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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.

Osher Lifelong Learning 2015 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 2015.

 

Osher Membership for 2015

 


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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

Osher Lifelong Learning Classes: Adults 50+

Class NameStart DateCost
Something More than Night: The Mean Streets of Raymond Chandler

Chronic alcoholic, failed oil company executive, womanizer, reluctant screenwriter, lifetime Anglophile, but mostly the creator of the template for the Twentieth Century detective, Raymond Chandler casts a long shadow across American popular culture. In this class we'll examine his life, works, and writing style, and also take a look at his contribution to the cinema in the form of adaptions of his Philip Marlowe novels and Chandler's own original screenplays.
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Course Number: 19526
Cost: $20

4/28/15
$20
Is it Mythology? The Bible? or Shakespeare?

Open your mouth and unknowingly, you channel three of the English language's most abundant linguistic sources. People who exhibit no interest in mythology or religion and certainly, not in Shakespeare, use all three as household words, simply by telling a story. All of a sudden, on a Friday, my flesh and blood thought it was high time I should feed them. I went the extra mile and ordered 20 pizzas, but it was just a drop in the bucket. They ate me out of house and home and harped about my hosting abilities. They can bite the dust. In the end, it is a dog that is man's best friend. For goodness sake, if you haven't slept a wink, puzzling over these word origins, join us and learn is it mythology? The Bible? or Shakespeare?
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Course Number: 19515
Cost: $20

4/29/15
$20
Floral Design: Beginning

Would you love to be able to arrange the beautiful bouquets of flowers that you receive or purchase at your local market? Learn the art of creating beautiful floral designs, both traditional and modern. We?ll focus on European and Western floral arranging styles and learn the principles of great floral design, the basic 'mechanics' of creating a design, and how to choose and condition your plant materials for maximum enjoyment. The first class will offer a lecture and demonstration. The following two sessions will provide opportunities to create your own beautiful artistic designs. Students will supply their own container/vases. Note: All other required materials and plant/flower materials will be supplied with the required fee of $25 to the instructor.
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Course Number: 19943
Cost: $45

4/29/15
$45
Who was the Roman Emperor Trajan?

Trajan or Marcus Ulpius Traianus, was Roman Emperor from 98 to 117 CE. Known as a benevolent ruler, his reign was noted for public projects which benefitted the populace such as improving the dilapidated road system, constructing aqueducts, building public baths and extending the port of Ostia. Trajan was also a highly successful general and won three major conflicts against the Dacians and in the East, resulting in the Roman Empire reaching its greatest size up to that date. These accomplishments earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Emperor Trajan and his legacy in Roman history.
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Course Number: 19451
Cost: $20

5/1/15
$20
Hearing Loss 102

Why are some new hearing aid wearers so successful and others put the device in a drawer or have multiple hearing aids without really feeling satisfied with their investment? Learn what steps a new user can take to make the most out of your hearing aids. Coping strategies, communication tips, hearing loss in the healthcare setting, and gadgets and that turn your hearing aids into assistive listening devices will all be covered in this class. The instructor is well-versed in these topics, having worn hearing aids for over sixty years.
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Course Number: 19871
Cost: $35

5/4/15
$35
Fracking: A Curse or a Blessing?

There continues to be a great deal of talk in the media about the problems associated with fracking for oil and gas. While the number of print-inches in the media seems to climb unabated, the amount of real information (as compared to opinion) seems to dwindle with each passing blurb. We in New Mexico have both hailed and condemned fracking as a practice locally and nationally. What is it really? Does it pollute the aquifer? Does it create earthquakes? Is there science behind it, or is it just the latest gadget of an industry that deserves much suspicion? Can it deliver energy independence?
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Course Number: 19718
Cost: $25

5/5/15
$25
Mamma Mia ? Here we go again!

Their story could easily be the basis for a Hollywood film: four incredibly talented and enthusiastic young musicians, working steadily in the Scandinavian pop scene, begin singing together at about the same time that they meet an equally enthusiastic young producer who believes they have the potential to become an international success. This presentation, supported by both rare and well-known recordings, will revisit the early efforts of Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid, chronicles their explosive rise and domination of the international pop music scene as the legendary group ABBA, and explores their solo and joint efforts since the group disbanded.
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Course Number: 19646
Cost: $20

5/6/15
$20
Why do we do Theater?

The Greeks used theater to praise or mock their gods. Renaissance craft guilds employed it to celebrate themselves. Juan de Oñate, the colonial governor of New Mexico, commissioned the first play performed in North America to promote religious ideals. But centuries later - what is our motive for still doing live theater, when so many people consider it a dead form, killed by film and television? Richard Peck's reasons may not be yours, but it will be fun to discuss them.
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Course Number: 19649
Cost: $20

5/6/15
$20
Kiss? and Make-up

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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Course Number: 19426
Cost: $20

5/8/15
$20
Today's Conflict in the Middle East: The Forgotten Impact of World War I

One of the biggest legacies of World War I is that the world is still dealing with the impact of the dissolution of four empires: German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and Ottoman. The class will look at what happened in the former Ottoman Empire. During and after the war, the allies (mainly Britain and France) drew the boundaries and created places such as Iraq and Syria. Is the world now witnessing the dissolution of what was created almost one hundred years ago? What will be the impact of this dissolution?
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Course Number: 19492
Cost: $20

5/13/15
$20
An Invitation to Tea

Tea- that humble little package with a tag ? has built fortunes, changed empires and created social strata. Think you know about the Boston Tea Party? Who organized the raid? What Indians dumped tea? Do you picture the harbor as a giant tea pot? What about the British East India Company and the Opium Wars? What's the difference between Low Tea, High Tea and Sweet Tea ? and we don't mean what they serve in the South. For that matter, what is a crumpet? Explore the history of tea while you sample a British tea table. Note: A tasting fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the first class because it's fun to learn about food, but even more fun to taste it!
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Course Number: 19948
Cost: $35

5/13/15
$35
Nature's Toxic Agents: A Menagerie of Poisonous Critters

You might not like spiders and snakes? but what about toads and salamanders? Enjoy a discussion of the toxicology and treatment for envenomation by: stinging insects, spiders, scorpions, and miscellaneous venomous animals: lizards, amphibians (toads, frogs, and salamanders), and some exotic venomous mammals (platypus, shrews, and solendons). We'll also explore the topic of newly discovered toxic birds.
Note: PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FROM THE OSHER CATALOG TO ONE WEEK LATER - 5/18/15

Course Number: 19735
Cost: $20

5/18/15
$20
A Giant of the 20th Century: Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill once said: History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. However, on the 70th anniversary of Churchill taking over as Prime Minister of the UK in 1940, the Royal Mint survey revealed the following: 19% of adults over the age of 35, 32% of adults 25 to 34, and 44% of those from ages 16 to 24 failed to mention him as a prominent 20th century prime minister. Through the life of Winston Churchill, the class will examine some of the major events of the 20th century, and if history should still be kind to him fifty-one years after his death.
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Course Number: 19417
Cost: $20

6/1/15
$20
Yoga For Folks Over Fifty

It's never too late and you are not too old or stiff to begin to explore the wonders and benefits of Yoga practice. This series of classes will be geared to the older beginner. If you are dealing with painful knees or feet, arthritis, osteoporosis, issues of balance or the proverbial midlife crisis, you will discover how to use commonly available props and postures to help alleviate these conditions and begin to reverse the aging process. So if you are 50+ or merely feel like you've lived half a century, open up to the best years of your life with Yoga! Note: Not a medical class - call instructor to discuss any serious condition before signing up. Note: Free Osher Membership with this class.
Note: Correct Dates are: June 2 - July 21, Tuesdays, 4pm-5:15pm.

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

6/2/15
$95
The Millennials: What will the Impact of the Me. Me. Me. Generation Be?

Millennials, roughly those 18-33 years old, have become a big topic for discussion for everyone from bloggers and magazine editors to CEO's and the entertainment industry. Millennials have exited high schools and colleges into the worst job market in recent history and a large number delay traditionally adult rites of passage - moving out and marriage. They are the first post-Cold War generation and have been raised with technology many of us were only exposed to in science fiction during our formative years. They are a force to be reckoned with in all facets of American culture and made the cover of Time last year- The Me. Me. Me. Generation... and why they may save us all. Before looking at the Millennials, we will look at the generations that preceded them.
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Course Number: 19225
Cost: $20

6/2/15
$20
Unforgettable Writers of the 'Cono Sur'

The literature of South America is a rich and complex tradition, dating back several centuries. As Magical Realism became a popular genre, the work of writers from the countries of Argentina (J.L.Borges), Brazil (Clarice Lispector), Chile (Jose Donoso), Colombia (G. Garcia Marquez), Paraguay (A.Roa Bastos) and Uruguay (M. Benedetti and H. Quiroga) gained particular prominence during the second half of the twentieth century. The boom of South American literature in the 1960's and 1970's and its modern descendants ensure that this varied body of work continues to flourish. While reading some of these works, we'll explore local beliefs, tradition and much more in the literature of the Cono Sur.
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Course Number: 19559
Cost: $60

6/3/15
$60
The Green Fairy: Absinthe and the Arts

In 1912, four years before the United States banned cocaine and heroin, it banned a dangerous drink known as absinthe: the devil in a bottle. Hailed equally as the muse of poets, painters and revolutionaries, and as the green fairy which could lead men down the path to murder, it was no drink for an American. It was blamed for causing hallucinations, seizures, and permanent brain damage. The wormwood beverage was considered toxic; it even had its own disease named after it: absinthism. Today the drink is back, bigger than ever, and many of the old myths have been laid to rest. This class will examine not only the history of the drink, but will explore the fascinating group of people attracted to the lure of absinthe, including poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, composers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, and artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin.
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Course Number: 19664
Cost: $20

6/3/15
$20
What is Happening in China?

One in every five people in the world is Chinese. With the second largest economy in the world, China is home to a highly literate and upwardly mobile population. While economic and social controls have been significantly relaxed in China since the 1970s, personal and political freedoms are still tightly restricted. We'll take a brief survey of the history of China and the challenges confronting contemporary China. We'll explore the divergent opinions around what the future course of China will be and how all of this affects the world.
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Course Number: 19986
Cost: $20

6/3/15
$20
Yoga For Folks Over Fifty

It's never too late and you are not too old or stiff to begin to explore the wonders and benefits of Yoga practice. This series of classes will be geared to the older beginner. If you are dealing with painful knees or feet, arthritis, osteoporosis, issues of balance or the proverbial midlife crisis, you will discover how to use commonly available props and postures to help alleviate these conditions and begin to reverse the aging process. So if you are 50+ or merely feel like you've lived half a century, open up to the best years of your life with Yoga! Note: Not a medical class - call instructor to discuss any serious condition before signing up. Note: Free Osher Membership with this class.
Note: Section SUC is an intermediate level class.

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

6/4/15
$95
Zionism, Israel and the Possibility for Peace: A pro-Zionist Perspective

Avi Shavit is writer of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel and a leading Israeli peace activist, columnist and member of the editorial board of Haaretz, Israel's liberal newspaper. Shavit is committed to the original Zionist ideals and documents with an unblinking eye and occasional horror at what has become of the Zionist ideal since 1967. Students are encouraged to read My Promised Land which is a New York Times bestseller and won the Jewish Book of the Month Award.
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Course Number: 19236
Cost: $20

6/4/15
$20
Two Neutral Nations During World War II: Sweden and Switzerland

For many years, there was not much discussion about the role of neutral nations during the bitter conflict in Europe from 1939 to 1945. In the last 20 years more attention has been focused on the specific actions and policies carried out by Sweden and Switzerland. After reviewing the history of neutrality, the class will examine the controversies that have surrounded these two countries. Are these criticisms just, or do those who level them have no right to stake a claim of moral superiority?
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Course Number: 19486
Cost: $20

6/4/15
$20
The Assisi of Giotto, Saints Francis and Clare

Born in 1182, the Franciscan Order's founder rejected family wealth for complete poverty. Francis welcomed all men as brothers, whether rich or poor, sinners or non-Christians. His friend Clare founded the equivalent order for women. After the deaths of Saints Francis and Clare, the Italian hill town of Assisi became a pilgrimage destination. To honor St. Francis, the Basilica there is famous for frescoes by Cimabue, who probably trained Giotto, the first great artist of the Italian Proto-Renaissance. Scholars dispute if Giotto actually painted the frescoes in the Basilica's Upper Church but visitors are in awe of the scenes to this day.
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Course Number: 19801
Cost: $20

6/4/15
$20
Joan of Arc: Saint, Sinner or Epileptic?

Peasant, shepherdess, mystic, saint, warrior, witch, epileptic . . . all these and more are terms which have been used in attempts to describe or explain one of the most remarkable young women in the history of western civilization. With the help of video clips and written sources which include Joan's recorded words, we will examine the story of a courageous French teenager who singlehandedly turned the tide of European history during the course of the Hundred Years' War. The achievements of this Maid of Orléans continue to be celebrated annually by people of France, and she has won (and continues to win) the admiration of many across the centuries, including Englishmen such as Winston Churchill.
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Course Number: 19423
Cost: $20

6/5/15
$20
Line Dancing for Beginners

Over four weeks, you'll be introduced to about sixteen modern and classic line dances, with the goal of getting both good exercise and entertainment through the learning experience. Line (or solo) dances are done to many different forms of music, including Latin, Country-Western, Broadway, and modern Pop to name a few. Line dancing appeals to all ages of people and to both women and men. Bill will gear the dances to the ability of the dancers as you progress through the lessons. Whether or not you have experience with line dancing, you'll gain more confidence in your abilities and gain an added sense of rhythm. Note: Wear leather-soled shoes and comfortable, loose-fitting casual clothes.
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Course Number: 19605
Cost: $45

6/5/15
$45
Who was the Roman Emperor Hadrian?

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.
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Course Number: 19442
Cost: $20

6/8/15
$20
Shakespeare: The Man and His Sonnets

William Shakespeare was a playwright, an actor, a director and a successful businessman. But if asked his profession he would have proudly answered that he was a poet. He saw himself first and foremost as a poet and his plays are almost all poetry. In fact, he generally used prose in his plays to indicate something negative about a character or that the character was not important. An examination of Shakespeare's poetry, therefore, is an excellent way to get into the mind and times of the most influential writer in the English language. In this class we will take a close look into a few of his sonnets and unlock some of the secrets of Shakespeare's mind and heart.
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Course Number: 19518
Cost: $20

6/8/15
$20
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 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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Course Number: 19584
Cost: $70

6/8/15
$70
First Lady of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald once said, It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts. Throughout an amazing six-decade career, Fitzgerald (1917-96) was not only known as the Queen of Jazz, but as one of the definitive interpreters of the American songbook. Discovered as a teenager by bandleader Chick Webb, her wide-ranging career embraced standards, jazz, scat, film, and television. This fond tribute to an American legend will also address Fitzgerald's early years and the secrets of a difficult childhood she fought to suppress.
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Course Number: 19623
Cost: $20

6/8/15
$20
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: A $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the start of class. Class is limited to 10 students. Zentangle® is a registered trademark.
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Course Number: 19133
Cost: $30

6/9/15
$30
The Romans

The Republic and Empire of Rome was one of the most formative civilizations in Western history. We'll explore the aspects of Roman civilization that have most influenced modern Western society. We'll examine the evolution of Rome's own political system, from a monarchy to a Republic to an Empire, and pay particular attention to the forces that drove this transition over the course of Rome's history. Roman civilization irrevocably shaped the political, social, and religious inheritance of all societies it came into contact with, and those heirs to Roman civilization helped to shape modern Western society itself.
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Course Number: 19487
Cost: $55

6/9/15
$55
Richard III: The Myth and the Monarch

Richard III (1452-85) was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenets. His defeat at Bosworth marks the end of the mediaeval period in England; he was the last English monarch to die in battle. Over the centuries the stories of this young monarch grew to monstrous proportions; he was labelled a villain, a traitor, a murderer, and a monster. These claims were fuelled by misinformation bruited about regarding his twisted body, his hunched back, and his withered arm. And yet, slowly but surely, a growing body of scholars, authors, and passionate members of the public, known as Ricardians, worked to clear the name of their beloved monarch from behind the veil of Tudor propaganda and Shakespearean fiction. An excavation beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012, led not only to the discovery of the body of the fallen king, but to the rewriting of history. As we explore the myth and the monarch, we will discover that while he may not have been a saint, he was an enlightened and beloved ruler who has been badly maligned across the ages.
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Course Number: 19421
Cost: $20

6/10/15
$20
Zionism, Israel and the Possibility for Peace: An Anti-Zionist Perspective

Max Blumenthal is an American Jew who considers himself outside the Zionist tradition and wrote Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. Blumenthal spent four years in Israel and the West Bank researching this book. He documents a society hurtling headfirst toward ultra-nationalism, relinquishing any claims to democracy it may have had as it seeks to pummel a subject population into submission. Students will be encouraged to read Goliath which was published in October 2013.
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Course Number: 19237
Cost: $20

6/11/15
$20
Life in the Italy that Tourists Don't See

Living in Rome for two years with my family taught us a number of shortcuts that Italians - but few visitors - understand. We discovered how to register an automobile at one-third the usual cost; and where to locate table salt when the country of Italy runs out. You might wonder how we learned to survive Rome's maniacal traffic, but we did. We also learned to avoid many linguistic pitfalls, negotiate social embarrassments, and deal with the daily crises that make Italy both frustrating and so eternally appealing.
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Course Number: 19931
Cost: $20

6/11/15
$20
Rock Art of the American Southwest

The American Southwest has attracted humans for millennia. From archaic hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers and European explorers, they often left their marks in carefully selected locations. Rock art sites abound in hidden places scattered throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. This Powerpoint presentation will highlight sites in each of these states. Common themes and styles will be covered, with distinguishing elements shown for contrast. Cultural and environmental contexts will also be discussed, to help us understand the people who left these enigmatic markings on rocks.
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Course Number: 19142
Cost: $20

6/12/15
$20
Agents of Chemical and Biological Warfare and Terrorism

We think of Chemical weapons in terms of the mustard gas of World War I, but chemical weapons have been in use for millennia in the form of poisoned spears and arrows. Further, evidence can be found for the existence of more advanced forms of chemical weapons in ancient and classical times. Arsenical smokes were known to the Chinese as far back as c. 1000 BC and Sun Lzu's Art of War advises the use of fire weapons. We'll analyze the history of chemical and biological warfare and terrorism from ancient times to the present.
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Course Number: 19726
Cost: $20

6/12/15
$20
Why Do We Say That? Love and Marriage

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 as we separate the wheat from the chaff of language.
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Course Number: 19597
Cost: $20

6/15/15
$20
John Locke's Letter Concerning Toleration and the Doctrine of Separation of Church and State

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Course Number: 19834
Cost: $35

6/15/15
$35
Bible in Popular Culture Part 2

Easily one of the best-selling books of all time, the Bible is actually a collection of books and letters written in three languages, by multiple authors, across the centuries. Responsible for influencing human history perhaps more than any other volume, it eventually entered the popular vernacular resulting in popular quotes and misquotes, strange ideas and misconceptions, and - of course - never-ending disputes. This continuation from last fall's class will continue to explore some of the popular Biblically-based stories, myths, and misconceptions that permeate western culture.
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Course Number: 19836
Cost: $25

6/15/15
$25
Money and Politics in the wake of Citizens United: The current debate on Campaign Finance Reform

This presentation will review of the various proposals and movements to create meaningful campaign finance reform in the wake of the Citizens United and other Supreme Court and Congressional actions. We will examine the Move to Amend campaign as well as various state public financing initiatives.
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Course Number: 19233
Cost: $20

6/16/15
$20
Flourishing in These Challenging Times

Imagine a future when most adults are able to achieve their potential as fully functioning human beings. Join us for a stimulating discussion of flourishing, an exciting new concept from the scientific and professional movement called positive psychology. Leaders in positive psychology tell us that complete mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. The elements that contribute to flourishing include positive emotion, meaning, engagement, and healthy relationships. How would you live your life differently if you were flourishing? What does it take to live the good life and how can we apply these insights to our lives?
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Course Number: 19869
Cost: $35

6/16/15
$35
United States Constitutional Law: The Best and Worst of it

This class will survey of the Constitution and its history. We'll discuss the current Supreme Court make-up, its personalities and politics. We'll explore and study the Articles that form the basis for our Government and our representative democracy. Additionally, we'll discuss the Bill of Rights, in particular, the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments and some of the key court decisions that form our present-day experience.
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Course Number: 19219
Cost: $35

6/17/15
$35
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 survivor-ship. 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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Course Number: 19371
Cost: $20

6/18/15
$20
Fairies in the Garden: A Spirited Tour through Victorian Mysticism

Spiritualism was an established movement before the Civil War; but as the death toll mounted, séances became popular with all social classes. Desperate families seeking communication with missing soldiers turned to mediums for reassurance. Mary Todd Lincoln held séances in the White House trying to reach her two deceased sons. Across the Atlantic, Queen Victoria became a spiritualist after the death of her husband. Although the Victorian era is associated with scientific and technological progress, many educated Victorians were drawn to mesmerism, clairvoyance, electro-biology and phrenology. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was no exception. Convinced that two young English girls had photographed fairies in their garden, he authenticated their doctored photos leading to a spiritualist hoax that was not debunked until the late 1970s. Fascinated by the human appetite for flimflam? Join us for a spirited tour through Victorian scams.
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Course Number: 19410
Cost: $20

6/18/15
$20
Song Sung Blue: Neil Diamond

Singer/songwriter Neil Diamond has stayed on the pop music charts for over 50 years, and is now among the most accomplished pop songwriters of our era. In five prolific decades he has created one of the most enduring catalogs of American popular music. Whether singing his own material, interpreting songs from films, or covering the catalogs of other entertainers, Diamond brings a touch of the common man to his music: it is almost as if he is trying to show us that he's not doing anything we couldn't do ourselves. This presentation will follow Diamond's trajectory from working songwriter in New York's legendary Brill Building, through an amazing career as an artist in his own right.
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Course Number: 19678
Cost: $20

6/18/15
$20
Roanoke: The Lost Colony

The lost colonists of Roanoke were left on Roanoke Island in present day North Carolina in 1587 in order to establish the first British colony in America. A vessel was sent back to England with Governor John White to obtain supplies and was subsequently unable to return until 1590. Upon the return of the supply ship, the colony was gone, not destroyed, but removed. The only clue was the name Croatan carved into a tree. John White, whose daughter, son-in-law and grandchild were among the colonists began a lifelong quest to find the colonists. Some historians say they perished, but clues and rumors persisted for decades that they did not, that they either were captured by or assimilated into the local native population. We will investigate America's oldest missing person's case, the lost colony of Roanoke Island. A documentary will be shown that shows a new DNA study that reveals groundbreaking evidence about the fate of the 16th century settlers.
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Course Number: 19456
Cost: $20

6/19/15
$20
East is East and West is West and Never the Twain Shall Meet

Rudyard Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date. Born in India in 1865, he considered himself an Anglo-Indian, more comfortable with the dialects of India than with the English of his parents. At the age of five, he was sent to live in England under cruel and neglectful conditions, conditions that he believed shaped his writing. Today, he is remembered for children's stories, The Jungle Book and Kim, yet George Orwell stated Kipling was a prophet of British imperialism - a view that would cost Kipling his son's life. Was Kipling an imperialist? A product of his time? Or a misunderstood writer who stated But there is neither East nor West . . . when strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!
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Course Number: 19532
Cost: $25

6/19/15
$25
Renaissance Women and the Domestic Setting

During the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy, secular women were seldom acknowledged in art. Women were only portrayed and celebrated when they were married, honored when their children were born, and memorialized when they died. We will explore how their role in the family and in society were depicted in these important events in their lives. Recent historical scholarship on women has revealed their marginalized role in the family hierarchy and social order during the Renaissance.
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Course Number: 19128
Cost: $20

6/23/15
$20
Zentangle 201 - The Next Step

For those who have taken Zentangle 101, this is the next step. In the first hour we will work on learning more tangles, drawing strings, shading, and then begin a project or two. The second hour we will talk about color and work further on our projects to take home. Note: Please bring your Zentangle 101 kit, and any other pens and colored pencils you have. A materials fee of $3 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
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Course Number: 19135
Cost: $30

6/23/15
$30
Brain Fitness and the Creative Arts

Are you game? We will tap into the parts of your brain which are underused through fun-filled, experiential exercises (music, writing, art, theatre, dance, movement, contemplation). Novices are encouraged to attend. Osher members who participated in the Brain Fitness Introductory class will apply what they have learned. The connection between selected activities and brain stimulation/growth will be explored. Note: Workbook will be available from the instructor for $20.
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Course Number: 19885
Cost: $55

6/23/15
$55
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 educational 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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Course Number: 19372
Cost: $20

6/25/15
$20
Sri Ganesha: Hinduism's Elephant God

Even if you don't know the story of how he acquired his unusual head, the Hindu elephant god Ganesha is one of the most popular and endearing members of the Hindu pantheon. Known as the Remover of Obstacles, he is equally capable of placing obstacles in your way to prevent you from taking a wrong path. Lord Ganesh is the deity of the intellectual mind, science, and knowledge, making him a favorite with university students; he is also the Giver of Success, and is associated with general abundance in all areas of life. This presentation will explore the story of Sri Ganesha as found in art, mythology, and music.
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Course Number: 19842
Cost: $20

6/25/15
$20
Who was Leonardo Da Vinci?

Renowned as the Mind of the Renaissance, the genius of Leonardo da Vinci reaches beyond the centuries. Born into obscurity in a tiny Italian village in 1452, young Leonardo da Vinci seemed destined for a life of peasantry. But early mastery of art and a personal code of success catapulted him to the highest levels of Italian society and ultimately made him one of the most important figures of the Renaissance era. Painter, sculptor, engineer and scientist, in each field da Vinci was both master and pioneer. Creator of some of the world's great artistic masterpieces, he was also a visionary whose fantastic inventions would become reality only hundreds of years after his death. Mr. Cervantes will show a documentary that will trace the history of Leonardo Da Vinci and his legacy in history. We also discuss the possible DNA results of this Renaissance man.
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Course Number: 19462
Cost: $20

6/26/15
$20
Food and the Bible

Whether manna from Heaven, Jesus's turning water into wine, or da Vinci's The Last Supper, food is an intrinsic part of Biblical scenes, yet what were the foods, customs, and etiquette behind those stories? What was manna? What type of wine would have been common in Canaan? Did diners recline at meals as Greeks did and were women allowed to join those diners? Why was shellfish forbidden to Jews? In an age when the very act of eating was imbued with sanctity, how was food grown, stored, traded, and prepared? Did food determine wealth, status, and even piety? Join Jane and Bobbie for a culinary exploration of Biblical history ? sampling included. Note: A tasting fee of $10 is payable to the instructors at the start of class because it's fun to learn about food, but even more fun to taste it!
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Course Number: 19818
Cost: $25

6/29/15
$25
Shamanism: From Witch Doctors through the New Millennium

Shamanism is the oldest form of healing, dating back 30,000 years when medicine men mediated between the inner life of tribal members and its external affairs. The shaman mastered the ecstatic power of dreams, visions, and trances. Shamanism was practiced all over the Earth, and the legacy lives on today, not only in indigenous cultures but in eastern practices of yoga. Western schools of psychology have investigated altered states of consciousness, visualization, dream imagery, breathing techniques and sound to incorporate spiritual insight into therapeutic processes. The schools based on the depth psychology of Freud and Jung and the newer experiential therapies employ techniques of consciousness transformation with ancient roots. We will explore how the new therapies use shamanic methods such as the journey of awakening, healing of psychic fragmentation, and the reconciliation of dualities such as good/evil, male/female, and human/animal.
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Course Number: 19841
Cost: $45

6/30/15
$45
Kiss? and Make-up

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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Course Number: 19426
Cost: $20

7/6/15
$20
Stand-up Comedy as Literature

Comedy is no laughing matter. It could be argued that the ability to entertain through comedy currently rivals debate and discussion as a form of public discourse around social and political issues. We'll study the work of major American stand-up comedians and how, like any form of literature, their work informs and reveals the American ethos. We will look at the content, the various styles, the language play, and the artistic contributions of creative artists like Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Wright, and Bill Maher and examine the effect stand-up comedy has had on the national consciousness.
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Course Number: 19577
Cost: $20

7/6/15
$20
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. Prerequisite: Writing Memoir (19589) or permission from the instructor.
Note: This class was not included in the Summer Osher catalog.

Course Number: 19556
Cost: $70

7/7/15
$70
A World Made of Strings? String Theory for Non-Physicists

Are you curious about String Theory? Have you heard of it, but you don't know why it's important or what it sets out to do? Join us for a one-night discussion of String Theory, where it came from, where it's going, and what it could mean for our understanding of the universe. No previous physics knowledge is necessary!
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Course Number: 19724
Cost: $20

7/7/15
$20
Understanding Grief and Mourning through Film

Grief is pain, and mourners in the midst of pain may feel like it will never end. Every individual grief journey is unique to each person in its emotional depth and duration. Films provide a way to examine grief and mourning reactions and consider healing activities. We'll learn about intuitive and instrumental mourning styles, complicated grief, and ways to move past loss toward acceptance and growth. These concepts will be illustrated through scenes from films such as Gravity, Elizabethtown, Walk the Line, The Big Lebowski and other sources. Instructor Gail Rubin, CT, is a death educator Certified in Thanatology: Death Dying and Bereavement.
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Course Number: 19873
Cost: $20

7/8/15
$20
Writing Memoir

What memories do you carry with you, moments that make your life your own? Memoir invites us to unpack those moments and render them into story. This ongoing class is designed for members who want guidance, inspiration and writing exercises to launch or continue their memoir writing. Weekly format provides writing prompts, discussions of craft, supportive feedback and critique. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
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Course Number: 19589
Cost: $70

7/9/15
$70
Joyful Journaling

Do you have a desire to keep a journal but feel guilty when you don't write? What if you couldn't wait to open your journal to create and write about your life? In this class we will explore ways to help you develop a journaling practice that fosters creativity and self-discovery. You will learn some journaling techniques, ideas for creative journal entry topics, and ways to keep yourself inspired and coming back to the page. New topics will be presented each semester so the class can be taken multiple times. Class time will be used for writing, embellishing, and discussing journaling practices. Note: A $10 Materials Fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.
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Course Number: 19591
Cost: $45

7/9/15
$45
Introduction to Acting

This intro class promises to be, first and foremost, a great deal of fun. The studies learned will infuse its players with more physical and verbal confidence ? to be exercised in any life situation. This course is geared toward those students who wish to learn techniques employed onstage, or onscreen, in improvisational and solo work. We'll cover basic improvisation, using highly-enjoyable games and tasks (always considered the most delightful component in an acting class). Then the lessons will move on to textual work ? these functions being applied to solo expositions (monologues) to prepare for performance at course's end.
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Course Number: 19601
Cost: $60

7/9/15
$60
Amazon Warrior Women and the Sarmatians

The myth of the Amazons has lingered for centuries, but proof of their existence had always been lacking. Now, a 2,500-year-old mystery may have been solved by a chance discovery in Russia. After unearthing evidence of a culture of ancient warrior women in the Russian steppes, we will examine their connection to the Amazon legend. In addition, a short film will be shown that traces the history of the Amazons and there possible legacy on modern populations. We will also discuss which DNA markers are most identified with this ancient culture.
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Course Number: 19470
Cost: $20

7/10/15
$20
A Social History of the Medieval Church, 200-1563 AD

In the modern era, the medieval Catholic Church is often spoken of in negative terms. It is inevitable in a world largely shaped by the Reformation that many people focus on the corruption that plagued the Catholic Church in the late middle ages. However, long before the papacy faced off with Martin Luther, the Catholic Church played a vital role in European society. In the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire and in the centuries before nation states coalesced, the Catholic Church was the sole entity that held European society together. In this class, we'll examine the history of the Catholic Church from 200 to 1563 AD, with a particular focus on the social impact of the church.
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Course Number: 19473
Cost: $45

7/10/15
$45
No Faith Required: Practical Lessons from the Gospels

This course will examine the New Testament from the perspective of someone who is not interested in being saved, accepting Jesus as one's lord and savior, or having one's sins forgiven. Rather, the class will examine the lessons for daily living that can be extracted from the pages of the Christian scriptures. We will look at matters such as how Jesus' feeding of the 5,000, calming the sea, raising of Lazarus, and various teachings are rich metaphors about personal empowerment, caring for one another, and taking care of the earth.
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Course Number: 19848
Cost: $20

7/13/15
$20
The Lusignans of Poitou: from France to the Holy Land and Runnymede

Henry II of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart and bad King John are familiar figures to historians and fans of historical fiction, but their vassals, the Lords of Lusignan, are often forgotten. Yet it was the Lusignans, allegedly descended from the half-serpent Mélusine, who created a turbulent and pivotal history in 12th and 13th century France, England, and the Holy Land. Not only did they challenge royal authority, they managed to acquire crowns of their own through marriages to Sybilla and Isabella, the heiress-queens of Jerusalem. Handsome, violent, treacherous, yet brave fighters and pious crusaders?and unfashionably faithful to their wives?the Lusignans invite us into the triumphs and tragedies of medieval Europe and the beleaguered Byzantine empire.
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Course Number: 19431
Cost: $35

7/14/15
$35
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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Course Number: 19859
Cost: $60

7/15/15
$60
Mongolia: Mythic Times, Rough Times, Modern Times

Ursa Major, the Bear Goddess or Big Dipper, guided Mongolians centuries ago, in mythic times. Dr. Sutton taught English in Mongolia in 1993, soon after Soviet occupation ended and before Mongolia became a tour destination to Genghis Khan's land. In those rough times, no one remembered what food could survive in the taiga. Only remote shamans retained practices of animism. Some elderly men revived Tibetan Buddhism after generations of forbidden religion. Now in modern times, Western technology has arrived in the capital, and Western designer stores attract a few of the newly rich, but centuries-old customs prevail over vast areas.
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Course Number: 19912
Cost: $20

7/15/15
$20
E-Publishing: The Wave of the Future

Do you have a story to share or are you looking for a wider audience for your traditional print book? A third of American adults own an e-reader. E-books require little expense to produce and distribute and smartphones and personal tablet computers have offered alternatives to the traditional print-book publishing paradigm. Explore the ins-and-outs of E-book publishing and create a final product for distribution to the E-book universe. Sarah Baker is the author of 21 novels and e-books.
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Course Number: 19504
Cost: $45

7/16/15
$45
First Lady of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald once said, It isn't where you came from, it's where you're going that counts. Throughout an amazing six-decade career, Fitzgerald (1917-96) was not only known as the Queen of Jazz, but as one of the definitive interpreters of the American songbook. Discovered as a teenager by bandleader Chick Webb, her wide-ranging career embraced standards, jazz, scat, film, and television. This fond tribute to an American legend will also address Fitzgerald's early years and the secrets of a difficult childhood she fought to suppress.
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Course Number: 19623
Cost: $20

7/16/15
$20
Fun with Crystals

From earliest times, it seems that humans have been fascinated with crystals of all kinds. From jewels and gemstones to sparkling river rocks, crystals have been used for everything from Shamanic healing practices to modern technological applications. This course will present some basic and fun facts about crystals, lots of beautiful pictures, and suggestions for ways of working with crystals to enhance your life. For instance, we will work with a few real crystals to illustrate how to display them, meditate with them, etc. Please bring any crystals you might have and would like to work with. The more crystals the better!
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Course Number: 19874
Cost: $20

7/18/15
$20
The Philippine-American War 1898-1902

Little known to most Americans, is what has come to be known as America's Forgotten War. A spin-off of the Spanish American War, this was the first and only attempt of America to colonize a faraway land for the betterment of American business interests. This talk will review the early history of the Philippine Islands, along with the reasons which would eventually lead to a conflict between the U.S. military, and the native lead Filipino rebellion. This talk is being presented by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, who served in the Republic of the Philippines from 1968-1970, and who will present materials that uniquely represent both sides of this historical military conflict.
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Course Number: 19436
Cost: $20

7/20/15
$20
The Battle of the Bees

The Battle of Tanga, sometimes also known as the Battle of the Bees, was an unsuccessful attack by the British-Indian Expeditionary Force B under Major General A.E. Aitken to capture German East Africa (the mainland portion of present-day Tanzania) during the First World War in concert with the invasion Force C near Longido on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was the first major battle of The Great War in Africa and for the British forces, the battle was nothing short of a disaster. Explore the Battle of Tanga, recorded in the British Official History of the War as one of the most notable failures in British military history.
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Course Number: 19438
Cost: $25

7/21/15
$25
Your Water: Where Does it Come From, and Where Does it Go?

The course will 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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Course Number: 19704
Cost: $45

7/21/15
$45
Renaissance Women and the Domestic Setting

During the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy, secular women were seldom acknowledged in art. Women were only portrayed and celebrated when they were married, honored when their children were born, and memorialized when they died. We will explore how their role in the family and in society were depicted in these important events in their lives. Recent historical scholarship on women has revealed their marginalized role in the family hierarchy and social order during the Renaissance.
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Course Number: 19128
Cost: $20

7/22/15
$20
Unravelling the Mystery: How Music Works V

Welcome back to the fifth installment of our hands-on exploration of basic musical concepts. With the help of a keyboard, this session will focus on instrumental families, as well as folk and world music. As always this colloquium will also wander into the many puzzling musical questions that keep you from getting a good night's sleep, including topics in theory, appreciation, history, trivia, and much, much more. Future classes will continue to be scheduled according to class interest.
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Course Number: 19650
Cost: $20

7/22/15
$20
Life in the Tropics: Is it Really for You?

This course provides a practical view of Latin America. The perspective taken is that of age 55+ Americans who have considered retiring, doing business, investing, or seeking healthcare in the region. It breaks myths and shows a region in transition from tradition-bound economies and cultures to modern societies, with their attendant comforting conveniences and confusing complications. By understanding why and how Latinos differ among themselves, and are similar to or different than ourselves, you will gain insights into how well they may be compatible with your individual lifestyle, business, or healthcare needs. The course portrays a realistic middle-ground position between the rose-colored views of life South of the Border peddled by flim-flam artists and the sometimes overly-paranoid reports of violence, crime, and corruption.
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Course Number: 19975
Cost: $20

7/22/15
$20
The CIA Torture Program as seen in the Broad Historical and Legal Context

Napoleon did not allow his military intelligence officers to use torture simply because it caused too many false leads. The commitment of U.S. military intelligence professionals to empathetic techniques is rooted in the techniques' success of quickly turning fanatical Japanese soldiers into willing sources in the Marianas Campaign in 1944. The current debate of the American use of torture in recent years will be viewed in a broad historical context. Why did the Bush Administration create this program? Is it necessary to prosecute the torturers and those who claimed it was legal? What are the nation's responsibilities under the Geneva Conventions and United Nations Convention Against Torture of which the U.S. is signatory? How should we address those American officials, soldiers and agents who refused to torture?
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Course Number: 19241
Cost: $20

7/27/15
$20
Contemporary Short Stories

The Best American Short Stories of 2014 (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. Note: The text is available in bookstores and online, used for under $10. Reading selections will be emailed to participants before the first week of class.
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Course Number: 19537
Cost: $45

7/27/15
$45
The Legend of Bop City

In the heyday of 1950s San Francisco jazz clubs, one little spot outlasted them all. Jimbo's Bop City opened at 2AM and the sounds wailed until 6AM or whenever Jimbo could get the musicians to stop. A veritable cross-section of Bay Area literati and low life could be found listening in hushed silence to jazz greats and masterful unknowns. Those on the stand regulated the quality, so no one would dare play if their chops weren't up to it. Videomaker Carol Chamberland met Jimbo Edwards during his 80th year and they formed a friendship that would last until his sudden death at 87. She traveled the Bay Area and the country in search of musicians who had graced the Bop City stage to record their memories for posterity. Now sixteen years beyond the release of this video, many of those musicians have passed away, but their memories linger on. Explore the landscape of artists that was Jimbo's Bop City Prerequisite ? attend the screening in April.
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Course Number: 19603
Cost: $20

7/27/15
$20
American Songwriters (Johnny Mercer and Yip Harburg)

Part three in a series of programs on the Great American Songbook features Johnny Mercer and E Y Harburg. Mercer, with more than 1,000 songs to his credit, was undoubtedly one of the greatest lyricists of all time; he was also a composer, singer, actor, and co-founder of Capitol Records. Yip Harburg was an American popular song lyricist who worked with many well-known composers; he quickly became known as Broadway's social conscience and was a unique contributor to 20th century musical theatre. A wide selection of recordings will accompany this presentation.
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Course Number: 19640
Cost: $20

7/27/15
$20
Theory and Practice of Modern Money

In 1971, the United States, and effectively the world, abandoned gold-backed currency in favor of fiat currency. At the time, few people recognized the implications of that change, and in fact the monetary system appeared to carry on much as before. Most people today, including many commentators, most politicians, and even a few economists, still do not understand how the new currency model has expanded economic policy options. This class will cover the functional operations of modern currency in the United States, how it differs from a gold standard regime, and examine some consequences for economic policy. Students will acquire a useful tool for distinguishing legitimate economic arguments from ignorant or self-serving ones, as many policy choices are cast in monetary terms. The class will also serve as a foundation for further inquiry into macroeconomics and economic policy.
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Course Number: 19353
Cost: $25

7/29/15
$25
Vanished! Searching for Lost Explorers

For every Christopher Columbus or Sir Edmund Hillary, there are dozens of explorers who disappeared across oceans, into jungles and into the frozen reaches of the Earth, never to be heard from again. Learn about some of the famous expeditions where explorers either vanished never to be found, or whose remains were found many years later. We'll cover the background on these expeditions and the individuals involved. Some of the lost explorers covered will include: Percy Fawcett, Robert Falcon Scott, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, S.A. Andree and the Franklin Expedition among others.
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Course Number: 19996
Cost: $20

7/29/15
$20
Fairies in the Garden: A Spirited Tour through Victorian Mysticism

Spiritualism was an established movement before the Civil War; but as the death toll mounted, séances became popular with all social classes. Desperate families seeking communication with missing soldiers turned to mediums for reassurance. Mary Todd Lincoln held séances in the White House trying to reach her two deceased sons. Across the Atlantic, Queen Victoria became a spiritualist after the death of her husband. Although the Victorian era is associated with scientific and technological progress, many educated Victorians were drawn to mesmerism, clairvoyance, electro-biology and phrenology. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was no exception. Convinced that two young English girls had photographed fairies in their garden, he authenticated their doctored photos leading to a spiritualist hoax that was not debunked until the late 1970s. Fascinated by the human appetite for flimflam? Join us for a spirited tour through Victorian scams.
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Course Number: 19410
Cost: $20

7/31/15
$20
The Conquest of Florida and Andrew Jackson

General Andrew Jackson was ordered to stop Seminole Native-American attacks on settlers in Georgia. Jackson goes beyond the call of duty and swiftly forces his way through Florida. Within two years, Spain relinquishes Florida to the United States. A documentary will be shown that traces the history of General Jackson in his conquest of Florida. We also discuss the impact of this event on American history.
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Course Number: 19472
Cost: $20

7/31/15
$20
Boffo, Socko and SRO: The Amazing Big Band Era

While people in the United States nervously watched the changing face of Europe in the 1930s, American popular music was on the rise to unparalleled heights. Although a case can be made for big band music stretching back into the 19th century, the bands hit their peak from 1930-1945, and this is commonly called the Big Band Era. The first half of this class will set the stage and look at the players who were just beginning to put their bands together in the 1930s, while the second half will explore the music scene during World War II. Both sessions will be amply supported by recordings of classic bands including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and the Dorsey Brothers.
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Course Number: 19643
Cost: $25

7/31/15
$25
Yoga For Folks Over Fifty

It's never too late and you are not too old or stiff to begin to explore the wonders and benefits of Yoga practice. This series of classes will be geared to the older beginner. If you are dealing with painful knees or feet, arthritis, osteoporosis, issues of balance or the proverbial midlife crisis, you will discover how to use commonly available props and postures to help alleviate these conditions and begin to reverse the aging process. So if you are 50+ or merely feel like you've lived half a century, open up to the best years of your life with Yoga! Note: Not a medical class - call instructor to discuss any serious condition before signing up. Note: Free Osher Membership with this class.
Note: Dates changed to: Aug 4 - Sept 22, Tuesdays, 4pm-5:15pm. (Previous dates 6/30-7/23).

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

8/4/15
$95
Yoga For Folks Over Fifty

It's never too late and you are not too old or stiff to begin to explore the wonders and benefits of Yoga practice. This series of classes will be geared to the older beginner. If you are dealing with painful knees or feet, arthritis, osteoporosis, issues of balance or the proverbial midlife crisis, you will discover how to use commonly available props and postures to help alleviate these conditions and begin to reverse the aging process. So if you are 50+ or merely feel like you've lived half a century, open up to the best years of your life with Yoga! Note: Not a medical class - call instructor to discuss any serious condition before signing up. Note: Free Osher Membership with this class.
Note: Section FAA is an intermediate level class.

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

8/6/15
$95
Buddhism

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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Course Number: 19813
Cost: $45

8/7/15
$45
Gone With The Wind and Antebellum Mythology

2014 was the 75th anniversary of the movie Gone with the Wind based upon Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer-prize winning novel of the same name. Her only novel's success would haunt the author for the rest of her life, driving her into depression and making her a recluse. The film, directed by David O. Selznick, was immensely popular, and adjusted for inflation, it is still the most successful film in box-office history. Yet both the book and the movie have a darker side, perpetuating a romantic view of the antebellum South in which all slave owners were kind and all slaves were happy. Learn how one woman, one book, and one movie have shaped much of today's antebellum mythology.
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Course Number: 19521
Cost: $20

8/11/15
$20
The Brief Life and Enduring Legacy of Tutankhamun King Tut

The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun's tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask, now in Cairo Museum, remains the popular symbol. Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world and almost a century later, the boy king still generates great interest. His tomb in the Valley of the Kings was discovered by Carter almost completely intact?the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. Explore the brief life and enduring legacy of Tutankhamun.
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Course Number: 19498
Cost: $20

8/26/15
$20

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Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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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 1,200 members and offers more than 250 lectures and courses each year.

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


Dr. Charles Truxillo, 1953-2015

Dr. Charles TruxilloWe mourn the passing of our long-time Instructor and friend, Dr. Charles Truxillo, who passed away on February 4th after a long illness.

Dr. Truxillo was born on May 2, 1953 in Albuquerque, of a Mexican and Chicano family. He attended grade school in Albuquerque and high school in Belen.

Dr. Truxillo studied to be a Roman Catholic priest in California and in Rome. His doctoral degree was earned at UNM in Latin American and Asian history. For six years he taught at Highlands University, and for over ten years he was faculty in the Chicano Studies Department at UNM. He was an author in history with published works, "By the Sword and the Cross: Periods of World History” and “The Moro Wars in the Philippines in the Context of the Ibero-Islamic World War." He taught extensively through UNM Continuing Education, including courses for Growth and Enrichment, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Story of New Mexico program.

He is survived by his mother Marcella Trujillo; brother John M. Trujillo and wife Jessie; his sister Celina Baca; brother Aquiles Trujillo and wife Shannon; his nieces Cesare, Pilar, Sophie, Emma and Andalucia; his nephews Roman and Aquiles; and great-nephew Javier; his friends Robert A. Gutierrez, Richard Miller, Eloy Garcia, David Montoya, Steve Martinez, Michael Gienger, Michael Woodul, Bob Salazar, Michael Chavez and Noberta Fresquez. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Guadalupe Candelaria and his father Charles Trujillo.

There was no one like Charles and he will be deeply missed by his Osher and Continuing Education families.


Classes in Your Neighborhood

UNM Continuing Education has been offering non-credit classes to the residents of the greater Albuquerque area since 1928. In response to ever-increasing demand for education programs held at neighborhood locations, off-campus class offerings continue to grow.

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UNM Tuition Remission

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

To register with UNM Tuition Remission, send a completed UNM Tuition Remission Form and UNMCE Registration Form to ceregistration@unm.edu. Questions about this benefit? Visit our UNM Tuition Remission page or call the UNM Benefits Office at 505-277-MyHR.