where Hauptmann was kept, and has spoken with David Wilentz, the prosecutor of Hauptmann. He has taught at the Colorado Police Academy and at the National College of District Attorneys in Houston.  Ted is also a published poet who has already made poetry a rewarding part of his life.

Kathy Boyer (Writing Your Life Stories: Getting Started; and Writing Your Life Stories: Finishing Your Project), 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.  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.

Greg Carpenter (Tuning Up for Opera Colorado) is the General Director of Opera Colorado, responsible for overseeing artistic and administrative operations of the company and guiding a staff of eighteen full-time employees.   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.  He served as the Artist and Events Services Manager with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.  From 1986 to 1998 Greg sang leading and supporting roles at Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Theatre of North Virginia, Cleveland Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland.

Georgi Contiguglia (The World’s Greatest Paintings, Part 2: 1650 – 1960) was Curator of Decorative and Fine Arts and then President and CEO of the Colorado Historical Society.  At CHS she curated the annual Artists of America exhibition.  She has a Masters Degree in art history, and, early in her career, worked at the Brooklyn Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum.  She taught art history in New York and is currently teaching art history at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins.

The Academy’s liaison with the Denver Art Museum, Marty Corren (DAM Great Art: A New Look at the American Indian Artist) joined the museum as a volunteer in 2006 and serves as an outstanding and popular docent.  She has a special interest and experience in the modern and contemporary collections at the Denver Art Museum.

Patricia Cox (Write to Save your Life) has been writing to save her life, practically all her life.  With a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling, she taught for the Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools while raising three daughters.  She has taught memoir writing for many groups and has recently published a memoir about her late husband, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease–We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator.  Patricia is a member of the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.

Carri Currier (Computer Tips: BYO PC Questions & Problems) has been involved with computers since the late 1960s when she started work as a programmer.  As the owner of a computer consulting company, she customized off-the-shelf software for her industry. Since retiring in 2006 she has devoted her time to art but uses computers extensively for the numerous board positions in which she serves.  Carri is referred to as a “super user,” meaning she has used a computer a great deal “so I know a little about a lot of things.”  She brings logic and problem-solving skills to any situation.  Carri is a cat lover, and enjoys gardening, travel and the culinary arts.  She is dedicated to recycling and using renewable resources.  She volunteers at the Denver Art Museum and is part owner of a gallery (Colorado Artworks on Santa Fe).

Bill Dorn (A Sherlock Holmes 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.”

A teacher, writer, editor, and actor, Karen Fox, (Experts & Entertainers) is a nationally recognized master storyteller who has shared her stories with audiences across the USA and in Europe, Africa, and China.  Although her chief intention is that her stories entertain, she hopes people find them thought provoking.

Having earned her Ph. D. at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Leila Gómez (CU’s Latin American Sampler) now serves as a professor of Latin American Literature in the Spanish and Portuguese Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She specializes in scientific travel narratives in South America in the 19th century and the dialogue established between travelers and local intellectuals, their mutual appropriation and conflicts. She has published several articles, volumes and two books on the topic. Her books include La piedra del escandalo: Darwin en Argentina 1845-1909) and Iluminados y tránsfugas: Relatos de viajeros y ficciones nacionales en Argentina, Paraguay y Perú. She is currently working on a book on William Henry Hudson.

Ellie Greenberg (Celebrating Women Over 60: Choices! Choices!) 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.  Ms. Greenberg has served on many boards and commissions, and learned politics through the civil rights and women’s movements.   She cares about learners and learning, and enjoys creating “access to opportunity.” She finds it exciting to be able to now share what she has learned with you through The Academy.

After 35 years as an educator, Linda Gordon (Chatting in Espanol, Intermediate / Advanced) retired just this year as a principal. She lived in Mexico City for ten years, serving as director of an English as a Second Language school. She’s excited to work with eager Spanish learners!

Belinda Hamilton (Experts & Entertainers) earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mills College in California in Political Science and Art History, another Bachelor’s in Nursing and Biology from Texas Medical Center, and a Master’s in Mental Health from the University of Colorado. She worked for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless for 17 years. Most recently Belinda worked as a volunteer to save the lives of travelers from Guatemala and El Salvador who try to immigrate to the United States.

Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (How to Install & Use Skype + More) 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 received the 2008 Business of the Year Award.

In order to stay engaged in lifelong learning, Dr. George Ho (Making and Sharing Sound End-of-Life Choices) discovered the Academy through its writing courses during the Spring term 2010.  He now welcomes the opportunity to apply his knowledge, experience and talent to helping members of the Academy navigate the health care system through information and self-exploration.  After full retirement, he also plans to volunteer in the area of hospice work and nature preservation (Bluff Lake and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal).  He lives in Stapleton with his wife Katherine, and they have three successful and married children and six grandchildren (four of whom live in Colorado).

Dr. Leigh Holman (Tuning Up for Opera Colorado) has been a frequent opera lecturer, including presentations of the pre-curtain lectures at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Opera 101 series on KVOD. She holds a graduate Opera Performance degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Southern California. She has directed or assisted directing more than 25 professional and academic operatic and musical theatre productions with a variety of opera institutions such as Portland Opera, Nashville Opera, National Opera, Wildwood Opera, Opera Theatre of Fort Collins, University of Colorado, University of Arkansas, Eastman Opera Theatre and others. Some of her productions include il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel and Gretel, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, La Traviata, Falstaff, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, Amahl and the Night Visitors, La Cenerentola, The Sound of Music, Trial by Jury, Iolanthe, The Island of Tulipatan, La Curandera, Noye’s Fludde, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Side by Side by Sondheim, Red, Hot and Cole and many operatic and musical theatre scenes programs spanning from the Baroque period to contemporary American works.

Dr. Lew House (You Are a Pre World War I Diplomat) is a retired Senior Scientist who spent 28 years studying the atmospheres of the sun and stars. He has a PhD in Astrophysics, an M.S. in Nuclear Physics, an M.A. in Military History and an undergraduate degree in Geophysical Engineering. In a second career, he was the Senior Director of Corporate Technology Intelligence.  Currently he is President of The Rocky Mountain Churchillians, an affiliate of the International Churchill Centre, London. Lew lectures occasionally on Churchill and recently taught a Churchill course at the Academy. He is an avid student of history and geopolitics and endeavors to keep up on current science. War gaming and simulations are also on the list of his interests.

Dr. Mel Klein (The Human Body: Head to Toe, What Do We Know?) has been in practice 45 years as a clinical Nephrologist, encompassing inpatient, outpatient and administrative medicine. He has served Rose Medical Center as Medical Staff President, Renal Division Chair and Director of Dialysis. Mel has worked as a teaching attending at Rose and as a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Renal) at the CU Medical School.

Jim Kneser (Dissecting Current Economic Issues and Thinking Like an Economist & Why You Should and Colorado Fiscal Challenges) is in his fourteenth year of leading classes in economics, public policy, and high art music. He has led more than 60 economics and public policy classes with more than 3,500 class members and has facilitated more than fifteen classes in music, focusing on the Germanic tradition from Bach to Mahler and from sonatas to opera. Jim 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.  Jim enjoys placing current economic and public policy issues in proper historical context, explaining the fundamental economic principles that apply, and allowing class members to draw their own conclusions on the proper course of action. Past participants have consistently praised his classes, emphasizing that he “thrives on questions and discussion” and commenting that he is “One of the finest teachers I have ever seen in a classroom—including the graduate level–brilliantly informed!” and that “In all my years of teaching economics at the college level, I have never seen anyone explain the subject as clearly as Jim does.”

Sally Kneser (Bridge: Intermediate 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.  In addition to managing the Academy’s business, she has volunteered as the “keeper of the files” for several nonprofits.  When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs and stops to smell roses in her gardens.

Dr. Toni Larson (Colorado Fiscal Challenges) serves as executive director of Independent Higher Education of Colorado, the nonprofit agency responsible for public policy research and lobbying for Colorado College, Regis University, and the University of Denver.  She keeps abreast of state and federal issues, especially as they affect higher education. To relax Toni enjoys biking, music, movies, reading, theater, and her grandchildren.

Dan Lynch (The Constitution & Controversy) wrote the book Our Fading Religious Liberties: Government Using Religion, because of the increasingly dangerous alliance between government and religion.  As a lawyer who has handled a number of religion/state cases, Lynch became fascinated with the subject.  His thesis is that the Constitution has created a system in which all governments are powerless as to religion.  Unlike some separationists, Lynch argues that the best defense of religious liberty is not Jefferson’s mantra about “separation of church and state,” but the fact that the Constitution expressly denies all power as to religion to the government.

Lois Martin (Experts and Entertainers) came to Denver by way of Philadelphia and Nebraska. She majored in journalism at the University of Nebraska, before she moved to Pennsylvania while her husband was in medical school. She has been editor of internal publications for Campbell Soup Co. and Leeds and Northrup, both in the East. After the arrival of her four children, she founded the Aurora Sun Newspaper where she worked for 20 years as publisher. She was founding moderator of the Aurora Hospital Association, President of the Aurora Hospital District, Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.

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

With more than forty years’ experience in education, Dr. Marjorie McIntosh (Caring for the Poor: British History & American Policy) has received numerous honors, fellowships and grants and has given scholarly presentations around the work, including in Uganda, England, Canada, Nigeria and throughout the U.S. She has authored numerous articles in refereed journals and has published seven books. Her most recent, Poor Relief in England, 1350-1600, will provide the basis for her Academy presentation.

Robin McNeil (Parsifal: Wagner’s Last Opera) 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 more than 300 concerts throughout the United States and has written many musicology book reviews for Choice magazine of the American Library Asso­ciation and Publisher’s Weekly, in addition to being an experienced music critic for newspapers. He is also a published poet, and the Denver composer, David Mullikin, has used his poems for art song texts.

In the past, Robin 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. Robin 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. Robin now lives with his wife in Littleton where he teaches privately and continues to do research on the French composer Théodore Gouvy. He 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:  A New Look at the American Indian Artist) 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 more than 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.  She recently completed training on DAM’s Asian collection.

Dr. Walt Meyer (Legacies of the Reformation) 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. Walt and wife Karyl have been married 46 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.  Walt has a long-held interest in the Crusades, which was rekindled by his teaching of a prior class at the Academy on Islam, since the Crusades have had considerable impact on relations between Islam and the West. He has done considerable reading on the Crusades and continues to find it to be a complex and intriguing subject.

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 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.   He served as Adjunct Professor of Meteorology at Saint Louis University for one year, and he has taught numerous Bible study classes.  Through these experiences, and through the Academy, he has found teaching to be one of his passions.

Dr. Jonathan F. Ormes (Experts & Entertainers) is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and recently retired from a position as Director of the Denver Research Institute at the University of Denver.   Formerly Jonathan was the Director of Space Sciences at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He is the author and co-author of more than 150 experimental and theoretical refereed papers.

Ralph Plimpton (Cyber Power:  Opportunity or Threat) has been an Academy facilitator for the past six years. He has dealt with a wide range of subjects ranging from globalization to economics as a source of national power. Ralph has become our “resident expert” on how cultures impact the world we live in. He has been a longtime member of the Curriculum Committee and, until recently, was President of the Academy. He founded and grew a consulting practice in outplacement and search. Ralph was a Vice President for Human Resources for Atlantic Richfield.

Dr. Fernando Riosmena (CU’s Latin American Sampler) earned his Licenciado en Mercadotecnia ITESM, Magna cum Laude in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2000.  He went on to earn his MA and Ph.D. in Demography at the University of Pennsylvania.  After two years as a research associate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Population Program at CU, Boulder.  His research and policy interests are international migration, health and population dynamics, social demography, population geography and Latin America.  His current research is supported by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the University of Colorado, Boulder Population Program Pilot Program, and the University of Colorado Innovative Seed Grant Program and Council on Research and Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences.  He has published many articles in scholarly and peer-reviewed journals.

John Rohr (Experts & Entertainers) is past director of the Colorado Rural Electrification District and current president of the Accelerated Schools Board.   He will present facts and stories from the book,  The History of Unions. He goes back to the beginning of time and the eternal belief that one human being can “own” another human being.

Dr. Kaycie Rosen (Experts & Entertainers), owner of the Golden Naturopathic Clinic, LLC, is a Naturopathic Doctor who focuses on providing comprehensive, holistic care to her patients. Dr. Rosen received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her medical schooling at Bastyr University in Washington State. Before starting the Golden Clinic, she worked in Anchorage, Alaska, doing primary care medicine. She specializes in blood sugar and cholesterol regulation, autoimmune disease, hormone balancing, and head and neck disorders. The Clinic is in downtown Golden, and can be reached at 303.273.0866, or online at http://www.goldenholisticmedicine.com

Sharon Rouse (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.

Adam Rovner (Experts & Entertainers) is assistant professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver.  His articles and essays on literature, popular culture, history and travel have appeared in a number of academic and general interest publications. Adam is currently at work on a book about various proposals to find territorial solutions to Jewish homelessness.

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

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.

Margo Sargent (Experts & Entertainers) is from Vancouver, B.C., and has a BA in English and a Masters in Education of the Linguistically Different.  She is a retired English as a Second Language teacher from Smoky Hill High School and an avid volunteer with immigrants and refugees.  She now enjoys being “free” to participate in a myriad of activities, including being able to “give back” to her local and state communities. Margo feels that what she has learned from her personal and professional experiences with immigrants and refugees, including victims of poverty and war, might enlighten and inspire others to get involved.  Margo will return to Rwanda with her husband in January 2012. Bob will be teaching doctors surgical techniques for corrective eye surgery, and Margo will be teaching English, now the official language of education.  She’ll also be helping women start their own sustainable industries.

Educated in London and Kansas, Eileen Sharkey (Financial Literacy: 21st-Century Survival Skills) has a practical and global view of finance and presents the changing tenets of money management in an easy-to-understand manner.  During 2010 she presented Managing Money During Hard Times at Denver’s first Financial Planning Day with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Surviving and Thriving the Economic Roller Coaster for the Denver Eclectics, What You Need to Know for a Secure Financial Future to Inspiring Minds, and several other seminars.  She has presented financial education courses through AARP, CO State University Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Creative Aging, CO Alliance of Geriatric Care Managers and many other organizations.  Some of the boards that she has served on include the Denver Ballet Guild Endowment Trust, the College for Financial Planning Board and the CO Women’s Estate Planning Councils.  She was honored by Wealth Management as one of the nation’s 50 most influential women in finance during 2010. She contributed to Your Book of Financial Planning and The Vintage Years and is frequently interviewed by regional and national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Lorraine Sherry’s  (The Garden as Art: Roots of Garden Design) 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. Lorraine 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.

Milt Shioya (Bridge: Advanced Intermediate Bidding) is an avid bridge play who has proven himself at the bridge table with more than 1000 master points, and thus a Silver Life Master.  He retired from serving as the Tournament Assistant for the Denver Sectional Tournaments.  He has taught sessions on Introduction to Duplicate Bridge and has traveled widely to compete in regional and national tournaments.  Milt enjoys classical music, traveling, fine dining, hiking, and a good joke.

Ralph Stern (The Book of Job: The Problem of a Good God and Evil Actions) has spent the past 40 years reading about theology, theodicy and comparative religion.  In 1985 he entered Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, a liberal school.  Following a year of study, he decided that he wanted more intensity and transferred to the Jewish Theological Seminary, which is conservative, and received a master’s in Jewish Philosophy.  By the time he left JTS in 1991 to become the executive director of the Allied Jewish Federation here in Denver, he had completed two-thirds of the course work needed for a doctorate.

 Dr. Christina A. Sue (CU’s Latin American Sampler) has been an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder since 2008.  She earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Washington and her MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research and teaching interests are comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, gender, ethnographic and qualitative methodology, and the sociology of Latin America.  She has published book chapters, many articles in peer-reviewed journals, and other replies and articles.  She is currently working on books about the struggle of Mexican-Americans in the US and racism in Mexico.

In addition to teaching children and graduate courses for K-12 teachers (which included one she created called, “Storytelling in the Classroom”), Kathleen Visovatti  (Experts & Entertainers) became a professional storyteller, and told tales in schools, libraries, bookstores, historical societies, art centers, and festivals. She was an annual teller of ghost stories at the Illinois Storytelling Festival for many years, and was featured at the national Jonesborough Storytelling Festival in Tennessee.  Nowadays Kathleen is retired, but she tells stories to her six grandchildren often, and looks forward to telling tales with you.

Dr. Paulette Wasserstein (Contemporary American Short Stories:  All New) 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 1990s after many wonderful years of teaching reading and writing at Cherry Creek High School and adult education at the University of Phoenix departments of Communication and Masters of Education, Paulette was inspired to contribute to education on state and national levels.  With a Ph.D. 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 K-12 teacher training to raise literacy levels for students.

Max Wycisk (Experts & Entertainers) grew up in Minnesota and has lived in Colorado with his wife Margaret since 1966. He began working in public radio in the early 1970s, and has served as president of Colorado Public Radio since 1978. Max has had a life-long interest in the arts, particularly in music and the visual arts.

One of the Academy’s most accredited facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young (Choose the Five Greatest & Five Worst Presidents) is ideally suited for an exploration of this period in our country, given his extensive knowledge of both military history and politics.  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 more than 50 years, and his four grown daughters.