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


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Denise Ames holds a doctorate in history and is currently the founder and president of the non‐profit Center for Global Awareness. A long‐time educator from the elementary to university and adult education levels, Dr. Ames is the author of seven books. She has presented classes, workshops, and lectures on global topics locally, nationally, and internationally.

Upcoming Classes:

Cross‐Cultural Awareness: Learning About and From Others (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
A Transformative Worldview: A Vision for the Future (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/25/2020

Dodici Azpadu holds a Ph.D. in Language and Literature and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She is a prize‐winning poet and author, has taught in the Honors College at UNM, and currently teaches writing at CNM. Her novels have been published in the US and Great Britain and she was a 2010 finalist for the NM Book Award.

Upcoming Classes:

Fiction Writing (Section Spring 2) ‐ 04/06/2020
Flash Your Fiction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/07/2020
Grammar For Writers (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/12/2020

Sarah H. Baker is a lecturer and workshop leader, the author of more than twenty published novels. She grew up in New Orleans and has lived all over the country from Alaska to Georgia, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. Retired from the government, Sarah holds an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas.

Upcoming Classes:

A History of the Romance Novel (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/13/2020
Microsoft Word Tools for the Writer (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/05/2020
E‐Publishing: The Wave of the Future! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/09/2020

Jeff Berg is a freelance writer, journalist and New Mexico film historian living in Santa Fe. He has traveled around New Mexico presenting his noted Made in New Mexico film clip series, doing live narration for each show. Previously, he served on the board of the Mesilla Valley Film Society located in Mesilla, New Mexico, and was Assistant Manager for the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. He is the author of New Mexico Filmmaking.

Upcoming Classes:

The Grattan Incident to the First Wounded Knee‐ An Overview of the Wars Against the Plains Indian Tribes (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/08/2020

Richard Blankmeyer attended the University of Southern California in on an NROTC scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in Social Studies. Upon graduation, Dick served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the navy, he embarked on a 39‐year career in banking. He is an aficionado of history and an avid investigator of American social issues. Dick retired in 2002 and moved to New Mexico with his wife, Carol.

Upcoming Classes:

The Battle for Iwo Jima (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
Golden Anniversary: Woodstock Music and Art Fair (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/06/2020

Roberta Boggess has a B.A. in literature and an M.A. in linguistics. She taught writing and literature in Albuquerque Public Schools for 31 years. “Bobbie” has received several teaching awards including the Chamber of Commerce's Blue Ribbon Teacher of the Year in 1990 and 1998. An informed and animated teacher, she loves explaining the story behind the story" to make literature and history come alive. She is past president of the Albuquerque Assistance League and serves in multiple volunteer capacities with OLLI at UNM."

Upcoming Classes:

The Tudors, Part III (Section Spring 1) ‐ 01/29/2020
If Walls Could Talk – Part III (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/03/2020
How Sweet It Is! A History of Candy (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/06/2020
Love and Marriage: Why Do We Say That? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/10/2020
Valentine's Day: What They Didn't Tell You (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/12/2020
Flowers, Fans and Pornography: Flirtation in Victorian England (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/26/2020
Secrets of World War II, Part V (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/06/2020
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/16/2020
Dinner at George and Martha's (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/25/2020
Puritanism, Cromwell and the English Civil War (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/30/2020
A Hodgepodge of Potpourri Part I (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/01/2020
A Hodgepodge of Potpourri: Why Do We Say That? Part Two (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/15/2020
Longfellow (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/20/2020

John Bratzel is Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University where he taught for thirty‐six years. He was the graduate director of the MSU Latin American Studies Center and President and later Executive Director of the Popular Culture Association. A specialist concerning Latin America during World War II, he has authored or edited two books on the subject as well as many articles. He has won the prestigious MSU Teacher‐Scholar Award as well as two book awards. Bratzel recently moved to New Mexico to avoid the northern winters and to be with his grand children.

Upcoming Classes:

Espionage in Latin America during WWII (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/29/2020

Vicky Burke has taught line dancing for adults through community education programs, retirement communities and senior programs for over twenty years. A native of New Mexico, Vicky is on staff at UNM Continuing Education.

Upcoming Classes:

Line Dance: Beginning (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/03/2020

Heidi Carlson has been an active member of the New York publishing industry for the past 30 years. She worked for the book publisher HarperCollins where she developed her skill analyzing manuscripts. She has reviewed the unpublished books of everyone from James Michener to Tom Clancy and looks forward to helping aspiring writers achieve success with their writing projects.

Upcoming Classes:

Facilitated Writers Group (Section Spring 2) ‐ 03/25/2020

Angel R. Cervantes is an avid genetic genealogical researcher. In 2004, he pioneered the study of Anthropological Genetic Genealogy with the creation of the New Mexico DNA Project. He has also been a key lecturer and speaker on the study of Anthropological Genetic Genealogy for various historical and genealogical organizations in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Mexico. Mr. Cervantes teaches Advanced Placement History at Albuquerque High School.

Upcoming Classes:

Roanoke: The Lost Colony through DNA (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/07/2020
The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families ‐ The Roman Perspective (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/21/2020
Who Was the Roman Emperor Trajan? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/06/2020
The Visigoths Connection to New Mexican Families ‐ The Visigoth Perspective (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/20/2020
Amazon Warrior Women and the Sarmatians (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/03/2020
The Franks Connection to New Mexican Families (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/17/2020
Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/01/2020
The Byzantine Connection to New Mexico Families (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/15/2020
The Conquest of Florida and Andrew Jackson (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/22/2020
Who Were the Knights Templar? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/29/2020

Mary Clark has a degree in Medical Technology, working in hospital labs and eventually at the Mayo Clinic in MN. She worked at a Medical Device company in California for nearly 28 years. A skilled and experienced trainer in volunteer and professional settings, Mary holds a certificate in Training Program Development from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a Certificate as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist from HLAA.

Upcoming Classes:

Purchasing a hearing aid – ARGHH!! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/13/2020
OK, I've got a hearing aid – NOW What? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/04/2020

Daniel Steven Crafts is a composer, performing and recording artist and wrote for the great tenor, Jerry Hadley, until his tragic death. To date, Mr. Crafts has completed 17 operas, 13 symphonies, 6 concertos, and 15 large orchestral works, as well as a variety of shorter pieces. Having spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Crafts moved to New Mexico in 1999.

Upcoming Classes:

What Pleasure Have Great Princes": Music of the English Renaissance" (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/03/2020
The Shakespeare Authorship Question (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/09/2020

Rosemary Day holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.A. in Humanities and taught college English classes for 32 years. She studied at the University of New Mexico and State University of New York at Buffalo and is recently retired from Central New Mexico Community College. Growing up semi‐rurally in western New York, she has always been a voracious reader. She also writes, does oils and pastels and photography, plays guitar and sings.

Upcoming Classes:

Mary Shelley: Not Only the Author of Frankenstein (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/10/2020

Mary Mortensen Diecker is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Albuquerque. She attended the University of Oklahoma and has published three volumes of Roadrunner Tales. Mary is a member of the Chautauqua/Speakers Bureau of the New Mexico Humanities Council and has taught at Central New Mexico Community College, as well as for organizations around the state.

Upcoming Classes:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to... (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
More Strange, But True Tales of New Mexico (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/18/2020

Dr. Duncan is a licensed, clinical child psychologist experienced in working with children and families on humor. He has fostered school‐wide humor in a school where he consulted and more generally, he's knowledgeable about how children learn.

Upcoming Classes:

Grow Laughter: Foster a Sense of Humor in Your Children and Grandchildren (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/27/2020

Chris Duvall, Ph.D. received an appointment with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at The University of New Mexico in 2008. As a biogeographer, Duvall’s research relates to how humans represent and depict their environment, as well as human‐plant interaction His research has focused on cannabis and other plants that enslaved people in western Central Africa used medicinally, including his books Cannabis (Reaktion Books, 2015) and The African Roots of Marijuana (Duke University Press, 2019).

Upcoming Classes:

A Cultural History of Cannabis (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/23/2020

John Farris received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM and served two years as a Lt. in the USAF. He worked as an engineer, sales and marketing manager, subsidiary president, corporate VP and consultant for Pall Corporation for 45 years. An avid genealogical researcher, he serves as a volunteer and President of the Albuquerque Genealogical Society with 15 years of DNA experience.

Upcoming Classes:

Testing Your DNA (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/14/2020
Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean for You (Section Spring 2) ‐ 05/15/2020

Peter Fisk, Ph.D., holds a Bachelors in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, a Masters in Counseling, from USC and a Doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology (now Alliant University), in Los Angeles. He worked for many years in large health systems, private mental health clinics and in private practice. Dr. Fisk is an enthusiast of American history and classical music; he’s a published author and playwright.

Upcoming Classes:

Abraham Lincoln (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/04/2020
Harriet Tubman (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/25/2020
The Life of Ernest Hemingway (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/10/2020
The Case for Reincarnation (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/12/2020
The Psychology of Current Events (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/31/2020
Baseball as a Metaphor for Life (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/16/2020
The Basics of Music Theory (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/06/2020
New Mexico's Role in the Civil War (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/19/2020
The Psychology of Charisma (Section Spring 1) ‐ 06/04/2020

Ramón Flores earned a B.A. in History and a M.A. in Cultural Pluralism from Stanford University and a M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. During a thirty‐year career as a theatre director, playwright, actor and producer, Ramón has extensively researched and written on a number of historical issues. Ramón is a popular lecturer, leading a film series and other discussion groups.

Upcoming Classes:

A Comparative Analysis of Virtues and Shortcomings of AMC's Hell on Wheels and WGN's Manhattan (Section Spring 1) ‐ 01/30/2020
Pivot Point of History: The Fall of France (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
How the Manhattan Project can Serve as a Template for Effective Global Warming Mitigation (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/18/2020
Taylor Sheridan: Screenwriter of the Modern Western (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/20/2020
The Hidden Jews of Colonial New Mexico (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/31/2020
The Right to Bear Arms and the NRA Role in Public Policy (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/16/2020

William E. (Bill) Foote has been a forensic psychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1979. He is an affiliate faculty member of the University of New Mexico Department of Psychology and has taught in the UNM School of Law and Medical School. He is the author of many peer‐reviewed professional articles and book chapters, and is the co‐author, with Jane Goodman‐Delahunty of two books on psychological evaluation in sexual harassment and employment discrimination cases. Dr. Foote enjoys singing first tenor in the acapella men’s group DeProfundis, playing guitar and mandolin, traveling, hiking and fly fishing.

Upcoming Classes:

PTSD–An Introduction to Emotional Reactions Following Traumatic Events (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/20/2020

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

Upcoming Classes:

More on a Colorful Life: Out in the World (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/01/2020

Robert F. Gish holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in English and American Studies from UNM and is the recipient of the Erna Fergusson Distinguished Alumni Award from UNM. He is the author of over twenty works of fiction, memoir, folktales, and literary biographies as well as numerous monographs and essays on the literature, history, and culture of the American Southwest. Dr. Gish is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Pen West, the Authors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild.

Upcoming Classes:

The Delights of Doggerel (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/04/2020
The Masterful Mediation of James Welch (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/31/2020
Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Unpardonable Sin (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/30/2020
Writing Short Stories from Start to Finish (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/05/2020

Tim Goloversic earned an MBA from IUP, an MS in International Relations from Troy University, and a BS in Aeronautics from ERAU. He is a retired Army Major and has completed numerous military leadership courses. His teaching focuses on developing plans for sustainable peace and economies in war torn countries.

Upcoming Classes:

A Primer in German Reunification (Section Spring 1) ‐ 01/30/2020
Iraq: The First Gulf War to the Present (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/12/2020

Greg Gould was born in France, educated in New York City, seasoned in California and cured in New Mexico. He grew up in a family with an intense food culture. He discovered his calling as a food historian with an interdisciplinary approach in 1999.

Upcoming Classes:

A History of Food: Globalization and Industrialization (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/02/2020

Ralph Beery Greene, Jr., more or less abandoned the mainstream at 18, has never really looked back and remains an iconoclast to this day. A Brooklyn raised eldest son of enterprising and conservative parents, he began adulthood not as an artist, but as a soldier after skipping a high school class one day with the “better idea” of enlisting in the Marine Corps. There he remained for the better part of ten years. In Washington DC after his discharge, Greene attended his first drawing classes at a Georgetown University summer art program, and knew immediately, at 25, that he’d found his m

Upcoming Classes:

The History of Art (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/12/2020

Melody Groves was born and raised in Las Cruces, but spent a few years growing up on Guam and in the Philippines.” She holds a B.S. from New Mexico State University and an M.A. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Melody taught in Albuquerque until leaving the classroom to become a full‐time freelance writer. She writes award‐winning novels and non‐fiction while writing for Wild West, True West, New Mexico and other magazines."

Upcoming Classes:

Butterfield's Byways: America's First Mail Route Across The West (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/30/2020
Nine Things You May Not Know About Billy the Kid (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/06/2020
Boots and Spurs, and Chaps... Oh My! (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/30/2020
When Old West Lawmen Went Bad... and Vice Versa (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/07/2020
Old Town: 300 Years in the Making (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/14/2020
Writing Realistic Characters in Dialogue: Fiction and Non‐Fiction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/21/2020
Putting emotion into your Writing (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/28/2020

Loretta Hall is a freelance writer who has lived in Albuquerque for more than forty years. She has won multiple awards for her nonfiction books, magazine articles, and public speaking. She is active in Southwest Writers, is an officer in New Mexico Press Women, and is a Certified Space Ambassador for the National Space Society. In 2016, she was named Communicator of Achievement by the National Federation of Press Women. She still thinks of Pluto as a planet.

Upcoming Classes:

OLLI Member Event: Women and the History of Manned" Space Flight" (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/24/2020

Hi! My name is Annick. I’m the French instructor at UNMCE. I was born in France, near Lyon, but I’ve lived in many different regions in France, as well as in England, where I taught French for a year after College. I worked for a long time as an information researcher, then, when my husband got a motivating job opportunity in the US, we moved to New York City, and began a whole new life. I opened a tour guiding business, catering to French speaking visitors, and even wrote a book about the city. After ten years of hustle and bustle though, we were ready for a less stressful life, so we settled in New Mexico. It was four years ago, and I absolutely love this region, Albuquerque, and my job at UNMCE. It’s just wonderful to see the pleasure in my student’s eyes, when they grasp a new concept, or realize they’ve said a whole sentence in French, almost naturally! I also feel very honored, because people here are very open, and all my students show a great curiosity about French culture.

Upcoming Classes:

That's So French! A Study in Cultural Contrast (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/21/2020

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

Upcoming Classes:

Geology of Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
Planetary Geology (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
Geology of the Grand Canyon (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/01/2020
Geology of the Jemez Mountains (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/29/2020

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

Upcoming Classes:

The Persian Empire (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
The Byzantine Empire (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/04/2020
History of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/15/2020

Connie Josefs is a writer, teacher and literary consultant. She worked as a writer and story analyst for film and television before turning her attention to fiction and essay writing. Ms. Josefs holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Antioch University. She currently leads workshops and provides coaching, editing and manuscript consultation through The Writing Circle.

Upcoming Classes:

Reading for Writers (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/12/2020
"You Had To Be There" ‐ Writing Scene in Memoir (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/13/2020
The Shape of Time in Memoir (Section Spring 2) ‐ 03/20/2020
Writing the Collage Memoir (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/16/2020

Julius Kaplan earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia. An art historian by profession, now retired, he has been an opera fanatic since his mid‐teens. Attracted to New Mexico by Santa Fe Opera, he is currently on the Board of Opera Southwest.

Upcoming Classes:

Wagner's Ring (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/31/2020

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

Upcoming Classes:

Creative Blocks: What Causes Them and How To Move Through Them (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020

Childhood plant enthusiast, son of a storyteller, trained at the U of Hawaii with 2.5 years in the Peace Corp in Borneo teaching Tropical Agriculture (figs are subtropical), 15 years as Figman of New Mexico in every aspect of hands on work: collecting and propagating over 80 varieties of figs, teaching propagation and fig history statewide, running a one‐man fig nursery. Lloyd has presented at Albuquerque Bio Park, Santa Fe Bio Park, ABQ Museum, Corrales Museum, Open Space and Master Gardeners, Zapotec Ecovillage, Oaxaca Lending Library in Oaxaca, Mexico, radio, TV, organics and xeriscape conferences sharing his love, stories and enthusiasm for the fig and its history world wide with emphasis on its over 300 year history in New Mexico. Lloyd is an herbalist and therapist in the healing arts for 50 years. He holds a BA in Sociology and did four years post graduate study in Feldenkrais, under Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

Upcoming Classes:

The History of the Fig in New Mexico: A Love Story (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/21/2020

Stacey Lane holds an M.A. in Liberal Studies and is a Certified NLP Practitioner. Ms. Lane is also a published writer and journalist. A lifelong learner, Stacey is a currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University. She has a private practice and also teaches classes with the New Mexico EDGE.

Upcoming Classes:

The Science of Love (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/14/2020
Writing and Being ‐ Taking Back the Gift of Language (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/22/2020
Social Influence and Persuasion (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/28/2020
Expanding the Writing and Being Process ‐ Harness the Healing Power of Language (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/04/2020
Introduction to Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Subtle, Sensitive and Sophisticated (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/01/2020
Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): The NLP Meta‐Model (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/15/2020
Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Manifestation and the Power of Intention (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/29/2020

Lucio Lanucara received his JD from the University La Sapienza of Rome. Following a career spanning over twenty years and several countries, he is full time Business Administration faculty at CNM and at UNM as a Political Science and Management adjunct professor. His passion for food led him to teach Italian cooking classes at UNMCE. As a national of Italy, he has developed an expertise as a historian of Italian cuisine.

Upcoming Classes:

History of Italian Cuisine (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/07/2020
Ancient Roman Cooking (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/21/2020

Miriam Ginny" LaPore is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with 30 years of professional experience, including teaching at the University of New Mexico both undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses for four years. Ms. LaPore has a Masters in Education (MEd) and has completed all my coursework for a Doctorate in Adult Education with a Nutrition focus. She's taught several courses and planned and coordinated colloquium series. In addition, she is also certified in Advanced QEEG and Neurofeedback."

Upcoming Classes:

NeuroNutrition: Change Your Brain, Overcome Anxiety, Depression and ADHD (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/20/2020
NeuroNutrition: Change Your Brain, Change Your Weight (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/17/2020

Dianne R. Layden, Ph.D., is a semi‐retired college professor and writer, who has studied public violence for over 30 years and is currently at work on a book about mass shootings. She holds a doctorate in American Studies from UNM, has taught college classes for 45 years, and has given numerous presentations on violence‐related subjects.

Upcoming Classes:

Hate Crimes in the US and New Mexico (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/07/2020

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

Upcoming Classes:

Benjamin of Tudela, Christopher Columbus, and the Jews of Spain (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/28/2020

Doug Lindsey has a bachelor's degree in computer science and has worked for IBM, Albuquerque Public Schools and Intuit, makers of Quicken and Turbotax. He is a member of the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and recently accepted a position on the FPA board. Doug Lindsey is a Certified Financial Planner

Upcoming Classes:

Savvy Social Security for Boomers (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/03/2020
Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/05/2020
Savvy Personal Finance Technology: What Baby Bomers and Gen‐X'ers Need to Know About FinTech (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/07/2020
Savvy Cybersecurity (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/12/2020

Matilde Machiavello holds a Bachelor of Education, with a specialization in English language. She is a Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant, Life and Team Coach, and Master Practitioner in Neuro‐linguistic Programming with a focus on teaching and bilingual storytelling. These approaches are ‐ in her words ‐ the perfect blend to accompany learning paths, challenges and personal/professional processes and career moves. She is originally from Uruguay.

Upcoming Classes:

Brighten Your Brain (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/11/2020

Carol March is a career development specialist, trainer, and published author who teaches individuals and groups how to succeed and thrive in today's workplace. Carol has a MS degree in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State University. Carol's specialty is helping people navigate life transitions and find ways to bring their natural creativity into their professional lives.

Upcoming Classes:

The Wisdom of the Heart: Science, the Human Heart and Performance (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/05/2020
Shamanism: From Witch Doctors Through the New Millennium (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/07/2020

John A.J. Matthews is a Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico with research interests in experimental elementary particle physics and most recently in particle astrophysics. Dr. Matthews’ particle astrophysics experiments have included the Pierre Auger Observatory focused on the study of the highest energy cosmic rays and the High Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory focused on the study of the highest energy gamma‐rays.

Upcoming Classes:

Science for Lunch: Alaska Dreaming (I): Land Sculpted By Ice (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/17/2020
Science for Lunch: Alaska Dreaming (II): Shaped By Plate Tectonics (Section Spring 2) ‐ 04/24/2020
Science for Lunch: Alaska Dreaming (III): Waves in the Ocean (Section Spring 3) ‐ 05/01/2020
Science for Lunch: Out of this World (I): Our Unexpected Solar System (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/08/2020
Science for Lunch: Out of this World (II): 1960s Serendipity (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/15/2020

Jon Nimitz has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and taught at universities for about 10 years. He spent a total of about two years in India, teaching high school and traveling with Indian friends through all regions of the country. Dr. Nimitz explored a wide range of spiritual traditions. He has published two books and over 100 technical reports and papers.

Upcoming Classes:

Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/01/2020
Taoism (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/29/2020

Hana Samek Norton graduated from the University of Western Ontario with B.A. and M.A. degrees in history. She holds a Ph.D. and is a historian, litigation consultant for the US Department of Justice on Native American natural resources issues and an expert witness in several water litigation cases. Dr. Norton has also published two novels.

Upcoming Classes:

History of the Navajo Indian Reservation (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/04/2020
From Heretic to National Hero: Jan Hus and the Hussite Wars (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/01/2020

Dr. Beverly Russell

Upcoming Classes:

Five American Architects who Shook the World (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/01/2020
A Cosmic Revolution Through Architecture (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/15/2020

Joe Sabatini obtained his Master’s Degree in Library Science from U.C.L.A. Following five years at the U.N.M. School of Law Library, he joined the Albuquerque Public Library in 1973 as Head of Reference. Following his retirement in 2008, he volunteers in the Archives/Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and is active in the Near North Valley Neighborhood Association.

Upcoming Classes:

Albuquerque Indian School: Origins, History and Communities (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/30/2020
Christmas Revels: The 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/20/2020

Frank Sedillo ('82 BBA, '87 JD) began his pursuit of a legal career began in the legislative branch when he served as Aide/Doorkeeper for Senator Pete Domenici and then as Aide to Congressman Manuel Lujan. He presides as a Metropolitan Court Judge and as host of The Advocate," a City of Albuquerque GOV 16 Television show. Judge Sedillo is a long‐term instructor for a children’s law camp at UNM Continuing Education."

Upcoming Classes:

Rock and Roll and Social Justice (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/19/2020
A Law Camp for Adults (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/09/2020

Laura Smith is a clinical psychologist and current President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. Dr. Smith presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences and is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including those co‐authored with Dr. Charles Elliott.

Upcoming Classes:

Losing Your Mind Through Meditation: An Experiential Exploration of Meditation Strategies (Section Spring 1) ‐ 01/31/2020

Peter J. Smith, Ph.D., is an Exhibiting Artist, Professor Emeritus at UNM, and former Deputy Chief Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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The Art of the Victorian Period: Virtue and Depravity (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/04/2020

Curtis Smith studied Botany, Plant Physiology, and Horticulture at Texas A&M, receiving B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in these topics. He taught Horticulture at Montana State University, served 7 years as Bernalillo County Extension Horticulture agent; he then moved to the Extension Horticulture Specialist at the NMSU Extension Plant Science office. He writes and speaks extensively on these topics for broad audiences.

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An overview of Science in the Garden (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/05/2020

Peter J. Smith, Ph.D., is an Exhibiting Artist, Professor Emeritus at UNM, and former Deputy Chief Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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Fakes Forgeries, Duplicity and the Art of Counterfeiting (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/25/2020

Laura Smith is a clinical psychologist and current President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. Dr. Smith presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences and is a widely published author of articles and books to the profession and the public, including those co‐authored with Dr. Charles Elliott.

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Fake News: Defending Against Propaganda and Persuasion (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/10/2020

Rob Spiegel is a career writer of 35 years, who has sold fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to national and international markets. He is currently senior editor at Design News, an international trade magazine. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, from Rolling Stone and New Mexico Magazine to True Confessions and Concrete D

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Writing True: Memoir and Memoir‐Based Fiction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/20/2020
Get Paid to Write Online (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/24/2020
In the Moment: Writing Effective Scenes (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/11/2020
Blogging Your Way to Writing Success (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/20/2020

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

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The Four Republics of America (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/23/2020

Charlie Steen holds a Ph.D. from UCLA in Early Modern European history and is Professor of History at UNM. He specializes in placing historical events in context with art, architecture, religion and other cultural aspects, as well as the Reformation, 18th century Europe, and the French Revolution.

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Early Modern Cities: Amsterdam in the Sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/09/2020



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The Powerful History of Southwest France (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/14/2020

Maya Magee Sutton graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of New Mexico. Her specialties are adult learning, cognitive development, life stages, and experiential learning. She has taught courses in Celtic History and Mythology at UNM. Dr. Sutton was the previous program supervisor of the Osher Institute.

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Knights Templar, Gothic Cathedrals and the Grail (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/19/2020

Albuquerque native Eddie Tafoya is author of the books The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand‐up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form and Icons of African‐American Comedy, and the novel Finding the Buddha: A Dark Story of Friendship, Genius, and Stand‐up Comedy which will be released this week. In addition to providing lectures on comedy, its theory, history, and impact, Tafoya also works as a comedian around the Southwest and has been a regular performer at Laffs Comedy Club in Albuquerque, The Hon‐Dah Casino in Pinetop, Arizona, and Wits End in Westminster, Colorado. He has appeared on television shows such as The Duke City Comedy League and The After After Party with Steven Michael Quezada. In 2012, he was featured in the Sean Shaul’s documentary Alone Up There: A Journey to Understand Stand‐up Comedy. Tafoya earned his Ph.D. in creative writing at Binghamton University in 1997 and is a professor of American literature, creative writing, and New Testament studies at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

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The Marxist Revolution in American Comedy: How Chico, Harpo and Groucho Changed How We Laugh (Section Spring 1) ‐ 01/31/2020

Shari Tarbet has been an educator for over 30 years, teaching English, history, creative writing, and mythology from the 7th grade through college level. She also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Tarbet is a published author and photographer.

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Bless Me Ultima (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/02/2020

John Trestrail obtained a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, from Ferris State University. Mr. Trestrail is recognized as the foremost authority on the subjects of criminal poisoning and murder by poison. For 33 years, he served as the Managing Director of one of the nation’s certified regional poison centers. He now serves as the Director of the Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning.

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Cosmetic Toxicology and the Fabulous Soda Fountain Pharmacy (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/19/2020
The Real Gunsmoke: Lawmen and Gunfighters of the Wild West (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/25/2020
The 1879 Anglo‐Zulu War: From Isandlwana to Ulundi (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/02/2020

Ms. Wasko has earned widespread recognition, honors and awards. Her work has received excellent reviews in Newspapers and Magazines such as The Enugu News, Nigeria, Africa; Gallery and Studio Magazine, Soho, New York; Focus Santa Fe Magazine, NM; Boston Globe, MA; Albuquerque Journal, NM; Santa Fe New Mexican, NM; and The News, Mexico. She has been chosen as an artist for the 7th International Global Culture Center Show in Nigeria, and as an Artist‐In‐Residence for New Mexico. She has received most recently an Adolph and Esther Gottieb Foundation, Partners in Education, New Mexico Arts Council grants. She served as a juror for art shows, a Program Director and Moderator for WGBH‐TV/Boston, and as a Lecturer.Ms. Wasko has been featured at a variety of exhibitions, most notably at a commissioned exhibit at the Pueblo of Zia, NM; Cornell University, NY; MIT Gallery and Boston City Hall, MA; Enugu Museum, Nigeria, Africa; and in Mexico at the Instituto Allende and Galeria San Miguel. Her work is currently shown both nationally and internationally at the Montserrat Gallery, and Michael Perez Gallery, New York, NY; Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque, NM; Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Esthetix Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; and the Enugu Museum, Nigeria, Africa.

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Did Sir Isaac Newton Really Create the Color Circle? (Section Spring 1) ‐ 02/11/2020

Program Supervisor, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico

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Child Narrators in Adult Fiction (Section Spring 1) ‐ 05/05/2020

After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities at Brigham Young University, I spent two years in Germany. My husband taught at the University of Stuttgart, and I studied the German language and European art. I then moved to Albuquerque, where I continued my education in art history at the University of New Mexico while raising five children. My Masters Degree from UNM was in British Art of the Nineteenth Century, and my Doctorate in the Italian Renaissance was obtained from UNM in 1995. I have been a docent for the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM and lectured throughout the community on art and history. During the last twenty years I have taught Art History at UNM and at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), where I have been chair of the Art/Art History Department. At CNM I taught classes on Modern Art, American and European Art, Southwestern Art, and other courses relating to the Arts and Humanities. I also taught for Elder Hostel on the Artistic Traditions of the Southwest. I have traveled extensively in Europe, and, in addition, have spent time in the Yucatan, Peru, Mexico, Turkey, Egypt and China. I have also traveled intensively throughout the American Southwest. I have received NEH grants to spend time in Concord, Massachusetts studying Utopian Societies and American Transcendentalism and also participated in an NEH Institute in Mexico that studied connections between MesoAmerica and the American Southwest. I have presented papers at various academic conferences throughout my career. Some of these have been published.

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The Art of the late 19th Century: Changing Interpretations of Art. Symbolism, Impressionism, Post Im (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 02/04/2020

Gay Witherington has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Pacific and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from South Dakota State University. She worked as a counselor at the university counseling center, the campus women’s center and in private counseling practice and taught courses in meditation, assertiveness, parapsychology and other subjects. She has practiced meditation for 40 years.

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Have You Lived Before? Past Lives and the Evolution of Consciousness (Section Spring 1) ‐ 03/19/2020
Exercises for your Spiritual Health (Section Spring 1) ‐ 04/23/2020

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