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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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 Now through - December 2020.

Osher Membership for 2020

Osher - Upcoming Classes

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In a January 24, 2020, New York Times article Ezra Klein described how Constitutional rules governing the Electoral College and the election of Senators and a Supreme Court which permits gerrymandering, voter suppression, and swarms of "dark money" are creating an America where a declining minority of aging White rural evangelical Christian Conservatives rule over a growing majority of ethnically and religiously diverse, young urban Liberals. "By 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in the 15 largest states. That means 70 percent of America will be represented by only thirty senators, while the other 30 percent of America will be represented by seventy senators." The implications are enormous. Is it time to abolish the Electoral College and change the way we select Senators?

Section Summer 1

19276
$20
8/12/20
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Ramon Flores
CE Online

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Most caves of the world are dissolved by water containing carbonic acid, which percolates into underground limestone rock. However, our Carlsbad Caverns formed differently: it formed by a sulfuric acid mechanism generated by reactions related to nearby oil and gas fields. In this class we will study all types of caves: carbonic acid caves, sulfuric acid caves, lava tube caves, caves formed in gypsum or halite (evaporite) rock, seacoast caves, and ice caves. We will also learn about the beautiful mineral formations (speleothems) in caves, and the microbes that live there. We will end the class by watching the NOVA video: Mysterious Life of Caves.

Section Summer 1

19781
$39
8/12/20 - 8/26/20
Wed 10:00 AM ‐ 12:00 PM
Carol Hill
CE Online

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Henry IV began an energetic building program in Paris in 1595. He wished to remake the medieval city in order to have Paris become a commercial and political capital. The Pont Neuf, the Place Dauphine and the H

Section Summer 1

19407
$39
8/13/20 - 8/27/20
Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Charlie Steen
CE Online

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The Moors called their Iberian territory Al‐Andalus, an area comprising Gibraltar, much of what is now Spain and Portugal, and part of France. The Moors' rule stretched at times as far as modern‐day Mauritania, West African countries, and the Senegal River. The Fall of Granada in 1492 saw the end of the Muslim presence in Iberia. Join us for the story from the fall of the Umayyad Dynasty to the fall of Granada. We continue the connection between certain New Mexican families and the Moors. Another film will be shown that will trace the Moorish history and its impact on the Iberian Peninsula. We will also discuss which families show the markers that are most identified with this ancient civilization.

Section Summer 1

19988
$20
8/14/20
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Angelo Cervantes
CE Online

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Over sixty percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. Part one barely introduced the cornucopia of Greek and Latin hidden in English. Why are people ostracized? What's the linguistic connection of chalk, togas and political candidates ‐ or cats and caterpillars? Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Language is fossil poetry." Join us as we dig for the hidden skeletons in English.

Section Summer 1

19517
$20
8/19/20
Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Roberta Boggess
CE South Building

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Celts and Vikings were adjacent geographically but worlds apart in values. Between 800 and 1150 CE, Norse people "went a‐viking" all over Europe. In Old Norse, Vig meant battle ‐ and the Scandinavian people from Norway, Sweden and Denmark explored, plundered, raided and traded for 350 years from the North to the Black Sea. With maps, photos, artifacts and revealing connections, investigate the impact of Vikings on the Celtic islands of Britain and Ireland. Did Celtic knotwork actually originate in Scandinavia? What about the medieval illustrated manuscripts including the Book of Kells? Does your surname end in –son? Are red‐haired Irish people descended from that famous Viking, Eric the Red? Learn more about these two cultures' alphabets, magical systems, mythologies and zest for living.

Section Fall 1

19445
$20
8/20/20
Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Maya Sutton, Ph.D.
CE Online

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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.

Section Fall 1

19134
$20
8/21/20
Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Ramon Flores
CE Online

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We will voyage into the high Alps to uncover the latest secrets surrounding a remarkably preserved 5,000 year old iceman named

Section Summer 1

19493
$20
8/21/20
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Conquered by the Assyrian Empire over 2,700 years ago, ten of the twelve landed tribes of Israel apparently vanished into the myth and legend of history. What do new archaeological discoveries say about the Lost Tribes? Can their lineage be tracked across three millennia? These questions will be discussed as we watch a documentary that explores the different theories about what happened to the Lost Tribes.

Section Summer 1

19496
$20
8/28/20
Fri 3:30 PM ‐ 5:30 PM
Angelo Cervantes
CE South Building

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Maralie Waterman Osher Program Supervisor

Maralie Waterman

Program Supervisor

(505) 277-6179

maralie@unm.edu

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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