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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+ 121

Class NameStart DateCost
History of Ancient Greece

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 5th century BC, but which still resonate today - the social cost of warfare and the contest between loyalty to ones 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.
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Course Number: 19405
Cost: $45

8/1/14
$45
Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The Rus and the Rurik Dynasty

Rurik was a Varangian chieftain who gained control of Ladoga in 862, built the Holmgard settlement near Novgorod, and founded the Rurik Dynasty, which ruled Kievan Rus (and later Grand Duchy of Moscow and Tsardom of Russia) until the 17th century. A short film will be shown that traces the history of the Rus and the Rurik Dynasty. We will also discuss which DNA markers are most identified with the bloodline of Rurik.
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Course Number: 19489
Cost: $19

8/1/14
$19
A History of Russia and Eastern Europe

We'll survey the History of Russia and Eastern Europe from their conversion to Christianity in the tenth century to the regime of Putin. Topics such as Slavic origins, Eastern Orthodoxy, Russian Tsardom, Nationalism, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and the current crisis will be discussed as well as cultural developments.
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Course Number: 19490
Cost: $95

8/1/14
$95
In Our Own Voice: Storytelling for Women's Empowerment

We all carry life experiences within our bodies, minds and spirit. This highly participatory class teaches how to tell our own stories and embrace release from fear, negativity, illness or whatever issue precludes our enjoying life to the fullest. Susi Wolf will briefly tell healing folktales and, afterwards, we will discuss how these assorted stories relate to our own personal story and to each other. We will begin to apply and reframe the message of Story into our own tale. By knowing our personal narrative in a new way, we are empowered to make significant positive changes in our life. Included in the class will be writing opportunities, interactive exercises and group discussions to aid in finding our individual journeys. Also, each student will create an Empowerment Story art card to keep. This class is designed to ensure each person's successful experience to acquire new introspection and life skills.
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Course Number: 19883
Cost: $25

8/2/14
$25
If the Shoe Fits...

Practical shoes mean protection and comfort, but Cinderella didn't wear practical shoes to the ball. Nor would millions of women who embrace that little slip of magic that imparts status, power and sex appeal. Walk a mile or maybe a few mincing steps as we try on the history of shoes.
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Course Number: 19416
Cost: $19

8/4/14
$19
Buddhism

Buddhism appeals to many Westerners because it is nonjudgmental, requires no faith, and teaches ways to reduce suffering. It encourages personal responsibility, mindfulness, and compassion for ourselves and others. In this class we'll discuss the life and times of the prince who became the Buddha, his search for enlightenment, his teachings, the historical development of Buddhism, plus current branches and their practices. We'll also discuss the work of some present-day teachers including the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and prominent American authors. We'll have slide shows, videos, and readings, as well as discussions. This class assumes no prior knowledge, but also goes into reasonable depth to interest those with some previous experience.
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Course Number: 19813
Cost: $45

8/4/14
$45
Heal the Past, Create the Future

Have your ancestors passed on to you the emotional energy of their unresolved conflicts and beliefs? Are you carrying more than eye color in your DNA? Modern physics suggests that time is an illusion. What if we could heal the past in the present? In our first class we will explore theoretical outcomes in physics and gene research and their potential implications for breaking negative patterns in our lineage. Yes, you can do this even if you flunked high school Biology. Our second session will be a series of exercises designed to talk with our ancestors about what needs to be healed in our lineage.
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Course Number: 19866
Cost: $25

8/5/14
$25
John Milton Matters in Your Life in Our Time

Paradise Lost is an accessible and essential work. Milton's Biblical scholarship, dramatic sensibility, and organ-toned poetry are perfectly suited to our time's abiding issues, including the responsibility of freedom and challenges of free will. While a Puritan Poet and his great epic poem may seem off-putting or inaccessible, this session will allow you to love John Milton and discover his timeless works.
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Course Number: 19548
Cost: $19

8/7/14
$19
Poisonous Snakes and Snake Bite Poisoning

A discussion of the toxicology and treatment for venomous snakes of North America, and a discussion of the natural history or rattlesnakes and other venomous snakes from around the world. Topics covered include: poisonous snakes of the USA, descriptions and distribution, rattlesnakes  their private lives, venom and its effects, the basics of treatment of the snake envenomed patient both in the field and in the hospital setting, and prevention techniques to avoid snake bites.
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Course Number: 19731
Cost: $19

8/8/14
$19
Oh, What a Lovely War! The Music of World War I

Many who suffered the horrors of war in the past century were reluctant to talk about their experiences. Soldiers throughout history, however, have always used music as a coping mechanism, and their songs (which can contain a sub-text of anti-war sentiment) live on and continue to tell their story. This class will explore the music of The War to End All Wars by looking at the songs and reminiscences of the soldiers themselves (including violinist Fritz Kreisler), as well as the film Oh! What a Lovely War.
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Course Number: 19629
Cost: $19

8/11/14
$19
World Museums: A Virtual Tour of Uffiz Gallery

Enjoy a stunning virtual tour of the Uffizi Gallery - one of the best collections of Italian art in the world. Dr. Oborotova will chronicle the history of the collection, introduce you to the most prominent Italian artists and show the magnificent masterpieces of the gallery, including Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's Holy Family.
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Course Number: 19126
Cost: $19

8/12/14
$19
Great Cities of the World: Barcelona

Visit the pearl of Catalonia and one of the great cities of the world, admire Gaudi's stunning, immense but still unfinished Sagrada Família cathedral, stroll through the historical Gothic Quarter and learn about the world-famous Catalan cuisine. Enjoy a virtual tour of Barcelona, her history, architecture, arts and museums.
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Course Number: 19973
Cost: $19

8/12/14
$19
The Galileo Case Revisited

Was Galileo Galilei the victim of a dogmatic Catholic Church? Prevailing thought is that Galileo was unjustly persecuted. In 1992, the Edict of Inquisition against Galileo was lifted. Does the trial of Galileo in 1633 and the events leading up to the trial need to be revisited? Is there a side of the story that has not been heard? What are the challenges that confronts one when looking at a controversial episode from the past? What are the important questions that need to be asked when looking at the conflict between religion and science?
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Course Number: 19485
Cost: $19

8/14/14
$19
Fracking: A Curse or a Blessing?

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

8/18/14
$25
Computerized Genealogy

Everyone has ancestors! Researching family history has become the fastest growing hobby in America. Bring your laptop so you can practice using technology to organize and research your genealogy. You will learn the best software and tools to help you search efficiently. Online genealogy includes how to hunt for web sites and evaluate what you find there, and the use of free and commercial databases. The rest is up to you  happy hunting.
Note: Class will not meet Sep 1.

Course Number: 19911
Cost: $50

8/18/14
$50
Brain Fitness and the Creative Arts

Dr. Gene Cohen, acclaimed professor at George Washington University, admits that creativity is like chocolate for the brain. If your goal is to have fun while enhancing mental performance, memory and focus this course is for you! Your journey begins with a variety of creative arts activities and exercises that are tiered for every level of challenge. The journey ends with you having the ability to apply variations of the exercises at home. Don't worry if you've already taken the class - each session is completely different and the creative exercises change every semester. Please note the Brain Fitness workbook is available from the instructor for $20.
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Course Number: 19885
Cost: $60

8/19/14
$60
Brain Fitness and the Creative Arts

Dr. Gene Cohen, acclaimed professor at George Washington University, admits that creativity is like chocolate for the brain. If your goal is to have fun while enhancing mental performance, memory and focus this course is for you! Your journey begins with a variety of creative arts activities and exercises that are tiered for every level of challenge. The journey ends with you having the ability to apply variations of the exercises at home. Don't worry if you've already taken the class - each session is completely different and the creative exercises change every semester. Please note the Brain Fitness workbook is available from the instructor for $20.
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Course Number: 19885
Cost: $60

8/19/14
$60
Joyful Journaling

Do you have a desire to keep a journal but feel guilty when you don't write? Do you only write about negative life experiences? What if you couldn't wait to open your journal to create and write about your life? In this class we will explore ways to help you develop a journaling practice that fosters creativity and self-nourishment. You will learn some journaling techniques, ideas for creative journal entry topics, and ways to keep yourself inspired and coming back to the page because you want to, not because it's an obligation. Classes will be used for writing and embellishing your journals and also discussion of journaling practices. Note: Materials Fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.
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Course Number: 19591
Cost: $45

8/21/14
$45
The Craft of Creative Writing

Do you have ideas for fiction or non-fiction stories, but don't know how to get them on paper for others to enjoy? Using commentary on participant work, we will focus on narrative arc, character, point of view, conflict, stylistics (tone, pacing, diction), and sentence mechanics: the elements of the original class. The course is designed for writers who want a refresher in the craft of writing and are willing to give and take feedback. Participants are strongly encouraged to share air time in a respectful manner.
Note: Class will not meet Sep 1.

Course Number: 19584
Cost: $70

8/25/14
$70
World Museums: A Virtual Tour of Uffiz Gallery

Enjoy a stunning virtual tour of the Uffizi Gallery - one of the best collections of Italian art in the world. Dr. Oborotova will chronicle the history of the collection, introduce you to the most prominent Italian artists and show the magnificent masterpieces of the gallery, including Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's Holy Family.
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Course Number: 19126
Cost: $19

8/26/14
$19
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 as series of prompts and revision strategies. We will emphasize expression rather than technique, but we will discuss form as participants wish.
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Course Number: 19512
Cost: $60

8/26/14
$60
The Faces of God: Religion and Spirituality in the 21st Century

We live in a changing spiritual age, where former religious beliefs are evolving into greater social equality, cooperation, environmental awareness, and personal connection with the Divine. Science has transformed our view of the cosmos. Many people have rejected religion entirely, while others seek greater spiritual awakening. In this class we'll review the history, beliefs, practices, and changes occurring in many religious and spiritual traditions of the world. These include Near Eastern (Christianity, Judaism, Islam), Far Eastern (Buddhism, Taoism), nature-based (Native American, Shinto, African, Pagan), and others. We'll discuss several teachers and gurus (Amma, Gurdjieff, Aurobindo etc.) plus spiritual aids and practices such as sweat lodges, Tarot, and channeling. Come join us in this exciting exploration, and discover something useful.
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Course Number: 19820
Cost: $60

8/29/14
$60
Voter ID Requirements: Necessary to Protect the Voting Process or Newest Form of Voter Suppression?

Since the 2008 election, when allegations of busloads of Mexicans traveling around Kansas to sway the vote for Obama dominated conservative news media, Voter ID at the polls has been a hot button issue. Democrats allege that voter fraud is rare and that these usually Republican-backed measures are really intended to disenfranchise groups that typically vote Democrat  minorities, the poor and 18-25 year olds. Is there any actual evidence for significant or systemic voter fraud? Do Voter ID laws truly suppress the vote or are they necessary to ensure a fair process for all? What will be the impact of the Supreme Courts decision to strike a down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that requires states with a history of racial discrimination to obtain permission from the federal government before enacting changes to their voting laws? Explore these and other questions while mid-term elections loom and 2016 waits around the corner.
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Course Number: 19234
Cost: $19

9/2/14
$19
When Cure is No Longer Possible: The New Medical Field of Palliative Medicine

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Course Number: 19865
Cost: $25

9/2/14
$25
The Millennials: What will the Impact of the Me. Me. Me. Generation Be?

Millennials, roughly those 18-33 years old, have become a big topic for discussion for everyone from bloggers and magazine editors to CEO's and the entertainment industry. Millenials have exited high schools and colleges into the worst job market in recent history and a large number delay traditionally adult rites of passage - moving out and marriage. They are the first post-Cold War generation and have been raised with technology many of us were only exposed to in science fiction during our formative years. They are a force to be reckoned with in all facets of American culture and made the cover of Time last year - The Me. Me. Me. Generation... and why they may save us all. Before looking at the Millennials, we will look at the generations that preceded them.
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Course Number: 19225
Cost: $19

9/3/14
$19
France in the Middle Ages

France in the early middle ages was shaped by its classical heritage, the infusion of new peoples and the expansion of Christianity. Bishops filled an administrative vacuum created by the fall of the Roman Empire and served to legitimize successive rulers of the new arrivals: Franks, Burgundians and Normans. The Carolingians revived the arts and letters in what has been called a renaissance. By 1200 the Capetian Kings ruled much of modern day France and the church controlled vast wealth; literature and the arts flourished. Through illustrated lectures, readings in primary sources and class discussion, we will explore the rich history and material culture of this era. Students will also learn how to access primary sources on the web.
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Course Number: 19443
Cost: $60

9/3/14
$60
The History of the Vikings in Europe

From the moment they arrived in European rivers, seas, and towns, the Vikings changed the course of European history. The monks who recorded so much of this early history thoroughly described this penchant for violence and destruction: raiding, plundering, and burning towns and monasteries. What they did not record was that Vikings also functioned as tradersexchanging those goods they plundered from one location for food and supplies in other, better protected locations. Viking activity in early medieval Europe has been dubbed creative destruction by modern economic historians. Viking trading activities, ranging from the British Isles in the West to Constantinople and Baghdad in the East, reinvigorated the European economy, which had been in decline since the collapse of the Roman Empire. After this period of raiding and trading, the Vikings began to settle throughout Europe, embracing Christianity and literacy, transformations which led the Vikings into full integration with European society. We will examine Viking culture from its earliest period, pre-migration, to this period of integration. In particular, we will focus on how the Vikings changed European society and how they were, in turn, changed by European society itself.
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Course Number: 19471
Cost: $45

9/3/14
$45
Geology of the National Parks

In this class we will cover a number of geology-type parks, from canyon parks (Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce) to mountain parks (Guadalupe Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Yosemite, Grand Tetons), to volcanic parks (Mt. Rainier/Mt. St. Helens, Hawaiian Islands) to cave parks (Carlsbad, Mammoth) to sand dunes (Great Sand Dunes, White Sands). In order to understand the different geologic features in American parks, we will first learn the basics principles of geology  about the three types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary) and how they form, and about plate tectonics being the driving force for the geology we see on planet Earth.
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Course Number: 19786
Cost: $70

9/3/14
$70
Alternatives to the Workhouse

The Industrial Revolution resulted in a growing middle class and a fabulously wealthy, newly arrived upper class, but not everyone benefited from these changes. The poor were sequestered in workhouses in Great Britain and poorhouses in the United States. Women who dared to be independent could be sent by male relatives to prisons, mental institutions or church-run asylums such as the Magdalene laundries. To counter such thinking, reformers such as Florence Nightingale and William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, advocated for those in the shadows. If you left the movie, Philomena, with unanswered questions, if you've heard the expression, spending your way to the poorhouse, or if youve ever dropped change in the Salvation Army bucket, join us and learn about these alternatives to the workhouse. This class is a sequel to 19461 In the Shadow of the Workhouse.
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Course Number: 19464
Cost: $19

9/4/14
$19
Nature as Art: Henry David Thoreau and Robert Frost

Nature famously reiterates itself in art, be it visual or written. Whether it be mimetic, realistic, photographic, or impressionistic and imagined, art and nature are indeed kindred spirits whether as source or subject. This course will explore the implications of this fascinating relationship as expressed in the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Robert Frost.
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Course Number: 19503
Cost: $45

9/4/14
$45
Walk this Way A History of Religion

Walk this way a pun derived from an old vaudeville joke lends a history of religions a bit of humor and may give us a different understanding of the way we walk, religiously. Beginning with animism and up to emerging ways of walking, including new steps in Roman Catholicism; we will map a history of religion and attempt to trace our own paths of belief and practice. In addition to images and words presented for our guidance, our attitudes and beliefs act as an inner compass to select what directions we take. How does our human perception of the divine get interpreted and expressed in such a way that we become part of the history of religion? The course will employ long term and short term memory, as well as other learning modes, including visual, kinesthetic, emotional and rational.
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Course Number: 19819
Cost: $45

9/4/14
$45
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, Candidate topics include: India after a Major Political Realignment, Turkey in Turmoil, Russia Under Putin, US Foreign Policy in a Changing World, International Immigration and Refugees and Worldwide Economic Disparities. Each group is limited to 16 participants to maximize opportunities for active participation.
Note: Class will not meet Nov 10.

Course Number: 19207
Cost: $70

9/8/14
$70
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, Candidate topics include: India after a Major Political Realignment, Turkey in Turmoil, Russia Under Putin, US Foreign Policy in a Changing World, International Immigration and Refugees and Worldwide Economic Disparities. Each group is limited to 16 participants to maximize opportunities for active participation.
Note: Class will not meet Nov 10.

Course Number: 19207
Cost: $70

9/8/14
$70
Globalization and Human Rights

We'll examine the relationship between globalization and human rights. Globalization can be described as the shrinking of the world through the global marketplace. Is it capitalism run amok or are economic interrelationships good for everyone's quality of life? Are multinational corporations destructive, or do they contribute to a country's economic well-being? Human trafficking is on the rise, climate change is increasingly responsible for loss of life, and yet, China and India have made remarkable strides in lifting their people out of poverty in the last fifty years. We will read Thomas Friedman's Lexus and the Olive Tree to get the conversation started, watch a few film clips, and hear from various thinkers on the pro's and con's of globalization.
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Course Number: 19214
Cost: $45

9/8/14
$45
The Queen Esther Obsession

Queen Esther, the biblical heroine, was the subject of intense interest among Christians and Jews during 15th-17th centuries. Especially in Italy, images of Esther appeared in artwork, church decorations, and marriage furniture while books and plays about the biblical heroine also proliferated. Through viewing historical materials and artwork (including paintings by Veronese, Turabouni and others), this illustrated presentation will describe the Esther Obsession and explain some of the reasons behind the intense interest.
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Course Number: 19147
Cost: $19

9/9/14
$19
A Pinch of this, a Dash of That: America's History through Cookbooks

Today, cookbooks are a top-selling genre in book sales, stimulating the taste buds of cooks and non-cooks alike. Historians find rich delights in the cookbooks of earlier generations of Americans as documents of social and cultural history. We'll examine cookbooks--from Amelia Simmons to Julia Child-to glimpse everyday events in American life and to learn about evolving tastes in food, differing concepts of nutrition and health, changes in the family, new roles for women, and much more as we sample tidbits from our nation's past. Cheryl J. Foote, Ph.D., has served as a consultant about kitchens and culinary practice for the Historic New England Foundation and is a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink.
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Course Number: 19424
Cost: $45

9/9/14
$45
Scotland  Bagpipes, Tartans, Picts and More

Land of the Scoti, Scotland is a mixture of Celts, Vikings and English. People in the Hebrides still speak a Celtic language. Clan names ending in son show Viking origin. And the Lowlands seem quite like England to the south. Why are the bagpipes played across the Highlands? How old are the clans with their tartans? When did Presbyterians, Freemasons and Catholics come? The Romans built Hadrian's Wall partly to keep the wild Scots out of civilized Britain. Before that, Neolithic people built magnificent stone monuments and the later Picts carved mythic animals. Plus scotch, wool, dogs, bards, and castles  Scotland is amazing!
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Course Number: 19907
Cost: $19

9/9/14
$19
The Search for the Historical Joe McCarthy

It has been sixty years since Senator Joe McCarthy was censured by the United States Senate. After sixty years, passions often subside, but this has not been the case for an individual who has had an era named after him. The class session will be devoted to seeking the truth about this controversial figure.
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Course Number: 19446
Cost: $19

9/10/14
$19
What Became of the Arab Spring?

The horrific images coming from the Syrian Civil War, the consolidation of the military regime in Egypt and chaos in Tunisia all seem to indicate that the democratic dreams of the Arab Spring of 2010-11 have come to naught. But is that necessarily so? The continued resilience of democracy advocates in the region may indicate that large scale political and cultural shifts simply don't follow a neat 24-hour news cycle. This combined with a more complete assessment of the American and French Revolutionary experiences indicate the democratic transformations require years, even decades to accomplish.
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Course Number: 19220
Cost: $19

9/11/14
$19
Romancing the Stone... The Castle of Downton Abbey

Are you in love with Downton Abbey? Explore the true story behind the series. Highclere Castle  site of the fictional Downton Abbey  is saved from ruin not by Lady Cora Crawley, but by Lady Almina, illegitimate daughter of wealthy industrialist Alfred Rothchild of the Rothchild banking family. The family home rescued by his wife's dowry, Lord Carnarvon becomes an amateur Egyptologist and financial partner of Howard Carter and witnesses the opening of King Tut's tomb. Enter the turn of the Century world of British nobility and their servants, explore Egyptian archaeology including King Tut's treasures and experience Highclere Castle as World War I changes everything upstairs and downstairs.
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Course Number: 19439
Cost: $35

9/16/14
$35
Origins of Modern Science  A History of Science from Copernicus to Newton

Only 500 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.
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Course Number: 19715
Cost: $19

9/16/14
$19
Latin America in World War II

Explore United States-Latin American relations during the World War II era with emphasis on political and economic issues. Highlighted in this discussion will be FDR's Good Neighbor Policy, and how it changed as a result of the threat of fascism. We'll discuss espionage and counterespionage and consider events during the war including the growth and development of the US Counterespionage effort, disinformation attempts, radio intercepts, and German and Japanese activities.
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Course Number: 19415
Cost: $25

9/17/14
$25
Zentangle 101

Come along and discover the creative art of drawing called Zentangle. This fascinating new art form is fun, relaxing, and increases your focus and awareness. The Zentangle method also enables you to access your inner guidance and enhances a sense of personal well-being. In this introductory class, you will experience the satisfaction of completing two of your own unique Zentangle tiles. You don't have to be artistic or able to draw a straight line. Note: $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor. Class limit: 10. Zentangle® is a registered trademark.
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Course Number: 19133
Cost: $30

9/18/14
$30
Hildegard of Bingen

Journey into the Little Renaissance to meet one of its most fascinating residents: Hidegard of Bingen, who distinguished herself as a remarkable woman at a time in history when women were generally considered unremarkable. Hildegard wrote theological and visionary works, wrote about natural history and documented the medicinal uses of plants, composed music and poetry which defied the conventions of her time, and founded a vibrant religious order. This class will examine her phenomenal life, and will also take an in-depth look at her music.
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Course Number: 19844
Cost: $25

9/18/14
$25
Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The Romanovs and Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great (17291796), was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from July 9, 1762 until her death at the age of sixty-seven. She was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'état and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. Her connection to the Romanov Dynasty will be explored and a short film will be shown that traces her history to the Romanov Dynasty and beyond. We will also discuss which DNA markers are most identified with the bloodline of the Romanov's.
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Course Number: 19478
Cost: $19

9/19/14
$19
World Museums: The Hermitage

Founded by the Russian empress Catherine the Great in 1764 as hermit's retreat, the Hermitage became one of the largest museums in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Dr. Oborotova will take you on the virtual tour of the Hermitage, talk about museum's history and show you some of its treasures  Leonardo's and da Vinci's Madonnas, Rembrandts' portraits and Impressionists' landscapes.
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Course Number: 19129
Cost: $19

9/23/14
$19
Knights Templar, Gothic Cathedrals and the Grail

Nine French knights encamped in Jerusalem in 1119 CE, on the site of the original Temple of Solomon; hence they were called Knights Templar. A more mysterious and secretive group would be hard to find in history. They seem to have discovered the sacred geometry and proportions of Solomon's temple, and took this arcane knowledge back to Europe. From 1134, eighty Gothic cathedrals were built in the next hundred years, starting at Chartres. Then Chrétien de Troyes produced the first Grail story in 1182, followed by Wolfram von Eschenbach with his Parzival. Come discover these amazing connections!
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Course Number: 19427
Cost: $19

9/23/14
$19
Muckraking Journalism

Whiter milk mixed with bleach; Greener peas canned with copper sulfate; patent medicines based on laudanum-laced alcohol; the sane committed with the insane; safety regulations non-existent; a triumvirate of big business, corrupt politicians and easily seduced government. Welcome to America of the early 1900's. Reform-minded journalists known as muckrakers raised public awareness. Equally reform-minded, Theodore Roosevelt supposedly slung his breakfast sausage out the White House window after reading of Chicago's meat packing conditions described in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Learn of Jacob Riis's photos of New York tenements, Ida Tarbell's exposure of Rockefeller and Standard Oil, Nellie Bly's expose on insanity drawn from her own voluntary commitment to an asylum along with Upton Sinclair's and others exposes which formed the popular support for Roosevelt's Progressive Movement and for effective reform in the early 20th century.
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Course Number: 19418
Cost: $19

9/25/14
$19
The Science of Light

Light is all around us, yet what we perceive is only a small part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Our color perception exists at the boundary between physics and biology. Come and explore the nature of light, reflection, refraction and color. Learn why truckers have signs that say if you cannot see my mirrors, I cannot see you. Find out why it is difficult to figure out if a child is colorblind, and why your printer ink comes in three colors. Explore other real life examples of our interaction with light with hands (and eyes) on demonstrations.
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Course Number: 19703
Cost: $19

9/27/14
$19
The Over-incarceration Crisis in the U.S.

Since the late 1970's the incarcerated population of the U.S. has more than quadrupled. The U.S. has about 6% of the world's population but has about 24% of the world's prison population. There are extraordinarily high rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos. Yet since the early 1990's crime rates have steadily gone down. For decades many states have had to trim their budgets for education in order to pay for ballooning prison costs. What are the costs, what are the causes and what can be done to resolve this situation?
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Course Number: 19223
Cost: $19

9/30/14
$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

9/30/14
$25
Crisis in the Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine is changing by the hour. What started as an internal crisis several months ago has transformed into an international crisis involving Russia, the European Union and the United States. Confused about Ukraine? You are not alone. Even people historically, culturally and professionally connected to the country have trouble getting a clear picture.
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Course Number: 19243
Cost: $19

10/2/14
$19
Ernest Hemingway's Nick Adams Stories

Before he ever wrote a novel, Hemingway wrote a series of connected stories about a protagonist who shares many characteristics of the author. This course will cover the life of Nick Adams, the Midwestern doctor's son who hunts and fishes, is seriously wounded in World War I, and eventually becomes a writer. The course will emphasize the fictional more than the autobiographical elements of the stories.
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Course Number: 19553
Cost: $45

10/2/14
$45
Celtic Women and the Law

A Scottish chieftain's wife said to the Roman empress Julia Augusta 2000 years ago about their morals: We fulfill the demands of nature in a much better way than do you Roman women, for we consort openly with the best men, whereas you let yourselves be debauched in secret by the vilest.Truly, Celtic women were free to choose or refuse a suitor. By law, they could own their own tribal land and herds for life. In contrast, Greek and Roman women of that time were chattel - being bought, sold, or killed like cattle by the men who controlled them. We'll see what the Brehon laws granted to Celtic women, centuries before the feminist movement granted the same rights to women of our time.
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Course Number: 19469
Cost: $19

10/3/14
$19
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction

What happened is not what matters; what matters is the larger sense the writer is able to make of what happened. ~Vivian Gornick. How do we arrive at the truth of our stories? For some, the path lies in writing memoir; for others, in writing fiction. Still others find themselves moving back and forth between the two. In this class, members will use fact, memory and imagination to transform life experiences into stories that are emotionally true, whether memoir or fiction. Weekly format provides writing prompts, supportive feedback and critique, as well as discussions of craft and the illusive boundary between fiction and memoir. Prerequisite: Writing Memoir (19589) or permission from the instructor.
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Course Number: 19556
Cost: $70

10/7/14
$70
The Australian Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is the oldest human wind instrument still played within the culture from which it came. We'll discuss the place of the didgeridoo and bimli (clap sticks) in Australian ritual, as well as several other aspects of Australian indigenous culture. Play the didgeridoo for meditation/relaxation, reduce snoring/sleep apnea, or to amaze and astound your friends! This beginning/intermediate class will guide you through all aspects of playing the didgeridoo from clarifying the drone to vocalizing, creating animal sounds, designing patterns, and tested, effective ways to achieve two quite different types of circular breathing. Practice didgeridoos are available or bring your own! Note: A $25 fee payable to the instructor covers a step-by-step manual plus Playing The Didgeridoo, a DVD by Charles Eaton - player, teacher, and maker of fine didgeridoos.
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Course Number: 19647
Cost: $45

10/7/14
$45
The Haunted Soul of Edgar Allen Poe: Tales of Mystery and Macabre

Edgar Allan Poe's detective and horror stories probe the haunting of doppelgangers, shadow selves, and mental demons. This course will explore three of Poe's classic short stories: The Purloined Letter, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Cask of Amontillado and a dozen or so of his poems. Through analysis and discussion, we will examine man's best and worst identities while exploring the universal mysteries. These include the predicament of being born to die, the wonderment and phantoms of not only Poe's but of humanity's haunted soul.
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Course Number: 19533
Cost: $45

10/8/14
$45
Hydraulic Fracturing of Natural Gas: Economic Boon or Threat to the Nation's Groundwater and Health?

The hydraulic fracturing of natural gas shale deposits since the 1990's have greatly increased the size of America's energy reserves and lowered the price of natural gas. At the same time many communities have complained of the degradation of their water and higher rate illness due to exposure to toxins. What is the state of the science and drilling regulations and what must state and national officials do to insure the health of the nation?
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Course Number: 19208
Cost: $19

10/9/14
$19
Writing Memoir

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

10/9/14
$70
Medieval Germany

When the Romans first came into contact with the Germans in the 1st century BC, they described the Germans as uncivilized barbarians who did not live in cities or even use coinage. Instead, the Germans were grouped into tribes, some small and some large, in which chieftains, priests, and warriors had political, spiritual, and military powers but otherwise were little distinguished from ordinary farmers and craftspeople. Once introduced to Roman culture, however, the Germanic tribes became far more hierarchical, embraced writing, and converted to Christianity. Furthermore, once the western half of the Roman Empire collapsed, Germanic tribes moved in to Rome's former provinces, including Italy, Spain, Gaul (France), and Britain, and established a handful of kingdoms that would eventually become western Europe as we know it today. In this class we will examine Germanic society in its pre-Roman period, the period of transformation in Germanic society that led to the creation of the early medieval Germanic kingdoms, and finally the creation of the Holy Roman Empire, an entity that would play a major role in the political and religious debates of the late medieval period and the Reformation era.
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Course Number: 19476
Cost: $45

10/10/14
$45
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

10/10/14
$19
Terrariums, Dish Gardens, and Indoor Container Gardens

Terrariums and Dish Gardens are back in vogue and really add to the home/business decor. Houseplants are great air purifiers and add beauty indoors. Come learn what plants are best for what situations within your home, as well as their care and cultivation. You will also learn how to design and grow your own terrariums and dish gardens. These can be very expensive to buy ready-made and do not always have the best plants suited for our southwestern homes. This class will culminate with designing a beautiful terrarium to give for the holidays, or keep for yourself. Note: A Materials Fee of $20 for plants, soil, and other ingredients is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class. The terrarium container will be supplied by the student, and its needs will be discussed at the second class.
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Course Number: 19940
Cost: $35

10/11/14
$35
The Korean Peninsula: A Look Backward and a Look Forward

For over one hundred years, the people of Korea have experienced many tragedies. The United States has had an involvement with Korea for over sixty-four years. The class will look at past events such as the Korean War and will look at what the people of Korea may be facing in the years ahead.
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Course Number: 19466
Cost: $19

10/14/14
$19
A World Made of Strings? String Theory for Non-Physicists

Are you curious about String Theory? Have you heard of it, but you don't know why it's important or what it sets out to do? Join us for a one-night discussion of String Theory, where it came from, where it's going, and what it could mean for our understanding of the universe. No previous physics knowledge is necessary!
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Course Number: 19724
Cost: $19

10/14/14
$19
The Art of Thoughtful Letter Writing

Would your friends rather receive your holiday form letter or a fruitcake? Of course they'd rather receive the fruitcake because it's not as dray as your letter. In two painless classes, you will be writing a Pullitzer-Prize winning letter that will have your friends asking you in February if they're still on your sacred holiday card list. We'll go beyond the seasonal letter and will include writing the difficult condolence letters, letters of encouragement and the forgotten Thank You note. The fine art of thoughtful letter writing crosses all generations, cultures and backgrounds and can never be replaced with texting or emails.
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Course Number: 19550
Cost: $25

10/16/14
$25
Joyful Journaling

Do you have a desire to keep a journal but feel guilty when you don't write? Do you only write about negative life experiences? What if you couldn't wait to open your journal to create and write about your life? In this class we will explore ways to help you develop a journaling practice that fosters creativity and self-nourishment. You will learn some journaling techniques, ideas for creative journal entry topics, and ways to keep yourself inspired and coming back to the page because you want to, not because it's an obligation. Classes will be used for writing and embellishing your journals and also discussion of journaling practices. Note: Materials Fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.
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Course Number: 19591
Cost: $45

10/16/14
$45
Impressionism

Discuss the nature and history of art, then review the social and artistic conventions in place before Impressionism, sampling the Romantic and Realist movements. Study the revolutionary works of Manet before exploring the principles of Impressionism with an in-depth look at Monet. Enjoy the works of other Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, focusing on Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne. We will also cover their lives (sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic) and motivations. The knowledge and perspectives gained from the course will enhance students' future experiences of all art styles and movements.
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Course Number: 19120
Cost: $60

10/17/14
$60
The DNA of Christopher Columbus

The exact ethnic or national origin of Christopher Columbus has been a source of controversy since the 19th century. It is generally agreed upon by many historians that Columbus' family was from Genoa, Italy. ángel de Cervantes will show a documentary on his life and theories on his possible origins. He will also have a discussion on his DNA markers and what they prove. The results may surprise you and may change the family history of Columbus.
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Course Number: 19480
Cost: $19

10/17/14
$19
E-Publishing: The Wave of the Future

Do you have a story to share or are you looking for a wider audience for your traditional print book? 12% of American adults own an e-reader. E-books require little expense to produce and distribute and smartphones and personal tablet computers have offered alternatives to the traditional print-book publishing paradigm. Explore the ins-and-outs of E-book publishing and create a final product for distribution to the E-book universe. Sarah Baker is the author of 21 novels and e-books.
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Course Number: 19504
Cost: $45

10/18/14
$45
Ikebana: A Twist to your Flower Arrangement in Everyday Life

Different from Western flower arrangement technique, Ikebana (Japanese-style flower arrangement) offers some interesting tips to make your arrangements look unique. This course will focus on the application of easy Ikebana technique. The first class will be consisted of one-hour lecture and a quick hands-on workshop to make an arrangement from one kind of floral material. The second class will be another hands-on workshop to consider the balance / harmony of the environment, the container and the floral materials. At the beginning of the workshops, I will spend 5-10 minutes to provide the instructions of the arrangements. Note: Materials Fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.
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Course Number: 19928
Cost: $25

10/18/14
$25
Contemporary Short Stories

The Best American Short Stories of 2013 (Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the source book for this seminar-like class in the contemporary short story. Participants will read and comment on the shift from one incident, one narrator, one point of view to short story techniques that reflect the global reach of information exchange. The class is designed for those who love to read good writing, as well as for those who practice writing fiction. The instructor will lecture and will facilitate participant discussions. The text is available in bookstores and online, used for under $10. Reading selections will be emailed to participants before the first week of class.
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Course Number: 19537
Cost: $45

10/20/14
$45
The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

For more than 60 years, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has fascinated the public, while the scrolls themselves have continued to be the subject of endless debate and speculation. Discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, the texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are of great religious and historical significance. They include some of the only known surviving copies of Biblical documents made before 100 B.C.E. and preserve evidence of late Second Temple Judaism. This class will present an introduction to the history of the scrolls, an overview of their content, and will examine their significance in the fields of Biblical Archaeology and Biblical Scholarship. Videos and handouts will help to amplify our study of one of Judaisms most fascinating treasures.
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Course Number: 19831
Cost: $19

10/20/14
$19
The Unforgettable Teddy Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt has been called a conservative reformer and a radical progressive. He has an honored spot on Mount Rushmore; however, one critic labeled him a racist, imperialist, power-hungry megalomaniac. Admired and criticized by the left and the right, the class will examine the presidency of a most fascinating individual.
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Course Number: 19474
Cost: $19

10/21/14
$19
Scandinavian Crime Wave: Mysteries in a Cold Climate

After reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and all of Henning Mankell, 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 crime fiction of Scandinavian countries? Do mystery writers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland share geographical themes and are national differences evident in their crime stories? How influential are the long shadow of WWII and the collapse of the Soviet Union in Scandinavian crime writing? We will explore the top crime writers from the five Scandinavian countries with emphasis on types of characters, plots, and uses of national culture and history. Participants will receive detailed reading lists for all five countries as well as an introduction to online sites devoted to Scandinavian mysteries.
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Course Number: 19524
Cost: $35

10/21/14
$35
Contemporary Poetry

Join other lovers of poetry for a class devoted to The Best American Poetry of 2013 (Scribner). The class is designed for participants who write poetry and for those who enjoy reading it. The instructor will lecture, opening access to poems that make no sense and will also facilitate discussion of selections from the pages of premier poetry periodicals. The text is available in bookstores and online, used for under $10. Reading selections will be emailed to participants before the first week of class.
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Course Number: 19539
Cost: $45

10/21/14
$45
Theory and Practice of Modern Money

In 1971, the United States, and effectively the world, abandoned gold-backed currency in favor of fiat currency. At the time, few people recognized the implications of that change, and in fact the monetary system appeared to carry on much as before. Most people today, including many commentators, most politicians, and even a few economists, still do not understand how the new currency model has expanded economic policy options. This class will cover the functional operations of modern currency in the United States, how it differs from a gold standard regime, and examine some consequences for economic policy. Students will acquire a useful tool for distinguishing legitimate economic arguments from ignorant or self-serving ones, as many policy choices are cast in monetary terms. The class will also serve as a foundation for further inquiry into macroeconomics and economic policy.
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Course Number: 19253
Cost: $19

10/22/14
$19
Buddhism

Buddhism appeals to many Westerners because it is nonjudgmental, requires no faith, and teaches ways to reduce suffering. It encourages personal responsibility, mindfulness, and compassion for ourselves and others. In this class we'll discuss the life and times of the prince who became the Buddha, his search for enlightenment, his teachings, the historical development of Buddhism, plus current branches and their practices. We'll also discuss the work of some present-day teachers including the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and prominent American authors. We'll have slide shows, videos, and readings, as well as discussions. This class assumes no prior knowledge, but also goes into reasonable depth to interest those with some previous experience.
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Course Number: 19813
Cost: $45

10/22/14
$45
Writing Memoir

What memories do you carry with you, moments that make your life your own? Memoir invites us to unpack those moments and render them into story. This ongoing class is designed for members who want guidance, inspiration and writing exercises to launch or continue their memoir writing. Weekly format provides writing prompts, discussions of craft, supportive feedback and critique. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
Note: Class will not meet Nov 27.

Course Number: 19589
Cost: $70

10/23/14
$70
Buddy Holly and The Day the Music Died

Music critic Bruce Eder once wrote that Buddy Holly was the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll. Less than two years after the hit That'll Be the Day was released, his tragic death in a plane crash cut short his success as a rock and roll pioneer. Immortalized in the song American Pie, Holly's remarkable innovations would inspire generations of musicians to come.
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Course Number: 19627
Cost: $19

10/23/14
$19
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.
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Course Number: 19633
Cost: $19

10/23/14
$19
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
Reading for Writers

When writers read, they look beneath the text to what was not said. They examine choices the writer made, the problems solved and not solved. Readers who write increase their appreciation of the text; they read with greater interest, understanding and enjoyment. In this class, members will read and analyze literature from a writers point of view and will experiment with writing exercises to solidify learning and enhance creative expression. We will explore a variety of genres, including fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. For writers, aspiring writers and other curious souls. NOTE: THIS IS A RECURRING CLASS; A NEW SET OF READINGS WILL BE STUDIED EACH SEMESTER.
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Course Number: 19594
Cost: $70

10/28/14
$70
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
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
Chronicling Change and Conflict in the French Revolution

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
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 Britains 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
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 Malers 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
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
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, Kings 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
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
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
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 4.54 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 worlds first geologic map by observing the regular sequence of fossil organisms over the entire planet. We will also examine some of the great controversies in the Earth Sciences, such as catastrophism and uniformitarianism; the Ice Ages; mass extinctions, such as that of the dinosaurs; the discovery of time; and other fascinating subjects.
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Course Number: 19727
Cost: $35

11/5/14
$35
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
Take a Second Look at Art

Using the four disciplines of the art world; artist, historian, critic and aesthetician, find the meaning of any 2D and 3D art forms you might encounter. Knowledge of historic time periods is helpful but not essential to gain an appreciation of art from times past and present or from cultures near and far. Engage in lively discussions to develop the vocabulary and references to see creative works in a new way. This course might not change your personal preferences about art but will give you deeper insight and pleasure through the wonderful world of art.
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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 and all of Henning Mankell, 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 crime fiction of Scandinavian countries? Do mystery writers from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland share geographical themes and are national differences evident in their crime stories? How influential are the long shadow of WWII and the collapse of the Soviet Union in Scandinavian crime writing? We will explore the top crime writers from the five Scandinavian countries with emphasis on types of characters, plots, and uses of national culture and history. Participants will receive detailed reading lists for all five countries as well as an introduction to online 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 youre 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

Theodore Roosevelt has been called a conservative reformer and a radical progressive. He has an honored spot on Mount Rushmore; however, one critic labeled him a racist, imperialist, power-hungry megalomaniac. Admired and criticized by the left and the right, the class will 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 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.

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