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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico brings the challenge and excitement of university learning to adults age 50 plus who want to explore stimulating and fascinating subjects. All of the traditional disciplines are offered, as well as new areas of research and study.

Osher at the University of New Mexico offers a wide range of courses, lectures and special events to its members.  Courses and lectures are taught by UNM faculty as well as by qualified members of the community. There are no tests or grades, just learning for the pure joy.

Your membership in Osher means discovering new friends, new knowledge and new ways of bringing meaning and enjoyment to your life. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Foundation has funded Institutes from Hawaii to Maine to offer intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for mature adults.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Membership

Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Continuing Education allows adults 50 and over to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community. The emphasis of the university-level, day-time, evening and week-end courses is on building an accessible and affordable experience of the best of the University's learning environment. There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all — it's your love of learning that counts. Your Membership year is January - December 2018.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Free Member Events

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FREE Osher Membership Event Will be showing the following movies: Bridget Jones Diary, Metropolitan, the Lake House.

19563 | $00

Osher Membership Event: Jane Austen Movie Series (Section B) - FAB-PE

11/27/17
Mon 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maralie BeLonge
CE South Building

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Osher Membership Event: Jane Austen Movie Series (Section C) - FAC-PE

12/11/17
Mon 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maralie BeLonge
CE South Building

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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

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Painters Pablita Velarde, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Berth Morisot, Leonor Fini, Elaine de Kooning and mixed media artist Yayoi Kusama. Ranging in dates from the 1800s to today, we will see the differences and similarities in the cultures and lives of these six extraordinary women through their artistic output.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19100 | $20

Explore Artistic Output From Extraordinary Women Artists of the 19th Century and Beyond (Section C) - FAA-PE

12/15/17
Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Carol Chamberland
CE South Building

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What do we mean by Conservatism? The 20th century saw Conservatism go from New Deal outcast to post-World War II respectability through insurgency with William Buckley and Barry Goldwater, to the governance of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. This lecture will explore Conservatism's storied history from Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, to America's founding and Constitution, and Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. Contributions from social science, economics, literature, politics, Roman Catholicism, law and philosophy will be examined. Discussion will include conservative principles and today's conservative platform. Alternatives such as libertarianism, neoconservativism, and Trumpism will be addressed, as will prospects for the 21st century.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19245 | $29

Conservatism from Its Beginnings to Today - FAA

12/5/17 - 12/12/17
Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Donald Gluck
CE South Building

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The Columbian Exposition opened on May 1, 1893. During the next six months, over 26 million people would attend the fair. This fair was important to Japan and the United States because both nations had a strong message which they wished to convey to their own people and to the world. After taking a brief tour of the fairgrounds, the class will examine the relationship between the two countries in 1893, their message and the the evolution of their relationship that eventually led to Pearl Harbor.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19211 | $20

Emergence of Japan and the United States on the World s Stage: The Columbian Exposition of 1893 - FAA

12/7/17
Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Howard Romanek
Nueva Vista Retirement Community

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Despite spending more on healthcare, Americans have poor health outcomes, including shorter life expectancy and greater prevalence of chronic conditions than our counterparts in other industrialized countries. Explore what role, if any, powerful corporate lobbies like the pharmaceutical industry play in this dynamic and how average Americans can make a difference. This topic is explored by physician-turned-journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal in her new book, ''An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can take It Back.''

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19365 | $20

Health Care Reform and the Role Played by Big Pharma - FAA-PE

11/20/17
Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
Corrales Arts Center

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Belle, Tatiana, Anna, Elsa. Names to make little girls yearn for princess status while Disney counts the magic money. But there are princesses that Disney would never consider. Lucrezia Borgia the poisoner? Few parents want their daughter singing "A spoon full of poison makes the victim go down – in the most appalling way." Or what of Alexandra of Bavaria who believed she swallowed a glass grand piano? Was she crazier than Juana La Loca or Anna of Saxony who foamed at the mouth? Not born a princess? Learn six ways to fake it. That's what Napoleon's sister did while drinking from a golden cup in the shape of her breast. Hardly a costume sold at Costco. Join us for princesses that are hardly PG but much more entertaining.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19438 | $20

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Why, Oh Why, Doesnt Disney Call? - FAA-PE

11/21/17
Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Legend says that giants used these two rocky islands facing each other across the English Channel as stepping stones. Mont-Saint-Michel and St. Michael's Mount have identical names, look similar, and both are fortified bastions topped by a church. How do their histories differ, since one is in France (Normandy/Brittany) and the other in England (Cornwall)? What legacies do they share? And where have the giants gone? The two places have Atlantis-like legends of vanished kingdoms under the seas of the English Channel. Let's go together and delve into the Mysteries of the Mounts.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19473 | $20

Mont-Saint-Michel and St. Michael's Mount - FAA-PE

11/28/17
Tue 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maya Sutton, Ph.D.
CE South Building

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Hadrian was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. He re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. He is also known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. Hadrian was regarded by some as a humanist and was philhellene in most of his tastes. Late in his reign he suppressed the Bar Kokhba revolt in Judaea, renaming the province Syria Palaestina. He is regarded as the third of the Five Good Emperors. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Emperor Hadrian and his legacy in Roman history.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19494 | $20

Who was the Roman Emperor Hadrian? - FAA

12/1/17
Fri 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Was Galileo Galilei the victim of a dogmatic Roman Catholic Church? Prevailing thought is that Galileo was unjustly persecuted. However, there are those who strongly believe that the Church was quite justified in its actions. In 1992, the Edict of Inquisition against Galileo was lifted. Does the trial of Galileo in 1633 and the events leading up to the trial need to be revisited? What are the challenges that confront one when looking at a controversial episode from the past? What are the important questions that need to be asked when looking at the conflict between religion and science? What does the Galileo Case have to say about scientific consensus?

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19412 | $20

The Galileo Case Revisited - FAA

12/4/17
Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Howard Romanek
Corrales Arts Center

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Celts and Vikings were adjacent geographically but worlds apart in values. Between 800 and 1150 CE, Norse people "went a-viking" around Europe. Vig meant battle; the people from Norway, Sweden and Denmark explored, plundered, and traded for 350 years from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Using maps and history, Dr. Sutton will show the impact of Vikings on the Celtic islands of Britain and Ireland. Did Celtic knotwork originate in Scandinavia? Does your surname end in –son, meaning "son of"? Are red-haired Irish people descended from that Viking, Eric the Red? Learn more about the differences in these two cultures' alphabets, magical systems, mythologies and zest for living.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19474 | $20

Celts and Vikings – How did they Mix? - FAA-PE

12/5/17
Tue 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maya Sutton, Ph.D.
CE North Building

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At the beginning of the war, FDR created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for the purpose of conducting covert operations against enemies of the United States. Over a third of the 13,000 members of the OSS were women. From information gatherers to spies operating behind enemy lines, this session tells the story of the women who served in the OSS, the precursor of today's CIA.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19442 | $20

Home Front to War Front:The Contributions of American Women to the Allied Victory in World War II - FAA-PE

12/6/17
Wed 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Richard Blankmeyer
CE South Building

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When one looks at the incredible obstacles the lowly colonists and continentals faced once they decided to confront the greatest national power on Earth (the British Empire) in a war of independence, it will become abundantly clear that our forefathers, and the citizens who supported the idea of revolution, were certifiably psychotic. We'll look at how the geographic location of the colonies and a fair amount of luck, made victory the inevitable outcome. We will see how victory was truly snatched out of the jaws of defeat.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19425 | $20

Why We Won the American Revolution - FAA-PE

12/11/17
Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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Discovered by the Spanish in 1775, ''the Rock'' was named ''La Isla de los Alcatraces'' meaning ''Island of the Pelicans.'' Anglicized to ''Alcatraz,'' the twenty-two acre island in San Francisco Bay has been home to gulls, cormorants and ''jail birds.'' Join us as we seperate fact from fiction about this famous prison. Why was the ''Birdman of Alcatraz'' forbidden to have birds? Did Al Capone really play in a prison band called the Rock Islanders? Did three inmates successfully escape in 1962 inspiring the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz? Learn how scientists today are using coconutes to track their possible success. Think you know about Alcatraz? What is its connection to George Lucas and Star Wars?

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19440 | $20

Escape? From Alcatraz - FAA

12/15/17
Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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FREE Osher Membership Event Will be showing the following movies: Bridget Jones Diary, Metropolitan, the Lake House.

19563 | $00

Osher Membership Event: Jane Austen Movie Series (Section B) - FAB-PE

11/27/17
Mon 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maralie BeLonge
CE South Building

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Osher Membership Event: Jane Austen Movie Series (Section C) - FAC-PE

12/11/17
Mon 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maralie BeLonge
CE South Building

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'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.'' Is there something happening in the ''Little Town of Bethlehem''? ''Mary, Did you Know?'' that ''The First Noel'' would become the basis for a body of music known today as Christmas carols? The birth of Jesus may have occurred roughly 2,000 years ago, but the music associated with his birth and the celebration of Christmas did not evolve for another millennia. Why did the evolution take so long? What forms did it take, and are those forms still evident in traditional carols today? Join Jane and Bobbie for ''Twelve Days of Christmas'' as we answer these questions.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19637 | $25

19637 Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Section FAA-EFA - FAA

12/1/17
Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Jane Ellen
La Vida Llena Retirement Community

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Let's face it, at any other time of the year, garlands, glitter, sequins and velvet would be considered tawdry. But at Christmas, the more glitz, the better. Thank the Victorians for festive overabundance. We may not be Victorians today, but we still pay homage to Victorian excess in every ladies' magazine at Christmas and in most American homes. Join Rudolph, Frosty, Jane and Bobbie in our one-horse open sleigh. We'll be singing the songs we love to sing without a single stop. We hope you'll be near our fireplace as the chestnuts go Pop, Pop, Pop!

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19640 | $20

Christmas in Excess - FAA

12/8/17
Fri 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
Del Webb Alegria - Active Adult Community

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This is the story of the history of geology: from the time of Steno (1638-1686), when the principles of stratigraphy (rock strata) were established, up to the present day. We will uncover how William Smith (1769-1837) constructed the world's first geologic map by observing the regular sequence of fossil organisms over the entire planet. We will discuss how the Geologic Column is based on relative time and how that time was confirmed by radioactive dating in the early 1900s. We will examine eight of the greatest controversies in Earth Science: fossils; the origin of different rock types; catastrophism vs. univormitarianism; correlation of rock strata over Planet Earth; The Ice Ages; plate tectonics; and mass extinctions.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19727 | $39

The History of Geology - FAA

11/29/17 - 12/13/17
Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Carol Hill
CE South Building

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Think of someone you know who thrives in spite of adversity. This is the essence of resilience. A resilient person is able to bounce back from difficult or stressful experiences. This quality is much more common than we imagine. In our review of current scientific research identifying the factors in children, adolescents and adults that contribute to resilience, we'll ask if these factors are the same or if they differ with age. Looking beyond the individual to the family, community and society will help us identify sources of support for thriving under challenging conditions. We will then ask what can be done to foster resilience in ourselves and others. Join us as we share stories of resilience.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment

19875 | $39

Living Resilient Lives - FAA-PE

11/28/17 - 12/12/17
Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Stephen Poland
CE South Building

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Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist, neurologist and Holocaust survivor, wrote Man's Search for Meaning-one of the most influential books of the 20th century. This lecture will examine Frankl's life experiences and his approach to finding meaning in life, will present concrete examples of lives hat hae been changed and transformed by Frankl's method and will share practical strategies to enrich and maximize the meaning, quality and purpose of our lives.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19840 | $20

Viktor Frankl and Our Search for Meaning - FAA

12/11/17
Mon 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Charles Eaton
CE South Building

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Think of someone you know who thrives in spite of adversity. This is the essence of resilience. A resilient person is able to bounce back from difficult or stressful experiences. This quality is much more common than we imagine. In our review of current scientific research identifying the factors in children, adolescents and adults that contribute to resilience, we'll ask if these factors are the same or if they differ with age. Looking beyond the individual to the family, community and society will help us identify sources of support for thriving under challenging conditions. We will then ask what can be done to foster resilience in ourselves and others. Join us as we share stories of resilience.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment

19875 | $39

Living Resilient Lives - FAA-PE

11/28/17 - 12/12/17
Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Stephen Poland
CE South Building

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All living things have to expel waste. It has been this way along as there have been living organisms, and yet nobody feels easy talking about it! Anthropologists have noted that even primitive peoples freely discuss their mythology, customs and sex practices, but they will not discuss their toilet habits. This talk will cover the history of toilets through the ages and the development of materials that proceeded toilet paper as we know it. Also covered will be the implications of health effects from toilet waste in the third world. This talk will ensure you never look at this commonly-used material the same way again.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

19944 | $20

The History of Toilet Paper: A Story That Begins at the END! - FAA-PE

12/4/17
Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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The Visigoths first emerge as a distinct people in the Balkans during the fourth century. They flourished and spread during the late Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, or the Migration Period. The Visigoths emerged from earlier Gothic groups (possibly the Thervingi) who had invaded the Roman Empire beginning in 376 and had defeated the Romans at the Battle of Adrianople in 378. The Visigoths invaded Italy under Alaric I and sacked Rome in 410. After the Visigoths sacked Rome, they began settling down, first in southern Gaul and eventually in Spain and Portugal, where they founded the Kingdom of the Visigoths. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Visigoths will be explored. We will watch a short film that traces the history of this group. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment

19997 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families (Part I) - FAA-PE

12/15/17
Fri 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Maralie Belonge Osher Program Supervisor

Maralie Waterman-BeLonge

Program Supervisor

(505) 277-6179

belonge@unm.edu

Maralie Waterman-BeLonge, Program Supervisor

A native of Northern New Hampshire, Maralie Waterman-BeLongeholds a Master’s of Science in Human Services Administration from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has twenty years of experience in program development, fundraising and non-profit management within health and educational settings.


History

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of New Mexico was launched in the spring of 2007 with 100 members. News of this exciting program spread quickly with members bringing friends and family members to experience the intellectually engaging course offerings. Now in our eighth year, OLLI at UNM has more than 1,300 members and offers more than 300 lectures and courses each year.

We wish to thank the Bernard Osher Foundation for their generous support!


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UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Classes.

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