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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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Hakim Bellamy, the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion and recognized author and performer. Bellamy received honorable mention for the University of New Mexico Paul Bartlett R

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Your Personal Anthem (Section FAA) ‐ 11/3/17

Jeff BergIn 2001, Jeff Berg began a film series while living in Las Cruces that featured mostly movies that were shot at least in part in New Mexico. It was then that he started researching the subject extensively, since the series became the most attended event at the two different venues that he worked with through 2012, before returning to Santa Fe. He has traveled the state showing film clips from New Mexico movies since 2011, covering the length and width of the Land of Enchantment. Berg is a Santa Fe based freelance writer, whose recent book on the subject,

Upcoming Classes:

New Mexico in Film: From Page to Screen (Section FAA) ‐ 11/7/17

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 FAA) ‐ 11/7/17
Home Front to War Front:The Contributions of American Women to the Allied Victory in World War II (Section FAA) ‐ 12/6/17

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

Upcoming Classes:

Hang, Baby, Hang... Witch Hysteria in New World (Section FAA) ‐ 10/26/17
Why Do We Say That? – Knocking on Wood and Chasing White Elephants (Section FAA) ‐ 11/2/17
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall, Why, Oh Why, Doesnt Disney Call? (Section FAA) ‐ 11/21/17
Escape? From Alcatraz (Section FAA) ‐ 12/15/17
Christmas in Excess (Section FAA) ‐ 12/8/17



Upcoming Classes:

Poetic Forms of the World: From Historic to Contemporary (Section FAA) ‐ 11/7/17

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:

Amazon Warrior Women and the Sarmatians (Section FAA) ‐ 11/10/17
Anthropological Genetic History: The Vandals Connection to New Mexican Families (Haplogroup I) (Section FAA) ‐ 11/17/17
Who was the Roman Emperor Hadrian? (Section FAA) ‐ 12/1/17
Anthropological Genetic History: The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families (Part I) (Section FAA) ‐ 12/15/17



Upcoming Classes:

Bossa Nova: A Musical Travelogue (Section FAA) ‐ 11/3/17

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:

Talk of the Town: A History of Albuquerque (Section FAA) ‐ 10/23/17
Sadie Orchard – Notorious Pioneer Woman of New Mexico (Section FAA) ‐ 11/14/17



Upcoming Classes:

Viktor Frankl and Our Search for Meaning (Section FAA) ‐ 12/11/17

Jane EllenJane Ellen is a published, award-winning composer who shares her passion for music, history, and religious studies with Albuquerque audiences. Jane completed double majors with honors at the University of New Mexico, and shortly thereafter began working as a freelance lecturer. A popular, long-time instructor for OASIS, Jane has also presented programs for the International Anne Frank Foundation, Elderhostel, KHFM-Radio, and various social and religious groups. With a catalog of over 60 published works, and numerous commissions, she has released four CDs of original compositions and written for musical theatre, television, radio and film. An award-winning member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and former National Director of Sigma Alpha Iota's American Composers Bureau, her works have been internationally performed.

Upcoming Classes:

Stephen Foster – the First Popular American Songwriter (Section FAA) ‐ 11/13/17
Truckin with the Grateful Dead (Section FAA) ‐ 11/2/17
Straight, No Chaser: The World of Thelonious Monk (Section FAA) ‐ 11/8/17
Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Section FAA–EFA (Section FAA) ‐ 12/1/17



Upcoming Classes:

The Great Composers: Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods (Section FAA) ‐ 11/13/17
Why We Won the American Revolution (Section FAA) ‐ 12/11/17

Ramon FloresRam

Upcoming Classes:

Health Care Reform and the Role Played by Big Pharma (Section FAA) ‐ 11/20/17
Trump and War (Section FAA) ‐ 11/6/17

Donald Gluck has four university degrees including a PhD in Engineering. He was an early subscriber to William Buckley

Upcoming Classes:

Conservatism from Its Beginnings to Today (Section FAA) ‐ 12/5/17

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:

The History of Geology (Section FAA) ‐ 11/29/17
Geology of Valley of Fires and White Sands (Section FAA) ‐ 11/8/17



Upcoming Classes:

Songwriting 102: The Joy of Singing (Section A) (Section FAA) ‐ 10/27/17
Songwriting 102: The Joy of Singing (Section B) (Section FAB) ‐ 11/6/17

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 FAA) ‐ 10/27/17

Chris NolanChris started in music playing bass guitar with his older brothers in a family band. He then played guitar for Eldorado

Upcoming Classes:

Stranger Than Fiction, The Paul McCartney Conspiracy (Section FAA) ‐ 11/2/17

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:

Of Lore and Lattes: The Legend of Melusine (Section FAA) ‐ 11/16/17

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

Upcoming Classes:

Living Resilient Lives (Section FAA) ‐ 11/28/17

Howard RomanekHoward Romanek was a history and urban studies teacher for most of his career at the Glenbrook High Schools in Illinois. While there, he helped to create the first four year international studies program in Illinois, the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies. Since retiring in 2003, he has been a substitute teacher, guest lecturer and volunteer basketball coach at Glenbrook South High School. From 2005 - 2010, he was a member of the history Department as Illinois State University. He

Upcoming Classes:

The Galileo Case Revisited (Section FAA) ‐ 12/4/17
Emergence of Japan and the United States on the World s Stage: The Columbian Exposition of 1893 (Section FAA) ‐ 12/7/17

Gail RubinGail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death

Upcoming Classes:

Making Plans to Live Well Until We Die: Part One (Section FAA) ‐ 10/22/17
Laughing and Learning: A Practical End–of–Life Workshop (Section FAA) ‐ 11/17/17

Rob SpiegelSenior Editor, Design News ; Lifelong Writer and Author of Six Books

Upcoming Classes:

Writing Online (Section FAA) ‐ 11/2/17
Writing True: Memoir and Memoir–Based Fiction (Section FAA) ‐ 11/6/17

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.

Upcoming Classes:

Mont–Saint–Michel and St. Michael's Mount (Section FAA) ‐ 11/28/17
Celts and Vikings – How did they Mix? (Section FAA) ‐ 12/5/17

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.

Upcoming Classes:

Myth 'n Movies (Section FAA) ‐ 11/7/17

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

Upcoming Classes:

The History of Toilet Paper: A Story That Begins at the END! (Section FAA) ‐ 12/4/17



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NaNoWriMo Writing Series (Section FAA) ‐ 10/28/17

Gay Witherington

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Cultural Creatives and the Emerging Earth Wisdom Culture (Section FAA) ‐ 10/28/17



Upcoming Classes:

Feng Shui To Enhance Health, Wealth and Happiness (Section FAA) ‐ 11/1/17

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