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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
The History of Art
The history of art is a multidisciplinary science, seeking an objective examination of art throughout time and across cultures, observing the distinctive and influential characteristics of art and their relationship to humankind. The study of the history of art was initially developed in the Renaissance, with a limited focus on western civilization. As time has passed, this once narrow scope has broadened to encompass the larger visual language of humans and our collective global history. Discuss and explore the history and journey of art and visual language from the use of tools to why certain colors inspire great emotion in the beholder and the impact of the Cave of Forgotten Dreams, site of the oldest cave paintings yet discovered.
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.
Zentangle 201: The Next Step""
For those who have taken Zentangle 101, this is the next step. In the first hour we will increase our repertoire of tangles and practice drawing strings. In the second hour each person will complete a project and receive the pattern to continue the process at home. Material fee $3, payable to instructor. Class limit: 10. Zentangle is a registered trademark.
Zionism, Israel and the Possibility for Peace: Where is Netanyahu Leading Israel?
By 2016 Bibi Netanyahu will have been Prime Minister for ten years making him the longest serving Prime Minister since David Ben-Gurion, the founding PM of Israel. The Israel we now see is Bibi's creation. Where is he taking the country? It's clear the two state solution was never going to happen on his watch. In the long term, are we looking at a one state, bi-national arrangement, or an apartied system where the Palestinians live in a series of ever shrinking "Bantustan" enclaves or the eventual expulsion (Israeli term "transfers") of the entire Palestinian population to Jordan and other Arab lands? Is peace possible for Netanyahu's Israel?
Economics & Finance
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!
Instructor: Doug Lindsey
Location: CE South Building Registration for this section opens 5/9/16
Medicare Planning for Savvy 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.
Ancient Greek Technology
How did the Athenians build the Parthenon? Why do all Greek temples look alike? What tools and power sources did they use? How did the Greeks measure time? How was the Library at Alexandria important to the history of technology? In this course we will examine the technological basis of Classical Greek and Hellenistic civilization and put it in a cultural context. We will look at the technological challenges of the times and the devices used to meet them as they affected people's everyday lives and political events in the Mediterranean world from the fifth through the third centuries BCE.
Abraham Lincoln - From Rube to American Icon
American children are taught that anyone can become president including those born in a log cabin, but the truth is that most presidents come from money and privilege. Abraham Lincoln had neither. From a hard scrabble family with little formal education and fewer social mannerisms, he was a backwoods lawyer and politician in the fledgling Republican Party. He was not his party's favored choice for president in the 1860 convention, and during his presidency, he was considered incompetent by both Southerners and Northerners. Members of his own cabinet denigrated his decisions, and after his death, these same cabinet members sullied his reputation while laying claim to his achievements. Yet, today - on the 150th anniversary of his assassination - he is revered as one of the most farsighted and influential of American presidents. Because of his determination and strength, the United States remained a unified nation - a factor that would influence all future world events including WWI and WWII. Examine the life of Lincoln which was an ''impossible story''. And our story is impossible without him.
Celtic Warrior Women
2000 years ago, Celtic girls and boys from wealthy families were trained to become warriors, so they could defend their lands, herds and other assets. Celtic tribes were constantly ready for battle. An Irish epic, The Cattle Raid of Cooley, pits Queen Maeve of Connaught and her army against the super-hero Cuchulain of Ulster. Maeve crosses over from myth to history and her royal lands can be visited today. At the time of Caesar, warrior-queen Boudicca almost drove the Romans out of Britain, and pirate-queen Grace O'Malley harassed the navies of Elizabeth I, France and Spain. Believe it or not
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 US military and the native led 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.
Neolithic Stone Circles and Megaliths
Who were those people who built tens of thousands of stone monuments in Ireland, Britain and Brittany? How did they organize communities to build massive ceremonial centers more than 5000 years ago? And what was the driving force that kept this level of construction going for generations? Perhaps it was to keep life in harmony among humans, the earth and the cosmos by marking the seasons and the whirling of the night sky. We'll visit huge sites such as Newgrange and Loughcrew in Ireland, Castlerigg and Avebury in England and Carnac in Brittany - and see what the stones might be telling us.
Niccolo Machiavelli: The Revolutionary that Changed the Western World
The Florentine, Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was one of the first political scientists in Western Civilization. He was an Italian Renaissance historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer. A founder of modern political science and political ethics, he was for many years a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. He also wrote comedies, carnival songs and poetry. His personal correspondence is renowned in the Italian language. He is best known for his work, The Prince, published in 1532. What were the revolutionary ideas that he espoused? Why is it important to still examine his ideas in the twenty-first century?
Homefront to Warfront: Women in World War II - The Homemaker
Truly the great silent majority of World War II, women at home had the daunting task of running a household in the face of great scarcity of everyday goods. We'll focus on the effects of the government's rationing program on the home, plus various printed materials it distributed to homemakers in an effort to help them cope with the effects of the war.
Homefront to Warfront: Women in the World War II - The Working Woman
During the war, over 6.5 million women entered the ranks of factory workers, helping American industry meet the wartime demand for planes, tanks, ships and weapons. This section will deal with not only the challenges women faced as they entered this male-dominated workforce, but also those of the employer in the areas of supervision and changes to factory facilities necessary to accommodate the woman worker. Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting would immortalize this role of women during the war.
Arthurian Legend in History and Literature
Historians have argued that if there was a historical figure known as King Arthur he lived in the late fifth or early sixth century CE. However, the stories about Arthur, his queen Guinevere, his knights, particularly the valiant Sir Lancelot, and his treacherous son Mordred have had a much longer lifespan. From the early 600s to the present day, people throughout the Western world have told and retold the adventures of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the tragic love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. And with each new version of the Arthurian legend, the characters and their actions take on a new meaning and significance, both to the authors and to their audiences. In this class, we'll begin by discussing the earliest written sources about Arthur, Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table in their historical context and will progress to a discussion of these characters and familiar Arthurian themes in various medieval and modern texts, including Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Idylls of the King, T.H. White's The Once and Future King, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon. As we'll see, the Arthurian Legend is a collection of stories that has stood the test of time and remains a useful backdrop for the fears, hopes and dreams of each new age that engages with it.
The Holy Grail, the Cathars and the Inquisition
The French poet and troubadour Chrétien de Troyes produced the first Grail story in 1182, followed by Robert de Boron of France and Wolfram von Eschenbach of Germany. The Cathars were a heretical Christian dualist movement that thrived in some areas of Southern Europe, particularly northern Italy and southern France, between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. The Catholic Church denounced their practices and sent a crusade to destroy them. The Inquisition was established in 1234 to uproot the remaining Cathars. We will explore the history and the connections they have to one another.
Literature & Writing
Among the many forms of the essay, the Personal Essay is one of the most rewarding and practical. Within the boundaries and cross boundaries of the personal essay one may reminisce, confess, justify, excuse, complain, praise and boast. It's a form useful in job applications, in correspondence, in family narratives--you name it. Its capacity for both literary and non-literary uses is impressive. This course will identify, study and write personal essays, both casual and classic, all leading to the enjoyment of this venerable form.
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.
Chaucer's Woman Heroes
We all like to think that gender awareness and woman's rights are contemporary issues. But six hundred years ago, in 1400, these issues were already being discussed -- and some of Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales tell us how. In a congenial atmosphere, we'll read about Patient Griselda in ''The Clerk's Tale'' and the fiery Wife of Bath, who takes no nonsense from any of her men -- unless she wants it. "Generally women desire to have dominion / Over their husbands as well as their lovers / and to be above them in mastery," we are told by the gentle-born Knight in the Wife of ''Bath's Tale''. Is this true now? Was it true then? Our investigation of the answers to these and other questions will include the ribald and comic as well as the scholarly aspects, making for a laughter-filled classroom.
How to Organize, Publish, and Sell Your Nonfiction Book
Whether you want to write a memoir, inspirational or how-to book, positioning it in the marketplace is critical. We will cover how to find your focus, research the market, find your ideal readers, organize your material and develop a message readers can't resist. Learn about publishing options, local and online resources for editing and publishing, how to propose your idea to publishers and how to develop an author platform. It's not as hard as you think! Takeaways include resource lists, a plan of action and organizational tools.
Instructor: Carol March
Location: CE South Building Registration for this section opens 5/9/16
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!''
Summer Sailin' with Osher
Blimey, is that a limey with a spic and span slush fund where there's no room to swing a cat? Has he been shanghaied, reached the Plimsoll mark - or is he going round robin on his way to Davy Jones locker? Will he find 15 men on a dead man's chest? Yo Ho Ho, bring your rum - or at least a Coke - and learn the story behind seafaring terms as ''Why Do We Say That?'' sails with flying colors into another chapter of word origins.
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.
Mindful Memoirs... Re-entering our Stories
"The mind is a storyteller." (John Gottschalk) We are creatures of story. From an early age, we think, dream and learn in narrative images that give our lives meaning. Memoir offers an opportunity to re-enter those images and explore them from a new perspective. In this workshop, we will use writing exercises and mindfulness techniques to get curious about our life stories and the messages they convey. Format includes writing, discussion and creative inquiry. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
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 offer and accept feedback. Participants are strongly encouraged to share ''air time'' in a respectful manner.
Music & Theatre
Introduction to Reader's Theatre
Ever wanted to be in theatre but were too busy working? Have you ever thought you might like to try it but are afraid of memorizing? Reader's Theatre welcomes everyone with or without experience and does not require memorization, which tends to keep people away from traditional theatre forms. The goal is to express one's self and to have fun. Come join us for a briefing on the emergence and growth of Senior Theatre in the US and Canada. This class will expose you to varieties of senior theatre, resources, selected drama activities and improvisation. Members of The Ec-Lec-Tic, Senior Players of The Belen Art League, will perform two short Reader's Theatre Comedy Plays.
Behind the Scenes at the Theatre: Immortal Longings
A banquet of beautiful scenes from the Bard with ten of the most impressive women ever written. Original text by the author ties the play together when Juliet decides she wants to live. What does Juliet have to say to Cleopatra? How can Kate and Lady Macbeth exist in the same room? What happens when Shakespeare's women step out from the pages of their plays and discuss their lives, their loves and whether their fates should remain forever unchanged? Come and discover the ins and outs of the play with director, Leslee Richards, see the play and then return to discuss what you saw. Note: The play runs April 29 - May 22. Discounted tickets to the production will be offered to students for $19 each. Students are responsible for arranging for their own ticket purchase at vortexabq.org.
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. We'll examine not only the history of the drink, but 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.
They Came to America: Musical Immigrants
The United States has always been a melting pot of immigrants, and among those immigrants have been scores of musical artists. Arriving in the United States either as young children or established professionals, these performers and composers became major contributors to the cultural life of their new country. Come explore the American lives of Patrick Gilmore, Victor Herbert, Al Jolson, Sergei Rachmaninov, Igor Stravinsky, Max Steiner, Clara Rockmore and many more in this fascinating look at a few of the musical immigrants who have helped nurture and sustain the growth of American music.
Kings of Popular Folk Music: The Kingston Trio
The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco's club scene in the late 1950s, to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music to their audiences. During the late 50s and the turbulent, revolutionary early 60s, Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame. This detailed retrospective will feature a wide sampling of their favorite songs such as ''The MTA Song,'' "Tom Dooley," "Greenback Dollar" and many more. So if you know the words, feel free to sing along!
Crusaders, Explorers and Rebels
Think back to early American history in high school. Terms like Puritans, Pilgrims, Colonials, Sons of Liberty and George Washington probably float to the surface, even Cotton Mather if you really paid attention. But you probably didn't cover the connection of the Crusades and the Age of Exploration to the American Revolution. Join Jane and Bobbie as we crusade and explore our way to rebellion - as usual, with tangents into music and food of the journey. 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 (in the last two classes)!
Science & Technology
Genetic Ancestry DNA Testing & Fighting Crime
It's hard to believe that DNA evidence has come so far so fast. The techniques that make it possible to identify a suspect using his or her unique genetic blueprint have only been around since 1985. Since then, DNA evidence has played a bigger and bigger role in our criminal justice system. It has been used to prove that suspects were involved in crimes and to free people who were wrongly convicted, becoming integral to many high profile criminal and civil cases. The instructor directs the New Mexico DNA Project and will explain how DNA evidence works, the limitations and the latest advances in DNA evidence. The class will examine the case of the Baton Rouge Serial Killer.
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.
Nature's Toxic Agents: A Menagerie of Poisonous Critters
You might not like spiders and snakes
Philosophy & Religion
The Goddess in Greek Myth
We know of the goddesses of Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic, Egyptian and other mythologies, but what of the goddesses, or The Goddess, before these civilizations? What were these earlier goddesses like? What concepts did they represent? How are they connected to the goddesses we are more familiar with? What evidence exists of them? Come and explore all of this in this class!
Cantebury! Home of Three Religons
The Celts who settled in Britain and Ireland developed their own version of Christianity; that was the first religion in Canterbury. Next came Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory in 597 CE to convert Celtic Christians to the accepted Roman Catholic version and expand its influence in the Celtic lands. In 1540, Henry VIII resolved his infamous battle with the pope by establishing the Church of England - the third version. Pilgrimages began to Thomas Becket's shrine where many miracles occurred, and The Canterbury Tales tell of some actual pilgrims. A final miracle: a magnificent cathedral not destroyed by bombs in WWII.
19806 Angels and Einstein, Section RAA
What do mystics, shamans and psychics have in common with modern science and technology? All are exploring realms which exist beyond the ordinary five senses humans use for perceiving everyday reality. Whether one views these realms as spiritual or quantum, it is all about consciousness really. Ancient humans saw gods, goddesses, angels, demons, animal and plant spirit guides. The spiritual explorers were shamans, priests, mystics and psychics. Now we build incredible machines to extend human senses and allow scientists to explore the deeper nature of reality from the largest galaxies to the smallest atomic particles. Quantum theory, entanglement, non-locality, plant intelligence and the Gaia hypothesis are all examples of this modern, multi-dimensional, interconnected worldview of energy and wonder. This class will examine both views of an expanded Reality and offer plenty of time for discussion to find the similarities and differences between them.
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.
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 examine 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.
Psychology & Health
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 awarenss of your body, mind and breath.
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!'
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 $25.
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?
19871 Hearing loss 102, Section SPB-EFA
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.
Change Your Words, Change Your Life
We all carry life experiences within our bodies, minds and spirit. This highly participatory class teaches how to tell our own stories and embrace release from fear, negativity, illness or whatever issue precludes our enjoying life to the fullest. Susi Wolf will briefly tell healing folktales and, afterwards, we will discuss how these assorted stories relate to our own personal story and to each other. We will begin to apply and reframe the message of Story into our own tale. By knowing our personal narrative in a new way, we are empowered to make significant positive changes in our life. Included in the class will be writing opportunities, interactive exercises and group discussions to aid in finding our individual journeys. Also, each student will create an ''Empowerment Story'' art card to keep. This class is designed to ensure each person's successful experience to acquire new introspection and life skills.
Travel & Culture
Mistaken for an Inventor
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?
Instructor: Roberta Boggess
Location: CE South Building Registration for this section opens 5/9/16
New Mexico History & Culture
Fred Harvey, Erna Fergusson and New Mexican Tourism
Before dining cars existed on trains, meals were a quick, less-than-savory grab during a train's water stop. Fred Harvey would change railway dining when he created the first American restaurant chain in conjunction with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway. Ironically, this railroad bypassed Santa Fe in favor of Albuquerque where Erna Fergusson ran Koshare Tours for ''turistas,'' introducing them to native cultures. In a symbiotic relationship, Harvey purchased the touring company and kept Fergusson to direct the Indian Tour Service. Together they would build tourism in New Mexico. Join us to learn why ''Erna Fergusson'' is more than a name on an Albuquerque library and why the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe never traversed New Mexico's capital.
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.
Instructor: Mary Diecker
Location: Del Webb Alegria - Active Adult Community Registration for this section opens 5/9/16
New Mexico Filmmaking: The Westerns, Part I
Since the advent of the film industry, hundreds of films and television series have been set or made wholly or in part in New Mexico. Long before Breaking Bad-inspired tours led groups of Walter White fans to troll the neighborhoods in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico was the setting for Indian Day School, 1897, thought to be the first film shot in New Mexico, A Gunfight (which served as Johnny Cash's film debut), Young Guns 2 and No Country For Old Men, among many others.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Plague: Survivors, Descendants and the Impact on the Iberian Peninsula (Part II - Social Implications))
The Black Death of the Middle Ages, which killed 30% of the population of Europe, still shapes the history of modern day Europe. In Part II, we learn more about the plague and its effects on families, culture and religious expression. A film will be shown on the Plague to give additional information on the aftermath of such a deadly event. We continue with the connection between the Plague and the effects it had on the people of the Iberian Peninsula and the rest of Europe. We also examine how these effects still persist on the descendants that came to the New World 300 years later.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Meso-American Connection to New Mexican Families (Mt-DNA Haplogroups A&C)
Mesoamerica is a region and cultural area in the Americas, extending approximately from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica, within which a number of pre-Columbian societies flourished before the Spanish colonization of the Americas in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. We will explore the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Mexihcahs, the Tlaxcallans, and the Chichimecas. A short film will be shown that traces the history of these people. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with these ancient civilizations.
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.
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!
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.
UNM Tuition Remission
UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Classes.