Spring 2012

Thursday, Feb. 9
4:30-6:30 pm
$5 (new and prospective members FREE!)
Location: Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.

This is a don’t-miss event, especially if you are new to the Academy. Get together informally with facilitators and fellow members of the Academy.  Renew connections, pick up pre-class handouts if there are any for your course, and find out about any changes in the course schedules.  Bring a friend or neighbor to find out what the Academy is all about. But be sure to let them know that many of the courses may already be filled by February 7.


Coordinator:  Lorraine Sherry
10 Tuesdays, Feb. 21 – Apr. 24
PLUS Thursday Apr. 12
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture/Presentation & Q/A

Explore the glorious variety of sacred choral music through the eyes of the popular choir directors, cantors, conductors, and musicians who know it from the inside out. A different guest speaker every week will point out how “the lute and harp awake and sprightly voice sweet descant run” in heavenly melodies from the Jewish, Christian, and Hindu traditions. We’ll study works for solo voice, a cappella choir, chorus and orchestra, and devotional dance and examine such diverse musical forms as Russian Orthodox chants, ground-breaking vespers by Monteverdi, oratorios by Bach and Handel, the Brahms Requiem, the Catholic Mass, and the Bharatanatyam of South India.  Whatever your religious ties, you’re bound to find much to enjoy in this unique survey of sacred musical styles.  For more information: http://tinyurl.com/7ftr4hd

Coordinator: Although Lorraine Sherry’s training and professional careers focused on physics, technology, and educational research & evaluation, her real passion has always been classical music. She studied diction at the Metropolitan Opera House and has sung with several church choirs and vocal groups.

Composing Workshop
Instructor:  Conrad Kehn
8 Thursdays, Feb. 23 – Apr. 19 (skip Mar. 8 and 22)
10 am – 12 noon
Some lecture and video, lots of hands-on

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

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

Facilitator:  Jim Kneser
8 Tuesdays, Mar. 6 – Apr. 24
1:30 – 3:30pm
$65 (includes 3 CDs)
$55 (no CDs)
Lecture, Q&A

Mahler has been called “a prophet for an age riddled with doubts and anxieties,” and understanding the composer’s angst-ridden life is, indeed, key to appreciating his music. Using new material that’s come to light on this centenary of his death, we’ll unravel Mahler’s personality in more detail than he would certainly like as we trace its expression in music that brought the Romantic period to a close and ushered in the modern world of more complex tonalities. We’ll focus on his sixth and ninth symphonies and symphonic song cycle, “Das Lied von Der Erde” (Song of the Earth)—works that mark a dramatic change in artistic expression as he seeks to reconcile his optimistic worldview with personal tragedies and a growing sense of his own mortality.

Recommended reading: Gustav Mahler, Jens Malte Fischer (Yale University Press, 2011).

Facilitator: A retired economist with a passion for Western high art music in the Germanic tradition, Jim Kneser has led courses on Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, Schubert, and Mahler for the Academy. His 24-week survey course on Mahler’s life and complete works (2006-7) serves as the foundation for this course, but is not a prerequisite.

Instructor:  Robin McNeil
10 Wednesdays, Feb. 22 – Apr. 25
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

Chamber music, of course, refers to music written for and performed by a small ensemble, usually instrumental, but sometimes vocal, and usually for one performer on a part.  We’ll listen to and study the form and harmony of a number of acknowledged chamber masterpieces to see how each evolved from earlier works or broke new ground. As we explore examples from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Faure, Franck, and Brahms, as well as such 20th century composers as Cage, Hill, and Gonzales, we’ll gain new appreciation for the qualities that made their impact so substantial.  You won’t need a background in music theory to come away with a greater understanding of the rich interplay between instrumental parts that defines the genre.

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.

Stone Age to the Renaissance
Instructor:  Georgi Contiguglia
8 Tuesdays, Mar. 6 – Apr. 24
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, discussion

Since earliest times, human beings have found ways to express their beliefs, hopes, and fears through art. From engraved and colored cave drawings and naturalistic carvings in mammoth ivory to the emergence of Gothic architecture in Europe, we’ll trace the artistic evidence of the lives led by the succession of peoples who populated Europe and the Middle East from the Stone Age to the dawn of the Renaissance. We’ll see how the lifestyles and cultural beliefs of civilizations as distinct as ancient Egypt, Byzantium, Greece, and Rome shaped the art and architecture that make up the artistic legacy of what we know today as “Western Civilization.”

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

Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial
Coordinators: Joanne Mendes, Marty Corren
5 Wednesdays, Feb. 22-Mar. 21
1:30-3:30 pm
$45 (includes tour fees & printed materials)
Parking additional
Participants must be (or become) DAM members.
Tours at the Denver Art Museum

Prepare to be dazzled. The golden bounty of the New World glitters in finely wrought objects and paintings in the Denver Art Museum’s unrivaled pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial collection. Discover 3,000-year-old ceramic treasures and marvel over intricately fashioned silver, gold, and jade objects like those that amazed the 16th century German artist Albrecht Dürer with their “subtle inventiveness.”  You’ll be astonished, too, by European-style paintings and sculptures created by native and mestizo artists not long after the Spanish conquests. No other museum in the Americas offers visitors the same opportunity to compare stylistic trends from all the major centers of Latin America. In our weekly visits, we’ll take advantage of this rare confluence of objects from artists as far-flung as Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, and the southwestern United States.

Coordinators: Longtime art enthusiast Joanne Mendes retired from a career spent organizing programs in art history in London and at the DAM. The Academy’s liaison with DAM, Marty Corren joined the museum as a volunteer in 2006 and recently was awarded the Cile Bach Award for her outstanding work as a DAM docent.


A Film Series
Instructor: Sheila Porter
8 Thursdays, Mar. 1 – Apr. 19
1:30 – 3:30pm
Videos and discussion. Some guest speakers

If you’ve been shaking your head in despair at the “hopelessness” of the problems plaguing Africa, you’ll want to join us as we discuss the issues raised in a series of seven award-winning films documenting the changes women are making in Africa today. With the help of these inspiring stories, we’ll examine such efforts as the establishment of an all-female village, the rehabilitation of female child soldiers, and the formation of a group promoting rap music that addresses the concerns of African women. We’ll also hear from guest speakers who are doing local work on the ground and in the trenches.  You won’t want to miss this chance to experience these moving first-person accounts of the positive difference women are making in Africa.

Required reading: Wangan Maathai, The Challenge for Africa (Anchor, 2010).

Recommended reading: Martin Meredith, The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence (Public Affairs, 2011).

Facilitator: Sheila Porter, a retired clinical and forensic psychologist, traces her interest in genocide, the plight of Africa, and the erratic progress of the developing world in part to her volunteer projects in Cambodia and Africa.

Facilitator:  John Paull
6 Thursdays, Mar. 15 – Apr. 26 (skip Mar. 29)
1:30 – 3:30pm
Lecture, discussion

Do the children in your life spend most of their time inside playing digital games or outside looking for bugs and butterflies?  Do they know more about using the latest Apps than about identifying a bird’s egg?  If so, they may suffer what author Richard Louv has termed “nature deficit disorder.” Learn how to combat this modern malady by opening your eyes (and theirs) to nature’s wonders. This course offers background information about everyday natural phenomena and shows how to inspire young children to think like scientists. In today’s world of video games, Web surfing, and TV, encouraging an appreciation for nature and the outdoors is more important than ever—for the health of both our kids and the planet they’ll inherit. Note: Please bring your own notebook or journal.

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

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

Will Your Doc Break the Rules for You?
Instructor: Dr. Fred Abrams
6 Wednesdays, Mar. 21 – Apr. 25
10 am – 12 noon
$55 (Includes book)
$40 (No book.  You must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Reading, lectures, discussion

Doctors lie, betray confidences, and break the law.  Can this be right?  If their decisions are the best of anguishing alternatives, perhaps they are right.  But where would you draw the line?  To examine these issues, we’ll analyze absorbing, true stories about dilemmas faced by doctors and patients, including euthanasia, assisted suicide, advance directives, abortion, sterilization, marital infidelity, intersexuality, birth defects, AIDs confidentiality, and rape.  All participants are expected to read the appropriate chapter of Dr. Abrams’ book Doctors on the Edge in order to offer their opinions each week.  You will face the dilemma.  You will decide.  Registration is required by March 7 so that books may be ordered. This is a repeat of the popular course offered previously.  Limited to 24.

Required reading: Fred Abrams, Doctors on the Edge: Will Your Doctor Break the Rules for You? (Sentient Publications, 2006). The book will be distributed 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 Tuesdays, Feb. 21 – Apr. 3 (skip Mar. 6)
1:30—3:30 pm
$50 (Includes class workbook)
$40 (No required workbook.  You must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Discussion, lecture

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

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

Instructor: Larry Matten
8 Thursdays, Mar. 1 – Apr. 26 (skip Mar. 29)
10 am—12 noon
$70 (includes required notebook)
$50 (no notebook: you must own, share, or borrow one in order to participate)
Lecture, Q&A

Here’s your chance to get an overview of estate issues and their tax implications from an experienced elder-law attorney before going to see your personal lawyer. We’ll examine the Colorado laws governing estates, end-of-life health issues, and transfer of wealth as we explore various scenarios that could affect the decisions you make about your financial and health-care future.  Are the “Five Wishes” the best choice? What if you are unable to make decisions? Whom can you turn to?  Do you really need a will? Is there an advantage to having a living trust?  Why put off getting your house in order any longer?  Sign up today. This is a repeat of a popular course offered previously.

Instructor: After a long career as a professor of biology and botany, Larry Matten began a second career in 2000 as an elder-law attorney specializing in estate planning and Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security issues. He has recently retired from the practice of law and returned to his first love, teaching.


A Very Short Introduction
Facilitator: Glenn Bruckhart
5 Wednesdays, Mar. 28 – Apr. 25
10 am – 12 noon
Discussion, with Guest Speakers and Participant presentations

You might get the idea from this course title that the facilitators understand the meaning of life and plan to introduce you to it. Dream on!  Actually, we’ll explore some basic premises together, debunk a few common assumptions, and challenge ourselves to think more deeply about the meaning of existence. Is the purpose of life to glorify our creator? Is “the aim of man comprehension,” as Moses Maimonides claimed? Or does everyone have his or her own “Ikigai” (reason for being), as many Japanese believe?  We’ll consider such matters with the help of guest speakers who hold differing views, reports by class participants on various positions that philosophers have taken over the years, and group discussions designed to sharpen and expand our thinking about this profound subject.

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

Facilitator:  Sandi Ogin
4 Thursdays, Feb. 23 – Mar. 15
10 am – 12 noon

The ancient Jewish custom of writing an ethical will has been enjoying a revival lately among people of various faiths. Unlike a “living will” or “last will and testament,” an ethical will is not a legal document. Rather, it is a way to pass on your values, beliefs, and life lessons in the form of a letter or “will” addressed to your children and grandchildren. It can include advice, memories, regrets, hopes and dreams, and messages of faith, love, and forgiveness that you’d like to share with family, friends, and community. Participants in this class will get a jump start on writing an ethical will and find out what a meaningful and cherished legacy it can become.

Facilitator: Recently retired from a career in teaching reading and writing to students of all ages and serving as coordinator for the Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Sandi Ogin is just now putting the final touches on her own “Ethical Will.”


Facilitator:  Sherma Erholm
8 Wednesdays, Mar. 7 – Apr. 25
1:30 – 3:30pm
Study/Discussion  – Optional reports encouraged

Egypt is a paradox, at once a model of peaceful tolerance and the birthplace of modern jihadism. We’ll delve into the dynamics behind more than a half-century of changes in Egyptian values, culture, and politics, especially the fluctuations in the country’s external relationships and internal stability. Keeping an eye peeled for the latest developments in the region, we’ll attempt to understand the roots of the seething unrest that erupted in Egypt’s own Arab Spring.

Required Reading:  Tarak Osman, Egypt on the Brink: From Nassar to Murbarak  (Yale University Press, 2011).

Recommended Readings:  Raymond William Baker, Sadat and After: Struggles for Egypt’s Political Soul (Harvard University Press, 1990); Jehan Sadat, A Woman of Egypt (Simon & Schuster, 2002).

Discussion leader: Retired public school teacher Sherma Erholm holds a master’s in communication theory and psychology.  As a learning junkie, she has facilitated adult courses in such diverse subjects as futurism, China, Iran, evolution, and the U.N.

Their History & Legacy
Facilitator: Walt Meyer
7 Tuesdays, Feb. 21 – Apr. 3
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Lectures, videos & discussion

Although they continue to make headlines, confrontations between the West and the Middle East are hardly new. Perhaps the most consequential of these occurred almost one thousand years ago when the capture of Jerusalem during the first Crusade led to the creation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the establishment of the military religious orders (Templars, Hospitallers etc.), the unification of the Muslims under Saladin, and subsequent Crusades, including the aborted Crusade of Richard and Phillip, then Kings of England and France respectively. We’ll discuss all of these, as well as the lesser-known fourth and fifth Crusades against Byzantium and Egypt, and several intracontinental crusades in Europe. And naturally, we will reflect on the legacy of the Crusades, which affects the thinking of Christians, Jews, and Muslims even today.  Why would some consider the crusades “the Jihad of the West?”  This is a repeat of the popular course offered previously.

Recommended reading and viewing: Two DVDs: The Kingdom of Heaven, and the History Channel presentation of the Crusades; Book: Thomas F. Madden, The New Concise History of the Crusades: Updated Student Edition (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2006).

Facilitator:  Walt Meyer is a “retired technocrat” whose recent study of Islam has rekindled his long interest in the Crusades and their considerable impact on current relations between Islam and the West.

Instructor: Steve Bernard
8 Wednesdays, Mar. 7 – Apr. 25
1:30—3:30 pm
$55 (includes pocket constitution)
Reading, lecture, discussion

As Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar writes, the Bill of Rights serves “as the high temple of our constitutional order,” but sadly most Americans have little understanding of its effect on daily life.  We’ll try to help rectify that situation by reviewing the origins of the document, the evolutions its ten amendments have undergone since ratification in 1789, and the profound role each “right” plays in our society. In a nutshell, the Bill of Rights regulates the relationships among the federal government, the states, individuals, and such institutions as the press and religion. Present-day controversies over the Bill of Rights occasionally show up in headlines or on the nightly news, but, as we’ll see, past controversies also have an important impact on the freedoms and restrictions that affect our lives today.

Instructor: Judge Steve Bernard served as a prosecutor for 28 years and now presides on the Colorado Court of Appeals.  His acquaintance with the Constitution is up close and personal.

Facilitator:  Dan Lynch
10 Thursdays, Feb. 23 – Apr. 26
Lecture, discussion

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

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

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

Then and Now
Instructor:  Roger Collins
8 Tuesdays, Mar. 6 – Apr. 24
1:30 – 3:30pm
Lecture, DVD’s, group participation, and Q&A

“Where are you, Great Spirit?”  Thus might a typical day begin for North America’s indigenous peoples, whose reverence for the natural world is but one characteristic distinguishing them from the mainstream. We’ll study the history and culture of Native Americans from coast to coast, comparing customs and beliefs of tribes from various geographic areas. We’ll also explore the evolution of government policy toward the Indian and discuss such current issues as casinos, unemployment, alcoholism, and suicide. To deepen our understanding and appreciation of Indian life, we’ll learn some dances, do some drumming, and pay a visit to Denver’s annual March Powwow—where we’ll have a chance to use the tips we’ve learned about buying Indian goods like rugs, jewelry, pottery, baskets, and katsina dolls.

Recommended reading: Dorothy Lippert, Native American History for Dummies (For Dummies, 2007); Peter Decker, The Utes Must Go!: American Expansion and the Removal of a People (Fulcrum, 2004).

Instructor: Retired retail manager and entrepreneur Roger Collins has spent the last ten years visiting Indian reservations in 35 states to steep himself in Indian history and culture.  In 2011, he followed the “powwow trail” to participate in 30 powwows.

Instructor:  Jim Mingle
6 Wednesdays, Mar. 14 – Apr. 18
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Lecture, Discussion, and Video

From the search for the fabled Northwest Passage to the expansion of the western frontier, the settlement of North America is a story of an extraordinary group of explorers—Hudson, Hearne, Mackenzie, Lewis and Clark and John Wesley Powell—to name just a few.  Their adventures have become the subject of legend that often obscures the real dynamics of more than 900 years of discovery.  We’ll return to the journals of the explorers themselves to help separate truth from fiction.  Our class will begin with the 16th century voyagers who relied on maps of pure fantasy to explore the northern oceans and Arctic barren lands;  then we will discuss the early settlements of the French and English in Canada and America; and we will conclude with the exploration of the American West and the ensuring conflicts with Native Americans.

Recommended reading: Alan Taylor, American Colonies: The Settling of North America (Penguin, 2002), Glyndwr Williams, Arctic Labyrinth: The Quest for the Northwest Passage (University of California Press, 2011), Stephen Ambrose, Undaunted Courage (Simon and Schuster, 1996).

Instructor:  Popular facilitator, Dr. Jim Mingle has lead classes in both history and literature from the beginning years of the Academy.   In 2000, he retired from a career as director of a national association of university administrators.

Instructor:  Mark Foster
4 Thursdays, Feb. 23, Mar. 1, Apr. 19 – 26
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture/slide show first hour, discussion format second hour

Literature lovers and history buffs alike will come away from this class with a new appreciation of historical fiction.  We’ll focus on two books that flesh out the bare facts of the past in fully imagined lives—the first a harrowing account of a wounded soldier’s long slog home at the end of the Civil War, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain; the second a series of short stories whose characters emerge rubbed raw by the triumphs and failures of hard-scrabble farm life in late 19th-century mid-America, Hamlin Garland’s Main-Traveled Roads. We’ll meet only the first two and the last two weeks of the term, and participants should come prepared to discuss the Frazier novel at the first meeting.

Required reading: Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain, (Grove Press, 2006); Hamlin Garland, Main Traveled Roads (any version).

Recommended reading: Jay Winik, April, 1865: The Month that Saved America (Harper Perennial, 2006).

Instructor: Mark Foster is professor emeritus in history at the University of Colorado Denver, where he was awarded the University of Colorado Medal in 2007 and honored as teacher of the year (1983) and researcher of the year (2001). The author of twelve books, his hobbies include marathon running and historical reenactment.

It wasn’t by Dieting
Facilitator:  Dick Young
5 Tuesdays, Mar.13 – Apr. 17 (skip Apr. 3)
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, Q&A

The story of how our country got its shape is often messy and still not very well known. We think of the Louisiana Purchase as land bought from France when Napoleon decided to put up a “For Sale” sign. So why were we negotiating with Spain? Join us as we dig into the facts behind the simplistic versions of annexations we learned about in school. What drove us to lay claim to far-flung bits of territory like Guam, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands?  Have we ever resorted to the same methods for expansion we criticize others for?  What did the Mexican-American War of 1846 and the Vietnam War have in common? We’ll ponder these and other intriguing questions marking our history as a developing nation.

Required reading: Walter Nugent, Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion (Knopf, 2008).

Recommended reading: Michael Adas, Dominance by Design: Technological Impreative & America’s Civilizing Mission (Belknap Press, 2009).

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

Facilitator:  Ted Couch
6 Wednesdays, Feb. 22 – Apr. 4
(skip Mar. 21)
10 am – 12 noon
Lecture, video, discussion, voluntary participant reports

It will always be known as the Great Depression—an era with which every recession, including the global downturn of our time, is compared. A worldwide economic collapse, the Great Depression was, for America, the worst catastrophe since the Civil War and the greatest economic crisis ever. It held one-third of the nation in poverty, transformed the role of the federal government, fostered the rise of labor unions, and changed life in America forever. Our parents and grandparents worked, struggled, prayed, and somehow survived this hardest of hard times. Through lectures, videos, discussion, and voluntary reports by class members, we will explore the political, social, and economic history of the 1930s in America.

Recommended reading: David M. Kennedy, Freedom from Fear (Ch. 1-12 only), (Oxford University Press, 2001).

Facilitator: After a 30-year career in public relations and public affairs for the Bell System in Chicago, New York, and Denver, Ted Couch is excited about teaching another Academy course about his first love, history.

A Nostalgic Journey
Instructor:  Ted Borrillo
3 Wednesdays, Apr. 11 – 25
10 am – 12 noon
$20 (nonmembers $30)
Lecture, discussion, field trip

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

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


Currents in Conscience
Facilitator: Marcy Dolan
8 Wednesdays, Mar. 7 – Apr. 25
1:30 – 3:30pm
Lecture and Discussion

Can’t sleep?  Forget the hot milk. Read about courage and conscience instead. Using the lens of literature, we’ll see how four very different people face choices that test just these facets of character. Travel “the road not taken” by the central figures in Robert Bolt’s play about Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons; Arthur Miller’s fictionalized version of the Salem witch trials in The Crucible; Peter Høeg’s suspenseful tale of lies and danger in modern Copenhagen, Smilla’s Sense of Snow; and the facilitator’s own novel about the life of Harriet Tubman, A Woman Called Moses. The courageous characters who emerge life-size from our reading will challenge your imagination and raise probing questions. You’ll sleep all the better from the encounter.

Required reading: Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons (any version); Marcy Heidish, A Woman Called Moses (Dolan & Assoc., 2010); Peter Hoeg, Smila’s Sense of Snow (Delta, 1995); Arthur Miller, The Crucible (any version);

Facilitator: Marcy Dolan’s 2010 historical novel about the legendary abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman was made into a TV movie starring Cicely Tyson. A former teacher of literature and creative writing at Fordham University, Dolan has published nine other inspirational books under her pen name, Marcy Heidish.

Facilitator: Larry Matten
8 Tuesdays, Feb. 28 – Apr. 24 (skip Mar. 27)
1:30 – 3:30pm
Reading, book & film discussion
Limited to 20

You don’t need to leave your comfy armchair to travel to distant galaxies.  Best of all, you’ll gain new insight into real world problems of today by exploring fictional worlds of the future. Join us as we dip into some great science fiction through short stories, films, and class discussions.  We’ll examine the relation between science fiction and science fact in such realms as genetic engineering, thought control, and androids and consider how science fiction has provided us with new settings for the battle between good and evil. As we’re transported to outer space or other imaginary worlds, we’ll be confronted with new ways of thinking about issues ranging from immigration to euthanasia and the future of life itself.

Required reading: Gardner Dozois, The Best of the Best, 20 Years of the Years’s Best Science Fiction (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005).

Facilitator: Retired science professor and elder-law attorney Larry Matten is an avid reader who has taught Academy courses on subjects ranging from evolution and intelligent design to brain games and chess.

Repeat of Fall 2011 Course
Discussion Leader: Paulette Wasserstein
6 Thursdays, Mar. 1 – Apr. 19 (skip Mar. 29 and Apr. 5)
1:30—3:30 pm
Reading, discussion

This popular course, now in its fourth season, will repeat the stories explored in Fall 2011 with the same participation-friendly discussions.  If you love great literature, you will appreciate the artistry that goes into the creation of the short prose found in Best American Short Stories, 2009, edited by Alice Sebold.  Each week the class examines one or two memorable stories, teasing out the meanings of each story and building a greater understanding of how the short story is constructed.  Because the short stories are written by contemporary authors, their subject matter and dilemmas cannot fail to stir great questions and evoke new insights about the world in which we live.

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

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

A Haiku Workshop
Facilitator: Ginny Hoyle
5 Thursdays, Mar. 22 – Apr. 26 (skip Apr. 12)
1:30—3:30 pm
Workshop: reading, informal lectures, discussion, short outdoor sessions

Writing haiku invites us to look more closely and see more deeply, to create small poems that bear witness to the poignancy and beauty of this world, this life. We explore this venerable short-form poem through modest weekly writing assignments, approaching the creative process as a mindfulness practice—observing simple rituals that heighten sensory appreciation. Haiku makes rules and breaks rules in the realm of poetry, and we will, too, writing some haiku to a strict syllable count (5/7/5) and some that are even more spare.

Note: While this is a repeat of the popular course offered previously, it keeps evolving, so returning participants will find a familiar structure along with new ways to explore. And first-time participants will begin fresh, in good company.

Required reading: Robert Hass, The Essential Haiku (The Eco Press, 1994).

Recommended reading: Wm. J. Higginson & Penny Harter, The Haiku Handbook (Kodansha International, 2010).

Facilitator: Ginny Hoyle is hooked on nature, science and poetry. Her poems have appeared in a handful of literary journals and been featured in major art exhibits and collections. She volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the Department of Earth Sciences. Last summer she spent a week onsite at the Ice Age dig in Snowmass and she is still buzzed about it.

Poet:  Ted Borrillo
3 Wednesdays, Apr. 11 – Apr. 25
1:30 – 3:30 pm
$20 (nonmembers $30)
Discussion, poetry reading, writing poetry

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

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

Family Storytelling
Facilitator:  Kathleen Visovatti
6 Wednesdays, Mar. 21 – Apr. 25
10 am – 12 noon

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.

Getting Started
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Thursdays, Feb. 23 – Mar. 22
10 am – 12 noon
Interactive writing workshop

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

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

Beginning Memoir Writing
Facilitator: Patricia Cox
8 Tuesdays, Feb. 21 – Apr. 10
10 am – 12 noon
Interactive writing workshop

“Anyone who physically and emotionally outlasts childhood has something to write about forever,” offers author Lou Willett Stanek. You’ll agree once you discover the rich vein of topics in your past and experience the joy of preserving these treasured tales. We’ll share and encourage each other in class and tackle some writing at home. Reading your stories aloud will prove a powerful affirmation, and listening to others as they share theirs is an effective way to improve your own writing. Join this group, capped at 12, to learn how to transform your cherished memories into your memoirs.   This is a repeat of the popular course taught in spring and fall 2010 and earlier.

Recommended reading: Lou Willett Stanek, Writing Your Life (Collins, 1996); Frank Thomas, How to Write the Story of Your Life (Writers’ Digest Books, 1989).

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

Finishing your Project
Facilitator: Kathy Boyer
5 Thursdays, Mar. 29 – Apr. 26
10 am – 12 noon
Interactive writing workshop

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

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


21st Century Survival Skills
Instructor:  Eileen Sharkey
6 Tuesdays, Mar. 20 – Apr. 24
10 am —12 noon
Lecture, discussion

Financial literary is a 21st century survival skill.  Global and personal economic storms are hard to avoid but you can improve your chances of survival.   You’ll learn you’re not alone in trying to understand today’s financial system and wanting to take control of your finances.  To break the cycle of confusion and procrastination, you’ll privately audit your financial situation and perform exercises to help you determine your goals. Then you’ll develop an action plan to achieve them because, as Will Rogers once said, “Even though you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” You’ll learn about today’s basic and advanced money management techniques and gain new insights about topics like the psychology of money, cash flow, inflation, investing and withdrawal rates, insurance, medical directives, getting help you can trust, and communicating your end-of-life plans. This is a repeat of the 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. Last year Wealth Manager honored her as one of the nation’s 50 most influential women in finance.

Lecturer:  Jim Kneser
3 Wednesdays, Feb. 22 – Mar. 7
1:30—3:30 pm
$30 (includes daily lecture notes + a large binder of readings for those who missed Part 1)
Lecture, Q&A

In three short weeks, we’ll tie up last fall’s basic course on economic principles by discussing the analytical tools economists use and how you can keep from being fooled by their misuse. We’ll also examine several case studies of market and government failures and their possible solutions. And we’ll flesh out with examples two topics we discussed in the fall—how unintended consequences and poorly set economic incentives can cause policies to fail.

Lecturer: Jim Kneser loves using his training in economics and finance and his vocational experience in private equity to put current economic news in proper historical context.

Lecturer: Jim Kneser
7 Thursdays, Mar. 15 – Apr. 26
10 am —12 noon
$75 (includes readings plus daily lecture notes)
Lecture, Q&A

The credit contraction of 2008, the global recession and jobless recovery that followed, along with exploding US budget deficits and the European sovereign debt crises have taught every American the critical importance of macroeconomics. This class will help clarify the confusing, even contradictory, references to fiscal, monetary, and trade policies that bombard us daily. We’ll use current events to illustrate the application and misapplication of the goals and tools of macroeconomic policies in the real world.  Focusing on economic behavior at the national and international level, this course is the logical next step for those who have just completed the Academy’s microeconomic course, “Thinking Like an Economist.”

Lecturer: Completing his 15th year as a volunteer economics lecturer, Jim Kneser has led over 80 courses for more than 4,000 people. A CPA with an undergraduate degree in economics and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Kneser looks back on a career specializing in mergers, acquisitions, speculative markets, and corporate finance.


Coordinator: Lois Martin
10 Wednesdays, Feb. 22 – Apr. 25
12:15 – 1:15 pm
$35 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)  Feb. 22: “The Stuff We Call Matter” Guided by Pat Emery, community based “science translator,” explore some of what modern science is telling us about matter and how it behaves, including new findings such as dark matter, dark energy, chaos theory, string theory, and what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”

B)  Feb. 29: “Why Do They Come?”  As an expert in social and political ethics at the Iliff School of Theology, Dr. Miguel De La Torre presents a political and economic analysis of the current immigration debate, but from the perspective of the immigrant, going back to the 1830’s.

C)  Mar. 7: “How to Make the Most of your Retirement”   Barb Stainman uses lecture plus group exercises to guide individuals in defining their strengths and values in order to assess what activities they might enjoy most in retirement and what actions they should take now.

D)  Mar. 14: “Icons & Legends” Len Marino, retired advertising executive, examines the extraordinary contributions of four American legends in the visual arts, literature, and music, and how they have influenced our current culture.

E)  Mar. 21: “Ethics & Morality: Is There a Difference?”  Find out why Steve Stazel, national lecturer, believes that when we hear a contrary view regarding religion, culture, or politics, it involves a moral difference of opinion and when two people do the same thing it may be that only one is unethical.

F)  Mar. 28: “Helen Ring Robinson: Colorado Senator & Suffragist” Pat Pascoe, author and former State Senator, wrote a biography of Colorado’s first woman Senator, Helen Robinson, who sponsored bills for the benefit of women and children and called herself “housewife of the senate.”

G)  Apr. 4: “The People’s War” Award-winning author of Blackout and All Clear Connie Willis will discuss the vital role civilians—from teenaged English shopgirls to fire-spotting retirees, from mathematicians to children to mystery writers—played in winning World War II.

H) Apr. 11: “Conscious Uncoupling” Whether a separation occurred last week or decades ago, Micki Boling, life coach, can help you and your loved ones discover how to limit suffering and gain understanding and self-awareness.

I) Apr. 18: “Exploring Prehistoric Religion” Dr. Bonnie L. Benda, retired professor of religion and philosophy, will discuss the origins of religion, focusing on the Paleolithic era.

J) Apr. 25: “The Dead Sea Scrolls” Dr. Alison Schofield, Associate Professor in Religious Studies at DU, will speak on the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and what they reveal bout the history of the Bible and the origins of Judaism and Christianity.


Instructor: Jane Masterson, RN ACLS TNCC
Tuesday Apr. 17 OR
Wednesday Apr. 25(sign up for only one)
10 am – 2:45 (includes lunch break)
$30 (nonmembers $40), includes book and certification
Workshop – Limited to 8 participants

Get certified in adult, child, and infant CPR, the cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique that has helped save the lives of countless heart attack victims. This one-day, four-hour session teaches you how to perform chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth breathing, with emphasis on the ABCs of Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.  You’ll practice with mannequins and see a demonstration of the automated external defibrillator, which can restart a stalled heartbeat through electrical stimulation. Wear comfortable clothes since much of the individual practice will take place on the floor.

Instructor:  Jane Masterson  holds the titles of RN (Registered Nurse), ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support), TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course), and American Heart Association CPR Instructor. Beyond all those letters and experience, Jane is a fun-loving, delightful person who will engage you in the CPR experience. Her twenty-three years in ER medicine includes experience locally at Swedish, Porter, and St. Anthony Central Hospital, Level I Trauma Center, and Flight for Life.

Instructors:  Scott Henke & Maria Arapakis
9 Thursdays, Feb. 23 – Apr. 26 (skip Mar. 29)
12:15 – 1:15 pm
$30 or $5/session (one session free with Academy membership) (non-members $8 each session)

A)  Feb. 23: Computer Basics – Scott Henke
B) Feb 29: 9am Backstage Pass at Microcenter – Scott Henke
C)  Mar. 1: Introduction to iPads & iPhones – Scott Henke
D)  Mar. 8: Introduction to Droid Phones – Scott Henke
E)  Mar. 15: I know I don’t know…  – Scott Henke
F)  Mar. 22: Installing and Using Skype – Scott Henke
Mar. 29: Skip week.  No presentation
G)  Apr. 5: Google Maps – Scott Henke
H)  Apr. 12: Mac Tips & Tricks – Maria Arapakis
I) Apr. 19: Mac Tips & Tricks, Part 2 – Maria Arapakis
J) Apr. 26: Backups Made Easy with Mozy Online Backup – Scott Henke

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.

Instructor: Susan Blake-Smith
6 Wednesdays, Feb. 29 – Apr. 11 (skip Mar. 21)
1:30—3:30 pm
Conversational Spanish

Tailored to fit those who want to improve basic Spanish skills, this class will build on previous semesters and focus on increasing vocabulary, verb conjugation, and phrases essential for travel and casual conversation.  Those with “un poquito de” previous Spanish language experience will feel comfortably challenged.  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.  If you are thinking about signing-up but have questions about what has been covered in previous semesters, feel free to call Susan at (303) 794-9635.  Limited to 22 participants.

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

Intermediate / Advanced
Instructor: Linda Gordon
6 Wednesdays, Feb. 29 – Apr. 11 (skip Mar. 21)
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Conversational Spanish

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

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

Fun with Watercolors
Instructor: Jane Heath
5 Tuesdays, Feb. 21, Mar. 6, 20, Apr. 3, 17 (every-other week)
9:30 am—12 noon
This course is an introduction to color theory and design. We’ll begin with washes, complementary colors, triads, and value, then move on to composition, focal points, and “negative” painting as important elements in the creative process. You’ll learn by doing, with a different project to paint each week, followed by a critique of your own work.

Instructor: Enthusiastic watercolorist and experienced teacher Jane Heath believes people of all ages and abilities can enjoy watercolor painting as a hobby.  Her work has appeared in various juried shows in metro Denver.

Advanced Intermediate
Instructor: Milt Shioya
8 Tuesdays, Feb. 21 – Apr. 10
1:30 – 3:30
Lecture, Q&A, playing cards

Those who have mastered their basic bridge bidding will enjoy learning the more advanced standard conventions known across the nation.  Participants should already know Stayman, Jacoby transfers, weak- and strong-two bids, and Blackwood and Gerber.  This class will review negative doubles, Michaels, Unusual notrump and Roman  Key card.  The new conventions covered will be reverses, defensive bidding over opponent’s notrump, help suit game tries, Jacoby 2 notrump, and OGUST.  There will be assigned reading, explanations, Q&A, and playing pre-set hands.  Those who are uncertain about their ability level should contact Milt Shioya, 303-331-8654.

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

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

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

Intermediate, Part 2
Instructor: Sally Kneser
Optional Review, Feb. 23
9 Thursdays, Mar. 1 – Apr. 26
1:30—3:30 pm
$75 (includes flash cards)
Lecture, Q&A, playing cards

This is a repeat of the Spring 2011 course and a continuation of the Fall 2011 course.  Having covered advanced finesses, discarding losers, promoting length, and ruffing, the concentration will be on applying the appropriate techniques to notrump contracts.  Intermediate level bidding skill is expected, including a thorough understanding of Stayman, Jacoby transfers, weak-twos, and strong-two clubs.  The first hour includes lectures, Q&A, examining hands, and drilling, followed by an hour playing pre-set hands.  On February 23 there will be an optional review of basic bidding.  New participants must have the permission of the instructor, Sally Kneser, 303-770-0788.

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

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

Instructor: Bridge nut and art groupie Sally Kneser is also the Academy’s Director. Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics of the game.

Academy Facilitators

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

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

In 1983 he founded and directed the first community hospital-based center for study and teaching of bioethics, the Center for Applied Biomedical Ethics at Rose Medical Center in Denver, which then provided the training in the 1980s for all the original Colorado hospital ethics committees as well as the Community Ethics Committee sponsored by the Colorado Department of Health. In the mid-1980s, he was a leader in the passage of Colorado’s first “Living Will” law.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jack Burns (CU Science Tuesday: Exploring the Universe from the Moon) is a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences and Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs and Research for the University of Colorado Boulder.  He is also Director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute’s Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR), a NASA-funded center. Burns received his B.S. degree in Astrophysics from the University of Massachusetts. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Indiana University.  From 2001 through 2005, Burns served as Vice President for Academic Affairs & Research for the University of Colorado System.  Burns was Vice Provost for Research at the University of Missouri – Columbia from 1997 through 2001. He was Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Burns was Department Head and Professor in the Department of Astronomy at NMSU from 1989 until 1996. During his tenure at the University of New Mexico from 1980 to 1989, Burns served as the Director of the Institute for Astrophysics and was a Presidential Fellow.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory from 1978 to 1980.  Burns has 370 publications in refereed journals, books, and in conference proceedings and abstracts (as listed in NASA’s Astrophysics Data System).  Burns is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He received NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010 for his service on the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) and as Chair of the NAC Science Committee.

Dr. Mary Schaeffer Conroy (Late Imperial Russia & Russians Today) is emeritus professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has focused her professional research on the politics in Late Imperial Russia and health care in Imperial and Soviet Russia. She is currently translating a Russian book about a family in Imperial and Soviet times. A popular teacher of Russian and East European history at UCD, she has won many teaching awards. During her most recent trip to Moscow, she presented a lecture on Peter A. Stolypin.

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

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

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

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

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

Ellie Greenberg (New Challenges for Women Over 60) has been interested in the adult life cycle since she developed and led the University Without Walls in the 1970s. Over the last 40 years, she has had the privilege of designing and leading many more programs for adults, such as: PATHWAYS to the Future for 40,000 US WEST non-management employees in 14 states; Project Leadership focused on non-profit board leadership; and MAPP–the Mountain and Plains Partnership-online Masters degree programs for health professionals in underserved areas.  Ms. Greenberg has served on many boards and commissions, and learned politics through the civil rights and women’s movements.   She cares about learners and learning, and enjoys creating “access to opportunity.” She finds it exciting to be able to now share what she has learned with you through The Academy.

Onsite Consulting, Inc. owner Scott Henke (Tech Tips) has been a consultant for 27 years, training computer users and repairing computers. He taught classes through Denver Community Schools for 11 years and worked for 13 years as a Technology Coordinator at Hamilton Middle School, helping students learn computers and the Internet.  His company, Onsite Consulting, offers PC training, PC and network troubleshooting, repair, virus and spyware solutions, free offsite backup, remote emergency help and many other computer services. The company received the 2008 Business of the Year Award.

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

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

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

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

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

Jim Kneser (“It’s the Economy, Stupid!”)  is in his fourteenth year of leading classes in economics, public policy, and high art music. He has led more than 60 economics and public policy classes with more than 3,500 class members and has facilitated more than fifteen classes in music, focusing on the Germanic tradition from Bach to Mahler and from sonatas to opera. Jim has an undergraduate degree in economics from Ripon College and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School.  He is also a CPA and worked in private equity specializing in mergers, acquisitions, speculative markets, and corporate finance.  Jim enjoys placing current economic and public policy issues in proper historical context, explaining the fundamental economic principles that apply, and allowing class members to draw their own conclusions on the proper course of action. Past participants have consistently praised his classes, emphasizing that he “thrives on questions and discussion” and commenting that he is “One of the finest teachers I have ever seen in a classroom—including the graduate level—brilliantly informed!” and that “In all my years of teaching economics at the college level, I have never seen anyone explain the subject as clearly as Jim does.”

Sally Kneser (Bridge:  Advanced Intermediate Practice and Bridge: Intermediate Bidding) is always ready to learn something new and help teach others. “I love to learn, and it’s so much more fun with friends around.” Sally is a Life Master in bridge and enjoys explaining the basics to others. As the Academy’s Director, Sally tackles operational and tactical issues in running the nonprofit. While volunteering with the Junior League, Sally chaired several committees, including the Facilitators.  In addition to managing the Academy’s business, she has volunteered as the “keeper of the files” for several nonprofits.  When not enjoying herself at the bridge table, she attends two book clubs and stops to smell roses in her gardens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robin McNeil (Music & Culture: Pivotal Moments of Change) began his study of piano at DePauw University at the age of four, taking lessons with Irene Soltas. He has a Bachelor of Music in Perform­ance from Indiana University and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at the University of Illinois and then served as Chairman of the Piano Department at the University of South Dakota.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vee Sabel (Great Decisions in America’s Current Foreign Policy) is a confirmed foreign policy junkie and world traveler. She loves to hear the opinions of others and gain new perspective on issues. She is a skilled facilitator, having been trained by and worked with Michael Doyle and Peter Strauss in their worldwide consultancy, Interaction Associates. While with them, she specialized in issues involving information flow and management structure. She has also worked with nonprofit boards throughout the United States on similar matters. Locally she is a member of the Institute for International Education, the Englewood Rotary Club, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum, and numerous other nonprofit groups.  Vee is also a designer with the Allred Architectural Group and often lectures at Arapahoe Community College.

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

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

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

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

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

Sandy Stolar (Chatting in Espanol, Intermediate 2)

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Paulette Wasserstein (Contemporary American Short Stories: New Series) has always loved sharing “a good read.”  Her career in public education, teaching high school English, afforded her the endless opportunities to open student thinking by way of the printed word.  In the early 1990s after many wonderful years of teaching reading and writing at Cherry Creek High School and adult education at the University of Phoenix departments of Communication and Masters of Education, Paulette was inspired to contribute to education on state and national levels.  With a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, she was contracted to work as an independent consultant with many school districts and administrators to create challenging curricula and to provide K-12 teacher training to raise literacy levels for students.

Daniel Weinshenker (Experts & Entertainers: Preserving History Digitally)

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

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

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

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