Fall 2013

Tuesday September 10
4:30—6:30 pm
$5 (new and prospective members FREE!)
Location: Orchard Road Christian Center  (8081 E. Orchard Rd.)  *Fellowship Hall

This is a don’t-miss event, especially if you are new to the Academy. Get together informally with course leaders 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 10.  This is also a great opportunity to tour the wonderful new facility and feel more comfortable in our new “digs.”


Instructor:  Georgi Contiguglia
8 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 7
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, Discussion

In this survey of our country’s rich artistic heritage, we will examine three centuries’ of American painting, with an eye to understanding what they reveal about the changing character and interests of our society.  We’ll look at portraits of heroes, inspirational landscapes, and images of everyday life created by various artists from 1640 to 1940, and representing the movements of American Realism, Romanticism and Modernism, among others.  Participants will come away with a better appreciation of the cultural contexts of art they may encounter in the major museums in Denver and other U.S. cities, as well as a better basis for comparing American and European art of similar periods.

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 has taught art history in New York, at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, and at The Academy for Lifelong Learning.

Coordinators: Joan Bub and Joanne Mendes
5 Wednesdays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 23
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$65 (includes all tour fees & printed materials)
Parking additional
Participants must be (or become) DAM members.
Tours at the Denver Art Museum

Our fall art sampler proves once again that you’ll always find something new at the Denver Art Museum. Enthusiastic curatorial staff and docents will spotlight museum-wide facets of the hit summer exhibition—Spun: Adventures in Textiles—and take you behind the scenes for a taste of the mountains of work that fueled the debut of the new textile art gallery and its inaugural exhibition. You’ll visit Multicolored Textiles from Asia, highlighting resist-dye techniques; Common Threads, photographs by August Sander and Seydon Keita documenting how people in their native countries use clothing to mark identity; and Material World, where we’ll see how emerging textile artists worldwide use everything from recycled plastic and teddy bears to woven silk and charred wood in their work. As if this weren’t enough, we’ll also explore the versatility of lacquer as a media in All That Glistens: A Century of Japanese Lacquer, and we’ll trace Mark Rothko’s path as he moved from figurative realism to the color field paintings on which his reputation rests. All this and more in this kaleidoscopic sampler. (All participants must either already be Denver Art Museum members or become one.)

Art Lovers Extraordinaire:   Dr. Joan Bub, a retired radiologist,recently completed the docent program at the DAM.  Academy member and longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the DAM.

A Story of Migration & Transformation
Instructor: Connie Hyde
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 5
10:00 am – 12 noon
$80 (includes a notebook with copious handouts – no book to buy)
Lecture/discussion re historical context and performers; listening/discussing music

Join us as we explore the complex role of the blues in popular music against the turbulent backdrop of social change that marked 20th century America. We’ll see how the blues have profoundly changed the musical sounds of our lives through successive decades by shaping the sound and soul of music as diverse as jazz, country and western, rock and roll, soul and hard rock.  Focusing mainly on the music of great women singers from Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holliday to Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin, we’ll examine the parallels between the transformative influence of the blues and the physical and social migration of blacks out of a heritage of submission in the rural South. Although our emphasis will be on the music, we’ll try to assess the effect of both the music and the migration on mainstream American culture.

Instructor: After college days immersed in literature, Connie Hyde spent several decades in commercial real estate law and raising children. Recently retired, she has returned enthusiastically to her first loves of literature, history, politics, music and art.

Satie, Debussey & Friends
Lecturer: Robin McNeil
10 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 20
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, listening to music, Q&A

The Impressionist movement in serious music, like its equivalent in the visual arts, focused on creating an impression, as opposed to making a statement of fact.  It was pioneered by the extreme chromaticism of Franck and Fauré.  Later its leading practitioners were the French composers Debussy, Satie, and Ravel, who used major and minor keys as well as the musically obsolete medieval church modes at the same time.  The Romantic composers tended to compose longer forms of music such as symphonies and concertos, while the Impressionists preferred nocturnes, preludes, and chamber music.  We’ll examine these developments and also consider the connections between music, art, and Symbolist literature and poetry of the era.

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.

Secrets of the Great Vocal Stylists
Instructor:  Donna Wickham
3 Tuesdays, Nov. 5 – 19
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$40 (includes the book PLUS a CD!)
$25 (no book or CD)
Lecture, music listening, reading

“There are notes between notes, you know,” observed the vocalist Sarah Vaughan, one of six great jazz singers whose styles will be analyzed in detail in this eye-opening course.   We’ll compare their renditions of various jazz standards, as transcribed by DU music students, to the written sheet music for the works involved–and thereby gain new insights into how the singers’ unique phrasing came to define their individual sound.  Besides Vaughan, we’ll listen to recordings of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Mel Torme.  Much of the material is rhythmically complex, so an ability to read music will definitely enhance the experience.

Required Reading: (to be handed out on the first day—not yet published)Donna Wickham, editor, It’s All in How You Phrase It: Comparative Transcriptions of the Great Jazz Singers (2013).

Recommended Listening CD’s:   Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin, Louis Armstrong – Sings-Back Through The Years, Ella Fitzgerald – Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Vol. 1&2, Joe Williams – Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings, Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown, Mel Torme – 1956 Torme-Paich Legendary Sessions (Dig)

Instructor: Donna Wickham is a continually surprising musician whose professional activities include work as a composer, arranger, lyricist, vocalist, conductor, and pianist in genres ranging from early music to rock. She is also known as an innovative music educator who heads the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music, and teaches music history courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online.

Coordinator: Donna Barrow
Presenters: various Opera Colorado presenters as well as Opera enthusiasts
9 Wednesdays, Sept 18 – Nov. 13
1:30 – 3:30pm
Lecture Series with Q&A and Discussion

What goes on before the curtain goes up at the opera? For an insider’s look at opera’s state-of-the-art developments, both locally and internationally, join representatives from Opera Colorado as they take us behind the scenes.  General Director Greg Carpenter will highlight the drama and music of Rigoletto and Carmen, two of the 2014 season productions, and compare the OC plans with other recent stagings of the two operas.  OC’s Cherity Koepke will provide a front row experience of the business of opera through Generation OC. Working with industry professionals you’ll program a season, market an opera and even learn how a libretto is created.  And we’ll hear about one of opera’s superstar composers from an enthusiast who is attending the annual Rossini Opera Festival in Italy this summer.  The varied format will include lectures, discussions and video selections from some of Rossini’s rediscovered operas.

Presenters:  Cherity Koepke is the Director of Education and Community Programming for Opera Colorado, and is an operatic performer herself.  Linda Bjelland-An avid opera “groupie” who sees opera around the world.  She will be seeing several performances at this year’s Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy.  Greg Carpenter is the General Director of Opera Colorado, responsible for overseeing artistic and administrative operations of the company and guiding its staff of employees.  Donna Barrow is a discriminating reader who loves to explore beyond the page. She is a demon at locating background and supplemental information in order to flesh out her knowledge of a subject.

American Musical Theater
Course Leader: Constance Cain
8 Thursdays, Sept 19 – Nov. 14 (skip Oct. 3)
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, listening to music, Q&A

You’ll be tapping your toes and reliving fond memories, in this video journey through the history of American musical theater. With DVDs from The Great Courses, scholar-pianist Bill Messenger hosts our time-travel back to musical theater’s roots in the early 1800s and forward to the Broadway blockbusters we all know and love. We’ll take a leisurely stroll through the years 1880-1930, when minstrel shows, ragtime, vaudeville, and Tin Pan Alley burst on the scene and the revue was born. Then it’s on to the era of the fully developed modern musical, launched by the 1927 production of Showboat and highlighted by the familiar works of Rodgers and Hart, Sondheim and others. Along with the music, you’ll enjoy some rare recordings and interviews with pioneers of the genre, as well as thoughtful commentary on its social and cultural ancestry and ramifications.

Course Leader:  Constance Cain performed in musicals, operettas and oratorios for more than 40 years, including a decade spent on Broadway.  A soprano, she played Eliza in “My Fair Lady,” Maria in “The Sound of Music” and Luisa in the national tour of “The Fantastiks,” among other roles.  After marrying and moving to Denver, she starred in several regional theater productions and, in the last decade of her career, soloed with several symphony orchestras, singing Barber, Bach, Mendelsohn and others.

Workshop for the Basics
Instructor: Bob Adelstein
7 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 31
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion, video segments, participant pictures

Had a Kodak (or iPhone) moment lately?  In this class we’ll cover everything you need to know about taking good pictures, from your first look through a viewfinder to the final printed image.  Naturally we’ll discuss some basic theory and technical aspects of photography, but we’ll focus mainly on how to use a camera properly, how to tell a story visually, and how to edit and print pictures so they actually reflect what you see in your mind’s eye.  After taking photos to be critiqued in class, you’ll definitely learn to become more mindful when using your camera. The specific subject matter may vary according to the interests and skills of the group.

Recommended Reading:  Jay Dickman and Jay Kinghorn, editors, National Geographic Complete Photography and Perfect Digital Photography (National Geographic, 2011).

Instructor:  Bob Adelstein, a licensed psychotherapist in private practice,  has been taking pictures since he was 12 years old and still owns the box camera that he used back then. He is now doing digital work and has two film scanners so he can use pictures taken in the past. He has self-publish two of his own books.

Instructor: Dr. Hiroko Johnson
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, reading, discussion

Japan is a country in which, traditionally, each social class–the aristocracy, the samurai and the merchant–has had its own type of art.  We will examine each in turn, beginning with 12th century hand-scrolls that depict the customs, costumes, transportation and other aspects of the aristocratic lifestyle.  The samurai culture will be revealed through such elements as the tea ceremony, the Zen garden and the Kano school of painting. And the merchant culture will be reflected in the form of Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings, which rose to popularity in the 1600s and have become familiar to American audiences through such works as “Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji.”  From such images, we’ll discover, we may learn as much about a country’s traditions as about its terrain.

Required Reading:  Varley, H. Paul, Japanese Culture (Any Edition; Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000).

Course Leader:  An expert on the history of Japanese art, Dr. Hiroko Johnson taught for five years in the Los Angeles area and for 12 years at San Diego State University, where she was chosen the most influential professor in the College of Arts and Humanities.  The author of a book and many articles in both English and Japanese, she has taken groups of students to Japan and China on study tours.

Let’s Explore
Instructor:  Sharon Rouse
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 22
9:30 am – 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, color mixing and other avenues to a painting.  Discover your hidden potential and personal style as you unleash the power of this unpredictable but rewarding medium.  After you’ve registered, we’ll send a list of materials you’ll need. Limited to 20. Note the THREE HOUR time span.

Instructor: Sharon Rouse’s skills as an experienced teacher of adult classes and workshops guide her as she works with students of various skill experiences.  Her work appears in various group shows and private collections.


Harmful Behavior Affects Future Generations
Instructor: Bennie Bub
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 22
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, Q&A

Our genes, which are passed on to us through our parents’ DNA, determine physical traits such as our hair color, height and susceptibility to certain diseases and disorders.  But genes and DNA aren’t the only factors that determine how our lives play out.  A new science called epigenetics (above or beyond genetics) tells us that our development and that of our descendants is also influenced by a set of chemical reactions that switch parts of our genome on and off at strategic times and locations.  You will learn about these biological processes and explore how nature and nurture always combine to explain those things that heredity alone cannot, ranging from autism to cancer to sexual orientation.

Instructor: Dr. Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, is a South African neurosurgeon board-certified in three different specialties on three continents. After immigrating to the US in 1976, he practiced in Denver as an anesthesiologist for more than 20 years before founding a successful database company, from which he has retired to indulge his love of music, travel, and reading.

Course Leader: John Anderson
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 25 – Nov. 13
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, reading, discussion

Warning: This course may fundamentally change the way you think about your place in the universe or even what the universe is.  We’ll be talking about time, which rules our lives from the rising and setting of the sun to the cycles of nature, the thought processes in our brains and the biorhythms of our day.  While nothing so pervades our existence, time remains extraordinarily difficult to explain.  A book and video series will guide us through such questions as why we perceive time the way we do, how the laws of physics can be indifferent to time’s arrow, whether time travel is possible, and whether our universe is part of a multiverse.  Cosmologists now believe in the “past hypothesis” where time’s arrow is due to the state of low entropy at the Big Bang.  Is that a credible part of the puzzle?

Required Reading: Sean Carroll, From Eternity to Here – The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (Dutton – Penguin Group, 2010).

Recommended Reading & Viewing: Time Travel: A Writer’s Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel, by Paul Nahin, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.   Entropy and the Second Law: Interpretation and Misss-Interpretations (sic), Arieh Ben-Naim, World Scientific Publishing, 2012.  Video – Great Courses:  Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time – Professor Sean Carroll, Course No. 1257. Length: 24 Lecture.  Video – The Fabric of the Cosmos: NOVA/PBS.  4 One hour videos by Brian Greene.  Can view online.

Course Leader: John Anderson 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.   After lengthy yet unsuccessful discussions with the Academy Board, he is sad to report that classes are still not canceled on powder days.

Instructor: Larry Matten
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 12
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lectures, video
Almost on a daily basis, new fossil finds and technological advances are changing our understanding of the ways in which life developed on Earth.  Scientists are discovering transition fossils, producing reliable reconstructions of feather coloration, and comparing the DNA of fossils with their modern relatives.  We’ll explore the latest evidence documenting the evolution of major groups of organisms such as horses and camels, mastodons and mammoths, and hominids and humans.  We’ll also consider how insects and arthropods evolved in “bursts,” how birds are related to dinosaurs, how mass extinctions occurred, and how the first emergence of life changed the planet’s environment–all of which will make your next visit to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science a most “excellent adventure.”

Instructor: Dr. Larry Matten received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Paleobotany. He was co-editor of the international journal, Palaeontographica and president of the Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America. He has also had a successful career in elder law and recently retired from the practice of law and returned to his first love, teaching.

Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?
Instructor & Moderator: Dr. Fred Abrams
6 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 22
10 am – 12 noon
$65 (Includes book – to be distributed on day one)
$55 (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.  A notebook with questions related to the stories is provided in addition to new cases for discussion. 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 September 1 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? by Dr. Fred Abrams, (Sentient Publications, 2006). The book will be distributed to those who order it on the first day of class.

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.

Facilitator: George Ho
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 23
10:00 am – 12 noon
$55 (Includes the required class workbook)
$45 (No workbook.  You must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Discussion, lecture, writing

We will all die one day, but we need not make a graceless exit.  Instead, we can prepare for death in a personalized and unique way, by developing our own sense of what end-of-life can and should look like, and sharing those decisions with our family and friends.  We’ll consider the options we have, the choices we face and the wishes we want to pass on.  This is not a “how-to” course or a substitute for medical or legal advice.  It’s an opportunity to appreciate the nuances of the dying process, to consider the difficulties surrounding end-of-life issues, and to develop new perspectives by sharing our concerns with others in a safe setting.  Limited to 15.
Facilitator: Now retired from an active career in teaching and medical practice, Dr. George Ho, Jr.’s areas of special expertise focus on internal medicine, arthritis treatment and palliative end-of-life care.

Your Challenges & Problem Solving
Instructor: Mary Zinn
5 Thursdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 31 (skip Oct. 10)
10: am – 12: noon
Lecture, discussion, group exercises

Putting your best foot forward (and keeping it out of your mouth) is a skill you can acquire.  Do you tend to stress out in silence or commiserate with friends rather than discussing difficult issues with others directly?  Ever feel like you’re in an endless loop: same words, same people, same outcome?   Laugh and learn in a comfortable group setting.  Find out how to recognize and practice the conflict-management skills you already possess, and learn how to frame issues and express your concerns comfortably and effectively.  This is a repeat of the popular Fall 2010 course.

For more information about Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado: conflictresolutionmonth.org

Recommended Reading:  Donna Hicks, Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict, (Yale University Press, 2011).

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: Steve Bernard
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6
1:30—3:00 pm (Note: Class ends at 3:00)
Reading, lecture, discussion

Nothing affects your life as a citizen more powerfully than the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Understanding its impact since the time of its drafting is essential to an understanding of our system of government and the rights of citizens. We’ll talk about how this document came to be, who its framers were, what topics it addresses, and how it has been interpreted and applied over time. You’ll find much good and inspiring in this story, but there is also controversy, sadness, and even tragedy. We’ll round out our series of lectures and class discussions with a short video, a debate, and a field trip to a Denver District Court trial, where we’ll see the Constitution at work firsthand.

Required reading: TheDeclaration of Independence and the Constitution – to be handed out in class.

Instructor: Judge Steve Bernard worked as a prosecutor for almost 28 years.  He was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals in 2006.  He has worked with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for his entire legal career.

Presenters: Colorado judges and lawyers
8 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 7
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, 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.

Preventing Fraud & Exploitation
Instructor: Barbara Martin-Worley
7 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 29
10 am – 12 noon

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.

Lecturer: Ted Borrillo
3 Tuesdays, Oct. 15 – Oct. 29
Lectures, video, discussion

How can we be sure that justice will be served in our courts of law?  By looking closely at five sensational and controversial cases, we’ll examine the safeguards offered by a Constitution constantly open to interpretation.  We’ll focus on censorship and Charlie Chaplin before reopening the trial of Bruno Hauptmann, who many believe was wrongly executed for the alleged kidnapping and death of the Lindbergh baby.  We’ll turn next to the Leopold-Loeb murder case, commonly called the crime of the century, in which both defendants were represented at trial by Clarence Darrow, one of the foremost advocates the law has known. We’ll also discuss aspects of the Sacco-Vanzetti case and the trial of the Rosenbergs, convicted spies who were executed during the turbulent McCarthy era.

Instructor: Ted Borrillo is a retired attorney with an abiding interest in the criminal justice system. 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 private practice.


Lecturer:  Dan Lynch
10 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 21
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

A fundamental question: How can a nation so religiously diverse function effectively in the face of continuing conflicts over religion?   Follow the development of religion and government from 1607 to 2013 in the most religiously diverse nation on the planet.  Major challenges since the Colonial era, have included religious disestablishment in the states, the reactions to and resolution of issues related to Mormon polygamy, the arrival of Jewish and Catholic immigrants in the 19th century, and the growth of Islamic and Asian non-Christian religions thereafter.

Recommended Reading and Viewing:  Church & State in the United States, Anson Phelps Stokes (1950) 3 volumes; Church & State in America, James H. Hutson (2003); Thomas Jefferson & the wall of separation between church and state, Daniel L. Dreisbach (2002); Separation of Church & State, Phillip Hamburger (2002); The Second Disestablishment, Stephen K. Green (2010); The Founding Fathers & the Place of Religion in America,Frank Lambert Conscience─Roger Williams in America, Edwin S. Gaustad (1991); The Mormon Question, Sarah Barringer (2002);

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 owned the predecessor to the Denver Business Journal.

Anti-Semitism & and Catholic Church
Facilitator:  Ralph Stern
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 5
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Reading, some lecture, mostly discussion

Anti-Semitism’s long history is laid out in the book Constantine’s Sword by the ex-priest James Carroll.  Studying this won’t be an easy journey, as the relationship between Judaism and the Catholic Church has been anything but tranquil from New Testament times right up to the 20th century.  But in discussing this legacy, including the church’s connection to the Holocaust, we will come to a better understanding of the roots of the hostility, which can be traced back to the Crusades and beyond.  Embedded in this fascinating history is Carroll’s growing discomfort with Catholicism and the changes he wishes to make in its dogma.   Will Carroll—despite his own conflicted attitudes toward the church—persuade you that the future promises repentance and rapprochement?

Required reading: James Carroll, Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews—A History (Mariner Books, 2002).

Facilitator: Ralph Stern has spent the past 45 years reading about theology, theodicy and comparative religion.   In 1986 he entered the Jewish Theological Seminary and received a Masters in Jewish Philosophy.

There’s More Than One
Facilitator & Lecturer: Walt Meyer
5 Thursdays, Oct. 24 – Nov. 21
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lectures, reading, discussion

While the Spanish Inquisition may be the best known, there have been plenty of other persecutions of heretics and naysayers since Medieval times.  We’ll probe this complex and troubling history with the help of God’s Jury, a new book by Cullen Murphy, who has mined a mountain of archival material recently released by the Vatican.  With a combination of vivid immediacy and learned analysis Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition, with its techniques of surveillance, censorship and interrogation, can we hope to explain the making of the present.

Required Reading: Cullen Murphy, God’s Jury: The Inquisition & the Making of the Modern World (2013 Mariner Books)

Facilitator & Lecturer:  Walt Meyer, a “retired technocrat,” enjoys sharing his research into the historical, political, and religious roots of the Inquisitions, and hopes to dispell some inaccurate pre-conceived notions held by many on the subject.


Art & Destiny
Coordinator: Lorraine Sherry
6 Thursdays, Oct. 17—Nov. 21
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture/PowerPoint presentations by members of the Rocky Mountain Map Society;  Q/A, not discussion.

Maps don’t merely show us where to go (we have New Yorkers to tell us that).  In the case of antique maps, they tell us where we’ve been.  As guest speakers from the Rocky Mountain Map Society will demonstrate, these blendings of art, history and belief (“There be dragons here!”) have shaped our growth as a people and as a nation.  Without the influence of maps, Columbus would not have sailed west and Lewis and Clark would not have embarked on their explorations.  But where did their maps come from?  We’ll answer that and other questions (such as how the states got their shapes) by exploring the history of cartography from Ptolemy to Mercator to Google Earth.  And along the way, we’ll come across some very intriguing myths and mistakes.

Recommended Reading and Viewing: Potter, J., Collecting Antique Maps. (Potter, any edition); Manasek, F.J., Collecting Old Maps (Terra Nova Press,1998).

Facilitator: Dr. Lorraine Sherry is Secretary/Webmaster and Director of the Rocky Mountain Map Society (www.RMmaps.org).  Her personal collection of antique maps focuses on the geography of Eastern Europe, Lithuania, and Russia in the 16th to 19th centuries.

Triumph & Tragedy
Course Leaders:  Paula Kauffman & Gerre Shenkin
8 Wednesdays, Sept. 25 – Nov. 13
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Reading, discussion, lecture, video, participant reports

What would it be like to grow up in the White House?  With the help of video clips and the book All the Presidents’ Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America’s First Families, we will delve into the experiences of various young people who, as the author Doug Wead puts it, have had to “share their fathers with the whole of their fellow countrymen–and in too many instances, spent the rest of their lives in a search for their own identities.”

Required Reading:  Doug Wead, All the Presidents’ Children, Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America’s First Families (Atria, 2003).

Course Leaders:  Paula Kauffman’s life-long interest in families of politicians is probably the result of having grown up in Washington D.C. where she attended public school along with the kids of Congress people and diplomats.  Paula is retired from the Social Security Administration and has facilitated courses for adult learning over the last 15 years.  Gerre Shenkin has always been fascinated with what goes on behind closed doors—especially the doors of famous families.  Before retirement, Gerre taught grades 1-8 and at DU.  She has facilitated many classes for adults for the past 10 years.

Interactions with the World in Seven Areas
Instructor: Mary Conroy
7 Wednesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20 (skip  10/9)
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, Q&A

When we think “Russia,” most of us conjure up the Cold War, Putin’s flamboyant exploits and the USSR’s dissolution. But Russia owes its emergence as a major power over the last 150 years to more than political pyrotechnics and power struggles with the US.  Russia’s wide- ranging influence has been deeply felt in the US and other nations—notably, through its art, music, literature, architecture, science, trade and the settlement of Alaska.  Not surprisingly, these interactions have left their mark on Russia, as well. What led Russia to sell Alaska to the United States in 1867? How did artists in Imperial Russia bring avant-garde art to the rest of the world in the early 20th century? What was the impact of Russian literature being translated into English, from the Imperial period until well into the Soviet era? Join us as we examine these and other lesser-known undercurrents of Russia’s interplay with the rest of the world.

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.

Watershed of the Century
Course Leader:  Stan Moore
4 Tuesdays:  Sept. 17 – Oct. 8
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture & Discussion

By late 1942, World War II had been raging for a long time and there was no end in sight.  November of that year, however, saw a series of pivotal battles, political campaigns and socioeconomic changes which defined the course of the rest of the war and the ensuing peace.  We’ll examine these developments in detail, along with the actions and decisions that led up to them, and the motivations of the personalities involved.  You’ll gain new insights into this critical period–and the ways in which it has continued to shape lives around the world–as we draw on new and unpublished letters and personal accounts, plus a wide range of books, journals and other source material, perhaps including even the recollections of some class members.

Course Leader: Stan Moore is an avid reader of books, magazines, websites, and historical papers. A third generation Coloradan, he is a Vietnam veteran. When not reading up on today’s and tomorrow’s past, he is traveling, or more likely is outdoors.


New Series
Discussion Leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 30
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 2011, edited by Geraldine Brooks.  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: Geraldine Brooks, ed., The Best American Short Stories 2011 (Mariner Books, 2011).

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

Through the Novelist’s Eyes
Course Leader:  Cheryl Bove
4 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 9
10 am – 12 noon
Reading, discussion, lecture, video, slides, participant exercises

The British author Iris Murdoch once referred to London as “a sort of main character” in her novels, in which people’s encounters with the city’s landmarks (including the art in its museums) affect their moral awareness.  Indeed, reading one of her books is like taking a personal tour through one or more of London’s districts. This course will focus on Murdoch’s first picaresque novel, Under the Net written shortly after World War II and set in the section known as The City. We will also look at selections from other novels in order to study the way in which she engages the reader through the use of such architectural icons as the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Post Office Tower and the River Thames, which serves throughout her works as a complex metaphor for the pull between goodness and egoism.

Required Reading:  Iris Murdoch, Under the Net (Penguin, 1971)

Recommended Reading:  Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea (London: C&W, 1978) Penguin pb    editions available;  Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince (L: C&W, 1973) Penguin pb editions available;  Iris Murdoch,  A Word Child (L: C&W, 1975) Penguin pb editions available;  Iris Murdoch, Henry and Cato (L: C&W, 1976) Penguin pb editions available;  Peter Conradi, Iris Murdoch: A Life (L: Harper Collins, 2001)

Course Leader:  Cheryl Bove has a Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in the Contemporary British novel (M.A. and Ph.D. on Iris Murdoch) and has written four academic books on Murdoch’s aesthetics and moral philosophy.  Cheryl met Iris Murdoch several times at conferences and when on a faculty exchange at Oxford and corresponded with her over a number of years.

Telling Family Stories
Facilitator:  Kathleen Visovatti
7 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6 (skip Oct. 9)
10 am – 12 noon
Discussion, creating

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.

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.

New Selections
Leader:  Laura Rubin
8 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 7
10 am – 12 noon
Reading plays aloud

Discover the fun of reading plays aloud with a group. We shall read James Barrie, G. B. Shaw, O’Neill, Arthur Miller 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.

Facilitator: Patricia Cox
8 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 5
10:00 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.

Facilitator: Patricia Cox has taught writing to upper elementary students for the Denver Public Schools and Cherry Creek School District.

Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
6 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 24
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 Spring 2013 workshop 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.


Business & Government
Lecturer: Bill Achbach
4 Wednesdays, Oct. 2 – 23
10:00 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

What role does the government play in a market-based economy?  Is it mainly a rule-maker and problem-solver, or is it part of the problem?  What about private business?  Do companies make decisions solely to maximize profits, or do they have a responsibility to help society achieve other desirable goals?  Expanding on a previous “Building Blocks” course, we’ll explore these and other big questions as we look closely at the objectives of both the public and private sector in the operation of a modern economy.

Lecturer: In addition to 35 years in the classroom and numerous teaching awards, Bill Achbach has worked closely with the Colorado Council on Economic Education, which honored him as Enterprising Teacher of the Year in 1993.

One of Several Possible Prerequisites for Critical Economic Issues (read the fine print*)
Instructor: Jim Kneser
6 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 24
10:00 am – 12 noon
$75 (includes binder of readings plus copies of each week’s lecture handout)
Lectures, Q&A

Since 2008, you can’t read the paper or watch the news without hearing about economic indicators and the potentially dire consequences they portend.  Macroeconomics is the study of economic behavior at the national and global level.  We will examine the four goals that are generally accepted (healthy economic growth, high levels of employment, stable prices, and sustainable international balances of trade and finance) as well as the two tools we use to manage these goals (monetary and fiscal policy).  When the news next bombards you with conflicting opinions about policies, you’ll be armed.  (NOTE: This is the course to take if you are new to economics or if you want a refresher before taking Critical Economic Issues later this fall.)

*With the credit collapse of 2008 and the deep recession that followed, Jim interrupted his normal economic curriculum at the Academy and has been laboring to present, in one course, clear explanations of both the fundamental principles of macroeconomics and also the highly complex and untested policies that are being employed to resolve the credit contraction and ignite economic growth in the U.S. and around the world.  Attempting to do both within the same course has proven to be frustrating for those new to economics and limiting to those who would like to see the greater complexities explored.  To solve the problem, he is splitting the course in two.  Macro Made Easy will provide the fundamental principles.  Critical Economic Issues will take for granted that everyone enrolled has a firm grasp of the basic macro principles.

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.

Prerequisite required (read the fine print*)
Lecturer: Jim Kneser
4 Thursdays, Oct. 31—Nov. 21
10:00 am – 12 noon
$50 (includes copies of each week’s lecture handout)
Lectures, Q&A

Can the U.S. economy survive quantitative easing?  Is inequality inhibiting our economic recovery?  What is the future of innovation and what does it mean for employment?  When (and how) will we bring our national debt and deficits under control?  Whatever the hottest and most complex economic issues are next fall, that’s what will be examined in this course.  (NOTE: To register, you need to have completed either the Macroeconomics Made Easy course or another one of Jim’s econ courses offered since 2009.  If you believe your background exempts you from this requirement, please email Jim at Positive.Externalities@gmail.com to get his permission to register.)

*With the credit collapse of 2008 and the deep recession that followed, Jim interrupted his normal economic curriculum at the Academy and has been laboring to present, in one course, clear explanations of both the fundamental principles of macroeconomics and also the highly complex and untested policies that are being employed to resolve the credit contraction and ignite economic growth in the U.S. and around the world.  Attempting to do both within the same course has proven to be frustrating for those new to economics and limiting to those who would like to see the greater complexities explored.  To solve the problem, he is splitting the course in two.  Macro Made Easy will provide the fundamental principles.  Critical Economic Issues will take for granted that everyone enrolled has a firm grasp of the basic macro principles.

Lecturer: 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.

21st Century Survival Skills
Instructor:  Eileen Sharkey
4 Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 10
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, Q&A, discussion

Financial literacy 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 over-subscribed course last fall.

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 Tuesdays, Oct. 1 – Nov. 19
10:00 am – 12 noon
$85 (includes book: you must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
$65 (no book)
Reading, 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: Future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar & Southeast Asia, Intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and Threat Assessment. 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 February 1 so that books may be ordered.

Required reading: Great Decisions Briefing Book, which will be mailed in advance.

Facilitator: Vee Sabel is a confirmed foreign policy junkie and world traveler. She is a skilled facilitator who loves to hear the opinions of others and gain new perspective on issues.


Coordinator: Lois Martin
9 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 20
12:15 – 1:15 pm
$40 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. 18: “We’re All Middle Class, Aren’t We?” Dr. Eleanor Hubbard, retired Sociology Professor and author, examines how class forms our political decisions, selects our marriage partners, as well as mundane decisions like TV shows.  Class biases will be uncovered during this insightful presentation.

B)  Sept. 25: “Starting Over After a Lifetime Behind Bars” Habe Lawson was a lifer who married his teacher while he was in prison.  He and his wife Dianne Tramutola-Lawson, a 30-year Denver Public School teacher, now help former criminals live useful lives.   Dianne is president of International CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants.)

C)  Oct. 2: “Justice for All” Colorado judge Bob Fullerton made national headlines during his 40 years of service through issuing multi-million dollar decisions against giant corporations like Dalcon Shield and Newmont Mining.  The rulings led to worldwide mine cleanup and greater women’s health.

D)  Oct. 9: “Grave Sayings” Starting with the American Revolution, Sandy Sweeney will take us on a journey through the history of this country.  She is a national historian and genealogist who tells her stories through the gravestone rubbings she has made during her extensive travels.

E)  Oct. 16: “How can there be Intolerance in a Buddhist Nation?” Colorado newsman Harrison Cochran was sent by the Friendship Force to Myanmar (Burma), a nation dedicated only to Buddha, peace ,and love.  Instead he found violence and hate.  How could that be?

F)  Oct. 23: “Introduction to Free Online Learning” A panel of Academy members who use online learning extensively will explain everything you’ve been wondering: What online learning is, how to access it, what subjects are covered, who teaches them, and why you should be interested plus answers to your questions.

G)  Oct. 30: “How to Get the Most out of Online Learning”  Panel members will return to demonstrate what it is like to take online courses, describe the different types of learning available, sign into a course, provide additional information about available courses and answer your questions.

E)  Nov 6: “The Golden Rectangle Meets the Fibonacci Series.”  Barbara Maloy, artist and retired architect, will illustrate the logical origins of how the Greeks used nature’s proportions for a system of beauty.

F) Nov. 13: “What Our Leader Never Told Us” Term-limited mayor of Colorado’s second largest city,  Paul Tauer, had to keep a lot of secrets from his constituents in Aurora as the city became the home of the leading medical center of the nation.

G) Nov. 20: Snow Day!  Just in case something has been cancelled.


Instructor: Sally Kneser
Never-Evers:  9 Tuesdays, Sept. 24– Nov. 19
Beginners: 7 Tuesdays, Oct. 8—Nov. 19
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Never-Evers: $95 (includes flash cards, handouts)
Beginners: $75 (includes flash cards, handouts)
Lectures, Q&A, exercises, practice hands

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

Required reading:  Audrey Grant, Bidding in the 21st Century, (American Contract Bridge League, 2007).

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

Intermediate 2
Instructor: Sandy Stolar
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 30, (skip Oct. 2)
Advanced Conversation
Instructor: Linda Gordon
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 23,
1:30—3:30 pm

Tailored to fit those who want to improve Spanish skills, these two 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.

Ya estás listo para hablar con más confianza. Conversamos, leemos, y escuchamos en español. ¿Preguntas?   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: 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

Instructor: Roberta Feinsmith
8 Wednesdays: Sept. 18 – Nov. 20 (skip Sept. 25 & Oct. 2)
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$75 (includes notebook of handouts—available on the first day)
Interactive class participation, reading

Learn enough basic Hebrew to successfully navigate a visit to Israel or communicate with grandchildren in Israel.  We’ll start with the Hebrew alphabet, in both block form and cursive, then move on to nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, pronunciation and other elements of the language, with each lesson expanding on the previous one as if we were building a house, brick by brick.  The goal will be to acquire a vocabulary of about 500 words and learn the conjugation of 30 Hebrew verbs in the present tense. That should enable you to tell time, ask for directions, order food in a restaurant, discuss the weather or handle other everyday transactions. The best part may be the camaraderie you develop with other participants as you learn to speak, read, understand, and even sing in this ancient and complicated language.

Instructor:  A teacher whose enthusiasm and love of Hebrew are highly contagious, Roberta Feinsmith studied Hebrew language in Israel for 10 years and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  Roberta studied the language in Israel for 10 years and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She has previously taught conversational Hebrew in New Jersey in adult learning programs offered through Rutgers University and Bergen Community College.

Instructors:  Scott Henke & Maria Arapakis
9 Tuesdays, Sept. 17 – Nov. 12
1:30-3:30 pm
$55 or $8/session (one session free with Academy membership) (non-members $8 each session)

A)  9/17  Basic Computer Terms, Troubleshooting, and Overview of Future Classes
B) 9/24  Should I Buy a Tablet? (ipad, Kindle, Nook, Nexus)
C) 10/1  Windows 8: Annoyances and How to Avoid Them
D) 10/8  Intro to Digital Photography and How to Organize Pictures with Picasa
E) 10/15  Mac Tips & Tricks
F) 10/22 Selling On Ebay: Taught By Scott Henke and Lisa Butterly, Ebay Consultant
G) 10/29  I Bought an iPad: Now What?
H) 11/5  More Mac Tips & Tricks
I) 11/12 I Bought an iPhone: Now What?

Instructors: Scott Henke, owner of Onsite Consulting, has been helping over 4200 familites and businesses in Denver for 29 years.  He makes the complicated and frustrating world of computers easy and fun again.  With over 30 years of 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 25 years ago and has enjoyed mastering the miracle that is a Mac.

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 and serves on the Board of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the Health Sciences Center,   In 2003 he was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 2006 he received the Isaac Bell and John Hayes Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism from the American Medical Association. In 2010 the Board of Governors of the HealthOne System awarded him the Trusted Care Award for Excellence in Clinical Ethics.

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.

Bill Achbach (Building Blocks of Economics: Business and Government)  is a 40-year veteran teacher, retired from DPS and the International Baccalaurate program at George Washington HS.  A 2007 Denver Distinguished Teacher, he has worked with the Colorado Council on Economic Education and was their Enterprising Teacher of the Year in 1993 (the same year the Denver Bar Association also selected him their Teacher of the Year).  Bill served on the original CCEE committee that proposed content standards for economics to the Colorado Department of Education and was selected to participate in the NCCE’s Training of Writers program that brought together U.S. and Eastern European teachers in Prague, CR in 2001.

Bob Adelstein (Take Better Photos: Workshop for the Basics) has been taking pictures since he was 12 years old and still owns the box camera that he used back then. In fact, he has kept most of the cameras he has used over the years, some 30 of them. He has processed film, and printed color and black and white pictures in his own darkroom. Moving into today’s world, Bob is now doing digital work and has two film scanners so he can use pictures taken in the past. He has self-publish two of his own books. He is interested in sharing his knowledge with and learning from others.  Bob is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice.

John Anderson (It’s About Time!) 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 for adults, including “The Great Equations,” “Feynman Physics Fest” and “Particle Physics for Non-Scientists.”  John 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.  After lengthy yet unsuccessful discussions with the Academy Board, classes are still not canceled on powder days.

Maria Arapakis (Tech Tips) loves all things Mac … in fact all things Apple! She bought her first Mac computer on January 1, 1985, less than a year after Macs hit the market January 24, 1984.  Before that she had an Apple III, the Edsel of all computers. She trains and supports Mac and iPad owners at many levels of know-how … showing them how to have more fun and accomplish more with technology. Her clients say she has a special knack for patiently helping those who feel insecure or don’t have much experience with computers. In addition to being a Total Techie and helping people increase their comfort, confidence, and competency with their Macs and iPads, Maria is a psychologist, author, keynote speaker, management trainer, and life coach. Over the course of her 30-year career, she presented over three thousand live programs training many thousands of men and women in all 50 states and in Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Europe, and throughout the United Kingdom. Visit her website to learn more about her work as a Mac-Mentor: www.Mac-Mentor.com.

Donna Barrow (Opera in Today’s World) is a discriminating reader who loves to explore beyond the page. She is a demon at locating background and supplemental information in order to flesh out her knowledge of a subject. Her background is as a geologist but she has many other interests, too. Donna is an avid gardener. She designed and served as the de facto project manager for a ten acre landscaping project at her church. An avid bridge player, Donna has assisted with the Academy’s Intermediate Bridge class for several terms, where participants eagerly sought out her opinions on difficult questions.  She has organized both opera and science courses for the Academy and serves on the Academy’s Board.

Steve Bernard (The Constitution & the Bill of Rights in American Life) was a prosecutor for twenty-eight years.  For the past five years he has been a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals, where he has presided for over five years. He has frequently considered constitutional questions during his career. The Constitution is the document upon which our system of government is based and Steve believes that education about this seminal document is essential to an understanding of our system of government, and to understanding the rights of citizens.

Ted Borrillo (Justice on a Tight Rope) 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.

Dr. Cheryl Bove (Iris Murdoch’s London: Through the Novelist’s Eyes) has a Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in the Contemporary British novel (M.A. and Ph.D. on Iris Murdoch) and has written four academic books on Murdoch’s aesthetics and moral philosophy.  Cheryl met Iris Murdoch several times at conferences and when on a faculty exchange at Oxford and corresponded with her over a number of years. As a former editor of the Iris Murdoch News Letter, Cheryl continues her involvement with the Iris Murdoch Society. Cheryl taught Humanities in the Honors College at Ball State University and directed a writing program in the College of Architecture and Planning for many years; this led to her interest in Murdoch’s use of space and setting. Although she first learned about London through Murdoch’s novels, she has researched in London for many years, directed BSU’s London Centre, and directed a NCHC summer ‘City as Text’ in London.

Kathy Boyer (Writing Your Life Stories) has conducted LIFE STORIES 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.

Dr. Bennie Bub, MD, FRCS, (Guard Your Genes: Harmful Behavior Affects Future Generations) is a South African neurosurgeon who is board certified in three different specialties on three continents. His teaching career began when, as a medical student, he taught physics at a technical college in return for free car maintenance courses.  After receiving his MD at the University of Cape Town he became a general surgeon gaining his FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) in the UK.  Having been captivated by the complexities of the brain, he now began his neurosurgical studies in London at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Epilepsy.  Thereafter he became a Teaching and Research Fellow at Harvard College as well as a resident in the Harvard Neurosurgical Service at the Boston City and Massachusetts General Hospitals.  Concurrently, he studied violin performance in the Boston Conservatory of Music. This Boston sojourn was followed by completion of his neurosurgical certification at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

He maintained a busy neurosurgical private practice simultaneously teaching as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Cape Town.  During this period he founded the first multidisciplinary clinic in South Africa for the management of intractable pain. Immigration to the USA in 1976 was followed by training and board certification in Anesthesiology.  He then joined a practice in Denver from which he retired after more than 20 years.  In the early nineties he was founder and CEO of a successful database company, which provided credentialing of physicians for health insurance companies.  Since retirement he has indulged in his love of music, travel and voracious reading, all the while striving to stay au currant with the neurosciences.  Bennie serves on the Academy’s board.

Dr. 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 Joan has been a volunteer at the Denver Art Museum and a docent since 2008.

Constance Cain (Ragtime to Our Time: American Musical Theater), a soprano, performed in musicals, operettas, and oratorios for more than forty years. She played Eliza in My Fair Lady, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Rosabella in Most Happy Fella, among other roles. She spent a decade on Broadway, where she performed in Half a Sixpence and A Time for Singing, and played Luisa in the national tour of The Fantastiks. After marrying and moving to Denver, Ms. Cain performed solo in her own show, and starred in several regional theater productions. In the last decade of her career, she soloed with several symphony orchestras, singing Barber, Bach, Mendelsohn and others.

Dr. Mary Schaeffer Conroy (To—and From—Russia with Love: Interactions with the World in Seven Areas) 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. A popular teacher of Russian and East European history at UCD, she has won many teaching awards. Dr. Conroy’s first publications concerned Peter A. Stolypin. Stolypin served as governor of several Russian provinces at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries and, from 1906-1911, served as Minister of Internal Affairs (Imperial Russia’s largest ministry that supervised the police, certified medical and pharmaceutical personnel and institutions, and dealt with national minorities, local government, and peasants and agriculture). Simultaneously, Stolypin served as Chair of the Council of Ministers –a quasi Prime Minister in the government of Tsar Nicholas II. Most famous for his agrarian reforms, which attempted to replace semi-socialistic peasant communes with private farmsteads, Stolypin also sponsored many other reforms. He was the point man in dealing with the Russian Parliament, newly instituted in 1906.  A proponent of law and order, he attempted to the crush revolutionaries’ terrorist activities and curb independence movements of the Finns, Poles, Ukrainians, and other minorities. Stolypin was assassinated in September 1911, while attending the opera in Kiev. A pariah in Soviet times, Stolypin is idolized by many post-Soviet politicians, most notably, President Vladimir Putin. In September 2011, the centenary of Stolypin’s assassination, Dr. Conroy was invited to Russia by Pavel Pozhigailo, wealthy businessman, former Duma member, and founder of the Fund for the Study of Stolypin’s heritage, to give 10 lectures  at conferences held in various parts of Russia, Lithuania, and Ukraine. In December 2011 she gave a talk at a conference hosted by the Civic Forum in Moscow.  In April 2012, Dr. Conroy participated  in a conference in Moscow commemorating the 150th anniversary of Stolypin’s birth. This talk is included in a book published by the current Russian State Duma. In June 2012 Dr. Conroy was invited to the Economic Forum in St. Petersburg. In October/November 2012, Dr. Conroy switched gears to give a paper on Russian-American Pharmaceutical Relations at the Medical University in Grodno, Belarus.

Georgi Contiguglia (American Art from Seen to Shining Scene) served as President and CEO of the Colorado Historical Society and the state’s Historic Preservation Officer.  Earlier she was Curator of Decorative and Fine Arts, managing seven house museums and curating many exhibitions including the annual Artists of America.  She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in mathematics and minoring in art history.  She received a Master’s Degree in art history from Hunter College in NY and worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum.  She has taught art history in NY, at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins and the Academy.

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 enjoys speaking about memoir writing and encouraging writers to pursue this passion.  She has published:   We Keep Our Potato Chips in the Refrigerator, a memoir about her husband who had Alzheimer’s and My’s Happy, a memoir about three generations:  her childhood, her children’s, and her grandchildren’s.  Patricia is completing a third book.  She admits, “If I can write three memoirs about my ordinary life, anyone can complete one.”

Roberta Feinsmith (Conversational Hebrew for Complete Beginners) studied Hebrew language in Israel for 10 years and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and has been an instructor of Conversational Hebrew for both beginners and intermediate adult learners using the ulpan method, used to teach new immigrants in Israel.  She taught in New Jersey at Rutgers University through their OLLI program and at Bergen Community College through their Institute for Learning in Retirement.   She uses innovative teaching methods and her enthusiasm and love for passing along her knowledge to others are contagious.

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.

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.  For 40-plus years he worked in Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Rheumatology and with an additional subspecialty interest and training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He now welcomes the opportunity to apply that professional knowledge, experience and talent to helping members of the Academy navigate the health care system through information and self-exploration.  Now, fully retired, he pursues his interests in photography, wildlife, writing and exercising (jogging, biking and swimming) to remain healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.  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).

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

Dr. Linda Gordon (Chatting in Espanol, Advanced Conversations) has been an educator for over 36 years, including 16 as a principal.  She currently teaches for Regis University and the Denver Public Schools’ teacher education program.  Linda 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!

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.

Dr. Hiroko Johnson (Understanding Japanese Culture through Art) is an art historian specializing in Japanese art history.  She received a PhD from the University of Southern California and was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Tokyo in Japan.  She specializes in Asian art and brought Japanese culture to her students by taking them on annual study tours to Japan.  Currently an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University, she received the Most Outstanding Faculty Member award in 2011.  In San Diego she was on the board of the Japanese Friendship Garden and co-curated the woodblock prints collection of the San Diego Museum of Art.  She has numerous publications in both Japanese and English including a monograph titled Western Influences on Japanese Art: the Akita Ranga School and Foreign Books in which she introduced the Akit Ranga Art school to the West, Japan’s first art school to apply the Western painting techniques in Japan.

Paula Kauffman’s (Children of Our Presidents: Triumph & Tragedy) life-long interest in families of politicians is probably the result of having grown up in Washington D.C. where she attended public school along with the kids of Congress people and diplomats.  Paula is retired from the Social Security Administration and has facilitated courses for adult learning over the last 15 years.

Jim Kneser (Macroeconomics Made Easy AND Critical Economic Issues) 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: Beginners & Never-evers) is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. 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.  She has served as president of several charity guilds in Los Angeles and Denver serving at-risk and disadvantaged youth.  When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs and stops to smell roses in her gardens.

Dan Lynch (U.S. Supreme Court & Activist Judges) 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, the first Business Person of the Year for the Aurora Chamber of Commerce (which had previously been the BusinessMAN of the Year), and elected to the Benson Hall of Fame for Community Leadership.

Barbara Martin-Worley (Outfoxing the Predators: Preventing Fraud and 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, CO, 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.

Dr. Larry Matten  (Amazing Stories that Fossils Tell) started teaching science when he turned 21 (Woodstown H.S., Cornell University, SUNY-Cortland, SIU).  Most of his teaching experience was as a Professor at Southern Illinois University (the last 10 years he was also chair of his department).  His teaching assignments over 35 years ranged from large general biology and general botany courses to small plant anatomy, morphology, evolution, and paleobotany 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 and, in particular, the earliest seed 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, and went into private practice as an Elder Law Attorney in the firm of Solem, Mack & Steinhoff, P.C.  His practice specialized in estate planning that includes: 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.

Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes (Art Sampler at the Denver Art Museum) 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 educational and travel opportunities for the DAM Contemporaries, one of the Denver Art Museum’s support groups.

Robin McNeil (Impressionism in Music: Satie, Debussy, and Friends) 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.  Currently he maintains his blog site of music criticism, Opus Colorado at opuscolorado.com.

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 ThéodoreGouvy. He is President of the Piano Arts Association, and an Honorary Member of the InstitutThéodoreGouvy of Hombourg-Haut, France.

Dr. Walt Meyer (The Inquisitions: There’s More Than One!)  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 50 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren.  Walt’s interest in the Inquisitions stems from his having taught Islam, the Protestant Reformation, and the Crusades, all of which relate in some way to the various Inquisitions. He discovered in his research on the subject that like the other courses, the Inquisitions leave a long trail of legacies, some of which are still present today.

Walt has a BS in Chemistry from Capital University, a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington, and he is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Minnesota Management Academy.  He has served on many boards and task forces within the Lutheran Church and 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.

Stan Moore (November 1942: Watershed of the Century) is an avid reader of books, magazines, websites, and historical papers. A third generation Coloradan, he is a Vietnam veteran. Exploring mountains in Colorado and canyons in Utah are among his favorite activities. He enjoys his family, wife, children and spouses, grandchildren, and friends. He makes his home west of Denver with his long suffering spouse and the two cats that let them stay there.

Sharon Rouse (Watercolor: Let’s Explore!) is a retired art teacher who then enjoyed being a supervisor for art student teachers at Metropolitan State College.  She 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.

Laura Rubin (The Play’s the Thing: More New Selections) was a public school speech therapist, B.A. Brooklyn College, M.A. University of Wisconsin, in Hammond, Indiana and Jacksonville, Florida, who has facilitated play reading groups for over ten years in Jacksonville and Denver. Laura has enjoyed meeting new people through international and domestic travel.

Vee Sabel (Great Decisions in American Foreign Policy) has an avid interest in US Foreign Policy and the issues which are crucial to our nation and the world.  She is a skilled facilitator and experienced group leader. Vee was trained by Michael Doyle and Peter Strauss, well renowned authors and founders of Interaction Associates and who are recognized all over as foremost in leadership and facilitator training. She has given classes in Facilitating, Group Dynamics, Meeting Management, Conflict Resolution and Design Principles. She has worked with corporations. nonprofit boards, professional organizations, labor unions, the State of Colorado, the US Air Force youth program, among numerous other clients. More importantly, she loves to hear the opinions of others and, through the class discussions and debates, gain new insights into pressing dilemmas facing our country.

Gerre Shenkin (Children of Our Presidents: Triumph & Tragedy) has always been fascinated with what goes on behind closed doors—especially the doors of famous families.  She has visited presidential museums and is eager to explore how the children coped with the spotlight they were always exposed to.  Before retirement, Gerre taught grades 1-8 and at Denver University.  Since retirement she has been very involved with facilitating and taking senior classes.

Educated in London and Kansas, Eileen Sharkey, CFP (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 Power of Maps:  Art & Destiny) 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. Educated at Vassar and Harvard, she received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Colorado.  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. A former member of the Boulder Bach Festival and St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral Choir, she still sings with the Boulder Messiah Chorale.  She is a Colorado Master Gardener; has taught courses in “The Garden As Art”; serves on her HOA Landscape Improvement Committee; and has written two City of Westminster grants to beautify the public areas of her townhome subdivision.  She is Secretary/Webmaster of the Rocky Mountain Map Society.  Her personal website is located at http://home.comcast.net/~lorraine.sherry/index.htm.

Ralph Stern (Constantine’s Sword: Anti-Semitism & the Catholic Church) has spent the past 45 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.

Before retiring after 30 years of teaching experience, Sandy Stolar (Chatting in Espanol, Intermediate) taught Spanish at the middle school and high school and several semesters of community college, too. She loves getting people interested in speaking another language and learning about foreign cultures. As a staff developer, Sandy has experience teaching adults. Sandy has traveled extensively in Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica and South America. She looks forward to facilitating the Intermediate 2 Spanish class at the Academy.

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: Telling Family Stories) 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) 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.

Donna Wickham (Jazzing It Up: Secrets of the Great Vocal Stylists) is a continually surprising musician whose professional activities include work as a composer, arranger, lyricist, vocalist, conductor, and pianist in genres that range from early music to rock, jazz and avant-garde. She is also known as an innovative music educator who heads the Vocal Jazz program at the Lamont School of Music, and teaches music history courses for Colorado Community Colleges Online.  To learn more about Donna, visit her website at www.donnawickham.com.

Mary Zinn (Relationships: Your Challenges & Problem Solving) has more than twenty years in the dispute resolution field as a practitioner, trainer and curriculum designer. Her international work includes Capital Sisters International (Micro-credit) and the Building Bridges program (Middle East teens). Her statewide work includes leading the campaign for Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado each October.  She also co-produces a quarterly radio program on Conflict Resolution Issues at KGNU in Boulder.  Ms. Zinn provides services including mediation, facilitation, conflict management education and collaborative problem-solving to neighbors, families, congregations, schools, agencies and businesses.