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UNM Continuing Education offers education and training from the most talented, experienced and dedicated instructors! UNM Continuing Education has many outstanding instructors, and just like our students, a love for learning brings them here.


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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 SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/28/2019
Fiction Writing (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 3/18/2019
Flash Your Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/5/2019
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 FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/4/2018
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) ‐ 5/1/2019

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:

New Mexico: Last Refuge of the Not‐So‐Good, Bad and Ugly (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/16/2019
Robert Frost (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/23/2019
Spanish Influenza and Its Effect on World War I (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/25/2019
The Christmas that Almost Didn't Happen: Christmas 1945 (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/13/2018
Public Enemy #1 (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/3/2018
Secrets of World War II Part One (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/7/2018
One Statue, Two Ladies (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/1/2019
Out of the Mouths of Babes – Part Two (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/27/2019
The Brownings (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019
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
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:

Facilitated Writers Group (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/18/2019
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:

19447 Anthropological Genetic Genealogy: The Mongols and Genghis Khan (Haplogroup C) ‐ Part II (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/11/2019
The Aztec Massacre of 1520 through DNA (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/25/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/30/2018
Hernán Cortés: Conqueror of Mexico (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/14/2018
Coronado and Spanish Exploration of the Southwest (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/22/2019
The Anza Expedition 1775‐1776 (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/8/2019
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
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
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 Four: Berthe Morisot to Yayoi Kusama (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/25/2019
Sampler of Women Artists – Part Six: Judith Leyster to Lee Bontecou (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/22/2019
Sampler of Women Artists ‐ Part Five: Rosa Bonheur to Judy Dater (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/8/2019

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

Mary Mortensen Diecker is the principal of RM Technical Services, Inc., providing consulting services in a variety of areas. She is the author of Roadrunner Tales, " a book in calendar form containing 366 stories about New Mexico. She teaches classes in New mexico History at CNM's Emeriturs Academy and the Road Scholar. "

Upcoming Classes:

Only in New Mexico (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019

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:

Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/18/2019
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:

Anatomy of the Short Story (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/31/2019
Psychology of Addiction (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/11/2018
Why Do We Lie? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/11/2018
Why Do We Have the Personalities We Do? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/13/2018
Why the North Won the Civil War (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/13/2018
The Psychology of Narcissistic and Borderline Personalities Sec. B (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 12/18/2018
Thomas Jefferson (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/19/2019
Abraham Lincoln (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/5/2019
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 Jos

Upcoming Classes:

Challenges to Donald Trump's Presidency (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/23/2019
Health Care Reform – Is American Universal Health Care Possible? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/30/2018
The Impeachment Process Historically and Today (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/17/2018
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:

Developing Narrative Technique: Dramatic Monologue, Soliloquy and Conversation Poem (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/5/2019
People into Pages: Reading People and Developing Characters in Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/2/2019

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

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: Domestication of Plants and Animals (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/30/2018
A History of Food: Globalization and Industrialization (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/4/2019

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Upcoming Classes:

New Mexico Politics and a Preview of the 60‐Day Session (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/15/2019
Examining the Fourth Estate (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/12/2019

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 m

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:

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

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:

A Comparison of Science and Religion (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/24/2019
Milestones in the History of Science and Religion (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/1/2019

After graduating from Kalamazoo College with a degree in English Literature, Nora Hickey deepened her love of comics at comic book company DDP. Searching to deepen and broaden her skills in creative writing, she earned her MFA at University of New Mexico with a specialization in poetry. Here, she was Editor‐in‐chief at Blue Mesa Review, the program’s literary journal. Currently, she teaches interdisciplinary classes at the Honors College and specializedreading and writing courses, both at UNM in Albuquerque, NM. She also writes for anumber of publications including Edible and New Mexico Marketplace. Her own creativework, poetry and essays, have appeared in Guernica, Narrative, Bennington Reviewand other journals.

Upcoming Classes:

A History of Comics (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/15/2019

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 Pacific Islands (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/23/2019
The History of Geology (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/5/2018
Geology of Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019
Planetary Geology (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019
Geology of the Grand Canyon (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/3/2019
Geology of the Jemez Mountains (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/1/2019

In addition to A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter’s Grief Memoir, Larada Horner‐Miller is the author of This Tumbleweed Landed, When Will Papa Get Home? A Time to Grow Up: A Daughter’s Grief Memoir and When Will Papa Get Home? were finalists for the 2017 New Mexico–Arizona Book Awards. A Time to Grow Up has won 3 other awards: • 2017 ”Official Selection” for 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing in the Biography|Autobiography|Memoir category• 2018 Finalist " in Book Excellence Awards in the Memoir category•

Upcoming Classes:

Three Apps and a Web Site for Writers (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 5/13/2019

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

David Johnson, Ph.D. retired from the University of New Mexico after over thirty‐three years of teaching creative writing, mythology, and world literature. His most recent book is Rebirth of Wonder: Poems of the Common Life (UNM Press, 2007), which one reviewer called an autobiography written in poetry. " He has published four additional books or chapbooks of poetry: Altar to an Unknown God (Solo Press, 1990), Pilgrim Country (San Marcos Press, 1976), The Oldest Song (San Marcos Press, 1983), and Fire in the Fields (Writers on the Plains, 1996). He also wrote Word Weaving: A Creative Approach to Teaching and Writing Poetry (NCTE,1990). In addition to co‐editing the six‐volume Bedford Anthology of World Literature (2003), he has published articles on mythology, comparative religion, and Mexico travels. He has lectured and conducted workshops throughout New Mexico. He is presently working on his autobiography. Proud of his three children, Peter, Sarah, and Maia, David Johnson lives with Mona, his wife of over forty years, in Albuquerque. "

Upcoming Classes:

Poems for the Joys and Sorrows of Life's Journey (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/17/2019

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

Dr. Kathy Kitts, a recently retired geology professor, served as a science team member on the NASA Genesis Discovery Mission. Before that, she directed a planetarium for nine years. She has dozens of non‐fiction publications spanning professional papers to textbooks to general interest articles. However, she no longer writes about “what is” but rather “what if.” Her speculative short fiction has appeared in James Gunn’s Ad Astra, Mad Scientist Journal and The Storyteller’s Anthology. Her latest short story collection Getting What You Need is now available on Amazon. Born and raised in the southwest, she is currently living in the high desert of New Mexico.

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Speculative Fiction Short Stories (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019

Norma LibmanNorma Libman is a journalist and educator. She is the author of Lonely River Village and has written more than 500 articles for newspapers nationwide. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and New Mexico. She also leads writing workshops and holds degrees in Education and Literature.

Upcoming Classes:

Crash Course in Memoir Writing (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/28/2019

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

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:

The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the Human Heart and Performance (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019
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:

India: Land of Contrasts (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/22/2019
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

Instructor

Upcoming Classes:

Russian Leaders: From Gorbachev to Putin (Section SPB‐PE) ‐ 2/19/2019
Moscow: Building a New Third Rome? (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/5/2019

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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19574 Dancing in Chains: Fixed Forms in Poetry, Section SPA‐PE (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/1/2019

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.

Upcoming Classes:

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

Gail RubinUruguayan,; Teacher of English,; Team Coach,; NLP Master Practitioner,; Brain Gym Facilitator,; passionate about accompanying processes of personal and professional growth. Bilingual Storytelling keen on spreading the word of South American greatest writers who voice their local customs,; traditions and much more.

Upcoming Classes:

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

Uruguayan,; Teacher of English,; Team Coach,; NLP Master Practitioner,; Brain Gym Facilitator,; passionate about accompanying processes of personal and professional growth. Bilingual Storytelling keen on spreading the word of South American greatest writers who voice their local customs,; traditions and much more.

Upcoming Classes:

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

With each class,; Anthony Rosales';s Karate,; Kajukenbo and Kickboxing school goes through a transformation. Anthony Rosales was taken by martial arts from an early age. His parents couldn';t afford Karate classes back then,; so he worked a paper route to pay for his first Karate school. That was 35 years ago,; and Anthony Rosales is going strong.

Upcoming Classes:

Slavery and the 13th Amendment: Problems of the Past and Today's Consequences (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/24/2019
Rock and Roll and Social Justice (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/21/2019

Yoga Instructor for UNM';s CE at High Desert Yoga

Upcoming Classes:

Visions of Christmas (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/5/2018
Last Night I Strangled Your Mother: The Arts of the Venice Carnival (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/7/2019

Rob Spiegel

Upcoming Classes:

Get Paid to Write Online (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/11/2019
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/14/2019
In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/13/2019
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/22/2019

Zac Van Note received his BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University. Zac has over 25 years of experience in graphic design,; web development,; marketing and communications. He has worked on a wide range of projects,; including websites,; mobile apps,; user experience research,; catalogs,; magazines and tradeshow booths. He is currently a manager of User Experience (;UX); Research and Design for a large government contractor.

Upcoming Classes:

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



Upcoming Classes:

France in the Sixteenth Century (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/4/2019



Upcoming Classes:

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



Upcoming Classes:

Poisoners throughout History (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/25/2019
Cosmetic Toxicology and the Fabulous Soda Fountain Pharmacy (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/13/2019
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 Witherington

Upcoming Classes:

Solar Goddesses: Bringers of Light (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/17/2018
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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