CURRENT COURSES

A course for every curiosity!  Wherever your mind takes you, the Academy offers plenty of choices. You’ll find a wide variety of affordable courses led by scholars, current and retired faculty members, and professional practitioners—all eager to share their passion for their field of expertise. The Academy is pleased to support several local cultural organizations by partnering with them to offer courses in conjunction with their programs and events as well.

Category Title & Description Day Time Dates Course Meets Course Leader
RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY A POET’S VISION OF JESUS: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
NEW! The Gospel of John has been called the spiritual gospel, the maverick gospel, the mystical gospel, and more. You’ll learn the history behind this uniquely poetic gospel, get an overview of its ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25 Neuwoehner, Bob
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE A STAR IS BORN: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
NEW! The Sun, the source of all life on Earth, is but an ordinary star amongst the billions of stars in the Milky Way.  Thus, we begin with a brief overview of the origin of the Universe, the Milky ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Eraker, Jim
House, Lew
Bergstrom, Jim
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE
  March 16– An Introduction to Kaiser Permanente and Prevention: Stress Management and Mindfulness In this first course you will learn about Kaiser Permanente: its history, mission, and patient ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 Colorado Permanente Medical Group, Colorado Permanente Medical Group
ECONOMICS/FINANCE AN UNCONVENTIONAL VIEW OF ECONOMICS
NEW! Get a completely different, alternative approach to economics from what you’re accustomed to. Our course leader posits “In a finite system, no subsystem can grow indefinitely. The system is ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 Tsoucatos, Alec
SOCIAL SCIENCE ANATOMY OF A MURDER TRIAL
NEW! Get a front seat to the trial system by turning one particular case inside out: the 1981 interstate-contract murder of a young mother in Boulder County. The instructor, who originally tried the ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 Wanebo, Dennis
MUSIC BOB DYLAN: POET LAUREATE & PROPHET
Bob Dylan is arguably the most important American song writer and performer of the past half-century: poet laureate, folk hobo king, ‘60s protest poet, rock -and -roll icon, traveling troubadour, ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 Turelli, Paul
BRIDGE & LOTS OF IT BRIDGE: STAY & PLAY THURSDAY
NEW! Looking for a place to relax and play bridge? No instruction to interrupt your playing time with friends. Pre-set challenges in bidding and play will be available each week or you can shuffle and ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 Group, Your
BRIDGE & LOTS OF IT BRIDGE: STAY & PLAY TUESDAY
NEW! Looking for a place to relax and play bridge? No instruction to interrupt your playing time with friends. Pre-set challenges in bidding and play will be available each week or you can shuffle and ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Group, Your
LITERATURE BRITISH NOVELS & THEIR FILM ADAPTATIONS
NEW! Watch and compare classic novels and their film adaptations from some of the great authors across the pond. Drawn from a list of the best 100 British novels compiled by the BBC, the novels will ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26 Mingle, Jim
Mingle, Pam
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL ADV. BEGINNER
The Beginning/Intermediate class is for those who have taken some Spanish, but want to “brush up” on grammar and vocabulary and keep building conversational skills. Participants should be ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4 Gordon, Linda
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL INTERMEDIATE
¡Continuamos la conversación! The class will be conducted primarily in Spanish, with pauses to look at some important grammar. Themed conversations will build vocabulary and the confidence to speak ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 Stolar, Sandy
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL: BEGINNER
Tailored to fit beginners with “un poquito” of previous Spanish language experience, this class will include the basic vocabulary, sentence structures and phrases essential for travel and casual ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 Blake-Smith, Susan
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE COLORADO ENVIRONMENT: IS THERE SCIENCE BEHIND THE NEWS?
NEW! Course format is lecture, discussion, reports. Get the background you need to learn about environmental science so that you can objectively assess newspaper and magazine articles. With a focus on ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 Lanning, John
SOCIAL SCIENCE CRIMINAL JUSTICE: CURRENT ISSUES IN CONTEXT
In the past three years, long-simmering resentments about police practices and, more broadly, about harsh sentencing practices have dominated the news. Current policies and proposed reforms will be ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 Mahoney, Barry
LITERATURE CURIOSITY TO CREATIVITY: WRITING AND RESEARCH
NEW! Somewhere in the corner of each mind is a curiosity—a question about something you see every day or just occasionally think about. Investigate and develop your interest in class, and then ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 Westerberg, Ann
ART DAM GREAT ART – SPOTLIGHT ON ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
   NEW TOPIC! The original and iconic DAM Building, the North Building, opened in 1971 and is now in the early stages of a redesign for the building’s 50th birthday in 2021. Sessions will include ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:30pm 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Mendes, Joanne
Corren, Marty
SOCIAL SCIENCE DISSECTING THE JURY SYSTEM
NEW! What do a judge, a defense attorney and a prosecutor look for in their jury selection? Who gets chosen and why? What is the impact of serving on a jury, of being sequestered or having a life or ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 Bernard, Steve
Goldman, Rosalie
Porter, Sheila
Vary, Sharon
SKILLS DRAWING FOR THOSE WHO THINK THEY CAN’T
This hands-on course will take you step-by-step through a process that will unlock your ability to draw anything accurately. Students will discover a way of seeing that will surprise in its ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/21 Ceraso, Chuck
ART EARLY HITCHCOCK THRILLERS
NEW! The films Alfred Hitchcock made in the 1930s represent the second phase of his 50-years as a filmmaker, and are best known as the British Thriller Series. When he is given artistic control over ...

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Wed 11:30am - 3:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Wigdahl, Matt
ECONOMICS/FINANCE ESTATE PLANNING FROM A TO Z
Was the last version of your will written on a yellow legal pad with coffee rings and the faint smell of cigarette smoke? Kidding aside, legal hardships are usually caused by the lack of a will or ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 Keenan, Phil
LITERATURE FALLING AWAKE: A HAIKU WORKSHOP
Haiku teaches us to see beauty everywhere, even where we least expect it. Join us as we consider haiku’s connection to nature and the influence of Shintoism on Japanese culture through the ages. In ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Hoyle, Ginny
Elser, Art
ECONOMICS/FINANCE FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Global and personal economic storms are hard to avoid, but you can improve your chances of survival. Students will use current, practical tools to audit their own financial situations and to help ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 Sharkey, Eileen
SOCIAL SCIENCE GREAT DECISIONS 2017-FULL
NEW TOPICS! The Great Decisions discussion groups are part of a nationwide annual  program developed by the Foreign Policy Association. The 2017 topics are: The Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 Marsden , Sara
MUSIC GREAT VOICES IN OPERA: CARUSO TO CALLAS
We’ll examine six opera stars: Enrico Caruso, Feodor Chaliapin, Lawrence Tibbett, Rosa Ponselle, Jussi Bjorling, and Maria Callas, whose singing styles and distinctive personalities developed and ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Culp, Don
MUSIC GUSTAV MAHLER: CREATING BEAUTY FROM TRAGEDY
Mahler has been called “a prophet for an age riddled with doubts and anxieties,” and understanding the composer’s tragedy-filled life is key to appreciating his music. Using new sources ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18 Kneser, Jim
HISTORY HAMILTON: THE MAN & THE MUSICAL-FULL
Sorry, this class is full. Waitlist also full. NEW! Hamilton, the record-breaking Broadway sensation, has sparked new interest in one of America’s most fascinating founding fathers. Using the ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20 Blake-Smith, Susan
HISTORY HEADWEAR & RELIGION: SYMBOLS, RITUALS & CONTROVERSIES
NEW! Over generations, headwear has been worn to symbolize ethnic piety, spiritual elevation, cultural traditionalism, political power, folk traditions and more. Learn how traditions related to ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 Chico, Beverly
MUSIC ICONIC MUSIC: HISTORY’S FAVORITES
NEW! Study a small selection of landmark compositions from the 18th and 19th Centuries, with the goal of understanding each work concerning form, harmony, style, and the composer’s adherence to the ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 McNeil, Robin
ART IMPRESSIONISM: A PRIMER-FULL
Sorry this class is full. NEW! Focus on this modernist art movement of the mid 19th century in Paris. Explore the biographies of key Impressionists and post-Impressionists. Through classroom lecture ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 Turelli, Paul
MUSIC JAZZ – THE ‘30S INTO THE EARLY ‘40S
This is a revamped new edition of the course first offered in the Spring of 2014. Much material has been added as the course follows the rise of the Big Bands against the background of The Great ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15 Rychner, Lorenz
LITERATURE MASTERS OF SHORT STORIES-FULL
Join the celebration of the best short story writers of the 20th century. As an extension of the popular ‘Contemporary Short Stories’ class, we will pay tribute to classical writers such as Edna ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18 Wasserstein, Paulette
MUSIC MORE GREAT VOICES OF OPERA
Hear a lot of great singing and enjoy an introduction to a wider range of 20th Century performers, some of whom added realism to the opera stage, faced the challenges of racial or religious ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 Culp, Don
RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY MY NEIGHBOR IS MUSLIM
NEW! While based on previous Islam courses taught by Walt, he has designed this course to assist non-Muslims to better relate to those Muslims that they meet. A three-week intro into the origin and ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25 Meyer, Walt
MUSIC OPERA PASTICHE-CANCELED :-(
    This course is canceled, however, we have two other opera classes on Tuesday and Thursday. AND FREE, for you and a guest: On March 28, 11:30 am-1 pm, The Academy will present a ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 Bjelland, Linda
HISTORY POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT: THEN & NOW
In assessing the Presidents’ powers, can we compare Obama’s drone strikes on Al-Quaida strongholds to Jefferson’s attacks on North African pirate states 200-plus years ago? And what will ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Young, Dick
HISTORY PUTIN’S POLICIES THROUGH THE LENS OF HISTORY
NEW What is Russia thinking? How do Putin’s recent policies fit in with past Russian strategies and what are his goals for the future? We will focus on Putin’s policies toward Ukraine, Crimea, ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 Conroy, Mary
LITERATURE READERS THEATRE
Among a group of your Academy peers, analyze, prepare and rehearse one or two classic scripts for an end-of-class performance with Academy students, family and friends. Class members may act, serve ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25 Meyer, Karyl
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE SCIENCE SAMPLER: CYBERSECURITY TO BLACK HOLES
NEW! A Series of six lectures will cover a wide range of science topics that are in the news or relevant to everyone today. Speakers and topics include: -The Concerns and Reflections of a Geologist, ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6 Emlen, Woody
HISTORY SOMETHING’S HAPPENING HERE: VIETNAM WAR-FULL
NEW! An examination of the Vietnam War, the course begins with the history of French Colonialism and continues through the American involvement in Vietnam. The course leader will talk about the ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Hochstadt, Shellie
SKILLS TECH TIPS – FREE CLASS ON TROUBLESHOOTING
Free class on troubleshooting your PC and overview of future ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/8 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS – INTERNET FOR VIDEO LOVERS
Internet for Video Lovers: YouTube, Fandango, and Movie ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/22 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS – RESEARCH AND PURCHASING
Research and purchasing using ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 4/19 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS – STREAMING VIDEO
Streaming video:  Netflix, Hulu, ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/15 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS – USING GOOGLE FOR FAR MORE
Using Google for far more than ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 4/5 Henke, Scott
RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY THE HEBREW BIBLE: BABYLON TO ROME
NEW! Jump into the history of Israel, picking up from the Babylonian exile, through the Persian, Greek and Roman occupations and come to the time of Jesus. Using the biblical text as the prime source ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 Stainman, Ted
SOCIAL SCIENCE THE HUMAN-ANIMAL CONNECTION: A SURVEY OF THE FIELD
NEW! If you’re an animal lover,  come learn from DU experts about this incredible Human-Animal Connection! What is the importance of human relationships with other animals and the living world? ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 Phillip Tedeschi and Faculty, Phillip Tedeschi and Faculty
RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY THE NATURE OF BEAUTY: PHILOSOPHERS SPEAK
NEW! Consider famous philosophers’, artists’ and critics’ views about the nature and importance of Beauty for individuals, societies, and civilizations. Survey the writings and art from Plato, ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26 Brown, Rex
HISTORY THE POWER OF MAPS: EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF MAPS
NEW! In the case of antique maps, they don’t tell us where to go but tell us where we’ve been. Guest speakers from the Rocky Mountain Map Society will demonstrate these blendings of art, history ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23 Sherry, Lorraine
BRIDGE & LOTS OF IT THURSDAY BRIDGE: INTERMEDIATE PLAY, PART 2
This is a continuation of the fall 2016 course on Planning A Suit Contract and is a repeat of the spring 2012 course.  The exclusive concentration of this offering will be on declarer play of ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:30am 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 Shaw, Bill
BRIDGE & LOTS OF IT TUESDAY BRIDGE: INTERMEDIATE PLAY, PART 2
This is a continuation of the fall 2016 course on Planning A Suit Contract and is a repeat of the spring 2012 course.  The exclusive concentration of this offering will be on declarer play of ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:30pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Kneser, Sally
SOCIAL SCIENCE VIEWPOINTS ON CURRENT ISSUES
NEW! This is an opportunity to expose yourself to viewpoints on challenging contemporary issues from representatives of local advocacy organizations. All classes will include presentation, Q&A and ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26 Goldman, Rosalie
SKILLS WATERCOLOR IN ONE-DAY STUDIO
Bring your brushes and supplies to participate in this “studio day” to paint, explore, or even finish a painting. Explore the 4 S’s to create textures plus a few surprises. Participants, both ...

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Tues 9:30am - 2:30pm 4/18 Rouse, Sharon
LITERATURE WRITE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE-FULL
“Anyone who physically and emotionally outlasts childhood has something to write about forever,” proclaims author Lou Willett Stanek. You’ll agree once you discover the rich vein of stories in ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Cox, Patricia
LITERATURE WRITING YOUR LIFE STORIES
Whether you’re 19 or 90, you have stories to tell and wisdom to share. Learn how to begin compiling a collection of your life experiences to share with friends and family—or simply to read later ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 Boyer, Kathy
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: INFECTION, AUTOIMMUNITY, CANCER
NEW! The human immune system is a highly evolved, complex system that continuously protects us from our hostile environment.  When in balance, it does an incredible job keeping us alive and healthy; ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Emlen, Woody