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Center for Global Awareness

Upcoming Classes:

Waves of Global Change: A Holistic World History (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/24/2019
Divided: Colliding Ways We See the World (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/7/2019

Dodici AzpaduPrize‐winning poet and author, Dodici Azpadu, holds a PhD in Language and Literature and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has taught in the Honors College at UNM, and currently, she teaches writing at CNM. Her novels SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE PRIME OF LIFE and GOAT SONG were published in the United States and Great Britain, and both enjoyed more than 10‐years of bookstore shelf life. Her third novel, LIVING ROOM, was a 2010 finalist for the NM Book Awards in Fiction. For more information, visit her website at www.dodici‐azpadu.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Fiction Writing (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 3/18/2019
Grammar For Writers (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/14/2019

Sarah BakerSarah H. Baker, author of more than a dozen published novels, grew up in New Orleans and has lived all over the country from Alaska to Georgia, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. Sarah holds an MS in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas. Although she works fulltime for the government, Sarah also writes mysteries as S. H. Baker. Her fourth book in the Dassas Cormier Mystery Series, The Not‐So‐High Seas, hit the shelves in 2009, and the series is currently being recorded for audio books. Her fifth Dassas Cormier book is due out in 2011.

Upcoming Classes:

E‐Publishing: The Wave of the Future! (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/11/2019

Richard Blankmeyer was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. He attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating in 1960 with a BA in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he was assigned to an LST home ported in San Diego. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39 year career in banking which included various management positions in internal audit, consumer loan operations, and project development. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.

Upcoming Classes:

Behind the Fence for National Defense: Japanese‐American Internment in WWII (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/15/2019

Roberta BoggessRoberta Boggess is on the Leadership Council of the OLLI at the University of New Mexico. She is an active volunteer, participating in membership drives and any necessary events from baking cakes to making presidential decisions. Roberta has a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in linguistics. She taught writing and literature in Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years. "Bobbie " has received several teaching awards including the Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Teacher of the Year in 1990 and 1998. An informed and animated teacher, she loves explaining the story behind the story " to make literature and history come alive. Ms. Boggess has taught the following courses for the Osher program: Beowulf, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Plague, Why Do We Say That? John Donne was a Rock Star, and Theatre from the Greeks to Shakespeare. "

Upcoming Classes:

Out of the Mouths of Babes – Part Two (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/27/2019
Sportin' Life, Part Two: Why Do We Say That? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/18/2019
If Walls Could Talk – Part One (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/20/2019
Mistaken for an Inventor, Part II (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/25/2019
Ernie Pyle (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/4/2019
If Walls Could Talk – Part Two (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 4/3/2019
Dr. Livingstone, I Presume? " " (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/10/2019
The Johnstown Flood (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/20/2019

Heidi CarlsonFor the past 30 years I've been involved in the New York publishing industry. Early on I worked for HarperCollins Publishers and then started my long time career working for literary agents reviewing both published and unpublished books. Working for the William Morris Agency's World Wide head of their literary division I was fortunate to review many best selling authors' work; including that of James Michener, Tom Clancy, Umberto Eco, Larry McMurtry, Judy Blume, to name a few. Now in the UNM Continuing Education Department I find great satisfaction in helping new writers develop their talents and skills.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Memoir (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/25/2019

Angelo CervantesAngel Cervantes is an avid genealogical researcher and has done historical and genealogical research in the Archivos of Chihuahua, Colima, Jalisco and Zacatecas, Mexico. He worked as a NM State Archivist in Santa Fe in 2001.

Upcoming Classes:

Coronado and Spanish Exploration of the Southwest (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/22/2019
The Colony of La Nueva México (1598‐1848) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/22/2019
The San Patricios and The Mexican‐American War (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/8/2019
Historiography and Paleography versus Pseudohistory, Conspiracy Theory, Oral Tradition, Myth and Symboli (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/12/2019
The Villa de Albuquerque (1706‐1821) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/26/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Rus and the Rurik Dynasty (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/5/2019
Bible Battles (Abraham to Joshua) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/10/2019
Bible Battles (Joshua to Saul) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/17/2019
Spanish Castas, DNA, and Identity (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/24/2019
Spain and Russia's Connection to the Founding of California (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/31/2019

Equal parts artist and outdoor enthusiast, Carol Chamberland finds inspiration in the wild landscapes and history of New Mexico. She holds a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University, plus an MA and MFA in Conceptual Design from San Francisco State University. Upon relocating to New Mexico in 2004 she began volunteering on archeological projects specializing in rock art. Since then she has worked on several undertakings and in 2009 organized a project with BLM archeologist Gretchen Obenauf. Now in their tenth year, the group of BLM volunteers visits remote sites on public lands to record the petroglyphs and pictographs of various ancient New Mexican cultures. She is currently president of the Albuquerque Archeological Society and founding member of the Rock Art Council of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Sampler of Women Artists – Part Six: Judith Leyster to Lee Bontecou (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/22/2019

Margo Chavez‐Charles was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and lives in Santa Fe. She teaches interdisciplinary classes in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico. She has a BA in English, an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language and Teaching French, and an M.A. in Liberal Education from St. John's College. The classes she teaches at UNM involve interdisciplinary approaches to history, literature, social justice, political science, and intercultural communication. She has also been involved in international education UNM programs in Spain and Latin America. Her interest in social issues has led to the creation of other classes such as: "War Cry, " "Dissent and Democracy, " "The Unofficial Story: Understanding our Hidden History, " "Through Another's Eyes, " and "Crossing Borders " (related to issues of the US/Mexico border).

Upcoming Classes:

A Wealth and Poverty in America: What then must we do? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/5/2019

Mary ClarkMary Clark has a degree in Medical Technology, working in hospital labs and eventually at the Mayo Clinic in MN. She worked at a Medical Device company in California for nearly 28 years. She is married with two grown children, and anxious to pursue her passion ‐ coaching those with hearing loss and their employers. A skilled and experienced trainer in volunteer and professional settings, Mary holds a certificate in Training Program Development from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a Certificate as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist from HLAA. Her new company is "The Hearing Loss Coach. "

Upcoming Classes:

Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/15/2019
Ok I've got a hearing aid – NOW what? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/6/2019

Daniel Steven Crafts wrote for the great tenor Jerry Hadley until his tragic death. The first of their collaborations, The Song and the Slogan, a setting of poetry by Carl Sandburg, was made into a program for the PBS Television Network and ultimately won an Emmy for Best Music. His opera and vocal music and collaborations have included work with writers Rudolfo Anaya (La Llorona), V.B. Price (From a Distant Mesa), Benedict and Nancy Freedman (Sappho), Erik Bauersfeld (Diary of a Madman; Bartleby), poet Adam Cornford (many works) and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).With Too Much Coffee Man Opera he created a new sub‐genre of classical opera known as Gonzo Opera. While using the vocal techniques of traditional opera, Gonzo Opera uses wildly comical and satirical plots and situations, and is designed for small ensembles. GonzoOpera.com To date Mr. Crafts has completed 17 operas, 13 symphonies, 6 concertos, and 15 large orchestral works, as well as a variety of shorter pieces. Having spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Crafts moved to New Mexico in 1999.www.dscrafts.net / http://www.scene4.com/0514/carlasullwold0514.html

Upcoming Classes:

A Foole's Guide to Medieval Music (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/18/2019

I am an Associate Professor of geography at the University of New Mexico. My research focuses on people–plant interactions, principally in Africa and in African‐descent communities around the Atlantic. I have studied plants from several academic perspectives, including geography, ecology, history, ethnography, and cultural studies. I have studied many vegetation types–ranging from a rare type of forest in West Africa to the global savanna biome–and six different plants–the most widely known being the African baobab tree, and cannabis. I am currently focused on the history of cannabis in Africa and the Atlantic. I have published over 30 peer‐reviewed papers on various topics, as well as book on the world history of cannabis (Cannabis, Reaktion Books, 2015). A second book forthcoming (Mariamba: African Roots of Marijuana, Duke University Press, late 2018). As a university professor I've taught over 2,300 students, on topics such as physical geography, political ecology, and African studies. I can be found on the Internet at: http://www.unm.edu/~duvall/Home.html and at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris_Duvall.

Upcoming Classes:

A Cultural History of Cannabis (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/11/2019

* Born and educated in Albuquerque, New Mexico.* Received BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM in 1954.* Served two years as a Lt. In the USAF in aircraft hydraulic system R&D at WPAFB.* Worked as an engineer, sales and marketing manager, subsidiary president, corporate VP and consultant for Pall Corporation for 45 years, mostly on Long Island, NY. Was their 81st employee and at retirement they had over 9,000.* Currently serves on the UNM, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.* He helps review and rate the projects of the Mechanical Engineering Senior Design classes, four times a year.

Upcoming Classes:

Testing Your DNA (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/15/2019
Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 5/17/2019

I received my Bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, my Masters in Counseling, from USC and my doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University), in Los Angeles, in 1979.I worked many years for private mental health clinics in California. I was on the staff of Cedars‐Sinai Medical Center from 1985‐1991 where I began my tenure, there, as a psychologist in both the adult and child outpatient departments. In 1988, I was promoted to supervisor where I supervised psychological interns from both USC and UCLA. I led seminars on various topics and participated in weekly multidisciplinary staff meetings where unusual and interesting treatment cases were presented.From 1994‐2006 I ran my own business in Woodland Hills, Ca. I worked with many types of people, performing individual, family, couples and group psychotherapy. I wrote extensive worker's compensation evaluations as well as child custody reports.My areas of interest are quite widespread. Having worked with police personnel in Los Angeles, I gained experience in Post‐Traumatic Stress Disorder with its many facets and degrees of severity. I am a strong believer in existential theory in that every human being has the ability to define his own destiny within the scope of his/her particular physical limits. I believe in the theories of Abraham Maslow and his self‐actualization doctrine as well as Viktor Frankl who believed that people without a personal, well‐defined meaning in life, merely exist, but do not live.I treat traditional psychological problems such as anxiety, depression, grief reactions, phobias, marriage difficulties, empty nest concerns and personal detachment and separation problems. I also work with geriatric issues, revolving around personal mortality, loss of physical and mental functioning, loss of a life partner and loss of personal meaning (this, of course, is not limited to the geriatric population)I am also a creative writer. I have had a play of mine performed in Santa Fe in 2009. I am currently a writer for ETHER BOOKS, an online publishing concern, that permits IPhones, Droids, Blackberries and other such mobile phone devices to download stories, poems and essays. I published book on marriage called GIVE AND TAKE WITH EB AND FLO and also published a full length stage play, entitled, UNTIL WE'RE CALLED TO RISE. I also have a novel being considered for publ0ication.

Upcoming Classes:

Thomas Jefferson (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/19/2019
The Life of Ernest Hemingway (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/11/2019
The Case for Reincarnation (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/14/2019
The Anatomy of Humor (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/8/2019
Baseball as a Metaphor for Life (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/18/2019
The Art of Playwriting (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/2/2019
A History of Mental Illness: From Snake Pits to Gene Therapy (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/5/2019
The Beauty of Motion Picture Soundtracks (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/16/2019
New Mexico's Role in the Civil War (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/21/2019
The Psychology of Charisma (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/30/2019
The Basics of Music Theory (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/8/2019

Ramon FloresRamón Flores is a native of Albuquerque who earned B.A. in History and M.A. in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. In the course of a thirty year career as a theatre director, playwright, actor and producer Ramón has extensively researched and written on a number of historical issues. Ramón wrote, directed and produced two plays about New Mexico's colonial period. With Lynn Butler Knight he co‐wrote The Merchant of Santa Fe which addressed the plight of New Mexico's Hidden Jews living under the shadow of the Inquisition in 1670. With Taos Pueblo writer James Lujan he co‐wrote Casi Hermanos about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 which was produced in 1995.In 2004 Ramón co‐wrote and produced the play The Peculiar Case of José Padilla about the New York born Puerto Rican who was held as an "enemy combatant " in a US military brig for more than three years and accused of being "the dirty bomber " for Al Qaida. This play addressed the issues raised by the "Global War on Terrorism. " He is currently working on follow up play to The Peculiar Case of José Padilla. For the UNM Continuing Education Division, Ramón has previously offered the lecture series "Islam and the West, " "The Manhattan Project, " and "A City Upon the Hill: American Exceptionalism from Puritan New England to Bagdad of 2007. " Ramón is a popular lecturer through Story of New Mexico and has led film series and other discussion groups. Recently, he provided courses for Osher on the origins and role of the Tea Party Movement, Propaganda, Populism and Corruption of Western Ideals and the Myth of Secure Borders. Ramón is a voracious reader and researcher and has a loyal following within the Osher community.

Upcoming Classes:

The On‐Going Struggle in Syria (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/21/2019
World Leaders: President Xi Jinping (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/28/2019
What priority should Global Warming Mitigation have in the 2020 campaign? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/18/2019

Karen A. Foss is Regents' Professor Emeritus of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico and coauthor of ten books that challenge and reframe the disciplines of communication and women studies, including Inviting Transformation, Women Speak, and Gender Stories. She is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences, addressing issues of communication, gender, social change, and feminist perspectives. Accomplished public speaker and facilitator, Karen has received teaching awards from Humboldt State University and the University of New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Become the Creative Director of a Colorful Life! (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/3/2019

Robert GishRobert F. Gish holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.degrees in English and American Studies from the University of New Mexico and is the recipient of the Erna Fergusson Distinguished Alumni Award from UNM. He is the author of over twenty works of fiction, memoir, folktales, and literary biographies as well as numerous monographs and essays on the literature, history, and culture of the American Southwest. His short story collections include West Bound, Dreams of Quivira, Bad Boys and Black Sheep, and First Horses: Stories of the New West. Bob taught at the University of Northern Iowa from 1967‐1991, where he was University Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English, as well as Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He served as Director of Ethnic Studies and Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from 1991‐2001. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pen West, the Authors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild. He and his wife, Judith, live in Albuquerque. They are the parents of three children and six grandchildren. He is a jazz guitarist and vocalist by avocation. Please visit his website: www.robertfgish.com

Upcoming Classes:

People into Pages: Reading People and Developing Characters in Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/2/2019
Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/7/2019

Donald Gluck has four university degrees including a PhD in Engineering. He was an early subscriber to William Buckley's National Review and has studied Conservatism for several decades. In 2010 at the University of New Mexico he chartered a conservative club which he led or was active in for five years. He has lectured on Conservatism in Albuquerque and Santa Fe since 2011.

Upcoming Classes:

Churchill, Roosevelt and the Holocaust (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/2/2019
The USSR: A State Against its People (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/2/2019

I was born in France, educated in New York City, seasoned in California and cured in New Mexico. I grew up in a family with an intense food culture. I discovered my calling as a food historian with an interdisciplinary approach in 1999. Food touches on all aspects of life and can be used as an organizing principle to make sense of the human condition. Since then I've traveled around the world, exploring and studying foodways.

Upcoming Classes:

A History of Food: Globalization and Industrialization (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/4/2019

Ralph GreeneRalph Beery Greene, Jr., more or less abandoned the mainstream at 18, has never really looked back and remains an iconoclast to this day. A Brooklyn raised eldest son of enterprising and conservative parents, he began adulthood not as an artist, but as a soldier after skipping a high school class one day with the "better idea " of enlisting in the Marine Corps. There he remained for the better part of ten years. In Washington DC after his discharge, Greene attended his first drawing classes at a Georgetown University summer art program, and knew immediately, at 25, that he'd found his métier. He received his BFA, and his MFA at Pratt Institute by 1972. His work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Pratt Institute Gallery, the 141 Prince St. Gallery, Queens College and the Studio School in NYC; at the Center for Contemporary Art, the Wiford and Vogt Gallery and the Dartmouth St. Gallery in New Mexico; and is included in private collections throughout the US, including Chase Manhattan Bank, Union Carbide, and the Albuquerque Museum.

Upcoming Classes:

The History of Art (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/14/2019

Melody was born and raised in Las Cruces, southern New Mexico, but spent a few years growing up " on Guam and in the Philippines. A graduate of New Mexico State University (B.S. Education), she is also a graduate of the University of New Mexico (M.A. Education). Melody taught in Albuquerque until leaving the classroom to become a full‐time freelance writer. Melody Groves and Johnny Boggs Melody and Johnny Boggs A deep love of anything cowboy and Old West creates a fertile playground for her imagination. After spending ten years with the New Mexico Gunfighters Association, she learned what it feels like going toe to toe with a revolver‐wielding sheriff. Being both "good guy " and "bad guy " gives her a firsthand feel for what her western characters experience. Melody is a contributing editor for Round Up magazine for Western Writers of America. She is also a contributing writer for "American Westward Expansion, " a collegiate history encyclopedia. She also writes for Wild West, True West, New Mexico and other magazines. When not writing, she's busy playing rhythm guitar with the Jammy Time Band. "

Upcoming Classes:

Butterfield's Byways: America's First Mail Route Across the West (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/22/2019
So, You Want to Write for Magazines? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/1/2019
Nine Things You May Not Know About Billy the Kid (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/8/2019
Old Town: 300 Years in the Making (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/16/2019
When Old West Lawmen Went Bad (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/2/2019
Writing Realistic Characters in Dialogue: Fiction and Non Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/23/2019

Ron Herman earned a B.S. in physics and math from NM Highlands University in 1971, and later he received his NM teacher certification. Ron completed an MS in Mechanical Engineering at UNM in 1981, and in 1987 he taught Introduction to Mechanical Engineering as an adjunct professor there. He earned an MBA from UNM in 2006. He worked as a product development engineer for Sagebrush Technologies and other small companies, and he has owned his own small company, Engineering Ideas. He is now retired. Ron has studied religions as a Catholic, Baha'i, Unitarian, and Humanist. He was coordinator for education classes for the Humanist Society of NM from 2006‐2008 and developed curriculum for both children and adults. He has been conducting research into the history of science and religion for the past ten years.

Upcoming Classes:

Milestones in the History of Science and Religion (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/1/2019

Carol A. Hill is a geologist and author of many books including Cave Minerals of the World, and Geology of Carlsbad Cavern, and Geology of the Delaware Basin. She was featured on the NOVA show "Mysterious Life of Caves, " which aired on PBS on October 1, 2002. Carol has been an ASA member since 1984 and a member of the ASA Affiliation of Geologists since its foundation.

Upcoming Classes:

Geology of the Grand Canyon (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/3/2019
Geology of the Jemez Mountains (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/1/2019

Lizabeth JohnsonLizabeth Johnson earned her MA in History from UNM in 2000 and her Ph.D. in History from University of Wash¬ington, Seattle in 2008. She has long had an interest in both ancient and medieval history, particularly the history of Celtic peoples. This interest in Celtic history led her to an interest in colonialism, particularly Roman and English colonialism in the British Isles. Her recent research has revolved around the survival of native legal practices in Wales in the century after the English conquest of Wales.

Upcoming Classes:

Ancient Egypt (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/20/2019
Medieval Germany (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/6/2019
Ancient Greece (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/3/2019
The Romans (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/1/2019

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and writing coach. She has led workshops in fiction and creative non‐fiction writing for 25 years, and has taught writing at UNM Albuquerque, Southwest Writers and Santa Monica College, where she was founding editor of the literary journal, E‐33: Writings from Emeritus. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, New Millenium Writings, Chokecherries, The Crimson Crane and The Whole Life Times. She holds an MFA in fiction from Antioch University, LA and has worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television. She divides her time between California and Northern New Mexico, and provides coaching and developmental editing for new and experienced writers. For more information, visit her website at www.conniejosefs.com.

Upcoming Classes:

A Thousand Words: Writing from Images (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/5/2019
Reading for Writers (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/23/2019

Julius Kaplan earned his BA from Wesleyan University, his MA and PhD from Columbia. An art historian by profession, now retired, he has been an opera fanatic since his mid‐teens. Attracted to New Mexico by Santa Fe Opera, he is currently Vice‐President of the Board of Opera Southwest.Relevant experience: a life‐long opera enthusiast, I have seen the opera many times and have read extensively about Puccini, Belasco and the opera itself.

Upcoming Classes:

Opera Connoisseurship (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/2/2019

Doug LindseyI have been helping clients with social security decisions and financial planning issues for the past four years. I have attended many continuing education courses on Social Security planning taught by local experts including "Understanding the Benefits of Social Security " presented by Eva Lujan, Social Security Office Public Affairs Specialist and numerous courses taught by Peter Murphy, Retirement Specialist in Santa Fe. I am a member of the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and recently accepted a position on the FPA board. Doug Lindsey is a Certified Financial Planner™ with MGM, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor established in Albuquerque in 1990. He has worked as a planner at MGM since 2008 and has lived in New Mexico since 1992. Doug has a bachelor's degree in computer science and has worked for IBM, Albuquerque Public Schools and Intuit, makers of Quicken and Turbotax. Doug and his wife, Cindy, have four awesome children (Nic, Sam, Ben and Ellie) and one lovely daughter‐in‐law (Nic married his childhood sweetheart, Lindsey, and her name is now Lindsey Lindsey, yes really). The three younger kids still live at home where they keep their full‐time mom young and busy. Sam is in high school at the Academy, loves reading, computers and dogs; Ben is at Double Eagle Elementary School and loves soccer, swords and video games; Ellie is also at Double Eagle and loves art, fairy books and ice cream. Doug enjoys running and mountain biking in the foothills, belongs to a book club and loves to read everything from post‐apocalypse fiction (The Road, The Stand, The Passage) to philosophy, science and humor (David Sedaris and The Onion). He was an avid water skier in his youth and wishes Albuquerque had more lakes. He enjoys pop‐up trailer camping in the mountains with Cindy and the kids, playing cards and strategy games (Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan, Agricola) , dark chocolate, dark beer and rock‐n‐roll. Doug completed his first marathon in 2009 and hasn't yet decided if he liked it

Upcoming Classes:

Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/5/2019
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/7/2019
Osher Membership Event : Cybersecurity (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/16/2019
Savvy Personal Finance Technology: What Baby Bomers and Gen‐X'ers Need to Know About FinTech (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/30/2019

Kate LugerKate Luger, MLS is a recently retired UNM Reference Librarian. She has also been a teacher and editor for a Scottish publisher and is the author of a children's book about old Edinburgh. She has lived in various states in the US and in Scotland and has traveled widely. She specializes in collecting fiction and non‐fiction resources to provide deeper understanding of travel destinations.

Upcoming Classes:

Contemporary European Crime Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/28/2019

Matilde MachiavelloEducational Consultant, Licensed Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant, Certified Life and Team Coach, Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programing. Passionate about accompanying processes of personal and professional growth. Bilingual Storyteller

Upcoming Classes:

Brighten Your Brain (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/13/2019

Carol MarchCarol March, MS, is a career development specialist, trainer, and published author who teaches individuals and groups how to succeed and thrive in today's workplace. Carol has a MS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Achieve Global Facilitator. She operates Compass Rose, a consulting firm that provides career planning, coaching, and training services to individuals and groups. Carol's specialty is helping people navigate life transitions and find ways to bring their natural creativity into their professional lives. Check out Carol's website at http://www.AWritersHeart.com You can see her fiction at www.CarolHollandMarch.com

Upcoming Classes:

Shamanism: From Witch Doctors through the New Millennium (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/7/2019

Jon NimitzJon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He was consistently rated by students as an outstanding instructor. After that he ran a small research and development business working on environmentally friendly chemicals. Always interested in philosophical and spiritual issues, since retiring from technical work he has taught classes for UNM CE on Introduction to India, " "The Meaning of Life, " and "Loving What Is: The Work of Byron Katie. " He is currently a self‐employed investor.He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. He has made a point of exploring a wide range of spiritual traditions.He also gives talks on investment topics to the local chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII).He has received numerous academic awards and has qualified to join MENSA. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers. "

Upcoming Classes:

Buddhism (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/1/2019
Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/3/2019
Taoism (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/31/2019

Dr. Norton was born in a drafty log cabin in the Carpathian Mountains.... Actually, close but not that close. She was born in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic, and thanks to the former USSR, she came as a refugee with her family to Canada. She wanted to become a veterinarian, but somehow she became a historian, generally regarded as a much less useful profession. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario with BA and MA in history, she sought the warmer climate of New Mexico, U.S.A. Several years, and a Ph.D. later, she still resides, with her English husband, in the Land of Enchantment. Although she considers herself a recovering academic, she can't seem to give up her favorite subject, and she therefore shares her passion for it by consulting, occasionally teaching, and lately writing. Well, she does not really like the writing part; she likes the research and the finishing part.

Upcoming Classes:

But... Who Owns the Water? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/6/2019
Aamodt, damn it! (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/3/2019

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Upcoming Classes:

Russian Leaders: From Gorbachev to Putin (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 2/19/2019

Lance Ozier is a career public broadcasting executive, and is passionate about poetry, photography, classical music, and the history of science. He holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Corrales.

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How to read a Poem (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/15/2019
Origins of Modern Science: A History of Science from Copernicus to Newton (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/6/2019

Stephen PolandSteve Poland has a passionate interest in the area of happiness and well‐being. He has been greatly influenced by the science of positive psychology with its focus on human strengths rather than human weakness. As a New Mexican, he is committed to bringing these insights to our state. His presentations on happiness and well‐being at the New Mexico Psychological Association and the New Mexico Conference on Aging have been well received. For many years he's taught a class on happiness offered through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of New Mexico. In 2012 he presented in a workshop on promoting personal happiness at the first‐ever Seattle Happiness Conference. Steve has his PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and he is licensed as a psychologist in New Mexico.

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Bringing Happiness Home (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/14/2019

Gail RubinGail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, helps get funeral planning conversations started with a light touch on a serious subject. She hosts the TV/DVD series, A Good Goodbye, as well as a weekly Internet radio program.As an award‐winning speaker, she uses humor and funny films to attract people to a topic many would rather avoid. She also helped pioneer the Death Cafe movement in the United States by hosting the first one west of the Mississippi in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 2012.Rubin is a Certified Thanatologist, a designation awarded by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. The designation Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement is a fancy name for a death educator. She has made behind‐the‐scenes visits to mortuaries and the Office of the Medical Investigator, and takes continuing education courses on funerals, death, grief, and the afterlife.She is also a Certified Celebrant, a Life Tribute professional personally trained by Doug Manning and Glenda Stansbury of the In‐Sight Institute, the leading U.S. organization that trains Celebrants. Gail is also a public relations professional and event planner. She has more than 30 years of experience creating many memorable life cycle events. She is an award‐winning speaker with memberships in Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter.She started The Family Plot Blog, a chipper online resource to provide the information, inspiration and tools to pre‐plan a healing and meaningful funeral or memorial service.Her award‐winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die, provides everything you never knew you needed to know about funeral planning and brings light to a dark subject. The book was awarded Best of Show in the 2011 New Mexico Book Awards and was a finalist in the Family and Relationships category of the 2010 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews.She is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. She volunteers with the Chevra Kaddisha, a group that ritually prepares the bodies of Jews for burial, and she serves on the cemetery committee for her synagogue.Rubin is a breast cancer survivor who began her cancer journey in the summer of 2008. She observes, "Nothing reminds you of your own mortality more than a brush with something as serious and transforming as cancer. "In addition to her Tribune column, articles by and about Rubin have appeared in American Funeral Director Magazine, Mortuary Management Magazine, ICCFA Magazine (trade magazine for the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association), The Albuquerque Journal, New Mexico Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine, Enchantment, Catholic Digest, Momentum Magazine, The New Mexico Jewish Link, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Prime Time, and other publications.

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Laughing and Learning: A Practical End‐of‐Life Workshop (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/22/2019

Retired Reference Librarian, Bernalillo County Library System

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The Motel in Albuquerque (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/25/2019
North Fourth Street: a Drive through Time (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/4/2019

Metropolitan Court Judge Frank Sedillo's ('82 BBA, '87 JD) pursuit of a legal career began in the legislative branch when he served as Aide/Doorkeeper for Senator Pete Domenici and then as Aide to Congressman Manuel Lujan. Now he presides not only in court but as host of "The Advocate, " a City of Albuquerque GOV 16 Television show. His contributions to UNM athletics began with the Lobo football team and have continued with nearly 20 years' service on the UNM Alumni Lettermen's Association board of directors. Frank regularly write a monthly Journal article called

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Rock and Roll and Social Justice (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/21/2019

Peter Smith was born and raised in Upstate New York near the Vermont border. He began his college education at Pratt Institute and received his bachelor and masters degrees at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Years later he earned a doctorate at Arizona State University in Tempe. ASU Archives holds Peter's research including, books and papers on Viennese Modernism pre‐WW II.Throughout his career of teaching in New York public Schools, Purdue University in W. Lafayette, IN and the University of New Mexico, Smith has exhibited his art work. His university work has concentrated on both making art and scholarly research that includes more than 50 journal articles and his book, The History of American Art Education. In 2000, Smith was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK. Smith is now Professor Emeritus at UNM.His artwork has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout New York, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio and New Mexico. In his time in New York and Indiana, he received several prizes. His artwork is represented in the permanent collections of Purdue Galleries and, the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art. In addition, many private collections across the United States and Britain hold examples of Smith's paintings.

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Last Night I Strangled Your Mother: The Arts of the Venice Carnival (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/7/2019

Rob SpiegelRob Spiegel is a lifelong writer. He makes his living as senior editor at Design News, an international trade magazine and website, but he also has a long history success with poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. He has written for publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, True Confessions, and New Mexico Magazine. For 10 years, he launched and ran Chile Pepper magazine before selling it to return to writing. He has taught writing at UNM, CNM, and he has presented programs at writers conferences throughout the US. He is the author of six books with major publishers such as St. Martin's Press.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/14/2019
Get Paid to Write Online (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/18/2019
In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/13/2019
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/22/2019

I was born in Kentucky and grew up in Cincinnati. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 with a degree in Foreign Affairs. I then attended graduate school at the Ohio State University and earned a master's degree (1989) and a PhD (1993). I've taught at Ohio State, the University of Kentucky, Culver‐Stockton College, the University of Texas at Arlington, Capital University, Central New Mexico Community College, and the University of New Mexico. I relocated to New Mexico with my wife who is a Professor of Law and Director of the UNM Law Library.

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What would Aristotle do? Greek Philosophy and Modern Politics (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/25/2019

From Washington DC to teaching in South America, from Mexico to teaching in Mongolia and England, Dr. Maya Sutton is a traveler and educator. Maya graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Her specialties are adult learning, cognitive development, life stages, and experiential learning. Since the 1980s Maya has been active in distance learning for adults and in taking education to adults where they work. As president of Sutton Seminars, she has trained thousands of people in stress management at government and private organizations throughout the West.

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The Importance of Creating Ceremony (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/21/2019
Mary Magdalene ‐‐ Who Was She? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/16/2019
Megaliths and Constellations (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/22/2019

Shari TarbetAn educator for 29 years, Shari has taught English, history, creative writing, and mythology from the 7th grade through college level. This includes three summers teaching with Upward Bound. She is a graduate of Kansas University with undergraduate degrees in education, humanities, and communications. She also holds an MA in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is currently working on her PhD at the same school. She has studied Urban Druidry with Dr. Maya Sutton, and is a published writer and photographer. She has also been a consultant with Intel Corporation. An Albuquerque resident for 24 years, her other interests include belly dance and jewelry making, her Scottish heritage, and three pet cats. She recently received her PhD In Mythological Studies.

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Comparative Native American Mythology (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/4/2019

Mr. Trestrail graduated with honors, obtaining a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1967. In 2010, he received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award " from his alma mater. Mr. Trestrail's public service experience was as a Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps, from 1968‐1970, where he taught chemistry at the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture. He is a practicing boarded toxicologist, and for many years, was a visiting instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on the subject of criminal poisoning. He is recognized as the foremost authority on the subjects of criminal poisoning and murder by poison. For 33 years (1976‐2009), he served as the Managing Director of one of the nation's certified regional poison centers. He now serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning. Mr. Trestrail and has been featured in multiple episodes on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and PBS. He is the author of Criminal Poisoning: An Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys. He is also one of the co‐editors of the book Toxicology Secrets. His third book The Poison Quiz Book

Upcoming Classes:

Cosmetic Toxicology and the Fabulous Soda Fountain Pharmacy (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/20/2019
Poisonous Snakes and Snake Bite Poisoning (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/26/2019
The History of Toilet Paper: A Story That Begins at the END! (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/4/2019

Gay WitheringtonI received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Pacific (CA) in 1968 and my M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from South Dakota State University in 1976. I have worked part time as a counselor at the university counseling center, the campus women's center and in private counseling practice. I have also taught courses in meditation, assertiveness, parapsychology and other subjects for continuing education at SDSU and given workshops for professional development. From 1994‐2002 I served as adjunct faculty for Prescott College (AZ) in their mentoring program as a psychology instructor. I have practiced meditation for almost 40 years and have completed a number of workshops and classes in meditation and other spiritual and esoteric study traditions.

Upcoming Classes:

The Language of Dreams (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/28/2019
A New Partnership with the Earth: Co‐Creating a Bright Future (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/27/2019

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