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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 2014 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 2014.

 

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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

Osher Lifelong Learning Classes: Adults 50+ 39

Class NameStart DateCost
Dreaming through the Ages: A Brief History of Dreaming

The lecture will provide a description of dreaming from ancient Sumerian culture to recent developments in the field of neurology. We'll look at dreams from the prophetic age, the exile of dreams during the Classical period of Greece and Rome, the reinstatement of study of dreams under Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, and a brief stop with the neurological privileging of the amygdala and hippocampus. A selection of dreams from the several periods will be provided, including a selection ranging from Gilgamesh, St. Peter, Icelandic sagas, Plato, Chaucer, Jack Nicklaus, and other pertinent examples.
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Course Number: 19872
Cost: $19

10/27/14
$19
Book to Film: Media and Story

How often have you heard someone say, It wasn't bad, but nothing like the book? It's almost impossible to reflect the richness of a good novel's subtleties, inner dialogue and psychological plot in a film media. Rather than thinking of one as superior to the other, let's look at each medium in its own right. A book takes hours to read; a movie can present the story in two hours but uses the visual and aural to convey the same story and characters. We'll look at Life of Pi, Joy Luck Club, The Great Gatsby (two film versions Robert Redford and the most recent) and Smoke Signals. We'll analyze the demands of film media and how that affects the way the story and characters are presented. I encourage the class to bring examples of their favorite book to film adaptations.
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Course Number: 19918
Cost: $45

10/29/14
$45
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: $19

10/29/14
$19
Matinee Monsters and Poison Perils: How Horror Movies of the 1950s Influenced a Generation

A discussion of the social-psychology of the 1950s, and how the portrayal of venomous animals in the science-fiction films of the time possibly influenced how the general population viewed their natural surroundings. Clips of films will be shown along with a discussion of the comparison of what was portrayed vs. the reality of nature's toxicology.
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Course Number: 19863
Cost: $19

10/29/14
$19
Celtic Heroines and Heroes

The decade of revolution that began in 1789 inspired debate over political, social, and economic order in France and attracted wide attention. The issues raised by the revolution included human rights, voter eligibility, economic disparities, and gender inequality, and they continue to inspire debate in modern times. This course will present an outline of the essential political event of the revolution and add the commentary of the people of the time in both word and image. The sources will be drawn from works of literature, drama, speeches, newspapers, letters, memoirs, paintings, engravings, and travel accounts. The time covered will be from 1788 to 1802.
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Course Number: 19413
Cost: $45

10/30/14
$45
Holmes and Potter: Sherlock Comes to Hogwarts

At first glance, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter have nothing in common. Potter is a teenager living in a magical boarding school, whereas Holmes deals with Victorian crime in London. Holmes is analytical and deductive whereas Potter relies on emotions and intuition to solve his problems. In this way, they both serve as investigators as they go about solving crimes in their own respective worlds. We'll analyze these two characters relative to psychology, sociology, and philosophy, their similarities as well as the motivation and reasoning behind their actions. As a result, not only will we better understand the role each plays in their respective societies, but students will be able to learn to analyze finite details to solve their own mysteries.
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Course Number: 19513
Cost: $45

10/30/14
$45
Folk Music across Time and Culture: Defining Generations through Song

Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music that develops and evolves through oral tradition, as music of the lower classes and as music from unknown composers. It's contrasted with commercial and classical styles and is the mantle often given to old songs with no known composers. The only two constants for a folk song are the story telling aspect of the lyrics and the melody. During the mid-20th century, a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music, reaching a zenith in the 1960's. Many of our popular songs have long and colorful histories. These wonderful songs with similar themes have emerged from every culture, educating and entertaining generation after generation through the centuries. Join recording and performing artist, Chris Nolan on a musical journey through traditional and popular folk songs.
Note: Please note date change from the Osher catalog - class will be held on October 30, 2014

Course Number: 19633
Cost: $19

10/30/14
$19
Dreamwork

Working with our dreams leads us into the realm of the unconscious which uses symbols, images and patterns to communicate with the conscious mind. Dreams can help us to solve problems, give us valuable insights and aid us in our journey toward greater health and wholeness - if we pay attention to them and learn to understand their messages. The first session will focus on some basics of dream interpretation with an emphasis on the Jungian techniques of amplification, active imagination and archetypal symbols. The second session will focus on the dream work itself with plenty of time for students to work with significant dreams both with paper exercises and through verbal sharing and instructor guided interpretation.
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Course Number: 19862
Cost: $25

11/1/14
$25
In the Shadow of the Workhouse

With the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain shifted from and agrarian-to an industrial-based economy diminishing the role of the parishes. People migrated to urban-centers. The population grew from 10.5 million in 1801 to 45 million in 1901. The problem of poverty became almost insurmountable. Great Britain?s solution was the workhouse ? basically a prison for the crime of being poor. Being old, infirm, a child, mentally or physically disabled, pregnant, evicted or underemployed were not factors that counted. Being poor was God's punishment for flaws in character and those so-called flaws should be sequestered and controlled. Fear of the workhouse dominated the lives of the majority in Great Britain. Learn about a Christian institution that was anything but.
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Course Number: 19461
Cost: $19

11/3/14
$19
Literature and the Environment: Barry Lopez and Terri Tempest Williams

It is said that even though there is much beyond the nominal known, to name nature is to know it and remember it. This assertion informs much of scientific typology as well as nature writing, and much of visual art and the history of painting as well probe our understanding, our very definition of Nature. This course will test this assertion by reading and discussing sundry works by contemporary naturalist writers Terri Tempest Williams and Barry Lopez.
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Course Number: 19502
Cost: $45

11/4/14
$45
Historic and Contemporary Graffiti

Explore ancient graffiti and discuss modern/ contemporary political graffiti, such as Tahrir square and the Berlin Wall. Particular emphasis will be given to Structure 5D-65 (Maler's Palace), an eighth-century building within the ceremonial precinct of Tikal, Guatemala, distinctive in many respects. Though the structure was an elite sanctuary, its interior walls were adorned with a variety of unofficial imagery scratched into its white plaster surfaces. When compared to official imagery, these scenes emerge as an alternative view of Maya visual narratives. As an ancient sub-rosa record of public events, the pictures from Maler?s Palace may reveal the presence of a rare dissenting voice among the Tikal elite. We'll analyze these ancient expressions and compare and contrast expressions from within our memory. In this way, the Maya graffiti would be placed within a genre that is familiar to most people and fundamental to being human.
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Course Number: 19138
Cost: $19

11/4/14
$19
Our Muslim Neighbors

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world; it may also be the most misunderstood. There are now more Muslims in America than Jews or Presbyterians. There are over 1400 mosques in the United States. This illustrated lecture will review the Five Pillars of Islam and Mohammed the prophet of Islam. The growth of Islam in America will be traced through several Black National movements especially Malcolm X and the Black Muslims. A rapid increase in Muslim population came with immigration reforms in 1964. These reforms ushered in a generation of educated, Americanized immigrant Muslims. Demographics, national population statistics and political associations will be discussed. Islam in New Mexico is a special feature. The future of Islam in America is speculated.
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Course Number: 19817
Cost: $19

11/4/14
$19
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: King of the Swashbucklers

The Hungarian-born, Viennese trained composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold is best remembered today for his 1930s film scores, especially the Errol Flynn swashbucklers. Like many film composers in cinema's Golden Age, his rich orchestrations and lush harmonies reflect the Late Romantic tradition of Wagner, Richard Strauss, Puccini and Mahler. It's just that he did it better. But less well known is that he was also a composer of 'serious' compositions which get far less play today. In this class we'll explore the classic film scores like Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, King?s Row, and Robin Hood as well as works like the opera Die Tote Stadt and the Violin Concerto.
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Course Number: 19612
Cost: $19

11/4/14
$19
Corn Husk Wreaths

Learn how to make beautiful cornhusk wreaths in an easy, fun manner. Several other styles and methods will be demonstrated to further inspire you. Cornhusk wreaths are inexpensive and can be embellished in so many ways. They can be more in a Traditional look, or they can be Southwestern. You will receive instructions for the other styles to take home. Samples will be on display to show a variety of ways to embellish the different styles. Bring the following supplies to the first class: utility or leather gloves, wire cutters, and a 2 gallon bucket to hold water. Note: An additional Materials Fee of $15 for wreath supplies is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. You will take home a beautiful finished wreath that is ready to hang for Fall.
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Course Number: 19944
Cost: $25

11/5/14
$25
Historical 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 discuss how the Geologic Column is based on relative time, and how we know that the age of planet Earth is 4.56 billion years old based on absolute time and the radioactive dating of rock. We will cover how the true nature of fossils in rocks was determined, and how William Smith (1769-1837) constructed the world's first geologic map by observing the regular sequence of fossil organisms. We will also examine some of the great controversies in the Earth Sciences, such as catastrophism and uniformitarianism, the Ice Ages, mass extinctions, the discovery of time, and other fascinating subjects.
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Course Number: 19727
Cost: $35

11/5/14
$35
John Donne was a Rock Star

Born into a Catholic family in Protestant England in the 1500s, the poet John Donne squandered his youth on women, leisure, and travel. His early work was erotic with satirical, unconventional metaphors; but by the time he died, he had become devoted to one woman and one church - the Church of England for which he served as Dean of St. Paul's. His sermons forged such a fertile path that crowds gathered to hear him speak with the same adulation shown rock stars today. No man is an island, For whom the bell tolls, and Death be not proud are some of his famous lines. His life became conventional, but his writing never was. Explore the life of John Donne and learn why he is a master of metaphysical poetry.
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Course Number: 19535
Cost: $35

11/5/14
$35
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. Please bring your Zentangle Kit from the first class (Micron .01 pen, pencil, blender). If you have other Micron pens, please bring those also. Material fee $3, payable to instructor.
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Course Number: 19135
Cost: $30

11/6/14
$30
Scandinavian Crime Wave: Mysteries in a Cold Climate

After reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, Henning Mankell, and Jo Nesbø, what's next? We will explore the world of Scandinavian crime fiction beginning with Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, the first internationally known Scandinavian mystery writers. Why is Nordic Noir so popular? Does landscape play a prime role in the Scandinavian crime fiction? Do mystery writers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland share geographical themes? Are national differences evident in their crime stories? How is Scandinavian crime writing influenced by the long shadow of WWII and the collapse of the Soviet Union? Jussi Adler-Olsen, Arnaldur Indridason, Karen Fossum, Hakan Nesser, and Leif G.W. Persson are but a few of the writers to be presented in class. Nordic Noir TV series will also be discussed. Class participants will receive detailed reading lists as well as an introduction to Internet sites devoted to Scandinavian mysteries.
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Course Number: 19524
Cost: $35

11/6/14
$35
A Mobster in the Family: Jewish Outlaws, Gangsters and Bandits

From Meyer Lansky to Bernie Madoff, some Jewish Americans followed illegal paths to the American dream. Meet Jewish gangsters, outlaws and mobsters. Consider the historical/social context of American Jews who pursued criminal careers.
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Course Number: 19433
Cost: $19

11/7/14
$19
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

11/7/14
$35
Female Singers of the Hit Parade: The Girls Next Door

Female singers were good for business in the glory days of the Big Band Era. Always dubbed girl singers regardless of age, these stellar vocalists were far more than just another pretty face. Many went on to successful careers as solo artists in both popular and jazz fields. This retrospective will look at the work of four phenomenal ladies: the first session will look at Rosemary Clooney and Jo Stafford, while the second session will focus on Patti Page and Peggy Lee.
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Course Number: 19632
Cost: $25

11/7/14
$25
Castas, DNA, and Identity

In colonial Spanish America, civil rights and responsibilities were based directly on the degree of European blood that a person had. Racial classifications were highly elaborated, and minor distinctions in ancestry were carefully recorded. While these terms have highly precise definitions, in actual practice they were often used based on impressions of skin color rather than definite knowledge of ancestry. In addition, when racial distinctions were made, they may have been determined by the individuals present or arbitrarily by a priest or official recording the information. The connection of the Castas system in colonial New Spain will be explored. The instructor will show how DNA studies compare to the Spanish Castas system and the ramifications on modern identity. He will also discuss which families reflect the Castas system through DNA analysis.
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Course Number: 19486
Cost: $19

11/7/14
$19
Unraveling the Mystery: How Music Works

Welcome back to the third installment of our hands-on exploration of basic musical concepts. With the help of a keyboard we will continue to explore and discuss the puzzling musical questions that keep you from getting a good night's sleep, including music theory, appreciation, history, trivia, instrumentation and much, much more. Future classes will continue to be scheduled according to class interest.
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Course Number: 19614
Cost: $19

11/10/14
$19
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. Please bring your Zentangle Kit from the first class (Micron .01 pen, pencil, blender). If you have other Micron pens, please bring those also. Material fee $3, payable to instructor.
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Course Number: 19135
Cost: $30

11/13/14
$30
Over the River and through the Woods

Take a Thursday in November; give a nod to the Pilgrims and Indians; roast a giant turkey and open a can of cranberry sauce; serve with a generous helping of football and finish with pumpkin pie. Most Americans engaging in this annual ritual assume that they are replicating an event that occurred in 1621 near Plymouth Rock. But we'll look at Thanksgiving's more complex history, recalling the nineteenth century writers who recast the event in a nostalgic glow, considering why many Native Americans renounce the holiday, and evaluating the real menu on that historic day.
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Course Number: 19430
Cost: $19

11/13/14
$19
The Life and Times of C.S. Lewis

Children know him as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia. Fantasy buffs know him as the author of a science fiction trilogy, and as a friend of J R R Tolkien. Christians the world over recognize him as one of the greatest apologists of the 20th century. Academic, poet, novelist, and medievalist, Jack (as he was known to his friends) was a complex yet deeply inspirational figure. Come and explore the life, works and spirituality of Clive Staples Lewis, including the story of the great love of his life, Joy Gresham.
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Course Number: 19501
Cost: $19

11/17/14
$19
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: $19

11/17/14
$19
Grammar for Writers

Whether you are seeking publication for your work or simply hoping to more effectively utilize the written word, GRAMMAR FOR WRITERS is a refresher on sentence mechanics and usage. Use the semi-colon with confidence. Avoid unnecessary commas. Manage antecedent/pronoun agreement and more.
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Course Number: 19508
Cost: $25

11/18/14
$25
The Appeal of Austerity

Over the last seventy-five years, European and American governments have often chosen to cut government spending in times of bank crashes, deflationary cycles and recessions, thus exacerbating the crises. History tells us that lack of government investment results in higher underemployment and longer recoveries. Austerity policies forged the economic, humanitarian and political disasters of the 1930s, contributing to the rise of nationalist forces in Germany and Japan, and ultimately, to World War II. Why does the concept of governmental belt tightening retain such appeal as an economic policy strategy? The answer may lie more in neo-Calvinistic tales of prolificacy in adversity and punishing immorality than as an empirically based line of inquiry in economics. Explore the concept of austerity as an economic policy over the past century and as it's applied by European and American governments in present day. Recommended Reading: Austerity, the History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth.
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Course Number: 19383
Cost: $19

11/18/14
$19
American History through Film: Gregory Peck, Gentleman's Agreement and American Anti-Semitism

The 1947 film features a great script to address anti-Semitism in New York's elite society. It also displays the great authority which Gregory Peck brings to his work as well as fine performance by Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holms. As a comment on American history most of this film's makers drew the scrutiny of the House Un-American Activities Committee in their hunt for communists. This is the three hour presentation which includes viewing the film and discussion.
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Course Number: 19917
Cost: $25

11/21/14
$25
Over the River and through the Woods

Take a Thursday in November; give a nod to the Pilgrims and Indians; roast a giant turkey and open a can of cranberry sauce; serve with a generous helping of football and finish with pumpkin pie. Most Americans engaging in this annual ritual assume that they are replicating an event that occurred in 1621 near Plymouth Rock. But we'll look at Thanksgiving's more complex history, recalling the nineteenth century writers who recast the event in a nostalgic glow, considering why many Native Americans renounce the holiday, and evaluating the real menu on that historic day.
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Course Number: 19430
Cost: $19

11/21/14
$19
The Bible in Popular Culture: An Introduction

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 introductory two-part class will explore the background of the documents, the history of its versions, and attempt to unravel some of the popular Biblically-based stories, myths, and misconceptions that permeate western culture.
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Course Number: 19816
Cost: $25

12/1/14
$25
Crusader States of the Levant

From the end of the 11th century until the end of the 13th, Europeans established and held a group of small principalities in the eastern Mediterranean. These states, known as Outremer (across the sea) were conquered during the early crusades to retake the Holy Land from the Muslims who had occupied it three centuries earlier. Were these states built and maintained by holy warriors or fortune hunters? How were they maintained under constant pressures from Islamic armies? Why did they finally fall? What was their lasting effect?
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Course Number: 19421
Cost: $25

12/2/14
$25
Geology of the Pacific Islands

All of the Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, are due to the geologic process of plate tectonics. The five main islands of Hawaii - Kauai, Oahu, Moloki, Maui, and the Big Island - were formed by the Pacific Plate progressively moving northwest over a hot spot in the Earth's mantle. Midway Island is a part of the Hawaiian chain. Tahiti and the rest of the French Polynesia islands are due to the Pacific Plate moving northwest over another series of hot spots. First an island volcano forms directly over the hot spot, then a barrier reef forms around the volcano as erosion occurs, and finally in the last stages of the island's existence, an atoll forms. New Zealand and Samoa are not forming over a hot spot but where the Earth's crust is being subducted along the Indo-Australian Plate and Pacific Plate boundary. Guam, the largest of the Mariana Islands, was created by the collision of the Pacific and Philippine Sea tectonic plates and is the closest land mass to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on planet Earth. Little Easter Island - the westernmost and most remote of the Pacific Islands - formed at the contact of the Pacific Plate with the South American Plate.
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Course Number: 19734
Cost: $25

12/3/14
$25
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. Is there something happening in the Little Town of Bethlehem? Mary, Did you Know? that The First Noel would become the basis for a body of music known today as Christmas carols? The birth of Jesus may have occurred roughly 2,000 years ago, but the music associated with his birth and the celebration of Christmas did not evolve for another millennia. Why did the evolution take so long? What forms did it take, and are those forms still evident in traditional carols today? Join Jane and Bobbie for Twelve Days of Christmas as we answer these questions.
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Course Number: 19637
Cost: $25

12/4/14
$25
How to Read a Poem

Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, have you had the experience but missed the meaning? If you have been wanting to reconnect with poetry, but the last time you did was in high school or college, and you?re feeling a little rusty or uncertain, then this class is for you. In two hours you will learn eight simple ways to help you make more sense of ? and get more pleasure from ? the poems you read.
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Course Number: 19509
Cost: $19

12/5/14
$19
The Unforgettable Teddy Roosevelt

Consistently ranked by scholars among the best American Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt has been called a conservative reformer and a radical progressive. Admired and criticized by the left and the right, he called his domestic polices the Square Deal and promised a fair deal to the average citizen while breaking up monopolistic corporations, holding down railroad rates, and guaranteeing pure food and drugs. He was the first President to speak out on conservation, expanding the national park system and the national forests. He has an honored spot on Mount Rushmore; however, one critic labeled him a racist, imperialist, power-hungry megalomaniac. We'll examine the presidency of a most fascinating individual.
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Course Number: 19474
Cost: $19

12/8/14
$19
The Irish and their Impact on America

One often hears that on Saint Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish. In the 1840's, the Great Potato Famine led one-quarter of the population of the Emerald Isle to starvation or immigration. Amid the clover and leprechauns, we seldom consider the Irish Need Not Apply signs that greeted these new immigrants as they arrived in America. The flood of Irish into the United States had a profound effect, especially in urban areas like Boston and New York, where the Irish banded together exerting political influence such as that of notorious Tammany Hall, but were also the backbone of municipal government, most notably the police and fire departments. During the Civil War, entire regiments were composed of Irish troops, such as those of New York's famed Irish Brigade. We'll explore these events and at the extraordinary rise of the Irish here in America.
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Course Number: 19423
Cost: $25

12/10/14
$25
Christmas as Excess

Let's face it, at any other time of the year, garlands, glitter, sequins and velvet would be considered tawdry. But at Christmas, the more glitz, the better. Thank the Victorians for festive overabundance. We may not be Victorians today, but we still pay homage to Victorian excess in every ladies' magazine at Christmas and in most American homes. Join Rudolph, Frosty, Jane and Bobbie in our one-horse open sleigh. We'll be singing the songs we love to sing without a single stop. We hope you'll be near our fireplace as the chestnuts go Pop, Pop, Pop!
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Course Number: 19639
Cost: $25

12/11/14
$25

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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 seventh 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!


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