Fall 2016


10 -12:45 WED AM, 10/19-11/16
$55   Viewing, Discussion

New!  Examine and consider the uniqueness of film as an art form through observation, emotion and imagination. Screen and study shorter films including works of American silent film masters Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. We will watch Battleship Potemkin (1925) to consider the influence of Soviet montage technique on world cinema. We’ll view a film representation of Italian Neo-Realism, The Bicycle Thief (1949), and a work of the French New Wave, Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962). We will screen a short Martin Scorsese masterpiece, Life Lessons (1989). If we can find the time, we’ll enjoy a marvelous film from outside the American European traditions, Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us (1998), an Iranian film. Engage with film by bringing your own life experiences and rich, personal movie-viewing histories to the course. Please note this class goes from 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., to accommodate viewing time and discussion. Class maximum of 35 participants.

Matt Wigdahl has led summer sessions at CU teaching the films of Alfred Hitchcock and given over 50 lectures in library film throughout Douglas and Jefferson Counties

THURS AM, 9/15-11/17
$85  Lecture, Q&A

New! Discover the great composers, choreographers, and dancers of this art form:  George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, Merce Cunningham, Sergei Diaghilev, Brian Reeder, Michael Pink, and more. This will be a multidisciplinary class involving music, choreographers, scenery, and set design. There will be guest speakers from the Colorado Ballet, a visit to the Colorado Ballet’s new building, and perhaps a visit to a rehearsal.

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.

COURSE LEADERS: Joanne Mendes, Marty Corren
WED PM,1:30-3:30,  9/14-10/5
$55   Docent-led tours at the DAM
*PREREQUISITES: Must be a DAM member and pay for own downtown parking.

New! The Denver Art Museum’s fall lineup includes both traveling shows and exhibitions from the DAM’s collections. Women of Abstract Expressionism celebrates 20th-century female artists with works by Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler and others. Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, explores masterworks by Titian, Giorgioni and Bellini. “Dance” is the museum-wide theme for celebration this year and opens with Grand Gesture–Dance, Drama, Masquerade. Another exhibit, Rhythm and Roots: Dance in American Art, will feature 90 paintings, photographs, sculptures and costumes by 19th and 20th century artists. Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out, is the most recent installment of the provocative contemporary collection. Shock Wave – Japanese Fashion Design, featuring powerhouse designers Issey Miyake, Kenzo Takada, and Junya Watanabe, whose impact on fashion still resonates today. Unseated – Contemporary Chairs, challenges our traditional image of a chair. Treasures of British Art comes to us from the Berger collection, which has been on tour in the US.  Participants MUST be or become DAM members. Call 720-913-0130 to join today or to update your membership. Please note this class takes place at the DAM and is limited to 28.

Art Lovers Extraordinaire: Art enthusiast Joanne Mendes retired from organizing art history programs in London and at the DAM. The DAM’s Academy liaison, Marty Corren, joined the museum as a volunteer in 2006 and recently received the Cile Bach Award for her work as a DAM docent.

COURSE LEADER: Georgi Contiguglia Ph.D.
THURS PM, 9/15-10/20
$60   Lecture, Q&A

New! History concludes that many cultures in the Middle Ages, 300-1450, affected the time periods’ art and architecture. Learn about this cultural context and focus on analyzing, understanding and recognizing this period in art history. Understand the art of the Byzantine and Islamic empires, Tribal Europe, and Romanesque and Gothic Europe. If you enjoy classes about this time period, please consider, AFTER THE FALL OF ROME: EUROPE AND SW ASIA on Thursday mornings (See “History” subject area).

Georgi Contiguglia has a graduate degree in Art History and taught the subject in NYC and Ft. Collins.  She was curator of Decorative and Fine Arts and later CEO at History Colorado.  She is Treasurer at the Academy.

COURSE LEADER: Hiroko Johnson. Ph.D.
TUES AM, 9/13-10/18
$55   Lecture, DVD, Q&A

New!  A whole new way to explore the history of Japan through its art will be presented by art historian, Hiroko Johnson. From the era of Courtesans and Geisha, through Zen Buddhism and on to the Westernization of the country in the 18th century, the art of the times will open a new window into Japan’s history and culture. With a study of ink painting and the drawings of Charles Wirgnam, Dr. Johnson will shed light on little-known times in Japanese history.

Hiroko Johnson taught for five years in the Los Angeles area and now for 13 years at San Diego State University, where she was chosen the most influential professor in the College of Arts and Humanities.

TUES 9/27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$40   Demo, Hands-O

Bring your brushes and supplies to participate in this “studio day” to paint, explore, or even finish a painting.  Color and color theory will be explored. While this class isn’t for a brand new painter, it will help participants take brave, bold new steps to broaden their watercolor repertoire. A supply list will be sent to artists for purchase on their own. Class limited to 18.

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 shows and private collections. 


TUES AM, 9/13-11/8
$85   Viewing, Listening, Lecture, Q&A

New! The Academy’s foray into boomer music lends a Cinderella story about the lads from Liverpool. The Beatles’ music emerged from post-WWII England and the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination. While considering world history and social changes, learn about how the four conquered the US and the world as the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band. Jam to their albums; see videos; and discuss The Beatles impact on you and the era.

Paul Turelli has most  recently taught Academy members about “Bob Dylan: Poet and Prophet” and “Female Song Writers of a Generation, Joni Mitchell to Bonnie Raitt.” As a retired middle school teacher and administrator from Littleton Public Schools, he has a vast interest in music, literature, film and history.

COURSE LEADER: Lorenz Rychner
THURS PM, 9/15-10/13
$55   Viewing, Listening, Lecture, Q&A

From an enriched version of this class from 2014, get the history behind the early days of Jazz. Look at the musical culture of America in the late 1800s, and how the civil war and emancipation contributed to African Americans’ musical education. How did the piano music go from parlor entertainment to rags and other “hot” styles? Who played what and where and with whom in and around New Orleans? Learn how Jazz spread throughout the nation and into Europe and consequently formed early big-band music that would become all the rage in the ʽ30s. Join us as we stomp, swing, and Charleston our way through the Jazz Age. All tapping toes and snapping fingers are welcome.

Lorenz Rychner worked as a professional musician in Australia for 15 years before moving to LA to study orchestration and conducting and head the music synthesis program at the Grove School of Music.

TUES PM, 10/18-11/15
 $60 Viewing, Listening, Lecture, Q&A 

New! A highly demanded second part to Voices of Broadway which dealt with how voices on Broadway changed over the years and the singers, composers, and musicals that influenced those changes. More Voices of Broadway will introduce you to new performers, famous and forgotten, and give you more stories and information about some of the people and productions from the first series of classes. And, of course, LOTS of music to hear and videos to see.

Don Culp attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles, then was the first general manager of The Magic Castle in Hollywood (no, he can’t do magic tricks). He spent the next 46 years with Executive Car Leasing Company. He tries never to take life or himself too seriously and injects that attitude into his classes.


COURSE LEADER: David Scruggs
TUES PM, 9/27-11/15
$75   Lecture, Q&A

New! Gain first-hand knowledge of the Apollo Mission from the lead flight instructor on command module simulator #1 in Houston.  Learn about how the Apollo Program got started, how some missions failed (but most succeeded!), what these missions proved, and a Moon-landing follow-up. Scruggs will give his personal accounts about his interactions with the Astronauts and crew associated with Apollo and Skylab, the U.S.’ first space station.  Hear stories about personalities; work environments; and the excitement toward the newness and success of these missions.

David Scruggs graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1962 with a B.A. in Mathematics. After time spent in the Army, he joined NASA and became the only lead flight instructor through 1970 to 1974.

COURSE LEADER: Mary Schaeffer Conroy Ph.D.
TUES & THURS AM, 10/25-11/17
$75   Viewing, Lecture, Q&A

New! As her follow-up to her successful course on Russian Literature, Mary Conroy will discuss Soviet films of the ʽ20s, as compared to the reality of life in the USSR. Films clips may include: Bed and Sofa; Girl with a Hat Box; Cigarette Girl of Mosselprom; Arsenal; Strike, Enthusiasm; and Volga, Volga.

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

WED AM, 10/5, (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-11/16
$65   Lecture, Discussion

New! Study the formation, changes and demises of our political parties through the 2016 election process and the election itself. Learn how political parties select their candidates and how elections are funded.  Why does Donald Trump to many people sound like a combination of George Wallace, Huey Long and Ross Perot, with just a touch of Adolf Hitler? Is the Republican Party, born with the election of Abraham Lincoln and providing great Presidents such as Teddy Roosevelt, now totally dead, or transformed into something totally different? Polite discussion and debate amongst the class will be facilitated by a former Rear Admiral. Class maximum of 35 participants.

Retired Admiral, lawyer, and political leader, Dick Young has taught American history courses at various Elderhostels and continuing education programs of several universities. He was recently awarded the Friar Foundation’s inaugural Lincoln award for his work as a veteran’s advocate

COURSE LEADER: Shellie Hochstadt         
THURS AM, 9/15-10/20
$65   Lecture, Q&A

The fall of the Roman Empire created a power void. The story of Rome’s recovery and the period called medieval is filled with war and ignorance although it is glorified today through romantic legends and lore of knights and damsels in distress. Europe would rebuild from a struggle between nobles (government power) and the church (religious power). Islam would dominate the eastern Mediterranean and information and technology would flow through Spain. Learn about the pathway that leads back to a greater Europe with the development of government, the Catholic Church, Islam, and the exchange of ideas through turbulent Spain. It culminates with the Crusades, the expansion of trade, technology, mistrust, and the rise of anti-Semitism. Issues from this clash remain in our collective fears today. Class maximum of 35 participants. If you enjoy classes about this time period, please consider, “ART OF THE MIDDLE AGES:  MAKING ART NOT WAR,” on Thursday afternoons (See “Art” subject area).

Shellie Hochstadt taught AP world history, government and economics until her retirement from high school teaching 2010. She combines her interests in history, travel and reading into her teaching, where she endeavors to bring a thoughtful global perspective.


TUES PM, 9/13-10/25, performance date pending
$65   Reading, performing 

New! Amongst a group of your Academy peers, analyze, prepare and rehearse one or two classic scripts for an end-of-class performance with Academy students, family and friends. Readers theatre is a unique genre since it eliminates the need for sets, lighting, complicated props, costumes and memorization. Class members may act, serve as simple sound technicians or be involved in other ways (understudies, stage set-up, gathering and managing simple costumes and props, etc.) The whole group will contribute to script analysis and character development by helping create the production. Over half of the class time will be spent in rehearsal with attention to articulation and voice projection techniques. Line memorization not required.

Karyl Meyer spent many years teaching high school; directing plays and musicals; and coaching speech and debate teams. For several years, she was on the board of the Colorado Thespian Society and directed university auditions for high school seniors. She has also directed productions for community and church groups.

THURS PM, 9/15-10/20
$60   Interactive Writing Workshop

Whether you’re 19 or 90, 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 in your life in the supportive atmosphere of this popular class. Limited to 14 participants. Repeat of popular Academy course.
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.

COURSE LEADER:  Paulette Wasserstein, Ph.D.
WED PM 10/5,
THURS 10/13,
WED 10/19, 10/26, 11/9 , 11/16
$65   Reading, Discussion

New! Join the celebration of the best short story writers of the 20th century. As an extension of the popular ‘Contemporary Short Stories’ class, we will pay tribute to classical writers such as Edna Ferber, Ring Lardner, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and so many more. Examine one or two memorable stories each week, teasing out the meanings and building an appreciation of the short story as an art form. Broaden your knowledge and sharpen your interpretive skills with lively discussions and interactive challenges. A new book from which we’ll work, “100 Years of Best American Short Stories,” offers the best from the ‘20s and reflects the evolution of American history and culture.

Lorrie Moore, Heidi Pitlor, Eds. 100 Years of The Best American Short Stories. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.

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


THURS AM, 9/15-10/27
$90   Lecture, Q&A

New! The Academy is now offering a blend of Jim’s favorite subject areas in one course. Combining elements of economics and tragic-comic opera, learn about the national candidates and their economic platforms. We will stick to the economic principles, research and empirical data. Topics can change, but right now, the slate for lecture includes candidates’ views on international trade, labor market turmoil, immigration, slow economic growth, mass incarceration, monetary policy and mis-priced risk, energy policy, and healthcare. This course has been offered every four years since 2004 without a single incident of violence, and we will keep the record clean.  

After a career in financial management, Jim Kneser has turned to teaching micro and macroeconomics, globalization and public policy to over 5,000 participants in over 60 courses.

COURSE LEADER: Toni Larson Ph.D., Jim Kneser
WED AM, 9/21-10/5 (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-11/2
$65   Lecture, Q&A

New! Hear about the most interesting ballot issues that were either initiated by the voters in the petition process or referred to the ballot by Colorado legislators. Toni Larson, former lobbyist, will present the selected issues and discuss their context, rationale and competing opinions. Jim will add the economic perspective on the issues and serve generally as Toni’s punching bag. Though not a discussion class per se, there will be opportunities for participants to offer comments and ask questions. The final list of issues will not be known until the petitions in circulation are submitted to the Secretary of State by the Aug. 8 deadline and the signatures are counted and accepted. Colorado Cares, the proposed single-payer health insurance plan, will appear on the ballot and is likely to take center stage. Proposed changes to both the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR) and the primary candidate selection process will also likely be featured.

REQUIRED READING: Colorado’s Ballot Initiatives

Toni Larson was elected Vice President of the U.S. League of Women Voters and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the League’s Education Fund in 2014. She is Secretary on the Academy’s Board, and the Director of Independent Higher Education in Colorado.  See bio info on Jim Kneser just above this course description.


COURSE LEADER: Aaron Hall, Esq.
WED PM 9/14-10/5
$45   Lecture, Q&A

New! Who are the estimated 11 million people living in this country without immigration status—invaders or neighbors, a drag on society or vital contributors? Learn about the possible reasons why some choose not to become U.S. citizens, what being “undocumented,” in America means on a daily basis; current policies on immigration detention and deportation; and the legislative and executive branches’ attempts to deport or legalize our population of undocumented workers.

Aaron Hall is a graduate of CU’s Law School and a partner at the Joseph Law Firm. As a national and local presenter on immigration topics, he talks about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, removal defense and family immigration. Hall was named to 5280 Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers for immigration in 2015.

COURSE LEADER:  Dr. Stefan Mokrohisky
WED AM, 10/19-11/9
$45   Lecture, Discussion

New! Learn about the conflicted health care decisions doctors and families must make in pediatric and adolescent medicine. Topics will include end of life issues, organ transplantation, immunization controversy and genetics. Using lecture and small group discussion, experience how an ethics consultation service at a children’s hospital serves as a resource for patients, families and medical teams in dealing with difficult treatment choices.

Stefan Mokrohisky recently retired from his responsibilities as a pediatrician with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. He became interested in ethics during his chief residency in pediatrics in Denver. He helped establish ethics committees at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

COURSE LEADER: Chuck Shannon
TUES PM, 9/27-10/25
$60   Lecture, Q&A

With rapid growth happening throughout Denver, gain a background to assess the changes that are impacting all of our lives. Historically, the growth of suburbs and slums after WWII took divergent paths of development. Examine these paths and theories of community development that have been tested by a mix of programs and initiatives of nonprofits, foundations, businesses, civic groups and government– focusing on programs for low-income communities. Sometimes complementary, these ideas are often competing and often conflicted. Conclude with a discussion of community development for selected Denver metro-area neighborhoods. This is an in-depth follow up for those in the “Cities" class last Spring.

Chuck Shannon has been a division director for DRCOG, vice president for Mile High United Way, senior fellow at United Way of America, fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and trainer with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

WED PM, 9/14-10/5, (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-10/26
$55   Discussion

Explore your own ideas and popular opinions about ethical dilemmas such as torture, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets, and other ethical dilemmas.  Taking a cue from one of Harvard’s most popular courses, Michael Sandel’s, Justice—What’s the Right Thing to Do?, we will draw on lessons taught by history’s greatest philosophers, and hear a non-theistic approach to dealing with moral dilemmas, large and small. Folks who have already seen or read Sandel’s works will enjoy this opportunity for group discussion. This is a repeat from Fall 2015.

Ed Schreiber came to the U.S. from Croatia at age 13. After six years as an Army musician he played piano in Denver nightclubs while studying engineering at University of Colorado and then worked in the computer industry for 35 years, interrupted by a run for Congress in 1980.

COURSE LEADER:  Dr. George Ho, Jr.
THURS AM, 9/15-11/3
$85   Lecture, Discussion

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, we can share 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 in a safe setting. Repeat of a popular class. Class maximum of 24 participants.

Retired from an active career in teaching and medical practice, George Ho, Jr. focuses his special expertise on the areas of internal medicine, arthritis treatment and palliative end-of-life care.

WED PM, 9/21-10/5, (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-11/16
$70   Lecture, Discussion

While it may not be apparent from the daily news, worldwide casualties from armed violence have significantly decreased over the past 25 years.  Does this mean we have learned the lessons in war? Look at the various reasons for this trend, including the decline of colonialism, the end of the Cold War, and the rise of globalization and international diplomacy.  We’ll dissect the growing body of research in such areas as conflict resolution, war prevention and peacekeeping. Bob always stays on top of the latest world events and weaves them into the structure of his class.

Retired school psychologist Bob Rosededicates himself to education, international development, conflict resolution and reconciliation. He and his wife have worked with refugees and NGO’s in the Middle East, Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa. He recently earned a certificate in peace, social justice and reconciliation from Regis University.

COURSE LEADER: Sheila Porter, Ph.D., various speakers
WED PM, 9/14-10/5, THURS 10/6
$60   Lecture, Q&A

New! It’s more than bootlegged cigars and rum! Beginning with the ʽ60s Kennedy administration, government mis-steps have crushed American’s thirst for Cuban culture. Considering this dubious history, the arts and creativity of Cuban culture kept this small island on the world stage. Learn about gallery artists in Cuba and Miami, the National Ballet of Cuba as both a national treasure and a means of escape; music as the breath of Cuban life and literature, the immigrant experience, realities of life, and Santaria, the remnants of the religion brought by the slave trade. Academy course leaders Toni Larson, Jim Mingle, Sheila Porter and Lorenz Rychner will join with guest speakers Roberto Munoz, Evelyn Pener and Luis Valdés to look at Cuba’s artistic culture through a different lens.

Maria Garcia,Dreaming in Cuban. Ballantine Books, 1992.
Richard Blanco,Looking For The Gulf Motel. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.

Sheila Porter, combines an art history degree with over 30 years’ experience as a clinical and forensic psychologist. Sheila chairs the Academy’s Curriculum Committee and volunteers with projects in Cambodia and Africa.

COURSE LEADER: Steve Bernard
THURS PM 9/29-10/13, (SKIP 10/20) 10/27-11/10
$65   Lecture, Q&A

New! Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”  We will examine court decisions and laws that seem to reflect that principle:  Dred Scott; Homer Plessy; Carrie Buck; Fred Korematsu; Yick Wo; Ed Brown; and others. See how their cases played out over time, attitudes may have changed, and results that we think were fair might not have been. Class maximum of 50.
Judge Steven Bernard served as a prosecutor for 29 years and now presides on the Colorado Court of Appeals, getting up-close and personal with the Constitution.


COURSE LEADER:  Rex Brown, Ph.D.
TUES AM 9/13-10/18
$55   Reading, Discussion

New! You can keep your toga and stone tablet at home, this class does not require experienced philosophers. But we all ask ourselves at one time or another: What is Happiness? How can I attain it? Can philosophy really provide consolation for such things as loneliness, poverty, chronic illness, feelings of inadequacy, broken hearts, or the disappointments and irritations of growing old? Western philosophers have asked and answered these questions for 2500 years: Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Michel de Montaigne, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Through their writings and other readings, they will answer those questions in ways that remain useful for us today. We’ll conclude with conversations about current forms of happiness, emotions and personal insights triggered by our readings (about 50 pages per week). Class maximum of 25 participants.

REQUIRED READING: Alain De Botton. The Consolations of Philosophy. Pantheon, 2000.

After earning advanced degrees in literature, Rex Brown taught at the University of Iowa, Heidelberg College, and the University of Denver, from which he retired in 2010. He has a lifelong interest in literature, philosophy, art and their intersections in our culture and our lives.

COURSE LEADER:  Ted Stainman
THURS PM, 10/6-11/10
$65 Lecture, Discussion, Q&A

New! This is a continuation of the History of the Bible course, which left off at the death of Solomon. Explore the period of the divided monarchy; the destruction of the northern Kingdom; the prophets major and minor; the destruction of the southern Kingdom; exile; and restoration under Ezra and Nehemiah. You need not have taken the first Bible course to learn a lot about its period and beliefs. Class maximum of 25 participants.

Ted Stainman earned a master’s in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College, NYC, and attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel 1964-65 as a special overseas student. He taught American Religion, at Wesley College after retirement from 23 years as an Air Force chaplain.

TUES AM 9/13-10/11
$60 Lecture, Q&A

New! Much like animals that are endangered, these religions face a very difficult future if not extinction. Some of these factors include recent civil wars and of course, geographical limitations and dogma. Learn interesting facts about which religion predates all three of the Abrahamic religions. Which religion, while Abrahamic in nature, is based on the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates? Why do many of them keep their beliefs secret? These are just a few of the many questions to be explored based on the book, Heirs of Forgotten Kingdoms, whose author spent three years, embedded in the area and amongst these religions. Class maximum of 30 participants.

REQUIRED READING:  Gerard Russell, Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys Into The Disappearing Religions Of The Middle East.Basic Books, 2014.

Walt Meyer, a “retired technocrat,” enjoys sharing his research into the historical, political, and religious roots of relations between Muslim cultures and the West.


COURSE LEADER: Tim Steele, Ph.D.
WED AM 10/19-11/16
$50   Lecture, Q&A

New! We know water is important to our lives and health, but now you can dive into its science with Hydrology 101, terminology, basic principles, and global water policy and management. At the state level, learn about our own water issues including recent case studies about contamination from the Mississippi River Basin; Yampa River Basin Assessment; Gold King Mine; and Flint, Michigan and the science of fracking. Learn about the contaminants themselves, PFOA “Teflon,” PCBs, lead, moss, etc. Bottoms Up!  This class includes a field trip. Class maximum of 25.

Tim Steele has works in hydrology and regional assessments of water resources for nearly 50 years. Recently, he has conducted university-related applied research and lectures on global water-resources issues, mine-impacted case studies, and Integrated Water Resources Management.

COURSE LEADER:  Jonathan Ormes, Ph.D.
THURS AM 9/29-11/17
$80   Lecture, Q&A

New! Now is the time to face this challenge and focus on how to deal with and adapt to this crisis. This revised and updated class will present the scientific basis and causation of climate change and explore possible remedies and adaptations at both the societal and individual level. In addition to a fact-packed class, plan on a field trip the week of Oct. 24 to the National Ice Core Laboratory in Golden (warm coat required), and a presentation from CU professor Dr. Michael King, a member of the National Academy of Engineering who is an expert on studying Earth from Space. King recently published an article on clouds, one of the least-understood aspects of climate change.

Jonathan Ormes is a Physics Research Professor at DU. He was the Director of Space Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His research career involved studies of the origin and characteristics of the relativistic particles that pervade our galaxy.

by Colorado Permanente Medical Group, the physicians serving the members of Kaiser Permanente
TUES AM 9/13-10/18
$75   Lecture, Q&A

New! As a teenager, you may recall wondering what’s happening to your body. Here we are again, but with a slew of tests and doctor’s visits added in. What does it all mean? Get the facts behind healthcare for people your age and the why’s behind all of the screenings, pokes and prods. CPMG physicians will lead the way in educating you about: screening and prevention, over-diagnosis and incidents; medical studies in the media; cardiovascular risk reduction and cholesterol; caring for others:  parents and grandchildren; avoiding falls:  keeping mobile and arthritis; lifestyle vs medication; the aging brain and prevention of dementia; Medicare and policy; alcohol and addiction; and shared decision making: advocacy, end of life issues. This course is a joint venture between The Academy and Colorado Permanente Medical Group. 

Colorado Permanente Medical Group partners with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to serve the more than 640,000 members of Kaiser Permanente Colorado.  Their mission is the same—to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of its members and the communities they serve. 

COURSE LEADER:  Dr. Woody Emlen, various speakers from Anschutz          
WED AM, beginning mid-October
$75   Lecture, Q&A

New! Cutting edge medical research happens every day at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and we Academy members are lucky enough to be able to “listen in” on this research in real time.  Each semester, six new speakers update us on the most exciting and recent advances in medical research.   For previous participants, there is still more that is worthy of your awe and edification! For those of you taking this class for the first time, you will be amazed at the incredible discoveries being made in our own backyard at Anschutz. The course is a collaboration between The Academy and the Office of Development at Anschutz Medical Campus.

Woody Emlen was Professor of Medicine and Immunology at University of Washington and CU Health Sciences Center with a practice in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He serves as the Academy’s chair of science curriculum.


COURSE LEADER:  Dr. George Ho, Jr.
THURS PM 9/15-10/6
$40   Lecture, Hands-On
-Bring laptop (with wifi capability) each week.
-Possess basic computer skills to use browser and locate sites, navigate keyboard/mouse.
-Be familiar with .jpg file format (photos), and Word (text).
-Have an email address.

New! Enjoy practical, hands-on sessions to create and edit a photo book after a brief introduction at each session. The steps are easy. Pick your project, such as a vacation, celebration, hobby, etc., for a photo book. Pick a size (8×8 or 11×8) with 20 or 30 pages. Learn the steps and techniques in the classes. Work on the photo book at home and complete it in four weeks. Class maximum of 20 participants.

George Ho, Jr. focuses his academic expertise on palliative end-of-life care for the Academy, but he spends a lot of retired life taking beautiful photos of birds at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, where he also volunteers.

TUES AM 10/4-10/25
$40   Lecture, Demo

Bring your old family photos and slides into the digital realm and have them come alive on the large-screen TV. Learn the basics of HP and Epson scanners; file types and resolution; and photo organization. To polish the final images, we will look at Google Photos, Picasa, and Photoshop Elements. Create albums of photos to complete your story and export them—all to be saved to your computer and then uploaded to the Web, DVD or flash drive. Now, your TV is your new photo album, and you’re learning great family history along the way.


After retiring, Doug Wilke discovered a new passion in scanning and digitizing his photo collection for TV viewing and web sharing with interested family members.

COURSE LEADER:  Linda Gordon, Ph.D.
WED PM 10/5 (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-11/16
$60   Conversation, Reading

Tailored to fit beginners with “un poquito” of previous Spanish language experience, this class will include the basic vocabulary, sentence structures and phrases essential for travel and casual conversation. Will you become fluent in six weeks? No, but you will have fun! The Academy’s fall term has three Spanish courses so that you can gain greater confidence in this musical and increasingly important language. Class is limited to 25. Is this class a fit? Llámame at (303) 399-8241.

REQUIRED READING:  Dorothy Richmond, Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses.  McGraw-Hill, 2010. It’s $15.

An educator for 36 years, Linda Gordon retired from being 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.

WED PM 10/5 (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-11/16
$60   Conversation, Reading

The Beginning/Intermediate class is for those who have taken some Spanish, but want to “brush up” on grammar and vocabulary and keep building conversational skills. Participants should be comfortable with the present tense, familiar with the past tenses and ready to sharpen their communication skills through reading, speaking and listening. Class max is 14. Is this class a fit? Llámame at (303) 708-9716.

REQUIRED READING:  Dorothy Richmond, Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses.  McGraw-Hill, 2010. It’s $15.

COURSE LEADER:  Sandy Stolar
WED AM 10/5 (SKIP 10/12), 10/19-11/16
$60   Conversation, Reading

¡Continuamos la conversación! The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish, with pauses to look at some important grammar. Themed conversations will 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 a fit? Llámame at (303) 708-9716. See Sandy’s bio info above.

REQUIRED READING:  Dorothy Richmond, Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses.  McGraw-Hill, 2010. It’s $15.

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. She recently received a license to teach Tai Chi.

THURS AM 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3
$10 apiece   Lecture, Q&A

The theme for this computer class is security threats to your computer. 10/6: Computer Problems: How You Can Fix Them Yourself
10/13: Threats:  How To Detect A Fraudulent Email, Phone Call, Advertisement or Online Offer 
10/27: Protect Your Credit & Bank Accounts and Manage Your Passwords with LastPass
11/3: Smartphone Basics and Banking Apps

Onsite Consulting owner, Scott Henke, has been a consultant for 33 years. His company offers PC consulting, network troubleshooting, repair, virus and spyware solutions, free Carbonite backup monitoring, remote emergency help and more. He is available for free advice via email: scott@henke.com

COURSE LEADER:  Sally Kneser
TUES PM, 9/13-10/4, (SKIP 10/11), 10/18-11/8
$90   Lecture, Q&A, Practice Hands

To get the most from this course (repeated from 2011), participants should be comfortable using basic finesses, discarding losers, promoting length and ruffing. You will fine-tune and expand those skills. The first hour of class includes lectures, examining hands, Q&A, and drilling, followed by an hour playing pre-set hands. Fee includes flash cards and exercise sheets. Class maximum of 68 participants. Questions? Sally Kneser, 303-770-0788.

Everyone’s favorite bridge instructor, Sally Kneser, takes her passion for bridge to the classroom with humor, patience and clarity. She is a member of two book clubs, a grandma and the former Director of The Academy.

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.

Steven Bernard was a prosecutor for 28 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.

Kathy Boyer has conducted LIFE STORY workshops for libraries, summer camps, churches, community centers, and with the Academy. As a child, Kathy developed a love of the personal story as she listened to adults recall the tales of their childhood. A retired teacher, Kathy works with individuals to record their memories on audio-tape. As a workshop facilitator, she offers inspiration and ideas to groups of people who want to begin a written collection of their own short stories.

Rex Brown has a BA in American Literature from Middlebury College, a Masters in American and British Literature from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D in Modern Letters from the University of Iowa. He is the author of Schools of Thought: how the politics of literacy shape thinking in the classroom; It’s Your Fault, an insider’s guide to learning and teaching in city schools; and scores of reports and articles about teaching reading, writing, art, and critical thinking. He has taught at the University of Iowa, Heidelberg College and the University of Denver, from which he retired in 2010. He has a lifelong interest in literature, philosophy, art, and their intersections in our culture and our everyday lives.

Dr. Mary Schaeffer Conroy 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 a wealthy businessman and former Duma member 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 served for a decade as President and CEO of the History Colorado 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 exhibition. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in mathematics. She received a Masters Degree in art history from Hunter College in New York and worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Denver Art Museum. She has taught art history in New York, at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, and the Academy for Lifelong Learning. She continues to serve on a variety of boards including the Board of the Academy for Lifelong Learning. She received Colorado Preservation Inc.’s prestigious Dana Crawford Award for her efforts in the field of historic preservation and the Mountain-Plains Museums Association’s Hugo Rodeck Award for outstanding service to the museum field.

Don Culp originally intended to be a commercial artist. He attended The Art Center College in Los Angeles then, as young men often do, became sidetracked and worked in a steel mill, attempted an unsuccessful career as a popular singer, drove a tourist limousine, managed a Good Humor Ice Cream branch, and was General Manager of The Magic Castle in Holly-wood before spending the next 46 years with Executive Car Leasing in Los Angeles. Don became addicted to recorded opera in 1970 and the passion has never diminished. His other interests include photography, computers, and reading (biographies, U.S. History and early American vaudeville.) After the death of his wife in 2010, he moved to Aurora, Colorado where he lives as quietly as his somewhat gregarious nature allows.

Dr. Woody Emlen is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California (San Diego) School of Medicine. He was Professor of Medicine and Immunology at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for almost 20 years, where his practice was in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology (Arthritis) and his research focused on inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. In the late 1990s, Dr. Emlen left academic medicine to pursue a career in biotechnology, serving as Vice President of Scientific Affairs for Palo Alto-based InterMune Pharmaceuticals. In 2004 he co-founded his own Denver-based biotechnology company, Taligen Therapeutics, serving as CEO until the Company’s acquisition in 2011. He currently is retired from medicine but serves on the Boards of several early-stage Biotechnology companies.

After 35 years as an educator, Linda Gordon recently retired as a principal. She lived in Mexico City for ten years, serving as director of an English as a Second Language school. She’s excited to work with eager Spanish learners!

Aaron Hall, Esq., is a graduate of the University of Colorado Law School. Hall is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served as the Chair of the Colorado Chapter’s New Members Division, the Colorado Chapter’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committee, and on AILA National’s Amicus Committee. Mr. Hall is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA) and served as the Chair of the Immigration Law Section for the 2014-2015 year. In addition, Mr. Hall is a member of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar, focusing on analyzing the potential for postconviction relief for noncitizen defendants in criminal court and on working with defense counsel to apprise noncitizen defendants of the potential immigration consequences of criminal charges.

As a frequent presenter both locally and nationally on immigration topics, he talks about immigration consequences of criminal convictions, removal defense, and family immigration. Mr. Hall was named to 5280 Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers for immigration in 2015 and was named a rising star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Prior to joining Joseph Law Firm, P.C., Hall gained experience working with detained non-citizens at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Center (“RMIAN”). Since 2011, he has volunteered on RMIAN’s Pro Bono Mentoring Panel. He is also a member of the Colorado Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and presents on behalf of the ACLU of Colorado’s Speakers Bureau.

He has represented clients in matters before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”), state district court, the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court, United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hall is a native of Denver and enjoys spending time with his family in Colorado’s mountains and on the beaches of his wife’s native Peru.

Onsite Consulting owner, Scott Henke, has been featured on 9 News, Fox 31, and the radio for his expertise. He has taught classes for over 10 years through the Academy and has taught over 5,000 people through Adult Education over the past 20 years. His company, Onsite Consulting, offers PC consulting, PC and network troubleshooting, repair, virus and spyware solutions, free offsite backup, remote emergency help and many other computer services. His classes are designed with the beginner in mind. He is always available for free advice via email scott@henke.com

In order to stay engaged in lifelong learning, Dr. George Ho, discovered the Academy through its writing courses during the Spring term 2010. For 40-plus years, he worked in Rheumatology with an additional subspecialty interest and training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Now retired, he 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. Since 2011, he has facilitated the Academy course entitled Making and Sharing Sound End-of-Life Choices which he will continue to provide as long as the demand exists.

Shellie Hochstadt graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in history, and a minor in political science. She was a divisional merchandise manager for a department store until 1994, when she returned to her core interest and passion for world history. She taught AP World History, AP Government, and economics until her retirement in 2010. She combines her interests in history, travel, and reading into her teaching, where she endeavors to bring a thoughtful global perspective.

Dr. Hiroko Johnson 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 is on the board of the Japanese Friendship Garden and has 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 West to the Akita Ranga Art school, Japan’s first art school to apply the Western painting techniques in Japan.

Ginny Hoyle’s poems have appeared in a handful of journals, including Copper Nickel, MARGIE, Pilgrimage and Wazee. Through collaboration with noted book artist Judy Anderson, her work has been featured in exhibits in New York, San Francisco and Denver. Next up is an installation at Walker Fine Art, Denver, 300 W. 11th Avenue, Denver, opening March 25. (The working title is When We Were Birds.) From 2000 – 2003, she kept a personal journal with entries written in haiku—and fell in love with the form, which teaches practitioners to see the world more sharply, with heightened appreciation.

Jim Kneser 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 is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. “I love to learn, and it’s so much more fun with friends around.” Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics to others. While volunteering with the Junior League, Sally chaired several committees, including the Facilitators and has volunteered as the “keeper of the files” for several nonprofits. When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs and stops to smell roses in her gardens.

Dr. Toni Larson was elected Vice President of the League of Women Voters of the United States and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voters Education Fund in June 2014. She is Secretary on the Academy’s Board, Executive Director of Independent Higher Education in Colorado, a nonprofit association that conducts the government relations work for Colorado College, Regis University and the University of Denver, since 1985. She has responsibility for public policy research, lobbying and administration.

Robin McNeil began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four, taking lessons with Irene Soltas. He has a Bachelor of Music in Perform­ance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois and then went to the University of South Dakota where he was Chairman of the Piano Department.

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

In the past, Robin has been thoroughly involved in arts management as the Executive Director of the Fine Arts Center of Clinton (Illinois), State Treasurer of the Association of Illinois Arts Agencies, and member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the Central Illinois Cultural Affairs Consortium. Robin has been the Executive Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation.

Outside the sphere of music, Robin has raced Alfa Romeo and Ferrari automobiles and flown WW II vintage aircraft. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Robin now lives with his wife in Littleton where he teaches privately and continues to do research on the French composer Théodore Gouvy. He is President of the Piano Arts Association, and an Honorary Member of the Institut Théodore Gouvy of Hombourg-Haut, France.

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

Karyl Meyer has been involved in educational and community theatre most of her life. After majoring in theatre and speech (and minoring in math) she spent many years teaching high school (even math on occasion) and directing plays and musicals as well as coaching speech and debate teams. For several years she was on the board of the Colorado Thespian Society and directed university auditions for high school seniors, bringing in 25 university representatives from around the country. She has also directed a variety of productions for community and church groups. Her favorite aspects of play production are the creative and collaborative efforts to bring a piece of literature fully to life for an audience.

Walt Meyer 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. My wife and I have been married 52 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren. His interest in the religions of the Middle East stems from having led courses on Islam, on the Crusades and on the Inquisitions. He has led these classes a total of ten times over the past nine years and has received rave reviews of the depth and quality of his presentations. He has done considerable reading on the subject. The religions that will be discussed are frequently in the news and the danger facing some of them is real and in some cases threatening.

Stefan Mokrohisky recently retired from his responsibilities as a pediatrician with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group. He became interested in ethics during his chief residency in pediatrics in Denver and completed a fellowship in ethics at Georgetown University. He helped establish ethics committees at Kaiser Permanente Colorado and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Mokrohisky is Board certified in Pediatrics and was affiliated with both Kaiser Permanente and Children’s Hospital Colorado, where he co-directed the ethics consultation service.

Dr. Jonathan F. Ormes is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Denver. He was formerly the Director of Space Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. His research career involved studies of the origin and characteristics of the relativistic particles that pervade our galaxy known as cosmic rays. After retiring from the government in July 2004 and moving back to his home state of Colorado, Jonathan became interested in the problems of population growth and climate change.

Since retirement has unfolded, Sheila Porter’s interest in people and places have taken her to far flung locations and led her to doing psychological evaluations of asylum seekers seeking refuge in the U.S. Both activities have made her look at cultural differences, belief systems, the courage it takes to start a new life in a new place and the pros and cons of assimilation. As a psychologist and the granddaughter of immigrants, the multiple layers of what ‘diversity’ involves continue to engage her interest and provide her with a few answers and many more questions.

Retired school psychologist, Dr. Bob Rose’s, passions include education, peace studies, international development, conflict resolution, and reconciliation. He and his wife have worked with refugees for over 14 years and have volunteered with a number of NGO’s in the Middle East, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. As a school psychologist at the secondary level, his work included conflict management, anger management, and training/supervising peer mediators. He taught graduate courses for educators for over 20 years. He recently earned a certificate in peace, social justice and reconciliation from Regis University.

Sharon Rouse 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.

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

Ed Schreiber has been leading a weekly discussion group at First Universalist Church since 2007. Ed came to the US from Croatia at 13. After six years as an Army musician he played piano in Denver nightclubs while studying engineering at University of Colorado. He worked in the computer industry for 35 years, interrupted by a run for Congress in 1980. Ed has been an Academy geek and has given presentations on the Balkans, politics, IQ, atheism and the science behind music.

David Scruggs graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1962 with a B.A. in Mathematics. He served in the U. S. Army for two years as an officer of artillery. In 1964, he joined NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in the Apollo Mission Simulator Section. He served three years as a dynamists and programmer.

In 1967, he was asked to teach and train the Apollo Astronauts on the Command Module Flight System. He taught several spacecraft and booster subsystems and specialized in those of the Command Module Guidance, Navigation and Control Subsystems.

He became one of two lead flight instructors on the Command Module Simulator #1 in Houston and the only lead flight instructor through 1970 to 1974. In 1972, he led in the development of the mission simulator training syllabus for the Skylab Missions.

After the Skylab Missions were completed, Scruggs joined the Shuttle Flight Software Division as the person responsible for Flight Computer and Input Output Processor software requirements. In the Software Division, he served in several positions concluding with Flight Software Release Manager and Flight Computer Operation System manager.

In 1980, Scruggs received a White House appointment to NASA Headquarters. He joined Martin Marietta in 1985 as the designer for the new Space Defense Initiatives National Test Bed eventually placed in Colorado Springs. He held several managerial positions with Martin Marietta, Inc., Denver Division until 1992. when he and other retired Martin Marietta mangers formed Applied Technology Associates, Inc.

He and his wife live in Wind Crest in Highlands Ranch.

Chuck Shannon’s “two careers” began with twelve years as a division director for the Denver Regional Council of Governments and concluded with 20-plus years in the United Way system. In his last ten years with United Way, he split his time between serving as a Mile High United Way vice-president and as a senior fellow with the United Way of America (United Way Worldwide). In the latter role, he focused on national initiatives for development of low-income communities, serving part-time as a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and collaborating with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

Chuck’s post-retirement volunteerism embodies the same positive, community-building approach that he initiated at United Way. As an Arapahoe Library District volunteer, he has engaged immigrants from 62 countries in English conversational circles for the past four years. In addition, he has volunteered with Denver Kids, Inc., which partners with the Denver Public Schools to match students with mentors. Though his Denver Kids commitment was a formal one for the first three years, Chuck is now informally mentoring one student from the program.

Ted Stainman graduated from the Hebrew Union College, NYC (1970) with a master’s in Hebrew Letters. He also has a BA in history from Rutgers University (1964) and attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel 1964-65 as a special overseas student. He taught American Religion, a survey course, at Wesley College, Dover, DE, after retirement from the Air Force 1993.

Tim Steele has been in water-quality hydrology and regional assessments of water resources for nearly 50 years. He has managed multidisciplinary projects and directed hydrologic baseline and modeling studies for water-resources planning and management studies, many involving hydrocarbons, coal and minerals projects. Lately, he has conducted university-related applied research and lectures on global water-resources issues, mine-impacted case studies, and Integrated Water Resources Management.

Before retiring after 30 years of teaching experience, Sandy Stolar 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.

Paul Turelli is a retired middle school teacher and administrator from Littleton Public Schools. Paul studied literary and film criticism as a graduate student in college and also taught literature during his teaching career. He has a vast interest in literature and history finds Stephen King incredibly talented, even beyond his suspense/fright novels.

Dr. Paulette Wasserstein 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.

Matt Wigdahl began his teaching career with Kindergartners and the next 28 with high schoolers at Douglas County Schools,-teaching Literature, Grammar, Composition and Creative Writing. Matt developed a Humanities Course and a Literature of Film Class. His love of film prompted him to spend summer sessions at CU teaching the Films of Alfred Hitchcock and give over 50 lectures in library film series throughout Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Matt is a published poet who writes sonnets. He’s earned BA degrees in History and English from CSU, and a Masters of Humanities from CU in Film Study & Art History. Matt, Pam and their daughter, Liz, live in Castle Rock and Cannon Beach, Ore.

Doug Wilke discovered a new passion in retirement. His father had a large collection of old family photos and documents to donate to a hometown museum. Before disposing of them after his father’s death, Doug taught himself to scan and digitize this collection for TV viewing and web sharing with interested family members. The project expanded to his wife’s family photos and he is now up to about the year 1950 for both families! It’s not only about preserving his family history, but also learning about his family. Doug is eager to share this computer skill with you.

One of the Academy’s most accredited facilitators, Rear Admiral Richard (Dick) E. Young, has a BA from the University of Michigan and graduated with honors from the United States Navy’s Officer Candidate School, after which he was ordered to the destroyer USS MADDOX (DD731), where he served two tours in several official capacities. After leaving active duty, he obtained his JD from the University of Michigan and was Assistant Editor of the Michigan Law Review. His years in Denver have been no less impressive. He practiced law and remained active in the Naval Reserve, as well as in numerous civic and political organizations. His awards, citations and commendations are literally too many to mention but his greatest pride and pleasure are his wife Lorie, to whom he has been married more than 50 years, and his four grown daughters.