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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
The Bible in Popular Culture: An Introduction

Easily one of the best-selling books of all time, the Bible is actually a collection of books and letters written in three languages, by multiple authors, across the centuries. Responsible for influencing human history perhaps more than any other volume, it eventually entered the popular vernacular resulting in popular quotes and misquotes, strange ideas and misconceptions, and - of course - never-ending disputes. This introductory two-part class will explore the background of the documents, the history of its versions, and attempt to unravel some of the popular Biblically-based stories, myths, and misconceptions that permeate western culture.
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Course Number: 19816
Cost: $25

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

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

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

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

12/3/14
$25
Gloria in Excelsis Deo

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

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

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

12/5/14
$19
The Unforgettable Teddy Roosevelt

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

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

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

12/10/14
$25
Christmas as Excess

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

12/11/14
$25
Poems to Last a Lifetime

Poetry provides a language of the heart, for all those moments of longing, fears and hopes. Poems are windows and doorways into the mysteries of life and death, love and loss, beauty and ecstasy. We will read and discuss eleven excellent poems from Roger Housden's Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime. A few of the poets might be familiar like Billy Collins, D. H. Lawrence, John Keats, and Mary Oliver. Other poets like Naomi Shihab Nye and Dorianne Lauxl will explore new territory. Housden describes these poems as bread for the soul and fire for the spirit. We will discuss Housden's insightful commentaries and weigh the experiences of these poems against our own personal experiences. We will look for the kind of understanding that assists us along life's journey. Required Text: Roger Housden, Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime (used, inexpensive copies available on Amazon).
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Course Number: 19547
Cost: $45

1/14/15
$45
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

1/15/15
$20
If the Shoe Fits...

Practical shoes mean protection and comfort, but neither Cinderella nor Louis XIV wore practical shoes to the ball. From King Tut's sandals to Lady Gaga's heels, shoes have indicated wealth, privilege and status. Well-heeled referred not to women, but to men who could afford heels on their boots. Walk a mile, or maybe a few mincing steps, as we try on the history of shoes.
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Course Number: 19416
Cost: $20

1/20/15
$20
Reading for Writers

When writers read, they look beneath the text to what was not said. They examine choices the writer made, the problems solved and not solved. Readers who write increase their appreciation of the text; they read with greater interest, understanding and enjoyment. In this class, members will read and analyze literature from a writer's point of view and will experiment with writing exercises to solidify learning and enhance creative expression. We will explore a variety of genres, including fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. For writers, aspiring writers and other curious souls. Note: This is a recurring class; a new set of readings will be studied each time the class is offered.
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Course Number: 19594
Cost: $70

1/20/15
$70
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?
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Course Number: 19869
Cost: $35

1/20/15
$35
Jump Start - Introduction to Memoir

Have you been thinking about writing memoir but don't know how to begin? Memoir uses the same storytelling techniques as fiction: convincing characters, believable dialogue, vivid scenes, descriptive details. This class will provide an overview of the basics and offer inspiration and exercises to jump start you on the path to viewing your life as story.
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Course Number: 19585
Cost: $50

1/21/15
$50
Planetary Geology

The recent landing of Curiosity on Mars raises the question: Why did we go there and what did we hope to find? In this class, we will take a space trip through our solar system. We will first discuss our Earth and Moon and their geology so as to be able to compare these two planetary bodies with the other planets and their moons. We'll visit Mercury, Venus, Mars Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Then we will cover asteroids and comets (including Pluto). We'll discuss why our planet Earth is unique in our solar system and with respect to exo-planets outside our solar system.
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Course Number: 19717
Cost: $70

1/21/15
$70
Brain Fitness and the Creative Arts

Are you game? We will tap into the parts of your brain which are underused through fun-filled, experiential exercises (music, writing, art, theatre, dance, movement, contemplation). Novices are encouraged to attend. Osher members who participated in the Brain Fitness Introductory class will apply what they have learned. The connection between selected activities and brain stimulation/growth will be explored. Note: Workbook will be available from the instructor for $20.
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Course Number: 19885
Cost: $60

1/21/15
$60
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

1/22/15
$95
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.
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Course Number: 19113
Cost: $60

1/22/15
$60
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

1/22/15
$70
Lifesteps® Weight Management Program

Are you looking for a weight management solution? Are you ready for a change? Employee Health Promotion offers the Lifesteps® Weight Management Program which focuses on changing behaviors that hinder physical exercise, weight loss and the achievement of a healthier lifestyle. Lifesteps® incorporates 16 weekly sessions of 45-60 minutes for small group discussion, behavior change activities, and situational problem solving as well as topics and strategies on encouraging increased physical activity and making quality nutritional choices. The course is taught by a trained Employee Health Promotion Health Educator and certified Lifesteps® leader to groups consisting of up to 20 people. The class provides information, support, and guidance so each participant will learn to develop their own personal action plan that seamlessly follows their unique lifestyle. The course includes (3) one-on-one consultations, biometric measurements, workbook, journals and a personal pedometer to record physical activity.
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Course Number: 19851
Cost: $300

1/22/15
$300
Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: Finding Princess Anastasia Romanov

Did Romanov Princess Anastasia survive a Bolshevik firing squad or did she perish with her family? This question will be answered with DNA results done on a chance find of human remains in a Siberian forest. A short film will be shown that traces the last moments of the Romanov family in 1918. We will also explore the DNA markers that identify the bloodline of Princess Anastasia, and that solve this 20th century mystery.
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Course Number: 19447
Cost: $20

1/23/15
$20
Examining World War I (1914 ? 1918)

Examine the Great War from the summer of 1914 through November of 1918. With a death toll in excess of 16 million, it was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved and far reaching consequences, even a century later. The great power struggle leading up to the War will be discussed, it's main military engagements and its long-term consequences for the later 20th century and present day will be examined. We are now at the 100th anniversary of the War to End all Wars and these lectures will provide an acute context. Recommended reading: The Myth of the Great War. John Mosier. 2002.
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Course Number: 19483
Cost: $95

1/23/15
$95
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

1/23/15
$20
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

1/26/15
$20
Otto von Bismarck: Genius or Tyrant?

Otto von Bismarck said on many occasions: My highest ambition is to make the Germans a nation. That goal was achieved in 1871, and Bismarck became the first chancellor of a united Germany. Professor Jonathan Steinberg believes this achievement was the greatest diplomatic and political achievement by any leader in the last two centuries. We'll look at his fascinating life and career and at the big debates that are still occurring about how he should be remembered.
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Course Number: 19455
Cost: $20

1/26/15
$20
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

1/26/15
$50
Before and After: Art Between 1880 and 1920

We'll address the diverse movements in the arts, especially painting, in the late 19th and early 20th century. This is the period of the Post- Impressionists, Cubists, Futurists, Surrealists, etc. Through careful study of the paintings, we will address reasons for this outpouring of creativity and the marked diversity between the various groups. The final two lectures will focus on the tragic impact of The Great War on the arts.
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Course Number: 19104
Cost: $55

1/27/15
$55
The Empty Frame

Art Theft and Art Forgery are popular themes in Crime Fiction. Stolen masterpieces, forged paintings, corrupt dealers and collectors, and looted museum collections all play large roles in art crime mysteries. Are art crimes different from other crimes? Are art crimes clever capers without real victims? We will explore the history of art crimes and the way art crimes are presented in fiction and films. Topics to be covered will include WWII art looting and special attention will be focused on art crime mysteries set in Italy.
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Course Number: 19529
Cost: $35

1/27/15
$35
Mistaken for an Inventor ? Part 2

What do saccharin, Silly Putty, fireworks, ink-jet printers, Slinkies, Champagne, Kotex and popsicles have in common? They were all mistakes made by inventors who maximized their errors instead of burying them. Grab a popsicle and slink into a class about common objects that started by accident.
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Course Number: 19428
Cost: $20

1/28/15
$20
Mont-Saint-Michel and St. Michael's Mount

Legend says that giants used these two rocky islands facing each other across the English Channel as stepping stones. Mont-Saint-Michel and St. Michael's Mount have identical names, look similar, and both are fortified bastions topped by a church. How do their histories differ, since one is in France (Normandy) and the other in England (Cornwall)? What legacies do they share? And where have the giants gone? The two places have Atlantis-like legends of vanished kingdoms under the seas of the English Channel. Let?s go together and delve into the Mysteries of the Mounts.
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Course Number: 19441
Cost: $20

1/29/15
$20
Poisoners Throughout History

Think the art of poisoning began and ended with the Borgias? What about Arsenic Annie, a German immigrant who was the first woman executed by electrocution in the United States? And Dr. Edward Pritchard? His hanging was the last public execution in Scotland and attendance was said to reach 100,000. The history of poison stretches from 4500 BC and poisons have been used for many purposes across the span of human existence, most commonly as weapons, anti-venoms and medicines. Engage in an educational and fascinating discussion of homicidal poisoning from the days of early humankind, down through the Italian and French Schools of Poisoners and into the present, with case discussions of real poisoners drawn from criminal history.
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Course Number: 19414
Cost: $20

1/30/15
$20
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. Class is limited to 16 participants to maximize opportunities for active participation.
Note: Class will not meet on Feb 16.

Course Number: 19207
Cost: $70

2/2/15
$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. Class is limited to 16 participants to maximize opportunities for active participation.
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Course Number: 19207
Cost: $70

2/2/15
$70
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 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.
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Course Number: 19584
Cost: $70

2/2/15
$70
Magic of Myanmar

Little known to most Americans, Myanmar (historically, Burma) holds a key to world order, bridging India and China -- nations that account for forty percent of the world's population. This once closed country is just now emerging from the destruction of World War II, seven decades of continuing ethnic wars and a half century's isolation under repressive military governments. Although on the cusp of dramatic change, most of Myanmar remains in a state of bare subsistence akin to the eighteenth century. A new constitution and political reform spearheaded by courageous Noble prize laureate Aung San Sui Kyi -- daughter of the iconic Father of Burma, Aung San -- hold the promise of democratic change. Myanmar's beautiful landscapes and people are opening to visitors from Europe and the United States. Take a photographic and cultural journey through this land of Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell -- exotic, mysterious Myanmar.
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Course Number: 19978
Cost: $25

2/2/15
$25
Immigration into the United States: Labor, Identity, Fear and Reform

We will examine the current immigration reform debate in the context of this country's history of immigration. Immigration provided key labor at crucial times like the Chinese coolies who blasted tunnels through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to complete the Transcontinental Railroad or the émigré Jewish and Italian scientists who created the Atomic bombs to end World War II. In turn, these waves of immigrants inspired the powerful fear in millions of Americans that they would change the American identity. This fear inspired nativists groups like the No-Nothing Party of the 1840's and 50's, the Great Revival of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915, and the contemporary Tea Party.
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Course Number: 19249
Cost: $20

2/3/15
$20
Plant Toxicology

Foxglove, Jimson Weed and Oleander ? common, lovely New Mexico plants, but potentially life threatening when consumed. Plant exposures are the 4th most common cause of poisoning. The large number of plant-related exposures and the lack of knowledge about plant toxicity have led to plant paranoia and considerable educational efforts to reduce the number of exposures, but these efforts are often dictated by misconceptions and folklore. Discuss the epidemiology of plant exposures and poisonings, and the toxicology and treatment for exposures to the typical and less common types of plants.
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Course Number: 19733
Cost: $20

2/3/15
$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

2/4/15
$20
From Home Front to Warfront: Roles of Women in WW II - Spooks and Spies

At the beginning of the war, FDR created the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) for the purpose of conducting covert operations against enemies of the United States. Over a third of the 13,000 members of the OSS were women. From information gatherers to spies operating behind enemy lines, this session tells the story of the women who served in the OSS, the precursor of today's CIA.
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Course Number: 19484
Cost: $20

2/4/15
$20
Joyful Journaling

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

2/4/15
$45
The Beatles

Explore the music that still defines a generation and continues to influence artists into the twenty-first century. They were teenagers from Liverpool who became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music and following their break-up in 1970, each member went on to enjoy a successful solo career. The Beatles had musical roots in 1950's rock and roll and Skiffle, a type of popular music with jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences, typically using homemade or improvised instruments. The Beatles later utilized several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as Beatlemania, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's socio-cultural revolutions.
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Course Number: 19644
Cost: $45

2/5/15
$45
Unraveling the Mystery: How Music Works

Welcome back to the fourth installment of our hands-on exploration of basic musical concepts. With the help of a keyboard, this session will focus on getting down to fundamentals: notes, rhythms, and how they combine to become 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, instrumentation and much, much more. Future classes will continue to be scheduled according to class interest.
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Course Number: 19655
Cost: $20

2/5/15
$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.
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Course Number: 19835
Cost: $20

2/6/15
$20
Ernie Pyle

Ernie Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist who reported on World War II from both Europe and the Pacific until his death in 1945 on an island northwest of Okinawa. He was also an Albuquerque resident who said about his affection for the Southwest that it was like being in love with a woman. You love her and you can't help yourself. The only home he owned is now the Ernie Pyle Library in southeast Albuquerque. This class will examine the life and writings of this noted Albuquerque resident.
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Course Number: 19491
Cost: $20

2/11/15
$20
Irish Healing Wells

Cliffs of Moher, Kildare, Foughart -- these and dozens of other wells in Ireland have been revered for centuries because of their healing properties. Why do thousands of people visit these ancient springs and leave offerings of crutches, flowers, and photos? What healing takes place at Irish wells that can't be found in medical clinics? Yes, the Irish word tobar means a well, but it also implies fountain of wisdom and source of well-being. In Dr. Sutton's nine journeys to Ireland, she has attended many of these holy wells and will bring some waters to class. With pictures and stories, she will reveal the deserved legacy of Irish wells for healing.
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Course Number: 19857
Cost: $20

2/12/15
$20
Medieval England, 1066-1485AD

In 1066 AD the duke of Normandy, William II, defeated an English army at the battle of Hastings and made good on his claim to be the rightful king of England. William's victory at the battle of Hastings forged a closer, if tense, relationship between England and France, and this fractious relationship would eventually result in known as the Hundred Years War, lasting from 1337-1453 AD. This was also a period of immense political, legal, and cultural development in English society. The Norman victory at the battle of Hastings led to the introduction of Norman French as the language of the elite in English society, and the incorporation of many French words into the developing English language. Norman French political and legal customs, many of them drawing heavily on imperial Roman law, did not bring about the elimination of older Anglo-Saxon political and legal customs, but instead led to a fascinating synthesis of the two and a concomitant balance of power between the kings and their subjects best seen in Magna Carta. Norman kings were embraced by the English people themselves, such that, long before they founded their North American colonies, the English were actively attempting to colonize their neighbors in the British Isles: Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. We?ll examine all these aspects of English history from 1066-1485 and will see that this was a formative period for English society as we know it today.
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Course Number: 19479
Cost: $45

2/13/15
$45
Celtic Heroines and Heroes

Feasting or fighting, wooing or worshipping, the Celts were a vibrant people. Irish and Welsh myths are bursting with tales of super-humans. We'll delve into the epic contest between Queen Maeve of Connaught and Cuchulain of Ulster. The magical Welsh wise-woman Ceridwen trained Taliesin to be the greatest Celtic bard. The ancient story of Finn Mac Cool and his Fianna warriors matches actual history, in Brian Boru's army of a thousand years ago. Real heroines too! Warrior-queen Boudicca almost drove the Romans out of Britain, and pirate-queen Grace O'Malley nearly defeated the navy of Elizabeth I.
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Course Number: 19413
Cost: $25

2/17/15
$25
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.
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Course Number: 19485
Cost: $20

2/18/15
$20
A Woman in Both Houses: My Career in New Mexico Politics

Pauline was a career politician and the first woman to serve in both the Senate and House of Representatives for the New Mexico State Legislature. Her memoir was the winner of the 2012 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award in the Best Political Book category. Mrs. Eisenstadt's class will utilize her book to help students begin to record their memories and life stories for their children and grandchildren to read and treasure.
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Course Number: 19592
Cost: $45

2/18/15
$45
Sounds of the Sacred Harp

Sacred Harp, or shape note singing, is a living tradition of Southern American hymn-singing using a system of seven shape syllable singing. Its evolution in the first half of the 19th century has roots which predate the American Revolution; its origins can be found in rural England, in Reformation psalmody, and perhaps even in the music of the Renaissance. Amplified by copious field and studio recordings, as well as excerpts from the 2006 documentary Awake, My Soul, this presentation will provide a basic introduction to the concept and history of this fascinating and raucous form of American southern hymnody.
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Course Number: 19657
Cost: $20

2/18/15
$20
Robert Frost

Mention the name Robert Frost, and anyone familiar with poetry remembers reading Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening in high school. Behind those lines is a man who was plagued by tragedy most of his life. His father died when Frost was eleven, leaving the family destitute. His mother and sister as well as Frost himself suffered from mental illness which followed his family into the next generation. He never finished college and failed as a farmer. Yet, his poetry became an iconic representation of American rural life for which he won four Pulitzer Prizes. Who was this man whose epitaph reads I had a lover's quarrel with the world?
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Course Number: 19545
Cost: $25

2/19/15
$25
An Introduction to Thought Field Therapy

Do you want a Fantastic Relationship with your Finances, Health and Emotional Well Being? Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a unique mind-body therapy that capitalizes on the power of the body's energy system to relieve the emotional distress associated with many psychological problems and open new channels for overall wellness and creativity. Come and experience the benefits of TFT and explore the Map of Consciousness, developed by David Hawkins the father of kinesiology. Learn how to calibrate your energy and increase your ability to create.
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Course Number: 19881
Cost: $25

2/21/15
$25
Serial Murder Communications

They come from diverse backgrounds, achieve varied levels of education and status, but consistently, from BTK to Son of Sam, serial murderers are also serial communicators. They engage in 27 different modes or types of communication (or rhetoric), such as letters, phone calls, texts and body part transmission. They communicate before, during and after their murders about the crimes. Mass communication also plays a major role in serial murder. The frequency of this crime is influenced by the interactions between four primary stakeholders; killers, police, media and the public. Paradoxically, media coverage of serial murder both motivates the killer and may lead to his or her apprehension.
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Course Number: 19887
Cost: $45

2/23/15
$45
The Joy of Writing Poetry

This class is for those who enjoy writing poems, but have never taken the endeavor seriously. We'll start each class by reading and discussing exemplary poems about the natural world, family, hardship, and love. Then we'll write, read, and revise our in-class efforts using a series of prompts and revision strategies. We will emphasize expression rather than technique, but we will discuss form as participants wish.
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Course Number: 19512
Cost: $70

2/24/15
$70
Speaking Out in a Closed Society

In pre-Communist China, women in the small villages of Hunan Province developed their own secret writing system. They used this script to communicate with each other because they were not allowed to go to school and learn Mandarin. Their script is called Nu Shu, which means women's writing. It was usually sewn into household linens as decoration, in order to disguise its true purpose. Norma Libman has written a novel, Lonely River Village, based on actual writings preserved from this era. She will tell us how she discovered the Nu Shu, how she obtained translations and how she wrote this story of women who refused to be silenced in a culture that did not value their contributions.
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Course Number: 19440
Cost: $20

2/25/15
$20
Dr. Who(?)

On November 23, 1963, a new children's television program was broadcast by the BBC. Because of the previous day's events (the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the deaths of authors C. S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley), the premiere was rebroadcast at tea-time the following Saturday. The plot was simple: a wandering time traveler and his granddaughter, along with two school teachers, visit various periods of planetary (and interplanetary) history. With a little luck, parents would welcome a new family oriented show, and it would run for a few years. 51 years later, Doctor Who has become the longest-running television program of all time, and fans around the world are now following the adventures of the 12th Time Lord (they regenerate, you know!). If you can't tell your TARDIS from your Sonic Screwdriver, or if you simply want to catch up with the worldwide Who-vian mania, this class is for you.
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Course Number: 19924
Cost: $20

2/25/15
$20
The Indo-European Connection to the Celts (DNA and Language Origin)

The Indo-European languages are a family of several hundred related languages and dialects. There are about 439 languages and dialects, according to the 2009 Ethnologue estimate, about half (221) belonging to the Indo-Aryan sub-branch. It includes most major current languages of Europe, the Iranian plateau, and the Indian Subcontinent, and was also predominant in ancient Anatolia. Mr. Cervantes will show a documentary on the history of the Celts. The connection between the Indo-European language and the Celts will also be explored. This will be done through DNA studies and a discussion on the migration patterns of this ancient civilization.
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Course Number: 19449
Cost: $20

2/27/15
$20
Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song

Actor, singer, and songwriter Bobby Darin (1936-73) had impossibly good looks and apparently limitless talent that allowed him to score hits in pop, rock, jazz, and even country music. During a time of increasing political activism, personal trauma - combined with the assassinations of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy - led to a period of seclusion from the world and a change in his musical direction. Although his life was cut short by fragile health, he worked tirelessly to reach as many people as possible with his music.
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Course Number: 19651
Cost: $20

3/2/15
$20
Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME

Enrich your experience of Opera Southwest's spring production, one of the most popular operas ever written. Its music will thrill you and your heart will break as you experience young love with all its joys and sorrows. We will explore the opera's sources in French history and literature so that when the heroine says early on They call me Mimi, I don't know why you will have the answer.
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Course Number: 19687
Cost: $20

3/2/15
$20
Louis May Alcott: Not just the Little Woman you thought you knew

Best known for Little Women and other children's books, Louisa May Alcott grew up in Concord, Massachusetts, with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau as friends and mentors. Struggling to support her family, she became one of the best-selling and most versatile authors of the nineteenth century. We'll examine her novel Work, a realistic portrayal of single women seeking to support themselves, and her unsparing account of life in a utopian community. We'll also read Hospital Sketches, her memoir of her Civil War nursing career, and several thrillers she penned under a pseudonym, as well as her story V.V., the first American detective story written by a woman.
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Course Number: 19516
Cost: $25

3/3/15
$25
Everything you ever wanted to know about going to the Theater, but were afraid to ask

Too often people don't make attending plays, operas, ballets, and symphonies a part of their life because they aren't that familiar with attending the performing arts. And who can blame them? The arts often surround themselves with jargon and confusing etiquette. In this informative and lighthearted lecture Carole Sullivan demystifies the experience and tells you how to get the most out of a performance - before - during - and - after. She will also explore the benefits of live performance in this electronic age. Local, National and International Resources will be referenced. A question/answer session is included.
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Course Number: 19616
Cost: $20

3/3/15
$20
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.
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Course Number: 19888
Cost: $70

3/3/15
$70
Four Great Short Novels

Somewhere in the middle distance between the novel and the short story, the novella or short novel boasts of many classic works. This course will read and discuss The Heart of Darkness, The Turnof the Screw, The Professor's House, and The Red Badge of Courage.
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Course Number: 19534
Cost: $45

3/4/15
$45
Buddy Holly and The Day the Music Died

Music critic Bruce Eder once wrote that Buddy Holly was the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll. Less than two years after the hit That'll Be the Day was released, his tragic death in a plane crash cut short his success as a rock and roll pioneer. Immortalized in the song American Pie, Holly's remarkable innovations would inspire generations of musicians to come.
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Course Number: 19627
Cost: $20

3/4/15
$20
Playing the Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is the oldest human wind instrument still played within the culture from which it came. We'll discuss the place of the didgeridoo and bimli (clap sticks) in Australian ritual, as well as several other aspects of Australian indigenous culture. Play the didgeridoo for meditation/relaxation, to reduce snoring/sleep apnea, or to amaze and astound your friends! This beginning/intermediate class will guide you through all aspects of playing the didgeridoo from clarifying the drone to vocalizing, creating animal sounds, designing patterns, and tested, effective ways to achieve two quite different types of circular breathing. Practice didgeridoos are available or bring your own! Note: A $25 fee payable to the instructor covers a step-by-step manual plus Playing The Didgeridoo, a DVD by Charles Eaton?player, teacher, and maker of fine didgeridoos. Dr. Eaton has previously taught UNM classes in the making of stone tools and will show examples and techniques unique to Australian tradition.
Note: Please note this date for this course varies from the catalog- the class will run 4 Wednesdays, 3/4 - 3/25/15.

Course Number: 19647
Cost: $45

3/4/15
$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: 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? 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 14 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
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.
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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
Perceptions of Mental Illness Through History

Social responses to the behavior of the mentally ill have varied enormously through history. Ancient conceptions of madness in the Near East, Greece and Rome included the intervention of the gods as well as the human conflicts of guilt and desire, shame and grief. Hippocrates was the first to formulate theories of madness based on the functioning of the body. In the middle ages, demons took center stage. The mentally ill were confined like prisoners, persecuted as witches, and psychic epidemics swept the land. With the Renaissance came Bedlam and the resuscitation of scientific thought. In the modern era, approaches have included the psychological, sociocultural, the humanitarian, the search for meaning, and the current emphasis on neuro-science. Our focus will be on shifting social perceptions of mental illness in the western world.
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Course Number: 19853
Cost: $45

3/24/15
$45
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.
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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 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. Note: A material fee $3 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: 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.
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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? Do you only write about negative life experiences? What if you couldn't wait to open your journal to create and write about your life? In this class we will explore ways to help you develop a journaling practice that fosters creativity and self-nourishment. You will learn some journaling techniques, ideas for creative journal entry topics, and ways to keep yourself inspired and coming back to the page because you want to, not because it's an obligation. Classes will be used for writing and embellishing your journals and also discussion of journaling practices. Note: A materials fee of $10 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the first class.
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Course Number: 19591
Cost: $45

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: $25

4/15/15
$25
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: $40

4/17/15
$40
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.
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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: $40

4/29/15
$40
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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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.

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