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
HISTORY AMERICAN RELIGION: CIVIL WAR to PRESENT
Our religious heritage tells the story of America. In our class we will discuss interesting and surprising religious leaders and events from the Civil War to the present. You will discover how the ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Stainman, Ted
ECONOMICS & FINANCE AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW: STEADY STATE ECONOMICS
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 the ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 Tsoucatos, Alec
SOCIAL SCIENCE ANATOMY OF A MURDER TRIAL
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 case, ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 Wanebo, Dennis
ART ARTS IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE LONE TREE ARTS CENTER -NEW!
Join us for three afternoon performances at the Lone Tree Arts Center. On Feb. 14, the Tina Phillips Jazz Trio performs jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, including “My Funny ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 3/14, 4/11 Lone Tree, Arts Center
Schwarm, Betsy
SKILLS BREAKING THE COMMUNICATIONS BARRIER
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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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5 Wagner, Abe
SKILLS Bridge-EVEN MORE Play, Play, Play
Looking for a place to relax and play bridge? Make Tuesday your marathon day for this popular card game! Begin with Sally Kneser’s Play! Play! Play! course, then stick around to play more. No ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 Kneser, Sally
SKILLS BRIDGE: PLAY! PLAY! PLAY! FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATES
Practice your skills with a wide range of pre-set bridge hands, each with one or more lessons or challenges. These hands have all been previously used in the Academy’s bridge courses and have proven ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 Kneser, Sally
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL, INTERMEDIATE
Intermediate Chatting in Español is for people wanting to brush up on their conversational Span-ish skills. We practice speaking, listening and read-ing in Spanish. We will review the past tenses as ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 Stolar, Sandy
SKILLS CHATTING EN ESPAÑOL, MORE THAN BEGINNER
Tailored to fit beginners with “un poquito,” at least one month of previous Spanish language experience, this class will include the basic vocabulary, sentence structures and phrases ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4 Gordon, Linda
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION CONTEMPORARY PHEMALE PHILOSOPHERS -NEW
It’s probable that all the thinkers you may have studied in college were men. This discussion course will focus on women who have made major contributions to ethics by looking at the subject from ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Brown, Rex
ART DAM GREAT ART: DEGAS, A PASSION FOR PERFECTION 2/28 -NEW
  Get a special guided tour of this exciting exhibition which will showcase prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ art from 1855 to 1906. More than 160 works, consisting of paintings, ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:30pm 2/28 Mendes, Joanne
Corren, Marty
ART DAM GREAT ART: DEGAS, A PASSION FOR PERFECTION 3/7 -NEW
Get a special guided tour of this exciting exhibition which will showcase prolific French artist Edgar Degas’ art from 1855 to 1906. More than 160 works, consisting of paintings, drawings, ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:30pm 3/7 Mendes, Joanne
Corren, Marty
LITERATURE DANTE’S INFERNO -NEW
A close oral reading invites learners’ interpretations about the first third of Dante’s Divine Comedy, arguably the greatest achievement in the history of world literature. A poet and prose ...

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Tues 9:30am - 1:00pm 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 Wigdahl, Matt
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE DINOSAUR RENAISSANCE -CANCELED
Sorry, this class has been CANCELED New technology has allowed us new ways to look at dinosaurs and the evidence they have left behind. We will cover some of the basics such as where dinosaurs came ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 Matten, Larry
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION EVOLUTION OF GOD
How did the concept of God enter human consciousness? This course will be based on the thinking of Robert Wright, an atheist, but don’t let his reputation throw you.  We will study how, why and ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11 Stern, Ralph
SOCIAL SCIENCE EXPLORING THE POWER OF HUMAN ANIMAL RELATIONSHIPS
Research shows that humans’ connections with animals shape lives across the life span, offering relational experiences that inform our social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 Tedeschi, Philip
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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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Sharkey, Eileen
MUSIC FROM BLUE(S) TO GOLD -NEW!
Rock and roll performers such as Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and countless others owe their golden success to the blues and other “root music.”  Many of the ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12 Turelli, Paul
HISTORY GLOBAL ROMP THRU 16TH & 17TH CENTURY HISTORY –NEW
This course is the next installment in our romp through world history. It begins with a view of world empires: China, Japan, Mughals of India, and the Ottomans. The exploration moves on to the ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 Hochstadt, Shellie
SOCIAL SCIENCE GREAT DECISIONS 2018
NEW TOPICS! The Great Decisions discussion groups are part of a nationwide annual program developed by the Foreign Policy Association. The 2018 topics are: The waning of Pax Americana; Russia’s ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12 Marsden , Sara
HISTORY HAMILTON: THE MAN & THE 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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Tues 9:30am - 11:00am 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10 Blake-Smith, Susan
HISTORY HISTORY OF THE FIFTIES: DAVID HALBERSTAM –NEW
The Fifties Course is an examination and discussion of the sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 10 years that David Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our ...

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Tues 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10 Henderson, Gerald
SOCIAL SCIENCE IMMIGRATION ISSUES IN THE TRUMP ERA –NEW
This five-week course will begin with the development of immigration law and an examination of the terminology and structure of our current immigration system. Other classes will examine: the ...

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Wed 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Meyer, Hans
SOCIAL SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURTS: JUSTICE & CONTROVERSY-NEW
From the days of its origins with Nuremburg, international criminal courts have been mired in controversy over their scope, cost and relevance. Today the system of International Criminal Justice ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5 Bernard, Steve
Porter, Sheila
MUSIC JAZZ OF THE ’50S -PART 2: THE SINGERS -NEW!
It was a great decade for singers—more exciting styles of Jazz emerged in the ‘50s than in any other decade before or after, and singers were no longer just an embellishment to a band. There was ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 Rychner, Lorenz
SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNALISM ETHICS IN THE TIME OF TRUMP AND TUMULT-NEW
What is the value of journalism during these chaotic times? What ethical values should guide journalists in covering contentious and complex issues on the local, national and global stages? What about ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 Steele, Bob
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE LET’S LIVE LIFE HEALTHIER
Get the facts behind healthcare for people your age and how to stay active, vibrant and overall physically and mentally healthy. CPMG physicians will lead the way in providing education to you about: ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 2/28, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Colorado Permanente, Medical Group (CPMG)
LITERATURE MACBETH -NEW
One of Shakespeare’s shorter but most significant tragedies, Macbeth is an exploration of ambition and power gone astray. It is riveting and timeless, perhaps even more applicable today. By ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 Turelli, Paul
SKILLS MAKING PHOTO BOOKS
In this course, we will explore how to make photobooks using the Shutterfly site and software. What are suitable topics? They range from travels, family gatherings and celebrations, wildlife ...

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Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Ho, George
Ronyane, Sandy
LITERATURE MASTERS OF SHORT STORIES: PART 2
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 1:15pm - 3:00pm 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 Wasserstein, Paulette
MUSIC MUSIC OF THE MEDIEVAL MASS -NEW!
Examine the formation and development of Western Music from the middle of the ninth century to the beginning of the 15th century. The course centers upon the development of the Easter mass because ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 McNeil, Robin
MUSIC MUSICALS OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN -CANCELED
sorry, this course has been canceled A series of five classes examining the careers of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II who wrote nine Broadway musicals together plus Cinderella for television ...
Wed 11:30am - 1:00pm 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Culp, Don
LITERATURE MYTHOLOGY & CULTURE: JOSEPH CAMPBELL-NEW
Explore mythology’s themes and history through Joseph Campbell’s research in comparative mythology, religion and culture. Campbell’s concept of monomyth (one myth) is based on his ...

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Thur 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 4/26 Chico, Beverly
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 11:30am - 3:00pm 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24 Meyer, Karyl
Reiber, Robert
HISTORY RUSSIA & EUROPE’S INTERWAR & COLD WAR RELATIONS: 1917-1991 -NEW
The course outlines historical information about relations between Russia and European States in the Interwar Period and During the Cold War—1917-1991. For the Interwar period, we will examine ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Conroy, Mary
SCIENCE / TECH & MEDICINE SEARCH FOR ALIEN EARTHS -NEW
We all grew up knowing there were just nine planets (and then eight, then maybe nine again!), but in the past 15 years NASA has been finding more and more planets outside of our Solar System every ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 1/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25 Holland, Anne
ART SIDNEY LUMET FILMS -NEW!
View eight of the classic films from four-time Oscar-nominated director Sidney Lumet: 12 Angry Men, The Verdict, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Dog Day Afternoon, Dr. ...

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Wed 9:30am - 1:00pm 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11 Baer, Don
SOCIAL SCIENCE SPORTS IN SOCIETY: MONEY, SEX & DRUGS- NEW
Today, sports have gone from the last section of the newspaper to front page with corruption scandals, issues of gender and race, doping and concussions. We also question the value of youth sports. In ...

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Thur 9:30am - 11:00am 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12 Contiguglia, Bob
SKILLS TECH TIPS – ANDROID PHONES FOR BEGINNERS
Android Phones for Beginners. IF TECH TIPS ARE THE ONLY CLASSES YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, USE TECHTIPSONLY AS THE COUPON CODE AT CHECKOUT TO REMOVE THE SPRING 2018 MEMBERSHIP ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 4/19 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS – iPHONES FOR BEGINNERS
iPhones for Beginners. IF TECH TIPS ARE THE ONLY CLASSES YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, USE TECHTIPSONLY AS THE COUPON CODE AT CHECKOUT TO REMOVE THE SPRING 2018 MEMBERSHIP ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 4/12 Henke, Scott
SKILLS TECH TIPS – TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR COMPUTER
Troubleshooting your Computer-FREE. IF TECH TIPS ARE THE ONLY CLASSES YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, USE TECHTIPSONLY AS THE COUPON CODE AT CHECKOUT TO REMOVE THE SPRING 2018 MEMBERSHIP ...

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Thur 11:30am - 1:00pm 4/5 Henke, Scott
ECONOMICS & FINANCE THE PERILS OF PERA-online handout
Can Colorado citizens solve the conflict between their good intentions and their financial limitations? In November, Standard & Poor’s alerted the state of Colorado that its good credit ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10 Kneser, Jim
ECONOMICS & FINANCE THE PERILS OF PERA-printed handout
Can Colorado citizens solve the conflict between their good intentions and their financial limitations? In November, Standard & Poor’s alerted the state of Colorado that its good credit ...

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Tues 11:30am - 1:00pm 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10 Kneser, Jim
ART WATERCOLOR STUDIO DAY
Pamper yourself with a day of creativity! Bring your brushes and supplies to participate in this “studio day” to paint and explore. A short morning demonstration will focus on color triads and ...

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Tues 9:30am - 2:30pm 4/17 Rouse, Sharon
PHILOSOPHY/RELIGION WHAT IS FUNDAMENTALISM ANYWAY? -NEW
Fundamentalism is a fairly recent concept in western vernacular, but it has existed from the earliest periods of recorded history. This course will start with a look at fundamentalism in the United ...

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Wed 9:30am - 11:00am 3/14, 3/21, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 Meyer, Walt
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 1:30pm - 3:00pm 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17 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 9:30am - 11:00am 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21 Boyer, Kathy