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UNM Institute Celebrates $1M Endowment

"A University of New Mexico institute on Wednesday celebrated a gift of $1 million, the second million-dollar endowment in eight years from a San Francisco-based foundation, for continuing educational programs for people over 50..."

By Mike Bush / ABQ Journal Staff Writer

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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.

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Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Continuing Education allows adults 50 and over to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community. The emphasis of the university-level, day-time, evening and week-end courses is on building an accessible and affordable experience of the best of the University's learning environment. There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all — it's your love of learning that counts. Your Membership year is January - December 2015.

 

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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

Osher Lifelong Learning Classes: Adults 50+

Class NameStart DateCost
Kiss… and Make-up

Birds have feathers, animals have fur, reptiles have scales and humans have a "canvas" which begs to be painted. And paint we do – using everything from minerals to beeswax, roses, insects and even lethal poisons. Some adornments are temporary while others go more than skin deep, but all are used to indicate status, wealth, tribal connections and sexual preferences. Six thousand years ago, pig fat was the medium of choice. Today, the glycerin in your lipstick is still pig fat colored with crushed beetles. The only difference is the designer label. Join us as we gild the human lily from ancient to modern society.
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Course Number: 19426
Cost: $20

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

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

7/6/15
$20
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction

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

Course Number: 19556
Cost: $70

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

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

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

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

7/8/15
$20
Writing Memoir

We all have special times in our life that deserve to be captured. Your trip around the world or that nightmarish camping trip in the Rockies – such memorable experiences can make for a wonderful, poignant memoir that will be treasured by friends and family, as well as yourself. During each weekly class, we'll work together to find just the right story to tell. We'll discuss how to develop and flesh out your memoir. Through discussion and supportive feedback and critique you will develop the skills you need to write your story. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
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Course Number: 19589
Cost: $70

7/9/15
$70
Joyful Journaling

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

7/9/15
$45
Introduction to Acting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/14/15
$35
Brighten Your Mental Well-Being

The key to improving our information retention, wholly developing our inner talents and using our brain capacity fully, is movement. And movement, in this case, goes far beyond physical exertion to engagement and experience. We will explore easy-to-follow activities, preceded by group or personal goals to then celebrate each and every achievement on this path toward a brighter brain. Join us on this amazing journey of group and self-discovery. 'Boost your talents, enhance your memory!'
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Course Number: 19859
Cost: $60

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

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

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

Do you have a story to share or are you looking for a wider audience for your traditional print book? 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

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

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

7/16/15
$20
Fun with Crystals

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

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

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

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

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

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

The course will summarize the "water budget" of inflows, outflows, and ground-water storage for New Mexico and the water budget for the Middle Rio Grande valley, past, present, and predicted. We'll look at water rights in various areas of New Mexico and changes over the past 25 years. The prospects for future water supply in north-central New Mexico, including projects to import water from the Pecos and San Augustin basins, "deep aquifer" wells, desalination, and transfers from agriculture will be covered.
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Course Number: 19704
Cost: $45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/27/15
$20
Contemporary Short Stories

The Best American Short Stories of 2014 (Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is the source book for this seminar-like class in the contemporary short story. Participants will read and comment on the shift from "one incident, one narrator, one point of view" to short story techniques that reflect the global reach of information exchange. The class is designed for those who love to read good writing, as well as for those who practice writing fiction. The instructor will lecture and will facilitate participant discussions. Note: The text is available in bookstores and online, used for under $10. Reading selections will be emailed to participants before the first week of class.
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Course Number: 19537
Cost: $45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

8/4/15
$95
Who was the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius?

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East; Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon in 164. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars, with the threat of the Germanic tribes beginning to represent a troubling reality for the Empire. Marcus Aurelius' Stoic tome Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his legacy in Roman history.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19446
Cost: $20

8/5/15
$20
Yoga For Folks Over Fifty

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

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

8/6/15
$95
Poetry in Motion

Have fun responding to prompts by your instructor as well as free-flow writing. You jot down whatever occurs to you on the given subject in the flow of your consciousness across the page without initially judging or editing. This becomes the scaffolding of a poem. You then revise or re-see this material, paying close attention to your sensory awareness. What you hear, taste, touch, smell, see and feel in relation to your writing is valuable, fresh and original and makes for an interesting poem. Sharing your new-born poem and supportive feedback is encouraged.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19595
Cost: $49

8/6/15
$49
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19813
Cost: $45

8/7/15
$45
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19133
Cost: $29

8/10/15
$29
Maxims and Epigrams

"I can resist everything except temptation," Oscar Wilde tells us. None of us can resist the elegant contradictions of a good epigram, so in this course we will investigate what -- and how -- maxims and epigrams illumine our own lives. Beginning with the Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), and proceeding through Oscar Wilde and Friedrich Nietzsche in the 19th century, the epigram flourished as moral commentary on human ways, as well as ironic human commentary on concepts of morality and behavior. We will read exemplary works of those authors; students will be encouraged to bring their own favorite epigrams for explanation and discussion.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19560
Cost: $49

8/10/15
$49
"Gone With The Wind" and Antebellum Mythology

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

Course Number: 19521
Cost: $20

8/11/15
$20
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19731
Cost: $20

8/19/15
$20
Writing Your Spiritual Path

The greatest challenge for us as seniors is to discover who we are at this stage in our lives. In that knowledge lies the ultimate meaning for us. The great mystery of the cosmos lies not only among the stars, but within each individual’s psyche. At some level we know that this knowledge cannot be provided by some guru or some institution, but must be discovered within. At birth each of us was dealt a handful of cards; how we played these cards leading to the present was a kind of miracle. Although we might share beliefs and common experiences with individuals or groups, each of our spiritual journeys has been wonderfully unique and inspiring. Each stage of our journey can be identified and explored through writing. Writing provides a unique process of discovery. As we make peace with the past, we learn how to release the past so as to immerse ourselves in the rainbow of possibilities in the present moment. I will provide stimulating weekly writing assignments, which should help the class discover and explore personal histories. These writings will provide the basis for class discussions, which will reveal how we connect with ourselves, each other and the world we live in.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19809
Cost: $59

8/19/15
$59
The United States and Iran: A History of Confrontation

The United States overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mosaddegh in 1953 the relationship between the U.S. and Iran has been fraught with suspicion of each others motives. Iran is an adversary to the US on nearly every major arena in the Middle East: Israel, Iran's nuclear program, the role of Islam and religion in modern society, Iran regional influence including support for the Assad government in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and HAMAS in Palestine. Yet there has been tacit cooperation in combating al Qaida in Afghanistan and ISIS in Iraq. This complex relationship will be explored.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19210
Cost: $20

8/20/15
$20
From Playscript to Opening Night

A playscript is a story in ink on paper. Moving that story to the bright lights of opening night can involve dozens of people – amateurs and professionals in many disciplines with many skills, committing hundreds of hours to a project under the guidance of a "producer" and/or "director" . . . often the same person... It's an emotional collaboration whose uncertain outcome can be a roaring success or an embarrassment. Richard Peck will share his theater experiences and take us backstage, behind the scenes at the birth of a play.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19694
Cost: $20

8/21/15
$20
Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson: Competing Visions of America's Future

Many Americans today complain about the divisiveness of American politics. However, deep divisions were there at the beginning of the Republic. In the 1790s, as political divisiveness increased, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton had clashing visions of what America should be. We will examine those visions and how those perspectives still affect the debates Americans have today.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19417
Cost: $20

8/26/15
$20
The Brief Life and Enduring Legacy of Tutankhamun "King Tut"

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

Course Number: 19498
Cost: $20

8/26/15
$20
Fighting Crime Through Science: DNA use in Law Enforcement

It's hard to believe that DNA evidence has come so far so fast. The techniques that make it possible to identify a suspect using his or her unique genetic blueprint have only been around since 1985. Since then, DNA evidence has played a bigger and bigger role in our criminal justice system. It has been used to prove that suspects were involved in crimes and to free people who were wrongly convicted, becoming integral to many high profile criminal and civil cases. The instructor directs New Mexico's DNA database and will explain how DNA evidence works, the limitations and the latest advances in DNA evidence.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19722
Cost: $20

8/26/15
$20
Behind the Scenes at the Theatre - Sex With Strangers

Who are we? Can we be trusted? Sex With Strangers is a telling look at the effect the internet has had on our understanding of reality, identity and privacy. Things that were previously told to one or two people now reach thousands. It is also a story of ambition and what we will do to be famous in a world where fame is more important than anything else. Discuss the ins and outs of this new play with director Leslee Richards, see the play, then return to discuss what you saw. Note: Discounted tickets to the production will be offered to students at $19 each.
Note: Performance August 29.

Course Number: 19602
Cost: $20

8/27/15
$20
The Legacy of Western Imperialism

George Orwell said: "Those who control the past control the future. Those who control the present control the past." Heated arguments still continue about the role of the Western powers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some believe that this period should be remembered as a shameful period. Others believe that it should be remembered as a time when Western expansion proved to be a blessing to the whole world. What is the truth?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19418
Cost: $20

8/28/15
$20
Anthropological Genetic History: The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families, Part I

The Visigoths were one of two main branches of the Goths, an East Germanic tribe, the Ostrogoths being the other. The Visigoths first emerge as a distinct people in the Balkans during the fourth century. A Visigothic army under Alaric I moved into Italy and famously sacked Rome in 410. Eventually the Visigoths were settled in southern Gaul as foederati of the Romans, but soon fell out with their hosts and established their own kingdom with its capital at Toulouse. They extended their authority into Hispania, displacing the Vandals and Alans. Their rule in Gaul was cut short in 507. Thereafter the only territory north of the Pyrenees the Visigoths held was Septimania. Their kingdom was limited to Hispania, which came under the control of their small governing elite, at the expense of the Byzantine province of Spania and the Suebic Kingdom of Galicia. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Visigoths will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19982
Cost: $20

8/28/15
$20
Toleration

Western Civilization is over 1,000 years old. It was not until the late 18th century that one begins to see the idea of toleration appearing. What does it mean to be tolerant? Is the historical definition of toleration under attack today as some claim? Is intolerance on the rise in Europe and the United States?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19211
Cost: $20

8/31/15
$20
Savvy Social Security for Boomers

Social Security planning is complex. This course will teach you how Social Security works so you can avoid costly mistakes and maximize your family's benefit. This significant asset offers you: a lifetime annuity, cost-of-living adjustments and right of survivorship. We'll explore answers to the following questions: Will social security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security benefits? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on? Social Security is too important for guesswork. Treat this resource as a significant asset and maximize it to the greatest extent possible. The application of knowledge is power!
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19371
Cost: $20

9/1/15
$20
Abraham Lincoln - From Rube to American Icon

American children are taught that anyone can become president including those born in a log cabin, but the truth is that most presidents come from money and privilege. Abraham Lincoln had neither. From a hard scrabble family with little formal education and fewer social mannerisms, he was a backwoods lawyer and politician in the fledgling Republican Party. He was not his party's favored choice for president in the 1860 convention, and during his presidency, he was considered incompetent by both Southerners and Northerners. Members of his own cabinet denigrated his decisions, and after his death, these same cabinet members sullied his reputation while laying claim to his achievements. Yet, today – on the 150th anniversary of his assassination – he is revered as one of the most farsighted and influential of American presidents. Because of his determination and strength, the United States remained a unified nation – a factor that would influence all future world events including WWI and WWII. Examine the life of Lincoln which was an impossible story. And our story is impossible without him.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19420
Cost: $25

9/1/15
$25
The Short Fiction of William Faulkner

This course will read and discuss four of Faulkner's great short works: "The Bear," "A Rose for Emily," "That Evening Sun," and "Barn Burning." Faulkner's stature as one of the greatest American authors should be confirmed through each and every dark twist and turn of these unforgettable Southern Gothic stories.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19502
Cost: $49

9/1/15
$49
We'll Go Out Walkin', After Midnight, with Patsy Cline

The skyrocketing career of country artist Patsy Cline (1932-63) was cut tragically short when she was only 30 years old. Long considered to be one of the most influential female vocalists of the 20th century, Cline almost single-handedly opened the door for women artists in the male-dominated field of country and western music. Her unique voice - a rich, bold contralto - has guaranteed her a place in the top tier of posthumous record sales. Naturally, this presentation will be accompanied by recordings, both rare and popular.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19642
Cost: $20

9/2/15
$20
Amsterdam

Amsterdam came into existence on a spit of land lying in the water off the coast of Holland between 980 and 1260. On the fringe of Christendom from the very beginning, Amsterdam was created by people who did not want to suffer the control of the feudal and episcopal authorities. The city bargained with nearby forces that claimed authority and advanced the idea that they would pay only those taxes to which they had consented. The Bishopric of Utrecht established by Wilfrid in 695 was the closest episcopal center, and the Count of Holland claimed the nearest dry land. Amsterdam bargained with each and established the conditions of its independence, following the Italian model of compromise among all forces. The citizens swore oaths to resist feudal lords who regarded Amsterdam as the creation of conjurations and conspiracies because they collectively undertook all the functions of feudalism. Amsterdam thus grew as the negation of the idea of political order. These lectures will follow the history of the city from that beginning until the end of the eighteenth century and will track the choices that made Amsterdam a leading cultural and economic center after it assumed leadership of the Dutch Republic in the sixteenth century.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19405
Cost: $49

9/3/15
$49
Meteorological Mysteries

Did you ever wonder why rainbows occur or why halos appear with some clouds and not others? Are you interested in learning more about how clouds form and why some clouds produce rain… or hail... or snow and others don't? During this short course, we will examine these subjects, and many more, in the field of physical meteorology. The list of interesting weather phenomena is long indeed and we will cover as many of them as we can during the time available for this course. Have any pet weather wonders you'd like to learn more about? Bring them to the class and we'll try to fit them in. Did you ever wonder why the sky is blue?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19777
Cost: $49

9/3/15
$49
A Palestinian Perspective on the Future of Israel, Zionism and the Possibility for Peace

In Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East (2014), author, Rashid Khalidi raises serious, but obvious questions: How could the United State be Israel's strongest supporter and, at the same time, an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians? How has the United States' unflinching support of Israel serve to undermine the two state solution which has been the stated goal of American policy?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19251
Cost: $20

9/4/15
$20
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

Ooooo-WHEEE-ooooo . . . You've heard this instrument in songs by the Beach Boys, over the credits of Gothic soap operas, and in the soundtracks of famous science fiction films of the 1950s – you just didn't know what it was. This two-part class will explore the sights and sounds of this remarkable electronic instrument, as well as the amazing story of inventor Leon Theremin, who astounded America with his invention until his mysterious kidnapping by the KGB in the 1930s. The class will conclude with a screening of the 85 minute award-winning 1993 documentary Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey, followed by conversation and comments about the film.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19647
Cost: $25

9/4/15
$25
Anthropological Genetic History: The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families, Part II

The Visigoths were one of two main branches of the Goths, an East Germanic tribe, the Ostrogoths being the other. A Visigothic army under Alaric I moved into Italy and famously sacked Rome in 410. Eventually the Visigoths were settled in southern Gaul as foederati of the Romans, but soon fell out with their hosts and established their own kingdom with its capital at Toulouse. They extended their authority into Hispania, displacing the Vandals and Alans. Their rule in Gaul was cut short in 507. Thereafter the only territory north of the Pyrenees the Visigoths held was Septimania. Their kingdom was limited to Hispania, which came under the control of their small governing elite, at the expense of the Byzantine province of Spania and the Suebic Kingdom of Galicia. Part II is a continuation of the Visigoth story from the perspective of the Visigoths themselves. We continue the connection between New Mexican families and the Visigoths. Another film will be shown that will trace the Visigoth history and its migration to the Iberian Peninsula.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19983
Cost: $20

9/4/15
$20
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction

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

Course Number: 19556
Cost: $70

9/8/15
$70
Benefits and Challenges of a Whole Food Plant-Based Approach to Eating

This course will be based on and will present peer reviewed, published, data regarding a whole food plant based approach to eating. There is much controversy in the field of food, and we don’t plan on dealing with conflict regarding food, but facts. There will be the presentation of information based on solid research as well as recommendations for participants to do their own research online to obtain information of interest to them. We will begin the class with a questionnaire to determine what participants’ interests are in the topic, their health concerns/conditions, and their sources of information regarding food. Participants will be shown a documentary, Forks Over Knives, and there will be dialogue regarding the film. Based on the interests of participants the course will be tailored so that their interests will be addressed. The challenges inherent in changing lifelong patterns of eating will be approached psychologically, and these challenges are many. Information regarding foods that are healthy and their preparation will be given. This course is intended for individuals seeking to improve their own personal health
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19888
Cost: $69

9/8/15
$69
Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714 A.D.

Between the long-lasting popularity of the works of Shakespeare to the more recent popularity of T.V. and film dramas about the Tudor and Stuart monarchs of England, the Tudor-Stuart period in English history is one of the most well-known eras in English history. Beginning with the accession of Henry VII, the first Tudor king, in 1485 and ending with the death of Anne, the last Stuart queen, in 1714, this roughly 230-year period in English history includes a number of notable and even infamous events, such as the English Reformation, the attack of the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, and the unification of England and Scotland. It was also during this period that England started down the path that would lead to the British Empire, which would encompass lands as far flung as the Americas, Australia, India, China, Africa, and the Middle East. With the creation of the British Empire, English/British culture began to spread out to all these regions of the world, to the ultimate effect that a majority of the modern world still views the English language as a common tongue. We'll focus on the political history of this period as well as the social and cultural aspects of that history, with a particular emphasis on how these important events (and more!) shaped England, the British Empire, and the world.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19495
Cost: $49

9/9/15
$49
Geology of Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains

The basin and Range Province extends as a south to north corridor throughout central New Mexico. This corridor is a faulted landscape of uplifted mountains between down-dropped valleys and of north-south trending volcanoes. This geography is the result of the Rio Grande rift being pulled apart Some blocks of rock like the Sandia Mountains have moved up relative to other blocks that have moved down, with a total displacement of more than 20,000 feet. Where the land is being pulled apart it also cracks so that magma ascends up the cracks to form volcanoes. The Albuquerque volcanoes and the Jemez Mountains are examples of volcanic activity along the Rio Grande rift zone. Explore the distinctive geology of Central New Mexico and learn what makes Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains so unique.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19768
Cost: $39

9/9/15
$39
Geology of the National Parks

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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19786
Cost: $69

9/9/15
$69
Introduction to Acting

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

Course Number: 19601
Cost: $59

9/10/15
$59
A Brief History of Western Fashion in a Few Iconic Garments

Fashion is much more than frocks, frivolity and "floo." It has always played a key role in defining social status, power, gender roles and their changes. Fashion has been significant from the late 15th century in expanding global trade and stimulated the industrial revolution in Britain with technical innovations in textile manufacturing. It has been a driving force in the creation of guilds, unions, labor laws and industrial protection regulations. Since the 1990s, the corporatization of old couture houses, fashion has become a hot job market for business majors and tech experts, making actual designers highly paid, but easily replaceable cogs in a massively profitable and constantly expanding industry. We'll explore these themes using a few key garments. Perhaps you'll begin to think about clothes and fashion in a new light. A bibliography of books available in our local library will be included for those who want to explore further.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19490
Cost: $25

9/11/15
$25
Anthropological Genetic History: The Franks Connection to New Mexican Families (Haplogroup I)

The Franks or Frankish people (Latin: Franci or gens Francorum) were an Eastern Germanic tribal confederation first attested in the 3rd century as living north and east of the Lower Rhine River. Under the Merovingian dynasty, they founded one of the Germanic monarchies which replaced the Western Roman Empire from the 5th century. The Frankish state consolidated its hold over large parts of Western Europe by the end of the eighth century, developing into the Carolingian Empire and its successor states. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Franks will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19984
Cost: $20

9/11/15
$20
Storytelling: Animal Tales and the Lessons They Teach Us

The program will include discussion and understanding of animal tales as they relate to various cultures, the importance of animal tales and their purpose, sharing Cherokee heritage, and listening to storytelling with various animal characters. Susi Wolf, a master storyteller, has used oral traditional as a form of education, entertainment and a healing tool for over 20 years. This program offers the opportunity to hear her tell animal stories and see how easily they relate to human conditions. In addition, Ms. Wolf has a strong wildlife background and brings animal display items (hides, skulls, etc.) to share and to teach animal education. This is a rare opportunity for attendees to examine these bio-facts up close.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19936
Cost: $20

9/12/15
$20
The History of Art

The history of art is a multidisciplinary science, seeking an objective examination of art throughout time and across cultures, observing the distinctive and influential characteristics of art and their relationship to humankind. The study of the history of art was initially developed in the Renaissance, with a limited focus on western civilization. As time has passed, this once narrow scope has broadened to encompass the larger visual language of humans and our collective global history. Discuss and explore the history and journey of art and visual language from the use of tools to why certain colors inspire great emotion in the beholder and the impact of the Cave of Forgotten Dreams, site of the oldest cave paintings yet discovered.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19113
Cost: $59

9/14/15
$59
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: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19207
Cost: $70

9/14/15
$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: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19207
Cost: $70

9/14/15
$70
Dr. Seuss: The Early Years

Long before there was a Cat in the Hat, Theodor Seuss Geisel was a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper, PM. During that time, he drew over 400 editorial cartoons reflecting the issues of the day. Relive the conflicts of these turbulent times as reflected in the political wit and humor of Dr. Seuss' cartoons.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19481
Cost: $25

9/14/15
$25
From Papyrus to Flashdrives: Revolutions in Publishing

For centuries the means and methods of publishing seemed static. Technology rarely impacted story-telling. But the last three or four generations have turned the publishing industry - and readers' expectations - upside down. Books we buy today reach us through routes our grandparents might consider witchcraft. And more amazing changes lie ahead.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19596
Cost: $20

9/15/15
$20
Flourishing in These Challenging Times

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

Course Number: 19869
Cost: $39

9/15/15
$39
Living with Hearing Loss

Becoming an informed consumer of hearing aids isn’t easy. Hearing loss affects nearly 50 million Americans but those who suffer often feel like they are alone. What should you know before you spend a lot of money on hearing aids? Take the mystery out of hearing loss and learn about hearing aids and technology. We will cover hearing loss basics, technology solutions from the simple to the sophisticated, digital hearing aids, assistive listening devices and where to find captioned movies, plus what to expect from hearing health care providers and your legal rights. The instructor has a passion for training and helping those new to hearing loss.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19870
Cost: $39

9/16/15
$39
New Mexico Jewish Pioneers

During the latter half of the 19th century, German-Jewish pioneers immigrated to New Mexico where they found economic opportunity and freedom they sought. As they adapted to their new land, they contributed to the culture, civic, political, business and religious communities of their adopted home. In addition to building homes and businesses in major cities, they lived and worked and raised families in small towns throughout the state. Many maintained their Jewish identity despite isolation.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19961
Cost: $20

9/16/15
$20
Fred Harvey, Erna Fergusson, and New Mexican Tourism

Before dining cars existed on trains, meals were a quick, less-than-savory grab during a train's water stop. Fred Harvey would change railway dining when he created the first American restaurant chain in conjunction with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Ironically, this railroad bypassed Santa Fe in favor of Albuquerque where Erna Fergusson ran Koshare Tours for "turistas" introducing them to native cultures. In a symbiotic relationship, Harvey purchased the touring company and kept Fergusson to direct the Indian Tour Service. Together they would build tourism in New Mexico. Join us to learn why "Erna Fergusson" is more than a name on an Albuquerque library and why the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe never traversed New Mexico's capital.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19960
Cost: $20

9/18/15
$20
Live in Greatness – Let Go of Limiting Beliefs in Health, Wealth and Relationship

Discover how our limiting beliefs affect our health, wealth and relationship. Develop greater awareness of how our beliefs affect our biology and become more cognizant of how our perceptions affect and create the reality we live in. Learn about the language of the body and understand the correlation between emotions and their effects on our physiology. By changing our limiting beliefs, we change our perceptions of ourselves, which will enable us to embody our Infinite selves, gaining access to infinite possibilities in creating the reality we dream of. This is an experiential seminar where each participant will learn ways to identity their limiting beliefs and how these beliefs are affecting and influencing these important areas of their lives: health, wealth and relationship. This seminar will consist of group participation, group discussion and open sharing.
Note:

Course Number: 19893
Cost: $25

9/19/15
$25
Crop Circles – Enigmas of Energy

Starting 30 years ago, strange and beautiful formations appeared in English fields. These Crop Circles were cut into grains in layers – the top layer went clockwise, the layer beneath counter-clockwise, and the bottom layer again clockwise. The early designs were simple circles connected by a straight line. Later patterns were exquisitely complex geometric compositions. Cameras and wristwatches ceased to function in these places. Scientists tried massive ways to catch who or what was creating these images. Dr. Sutton walked many crop circles in the 1990s, participated in two international conferences, met the scientists, and will share her opinions regarding these enigmas.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19201
Cost: $20

9/23/15
$20
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers

A health care crisis is looming in this country and it's essential for baby boomers to understand what they need to do to financially prepare. This educational workshop will cover how Medicare enrollment periods work and how to avoid late-enrollment penalties; how much you can expect to pay in healthcare costs after going onto Medicare, how Medicare works with private insurance, why most people pay too much for private insurance and how you can avoid excess costs. Additionally, we'll discuss why you must plan for higher healthcare costs in retirement, including the possibility of needing long term care.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19372
Cost: $20

9/24/15
$20
Zentangle 201 - The Next Step

For those who have taken Zentangle 101, this is the next step. In the first hour we will increase our repertoire of tangles and practice drawing strings. In the second hour each person will complete a project and receive the pattern to continue the process at home. Material fee $3, payable to instructor. Class limit: 10. Zentangle is a registered trademark.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19135
Cost: $29

9/25/15
$29
The Victorian Cult of Death

Compared with today, our forebears of the Victorian era could be accused of having a morbid obsession with death and dying, dubbed a cult of death. Contemporary literature romanticized in particular, an early lingering death that allowed the sufferer the time needed for spiritual readiness for the next life. Victorian society dictated strict rules for the observance of rituals related to death and dying exacerbated by the death of the Prince Consort Albert and Queen Victoria’s entry into deep mourning. Across the pond, another widow was grieving the loss of two of her children and a husband, the 16th president of the United States. As Mary Todd Lincoln and Queen Victoria mourned, Americans and British subjects alike followed their lead and death practices became far more elaborate. Explore the culture and origins of Victorian death practices and how they persevere in society today.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19460
Cost: $20

9/25/15
$20
Finding Love After Fifty

After fifty is the best time to find someone perfect for you. After all, you're older and wiser. But it can be daunting being in the dating game when you're in your fifties or beyond. If you're hesitant about dating again, this class is for you.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19861
Cost: $39

9/26/15
$39
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: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19584
Cost: $75

9/28/15
$75
Celtic Music: Its Influence on Appalachian Music and Cowboy Ballads

European immigrants to the new world, particularly from Celtic regions, brought with them a rich musical tradition, and nowhere is that influence more apparent than in the music of Appalachia. As beloved tunes made their way across the Atlantic they found new voices as folk ballads, bluegrass tunes, military marches, and even cowboy songs. Original titles and lyrics were eventually forgotten, and songs came to be regarded as indigenous to the United States. This two-part class will trace the background of this musical immigration and how Celtic music helped to shape the sounds of a growing country.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19654
Cost: $25

9/30/15
$25
The Six-Gun Mystique: The American West's Legacy of Violence

Drawing on critical studies by Richard Slotkin, John G. Cawelti, and William Carlos Williams, this course will examine and discuss the role of guns, shooting, and gun fighting, in developing the theme of violence in the Western, the Detective Story, and Science Fiction. Some cultural, psychological, political, and "aesthetic" perspective on America's lingering attraction to guns should be gained. A list of course readings will be available in advance.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19409
Cost: $49

10/1/15
$49
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success

Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas, and even build a book-length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how-to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. The class will explain how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs, and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19598
Cost: $75

10/1/15
$75
Mabel Dodge Luhan: A Life in Taos

Mabel Dodge Luhan was one of the most colorful residents of the town of Taos, New Mexico. A writer herself, she was also the reason that one of the great writers of the twentieth century, D.H. Lawrence, made his home for a time in Taos. Artists, poets, writers of all sorts came to visit. For some it was a short stay. For others, New Mexico became their permanent home. This class will explore Luhan's life – before and after she discovered New Mexico – and her contribution to the arts and history of this state. Along the way we will meet some of the greats of twentieth century arts and literature.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19959
Cost: $20

10/1/15
$20
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 Chr©tien de Troyes produced the first Grail story in 1182, followed by Wolfram von Eschenbach with his Parzival. Come discover these amazing connections!
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19427
Cost: $20

10/2/15
$20
Picasso

Pablo Picasso mastered existing styles in his youth and created new ones. We begin with Picasso’s childhood art and move through his Blue and Rose Periods. African influences, Cubism, neoclassicism and surrealism. We place Picasso’s works in the context of existing artistic conventions and the history of art. We cover aspects of his colorful and often controversial life. The knowledge, perspectives and vocabulary gained from the course will enhance future experiences of all art styles.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19148
Cost: $49

10/6/15
$49
Travel Journaling

Keeping a travel journal is a wonderful way to anticipate the joys of a treasured trip and to remember the pleasures and adventures of a completed one. In this class we will explore ways of keeping a travel journal that are easy and conducive to being on the go. Travel can be a transformative experience and it is understandable why we would want to document our journeys, both physical and internal. Please join me as I show you how to prepare your journal for a trip, ways to journal while seeing the world, and tips on completing your travel journal. A Materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19575
Cost: $25

10/6/15
$25
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19715
Cost: $20

10/6/15
$20
Unforgettable Writers of the 'Cono Sur'

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

Course Number: 19559
Cost: $65

10/7/15
$65
Reading Our Childhood's Favorites as Adults

Some of the best-loved children's books are adult favorites as well. From Heidi by Johanna Spyri and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott to Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series to Laura Ingalls Wilder's timeless Little House series, the literature we consumed as children seems to have an unbreakable hold on our psyche. We can't revisit these books without thinking about when first we discovered them and how our adult consciousness has been shaped by these first adventures in reading. Join us as we discuss some of these classic children's stories and why their stories and themes remain relevant today.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19573
Cost: $25

10/7/15
$25
The History of Nanotechnology: from Medieval Stained Glass to Microscopic Robots

Nanotechnology deals with science and technology on the nanometer scale. By comparison, a nanometer is about 1/100,000th the width of a human hair! Materials at this scale exhibit new, fascinating phenomena that allow scientists to do things that they never could before. This class will discuss how nanotechnology came about, how we study and manipulate such tiny objects, public awareness and controversy, and nanotech's role in our lives (we all use it every day!). With something for everyone, topics will be addressed from a scientific, historical, and political perspective.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19729
Cost: $39

10/7/15
$39
Yoga For Folks Over Fifty

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

Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

10/8/15
$95
Kerouac and the "Beats" Today

"Beat" poet Allen Ginsberg caused international sensation in 1956 with his poem, "Howl"; Jack Kerouac followed this with his novel, On The Road, in 1957, hitting tender spots in the American psyche that grew into TV shows like Route 66 (1960-64) and Dobie Gillis (1959-1963). Who were The Beats, anyway? Why do youngsters today identify so with Jack Kerouac and his characters and narratives? Why has Kerouac flourished in the popular imagination, when the original reception of his work was so negative? How have Beat values informed today's culture? These are questions we will answer together in our reading of The Dharma Bums, my own choice for the most enduring Kerouac novel, and of selected Ginsberg poems.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19562
Cost: $49

10/8/15
$49
Make it and take it – Fun with Faux

Paint a two foot by four foot panel combining various texturing techniques to create a stucco adobe wall incorporating a weathered wooden beam and window. Trome Loi principles will create 3-D moldings with washes and transparency techniques creating both reflections and casting shadows on the window panes. Tricks for making images, transfers, masking and stenciling are used to ensure successful outcomes for those who cannot draw. Simple foliage and another Trompe Loi application places a potted plant on your window sill. No art experience is required to master over 12 faux techniques and to take your completed project home. Instructor will provide all materials for a lab fee of $45.00 due at the first class meeting.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19137
Cost: $59

10/9/15
$59
American Exceptionalism and its Impact on Foreign Policy

We'll explore the idea of American Exceptionalism through discussing how this notion has manifested itself in foreign policy. We'll look at examples - the Good (France in WWII), the Bad (the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath) and the Ugly (contemporary Syria). The belief that the United States has a vital and unique role in world history has dominated American discussions of its identity and mission since Puritan leader Johnathan Winthrop declared the "city upon the hill" in 1630. Assertions that the U.S. has the responsibility to "liberate" other countries have led both to our finest moments and our worst foreign policy disasters. What constitutes a legitimate appeal to America's exceptional mission and what has disaster written all over it?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19203
Cost: $20

10/12/15
$20
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19512
Cost: $75

10/13/15
$75
Two Gentlemen on Route 66. Take Two

Craig Cropsey and Ned O'Malia have been exploring Route 66 together for many years. Follow them and look over their shoulders on a recent exploration west, Albuquerque to Santa Monica. The goal was a currated museum exhibit on 66 entitled, The Road and the Romance, at the Autrey Museum in Los Angeles. Follow these bouncing exuberant boys and share their many stops, reflections, insights, discoveries and lots of photos. Meet the characters they found, search out the remnants of the original road, and relish the testimonials of the many Europeans who travel the Mother Road. This lecture is a bit of history, lots of reflection, discovery and a good tale told as a Road Trip.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19938
Cost: $25

10/13/15
$25
The Immortal Love of Ab©lard and H©loïse

Tristan and Isolde, Romeo and Juliet, and Lancelot and Guinevere are but three of literature's most famous couples. Scholar and gifted composer Peter Ab©lard, and his brilliant pupil H©loïse rocked twelfth-century Paris in real life as their mutual passion for learning led first to an affair, then to a marriage ceremony conducted in secret, and finally to heartbreak and separation. Journey back in time to examine the lives, the passion, the music, and the letters of these immortal lovers.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19641
Cost: $20

10/14/15
$20
Hearing Loss 102

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

Course Number: 19871
Cost: $39

10/14/15
$39
Myanmar (Burma): Southeast Asia's Keystone Nation

Myanmar, just emerging from a half-century of military rule and the destruction of World War II, is a little-known gem awaiting the culturally curious, lovers of history and anyone romanced by striking landscapes, rivers that still flow freely and traditional agrarian peoples—primarily Buddhist—that preserve life as it was centuries ago. Situated between 40% of the world's population in India and China, this keystone nation has adopted a new constitution that struggles to create a democratic state pitting figures like Nobel Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi against an assertive military and on-going ethnic strife. Take a photographic, political and cultural journey through this mesmerizing land of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell—exotic, mysterious Myanmar.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19949
Cost: $35

10/15/15
$35
Anthropological Genetic History: The Byzantine Connection to New Mexican Families

Roman rule over Spain ended in 400 AD with the endless barbarian invasions. The re-conquest of Spain by the Eastern Empire was almost an accident. The Emperor Justinian had re-conquered North Africa in 534 and was still fighting the long re-conquest of Italy 535 to 554. It is impossible to say whether Justinian in the early years of his reign had formed any definite plan for re-conquering Spain, but we may be sure that it was one of his ambitions. But before he had completed the subjugation of the Ostrogoths he was invited to intervene in Spain. In a nasty dynastic civil war the Visigoth King Athanagild sought the support of the Emperor Justinian, and the Emperor sent a fleet to the southern coasts of Spain. The commander of this expedition was the octogenarian patrician Liberius. Liberius was campaigning in Sicily. He appears not to have returned to Constantinople till late in A.D. 551, it is probable that he received commands to sail directly to Spain with the troops who had accompanied him to Sicily, in A.D. 550, for the date of his expedition cannot have been later than in this year. As the armament must have been small, it achieved a remarkable success. Many maritime cities and forts were captured. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Byzantines will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19467
Cost: $20

10/16/15
$20
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19813
Cost: $49

10/16/15
$49
The Taos Society of Artists

A century ago, Taos was a sleepy little community that blossomed improbably into the hub of a regional art boom. The tale of how this happened involves events on an international scale and a cast of characters as colorful as their paintings. We'll look at artwork and discuss the phenomena responsible for the rise and demise of the Taos Society of Artists.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19952
Cost: $20

10/16/15
$20
Change Your Words, Change Your Life

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

Course Number: 19883
Cost: $25

10/17/15
$25
Anasazi: The Ancient Ones

Learn about the Basketmaker and Pueblo Periods of the Anasazi people. The course includes original audiovisual material of Dr. Frank C. Hibben from lectures on Southwest Anthropology and excavations at Pottery Mound. Experience the humor and insight of this famous educator first hand. Discussion includes Anasazi art, trade, life and culture of these Pueblo people who still survive today.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19992
Cost: $49

10/19/15
$49
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19133
Cost: $29

10/20/15
$29
The Continuing Journey of Life after Death

Does any kind of life continue after death - besides the atoms of the body themselves which go back into Earth's recycling system? Certainly many religions and cultures have believed in a continuation of consciousness after death. But is there any real evidence? With a combination of lecture and discussion, this class will explore some of the more serious research which has been done on near-death experiences and reincarnation as well as anecdotal evidence from stories and the long line of books on the subject.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichemnt.

Course Number: 19854
Cost: $25

10/20/15
$25
Geology of White Sands National Monument and the Valley of Fires

The Valley of Fires, located just west of Carrizozo, New Mexico, is part of the Rio Grande Rift – a north-south trending fault system along which the Jemez caldera and Sandia Mountains have formed. The Valley of Fires consists of volcanic flows that are among the youngest in the continental United States. They erupted from a crater north of Carrizozo and flowed down the Tularosa Valley. White Sands is the world’s largest gypsum dune field. The sand is composed of the mineral gypsum rather than silica as are most sand dunes in the world, such as the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado. This course covers the rare set of circumstances that caused these beautiful white gypsum dunes to form in the Tularosa Basin. This course is designed to coordinate with a field trip to Valley of Fires and White Sands (00458), although it can be taken separately.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19966
Cost: $20

10/21/15
$20
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers

A health care crisis is looming in this country and it's essential for baby boomers to understand what they need to do to financially prepare. This educational workshop will cover how Medicare enrollment periods work and how to avoid late-enrollment penalties; how much you can expect to pay in healthcare costs after going onto Medicare, how Medicare works with private insurance, why most people pay too much for private insurance and how you can avoid excess costs. Additionally, we'll discuss why you must plan for higher healthcare costs in retirement, including the possibility of needing long term care.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19372
Cost: $20

10/23/15
$20
The Curious Case of Hawley Harvey Crippen, MD, and its Many Unanswered Questions

Poisoning murder! Dismemberment! Flight from justice! For its time, this 1910 London poisoning murder, was the “Case of the Century,” and remains probably the most famous case in murder investigation, second only to “Jack-the-Ripper.” Our discussion will cover the pathology, analytical toxicology, and forensic investigations that were involved in the prosecution of Coldwater, Michigan-born, Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen, that ultimately lead to his execution for the murder of his wife. Also covered will be the speaker’s recent work in London, and involvement with the British researchers who are attempting to answer some of the many questions. It seems there are many more mysteries to this case than anyone ever realized!
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19435
Cost: $20

10/23/15
$20
Who were the Knights Templar?

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, commonly known as the Knights Templar, were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were among the most prominent actors of the Christian finance. The organization existed for nearly two centuries during the Middle Ages. The Templars' existence was tied closely to the Crusades; when the Holy Land was lost, support for the Order faded. Rumors about the Templars' secret initiation ceremony created mistrust and King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, took advantage of the situation. On October 13, 1307, many of the Order's members in France were arrested, tortured into giving false confessions, and then burned at the stake. Under pressure from King Philip, Pope Clement V disbanded the Order in 1312. The abrupt disappearance of a major part of the European infrastructure gave rise to speculation and legends, which have kept the "Templar" name alive into the modern day. We will explore the possible connection of modern day organizations with this Medieval Order through historical and DNA research. In addition, we will view a film that traces the history of the Knights Templar.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19468
Cost: $20

10/23/15
$20
The Victorian Cult of Death

Compared with today, our forebears of the Victorian era could be accused of having a morbid obsession with death and dying, dubbed a cult of death. Contemporary literature romanticized in particular, an early lingering death that allowed the sufferer the time needed for spiritual readiness for the next life. Victorian society dictated strict rules for the observance of rituals related to death and dying exacerbated by the death of the Prince Consort Albert and Queen Victoria’s entry into deep mourning. Across the pond, another widow was grieving the loss of two of her children and a husband, the 16th president of the United States. As Mary Todd Lincoln and Queen Victoria mourned, Americans and British subjects alike followed their lead and death practices became far more elaborate. Explore the culture and origins of Victorian death practices and how they persevere in society today.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19460
Cost: $20

10/26/15
$20
Chartres Cathedral – The Mysteries Revealed

Powerful words describe Chartres Cathedral, the medieval pilgrimage destination near Paris: magnificent, yes; profound, deeply so; mystical, beyond most sacred sites. Yet Chartres is also dark and daring to one’s spirit, radical and complex. Above ground are the two weird spires, a stained glass window of Isis and Horus, sculptures depicting rejected liturgy, eccentric architecture, and the fabled labyrinth. Why is the church oriented more to midsummer sunrise than to Jerusalem? The crypt reveals Roman walls, early frescoes, a Druid well, and a replacement Black Madonna. Since pre-Christian times, this unusual site has been sacred. Let's unfold the mysteries together.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19116
Cost: $20

10/27/15
$20
In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes

Scene is the building block of narrative. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? In this class, we will examine the effects of scene and exposition upon the reader and explore how they are used effectively in memoir and fiction. Class format includes literature study, writing exercises, supportive feedback and critique. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
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Course Number: 19519
Cost: $75

10/27/15
$75
Women in Ancient and Medieval Europe

Traditionally, classes and textbooks on Western history have had little to say about the lives of women in Western civilization. This lack of attention was largely due to the fact that women were officially excluded from politics and the military in such formative civilizations as Classical Greece and Rome, as well as being excluded from official positions within the early Christian Church. In fact, when women did draw the attention of historians in the Classical and Medieval eras, it was usually because these women were transgressing accepted norms in these male-dominated, hierarchical societies. However, as we now know, women contributed to these early societies in very important ways, not just as wives and mothers but, occasionally, as political leaders and even military figures. In this class, we'll examine the political, social, and cultural forces that shaped women's lives, and we'll examine the lives of a few of the remarkable women who challenged these forces, both successfully and unsuccessfully.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19419
Cost: $49

10/28/15
$49
Caves of the World

Most caves of the world are dissolved by water containing carbonic acid, which percolates into underground limestone rock. However, our Carlsbad Caverns formed differently: it formed by a sulfuric acid mechanism generated by reactions related to nearby oil and gas fields. We will study all types of caves: carbonic acid caves, sulfuric acid caves, lava tube caves, caves formed in gypsum or halite (evaporite) rock, seacoast caves, and ice caves. We will also learn about the beautiful mineral formations (speleothems) in caves, and the microbes that live there. We will end the class by watching the NOVA video: Mysterious Life of Caves. Professor Hill is the author of the books Cave Minerals of the World and Geology of Carlsbad Caverns.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19781
Cost: $49

10/28/15
$49
Shamanism: From Witch Doctors through the New Millennium

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

Course Number: 19841
Cost: $49

10/29/15
$49
Strange But True Tales of New Mexico

New Mexico is a "strange" place, rich in beauty, blessed with diverse cultures and traditions, but sometimes, a state mysteriously missing. Yet, it is the site of some of North America's most ancient history. Hidden within that history are stories that are uniquely New Mexican. These are the Strange But True Tales of New Mexico; strange but truly wonderful stories—the bat bombers, the handshake that delayed statehood, the movie that infamously made history, the one-hole golf tournament named for a gunfight, the opera mystery—examples of tales as colorful as the place where they happened. This is a look at the stranger side of New Mexico's history.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19957
Cost: $20

10/30/15
$20
E-Publishing: The Wave of the Future

Do you have a story to share or are you looking for a wider audience for your traditional print book? 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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19504
Cost: $49

11/2/15
$49
"Ergo Deus Est " ...And Then Came Darwin

For many centuries, major Western philosophers attempted to enlist the powers of reasoning to prove that a Deity must exist. We will compare three of the most influential of these arguments--those of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, and William Paley--while assessing whether they retain the persuasive power they once had. Then we will consider how the curiosity and insights of the young Charles Darwin, while sailing around the world aboard HMS Beagle, helped to change the subject: During Darwin's lifetime, naturalistic explanations began to supplant theistic accounts for patterns observed in nature. Each enrollee will receive a handout containing excerpts from Aquinas, "The Five Ways," Summa Theologica (13th Century); Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (1641); Paley, Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity (1802); and Charles Darwin, "Galapagos Archipelago," ch. 17 of Voyage of the Beagle (final authorized edition, 1860). All of these texts are freely and readily available online. An included study guide will help us trace Descartes' complex deductive quest for certainty. Enrollees who can locate an old copy of the Natural History Library edition of The Voyage of the Beagle (Doubleday Anchor, 1962) will find it advantageous.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19830
Cost: $49

11/2/15
$49
Scandinavian Crime Fiction: Part Two, More Nordic Noir

It's been almost a decade since Scandinavian Crime Fiction caused a sensation with the publication of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. In the first Crime in a Cold Climate class, we covered the origins of Scandinavian Noir by examining the works of Sjowall and Wahloo, Mankell, Steig Larsson and Jo Nesbo among others. In this second class, we will review Nordic Noir themes and discuss new writers and emergent themes. TV and movie adaptations of Scandinavian Crime Fiction have proven hugely popular in both Europe and the US and we'll examine what makes these programs so compelling.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19503
Cost: $39

11/3/15
$39
Mushroom Toxicology

A mushroom (or toadstool) is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Engage in a discussion of the chemistry of the toxic compounds found in the mushroom world, along with their epidemiology, pharmacology and toxicology, clinical effects and treatment of the mushroom-exposed patient. Included will be the discussion of a systematic approach for the general diagnosis and management of any patient exposed to poisonous mushrooms.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19783
Cost: $20

11/3/15
$20
Norse Mythology

From J.R.R. Tolkien and the Composer, Richard Wagner to Japanese animation, Harry Potter and heavy metal music, it is difficult to find an area of culture today not influenced by Norse myths and legends. Using the Edda, the first written version of these myths by Snorri Sturluson as a prime source, we will explore Norse mythology from Ginnungagap to Ragnarok from the World Tree Yggdrasil to four of the nine worlds. From the weird Norns (fates) to the Norse pantheon of gods and goddesses, from the Valkyries to Sleipnir and Nidhogg and the concept of Valhalla, come and journey through a fascinating realm that informs some of Western civilization's basic cultural beliefs.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichemnt.

Course Number: 19951
Cost: $39

11/3/15
$39
New Caledonia: the Scottish Attempt to Establish a Colony in Panama, 1698-1700

Scotland's entrance into the chaotic Atlantic world at the end of the seventeenth century provoked strong reaction throughout Europe and Spanish America. Encompassing espionage, contraband trade, shipwreck, religious conflict and trial for piracy, the failed colony of New Caledonia underscored both the environmental challenges and the strategic importance of the Isthmus of Panama. Intimately involved were the indigenous Cuna, in whose territories the Scots opted to construct fortifications. Far from a desolate or depopulated region, New Caledonia rose and fell within a territory rife with its own history of conflict. The Scots intruded not only into the domains of the Catholic King, but they quickly discovered themselves enmeshed in 200 years of Spanish frontier policy, an unconquered native population, and English and French opportunists.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19453
Cost: $25

11/4/15
$25
Lucien B. Maxwell: The Man and His Clan

Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell, mountain man, friend of Kit Carson, gambler, cattle baron, was, in his day, the largest landholder on two continents. He operated his great Maxwell Land Grant out of the "Wild West" town of Cimarron, NM. This slide-lecture shows rare vintage photographs of his family and associates, other larger-than-life legends like John Dawson, Manley and Theresa Chase, Charles Springer and Fred Lambert. These images in their entirety reveal a previously unseen chapter of New Mexico and western history – one tied to Billy the Kid and Agnes Morley Cleveland, among others. Sharon Niederman discovered these photos turning to dust in a backroom of the Arthur Johnson Memorial Library in Raton, then archived and preserved them with the help of a grant from the Historic Records Archives Board. Recommended reading: The Chases of Cimarron by Ruth Armstrong and Maxwell Land Grant by William A. Keleher.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19963
Cost: $20

11/4/15
$20
Celts and Vikings: How did they Mix?

Celts and Vikings were adjacent geographically but worlds apart in values. Between 800 and 1150 CE, Norse people “went a-viking” all over Europe. In Old Norse, Vig meant battle - and the Scandinavian people from Norway, Sweden and Denmark explored, plundered, raided and traded for 350 years from the North to the Black Sea. With maps, photos, artifacts and revealing connections, investigate the impact of Vikings on the Celtic islands of Britain and Ireland. Did Celtic knotwork actually originate in Scandinavia? What about the medieval illustrated manuscripts including the Book of Kells? Does your surname end in –son? Are red-haired Irish people descended from that famous Viking, Eric the Red? Learn more about these two cultures' alphabets, magical systems, mythologies and zest for living.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19445
Cost: $20

11/5/15
$20
Writing Memoir

We all have special times in our life that deserve to be captured. Your trip around the world or that nightmarish camping trip in the Rockies – such memorable experiences can make for a wonderful, poignant memoir that will be treasured by friends and family, as well as yourself. During each weekly class, we'll work together to find just the right story to tell. We'll discuss how to develop and flesh out your memoir. Through discussion and supportive feedback and critique you will develop the skills you need to write your story. Experienced and aspiring writers welcome.
Note: Class will not meet Nov 26.

Course Number: 19589
Cost: $75

11/5/15
$75
Turn Right, Go West; Don’t Talk to People Named Donner

The American West drew the adventurer, the opportunist, and the fool – and quite a few wives who had no choice. Seduced by the siren song of free land or newfound gold, immigrants from Europe or just Iowa and Pennsylvania left their homes for a new life while others escaped the conflict raging in the East or the shackles of the South. Whatever the reason, 500,000 were drawn to the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails between 1843–1869. These were only three of the trails among a web of paths and even dead ends "promising" a land of milk and honey but delivering disease, dehydration, malnutrition, Indian attacks and harsh weather for those who survived, their stories became part of the legend that is the American West. Join Jane Ellen and Bobbie Boggess as we travel those same trails and learn of the history, music, and food that was the winning of the West. 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!
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19443
Cost: $49

11/6/15
$49
Rock Art Along the Rio Grande

Bisected by the Rio Grande, central New Mexico has attracted human groups for millennia. From archaic hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers and European explorers, they often left their marks in carefully selected locations. Rock art sites abound along this stretch of river valley, enigmatic evidence of peoples long gone. We’ll highlight 14 sites within 10 miles of the river from Taos to Socorro. Common themes and styles will be covered, with distinguishing elements shown for contrast. Environmental surroundings will also be discussed, to place each site within its overall context.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19955
Cost: $20

11/6/15
$20
The Craft of Creative Writing

Do you have ideas for fiction or non-fiction stories, but don't know how to get them on paper for others to enjoy? Using commentary on participant work, we will focus on narrative arc, character, point of view, conflict, stylistics (tone, pacing, diction), and sentence mechanics: the 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: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19584
Cost: $75

11/9/15
$75
A History of Opera I: From Invention to Early Development

Through lectures, discussion and viewing DVDs experience the birth and early development of this powerful art form. Created in Renaissance Florence in the late 16th century as a kind of aristocratic and intellectual experiment, opera soon developed into a wildly popular form of entertainment that spread from Italy all over Europe. Always noted for its beautiful and dazzling vocal display, its excesses led to efforts to "reform" it and make opera a viable dramatic experience. Mozart's work culminates this period. Operas to be discussed: Monteverdi - L'incoronazione di Poppea, 1643; Handel - Rinaldo, 1711; Gluck - Orfeo ed Euridice 1762; Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro, 1786; Mozart - Don Giovanni, 1787.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19692
Cost: $59

11/9/15
$59
Fading Fast: New Mexico's Disappearing Roadside Sign Legacy

Markers of roadside businesses and popular products often endure far longer than the entities they advertise. In addition to providing photo opportunities, these weathered beacons can inform our sense of place and enhance our knowledge of popular history. Sharon Niederman has traveled virtually every back road in New Mexico, and she shares the best of the collection of roadside sign images she has photographed for her travel guides and articles over the past two decades. "Speaking to our collective sense of loneliness and abandonment, to our vanished dreams and the passage of time, these faded signs resonate with our memories of road trips, childhood summers, and long drives to visit family and remind us of the way we were as individuals and as a culture," she says. "They are much more than flashes of nostalgia that punctuate the highway. They are silent teachers that can tell us a great deal if we approach them with the respect they deserve."
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19965
Cost: $20

11/11/15
$20
Roles of American Women in WW II - The War Correspondent

Here are the mavericks; they are smallest segment of women in the groups covered in this series. These gritty, tough, independent and resilient women generally worked alone at or near the front lines, often in a hostile male chauvinist environment. All in order to report back home with their unique perspectives on the war's progress using only their pens and cameras. Their words and pictures have become a permanent part of historical record of World War II. For a few, following the horror of war would become their lifelong profession.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19483
Cost: $20

11/16/15
$20
Zentangle 201 - The Next Step

For those who have taken Zentangle 101, this is the next step. In the first hour we will increase our repertoire of tangles and practice drawing strings. In the second hour each person will complete a project and receive the pattern to continue the process at home. Material fee $3, payable to instructor. Class limit: 10. Zentangle is a registered trademark.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19135
Cost: $29

11/17/15
$29
The Rise of ISIS, Al Qaida, and other Jihadi Movements

Are Isis and other Jihadi movements around the world still a serious threats to the U.S. and world security or simply opportunists who found ungoverned spaces to set down roots? Does the rise of ISIS, Al Qaida and other Jihadi groups represent an actual threat to U.S. and World security as did Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the Soviet Union in the mid and late 20th century? Or does their apparent power merely reflect that they sprouted and operate in ungoverned spaces in the Middle East where the authority of the state has been shattered under the brutal oppression by undemocratic regimes and years of sectarian and/or tribal conflict? What should be our response to these threats?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19218
Cost: $20

11/18/15
$20
Revisiting Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman

Most people know Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and the story has been, from Lee herself, that she had one story to tell. Now, with much controversy, with Harper Lee now 88 years old, a book she wrote long ago, Go Set a Watchman, is going to be released in July this year. I thought it would be wonderful to revisit her famous story, both the book and the film, and look at the new release and the controversy surrounding it, the reviews and discussions that Internet makes so readily available to us.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19571
Cost: $20

11/18/15
$20
The Musical Schumanns: Their Lives, Their Loves, and Their Music

The story of Robert and Clara Schumann is the stuff of legend and the basis of films: two equally brilliant pianists, with a passion for composing, sharing a passionate romantic love. Fate would not be kind to them, as after only a few incredibly happy and productive years, Robert's health began to fail. Ultimately driven to madness, Robert died at the age of 46 and Clara chose to continue on alone. This presentation will be accompanied by recordings of the works of both composers.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19661
Cost: $20

11/19/15
$20
The Da Vinci Code, DNA and the Truth

The Da Vinci Code is a novel that is the subject of controversy. The lecture will answer the following questions: What is the historical truth of the novel? Why the strong belief in a fictional story? Mr. Cervantes will show a documentary on the different theories that encompass the basis of the novel. He will also have a discussion on the DNA of different groups that cover the novel and what they prove and disprove.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19474
Cost: $20

11/20/15
$20
Anthropological Genetic History: The Moors Connection to New Mexican Families (Part I)

Want to know more about it in this class would be indispensable. From arrival to departure, finding hotels and food, and where and how to visit famous and not-so-famous locations, this class will help organize the trip in the most stress-free way possible. Included will be tips on what to do and and what not to do in restaurants and cafes, who to take seriously and who to avoid, where and how to shop for bargains and for high end designer duds.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19987
Cost: $20

11/30/15
$20
Living Resilient Lives

Think of someone you know who thrives in spite of adversity. This is the essence of resilience. A resilient person is able to bounce back from difficult or stressful experiences. This quality is much more common than we imagine. In our review of current scientific research identifying the factors in children, adolescents, and adults that contribute to resilience, we’ll ask if these factors are the same or if they differ with age. Looking beyond the individual to the family, community, and society will help us identify sources of support for thriving under challenging conditions. We will then ask what can be done to foster resilience in ourselves and others. Join us as we share stories of resilience.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19875
Cost: $25

12/1/15
$25
How to Read a Poem

Have you ever read a poem and wondered what the heck is going on? Or, to paraphrase the poet T. S. Eliot, have you "had the experience but missed the meaning"? If you have been wanting to reconnect with poetry, but the last time you did was in high school or college, and you're feeling a little rusty or uncertain, then this class is for you. In two hours you will learn eight simple ways to help you make more sense of – and get more pleasure from – the poems you read.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19509
Cost: $20

12/2/15
$20
Black Madonna Sites in Europe

From Poland to Spain, from Switzerland to Sicily, dozens of medieval statues of Our Lady remain at powerful pilgrimage sites today. Why are most of the remaining statues located in France and Spain? Who is Notre Dame or Nuestra Señora? Black Madonnas are found at ancient sites of temples to pre-Christian goddesses. These statues are also found near Neolithic stone structures from 3000 BCE and even near Paleolithic painted caves from 18,000 BCE. Trying to solve the mystery of these statues is less important than understanding the immense significance of this Feminine Divine for millions of people to this day.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19824
Cost: $20

12/2/15
$20
Fred Harvey, Erna Fergusson, and New Mexican Tourism

Before dining cars existed on trains, meals were a quick, less-than-savory grab during a train's water stop. Fred Harvey would change railway dining when he created the first American restaurant chain in conjunction with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Ironically, this railroad bypassed Santa Fe in favor of Albuquerque where Erna Fergusson ran Koshare Tours for "turistas" introducing them to native cultures. In a symbiotic relationship, Harvey purchased the touring company and kept Fergusson to direct the Indian Tour Service. Together they would build tourism in New Mexico. Join us to learn why "Erna Fergusson" is more than a name on an Albuquerque library and why the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe never traversed New Mexico's capital.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19960
Cost: $20

12/3/15
$20
From Home Front to Warfront: Roles of Women in WW II – The WASPS

The WASPs were initially organized to ferry new planes from the production lines to military bases in the States and thus free up male U.S. Army pilots for combat assignment; but their duties were eventually expanded to provide other pilot-related services. As the war neared a close, the WASPs were unceremoniously disbanded and their records sealed for over 25 years. They quickly became one of the untold stories of World War II. This session covers their development and operation during the war years as well as the post-war struggle to gain the official recognition they deserved.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19485
Cost: $20

12/4/15
$20
Taoism

"Tao" means the Way or the Path, also the source and essence of everything. For over 2500 years the non-theistic philosophy of Taoism has encouraged people to seek balance, harmony, simplicity, humility, and open-mindedness. It embraces intuition, contradictions, and humor. This brief introduction, including slide show and handouts, covers the main principles and most famous texts, including the Tao Te Ching. We'll talk about applying the principles in our daily lives as effective antidotes to stress and overwork.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19835
Cost: $20

12/4/15
$20
Anthropological Genetic History: The Moors Connection to New Mexican Families (Part II)

The Moors were the medieval Muslim inhabitants of Morocco, western Algeria, Western Sahara, Mauritania, the Iberian Peninsula, Septimania, Sicily and Malta. The Moors called their Iberian territory Al-Andalus, an area comprising Gibraltar, much of what is now Spain and Portugal, and part of France. The Moors' rule stretched at times as far as modern-day Mauritania, West African countries, and the Senegal River. In the languages of Europe, a number of associated ethnic groups have been historically designated as "Moors". In modern Iberia, the term is applied to people of Moroccan ethnicity. "Moor" is sometimes colloquially applied to any person from North Africa, but some people consider this usage of the term pejorative, especially its Spanish version "moro". Part II is a continuation of the Moorish story from the fall of the Umayyad Dynasty to the fall of Granada. We continue the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Moors. Another film will be shown that will trace the Moorish history and its impact on the Iberian Peninsula. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19989
Cost: $20

12/4/15
$20
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19637
Cost: $25

12/7/15
$25
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.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19508
Cost: $25

12/8/15
$25
American History Through Film: The Transcontinental Railroad and the AMC series Hell on Wheels

The building of the First Transcontinental Railroad in the late 1860's is one of the great achievements of the U.S. in the 19th century. Starting in the Summer of 2015, the AMC network will broadcast the fourteen episodes of the fifth and final season of Hell on Wheels, the network's critically acclaimed presentation of the building of the railroad. This presentation features an overview of the building of the transcontinental railroad and scenes from the Hell on Wheels series. We will address two questions: How does Hell on Wheels rate as a dramatic series? And how well does it serve as a historical representation of the actual event?
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19429
Cost: $25

12/9/15
$25
The Christmas that almost didn’t happen: Christmas 1945

"This is the Christmas the war-weary world has prayed for..." When Truman uttered those words on Christmas Eve, 1945, World War II had been over for four months, but military actions were still operating full force. The military was running Operation Magic Carpet and Operation Santa to return thousands of troops to their homes, resulting in the largest traffic jam the United States had ever known. After years of blackouts and rationing, the national Christmas tree would once again shine and families would gather around a Christmas table. Churches filled as a grateful nations gave thanks. We all know World War II changed much of American life, but have you ever considered how the War changed Christmas in the United States? Join us for a holiday trip to an epic December.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19493
Cost: $20

12/9/15
$20
Behind the Scenes at the Theatre - All is Calm, the Christmas Truce of 1914

December 25, 1914, the Western Front. A German soldier steps into No Man's Land and begins to sing. Thus starts the exciting and poignant holiday musical All is Calm, the Christmas Truce of 1914. Mother Road Theatre Company and the Vortex Theatre will present this very special event and you have an opportunity to see behind the scenes and discuss the production with director Julia Thudium and producer Leslee Richards. Come and find out how special effects, costumes, set and musical training come together. Discuss artistic decisions, see the performance, and then return to discuss what you saw, felt and heard. Note: Discounted tickets to the production will be offered to students at $19 each.
Note: Performance December 12.

Course Number: 19606
Cost: $20

12/10/15
$20
Anthropological Genetic History: The Saxons Connection to the Founding Fathers

The Saxons, along with the Angles, the Jutes, and the Frisians, invaded or migrated to the island of Great Britain (Britannia) around the time of the collapse of Roman authority in the west. Saxon raiders had been harassing the eastern and southern shores of Britannia for centuries before, prompting the construction of a string of coastal forts called the litora Saxonica or Saxon Shore, and many Saxons and other folk had been permitted to settle in these areas as farmers long before the end of Roman rule in Britannia. According to tradition, however, the Saxons (and other tribes) first entered Britain en masse as part of a deal to protect the Britons from the incursions of the Picts, Irish, and others. The story as reported in such sources as the Historia Brittonum indicates that the British king Vortigern allowed the Germanic warlords Hengist and Horsa to settle their people on the Isle of Thanet in exchange for their service as mercenaries. Hengist manipulated Vortigern into granting more land and allowing for more settlers to come in, paving the way for the Germanic settlement of Britain. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which American founding fathers and past presidents show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19475
Cost: $20

12/11/15
$20
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!
Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, Personal Enrichment.

Course Number: 19639
Cost: $25

12/14/15
$25

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Maralie Belonge Osher Program Supervisor

Maralie W. BeLonge

Program Supervisor

(505) 277-6179

belonge@unm.edu

Maralie Waterman-BeLonge, Program Supervisor

Maralie Waterman-BeLonge holds a Master's of Science in Human Services Administration from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has twenty years of experience in program development, fundraising and non-profit management within health and education settings. She has served in her current role as Program Supervisor for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico since January of 2010.


History

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of New Mexico was launched in the spring of 2007 with 100 members. News of this exciting program spread quickly with members bringing friends and family members to experience the intellectually engaging course offerings. Now in our eighth year, OLLI at UNM has more than 1,200 members and offers more than 250 lectures and courses each year.

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


Dr. Charles Truxillo, 1953-2015

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

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

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

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

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


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