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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 2015.
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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes
Art & Art History
Henri Matisse: Born to Paint
Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954) was a French artist known for his expressive use of color and simplicity of line. Initially labeled a Fauve (wild beast) he came to be recognized as a leading figure in modern art of the 20th century. His body of work spans over a half-century and includes paintings, drawings, sculpture and collage. His circle of friends included Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Andre Derain, Georges Braque and many other luminaries of the art world. We'll delve into his life and the evolution of his signature style by studying his works of art.
Paleolithic Painted Caves of France
The exquisite painted caves in France were created by European ancestors of pre-history, the Old Stone Age. To give some perspective: the Roman Empire expanded a mere two thousand years ago. Sumeria in Mesopotamia produced the myth of Inanna four thousand years ago. But can you imagine modern humans creating stunning art works of animals 20,000 years ago? They did, at Lascaux in SW France, Niaux in the French Pyrenees and elsewhere. Stretch your mind again: Picasso-like art works 30,000 years ago? Yes, at Chauvet, "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams." Come dream with us amidst the Paleolithic Painted Caves of France!
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.
Section SPA-PE Date: 5/20/16; Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Mary Robertson
Location: CE South Building
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.
Section SPA-PE Date: 6/3/16; Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Mary Robertson
Location: CE South Building
Foreign Policy and Current Events
Participants will better understand issues in foreign policy and current events by reading and discussing analyses from a broad cross-section of the world press, academic blogs and policy think tanks. The facilitator will supply core materials for discussions but welcomes other materials from participants. All points of view are welcome, especially constructive and civil rebuttals. Because the world is in such flux, the topics will not be finalized until a month or so before the first meeting. Each group is limited to 16 participants to maximize opportunities for active participation.
Section WIB-PE Dates: 2/1/16 - 3/28/16; Mon 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (8 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Jim Munroe
Location: Cherry Hills public library
Turmoil in Egypt - A Moment of Truth
Will Egyptian President, Abdel Fatteh El Sisi finish his term, or will the Young Liberals and Muslim Brotherhood join forces to overthrow him as they did Mubarak in 2011? A moment of truth is building for the Egypt's militarized government which is challenged by widespread corruption, a horrible human rights record featuring the mass jailings of dissidents and journalists, a deteriorating security situation with a growing ISIS presence in the Sinai and economic growth that that does not improve the lot of the common Egyptian. Can the Young Liberals and Muslim Brotherhood forge an alliance leading to a post-Sisi era and realize the promise of the Arab Spring?
The Rise of the American Security State in the Post-WWII era
The United States emerged from the ashes of World War II as the dominant nation on the planet. The world validated the American values of democracy and human rights with the creation of the United Nations in 1945 and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet faced by the rise of communism, America transformed itself into a National Security state. McCarthyism curbed free speech, freedom of assembly, and privacy. The CIA developed torture techniques that spread to US client states in Latin America and Asia. A Military-Industrial-Congressional complex was born, demanding ever-increasing budgets. The US overthrew the democratically elected governments in Iran and Guatemala and lied about it. Government secrecy, surveillance and unaccountability have become the norm. Explore the new era of big brotherism in the 21st century. Is there hope for change?
Examining the U.S. Constitution
The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution describe Due Process and Equal Protection Under the Law. These are fine concepts which had their roots planted way before our Constitution was enacted. What's procedural due process? How about substantive due process? What do they mean? We'll examine their backgrounds and look at several of the more important cases, beginning with, among others, Plessy v. Ferguson and continuing through Brown v. Board of Education.
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!
Section SPA-PE Date: 5/3/16; Tue 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Doug Lindsey
Location: CE South Building
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.
Section WIB-PE Date: 3/17/16; Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Doug Lindsey
Location: Del Webb Alegria - Active Adult Community
Section SPA-PE Date: 4/12/16; Tue 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Doug Lindsey
Location: CE South Building
Urban Culture and Society in the Sixteenth Century
In the century after the Renaissance, European cities grew in size, political awareness, and independent culture. Each of the major western European urban centers developed unique cultural and social characteristics that would gradually help to create national civilizations. Amsterdam and Venice developed as major trading and cultural centers and managed to avoid being subjugated to royal authorities. In contrast, Paris and London became centers for royal governments but each maintained a level of independence that created a unique political dynamic in the two lands. Rome entered into a period of transition as the papacy lost political power in the Reformation while the city itself became a major cultural center of all Europe. These five cities will be the foundation of four lectures that will explore one of the most interesting and formative centuries in European history.
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, sÃ©ances became popular with all social classes. Desperate families seeking communication with missing soldiers turned to mediums for reassurance. Mary Todd Lincoln held sÃ©ances 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.
Spanish Influenza and Its Effect on World War I
In 1918, while the world was at war, mankind was stalked by a killer using neither bullets nor poisonous gas, yet claiming forty million more casualties than the war. Termed the "Spanish flu," it did not begin in Spain; and unlike previous flu epidemics, it targeted not the young or the old but adults with healthy immune systems. In twenty-four weeks, it killed more people than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years - and more people in a year than the Bubonic Plague killed in a century. "Waging war" at home and in the trenches, Spanish flu tipped the victory to the Allies simply by reaching Germany and Austria before Britain and the United States. Learn about a modern pandemic that changed medicine and laid the foundation for World War II.
The St. Patrick's Battalion (The San Patricios)
When the United States went to war with Mexico in 1846, many men serving in the US Army were Irish immigrants. Following in the tradition of the Wild Geese, Irish soldiers fought in the Army for more than a hundred years. But faced with the anti-Catholic discrimination rampant in the United States, some left the US Army and joined the Mexican army instead. At the war's end, the US hanged them as deserters, but today they are celebrated as heroes in Mexico and Ireland. We'll examine their history, listen to their tale in music by The Chieftains, and view a film clip about their story.
Ancient Greece was one of the most formative civilizations in Western history. While never an Empire, the Greeks, and particularly the people of Athens, developed and put into practice early concepts of democracy and legal equality. Aristophanes and Sophocles wrote classic plays describing issues important to Athenians of the fifth century BC, but which still resonate today - the social cost of warfare and the contest between loyalty to one's family and obedience to one's government. Even after the end of the Classical period, when Athens and other Greek city-states fell under the control of Macedon and Rome, the Greeks continued to make their mark on the ancient Western world through the development of Hellenistic art, science, philosophy and religious cults. We'll examine the history of Greece from its prehistoric period through the Classical period and into the Hellenistic Age with a particular focus on the political and intellectual advances made by the Greeks and inherited by all of Western society.
The Age of the Great Flying Boats: Pan Am's Clipper Ships
Pan American Airways began in 1927 with a borrowed seaplane and a US Postal Service contract to deliver mail to Cuba. Within a decade, Pan Am would grow to become the United States' premier international commercial airline. Using a combination of land and amphibian aircraft, Pan Am built an extensive service that covered the Caribbean islands and South America. When founder Juan Trippe set his sights on spanning the oceans in the mid-1930s, he turned to massive flying boats as the solution because few all weather runways existed that could handle the weight of giant long-range aircraft. Come and follow Pan Am's growth through its early years and the evolution of their magical amphibian "Clipper Ships," as they first conquered the Americas and then the oceans in this golden period of commercial aviation.
Women and Medical Service in World War I: More than Knitting Socks
When "The Great War" began in 1914, women in the United States and across Europe were pushing for expanded opportunities for education, for new careers and for political participation including the right to vote. Thousands responded to the demands of the war and served as trained nurses, volunteer aid workers and as ambulance drivers. Some of their stories have been told in the film "Testament of Youth" and the PBS television series "The Crimson Field." We'll survey the experience of women medical workers in England, France, Australia, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Serbia and the United States. Then we will consider how their countries commemorated their wartime service.
From Home Front to Warfront: Roles of Women in WW II- The Military Woman
Other than the Army and Navy Nurse Corps, no women were in the military at the beginning of the war. Within a year after Pearl Harbor, all four services - Army, Navy, Coast Guard and the Marine Corps - would have females on active duty. By war's end, over 250,000 women had worn a uniform. We'll look at the startup challenges each branch of service faced and the jobs that the women performed to free up male service members for combat duty.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Viking Connection to New Mexican Families (Haplogroup I)
The Vikings(from Old Norse víkingr) were the Norse explorers, warriors, merchants and pirates who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands from the late eighth to the mid-eleventh century. These Norsemen used their famed long ships to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Al-Andalus (most of modern day Spain and Portugal). This period of Viking expansion - known as the Viking Age- forms a major part of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, France and the rest of Europe. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Vikings will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
The DNA of the Lemba Tribe and Its Connection to the Middle-East
The Lemba are a southern African ethnic group found in Zimbabwe and South Africa, with smaller, little-known branches in Mozambique and Malawi. According to Tudor Parfitt, Professor of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, in 2002 they numbered an estimated 50,000. They speak the Bantu languages spoken by their geographic neighbors and resemble them physically, but they have some religious practices and beliefs similar to those in Judaism, which they claim were transmitted orally. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss their DNA and its connection to the Middle-East.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Lombard Connection to Italian Families (Haplogroup I)
In the fifth Century, the Lombards, the Heruls, the Gepids, the Bulgars, the Thuringians and the Ostrogoths established themselves in Italy. By late 569 they had conquered all the principal cities north of the Po River except Pavia, which fell in 572. At the same time, they occupied areas in central Italy and southern Italy. They established a Lombard Kingdom in Italy, later named Regnum Italicum ("Kingdom of Italy"), which reached its zenith under the eighth-century ruler Liutprand. In 774, the Kingdom was conquered by the Frankish King Charlemagne and integrated into his Empire. However, Lombard nobles continued to rule parts of the Italian peninsula well into the eleventh century, when they were conquered by the Normans, and added to their county of Sicily. Their legacy is apparent in the regional appellation, Lombardy. The connection between certain Italian families and the Lombards will be explored. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
What Happened in Germany?
Seventy years after the defeat of Nazi Germany, debates still rage about what led to the rise of Hitler, the Third Reich and the seeming acquiescence of the German people with resultant war crimes and genocide. We'll analyze and try to better understand one of the darkest periods in Western Civilization and its implications for the present day. What connection did America have with the events in Germany? With too many people ignorant about this dark period of history and with the rise of extremist groups in Europe, what is our future if the past is forgotten? Could such a horror occur again and does the ghost of National Socialism still haunt the world landscape today?
A History of Ireland, Scotland and Wales
We'll examine Irish, Scottish and Welsh history and culture from 500 AD to the present. In particular, lectures and discussions will focus on the early cultural identity of the Irish, Scots and Welsh and their customs and mythologies; the influence of Roman culture and Christianity on these lands and peoples; the English conquest and colonization of these lands and peoples; and, finally, on the process of political devolution in all three areas. These aspects of Irish, Scottish and Welsh history will be examined through historical documents and literature, art, music and film clips. Students will emerge from the class with a clear sense of the events that shaped the early history and culture of Ireland, Scotland and Wales and how those events continue to shape these areas even to the present day.
The Forgotten Founding Fathers
The term Founding Fathers refers broadly to those individuals of the Thirteen British Colonies who led the American Revolution against the authority of the British Crown and established the United States of America. It is also used more narrowly, to refer to those who either signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 or who were delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention and took part in drafting the proposed Constitution of the United States. When one hears the phrase, Founding Fathers, names such as Washington, Adams and Jefferson come to mind. However, there are other important figures, rarely mentioned outside of history tomes and the occasional biopic on one of the bigger names. We'll examine key figures of the American Revolution who may not have received their historical due.
The Christmas that almost didn't happen: Christmas 1945
"This is the Christmas the war-weary world has prayed for..." When Truman uttered those words on Christmas Eve, 1945, World War II had been over for four months, but military actions were still operating full force. The military was running Operation Magic Carpet and Operation Santa to return thousands of troops to their homes, resulting in the largest traffic jam the United States had ever known. After years of blackouts and rationing, the national Christmas tree would once again shine and families would gather around a Christmas table. Churches filled as a grateful nations gave thanks. We all know World War II changed much of American life, but have you ever considered how the War changed Christmas in the United States? Join us for a holiday trip to an epic December.
Literature & Writing
El Macho: Readings in "Machismo"
Gender analysis provides an intriguing doorway into literature. This course will discuss and attempt to define the theme of "machismo," specifically in the writings of Mark Twain, Lack London, Ernest Hemingway and, more generally, in our culture at large. Can reader response bridge the stereotypes of male and female, feminism and chauvinism? We'll see.
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.
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.
Dog Stories: Their Nature and Worth
Literature is replete with stories about dogs. Some of the best ones, whether romanticized or realistic, imagined or biographical, just like the animals themselves, inspire us and give us heart. We'll read a few of the world's best dog stories, and take the opportunity to write our own story about our own dog(s). The canine canon poses a fitting tribute to our usually loyal, always intriguing animal companions.
The Joy of Writing Poetry
This class is for those who enjoy writing poems, but have never taken the endeavor seriously. We'll start each class by reading and discussing exemplary poems about the natural world, family, hardship and love. Then we'll write, read and revise our in-class efforts using a series of prompts and revision strategies. We will emphasize expression rather than technique, but we will discuss form as participants wish.
Section SPA-PE Dates: 4/12/16 - 5/17/16; Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (6 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Dodici Azpadu
Location: CE South Building
Greek + Latin = English! Who Knew?
Last night, I had a giant eureka moment. Life looked tantalizing. I would be the world's mentor. People would turn to me as their muse. Fate had chosen me for Herculean deeds. Did I hear the siren call of fame? No, it's my nemesis, the alarm clock. How naíve I was. My room is chaos. I'm late and in a panic. No time even for cereal. That's my life - a comedy or a tragedy. Over sixty percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. Join us to learn which fifteen words above and others originated in Greek or Latin over 2,000 years ago.
Why Do We Say That? Stick a Fork In It
Horrified when a man wears his hat while dining? Disgusted if a woman wipes her mouth on the table cloth? Actually, you may be the one with questionable table manners. Both of these behaviors were considers perfectly appropriate etiquette for centuries. Ever encountered a salt cellar or sugar shell? Know what a room is but can't fathom "room and board?" Join us at the table as another chapter of "Why Do We Say That?" serves up the history behind table manners. "Psssst"â€¦ There is a reason why Americans hold their forks in the wrong hand.
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.
Gone with the Wind and Antebellum Mythology
2014 was the seventy-fifth 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.
Dangerous Novels: History and Story in Historical Fiction
Research found that reading a "fact" in a "story"-and knowing that it is "fiction"-increases the likelihood the reader believes the "fact" to be true. Given the power of "the story" in human evolution, an exciting and "sexy" story set among historical events will attract writers and readers despite its shaky moorings to actual history. That has led one grumpy historian to warn, "The better the novel, the more dangerous it is because the readers are more likely to think it's true." We will examine and discuss the intersection of story and history by identifying and exploring the building blocks of a popular genre that seeks to entertain-and inform-the readers.
Penny Dreadfuls, Dime Novels and Yellow Journalism
By the end of the 1800s, life in the United States was becoming staid, predictable and unexciting. Where did the armchair adventurer go for "thrills and chills"? To the Penny Dreadfuls, where rugged men said lines like, "Curses, foiled again!" To dime novels, where Billy the Kid wasn't a psychopath, but a hero of the Old West. While sonny boy hid these under his bed, his father was reading the adult version, known as "yellow journalism." Faked interviews, misleading headlines, pseudoscience and false learning by "experts" filled Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. Finished with the paper? Turn to America's first popular men's magazine, The Police Gazette with tales of the backwoods shenanigans of the Hatfields and McCoys leading one politician of the time to ask, "What in the Sam Hill is going on here?" Think "reality TV" is a new phenomenon? Experience the 1800s.
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.
Section SPA-PE Dates: 4/29/16 - 6/3/16; Fri 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (6 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Rob Spiegel
Location: CE South Building
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, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay gained particular prominence during the second half of the twentieth century. The boom of South American literature in the 1960s and 1970s 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. This is an on-going class. New readings are provided each session.
At a young age, William Blake experienced visions of Christ and his Apostles, but rather than embrace formal religious life, he courted ideas heretical to British society of the late 1700s. Critical of class power, economic hierarchy and materialism, and the conflicts that he believed originated with these beliefs, he espoused social equality, rights for women, and abolition of slavery. Due to his beliefs, his work was largely ignored during his lifetime and he lived in poverty. Today, Blake is considered a landmark in both the literary and artistic growth of the Romantic Period. Join us as we examine this gifted engraver and poet as he illustrated the works of Milton and Dante while becoming progressively more cynical in his own poetry. Understand the man who wrote "Tyger, Tyger, burning bright, In the forests of the night."
Diaries of Women Pioneers
The journey West was perilous and exciting. The journals kept by women pioneers, and the letters they sent home, provide details that enrich our understanding of the experience in a way that differs from and enhances the information we get from the writing of the men. The women prepared the meals, healed the sick, kept track of the children, counted the dead and the miles traveled, and drove the wagons if their husbands were lost along the way. This class examines the writings of women pioneers and reveals "behind the scenes" secrets of the settlement of the West. It will introduce you to a group of hardy and dedicated women, including some familiar names and a few you may not know yet.
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.
Section SPA-PE Dates: 4/11/16 - 5/16/16; Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (6 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Dodici Azpadu
Location: CE South Building
We all have special times in our life that deserve to be captured. Your trip around the world or that nightmarish camping trip in the Rockies - such memorable experiences can make for a wonderful, poignant memoir that will be treasured by friends and family, as well as yourself. During each weekly class, we'll work together to find just the right story to tell. We'll discuss how to develop and flesh out your memoir. Through discussion and supportive feedback and critique you will develop the skills you need to write your story. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
Section SPA-PE Dates: 4/14/16 - 5/19/16; Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (6 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Heidi Carlson
Location: CE South Building
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success
Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas and even build a book-length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how-to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. The class will explain how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.
Music & Theatre
Behind the Scenes at the Theatre - All is Calm, the Christmas Truce of 1914
December 25, 1914, the Western Front. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land and begins to sing. Thus starts the exciting and poignant holiday musical All is Calm, the Christmas Truce of 1914. Mother Road Theatre Company and the Vortex Theatre will present this very special event and you have an opportunity to see behind the scenes and discuss the production with director Julia Thudium and producer Leslee Richards. Come and find out how special effects, costumes, set and musical training come together. Discuss artistic decisions, see the performance, and then return to discuss what you saw, felt and heard. Note: Discounted tickets to the production will be offered to students at $19 each.
Il Turco in Italia: A Closer Look at Opera Southwest's Spring production
Laugh out loud when you see and hear one of the masterpieces of the genius of Italian comic opera, Giacchino Rossini. Working in the early nineteenth century, he revolutionized operatic performances and created works that are still in the standard repertory world-wide. This class will introduce you to Rossini's career, introduce you to the bel-canto style which he helped develop, and take you through the opera, in preparation for its first staged performances in New Mexico, produced by Opera Southwest.
Jethro Tull has been described by Rolling Stone as "one of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive rock bands." In its early days, when performances were so bad that no promoter would book the group a second time, the band made a habit of thinking up a new name every week. Led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and including other significant members and influential musical bit players through various incarnations, the group achieved commercial success in 1969, with the folk-tinged blues album Stand Up. They toured regularly in the UK and the US and their musical style shifted to progressive rock with the albums Aqualung, Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play, and evolved to hard rock mixed with folk rock with Songs from the Wood and Heavy Horses. The band has sold over sixty million albums worldwide with eleven gold and five platinum albums among them and their influence continues to inspire music nearly five decades after their first hit record.
A Change is Gonna Come: Protest Music of the 60s and 70s
Although many people consider the protest music era of the 1960s and 1970s as a somewhat unique spinoff of the folk-rock era, the ancestry of protests in American music can be traced as far back as the colonial era and "Yankee Doodle." Amplified by copious musical examples, this two-part presentation will examine musical protest songs in the mid-twentieth century including civil rights, the war in Vietnam, the women's liberation movement and more.
Buena Vista Social Club Revisited
In 1997 Ry Cooder recorded an album with a forgotten generation of Cuban musicians who had been largely silent since the earliest years of the Castro regime. Two years later, Wim Wenders released a documentary about Cooder's remarkable experience, which immortalized these legendary musicians for posterity. This two-part class will begin with a showing of the film Buena Vista Social Club (1999, 105 minutes) followed by a short discussion about the film. The following week, we will explore the legacy of these musicians as we trace their careers in the years following the release of the film.
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.
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!
Motown: The Sound That Changed America
When Berry Gordy founded Tamla Records in Detroit, Michigan in 1959, he could never have dreamed how this brand, and its sister label Motown, formed later the same year, would change the music of America. This recording company not only gifted the world with an astonishing amount of great music, but also played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African-American record label achieving significant crossover success. This tribute to the sound of Motor City will include recordings by the greatest Motown stars: Diana Ross, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson Five, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and many more.
Island in the Sun: The Harry Belafonte Story
Starting off as a struggling acting student paying the bills by singing in New York clubs, and finishing as a globe-trotting activist for social justice, the life and career of singer and film star Harry Belafonte has been anything but dull. Although his first live performances were in pop and jazz, it would be his dialect performances of calypso songs that shot him to the top of the charts. With his growing interest in folk music, he compiled a 1961 anthology called "Freedom: An Anthology of Black Music". Decades later, he would record an anti-apartheid album. This class will examine not only his versatile music career, but also his civil rights, humanitarian, and political activism throughout the years.
The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel
In grammar school, they appeared in a production of "Alice in Wonderland" as the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat; in high school they sang together as Tom and Jerry, reaching #49 on the national music charts and appearing on American Bandstand. But it wasn't until the 1960s, that this duo found their niche in the vanguard of the Greenwich Village music scene in New York City. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel touched the hearts of a generation and would continue to do so, both separately and individually, over the next four decades. This class will introduce you to their earliest sounds, and explore their careers both individually and apart.
Song Sung Blue: Neil Diamond
Singer/songwriter, Neil Diamond has stayed on the pop music charts for over fifty 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. We'll 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.
A History of Opera II: From Invention to Early Development
Bel-canto (beautiful-singing) opera - an Italian invention - celebrated the magical qualities of the human voice. Operas in the early nineteenth century were all about the singers (often paid many times more than the composer). Their incredible vocal control be it either in the form of musical acrobatics or a sustained vocal line that seemed to go on forever was THE popular entertainment of the day and famous opera singers were the rock stars of their time. Through lecture, watching DVDs and discussion we shall explore the major examples of this style. The operas to be covered are Rossini - Turco in Italia, 1814; Tandredi, 1818; Bellini - Norma, 1831; Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor, 1835; Daughter of the Regiment, 1838
Science & Technology
Origins of Modern Science - A History of Science from Copernicus to Newton
Only five hundred years ago, most people thought the Earth was the center of the universe and that there were only four elements: earth, air, water and fire. In this class you'll learn how five men and a propitious sequence of historical events - including two supernovas and the Black Plague - changed that view forever. And you'll learn how science itself changed from mystical lore and reliance on ancient authority to an organized activity of measurement, testing and revision of theories that has made possible our modern world.
The recent landing of Curiosity on Mars raises the question: Why did we go there and what did we hope to find? In this class, we will take a "space trip" through our solar system. We will first discuss our Earth and Moon and their geology so as to be able to compare these two planetary bodies with the other planets and their moons. We'll visit Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Then we will cover asteroids and comets (including Pluto). We'll discuss why our planet Earth is unique in our solar system and with respect to exo-planets outside our solar system.
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 Polynesian 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.
Did you ever wonder why rainbows occur or why halos appear with some clouds and not others? Are you interested in learning more about how clouds form and why some clouds produce rainâ€¦ or hail... or snow and others don't? During this short course, we will examine these subjects, and many more, in the field of physical meteorology. The list of interesting weather phenomena is long indeed and we will cover as many of them as we can during the time available for this course. Have any pet weather wonders you'd like to learn more about? Bring them to the class and we'll try to fit them in. Did you ever wonder why the sky is blue?
Philosophy & Religion
Poems Can Change Your Life Again and Again
A good poem is like a flash of lightning, and suddenly the dark corners of the basement are lit. A poem can be a mirror or a window or a shooting star. A poem can be like a firecracker, and a new insight about life's mysteries is revealed. Poetry is not like science or philosophy that depends on linear thinking and sound conclusions. Poetry is quick like intuition, the shorthand of the spirit. A poem can leap like a billy goat in the spring. Sometimes we need the imagination to cope with the deep mysteries like love, failure, conflict and death. Through assignments and class discussion we will look for ways that our lives might be changed and enriched by excellent poems. As with previous classes of mine, we will use a collection by Roger Housden, but a different one this time. Required text: Ten Poems to Change Your Life Again and Again by Roger Housden, (used, inexpensive copies are available on Amazon)
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 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.
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!
"Tao" means the Way or the Path, also the source and essence of everything. For over 2500 years the non-theistic philosophy of Taoism has encouraged people to seek balance, harmony, simplicity, humility, and open-mindedness. It embraces intuition, contradictions, and humor. This brief introduction, including slide show and handouts, covers the main principles and most famous texts, including the Tao Te Ching. We'll talk about applying the principles in our daily lives as effective antidotes to stress and overwork.
Section WIA-PE Date: 2/2/16; Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Jon Nimitz
Location: La Vida Llena/Nueva Vista Community Room
Religion in Latin America through Film
Too often, people presume "all Latin Americans are Catholics," but other religious beliefs influence the region. This course we'll present an overview of the major religious traditions in Latin America, including: the pre-Hispanic indigenous religions; the arrival and adaptations of the Catholic Church over hundreds of years; African religious practices brought to the Americas and practiced by slaves, as well as modern-day Santería; internal and external challenges to the hegemony of the Catholic Church; and the contemporary evangelical movement. We will do this by viewing and discussing films about religion in Latin America. Required Text: Donald F. Stevens, ed., Based on a True Story: Latin American History at the Movies (Wilmington: SR Books) ISBN 978-0-8420-2781-6 Recommended Reading: John Charles Chasteen, Born in Blood and Fire (New York: WW Norton) - any paperback edition, readily available.
Celtic Culture, Wisdom and Spirituality
Feasting or fighting, worshipping or wooing, the Celts were a colorful, robust people. Before the Romans homogenized much of Europe, the Celts practiced ancient traditions of wisdom and culture. Their advanced customs have been preserved for centuries, notably in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. This culture contributed centers of learning that later became universities, laws that later became the European justice system, traditional stories that later became literature and music still heard today. Who were the Celts? How did they live? Where is their culture now? This class will bring to life the myths, people, spirituality and heritage of the Celts.
Memory Enhancement 101
Memory Academy is a Met Life award-winning interactive curriculum. 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 specific to improving brain function will be addressed. Workbook $20 plus shipping.
Psychology & Health
Yoga for Folks Over Fifty: Gentle Beginner
Join us and explore the wonders and benefits of Yoga practice. This class series is geared to the older beginner or those dealing with painful knees or feet, arthritis, osteoporosis, issues of balance or the proverbial midlife crisis. You will learn to use commonly available props and modified yoga postures to adress these conditions and bring more awareness, vitality and relaxation into your life. Note: Not a medical class - call instructor to discuss any serious condition before signing up. Note: Free Osher Membership with this class.
Section WIB-PE Dates: 1/21/16 - 3/10/16; Thu 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM (8 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Nishtha Jane Kappy
Location: High Desert Yoga - Nob Hill
Section SPA-HF Dates: 3/29/16 - 5/17/16; Tue 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM (8 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Nishtha Jane Kappy
Location: High Desert Yoga - Nob Hill
Psychology and the Maintaining of Personal Meaning
We will explore how life "in the raw," as in its natural state, is ultimately meaningless. It's up to each human being to create and define what is meaningful to him or her in their lives to make the struggles of life worth enduring. As we age, we lose more of that meaning through the death of friends and relatives, physical disabilities, the increase of fear and anxiety and such. It is imperative that we show our resiliency by creating new meaning appropriate for what our current stage in life might be.
Psychology and Music
When I was in private practice on occasion I would find that clients who were especially blocked emotionally, would respond to certain pieces of classical music that quite conspicuously depicted a greater strength in reaching a closed person. My proposal for the class would be to play various pieces of music that I have found helpful as a therapist and allow class members to get in touch with emotional parts of themselves that may have lain dormant in them for some time. Also, I believe it would simply be a lot of fun, and so will you!
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.
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?
Section SPA-PE Dates: 5/17/16 - 6/7/16; Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Stephen Poland
Location: CE South Building
Living with Hearing Loss
Becoming an informed consumer of hearing aids isn't easy. Hearing loss affects nearly fifty million Americans but those who suffer often feel like they are alone. What should you know before you spend a lot of money on hearing aids? Take the mystery out of hearing loss and learn about hearing aids and technology. We will cover hearing loss basics; technology solutions from the simple to the sophisticated; digital hearing aids; assistive listening devices and where to find captioned movies; plus what to expect from hearing health care providers and your legal rights. The instructor has a passion for training and helping those new to hearing loss.
Living Resilient Lives
Think of someone you know who thrives in spite of adversity. This is the essence of resilience. A resilient person is able to bounce back from difficult or stressful experiences. This quality is much more common than we imagine. In our review of current scientific research identifying the factors in children, adolescents, and adults that contribute to resilience, we'll ask if these factors are the same or if they differ with age. Looking beyond the individual to the family, community, and society will help us identify sources of support for thriving under challenging conditions. We will then ask what can be done to foster resilience in ourselves and others. Join us as we share stories of resilience.
Section WIA-PE Dates: 1/19/16 - 1/26/16; Tue 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (2 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Stephen Poland
Location: CE South Building
Section SPA-PE Dates: 4/5/16 - 4/12/16; Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (2 Sessions Total)
Instructor: Stephen Poland
Location: CE South Building
Benefits and Challenges of a Whole Food Plant-Based Approach to Eating
We'll explore peer reviewed, published data regarding a whole food plant-based approach to eating, addressing and clarifying conflicting information about food. We will begin the class with a questionnaire to determine what participants' interests are in the topic, their health concerns and conditions, and their sources of information regarding food. The course will be tailored so that participant's interests are addressed. Participants will be encouraged to do their own research to obtain information of interest to them. The challenges inherent in changing lifelong patterns of eating will be approached psychologically with an emphasis on individual exploration of their own familial, cultural and environmental conditioning. Examine everything about food as a central aspect of all life in a supportive group setting. We will approach food as central and essential for life and we will focus on learning to give it the right importance. Information regarding foods that are healthy and their preparation will be given. This course will use a holistic approach to address and improve health.
Travel & Culture
Valentine's Day - What They didn't Tell You
Ah, Valentine's Day! Cards, flowers, candy - perhaps a bit of jewelry - to celebrate your love, but what really lies behind this day? If we look back in history, the heart was not the center of soulful emotion. It was the liver. Imagine giving a liver to your true love. Or, as in ancient Rome, being slapped with a strip of goat skin by a naked youth running through the streets? And what of St. Valentine? The one who was beaten, decapitated and martyred. Why does he symbolize love? Join as we celebrate a day that is more - and less - than it seems. Chocolate will be served because as Charlie Brown says, "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."
The Food Exchange - Chocolate and Chile and Cheese! Oh, My!
Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no paprika in Hungary, no tomatoes in Italy, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no cattle in Texas, no donkeys in Mexico, no chili peppers in Thailand and India, no cigarettes in France and no chocolate in Switzerland. Discuss the food exchange that resulted from the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, bringing European foods to the Western Hemisphere, taking American foods to Europe and ultimately expanding to the exchange that would include their Asian colonies.
Section SPA-PE Date: 4/7/16; Thu 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: O'Neill Blacker-Hanson
Location: Del Webb Alegria - Active Adult Community
Cuba: Yesterday and Today
Historians are not unlike many Americans - politicians, scholars, every day citizens - and continue to wrestle with the enigma that is Cuba, and what US policy vis Ã vis our neighbor should reflect. The island nation has too often been relegated to a subsidiary role as an appendage of the United States, but with the release of important government documents - some of which we will examine together - as well as the recent shifts in US policy, analysis continues to be challenging, exciting and controversial. We will analyze and discuss the Cuban governments and peoples, their relationships to each other and to the "Cold War powers" (and what that means), as well as how global dynamics shaped internal and international politics. Cuba's history includes repression and intervention, but also vibrant and inspirational grassroots organizing for economic opportunity and social justice. Relations to the United States, the Soviet Union and other governments will be explored, but this is not a course on US-Latin American relations per se.
Beyond the Vietnam War: People, History, Art, Food and Culture
Before the Vietnam War (known in Viet-Nam as the American War) the Vietnamese people were dominated by the Chinese, then colonized by the French - Come and learn how traces of these struggles left their marks, and how those struggles contributed to the rich culture that we now know. We'll explore the Vietnamese language (including why the Vietnamese nail technicians do "nail" and not "nails"), culture (including why so many Vietnamese are Nguyen) and of course, the food. We'll learn how to read and interpret a Vietnamese menu and taste a few of the most popular dishes. A tasting fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Hallmarks of Hitchcock Films
Master director Alfred Hitchcock mapped out his suspense films with impeccable precision. While the stories varied, the elements that became hallmarks of Hitchcock films did not. Elements such as cool blondes, checkerboard floors, a distrust of police and specific types of shots show up in almost every film. We'll examine how these and other elements appear in Hitchcock's classic films North by Northwest, Rear Window, Psycho and Vertigo.
Do you have Irish ancestry, or wish you did? Are you drawn to the Emerald Isle, longing to experience ancient sacred sites, castles and abbeys and pubs with live music? This talk reveals a hundred different aspects of magical Ireland. You will see exceptional Neolithic structures, treasures from Celtic times, medieval castles, the water of lochs, rivers and wells and feel the pulse of modern Ireland. The cuisine is now gourmet, and the people are forever delightfully individual. Ireland - let's go!
Contract Bridge 101: Bidding in the Twenty-First Century (for those who have never played bridge)
Played by over 220 million people worldwide, bridge is the most popular card game in the world. It is played by four people (two competing partnerships). Partners compete for a "contract" by bidding on how many cards or "tricks" they believe they can take on a deal. In the ensuing play of the cards, the winner of the contract is either rewarded or is penalized, depending on whether he fulfills the contract or fails to do so. A fun and sociable game, Bridge can bring health benefits. Playing bridge regularly will help keep your brain young and your mind alert. Recent research has suggested that it may even stave off degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Duplicate Bridge 201: Bidding in the Twenty-First Century (for those who have some experience playing bridge)
Bridge is the most popular card game in the world. In addition to being a fun and sociable game. Playing bridge regularly will help keep your brain young and your mind alert. Recent research has suggested that it may even stave off degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Duplicate bridge is the most popular and competitive variation of the game. It reduces the element of luck because identical deals are replayed by multiple sets of players, who compare scores. This class is designed for those who have played bridge socially and would like to sharpen their skills and/or play competitively.
New Mexico History & Culture
Spanish Colonial Women, Spousal Abuse and Spanish Law in New Mexico
Women's history is full of surprises. For instance, during the Spanish colonial period, Spanish women enjoyed various kinds of protection under the law for which their English-speaking counterparts had to wait nearly two hundred years. Spanish colonial women were protected against bad marriages and spousal abuse. Explore the true stories of three women who exercised their legal rights in New Spain. Drawing from original historic documents, we'll study how these laws worked in everyday life for women and their families.
Why Trade Is Better than Barter: Trade in Early and Mid-18th Century Northern New Mexico
In New Mexico when the Spanish returned after the Pueblo revolt, they were confronted by continuous raids by hostile Indians, disease and an inhospitable landscape. Because there was almost no coinage in the colony, a system of barter developed, allowing trade with the Plains Indians, the Pueblos and the merchants in Chihuahua and further south. The presentation describes how barter worked and why it led to so many arguments and lawsuits that appear in the Spanish Archives of New Mexico.
The Navajo Creation Story
Working from his translation, DinÃ© bahane: The Navajo Creation Story, published by the University of New Mexico Press and now in its sixteenth printing, Paul Zolbrod will offer a detailed exploration of this little known mythic cycle central to a rich tribal identity. We'll explore the evolutionary story of insect people gradually migrating from a deep underworld and developing physically, socially and emotionally as they reach the present outer world; shaping its surface contours and surrounding heavens; making it safe for human life, which they then create; and presiding as those new occupants organized as a great tribe. Drawn from earlier printed versions and intensive field research, Dr. Zolbrod has forged a written English version faithful to the overlooked poetic artistry that survives in many a long-standing Native American oral tradition.
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 and 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 and Santa Fe never traversed New Mexico's capital.
Section SPA-PE Date: 5/6/16; Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Instructor: Roberta Boggess
Location: La Vida Llena/Nueva Vista Community Room
The Crypto-Jews of Colonial New Mexico
There is strong circumstantial evidence that some of the founders of New Mexico's oldest Hispanic families may have been Jews hiding from the Inquisition on New Spain's northern frontier in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This presentation will attempt to untangle history from social myth and identity romanticism. We may have scenes presented by live actors from the play The Merchant of Santa Fe, written about the crypto-Jews of 1670 New Mexico. Suggested reading: To the End of the Earth: A History of the Crypto-Jews of New Mexico (2008) by Stanley M. Hordes
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.
New Mexico Filmmaking: It's Not Only Westerns (Non-Westerns - 2)
From snow-tipped ski hills to dry lake beds, with over 360 days of sunshine and a stunning, diverse topography, New Mexico is not new to Hollywood. New Mexico film history spans over one hundred years and includes more than eight hundred productions. Film has reached every corner of the State and since 2003 alone, over three hundred major productions have shot all around the state of New Mexico. In spite of New Mexico's popularity as a back drop for westerns, the films produced here cover varied genres. Explore New Mexico through a camera lens with clips from Bombardier, Easy Rider, Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Sunshine Cleaning and Astronaut Farmer, among many others.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Sephardic Jews and Their Origins in the Iberian Peninsula
Sephardic is a general term referring to the descendants of Jewish settlers, originally from the Near East, who lived in the Iberian Peninsula until 1492. Accordingly, the term Sephardic Jews refers to Jews who follow Sephardic Halakha, a collective body of Jewish religious laws derived from the written and oral Torah. The term Sephardic essentially means "Spanish." It comes from Sepharad, a Biblical location. This location is disputed, but "Sepharad" was identified by later Jews as the Iberian Peninsula and still means "Spain" in Modern Hebrew. The use of Y-DNA testing will be explored in the origins of this ancient civilization.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Sephardic Jews and the Colonization of New Mexico - Haplogroup
The connection between the Sephardic Jews and certain New Mexico families will be explored through Y-DNA results and family history. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization. We will also explore the colonial inquisition and its role in judicial policy of the New Mexico colony. The results of the research may surprise you.
El Cid - Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar and New Mexico
El Cid is the subject of the oldest extant Spanish epic poem, Cantar de Mio Cid. Angel Cervantes will show a short documentary on the life of El Cid. He will have a short discussion on his descendants and their possible connection to New Mexico families. He'll also discuss the historiography of El Cid and his legacy in Spanish history. The following questions will be answered: Who was he? What is the true history? And Who are his descendants?
Rock Art of New Mexico
From the Four Corners to the Texas border, New Mexico is blanketed with a huge array of prehistoric and historic rock art sites. We'll view slides from different parts of the state and discuss the varied imagery, styles, manufacture methods and locations of these sites. We'll discuss the ancient cultures that gave rise to this art form. While we can speculate about the meaning and age of these glyphs, in some cases we will never know for certain.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Moors Connection to New Mexican Families (Part I)
The Moors arrived in the Iberian Peninsula in 711 and called the territory Al-Andalus, an area which at its peak included what is today most of Spain and Portugal, and part of the South of France. The Moors were the medieval Muslim inhabitants of Morocco, western Algeria, Western Sahara, Mauritania, the Iberian Peninsula, Septimania, Sicily and Malta. The term "Moors" has also been the applied name to the Berbers, North African Arabs, and Muslim Iberians by Medieval and early modern Europeans. The Andalusian Moors of the Medieval era inhabited the Iberian Peninsula after the Umayyad conquest of Hispania in the early 8th century until its fall in 1031. We examine the Moorish Conquest for its first three centuries on the Iberian Peninsula. We also explore the connection between New Mexican families and the Moors. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the DNA markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
Anthropological Genetic History: The Moors Connection to New Mexican Families (Part II)
The Moors were the medieval Muslim inhabitants of Morocco, western Algeria, Western Sahara, Mauritania, the Iberian Peninsula, Septimania, Sicily and Malta. The Moors called their Iberian territory Al-Andalus, an area comprising Gibraltar, much of what is now Spain and Portugal, and part of France. The Moors' rule stretched at times as far as modern-day Mauritania, West African countries, and the Senegal River. In the languages of Europe, a number of associated ethnic groups have been historically designated as "Moors". In modern Iberia, the term is applied to people of Moroccan ethnicity. "Moor" is sometimes colloquially applied to any person from North Africa, but some people consider this usage of the term pejorative, especially its Spanish version "moro". Part II is a continuation of the Moorish story from the fall of the Umayyad Dynasty to the fall of Granada. We continue the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Moors. Another film will be shown that will trace the Moorish history and its impact on the Iberian Peninsula. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
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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.
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
We 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.
UNM Tuition Remission
UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Personal Enrichment Tuition Remission for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Classes.
To register with UNM Tuition Remission, send a completed UNM Tuition Remission Form and UNMCE Registration Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about this benefit? Visit our UNM Tuition Remission page or call the UNM Benefits Office at 505-277-MyHR.