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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM

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

OLLI at the University of New Mexico offers a wide range of courses, lectures and special events to its members.  Courses and lectures are taught by UNM faculty as well as by qualified members of the community.

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

OLLI Membership

Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM allows adults 50 and better to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community. The emphasis of the academically-based, daytime, evening and weekend courses is on building an accessible and affordable experience of the best of the University's learning environment. There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all — it's your love of learning that counts. Your Membership year is January - December 2019.

Osher Membership for 2019


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What Our Members Say

“Extremely interactive. Outstanding, useful, pragmatic and highly current material.”
Emily Rudin, Member Event, Savvy Cyber-Security with Doug Lindsey

“Jon Nimitz did a wonderful job of blending instruction with involving participants to share their knowledge.”
April Hoyt, MSW, Taoism, with Jon Nimitz

“Very inspiring class. I’m writing more than I ever have in my life. And my writing is improving.”
Gloria Cruz, Writing Fiction with Dr. Dodici Azpadu

“The instructor shared his extensive knowledge while including ideas from students and facilitating discussion. I’m so glad there are two more sessions!”
Member, Member Event, New Media, Old Bias; New Tools for News Consumers with Gene Grant

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Dr Walter FormanDr. Walter Forman is married with nine children and 15 grandchildren . “After moving to Albuquerque, I worked at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center as the Clinical Director of the Cancer Center. Later, with the Department of Medicine, I was active in hospice work, now called palliative medicine. I retired about six years ago, and that is when I joined OLLI . My interest in OLLI is connected to my employment experience in teaching. I have taught several courses on various Geriatric topics at OLLI and have written two books and many scientific articles. I am now a member of the OLLI committee that is responsible for editorial work on our catalog. What do I enjoy in my OLLI courses? History, music and topics that deal with scientific issues.” says Dr. Forman.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Free Member Events

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We'll explore the politics of DNA in family history and how organized groups with historical and genealogical agendas can cloud the correct way to use Y‐DNA and Mt‐DNA in family research. He will also use examples of famous individuals that have made their genetic results open to the public and how modern political interpretations have muddied the waters of identity. In addition, he will discuss the differences between Traditional Genealogy, Geographic Genetic Genealogy, and Anthropological Genetic Genealogy/History.

19045 | $0

Osher Member Event ‐ The Politics of Genetic Genealogy and the Impact on Identity - FAA‐PE

09/20/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Protect yourself from the growing epidemic of identity theft, credit card fraud, phishing scams and ruinous hacks. Learn best practices for boosting security levels at work and home computers and over the internet. Boost your personal "cybersecurity score." This class will teach you how to be smarter, safer and more secure in guarding your finances, your reputation and your family.

19034 | $0

Osher Membership Event : Cybersecurity - FAA‐PE

12/03/2019
Tue 4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Doug Lindsey
CE South Building

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Classes

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This presentation is a somewhat misogynist slant on the great and dangerous women we love to hate. Salome beguiles in her dance, and the sirens' enticing song lures sailors to their death and Adam a taste of Eve's apple. From Medea to Lizzie Borden, these dangerous women capture the imagination of artists. Is it all a product of the male imagination, the times the paintings were created, or the power of the feminine? The presenters plunge into the battle of the sexes with tongue in cheek to showcase great art and fascinating stories of wicked women.

19132 | $25

Bad Babes and Dreadful Dames - FAA‐PE

09/16/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Annette Kingman
CE South Building

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We will indulge our senses admiring the paintings of two main artistic exponents from Cono Sur; the remarkable Carlos Paez Vilaro (Uruguay) and Benito Quinquela Martin (Argentina.) Their art depicts customs, tradition and culture of a particular segment of society in each of the counties where they were born. Interaction and comments from participants will be encouraged and appreciated.

19140 | $20

Exploring Latin American Culture through Art - FAA‐PE

10/16/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Matilde Machiavello
CE South Building

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When Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gifted it to mankind he brought light to the darkness of mankind's caves. It earned him the wrath of Zeus, and a reputation as a champion of mankind and the author of the human arts and sciences. The light sparked human creativity, and the cave drawings of animals surely danced in the flames. It was Prometheus's gift that brought forth the possibilities of art – like the stained glass of Gothic cathedrals, or the illusion of light in Turner's paintings. As the harnessing of light continued we can see artists capturing an illumination of once dark rooms, or painting streets now lined with gaslight. Color and content evolved with scientific discovery, and our visions of our world have been forever changed.

19121 | $25

Let There Be Light - FAA‐PE

10/21/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Annette Kingman
CE South Building

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Since 2015, hate crimes and hate groups in the U.S. have increased by about 30%. "Hate crime" may be defined as a traditional offense, such as murder, arson, or vandalism, which manifests evidence of prejudice based on race, gender or gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Some hate crimes, such as mass shootings fueled by white supremacist ideology, are considered domestic terrorism. "Hate groups" have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. New Mexico has had relatively few hate crimes and hate groups, and currently no hate groups. We will examine the nature and causes of hate crimes; hate group missions and activities; and associated controversies, such as hate speech as freedom of speech.

19211 | $20

Hate Crimes in the US and New Mexico - FAA‐PE

08/23/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Dianne R Layden, Ph.D
CE South Building

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In this class we will compare science and religion as they are in the world today. Does science have answers for everything? Does it disagree with the Bible? Is there a war on science? On religion? Can science be balanced with what people feel or believe about the supernatural? Do they offer different perspectives on child immunization, climate change, gun violence, women's rights, contraception, abortion, and LGBT rights? Should creationism be taught along with evolution in public schools? Can we improve understanding between believers and non‐believers? Can there be a philosophical unity of science and religious knowledge? Is the purpose of both to explain reality, including the natural world? Are religious institutions essential? I will also offer a reading list.

19218 | $25

A Comparison of Science and Religion - FAA‐PE

09/10/2019 - 09/17/2019
Tue 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (2 Session Total)
Ron Herman
CE South Building

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Throughout the world and in the western democracies like the US we have seen the rise of authoritarian, nationalist, neo‐Nazi and so‐called "populist" movements and regimes. The same freedom of speech that promotes egalitarian policies and movements for progressive social change also protects the purveyors of hate speech. How should advocates of a vibrant and pluralistic democracy respond and safeguard the promise of America?

19292 | $20

Freedom of Speech in an Era of White Nationalism - FAA‐PE

10/03/2019
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
CE South Building

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What do you think our future will look like? Could it be a world dominated by Artificial Intelligence, environmental catastrophe, a dreary urban landscape, or on an optimistic note could it be a sustainable and joyous future scenario? Drawing on her historical training and educational experiences, Dr. Ames' sketches out her vision of a Transformative Worldview based on realistic trends today and what it would look like. Join us for a lively conversation about the most important topic of our times, what kind of future do we want and how can we get it.

19240 | $20

A Transformative Worldview: A Vision for the Future - FAA‐PE

10/23/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Denise Ames
CE South Building

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Freedom of the Press is our responsibility to be informed, educated and to apply critical thinking for ourselves and the government without censorship by the government. According to Reporters Without Borders, more than a third of the world's people live in countries where there is no freedom for print, magazine or other news media. Surprisingly, as of 2018, America ranks 45th on a list of 180 countries for Press freedom. What does this Constitutional Freedom actually mean for American democracy and what are the challenges to a free press in the United States?

19272 | $20

Freedom of the Press - FAA‐PE

11/01/2019
Fri 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Art Bova
CE South Building

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In early March 2019, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's criticism of the Israeli lobby's influence and allegations of private lobby power over Congress sparked allegations of anti‐Semitism. What did Congresswoman Omar actually say? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initiated a House Resolution to condemn Omar's statements. What is anti‐Semitism? Is criticism of the Israeli Lobby or the policies of Israel necessarily anti‐Semitic? Or as Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman observed, "Nancy Pelosi (D‐Calif.) has decided that the time has come for the House to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar (D‐Minn.) for things she didn't actually say, and ideas she didn't actually express." We'll discuss this question while exploring generational divides on this issue among American Jews.

19291 | $20

Is Criticizing the Role of the Israeli Lobby Protected Free Speech or Hate Mongering? - FAA‐PE

11/12/2019
Tue 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
CE South Building

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We'll discuss one of the most vexing issues in international relations: Israel, the Palestinians, and the legitimacy of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). Israel's policies towards Arabs and Palestinians are thought by some in the world community to constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid. At the same time, Israel exists as a lone democracy in a region fraught with turmoil, theocracy and oppression of women and basic human rights. The growing BDS movement against Israel poses a dilemma: is this the most effective way for the world community to counter oppression and colonialism or is it merely another expression of anti‐Semitism, calculated to justify violence against Israel? Suggested readings: My Promised Land by Ari Shavit and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal.

19293 | $20

Israel and Palestine: Are Sanctions the Answer or a New Form of Anti‐Semitism? - FAA‐PE

11/19/2019
Tue 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
CE South Building

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In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report concluded, ''It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid‐20th century.'' A 2015 Pew Research Center report conducted globally showed that a median of 54% of respondents questioned consider climate change ''a very serious problem.'' With economies most likely to be impacted by mitigation efforts, respondents from the US and China were the least concerned. What role does decisive mitigation have in the 2020 presidential campaign? Is this topic more urgent than health care reform and the economy? Where is the rest of the industrialized world on this issue and what specific strategies might be proposed for the US?

19235 | $20

What priority should Global Warming Mitigation have in the 2020 campaign? - FAA‐PE

12/03/2019
Tue 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
CE South Building

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Is everyone else weird and American society normal, or vice versa? We grapple with that question by looking at an array of cultural differences that people across the world exhibit. As the United States becomes more multi‐cultural and we have more interaction with people around the world, it is vital that we learn more about how others have different perspectives and hold diverse values. As an educator with the non‐profit Center for Global Awareness, Dr. Ames has worked with a number of organizations learning about others different than us and how to navigate cultural differences. Join us for a fun and informative conversation about how our cultural differences evolved and shape who we are today.

19241 | $25

Cross‐Cultural Awareness: Understanding Others - FAA‐PE

12/04/2019 - 12/11/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (2 Session Total)
Denise Ames
CE South Building

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What is Modern Monetary Theory, and what does it say about economic policy? Money in modern economies is created "out of thin air" by governments and banks. Although our money is no longer based on gold, much of our existing economic policy is still predicated on a gold standard. Understanding modern money–what it is, how it is created, and how it functions in the economy–gives a surprising amount of insight into real policy options and their economic effects under a fiat money regime. Inflation, unemployment, boom and bust cycles, and the creation of prosperity for ourselves and future generations are all affected by the ability of governments and banks to create and deploy money and credit.

19353 | $25

Modern Monetary Theory and Economic Policy - FAA‐PE

10/02/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Creigh Gordon
CE South Building

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Social Security planning is complex. This course will teach you how Social Security works so you can avoid costly mistakes and maximize your family's benefit. This significant asset offers you: a lifetime annuity, cost‐of‐living adjustments and right of survivorship. We'll explore answers to the following questions: Will social security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security benefits? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on? Social Security is too important for guesswork. Treat this resource as a significant asset and maximize it to the greatest extent possible. The application of knowledge is power!

19371 | $20

Savvy Social Security for Boomers - FAA‐PE

11/05/2019
Tue 4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Doug Lindsey
CE South Building

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A health care crisis is looming in this country and it's essential for baby boomers to understand what they need to do to financially prepare. This educational workshop will cover how Medicare enrollment periods work and how to avoid late‐enrollment penalties; how much you can expect to pay in healthcare costs after going onto Medicare, how Medicare works with private insurance, why most people pay too much for private insurance and how you can avoid excess costs. Additionally, we'll discuss why you must plan for higher healthcare costs in retirement, including the possibility of needing long term care.

19372 | $20

Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers - FAA‐PE

11/07/2019
Thu 4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Doug Lindsey
CE South Building

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Why is it assumed George Washington had wooden teeth when actually they were made of ivory? Because he was fond of port wine which stained his dentures. You'd drink too if you wore dentures from the 1700s. What president was saved from a deadly cannon ball by his son‐in‐law's singing? Which presidential spouse used ferrets to control the rats in the White House? And what president appears on the $100,000 bill which is illegal for Americans to own? American presidents – good, bad, and indifferent ‐ become distant figures in history books, but they actually are people with all the peculiarities of the human race. Join us to learn just how human they are. While you expand your presidential knowledge, learn of the president who expanded his girth so much that he became stuck in a White House bathtub.

19414 | $20

So, You Think You Know Your Presidents? - FAA‐PE

08/29/2019
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
Corrales Arts Center

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The 1922 discovery by Howard Carter and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon of Tutankhamun's tomb received worldwide press coverage. It sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, for which Tutankhamun's burial mask, now in Cairo Museum, remains the popular symbol. Exhibits of artifacts from his tomb have toured the world and almost a century later, the boy king still generates great interest. His tomb in the Valley of the Kings was discovered by Carter almost completely intact‐the most complete ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. Explore the brief life and enduring legacy of Tutankhamun by looking at his DNA results.

19498 | $20

The Legacy of Tutankhamun: King Tut" through DNA" - FAA‐PE

08/30/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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"I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made." ‐ Franklin D. Roosevelt, as quoted in The Observer, 16 October 1932 He was our 32nd president, considered third, behind Lincoln and Washington as our greatest of presidents. He was married to a shy but energetic and tenacious woman who would carve her own, very special place in American History. FDR lived a very privileged life in upstate New York, coddled as an only child, by his over‐bearing, over‐protective mother. He had ambition, drive, determination, intelligence, a great smile and a sense of humor. But it all nearly came crashing down around him in August of 1921 with a diagnosis of Polio. This tragedy might have sunk another person, instead, FDR went on to lead the country through the Great Depression, inspiring the nation through the New Deal and his Fireside Chats and setting the standard for how the modern American presidency leads in challenging times.

19400 | $20

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - FAA‐PE

09/04/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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Traditionally, classes and textbooks on Western history have had little to say about the lives of women in Western civilization. This lack of attention was largely due to the fact that women were officially excluded from politics and the military in such formative civilizations as Classical Greece and Rome, as well as being excluded from official positions within the early Christian Church. In fact, when women did draw the attention of historians in the Classical and Medieval eras, it was usually because these women were transgressing accepted norms in these male‐dominated, hierarchical societies. In these lectures, we'll examine the political, social and cultural forces that shaped women's lives, and we'll examine the lives of a few of the remarkable women who challenged these forces as political and military leaders, both successfully and unsuccessfully.

19406 | $49

Women in Ancient and Medieval Europe - FAA‐PE

09/04/2019 - 09/25/2019
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Lizabeth Johnson
CE South Building

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This course will examine Paris in the period 1500‐1800. Recommended readings will include a number of primary sources relating to the growth of political, cultural, and intellectual life, illustrating how Paris came to define major trends in European civilization by 1800. The lectures will center on the urban environment where humanism had a direct impact on every aspect of creative and intellectual life from the time of François Villon to that of Chateaubriand. Paris was a center for commerce, culture and intellectual life and led the way toward modern social and political forms, allowing human involvement in all affairs and having a strong secular basis despite the presence of the court. The class will concentrate on the evidence found in literature, political and religious treatises, histories, laws, paintings, architecture, sculptures, cartography, and urban planning. While the secular and intellectual nature of was not universally welcome, humanism had a significant impact and invigorated life by placing a high value

19461 | $39

Early Modern European Cities: The Creation of Modern Paris - FAA‐PE

09/05/2019 - 09/19/2019
Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Charlie Steen
CE South Building

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"Some of the Presidents were great and some of them weren't. I can say that, because I wasn't one of the great Presidents, but I had a good time trying to be one, I can tell you that." – Harry S. Truman, shortly after refusing an effort by Congress to award him the Congressional Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday. Harry Truman followed an American icon to become our 33rd president. Succeeding FDR after only a month as vice‐president, Truman assumed the mantle of the leader of the forces trying to end World War II. Known as ''His Accidency'' for having not been elected to his first term, Truman strove to gain the confidence of the American people. He integrated the armed services, fired a popular general for insubordination and won a very close election in 1948. All the wise pundits thought it was only a matter of time until the last nail was driven into his political coffin and yet, Harry Truman continued to "Give 'Em Hell" for another four years.

19400 | $20

Harry Truman - FAB‐PE

09/11/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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In 58 BCE, Julius Caesar pushed north from Rome into the wild of Gaul (modern day France), an unruly land of barbarian Celts. He extended the border of the Roman Empire as far west as Britain in less than eight years, tallying up 800 cities, a million slaves, three million dead not to mention the Roman throne. We will explore the relationship Rome had with the Celts during this important time in Roman and Celtic history. Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Julius Caesar and his conquest of Gaul.

19494 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: Julius Caesar and the Celts - FAA‐PE

09/13/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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"...I am sorry for the man who seeks to make personal capital out of the passions of his fellow men. He has lost touch with the ideal of America. For America was created to unite mankind." ‐Woodrow Wilson speaking on Flag Day 1915 Our 28th president was last man to be born in the pre‐Civil War South. He was elected in 1912, undoubtedly because Theodore Roosevelt split the Republican Party, running as an independent on his newly created ''Bull Moose'' party. Wilson was politically progressive and hated big business. He tried to keep America out of World War one, appointed the first Jewish man to the Supreme Court and followed Theodore Roosevelt's urge to lessen the work day for children. Yet he was an avowed racist, feeling that African‐Americans were inherently inferior to Caucasians. Join us to better understand this very complicated man.

19400 | $20

Woodrow Wilson - FAC‐PE

09/18/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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Richard Nixon - FAD‐PE

09/25/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM(1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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

19488 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: Finding Princess Anastasia Romanov - FAA‐PE

09/27/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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The purpose of the course is to help you better understand science and religion and to help you develop the tools you need to express your thinking on these subjects with confidence. This will help clarify the roles of both science and religion throughout history and consequently in today's society. The course includes key definitions and the importance of language and understanding the methods of religion and science. Sessions include an array of historical milestones in human progress. Video clips and Power Point graphics are used throughout, along with a few demonstrations. Discussion about the significance of these milestones will be encouraged. Each student is directed toward research in their areas of interest, but there are no exams or assignments.

19402 | $79

Milestones in the History of Science and Religion - FAA‐PE

09/30/2019 - 11/18/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (8 Session Total)
Ron Herman
CE South Building

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"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." –Theodore Roosevelt, in an opinion piece from the Kansas City Star, 7 May, 1918 Theodore Roosevelt became our nation's 26th president upon the assassination of President William McKinley. He was made to run as vice‐president so as to be kept silent regarding his progressive reforms that he desired to instill in American life. Once in office, he tore up business monopolies, established more than thirty national parks, preserves and historical monuments, became an advocate for civil rights and helped construct the Panama Canal. Roosevelt is alongside Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore and is generally considered one of the five best Presidents, yet he suffered intense bouts of depression due to events in his personal life. Come explore the lasting legacy of this statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer.

19400 | $20

Theodore Roosevelt - FAE‐PE

10/02/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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As the Japanese were building an airfield on Guadalcanal in the summer of 1942 to threaten the shipping lanes between Australia and the United States; the U.S. felt, for the first time since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, it was now ready to push back against the expanding Japanese empire. The result was a brutal and desperate six month fight in one of the most inhospitable terrains on the planet. Five sea battles occurred around Guadalcanal where American air power was matched by superior Japanese nighttime naval gunnery thus giving the stretch of water northeast of the island its moniker "Iron Bottom Sound." Suggested readings: Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie and Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener

19425 | $20

The Solomon Island Campaign Part 1: Guadalcanal (August 1942 to February 1943) * - FAA‐PE

10/02/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
Nueva Vista Retirement Community

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After winning the first round of attrition at Guadalcanal the United States started moving up Solomon Islands chain to isolate the major naval and air base at Rabaul, the linchpin of Japanese defenses in the South Pacific. This "island hopping" campaign featured the increasing skill and material superiority of the American forces pitted against unyielding Japanese resistance in inhospitable jungle environments. Suggested reading: Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener.

19427 | $20

The Solomon Island Campaign Part 2: Closing the ring around Rabaul - FAA‐PE

10/16/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
Nueva Vista Retirement Community

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

19441 | $20

Mont‐Saint‐Michel and St. Michael's Mount - FAA‐PE

10/16/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Maya Sutton, Ph.D.
CE South Building

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Historians have argued that if there was a historical figure known as King Arthur he lived in the late fifth or early sixth century CE. However, the stories about Arthur, his queen Guinevere, his knights, particularly the valiant Sir Lancelot, and his treacherous son Mordred have had a much longer lifespan. From the early 600s to the present day, people throughout the Western world have told and retold the adventures of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the tragic love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. And with each new version of the Arthurian legend, the characters and their actions take on a new meaning and significance, both to the authors and to their audiences. In this class, we'll begin by discussing the earliest written sources about Arthur, Guinevere and the Knights of the Round Table in their historical context and will progress to a discussion of these characters and familiar Arthurian themes in various medieval and modern texts, including Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Idylls of the King, T.H. White's The Once and Future King, and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon. As we'll see, the Arthurian Legend is a collection of stories that has stood the test of time and remains a useful backdrop for the fears, hopes and dreams of each new age that engages with it.

19481 | $49

Arthurian Legend in History and Literature - FAA‐PE

10/16/2019 - 11/06/2019
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Lizabeth Johnson
CE South Building

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In the current political atmosphere there is much discussion of a divided nation. There was a time that division in this country was even worse. In fact, the country was so divided that in 1860‐1861, eleven states seceded from the Union, leading to the Civil War. What caused the nation to divide so badly that states seceded from the Union only 72 years after the US Constitution went into force? There were many issues that caused division between the North and the South, but African‐American slavery was, by far, the largest issue dividing the country. We'll discuss the issues and crises that began early in our nation's history and continued until war ensued. The discussion will include economic, political, cultural and demographic changes that came about to fuel the sectional division.

19430 | $25

The Road to Secession; How Did Our Nation Come to Divide in 1861? - FAA‐PE

10/17/2019 - 10/24/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Tom Kleinschmidt
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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In 1492 Spain gave all non‐Christians (Jews, Moslems, gypsies, anyone who could be defined as a heretic) a choice: leave, convert, or die. Many Jews converted but retained their Jewish practice in secret, risking apprehension for heresy. We will look at how the Jews lived their secret lives in Spain, attempting to bridge two worlds, and later brought those same secrets to New Mexico and other parts of the New World.

19421 | $20

How the Jews Kept their Secrets in Inquisitional Spain - FAA‐PE

10/22/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Norma Libman
Corrales Arts Center

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Beginning in the 1870s, America's economy grew at its fastest rate in history. Corruption and excess kept pace. Robber barons such as Vanderbilt, Carnegie and Rockefeller indulged themselves by buying $15,000 diamond collars for their dogs and installing hot and cold running sea water at their ''cottages'' in Newport beach. While the rich partied, the poor who worked for them wore rags and starved in tenements. For relief, the urban poor turned to political machines such as Tammany Hall. The middle class wrestled with temperance movements and women's suffrage – and keeping their balance on that new fad, the bicycle. The era spawned some of the most colorful characters in American history: Boss Tweed, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president, and Mark Twain, who coined the term, ''the Gilded Age.'' Indulge yourself in this era and learn why ''all that glitters is not gold.''

19467 | $49

The Gilded Age - FAA‐PE

10/28/2019 - 11/18/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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According to historian David Wooton, "For 2,400 years, patients have believed that doctors were doing good; for 2,300 years they were wrong." How wrong? Crocodile dung for contraception; invisible worms causing tooth decay; mashed mouse poultices; ground glass for stomach ailments; lobotomies on demand. Clutch your Medicare card gratefully and join us for a visit to the doctor that you hope never happens. Feeling a little hysterical about this class? That's because you're female and your uterus keeps wandering through your body.

19431 | $20

Leeches, Quacks and Lobotomies - FAA‐PE

10/30/2019
Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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In pre‐Communist China, women in the small villages of Hunan Province developed their own secret writing system. They used this script to communicate with each other because they were not allowed to go to school and learn Mandarin. The script is called Nu Shu, which simply means women's writing. It was usually sewn into household linens as decoration, in order to disguise its true purpose. We will explore the history of this phenomenon and what it means to live and try to speak out in a closed society.

19422 | $20

The Secret Chinese Women's Language of Nu Shu - FAA‐PE

11/04/2019
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Norma Libman
CE South Building

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In Part I, Henry VII and his forces met Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field where Richard III was killed. Henry VII claimed the throne through "right of conquest." He could not know that he would be the last English king to do so. What he did know was that his establishment of the Tudor Dynasty was questionable given his bloodlines. The only way to secure his tenuous claim was to produce sons. His first son Arthur died and his second Henry VIII married Arthur's espoused wife in a controversy that would lead to the establishment of the Church of England with Henry VIII as its supreme head.

19479 | $20

I'm Henry the VIII, I Am! Part II - FAA‐PE

11/08/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Why do medieval illustrated manuscripts captivate us so? Probably it is because they contain both brilliant images and familiar words. In Paleolithic times the only communication was via paintings and carvings. Since writing appeared on the planet, the verbal and the visual have struggled for supremacy. If a picture is worth a thousand words, why do some religions have invisible gods or forbid images? History shows that reading/writing occurred along with patriarchy, and replaced right‐brained "feminine" concepts including goddesses. But ‐‐ the image has returned to prominence, in photography, film, TV, videos and computers. So where are we now?

19424 | $20

The Power of Culture: Word Versus Image - FAA‐PE

11/13/2019
Wed 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maya Sutton, Ph.D.
CE South Building

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Tzehis' discovery of gold in California spurred tremendous financial and physical growth throughout the West. For the first time in history, individuals, not kings or sultans, could have gold for the taking, inspiring tens of thousands of people to make the arduous journey west to California. We will examine their story by viewing a documentary and having a discussion on their legacy in American history.

19489 | $20

The California Gold Rush - FAA‐PE

11/15/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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The shepherd Viriathus unleashes a wave of resistance to save his people from destruction by the Roman Republic. Viriathus developed alliances with other Iberian groups, even far away from his usual theatres of war, inducing them to rebel against Rome. He led his army, supported by most of the Lusitanian and Vetton tribes as well as by other Celt‐Iberian allies, to several victories over the Romans between 147 BCE and 139 BCE before being betrayed by them and murdered while sleeping. Of him, Theodor Mommsen said, ''It seemed as if, in that thoroughly prosaic age, one of the Homeric heroes had reappeared.'' Mr. Cervantes will show a short film that will trace the history of Viriathus and his resistance against insurmountable odds.

19499 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: Viriathus the first National Hero of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/P - FAA‐PE

11/22/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Pan American Airways began in 1927 with a borrowed seaplane and a USPS contract to deliver mail to Cuba. Within a decade, Pan Am had become the United States' premier international commercial airline. Using a combination of land and amphibian aircraft, Pan Am built an extensive service that covered the Caribbean islands and South America. When founder Juan Trippe set his sights on spanning the oceans in the mid‐1930s, he turned to massive flying boats as the solution because few all‐weather runways existed that could handle the weight of giant long‐range aircraft. Follow the evolution of Pan Am's luxurious amphibian "Clipper Ships" as they first conquered the Americas and then both oceans in this golden period of commercial aviation that ended with the start of World War II.

19483 | $25

19483 Age of the Great Flying Boats – Pan Am's Clipper Ships - FAA‐PE

12/04/2019 - 12/11/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Richard Blankmeyer
CE South Building

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Freighter Mont Blanc collides with Norwegian relief ship detonating 6,000,000 pounds of high explosives. City leveled. 9,000 injured. Others beheaded. 1,800 dead. 25,000 left homeless. Windows shattered in 50‐mile radius. Ship's anchor lands 2.5 miles from explosion. What caused the Halifax explosion – the largest manmade blast prior to nuclear weapons? Is there a connection between Halifax and the Titanic? How did the explosion unite Boston and Halifax? And why does Halifax send Boston a Christmas tree annually? Join us for the answers in an explosive examination of the maritime disaster that destroyed Halifax, Nova Scotia.

19444 | $20

News Flash! December 6, 1917! Halifax Leveled! - FAA‐PE

12/06/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Göbeklitepe is an ancient and significant site which has been pushing back the beginnings of civilization further than we previously assumed. As each temple at the Neolithic site is excavated, the story of human history is rewritten. Göbeklitepe is situated in the city of Sanliurfa (or Urfa) Turkey and it stands out as one of the most interesting prehistoric archaeological sites today. As a result of scientific research, Göbeklitepe temples have been dated to 9600 B.C.E., at the earliest ‐ in archaeological language it's regarded as Pre‐pottery Neolithic A. During the construction of Göbeklitepe there was no civilization as we know it, as there was in Sumer or Egypt. The discovery of Göbeklitepe caused a paradigm shift of archaeology: religion was evident before the advent of agriculture and permanent settlement, not after, as it was thought. We will examine the history of this ancient civilization by viewing a documentary and having a discussion on its impact on our understanding of the Neolithic World.

19490 | $20

Cradle of the Gods: Gobekli Tepe - FAA‐PE

12/06/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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By the fourth century C.E., the cult of Christian saints led to the quest for their relics and a deepening split between eastern and western Christianity. Pilgrims journeyed to Jersusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela, and Canterbury to venerate the remains of the saints. Later in the Americas the tradition continued at the shrines of the Basilica of Guadalupe, Zapopan, and the Santuario de Chimayo. Sumptuous reliquaries, Gothic cathedrals, and the santos of New Spain and the Southwest are testimony to the influence of this history on western artistic tradition.

19454 | $25

Saints, Relics, and Pilgrimage sites in Europe and the Americas - FAA‐PE

12/09/2019 - 12/16/2019
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Cheryl Foote
CE South Building

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In your leotard and Stetson, are you a maverick, a teetotaler, or a dooze? At times, you're just a flash in the pan who receives short shrift as you're licked into shape. Other times, you're in like Flynn as you see eyeball to eyeball with a Devil's advocate. You may have a yen to steal someone's thunder or be a masochist stuck with a white elephant. Do you knock on wood, go beyond the pale, or pray for curfew? Why do we say what we do? Explore the meaning behind these and other colorful terms.

19567 | $20

Why Do We Say That? ‐ Knocking on Wood and Chasing White Elephants - FAA‐PE

08/20/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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Looking for some good feeback on that novel you're writing? Like to share some of your poetry or get back to that memoir you started a while back? Getting together with other writers on a regular basis to read one another's work and discuss it is the best way to keep on track with your writing project ‐ keep the momentum going. All writers are welcome. Novelists, playwrights, poets, biographers... Let's get together once a week for a two hour session to read one another's work and give positive feedback. Come join us for this ongoing writers group.

19526 | $75

Facilitated Writers Group - FAB‐PE

08/21/2019 - 09/25/2019
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Heidi Carlson
House Concert ‐ Private Home in NE Heights

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Writers like to think communication is mostly through dialogue. But what's NOT said is most important. Emotions lie at the core of every character's actions, choices and words–all of which drive the story. What would a story be without emotions? We'll discuss various emotions and highlight the physical signs, internal sensations, mental reactions and how to incorporate them into your writing. We'll talk about adding emotion to every character and every scene. Along the way, the instructor will provide a few writers' tips such as: "Don't be afraid to challenge your character's morals. Putting them in situations that are outside their comfort zone will make them squirm, and the reader will too."

19576 | $20

Putting Emotions into your Writing - FAA‐PE

08/26/2019
Mon 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
CE South Building

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While the magazine and newspaper markets are shrinking, the online writing market continues to expand. The opportunities are endless, especially since it no longer matters where you live. You can write about almost anything and get paid for it online. This class will teach students how to find writing opportunities that match their skills and knowledge, whether it's gardening talent or sales know‐how. We will explore online markets during class, with a particular focus on markets that are seeking new writers.

19582 | $75

Get Paid to Write Online - FAA‐PE

08/27/2019 - 10/08/2019
Tue 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

This class is for writers interested the short form of speculative fiction (i.e. 1000‐7000 words). Students will be expected to submit electronically ~1000 words per week in the hopes of developing one short story or a series of flash pieces for publication. Each session will begin with specific genre‐related craft exercise and end with round robin, open critique of work submitted the previous week. Students will receive instruction on how to give and receive effective and respectful critique; and weekly written feedback from the instructor. Max: 10 students

19562 | $75

Writing Speculative Fiction Short Stories - FAA‐PE

08/28/2019 - 10/02/2019
Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Kathy Kitts
CE South Building

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Mid and later twentieth‐century American literature was rocked by the appearance of Leslie Silko's and Louise Erdrich's fiction. Here were two young native female talents with the temerity to talk back to and mediate dominant Anglo and ethnocentric voices as heard in the stereotypic male Western. By now these two authors have crossed over into mainstream contemporary American literature. With memoirs and later novels as a background we will look at their shorter fiction, essays, and poetry as found in The Remembered Earth, The Man to Send Rain Clouds, and Love Medicine. Given today's reassessment of the roles of gender and myth in literature these two ceiling‐crashing American writers give us much to ponder.

19522 | $49

A Native Woman's West: Leslie Silko and Louise Erdrich - FAA‐PE

09/03/2019 - 09/24/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Robert Gish
CE South Building

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A class for practicing writers who have a short story, novella, or novel project in progress. The workshop format asks (does not require) participants to submit electronically approximately 1500 words for class review each week. Writers are urged to read and to comment on the works submitted by others. The instructor also provides weekly feedback on each manuscript. A timer helps everyone share air time. Knowledge of the basic vocabulary of fiction writing (characterization, point of view, narrative arc, stylistics etc) is assumed. So is respect for others. Must be able to tolerate criticism.

19584 | $75

Fiction Writing - FAA‐PE

09/09/2019 - 10/14/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Dodici Azpadu
CE South Building

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When writers get ideas about issues, characters or events, the logical thing to do is write about them. But creating realistic characters using realistic dialogue–those that come to life and ones that readers can visualize–is much harder to write. The instructor has written fictional characters as well as historical figures and knows how tough it can be to "get it right," to make those characters and their dialogue come alive. Writing good characters requires good dialogue. The way they speak is individual and yet, needs to be universal for readers. That's a tricky line to walk, but quite do‐able if the writer knows how. There are hundreds of ways to write dialogue, only a few of those are right. The instructor will share her expertise, provide examples and give pointers to make what the characters say become dialogue readers recognize. We'll do a short exercise with the class to create good dialogue.

19580 | $20

Creating Believable Dialogue - FAA‐PE

09/13/2019
Fri 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
CE South Building

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"There is no picture and no poem unless you yourself enter it and fill it out." ~Jacob Bronowski Ekphrasis is the graphic, often dramatic description of an object or work of art. Originated by the Greeks, the true use of ekphrasis was not simply to provide astute details of an image, but to share an emotional experience. The goal was to make the reader envision the thing described as if it were physically present. In this class, members will use visual images to uncover moments of story. Through close observation and writing prompts, we will use photographs and art objects to create a series of short pieces ‐ fiction, memoir or poetry. Each piece of writing will be limited to a maximum of 1,000 words. Class is open to writers, artists, photographers or anyone interested in exploring the relationship between visual images and the written word.

19593 | $75

A Thousand Words: Writing from Images - FAA‐PE

09/17/2019 - 10/22/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Connie Josefs, M.F.A
CE South Building

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Learn how to format your manuscript for submitting to agents and editors, or for self‐publishing e‐books and paperbacks through Amazon. We'll review Microsoft Word tools for making global changes, effectively using ''find and replace,'' inserting graphics and tracking editing changes. We'll also cover standard formatting guidelines and discuss file types. This will be an interactive class.

19501 | $49

Microsoft Word Tools for the Writer - FAA‐PE

09/25/2019 - 10/02/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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Dismissed by devotees of "high brow" literature, Robert Service is disdained as a "people's poet." Printers recited his ballads still wet with ink as they came off the presses. Book salesmen couldn't keep them in stock although his writing was considered "comically crude." Service's minister chastised him for the wickedness of his first book of verse. Properly chagrined, Service went right on signing autographs and collecting royalties equal to $2.7 million today. He wrote verse about cowboys, gold miners, ambulance drivers, and Bohemians in Paris's Latin Quarter – as well as thriller novels that would be made into silent movies and talkies. He even appeared in one along with Marlene Dietrich.If serious poetry is a "vale of tears," Service hands you a hankie and a guffaw. What else would you expect from a poem entitled "the Battle of the Bulge"? Brave souls fighting in an Allied offensive? No, brave souls fighting middle‐aged spread. "No more will sausage, bacon, eggs provide my breakfast fare . . . Let bran and cottage cheese suffice my gastronomic needs, And lettuce be my ally in the Battle of the Bulge." Join us for a poet considered "low brow" and loved for it.

19543 | $20

Robert Service: The "Bard of the Yukon" - FAA‐PE

09/30/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Often referred to as formula fiction and/or popular literature, the Detective novel in its classic form as written by Raymond Chandler need not hang its head under onslaughts of inferiority. This course will approach the fiction of Raymond Chandler, especially Goodbye my Lovely as quality literature, all the while delving into the characteristics of what makes the genre, the implied reader, and its offshoots of mystery, romance, and intrigue so popular.

19536 | $49

Raymond Chandler and the Detective Novel - FAA‐PE

10/01/2019 - 10/22/2019
Tue 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (4 Session Total)
Robert Gish
CE South Building

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In this exploration, we examine our past (which is always present within us), look at our childhoods, our beginnings, our roots. We work at telling our stories, which we must do in order to survive them, learn from them, grow beyond them. We will discuss, journal and consider this common question; Where are you from? It is a question we are often asked, and we usually answer with a word or two – New York, Cleveland, New Mexico. But your challenge will be to answer it with a series of images, pictures and memories. We will answer this question with images of family, of history, of ancestry, of conception – we will write and discover. To explore this question is to explore many things – your beginnings, your connections, your joys and struggles, the mystery and wonder of your life. Note: Please bring a laptop, tablet or pen/pencil and paper and be prepared to do some writing during class time.

19515 | $20

Creative Writing Exploration ‐ Where Are You From? - FAA‐PE

10/04/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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Scandinavian crime fiction's success has prompted a huge increase in interest in European crime fiction over the last ten years. This reading group will discuss a selection of Euro Crime Fiction titles focusing on different themes each month. At each meeting, we will consider two ‐three books plus several articles/reviews addressing these themes. Discussions will focus on the chosen titles and their relationship to other books in the field. Attendees will receive book lists and articles/reviews before the monthly sessions. (Enrollment will be limited to 15 to promote class discussion.)

19524 | $39

Euro Crime Fiction Reading Group - FAA‐PE

10/08/2019 - 12/03/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM and Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM and Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Kate Luger
CE South Building

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How do we arrive at the truth of our stories? For some, the path lies in writing memoir; for others, in writing fiction. Still others find themselves moving back and forth between the two. In this class, members will use fact, memory and imagination to transform life experiences into stories that are emotionally true, whether memoir or fiction. Weekly format provides writing prompts, supportive feedback and critique, as well as discussions of craft and the illusive boundary between fiction and memoir.

19556 | $75

Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction - FAA‐PE

10/09/2019 - 11/13/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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Do you have a story to share or are you looking for a wider audience for your previously published work? It is now easier than ever to self‐publish, both electronically and in paperback. You'll have total control of promotion and content, and instant access to sales figures. Best of all, it's free! Explore the ins‐and‐outs of self‐publishing. After three classes, you could be ready to hit the ''publish'' button on Amazon. Sarah Baker is the author of 23 novels, e‐books and audio books.

19504 | $49

Self‐Publishing: Getting your Work Out There! - FAA‐PE

10/16/2019 - 10/30/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Sarah Baker
CE South Building

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Looking for some good feedback on that novel you're writing? Like to share some of your poetry or get back to that memoir you started a while back? Getting together with other writers on a regular basis to read one another's work and discuss it is the best way to keep on track with your writing project ‐ keep the momentum going. All writers are welcome. Novelists, playwrights, poets, biographers... Let's get together once a week for a two hour session to read one another's work and give positive feedback. Come join us for this ongoing writers group.

19526 | $75

Facilitated Writers Group - FAA‐PE

10/17/2019 - 11/21/2019
Thu 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Heidi Carlson
Offsite

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Can a substance be benign or even beneficial for some individuals and poisonous to others? Is it true that the dose makes the poison? In this session we'll explore the basics of toxicology and talk about how so‐called poisons have been used and mis‐used in fiction, like Agatha Christie's novels. The instructor was a professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison.

19545 | $20

What is a Poison? Facts and Fiction - FAA‐PE

10/18/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Janet Greger
CE South Building

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This is not only a class about writing, it is a class about people writing. It is about writing as a tool for intellectual, psychological, and spiritual growth. It is about our language and our being and their powerful interconnectedness. This class is about taking back the gift of our language as an instrument of creation. The guided writing explorations begin by asking you to go inside yourself, to start with your heart, to take your stories out from within and look at them and learn from them. We will also work with the dimension called ''Toward Public Writing.'' This gives your journaling work new form as to be shared with others. This writing‐and‐being group travels beside you as we create a published summation of our creations.

19503 | $75

Writing and Being ‐ Taking Back the Gift of Language - FAA‐PE

10/19/2019 - 11/23/2019
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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If there is such a thing as a macho writer writing, assumedly, for men, Jack London fits the bill. However, women are said to be the most flexible and accommodating of readers. This course will pursue those assertions, wondering just how ideal and hostile readers regard Jack London and his numerous "testosterone" tales. Has the Jack London's eponymic hero outlived his time? Or is he needed more than ever especially in the individuation process of young men and women? Controversy guaranteed as we read a selection of London's fiction.

19541 | $49

Jack London's Testosterone Tales - FAA‐PE

10/28/2019 - 11/18/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (4 Session Total)
Robert Gish
CE South Building

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The short story is a versatile and rewarding form for writers and readers. This course defines this literary genre and discusses its boundaries from a writer's point of view. We will study a template for the phases of short story writing: pre‐writing, writing, and revising. By the end of the course, we'll each have a short story and a springboard for more stories.

19537 | $59

Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish - FAA‐PE

10/29/2019 - 11/19/2019
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Robert Gish
CE North Building

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"Get the narrator and you've got the piece." –Vivian Gornick The narrator's voice is central to the success of any memoir. It releases the story from the raw material of life and illuminates shape, forward movement, tone and theme. How do we find the right voice to tell our story? In this workshop, we will explore the concept of narrator as persona, a construct that emphasizes certain parts of ourselves and omits others. We will also explore the assets and liabilities of writing in first person.

19596 | $29

Who's Talking? ‐ The Narrator in Memoir - FAA‐PE

10/29/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 1:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Connie Josefs, M.F.A
CE South Building

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Mystery or suspense makes all writing and speeches more interesting. Learn techniques to arrange your stories (written or in conversation) to arouse and build your audience's interest. Remember mysteries and suspense are a natural part of life.

19551 | $20

Plotting for a Better Story! - FAA‐PE

11/01/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Janet Greger
CE South Building

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A class for practicing writers who have a short story, novella, or novel project in progress. The workshop format asks (does not require) participants to submit electronically approximately 1500 words for class review each week. Writers are urged to read and to comment on the works submitted by others. The instructor also provides weekly feedback on each manuscript. A timer helps everyone share air time. Knowledge of the basic vocabulary of fiction writing (characterization, point of view, narrative arc, stylistics etc) is assumed. So is respect for others. Must be able to tolerate criticism.

19584 | $75

Fiction Writing - FAB‐PE

11/04/2019 - 12/09/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Dodici Azpadu
CE South Building

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Blogging is a way to build your writing skills, express your ideas, and even build a book‐length manuscript while creating an audience. The class will explore all types of blogging, from poetry to how‐to instruction, from spirituality to memoir. The class will explain how to choose free blogging platforms, how to determine the length and frequency of your blogs, and how to build an audience. The class will also show how you can use a blog to create the backbone of a book, just as Julie Powell did to create her bestseller, '' Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,'' which went on to become a major movie. Anything is possible with a blog.

19598 | $75

Blogging Your Way to Writing Success - FAA‐PE

11/04/2019 - 12/09/2019
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (6 Session Total)
Rob Spiegel
CE South Building

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"I write to discover what I know." ? Flannery O'Connor How do we get the people we know onto the page? When writing memoir, it's all too easy to take our characters for granted because we know them. Complexity develops in characters as we discover them, moment by moment. This workshop will provide tools and writing exercises to help memoir writers reach beyond the familiar and craft characters in vivid and memorable detail.

19596 | $29

The Way They Were ‐ Writing Believable Characters in Memoir - FAB‐PE

11/05/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 1:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Connie Josefs, M.F.A
CE South Building

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Mary Wollstonecraft wrote of herself as the "first of a new genus." We will follow her development as the "genus," drawing upon Lydall Gordon's Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft and upon her writings. As twentieth‐century feminism has its roots in Wollstonecrafts' struggles and achievement, this is a historical perspective well worth exploring.

19521 | $25

Mary Wollstonecraft: The Roots of Feminism as We Know - FAA‐PE

11/06/2019 - 11/13/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Rosemary Day
CE South Building

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Oliver La Farge's, Laughing Boy might be called the Dine Romeo and Juliet. Set in the Southwest of 1914, this Pulitzer prize‐winning novel relates the tale of Laughing Boy and Slim Girl who meet at a communal dance and fall in love. Raised in two different worlds, do they have a chance to build their own life together amidst the conflict between the traditional Navajo world and the world of white America? Or will they be undone by fate? Join me in reading this incredible novel and learn the answer. Participants have to be willing to obtain their own copy of the book.

19505 | $39

Laughing Boy - FAA‐PE

11/07/2019 - 11/21/2019
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Shari Tarbet
CE South Building

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"I find that scene making is my natural way of marking the past." –Virginia Woolf Scene is the building block of narrative; it brings the reader into the immediate experience of a story. But how do we determine when to move from scene to exposition? This workshop will examine the varied effects of scene and exposition in memoir and explore how they are used effectively to bring personal experience to the page.

19596 | $29

"You Had To Be There" ‐ Writing Scene in Memoir - FAC‐PE

11/12/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 1:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Connie Josefs, M.F.A
CE South Building

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With their initial attack on the monastery at Lindisfarne in northeastern England in 793 A.D., the Vikings began a wave of invasions that imprinted their beliefs, customs, and laws on English culture. Primary among these contributions is the poem Beowulf. Created by Vikings, its location is Denmark, and its hero is Swedish, yet it is the national epic of England. It introduced literary elements such as heroic ideal, fate, alliteration, kennings, and understatements which would become repetitive elements of English literature. Later modifications by English monks added Christian overtones. Today, its influence ranges from the three witches in Macbeth to the Harry Potter series to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Cold Mountain. It has been the frequent subject of movies including a 2005 release. Come visit or revisit Beowulf, as we discuss these connections and explore their relevance today.

19520 | $25

Beowulf - FAA‐PE

11/15/2019 - 11/22/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (2 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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"You don't look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that... Nothing goes away." –Margaret Atwood Time can be one of the most challenging aspects of memoir. We view events from two vantage points: then and now. How do writers accommodate this shifting narrative stance? How do we effectively utilize hindsight to gain access to narratives of the past? This workshop will explore how memoirists organize time, voice and point of view to structure scenes and create coherence.

19596 | $29

The Shape of Time in Memoir - FAD‐PE

11/19/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 1:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Connie Josefs, M.F.A
CE South Building

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Thanks to the invention of the Internet, the opportunity to write for magazines is almost endless. With over 9,000 magazines published yearly, in addition to those online, the world is your oyster. But, there are tricks to bagging an assignment. So if you've got a good idea but don't know where to go and how to start, look no more. This workshop is for you. We'll cover: finding your story, finding the market, tweaking the same idea for different magazines, writing a query that sells, photo requirements, approaching an editor. And that's just for starters. Ms. Groves recently won 1st Place in New Mexico Press Women's writing contest and went on to win the 2018 National Federation of Press Women contest for my article in December's issue of True West Magazine.

19581 | $20

So, You Want to Write for Magazines? - FAA‐PE

11/21/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
CE South Building

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We will examine the text, context and impact of "God Bless America," "Mrs. Robinson," and "I Feel the Earth Move." To be discussed more briefly will be "Blue Skies," 'White Christmas," "For Emily Wherever I May Find Her," "Scarborough Fair," "Graceland" and its controversies, "It's Too Late," "You've got a Friend" and others. This is intellectual history – influences, context, creation, impact, and legacies. This is not a musical analysis of chord structure or progressions. This discussion will be focused on the absolutely central role of Jewish American musicians and songwriters in the creation of the 20th century American Songbook.

19609 | $20

A celebration of three Jewish‐American songwriters (Irving Berlin, Paul Simon and Carole King) and t - FAA‐PE

09/09/2019
Mon 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Ramon Flores
CE South Building

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Giuseppe Verdi was the indisputable Italian musical genius of the 19th century opera. After a decade of early works in the 1840s and a triad of masterpieces around mid‐century, and the experience of the death of his first wife and two young children, he reached a moment of full maturity (called the Middle Period) from his early 40s to his late 50s in which he produced fewer works, took command of the French tradition of Grand Opera and produced a series of serious, deeply felt and extremely moving and beautiful operas. This class will examine the following works from that moment: I vespri siciliani, 1855; Simon Boccanegra, 1857; La forza del destino, 1862; Don Carlos, 1867; Aida, 1871

19608 | $59

Middle Period Verdi - FAA‐PE

09/10/2019 - 10/08/2019
Tue 9:30 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (5 Session Total)
Julius Kaplan
CE South Building

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Henry James, when asked why he attended the funeral of a man with whom he did not get along, said "Where there is passion, there am I." We will view and discuss two favorite adaptations of his novels: Cybill Shepherd is Daisy, an American original, in Peter Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller (1974). A neglected gem, it was filmed in Vevey, Switzerland and Rome, Italy. Milly is from the 1974 British TV series "Affairs of the Heart." It is based on James' famed 1902 The Wings of the Dove. Milly Theale a young, very wealthy New Yorker, in frail health, encounters London society.

19615 | $25

Henry James on Screen - FAA‐PE

09/17/2019 - 09/24/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Donald Gluck
CE South Building

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Make dancing a part of your active lifestyle and learn to Line Dance. We will begin with simple step combinations and work into more complicated routines as the class progresses. Dancing is an effortless way to exercise your body and Line Dancing is fun, easy to do and no partner is required. Join us for a series of fun evenings and learn several line dances, including the Electric Slide and Cotton Eyed Joe. Step in line and sign up today! Note: Please wear closed‐toe shoes, no sandals or flip‐flops. Max: 20 students

19606 | $49

Line Dance: Beginning - FAA‐PE

10/08/2019 - 10/29/2019
Tue 5:00 PM ‐ 6:30 PM (4 Session Total)
Vicky Burke
CE North Building

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Explore the contributions of the great classical music composers and see why they stood out from the others of similar inclination. Aside from Nature's gifts bestowed on such great individuals, what in their environment seasoned their world view and added to the uniqueness of their creation? We will also explore their music itself, to see how their psychological inclinations were influenced by their view of life, the world and others.

19626 | $49

The Great Composers: Baroque, Classical and Romantic Periods - FAA‐PE

10/09/2019 - 10/30/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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.Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita is considered a twentieth century masterpiece. It was begun in 1928 but not published until 1967, twenty‐seven years after Bulgakov's death. It is composed of three interlaced stories: Satan and his entourage visit Moscow, a Faustian tale of a writer and his Margarita, and Pilate's condemnation of Jesus. It combines realism with a fantasy that can be humorous, serious, macabre. It is by turns: biting satire, a takedown of the venal, of hypocrites and apparatchiks; a "roman a clef," with events and people decipherable; a panorama of a mayhem‐ridden Moscow; a study of writing and writers; and an exploration of love and redemption. By some, it is regarded as Bulgakov's Christian Testament. It features Margarita's flight on a broom over Moscow and Satan's Ball with invitees from Hell. The novel is exquisitely rendered by the seven hour 2006 Vladimir Bortko TV series. This has been distilled to 2 2/3 self‐contained hours. This shortened series will be watched, and then series and novel will be discussed. Notes will be provided.

19617 | $25

The Master and Margarita: Novel and TV - FAA‐PE

10/15/2019 - 10/22/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Donald Gluck
CE South Building

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Regardless of one's opinions on rock and roll music, it has both fueled and reflected the social transitions of a generation. The music of the 1950s and 1960s powered the civil rights movement and social justice revolutions over the following decades. We'll explore the power of music in changing political climates, then and now.

19602 | $20

Rock and Roll and Social Justice - FAA‐PE

11/07/2019 - 11/14/2019
Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM (2 Session Total)
Frank Sedillo
CE South Building

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Tired of Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman? The same dozen carols on Muzak systems as you try do your shopping? We will explore the wealth of gorgeous but essentially unknown music celebrating Christmas and the Winter Solstice from the Middle Ages through the 20th century.

19618 | $20

Christmas Music of Earlier Times - FAA‐PE

12/13/2019
Fri 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Daniel Crafts
CE South Building

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An introductory discussion of the basics of safer mushroom collecting for the beginner amateur mushroom hunter to concentrate on, so as to avoid toxicological problems. Includes a discussion of the "safe six" mushrooms to collect: "Morels," "Puff Balls," "Sulfur Shelves," "Shaggy Manes," "Oyster Mushrooms," and "Hen‐of‐the‐Woods." Also covered will be suggested reference books, along with mushroom art and collectibles.

19741 | $20

Safer Mushroom Collecting for Beginners - FAA‐PE

08/27/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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The basin and Range Province extends as a south to north corridor throughout central New Mexico. This corridor is a faulted landscape of uplifted mountains between down‐dropped valleys and of north‐south trending volcanoes. This geography is the result of the Rio Grande rift being pulled apart. Some blocks of rock like the Sandia Mountains have moved up relative to other blocks that have moved down, with a total displacement of more than 20,000 feet. Where the land is being pulled apart, it also cracks so that magma ascends up the cracks to form volcanoes. The Albuquerque volcanoes and the Jemez Mountains are examples of volcanic activity along the Rio Grande rift zone. Explore the distinctive geology of Central New Mexico and learn what makes Albuquerque and the Sandia Mountains so unique.

19768 | $49

Geology of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Rift - FAA‐PE

09/04/2019 - 09/25/2019
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Carol Hill
CE South Building

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Horticulture (gardening) is described as an art and a science. This is an accurate description, it requires practice and skill as an art, but the application of Plant Science/Botany to the practice of gardening can increase success and enjoyment for the gardener. Taxonomy, proper plant classification and naming; Morphology, the study of plant form; Anatomy, the microscopic nature of plants; Physiology, the functioning of plants; Reproduction and Breeding of plants are all important aspects of gardening. This knowledge can enhance the gardener's understanding of problems and their ability to find solutions whether they are growing flowers, vegetables, or fruit. Ultimately success and greater enjoyment result from increased knowledge of the science that underlies and supports gardening.

19720 | $49

An overview of Science in the Garden - FAA‐PE

09/05/2019 - 09/26/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Curtis Smith
CE South Building

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There are now four companies in the USA offering DNA testing to the general public. Some of these tests are extensively advertised. All four of these companies are legitimate and provide what they promise. There are also now five types of tests offered. Each type test has benefits and limitations. This class will explore which test and are best company for you to use to achieve your goals.

19714 | $20

Testing Your DNA - FAA‐PE

09/06/2019
Fri 9:30 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Farris
CE South Building

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By 1970, the statement "You've come a long way, baby" was a popular slogan for women in America. Originally an advertising pitch for Virginia Slims cigarettes, it became a motto for women's rights. But not at NASA. Women were not selected as astronauts until 1977, and even then it was as mission specialists rather than full‐fledged pilot astronauts. This class will explore the history of women's involvement in manned spaceflight from early pioneers (some of whom worked with their husbands) to assertive candidates who failed to break into the "old boy network" to women who proved their worthiness to NASA and on to future possibilities.

19705 | $39

Women and the History of "Manned" Spaceflight - FAA‐PE

09/16/2019 - 09/30/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Loretta Hall
CE South Building

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Waves are everywhere in our lives but are we aware? And if we were more aware would we start to wonder: "what is that all about?" Highlights include learning that Northern Lights (aurora) exhibit "quantum physics" and that the property of "wave interference" is responsible for a multitude of topics including: why do soap bubbles have such iridescent colors, why is the bow of the new Celebrity Edge ships so different, and what are those striking patterns in clouds or "shock diamonds" in jet afterburner exhaust?

19708 | $10

Waves in your world! - FAA‐PE

10/01/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 2:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Matthews
CE South Building

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We will cover a number of geology‐type parks, from canyon parks (Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce) to mountain parks (Guadalupe Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Yosemite, Grand Tetons), to volcanic parks (Mt. Rainier/Mt. St. Helens, Hawaiian Islands) to cave parks (Carlsbad, Mammoth) to sand dunes (Great Sand Dunes, White Sands). In order to understand the different geologic features in American parks, we will first learn the basics principles of geology – about the three types of rocks (igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary) and how they form and about plate tectonics being the driving force for the geology we see on planet Earth.

19786 | $75

Geology of the National Parks - FAA‐PE

10/02/2019 - 11/20/2019
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (8 Session Total)
Carol Hill
CE South Building

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Waves are everywhere in our lives but are we aware? And if we were more aware would we start to wonder: "what is that all about?" Highlights include learning that Northern Lights (aurora) exhibit "quantum physics" and that the property of "wave interference" is responsible for a multitude of topics including: why do soap bubbles have such iridescent colors, why is the bow of the new Celebrity Edge ships so different, and what are those striking patterns in clouds or "shock diamonds" in jet afterburner exhaust?

19708 | $10

Waves in the Ocean - FAB‐PE

10/08/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 2:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Matthews
CE South Building

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"A" is for Atmosphere, "G" is for Global - FAC‐PE

10/15/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 2:00 PM(1 Session Total)
John Matthews
CE South Building

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Ice in our life to Icebergs - FAD‐PE

10/29/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 2:00 PM(1 Session Total)
John Matthews
CE South Building

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What is Global Warming All About? - FAE‐PE

11/05/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 2:00 PM(1 Session Total)
John Matthews
CE South Building

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The Valley of Fires, located just west of Carrizozo, New Mexico, is part of the Rio Grande Rift – a north‐south trending fault system along which the Jemez Caldera and Sandia Mountains have formed. The Valley of Fires consists of volcanic flows that are among the youngest in the continental United States. They erupted from a crater north of Carrizozo and flowed down the Tularosa Valley. White Sands is the world's largest gypsum dune field. The sand is composed of the mineral gypsum rather than silica as are most sand dunes in the world, such as the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado. This course covers the rare set of circumstances that caused these beautiful white gypsum dunes to form in the Tularosa Basin.

19730 | $20

Geology of Valley of Fires and White Sands - FAA‐PE

11/06/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Carol Hill
CE South Building

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The results of all of the tests now offered give you matches to kin. What do these mean and how reliable are they? Why are there so many surnames that look unfamiliar? Should I post my family tree? The autosomal DNA (atDNA) results from all four companies provide percent ethnicity. How reliable are these estimates? How do the percent ethnicity results compare among the four companies? What does the future hold for the analysis of my results?

19715 | $20

Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You - FAA‐PE

11/15/2019
Fri 9:30 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Farris
CE South Building

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This is the story of the history of geology: from the time of Steno (1638‐1686), when the principles of stratigraphy (rock strata) were established, up to the present day. We will uncover how William Smith (1769‐1837) constructed the world's first geologic map by observing the regular sequence of fossil organisms over the entire planet. We will discuss how the Geologic Column is based on relative time, and how that time was confirmed by radioactive dating in the early 1900s. We will examine eight of the greatest controversies in Earth Science: What are fossils?; the Origin of Different Rock Types; Catastrophism vs. Univormitarianism; Correlation of Rock Strata over Planet Earth; The Ice Ages; Plate Tectonics; and Mass Extinctions.

19727 | $39

The History of Geology - FAA‐PE

12/04/2019 - 12/18/2019
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Carol Hill
CE South Building

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Life can be so very fragile, and the normal genealogical thread can be quickly severed by accident or disease. It is absolutely certain that if a person would have died before having issue, their modern day descendants would have ceased to exist for the present. This talk will discuss some of the major plagues and epidemics, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, and thus greatly impacted the future of the world in a major way. Some of the great microbial and viral disasters covered, will include The Black Death, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, The Irish Potato Blight, The Great Influenza Pandemic, and Ebola, amongst others. Also discussed will be the potential use of biological agents as a means of terrorism. Your presenter is a boarded toxicologist, specializing in the areas of clinical and forensic toxicology.

19739 | $20

Microbes that Changed History - FAA‐PE

12/09/2019
Mon 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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In this troubled and uncertain age, the greatest challenge for us as seniors is to discover our identities as human beings and to make the necessary preparations for the next stage of our spiritual journey. A common autobiography is a record of life events from birth to the present moment. A spiritual autobiography focuses on those experiences which have provided meaning and purpose for one's life, as well as those feelings of being led by transcendence and awe. The person who embarks on such a path is rewarded with the experience of his or her deeper nature, as well as an appreciation for the hidden layers of reality itself. We will use writing as a powerful tool for discovering who we are presently and where we are going. Specific weekly assignments will guide this process of self‐discovery. Classes will be used for discussion and sharing our insights.

19801 | $69

Writing a Spiritual Autobiography - FAA‐PE

09/05/2019 - 10/10/2019
Thu 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (6 Session Total)
David Johnson, Ph.D.
CE South Building

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Greek mythology permeates our language, arts and culture: from the mundane and daily usage of such terms as 'to tantalize,' and to have an 'Achilles' heel,' to psychological diagnosis such as narcissism and the oedipal complex. Our thinking is shaped by these archetypes. This lecture explores the insights the Greeks captured and communicated through their story telling traditions: .with a focus on role models of masculinity from Midas, Orpheus, Odysseus and Theseus. Emphasis will be placed on Herakles as the model for the 'strong man' and his 12 Labors.

19825 | $20

The Wisdom of Greek Mythology - FAA‐PE

09/09/2019
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Greg Gould
CE South Building

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Scientists, psychologists and authors are increasingly noting the strong influence that our rational thinking has on our minds and our ways of being. We will explore this influence as we consider the powerful, life‐changing gifts our subconscious offers. Over the past 50 years trailblazing modalities to reduce unwanted effects of memories have been developed and expanded. We will experience these remarkable methods that can create changes in our lives from 'Wouldn't it be nice if...?" to "I don't believe it's possible to." Subconscious techniques can relieved symptoms, phobias, reactions and more. Any trouble, from simple to serious, which has not been alleviated by your thinking, willpower or decision, has the potential to be eased or eliminated. Issues from irritation because someone got ahead of you in a line to difficulties with a colleague to family discord can typically potentially be eradicated. Join us as we ‐ privately ‐ interact with our subconscious using 3 simple tools, which you can then use on your own. One of the methods we will learn is tapping (EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique), which is an approved treatment by the Veterans Administration. Come join the unwrapping.

19884 | $20

Unwrap the Gifts of your Subconscious Mind - FAA‐PE

09/09/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gabriala Rayne
Corrales Arts Center

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Imagine a future when most adults are able to achieve their potential as fully functioning human beings. Join us for a stimulating discussion of flourishing, an exciting concept from the scientific and professional movement called positive psychology. Leaders in positive psychology tell us that complete mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. The elements that contribute to flourishing include positive emotion, meaning, engagement, and healthy relationships. How would you live your life differently if you were flourishing? What does it take to live the good life and how can we apply these insights to our lives? This class is highly participatory; you will be given weekly exercises designed to promote flourishing

19873 | $55

Flourishing in these Challenging Times - FAA‐PE

09/10/2019 - 10/08/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (5 Session Total)
Stephen Poland
CE South Building

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Imagine you're on an airplane. A few passengers start coughing. Another one sneezes. Your mind flashes to when you came down with the flu last year. Ick. How can you be positive you won't get sick again? That sense of doubt and uncertainty represents the bedrock of obsessive‐compulsive disorder (OCD). People with OCD are consumed with such doubts every day. OCD appears in a fascinating array of symptoms and behaviors including handwashing, constant counting, superstitions, extreme fears of hurting loved ones, and checking locks over and over again. OCD ruins lives. You probably know someone with this problem, as millions of Americans suffer from OCD. Millions more exhibit a few symptoms of OCD without being diagnosable. In this class, we describe the vicious cycle of OCD, the treatments that work, and treatments that merely prolong suffering.

19877 | $29

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - FAA‐PE

09/23/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Laura Smith
CE South Building

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Okay – you've reached that point when a hearing aid is in your future. Between television ads, newspaper ads or invitations in the mail – how do you become an informed consumer with such a big purchase? How do you avoid the pitfalls and ending up dissatisfied? Take the mystery out of hearing loss. We will cover hearing loss and hearing aid basics, technology solutions from the simple to the sophisticated, the correlation between hearing loss and dementia. Learn about the different hearing healthcare providers and your legal rights. The instructor is a passionate trainer who has worn hearing aids for over 65 years. This course is an updated version of the previous course "Living with Hearing Loss."

19869 | $39

Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! - FAA‐PE

09/30/2019 - 10/14/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Mary Clark
CE South Building

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A conversation‐based course exploring some of the most vital elements of our lives and how they change as we age. We will take a humorous and thoughtful approach to developing skills and breaking down barriers in a respectful, inclusive and open‐hearted environment. If you want to build knowledge, courage and communication skills while having a wonderful time talking openly and honestly about sex, this class is for you. Areas covered will include changes and challenges of sex after menopause, healthy adjustments to a partner's sexual challenges, exploring new relationships at midlife and lots of resources.

19866 | $75

Intimacy, Communication and Sexuality: a class for women - FAA‐PE

10/03/2019 - 10/31/2019
Thu 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (5 Session Total)
Jane Epstein
CE South Building

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Scientists say most of your brain is active all of the time (not just 10%). Learn basic, practical mind‐body truths and how to consistently achieve specific outcomes and maximize your potential. NLP is a simple, yet sophisticated approach to communication and personal development. This is an interactive and participatory class where you will practice techniques.

19872 | $20

Introduction to Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Subtle, Sensitive and Sophisticated - FAA‐PE

10/11/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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Princeton professor Elaine Pagels' recent memoir Why Religion? A Personal Story explores her life in relation to her studies and scholarship amidst great loss and tragedy. We will explore Pagels' personal story, her achievements, her insights into her various published works on lost Gospels (including Thomas and Judas, her study of early Christianity and Adam and Eve, and her study of the Origins of Satan. We will watch and then discuss Pagels' sermon at the Washington National Cathedral presented April 7, 2019, and at least parts of the forum afterward with Dean Randy Hollerith.

19808 | $39

Dr. Elaine Pagels: Her Life and Scholarship: Why Religion? And The Gnostic Gospels - FAA‐PE

10/14/2019 - 10/28/2019
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (3 Session Total)
Rosemary Day
CE South Building

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In 1980, a bulldozer accidentally uncovered a first‐century tomb in Jerusalem. Of the ten ossuaries (stone coffins) found inside, six bore inscriptions: Jesus son of Joseph, Maria, Mariamene (the name by which Mary Magdalene was known), Joseph, Matthew, and Judah son of Jesus. Dismissed by archaeologists as coincidence, the ossuaries were warehoused and forgotten. Twenty‐five years later, additional study was done on the remains inside the ossuaries, which included DNA analysis among other scientific investigations. We will discuss the genetic results and their ramifications by watching a documentary about this incredible archaeological find

19829 | $20

The Lost Tomb of Jesus - FAA‐PE

10/18/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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To the Celts in Europe 2,000 years ago, everything in Nature was alive, and they were connected to all of it. Celtic mythology is rich in stories of animals as guardians and guides. The Celts, with their ancient spiritual worldview, easily followed animals into the Otherworld. Even more intriguing are the myths about Celtic super‐humans shape‐shifting into power animals. In history, we see proof of the strong ties between Celtic humans and animals. Have you noticed the red dragon on the national flag of Wales? Or the gigantic White Horse of Uffington that can only be fully seen from the air? Come join the Celtic animals for a while.

19807 | $20

Celtic Animals of Myth and History - FAA‐PE

10/29/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Maya Sutton, Ph.D.
CE South Building

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Buddhism appeals to many Westerners because it is nonjudgmental, requires no faith, and teaches ways to reduce suffering. It encourages personal responsibility, mindfulness, and compassion for ourselves and others. In this class we'll discuss the life and times of the prince who became the Buddha, his search for enlightenment, his teachings, the historical development of Buddhism, plus current branches and their practices. We'll also discuss the work of some present‐day teachers including the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and prominent American authors. We'll have slide shows, videos, and readings, as well as discussions. This class assumes no prior knowledge, but also goes into reasonable depth to interest those with some previous experience.

19813 | $49

Buddhism - FAA‐PE

11/01/2019 - 11/22/2019
Fri 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (4 Session Total)
Jon Nimitz
CE South Building

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Although typically portrayed as the crone, the wise woman can appear in all stages of feminine age and power from the elusive Sophia (the Greek word for wisdom) in the Bible, to the young virgin priestess who prophesizes, the majestic queen who rules with power and wisdom or the ancient crone who heals. She may represent the solar goddesses such as Ishtar or the Spider Woman goddess of the Navajos. This class will discuss the various roles of the wise woman through the ages and see how this archetypal feminine power is portrayed today both on the inner stage of the psyche and the outer stage of world affairs. There will be plenty of examples drawn from history and today's news with ample time for discussion and personal examples, too

19845 | $20

Wisewoman: Ageless Archetype of the Eternal Feminine - FAA‐PE

11/04/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gay Witherington
Corrales Arts Center

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This course is intended for those who have a hearing aid: Why are some new hearing aid users so successful and others put their new device in a drawer, or have multiple hearing aids without really feeling satisfied with their investment? Learn the steps you can take to make the most of your hearing aids. You can benefit from learning; coping strategies, (re)learning listening skills, communication tips, and about gadgets that turn your hearing aids into assistive listening devices. This course will be tailored to the needs of the students once the classes commences – so bring your list of challenges, and we'll work on solutions.

19870 | $39

Ok I've got a hearing aid – NOW what? - FAA‐PE

11/04/2019 - 11/18/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Mary Clark
CE South Building

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Did you every have the experience of entering a room, and forgetting why you went in there? How about remembering the name of the person you just met, or remembering your PIN number at the ATM! This talk is designed to address many of these commonly experienced events. Our discussion will cover what is memory, and why do we forget. Presented will be some relatively easy techniques that will assist you in developing the ability to recall some of the following: people's names, a series of numbers, a group of objects and remembering them in order. Also discussed will be the signs of cognitive degeneration, and activities that should help you to keep one's mind and memory sharper as we progress through aging

19894 | $20

I Can't Remember! Some Memory Techniques That Might Help - FAA‐PE

11/07/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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The Before I Die New Mexico Festival helps us to prepare for our inevitable mortality. This half‐day symposium helps you address important aspects of life and death in these four sessions: • 8:00 to 8:50 a.m. Funerals in Different Cultures: Learn about colorful funeral traditions from a variety of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Speakers TBD. • 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Your Personal History: Learn how to do genealogy research to discover the roots of your family tree with writer/teacher/researcher Molly Shannon. • 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. We Love Our Pets: A panel discussion of pet loss issues and how to plan ahead. Panelists include Ann Beyke, MA, pet loss counselor, and Dr. Jeff Nichol, DVM, veterinarian. • 11:00 a.m. to noon The Funeral Director on Film: Learn the history of undertaking through film clips that trace the development of the industry in the United States and illuminate issues consumers need to know, presented by Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with the symposium speakers and buy their books during breaks and at the end of the symposium. Festival sponsors will also offer valuable information at display tables around the room during the symposium.

19849 | $29

Before I Die New Mexico Festival Half‐Day Symposium - FAA‐PE

11/09/2019
Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 1:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gail Rubin
CE North Building

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Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? Why you see the world the way you do, why you have the friends and families you have? To understand this we will need to look at two giants of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, who possessed strong opinions on this matter. Adler would have us believe that even as small children we made choices, unconscious and pre‐verbal, that determined how we would develop. Come join us as we explore why we are who we are.

19851 | $20

Why Do We Have the Personalities We Do? - FAA‐PE

11/14/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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NLP trains us to observe and find out, rather than relying on our own conclusions. The meta‐model is an analytical tool that applies to language. The exact words a person says reflects the internal experience that person is having. This analytical tool enables us to notice what is missing. The meta‐model helps us to effectively communicate with others and to pay attention to our own language. The NLP Meta‐Model is a deductive language pattern designed to detect, challenge and expand the limits of an individual's ''map of the world.'' This is an interactive and participatory class where you will practice techniques. (Prerequisite: 19872 Introduction to Neuro‐linguistic Programming)

19874 | $20

Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): The NLP Meta‐Model - FAA‐PE

11/15/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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Leonard Saxe, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Brandeis University, says, ''Lying has long been a part of everyday life. We couldn't get through the day without being deceptive.'' Still, most of us know the difference between a white lie and outright deceit. One study says that we lie in about a fifth of their interpersonal exchanges lasting ten or more minutes. Over the course of a week, we deceive about 30 percent of those with whom we interact one‐on‐one. And the closer the relationship, the more likely we are to lie. There's evidence that some self‐delusion–basically, lying to yourself–is essential to good mental health. Let's explore the psychology behind lying and whether absolute candor would be a positive thing for either society or we as individuals.

19850 | $20

Why Do We Lie? - FAA‐PE

11/20/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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The past has much to reveal to us if we listen closely and look deeply. Why do we engage in warfare, why do we act tribal, or why do we act compassionately towards others? Drawing on her years of researching, writing, and teaching world history, Dr. Ames brings to light instances of how our innate human behaviors have shaped events in the past and are continuing to influence how we construct our future. She argues that it is time we draw on insights from our human past–recognizing the wisdom of elders, realizing our spiritual connections, reconnecting with nature, and identifying our innate human nature–to help us forge a more sustainable and joyous future on this planet.

19856 | $20

Integrating the Past, Forging a Future - FAA‐PE

11/20/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Denise Ames
CE South Building

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Don't we all want to see a bright, healthy future for both humanity and the planet, Earth? How can we move beyond war and destruction to a more peaceful way of living on this beautiful planet? This class will suggest some ways to free up our creativity and our sense of the sacredness of all life to help bring about a future of peace and prosperity for us all. Authors such as Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade) and David Korten (The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community) have explored these themes extensively and the class will draw on their work as well as others. A combination of lecture and discussion will show that simple changes in our everyday attitudes and actions can start a chain reaction of better relations with others and with the Earth itself. We truly can co‐create a bright future for all of humanity in this interdependent world.

19854 | $20

A New Partnership with the Earth: Co‐Creating a Bright Future - FAA‐PE

12/05/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gay Witherington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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We'll explore the science backing the effectiveness of meditation for everyday living and health. Empirically supported benefits include stress reduction, improvements in memory, reduced rumination, reduced chronic pain, improved sleep, better relationships, decreased blood pressure, and less emotional reactivity. Our minds are like thinking machines that constantly churn out judgments and evaluations of everything we encounter. Meditation can show you the way out of this slurry of thoughts. Types of meditation contain overlapping strategies. Rather than choosing a single type of meditation, we explore various techniques such as: Body scan meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing Meditation, Walking Meditation and Mantras and affirmations. We'll also discuss a variety of meditation myths. You are welcome to participate in a variety of meditation experiences or quietly observe.

19878 | $29

Losing Your Mind Through Meditation: An Experiential Exploration of Meditation Strategies - FAA‐PE

12/10/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Laura Smith
CE South Building

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Come learn how valuable self‐love is in creating your greater life. You will learn tools to help you create a life that fuels you. Activate your intention point and begin to manifest from a higher energy vibration. Skyrocket personal power, and program yourself for unlimited abundance. We will take a closer look at your passions, intentions, goals, gratitude and what abundance means to you. Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP) gives you the tools to become more connected to the life you want to lead. Both NLP and the Law of Attraction draw on perception creates our reality. Come take a closer look. (Prerequisite; Introduction to NLP)

19875 | $20

Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Manifestation and the Power of Intention - FAA‐PE

12/13/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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Scientists, psychologists and authors are increasingly noting the strong influence that our rational thinking has on our minds and our ways of being. We will explore this influence as we consider the powerful, life‐changing gifts our subconscious offers. Over the past 50 years trailblazing modalities to reduce unwanted effects of memories have been developed and expanded. We will experience these remarkable methods that can create changes in our lives from 'Wouldn't it be nice if...?" to "I don't believe it's possible to." Subconscious techniques can relieved symptoms, phobias, reactions and more. Any trouble, from simple to serious, which has not been alleviated by your thinking, willpower or decision, has the potential to be eased or eliminated. Issues from irritation because someone got ahead of you in a line to difficulties with a colleague to family discord can typically potentially be eradicated. Join us as we ‐ privately ‐ interact with our subconscious using 3 simple tools, which you can then use on your own. One of the methods we will learn is tapping (EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique), which is an approved treatment by the Veterans Administration. Come join the unwrapping.

19884 | $20

Unwrap the Gifts of your Subconscious Mind - FAA‐PE

09/09/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gabriala Rayne
Corrales Arts Center

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Imagine a future when most adults are able to achieve their potential as fully functioning human beings. Join us for a stimulating discussion of flourishing, an exciting concept from the scientific and professional movement called positive psychology. Leaders in positive psychology tell us that complete mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. The elements that contribute to flourishing include positive emotion, meaning, engagement, and healthy relationships. How would you live your life differently if you were flourishing? What does it take to live the good life and how can we apply these insights to our lives? This class is highly participatory; you will be given weekly exercises designed to promote flourishing

19873 | $55

Flourishing in these Challenging Times - FAA‐PE

09/10/2019 - 10/08/2019
Tue 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (5 Session Total)
Stephen Poland
CE South Building

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Imagine you're on an airplane. A few passengers start coughing. Another one sneezes. Your mind flashes to when you came down with the flu last year. Ick. How can you be positive you won't get sick again? That sense of doubt and uncertainty represents the bedrock of obsessive‐compulsive disorder (OCD). People with OCD are consumed with such doubts every day. OCD appears in a fascinating array of symptoms and behaviors including handwashing, constant counting, superstitions, extreme fears of hurting loved ones, and checking locks over and over again. OCD ruins lives. You probably know someone with this problem, as millions of Americans suffer from OCD. Millions more exhibit a few symptoms of OCD without being diagnosable. In this class, we describe the vicious cycle of OCD, the treatments that work, and treatments that merely prolong suffering.

19877 | $29

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - FAA‐PE

09/23/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Laura Smith
CE South Building

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Okay – you've reached that point when a hearing aid is in your future. Between television ads, newspaper ads or invitations in the mail – how do you become an informed consumer with such a big purchase? How do you avoid the pitfalls and ending up dissatisfied? Take the mystery out of hearing loss. We will cover hearing loss and hearing aid basics, technology solutions from the simple to the sophisticated, the correlation between hearing loss and dementia. Learn about the different hearing healthcare providers and your legal rights. The instructor is a passionate trainer who has worn hearing aids for over 65 years. This course is an updated version of the previous course "Living with Hearing Loss."

19869 | $39

Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! - FAA‐PE

09/30/2019 - 10/14/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Mary Clark
CE South Building

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A conversation‐based course exploring some of the most vital elements of our lives and how they change as we age. We will take a humorous and thoughtful approach to developing skills and breaking down barriers in a respectful, inclusive and open‐hearted environment. If you want to build knowledge, courage and communication skills while having a wonderful time talking openly and honestly about sex, this class is for you. Areas covered will include changes and challenges of sex after menopause, healthy adjustments to a partner's sexual challenges, exploring new relationships at midlife and lots of resources.

19866 | $75

Intimacy, Communication and Sexuality: a class for women - FAA‐PE

10/03/2019 - 10/31/2019
Thu 3:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM (5 Session Total)
Jane Epstein
CE South Building

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Scientists say most of your brain is active all of the time (not just 10%). Learn basic, practical mind‐body truths and how to consistently achieve specific outcomes and maximize your potential. NLP is a simple, yet sophisticated approach to communication and personal development. This is an interactive and participatory class where you will practice techniques.

19872 | $20

Introduction to Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Subtle, Sensitive and Sophisticated - FAA‐PE

10/11/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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This course is intended for those who have a hearing aid: Why are some new hearing aid users so successful and others put their new device in a drawer, or have multiple hearing aids without really feeling satisfied with their investment? Learn the steps you can take to make the most of your hearing aids. You can benefit from learning; coping strategies, (re)learning listening skills, communication tips, and about gadgets that turn your hearing aids into assistive listening devices. This course will be tailored to the needs of the students once the classes commences – so bring your list of challenges, and we'll work on solutions.

19870 | $39

Ok I've got a hearing aid – NOW what? - FAA‐PE

11/04/2019 - 11/18/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Mary Clark
CE South Building

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Did you every have the experience of entering a room, and forgetting why you went in there? How about remembering the name of the person you just met, or remembering your PIN number at the ATM! This talk is designed to address many of these commonly experienced events. Our discussion will cover what is memory, and why do we forget. Presented will be some relatively easy techniques that will assist you in developing the ability to recall some of the following: people's names, a series of numbers, a group of objects and remembering them in order. Also discussed will be the signs of cognitive degeneration, and activities that should help you to keep one's mind and memory sharper as we progress through aging

19894 | $20

I Can't Remember! Some Memory Techniques That Might Help - FAA‐PE

11/07/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? Why you see the world the way you do, why you have the friends and families you have? To understand this we will need to look at two giants of psychology, Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler, who possessed strong opinions on this matter. Adler would have us believe that even as small children we made choices, unconscious and pre‐verbal, that determined how we would develop. Come join us as we explore why we are who we are.

19851 | $20

Why Do We Have the Personalities We Do? - FAA‐PE

11/14/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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NLP trains us to observe and find out, rather than relying on our own conclusions. The meta‐model is an analytical tool that applies to language. The exact words a person says reflects the internal experience that person is having. This analytical tool enables us to notice what is missing. The meta‐model helps us to effectively communicate with others and to pay attention to our own language. The NLP Meta‐Model is a deductive language pattern designed to detect, challenge and expand the limits of an individual's ''map of the world.'' This is an interactive and participatory class where you will practice techniques. (Prerequisite: 19872 Introduction to Neuro‐linguistic Programming)

19874 | $20

Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): The NLP Meta‐Model - FAA‐PE

11/15/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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Leonard Saxe, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at Brandeis University, says, ''Lying has long been a part of everyday life. We couldn't get through the day without being deceptive.'' Still, most of us know the difference between a white lie and outright deceit. One study says that we lie in about a fifth of their interpersonal exchanges lasting ten or more minutes. Over the course of a week, we deceive about 30 percent of those with whom we interact one‐on‐one. And the closer the relationship, the more likely we are to lie. There's evidence that some self‐delusion–basically, lying to yourself–is essential to good mental health. Let's explore the psychology behind lying and whether absolute candor would be a positive thing for either society or we as individuals.

19850 | $20

Why Do We Lie? - FAA‐PE

11/20/2019
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Peter Fisk
CE South Building

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The past has much to reveal to us if we listen closely and look deeply. Why do we engage in warfare, why do we act tribal, or why do we act compassionately towards others? Drawing on her years of researching, writing, and teaching world history, Dr. Ames brings to light instances of how our innate human behaviors have shaped events in the past and are continuing to influence how we construct our future. She argues that it is time we draw on insights from our human past–recognizing the wisdom of elders, realizing our spiritual connections, reconnecting with nature, and identifying our innate human nature–to help us forge a more sustainable and joyous future on this planet.

19856 | $20

Integrating the Past, Forging a Future - FAA‐PE

11/20/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Denise Ames
CE South Building

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Don't we all want to see a bright, healthy future for both humanity and the planet, Earth? How can we move beyond war and destruction to a more peaceful way of living on this beautiful planet? This class will suggest some ways to free up our creativity and our sense of the sacredness of all life to help bring about a future of peace and prosperity for us all. Authors such as Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade) and David Korten (The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community) have explored these themes extensively and the class will draw on their work as well as others. A combination of lecture and discussion will show that simple changes in our everyday attitudes and actions can start a chain reaction of better relations with others and with the Earth itself. We truly can co‐create a bright future for all of humanity in this interdependent world.

19854 | $20

A New Partnership with the Earth: Co‐Creating a Bright Future - FAA‐PE

12/05/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gay Witherington
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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We'll explore the science backing the effectiveness of meditation for everyday living and health. Empirically supported benefits include stress reduction, improvements in memory, reduced rumination, reduced chronic pain, improved sleep, better relationships, decreased blood pressure, and less emotional reactivity. Our minds are like thinking machines that constantly churn out judgments and evaluations of everything we encounter. Meditation can show you the way out of this slurry of thoughts. Types of meditation contain overlapping strategies. Rather than choosing a single type of meditation, we explore various techniques such as: Body scan meditation, Mindfulness, Breathing Meditation, Walking Meditation and Mantras and affirmations. We'll also discuss a variety of meditation myths. You are welcome to participate in a variety of meditation experiences or quietly observe.

19878 | $29

Losing Your Mind Through Meditation: An Experiential Exploration of Meditation Strategies - FAA‐PE

12/10/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Laura Smith
CE South Building

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Come learn how valuable self‐love is in creating your greater life. You will learn tools to help you create a life that fuels you. Activate your intention point and begin to manifest from a higher energy vibration. Skyrocket personal power, and program yourself for unlimited abundance. We will take a closer look at your passions, intentions, goals, gratitude and what abundance means to you. Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP) gives you the tools to become more connected to the life you want to lead. Both NLP and the Law of Attraction draw on perception creates our reality. Come take a closer look. (Prerequisite; Introduction to NLP)

19875 | $20

Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Manifestation and the Power of Intention - FAA‐PE

12/13/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Stacey Lane
CE South Building

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Still in love with Downton Abbey and pining away since the series ended? The movie will be released on September 20, 2019. Explore the true story behind the series. Highclere Castle – site of the fictional Downton Abbey – is saved from ruin not by Lady Cora Crawley, but by Lady Almina, illegitimate daughter of wealthy industrialist Alfred Rothchild of the Rothchild banking family. The family home rescued by his wife's dowry, Lord Carnarvon becomes an amateur Egyptologist and the financial partner of Howard Carter and witnesses the opening of King Tut's tomb. Enter the ''turn of the century'' world of British nobility and their servants, explore Egyptian archaeology including King Tut's treasures and experience Highclere Castle as World War I changes everything ''upstairs and downstairs.''

19905 | $39

Romancing the Stone...The Castle at Downton Abbey - FAA‐PE

09/20/2019 - 10/04/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Is RV living your passionate desire? Do you have the dream of living on the road part‐time or full‐time? Have you been thinking about it for years? Do you wonder how to begin the process? Would you like to learn how to research what you need to do and know? Or do you want to travel vicariously for a few hours? Class will include some highlights of a one year trip that grew into a five year journey. Come travel with photos, destinations, anecdotes, joys, boons and set‐backs, sometimes simultaneously. Ask any questions. Eldrina Michel of RVshare.com blogged, "When you are a beginner RV'er... you will make mistakes... The payoff is that you will learn things about yourself that you didn't know before." That could be true for you by the end of this class.

19930 | $20

From the RV Dream to the RV Life - FAA‐PE

10/04/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Gabriala Rayne
CE South Building

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We often say "If walls could talk," but were walls the first structure built as man emerged from caves and began to construct what today we call a home? There must have been walls, but of what were they made? When did windows appear in those walls and who invented curtains? Floors originally were dirt, but how were they modified and when did floors become a status symbol? A hint ‐ in colonial New Mexico those who were wealthy enough to have excess blood from butchering pored that blood on the dirt floor where it coagulated. Sounds gross? Not at all. As it dried and hardened, the floor took on the appearance and consistency of the colored concrete so fashionably used today. Then we threw a rug on it. Today your home may have a wine cellar, a home theater ‐ or a "man cave." What would your cave‐dwelling ancestor think of the last? Join us as we add rooms and levels to the original structure and answer questions about that amazing place called "your home." This will be an ongoing series of classes as building any house takes time.

19900 | $20

If Walls Could Talk – Part One - FAA‐PE

10/10/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Día de los Muertos is usually considered to be a Hispanic or Mexican Indian celebration, but it's Celtic. This class will reveal the Celtic foundations of holidays and religious practices commonly celebrated around us. But what is ''Celtic''? Michele Buchanan Ph,D. will take us through some ancient calendars and history to help us understand why we do ancient things in modern times.

19913 | $20

Sugar Skulls and Jack O‐Lanterns - FAA‐PE

10/25/2019
Fri 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Michele Buchanan, Ph.D.
CE South Building

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We'll focus on how Italian cuisine developed through the centuries. There will be some initial references to cooking in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, explaining the origins of dishes such as pasta, and how the discovery of the New World affected ingredients and styles of cooking. This will introduce a more detailed description of how cuisine developed after Italy's independence in the Nineteenth Century, following political and economic developments, up to today's main dishes and concepts. A special focus will be dedicated to some particularly interesting recipes, describing their origins and evolution up to the current version.

19915 | $20

History of Italian Cuisine - FAA‐PE

10/25/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Lucio Lanucara
CE South Building

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This is a sequel to the class If Walls Could Talk in which the history of your home is examined. Is your home your castle? In the Middle Ages, castles consisted of one main room where everyone on the estate regardless of station lived together. Within that room people ate together, worked together, were born and died together. Being born first requires being conceived so everyone watched other people have sex in that communal room. Everything was public. When did that public room divide into separate, private spaces with status determining individual usage? Heating, lighting, and plumbing in different forms eventually were added. What's the connection between the Latin word for lead and the word plumber? Why do the British call their bathrooms "water closets"? Join us as we study the blueprint of how houses evolved and answer the question: "Who invented blueprints anyway?"

19900 | $20

If Walls Could Talk – Part Two - FAB‐PE

11/14/2019
Thu 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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This presentation discusses some famous expeditions where the explorers disappeared never to be found again, or whose remains were found many years later. It will cover the background of the expedition and the individuals involved. Some of the lost explorers covered include: Percy Fawcett, Robert Falcon Scott, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine and S.A. Andree and the ''Franklin Expedition,'' among others.

19917 | $20

Vanished! Searching for Lost Explorers - FAA‐PE

11/22/2019
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
John Trestrail
CE South Building

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Who were the Celtiberians? The ethnicity of a people can be traced linguistically, but also by surnames cultural practices, and DNA. Is your last name Gallegos? That translates as Gallic, or Celt. Is the name Barrera (Barrera=stockade), Cardenas (carduus=thistle), or Leal (loyal)? When you married did they use el lazo? And do you celebrate the Celtic New Year as Dia de los Muertos? Perhaps you celebrate with cerveza (Gaelic for beer) rather than Scotch, but the house might be constructed with Tapia (sod) or have a Torreon (Tor=tower). These cultural practices, and many others, endure to reveal a proud heritage. We will explore the DNA, the archaeological, the linguistic and the historical foundations of the Celtiberians, who they were, and who they are today. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Celt‐Iberians will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

19989 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: The Celt‐Iberian Connection to New Mexican Families - FAA‐PE

08/23/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Albuquerque became an official "villa" on April 23, 1706. The stories behind that major accomplishment are inspiring, aggravating, humorous and captivating. Old Town, the original Albuquerque, stands today as a testament to people's creativity, stamina and sense of community. In fact, the oldest continually‐used residence sits directly behind the church and the oldest house, which housed soldiers during many battles, is east of the plaza. Each building tells a tale and each block effuses stories. I have written several articles about Old Town and would love to spend two hours sharing my knowledge. Of course I've got photos. I plan to talk about how Albuquerque got its name (really) and its first buildings (the original church fell down). I'll discuss the changes that occurred and how the area is used today. I find Old Town an amazing mixture of cultures and eras.

19974 | $20

Old Town: 300 Years in the Making - FAA‐PE

09/12/2019
Thu 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho

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The discovery of gold in the Rockies brought treasure hunters in droves in the 1850s and 1860s. Among those fortune seekers: Julia Archibald Holmes, the first woman to climb Pike's Peak; ''Baby Doe'' Tabor, who married a silver king and went with him from riches to rags; the ''Unsinkable'' Molly Brown who survived the sinking of the Titanic; Isabella Bird, an intrepid traveler, and Anne Ellis, whose accounts of working class life in mining camps reveal the hardships, drudgery, and optimism that led miners to always look for the next strike and flush times. The stories of these women (and others) convey the excitement and heartbreak of Colorado's mineral past.

19964 | $20

Women of the Colorado Mining Camps - FAA‐PE

09/16/2019
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Cheryl Foote
CE South Building

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Saloons, pubs and taverns have played a major role in shaping the United States. Always inventive in time of need, men could lift a glass without benefit of a building. A wooden plank across two flour barrels served well. When a town was started, the first "building" to be erected was a tent saloon. But there is more–lots more–to saloons and drinking establishment than just the proprietors, patrons, "working girls" and brew. And that is the bar itself. This wooden beauty anchors a room with its splendor, with the shining back bar towering over the bartender and the stable hardwood counter of the front bar. We'll talk about bars in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, along with vivid photos in this presentation.

19975 | $20

Historical Front and Back Bars: What a Story They Tell! - FAA‐PE

09/26/2019
Thu 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Melody Groves
CE South Building

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As legend has it, Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus, twin sons of Mars, the God of War. Left to drown in a basket on the Tiber by a king of nearby Alba Longa and rescued by a she‐wolf, the twins lived to defeat that king and found their own city on the river's banks in 753 B.C.E. This is the great story behind the origins of Rome. We examine the legend and explore the reality of its beginnings. In addition, we explore the connection between Roman colonization of the Iberian Peninsula and its impact on the descendants of the peninsula. We'll discuss the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Romans. A short film will be shown tracing the history of these people. We will also discuss which families show the DNA markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

19986 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: The Roman Connection to New Mexican Families - FAA‐PE

10/04/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Several African‐American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the Union Army including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry whose story is told in the movie Glory. This unit was the second African‐American regiment, preceded by the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Authorized by the Emancipation Proclamation, these regiments consisted of African‐American enlisted men commanded by white officers. The regiments were disbanded following the war.

19962 | $20

Buffalo Soldiers - FAA‐PE

10/14/2019
Mon 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
Corrales Arts Center

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The tracks of dozens of rail companies can be found in almost every county in New Mexico and Arizona. Construction and maintenance of those tracks was, and remains today, difficult and dangerous work. While a variety of ethnic groups have been employed to construct rail lines, Native American 'steel gangs' are routinely identified by railroad managers as being the best at what they did. Among the numerous Native people who served as rail workers, the stories of Laguna Pueblo and Navajo Nation trackmen are as distinct as they are fascinating. This presentation describes what is entailed in railway track construction and tells how Native workers sustained their customs, lifestyles and family lives while working hundreds of miles from home under difficult conditions.

19952 | $20

Steel Gangs, Native American Railroad Workers in New Mexico 1880 to the Present - FAA‐PE

10/18/2019
Fri 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Fred Friedman
CE South Building

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Elizabethtown, Shakespeare, White Oaks, Mogollon... Their names echo across New Mexico's past. These towns, and many more, dot the Land of Enchantment. Towns that flourished, many of them mining towns that lured people with the glittering promise of fortunes waiting to be found; towns that came to life with the building of a fort or the coming of the railroad. But then these towns faded when the mine played out, the fort closed or the railroad made tracks for someplace else, and the people left taking with them their hopes and dreams. Towns that left a valuable historical legacy, the places and the stories of the people that enlivened them. New Mexico's ghost towns–Presents from the Past!

19954 | $20

Presents from the Past - FAA‐PE

10/21/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Mary Diecker
CE South Building

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During the beginning of the last millennium BCE, the Phoenicians began establishing colonies around the Mediterranean to compete with Greek trade. The most important Phoenician colony was founded in Tunis, North Africa, named Carthage around 800 BCE. True to their Phoenician heritage, the Carthaginians became great seafarers, traders, and colonizers. Carthaginian settlements spread across the North African coast, into western Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Minorca, and much of Spain, as well as the Portuguese Atlantic coast. Carthage was a maritime power, with only a relatively small landowning class to provide military land power. This, however, did not matter as long as Carthage continued to be wealthy. Its coffers paid for mercenaries in abundance when the city needed to go to war. And it is this wealth, mastery of trade and expansion along the Mediterranean coast towards Italy that brings Carthage into direct confrontation with the newly rising power of Rome. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Carthaginians will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

19983 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: The Carthaginian Connection to New Mexican Families - FAA‐PE

11/01/2019
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Movies 'Based' in New Mexico, but not made in NM. Why do they do that? Find out why New Mexico has starred 'as' Canada, Texas, Wyoming, Russia, Morocco, Sudan, and even Egypt over the years. Lately, it seems that our terrain is similar enough to Afghanistan that filmmakers have made movies here, where NM stands in as that country and other Middle Eastern place as well. This course will consist of three feature movies, said to be taking place in New Mexico, but without anyone involved with the production setting foot in the state. Films will be chosen from a fairly long list of such pictures including 'The Desert Song', 'Them', 'Charlie Varrick', 'Rat Race', 'The Leopard Man', 'Albuquerque', 'Gun Crazy', 'Truth or Consequences, NM', 'High Noon', 'Hondo', ''The Good, the Bad and the Ugly', 'Stalking Moon', and a host of others. A discussion will precede each film that is shown. Learn about some of the things that lead filmmakers to locate their films where they are not, along with a bit of New Mexico's extensive film history.

19959 | $39

Imposters! Movies Based On, But Not Made In New Mexico Part II - FAA‐PE

11/06/2019 - 11/20/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Jeff Berg
CE South Building

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In New Mexico and elsewhere in the West, historians are called upon to render opinion in litigation over the one commodity whose lack will be lethal to everyone: water. We will look at the three‐handed fight between Indian tribes, non‐Indians, and the federal government over water, and the role of historians in providing expert witness testimony by deposition and/or in court based on their research in fascinating and esoteric corners of history.

19998 | $20

But... Who Owns the Water? - FAA‐PE

11/06/2019
Wed 5:30 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Hana Samek Norton
CE South Building

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The pueblo of Taos, New Mexico, is one of the longest‐inhabited places in North America, and the nearby community became the northern outpost of New Spain. Later, fur trappers made their home in the village, which also saw the strongest resistance to the American conquest of New Mexico. In the twentieth century, Taos attracted artists and writers, outdoors enthusiasts, and the counterculture. In the 1960s, nearby Blue Lake became the center of the struggle for Native American rights. Today its breathtaking scenery and fine museums entice visitors to enjoy and ponder its history.

19965 | $20

Historic Taos: From the Pueblo to the Slopes - FAA‐PE

11/18/2019
Mon 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Cheryl Foote
CE South Building

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Joseph Roy ''J. R.'' Willis (1876‐1960) had a remarkable and colorful New Mexico career as an entrepreneur of the arts. Coming to Gallup in 1917, he operated a camera store and was involved in the beginnings of the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial. He published thousands of beautiful but stereotypical postcards about Native Americans and the Southwest, and was called ''New Mexico's Aspen King'' for his many landscape paintings. In 1938, he built the home, studio and artists compound next to the Albuquerque Country Club which is known today as the Casas de Sueños Historic Inn.

19981 | $20

J.R. Willis: Postcard Artist and Old Town Arts Entrepreneur - FAA‐PE

11/19/2019
Tue 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Joe Sabatini
Nueva Vista Retirement Community

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New Mexico is the site of long‐running litigation over water between the various Pueblos and non‐Indians. The 51‐years old Aamodt case, filed in 1966 and concluding (sort of) in 2017, dealt with historical issues and questions regarding water rights in the Pojoaque Basin that stretched back to the Spanish period. We will look at the various twists and turns of this case, the issues the court raised, and the various personalities who appeared, and passed on, during this marathon mayhem.

19999 | $20

Aamodt: The Laborious Litigation of Water Rights in the Pojoaque Basin - FAA‐PE

11/20/2019
Wed 5:30 PM ‐ 7:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Hana Samek Norton
CE South Building

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After the Civil War ended, thousands of Americans were pulled west by what was perceived as "free land." Much of that land was already occupied by Indians, large cattle ranches or squatters. Violence erupted over land where there was no law, or where the law was weak and in the pay of cattle barons. Feuds, range wars and political conflicts attracted lawless elements. Some came clothed as British land speculators, while others arrived with guns for hire. When other Western states such as Arizona, and Colorado expelled their lawless elements, New Mexico became the last refuge for the not‐so‐good, the bad, and the ugly. Such men found employment in violent conflicts in Colfax County and Lincoln County. Territorial Governor Lew Wallace tried to impose order during the day while retreating to the Palace of Governors at night to write Ben‐Hur. In 1936, Conrad Richter's Sea of Grass dealt with the range wars in northern New Mexico. Although the Wild West ended in 1895 in other western states, it would take until 1916 to close that door in New Mexico. Join us for a look at the last "wild" state in the West – home to political and economic feuds, range wars, Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Jesse James, Doc Holiday, 25 cent whiskey, and an outlaw element still present in New Mexico today.

19951 | $20

New Mexico: Last Refuge of the Not‐So‐Good, Bad and Ugly - FAA‐PE

12/02/2019
Mon 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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In 409 AD, the Suebi (a Baltic people) and their king Hermerico established themselves in the Iberian Peninsula by passing through the Basque country. They settled in the Roman province of Gallaecia, in north‐western Hispania(modern Galicia and northern Portugal), swore fealty to the Emperor Honorius and were accepted as foederati and permitted to settle, under their own autonomous governance. The kingdom of the Suebi in Gallaecia became the first of the sub‐Roman kingdoms to be formed in the disintegrating territory of the Western Roman Empire. Suebic Gallaecia was the first kingdom separated from the Roman Empire to mint coins. The Suebic kingdom in Gallaecia and northern Lusitania was established in 410 and lasted until 584, when it was conquered by the Visigoth kingdom and incorporated as its sixth province. The connection between certain New Mexican families and the Suebi will be explored. A short film that will trace the history of these people will be shown. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

19985 | $20

Anthropological Genetic History: The Suebi Connection to New Mexican Families - FAA‐PE

12/18/2019
Wed 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Maralie Waterman

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A native of Northern New Hampshire, Maralie Waterman-BeLonge holds a Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has twenty years of experience in program development, fundraising and non-profit management within health and educational settings.

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