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Center for Global Awareness

Upcoming Classes:

Integrating the Past, Forging a Future (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/20/2019
Cross‐Cultural Awareness: Understanding Others (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

19483 Age of the Great Flying Boats – Pan Am's Clipper Ships (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

If Walls Could Talk – Part Two (Section FAB‐PE) ‐ 11/14/2019
Beowulf (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/15/2019
New Mexico: Last Refuge of the Not‐So‐Good, Bad and Ugly (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/02/2019
News Flash! December 6, 1917! Halifax Leveled! (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/06/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

The California Gold Rush (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/15/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: Viriathus the first National Hero of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain/P (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/22/2019
Cradle of the Gods: Gobekli Tepe (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/06/2019
Anthropological Genetic History: The Suebi Connection to New Mexican Families (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/18/2019

Daniel Steven Crafts wrote for the great tenor Jerry Hadley until his tragic death. The first of their collaborations, The Song & the Slogan, a setting of poetry by Carl Sandburg, was made into a program for the PBS Television Network and ultimately won an Emmy for Best Music. His opera and vocal music and collaborations have included work with writers Rudolfo Anaya (La Llorona), V.B. Price (From a Distant Mesa), Benedict and Nancy Freedman (Sappho), Erik Bauersfeld (Diary of a Madman; Bartleby), poet Adam Cornford (many works) and cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man).With Too Much Coffee Man Opera he created a new sub-genre of classical opera known as Gonzo Opera. While using the vocal techniques of traditional opera, Gonzo Opera uses wildly comical and satirical plots and situations, and is designed for small ensembles. 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 /

Upcoming Classes:

Christmas Music of Earlier Times (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/13/2019

Rose Day has a Ph.D. in English and an MA in Humanities and has taught college English courses for 32 years. She has studied at the University of New Mexico and State University of New York at Buffalo.Growing up semi-rurally in western New York, she has been a voracious reader since second grade. Moreover, she knows part of Ontario, having family in Niagara Falls, Canada, and having spent time in southern Ontario from childhood to early adulthood. She also writes, does oils and pastels an! d photography, plays guitar and sings. Before moving to Albuquerque in 1982, she lived in the Taos area, building an adobe in which her second son was born.Rose is recently retired from Central New Mexico Community College.

Upcoming Classes:

Mary Wollstonecraft: The Roots of Feminism as We Know (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/06/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

Why Do We Lie? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/20/2019
Richard Nixon (Section FAD‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019
Why Do We Have the Personalities We Do? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/12/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

Israel and Palestine: Are Sanctions the Answer or a New Form of Anti‐Semitism? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/19/2019
What priority should Global Warming Mitigation have in the 2020 campaign? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/03/2019

Cheryl Foote was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1953. Two years later, she moved to Albuquerque where she attended the University of New Mexico and received her B.A. in Spanish and History in 1969. She completed her M.A. in history and received her Ph.D. in history in 1985. She is the author of Women of the New Mexico Frontier 1846-1912, which won the Gaspar P?ęrez de Villagr?░ Award from the Historical Society of New Mexico for the best work about New Mexico history in 1991.Cheryl has taught history at Central New Mexico Community College (formerly Albuquerque TVI) for twenty-one years. She has published articles and book chapters about regional history, and has served as a consultant for the Historic New England Foundation for the exhibition Historic Kitchens. She has also written about the culinary history of the American Southwest for Food History News and for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Cheryl and her husband have been fortunate to travel to many foreign destinations. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and a quintet of cats and dogs, and enjoys hiking, reading mysteries and cooking for her friends and family, especially her grandson Andrew.

Upcoming Classes:

Historic Taos: From the Pueblo to the Slopes (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/18/2019
Saints, Relics, and Pilgrimage sites in Europe and the Americas (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/09/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

So, You Want to Write for Magazines? (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/21/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

The History of Geology (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/04/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

"You Had To Be There" ‐ Writing Scene in Memoir (Section FAC‐PE) ‐ 03/13/2020
The Shape of Time in Memoir (Section FAD‐PE) ‐ 03/20/2020


Upcoming Classes:

Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): The NLP Meta‐Model (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/15/2019
Neuro‐Linguistic Programming (NLP): Manifestation and the Power of Intention (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/13/2019

I have been helping clients with social security decisions and financial planning issues for the past four years. I have attended many continuing education courses on Social Security planning taught by local experts including é─˙Understanding the Benefits of Social Securityé─¨ presented by Eva Lujan, Social Security Office Public Affairs Specialist and numerous courses taught by Peter Murphy, Retirement Specialist in Santa Fe. I am a member of the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and recently accepted a position on the FPA board. Doug Lindsey is a Certified Financial PlanneréĐó with MGM, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor established in Albuquerque in 1990. He has worked as a planner at MGM since 2008 and has lived in New Mexico since 1992. Doug has a bacheloré─˘s degree in computer science and has worked for IBM, Albuquerque Public Schools and Intuit, makers of Quicken and Turbotax. Doug and his wife, Cindy, have four awesome children (Nic, Sam, Ben and Ellie) and one lovely daughter-in-law (Nic married his childhood sweetheart, Lindsey, and her name is now Lindsey Lindsey, yes really). The three younger kids still live at home where they keep their full-time mom young and busy. Sam is in high school at the Academy, loves reading, computers and dogs; Ben is at Double Eagle Elementary School and loves soccer, swords and video games; Ellie is also at Double Eagle and loves art, fairy books & ice cream. Doug enjoys running and mountain biking in the foothills, belongs to a book club and loves to read everything from post-apocalypse fiction (The Road, The Stand, The Passage) to philosophy, science and humor (David Sedaris and The Onion). He was an avid water skier in his youth and wishes Albuquerque had more lakes. He enjoys pop-up trailer camping in the mountains with Cindy and the kids, playing cards and strategy games (Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan, Agricola) , dark chocolate, dark beer and rock-n-roll. Doug completed his first marathon in 2009 and hasné─˘t yet decided if he liked it

Upcoming Classes:

Osher Membership Event : Cybersecurity (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/03/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

Aamodt: The Laborious Litigation of Water Rights in the Pojoaque Basin (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/20/2019

Joe Sabatini is a retired librarian who was the branch manager of the Special Collections Library of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library during the Albuquerque Tricentennial. He worked with Nancy Tucker and other collectors to assemble a major exhibit of postcards for a Postcard History of Albuquerque." Some of the postcard images from the exhibit are available from the Library's website:'s=postcardsJoe currently volunteers at the Archives & Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. He is working on a project to catalog a collection of 2,000 postcards about Native peoples of the Southwest. He also gives tours at the Center and presents illustrated historical lectures on several Pueblo Indian history topics. In addition, he provides illustrated talks on the history of North Fourth Street and the evolution of motels in Albuquerque."

Upcoming Classes:

J.R. Willis: Postcard Artist and Old Town Arts Entrepreneur (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/19/2019

is a clinical psychologist and current President of the New Mexico Psychological Association. She specialized in the assessment and treatment of adults and children with obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and learning disorders. She has often provided consultations to attorneys, school districts, and governmental agencies. She presents workshops on cognitive therapy and mental health issues to national and international audiences. Dr. Smith 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 FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/10/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

Vanished! Searching for Lost Explorers (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 11/22/2019
Microbes that Changed History (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/09/2019

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

Upcoming Classes:

A New Partnership with the Earth: Co‐Creating a Bright Future (Section FAA‐PE) ‐ 12/05/2019

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