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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 2016.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

Art & Art History

Class NameTuition
Mexican Art: The Muralists

Enjoy the unique art of the Mexican muralists David Siqueiros, Jose Orozco and Diego Rivera! Each of these artists used the classical art of the fresco to paint vivid murals critiqing modern politics, history and society, from the brutal conquest of the New World by the Conquistadors to the dramatic events of the Mexican Civil War.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19123



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Zentangle 101

Come along and discover the creative art of drawing called Zentangle. This fascinating new art form is fun, relaxing and increases your focus and awareness. The Zentangle method also enables you to access your inner guidance and enhances a sense of personal well-being. In this introductory class, you will experience the satisfaction of completing two of your own unique Zentangle tiles. You don't have to be ''artistic'' or able to draw a straight line. Note: $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor. Class limit: 10. Zentangle is a registered trademark.
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Tuition: $29.00 | Course Number: 19133



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Zentangle 201 - The Next Step

For those who have taken Zentangle 101, this is the next step. We will increase our repertoire of tangles, go into more detail on shading, and work on a project. If you have colored pencils please bring them. Material fee: $3, payable to instructor. Class limit: 10. Zentangle is a registered trademark.
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Tuition: $29.00 | Course Number: 19135



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19137 Make It and Take It - Fun with Faux, Section FAA-EFA

Paint a two foot by four foot panel combining various texturing techniques to create a stucco adobe wall incorporating a weathered wooden beam and window. Trompe l'oeil principles will create 3-D moldings with washes and transparency techniques creating both reflections and casting shadows on the window panes. Tricks for making images, transfers, masking and stenciling are used to ensure successful outcomes for those who cannot draw. Simple foliage and another Trompe Loi application places a potted plant on your window sill. No art experience is required to master over 12 faux techniques and to take your completed project home. Instructor will provide all materials for a lab fee of $45.00 due at the first class meeting.
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Tuition: $59.00 | Course Number: 19137

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Current Events

Class NameTuition
Mexico: The Country to Watch?

Mexico, listed in 2014 as an up-and comer is still very much the country to watch. After years of stagnation, violence and political drift, it seemed to enjoy energetic new management. The country's vast oil wealth and proximity to the world's largest market should spur it forward in the years to come. However, corruption, drug cartels, lawlessness and violence and seemingly unsurmountable poverty remain formidable blocks on its way to further progress.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19291



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Politics and Newsmakers: Larry Barker Investigates

Go on the trail with New Mexico KRQE Investigative Reporter, Larry Barker as he gives us an inside look at his thirty plus years of investigative reporting -- across New Mexico and across the world -- from the Roundhouse to the Courthouse, from Magdalena to Moscow and from Hatch to Havana.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19294

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Economics & Finance

Class NameTuition
19353 Theory and Practice of Modern Money

The budget deficit will burden our children and grandchildren. Pundits and politicians say this all the time, but is it really true? Should you worry about Social Security running out of money, or should you be worrying about something else instead? And what happened to cause the economy to unexpectedly shrink in 2008-2009? Understanding money -- what it is, where it comes from, and how it functions in the economy-- can provide surprising clarity on these and similar issues. The monetary system is a social construct, based on trust and backed by social and legal institutions. It facilitates private economic transactions and satisfies the need for private savings, while moving goods and services from the private sector to the public sector. We'll examine the functional operations of modern currency in the United States, how it differs from historic gold standard money and examine some consequences for inflation, interest rates, unemployment and general economic activity. Students will acquire a useful tool for distinguishing specious policy arguments from legitimate ones, as many economic policy choices are cast in monetary or fiscal terms.
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Tuition: $25.00 | Course Number: 19353



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Savvy Social Security for Boomers

Social Security planning is complex. This course will teach you how Social Security works so you can avoid costly mistakes and maximize your family's benefit. This significant asset offers you: a lifetime annuity, cost-of-living adjustments and right of survivorship. We'll explore answers to the following questions: Will social security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security benefits? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on? Social Security is too important for guesswork. Treat this resource as a significant asset and maximize it to the greatest extent possible. The application of knowledge is power!
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19371



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Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers

A health care crisis is looming in this country and it's essential for baby boomers to understand what they need to do to financially prepare. This workshop will cover how Medicare enrollment periods work and how to avoid late-enrollment penalties; how much you can expect to pay in healthcare costs after going onto Medicare; how Medicare works with private insurance; why most people pay too much for private insurance; and how you can avoid excess costs. Additionally, we'll discuss why you must plan for higher healthcare costs in retirement, including the possibility of needing long term care.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19372

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History

Class NameTuition
19416 If the Shoe Fits...

Practical shoes mean protection and comfort, but neither Cinderella nor Louis XIV wore practical shoes to the ball. From King Tut's sandals to Lady Gaga's heels, shoes have indicated wealth, privilege and status. Well-heeled referred not to women, but to men who could afford heels on their boots. Walk a mile, or maybe a few mincing steps, as we try on the history of shoes.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19416



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Kiss

Birds have feathers, animals have fur, reptiles have scales and humans have a ''canvas'' which begs to be painted. And paint we do - using everything from minerals to beeswax, roses, insects and even lethal poisons. Some adornments are temporary while others go more than skin deep, but all are used to indicate status, wealth, tribal connections and sexual preferences. Six thousand years ago, pig fat was the medium of choice. Today, the glycerin in your lipstick is still pig fat, colored with crushed beetles. The only difference is the designer label. Join us as we gild the human lily from ancient to modern society.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19426



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America and Its Highwire Act With History

As a student of American history, I have often marveled at the good fortune that our country has had regarding traversing momentous times in our existence. What if Washington had allowed his sick and exhausted troops, in 1782, to march on Philadelphia (like they wanted to do) and take over the government because they hadn't been paid in years? What if John Adams and not Thomas Jefferson had been president when the opportunity to purchase Louisiana from Napoleon came along? What if someone other than Abraham Lincoln was president during the Civil War? What if Woodrow Wilson wasn't president at the end of World War I when the opportunity for world peace was at hand? What if FDR wasn't president when our greatest national economic crisis burst upon the scene? These are just some of the points we will discuss in this class.
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Tuition: $49.00 | Course Number: 19470



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The Anza Expedition: 1775-1776

In 1775, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza began an epic expedition that would change history. Anza was joined by over 240 settlers, soldiers and several thousand head of livestock gathered from locations as far south as Culiacan, Mexico. Together they made the difficult 1200 mile journey from Tubac, Arizona to San Francisco, California. The journey was filled with challenges and obstacles, yet perseverance and loyalty ensured the success of the expedition. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Spanish colonization in the west coast.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19472



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John Quincy Adams: American Statesman

During the 2012 presidential election, a brief debate broke out whether John Quincy Adams was one of the Founding Fathers. Besides this controversy and the film, Amistad (1997), John Quincy Adams has been ignored despite being featured in John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage. Adams was an American minister to six countries, a member of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate, Secretary of State and the sixth President of the United States. The class will examine the extraordinary career of a man who was a witness and a participant to events that shaped America for sixty-five years.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19480



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History of Latino Immigration

Together we will examine the history of Latino/a immigration to the United States. I will propose the thesis that international immigration - both process and policy - are dependent on, and a reflection of, international economic and political forces. We'll progress both chronologically and by region: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haitians and Dominicians, Central Americans. Explore varying stages of US immigration history and policy, as well as international political and economic contexts of major immigrant waves. Examine Latino/a immigration in these contexts - US economic conditions and foreign policy - and explore what is often viewed as a collective identity - Latinos - and discern commonalities and differences among the national groups it represents. Each of these national identities is also composed of divisions of race, class and gender. We'll examine how these multiple identities contribute to shaping the immigrant experience(s). The assigned texts: Gonzalez, Juan, Harvest of Empire; Quinones, Juan, Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream. Recommended text: Barkan, Elliot Robert, And Still Tehy Come: Immigrants and American Society, 1920-1990s.
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Tuition: $65.00 | Course Number: 19486



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Edmund G. Ross: Heroic US Senator

''In a lonely grave, forgotten and unknown, lies ''the man who saved a President,'' and who as a result may well have preserved for ourselves and posterity constitutional government in the United States. He performed, in 1868, what one historian has called the 'most heroic act in American history, incomparably more difficult than any deed of valor upon the field of battle' (John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage). The man was Edmund G. Ross, who is given credit for blocking the removal of President Andrew Johnson from office by the US Senate. The class will view the Profiles in Courage television episode covering Ross and will discuss the controversies still surrounding Ross and the tumultuous years folloing the Civil War.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19490



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The Panama Canal: History, Politics, Drama, Engineering (1870-1977)

One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal greatly reduced travel time for ships between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It opened the nations of the Pacific to world trade and set the stage for the global economy. We all know, more or less, the American portion of the history of Panama Canal. But what preceded it - the French chapter of the canal's development - is much less known. France began work on the canal in 1881, but stopped because of engineering difficulties and high worker mortality. Without the French daring to try and their subsequent failure, perhaps there might not have been an ultimately successful venture by the Americans.

Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19493



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They Should Not Be Forgotten

There are winners and losers in the history books and those who, in a sense, quickly never existed. History books praise the significant accomplishments of many people. We'll look at some individuals who are forgotten, but who should be remembered. Rosa Parks is remembered as the brave individual who refused to go to the back of the bus. But who was the brave teenage girl who did that for Parks? Who was the individual, who was not a Soviet or American government official, but prevented the outbreak of nuclear war between the two superpowers? These are just two of the people who will be profiled in class.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19494



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Commander-In-Chief Franklin D. Roosevelt

When World War II ended, many allied statesmen and military commanders wrote memoirs abour their role in winning World War II. One who never had the chance to do that was FDR. As George Orwell said: ''Those who control the past, control the future. Those who control the present, control the past.'' What has been the traditional view of FDR as commander-in-chief? How has that view been challenged in recent years? What was the relationship between FDR and his military commanders?
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19495

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Literature & Writing

Class NameTuition
The Art of Playwriting

We'll examine how to construct a production-worthy stage play. The course would delve into character construction, themes, the distinction between comedy and drama, realism vs. absurdism and the importance of making characters ''real.''
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Tuition: $49.00 | Course Number: 19513



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In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes

Scene is the building block of narrative. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? In this class, we will examine the effects of scene and exposition upon the reader and explore how they are used effectively in memoir and fiction. Class format includes literature study, writing exercises, supportive feedback and critique. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
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Tuition: $75.00 | Course Number: 19519



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Facilitated Writers Group

Looking for some good feeback on that novel you're writing? Like to share some of your poetry or get back to that memoir you started a while back? Getting together with other writers on a regular basis to read one another's work and discuss it is the best way to keep on track with your writing project - keep the momentum going. All writers are welcome. Novelists, playwrights, poets, biographers... Let's get together once a week for a two hour session to read one another's work and give positive feedback. Come join us for this ongoing writers group.
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Tuition: $75.00 | Course Number: 19526



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Contemporary Short Stories

The Best American Short Stories of 2015 (Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the source book for this seminar-like class in the contemporary short story. Participants will read and comment on the shift from ''one incident, one narrator, one point of view'' to short story techniques that reflect the global reach of information exchange. The class is designed for those who love to read good writing, as well as for those who practice writing fiction. The instructor will lecture and will facilitate participant discussions. No writing is required. Note: The text is available in bookstores and online, used for under $15. Readings will be emailed to participants before the first week of class.
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Tuition: $49.00 | Course Number: 19537



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Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction

"What happened is not what matters; what matters is the larger sense the writer is able to make of what happened.'' ~Vivian Gornick How do we arrive at the truth of our stories? For some, the path lies in writing memoir; for others, in writing fiction. Still others find themselves moving back and forth between the two. In this class, members will use fact, memory and imagination to transform life experiences into stories that are emotionally true, whether memoir or fiction. Weekly format provides writing prompts, supportive feedback and critique, as well as discussions of craft and the illusive boundary between fiction and memoir.
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Tuition: $75.00 | Course Number: 19556



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Principles of Effective Critique

Critique groups are an excellent place to get feedback on your writing work. This class is designed to give students direction for improving their memoir, fiction or poetry. Rob Spiegel will begin each class with a short lecture on the principles of effective writing. The balance of each class will be spent reviewing students' work. Spiegel will lead the critique process, with students contributing their views of what can make the writing better. Rob Spiegel has 20 years of experience teaching writing and leading successful critique groups.
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Tuition: $75.00 | Course Number: 19567



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A Hodgepodge of Potpourri - Why Do We Say That?

Every time we open our mouths, words with strange origins and meanings flow from our lips. These words sound ordinary and downright commonplace - but behind them are stories that are exotic and downright bizarre. What's the connection between assassins and hashish? How did the Crusaders invent biscuits? Why do libraries specialize in peeled bark? Was George Washington groggy? Join us for a hodgepodge (French stew) of potpourri (plague repellent).
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19573



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Love and Marriage - A Why Do We Say That?

Whether you are a spinster or a Beau Brummell, on Friday we like to slip on our Levi's, put on the dog, rub elbows with the upper crust, or eat a corned beef sandwich even when we have to rob Peter to pay Paul. And once in a blue moon while we eat, drink and make merry, we find the person of honeymoon dreams to carry across the threshold even though later that person may try the patience of Job. Why do we say what we do? Learn the history behind these and other colorful terms while we follow one young woman's journey looking for love.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19579



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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a pop culture icon of his time, a master storyteller whose vivid language did the work of the movie camera before the advent of film. Through the nineteenth century, he offered an emergent American reading public a unique lyrical voice as readily understood as it was artful. We'll begin with a review of some of his finest short poems, followed by readings and discussion of two of his leading long narrative pieces: Evangeline and The Courtship of Miles Standish; and selections from Tales of a Wayside Inn, his now neglected American counterpart to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Discover, or rediscover, this classic and distinctive American voice.
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Tuition: $49.00 | Course Number: 19581



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Irish Medieval Written Treasures

The Book of Kells is a great medieval treasure - that stunning illuminated bible created around 800 CE by Irish monks. You can see its pages at Trinity College Dublin. But there's much more beauty to behold and history to learn. For centuries, the Celts ruled by written Brehon Law, which granted equal rights to women and other rights only reclaimed in the twentieth century. The Book of Leinster records early Irish genealogy and mythology, and the Irish Annals report yearly events for the last 2000 years. Why were the Irish so learned? What do these writings transmit to us today?
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19582



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The Craft of Creative Writing

Do you have ideas for fiction or non-fiction stories, but don't know how to get them on paper for others to enjoy? Using commentary on participant work, we will focus on narrative arc, character, point of view, conflict, stylistics (tone, pacing, diction) and sentence mechanics: the elements of the original class. The course is designed for writers who want a refresher in the craft of writing and are willing to give and take feedback. Participants are strongly encouraged to share ''air time'' in a respectful manner.
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Tuition: $75.00 | Course Number: 19584



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Greek & Latin = English, Part Two

Over sixty percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. Part one barely introduced the cornucopia of Greek and Latin hidden in English. Why are people ostracized? What's the linguistic connection of chalk, togas and political candidates - or cats and caterpillars? Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Language is fossil poetry." Join us as we dig for the hidden skeletons in English.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19586



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Blogging Your Way to Writing Success

Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas and even build a book-length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how-to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. The class will explain how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.
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Tuition: $75.00 | Course Number: 19598

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Music & Theatre

Class NameTuition
Unlocking the Magic of the One-Act

Ever think it might be fun to do a little acting? Enjoy the theater? We will explore the world of one-act plays, from comedies to serious dramas. Everyone will read a part from the comfort of their chair. This is going to be a completely enjoyable two hours as you try your hand at doing a southern accent or get in character to be a police detective. No rehearsing, no costumes; we'll just choose from a wide variety of short plays that call to us and dive right in! All Drama Queens welcome.
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Tuition: $65.00 | Course Number: 19602



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The Pearl and the Sparrow: Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf

Unable to find success in America's white entertainment industry, African-American Josephine Baker (1906-75) became known as a national treasure in her adopted homeland of France. After achieving international fame, she worked for the French Résistance during World War II, fought racism by adopting her Rainbow Tribe (12 children of mixed race descent) and stood by the side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr during the 1963 March on Washington. Meanwhile, a French girl nearly a decade younger than Baker - part Algerian, part Italian and with a background shrouded in mystery - grew up to become Edith Piaf (1915-63). Piaf remains to this day completely French and is regarded as the greatest popular singer the country has ever produced. She also worked for the Résistance during the war, but this service to her country would be overlooked due to the nearly larger-than-life scandals and mysteries seemingly surrounding her. In the end, Piaf's insightful ballads would be remembered, while Baker's exotic routines faded away into the collective memory of another generation. This two-part course will examine the lives, careers and mystique of these fascinating singers.
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Tuition: $25.00 | Course Number: 19622



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Folk Singer, Activist and American Icon: Pete Seeger

More than just a beloved folk singer, Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was an activist who worked tirelessly on behalf of the American civil rights and labor movements, peace and social justice and the environment. He is currently the only folk singer to have received not only the Kennedy Center honors in 1994 but was inducted (only two years later) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now considered a national treasure, his contributions to American culture are invaluable. Naturally, ample audio clips will accompany this presentation, chronicling the artist named one of America's Living Legends by the Library of Congress in 2000.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19628



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From Baby Gumm to Miss Show Business: Judy Garland

Famously described by Fred Astaire as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived", child singer Frances "Baby" Gumm (1922-69) was introduced to American radio and film audiences as Judy Garland by MGM when she was barely 13. The career that followed was filled with meteoric ups and downs, but her fans remained devoted through both the best and worst of times. On the verge of yet another come-back, her international career was tragically cut short at the age of 47. Come remember this unique actress and singer through a look at her achievements in film, on the concert stage and in the recording studio. She wasn't always merely Liza Minnelli's mother!
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19650



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Would The Real Wolfgang Mozart Please Stand Up?

By the age of four, we're told he could learn a piece music in roughly 30 minutes. When he was five, he was playing both the clavier and violin to a level that astonished professionals. Somewhere around the age of six, he began to compose. This course will explore the fascinating history, as well as the uniquely astonishing mythology, generated by the life and career of composer Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756-91). During this class we will attempt to separate fact from fiction in this often misunderstood composer's life, sample a wide variety of his music, and discuss the singular importance of a delicious pork chop.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19653



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Legendary Comedian: Stan Freburg

Whether rewriting American History, spoofing the monotone of Joe Friday in Dragnet, satirizing Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" ("I don't dig spiders, man!") or ridiculing the Platters hit "The Great Pretender", Stan Freberg (1926-2015) achieved legendary status in American pop culture. He not only worked as a comedian and recording artist, but he was an animation voice actor, radio personality, puppeteer, author and advertising creative director. Throughout his 71-year career his works were often deemed controversial, and his label sometimes refused to release certain songs. On the other hand, Freberg became famous for his refusal to accept alcohol and tobacco manufacturers as sponsors, which was a huge impediment to his radio career. Come prepared to laugh yourself silly as we revisit the career of this entertainment icon.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19696

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Science & Technology

Class NameTuition
Your Water: Where Does It Come From and Where Does It Go?

We'll summarize the "water budget" of inflows, outflows and ground-water storage for New Mexico and the water budget for the Middle Rio Grande valley, past, present and predicted. We'll look at water rights in various areas of New Mexico and changes over the past 25 years. The prospects for future water supply in north-central New Mexico, including projects to import water from the Pecos and San Augustin basins, "deep aquifer" wells, desalination and transfers from agriculture will be covered.
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Tuition: $49.00 | Course Number: 19704



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The History of Geology

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: What are 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.
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Tuition: $39.00 | Course Number: 19727



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The Search for Mt-DNA Eve

Mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to children, both male and female, unchanged and it mutates at a predictable rate; i.e., the more the genetic mutations in the DNA, the more ancient the origin of the population. Using these facts, some scientists are studying mitochondrial DNA to try to trace back the origins of the human race. Using this method, the scientists have traced the human race to one female in Africa several million years ago. Then they traced the migration patterns of her descendants as they spread across the earth. A documentary will be shown that traces the history of Mt-DNA analysis. We'll also discuss the impact of Mt-DNA on family history and how it can validate maternal lines.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19732



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The Search for Y-DNA Adam

Microscopic clues in our DNA link every man on earth back to one man. One common male ancestor. At an unexpected crossroads of bible and biology, we go on a journey in search for the Y-DNA of ancient Adam. A documentary will be shown that traces the history of Y-DNA analysis. We also discuss the impact of Y-DNA on family history and how it can validate paternal lines.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19737



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Safer Mushroom Collecting for Beginners

This class provides an introductory discussion of the basics of safer mushroom collecting for the beginner amateur mushroom hunter to concentrate on, so as to avoid toxicological problems. We'll discuss the "safe six" mushrooms to collect: Morels, Puff Balls, Sulfur Shelves, Shaggy Manes, Oyster Mushrooms, and Hen-of-the-Woods. Also covered will be suggested reference books, along with mushroom art and collectibles.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19741



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Caves of the World

Most caves of the world are dissolved by water containing carbonic acid, which percolates into underground limestone rock. However, our Carlsbad Caverns formed differently: it formed by a sulfuric acid mechanism generated by reactions related to nearby oil and gas fields. We will study all types of caves: carbonic acid caves, sulfuric acid caves, lava tube caves, caves formed in gypsum or halite (evaporite) rock, seacoast caves and ice caves. We will also learn about the beautiful mineral formations (speleothems) in caves and the microbes that live there. We will end the class by watching the NOVA video: Mysterious Life of Caves. Professor Hill is the author of the books Cave Minerals of the World and Geology of Carlsbad Caverns.
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Tuition: $39.00 | Course Number: 19781

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Philosophy & Religion

Class NameTuition
19813 Buddhism, Section FAB-EFA

Buddhism appeals to many Westerners because it is nonjudgmental, requires no faith, and teaches ways to reduce suffering. It encourages personal responsibility, mindfulness, and compassion for ourselves and others. In this class we'll discuss the life and times of the prince who became the Buddha, his search for enlightenment, his teachings, the historical development of Buddhism, plus current branches and their practices. We'll also discuss the work of some present-day teachers including the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and prominent American authors. We'll have slide shows, videos, and readings, as well as discussions. This class assumes no prior knowledge, but also goes into reasonable depth to interest those with some previous experience.
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Tuition: $49.00 | Course Number: 19813



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Mythic Giants of Britain

According to British legends, we all were giants once. Our ancient ancestors were huge and powerful and not exactly like ourselves. In the English countryside, you can see traces of them today: the club-wielding Cerne Abbas, the Long Man of Wilmington and Uffington White Horse. There is also the Neolithic goddess in West Kennett Long Barrow, the blacksmith at Waylands Smithy, Gog and Magog living in ancient oak trees and the giant killed by Jack in Cornwall. What are the myths saying about our human nature? What have we gained and what have we lost?
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19838



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The Mystery of Hildegard of Bingen

Journey into the "Little Renaissance" to meet one of its most fascinating residents: Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), who distinguished herself as a remarkable woman at a time in history when women were generally considered unremarkable. Hildegard wrote theological and visionary works, wrote about natural history while documenting the medicinal uses of plants, composed music and poetry which defied the conventions of her time and founded a vibrant (and successful) religious order. This class, amplified by recordings and videos, will examine her phenomenal life. We will also take an in-depth look at her music.
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Tuition: $25.00 | Course Number: 19844

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Psychology & Health

Class NameTuition
Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Intermediate

For active elders, this class emphasizes proper alignment of the spine. You will learn standing, strengthening and balance poses with modifications that work for your body. This practice warms up the muscles, opens the joints and builds energy, strength and stamina while inviting greater awareness of your body, mind and breath.
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Tuition: $125.00 | Course Number: 06463



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Befriending Yourself

Habits and beliefs learned in childhood can sabotage us as adults, damaging our relationships, abilities and even our health. One simple technique can help start to change this. Just step outside of yourself and act "as if" you were your own best friend. Habits such as self-doubt, fear of failure, self-criticism and unrealistic expectations may be much easier to see and be objective about in a friend than in yourself. This class will explore how to be objective and realistic but also accepting, caring and helpful not only to your friends but to yourself. With plenty of time for discussion and some simple exercises, we will practice using objectivity, patience and the creative imagination as a change agent, to find that not only can you be a good friend to others, you can be your own best friend, too.
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Tuition: $25.00 | Course Number: 19850



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Brighten Your Mental Well-Being

The key to improving our information retention, wholly developing our inner talents and using our brain capacity fully, is movement. And movement, in this case, goes far beyond physical exertion to engagement and experience. We will explore easy-to-follow activities, preceded by group or personal goals to then celebrate each and every achievement on this path toward a brighter brain. Join us on this amazing journey of group and self-discovery. 'Boost your talents, enhance your memory!'
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Tuition: $65.00 | Course Number: 19859



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Laughing and Learning: A Practical End-of-Life Workshop

Even though humans have a 100% mortality rate, only 25% of us do any end-of-life planning. The Laughing and Learning workshop will give you the tools and the inspiration to take practical steps for outlining your funeral plans/memorial celebration, drafting your own obituary and/or famous last words and preparing advance medical directives. Funny film clips, supportive conversations and take-home printed materials are included in this workshop. Attendees will participate in Death Café-inspired discussions, tackle a quick first draft obit with the help of provided questions and receive their own copy of The Five Wishes form. You will laugh in the face of death and learn what you need to know BEFORE someone goes and dies.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19865



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Memory Enhancement

Brain function and reversible causes of memory problems will be discussed. Class participants will experience interactive activities for increasing mental acuity, maintaining focus, sharpening memory skills, increasing speed of processing and reducing stress. Nutrition, stress reduction and exercise specific to improving brain function will be addressed. Memory Academy is a Met-Life award-winning interactive curriculum. A workbook is recommended for this class and available from the instructor for $20.
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Tuition: $65.00 | Course Number: 19867



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Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Workshop

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)-Tapping is a combination of ancient Chinese meridian medicine and modern western psychology techniques. Using EFT-Tapping, negative blocks are released and the energy flow is reestablished within our systems. Today, practitioners worldwide are experiencing amazing success with clients using this simple method. It is embraced and practiced within healthcare, behavioral health, social services, federal governmental programs and more. This workshop focuses on participation in releasing any negative emotions or issues you may be experiencing while tapping on certain areas of body and concentrating on guided statements.
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Tuition: $25.00 | Course Number: 19876



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Addiction to Perfection

Addition to Perfection, by world renowned Jungian analyst Marion Woodman, was first published in 1982. It remains a cornerstone in the Jungian understanding of the divine feminine, particularly in women's lives and the importance of the body-mind-soul connection. In this workshop, we will discuss some of the cornerstone ideas. Participants should wear loose clothes as we will also explore some of the experiential exercises that grow out of Woodman's work.
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Tuition: $39.00 | Course Number: 19889

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Travel & Culture

Class NameTuition
The Food Exchange - Chocolate and Chile and Cheese! Oh, My!

Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no paprika in Hungary, no tomatoes in Italy, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no cattle in Texas, no donkeys in Mexico, no chili peppers in Thailand and India, no cigarettes in France, and no chocolate in Switzerland. Discuss the food exchange that resulted from the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, bringing European foods to the Western Hemisphere, taking American foods to Europe, and ultimately expanding to the exchange that would include their Asian colonies.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19918



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Mistaken for an Inventor, Part One

What do penicillin, Silly-Putty, Post-It notes and chocolate chip cookies all have in common? They were all mistakes made by inventors who maximized their errors instead of burying them. Grab a chocolate chip cookie as you message yourself a Post-It to ''Take a class about common objects that started by accident.'' And aren't you glad the recipe for the cookies wasn't discarded?
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19942



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

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.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19944

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New Mexico History & Culture

Class NameTuition
New Mexico Wildlife: Snakes... Mysterious, Misunderstood and Fascinating

Since the Garden of Eden, snakes have had a bad rap. New Mexico is home to numerous reptile species, including between thirty and forty species of snakes. Of these many snake species, eight are venomous, and of those, seven are types of rattlesnake. The varied natural habitats of the state and a warm climate make it an ideal home for cold-blooded creatures like snakes and other reptiles. The Rattlesnake Museum hosts more different species than the Bronx Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, the National Zoo, the Denver Zoo, the San Francisco Zoo and the San Diego Zoo, all combined! Join us to explore the myths, cure phobias and uncover the mysteries of this fascinating, but misunderstood corner of the animal kingdom.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19040



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

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.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19944



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The Apache POWs: 1886-1913

In September 1886 Geronimo surrendered his band of 38 men, women and children with the understanding he would spend two years in Florida as a POW. As it turned out his band and approximately 400 other Chiricahua Apache men (including US Army Scouts), women and children non-combatants were also shipped to Florida as POWS. Future children of these people were also considered POWS, a situation unheard of in the history of modern warfare. Even after "liberation in 1913" the POWs still carried that status until death. Suggested Reading: Shame and Endurance: The Untold Story of the Chiricahua Apache Prisoners of War, by Henrietta Stockel.
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Tuition: $25.00 | Course Number: 19951



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The White Hat Guys and the Black Hat Guys

New Mexico, in the late 1800s, was a magnet for outlaws. Trying to contain this lawlessness were the lawmen who rode a land as big as the sky that covered it. Along with the men, there were hardworking women, but there were also the scarlet ladies. In movies about the Old West when a man is wearing a white hat, he is, undoubtedly the good guy. But, then, through the batwing doors of the saloon strolls a character wearing a black hat. We know immediately we are gazing at the bad guy. Take a look at some of the Land of Enchantment's more colorful Wild West ladies and gents.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19964



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The Manhattan Project, Sec. A: Project Beginnings, Politics and Personalities (1939-1943)

The American drive to design and produce the first nuclear weapons during World War II constituted one of the greatest feats of industrial organization and engineering in history. The achievement, personalities, issues and dilemmas of this project will be explored. From the project origins in 1938 with the discovery of nuclear fission by German chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann to the huge industrial complex existing in secrecy nationwide, to the construction of the bomb itself in the secret city of Los Alamos, New Mexico, we'll explore the history, politics, personalities and dilemmas behind this massive undertaking. We'll look at the implications, both political and humanitarian for the introduction of a weapon of such destructive force and the debates that still exist today.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19966



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Hernán Cortés: Conqueror of Mexico

Hernán Cortés was lured by power, fame and gold. He defied Spain's orders and waged war against the Aztec Empire. He killed thousands of Aztecs and gained control of their vast 300 year old empire within two years. A documentary will be shown that traces the history of Hernán Cortés and his conquest of Mexico. We also discuss the impact of this event on Spanish Colonial history.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19995



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Anthropological Genetic History: The Athabascan (Navajo/Apache) Connection to New Mexican Families

The Athabascan, which are the largest sub-family, spread farther east across Canada. ''The People'' - Dine'e - (now Navajo) diverged from this group about 700-1000 years ago. The first Athabascans arrived about 1350 AD in the Southwest. These Native-American societies flourished before the Spanish colonization of the Americas in the sixteenth century. We will explore the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Navajo and Apache. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
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Tuition: $20.00 | Course Number: 19997

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Maralie Belonge Osher Program Supervisor

Maralie W. BeLonge

Program Supervisor

(505) 277-6179

belonge@unm.edu

Maralie Waterman-BeLonge, Program Supervisor

Maralie Waterman-BeLonge holds 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 education settings. She has served in her current role as Program Supervisor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico since January of 2010.


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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