Page 1

Enrichment Program Short courses for the love of learning!

Fall 2017

ate Your Min l u m i d t S



ake n

r u C r Yo u


y t i os

Dear Lifelong Learner, Do you find yourself curious about topics ranging from history to religion, art to politics? Do you thrive in dynamic educational settings where you’re both challenged and inspired? Do you crave creative thought? Then you’re in the right place! Welcome to the Enrichment Program, offering non-credit short courses for the love of learning. Take advantage of your proximity to a world-class university—the University of Denver— and put on your thinking cap. We’re here to challenge conventional thought, broaden horizons, and connect you to topics that make you stop and think, imagine and create, and sometimes even tap your toe. This special opportunity for intellectual stimulation takes place on a beautiful campus right in your own backyard (or perhaps just a quick jaunt down I-25). You’ll be surrounded by peers who are as thirsty for knowledge as you are, and you’ll be led by faculty who not only really know their stuff (that’s a technical term) but also appreciate the unique rewards that come with teaching engaged adults. As one DU faculty member put it: “It was the best teaching experience of my life.” Dive deep into a topic area you love during a multi-session course, discover a new passion at a one-night lecture, or gain insights into important issues of the day through panel discussions. We’re opening the doors to the University of Denver and giving you access to courses designed specifically for adult learners. It’s time to dedicate a moment to your own personal fulfillment and invest in lifelong learning. Ready to join us? With appreciation,

Michael McGuire Dean, University College

Deb Olson Director, Enrichment Program

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

Topic Course Title

Cultural Connections Art History Calder Monumental Her Paris: Female Impressionists Current Issues Common Ground & Human Rights Food/Drink Oktoberfest Food/Health Cooking/Eating for Inflammation-2 sections Food/History Presidential Food and Feasting History Denver’s Streetcars Music Variations with the Violin Scandinavian Classical Music La Bohéme Messiah and Other Holiday Compositions Nature/Science Colorado Space Industry Nutrition Seasonal Eating Special Event Author Mark Bowden Faculty Showcase 1 Night Lectures Art Current Issues History History/Culture History/Science Literature Philosophy/Ethics Religion Social Sciences Writing Wellness

Enrichment Lecture Series Black & White Photography Screen Printing Art Journaling Syria Behind the Headlines Being Muslim in America Today US Agriculture Taxes Mexican-American War Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Russian Revolution 100 Years Later Destination Germany Genealogy & Geography History of Medicine The Underground Railroad Dystopian Literature Authentic (Radical) Leadership Moral Facts Comparative Religions Religion in the Public Square The “Other” America Immigration Intercultural Urbanism Opinion Writing Fiction Writing Stress Reduction

Focus Forward Planning for Change in the Third Age-2 sections Healthy Aging Osher Lifelong learning institute/OLLI at DU OLLI-Enrichment DAYTIME

Start Date Page 9/12/17 10/23/17 10/10/17 10/7/17 9/13 & 10/18/17 11/7/17 10/25/17 9/14/17 10/18/17 10/19/17 11/30/17 9/11/17 11/8/17 10/4/17

9 5 4 4 10 11 8 7 3 2 3 8 11 9

9/13/17 10/4/17 10/9/17 11/11/17 9/28/17 10/9/17 10/10/17 11/6/17 11/8/17 9/14/17 9/20/17 10/12/17 9/11/17 9/14/17 11/7/17 9/11/17 10/12/17 9/13/17 10/12/17 9/12/17 10/9/17 9/12/17 11/9/17 11/29/17 10/10/17 11/6/17 10/28/17

16 29 30 30 15 15 18 14 15 21 22 21 20 26 26 27 27 25 25 23 24 19 19 20 28 28 24

10/11 & 10/14/17 11/4/17

32 32



Call 303-871-2291 or visit


Cultural Connections

Connecting you to the finest cultural institutions in the Denver area, our Cultural Connections offerings are characterized by unique pairings of inclass learning and off-site experiences. Courses are designed to further your knowledge and appreciation of a genre, artist, period or culture, as well as to enhance your in-person experience. How better to fully appreciate Puccini’s masterpiece La Bohéme and the difficulties experienced by professional women artists in the Impressionism era, or to understand the struggles of refugees and displaced peoples as well as Colorado’s contributions to space exploration? In all cases, fellow lifelong learners and distinguished experts join forces to make your Enrichment experience educational, inspirational and memorable! Event tickets included unless otherwise noted.

Opera Colorado Puccini in Context: Why We Love La Bohéme No other opera composer has as high a percentage of super-hit operas as Puccini, and at the top of the list of the Italian composer’s beloved works is La Bohéme—one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. Since its premiere in 1896, this vibrant tale of young love has continued to delight audiences and experts alike. But why? Join music historian Betsy Schwarm as she explores the mystique and magic of La Bohéme. Start with the context within which La Bohéme was released. How was it received at the time? Why and how did this opera stand out from what came before? Consider examples of Puccini’s work in comparison to other trends and masterpieces of opera, as well as the story of how the opera came to be. Examine the ways that contemporary opera companies and directors have staged the production in fresh ways without rejecting tradition. For your third class, head to Opera Colorado for the company’s final dress rehearsal for La Bohéme (before opening the fall production). Back in the classroom, gather additional insight into what you saw and heard from visiting Opera Colorado representatives. Come with questions! Gain a new appreciation for this beloved masterpiece as well as the ways La Bohéme still influences dramatic music today. 10% discount to OC subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 9, 2017 Opera Colorado dress rehearsal, Thur., 7 pm, Nov. 2 $145

Betsy Schwarm writes program notes that have appeared internationally and gives preperformance talks for the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado. She has contributed over 200 articles to Encyclopedia Britannica, published six books on classical music as part of her Classical Music Insights series, and spent a dozen years on the air with the vintage KVOD, “The Classical Voice of Denver.”


Colorado Symphony Joy to the World: Four Centuries of Holiday Classics

Hark! ‘Tis the season for holiday music! In nearly every tradition, music plays an integral role in spiritual holidays. Whether festive or somber, childlike or mature, traditional or contemporary, music puts us in the mood! Join two popular Enrichment Program instructors as they lead this two-session course covering four centuries of holiday music. In the first class, Marc Shulgold features Handel’s beloved Messiah (1742), sharing the remarkable story of how it came to be and how it stands alongside other glorious sacred and secular music of the Baroque. You’re likely already familiar with the Hallelujah Chorus, but what else does Handel’s work offer? Marc shares historic perspectives to facilitate a more fulfilling listening experience before you head to the Colorado Symphony to enjoy a live performance of Messiah. In the final session with Betsy Schwarm, discuss how the world changed in the two centuries after Handel and listen to how the sounds of the season also changed. Explore holiday music from the 19th century and beyond, including Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio (1858), Liszt’s Christus (1872), and Respighi’s The Adoration of the Magi (1927). Betsy also covers more recent offerings, including Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax (1954) and Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis (2009), a work that is decidedly intercultural. Reflect on music for Hanukkah and the winter solstice, as well. Come away fully immersed in the holiday spirit! 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Three sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 2017 Symphony performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, Dec. 9

It’s Grieg to Me: Heartwarming Music from the Frozen North

Whether it’s the charming piano miniatures by Edvard Grieg or the huge, dramatic symphonies of Jean Sibelius, the world has long been thrilled by the music of Scandinavia’s great composers. Separated geographically from Europe to the south, music makers (and poets and playwrights) from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark created inspiring works that captured the unique folk traditions and the colorful history of their homeland. Join music journalist Marc Shulgold to explore the music and stories bestowed on us by Scandinavian composers. Start by listening to samples of the evocative melodies of Grieg and Sibelius, as well as the captivating music of Alfvén, Bull, Sinding, Nordheim, Nielsen and Halvorsen. Learn about colorful folk figures captured in the music, such as Peer Gynt, an army of trolls and their leader the Mountain King, and scary women such as Huldra and Nattmara (who inspired the word “nightmare”). Marc also shares the bumpy history of Sibelius’ magnificent and demanding Violin Concerto. For your final gathering, attend a Colorado Symphony performance of the Sibelius masterpiece featuring violinist Karen Gomyo in a program that also includes Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony No. 41 and Wagner’s delightful Siegfried Idyll. Come away with a new appreciation for the classical contributions from the frozen north. 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.


Four sessions

Betsy Schwarm, music historian, writes program notes that have appeared internationally and gives pre-performance talks for the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado.


Marc Shulgold, music journalist, concert lecturer and teacher, was the music and dance writer at the Rocky Mountain News for nearly 22 years.

Wed., 7–9 pm, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 2017 Symphony performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, Nov. 4 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.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Cook Street School of Culinary Arts O’zapft is! A Traditional Taste of Oktoberfest On October 12, 1810, when Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, all of Munich was invited. The celebration was so popular that the festivities became an annual tradition known as Oktoberfest. “O’zapft is!” the mayor of Munich exclaims, as he opens the first beer barrel: “It’s tapped!” Today, Munich’s Oktoberfest attracts between 5 and 7 million visitors annually, making it the world’s largest fair. If you’re not among those fortunate enough to make the trip this year, consider gathering at Cook Street School of Culinary Arts for an Oktoberfest-inspired evening featuring traditional German dishes and drink.* Begin the festivities over a communally served charcuterie board featuring house-made sausages, pâtés, breads and accoutrements. Then gather around the kitchen as the chef offers a skilled cooking demonstration of the second and third courses: smoked fish with local greens, apple and dill cream sauce, followed by a quintessential Oktoberfest feast of schweinshaxe (pork shank), rötkohl (Bavarian red cabbage) and cheese spätzle served with freshly prepared horseradish. Köstlich! A traditional German meal wouldn’t be complete without a dessert named after royalty, so make room for prinzregententorte (à la Prince Regent Luitpold), a traditional Bavarian torte with delicate layers of sponge cake and chocolate butter cream. Noch eins, bitte! Last but certainly not least, since nearly 7 million liters of beer are consumed during Munich’s Oktoberfest, a carefully curated selection of German-style beers and wines will quench your thirst throughout the evening. Prost und guten appetit! *This is not a cooking class.

One evening

Sat., 6–9 pm, Oct. 7, 2017 $95

Program designed by Cook Street’s Chef John Parks, currently the executive chef instructor of Cook Street’s Professional Culinary Arts Program, and Cindy Eger, a Level 2 Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, and Cook Street’s assistant chef and resident wine instructor.


See German history/culture course on page 20.

Denver Art Museum Common Ground: The Human Rights and Human Struggles of Refugees and the Displaced

Violent conflicts rage in many countries around the world. One of the major costs of such strife is the heartbreaking suffering and displacement of ordinary people caught in the fighting. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees reported that more than 65 million people were displaced by conflict in 2016. Who are they and where do they come from? As part of the international community, are we obligated to help them? And do we have the right to do so? What can and should be done? Explore these questions with Jonathan Pinckney, research fellow at DU’s Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy. Inspired by the Denver Art Museum’s fall exhibition, Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, which chronicles individuals living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, this course examines some of the dynamics of conflict around the world today and considers the human rights of refugees and those displaced by conflict. In between classes, visit DAM for an instructor-guided tour of Common Ground. What do Sheikh’s critically acclaimed portraits and landscapes reveal about the struggles of the displaced and marginalized? How should the world respond to the challenges of forced displacement, ensuring the human rights of those who suffer are protected? Manita, Hindu boarding school, 10% discount to Ahmedabad, India. 2007, from the series DAM members. Ladli. © Fazal Sheikh, courtesy Pace-

Three sessions

MacGill Gallery.

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 10, 17, 2017 DAM visit, Sat., 10 am, Oct. 14 $125

Jonathan Pinckney is a research fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and a PhD candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. His work focuses on the dynamics of violent and nonviolent conflict and has been published in Foreign Policy, Journal of Peace Research and by ICNC press in Washington, D.C.

See Immigration course on page 19.

Denver Art Museum Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

For many European and American artists in the 19th century, Paris beckoned. The cosmopolitan city was an epicenter of art and culture, a setting for both academic tradition and avant-garde innovations. Gender mattered in the pursuit of a professional career in the arts, however, and women artists from France, America, Germany, the Nordic countries and elsewhere faced a host of challenges when they arrived in the city. Join Molly Medakovich of the Denver Art Museum for a rare glimpse into the artistic culture of Paris from 1850 to 1900 and the professional women artists who witnessed (and contributed to) the significant social, cultural and artistic changes of the era. Become acquainted with nearly 40 artists, including familiar faces such as Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot and Rosa Bonheur, and lesser-known names like Marie Bashkirtseff, Anna Ancher, Louise-Catherine Breslau and others who made Paris their home during this period. Denied entry into the École des Beaux-Arts, the country’s most prestigious academy of artistic training and exhibition until 1897, learn how these innovative women created their own system of studying and exhibiting, even established their own professional organizations, including the Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs. Without a male chaperone, women also didn’t enjoy the freedom of circulating the city’s public parks, boulevards and cafés where male artistic culture flourished and contemporary subject matter abounded. Some women artists dared to venture into maledominated genres such as battlefield painting, while others turned to more domestic subject matter. Finally, explore the artists and their paintings more closely with an instructor-guided tour of Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism at the Denver Art Museum. Gain new appreciation for these exceptional women artists and their works from this influential chapter in art history. 10% discount to DAM members. The Sisters, 1869. Berthe Morisot

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2017 DAM visit, Sat., 10 am, Nov. 11 $175

Molly Medakovich is a teaching specialist for adult programs at the Denver Art Museum, an affiliate faculty member of DU’s School of Art & Art History, and an independent art historian. A lifelong Francophile, she has a PhD in 18th- and 19thcentury European art history, with a focus on French painting and sculpture.

Rosa Bonheur, 1898. Anna Klumpke

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Newman Center Presents engages the community through the presentation of nationally and internationally touring performing artists. Many of the artists we present are making their Denver premieres at the Newman Center. The Denver Post has remarked that “The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is gaining a reputation as a center for musical innovation.” In awarding it one of its “Best of Denver” awards for 2010, Westword said, “Not only is the Newman Center a jewel box of a venue, with its three intimate performance spaces and elegant balconied plaza, but it also plays host to one of the finest college concert series …” We are delighted to collaborate with University College to enhance the performance experiences of Newman Center Presents with engaging courses. We encourage you to enrich your journey through the performing arts by taking part in these thought-provoking programs. ~ Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Executive Director Newman Center for the Performing Arts

DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts offers an eclectic mix of performances by world-renowned artists. Enjoy a FREE Behind the Curtain lecture at 6:30 pm before each performance. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit or call 303-871-7720. The Pedrito Martinez Group / Wed., 7:30 pm, Sept. 13 Afro-Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez brings his band the Pedrito Martinez Group to Denver for one special evening as part of the Biennial of the Americas week. Black Violin / Thur. & Fri., 7:30 pm, Sept. 28 & 29 Classically trained Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester perform their blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music during 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries. Martha Graham Dance Company / Sat., 7:30 pm, Oct. 7 One of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Martha Graham created 181 works and invented a distinctive movement language that still resonates for its ingenuity in delving into the human psyche. A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy / Fri., 7:30 pm, Oct. 20 Featuring music from Final Fantasy, one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time, A New World brings the music of composer Nobuo Uematsu to an intimate chamber music setting. Gregory Porter / Sat., 7:30 pm, Nov. 4 Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer Gregory Porter writes and performs songs that dexterously weave together gospel, rhythm and blues, jazz and soul, producing a pure tapestry of sound. Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live / Sat., 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Nov. 11 Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaur puppets presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Australia. The King’s Singers / Sun., 2 pm, Nov. 19 Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, British-born a cappella group The King’s Singers return to the Newman Center after their sold-out performance in 2014. Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Salsa Navidad / Thur., 7:30 pm, Dec. 7 The 13-member ensemble, including both vocalists and instrumentalists, Spanish Harlem Orchestra has become a driving force in preserving and cultivating authentic, New York-style, hardcore salsa music. Windham Hill, Winter Solstice / Tue., 7:30 pm, Dec. 12 Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is joined by singer, fiddler, pianist and songwriter Barbara Higbie and guitarist and composer Alex de Grassi in this special holiday concert.


Newman Center Presents

Tattered Cover Book Store

From Bach to Black Violin: The Evolving Music of the Violin and Its Performers

Author Mark Bowden

Conjure an image of a violinist. Most likely you imagined a classically trained performer, wearing black, violin tucked under their chin. And, of course, you wouldn’t be wrong. But today there are as many types of violinists as there are styles of music. Take a mini tour of violin history with Colorado Symphony Orchestra violinist Karen Kinzie, who enhances learning with her own violin demonstrations. Begin with Baroque (think Bach and Vivaldi), then move into Classical (Mozart and Haydn) and the Romantic period (Brahms and Mendelssohn). Also explore prominent 20th-century composers such as Prokofiev and Glass. In class two, consider some of today’s most surprising and creative performers, such as Turtle Island Quartet, the revolutionary Kronos Quartet, and Black Violin, a groundbreaking classically trained twosome who you’ll see in concert as part of this course. How are today’s violinists breaking barriers and influencing the future of music? Conclude by taking your newfound knowledge to the Newman Center Presents performance by Black Violin, described as a “genre-shattering fusion of classical and hip hop.” (Optional bonus session: a preconcert sound check and Q&A!) Come away with a better understanding of violin music through the ages, and a deeper appreciation for the violin performers of today. 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Three sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Sept. 14, 21, 2017 NCP performance, Thur., 7:30 pm, Sept. 28, plus preconcert sound check, time TBA $125

A violinist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993, Karen Kinzie is also a member of a piano trio and a string trio, and she teaches private lessons to all ages. She graduated from Indiana University, where she studied with James Buswell and Nelli Shkolnikova. As eclectic as this course, Karen’s favorite composers are Brahms and Prokofiev, with a little Coldplay and Sting on the side.

One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief. ~ Kirkus review of Huế 1968 (starred review) Mark Bowden is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black Hawk Down, which journalist Michael Maren called “one of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable.” In his new book, Huế 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, Bowden again focuses on war, examining each stage of a pivotal battle during the Tet Offensive, which changed the course of the Vietnam War. In collaboration with the Tattered Cover Book Store, the Enrichment Program welcomes author and journalist Mark Bowden to the DU campus in honor of the summer publication of Huế 1968. After 24 days of intense fighting, the casualties numbered more than 10,000, making the Battle of Huế the deadliest of the entire war. Walter Cronkite famously concluded, “the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.” When the battle was over, Americans were no longer considering the possibility of winning the war, only how to withdraw from Vietnam. With unprecedented access to archives in both countries and interviews with participants on both sides, Bowden delivers a compelling, anecdote-filled narrative of this critical combat from multiple points of view that is destined to become a classic of war reporting. Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have already acquired the rights and plan to adapt the book into a miniseries. The presentation will conclude with an audience Q&A and postprogram book signing.

One evening

Wed., 7 pm, Oct. 4, 2017 $35*

*Price includes a copy of Huế 1968 by Mark Bowden. Mark Bowden reported for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years and now writes for periodicals including Vanity Fair and The Atlantic. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware. In addition to his other books, Black Hawk Down has sold over 4 million copies.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Denver History Tours Denver’s Streetcars: Riding History’s Rails Into the Future

Denver once had one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation, reaching as far as Boulder, Golden, Littleton and Aurora. Even when automobiles became available, many continued using streetcars, but such patrons quickly became a minority. By 1953 this efficient and far-reaching system of public transit was gone. Join Denver historian Kevin Pharris as he leads a class session on the history (and future) of Denver’s transit on rails. Though the streetcar’s demise was certainly expedited by the automobile, perhaps the bigger reason was fashion: people thought rail-based transit to be an embarrassing relic of the past. Yet, just 20 years after their disappearance, some of the luster of the automobile had faded and conversations began to bring back the streetcars. Though it would take decades for Denver to regain rail options for commuters, today’s growing system has proven popular: Denver’s FasTracks program is admired and studied by other American municipalities. For class two, Pharris leads you on a walking tour of Historic LoDo to witness the signs of the past and to learn more about what the future holds for Denver’s rail-based transit. Hints of Denver’s streetcar stories are everywhere, so get on board and see them for yourself!

Two sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 25, 2017 Historic LoDo walking tour, Sat., 10 am–noon, Oct. 28 $70

Kevin Pharris 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.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Colorado’s Aerospace Industry: To Infinity and Beyond!

Today, Colorado is ranked as the thirdlargest aerospace economy in the country, with over 400 companies involved in design and manufacturing for the industry. This prominence represents the culmination of decades of hard work, technological breakthroughs and scientific prowess. Under the guidance of former Lockheed Martin engineer Stephen Kelly, embark on a historical tour of the Colorado space industry starting with the Cold War. In 1956 the Martin Company won the contract to build Titan I, a first-generation ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile), necessitating new and innovative manufacturing Gemini 3 launch of the first manned and science. What Gemini mission. The Titan II booster lasting economies and was built by Martin Company. Credit: NASA educational endeavors are a direct result? Discuss the early manned space missions, which included Colorado astronaut Jack Swigert of Apollo 13 fame. Hear stories about the state’s contributions to space exploration, including the Hubble Space Telescope (which was largely built at Ball Aerospace) and Colorado astronauts who traveled on the Space Shuttle. Examine the state’s current space industry, which includes companies building satellites and space telescopes, and the construction of Orion, a multipurpose crew vehicle. Conclude with an instructor-guided tour of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum to see a Titan missile, an Apollo test capsule, a moon rock from Apollo 15, and a Colorado astronaut display. Come away with a deeper appreciation for the state’s aerospace industry and a better understanding of what the future may hold. 10% discount to Wings members.

Four sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Sept. 11, 18, 25, 2017 Wings visit, Sat., 10 am, Oct. 7 $165

Stephen Kelly is a former engineer at Lockheed Martin who lectures frequently on space exploration at Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.


Denver Botanic Gardens Whimsical and Transformational: Alexander Calder and the Modern Tradition American sculptor Alexander Calder once said, “My fan base is enormous. Everyone is under 6.” That sense of humor, combined with a limitless curiosity and the ability to work with just about any material, made Calder a key lynchpin between the European and American avant-garde movement in the mid-20th century. Rather than working in the dour modes of Regionalism and American Scene painting popular with many American artists during the Great Depression, Calder experimented in playful, quasi-figurative and abstract idioms more reminiscent of the European avant-garde. How did Calder, whose artist parents begged him to forgo the life of a struggling artist and become a mechanical engineer, develop his craft at a time when “whimsy” was so far from people’s lives?

Join Clyfford Still Museum Director, Dean Sobel, for an overview of Calder’s work, beginning with his time in Paris during the 1920s and 30s. How did his friendships with Marcel Duchamp, Jean Arp and Joan Miró impact the trajectory of his work? During this period, Calder all but invented “kinetic” art, first with movable pedestal sculptures soon followed by his “mobiles,” which featured suspended wire and painted steel sculptures. Which pieces led to his international Alexander Calder, “Untitled,” 1976. Sheet metal, bolts, and paint, 214” x 80” x 150”. Lent by the Calder Foundation, New York. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / acclaim and why? Why were these pieces Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Denver Botanic Gardens so transformative to the art movement of his time? Learn how Calder’s mobiles evolved into “stabiles”—floor-oriented works that frequently incorporated kinetic elements. These works form the basis for the summer blockbuster Calder: Monumental at the Denver Botanic Gardens where this class will convene for its final session. Add some whimsy to your life as you discover the true importance of this iconic American artist! 10% discount to Gardens members.

Three sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 2017 Gardens visit, Sat., 10 am, Sept. 23 $125

Dean Sobel is founding director of the Clyfford Still Museum, and formerly director of the Aspen Art Museum and chief curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum. A specialist in 20th-century art, he is an author and a frequent speaker on the topic of contemporary art.

Alexander Calder, “Five Rudders,” 1964. Lent by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University St. Louis. Gift of Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg, 1964. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Photo Denver Botanic Gardens

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


Nutrition Therapy Institute Fight the Fire Within: Cooking and Eating to Reduce Inflammation

Back by popular demand! It has become increasingly clear that chronic inflammation causes or contributes to many serious illnesses: heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, acne, eczema, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, asthma, sinus infections, allergies, migraines, acid reflux, celiac disease, IBS, depression, Lyme disease … and the list goes on. Even some forms of cancer are believed to be caused by inflammation. But what causes inflammation in the body and how might you change your diet to avoid it? Join Natural Foods Chef Tracy Spalding as she guides you through the preparation of foods that will positively influence your health. In this hands-on course held in the Nutrition Therapy Institute’s (NTI) state-of-the-art kitchen, Chef Tracy explains which foods to avoid and why. Then, using high-quality, organic, non-GMO, farmraised foods, and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can be easily added to your diet, she helps you create healthy meals, serving up a tasty dinner each night. Along the way, discuss the importance of incorporating good quality protein, fats and an abundance of vegetables and fruits into your diet. Gain a new respect for your body’s needs and the skills and knowledge to create healthy, yummy meals at home—and enjoy three nights out for dinner while you’re at it! Weekly menus: • Pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables with walnuts, ginger wasabi sweet potatoes, yogurt parfaits • Zucchini noodles with garlic shrimp and romesco sauce, black bean brownies • Coconut curry chicken, mashed cauliflower, sautéed kale with almonds, chocolate avocado pudding Class size is limited to nine students, allowing for an intimate setting and dialogue attuned to participants’ needs. Course price includes all instruction, groceries and meal preparation.

TWO SECTIONS, three sessions each: Wed., 6–8:30 pm, Sept. 13, 20, 27, 2017 $175

Wed., 6–8:30 pm, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 2017 $175

From the time she was a teenager, Tracy Spalding had a natural understanding and love for cooking. She has studied with master teachers in Spain, Zanzibar, India and Italy, was a 2014 graduate of NTI’s Natural Food Chef (NFC) program, and was quickly hired to lead cooking demonstrations, classes and weekend workshops. Along with her role as NFC’s chief chef, Tracy maintains a private business, in which she caters for groups, cooks for individual clients, and teaches menu planning and kitchen arrangement.


Nutrition Therapy Institute Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management The Nutrition of Seasonal Eating: A Chinese Medical Perspective

Seemingly every day we’re deluged (and confused) by the latest diet fads, supplements and medications promoting proper health. Healthy living shouldn’t be complicated! Nutrition Therapy Institute (NTI) teaches the science behind nutrition. One time-trusted approach to healthy nutrition and eating is through the more than 2,000-year-old holistic philosophy of nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which provides a framework using seasonally based food as medicine. Seasonal foods are fresher, tastier and more nutritious than out-of-season foods. Combine the TCM philosophy with NTI’s teaching principle of eating a balanced diet in accordance to individual constitution and health conditions, and you have a recipe for optimum wellness. Discuss the importance of eating locally, organically and seasonally with NTI instructor Dr. Steve Shomo. Explore the Chinese medicine healing system, which follows the concepts of food energetics, seasonal eating and the five elements and flavors. How do these components work together with individual needs to promote balance, proper digestion and a healthy well-functioning body and mind? Examine this nutritional concept in each class, focusing first on the spring/summer seasons and then on fall/ winter. Come away with an understanding of the key principles and concepts of nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the knowledge to apply the basic seasonal and elemental nutritional principles to your dietary habits.

Two sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Nov. 8, 15, 2017 $80

Dr. Steve Shomo, instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at NTI, is a licensed and board certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Colorado and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine—Acupuncture Physician (primary care) in Florida. See our History of Medicine course on page 26.

Beyond the Kitchen: A History of Presidential Food and Feasting

George Washington liked “onions done in the Brazilian way,” Lyndon B. Johnson’s family loved popovers, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt was about to dine on a perfect soufflé when he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. What can we learn about our nation’s presidents by examining their kitchens? Join Adrian Miller, author of the recently released book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet, for an informative and entertaining journey through the history of presidential food. A former White House special assistant to President Bill Clinton, Adrian begins by sharing stories about the home cooking that happens in the Executive Residence. In what creative ways have presidents balanced the desire to stay healthy while enjoying so many elaborate feasts? In class two, Adrian explores the illustrious history of our nation’s most notable feast: The White House State Dinner, held in honor of visiting heads of state and critical to U.S. diplomatic efforts. (A few noteworthy faux pas included!) For class three, get the real story on what happens when the president eats outside of the White House, whether traveling (by airplane, boat or train), or eating at a restaurant. Finally, sit down for a communal feast at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. Based on actual presidential recipes, the menu includes minted green pea soup, grilled sirloin with gourmet sauce, and sweet potato cheesecake! Devour this peek into a president’s very character through the lens of food and come away with stories to tell.

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 7, 14, 28, 2017 Presidential meal, Tue., 6:30 pm, Dec. 5 $195

Adrian Miller, The Soul Food Scholar, is an attorney, certified barbecue judge and food writer. He’s the author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, which won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


A Tribute

Professor Fred Cheever In 2013 the Enrichment Program hosted author Bill McKibben on the DU campus. Upon being asked to give the introduction to McKibben’s lecture, Fred Cheever replied that he would be “delighted to do it,” but also suggested that he share the stage with a DU student who could speak to the importance of the environment to their generation. “The issues McKibben talks about should matter most to people who have their lives ahead of them,” Fred said. Federico (“Fred”) Cheever was a professor of Law at DU’s Sturm College of Law and co-director of its Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. He wrote extensively about land conservation, the Endangered Species Act and federal public land law, including coauthoring casebooks on natural resources and wildlife law, and was a nationally recognized and respected expert in these fields. With his unexpected passing in June, the world lost a kind and generous person, a brilliant mind, and a committed and forward-thinking advocate of conservation and the environment. Fred was scheduled to teach an Enrichment course this fall titled Conflict and Controversy: Federal Public Lands and Their Legacy. We dedicate this page in Fred’s memory, featuring images of a few of these cherished federal public lands.

Top: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah; Left: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California; Right: Flat Tops Wilderness, Colorado Photos/Deb Olson


Faculty Showcase

Forget the days of stark lecture halls, the repetition of historic dates, and copious notes overflowing in binders. Today’s “lectures” are engaging, stimulating and timely, and they’re presented by some of the best faculty and topic experts in the Denver area. As leaders in their fields, Enrichment faculty help us understand local and global issues, such as Syria, taxes and U.S. agriculture. They explain historical impacts, including of the Mexican-American War and the Russian Revolution, as well as scientific discoveries and religious differences. They’re passionate about research- and fact-based education and eager to present information that helps us see the world through the eyes of others. They’re esteemed authors, journalists, artists, scholars and even former diplomats. We’re continually inspired and amazed by the expertise of the Enrichment faculty who land in these pages. Now it’s your chance to engage with some of the best minds in Colorado, the nation and the world.

Current Issues Behind the Headlines: Breaking Down the News

From breaking news to story updates to ongoing investigative reporting, today’s news comes at us at a fast and furious pace. How is the average person supposed to keep up, let alone comprehend significance and impacts or ascertain fact from fiction? Led by journalist and news junkie Tripp Baltz, this dynamic course is dedicated to analyzing the top headlines of the previous week (or perhaps the breaking news of the day). A day or so prior to each class, expect to receive an email from Tripp containing a list of prominent news stories to read, watch or ponder, all reported via legitimate and respected sources. Come to class ready to 1) uncover the topic’s backstory; 2) place the news-of-the-day into historical context; 3) sort through the issue and explore potential impacts; and 4) consider what to watch for in future news reports. Then, get revved up by the headlines of the week and start over again. Be prepared for plenty of (respectful) discussion and thoughtful analysis. Gain deeper insights into today’s current events, gather new perspectives from fellow classmates, and come away with improved skills for analyzing the news from your own living room.

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 $175

Fall 2016 Panelists: Associate Professor Nader Hashemi, Tripp Baltz, author and reporter for Bloomberg Professor Seth Masket, Associate Professor Andrea Stanton BNA, teaches courses in history, law, politics,

media, technology, philosophy and anthropology.

Learn how to express your opinions about the news you feel strongly about in our Opinion Writing course on page 28!

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


Current Issues US Agriculture: The Complex Issues Facing Farming and Ranching

In Colorado alone, agriculture is a $6- to $7-billion-per-year industry. Factoring in processing, distribution, retailing and food service activities, that sum reaches more than $13 billion. In fact, agriculture and food systems total 15 to 20 percent of our state’s economy and, nationwide, food and agriculture represent 11 percent of all employment. Yet very few of us truly understand this increasingly complex industry, which faces the daunting task of feeding our nation’s (and the world’s) growing population. Professor Dawn Thilmany of CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics explains the complex processes that bring food from a farm (or ranch) to your grocery store. Consider the evolution of agricultural methods in recent years. What are the major components of the food supply chain and what challenges does it face? How will the industry cope with an aging farmer demographic? Discuss how the ranching and agricultural lifestyles that helped settle Colorado now contribute to Colorado’s quality of life, including food production, natural management, tourism and rural development. Explore public attitudes and how they affect the ways that foods are grown, the laws that govern the industry, and why our trust (or lack thereof) impacts farmers’ everyday choices. Another discussion will take a broad look at the agriculture economy. Where are U.S. food dollars going and how are households changing the ways they participate in food markets? Which market niches are growing and what are some of the motivations behind these markets? What role do food labels and other information on food play in the marketplace? Conclude the course with guest speakers Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, and Jason Condon, owner/operator of Isabelle Farm, who will discuss the long heritage of ranching and farming and offer insights into the future of the industry. Come away with a renewed appreciation for the people and processes that help put food on your table!

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 $175

Dawn Thilmany is a professor and extension economist in CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. She studies agribusiness management and market analysis, particularly for sustainable markets and small to mid-size farms, as well as analysis to support community economic development, labor markets and food policy.


Current Issues A Fine Mess: Taxing Questions and a World of Answers

Could taxes in the United States be simple, fair and efficient? The answers: Yes, Yes and Yes. As Congress moves toward a major reform of America’s absurdly complex and inequitable tax system, there’s an important resource that can tell us how to get tax reform right: the rest of the world. Virtually every proposal for tax reform—including the flat tax, the carbon tax and the Wall Street tax—has been tried somewhere. So why is it that other rich democracies have managed to find ways to not only make paying taxes simple but also make the revenue agency a popular branch of government? For his new bestselling book, A Fine Mess, journalist T.R. Reid traveled the world to research which ideas the U.S. might wisely adopt—and which ones we should avoid. In this course, expanded from his popular one-night lecture, Reid shares his findings about tax systems around the globe, examining the principles that make for a simple, fair and efficient tax code. According to Reid, if the U.S. were to adopt some of the ideas that have worked elsewhere, we could collect the same amount of revenue with much lower tax rates—without the need for H&R Block. Imagine if April 15 were just another spring day! Discover why our complicated tax system ties directly into the idea of American exceptionalism, and come away with solid solutions for long-lasting tax reform.

Syria: Destruction of a Nation

Two sessions

Now in its sixth year, the civil war in Syria ranks among the Middle East’s most violent and destructive, with nearly 500,000 Syrians killed and half the country’s population displaced. Along the way, the deadly conflict, which originated in 2011 with peaceful anti-government protests, has drawn in such regional powers as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran, and world powers including the U.S. and Russia. Can these key countries come together to play a constructive role? While Syria has become the headquarters for the region’s most violent terrorist organization, the Islamic State, it also hosts numerous others, including Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, as well as hundreds of Islamic, democratic and tribal opposition groups. What precipitated the conflict and what accounts for this previously secular state’s descent into today’s chaotic sectarian deadlock? What options might exist for ending the conflict and the humanitarian disaster it has created? In a scenario in which Syria becomes truly democratic and peaceful, what does the future hold for President Bashar al-Assad, the Alawites and Sunnis, the Kurds of the north, the many Christian minorities, and the various terrorist organizations? Join former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, Distinguished Fellow at DU’s Center for Middle East Studies, to examine the ongoing destruction of Syria.


Thur., 7–9 pm, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 2017

Wed., 7–9 pm, Nov. 8, 15, 2017 T.R. (Tom) Reid served as the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tokyo and London, reporting from four dozen countries on five continents. Also known for his documentary films and commentary for NPR, he recently published his 10th book in English (he’s written three in Japanese, too).

Two sessions $85

Gary Grappo is a Distinguished Fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Studies. From August 2016 to March 2017, he served as a visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Wyoming. 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.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Enrichment Lecture Series What Our Students Are Saying For the Love of Learning! The Enrichment Programs are a wonderful way to get high quality information of the world around us, and be able to ask the questions one doesn’t have the opportunity to when getting it from a newspaper or digital format. ~ Tim Brown [The instructor] was excellent and I could tell we were only at the tip of the iceberg of her knowledge. I could have sat through 4 more hours of this content!! ~ Carrie Kayser-Cochran The knowledge of the instructor, his interaction with the class, the material he presented, his enthusiasm and energy. I have taken a number of courses over the last five years. I have found them stimulating and well presented. As an academic, I have found most presentations have met my expectations and I have learned a lot. ~ Susan Rifkin DU is a treasure. Keep offering Enrichment classes. ~ William Parker [The instructor] was incredibly prepared every week and gave us a mixture of lecture, videos, and opportunity for class discussion. Best course I have taken so far. ~ Rogene Buchholz I loved it all. The professor was most engaging, subject matter so timely. Very happy that I took this course and was sad to see it end. Very educational for me. ~ Catherine Hartwell She actually communicated with us the way she was telling us to communicate. She was enthusiastic, energetic, very knowledgeable, and one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. ~ Mary Alice Jackson Professor’s knowledge about the Middle East and especially his remarks ... which amazingly provided a framework to the Trump Administration policy. ... That is the value of attending a course such as this—to have an expert provide a perspective that otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to gather. ~ Michael Chase


Save $20 by registering for all 8 lectures! $140 Democracy in a Divided Nation

Polls show Americans divided, seemingly irreconcilably, on a long list of issues: the proper role of government, taxes, health care, abortion, immigration, law enforcement, guns, trade and foreign policy, to name a few. The U.S. Congress reflects these divisions and remains unable to pass legislation effectively addressing many of these concerns. The U.S. president sometimes appears more interested in inflaming than resolving these differences. Is America as hopelessly divided as some claim? If so, what institutions and tools do Americans have at their disposal to foster understanding, address their concerns, and promote tolerance? Join former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, Distinguished Fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies, in an attempt to better understand the current state of democracy in America and what may lie ahead. Mon., 7–9 pm, Nov. 13, 2017 $20

China and the US Under Trump: A Reshaping of World Order?

Taking advantage of President Trump’s drawing back from globalization and global leadership, President Xi Jinping has vowed to provide a “China solution” in shaping the new world order. Both the rise of Trump’s isolationism and the increasingly important role of China in global governance have raised questions about China’s ability to assert itself in its region and, further afield, to undermine or replace U.S.-led world order. Professor Sam Zhao, director of DU’s Center for China-U.S. Cooperation, argues that China is not only far inferior in hard power to overtake U.S. power, but also lacks the soft power, including an ability to articulate distinctive values and norms, to underwrite the world order. Wed., 7–9 pm, Sept. 13, 2017 $20

Enrichment Lecture Series The Rise and Fall(?) of Free Trade

US-Israeli Relations Under Trump: Year One

Mon., 7–9 pm, Sept. 18, 2017

Wed., 7–9 pm, Oct. 18, 2017

Donald Trump ran on a promise to re-write the trade rules, including interventions that will “return business to the U.S.A.” How do we account for the sudden turn against free trade in the U.S. and elsewhere? Why are many economists even concerned about the consequences of liberalized trade flows? What might world trade look like in a post-free trade era? George DeMartino, professor of International Economics, addresses these questions and more. $20

CRISPR: A Revolutionary New Gene Editing Tool

Researchers recently identified a novel mechanism that can be used to manipulate and edit DNA in any organism, including humans. Join Christopher Phiel, assistant professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado Denver, to discover how the technology, called CRISPR, is revolutionizing biology, from the study and potential treatment of genetic disorders, to use in preventing the transmission of disease by mosquitos and other organisms, to the creation of crops resistant to disease. Tue., 7–9 pm, Sept. 26, 2017 $20

When Donald Trump assumed the presidency in January 2017, he promised to revitalize a U.S.-Israeli relationship that he claimed had been damaged by former President Obama during his time in office. Join Jonathan Sciarcon, assistant professor of History and Judaic Studies, for a lecture and discussion of both how President Trump’s administration has and has not changed the trajectory of recent and long-term U.S.-Israeli relations. $20

Colorado, Mother of Rivers

What makes us uniquely Coloradans? Why does water move us so when we hear it go to work and sing? Retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs, a leading Colorado water law expert, is the senior water judge for the Colorado Courts and co-director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Sturm College of Law. Join him as he reflects on Colorado water law, history, culture and, yes, even poetry. Tue., 7–9 pm, Oct. 24, 2017 $20

Extreme Environments & Combat: Lessons About Performance From Operation Anaconda

Long before members of the press were called “enemies of the people,” the mainstream media was struggling for its survival. The path forward remains unclear. What’s at stake? What is the role of the media and what is the cost of losing regional news organizations? Lee Ann Colacioppo, editor of The Denver Post and a veteran of the local news industry, shares thoughts on the future, the role of the media, and the role of the consumer.

Early in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and high in the mountains of Afghanistan in 2002, special operations forces faced altitude, darkness, severe cold, communication challenges and changing intelligence. How do multiple variables during combat, including behavior, cognition, stress and the environment, affect performance and decision-making? Jacob N. Hyde, clinical assistant professor and director of DU’s Sturm Specialty in Military Psychology, guides you through a fatal mission known as the Battle of Takur Ghar.



The Role of the Press: More Important Than Ever?

Wed., 7–9 pm, Oct. 11, 2017

Wed., 7–9 pm, Nov. 1, 2017

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


Special Event Being Muslim in America Today: A Panel Discussion

America’s Muslims make up the most diverse Muslim community in the world, and one of the United States’ most diverse religious groups. Roughly 65 percent of Muslim Americans are foreign born, coming from over 75 countries. Around 25 percent are African Americans and roughly the same number are South Asian in origin. Muslim Americans mirror the American average in terms of college education rates and annual household income, and typically work in professional fields like medicine, law, engineering and information technology. The well-known mosque-finder site lists 21 mosques in Colorado, and Denver is home to several vibrant Muslim communities. Yet, with Muslims making up just over 1 percent of the U.S. population, many Americans have never met or spoken with a Muslim. Complicating misperceptions are headlines dominated by the violent acts of extremists, leading to a sharp increase in anti-Muslim sentiments and actions. (Between 2015 and 2016, anti-Muslim hate crimes increased 44 percent.) During this unsettling time, what can we learn about our Muslim neighbors? Who are they and what do they represent? What is it like to be a Muslim in America today? In this special panel discussion moderated by Andrea Stanton, associate professor of Islamic Studies, six local Muslim Americans share their experiences and answer your questions.

One evening

Tue., 7–9 pm, Oct. 10, 2017

FREE; registration required

The Panelists:

Ismail Akbulut is a software architect at Johns Manville and president of the Multicultural Mosaic Foundation, which works to promote intercultural and inter-religious understanding. Born and raised in Germany, of Turkish background, he and his family moved to Colorado in 2007. Dr. Nabeeh Hasan is a biomedical researcher at National Jewish Health and graduate faculty at the University of Colorado, specializing in genomics of infectious lung diseases. He is the co-director of the Colorado Muslim Speakers Bureau. Iman Jodeh is the co-founder and executive director of Meet the Middle East, which aims to educate Americans on Middle Eastern culture, religion, geography, history and politics. She serves on the board of directors of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and as spokesperson for the Colorado Muslim Society.

Monir Ludin is the founding CEO of Pike Worldwide, a business consultancy. He has served as chair of the steering committee of Denver’s Abrahamic Initiative, and on the steering committee of Muslims Intent on Learning & Activism, which engages Muslim Americans in community service and interfaith dialogue. Qusair Mohamedbhai, attorney, is a partner at Rathod | Mohamedbhai LLC, which has handled some of Colorado’s most high-profile civil rights and employment discrimination cases. He was named Colorado LGBT Bar Association Ally of the Year (2016) and earned a 5280 Magazine “Top Lawyers” Civil Rights designation in 2015 and 2016. Chelsea Rieu-Torrez is an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in art history. In 2015, she was one of five recipients of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation academic scholarship. She converted to Islam in 2010, and plans a career in art restoration.

See our Comparative Religions course on page 23!


Social Sciences Immigration: Evidence-Based Conversations on Current Debates

Red States, Blue States & the Other United States

If there’s one distinct and accepted lesson taken from the 2016 presidential election, it’s that our fellow citizens harbor deep differences in how they understand the world around them. These differences are not new. For example, the “culture war” has been discussed for decades and the 2000 presidential election gave us the Red and Blue labels used today as shorthand for geographically organizing these political variances. But the divide seems to have come into sharper focus recently. Drawing on insight gleaned from two acclaimed books, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 National Book Award Winner, Between the World & Me, and Arlie Russell Hochschild’s 2016 National Book Award Finalist, Strangers in Their Own Land, Associate Professor of Political Science Joshua Wilson leads a thoughtful examination into the reasons and repercussions of today’s political atmosphere. As the class discusses the very distinct lived experiences in the U.S., as portrayed in these books, various social science resources will provide historic and political context in which to better understand them and the people whose experiences they present. While the course does not pretend to resolve political divides, it does aim to expose its participants in a deeper, more meaningful way to the differences that exist both within our country and even among our political allies. Come away with a more nuanced understanding of those with whom you may disagree.

Four sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 2017 $175

Joshua Wilson is an associate professor of Political Science at DU. His research concerns the varying abilities of political and social movements to use law in the pursuit of political ends. He is the author of two books, including The New States of Abortion Politics, published in 2016.

One of the defining issues of the 2016 U.S. election, immigration will likely remain prominent in the national dialogue for the foreseeable future. However, in the U.S. and around the world, the movement by people between countries for temporary or permanent settlement remains poorly understood, and public opinion on the topic is commonly guided by preconceptions and political rhetoric. In fact, some would argue that immigration is perhaps the policy area where there exists the greatest gap between research-based evidence and public opinion. Join sociologist María Islas-López in a series of evidence-based conversations around immigration-related issues. Utilizing available data and research findings, the class examines topics commonly heard in current immigration debates in the U.S., such as the classifying of people into migrant categories (refugees, undocumented migrants, asylum seekers, etc.); means of movement control such as border walls; and the effects of in- and outmigration in communities on both sides of the border. Also discuss case studies from around the world and hear first-hand experiences from migrants and practitioners, including prominent Denver immigration attorney Hans Meyer, who speaks to both the legal and personal implications for immigrants in class three. What are the real consequences for people in their everyday lives? Come away with a deeper understanding of immigration as a social phenomenon, as well as a basis for identifying legitimate evidence and information in current debates.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 2017 $175

María Islas-López is a faculty fellow at DU’s Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). Mexico-raised and educated both in Mexico and the United States, her work explores the experiences of immigrant communities, particularly in the areas of wellbeing and health equity. She is currently collaborating with other DU faculty in projects that address disparities in mental health care for immigrant youth and their families.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Social Sciences

History & Culture

The Intercultural City: Past and Present

We are living in a New Urban Era. Cities everywhere are rapidly growing and their populations are diversifying. What are the challenges to creating an inclusive urban community? How can cultural diversity be accommodated in ways that would simultaneously create a common, shared civic identity? Join Dean Saitta, professor and director of DU’s Urban Studies program, to examine the challenges of the expanding “Intercultural City” and what can be learned from cities of the past. Consider the issue of how to plan and design for cultural diversity: What should housing, public space, green space and other aspects of the urban built environment look like in the Intercultural City? What tough decisions will urban planners and civic leaders need to make in the face of unprecedented growth? In class two, explore what can be learned from ancient cities, a virtually untapped source of insights for today’s urban planners and architects. How were the earliest cities planned, built and “lived in” by citizens? Discover how studying the plans of ancient cities can help move us toward more equitable, prosperous and sustainable contemporary cities. Come away with fresh insight into the challenges of the New Urban Era and how understanding the tie between past and present can help us meet them.

Two sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 2017 $85

Dean Saitta is a professor of Anthropology and director of DU’s Urban Studies program. His research interests include ancient city planning and design, comparative architectural and urban form, and North American archaeology. He is the author of Intercultural Urbanism, a blog offering perspectives on urban culture, space, architecture and design, and is a featured blogger for Planetizen, a public interest urban planning website.

Germany: A Historical and Cultural Journey

The 21st-century Republic of Germany is arguably Europe’s most economically powerful and politically stable country, critical to the survival of the shaky European Union. From its scenic countrysides and medieval towns to its cosmopolitan cities, Germany is also a popular international travel destination. Journey through this resilient country under the guidance of German language instructor Phoebe Busch. Begin with a review of Germany’s history: How did it emerge stronger after facing the trauma of war at least three times? Using the German concept of Zeitgeist or “spirit of the times,” discuss past and present cultural and intellectual forces, such as Nürnberg artist Albrecht Dürer; author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; Georg Friedrich Hegel whose ideas set the stage for Karl Marx; and Hitler’s favorite composer Richard Wagner, who still draws thousands to his annual festival in Bayreuth. How did they help to shape today’s Germany? Explore the people and their traditions (wine, beer, fast cars and music!), and landscapes from the Elbe to the Alps. In this blitzschnell historical review, Phoebe shares her own experiences in modern-day Germany, travel tips, essential language (bitte = please), and “must-see” artistic and cultural attractions, including castles. And, she will provide a taste of “something German” in each class. Enrich future travels or simply come away with a revealing peek into a complex and colorful country.

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 2017 $175

Phoebe W. Busch, PhD, studied at the University of Munich, taught German at DU’s University College where she earned a Master Teacher designation, and taught AP and IB European history in the Cherry Creek Schools. A published independent historian, she specializes in the 19th-century empires of Central Europe.

See Oktoberfest evening on page 4.


History Russia: The Meaning of the Revolution 100 Years Later

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, an event that inspired literature, music, art, academic scholarship, as well as attempts at similar uprisings around the world. Why, then, in a political year in which Russia has dominated American headlines, few news stories have acknowledged the Revolution and its impact on shaping current opinions about Russia and its people? Join Andrea Maestrejuan, associate professor of History at MSU Denver, to explore the meaning of the Russian Revolution, both for Russians and for the world. Explore the events leading up to the Revolution itself. What were the conditions that led the revolutionaries to rise up? Who were the Bolsheviks? Why did the Revolution and its immediate aftermath result in long-held stereotypes labeling Russia as a land of autocrats, totalitarians, Commies, kleptocrats and hackers? Do such labels diminish the significance of a universal human moment when a suppressed, marginalized people sought to create a new society based on freedom, equality and justice? What is the legacy of Vladimir Lenin, and why isn’t President Putin celebrating him or the Revolution? How did this historic event shape the Russia we know today, as well as its relationship with the United States and other countries? Come away with a deeper understanding of how the Revolution transformed not only Russia but the world.

Five sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 2017 $205

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

The Forgotten War: The Mexican-American War, 1846–1848

Credit: Library of Congress

The war between the United States and Mexico is today often forgotten, at best a footnote in the westward expansion of the United States. Yet, this war and its outcome are of fundamental importance to the nation’s history. As a result of the war, the United States gained much of its current territory, including the states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah, as well as parts of Colorado and Wyoming; Mexico relinquished its claim to Texas. Military conquest required the U.S. to confront the issue of what to do with the native Mexicans who suddenly found themselves U.S. citizens after the war. The legacy of the war continues to affect us today as the nation grapples with questions of cultural diversity, immigration and trade. Led by Professor José Roberto Juárez of the Sturm College of Law, this course offers a historical context for the war. Begin with a historical overview of the Spanish and Mexican exploration and settlement of what is today the Southwestern United States. Then examine the causes of the war and the effect of the conduct of the war on both the U.S. and Mexico. Conclude with an examination of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war, and of the war’s continuing legacy in today’s political climate. Gain new insight into a war that is often forgotten north of the Mexican border.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2017 $175

José Roberto Juárez, Jr. is a professor of Law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where he also previously served as dean. His research interests include the legal history of Mexican-Americans in the United States. Credit: Library of Congress

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


History Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: From Ancient History to Today’s Headlines

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict, arguably one of the longest lasting and most misunderstood conflicts in the world, continues to stir endless controversy and evoke a wide range of emotional responses that encompass both political and religious elements. Led by regional expert and guide Iman Jodeh, this course will journey through a comprehensive historical narrative that explains the roots and modern-day intricacies of this ongoing conflict. Starting with the era of Abraham, father of the three monotheistic religions, learn how ancient events set the stage for today’s conflict. Follow pivotal events that occurred in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the role of two world wars, and the eventual creation of the state of Israel in 1948 known as the Nakba (“great catastrophe”) to Palestinians. By examining global efforts in recent decades to find a solution to the unending tensions in the region, students will more fully comprehend what factors and which players continue to prevent resolution and peace from occurring. To gain a more meaningful insight into the Middle East, enroll in the accompanying nine-day journey to Palestine, Israel, Jordan and an optional seven-day Egypt excursion (see right column).

Four sessions*

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 2017 *Plus pretrip preparation session only for travel participants: Aug. 7, 8 or 9 at 6 pm, Posner Center for International Development $175

Nine-Day Experiential Journey to Palestine, Israel and Jordan with Optional Seven-Day Egypt Excursion

Unlike any other travel group, Meet the Middle East (MTME) leads boutique-size, unbiased, alternative tours for Americans with the goal of fostering a deep understanding of the importance of the region, from its ancient historical roots to the modern-day roadblocks to peace. MTME guides participants as they stay in a centuries-old monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem, dine on fresh fish from the Sea of Galilee, and float in the Dead Sea near Jericho. Visit Palestinian refugee camps and Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Hear speakers from religious leaders to soldiers to political leaders. Visit the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem and see the burial site of Abraham in Hebron. In Jordan, see the ancient Roman ruins of Jarash, summit Mount Nebo overlooking the Holy Land, and experience Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world. Ending in Wadi Rum, sip sweet tea in the shade of a Bedouin tent in the desert. Continuing onto Egypt, explore the Red Sea, then embark on a three-night Nile River Cruise with stops in Aswan and Luxor, the world’s largest outdoor museum. Conclude by navigating the ancient city of Cairo, including the Pyramids of Giza (another of the seven wonders of the world), the labyrinth of the bazaar, and the extensive artifacts in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.**

Trip dates (not including travel days)

Palestine, Israel, Jordan: Nov. 1–9, 2017 Optional Egypt Excursion: Nov. 9–15 $420/day, all-inclusive, regional air included; international roundtrip air not included No-Obligation Trip Information Session Aug. 7, 8 or 9 at 6 pm, Posner Center for International Development. To RSVP for the info session, email *To fully prepare for the journey, enroll in the accompanying course, Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (see left column). *Trip description is subject to change.

Iman Jodeh is the co-founder and executive director of Meet the Middle East, a non-profit organization that aims to educate Americans on topics of culture, religion, geography, history, economics and politics of the Middle East region. In an effort to foster relationships between both regions, MTME offers educational seminars coupled with immersion travel to the region designed for high school students, young professionals and adult learners. Iman also teaches Life Under Occupation: A Palestinian Perspective in the Enrichment Program and has been leading trips to the region since 2009.


Religion Religion Matters: A Comparative Study of the World’s Great Religious Traditions Religion matters. That is the motto of DU’s distinguished Department of Religious Studies. As faculty scholar-teachers who work in a great University dedicated to the public good, we believe thoughtful citizens, trying to negotiate the complex world in which we live, could do no better than to broaden their knowledge of the world’s religious traditions. Religion and culture have always been inextricably intertwined. Now, global economics, communications, politics and travel compel us to acquire a more than passing acquaintance with the great traditions. Join faculty members from the Department of Religious Studies for a six-week course that introduces Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each a specialist in one of the five traditions, the scholars will provide an historical perspective on the religion along with insight into its worldview, sacred texts and rituals. Because all are committed to a study of religion that includes both insider and outsider perspectives, students will gain an appreciation of “lived religion.” In the sixth and final session, all faculty come together for a comparative round-table facilitated by Professors Carl Raschke and Sandra Dixon, whose specialties are theory of religion and comparative studies. What do these five religious traditions have in common and how do they differ? What does it mean to “belong” to each observant culture? How can a better understanding of other religions make us better global citizens? Take the time to consider each of these great religious traditions thoughtfully and come away with a depth of historical, political and social understanding few are able to match.

Six sessions

Photo/Deb Olson

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 24, 2017 $215

Sandra Dixon, associate professor of psychology of religion; Ginni Ishimatsu, associate professor of Hindu Studies; Benjamin Nourse, assistant professor of Buddhist Studies; Carl Raschke, professor of the Philosophy of Religion/Religion and Theory; Gregory Robbins, chair and associate professor of Christianity and its Scriptures; Alison Schofield, associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Jewish Studies; Andrea Stanton, associate professor of Islamic Studies.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades




Religion in the Public Square: Is the Debate Changing?

Manage Your Stress: Achieving a Peaceful Life in a Chaotic World

It’s nearly impossible to discuss democracy without mentioning values, and it’s nearly impossible to discuss values without mentioning religion. But Americans don’t like to mix religion and politics. (Whose religion is right?) Yet, in separating these topics, are we undermining ourselves? Does that inhibit some from participating fully in our democracy? Join Professor Ted Vial of the Iliff School of Theology to examine the question: “What is the proper role of religion in the public life of a modern democracy?” Begin with Jeffrey Stout’s definition of democracy: “a form of government in which the adult members of the society being governed all have some share in electing rulers and are free to speak their minds in a wide-ranging discussion that rulers are bound to take seriously.” If this is true, don’t the opinions of the deeply religious matter as much as anyone else’s? On the other hand, is secularism necessary to protect our right to freedom of conscience? Drawing additional insight from weekly readings, explore the history behind our separatist laws, discuss this issue in the context of current events, and refine your own ideas on the role of religion in the public square. Some say that religious values (e.g., “treat others as you would have them treat yourself”) are the same values that make democracy possible in the first place. What do you think?

Four sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 $175

Ted Vial is professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought at the Iliff School of Theology. He wrote Modern Religion, Modern Race (Oxford 2016), and has published articles in Numen, Harvard Theological Review, and Religion, Method & Theory in the Study of Religions. See our panel discussion on Being Muslim on page 18.


How many times in the last two weeks have you said, “I’m so tired” or “I’m so stressed”? Did you know that even the language you use can inhibit your ability to manage stress? There are ways to gracefully and skillfully respond to the many challenges you face personally and professionally. In this two-part, interactive workshop, stress management expert Grace Estripeaut guides you through simple exercises and concepts that can help you do just that. Using neuroscience discoveries about how our brains work, learn why you’re always tired (constant fight-or-flight behavior), how to “hit pause” to maximize your energy and accomplish more, and why what you say impacts how you behave. Then, using this science-based explanation for why you feel the way you do, Grace leads exercises that help you to unload your stress quickly, detox from worry and shut off your busy mind at night, beat distractions to find your focus, and feel more in control of your day. Learn and practice bite-sized breathing, as well as meditations and mindful movement exercises that help you to remain calm and centered no matter what is happening around you. Come away with renewed energy, practical resources and the ability to stay calm when stress threatens to spin you out of control.

Two-session workshop

Sat., 9 am–12:30 pm, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 2017 $135

Grace Estripeaut is a stress management expert for corporations, executives, city officials and their teams. She is founder of Boost Your Zen, a unique company offering targeted stress reduction meditations in the workplace with a focus on boosting employee productivity, focus and wellbeing.

Philosophy & Ethics The Virtues of Authentic (i.e., Radical) Leadership

Considering the proliferation of books written on the topic of leadership, does anything more really need to be said? Buie Seawell believes that it does. After a lifetime of teaching and reflecting on what it means to be an authentic leader—in the Church, in Politics, in Business and Academia— Buie distills that life-long enterprise and reflection into four lectures: 1) Justice: Not simply a virtue, but the very essence of all authentic leadership, whether political or corporate. Never follow anyone who seeks only some intermediate end: fame, profits, power and the like. Nothing less than radical fairness. 2) Truth: John Rawls said “truth” is the first virtue of systems of thought, but in this dishonest time it has also become the first virtue of political leadership. Authentic leaders tell it like it is. 3) Humility: Yes, one can lead from behind! Indeed, indigenous, subversive leadership may be the only effective way to change and lead large systems. Getting to the “top” today may well completely compromise any nominal leader. 4) Importunity: Defined as persistent, in-your-face directness. Large systems cannot be easily persuaded; candor and repeated direct engagement are required. Come away with new thinking on why courage, reflected in the above virtues, is essential for authentic, even radical leadership, and why this crucial attribute is lacking in American culture.

Four sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2017 $175

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. He holds degrees in History, Theology and Law; served as a Presbyterian minister, worked in politics, practiced law, and for nearly 25 years taught ethics, law and public policy at UCD and DU.

Right or Wrong, Good or Evil? In Search of Moral Facts

Gossip. Public shaming. Lying. Most people consider such actions morally wrong. But what do we mean when we say something is “immoral?” Philosophers have examined this concept for centuries and still we find ourselves at a loss when asked to define it. Join Jeffrey Ogle, lecturer in Philosophy, as he dives deep into four philosophical theories that attempt to define this tricky concept. Start with “ethical non-naturalism,” first posited by G.E. Moore, who used “goodness” as the starting point and came to believe that goodness is an undefinable, nonnatural property. Thus, he believed that morality could not be associated with natural properties like human needs, wants and pleasures. The second theory, called “expressivism,” claims that statements involving moral rightness and wrongness are expressions of feeling, revealing our attitudes of approval and disapproval. The third theory, called “error theory” or “fictionalism,” claims that there are no moral facts, that morality is an elaborate fiction; we may hold it in high esteem, but it is a fiction nonetheless. Finally, according to the fourth theory, “naturalism,” there are moral facts and they are natural. These facts may be complex and abstract, but so are the physical laws (e.g. gravity) that underlie the operations of our universe. Ogle navigates these hefty philosophical theories in understandable discussions, helping you to form your own moral philosophy.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2017 $175

Jeffrey Ogle is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver and also teaches at Regis University. He specializes in phenomenology and ethics and has published on the nature of the self.

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


History & Science A Comparative History of Medicine: Revealing Our Scientific Progress and Cultural Priorities

We tend to believe that the practice of medicine has continuously advanced, that what we have today is the best it’s ever been and the future holds only improvements. But at the same time, alternative therapies are flourishing, suggesting that many people are dissatisfied with modern scientific medicine. How did we get here? Join Hilary Smith, assistant professor of History, as she explores the history of medicine from ancient Greece and China up to now, revealing the ways that it reflects who we are as much as what we know. First, discuss two traditions of classical medicine: that of ancient Greece and Rome and that of ancient China. Surprisingly, those traditions are more similar to each other than they are to modern medicine. Read oaths made by ancient practitioners and compare them to today’s oaths, asking what they show about how doctors’ training and attitudes have changed. Next, examine how perceived shortcomings in scientific medicine have contributed to the popularity of so-called “alternative” medicine. How have people in the West perceived Chinese and other non-biomedical forms of healing, and how have they been assimilated into modern societies where scientific medicine is the mainstream? Smith neither advocates nor disparages the different forms of medicine; rather, this course examines the important moments that led us to where we are today.

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017 $175

Genealogy has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, but your family story cannot be told without also studying geography. For example: What regional factors influenced an ancestor’s decision to migrate? How does place affect the success of your search and what does it convey about your family story? Guided by Erika Trigoso, teaching assistant professor of Geography, develop the research skills necessary for tracing your family’s history utilizing online tools and aided by class assignments. Each session meets in a computer lab and begins with a 30-minute lecture/ discussion followed by active hands-on research of U.S. genealogy databases. Consider the makeup of people in the U.S. (The largest ethnic group in America is actually German-American.) Discuss and understand the importance of diverse factors integral to researching genealogy including geography, religion, economy, politics and social processes that influenced the migration choices of ancestors. Learn how to research a variety of primary and secondary sources, such as migration and census records. Once you’ve uncovered key (and hopefully exciting) information, explore topics such as ethnic chain migration and great historical events in migration history. How did your family make its way here? Come away with a solid beginning to your own unique family story and the skills to continue your research. Required: Basic computer skills using a mouse and opening/ closing PC browser windows; a one-month subscription ($19.99) to (following a two-week free trial). Class size is limited.

Four sessions

Hilary A. Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of History where she specializes in Chinese history and the history of medicine and health. See our course on seasonal eating/ Chinese medicine on page 11.


Genealogy & Geography: What Is Your Family Story?

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 2017 $175

Erika N. Trigoso is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment. Her research interests include vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, geographic information science and Latin America.

Literature Dealing with Dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984

As U.S. politics become more fraught and volatile than perhaps ever before, a resurgence of interest (and sales) in dystopian literature has risen in response. Two tales of harrowing possibility, Margaret Atwood’s feminist fable, The Handmaid’s Tale and George Orwell’s cataclysmic classic, 1984, have been especially popular—perhaps for the ways in which they resemble or recall elements of our current cultural climate. Join author Courtney E. Morgan to explore what these books have to tell us about our own culture and time—and humanity itself. Speculative fiction, and dystopian literature in particular, is known for taking elements of “real” culture and behavior and pushing the boundaries to the extreme and absurd, offering something prescient, even comforting. Begin by examining dystopian literature’s history: What cultural events brought on its birth and golden age, and what does its recent resurgence tell us about the times we live in? Consider questions, such as: How and where do we draw the line between fiction and truth, representation and reality? How can we use dystopian fiction, and literature in general, to steel ourselves against negative forces? Can dystopian media be harmful or helpful to our cultural understanding? Whether you’ve read them before or not, come away with new thinking about these two novels. Are they merely fictional entertainment, or are they moral fables that reveal greater truths about our time and ourselves?

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2017 $165

Courtney E. Morgan, MFA, is the author of The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman, a collection of linked stories that range from naturalistic to wildly speculative fiction. She is the managing editor of The Thought Erotic sexual culture journal and teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and The Gathering Place women’s shelter. She is currently working on a dystopian novel set in a near-future postapocalyptic wasteland.

The Underground Railroad: A Journey Reimagined

A New York Times review describes Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad as possessing “the chilling, matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and with brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift.” Led by English Professor Barbara Wilcots, examine the Pulitzer-Prizewinning novel, a fusion of historical fiction and magical realism, that demonstrates, as William Faulkner noted, that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The novel chronicles the escape of 15-yearold Cora who takes a literal train ride from slavery in Georgia through time and space toward freedom. Discuss the book in relation to its literary precursors above, as well as Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Does Whitehead’s bold and often blunt storytelling, interweaved with historical truths, offer a better understanding of the actual horrors and human costs of slavery? If so, how? Also consider ways in which the novel speaks to contemporary race relations. While it may not be an easy read, The Underground Railroad is an important one. Midway through the course, gather more insight from the author himself at his Denver Post Pen & Podium series lecture. Come away with a deeper understanding of not only our country’s disturbing past but also its unsettling present, and maybe a small glimmer of hope for the future.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 11, 18, Oct. 2, 9, 2017 Whitehead P&P lecture, Mon., 7:30 pm, Sept. 25 $195

Barbara J. Wilcots, vice president for Student Affairs at Regis University since July 2017, was a faculty member in the Department of English at DU for 22 years and served as associate provost for Graduate Studies for the past eight years.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Writing That’s Your Opinion! Writing Op-Ed Pieces for Publication

Do you have a strong point of view that you believe others need to hear? Many print and online publications publish short, opinionated essays on topics ranging from politics to parenting, health and retirement. In fact, almost every subject can generate a publishable opinion. The key lies in expressing and crafting your point of view for maximum clarity and impact. Guided by Vicki Lindner, freelance writer and award-winning instructor, explore techniques for writing effective submissions, publication options, and classic opinion pieces that have withstood the test of time. Begin with a discussion of what it means to be “opinionated.” Consider essays by John-Paul Sartre, James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Dave Barry, Charles Blow, Maureen Dowd and others, as well as provocative opinions from The New Yorker, The Week, AARP Magazine, Your Dog and Denver newspapers. What techniques do they share? How do they differ in style and construction, and why? Evaluate the ingredients of a first-rate opinion piece, create a list of opinions that you’d like to share, and discuss approaches to writing one. Finally, write, keeping in mind these essentials: concise style, persuasive voice, facts, sticking to word limits, and a directional drive. Then workshop the results in small groups, and get tips on targeting publications and submitting your work. Come away with the knowledge and skills to turn your insightful opinions into clear and compelling pieces. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop to class.

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 2017 $175

Vicki Lindner, a published fiction writer and personal essayist, has written opinion essays for Cosmopolitan, High Country News, Casper Star Tribune and many other publications. She is an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and an associate professor emerita at the University of Wyoming.


Getting to Know Your Characters: Writing Under the Influence of Richard Russo

Richard Russo—author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Empire Falls, and the national bestseller Everybody’s Fool—is astoundingly good at getting to know his characters and letting us, his readers, know them too. Join writing instructor Jennifer Itell in getting to know Russo’s characters, and your own. Along with your classmates, read Russo’s latest book, Trajectory, a collection of four stories. Using Russo as your guide, discuss what goes into writing character-driven stories, and try your hand at exercises designed to help you get to know your own characters better—through writing engaging dialogue, exploring internal landscapes, developing backstory, and creating counterpoint characters. Whether you’re writing fictional or memoir-based stories, this course will help you generate new material and gain a stronger sense of who you’re writing about, and why. Come with a story draft you’d like to work on further, or start from scratch and develop a draft over the length of the course. Course does not include a critique of a story draft, though you will be invited to share some of your work in class. Along the way, gain inspiration by seeing Richard Russo live at his Denver Post Pen & Podium series lecture at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 6, 20, 27, Dec. 4, 2017 Russo P&P lecture, Mon., 7:30 pm, Nov. 13 $210

Jennifer Itell writes fiction and creative nonfiction, and her work is forthcoming or has been published in Colorado Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Normal School, Literary Mama, 5280, Redbook Magazine, StoryQuarterly and Cimarron Review. She teaches creative writing at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver and in DU’s University College.

Art Black and White is New Again! A Black and White Digital Photography Workshop

Perhaps no other photographer is identified with black and white more than Ansel Adams, known for his careful compositions, sharp focuses and tonal sensitivities. Yet, black and white images have been around since the mid-1800s. To many, black and white evokes nostalgia, even romance. Some consider the form the ideal of fine art photography. With today’s digital technology, creating black and white images can be fun and creatively rewarding, but also challenging. Let professional photographer Scott Dressel-Martin lead you through the process of producing visually stunning black and white images. First, learn how to see in black and white, including how to interpret the color world in terms of line, form and tone in order to identify appropriate subjects. Then, discuss the technical and creative challenges you may face when creating interesting black and white compositions. Between classes one and two, head out and shoot on your own. Back in the classroom, be prepared for hands-on work in Adobe Lightroom. (Students should bring a laptop loaded with Lightroom, if possible.) Learn a simple and effective workflow for bringing your images into Lightroom, and explore several of the program’s excellent tools for developing photographs into rich and detailed black and white images. Before the final group critique session, develop your photos in Lightroom, if possible. Back in class, review submitted images: What works? What doesn’t? How might you expand your skills in the future? Come away with the eye to look at subjects in a different way and the skills to create beautiful, tonally rich images for screen or print.

Three sessions

Wed., 6:30–9 pm, Oct. 4; Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Oct. 7; Wed., 6:30–9 pm, Oct. 11, 2017 $175

Scott Dressel-Martin is the author of Light Grows the Garden: The Denver Botanic Gardens. As a photographer and filmmaker, Scott has photographed around the world. He began his career in newspaper photojournalism and has been published internationally. He is the official photographer of the Denver Botanic Gardens and also works with a select group of institutions helping them promote their mission and tell relevant and moving stories.

All Photos/Scott Dressel-Martin

Call 303-871-2291 or visit


Art Screen Printing: A Hands-On Printmaking Workshop

Originally called “silkscreens,” the centuries-old art of screen printing was one of the earliest ways that humans duplicated images. The Chinese invented the art form between 960 and 1279 CE and the technique continued to grow for centuries but remained mostly unknown. Then, enter Andy Warhol whose images burst onto the scene in the 1960s, including his famous Marilyn Monroe series. Try your hand at screen printing in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop led by local artist and instructor Jennifer Ghormley who explores the basics of screen printing through stencils cut by hand. Using inspiring resource images or simple photos that you bring to class, apply what you learn to create fine art prints, posters, greeting cards and more. Emphasis will be on the range of experimentation and creative expression possible with this media. As part of the course, students will receive a screen printing kit, which includes a screen, squeegee, printing base and other supplies. (Feel free to bring a t-shirt or tote bag to create a one-of-a-kind gift!) Come away with a new appreciation for this unique art form and the skills to create your own works of art at home. No previous art experience necessary.

Turning Pages: Collage and Mixed Media Art Journaling

Are you eager to do something creative but struggling to figure out a method and medium that doesn’t intimidate or restrict you? What if you could find a way to express yourself creatively in a completely rule-free genre? With art journaling, you can! Join artist and author Judith CasselMamet as she guides you through techniques described in her book, Joyful Pages: Adventures in Art Journaling. The goal of this one-day workshop is to create something fun, then turn a page and create some more. Judith helps you shake your inhibitions and trust your instincts as you spray, rip and collage your pages to create luscious layers. Add your unique handwriting and graphic elements with easy techniques that everyone can access. Judith provides all of the materials except for a personal journal. (Journals will be for sale at the workshop, if you prefer to wait.) Come away with an understanding of how to start a journal practice and a bold new faith in your creative abilities! No experience in art or journaling required; this workshop is for anyone interested in a day to play, explore and refresh.

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–9 pm, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2017 $235

Artwork/Judith Cassel-Mamet

Jennifer Ghormley is an independent artist and a former resident artist at RedLine Denver and Museum of Outdoor Arts. Jennifer teaches art classes at the University of Denver, Art Students League, Think360 Arts, K-12 integrative-arts programs and national art organizations. She travels periodically for visiting artist lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and artist residencies.

One-day workshop

Sat., 10 am–3 pm, Nov. 11, 2017 $135

Judith Cassel-Mamet is a mixed-media artist and instructor who has several video tutorials on YouTube and currently teaches at the Art Students League of Denver, online at Craftsy and independently. She has shown her mixed media journals and hand-made books in Denver, Crested Butte and Taos. Judith also leads “on the road” journal groups to various magical spots in the U.S. and Europe.

See art history courses on pages 5 and 9. Artworks/Jennifer Ghormely


FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement

Testimonials Lori Zahn provides a passionate, caring, and very skilled, educated, and experienced approach to the Focus Forward “Planning for Change in the Third Age” workshop. Her incredible and uniquely creative gift for teaching allows learners of every age and ability to excel in their personal journey in planning for transition. ... Without reservation, I would highly recommend the Focus Forward program to ANYONE considering a life change. ~ Jenette Smith, MS You get the tools, support and courage you need to make it happen. Cheaper than therapy and tons better than a self-help book! ~Loralee Sturm As you know in both business and life, it’s not just about asking questions, but asking the right questions. Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement is an integrated program exclusively and thoughtfully designed for professionals ages 50+ who are seeking career mobility and change or planning a post-career transition into retirement. Offered by the University of Denver’s college of professional and continuing studies, University College, the program helps you ask the relevant questions and determine the best course of action through new frameworks, tools and strategies that will help you map out the future you desire. Lead instructor Lori Zahn is a Hudson Institute Professional Certified Coach with extensive expertise in adult development and helping people just like you—professionals at this transitional point in their work lives—navigate successful midlife and “third age” transitions. The “third age” is a pivotal and exciting time in life beginning in our 50s. The Focus Forward program is designed to inspire, inform and motivate you no matter where you find yourself at this critical juncture. In a learning format ideally suited for adult learners, classes include a mix of presentation, discussion, interactive activities, relevant readings and assignments between classes. You will experience a built-in learning community of fellow students and online resources, and have access to ongoing support. The program begins with Planning for Change in the Third Age, a foundational workshop that first explores the third age and then presents a model and framework for navigating change and transition for lifelong renewal, as developed by The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, recognized experts in adult development, renewal and leadership training. Once this workshop is complete, you may enroll in Revitalizing Career or Reinventing Retirement. Additional short courses focusing on topics of interest, such as healthy aging, expanding community, and meaningful work, may also be offered.

Focus Forward Info Session Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am, September 16, 2017 Join Lori Zahn, executive coach and Focus Forward program lead instructor, to learn the philosophy, process and learning outcomes for this integrative program. Lori will discuss the Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop, subsequent career and retirement courses, and additional resources available to students in this program. If you’re considering enrolling in Planning for Change in the Third Age, come and hear what the Focus Forward program is all about!

To register, 303-871-2291 or

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement Planning for Change in the Third Age

Ready for a change? This prerequisite workshop will help stimulate your thinking about your third age, the time in life beginning in your 50s and 60s, and help you chart a course ahead. The workshop is designed around The Hudson Institute’s core model known as the Cycle of Renewal™, a powerful learning tool for individuals navigating transition and change. Begin with an exploration of the third age as a significant life transition and opportunity for exciting growth, then learn a model for navigating change and transition for lifelong renewal and begin to chart a course ahead. By the end of the workshop, you will have learned 10 important considerations for a successful third age, acquired a powerful tool for navigating transitions that can be used again and again, learned valuable life skills for sustaining purpose and passion, and developed a plan for moving forward in the months ahead.

Healthy Aging: Physical, Mental and Social Wellbeing in the Third Age

This short course is available to all students who have taken Planning for Change in the Third Age. In that workshop students talked about the 10 Important Considerations in the Third Age. One of those considerations was Healthy Aging, which combines physical, mental and social health. In this discussion-based two-session course, take a deeper dive into these three aspects of healthy aging. Look at physical, mental and social health and how they combine to create a foundation for healthy aging in the third age. While many people, especially “third-agers,” are aware of the importance of physical fitness, we may be less aware of the importance of mental health and the health of our brains as we age. Explore what neuroscience can tell us about our aging brains and learn ways to build our social muscle as the third aspect of healthy aging.

Two sessions

Sat., 9 am–noon, Nov. 4, 11, 2017 $215

TWO SECTIONS: Three evenings

Wed., 6–9 pm, Oct. 11, 18, 25, 2017 $385

Three mornings

Sat., 9 am–noon, Oct. 14, 21, 28, 2017 $385

Save the Date! Winter/Spring 2018

Registration Opens in December 2017 Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop Wed., 6–9 pm, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7 or Sat., 9 am–noon, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10 Revitalizing Career course Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Mar. 10, 17, 24 Reinventing Retirement course Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Apr. 7, 14, 21


Testimonials Having just completed “Revitalizing Career,” it is with renewed vigor and confidence that I am able to embark on the next phase of my career­—and life. The instructor, being an expert in adult development, was especially knowledgeable and passionate in guiding those of us in the “third age,” through what can be a rocky transition, sometimes defined by doubt or discontent. ... “Planning for Change” and “Revitalizing Career” have truly been life-transforming for me as I steer my career forward in a way that is exciting, yet revitalizing! ~Lisa Radford This was the best money/time I’ve spent on a set of classes in quite some time!! ~Greg McCarter This class changed the way I looked at this time in my life and prompted a very satisfying career move. Not only were the information and models shared invaluable, but the exercises assigned out of class provoked great insight. ~ Carol O’Dwyer

FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement Revitalizing Career

Looking to sustain and invigorate your current career or considering a career change? As professionals remain in their careers, they may lose a degree of passion for their work or find that the demands on their time and energy are too much. Some have a yearning to do something different and may already know what that is but need help taking those first steps. Others are unclear as to what they want to do next and need help seeing possibilities. This course allows you to explore whether and how to stay in your current career or transition to a new one. Among other important discoveries, you will identify how your talents, skills and experience can be parlayed into new opportunities; learn about new ways of working, encore careers and portfolio careers; and begin exploring and experimenting by trying out new possibilities. Leave with a framework, process and resources to help you proactively manage your career and work life, as well as strategies for actively managing career satisfaction and renewal. Prerequisite: Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop.

Three sessions

Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Mar. 10, 17, 24, 2018

Reinventing Retirement

Do you want to move on to the next chapter in your life where career is no longer the predominant focus? If you want to shift your focus away from a full-time career to a next chapter that may or may not include “work” of some form, you will benefit from Reinventing Retirement—a course that will introduce new ways of thinking about retirement. From meaningful new forms of work to community engagement to lifelong learning, the potential outlets for post-career avenues will be discussed. Among other important discoveries, you will build on your sense of purpose and passions; explore new roles and potential outlets for your experience, skills and passions; identify options and resources for lifelong learning and renewal; and begin exploring and experimenting by trying out new ideas and possibilities. Leave with an expanded perspective and a vision for living this next chapter in your life. Prerequisite: Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop.

Three sessions

Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 2018

Registration opens in December / $435

Registration opens in December / $435

About the Lead Instructor

Lori Zahn, president of Perceptive Leaders LLC, a leadership development con­sulting company, is an executive coach working with organizational leaders and career professionals. Educated in adult development and learning, and drawing on years of experience working in corporate environments—both as a senior level leader in Fortune 100 companies and as a consultant to senior level organizational leadership—Lori brings her passion for the third age and working with profes­sionals to create fulfilling next chapters.


The cost of Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement covers all of the materials necessary for the workshop and courses, including selected articles and required book(s). By participating in the Focus Forward program, students will also have access to additional one-on-one coaching services as well as career-related tools at discounted rates.


Enroll along with a friend or family member in Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop and both receive $35 off registration! Register for one of the two course options within the same academic year as Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop and earn a $35 discount. University of Denver staff, faculty and alumni receive $35 off each registration. Only one discount per course.

Call 303-871-2291 or visit



In a new collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at DU, we are pleased to offer the following OLLI at DU courses to all Enrichment Program students. For more information about OLLI, see next page. Note: Parking is NOT included. Students are responsible for their own parking. (Options include streets and visitor lots.)

Mandarin Chinese for Beginners

Learn basic conversational Chinese, as well as some of the customs and traditions of this fascinating country—whether you’re planning to visit China or not. Join Yi Ren, who has taught Mandarin and Chinese culture for more than 20 years, on this cultural journey.

Eight (one-hour) sessions

Tue., 10–11 am, Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2017 $130

Revolutionary Medicine: America’s Founders in Sickness and in Health Before the advent of modern medicine, even the lives of our founders could be abruptly shattered by contagion and death. Join Jeanne Abrams, director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society at DU, to examine the lives of our founding mothers and fathers through the unique perspectives of sickness, health and medicine in their era.

Four sessions

Tue., 9:30–11:30 am, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 2017 $130

Aging in Colorado: Planning for New and Expanded Needs

As policy makers and service providers are preparing for an unprecedented growth forecast in the number of citizens aged 65+, Colorado experts consider what should be done to accommodate the shift: State Demographer Elizabeth Garner discusses the projected growth and related implications; Jim Riesberg, Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging chair, summarizes their findings; Adams County Adult Protective Services Program Manager Sue Bozinovski discusses aging myths and realities; and Division of Aging and Adult Services Director Mindy Kemp and Jayla Sanchez-Warren of Denver Regional Council of Governments share services for older adults.

Four sessions

Wed., 9:30–11:30 am, Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2017

Exploring Abstract Expressionism

One of the paradoxes of Abstract Expressionism is the artists’ simultaneous insistence on fierce individuality and the cultivation of a close-knit community. Trace the roots of artists including Jackson Pollock, Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell from the 1930s to their artistic maturity, as you explore this consequential mid-20th-century American art movement with art historian and scholar Valerie Hellstein.

Four sessions

Wed., 9:30–11:30 am, Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2017 $130

Islam 101: Firsthand Perspective

Islam is one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented religions in the world. Firstgeneration Palestinian-American and practicing Muslim Iman Jodeh offers an intimate, firsthand perspective into the Islamic tradition and the 1.3 billion people who, amidst current struggles and controversy, find peace in the religion.

TWO SECTIONS, one session each: Tue., 1–3 pm, Sept. 19, 2017 OR Thur., 1–3 pm, Oct. 5, 2017 $35 each

A Palestinian Perspective: Life Under Occupation

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is one of the longest running conflicts in modern history. Rooted in differing religious beliefs, opposing political ideologies and territorial disputes, it is often viewed as a conflict that has been abandoned with no hope for a solution. Join Iman Jodeh, founder and director of Meet the Middle East, for a Palestinian perspective.

Two sessions

Wed., 1–3 pm, Sept. 20, 27, 2017 $70


For more information on these offerings, as well as two additional courses still in the planning stages, please contact Barbe Ratcliffe at, or see the course listings on our website.


More Educational Opportunities at University College at the University of Denver Bachelor of Arts Completion Program

Considering going back to school to finish your bachelor’s degree? Want a program that will challenge and inspire you? The Bachelor of Arts Completion Program is designed, delivered, and priced for busy adults who have completed at least one year of undergraduate credit. • Offered entirely online • Small class sizes • Combined bachelor’s and master’s available • Dedicated academic advisor • Transfer previous credits directly toward your DU degree

Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates

Custom design a career-focused master’s degree or graduate certificate from a top 100 university! We are proud to be a part of a tradition of academic excellence and forward thinking from one of the nation’s most highly regarded universities. • Offered entirely online or evenings on campus • Practice-based curriculum you can apply immediately at work • Four start dates per year with 10-week terms Our many master’s degree and certificate areas of study include: Creative Writing, Strategic Innovation and Change, Energy and Sustainability, Arts Management, Healthcare Leadership, Web Design, Marketing Communication, and more. Custom design a program that suits your career and schedule at

Center for Professional Development

Advance your career through interprofessional and accredited continuing education at DU’s Center for Professional Development (CPD). CPD’s programs are nimble, and our faculty keep pace with the evolving needs of your contemporary workplace. Maintain your specialty credentials/licensure or respecialize easily through short courses and workshops. Start the next phase of your career today!

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 20-plus years at the University of Denver! Participants from diverse backgrounds and professions come together to learn through small classroom lectures, larger Speakers Series programs including our popular Leading Edge Medicine series, workshops, Hot Topic lunches, the International Symposium, multi-media presentations, books, magazines and handouts, as well as informal discussions and social interaction. Maximum enjoyment of learning can be expected. Curious? Contact OLLI Assistant Debra Loftin at 303-871-3090 or for more information, or visit OLLI online at or

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades



Registration opens July 17, 2017.


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.



In Person:

University College 2211 S. Josephine Street, Denver

Upon registration, via links within an email confirmation, you will receive important information, including course details, class location, parking map and parking code. All classes take place at University of Denver campus unless otherwise noted. Website contains most current information on schedules, classroom locations, faculty bios and special events.

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 and include a list a courses taken. Upon verification, you will receive one Certificate in the mail and another by email.

*An example of the many possible course combinations.


The course content in this document is the property of University of Denver University College 2017.

In Appreciation

The Enrichment Program extends a heartfelt thank you to the following organizations for their outstanding support.

Colorado Symphony Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Denver Art Museum Denver Botanic Gardens Denver History Tours The Denver Post Pen & Podium Series

Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management Newman Center for the Performing Arts Nutrition Therapy Institute Opera Colorado Tattered Cover Book Store Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

University College at the University of Denver Thanks to the entire Enrichment team:

Michael McGuire, Dean, Deb Olson, Director of Enrichment Program, Charles Stillwagon, Enrichment Program Coordinator, Janalee Chmel, Writer, Michele Long, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services, Monica Gray, Assistant Director of Student Services, Jerry Ceja, Elly Johnson, Micaela Johnson, Mia Segoro Gonzales, Student Support Team, Victoria O’Malley, Director of Marketing & Communications, Marisela Calderon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Ray Lam, Director of Web & IT Services, Andrea Sullivan, Information Manager, Teri Fuller, Assistant Dean of Business & Operations, Tina Miller, Student Financial Advisor

We would like to hear from you! Send program suggestions, course recommendations and feedback to us by mail or email.

Certificate of Completion

University of Denver Enrichment Program University College 2211 S. Josephine Street Denver, CO 80208

The Enrichment Program will provide a Certificate of Completion or other evidence of course attendance, including Continuing Education Units, upon request. Please contact us in advance at 303-871-3801 to request the appropriate documentation.

Enrichment Program e-Newsletter

Enrichment Scholarship Fund

Get special discount offers, the inside scoop on your favorite instructors and cultural organizations, insight on upcoming courses, and much more.

We are pleased to offer a limited number of partial scholarships toward the cost of one Enrichment course.

If you are a current or former student and do not receive our newsletter, subscribe now at

Limited to one course per qualifying student per quarter. Scholarships no greater than 50% off course price for qualifying courses. To apply, visit our website:

See page 31 for more info.

To register, 303-871-2291 or

Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement Info Session Sat., 9:30–10:30 am, Sept. 16, 2017

University College 2211 S. Josephine St. Denver, Colorado 80208

Enrichment Program Fall 2017  

To register for a course, visit

Enrichment Program Fall 2017  

To register for a course, visit