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
SKILLS 21ST CENTURY MAPS: SMART MAPPING -NEW
For thousands of years, maps have been used to explore the unknown, and to communicate a great amount of detail in a small amount of space.  Today, digital maps are still used to explore the unknown, ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 Kerski, Joseph
ART AMERICAN MODERN DANCE- ISADORA TO MARTHA TO MERCE –NEW
Modern dance in America developed to make statements in movement that were relevant to modern times and had a unique American energy. Beginning in the early 20th century, modern dance is as varied as ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 Kubel, Gloria
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY: 1492 TO 1865
True, America was founded by people seeking religious freedom, but that’s a simple version of history. Religious ideas and religious people were critical to the develop-ment of America: how we ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 Stainman, Ted
ART ART IN POLITICS, IDEOLOGY and SOCIAL COMMENTARY –NEW
Since ancient times, art has played roles that go beyond aesthetics, decoration and technology. Art has provided meaning by reflecting history, politics, ideology, hopes and fears of epochs and ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 Contiguglia, Georgi
SKILLS BREAKING THE COMMUNICATION BARRIER -NEW
Times have changed and people seem more divided than ever. Through a unique blend of warmth, wit and wisdom, Abe Wagner will help you understand and improve communication in your life based on the ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24 Wagner, Abe
SKILLS BRIDGE STAY & PLAY
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 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 Group, Your
SKILLS BRIDGE: LEARN THE 2/1 CONVENTION
The 2-Over-1 Game Force system is simply an adaptation of Standard American. Easy! But there are lots of bells and whistles. These lessons involve many “How-to” situations: suit preference, shape, ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 Kneser, Sally
SKILLS BRING YOUR OLD PHOTOS INTO THE DIGITAL REALM
Learn all about scanning your old photos and slides. Emphasis will be on the scanning process, resolution, and photo enhancement with the scanner software.  Then, using Picasa, we will organize, tag, ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 Wilke, Doug
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL, BEGINNING
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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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8 Gordon, Linda
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL, INTERMEDIATE
Intermediate Chatting in Español is for people wanting to brush up on their conversational Spanish skills. We practice speaking, listening and reading in Spanish. We will review the past tenses as ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 Stolar, Sandy
ART CLINT EASTWOOD: ACTOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER -NEW
Now in his 80’s, Clint Eastwood has enjoyed success in the three most challenging and demanding areas of filmmaking—as an actor, director and producer. Come watch and discuss his classic films: ...

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Thur 9:30am - 1:00pm 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 Baer, Don
SCIENCE CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH FROM THE UC ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS-NEW
Cutting edge medical research happens every day at the Anschutz Medical Campus, and Academy members are lucky enough to be able to “listen in” on this research in real time. Each semester, new ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 11/8 Emlen, Woody
ART DAM GREAT ART: HER PARIS: WOMEN IMPRESSIONISTS -Nov. 1
See remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural and artistic change. Her Paris features more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from Europe and ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:30pm 11/1 Mendes, Joanne
ART DAM GREAT ART: HER PARIS: WOMEN IMPRESSIONISTS – Nov. 8
Date added by popular demand!  Nov. 8! See remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural and artistic change. Her Paris features more than 80 ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:30pm 11/8 Mendes, Joanne
SCIENCE DARK MATTER: PHYSICS’ OLDEST UNSOLVED PROBLEM -NEW
Scientists know that galaxies and clusters of galaxies are held together by what they call “dark matter.” This mysterious stuff can’t be seen, yet it comprises five times as much of the universe ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 Anderson, John
ECONOMICS ECONOMICS 2017: FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH -NEW
The surprising result(s) of the 2016 election dramatically changed all expectations for the economy.  The Trump administration had campaigned on the promise of making very significant changes to ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 Kneser, Jim
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION FOUNDATIONS OF WORLD RELIGIONS-FULL
Over the centuries, religions have spread their messages and extended their spheres of influence via the same routes traversed by traders and travelers. We’ll examine this process by tracing the ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 Hochstadt, Shellie
SOCIAL SCIENCE FUTURE METRO DENVER ON THE CUTTING EDGE –NEW
In recent years, “millennials” have been the defining demographic factor for metro Denver growth. Well, “seniors” have become the defining demographic for the future.  How is population ...

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Thur 1:15pm - 3:00pm 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 Shannon, Chuck
MUSIC GREAT VOICES OF BROADWAY: PART ONE
Hear audio and video examples of the great Broadway singers. From the Florodora Girls to George M. Cohan, to the great entertainers like Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor, to Ethel Merman and Mary Martin, ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 Culp, Don
HISTORY HAMILTON: THE MAN & MUSICAL
Hamilton, the record-breaking Broadway sensation, has sparked new interest in one of America’s most fascinating founding fathers. Using the musical as our backdrop, we will explore Alexander ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15 Blake-Smith, Susan
LITERATURE HAMLET: PRINCE OF DENMARK -NEW
We will read Shakespeare’s text and simultaneously watch Kenneth Branagh’s stunning 1996 film. Analytical breaks will be taken to examine scenes, plot lines, character developments, and critiques ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 Turelli, Paul
LITERATURE HAVING THE LAST WORD: A STUDY OF OBITUARIES -NEW
Morbid or insightful? Sad or celebratory? Study obituaries,from a historical perspective–the first one published– to modern day obits, using the New York Times as the gold standard of obit ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4 Stich, Sally
HISTORY HISTORY OF DENVER’S ELITCH THEATRE
Cecil B. DeMille once said that Denver’s Elitch Theatre was known among actors as “one of the greatest cradles of drama in American history.” Today the name “Elitch” is probably most often ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 Borrillo, Ted
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION ISLAM 101: A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE-NEW
Islam, the religion of about 1.6 billion Muslims, is perhaps the most misunderstood religion in the West. This course will attempt to provide an overview of Islam, its history, major teachings, ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 Katmer, Gulsum
MUSIC JAZZ OF THE ‘50s – NEW
Truly the “something for every taste” decade, the ‘50s brought about more diversity of Jazz styles than any other decade before or since. From Miles Davis to Horace Silver, from Brubeck to ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16 Rychner, Lorenz
HISTORY LEGACY AND HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES
The course begins with a brief discussion of the European and Middle East context in the late 11th century, followed by a presentation of the first Crusade, including the capture of Jerusalem and the ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 Meyer, Walt
SOCIAL SCIENCE MAKING AND SHARING SOUND END-OF-LIFE CHOICES
We will all die one day, but we need not make a graceless exit. Instead, we can prepare for death in a personalized and unique way. By developing our own sense of what end-of-life can and should look ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1 Ho, George
LITERATURE MASTERS OF SHORT STORY PART II-FULL
Join the celebration of some of the best short story writers of the 20th Century. Pay tribute to an all new selection of classical writers such as James Baldwin, Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates and ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8 Wasserstein, Paulette
SCIENCE MATTERS: MENTAL HEALTH
Mature adults experience significant life changes: retirement, health issues and loss to name a few. Many of these changes have emotional and mental health components which can at times disrupt ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 Doran, Kip
MUSIC MORE GREAT VOICES OF BROADWAY: PART TWO
A highly demanded second part to Voices of Broadway, which dealt with how voices on Broadway changed over the years and the singers, composers, and musicals that influenced those changes, More Voices ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 Culp, Don
SCIENCE OUR BIOSPHERE: PAST & FUTURE
The biosphere is the thin shell around the surface of the planet that contains and sustains life on Earth. We will consider the history of this fragile shell including the basic outline of the ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 Ormes, Jonathan F.
HISTORY OUR PRESIDENTS: FROM WASHINGTON TO TRUMP -NEW
Woven in to discussing each of our 45 Presidents, we will discover how the making of our country was truly a miracle. From the electoral college over the years (has it worked?) to the wars we have ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 Young, Dick
SKILLS PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE PROFESSIONAL VACATIONER
SKIP SEPT. 26.   Are you tired of fuzzy photos? Sick of sophomoric selfies? In this class, we’re going to explore photographic skills from the basics through intermediate understanding. By the ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/10 Klocek, Joe
SKILLS 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 as ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 Meyer, Karyl
HISTORY RUSSIAN REVOLUTIONS OF 1917
2017 marks the centenary of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. These revolutions irrevocably changed Russia. Imperial Russia—with an increasingly democratic political structure, a thriving civil ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 Conroy, Mary
HISTORY SOMETHING’S HAPPENING HERE: VIETNAM
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 country’s ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:30pm 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 11/2 Hochstadt, Shellie
SKILLS TECH TIPS: DIY TROUBLESHOOTING
DIY ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 10/25 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS: FLIGHTS & HOTELS
Flights and ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 11/1 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS: MAPS
Maps ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 11/8 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS: SCAMS
Scams ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 11/15 Henke, Scott
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION THE BOOK OF JOB: GOOD GOD, EVIL ACTIONS
The Book of the Job has inspired theologians and philosophers for the past 1500 years. Professor George Moore and Charles Kent of Harvard University describe Job as the greatest work of Hebrew ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 Stern, Ralph
MUSIC THEODORE GOUVY’S PLACE IN MUSIC HISTORY
Immerse yourself in the life and music of little-known French composer Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898). This composer was greatly respected during his lifetime, but obscurity followed his death until the ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 McNeil, Robin
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION THOMAS MERTON & DOROTHY DAY: SAINTHOOD OR DISSENTERS? -NEW
Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day are arguably the most important American Catholics (Christians) of the 20th century. Their writings and controversial lifestyles challenged the traditional and ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 Turelli, Paul
HISTORY U.S. HIGHWAY 50: ‘MAIN STREET OF AMERICA’ -NEW
Time Magazine calls U.S. Highway 50 the “main street of America”–the highway extends from Maryland’s eastern shore to Sacramento and passes through Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 Marsh, David
HISTORY UNDERSTANDING THE MIDDLE EAST: 1880-2017 -NEW
This class will explore the Middle East by looking at: 1) The Ottoman Empire towards the end of the 19th century 2) The Rise of Political Zionism. 3) The Causes & Consequences of World War I. 4) A ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 Melmed, Herzl
Hazan, Robert
SCIENCE WATER IS LIFE II- SELECTED KEY ISSUES
Water, water everywhere, but what do we need to know? This class encompasses in-depth facets of water covered in last year’s course. Selected topics, plus some new ones, include: The Amazon River ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 Steele, Tim
SKILLS WATERCOLOR: EXPLORE YOUR ART ESCAPE-FULL
“Art is the only way you can run away without leaving home.”-Twyla Tharp. Watercolor is a beguiling and exciting medium with a personality all its own. As watercolorists, no matter our experience, ...

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Tues 9:30am - 12:00pm 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 Rouse, Sharon
SCIENCE WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING: CIRES* SCIENTISTS TELL ALL -NEW
Wondering what in the world is happening in the world? Join experts in Earth and space science for a tour of the latest discoveries and how they affect us. First, you’ll discover how scientists ...

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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 9/12, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 Abdalati, Waleed
Fierer, Noah
Lukas, Jeff
Petron, Gabrielle
Steenburgh, Rob
LITERATURE WRITE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
“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 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 Cox, Patricia
SKILLS YOUR FAMILY 101: BEGINNING GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
This class is a thorough and accessible introduction to delving into one’s own family history/genealogy. Topics range from the basic, such as how to create a family tree, to the intermediate, such ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 Klocek, Leah