Enrichment Program Fall 2020

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To Our Lifelong Learning Community Welcome to another year of outstanding programming offered through what we like to consider a not-so-hidden gem in Denver: the Enrichment Program. Of course, this year looks a bit different given the extraordinary circumstances we’ve found ourselves in. Times like these emphasize the need for continued connection, community and learning. That’s exactly what you’ll find with the Enrichment Program, which has mobilized to offer unique online opportunities for lifelong learning in ever-changing times (the term “ever-changing” feels like the understatement of the year!). Take a break from your professional life and other commitments to engage in learning for the love of it. Our courses give you an opportunity to mentally shift gears and learn something new. We’re here to facilitate exploration and cultivate creative thoughts as you discover new passions or reignite longstanding ones—all from the comfort of your own home! We’re honored to be your lifelong learning partner. Join us,

Adaptability may be the simple secret to survival and if that’s true, we’re being tested during the current pandemic. From working and schooling from home, virtual milestone celebrations, quarantining and even cutting our own hair, 2020 is forcing us to prove the theory that Darwin believed all along. In March, life as we knew it changed in unrecognizable ways. While nature takes generations to evolve, that luxury was not afforded to us as COVID-19 threatened our basic existence. Quick action was required as we settled into a new, unknown reality, making future planning difficult and frightening. Eventually, for me, planning got a little easier. Why? The answer is clear. Of my many first-year observations of the Enrichment Program, the most outstanding is the amazing team of committed people who contribute to the program’s success. In the face of utter and complete chaos a few short months ago, this team quickly pivoted and created a robust online fall program, including over 40 courses and lectures, shared in this new, digitalonly, catalog. It is because of our flexible and welcoming lifelong learning community that we have been able to successfully make this shift. Thanks to everyone who joined us in April and May while we collectively learned the ways of Zoom and how we could be together by staying apart. While we await our safe return to campus, we are excited to continue on the journey of Enrichment with you. We are committed to stimulating your mind and reawakening your curiosity and know that in the end, that is truly the best secret to survival of all. Make every day a learning day,

Michael McGuire Dean, University College

Lynn Wells Enrichment Program Director

Stimulate Your Mind … Reawaken Your Curiosity Simply for the love of learning!

Topic Course Title

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Faculty Showcase One-night Lectures Enrichment Lecture Series


Art iPhoneography


Art Journaling

Landscape Sketching

Communications Art & Science of Persuasion

Current Issues Middle East After the Arab Spring

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Nuclear Weapons & Nonproliferation



U.S. Sanctions & the Global Economy



Smart Grid



Election & COVID-19



Human Trafficking






Games Board Game Design



History 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage









75th Anniversary of the End of WWII

History/Culture Colorado Political Homes


Literature Author John Williams Celebration

Homer’s Odyssey

Music Antonín Dvořák (Free Zoom Class)



11/9/20 15 9/2/20


60th Anniversary of The Beatles



Beethoven at 250



American Composers



Business of Music










Personal Development Wills & Trusts





Philosophy/Ethics Artificial Intelligence & Human Nature



Religion Differing Concepts of God







Nature/Science Fall Bird Migration

Intro to Quantum Mathematics

Living a Purposeful Life

Social Sciences Understanding the Disadvantaged

Writing Children’s Picture Books

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New to Zoom?

All Enrichment fall classes will be delivered online via Zoom. Here’s how to locate and attend your class: 1. Upon registration you will receive an email confirming your class choice(s). 2. Approximately seven days prior to the start of class you will receive an email containing the Zoom link to your class. THIS IS THE ONLY EMAIL WITH THE ZOOM LINK YOU WILL RECEIVE, SO PLEASE KEEP IT IN A SAFE LOCATION. 3. Use the same Zoom link to join the class each time it meets. 4. You do not need to download Zoom, simply click on the link provided for your class. 5. When Zoom opens, click “join meeting.” You do not need to create an account or log in to one. 6. You can Zoom in to a class using a computer or other device with a camera (for video participation) or simply call any of the telephone numbers provided in the link on your phone (for audio only participation). 7. Click here for a quick Zoom tutorial to get you started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/ 201362193-Joining-a-Meeting 8. We recommend testing Zoom prior to your first class.


Faculty Showcase

2020 and the Vision of Character: About Our Instructors

Perhaps the best window through which to view and understand those who teach at the University of Denver’s Enrichment Program is this year’s window. Through the glass of 2020, you see beyond the obvious expectations of advanced degrees, prestigious awards and academic accolades. Many are professors from DU and other universities and colleges, most are heralded experts who often tap their networks of fellow specialists to guest lecture. Yes, all of this is good. But this year laid bare the facts that difficulty not only brings out the need to adapt but also brings out the best in us. In facing the pandemic, the Enrichment Program, like all organizations, had to adjust. For us, it eventually meant deciding to move all of our courses online. As we worked with our instructors to make that choice, they adapted—without a blink. Their pivot looked planned, even practiced. They then set out to bolster their skills and explore ways to make their courses even better. It was more proof of what we already knew: They simply love teaching you—our adult learners. They tell us you inspire them. Year after year, they return for the joy of connecting with you. And this year they proved nothing will deter them from that connection—not even distance.

Enrichment Lecture Series Supply Chains: Saving the World One Link at a Time

One byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it offered a new lens to view the tools in our world. For example, supply chains were suddenly under a microscope because getting critical goods to destinations literally meant life or death. Join Jack Buffington, DU assistant professor of the practice, as he shares the fascinating story behind how supply chains weathered unprecedented challenges. Learn how they’re being renovated, and more importantly, why those changes stand to improve business, the environment, and in the process, all of our lives.

One Zoom session

Thur., Sept. 10, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

This Is My Denver: The Impacts of Transit-Oriented Development

What’s it like to live where the cost of living just shot through the roof? Or to be a native threatened to be displaced by wealthier residents? Join visual ethnographer Esteban Gómez on a tour of such a place—Denver—as he shares a moving look at transit-oriented development’s (TOD) impact on the city’s health and education. While city officials and developers champion TOD, research has raised serious concerns about its influence on economic inequality, housing affordability and the displacement of communities, specifically those of color.

One Zoom session

Thur., Sept. 17, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

ENRICH 0391 / $15

ENRICH 0389 / $15

Save $40 by registering for all 11 lectures! ENRICH 0383 / $125

How IQ Scores Are Making and Breaking Lives

How the Brain Learns: Secrets for More Impactful Communication

One Zoom session

One Zoom session

ENRICH 0386 / $15

ENRICH 0384 / $15

Know what’s powerful enough to get your child into gifted classes, to get you vital health resources and to determine your occupation? Score one for you if you guessed the IQ score. But despite that power, some scientists dispute IQ scores’ value and even allege they’re racially and culturally biased. Join Dr. Apryl Alexander, clinical assistant professor in Psychology, for a smart look at intelligence testing and the ongoing clinical, ethical and legal debates that might change intelligence testing forever. Tue., Sept. 22, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

The emerging field of neuroandragogy offers fascinating insights into the intersection of neuroscience and andragogy (the theory of adult learning). In this interactive workshop, Allison Friederichs, associate professor and associate dean for Academic Affairs at University College, explores neuroandragogical concepts to illustrate what we know about how the adult brain learns and reveals innovative tips for utilizing that knowledge to craft more impactful communication with others. Tue., Sept. 29, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

Lectures continue on the following pages.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Enrichment Lecture Series Abortion Politics: The Coming Fight

When President Trump’s two new appointees tipped the Supreme Court to a conservative majority, it reset the stage for a battle over Roe v. Wade. Welcome to the polemical politics of abortion in the Trump era. Join Professor of Politics Joshua Wilson as he examines the coming fight along with these critical questions: What are the connections to past abortion politics? What does that past reveal about the future of the political fight? And how does abortion illustrate what’s at stake in the election?

One Zoom session

Wed., Oct. 7, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

Voting in the 2020 Election

Being a good citizen sometimes means asking a lot of questions—especially in an election year. Sure, presidential candidates will be on your ballot. But what about ballot issues? How many judges? Where and how will you find nonpartisan information? Let Gerry Cummins, with the League of Women Voters of Colorado, share answers and more in this enlightening lecture. Cummins is up on all the new election laws and how they may or may not apply to you. Voters of all knowledge levels welcomed.

One Zoom session

Mon., Oct. 12, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

ENRICH 0392 / $15

ENRICH 0390 / $15

Save $40 by registering for all 11 lectures! ENRICH 0383 / $125

When Our Gods Just Don’t Get It: Ancient Myths on the Limitations of Divinity

Of Refugees, Migrants and the Search for Political Will

One Zoom session

One Zoom session

ENRICH 0393 / $15

ENRICH 0394 / $15

Across the mythic landscapes of the ancient world, from the heights of Olympus to the gates of Valhalla to the gardens of Eden, we find traditions asking us to confront—and perhaps even embrace—the possibility that there are limitations to what our gods understand. Join Dr. Richard Sacks, who spent four decades at Columbia University teaching ancient texts such as the Iliad, Odyssey, Beowulf and Genesis, for an evening’s exploration of ancient myths of the West that question the very foundations of our beliefs. Tue., Oct. 20, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

See Homer’s Odyssey class on page 15.


The number is staggering: 351.5 million. That is how many human beings call themselves a refugee, a migrant, a displaced person fleeing conflict, an asylum-seeker or stateless. It is also a number that proves the refugee system is dysfunctional and that the asylum-seeking crisis is worsening. Join Distinguished Law Professor Ved P. Nanda as he explores recent efforts to protect their rights, more humane ways to address their plight, if political will exists to foster sustainable solutions and much more. Tue., Oct. 27, 2020, 7–9 pm MT

See Human Trafficking class on page 13.

Enrichment Lecture Series False Confessions

False confessions continue to plague the judicial system as one of the leading contributors of wrongful convictions. In fact, The Innocence Project, the criminal justice reform nonprofit, reports 25 percent of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing involved false confessions. Join David N. Fisher, a trial attorney who’s handled hundreds of criminal cases, as he spotlights the latest on false confessions, including research, news and actual cases, such as the Central Park Five.

One Zoom session

Thur., Nov. 5, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0387 / $15

COVID-19: The Evolving Genetics Story

Do you ever wonder how profoundly our knowledge of genetics has helped our response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Join Dr. Annette Taylor, clinical molecular geneticist, associate vice president and co-business lead of pharmacogenomics at LabCorp, for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the multiple roles of genetics in the pandemic. Learn how diagnostic testing works, how virus mutations reveal patterns of spread, why susceptibility varies and how depression medications can be individually tailored. Let’s follow the trail of genetics sleuthing together.

One Zoom session

Thur., Nov. 12, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0385 / $15

The Fine Art of Cultivating Connections Virtually or Face-to-Face

The pandemic reminded us of the need for flexibility when we communicate, whether that’s through Zoom, a face mask or face-to-face. Are your conversation skills up to the task? Why not give them a good sharpening? Join corporate trainer and best-selling author Debra Fine for practical techniques to start conversations, build rapport, read body language, listen actively, remember names, feel more at ease and make positive first impressions. Leave with a new confidence and tools to turn every conversation into an exciting new opportunity for success.

Save $40 by registering for all 11 lectures! ENRICH 0383 / $125

One Zoom session

Thur., Nov. 19, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0388 / $15

See Persuasion class on page 26.

A feast at the Tree of Knowledge ~ E. Lance Walker, Enrichment Program student

Call 303-871-2291 or visit universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment


Music The Beatles: Celebration and Origins

It’s not often you find a class designed to be a celebration, but you just did. And this year, music fans would be hard-pressed to find a better celebration—the 60th anniversary of The Beatles: 1960–2020. A band so ingrained in our collective psyche that it’s easy to summon the sights and sounds in the TV collage: on The Ed Sullivan Show and female, fever-pitched screams; at Shea Stadium under misty lights; and, of course, at Red Rocks beneath the stars. Join music historians Paul Turelli and David Winsor as they replay the band’s sweeping journey—from its earliest moments of forming to its much too early ending. Return to the origins—to the streets of Liverpool, Hamburg and London—for the stories of how the band dropped from five members to four, how it came to change its appearance to mod and how the Hamburg experience catapulted it into global stardom. Examine the music’s subtle details: how the men’s personal lives and the band’s changes influenced their albums, how the songwriting of Lennon-McCartney evolved and then exploded into countless hits, and why the lyrics and sounds of songs such as Eleanor Rigby and Come Together are so captivating. Sing it with us: Come together … to celebrate four magical evenings of the Fab Four!

Four Zoom sessions

Thur., Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0415 / $140

Paul Turelli holds an MA in history and has taught several courses on The Beatles’ music, along with general history, film and literature. David Winsor has been a Beatles’ fan since 1964 and has visited many sites related to the band in Liverpool, Hamburg and London. Both have co-taught several classes on The Beatles.

Credit: David Winsor

Credit: David Winsor

Credit: Library of Congress


Music Getting to Know Ludwig: A 250-Year Celebration

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827): There may be no name more famous in all of music history. From Peanuts© cartoons to pop music re-imaginings to tens of thousands of classical performances, the man’s name and his music have not been absent from the spotlight since he appeared on the musical scene in Cologne, Germany—the site of his first concert at the age of 7. In times of joy or in times of trouble, Ludwig is our man. With the pandemic, last spring’s innumerable orchestras used online platforms to gather together digitally to perform his Ode to Joy. This year, the world celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and music historian Betsy Schwarm shares her expertise Credit: Library of Congress and telling insights on the man, his life and his music. Join Schwarm as she broaches some beguiling questions: Where was classical music before Beethoven? How did he change it? How does his legacy continue to influence classical music today? What do other composers and performers have to say about his effect? And what were Beethoven’s own opinions, expressed in his correspondence? Explore a wide range of Beethoven’s works, from sonatas to quartets to symphonies, with lots of opportunities for discussion. Come away with an extensive list of superior Beethoven performances available online, one of which you’ll watch and discuss. Join your fellow music lovers for this not-to-be missed entertaining and educational celebration of one of music’s majestic virtuosos—Beethoven!

Music Business: Why Denver Sees It as a Sound Investment

It took a while, but philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote, “Without music, life would be a mistake,” is catching on. Today, it’s striking a chord with civic leaders, elected officials and average citizens who are finally seeing music for the sound investment it truly is. Because of that, they’re now supplying steadfast support not only for musicians but also for businesses and organizations related to music. And this has literally led to a movement, specifically the Music Cities Movement. Cities here and abroad are using what are called music ecosystems to—among other things—help songwriters and musicians develop their talents. A textbook example of this? Both Denver and Colorado have earned worldwide recognition for their achievements in music. In fact, Colorado was selected as the host for the 2020 international Music Cities Convention. Join award-winning music professor Storm Gloor for a behind-the-scenes tour of this sweeping movement. Learn how music ecosystems are built and their components: audience development, songwriter and performer support, community collaboration and much more. Discover how Denver and the state created their music ecosystems, why they’re so vibrant, how the economics work and what you can expect in the coming years. Explore how local musicrelated organizations play into ecosystems and the difference they’re making in the lives of Coloradans. You’ll definitely want to tune in for this course.

Three Zoom sessions

Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0416 / $105

Betsy Schwarm writes program notes that have appeared internationally and gives preperformance talks for Opera Colorado. She has contributed over 200 articles to Encyclopedia Britannica and published eight books on classical music, with the ninth, Viennese Visions, due this fall. She has also given talks for the Colorado Symphony and spent 12 years on the air with KVOD, “The Classical Voice of Denver.”

Four Zoom sessions

Thur., Nov. 5, 12, 19, Dec. 3, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0417 / $140

Storm Gloor is an award-winning professor who began studying the music industry at age 9, which led him to a career in that very industry for many years before entering academia. His research and ability to help aspiring musicians, songwriters and professionals reach their career goals has been widely recognized.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Music Antonín Dvořák: From Prague to Iowa, With Love

Take a one-hour journey with University College instructor Marc Shulgold through the life and music of one of the world’s most beloved composers. Born in a little town near Prague, Antonín Dvořák was drawn to music and, simultaneously, to the folk traditions of his beloved homeland. As a young man playing viola in local orchestras, he felt the need to compose— writing melodies inspired by the songs and dances of Bohemia and Moravia. Those catchy tunes soon captured the world’s attention, leading to a job in 1892 as director of the newly built music conservatory in New York City. Enjoying a summer hiatus at a Bohemian community in northeast Iowa, Dvořák was swept up in the fresh sounds of this newly discovered world—and his “American” compositions quickly followed. Those bubbly chamber pieces and the immortal New World Symphony remind us how he, and others after him, found inspiration in the folk music that can be discovered all around us.

One Zoom session

Wed., Sept. 2, 2020, 7–8 pm MT ENRICH 0382 / Free

Credit: Library of Congress

A Celebration of American Music: From Church Hymns to Jazzy Hits

So much of who we are originated somewhere else—Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa. America came along relatively late, this land of immigrants struggling to create a new nation. Since it took time to find our identity, it’s no surprise that it was a while before American music became … American. That journey unfolds in this course, where popular University College instructor Marc Shulgold begins by baring the roots of American music. Sample William Billings’ church hymns from Colonial times, tunes rewritten with politically dangerous words that inspired colonists to resist the British. Discover the brilliant Civil War-era piano pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, our first traveling superstar, then encounter the late 18th-century offerings by Boston’s talented symphonists. Then, into the 20th century, to enjoy piano rags by Joplin, marches by Sousa, jazz-flavored crowd-pleasers by Gershwin and the lovely traditionalist offerings of Samuel Barber. In the 1950s, composers began to turn out dry, academic exercises, rebelling against old-fashioned rules—a period short-lived and swept aside by a fresh wave of minimalists such as Philip Glass and John Adams, along with a return to brilliant orchestrations by John Williams and Michael Torke. Each Zoom session features images of composers and their world, along with digital music excerpts.

Three Zoom sessions

Thur., Oct. 8, 15, 22, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0414 / $105

Marc Shulgold is a music journalist, concert lecturer and teacher. After working at the Los Angeles Times for 12 years, Marc became the first—and the last—music and dance writer at the Rocky Mountain News, covering the cultural scene throughout the region for nearly 22 years.


Current Issues The Election, COVID-19 and the Social Contract

Back in February, we were moving along in an election landscape that already seemed far from normal. The Democratic debate stages were crowded with candidates vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump this fall, and political junkies—such as yourself?—were watching closely, holding a debate with themselves on the varying merits of the respective candidates and musing about policy matters over coffee and cocktails. Then, March delivered—in characteristic lion-like fashion—the COVID-19 pandemic, which ushered in stay-at-home orders and shut down economies around the globe. It’s an understatement of epic proportions to say that everything has changed. And epic may be the best word to describe how this election year is shaping up. Not in our lifetimes have we ever seen anything like this—a predicament the likes of which few could predict. Now the politics of the pandemic pose serious questions about public health, layoffs and furloughs, economic devastation, and the ability of governments to meet urgent societal needs such as personal protective equipment, ventilators and maxed-out intensive care units. Meanwhile, we’ve all been physical distancing, a status that is likely to persist in some form for the rest of this year. And it is through this new, unique prism we view the 2020 election—which before COVID-19 was a candidate for one of the most significant in our lifetimes. What now? So many questions: What role will the pandemic and the economic picture play in the election? What is the role of social media in all this going forward, especially given that we’re all physical distancing? Join Tripp Baltz, journalist, historian and avid binger of the national political scene, for answers and lively discussions on the election, the virus and the social contract. The timing for this course couldn’t be better: three sessions—two before, and one after November 2—the date when America speaks its peace. Be sure to enroll and speak yours, too.

Three Zoom sessions

Thur., Oct., 22, 29, Nov. 12, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0401 / $105

Tripp Baltz is an author and reporter for Bloomberg Industry Group who teaches history, law, politics, media, technology, philosophy and anthropology.

See pages 4, 13 and 16 for more election-related content.

Call 303-871-2291 or visit universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment


Current Issues U.S. Sanctions: America’s Ultimate Weapon: The U.S. Dollar, Sanctions and The Global Economy

As the world grows smaller, the importance of international relations grows larger. It is a fact not lost on the United States and its efforts in foreign affairs. One of America’s most potent weapons—indeed, some say it is our ultimate weapon—in molding international behavior is the use of sanctions. To date, we have not been shy to employ this powerful yet imperfect tool. In fact, no country uses sanctions more. Currently, we have more than 30 active sanctions in place that target the same number of countries along with many other entities and even individuals around the world. To understand sanctions is to understand global politics at work. And there is much to understand. Fortunately, you have a rare opportunity to hear and learn directly from former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, who has spent nearly 40 years on the front-lines witnessing first-hand both the foibles and feats of U.S. sanctions in many of the world’s hot spots. Join Grappo for two lectures and an educational tour through the world of sanctions where he reveals the power the U.S. exerts over the global economy and how it uses that power to change the actions of nations. Explore why U.S. sanctions are more feared than those of any other nation. Learn the many reasons why sanctions are imposed, among them human rights violations, crimes against humanity (Syria), human trafficking, weapons sales, terrorism, criminal activity and sometimes because we just don’t like the target country’s politics (Iran and Cuba). Understand why some sanctions have been slowacting, even wholly ineffective, while others surpassed experts’ expectations. Discover how sanctions are monitored and enforced. Understand what happens when Congress mandates a sanction and the President refuses to enforce it. Consider if the U.S. is over-using sanctions. What are the implications? And, of course, enjoy a deeper understanding of current sanctions with Grappo’s historical context. Crucial lessons for crucial times.

Two Zoom sessions

Tue., Sept. 22, 29, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0406 / $80

Gary Grappo is a Distinguished Fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies. Holding nearly 40 years of diplomatic and public policy experience, Ambassador Grappo’s career with the U.S. State Department included service in Jerusalem as head of the Quartet mission and Envoy under former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to Oman; and Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia. He served as a Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Wyoming in 2016–17.


What Our Students Are Saying For the Love of Learning! I appreciate the unique offerings that DU continues to offer to the community. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the gift of this accessible learning through community and using the latest of technology. Thank you to DU and the Enrichment Program for providing this mental stimulation during this trying time. This was a great way to add positives in this time. Classes started out as being something unexpected, but then something eagerly anticipated. Thank you for enriching my mind! It was nice to be able to take this course right from the comfort of my home! Thank you. What a gift to the community. I was surprised at how well this worked online. Living in Iowa, I’m able to participate. The presenter was very well informed, very organized, and made each class presentation very interesting. All the classes were really informative. Learned new things. Thought instructors were excellent.

Current Issues Flipping the Switch: The Enlightening Story Behind the 21st Century Power Grid

It was 1882 when Thomas Edison flipped the switch that literally lit up lives of amazed onlookers. For the next 120 years, little changed with how electricity was created or distributed. Then early in the 21st century, renewables and extreme weather started straining the ancient grid. And today, “smart” and “micro” grids are completely reinventing the world of energy. But what are these grids? And more importantly, how will they impact you when that switch gets flipped? Join renewable energy expert Max Tyler as he sheds light on those and many other questions about the past, present and future of energy. Start with a nostalgic tour of the old grid, its faults and flaws. Then discover the early attempts at harnessing wind and solar power. Next, explore what changed everything: Climate change—how coal and gas upended 12,000 years of climate stability. Hear from front-line guest speakers on climate change effects and mitigation. Learn how scientists and engineers tackled the dizzying technical challenges to bring renewables to market. See how recent super storms not only exposed grid weaknesses but also precipitated work on smart and micro grids as solutions. Finally, scan the near-future landscape where renewables become the norm, where solar gets stored and where more reliable and cheaper power awaits us all. Excuse the pun: Illuminating!

Two Zoom sessions

Mon., Oct. 19, 26, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0405 / $70

Max Tyler is a former Colorado legislator who focused on clean energy and cutting carbon emissions. His 2010 bill set Colorado’s 30 percent renewable energy standard. After leaving the legislature, he helped lawmakers around the U.S. sponsor 100 percent renewable energy bills.

The instructor’s enthusiasm and the depth of class materials were outstanding. A Triple AAA rating. Thanks. This was a very professionally presented, challenging, college level class. I so appreciate the time and energy that the instructors have put into these online courses.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Current Issues Ten Years After the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism, Religious Politics and the Ongoing Struggle for Dignity

The Arab Spring launched in December 2010, bringing a wave of changes in the Middle East, signaled by both the stirring sights of young people achieving peaceful transfers of power and painful footage of security forces firing on citizen protesters. While numerous countries changed leaders or saw major political reforms, the region began returning to authoritarianism with the July 2013 coup in Egypt. With ISIS driven from effective territorial control but not vanquished, with Israel riven by fundamentalist politics, with Lebanon sinking further into economic collapse, and with Saudi Arabia under the control of a power-hungry crown prince, what’s next for this region? How are world leaders responding? Which efforts of peace hold the most promise? Join Andrea Stanton, associate professor of Islamic Studies, and Jonathan Sciarcon, associate professor of Middle Eastern History, for a hard-hitting overview that surveys the impact of the Arab Spring on the contemporary Middle East. Learn potential near-term ramifications of the event as Stanton and Sciarcon put recent developments into perspective and suggest what the big issues of the next five years will be. Discuss how the past 10 years have impacted the Middle East, and come away with a deeper understanding of the changing nature of the region’s politics, religion and society.

Four Zoom sessions

Tue., Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0430 / $140

Jonathan Sciarcon is an associate professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Denver and teaches the history of the modern Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Andrea Stanton is an associate professor of Islamic Studies and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver and teaches Middle Eastern history, media and politics.

Brexit: The United Kingdom’s Vote to Leave the European Union

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, after more than 40 years of European Union (EU) membership, a majority of British voters surprised most observers by opting to exit from the EU. Why was there a call for the referendum? Why did “Leave” win?

And why hasn’t an exit contagion spread to other EU states? Join Professor of Political Science Lisa Conant to examine these questions and to gain context into unfolding events across the pond. Since the 2016 vote, the British people have experienced protracted political conflict, including the resignation of two prime ministers, two snap elections and the long-anticipated British withdrawal from the EU on January 31, 2020. Yet “transitional arrangements” preserve full British access to the EU’s Single Market and maintain the authority of EU law in the U.K., through the end of 2020. Conant discusses why the vote happened, what impacts have been felt and what a future U.K. and EU might look like. Now that the U.K. has left the EU, but the future EU-U.K. relationship remains unspecified, to what extent does Brexit resemble what the “Vote Leave” campaign originally promised? How might the COVID-19 pandemic, which stalled U.K.EU negotiations and slowed economies across Europe, affect the future U.K.-EU relationship? Come away with a more nuanced understanding of what’s happening in the U.K. and Conant’s thoughts on what’s next for Brexit.

Two Zoom sessions

Thur., Nov. 12, 19, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0400 / $70

Lisa Conant, professor and chair, Department of Political Science, is author of the book Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union. She specializes in the politics of European legal integration, the Europeanization and globalization of national courts, and the relationship between legal mobilization and human rights protection in Europe.


Current Issues Human Trafficking in Colorado and Beyond

What images come to mind when you hear the words human trafficking? Back rooms in Bangkok, dark alleys in Moscow or the side streets of Mexico City? It happens elsewhere, right? Not in our backyard? The truth: The green, manicured parks of Denver play host. The U.S. is a top destination country for human trafficking, and Colorado has established one of the earliest statewide responses to address human trafficking. In fact, the person knocking on your door to sell magazines might be a victim. Children here get lured on the internet, in malls, and yes, at parks. Armed thugs watch over undocumented workers on farms in northern Colorado. Sheep herders on the western slope navigate extreme working conditions. Sadly, it wasn’t until 2000 that human trafficking was officially declared a global human rights abuse. Yes, progress, but painfully—even shamefully—slow. The declaration has helped, but much work remains. Join anti-trafficking advocate Amanda Finger and retired U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo as they share an unflinching, front-line view of the war on human trafficking—both here and abroad. Get their thoughtful insights on trafficking’s history, growth, policy approaches, perpetrator tactics, psychological impacts and Colorado’s response. Gain a deeper understanding of the difficulties, frustrations and (yes) hopes of those fighting to turn human trafficking into human triumph.

Two Zoom sessions

Tue., Nov. 10, 17, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0402 / $70

Amanda Finger is the executive director and co-founder of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking who has worked on anti-trafficking in Colorado since 2005. Gary Grappo is a Distinguished Fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies with 40 years of diplomatic and public policy experience.

Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation: Time to Start Worrying?

They’re the most destructive objects humans have devised: nuclear weapons. Since their genesis in 1945, they’ve held an uneasy place in our minds and lives—and on occasion and for good reason— that uneasiness grows, be it from Cold War unrest, proliferation in rogue states or treaty violations. These troubling events serve as stark reminders that nuclear detonation, whether delivered via a warhead or smuggled in a briefcase, wields the power not only to alter the course of human history but also to end it. “This course is coming at a time when we all now understand that mass destruction and suffering can come encased in a viral membrane and not only in a ballistic missile,” says Barry Zink, this course’s instructor and DU Physics and Astronomy professor. Join Zink as he leads you through what he calls a “voter’s guide” to nuclear weapons. Topics range from the science behind the weapons: energy, atoms, chemistry and the physics of nuclear energy, to the political and social sciences behind their management: game theory, economics, history and cinema. Examine the policies and technologies governments are using today to keep the delicate geopolitical balance steady. And finally, explore a strategy to prevent detonation that employs a potent mix of science, historical perspectives and current events.



Four Zoom sessions

Tue., Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0404 / $140

Barry Zink is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at DU who leads research on measurements of heat, change and spin transport in thin films and nanostructures. During his time at DU, he has mentored a dozen graduate and postdoctoral researchers and many undergraduate students. See pages 4, 9 and 16 for more election-related courses.

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Literature The Undeniable Genius of John Williams: Stoner and the Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel

William Stoner entered the University of Missouri as a freshman in the year 1910, at the age of nineteen. Eight years later, during the height of World War I, he received his doctor of Philosophy degree and accepted an instructorship at the same university, where he taught until his death in 1956. He did not rise above the rank of assistant professor, and few students remembered him with any sharpness after they had taken his courses. So begins former University of Denver English professor John Williams’ quiet masterpiece, Stoner, the story of an unremarkable scholar and his unremarkable life. The novel was published in 1965 and was out of print by 1967.

Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives University of Denver, Collection U200 University of Denver Biographical Materials Collection, Box 137

Williams, who authored three other books, enjoyed neither commercial nor critical success before his death in 1994. But thanks to a French author who recognized Williams’ exquisite prose, the book was reissued in 2006 in Europe and soon hit the bestseller list, followed by acclaim in the U.S. Critic Morris Dickstein called Stoner “a perfect novel … [that] takes your breath away.” A Williams’ colleague said in the recent biography, “How could such a son of a bitch have such talent?” Revered or reviled, Williams’ gift as a novelist was undeniable.

This celebration, on the 55th anniversary of Stoner’s publication, honors the novelist and his masterpiece with a half-day of virtual sessions via Zoom.

Half-day Zoom conference

Sat., Oct. 24, 2020, 9 am–12 pm MT ENRICH 0412 / $75

SPEAKERS AND THEIR TOPICS W. Scott Howard, Ph.D., editor of Denver Quarterly - John Williams and the Denver Quarterly. Howard discusses Williams’ work on the Denver Quarterly, DU’s literary magazine, including the early days, his contribution, his vision and if we can see any of his influences in it today. Anne Marie Candido - Williams’ Archives: The Final Legacy. Candido, who organized Williams’ special collection at the University of Arkansas and worked with him for months, shares her reflections on his greatest novel and what she found most revealing about him. Alan Prendergast, Keynote - John Williams: Artist of the Plain. Prendergast, an investigative journalist, offers a critical look at the austere and subversive storytelling of Stoner.

Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives University of Denver, Collection U200 University of Denver Biographical Materials Collection, Box 137

William Zaranka, PhD - Observations on Williams as a Novelist and Colleague. Zaranka, who taught at DU in the Creative Writing program, shares insights from 20-plus years of personal and professional interactions with Williams and speaks of the novelist’s philosophy of creative writing. Conference coordinators Sally Stich (DU ’72) and Sally Kurtzman have coordinated many writing conferences, and each taught literature and writing at the college level for 30 years.


Literature Dusting Off the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey

For nearly 3,000 years, Homer’s Odyssey has challenged generation after generation to wrestle with fundamental questions about what it takes— and whether it is even possible—to go out into the wide world and then return home to live in happiness and peace. But what is it about this most enduring of ancient classics that continues to speak to us today? Join former Columbia University English and Classics Professor Richard Sacks in an exploration of this remarkable poem about the famed but troubled and troubling Greek hero Odysseus as he tries to move from his war-torn experiences at Troy through a startling array of often unimaginable landscapes—in this world and beyond, filled with everything from gods to monsters—until he finally returns to the very human world of his home and family on his modest and beloved island of Ithaka. Can we ever truly process the horrors of war? Can we ever understand things that are deeply foreign to our own experience and knowledge? And is there a fundamental tension between what we must become to get back home and what we must be to genuinely and successfully inhabit home? These are the kinds of profound and haunting questions the Odyssey asks us to consider as we take our own journey through this astonishing poem.

Five Zoom sessions

Mon., Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 7, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0413 / $155

Richard Sacks taught ancient and medieval literature, mythology and linguistics at Columbia University for nearly 40 years. He also participated in Columbia’s well-known Core Curriculum, teaching its great books course and giving lectures to faculty on the challenges of teaching texts ranging from the Iliad and Odyssey to biblical narratives such as Genesis and the Gospels.

See related courses of interest on page 28.

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History/Culture If the Walls Could Talk: Homes of Colorado’s Famous (and Infamous) Political Leaders Most of us are familiar with Colorado’s official halls of government, from the stately golden dome of the capitol to the holiday-lit columns of the City and County Building. But have you ever wondered where our most famous (and infamous) politicians called home? In honor of the looming presidential election, join historian Kevin Snow as he explains why certain neighborhoods— Capitol Hill in particular—have served as home to many of our political figures. Discuss former leaders, from Bill McNichols to Pat Schroeder, who made lasting impressions on the state. Learn why particular neighborhoods across the wider metropolitan area were once popular, but somehow fell out of fashion. Snow shares stories of scandals, nobility, opulence and mysteries left to us by those who exited politics somewhat abruptly. Since we’re touring electronically, you’ll have to leave a walk-by of the locations for a later day on your own. Come away with some fun stories and a better appreciation for our city’s historic homes and neighborhoods, places marked by the footsteps of our political giants. Oh, if the walls could talk!

Two Zoom sessions

Wed., Sept. 23, 30, 2020, 6:30-8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0408 / $70

Kevin Snow is a historian and tour guide who has been sharing the stories of Denver and the West with Denver residents and tourists for more than a decade.

Iraq: The Rest of the Story … for Americans Even though Iraq has amassed three decades of headlines in U.S. media, plenty of Americans don’t know about this diverse and complex country. Much of what is known was learned through war starting in 1991 when the U.S.-led coalition targeted Saddam Hussein after he invaded Kuwait. Then years of controversial economic sanctions led to the Iraq War in 2003, which began a new era of instability there and in the region. Of course, this marks just one short chapter in the long story of Iraq. So, what should Americans know? For the answer, join global health and issues specialist Lubab Almehaidi, who was born and raised in Iraq, for her sweeping tour of the country’s 6,770-year history, its social framework and its culture. Start by scanning its enchanted antiquity in the area of Mesopotamia, the gift of the two rivers. Tackle one of human history’s Credit: Library of Congress most mysterious queries: Why did early civilization take root in southern Iraq? Discover how Iraq shaped the future of the region and the world throughout the ages. Peruse rare and fascinating photos that shed light on how social and cultural norms shaped Iraq’s future for both bad and good. And finally, examine the healthcare system—one of the oldest in the region—and how it survives amid instability from political, economic and social factors.

Three Zoom sessions

Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0409 / $105

See pages 4, 9 and 13 for more election-related courses.

Lubab Almehaidi, president and co-founder of Amel for Health Promotion and Education, is a global health and issues specialist and dentist. She holds degrees from the University of Denver and the College of Dentistry at the University of Baghdad where she worked in health and education for 12 years. See Sanctions class on page 10.


History Women’s Suffrage: How Colorado Women Led the Nation to the Vote

On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment legalized the vote for women. Colorado, however, was way ahead of the curve: Twenty-seven years earlier, on November 7, 1893, the state’s lawmakers passed a referendum granting women the right to vote. Join a distinguished list of Colorado women as they explore Colorado’s unique role in the women’s suffrage movement. Sept. 14: Origins of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the 19th Century Instructors: Rebecca Hunt, retired UC Denver Associate Professor of History; Gail Beaton, author of Colorado Women: A History. As our nation began, women’s rights were restrained by both custom and law. This session looks at the origins of these restraints and examines women’s early efforts to redefine their roles and rights. Consider early female thinkers at movements that contributed to women’s empowerment (including the white and black women’s clubs) and events such as the Seneca Falls women’s rights convention.

Courtesy Persuasive Maps Collection of PJ Mode, Cornell University

Sept. 21: “Let the Women Vote!” Colorado Suffrage Instructors: Marcia Tremmel Goldstein, Colorado women’s historian and author of Denver Women in Their Places: A Guide to Women’s History Sites; Gail Beaton returns from session one. Colorado women won the battle for the ballot on November 7, 1893. Learn how women organized a statewide coalition of determined women and men of many colors, creeds and classes. Explore how newly enfranchised Colorado women broke into the male bastion of party and electoral politics for the first time. Sept. 28: The Crooked Road to the 19th Amendment Instructor: Susan Schulten, DU History Professor, author of A History of America in 100 Maps. The 19th Amendment vastly enlarged the electorate and forced a recognition of women as political actors. Yet a true appreciation of this victory involves a closer look at the complexity of the movement, one which championed ideals of political equality but also appealed to class and racial divisions. Oct. 5: Political Rights After the 19th Amendment Instructor: Elizabeth Escobedo, Associate Professor of Latina/o History at DU and distinguished guest panelists. In the continued struggle for political rights following the passage of the 19th Amendment, women of color fought tirelessly to overcome second-class citizenship due to continuing gender and racial inequities. Explore political challenges unique to women of color. Enjoy a panel discussion featuring some of Colorado’s pioneering women of color, including Polly Baca, the first Latina elected to the Colorado Senate; Lorelei Cloud, council member and treasurer, Southern Ute Indian Tribe; and Jacqueline McLeod, professor of Africana Studies and History, Metropolitan State University of Denver. This course is the result of a collaboration among the Enrichment Program, History Colorado’s Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 and the League of Women Voters of Colorado. 10% discount to History Colorado and League of Women Voters of Colorado members.

Four Zoom sessions

Mon., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0411 / $140

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History The Second World War: 75 Years of History and Memory

It was 75 years ago when one of the most cataclysmic conflicts in human history ended—World War II. Today, when thoughts turn to that six years of bloodshed and torment, they fill the spectrum: from human heroism to human horror; from the depths of unspeakable tragedy and unthinkable suffering to the triumphant end of extermination camps and a man’s covetous attempt at global domination. And as we meet this milestone, we must also recognize the loss of those who witnessed those calamities firsthand in the trenches. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports we’re losing more than 290 veterans a day. A fact that makes the study and examination of WWII all the more poignant and imperative for our generation and all those to follow. Please join European and World History Professor Andrea Maestrejuan as she returns to the chaos to extract and explore the war’s pivotal events, both military and diplomatic. Assess the conflict’s legacy on technology, ideology and racism. Discover the ethical and moral dilemmas the war created, not the least of which included racism and civilian targets. Consider how representations of the war shape our collective memory of historical events. And finally, examine the war’s impact on individuals and societies who, despite defeat, perpetration and inhumanity, summoned resilience to salvage noble lives.

Four Zoom sessions

Thur., Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0410 / $140

Andrea Maestrejuan teaches courses on modern European and world history for Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has special expertise in the history of science and technology and in oral history.


Art Everyday Art Journaling

How does a totally stress-free, no-fail form of self-expression sound? You’re in the right place. Art journaling is an easy and enjoyable way to cultivate your creativity—not to mention a great way to capture and record both your everyday and extraordinary experiences. Join acclaimed artist and author Judith Cassel-Mamet as she guides you through her virtual, process-oriented workshop she dubs “a playful, mindful and meaningful approach” to starting your very own journal practice. First, you get the fundamentals: using your materials to create layers and patterns. Next, add a bit of playful lettering—that’s usually when it hits: the sudden realization that the possibilities for original art journals are endless! After you discover more techniques, you can use them in unique ways as you keep your journal alive and as you delve deeper and deeper into your new hobby. Plus, you get handouts (printable PDFs) you can use as references. And all of this is done with supplies you likely have on hand or can easily find online. A list of suggested materials will be provided.

One Zoom session

Sat. Oct. 10, 2020, 10–11:30 am MT

Simple Sketch: Capturing Colorado’s Landscapes

Imagine being able to capture Colorado’s majestic landscapes on paper like a true artist. Depict coppery clouds, portray rugged mountain shapes and punctuate both with a natural and fitting foreground. You can do it, and learning how isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. That’s because in this new virtual workshop, acclaimed artist and educator Judith Cassel-Mamet will share with you her very own unique approach called Simple Sketch© that combines pen and watercolor. Judith describes it as a “loose and unconventional” technique that breaks traditional painting rules and lets the artist cultivate a personal voice in rendering a landscape’s essence. The result? Images that are at once both straightforward and dramatic. Create a sketchbook or art journal right along with Judith as she guides you through easyto-follow lessons that keep you painting quickly, simply and most importantly, away from the idea of having to be perfect—with a stress-free, no-fail attitude. The class includes time for questions and answers—and, of course, sharing your new masterpiece! Students are responsible for supplying their own materials and a suggested list and online vendor will be provided. No experience in art, drawing or sketching necessary—just a desire to have fun dabbling in the wonders of art!

One Zoom session

Sat., Nov. 7, 2020, 10–11:30 am MT ENRICH 0398 / $55

ENRICH 0396 / $55

Sketching and Art Journaling Package Enroll in both courses and save $20! ENRICH 0432 / $90

Judith Cassel-Mamet is a mixed-media artist and instructor who teaches at the Art Students League of Denver, online at Bluprint and leads art journal groups to various magical spots in the U.S. and Europe. She’s the author of two books: Joyful Pages: Adventures in Art Journaling and Joyful Pages Playground.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Art iPhoneography: From Classic to Experimental, Create Artistic Images with Your iPhone

A powerful camera and editing suite all in one, your iPhone can produce photographic masterpieces. In fact, the art of iPhoneography is now a recognized form of photography, and it has become increasingly popular. Under the guidance of photographer and artist Rick Dailey, explore the basic elements of formal composition as you learn to create quality photographs with your iPhone. Discover fun and easy ways to capture and process photos with your iPhone and then practice turning those photos into unique and artistic images. Learn how to adjust images using a multitude of filters and effects that can turn even the most ordinary picture into a digital work of art. Literally thousands of applications (apps) exist just for iPhone photography; learn which are best and which to ignore. Among others, discover the possibilities of Snapseed, one of the top-rated photo-editing apps for smartphones. Also learn how to save the images in high resolution for professional-quality printing. Be prepared to interact with your classmates and instructor virtually, take images on your own between classes, and return for another session to discuss and critique what you captured and edited. Come away with the tools, inspiration and ability to express yourself using this robust and exciting technology. All processing is done on your iPhone/iPod Touch and/ or iPad. Prerequisite: Students must be adept with apps, controls and settings, and are required to have an iPhone 6S series or later using iOS 13, plus an active iTunes account.

Two Zoom sessions

Sat., Sept. 19, 26, 2020, 9 am–1 pm MT ENRICH 0397 / $140

Rick Dailey is an artist and curator living in Denver, Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Rick was formerly the Studio Coordinator of Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and he is currently the Gallery Director of the Philip J. Steele Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. His work is in private collections across North America.

All photos by Rick Dailey. Edited in Snapseed.




Writing Children’s Picture Books: Learn the Craft

The Divine Through Time: How Cultures Have Defined God

How many times have you read a children’s picture book and thought, “This is so short and simple! How hard could it be to write one?” That’s exactly what award-winning children’s book author Denise Vega thought—until she tried. Now she knows the answer to that naïve question: very hard. Join Vega as she explores the art and craft of writing a good picture book as you develop an understanding of what makes a children’s picture book unique among other books for children. Learn how to critically evaluate existing picture books and understand why they work. Explore character development, story structure, language, rhythm and the relationship between words and pictures, which usually means fewer words from the writer! Then, under Vega’s guidance, generate ideas for your own story and begin writing and revising as you give and receive light feedback in a supportive setting. Vega leads entertaining discussions about some of her favorite children’s books and authors and provides handouts and worksheets to guide you in your process. Feel free to have your favorite picture books for children on hand to use with in-class exercises (preferably books that have been published in the last three years.) By the end of class, you’ll have the beginning of—or perhaps even a completed— story and skills to critically evaluate your own future work.

Four Zoom sessions

Wed., Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0425 / $140

Denise Vega is the award-winning author of seven books for children, including her 2017 picture book, If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora (a Crystal Kite winner) and Grandmother, Have the Angels Come?, which won the Colorado Book Award for Children’s Literature.

Do you believe in God? How about Goddess or the Gods? The last two may sound odd. But why? Why is one masculine God the automatic assumption in Western culture? Today, people often refer to a Judeo-Christian God, but some argue there’s no such thing. Jewish and Christian traditions view God differently. Then consider the Islamic tradition: Is Allah the same as the biblical God? Who determines what God really is or if there is a God? And for those who answer, what makes them right? Join Sharon Coggan, Ph.D., retired professor of religious studies, as she examines how cultures have imagined the divine through time. Experience the primal beast Gods of ancient Shamanism, explore the Gods and Goddesses of mythological traditions, consider the God of Revelation in biblical texts, reflect on the abstract God of the philosophers, meet the Pantheists’ God, face the Deists’ and Mystics’ God, discover Eastern concepts of Indian transcendentalism and Chinese naturalism, and review Old and New Testaments and the Qur’an. This is controversial territory where your own beliefs or disbeliefs might be challenged. If you’re getting worked up just reading this, this class might not be for you. But if you’re up for traveling new ground, sign up, show up and buckle up for an otherworldly adventure.

Four Zoom sessions

Tue., Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0423 / $140

Sharon L. Coggan, Ph.D., is a retired associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver where she founded and directed the religious studies program. Her areas of study include history of religions and the psychology of religion.

See Ancient Myths lecture on page 4.

Call 303-871-2291 or visit universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment


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Philosophy/Ethics The Mirror in the Machine: Understanding Artificial Intelligence

After he broke the Third Reich’s Enigma code, British genius Alan Turing posed this question: While communicating with an unseen reality, can we tell if it is human or machine? It remains an interesting question today as we talk with our new friends, Alexa and Siri. But now consider the reverse: Can a machine tell if a being is human or not? And, logically, that begs: What is the essence of humanness? These questions lie at the core of artificial intelligence (AI), a technology that is allowing us to see ourselves as mirrored in machines that can learn. “Understanding and appropriating AI will be one of the great intellectual and cultural works of this century,” says Buie Seawell, DU emeritus professor and course instructor. Join Seawell as he views AI through four lenses: intelligence, agency, consciousness and beneficence. Seawell will host two distinguished guests: Dr. Kimberly Gorgens, DU psychology professor, and John Balkcom, chair of the Governing Board for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Before the class, students are asked to read Hamlet’s soliloquy and Dr. Max Tegmark’s book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Seawell, who taught an abbreviated version of this course in the spring, says this will be a greatly amplified version and “stunningly different.”

Four Zoom sessions

Thur., Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0422 / $140

Buie Seawell, professor emeritus, retired as professor of the practice in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at Daniels College of Business in July 2017. He serves on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Games Roll the Dice! Have Fun Designing Your Very Own Board Game

We get it—the quarantine thing had you playing more board games than usual. Don’t feel alone. Tabletop games have made a comeback that not only includes the classics like Clue, Scrabble and Risk, but also some newer titles, too: Settlers of Catan, Bananagrams and Ticket to Ride to name a few. It’s easy to see why games survive and thrive: they give us a fun and entertaining way to connect with our fellow humans, they reduce stress and they help stimulate our intellect to slow that pesky aging process. So, yes, great to play. But here’s a class that clearly ups the ante. What if you created your own board game? You know, brainstorm it. Design it. Build it. Name it. And then, of course, debut it for friends and family—at least when that’s safe to do. How cool would that be? Cool for sure, but more importantly, it’s entirely doable with the help of artist and educator Shawn Bowman. Join Bowman in this virtual, yet still hands-on workshop where she shares fundamental design methods that help you build your very own playable, fun prototype. Plus, learn styles and fresh interpretations of strategy and storytelling that you can add to your new creation. What’s more, get a start-to-finish tour of the world of games including the renaissance, history and psychology behind a full range of games. She even spills the beans on the publishing business and how games get chosen for that super prime real estate game makers hope they land on: store shelves. And finally, enjoy a rousing round of a modern dungeon-style role playing game you won’t soon forget. Could it be time to get your game on? Why not? Roll the dice, make your move and see how much fun awaits you in this engaging new course.

Four Zoom sessions

Mon., Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, 2020, 7–9 pm MDT ENRICH 0407 / $140

Shawn Bowman teaches art, literacy and tabletop game creation along the Front Range. Bowman, who holds a BFA in film from the University of Colorado, has authored two craft books and hosted activities and talks at art institutions in Florida, Oregon and Ohio.

Credit: Library of Congress

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Personal Development Living a Purposeful Life

What is it that Jane Goodall, Walt Whitman, Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman all share? At first glance, the lives of these impressive people don’t have much in common. But peer a little closer and you’ll find a common denominator: all understood their gifts, found and embraced their purpose in life and made great contributions to others. Now consider your life and these questions: What are your gifts? What is your purpose? How are you using your gifts to contribute? If you’re longing to discover a path with more meaning and fulfillment, join longtime Enrichment instructor and purpose guide Shari Caudron for a class that will help you begin to explore these questions and connect with what the French call your raison d’etre—reason for being. Caudron holds a deep belief that in order to live a purposeful life, it’s essential to connect with and express what is uniquely yours. To that end, and in preparation for the course, she has you read The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope. In it, Cope deconstructs the 2,000-year-old classic, the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient allegory about the path to purpose, by highlighting Western lives that embody its principles. Learn—and draw inspiration from—the stories of Goodall, Whitman, Anthony, Tubman, Robert Frost, Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi and many others—including ordinary people working out of the spotlight. Then, Caudron helps you begin your own journey of discovery, first by reflecting on the lessons in the book and then through a series of writing exercises and discussions to help you uncover your natural gifts, reexamine your values, clarify your vision and discover your unique soul-level purpose. Enroll, learn and grow.

Two Zoom sessions

Sat., Oct. 17, 24, 2020, 9 am–12 pm MT ENRICH 0420 / $155

Shari Caudron, a long-time member of the Enrichment Program faculty, is the author of two narrative nonfiction books, including Who Are You People? winner of the Colorado Book Award. Caudron is a memoir coach and purpose guide who is passionate about helping people uncover the hidden wisdom in their life stories.

Credit: Library of Congress

Credit: Library of Congress


Personal Development

Social Sciences The Real People Behind the Cardboard Signs: Understanding the Disadvantaged

Wills and Trusts: Getting Certainty in Uncertain Times

Do you know who will receive your assets upon your death? What if you become disabled before you die? Who would you want to manage your money? These questions are at the heart of two types of legal documents that everyone should understand: wills and trusts. Join John R. Phillips, attorney and certified financial planner, as he demystifies both in this class that includes an overview of the basics plus more in-depth, practical lessons and readings. In the first session, John explains the legal definition of incapacity/ disability and the related medical and financial decisions you should make today, including living wills and powers of attorney. Discover the steps you should take to plan for disability and death. For class two, learn the types of wills, what a will should and should not include, and the requirements for validity. Also examine the process of probate so that your will actually achieves your goals. Class three covers trusts, which can work like a will but also include terms for managing your assets, should you need that kind of help. In the last class, determine the relevant tax issues and how they influence your planning. Finally, begin planning: Will, trust or both? Consider how to attach your values to the inheritance and when to create a comprehensive estate plan. Leave with a clear sense of how you want your estate managed and the ability to assure your wishes are met.

Four Zoom sessions

Mon., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0421 / $140

John R. Phillips, certified financial planner, is an estate planning attorney, adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. He has been practicing for 25-plus years.

In their world, some days start by choosing a busy exit ramp—a place to hold a tattered cardboard sign with black ink that spells need in so many ways. It’s a sight all too familiar and all too real for far too many in Denver and beyond. But what is the reality of basic unmet needs? How, exactly, is this occurring here? And what can be done? Join David Henninger, who has spent five decades helping the needy, as he gives a human face to the sign holders, to those sleeping on park benches, to those formerly incarcerated, to those fighting behavioral health issues, and to those who just couldn’t shake bad luck. Henninger travels full circle around this world for an up-close view of the social, political and economic elements at work in the lives of the less fortunate. Hear guest speakers share their first-hand experiences with homelessness and incarceration, plus another presenter who reveals insights she gained from working with hundreds affected by both. Understand the institutions involved: the justice system and nonprofits along with third-sector organizations’ potential roles. Study the resources, interventions and policies being employed today. Then generate and consider ideas that can be transformed into policy and action to move them closer to a better world. The only prerequisite? An open mind.

Four Zoom sessions

Wed. Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0424 / $140

David Henninger, founder and former executive director of Bayaud Enterprises, Inc., an organization that promotes employment, has served on the boards of more than 25 nonprofits. He’s taught at Regis University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s in Rehabilitation Administration.

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Nature/ Science

The Art and Science of Persuasion

Introduction to Quantum Mathematics (Not for the Mathematically Challenged)

Imagine how great it would be, especially in a contentious election year, if you could persuade family, friends and even acquaintances on Facebook to consider your perspective. What if you could change their minds? Persuasion is both an art and a science; more importantly, it can be learned. Join Denver Post columnist and communications specialist Krista Kafer as she unveils the secrets of how to sway others in respectful conversations on religion, sports, even 2020 politics and presidential candidates. Gain an understanding of the psychology behind persuasion. See how stories and humor persuade better than statistics. Practice pivoting to gain common ground. Learn how to spot the difference between spin and deceit. Discover how advertisers and other influencers get you to buy their products and adopt their ideas. Get the scoop on tricky concepts like psychological reactance, confirmation bias, motivated reasoning, cognitive dissonance, latitude of acceptance and amplification of the extreme. See how trust impacts persuasion. Kafer pulls from communication masters of past and present: Jonathan Haidt’s moral reasoning, Robert Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion, Vance Packard’s compelling needs, Robert Reich’s cultural parables and Aristotle’s insights on the art of persuasion. Feeling persuaded?

Three Zoom sessions

Wed., Sept. 9, 16, 23, 2020, 7–9 pm MT ENRICH 0399 / $105

Krista Kafer is a weekly Denver Post columnist and adjunct instructor of communications and political science, including at DU’s Department of Political Science. She has over 20 years of experience in public policy, public speaking, broadcasting and persuasive writing.

If you made it past the title, you might be right for this course. Did you like thinking about math and physics as a youngster? Do you find abstract thought interesting and fun? If you’re answering yes—keep reading. You’ve likely noticed the glaring omission in the many books, videos and courses on the nature of the physical world: the mathematical details. That’s unfortunate because those details demonstrate both the mystery and the beauty of the physical world. Join Paul Hemenway, an astronomer who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores the mathematics behind today’s research into particle physics in a course specifically designed for Zoom. Examine the world of complex vector spaces as representing the states of physical

systems. Review the mathematics of quantum mechanics (QM) and examine the use of abstract linear operators to effect observations and measurements of the physical world. Consider the simplest of fully quantum systems: the twostate system. Compare and contrast the classical two-state system of flipping a coin with the QM two-state system represented by the spin state of some (abstract) entity. Time permitting, the course will outline the progression to continuous functions (“position” and “velocity,” for example) and probability density functions, which are at the heart of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model of particle physics.

Four Zoom sessions

Mon., Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0419 / $140

Dr. Paul Hemenway, who worked on the Hubble Space Telescope, worked at the HarvardSmithsonian Center for Astrophysics on the astronomical aspects of the Gravity Probe B mission. He contributes regularly to DU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.


Nature/ Science The Other Migration: Birds on the Move in Autumn

Complex, dynamic and fascinating. Three words professional birders have used to describe the fall migration of birds. The spring dispersal is better known. But the southbound passage of birds, particularly in Colorado, is a spectacular mix of all three of those words and more. Take for example the sheer span of the fall migration, which in Colorado, often stretches from mid-June to late December! And speaking of time, it turns out that September—the month of this class—is typically when you can see the greatest number and diversity of migrants. So it truly is the perfect time to join Colorado birding expert Ted Floyd as he shares the broad horizon of fall migration in all of its mystery and grandeur. Begin with an overview of which birds migrate and when. Get to know the different species and how migration strategies differ between young and adult birds. Explore the general phenomenon of migration and get answers to the questions you’ve asked since childhood: Why do birds migrate in the first place? How do they know where to go? And what adaptations allow them to fly hundreds or even thousands of miles in a relatively short time? As Floyd answers those and other questions, he also offers a primer on evolutionary biology to help you better understand the relationships among the birds. Then enjoy the hands-on side of birding through the practical tools and new resources the pros use: digital recorders and cameras, smartphones, software and websites. In fact, Floyd directs you outside for a fun look-and-listen session to explore, capture and share your own observations with the world using the apps eBird and iNaturalist. Who knows, what you find may help scientists better protect nature. Come away with a better understanding and appreciation of one of nature’s most remarkable and mind-boggling annual rituals.

Four Zoom sessions

Wed., Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm MT ENRICH 0418 / $140

Ted Floyd is the long-time editor of Birding, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association, and the author of many articles and books, including the Field Guide to Birds of Colorado (2nd ed., 2018) and How to Know the Birds (2019). He has extensive experience using remote instruction to offer meaning and relevance to understanding and appreciating bird migration as it happens.

Credit: All images by Ted Floyd

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades



In collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at DU, we are pleased to offer the following online OLLI-at-DU courses to all Enrichment Program students. If you are already an OLLI member or are interested in becoming one, please enroll here: http://portfolio.du.edu/ollioncampus

Get YOUR Kicks on Route 66!

Greece: Off the Beaten Track

Four sessions

Four sessions

ENRICH 0431/ $130

ENRICH 0429 / $130

Whether you’re a traveler, photographer or have just daydreamed of exploring Route 66, let professional photographer Mark Payler be your guide to the Mother Road! After a brief history, “hit the highway” and explore the route famous for kitschy attractions, colorful characters, homecooked meals and accommodations from the past. Payler will share stories from the famous personalities he’s met on the road and provide tips on how you can do the same. Tue., Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 2020, 1–3 pm MT

Finding Family: Discovering the Events and Records That Define Your Ancestors

Sure, history is great. But when it’s your ancestors’ history, it can reach mesmerizing new heights. Discovering who they were, what they did and how they lived often sheds light on our own lives. Yet, that trek through decades and centuries can be long and frustrating. Let pro genealogist Carol Cooke Darrow lead the way and get you on the right—and faster—track through immigration records, newspapers, events, lists and more.

Four sessions

Wed., Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 2020, 9:30–11:30 am MT ENRICH 0428 / $130

Vienna Secession and Austrian Expressionism: Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele

On the eve of the 20th century, Vienna proved to be one of the most interesting places on the globe as artists, sculptors and architects formed the art movement called The Vienna Secession, and later Austrian Expressionism. Join DU faculty member Linda Susak as she introduces you to these changemakers—Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele and others. Witness the affairs, protests and suicides. Savor Vienna in all its sophistication, culture and elegance.

They say to truly know a place, exit the beaten track. Meet your guide, Bruce Caughey, who’s spent much of his life nowhere near that track in his many travels to the land that set both democracy and Greek mythology in motion. Join him on this revealing tour of Greece’s rich history, natural wonders, archeological sites, 200 inhabited islands and modern-day life. In short, share in a mutual fascination of this multifaceted and complex country. Wed., Oct. 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 2020, 1–3 pm MT

Close Reading and Slow Looking With Modern Art

In the early 20th century, European and U.S. writers and painters were busy probing what it meant to be a modern individual. Join educator Valerie Hellstein as she slows the pace of Modernism to explore the interplay between the words of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, and Zora Neale Hurston, and the images of the post-impressionists, surrealists, American modernists, and the Harlem renaissance. All the while, hone your own skills of observation and description!

Four sessions

Thur., Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2020, 9:30–11:30 am MT ENRICH 0427 / $130

This Is a Blossom of the Brain: Emily Dickinson & the Amateur Botany Movement In many ways, plants were Emily Dickinson’s other great love. In fact, Dickinson’s lifetime paralleled the peak of the amateur botany movement in America. Under the guidance of author Molly Kugel, explore the history of the 19th-century lay botany and its intersection with the writing of Emily Dickinson, including how her gardens influenced her poetic philosophy and spiritualism.

Four sessions

Four sessions

ENRICH 0403 / $130

ENRICH 0426 / $130

Wed., Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 2020, 9:30–11:30 am MT

Thur., Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2020, 9:30–11:30 am MT

For more information on these offerings, please contact Barbe Ratcliffe at barbara.ratcliffe@du.edu, or see the course listings at http://portfolio.du.edu/ollioncampus.


More Educational Opportunities at University College at the University of Denver University College Is Your Lifelong Learning Partner The Enrichment Program is housed under University College, the college of continuing and professional studies at the University of Denver. As you consider your learning needs, you may find a course or credential that’s right for you in one of our other academic programs. Bachelor of Arts Completion Program Need a fresh academic start? If you’ve made advancements in your career without a bachelor’s degree, but now find it essential to finish the one you started years ago, consider the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program through University College. Designed and delivered for busy adults who have completed at least one year of undergraduate credit, this is a personalized program that will challenge and inspire you. Request a free preliminary transcript review to see how many credits will transfer in by visiting universitycollege.du.edu/bachelors. Graduate Certificates Quickly gain a new credential and learn a whole new set of skills by earning a graduate certificate from University College. A certificate is more than a line on your resume, it’s an opportunity to expand your network and your knowledge. There are dozens of academic areas to choose from for a four-course Specialized Graduate Certificate or a six-course Graduate Certificate. Learn more at universitycollege.du.edu/certificate. Master’s Degrees Nearly 25 years ago, University College launched online programming at the University of Denver. Since then, technology and education have evolved. What remains the same is our commitment to delivering a personalized student experience through small class sizes and dedicated academic advisors. Here, you’re not just a number and we’re not just another online program. From Professional Creative Writing to Marketing Communication, Strategic Innovation and Change to Energy and Sustainability, find the right fit and get started when you’re ready (four start dates per year and no GRE required for admission). Discover what more than two decades of leading in online education gets you at universitycollege.du.edu.

Center for Professional Development The University of Denver’s Center for Professional Development (CPD) offers accredited, accessible and affordable certificates, short courses and workshops for clinicians, teachers, business leaders, non-profit professionals and others. Update skills or cultivate new ones, enhance your knowledge and maintain your credentials. Continuing education credit available. See the schedule of upcoming professional development courses at du.edu/professional. Ask about our coding certificate programs! Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver Are you age 50 or “better?” Do you crave intellectual stimulation and the pursuit of new ideas and experiences with like-minded peers? Then check out OLLI at DU—celebrating 25 years of lifelong learning at the University of Denver, various sites around Denver and the neighboring communities! Participants from diverse backgrounds and professions come together to learn through small engaging online classroom lectures and larger online Speakers Series programs. Class styles include multimedia presentations, books, magazines and shared documents, as well as informal discussions and social interaction. Maximum enjoyment of learning can be expected. Due to the current pandemic, OLLI at DU has moved to an online learning platform. With several months of online learning experience, OLLI at DU has adjusted to the new normal. Curious? Contact OLLI Assistant Debra Loftin at debra.loftin@du.edu for more information or visit OLLI online at www.universitycollege.du.edu/olli.

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Cultural Connections

Anyone familiar with the University of Denver knows a key part of its DNA is community. We partner, we share and we collaborate because of this fundamental truth: Humans are better together. The Enrichment Program is a prime example of that collaborative nature. At the very start, we reached beyond our campus to forge bonds with cultural partners across many fields: music, dance, theatre, painting, photography, writing, food and drink, history and much more. It is a move that has added texture and depth to our students’ experiences. These connections have become an integral part of who the Enrichment Program is and what we do. That is why it is so difficult for us to accept and report that COVID-19 has forced us to offer our fall 2020 courses without these activities. Just as family members and friends have had to separate—we, too, find ourselves without those who make us who we are. Indeed, this pause has made all of us realize just how vital our partners in culture have been in our journey to serve Colorado’s lifelong learners. As trying as this storm is, rest assured our optimism remains as steadfast as our resolve to reconnect. In the meantime, we are happy to share what some of our partners are doing during the pandemic. We encourage you to visit their websites so that you continue to meet your quota of culture!

Colorado Symphony coloradosymphony.org — Relive the symphony’s best performances during Virtual Music Hour. Each performance features a special introduction from a musician or conductor.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop lighthousewriters.org — Peruse a large pool of writing programs, classes and workshops—some of which are free—now available virtually. Members get discounts and special benefits like Weekday Writing Hours, Friday 500 and much more.

Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports and Wellness ritchiecenter.du.edu — Enjoy virtual workouts, fitness challenges, sports training videos, healthy recipes, nutrition tips and at-home activities for all ages and abilities.

Newman Center for the Performing Arts newmancenterpresents.com — Experience exclusive, virtual performances called the Midweek Boost by Colorado artists and discover the latest in the ever-growing performing arts scene.

History Colorado Womens’ Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 historycolorado.org/2020-womens-votecentennial-colorado — Learn about History Colorado’s comprehensive campaign to capture and collect today’s history in the making by visiting historycolorado.org/covid-19.


League of Women Voters of Colorado lwvcolorado.org — Get involved in your community and play an active role in our democracy. Take part in candidate forums, voter registration drives and work with local officials to improve your community.

Cultural Connections

Lamont School of Music liberalarts.du.edu/lamont – Enjoy a wide range of entertaining and live online concerts via Zoom.

Stories on Stage storiesonstage.org – Take in the sometimes funny, the sometimes moving, but always thoughtprovoking live stage performances of all types of literature.

Opera Colorado operacolorado.org - While we cannot gather to experience live opera, we hope you enjoy a bit of Opera Colorado from your own home.

Board Game Republic boardgamerepublic.com – Help raise money to offset losses related to COVID-19 via Board Game Republic’s charitable auction.

Denver History Tours denverhistorytours.com – Join historian, tour guide and author Kevin Snow as he teaches Colorado Political Homes virtually for the Enrichment Program this fall.

Friends of Chamber Music https://friendsofchambermusic.com – Safeguarding the health and well-being of our entire community is Friends of Chamber Music’s highest priority. Check for updates.

Denver Art Museum denverartmuseum.org – Get regular infusions of creativity that include video of artists’ projects and interviews on its YouTube channel. Plus, explore online collections, lesson plans and other handson activities for learning at home.

To our partners in culture: Thank you for embracing us and our cause of lifelong learning and for all you are doing to continue to bring culture to Colorado in amended yet meaningful and amazing ways.


Registration Registration opens July 13, 2020. Web:




Course Discounts Discounts are available to partner subscribers, OLLI members and DU faculty, staff and alumni. Check with registration staff to see if you qualify.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with all class details, including Zoom links. Until further notice all classes take place via Zoom. Website contains most current information.

Disability Services Program (DSP):

DSP provides reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to students with documented disabilities. Accommodations afford students equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs, courses, and activities.


You’ve taken more courses about current issues than you can count. Isn’t it time you started getting acknowledged for your commitment to staying abreast of what’s happening in the world? Be recognized for your achievements, build your credibility, even enhance your resume with a Certificate of Lifelong Learning from the Enrichment Program at University College, University of Denver. Criteria: 30 hours of participation within a three-year period in Enrichment Program classes pertaining to current issues and events.

To receive your Certificate, email ucolsupport@du.edu and include a list of courses taken. Upon verification, you will receive one Certificate in the mail and another by email.

*An example of the many possible course combinations.

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In Appreciation University College at the University of Denver Thanks to the Entire Enrichment Team:

Michael McGuire, Dean, Lynn Wells, Enrichment Program Director, Charles Stillwagon, Enrichment Program Coordinator, Lynn Price, Curriculum Developer, Doug McPherson, Writer, David Sikora, Graphic Designer, Michele Long, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services, Monica Gray, Associate Director of Admissions, Student Services & Systems, Alecia Harris, Ashley Johnson, Audrey Lebel, Rachel Vardeman, Morgan Welty, Student Support Team, Victoria O’Malley, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Becky Talley, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications, Ray Lam, Director of Web & IT Services, Teri Markle, Assistant Dean of Business & Operations, Anita Boettcher, Manager of Business & Operations

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