Fall 2012

Wednesday, September 5
4:30 – 6:30pm
$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 September 5.


At the Cutting Edge
Various CU Professors
Part 1: 4 Wednesdays, Sept 12 – Oct. 10 (skip Sept. 26)
Part 2: 4 Tuesdays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 6
10:00 am – 12 noon
$35 each part (4 lectures)

The University of Colorado at Boulder has put together another timely series of science lectures featuring 8 distinguished faculty members. Only one lecturer is scheduled per morning, so there will be plenty of time for questions. You needn’t be a science nerd to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn about recent scientific discoveries and get acquainted with accomplished researchers at Colorado’s flagship university. No prerequisites, required reading, or quizzes. Each lecture stands alone, so you won’t fall behind if you have to miss a class.

Part 1: Wednesday mornings
Sept. 12 – Mark Serreze, “The Changing Climate of the Arctic: What Is Happening & Why We Should Care”
Sept. 19 – Jonathan Van Blerkom, “Impact of Current Technologies on Human Reproduction Using In Vitro Fertilization”
Sept. 26 – No class
Oct. 3 – Becky Flowers, “New controversy over the carving of the Grand Canyon: Could it be as old as the dinosaurs?”
Oct. 10 – Julie Lundquist, “Harvesting the Wind: Surprising Impacts at Ground Level in Boulder”

Part 2: Tuesday mornings
Oct. 16 – Jack Burns, “Exploring the Universe from the Moon”
Oct. 23 – Mike Klymkowsky, “Why Understanding & Accepting Evolution Is So (*@#!) DIfficult”
Oct. 30 – Jason Neff, “Blowin’ in the Wind: Soil Particles in Our Air.  Harmful? Can We Do Anything?”
Nov. 6 – Darin Toohey, “Short-lived Climate Forcers: How They Get into the Atmosphere, Where They End Up, & What the Government is Doing to Get Rid of Them”

Facilitator:  John Paull
6 Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 18
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

Learn how to turn the young children in your life into budding scientists by turning them on to natural wonders like spider webs and bird nests, rocks and plant galls.  Find out more about the science behind these wonders of nature and pocket some engaging strategies for inspiring children to observe, investigate, and document the life around them.  We’ll do a lot of hands-on activities that will open your eyes and theirs to the endless scientific mysteries just waiting to be solved on every short walk around the block.  Take home a renewed enthusiasm for nature and useful tips for passing it on to the next generation.

Recommended reading: Joseph Cornell, Sharing Nature with Young Children (Dawn Publications, 1998) and Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder (Algonquin Books, 2008).

Facilitator:  John Paull is an experienced teacher, principal, science consultant, trainer, and author with more than 45 years of classroom experience from pre-K and elementary through to the post-graduate university level.  He is currently a Site Professor in the University’s Teacher Education Program, based in an inner city middle school.

New Research
Facilitator: Joyce Lisbin
4 Tuesdays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 6
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, Discussion

This course takes a fresh look at the rewards and challenges men and women face as they live longer lives. Through lectures, interactive activities, and group discussions, we’ll explore new research on the aging brain and the benefits of healthy habits, and we’ll discuss evolving perceptions of what it means to grow old.  One session will focus on the changes that occur in male and female sexual responses and the dynamics of emotional needs in later life relationships. After reviewing some of the creative ways in which other seniors are aging differently from their parents, we’ll share some of our own experiences.

Instructor:  Dr. Joyce Lisbin brings a wealth of information from over 35 years in the field of public health and education in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, plus experiences in Kenya, Scandinavia, and China.

Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?
Instructor: Dr. Fred Abrams
6 Wednesdays, Oct. 10 – Nov. 14
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 previously.  Limited to 24.

Required reading: Fred Abrams, Doctors on the Edge: Will Your Doctor Break the Rules for You? (Sentient Publications, 2006). The book will be distributed on the first day of class to those who order it through the Academy.

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. The Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association has presented him with the Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism.

Facilitator: George Ho
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 (skip 10/2)
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 a popular 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.

Preventing Fraud & Exploitation
Instructor: Barbara Martin-Worley
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Oct. 31 (skip 9/26)
10 am – 12 noon
$50 (includes notebook of handouts)

Learn how to spot and guard against those who defraud others for financial gain and who target seniors especially because it’s easy, highly profitable, and very low-risk. An elder law attorney and speakers from the Denver district attorney’s Economic Crime Unit will show you how to keep even the slickest con-artists at bay. They’ll outline the most common scams, including identity theft, securities fraud, deceptive trade practices, and, perhaps most disturbing, caregiver exploitation. You’ll find out how to maintain the balance of power in later life and how to use legal documents to enforce your right to self-determination.

Recommended reading: Richard Bonnie and Robert Wallace, ed., Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in an Aging America (National Academies Press, 2003).

Instructor:  Barbara Martin-Worley is presently the Director of Consumer Fraud Protection in the Denver District Attorney’s office, after 20 year as the Denver Extension Director for Colorado State University.

Facilitator: Mary Zinn
5 Thursdays, Sept. 27 – Oct. 25
10 am – 12 noon

“If I could kick the person in the tail that causes me the most problems, I could not sit down for a week,” Will Rogers said.  How often have you wanted to kick yourself because of the way you handled a difficult situation?  Or do you avoid discussions of sensitive issues entirely because you’re afraid the roof will blow off? Take this opportunity to learn how to use the same practical strategies professional mediators use to resolve conflicts.  Find out how to recognize and practice the conflict-management skills you already possess, and learn how to express your concerns so that others understand them. We’ll do some role playing, meet a panel of expert mediators, and see a mock mediation.

Facilitator: Mary Zinn has more than twenty years in the dispute resolution field as a practitioner, trainer and curriculum designer. Her presentations are known to be engaging and enlightening.

Instructor: Ellie Greenberg
6 Tuesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 13 (skip 10/30)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Group exercises, discussion, participation, lecture

In this new interactive course, which builds on an earlier course celebrating the emerging new choices for women over 60, we’ll explore more deeply the shared patterns that mark our lengthening “Third Third” of life.  We’ll focus on the crises that many of us will experience in the areas of health, wealth, and loss.  Understanding the challenges our changed circumstances may bring can help lay the groundwork for seizing new opportunities in work, travel, relationships, and living arrangements, especially those of living alone.

Recommended reading:  Elinor Miller Greenberg and Fay Whitney, A Time of Our Own: In Celebration of Women Over Sixty (Fulcrum Books, 2008) and Eric Klinenberg, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012).

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

Presenters: Colorado Bar Association judges and lawyers
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Oct. 31 (skip 9/26)
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’Connor.  Topics include the selection and evaluation of judges, the differences between practices followed in criminal and civil cases, Divorce Courts/Family Law, 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.


Instructor: Lorenz Rychner
4 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 2
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Do you love music, but wish that program notes and pre-concert lectures weren’t delivered in a foreign language? You’ll listen to music in new ways once you learn the lingo and see how some of the basic elements of music work. So what if you can’t read a score or have never played an instrument? When you learn the basics by means of a keyboard that you can hear and see projected on a large screen, you’ll move quickly from notes and scales to chords and phrases and from there to melody, rhythm, and harmony, as well as musical forms like ballads and symphonies. Your ears already know most of this; it’s high time for your mind to get involved.

Recommended reading: Browse:  http://library.thinkquest.org/15413/theory/theory.htm?tqskip=1

Instructor: After 15 years as a professional musician in Australia, Lorenz Rychner studied orchestration and conducting in LA and headed the music synthesis program at the Grove School of Music.

Pivotal Moments of Change
Facilitator: Robin McNeil
10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 13
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture & Discussion

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, American music, art, and literature were reshaped by the forces of romanticism, impressionism, and expressionism.  We’ll explore the ways in which major cultural changes during these eras brought about—and were reflected in—important changes in the arts.  What did people in polite society talk about?  What painters and sculptors did they patronize, and what music were they listening to?  What kinds of novels were being written?  In seeking answers to such questions, we’ll try to get beyond clichés and delve into the origins and history of these movements, which inform our values and tastes in many ways even now.

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.

Composing Workshop
Instructor:  Conrad Kehn
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Nov. 7 (skip 9/26)
10 am – 12 noon
$60 (includes concert CD); $50 (no CD)
Some lecture and video, lots of hands-on & fun

Ever wanted to try your hand at writing music?  In this do-it-yourself workshop, we’ll start with the basics—musical notation, genre, form, and composing technique.  Then, with coaching from an award-winning composer, you’ll get to create the score for a short chamber work (or works) for performance at our last session by members of the Playground Ensemble, whose members are artists in residence at DU’s Lamont School of Music. Don’t have much musical background? Don’t let that stop you. This is a team effort, and we’ll cover everything you need to know to enjoy the thrill of composing music—from writing chords to picking the right instruments for your composition.  This is an expansion and repeat of the popular course offered previously.

Instructor:  Performer, composer, and founding Director of The Playground, Conrad Kehn teaches music theory, composition, and music technology at Lamont, where he directs the composers concert series. The Playground performers are Lamont faculty, alumni, and area professionals.

Opera Colorado, CU Opera Theater & Colorado Ballet
Presenters: Various Opera Colorado and Colorado Ballet Staff
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Oct. 31 (Performance Barber of Seville on Oct. 17)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, Video, Performance

What happens when Opera Colorado, CU Opera, and Colorado Ballet introduce local audiences to works outside the standard repertoire?  Get the inside scoop about the pitfalls and rewards of taking on adventurous new productions. Bring your curiosity to seminars featuring senior producers, a composer and librettist, education directors, and young performers.  We will be discussing Opera Colorado’s 2012 production of Florencia en el Amazones, the 2013 world premiere of The Scarlet Letter, plus CU opera’s English version of The Rake’s Progress and American opera Little Women.  Colorado Ballet’s Artistic and Education Directors will discuss the similar creative demands faced by the troupe’s dancers in bringing to the stage a new work choreographed especially for them.  In addition, Opera Colorado’s Young Artists return with a live touring version of The Barber of Seville.

Facilitator: Ted Borrillo
4 Wednesdays, Oct. 24 – Nov. 14
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

Get up close and personal with Denver’s theater community in this series of classes drawing on the facilitator’s backstage connections.  You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s really like to work in the theater.  There’ll be Q&A sessions with actors to learn about what their choice of a profession actually demands and with directors and producers to find out what affects their selection of plays and the issues they face in staging them.  Class content is still jelling at press time but may include visits from critics and awards judges, as well as an opportunity to visit one of Denver’s many playhouses for a first-hand look at aspects of stagecraft like lighting, sound, and set design.

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

A Nostalgic Journey
Instructor:  Ted Borrillo
3 Thursdays, 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.

Coordinators: Carri Currier and Joan Bub
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Oct. 31
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$45 (includes all tour fees & printed materials)
Parking additional
Participants must be (or become) DAM members.
Tours at the Denver Art Museum

This course is an “art tasting” in which museum staff members and top docents whet your appetite for the DAM menu by focusing each week on a few key objects and exhibits.  Heather Nielsen, for instance, master teacher, will guide your visit through a special exhibition of work by Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui, who gained international fame with stunning metallic tapestries of liquor bottle caps.  And Angelica Daneo, associate curator of painting and sculpture, will share her fascination with favorites in the European galleries. You’ll also sample works in the modern, contemporary, and western American collections, as well as getting a taste of Oceanic and textile art.  The series kicks off with a visit to Now Boarding, an international touring exhibition featuring Denver architect Curtis Fentress and the architecture of flight.  Note: participants must be DAM members.

Art Lover Extraordinaire:  After a career in computer programming and consulting, Carri Currier has focused on painting and participates in a Santa Fe Art District gallery since her retirement.  Joan Bub, a retired radiologist, recently completed the docent program at the DAM.

Let’s Explore
Instructor: Sharon Rouse
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 30 (skip 10/23)
9:30 – 12:30 pm

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.


A Very Short Introduction
Facilitator: Glenn Bruckhart
5 Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 11
10 am – 12 noon
Discussion, guest speakers, presentations

What is atheism?  How does an atheist make a case for this way of looking at life?  Does atheism imply that anything goes?  And how do atheists find purpose and meaning in life?  Has atheism always been around, or is it a recent development?  Can atheism and religion coexist?  This course offers no conclusive answers to any of these questions, but we’ll hear from guest speakers, discuss philosopher Julian Baggini’s myth-dispelling book, and get input from each other in an attempt to shed light on the topic through facts, reflections, and opinions.  Come join in the research as we discuss this response to one of life’s central concerns.

Required reading: Julian Baggini, Atheism, a Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Facilitator: A former teacher, Glenn Bruckhart’s passions turned from mountain climbing to biking and from Math to philosophy, religion and their intersections.  He now chairs the Academy’s Religion and Philosophy subcommittee.

A Patriarch, a King & a Prophet
Instructor: Peter Miscall
6 Thursdays, Sept 13 – Oct. 18
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Think you know the Old Testament Bible stories backwards and forwards? Then you’ll be surprised by how much more engaging and significant they can seem when you learn how Hebrew Bible storytelling differs from today’s literature in both content (what it says) and form (how it says it).  We’ll compare various translations that have appeared over the centuries and see why scholars still struggle to make sense of these ancient texts. We’ll focus particularly on narratives featuring the patriarch Abraham and King David before turning to the books of Psalms and the prophet Isaiah, whose poetic language continues to offer special problems to interpreters.

Recommended reading: Robert  Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (Basic Books, 1981) and D.M. Gunn & D.N. Fewell, Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (Oxford, 1993).

Instructor: Peter Miscall taught for 24 years at St. Thomas Seminary and the Iliff School of Theology.  He has published 5 books and many articles on biblical narrative and poetry.

Facilitator: Ralph Stern
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 13 (skip 9/25 & 10/2)
10 am – 12 noon
$55 (includes many readings)

How, why, and when did the various concepts of a God or gods enter human consciousness? In this course, we’ll be looking at alternative scenarios that sometimes fly in the face of many of the biblical accounts we all know. Basing our discussions on the writings of Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Wright, an avowed atheist whose version of the story of how God grew up is shaped by recent archeological finds in the Middle East, we’ll study the evolution of religion since the time of the hunter-gatherers and delve into subjects like Shamanism; the Polynesian concept of tapu or taboo; polytheism in Mesopotamia; Yahweh, the warrior god of Judah; Aristotle’s prime mover; the historic Jesus; and Islam.

Recommended reading:  Robert Wright, The Evolution of God (Bay Back Books, 2010).

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.


Instructor: Dr. Mary Conroy
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 14 (2 skips TBA)
10 am – 12 noon

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, the New York Times proclaimed that Russia had never known democracy in its 1,000-year history.  But election documents from newly accessible provincial archives prove otherwise. The story of the emergence of a democratic system in late Imperial Russia as early as the parliamentary elections of 1906 and 1907 is one that post-Soviet Russians are keen to uncover in their search for a “useable past” to guide their transition out of a one-party political system and a centrally controlled planned economy. Correct your misconceptions about Russia’s past and present in this review of the history of the embryonic democracy that preceded the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

Required reading:  Rolf Torstendahl, et al., The Birth of Democratic Culture in Late Imperial Russia: Reforms and Elections to the First Two National Legislatures, 1905-1907 (Altus History, 2012).

Instructor: World expert on late imperial Russia, Dr. Mary Conroy has given numerous lectures in the USSR.  She has published several books and is an emeritus Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Facilitator:  Dick Young
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, Q&A

Nothing in our political system is more generally misunderstood or under fire than the way we elect our presidents. In this course we’ll look at the history of the United States through the lens of the Electoral College and examine the way our political parties came into being and have evolved. We’ll see what part our founding fathers’ opinions of political parties played in the creation of the Electoral College, how the college was first used, and how it was affected by the passage of the Twelfth Amendment. We’ll take a close look at several notable elections, including the disputed 2000 election, and see what roles the Electoral College, political parties, and the popular vote play in determining the President of the United States. You’ll have a chance to ponder the “what ifs” of American political history and might perhaps end by agreeing with Thomas Jefferson, who said, “If I must go to heaven with a political party, I would prefer not to go.” This is a repeat of the popular course offered previously.

Required reading: James F. Simon, What Kind of Nation (Simon & Shuster, 2002).

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

Instructor: Len Marino
8 Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 8
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$60 (includes notebook of reading material)
Lecture, Discussion, Video

Did you know that Walt Disney himself provided the voice for the original Mickey Mouse cartoon?  Or that broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow’s given name was Egbert?  Or that the composer Richard Rodgers won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as the top four show-biz awards—the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony, now known collectively as EGOT?  We’ll examine the lives of these three icons of 20th century culture, plus those of three others: the famous Saturday Evening Post cover artist Norman Rockwell, the velvet-voiced baritone Nat King Cole, and the Irish-American Frank McCourt, author of the prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes.

Instructor:   Now retired from a career in advertising and marketing, Len Marino has been in love with the movies since he was five.

Facilitator:  Dan Lynch
8 Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 8 (skip Sept. 27)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, discussion

There is much debate in this country about what role, if any, religion should play in public life. But to insist on the mere “separation of church and state” may not be the best way to safeguard our freedom to believe as we choose. Join us as we examine the notion that, under the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment, the federal and state governments must be not just tolerant of all faiths, but must exercise utterly no power in regard to them. We’ll link this historical perspective to contemporary society by analyzing relevant Supreme Court cases and current issues in the media.   This is a repeat of the popular Fall 2009 course.

Required reading: Daniel Lynch, Our Fading Religious Liberties: How Government Uses Religion (Studio 1712, 2008). The book will be distributed on the first day of class.

Instructor: Lawyer Dan Lynch has handled a number of civil rights and religion/state cases, prompting his concern with “the increasingly dangerous alliance between government and religion.” He chaired the Colorado Democratic Party and founded the predecessor to the Denver Business Journal.


New Series
Discussion Leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 14 (skip Nov. 7)
1:30—3:30 pm
Reading, discussion

This popular course 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, 2010, edited by Richard Russo.  Each week the class examines one or two memorable stories, teasing out the meanings of each story and building a greater understanding of the short story as an art form.  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: Richard Russo, ed., The Best American Short Stories 2010 (Mariner Books, 2010).

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

Instructor: Jan Marino
6 Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Workshop, limited to 12

All of us have had at least one experience of telling a story that captured our audience.  Our sense of pace, rhythm, the words we chose—Our Voice—all worked to make the story come alive.  You needn’t lose these vital elements of storytelling when you put pen to paper.  Learn, through dynamic writing exercises more about your natural voice, learn to create characters that come alive, learn the craft of plotting, but most of all the power of your voice.  Let the I can’t become I can.  Bring to the first class a notebook and your all-time favorite piece of literature, giving some thought as to why this particular piece of work is so special to you.  This is a repeat of a popular course offered previously.

Recommended reading:  Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write (BNPublishing, 2010)

Instructor: A well-published writer of young adult and children’s literature, Jan Marino also has years of experience teaching and leading workshops in creative writing. She aspires to “let writers’ imaginations soar without parameters, without criticism”…which has led repeatedly to writers “finding a character with a story, waiting to be discovered.”

Family Storytelling
Facilitator:  Kathleen Visovatti
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Nov. 7 (skip 9/26 & 10/10)
10 am – 12 noon
Interactive writing workshop

This workshop will surprise and delight those who think they have no family history worth sharing and cheer on those who have already begun to explore their personal heritage. Learn how to uncover family lore through photo albums, journals, diaries, and brainstorming interviews, and find out how to craft rambling reminiscences into tight-knit stories with attention-grabbing beginnings, action-filled middles, and satisfying resolutions.  You’ll hear a few polished tales as models and get to tell some of your own.  If you’re at an age when you’re reflecting on the meaning of your life and thinking about what you want to leave behind, this class offers an opportunity to find out how satisfying it can be to record stories rooted in personal and family memory as a gift to future generations.  This is a repeat of the popular course offered previously.

Facilitator: Kathleen Visovatti discovered storytelling 25 years into an award-winning teaching career. As cofounder of the North Shore Storytelling Guild and the Wild Onion Storytelling Festival, she helped revive the art throughout the Chicago area.

Leader:  Laura Rubin
8 Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 1
10 am – 12 noon
Reading plays aloud

Reading a good play aloud can be a sheer joy.  As you become engrossed in the work, all your worries disappear. Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Lillian Hellman, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Eugene O’Neill are some of the authors we’ll read this term.  Each week a different text will be distributed, parts assigned, and, while still seated, readers can get into character or play it straight.  No acting ability necessary.  The pleasure of the experience comes from the playwright’s skill and the fact that all have copies they can read—so hearing problems are no problem.  On September 19 the group is invited to a get-acquainted party with appetizers and desserts at the facilitator’s home.  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.

Getting Started
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 9
1:30 – 3:30 pm
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.

Beginning Memoir Writing
Facilitator: Patricia Cox
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 6 (skip 10/30)
10 am – 12 noon
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 offered previously.

Facilitator: Patricia Cox has published two memoirs, We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator and My’s Happy and will share her experience on self publishing.

Finishing your Project
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Tuesdays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 13
1:30 – 3:30 pm
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.


21st Century Survival Skills
Instructor:  Eileen Sharkey
6 Thursdays, Oct. 4 – Nov. 8
1:30 – 3:30pm
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. This is a repeat of the highly popular course offered previously.

Instructor:  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. In 2010 Wealth Manager honored her as one of the nation’s 50 most influential women in finance.

Facilitator: Vee Sabel
8 Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 15 (skip 2 TBD)
10 am – 12 noon
$85 (Includes Great Decisions Briefing Booklet)
$65 (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: Middle East Realignment, Promoting Democracy, Mexico, Cybersecurity, Exit From Afghanistan & Iraq, State of the Oceans, Indonesia, and Energy Geopolitics. 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 26 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.

Critical Election Year Economic Issues
Lecturer:  Jim Kneser
8 Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 8
10 am – 12 noon
$75 (includes mountains of class notes)
Lecture, Discussion

Economic issues always play an important role in the outcome of presidential elections.  Yet, too often the fundamental economic principles underpinning these issues are not clearly understood by the electorate. And too often heated election rhetoric obscures economic reality.  Get past the smoke and mirrors with economist Jim Kneser, who will attempt to explain the issues from an economist’s point of view.  We’ll concentrate on three to six economic issues selected by the facilitator just before the course begins.  At this writing, wealth inequality, Federal spending, Federal deficits, tax policy, healthcare, immigration, education, and trade issues are all possibilities.

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

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


Coordinator: Lois Martin
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 12 – Nov. 14 (skip 9/26 and 11/7)
12:15 – 1:15 pm
$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. 12: “Korea, the Forgotten War” National lecturer Tom Keller will be discussing the military action that began Sunday, June 25, 1950, the events leading up to the conflict and the impact on our country today.

B)  Sept. 19: “Stop Mumbling” Is it them or you?  Linda Van Dyke, audiologist, will simulate different degrees of hearing loss, clearly demonstrating how debilitating this common handicap is.  New technology is on the horizon for helping this annoying problem in a loud world.

Sept. 26: No lecture

C)  Oct. 3: “Around the World in 80 Days”  Heather Land and Marjorie Seawell report on the wonders of our world as they took classes with the Semester at Sea for Long Time Learners and then did on site exploring of the areas they had studied.

D)  Oct. 10: “The Heart and Soul of Ritual: Connection” The purpose of ritual is timeless: integration of the mind, body, and spirit during times that defy explication.  Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, discusses the changing nature of ritual in the 21st century, particularly at the end of life.

E)  Oct. 17: “Age-ing, Sage-ing, Re-engaging!”  Ilene Kasper, re-wired educator, will facilitate a discussion on the opportunities of elderhood, discussing the tasks of our later years that can bring more adventure, mystery and meaning into life as we age.

F)  Oct. 24: “What would the Founding Fathers think of us today?” Using his book The Founding Fathers Farewell Tour of the U. S. of A, James Syring will offer his opinion of what Jefferson and Franklin might think went wrong—and right with their visions for America.

G)  Oct. 31: “The Beat and the Brain”  Ed Schrieber, world citizen, musician and computer engineer, will use physics and mathematics to show and tell why music feels good.  There will be audience participation.

Nov. 7: No lecture.  End-of-term concert by the Writing Music class.

E)  Nov. 14 “Preserving History Digitally” Daniel Weinshenker, national genealogist, will give a sample workshop, presenting some of the homemade media movies of the wild lives of our ancestors.


Instructors:  Scott Henke & Maria Arapakis
10 Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Nov. 13
12:15 – 1:15 pm
$35 or $5/session (one session free with Academy membership) (non-members $8 each session)

A)  Sept. 11: Basic Terms & Concepts You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask About, Scott
B)  Sept. 18: How to Choose an Internet & Phone Provider, Scott
C)  Sept. 25: Mac Tips & Tricks, Maria
D)  Oct. 2: Introduction to iPads, Scott
E)  Oct. 9: Avoiding Viruses & Spyware, Scott
F)  Oct. 16: Passwords & Preventing Scams, Scott
G)  Oct. 23: More Mac Tips & Tricks, Maria
H)  Oct. 30: Googling Information & Unlimited Clip Art for Documents, Scott
I)  Nov. 6: Kindles & How to Buy & Borrow Books, Scott
J)  Nov. 13: Endless Mac-Entertainment & Education!, Maria

Instructors: Scott Henke, owner of Onsite Consulting, has been helping over 4300 familites and businesses in Denver for 30 years.  He makes the complicated and frustrating world of computers easy and fun again.  With 30-plus years experience as a psychologist, trainer of adults, speaker, and author, Maria Arapakis has presented thousands of programs around the world on leadership development, life balance, and conflict resolution.  Maria bought her first Mac 27 years ago and thoroughly enjoys helping others master their Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Instructor:  Scott Henke
9/13 at 9:00 am (before store opens)
11/13 at 9:00 am (before store opens)
Free – Must RSVP to Scott Henke, scott@henke.com, 720-482-8383.

Learn how to shop for a new computer with just the instructor.  No salesmen, no pressure.  Must RSVP directly to Scott Henke, scott@henke.com, 720-482-8383.

Intermediate 1
Instructor: Susan Blake-Smith
Intermediate 2
Instructor: Sandy Stolar
Advanced Conversation
Instructor: Linda Gordon
All classes meet at the same time on the same dates
6 Wednesdays, Sept.12—Oct. 31 (skip Sept. 26 & Oct. 17)
1:30—3:30 pm

Tailored to fit those who want to improve basic Spanish skills, these classes will build on previous semesters and focus on increasing vocabulary, verb conjugation, 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 “Is that really what I ordered?” and gain greater confidence in this musical and increasingly important language.

Those with “un poquito de” previous Spanish language experience will feel comfortably challenged in Intermediate 1 with a focus on conversations using present tense regular and irregular verbs and reviewing both past tenses.  Limited to 22 participants. Is this class a fit?  Llámame at 303-794-9635.

¡Felicidades!  Ya estás listo para hablar con más confianza, conversando del pasado, (practicando situaciones hipoteticas) y haciendo planes futuros.  With the past tenses needing just a quick review, the Intermediate 2 group will tackle the future and conditional tenses.  We will build vocabulary through conversations about a variety of subjects. This class is for those who are not yet able to sustain complete conversations.  Limited to 14 participants.  Is this class a fit?  Llámame at 303- 708-9716.

Continuamos la conversación! The Advanced Conversation class will be conducted primarily in Spanish—starting with a review of the basics, and 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 it off and trot it out—and have a lot of fun doing it—esta es la clase para ti. Limited to 12 participants. Is this class a fit?  Llámame at 303-399-8241.

Instructors: Susan Blake-Smith grew up in Mexico City and enjoys sharing her love of the Mexican language, history, and culture.  She spent her career in the travel industry and has logged many hours as a community volunteer.  Sandy Stolar taught Spanish for 25 years in middle school, high school and community college. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, Spain and South America.  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.

Advanced-Intermediate Bidding
Instructors: Sally Kneser & Kerry O’Gorman
8 Thursdays, Sept. 27 – Nov. 15
1:10 – 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, take-out doubles, Blackwood and Gerber.  This class will introduce negative doubles, Cappelletti, reverses, and Roman Key Card.  There will be assigned reading, explanations, Q&A, bidding practice, and playing pre-set hands.  Uncertain about your ability level?  Kerry O’Gorman, 303-771-0811.

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

Instructors:  Sally Kneser is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics of the game.  Kerry O’Gorman began playing bridge at age 10 and after 40 years in secondary school teaching and corporate training, he can now focus on bridge.

Advanced Intermediate
Instructor: Sally Kneser
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 13
1:10 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, practice exercises, playing cards

This fun and relaxing class will provide practice in both bidding and playing at the advanced-intermediate level.  There will be no formal lectures, but many exercises and challenges.  Participants should already know all the conventions listed in the Thursday Bridge: Advanced-Intermediate Bidding course description plus Michaels, Unusual notrump, Help Suit Game Try, and Ogust.  The first hour includes bidding quizzes and drilling, followed by an hour playing pre-set hands.  Uncertain about your ability level? Sally Kneser, 303-770-0788.

Required to have already read, or have equivalent knowledge: Audrey Grant, Bidding in the 21st Century (Baron Barclay Bridge, 2008), Audrey Grant, Play of the Hand in the 21st Century (Baron Barclay Bridge, 2008), Barbara Seagram, Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand (Master Point Pr, 2009), Barbara Seagram, 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know (Master Point Pr, 1999).

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.

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 Doc 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.

With more than 30 years’ experience as a psychologist, trainer of adults, speaker and author, Maria Arapakis (Tech Tips)  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!

Jane W. Barton (Experts & Entertainers: The Heart and Soul of Ritual—Connection OR The Timelessness of Rituals), MTS, MASM, CSA is a passionate speaker, writer, and listener. Jane is the founder of Cardinal, LLC, a consulting firm that provides educational programs to assist people in confronting the daunting challenges posed by aging, serious illness and disability. She is well-versed in the areas of grief and bereavement, caregiving, hospice and palliative care, change and transition, and spirituality and health. She presents innovative, transformational programs to community members, healthcare providers, pastoral caregivers, clergy, funeral service providers, and national audiences to improve the experience of people and families challenged by serious, advanced, or terminal illnesses.

Previously, Jane served as Director of Education for a hospice and palliative care educational institution. She has also served as a hospice chaplain and bereavement facilitator in hospice and palliative care. Jane is a certified Spiritual Director as well as a Certified Senior Advisor.

Susan Blake-Smith (Chatting in Espanol, Intermediate 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 Theater, a Nostalgic Journeyand Denver’s Theater Community) 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.

Glenn Bruckhart (Atheism: A Very Short Introduction) and his family moved early in his working career from Pennsylvania to Colorado, where there were real mountains to climb.  Glenn taught math and physics, did teacher workshops across the country and helped develop student learning evaluation tools such as CSAP.  After retirement Glenn’s passions turned from mountain climbing to biking and from Math to philosophy, religion and their intersections.  He now chairs the Academy’s Religion and Philosophy subcommittee, so please share any ideas you have for future classes in this area with him.

Joan Bub (Art Sampler at the Denver Art Museum) is a medical doctor from South Africa who specialized in diagnostic radiology at the Colorado Health Science Center in Denver. She was in practice in the Denver metro area for over 20 years. Since her retirement she has been a volunteer at the Denver Art Museum, and a docent since 2008.

Jack Burns (CU Science Tuesday: Exploring the Universe from the Moon) is a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs and Research for the University of Colorado Boulder.  He is also Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute’s Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR), a NASA-funded center. Burns received his B.S. degree in Astrophysics from the University of Massachusetts. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Indiana University.  From 2001 through 2005, Burns served as Vice President for Academic Affairs & Research for the University of Colorado System.  Burns was Vice Provost for Research at the University of Missouri – Columbia from 1997 through 2001. He was Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Burns was Department Head and Professor in the Department of Astronomy at NMSU from 1989 until 1996. During his tenure at the University of New Mexico from 1980 to 1989, Burns served as the Director of the Institute for Astrophysics and was a Presidential Fellow.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory from 1978 to 1980.  Burns has 370 publications in refereed journals, books, and in conference proceedings and abstracts (as listed in NASA’s Astrophysics Data System).  Burns is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010 for his service on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) and as Chair of the NAC Science Committee.
Dr. Mary Schaeffer Conroy (Late Imperial Russia & Russians Today) is emeritus professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has focused her professional research on the politics in Late Imperial Russia and health care in Imperial and Soviet Russia. She is currently translating a Russian book about a family in Imperial and Soviet times. A popular teacher of Russian and East European history at UCD, she has won many teaching awards. During her most recent trip to Moscow, she presented a lecture on Peter A. Stolypin.

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 (Art Sampler at the Denver Art Museum) 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).

Marcy Heidish Dolan (Defiant Daughters: 25 Risk-taking Rebels) is an award-winning author of thirteen published books, many of them novels, as well as numerous short pieces.  One of her novels, A Woman Called Moses, was made into a television movie starring Cicely Tyson.  Ms. Dolan is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Creative Writing and other honors.  A seasoned instructor, she has taught at Georgetown, George Washington, and Fordham universities.  She loves to learn from her students as much as she loves to facilitate the learning process.  Ms. Dolan is at work on her fourteenth novel.

Dr. Rebecca M. Flowers (CU Science Wednesday: Unroofing, incision and uplift history of the Grand Canyon region of the Colorado Plateau) is an Assistant Professor of Geology at CU.  Her research group focuses on problems in continental tectonics, using a combination of geo- and thermo-chonometry, field observation, and petrological tools. She is particularly interested in how deeper crustal and mantle processes are linked with uplift and unroofing histories at the surface of the Earth.

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

Ellie Greenberg (New Challenges for Women Over 60) has been interested in the adult life cycle since she developed and led the University Without Walls in the 1970s. Over the last 40 years, she has had the privilege of designing and leading many more programs for adults, such as: PATHWAYS to the Future for 40,000 US WEST non-management employees in 14 states; Project Leadership focused on non-profit board leadership; and MAPP–the Mountain and Plains Partnership-online Masters degree programs for health professionals in underserved areas.  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.

Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (Tech Tips) has been a consultant for 27 years, training computer users and repairing computers. He taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School, helping students learn computers and the Internet.  His company, Onsite Consulting, offers PC training, PC and network troubleshooting, repair, virus and spyware solutions, free offsite backup, remote emergency help and many other computer services. The company 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).

Ilene Kasper (Experts & Entertainers: Age-ing, Sage-ing, Re-engaging! )

Conrad Kehn (Writing Music: Composing Workshop) is a performer, composer, improviser, educator, writer and artist. He serves as a lecturer of Music Technology and Music Theory at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. He is the founding Director of The Playground, a chamber ensemble dedicated to modern music. An award-winning composer, his style spans all genres touching on electro-acoustic music, multimedia works, graphic scores, aleatory, and experimental rock, but still remains grounded in the western music tradition. His music has been performed across the US including Issue Project Room (NY), Audio Inversions (Austin, TX), Pendulum New Music Series (CU-Boulder), and the Summer New Music Symposium at Colorado College. As a vocalist, he specializes in improvisation, contemporary music, and the use of electronics. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music and Recording Technology from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music (1996). He also has a Master’s Degree in Composition from Lamont (2000), where he was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Composition and the Outstanding Graduate Student in Commercial Music. In 2010 he completed an MBA at the Daniels College of Business focusing on Entrepreneurship and Non-profit Management.

Tom Keller (Experts & Entertainers: Korea, the Forgotten War) is a Korean War Veteran who landed in Inchon and spent most of his time in Pusan, Korea.  Over the years his interest in the military has grown to where he prides himself as a military historian and professional speaker.  Tom has many interests and activities including Tuba Section Leader in the John Philip Sousa band of Colorado and is a past commander of the American Legion Post 1112, which also sponsors that band.  He serves on the board of the Lakewood Historical Society and is writing a historical book on the Korean War.  Tom is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles and has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology and Graduate Studies in the field of Social Sciences.

Mike Klymkowsky (CU Science Tuesday: **) is a Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a co-director (along with Valerie Otero) of the CU Teach program. He teaches introductory biology (bio-fundamentals). Together with Kathy Garvin-Doxas, he has developed Ed’s Tools and the Biology Concept Inventory (BCI) for use in understanding and assessing student’s conceptual understanding in the biological sciences.

Jim Kneser (“It’s the Economy, Stupid!”)  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:  Advanced Intermediate Practice and Bridge: Intermediate Bidding) 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.

Heather Land (Experts & Entertainment: Around the world in 80 Days)

Dr. Joyce Lisbin (Living Longer, Healthier & Happier: New Research) has been in the field of public health and education for over 35 years.  Her most recent full-time position was as the Health Communications Coordinator for the California Department of Public Health, the STD Control Branch where she worked for ten years.  During that time she was also an adjunct professor at San Jose State University.  Previous to that position, Dr. Lisbin was the Health Educator at the University of New Mexico, Student Health Center; the Director of Health Education for Bergen County, New Jersey and the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood  of Rockland County.  Her work experience includes consultations in program evaluation, and training staff and peer educators throughout the United States, as well as in Kenya, South Africa, Turkey and Sri Lanka, and she has designed and led health-study tours to Scandinavia, Kenya and China. To find out more about Dr. Lisbin’s consultant services, please visit Health Concepts Exchange (www.HealthConceptsExchange.com ).

Dr. Lisbin’s interest in healthy aging began over thirty years ago.  She directed a pilot peer education program for women 55 and over, The Older Women’s Health Project.  That experience was her first professional encounter with the health and emotional challenges faced by older women.  Today, as an older women herself, she can compare the differences between that generation and her own.  The discussions in this course will build on the participants’ experiences and affirm that this is an exciting time to be over 60.

In 2010, Dr. Julie Lundquist (CU Science Wednesday: Harvesting the Wind: Wind Energy and Atmospheric Dynamics) joined the faculty of the Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She is a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. Her research group explores the dynamics of the atmospheric boundary layer, with applications to wind energy, urban meteorology, and surface-atmosphere interaction.  Prior to joining CU-Boulder‘s faculty, Sr. Lundquist was a postdoctoral researcher and later a staff scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco. Her boundary-layer research supported the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center, and she helped design and carry out the Joint Urban 2003 field experiment.

Dan Lynch (Religious Liberty & the Constitution) 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.

Len Marino (Legends & Icons) was born in Boston, MA in a conveniently forgotten year. He was an art major and worked for an advertising agency for 20 years, followed by work for a corporation in international marketing. His interest in film started when he was about five. His mother owned a dress shop located right next to a theater. He would come home, go to the shop, and the theater became his babysitter. His uncle worked for Keystone Camera and Projector so Len showed old comic films. Len has taught the Cinema class previously in New York and in Colorado.

Jan Marino (Freeing Your Writer’s Voice) has published six critically acclaimed novels with Little, Brown and Simon and Schuster.  She is included in TWICE TOLD, an anthology published by Dutton.  She is the recipient of grants from The New York National Arts Club, the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, a Scholar at the Bread Loaf, Bennington College, C. W. Post Workshops, and countless awards, including ALA’s Best Book of the Year, the New York Public Library’s Best Book for the Teen Age, Editor’s Choice from Booklist, and Best Book by Parents Magazine.  Her workshops have included The Writer’s Voice, Hofstra University, Rutger’s One-on-One Program, and the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.

While not all of her books are autobiographical, each one of them has a little bit of her past in them. Her books, The Day that Elvis Came to Town, Like Some Kind of Hero, For the Love of Pete, Searching for Atticus, I, Elizabeth, Write Me a Happy Ending, and The Mona Lisa of Salem Street all contain aspects of Marino’s life.

“I love to write, to imagine, and to create characters” Jan says. “Yes, there are days of frustration. Days when I stare at the lifeless computer screen. Days when my characters refuse to talk to me. But give up? Never. I cajole. I plead and beg until I hear their voices. And when my computer screen finally comes alive, I am beyond happy.”

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.

Robin McNeil (Music & Culture: Pivotal Moments of Change) 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 served as Chairman of the Piano Department at the University of South Dakota.

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 served as the Executive Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and as 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.

Peter Miscall (Biblical Storytelling: A Patriarch, a King & a Prophet) has a degree in the Hebrew Bible and taught for 24 years in Denver at St. Thomas Seminary.  He also taught classes at Iliff School of Theology.  He has published five books and numerous articles on biblical narrative (mainly the books of Samuel) and poetry (mainly Isaiah).  His primary interests are in the diverse ways–both ancient and modern–of reading and understanding the narratives and the poetry.  He continues to study the Hebrew Bible, to read widely in contemporary biblical studies and to write occasional book reviews and articles.

Dr. Jason Neff (CU Science Tuesday: Dust and Air Quality) is an Associate Professor in the Geological Sciences Department and Environmental Studies Program at CU Boulder. He received his BA from CU Boulder and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. As a biogeochemist he has studied ecosystems around the world.  Neff’s research includes studies of carbon release from boreal ecosystems in Alaska and Siberia and work on the global nitrogen cycle.   Recently Neff has been working to understand how land-use change in the western US has affected the production and deposition of dust.  This work has been featured on National Public Radio and highlighted in newspapers around the world.

Kerry O’Gorman (Bridge: Intermediate Bidding) began playing bridge with his parents at age ten in Indiana. At Purdue University he “hung around” with some exceptional bridge players who introduced him to duplicate bridge. Here he learned the “first rule of bridge”– that bridge games last until 1:00 am! In April of this year he and his duplicate partner, Eileen Hunt, won their section in an event at the Sectional Tournament in Aurora. Kerry’s 40-year professional career was centered on education and training, both secondary school teaching (math) and corporate training (information systems). Now retired, he skis, sails, paints, travels, volunteers in animal rescue and plays a lot of duplicate bridge.

John Paull (Discovering the Wonders of Nature)  is an experienced teacher, principal, science consultant, trainer, and author with more than 45 years of classroom experience from pre-K and elementary through to the post-graduate university level. Initially a teacher in elementary and middle schools in Leicestershire, England, John went on to head two UK schools for 18 years, and was a consultant for the national curriculum in environmental education and science.  He then came to the U.S. where, for the past 15 years, he directed teacher preparation programs and taught master’s classes at the University of Colorado Denver. He is currently a Site Professor in the University’s Teacher Education Program, based in an inner-city middle school.

Sharon Rouse (Watercolor: Let’s Explore) is a retired art teacher, has taught adult watercolor and sketchbook classes and presented short watercolor workshops.  She uses her sketchbooks and journals to record ideas for future paintings.  Her work has been accepted into various shows and is in private collections.  In addition to her art, she is a docent at the Denver Art Museum and a supervisor for art student teachers at Metropolitan State College.

Laura Rubin (The Play’s the Thing) 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.

Lorenz Rychner (Music FUNdamentals) took up piano and clarinet lessons as a child in his native Switzerland. He combined a career in publishing with a busy performing schedule. After emigrating to Australia, he spent 15 years as a fulltime musician. In 1985, while in Los Angeles studying orchestration and conducting, he accepted an invitation to head up the music synthesis and electronic orchestration programs at the Grove School of Music. Many published books and articles later, he became the Editor at Recording magazine (recordingmag.com), his current job that brought him to Colorado in 1996.

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 Denver 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.

Ed Schreiber (Experts & Entertainers: The Beat and the Brain) was born during World War II to an aristocratic fascist Catholic family in Zagreb, Croatia, and educated in communist schools in Yugoslavia before coming to the U.S. at thirteen. Ed Schreiber finished high school in Dearborn, Michigan and then served for six years in the U.S. Army as a musician, mostly in France.  Ed played piano in Denver night clubs while studying engineering at the University of Colorado, and had a distinguished career in the computer industry.  Ed has also been a race driver, a taxi driver in Paris, an amateur actor, a radio talk show host, and a Democratic candidate for Congress.

Marjorie Seawell (Experts & Entertainers: Around the World in 80 Days)

Mark C. Serreze (CU Science Wednesday: The changing climate of the Arctic:  What is happening and why we should care) is a professor of Geography , as well as the current Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at CU Boulder.  His areas of expertise include Arctic climate and climate change, synoptic and dynamic climatology, boundary-layer processes, atmosphere-sea ice interactions, hydro-climatology, permafrost, climate modeling, and remote sensing of the cryosphere.  Dr. Serreze received his B.A. and M.S. in Geography from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado.

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.

Ralph Stern (The Evolution of God) 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.

Sandy Stolar (Chatting in Espanol, Intermediate 2)

Following a career in television including 15 years in broadcast news as a film and video editor, Jim Syring (Experts & Entertainers: What would the Founding Fathers think of us today?) returned to his first love, writing. He is currently a manuscript editor and consultant to authors. A lifelong student of American culture and politics, his political satire, The Founding Fathers Farewell Tour of the U.S. of A. was published in January by Lulu Press.

Dr. Darin Toohey (CU Science Tuesday: Short-lived Climate Forcers: What Are They and Why Should We Care?) exploits ultrasensitive spectroscopic techniques for fast-response measurements in the laboratory and field. He has designed and built instruments that have been deployed at the ground and on high-altitude balloons and aircraft. His present research addresses the mechanisms by which inorganic free radicals control the abundances of gases that influence the radiative balance of the earth. Darin is presently expanding his research efforts to include laser-based laboratory studies of small particle formation and growth to address the impact of aerosols on earth’s changing chemistry and climate. He will talk about recent proposals to inject materials into the upper atmosphere in order to create small particles that reflect sunlight back to space–essentially increasing the earth’s albedo (reflectivity) so that less light hits the surface, so in theory the planet gets cooler to offset any warming that might be due to natural or human-influenced changes. A good example of a natural phenomenon that cools the planet is the injection of material (mostly sulfur dioxide) into the stratosphere by large volcanoes, like Mount Pinatubo, which erupted in June 1991. That eruption revealed that the climate impacts are pretty large for a small amount of material released, prompting scientists to theorize that putting man-made particles (or gases that convert into particles) into the stratosphere might avoid catastrophic warming due to greenhouse gases. One way to do this is with rockets; in fact, we do this already! He will talk about the physics and chemistry behind these ideas, as well as the pros and cons of using such strategies.

Dr. JonathanVan Blerkom (CU Science Wednesday: Impact of current technologies on human reproduction using in vitro fertilization) performed Colorado’s first successful in vitro fertilization procedure in 1982. A professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he is recognized throughout the world as a preeminent expert on egg and sperm physiology. He has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Australia. He also serves on the editorial board of several international publications and has written numerous articles and books. Soon after Dr. Van Blerkom started his IVF lab, U.S. News and World Report listed Dr. Van Blerkom’s IVF lab among the nation’s top 10 laboratories dealing with advanced reproductive technologies.

As a certified and licensed Audiologist in Colorado, Linda Van Dyke, (Experts & Entertainers: Hearing Loss for Dummies) MA, CCC-A, MBA has owned and operated Arapahoe Hearing Associates (AHA) since 1984 in Centennial, Colorado.  AHA provides comprehensive Audiology services including hearing evaluations, hearing aid evaluations, and service for all major brands of hearing aids.  Linda very much enjoys working with all ages who deal with the challenges of hearing loss both at work and home.  Her professional passions include practice development, business management and leadership, as well as public speaking.

In addition to teaching children and graduate courses for K-12 teachers (which included one she created called, “Storytelling in the Classroom”), Kathleen Visovatti (Once Upon a Time: Family Storytelling) 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: New Series) 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.

Daniel Weinshenker (Experts & Entertainers: Preserving History Digitally)

Barbara Martin Worley (Outfoxing the Predators: Preventing Elder Fraud & Financial Exploitation), Gerontologist, M.A., has worked in the field of aging for over thirty years.  She began her career at the Area Agency on Aging in Montrose, served as the Executive Director of Senior Support Services in Denver, and for the past twenty years was the Denver Extension Director for Colorado State University.  Barbara has served on several elder abuse steering committees and is a past member of the Denver Commission on Aging.  She is presently the Director of Consumer Fraud Protection in the Denver District Attorney’s office.

One of the Academy’s most accredited facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young (US Presidents through the Lens of the Electoral College) is ideally suited for an exploration of  the Electoral College’s history in our country, given his extensive knowledge of both 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.

Mary Zinn (Communication Skills to Resolve Conflict) has more than twenty years’ experience in the dispute resolution field as a practitioner, trainer and curriculum designer. Her presentations are known to be engaging and enlightening.
Ms. Zinn’s international work includes Capital Sisters International (Microcredit) and Seeking Common Ground’s Building Bridges for Peace program (Middle East). Her statewide work includes leading the campaign for Colorado’s Conflict Resolution Month each October and co-producing a quarterly radio program on Conflict Resolution Issues at KGNU in Boulder.

Ms. Zinn provides services of mediation, facilitation, conflict and anger management education and use of collaborative problem-solving models to neighbors, families, congregations, schools, agencies and businesses. Her professional organization memberships include Association for Conflict Resolution, Colorado Council of Mediation and Mediation Organizations, and Mediators Beyond Borders.