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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico brings the challenge and excitement of university learning to adults age 50 plus who want to explore stimulating and fascinating subjects. All of the traditional disciplines are offered, as well as new areas of research and study.

Osher at the University of New Mexico offers a wide range of courses, lectures and special events to its members.  Courses and lectures are taught by UNM faculty as well as by qualified members of the community. There are no tests or grades, just learning for the pure joy.

Your membership in Osher means discovering new friends, new knowledge and new ways of bringing meaning and enjoyment to your life. This program is made possible through a generous grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Foundation has funded Institutes from Hawaii to Maine to offer intellectually stimulating learning opportunities for mature adults.

Osher Lifelong Learning 2015 Membership

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

 

Osher Membership for 2015

 


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Osher Lifelong Learning Classes

Osher Lifelong Learning Classes: Adults 50+

Class NameStart DateCost
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: A $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the start of class. Class is limited to 10 students. Zentangle® is a registered trademark.
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Course Number: 19133
Cost: $30

3/5/15
$30
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!
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Course Number: 19435
Cost: $20

3/5/15
$20
Early Modern European Cities: Paris and London

We'll compare Paris and London in the period 1500-1800. The readings will include a number of primary sources relating to the growth of political, cultural, and intellectual life in each, illustrating how these cities came to define major trends in European civilization by 1800. The lectures and discussions will center on the urban environment where humanism had a direct impact on every aspect of creative and intellectual life. These were cities of initiative and innovation and they led the way toward modern social and political forms, allowing human involvement in all affairs and having a strong secular basis despite periodic bouts of religiosity. The readings and lectures in this class will concentrate on the evidence found in literature, political and religious treatises, histories, laws, paintings, architecture, sculptures, cartography, and urban planning. While the secular and intellectual nature of Paris and London was not universally welcome, humanism had a significant impact and invigorated life by placing a high value on this world, on individuals and on reason. As a result, the two became leaders of European civilization with each offering a unique political and cultural environment.
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Course Number: 19465
Cost: $60

3/5/15
$60
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? A third 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: $35

3/5/15
$35
King Arthur's Camelot and Other Legends of Glastonbury, England

King Arthur and Guinevere ? if they actually lived, some say that Camelot was in Glastonbury, England. Long before that, stone circles including Stonehenge were erected nearby. After 500 BCE, Celts and Druids occupied Glastonbury, surrounded by water and called the Isle of Avalon. In the Middle Ages, Glastonbury Abbey was a major pilgrimage destination, like Chartres and Jerusalem. The New Age discovered Glastonbury, where stores sell crystals, Chalice Well has healing waters, and a rock festival occurs at the summer solstice. And myths claim that Glastonbury is an entrance to the Otherworld of the ancestors. Enough to entice you? There's more!
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Course Number: 19475
Cost: $20

3/9/15
$20
Living with Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects nearly 50 million Americans but those who suffer often feel like they are alone. Take the mystery out of hearing loss by learning about hearing aid technology. You will learn about digital hearing aids, assistive listening devices and where to find captioned movies, plus: hearing loss basics and hearing aids; technology solutions from the simple to the sophisticated; expectations from hearing health care providers and your legal rights. The instructor is well-versed in these topics, having worn hearing aids for over sixty years.
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Course Number: 19870
Cost: $35

3/9/15
$35
Doctor, How Long Do I Have?

Having a serious healthcare conversation with your doctor takes effort to ensure clear communications. Learn how to ask questions and be involved in treatment decisions by watching dramatic and comedy films depicting doctor-patient conversations. Films include Patch Adams, The End, Wit, The Shootist and The Descendants.
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Course Number: 19890
Cost: $20

3/10/15
$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 survivor-ship. We'll explore answers to the following questions: Will social security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security benefits? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on? Social Security is too important for guesswork. Treat this resource as a significant asset and maximize it to the greatest extent possible. The application of knowledge is power!
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Course Number: 19371
Cost: $20

3/11/15
$20
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: A $8 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the start of class. Class is limited to 10 students. Zentangle® is a registered trademark.
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Course Number: 19133
Cost: $30

3/12/15
$30
John Milton Matters in Our Time

Paradise Lost is an accessible and essential work. Milton's Biblical scholarship, dramatic sensibility, and organ-toned poetry are perfectly suited to our time's abiding issues, including the responsibility of freedom and challenges of free will. While a Puritan Poet and his great epic poem may seem off-putting or inaccessible, this session will allow you to love John Milton and discover his timeless works.
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Course Number: 19548
Cost: $20

3/12/15
$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.
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Course Number: 19813
Cost: $45

3/13/15
$45
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction

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

3/17/15
$70
A Peace to End All Peace: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

This quick overview will address how the Modern Middle East and its challenges emerged from the conflicts of World War I with national boundaries drawn by outside powers. We will discuss colonialism and resistance; Zionism and the Balfour declaration; Arab nationalism and other secular movements; the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements; the appeal of the Nazis and the emergence of the Baath parties; the Arab, Israeli and Palestinian conflicts; the role of the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, the United Nations and other outside actors; the Sunni-Shia dynamics; the great influence of Wahhabism; the emergence of the jihadi ideologies of Al Qaida and the Islamic State and the Arab Spring and its disappointments.
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Course Number: 19244
Cost: $20

3/18/15
$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.
Note: Class scheduled in Room 107. Note: Class in Room 106 on Apr 8th.

Course Number: 19519
Cost: $70

3/18/15
$70
A Gastronomic Delight in Words: Food and Drink in Poetry

We will explore selected poetry that deals with food and drink. Many well-known poets have explored human emotion through food as subject, and as metaphor. The poems we will read use food, and the rituals associated with it, to address a full range of cultural themes including family, politics, spirituality, and hunger. This one humble topic encapsulates the human experience! Class discussion will follow each poem. This class is not only for poets and poetry-lovers, but is also a great introduction to the world of poetry.
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Course Number: 19561
Cost: $25

3/19/15
$25
Writing Memoir

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

3/19/15
$70
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.
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Course Number: 19883
Cost: $25

3/21/15
$25
The Dead Sea Scrolls Mystery Continues

For more than 60 years, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls has fascinated the public, while the scrolls themselves have continued to be the subject of endless debate and speculation. Discovered between 1947 and 1956 in caves near the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, the texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are of great religious and historical significance. This class is a continuation from last semester?s introductory overview, and will include examination and discussion of actual scroll content, through the use of class handouts.
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Course Number: 19805
Cost: $25

3/23/15
$25
In the Spider's Web

...the home of the brave and the land of the free, proclaims our Star Spangled Banner. We are saddened when we hear of oppression in other countries, and count ourselves lucky to live in a free society. But beyond our freedom to and freedom from is a state of being free. Have you ever taken a truly free action? Have you ever had a thought that was truly your own? Are there areas of your life where you feel stuck on the spider's web, unable to break free? This interactive class will explore the concepts of freedom, individuality, and responsibility on the path to being free, and the obstacles (some self-imposed) to this state of being.
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Course Number: 19855
Cost: $20

3/24/15
$20
The Cradle Will Rock

The year is 1937: recently widowed composer Marc Blitzstein has written a searing condemnation of corruption and corporate greed in a musical theatre production set in Steeltown, USA. Sponsored by the WPA Theatre Project, the show is to be directed by Orson Welles and produced by John Houseman. Shortly before opening night, the theatre is padlocked and surrounded by armed guards. Although a story circulates that the WPA must cancel all openings due to budget constraints, Welles and company suspect the action has more to do with their pro-union production. What is a theatre company without a theatre to do? This two-part class will explore this fascinating piece of Broadway history by first viewing the 1999 film of the same name (2 hours, 12 mins); the following week will include an in-depth look at composer Marc Blitzstein as well as a discussion of the film and the implications of arts censorship.
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Course Number: 19668
Cost: $25

3/25/15
$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.
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Course Number: 06461
Cost: $95

3/26/15
$95
The Continuing Impact of Darwin, Freud, and Nietzsche

Darwin, Freud, and Nietzsche were all born in the 19th century. If one wishes to understand the past one hundred years of Western Civilization and the challenges still facing our progress as a society, these three individuals cannot be ignored. Ideas have consequences. What have been the consequences of their ideas?
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Course Number: 19458
Cost: $20

3/26/15
$20
International Fairs and Exhibitions: Art Basel - Miami Beach

The art world gathers at a number of international art fairs and exhibitions. Learn about the major shows, than focus on Art Basel Miami Beach, the premier international contemporary art fair held in the United States. Explore the structure of the fair and its satellites, the dizzying social calendar, criticism of the fair, and what the fair tells us about the current state of the art market. Examine the fair's transformational effect on Miami and the Miami Model of private/public collections.
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Course Number: 19123
Cost: $20

3/27/15
$20
Pivot Point of History: The Fall of France - May-June 1940

The Fall of France to the Nazi invasion in the late spring of 1940 is one of the crucial pivot points of history with profound world-wide implications. This presentation will examine the pattern established by previous French-German wars, the state of French and German societies at the beginning of World War II, how the Germans quickly overran the British and French forces, and how deep unresolved divisions in French society led to the creation of the collaborationist Vichy regime. Finally we will catalog how the Fall of France profoundly changed how the French, British, Germans, and Americans viewed their identities and respective roles in history.
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Course Number: 19404
Cost: $20

4/1/15
$20
Historical Geology

This is the story of the history of geology: from the time of Steno (1638-1686), when the principles of stratigraphy (rock strata) were established, up to the present day. We will discuss how the Geologic Column is based on relative time, and how we know that the age of planet Earth is 4.56 billion years old based on absolute time and the radioactive dating of rock. We will cover how the true nature of fossils in rocks was determined, and how William Smith (1769-1837) constructed the world?s first geologic map by observing the regular sequence of fossil organisms. We will also examine some of the great controversies in the Earth Sciences, such as catastrophism and uniformitarianism, the Ice Ages, mass extinctions, the discovery of time, and other fascinating subjects.
Note: Please note date change with final class on 4/22/15. Instructor has a conflict on 4/15.

Course Number: 19727
Cost: $35

4/1/15
$35
Feng Shui in the Garden

Feng Shui, Bagua map, Black Hat school - what are these doing in my Garden? Come along and explore the principles of Feng Shui as we endeavor to apply them to the gardens of our life, both the literal outdoor one and the one we?re growing within. We?ll begin by adopting an intuitive approach as we learn to create a design for a real Feng Shui garden via 5 basic principles: Energy, 5 Elements, Bagua, Balance and Enhancements, and Connectivity. Additional elements covered will include: the power of color, shape, symbols, intention, and purpose and their impact in our daily lives. We'll finish by practicing how to balance our inner and outer 'gardens' by using the Bagua map - as we cleanse our environments to make space for inspiration, creativity, harmony, purpose, and Beauty. Note: A materials fee of $2.00 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
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Course Number: 19117
Cost: $20

4/2/15
$20
Zentangle 201 - The Next Step

For those who have taken Zentangle 101, this is the next step. In the first hour we will work on learning more tangles, drawing strings, shading, and then begin a project or two. The second hour we will talk about color and work further on our projects to take home. Note: Please bring your Zentangle 101 kit, and any other pens and colored pencils you have. A materials fee of $3 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
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Course Number: 19135
Cost: $30

4/2/15
$30
The Art of Thoughtful Letter Writing

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

4/3/15
$25
Teen Idols of the 50's and Early 60's

The term teen idol was coined specifically in 1958 by LIFE Magazine for a young Ricky Nelson, in an attempt to explain his success, his popularity, and the increasingly frenzied reaction of his audiences. Although singers in their late twenties had previously been the focus of similar adulation, they now appeared positively elderly in comparison to these fresh young upstarts. This class will present a fond retrospective of timeless teens including Ricky Nelson, Johnny Crawford, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and many more.
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Course Number: 19674
Cost: $20

4/3/15
$20
How to Write a Mystery Novel

This class will examine some of the mysteries about writing a mystery novel ? and finding a publisher/agent or self-publishing it yourself. The first class will be a general overview about writing novels, getting them published, and the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing. For the second week, students will bring a crucial opening chapter to class (or a mystery short story) for discussion and critiquing. Fragile egos and personalities that will broach no criticism should be forewarned. In the next three weeks, rewriting will be emphasized in advice, critiques, and mentoring. Some students might move on to subsequent chapters. Students can bring or share laptops, but they are not required.
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Course Number: 19527
Cost: $60

4/6/15
$60
Russian Opera

An impressive Russian national school of music developed after the mid-19th century. With Glinka as a predecessor, major talents like Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov created rich and varied operas that continue to be heard today. Their example was the basis upon which Prokofiev and Shostakovich built their work in the 20th century. The five operas to be studied are: Glinka, A Life For the Tsar ? 1836; Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin, 1879; Musorgsky, Khovanschina ? 1886; Rimsky-Korsakov, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh ? 1907; Shostakovich - Lady Macbeth of Mtensk ? 1934. Through lecture, DVDs and discussion, this class will explore the variety of this school and attempt to identify those characteristics that define it as Russian.
Note: Correction from the catalog - Instead of Rimsky - Korsakov's Invisible City..., The Golden Cockerel, 1909 will be covered.

Course Number: 19682
Cost: $55

4/6/15
$55
Computerized Genealogy

Everyone has ancestors! Researching family history has become the fastest growing hobby in America. Bring your laptop so you can practice using technology to organize and research your genealogy. You will learn the best software and tools to help you search efficiently. Online genealogy includes how to hunt for web sites and evaluate what you find there, and the use of free and commercial databases. The rest is up to you ? happy hunting.
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Course Number: 19911
Cost: $50

4/6/15
$50
The Affordable Care Act ? Two Years Later

The numbers are in: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) completes its second open enrollment by February 15th 2015. After the first open enrollment in 2014, even though the numbers enrolled through the New Mexico Exchange were lower than hoped for, the success of Medicaid Expansion brought our overall uninsured numbers down to around 15%. This means that New Mexico no longer has the 2nd highest rate of uninsured population in the nation ? a true success. The State anticipates the next enrollment endeavor to be even more successful. This presentation will examine the data that is in and whether or not those expectations were realized. We will also discuss the implications of the Exchange, the ongoing problems with coverage adequacy, and the impact of all this on our health system.
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Course Number: 19268
Cost: $20

4/8/15
$20
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.
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Course Number: 19595
Cost: $45

4/8/15
$45
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.
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Course Number: 19835
Cost: $20

4/8/15
$20
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

4/9/15
$45
The Celts ? Who Were They? Where Are They Now? Are You a Celt?

Were the Celts descendants of the Mongols, because both were horse-based cultures? Where did Druids come from and the European fascination with trees? Join this lively discussion of the origins of the Celts and the important legacies they have given to Western civilizations. The Celts contributed centers of learning that later became universities, laws that contributed to the European justice system, traditional stories that later became literature, and music still heard today. You are invited to bring examples showing that Celtic music, poetry, and art are alive and well in this heritage. Celts comprise 20-25% of the people in North America ? maybe including you?
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Course Number: 19412
Cost: $20

4/10/15
$20
Ashes to Ashes, Dust in Your Face: Cremation, Comedy and Creativity

Cremation is the fastest growing disposition method in the U.S. Watching funny and serious film clips, you'll learn about what you need to know before there's a death in the family, including choices to make and disposition options. Films include Elizabethtown, The Big Lebowski, Due Date, The Bucket List, and The Descendants.
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Course Number: 19892
Cost: $20

4/14/15
$20
Vichy France (1940-44), Liberation (1944-45) and the Settling of Scores

We'll look at life under the Vichy government and in occupied France. We will trace the rise of the resistance, the role of the communists, the development of maquis guerilla bands, the British-trained operatives and the Free French forces led by Charles de Gaulle. The sad and sometimes heroic story of the Jews in Nazi-dominated France will also be told. Liberation brought about the settling of scores and a messy political legacy. The prominent role of the communists in the resistance greatly alarmed Winston Churchill who pressed President Truman to allow the French to re-occupy their former colony in Indochina. The tragic Vietnam War (1945-75) had its origins in post-Liberation France.
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Course Number: 19407
Cost: $20

4/15/15
$20
Two Forgotten Presidents

Regardless of the length of term, actions or inactions, the office of the President of the United States has been shaped by every one of the individuals to have held the office. The class will look at Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, and at Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd President of the United States. How did these two individuals mold the executive branch of government?
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Course Number: 19457
Cost: $20

4/15/15
$20
The Goddess and Sacred Women of Pre-History

We know of the goddesses of Greek, Roman, Norse, Celtic, Egyptian and other mythologies, but what of the goddesses, or The Goddess, before these civilizations? What were these earlier goddesses like? What concepts did they represent? How are they connected to the goddesses we are more familiar with? What evidence exists of them? That is what we will explore in this class.
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Course Number: 19802
Cost: $35

4/16/15
$35
The Elemental John Ford Western Film

Master Director, John Ford was best known for his Westerns, many starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda and James Stewart. His supporting cast also featured a regular roster of actors like Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, and Harry Carey, Jr. He also incorporated specific elements into each film: the importance of sharing a drink, community events, sentimental music and the spectacular vistas of Monument Valley. We'll examine these elements in films such as The Searchers, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Fort Apache, My Darling Clementine and Stagecoach.
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Course Number: 19981
Cost: $20

4/16/15
$20
International Fairs and Exhibitions: Art Basel - Miami Beach

The art world gathers at a number of international art fairs and exhibitions. Learn about the major shows, than focus on Art Basel Miami Beach, the premier international contemporary art fair held in the United States. Explore the structure of the fair and its satellites, the dizzying social calendar, criticism of the fair, and what the fair tells us about the current state of the art market. Examine the fair's transformational effect on Miami and the Miami Model of private/public collections.
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Course Number: 19123
Cost: $20

4/17/15
$20
The Spanish Founding of Florida and the Spanish Jesuit Massacre of Ajacán (Modern day Virginia)

René Goulaine de Laudonnire founded Fort Caroline in what is now Jacksonville in 1564 as a haven for the Huguenot Protestant refugees from religious persecution. Further down the coast, in 1565 Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded San Agustín (St. Augustine), which is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in any U.S. state. From this base of operations, the Spanish began building Catholic missions. On September 20, 1565, Menéndez de Avilés attacked Fort Caroline, killing most of the French Huguenot soldiers defending it. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Spanish colonization along the East Coast. He will discuss which family shows a possible connection to the Spanish Jesuit Massacre of Ajacán (Modern day Virginia).
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Course Number: 19450
Cost: $20

4/17/15
$20
Microbes that Changed History

Think one person can't make a difference? When a person dies, the impact of their absence must alter the future, for good or for bad. When a large group of people die, the impact of the event must be enormous! We'll discuss some of the major disease epidemics of the past, their cause (microbial or viral) and the degree of impact on society and history.
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Course Number: 19739
Cost: $20

4/17/15
$20
Creative Container Gardening for the High Desert

Learn everything you need to create beautiful, artistic and practical container gardens. This class is perfect for those in apartment/condominium communities, as well as larger homes and landscapes. Container gardens give an artistic focal point to any patio or garden setting. During this class, you'll learn how to successfully design, grow and maintain a variety of container gardens including those for flowers, fruits and vegetables. Note: A materials fee of $20 will be payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.
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Course Number: 19945
Cost: $45

4/17/15
$45
Two Gentlemen on Route 66

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 curated 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.
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Course Number: 19988
Cost: $25

4/17/15
$25
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.
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Course Number: 19854
Cost: $25

4/18/15
$25
The Guadalcanal Campaign ? The Allies go on the Offensive in the Pacific

The U.S. military chose obscure, but suddenly strategic, Guadalcanal Island in the Solomons as the site for its first land offensive in the Pacific Theater. In what would be the first of many amphibious assaults against Japanese-held islands during World War II, the Marines landed on Guadalcanal in August 1942. It became the longest campaign in the Pacific, taking six months of vicious close-quarter combat to secure the island. During that same time seven major naval battles occurred in the surrounding waters as the navies of both sides scrambled to support their respective land forces. We'll review why Guadalcanal was chosen, the challenges it presented, and then examine the land, sea and air battles that took place. Film clips from the 1952 NBC documentary TV series Victory at Sea and the 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific will be used to illustrate portions of the campaign.
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Course Number: 19434
Cost: $45

4/20/15
$45
In the Footsteeps of Lewis and Clark

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana territory from France for 15 million dollars, doubling the size of America. He asked his longtime friend and personal secretary Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition of discovery to the northwest with the purpose of gathering scientific information on plants, animals and native tribes. Lewis' additional charge was to locate a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis chose his friend William Clark to co-lead this expedition. On May 14, 1804, with a crew of 37 men and several boats, the expedition left Saint Charles, Missouri, not to return for 28 months. They traveled into areas where no white men had gone; they met over 50 Indian tribes, 26 of whom had never seen a white man. They met Sacajawea who helped them in the journey. Travel with Ned O?Malia in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.
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Course Number: 19437
Cost: $25

4/21/15
$25
The Search for the Historical Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII is considered the most controversial Pope in modern times. During World War II and up to his death in 1958, he was praised for his efforts to save Jews in Europe. With the publication of the play, The Deputy, in 1963, a major reassessment of Pius XII occurred. Many believed that he was silent about the genocide of European Jews. We'll examine the challenges one faces in looking at his papacy. What is the truth about Pius XII?
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Course Number: 19459
Cost: $20

4/21/15
$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.
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Course Number: 19875
Cost: $25

4/21/15
$25
Claude Debussy: His Life, His Works and Edgar Allan Poe

Although Claude Debussy lived long enough to witness the century of the aeroplane, he would die before being able to write a musical impression of manned flight. A visionary composer, and one of the pillars of modern music, Debussy rejected the label of impressionist. In fact, he rejected all musical labels, concentrating instead on finding a new musical language in which to compose. He was also a man of many interests, not the least of which was the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This presentation will include examples of familiar, as well as less familiar works, as well as excerpts from the unfinished opera The Fall of the House of Usher.
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Course Number: 19669
Cost: $20

4/22/15
$20
Functions of Criminalistics

Do you ever wonder how accurate the television police procedurals are? Forensic science is the application of a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines to answer questions concerning crimes or civil actions. This course offers an introduction to the various scientific methodologies used in the practices of law and criminal investigation. It will also include discussion of instruments and procedures, the limits of forensic science, and current controversies and philosophical dilemmas. The Instructor will offer a real world view of modern forensic science and crime scene investigation as practiced by the real Crime Scene Investigators.
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Course Number: 19721
Cost: $20

4/22/15
$20
In the Spider's Web

...the home of the brave and the land of the free, proclaims our Star Spangled Banner. We are saddened when we hear of oppression in other countries, and count ourselves lucky to live in a free society. But beyond our freedom to and freedom from is a state of being free. Have you ever taken a truly free action? Have you ever had a thought that was truly your own? Are there areas of your life where you feel stuck on the spider's web, unable to break free? This interactive class will explore the concepts of freedom, individuality, and responsibility on the path to being free, and the obstacles (some self-imposed) to this state of being.
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Course Number: 19855
Cost: $20

4/22/15
$20
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.
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Course Number: 19841
Cost: $45

4/23/15
$45
Pre-Modern European Migrations

Much of the history of pre-modern European society was shaped by the migration of various groups of peoples into and across the European landscape. The Celts moved from their homeland in Central Europe and settled throughout much of Western Europe, bringing their language and culture with them. The Romans were yet another migrant group, and undoubtedly one of the most culturally impactful groups because they enforced their political, legal, and religious customs in the territories they settled. Similarly, the German-speaking tribes who moved into Roman territory as the Roman Empire fell, the Vikings, who emerged from Scandinavia in the late 8th century AD and settled throughout much of Western Europe and Muslim peoples, who emerged from the Arabian Peninsula in the mid-7th century AD and settled in Spain and Sicily. We'll examine all of these groups and their impact on the history and culture of Western Europe in the pre-modern period.
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Course Number: 19481
Cost: $45

4/24/15
$45
The Life and Times of C.S. Lewis

Children know him as the author of the Chronicles of Narnia. Fantasy buffs know him as the author of a science fiction trilogy, and as a friend of J. R. R. Tolkien. Christians the world over recognize him as one of the greatest apologists of the 20th century. Academic, poet, novelist, and medievalist, Jack (as he was known to his friends) was a complex yet deeply inspirational figure. Come and explore the life, works and spirituality of Clive Staples Lewis, including the story of the great love of his life, Joy Gresham.
Note: PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL MEET FROM 3:30 - 5:30. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE TIME STATED IN THE OSHER CATALOG.

Course Number: 19501
Cost: $20

4/24/15
$20
Something More than Night: The Mean Streets of Raymond Chandler

Chronic alcoholic, failed oil company executive, womanizer, reluctant screenwriter, lifetime Anglophile, but mostly the creator of the template for the Twentieth Century detective, Raymond Chandler casts a long shadow across American popular culture. In this class we'll examine his life, works, and writing style, and also take a look at his contribution to the cinema in the form of adaptions of his Philip Marlowe novels and Chandler's own original screenplays.
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Course Number: 19526
Cost: $20

4/28/15
$20
Is it Mythology? The Bible? or Shakespeare?

Open your mouth and unknowingly, you channel three of the English language's most abundant linguistic sources. People who exhibit no interest in mythology or religion and certainly, not in Shakespeare, use all three as household words, simply by telling a story. All of a sudden, on a Friday, my flesh and blood thought it was high time I should feed them. I went the extra mile and ordered 20 pizzas, but it was just a drop in the bucket. They ate me out of house and home and harped about my hosting abilities. They can bite the dust. In the end, it is a dog that is man's best friend. For goodness sake, if you haven't slept a wink, puzzling over these word origins, join us and learn is it mythology? The Bible? or Shakespeare?
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Course Number: 19515
Cost: $20

4/29/15
$20
Floral Design: Beginning

Would you love to be able to arrange the beautiful bouquets of flowers that you receive or purchase at your local market? Learn the art of creating beautiful floral designs, both traditional and modern. We?ll focus on European and Western floral arranging styles and learn the principles of great floral design, the basic 'mechanics' of creating a design, and how to choose and condition your plant materials for maximum enjoyment. The first class will offer a lecture and demonstration. The following two sessions will provide opportunities to create your own beautiful artistic designs. Students will supply their own container/vases. Note: All other required materials and plant/flower materials will be supplied with the required fee of $25 to the instructor.
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Course Number: 19943
Cost: $45

4/29/15
$45
Who was the Roman Emperor Trajan?

Trajan or Marcus Ulpius Traianus, was Roman Emperor from 98 to 117 CE. Known as a benevolent ruler, his reign was noted for public projects which benefitted the populace such as improving the dilapidated road system, constructing aqueducts, building public baths and extending the port of Ostia. Trajan was also a highly successful general and won three major conflicts against the Dacians and in the East, resulting in the Roman Empire reaching its greatest size up to that date. These accomplishments earned him his enduring reputation as the second of the Five Good Emperors who presided over an era of peace and prosperity in the Mediterranean world. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Emperor Trajan and his legacy in Roman history.
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Course Number: 19451
Cost: $20

5/1/15
$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.
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Course Number: 19871
Cost: $35

5/4/15
$35
Fracking: A Curse or a Blessing?

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

5/5/15
$25
Mamma Mia ? Here we go again!

Their story could easily be the basis for a Hollywood film: four incredibly talented and enthusiastic young musicians, working steadily in the Scandinavian pop scene, begin singing together at about the same time that they meet an equally enthusiastic young producer who believes they have the potential to become an international success. This presentation, supported by both rare and well-known recordings, will revisit the early efforts of Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid, chronicles their explosive rise and domination of the international pop music scene as the legendary group ABBA, and explores their solo and joint efforts since the group disbanded.
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Course Number: 19646
Cost: $20

5/6/15
$20
Why do we do Theater?

The Greeks used theater to praise or mock their gods. Renaissance craft guilds employed it to celebrate themselves. Juan de Oñate, the colonial governor of New Mexico, commissioned the first play performed in North America to promote religious ideals. But centuries later - what is our motive for still doing live theater, when so many people consider it a dead form, killed by film and television? Richard Peck's reasons may not be yours, but it will be fun to discuss them.
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Course Number: 19649
Cost: $20

5/6/15
$20
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

5/8/15
$20
Nature's Toxic Agents: A Menagerie of Poisonous Critters

You might not like spiders and snakes? but what about toads and salamanders? Enjoy a discussion of the toxicology and treatment for envenomation by: stinging insects, spiders, scorpions, and miscellaneous venomous animals: lizards, amphibians (toads, frogs, and salamanders), and some exotic venomous mammals (platypus, shrews, and solendons). We'll also explore the topic of newly discovered toxic birds.
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Course Number: 19735
Cost: $20

5/11/15
$20
Today's Conflict in the Middle East: The Forgotten Impact of World War I

One of the biggest legacies of World War I is that the world is still dealing with the impact of the dissolution of four empires: German, Austro-Hungarian, Russian, and Ottoman. The class will look at what happened in the former Ottoman Empire. During and after the war, the allies (mainly Britain and France) drew the boundaries and created places such as Iraq and Syria. Is the world now witnessing the dissolution of what was created almost one hundred years ago? What will be the impact of this dissolution?
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Course Number: 19492
Cost: $20

5/13/15
$20
An Invitation to Tea

Tea- that humble little package with a tag ? has built fortunes, changed empires and created social strata. Think you know about the Boston Tea Party? Who organized the raid? What Indians dumped tea? Do you picture the harbor as a giant tea pot? What about the British East India Company and the Opium Wars? What's the difference between Low Tea, High Tea and Sweet Tea ? and we don't mean what they serve in the South. For that matter, what is a crumpet? Explore the history of tea while you sample a British tea table. Note: A tasting fee of $20 is payable to the instructor at the first class because it's fun to learn about food, but even more fun to taste it!
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Course Number: 19948
Cost: $35

5/13/15
$35

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Maralie Waterman-BeLonge, Program Supervisor

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


History

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of New Mexico was launched in the spring of 2007 with 100 members. News of this exciting program spread quickly with members bringing friends and family members to experience the intellectually engaging course offerings. Now in our 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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