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To Our Lifelong Learning Community Welcome to another year of outstanding programming offered through what we like to consider a not-so-hidden gem in Denver: the Enrichment Program. Whether you’re a long-time Enrichment Program participant or new to our courses, we welcome you to the University of Denver and all it has to offer. From the beautiful campus to the top-notch instructors who offer valuable knowledge and insights, spending an evening (or a few!) with us is time well spent. There are so many competing priorities in life, tugging us in every direction, but we encourage you to invest in yourself and your learning. Take a break from your professional life and other commitments to engage in learning for the love of it! Our courses give you an opportunity to challenge conventional thought, explore new territories, and engage in critical discussions that may take us out of our comfort zones. We’re here to facilitate exploration and cultivate creative thoughts. We’re honored to be your lifelong learning partner in the Rocky Mountain region. Join us to learn something new or rediscover a longstanding passion!


Michael McGuire Dean, University College

It is said that lifelong learning keeps us connected—connected to information, to our local community and the world, to our past and future and to ourselves. Combined with exercise, good diet and adequate sleep, active learning connects our bodies and minds and contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Whether you choose adult education to increase your knowledge, enhance creativity, improve cognition, assist in your career or personal development or to expand your social circles, the Enrichment Program at the University of Denver can help you connect to what’s most important in your life. The following pages include over 40 courses in history, literature, music, art, current events and so much more. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the early role Colorado played with a distinguished group of historians, learn from a human rights scholar how human trafficking is hidden around us in plain sight, or discover how artificial intelligence is challenging the very core of human nature from a professor at the Iliff School of Theology’s new AI Institute. We are proud to offer a wide variety of cultural courses this term. Discover the greatness of Beethoven in class and at the symphony while celebrating his 250th birthday, gain inspiration to write the story of your life with some motivation from our friends at the Lighthouse Writers or explore the little-known commonalities between Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington with a class and Denver Art Museum tour. The Enrichment Program will connect you to the University of Denver and the surrounding community. Our world-class professors will stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity in lively and interactive classes. The best part is there are no grades and no tests—just learning for the love of it! I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Enrichment Program director and look forward to connecting with you this winter and spring. Thank you for your interest in our program and I hope to see you on campus in the near future. Make every day a learning day,

Lynn Wells Director, Enrichment Program

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

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Cultural Connections Art Wildlife Photography Art History Galleries, Appraisals and Auctions Winslow Homer & Frederic Remington Current Issues Politics of Race Abortion Politics in America History 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage Denver Women’s Suffrage Bus Tour Music Beethoven’s Vocal Works Classical’s Seasonal Inspirations British Classical Compositions Authentic Voice Writing Memoir Writing

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Cultural Connections

If it feels like Denver has a wealth of cultural riches, it does, and the Enrichment Program is an open door to some of the finest institutions in the metro area. In collaboration with our cultural partners, experiential offerings are characterized by unique pairings of in-class learning and off-site experiences. Courses are designed to further your knowledge and offer opportunities that may not otherwise be available. You might choose to get an insider’s look at the auction world and how art gets valued, find inspiration by attending a classical performance, capture beautiful wildlife photos with an expert’s guidance or attend a politically charged live performance after diving into the subject matter in the classroom. In every case, fellow lifelong learners and distinguished experts from DU and the community join forces to make your Enrichment experience educational, meaningful and memorable. Event tickets included unless otherwise noted.

Denver Art Museum

Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington

They are two of the most famous and influential artists in the history of American art, Winslow Homer (1836-1910) and Frederic Remington (1861-1909). Both began their artistic careers as war correspondents, working on the frontlines for Harper’s Weekly. Homer captured the American Civil War by illustrating battle scenes and camp life, while Remington produced illustrations on Geronimo and the American Indian Wars. Despite the career commonalities, art historians have found no solid evidence that the two artists ever met, yet many do believe it was likely they did know of each other. But what other ties exist between the two? Join Annette Stott, DU professor of Art, as she explores this fascinating question and many other surprising details through a new exhibition that juxtaposes their art at the Denver Art Museum, Natural Forces: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington. Stott captures each artist’s life and work through slide presentations, lectures and discussions. And, of course, she leads you through a visual buffet of Homer’s Maine coastal seascapes and hardy New England figures painted in oil and watercolors, along with Remington’s mythic Old West with its cowboys and Native Americans, settlers and soldiers, which he constructed in paint and bronze. The course culminates in a visit to the first-of-its kind, 60-piece exhibition to experience first-hand the similarities and differences between these two giants in American art. 10% discount to DAM members.

Three sessions

Mon., Apr. 27, May 4, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm DAM visit, Sat., May 9, 10 am ENRICH 0329 / $120 Frederic Remington, The Fall of the Cowboy, 1895. Oil on canvas; 25×35-1/8in. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection,1961.230.

Winslow Homer, West Point, Prout’s Neck,1900. Oil on canvas; 30-1/16×48-1/8 in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts: Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1941, 1955.7. Image courtesy clarkart.edu


Annette Stott is professor of American art and women’s studies at DU and director of the DU/ Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion. She is the author of Holland Mania: The Unknown Dutch Period in American Art and Culture and Pioneer Cemeteries: Sculpture Gardens of the Old West, as well as many articles about painting and sculpture in nineteenth-century America.

Colorado Symphony Pomp and Britishness: Elgar, Holst and Company

Bold, hearty and determinedly optimistic: that’s the character of Elgar’s famed—and oft-performed— Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1. However, that music dates only from the early 20th century. By that time, British audiences had been enjoying great music for generations, though much of what they were hearing had been written by non-British composers. Handel’s Messiah premiered in Britain, and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony is dedicated to Queen Victoria. Neither man, however, was born in Britain. What about actual British-born composers? There are plenty and this class, led by music historian and author Betsy Schwarm, explores some of the most notable names. As part of the class, examine Holst’s The Planets in depth, in preparation for attending the Colorado Symphony’s performance of the work in April. Schwarm also investigates Elgar’s Enigma Variations, as a preview to the CSO performance of that work in May, should you choose to go on your own. Consider what aspects of British culture and character come out in those works, and turn an eye to composers from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well. British audiences were long admirers of the German masters. What did it take for English composers to compete? How did they stand out from the continental composers? Let’s find out in this survey of classical music from the British Isles. 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Four sessions

Wed., Apr. 8, 15, 22, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm Symphony performance, Sat., Apr. 18, 7:30 pm ENRICH 0354 / $185

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 eight 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.”

The Singing Beethoven

The music world is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 with a parade of concerts that will predictably concentrate on his nine symphonies and seven concertos. But this course, taught by popular instructor Marc Shulgold, has a different focus: Beethoven and the human voice. Naturally, he visits the Ode to Joy, that beloved choral spectacular ending the Ninth Symphony, and examines his Choral Fantasy, an earlier work that offers hints of the Ode’s theme. And Shulgold covers Beethoven’s second Mass, his glorious opera, the rarely heard cantatas, concert arias, works for unaccompanied singers, and songs— dozens of them in English, plus his private, mocking canons, attached in letters to friends. The three sessions culminate in a Boettcher Concert Hall performance of the magnificent Missa Solemnis by the Colorado Symphony and Chorus. In the last class session, Catherine Sailer, director of Choral Studies at the Lamont School of Music, visits to discuss and demonstrate the challenges of preparing and performing Beethoven’s choral masterpieces. Discovering the greatness of his sacred and operatic music, the charm of his Irish and Welsh folk songs and the silliness of those nose-thumbing ditties provides a fresh look into the brilliance of the immortal Beethoven. 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., Feb. 6, 13, 20, 2020, 7–9 pm Symphony performance, Sat., Feb. 22, 7:30 pm ENRICH 0353 / $185

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. See Authentic Voice course on page 8.

See course on Ireland on page 20.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 League of Women Voters of Colorado Women’s Suffrage: How Colorado Women Led the Nation to the Vote On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment legalized the vote for women. Colorado, however, was way ahead of the curve: Twenty-seven years earlier, on November 7, 1893, Colorado passed a referendum granting women the right to vote. Join a distinguished list of Colorado women as they explore Colorado’s unique role in the women’s suffrage movement.

March 23: Origins of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the 19th Century Instructors: Rebecca Hunt, UC Denver associate professor of History; Gail Beaton, author of Colorado Women: A History.

Courtesy Persuasive Maps Collection of PJ Mode, Cornell University

As our nation began, women’s rights were restrained by both custom and law. This session looks at the origins of these restraints and examines women’s early efforts to redefine their roles and rights. Consider early female thinkers at movements that contributed to women’s empowerment (including the white and black women’s clubs) and events such as the Seneca Falls women’s rights convention. March 30: “Let the Women Vote!” Colorado Suffrage and Music of the Movement Instructors: Marcia Tremmel Goldstein, Colorado women’s historian and author of Denver Women in Their Places: A Guide to Women’s History Sites; Leslie Chomic, member of the Legislative Action Committee for the League of Women Voters and musician; Gail Beaton returns from session one. Colorado women won the battle for the ballot on November 7, 1893. Learn how women organized a statewide coalition of determined women and men of many colors, creeds and classes. Explore how newly enfranchised Colorado women broke into the male bastion of party and electoral politics for the first time. Lastly, learn about the organizing tools that suffrage activists used, including music and song. April 6: The Crooked Road to the 19th Amendment Instructor: Susan Schulten, DU History professor, author of A History of America in 100 Maps. The 19th Amendment vastly enlarged the electorate and forced a recognition of women as political actors. Yet a true appreciation of this victory involves a closer look at the complexity of the movement, one which championed ideals of political equality but also appealed to class and racial divisions. April 13: Political Rights After the 19th Amendment Instructor: Elizabeth Escobedo, associate professor of Latina/o History at DU. In the continued struggle for political rights following the passage of the 19th Amendment, women of color fought tirelessly to overcome second-class citizenship due to continuing gender and racial inequities. Explore political challenges unique to women of color. Enjoy a panel discussion featuring several of Colorado’s pioneering women of color, including Polly Baca, the first Latina elected to the Colorado Senate. Others TBA. This course is the result of a collaboration among the Enrichment Program, History Colorado: Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 and the League of Women Voters of Colorado. 10% discount to History Colorado and League of Women Voters of Colorado members.

Four sessions

Mon., Mar. 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 2020, 7–9pm ENRICH 0347 / $185

Enroll in Suffrage class and bus tour and save!

ENRICH 0349 / $225 (class and bus tour)


Women’s Vote


“Denver Women in Their Places” Women’s Suffrage Bus Tour

Welcome aboard for this exclusive tour of Denver’s “lady landmarks,” in honor of the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 commemorating the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution establishing women’s suffrage as the law of the land in 1920. Explore the places where our city’s women from all walks of life have made history by fashioning the social and political foundations of our community. Women’s historian and author Dr. Marcia Tremmel Goldstein leads our journey through Denver’s historic neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, Civic Center and Five Points. Highlights include private “insider” tours of the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House (the historic home of the Evans family—University of Denver’s founders) and viewing of the new Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 exhibit, the Molly Brown House Museum (the home of philanthropist and “unsinkable” social activist Margaret Tobin Brown), the Black American West Museum (the historic home and medical offices of Dr. Justina Ford, Denver’s first African-American woman doctor) and other stops along the way. The bus tour begins and ends at the Denver Woman’s Press Club and includes a break along the route for lunch on your own. Tour includes transportation, museum entry fees, tour guides and hand-outs.

One-day tour

Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020, 10 am–3 pm Deadline to register Mar. 16. ENRICH 0348 / $65

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Jumpstart Your Memoir!

You’ve lived through an amazing experience and know you have a story to tell, but you’re having trouble getting started. Where do you begin? How should the story be structured? Why would anybody care? Get to the bottom of those questions in this day-long writing workshop led by long-time Enrichment Program instructor Shari Caudron, writer and author. In preparation, read the widely acclaimed 2019 memoir The Yellow House by Sarah Broom, and come to class prepared to reflect on it and write about your own life experience. Once in the classroom, Shari guides you through a series of writing exercises designed to help you understand your story, find its universal relevance, and—most importantly—start writing. Whether you’re interested in writing a book-length memoir or a memoiressay, you’re guaranteed to end the day with a stack of freshly written pages, and new insight into what an experience meant! Jump ahead a month: You’ve shed more light on your story and you’ve written more pages. But, you need more inspiration. We’ve got you covered! Attend a group reading at Lighthouse Writers Workshop featuring Sarah Broom, whose memoir you just read. See and hear for yourself why The New York Times wrote, “This is a major book that I suspect will come to be considered among the essential memoirs of this vexing decade.” 10% discount to Lighthouse Writers Workshop Members.

One-day workshop, plus event

Sat., May 16, 2020, 9 am–12:30 pm; 1:30–4:30 pm Lighthouse reading, Wed., June 10, 7 pm ENRICH 0363 / $160

Shari Caudron is a long-time member of Enrichment Program faculty as well as the creative writing faculty at Lighthouse Writers. She is the author of two narrative nonfiction books, including Who Are You People?, winner of the Colorado Book Award. Shari is especially passionate about memoir writing and she works one-on-one as a coach with aspiring authors. See other Writing courses on page 21.

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Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Newman Center Presents is delighted to once again collaborate with the Enrichment Program to enhance the performance experience with engaging courses. At the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, our goal is to present nationally and internationally recognized touring artists and engage in the community with various learning opportunities with these artists. Newman Center Presents programming provides the community with experiences that engage “beyond the stage.” Newman Center Presents invites you to continue to enrich your journey through the performing arts and beyond by taking part in these thought-provoking programs. Kendra Whitlock Ingram Executive Director The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Newman Center Presents

DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts offers an eclectic mix of performances by world-renowned artists. For more details and ticket information, visit newmancenter.du.edu or call 303-871-7720. Ranky Tanky / Thur., Jan. 23, 7:30 pm “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Get Funky!” In this spirit, this Charleston-based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture from the Southeast. Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Beyond Calligraphy / Fri., Jan. 31, 7:30 pm Guangdong Modern Dance is mainland China’s first professional modern dance company. Beyond Calligraphy has been performed 100+ times globally. Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de Silvia Lozano / Fri., Feb. 7, 7:30 pm Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México is an institution tasked with the dissemination, preservation and promotion of the culture of Mexico. JANE—In Concert / Tue., Feb. 11, 7: 30 pm The Lamont Symphony Orchestra will perform the Philip Glass score to accompany this award-winning documentary about Jane Goodall. CIRQUE Flip Fabrique, Blizzard / Tue., Feb. 18, 7:30 pm Take a circus adventure in the dead of winter and lose yourself in a complete moment of wonder. National Geographic Live, Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade, Filmmaker/ Mon., Feb. 24, 7:30 pm Filipe DeAndrade gives his unfiltered look at what it’s like to encounter wild animals, survive extreme environments and make unexpected discoveries. Justin Roberts and The Not Ready for Naptime Players / Sat., Mar. 7, 2 pm For nearly 20 years, Roberts has been creating the soundtrack to families’ lives, crafting songs that navigate the joys and sorrows of growing up. Pilobolus / Thur., Mar. 12, 7:30 pm Performing on Broadway, at the Oscars and the Olympics, Pilobolus is a multi-sensory experience that continues to push modern dance to new heights. Kronos Quartet / Tue., Mar. 17, 7:30 pm With over 40 years, 950 commissions, 60 recordings and 40 awards, Kronos is the essential string quartet of the modern era. The Office! A Musical Parody / Fri. & Sat., Mar. 20 & 21, 7:30 pm During this hilariously loving lampoon of your favorite TV show, “work” with your coworkers at The Office! A Musical Parody at this immersive experience. National Geographic Live, Extreme Cave Diving: Exploring the Bahamas’ Blue Holes with Kenny Broad, Diver and Environmental Anthropologist / Mon., Mar. 23, 7:30 pm Kenny Broad, National Geographic’s Explorer of the Year for 2011, is also an accomplished cave diver. Kevin Eubanks / Thur., Apr. 2, 7:30 pm Since his 18-year tenure on NBC’s The Tonight Show, guitarist and composer Kevin Eubanks retired to pursue recording and touring. National Geographic Live, Pink Boots and a Machete with Mireya Mayor, Primatologist / Mon., Apr. 27, 7:30 pm Mayor has been hailed as a “female Indiana Jones,” and an inspiration to young women interested in science and exploration. Chanticleer / Fri., May 8, 7:30 pm The United States’ only full-time, independent, classical vocal ensemble has developed a reputation for excellent interpretation of vocal music from many genres.


Newman Center for the Performing Arts Wildlife Photography: Bring Your Photos to Life!

In the first of two class sessions, David discusses photography equipment (not phones), camera settings, shooting techniques and composition. Then, between the two classes, using lessons learned, head to the hills or into the “wilds” of your own backyard to capture nature’s creatures. Another mid-course highlight: Visit the Newman Center for the Performing Arts for the National Geographic Live presentation of Untamed by wildlife photographer, filmmaker and conservationist Filipe DeAndrade. (Admission included.) With a new eye for detail, examine DeAndrade’s work with deeper appreciation.

Three images by David Kennedy

Few experiences in the outdoors can top encounters with wildlife. Whether sought-after or unanticipated, it is a special experience to come upon elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, a mountain goat on Mount Evans or even a deer at your local park. But have you ever pointed your camera at an animal only to be disappointed by the results? Join photographer and adventurer David J. Kennedy as he reveals both technical tricks and creative secrets to bring your wildlife photography to, well, LIFE!

In class two, enjoy a comfortable, non-threatening group critique of everyone’s images. David answers questions, helps troubleshoot technical challenges and provides suggestions for improving your work. He also offers tips for using Adobe Lightroom Classic in your workflow to organize and edit your images. This class is ideal for beginner to intermediate photographers wanting to advance their wildlife photography. (Students are welcome to bring their own laptop with Lightroom.) Come away with practical tips, the building blocks to produce photographs that match your personal encounters with wildlife and new enthusiasm (if not confidence) for venturing out into the wilds with your camera! 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Three sessions

Wed., Feb. 19, Mar. 4, 2020, 6:30–9 pm NCP event, Mon., Feb. 24, 7:30 pm ENRICH 0332 / $145

David J. Kennedy is a photographer, traveler and adventurer. In addition to extensive travel around Colorado and the U.S., he has visited more than 20 countries on four continents. David’s photography, in addition to print sales, exhibits and private instruction, has been used by outdoor nonprofits to support their missions.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Newman Center for the Performing Arts Your Authentic Voice: Discover It and Set It Free!

Anyone can learn to sing—really! Let Mary Louise Burke, associate director of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, help you enhance or even find your best singing voice. An expert in vocal performance and pedagogy, Burke has a special interest in working with and encouraging singers of all ages and stages. In a non-threatening class environment that includes both group and individual singing, learn the joy of making beautiful, authentic music with the very finest instrument—your voice! Explore the anatomy of the voice, how it really works, and how to use yours to fully express your confident self. Midway through the course, attend a Newman Center Presents performance by Chanticleer. Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by the New Yorker, this Grammy-winning ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018. Observe and hear the techniques learned in class, then return for one more session to continue exploring your own “vocal rulebook.” You’ll not only discover the true nature of your singing voice, but be inspired to continue developing its beauty and power, regardless of your level of experience. Set your authentic voice free! Concert ticket included. 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Five sessions

Wed., Apr. 22, 29, May 6, 13, 2020, 7–9 pm NCP performance, Fri., May 8, 7:30 pm ENRICH 0352 / $195

Mary Louise Burke is associate director of the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale. She is also a voice instructor, mezzo soprano soloist and holds a doctorate (DMA) in vocal performance and pedagogy.

Colorado Chamber Players Seasonal Inspiration: Vivaldi and Very Much More

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons belongs on any list of the most familiar classical music ever composed. Odds are good that just having read those first three words set the beginning of Spring playing in your head! Why is this work so famous, and why are we still listening to it nearly three centuries after its publication in 1725? Led by music historian and author, Betsy Schwarm, this class begins by exploring Vivaldi in the context of his times, considering what makes his music distinctive and how he captured seasonal moods in these four violin concertos. Then, take a broader view, investigating other works—not just violin concertos, and some from present day composers—that give musical expression to the seasons. From Vivaldi to Philip Glass and beyond, explore how spring flowers, summer skies, autumn leaves and winter storms can come to life in music. The class includes a performance of all of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by the Colorado Chamber Players with Italian violinist Simone Spadino in a concert presented by Denver Sister Cities International, devoted to building global friendships. Then, return for one final class to share your impressions and also to sample and discuss other seasonal selections. Morley, Mozart, Mendelssohn and more: Vivaldi wasn’t the only composer to find inspiration in the calendar! 10% discount to Colorado Chamber Players subscribers.

Four sessions

Wed., Mar. 11, 18, 25, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm Colorado Chamber Players performance, Tue., Mar. 24, 7:30 pm Enrich 0355 / $160

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 eight 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.”


Denver Center for the Performing Arts

The Politics of Race

As the impeachment inquiry was unfolding, President Donald Trump said the country was witnessing a “lynching.” Trump’s use of that language elicited immediate rebukes from Democrats and several Republicans. However, it also ripped open wounds for those who’ve endured great hardship, violence and discrimination because of their skin color. Issues of race have always played a role in U.S. politics—they were obviously central during the Civil War, the Jim Crow era and the struggle for civil rights. Join Tripp Baltz, a Denver-based author, reporter and educator, as he takes you on a high-spirited and tumultuous trek through today’s polarized political landscape. Baltz argues that, when white supremacist David Duke is telling the nation, “That’s why we elected him president,” you know we are in a period when the politics of race, perhaps more than ever, are an important topic to explore and discuss. Indeed, the Pew Research Center reports the 2020 electorate is expected to feature more minorities and a new crop of young voters—ages 18 to 23—at the polls. What does all of this mean as it unfolds 50-plus years after the civil rights movement. As an added bonus, enjoy a DCPA performance of twenty50, centering around a Mexican American candidate running for office in the year 2050 and his struggle to stay true to himself or lose his identity to win more votes. 10% discount to Denver Center subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., Feb. 13, 20, 27, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm DCPA performance, Sat., Feb. 22, 8 pm ENRICH 0338 / $165

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

Curious Theatre Company Abortion Politics in America: Roe and Beyond

With two new Trump appointees on the Supreme Court creating a conservative majority, “red” states are jostling to claim the title of enacting the nation’s most aggressive abortion law in the hope of launching the case that will overturn Roe v. Wade. As the traditional story goes, the country has been locked in a high-stakes and highly controversial fight over abortion since the Court legalized access in 1973. While a convenient story, it erroneously oversimplifies both the past and present of abortion politics. Join Associate Professor of Politics Joshua Wilson to explore the realities of abortion politics and what the past stands to tell us about both the present and future of this seemingly constant debate in American politics. Why was abortion a non-issue for the majority of the country prior to the early 1980s? How and why has abortion become so heavily politicized in the United States when the same is largely not true for the rest of the globe? What are the major court cases that have structured abortion politics over the past 40-plus years? What defines present-day abortion politics, and what might the future hold? After considering these issues in class, attend the Curious Theatre production of Roe, an incisive play that examines the lives of the plaintiff and her lawyer after the landmark case which legalized abortion. 10% discount to Curious subscribers.

Two sessions

Wed., Apr. 29, 2020, 7–9 pm Curious performance, Thur., May 7, 7:30 pm ENRICH 0334 / $50

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.

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Saks Galleries What Our Students Are Saying For the Love of Learning! Galleries, Auctions and Private Deals: Stories from the Art Marketplace

A Picasso snapped up for $115 million. Monet sold at $85 million. Matisse purchased for $81 million. These are just a few of the jaw-dropping prices paid for famous artworks in 2018. But why are those pieces worth so much? And who are the people paying such astronomical prices? Join Bekka Saks of Denver’s Saks Galleries as she shares stories about the auction world and offers a hands-on opportunity to study fine art, antiques, silver and jewelry in class. In every class, Bekka brings a piece of material culture from a different genre to discuss. Learn each piece’s provenance (record of ownership), how it was made and where it fits into today’s selling market. See how Bekka values art for her Denver gallery and for estates across the country, and what makes one piece more valuable than another. Discover what it means when a piece is “consigned to auction,” and what collectors do with the artworks they accumulate. Bonus! For the final class, enjoy a gallery experience at Saks Galleries. Bekka has invited a local collector to speak about his passion for one particular artist. Come away with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the mysterious world of art sales and valuations.

Four sessions

Thur., Apr. 23, 30, May 7, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm Gallery visit, Thur., May 14, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0327 / $175

Bekka Saks is a certified appraiser of household contents, fine art and antiques. Through her experience consulting for international auction houses and working at her family’s art galleries, Bekka has over 15 years of experience in fine art sales and appraisals.

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As subject matter experts, Enrichment instructors are on the cutting-edge in their field of study and help us understand local and global issues, historical implications and scientific discoveries. They are passionate about their work and help us to become better communicators, artists and people. Enrichment classes are led by innovators, award winners, esteemed authors, researchers and former U.S. Ambassadors (such as Ambassador Gary Grappo, pictured on this page).

No country makes greater use of sanctions than the United States. Currently, the U.S. has more than 30 active sanctions programs, targeting some 30 countries as well as many entities and individuals around the world. Sanctions can sometimes be a slow-acting (or even ineffective) economic tool for changing a nation’s international behavior. Of late, however, some U.S. sanctions have proven effective. Why do some work and others do not? And why are U.S. sanctions more feared than those of any other nation? Join former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo in this twopart lecture as he discusses the power that the U.S. exerts over the global economy and how it uses that power to change international behavior. Sanctions are imposed for a variety of reasons, such as human rights violations, crimes against humanity (Syria), human trafficking, weapons sales, terrorism, criminal activity and sometimes because we just don’t like the target country’s politics (Iran and Cuba). Once sanctions are in place, how are they monitored and enforced? What happens when Congress mandates a sanction and the president refuses to enforce it? And what if we just overdo it? Could the U.S. lose its ability to modify other nations’ policies and behavior through over-use of this tool? Grappo provides historical context and up-to-the-minute explanations of America’s ultimate weapon.

Enrichment classes are taught by exceptional faculty who join us from multiple disciplines to facilitate a broad array of non-credit, stimulating courses. Courses are developed by each scholar and are guided by their area of academic specialty and expertise. Unlike classrooms of old, today’s lectures are engaging, interactive and timely and they’re presented by some of the best faculty and topic experts in the Rocky Mountain region.

This is your opportunity to engage some of the best minds at the University of Denver and the community, but please relax, there are no exams or papers to write, just questions to be asked and explored.

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

Two sessions

Thur., Apr. 16, 23, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0340 / $95

See Spring Bird Migration course on page 28.

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

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Current Issues The United States and Russia: The Return of a Great Power Rivalry

The Russian disinformation and cyber campaigns that disrupted the 2016 U.S. elections, along with Russia’s intervention in Syria and invasion of western Ukraine, have created a poisonous atmosphere internationally and reignited Cold War fears. As if that were not enough, the situation is further complicated by the rise of China and a new isolationist movement in America. Join Michael Moran, foreign policy journalist and lecturer at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, as he presents a sweeping look at the U.S.-Russia relationship, where their interests clash and future problems loom. Despite decades of policy resets, institutional and cultural exchanges, immigration and intermarriage, the U.S.-Russia relationship is once again a source of serious problems in the world. What are Russia’s intentions? Has the United States forced Moscow to reassert itself? The country’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has more than once lamented the collapse of the USSR. What, exactly, does he miss about those bygone days and what does it tell us about his hopes for the country’s future? Moran leads highly interactive discussions and also provides a screening of his newest documentary, U.S.-Russia Relations: Quest for Stability. Come away with timely and relevant new insights into this storied relationship, including Moran’s thoughts on how the two countries with the world’s largest nuclear arsenals might still find common ground.

Four sessions

Tue., Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0336 / $175

Michael Moran has held senior positions at a host of media, financial services and consulting organizations. A foreign policy journalist and former partner at the global consultancy Control Risks, he is author of The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power.

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

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, after over 40 years of European Union membership, a majority of British voters surprised most observers by opting to exit from the EU. Why was the referendum called? Why did “Leave” win? And why hasn’t an exit contagion spread to other EU states? Join Professor of Political Science Lisa Conant to examine these questions and to gain context into unfolding events across the pond. Since the 2016 vote, the British people have experienced protracted political conflict, including the resignation of two prime ministers, a 2017 snap election that gave no party a Parliamentary majority, the U.K.’s continued EU membership over three years after the referendum, and calls for yet another general election and a second Brexit referendum. Conant discusses why the vote happened, what impacts have been felt, and what a future U.K. and EU might look like. Now that two prime ministers have negotiated very similar withdrawal deals with the EU, to what extent does Brexit resemble what the “Vote Leave” campaign originally promised? Additionally, the project of regional integration over the past half-century has been lauded with bringing peace and prosperity to Europe, so what originally motivated “Leave” campaigners and 52 percent of voters to abandon the 28-country partnership? Come away with a more nuanced understanding of what’s happening in the U.K. and Conant’s thoughts on what’s next for Brexit.

Two sessions

Thur., Apr. 2, 9, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0335 / $85

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


Current Issues Anti-Semitism: Past, Present and Future

The year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation and the end of the Holocaust. Yet, today we are still battling some of the same forces that brought to bear these horrific events. Twice, in our recent past, gunmen have entered synagogues in the U.S. and murdered Jewish worshippers. The shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which claimed 11 lives, is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. Unfortunately, anti-Semitism still persists and continues to grow in this country and around the globe. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. experienced a doubling of anti-Semitic assaults in 2018, with a recorded 1,879 attacks against Jews and Jewish institutions. Why are anti-Semitism, hate speech and hate crimes on the rise not only in the U.S., but also around the world? Join historian Julie Lieber to examine this troubling contemporary trend. Anti-Semitism may start with the Jews but it never ends with them. It is part of a larger worldview that encompasses various forms of hate and intolerance. In our world of new and increasing hatred of the “other,” how do we define and understand the particularities of anti-Semitism? Is the anti-Semitism of today similar or different from the anti-Semitism of the past? Can reflecting on the Holocaust in light of contemporary events lead us to greater empathy without diminishing its unique place in the history of genocide and anti-Semitism? How might we understand the new forms of anti-Semitism that are emerging in some types of white nationalism and anti-Israel rhetoric? Come away from this course with a better understanding of the relationship between the anti-Semitism of the past and present, and what we may do to shape a more unified future.

Four sessions

Tues., Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0339 / $175

Julie Lieber, PhD, is a Jewish educator with many years of experience in both academic and community-based settings. Formerly a professor of European History and Jewish Studies at both the University of Denver and University of Colorado, Boulder, Julie now serves as the director of the Kevah Teaching Fellowship, where she trains educators in the pedagogy of conversational adult education.

See Nazi History class on page 17.

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Current Issues Human Trafficking: A Global Challenge with Local Impact

Human trafficking has been a global human rights challenge for centuries. But it was only in the year 2000 that it was finally defined by international and U.S. law when the United Nations signed the Protocol to Prevent and Suppress Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Girls. What exactly is human trafficking? In what ways is it hidden in plain sight all around us? What is being done to combat it (and how might you help)? Join Amanda Finger, executive director and co-founder of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), and a series of local experts as they discuss the history of human trafficking and the current anti-trafficking “movement” sparked by this global commitment. First, Finger defines the issue, the difficulties in fighting it, and grassroots versus legislative efforts to fight it. Retired U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo joins to share his perspective on the international challenges. Next, learn about perpetrator tactics and the psychological impacts on victims from AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, creator of the Human Trafficking Academic Response Team at MSU Denver; Julie Anne Laser-Maira, associate professor at DU’s Graduate School of Social Work, and Sammie Wicks, crisis response officer with the Aurora Police Department. Did you ever suspect that the person knocking on your door to sell magazines might be a victim of human trafficking? Learn how this really works. In class three, things get even more complicated as experts Kara Napolitano, research and training manager with LCHT, and Caleb Stewart, attorney with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, discuss abolition versus regulation of the commercial sex industry, immigration and detention. Finally, in class four, learn about local efforts to address human trafficking as a panel of experts hand-picked by Finger share their perspectives, frustrations and (yes) hopes. Come away understanding the truth about human trafficking and the urgency to end it.

Four sessions

Wed., Jan. 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0337 / $175

Course moderator Amanda Finger has worked on anti-trafficking in Colorado since 2005. She received a Master of Arts in International Human Rights and a Certificate in Global Health Affairs from DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Her professional background includes women’s health advocacy in Washington, D.C., field organizing for Congressional and Senate campaigns in Maryland and Colorado, and work as a legislative aide for two sessions at the Colorado State Legislature.


Religion From A to Zen: An Enlightened Intro to Buddhism

Meditation rooms are popping up in airports. Teens say, “That’s so Zen!” Mindfulness is the new health trend. Bumper stickers read: “Buddha is my ‘Om Boy.” And appearances by the Dalai Lama look more and more like rock concerts. What’s going on? It appears Buddhism has taken an obvious and firm hold on today’s world and the U.S. is far from immune, with the Buddhist message resonating across 25 centuries to welcoming crowds. Join Ben Nourse, DU professor of Buddhist Studies, for an exploration of the Buddhist tradition and its diverse historical and cultural expressions. Nourse charts the religion’s history from its origin in India to its spread to other regions of Asia and, more recently, around the globe. Look back to the fifth century BCE to meet Siddhartha Gautama, whom Buddhists call the Buddha, or Awakened One, and the community he established. Nourse then introduces you to Mahayana (Great Vehicle) Buddhism, and its East Asian offshoots of Pure Land and Zen Buddhism, and the tantric form of Buddhism prevalent in Tibet. End with an examination of how the U.S. has both influenced and been influenced by Buddhism. Along the way, learn about meditation practices plus rich literary, artistic and ritual Buddhist traditions. Come away with a richer appreciation for this great religion’s depth and diversity.

Four sessions

Mon., Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 2, 9, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0361 / $175

Ben Nourse, PhD, is assistant professor of Buddhist studies at the University of Denver. His research focuses on the history of Buddhist literature in Tibet and China. At DU, he teaches courses on Buddhism, Buddhist meditation, the Dalai Lamas, and the religions of China, Japan and Tibet.

Death and Afterlife: What’s Next?

We’ve all wondered what happens to us after death, maybe something, maybe nothing. What would that “something” be? We in the Western world are conditioned to automatically fill in a concept of heaven and hell. But Eastern religions suggest a radically different alternative with their fascinating concept of reincarnation. This unusual class examines the death beliefs of the world’s great religious systems. What will this final chapter in life ultimately yield? Does anyone really know? Religions have offered many intriguing ideas about the great beyond over many centuries. Find out what the various promises have been. Explore what the world’s religions have to say and to promise about the afterlife. Where the ancient Egyptians were fascinated by death, and prepared their pharaohs their entire life for their eternal life after dying, their Mesopotamian and Hebrew neighbors saw no kind of experience continuing after death. Concepts of heaven and hell, the final judgment day and the end of the world follow in Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Islam. Learn the surprising origin of the concept of heaven and hell. Then examine Eastern ideas. Indian religions developed a sophisticated theory of reincarnation quite early, along with the so-called “Art of Dying,” covered in the next segment. Finally, turn to China to investigate the belief in ancestral spirits, and the attitude toward death in Confucianism and Taoism. Everyone needs to study death at some point before they actually die—so as to know (multiple versions of) what to expect!

Four sessions

Tue., Mar. 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0360 / $175

Sharon L. Coggan, PhD, teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, and serves as director of the Religious Studies Program, which she created. Her areas of study include history of religions and psychology of religion.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Enrichment Lecture Series Is a New Cold War Inevitable? The Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry

Even the smallest tremor between two superpowers can shake all our lives to the core. For decades, the economies of U.S. and China have been tightly woven. But today, the threads are frayed. The Trump Administration has declared China a competitor, escalating a trade war. Join Sam Zhao, director of DU’s Center for China-U.S. Cooperation, as he answers critical questions: How has the U.S.China rivalry evolved under President Trump? What caused the emerging rivalry? Is a cold war inevitable? What is the relationship’s future? Wed., Jan. 29, 2020, 7–9 pm

Hong Kong 360: A Panoramic Political View

You’ve seen the recent, anti-government protests in Hong Kong, but it’s hard to understand today’s events without some context. Join Jing Sun, associate professor of Political Science, as he examines the genesis of the “One Country Two Systems” formula, reasons for the current unrest, pros and cons of a leaderless pro-democracy movement and the future prospect of Hong Kong-China relations. Come away with a better understanding of major historical events unfolding in Hong Kong today. Wed., Feb. 12, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0323 / $25

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ENRICH 0321 / $45 (includes both lectures)

How the Brain Learns: Three Secrets for More Impactful Communication

Can One Score Define You? Controversies in Intelligence Testing

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

Should a single intelligence test score wield the power to define a life? In the U.S. today, an IQ score influences everything from school options to death sentences. And yet, intelligence testing is laden with controversy. Consider Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve on race and IQ, one of the most contentious books over the last three decades. Join Apryl Alexander, clinical assistant professor in Psychology, for the history and theory behind intelligence testing and ongoing clinical, ethical and legal debates on intelligence.

Wed., Mar. 18, 2020, 7–9 pm

Wed., Apr. 1, 2020, 7–9 pm

ENRICH 0318 / $25

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ENRICH 0320 / $45 (includes both lectures)


Enrichment Lecture Series


False Confessions

The Rise of the Nazis: Historical Anomaly or Universal Lesson?

False confessions continue to plague the judicial system as one of the leading contributors of wrongful convictions. In fact, The Innocence Project, the criminal justice reform nonprofit, reports 25 percent of wrongful convictions overturned by DNA testing involved false confessions. Join David N. Fisher, a trial attorney who’s handled hundreds of criminal cases, as he spotlights the latest on false confessions, including research, news and actual cases, such as the Central Park Five. Thur., Apr. 16, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0322 / $25

Gun Rights in the United States

The expansion of concealed carry laws, retail stores barring open carry and talk from political candidates to ban assault weapons all speak to increasing concerns among Americans about gun rights and gun control in the U.S. Trent Steidley, assistant professor of sociology and criminology, discusses recent trends in support for gun rights and how popular the gun rights movement has become in recent decades, influencing not only efforts to stop new gun control legislation, but also expand gun rights across the United States. Wed., Apr. 22, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0326 / $25

Mining Olympic Gold: How Athletic Excellence Happens

Have you ever wondered how athletes reach the pinnacle of achievement? Join Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, head coach of DU women’s gymnastics, which finished fourth at the NCAA Division 1 National Championships, as she takes you to the place few fans see—where athletes’ bodies and minds are shaped for preeminence and excellence. Hear the latest on sports motivation, short- and long-term goal setting, nutrition, strength and conditioning, identifying talent, mindset, peaking at the right time and the new NCAA athlete pay movement. Plus, get a bonus 30-minute tour of DU’s Ritchie Center. Tue., May 5, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0324 / $25

Some historians have argued that the rise of the Nazis was a product of a “peculiar” trajectory, that what happened under Hitler couldn’t happen anywhere else at any other time. Is this true or simply a convenience to dismiss the more troubling implications of how ordinary humans came to participate in extraordinary atrocities? Join popular instructor Andrea Maestrejuan as she leads you through German history and shares how “ordinary” events led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis, and the subsequent extermination of more than 6 million Jews. Starting with the impact of World War I and the rise of the Weimar Republic on a modern industrial society, trace the effects of economic crisis and deep social divisions that led to the creation of the Third Reich. Learn how the regime attempted to re-shape ordinary Germans into willing participants in the regime’s policies by creating a new kind of society, The People’s Community (Volksgemeinschaft). The regime’s success to build this community would be tested in World War II and would end with the Final Solution. A discussion of the two postwar Germanys will highlight what ordinary Germans knew, did not know and simply ignored. Maestrejuan challenges what you think you know about Nazi history, exposing the all-too-common ways that today’s leaders use rhetoric and fear to achieve their goals.

Four sessions

Thur., Feb. 20, 27, Mar. 5, 12, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0345 / $175

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

See Anti-Semitism course on page 13.

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


History Seeing the Past Through Maps

From the voyages of imperial exploration to the digital age, maps have been central to American history. Whether designed as instruments of navigation, weapons of war, handmaidens of diplomacy or tools of social reform, maps have mattered at all stages of the nation’s past. Join Susan Schulten, DU professor of History, as she explores the crucial role that maps have played in our shared history. Covering five centuries in four weeks, Schulten discusses how maps have captured what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for and what they feared. Using historical materials and fascinating imagery, Schulten examines the influence of maps across a range of contexts. How did maps shape the European voyages of discovery? How did physicians use maps in their urgent quest to determine the source of yellow fever and cholera? How have maps been used to drive gerrymandering and illuminate our understanding of “Red and Blue America?” Explore the way maps shaped European exploration, imperial rivalry, native dispossession, national independence, economic development, the rise of American international power, and even entertainment and leisure. (Those who took Schulten’s popular 2019 two-week course can expect new material and discussions in this updated and expanded course.) Come away with a better understanding of how maps both illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past.

Four sessions

Wed., Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 4, 11, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0344 / $199

Susan Schulten is professor of History at DU, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of A History of America in 100 Maps (2018), Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in NineteenthCentury America (2012), and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950 (2001). Her areas of expertise include Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction, America at the turn of the century, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the history of ideas.

Want more Susan Schulten? See Women’s Suffrage course on page 4.


History North and South Korea: A Tale of Two Countries

Göbeklitepe: The World’s First Temple?

“Ancient stone monoliths placed strategically for worship ceremonies.” Did you think Stonehenge? Gotcha! There is actually a much older (6,000 years older) and larger (22 acres) site in southern Turkey where archeologists are nearly beside themselves with glee as they uncover what many believe could be the world’s oldest temple. Göbeklitepe (Turkish for “belly hill”) was first discovered in Mesopotamia by 1960s anthropologists who dismissed it as an abandoned ancient cemetery. But today, most scientists believe the site to be nearly 11,000 years old, “a place of worship on an unprecedented scale,” and perhaps humanity’s first temple. Join Beyhan Titiz Maybach, lecturer and native of Turkey who recently visited the busy dig site, as she shares photos from her tour and explains why the discovery of this site has rattled how we perceive human history. Göbeklitepe’s massive stones (some reaching 16 feet tall and weighing 10 tons) were carved by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery. The giant T-shaped pillars reveal levels of architectural and engineering technology previously associated with much more recent civilizations. What does this site teach us about our common ancestry? And how much more might we discover as scientists keep digging? Come away with insights into one of our world’s most exciting archeological discoveries in decades!

Sandwiched between two bigger neighbors— China and Japan—Korea has long been a breeding ground for conflicts, larger-than-life characters and often-inaccurate cultural myths. When and why was the country split in two? How did South Korea become such a relatively modern society while its northern counterpart descended into literal darkness, paranoia and secrecy? Join Xiansheng Tian, professor of History, as he explores the answers to these complex questions. First, Tian takes you on a historical tour of the region, starting in the early 19th century when Korea first fell victim to Japanese imperialist expansion. Learn why and how the country was arbitrarily divided in half after World War II. Discover the forces that ultimately led to South Korea’s fast modernization and its transition from a military dictatorship to a full democracy. Conversely, gain insights into how North Korea came to be ruled by the Kim dynasty, peek into the country’s large and notorious prison system, and discuss the implications of its fastdeveloping nuclear program. Finally, discuss the moral obligations faced by other countries, such as the U.S., when dealing with a country that possesses nuclear power while also committing human rights atrocities. Come away with a better understanding of these two countries and how their history informs international dilemmas we face today.

Two sessions

Four sessions

ENRICH 0343 / $85

ENRICH 0346 / $175

Wed., Feb. 5, 12, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm Beyhan Titiz Maybach, PhD, is an ecologist, soil scientist and lecturer. She is a native of Turkey, where she visits fascinating sites annually.

Thur., Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 2020, 7–9 pm Xiansheng Tian, PhD, is professor of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver and a lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver. He specializes in East Asian History and U.S.-China Relations.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


History & Culture Ireland: The Present Is Rooted in the Past

From ancient Celtic tribes battling for power, to British colonization, the Famine, Bloody Sunday and now Brexit’s confusion, one might wonder whether the term “Luck of the Irish” is actually an oxymoron. And yet, the emerald land that has faced such peril also gave us Newgrange, Yeats, Ulysses, U2 and, yes, Guinness. Join Jodie Kreider, visiting teaching associate professor of History, as she leads you on a cultural, historical and geographical tour of Ireland, starting with ancient, Celtic Ireland. (Was it Celtic or Gaelic?) Kreider discusses the great warriors and artworks to emerge at this time, including Cuchulainn and the Book of Kells. Next, trace the British colonization of Ireland from 1168-2019. Did Oliver Cromwell really commit brutal seizures of 80 percent of Irish land from its original owners, giving it to “good Protestant Englishmen?” Also examine the impact of British policies, resulting in Irish emigration to the United States and other parts of the world. Then, Kreider discusses the Irish battle for independence during the 20th century. Despite the failed Easter Rising of 1916, the Irish successfully used guerrilla warfare and civil war tactics to achieve independence. Learn about the early days of the IRA, founded by Michael Collins, an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician. Finally, discuss the Northern Ireland conflict (also known as “The Troubles”), Bloody Sunday and, ultimately, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. What has peace been like for Northern Ireland and what might be the impact of Brexit, and the significance of the Irish backstop? Along the way, Kreider discusses popular tourist destinations as she also shares photos, movie clips and news articles to make the history and stunning geography come alive. Come away with a richer understanding of this welcoming, complicated country.

Four sessions

Mon., Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 2, 9, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0342 / $175

Jodie A. Kreider has taught in the History Department at DU for over 15 years and as a special instructor in the History Department at CSU. Her areas of teaching specialization include Modern Europe, Britain, the British Empire, Ireland and Comparative Women. Her research focuses on Welsh nationalism, identity and gender in the 19th and 20th centuries, within a wider context of post-colonial nationalist movements.


Writing Set the Stage: Playwriting Workshop

Every playwright from Shakespeare to LinManuel Miranda started with the germ of an idea and a blank page staring them in the face. Transforming those pages into an intriguing story filled with fascinating characters and sparkling dialogue is no easy task. The truth is, writing for live theatre presents some unique challenges you won’t face when writing either fiction or screenplays. But the good news is, you can overcome those challenges—if you know the trade’s tricks! All playwrights employ specific tools and techniques to aid them in their craft, and the best part: You can learn them. Join awardwinning playwright Carrie Printz as she leads you through exercises that enable you to try your hand (or fingers on the keyboard or grasping a pen) at writing your own play. Printz also shares scenes from some outstanding plays and examines their key building blocks to illustrate what makes them great. Then, start crafting your own characters and scenes, casting your classmates in various roles to hear your work read aloud—an essential part of new play development. If you’ve ever wanted to discover the key steps and theatrical elements involved with playwriting, this workshop provides a thorough and practical overview. Your blank page and empty stage await!

Celebrating the Power of Language through Haiku

How often do we stop to appreciate language? Its beauty? Its rhythms? Its power? It’s certainly worth appreciating and even celebrating. Many say it alone put us atop the food chain. Explore the artistry of language and have some fun testing your skill with the thought-provoking, centuriesold form of Japanese poetry known as haiku. You may remember it from sixth grade English class. It’s still here, popular as ever and proving to be not only an exciting way to celebrate language, but also an amusing way to get better at using language. Join author, poet and haiku expert Gary Schroeder as he shares insightful and practical reflections regarding the movement away from the traditional 5-7-5 syllable structure and toward a more intuitive form. Gary then introduces a tool that prepares you to write: Waking to the world— learning to be present for nature’s influences. Next, it’s pen to paper for the words that become your own revealing and oftentimes surprising haiku. After the writing, Gary puts a few haikus on the white board for creative and supportive critiques. Come away with more appreciation for language, poetry and, of course, your very own new haikus!

Two sessions

Mon., Apr. 6, 13, 6:30–8:30 pm

Two sessions

ENRICH 0362 / $85

Sat., Mar. 7, 14, 2020, 10:30–12:30 pm ENRICH 0364 / $85

Carrie Printz is an award-winning playwright whose plays have won both national and regional competitions and have been performed at many theatres. Her full-length play, Gifted, was produced by The Edge in 2013 after winning its new play festival. Her latest play, Fractured Moonlight, will premiere at Denver’s And Toto too Theatre Company this April.

Gary Schroeder is the author of four books including Cricket in the House: A Year’s Haiku (Wayland Press, 1999) and Adjacent Solitudes (Wayland Press, 1991). His latest, After Rain, was published in 2017 by Folded Word Press. He has conducted haiku workshops for writers’ conferences and the Center for Contemplative Living.

See Memoir course on page 5.

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

William Stoner entered the University of Missouri as a freshman in the year 1910, at the age of nineteen. Eight years later, during the height of World War I, he received his doctor of Philosophy degree and accepted an instructorship at the same university, where he taught until his death in 1956. He did not rise above the rank of assistant professor, and few students remembered him with any sharpness after they had taken his courses. So begins former University of Denver English professor John Williams’ quiet masterpiece, Stoner, the story of an unremarkable scholar and his unremarkable life. The novel was published in 1965 and was out of print a year later. Williams, who authored three other books, enjoyed minimal commercial and critical success before his death in 1994. But thanks to a French author who recognized Williams’ exquisite prose, the book was reissued in 2006 in Europe and soon hit the bestseller list, followed by acclaim in the U.S. Critic Morris Dickstein called Stoner “a perfect novel … [that] takes your breath away.” One of Williams’ colleagues also said in a recent biography, “How could such a son of a bitch have such talent?” Revered or reviled, Williams’ gift as a novelist was undeniable.

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

This celebration, on the 55th anniversary of Stoner’s publication, honors the novelist and his masterpiece with a day of sessions at DU (lunch break on your own) followed by an optional dinner and program. John Williams’ son, Jonathan, will attend this event. SPEAKERS AND THEIR TOPICS William Zaranka, PhD - Observations on Williams as a Novelist and Colleague. Zaranka, who taught at DU in the Creative Writing program, shares insights from 20-plus years of personal and professional interactions with Williams and speaks of the novelist’s philosophy of creative writing. Joe Nigg, PhD - My Mentor: Williams’ Influence on the Life of a Future Writer. Nigg, an award-winning author, offers lessons he learned from Williams on pursuing a writing career, the power of passion and a belief in the essential truth of one’s own words. Anne Marie Candido - Williams’ Archives: The Final Legacy. Candido, who organized Williams’ special collection at the University of Arkansas and worked with him for months, shares her reflections on his greatest novel, and what she found most revealing about Williams. Alan Prendergast, Keynote - John Williams: Artist of the Plain. Prendergast, an investigative journalist, offers a critical look at the austere and subversive storytelling of Stoner. Please note: A panel Q&A session with the speakers will conclude the day’s sessions. Conference coordinators Sally Stich (DU ’72) and Sally Kurtzman have coordinated many writing conferences, and each taught literature and writing at the college level for 30 years.

One-day conference

Sat., Mar. 28, 2020, 9 am–4 pm, followed by optional dinner* ENRICH 0316 / $175 (conference only)

* Please see the following page to register for the dinner.


Literature Dusting Off the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey

John Williams Dinner Reception

The celebration of John Williams and Stoner will continue at a dinner off campus with a cash cocktail hour, a meal (with Williams’s favorite dessert—chocolate mousse), followed by a reading from the novelist’s final unfinished work, The Sleep of Reason, a story that circles around the question of authenticity. Williams hoped this would be his masterpiece; unfortunately, we‘ll never know. But keynoter Alan Prendergast tackles the enigma in his talk, Postscript: The Novel We Didn’t Get, about the circumstances under which it was written and where it seemed to be heading. Also, John Williams’ son will be at the dinner and hopes to chat informally with attendees. Sat., Mar. 28, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0317 / $60 (optional dinner)

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

Five sessions

Wed., Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0351 / $185

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

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

See Writing courses on page 5 & 21.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades




“My! What Big Teeth You Have!” The Hidden Histories of Fairy Tales

Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t Draw: Learning to See Like an Artist

Did you know that Beauty and the Beast was written to convince young women to accept arranged marriages? Or that Little Red Riding Hood was intended to warn women not to sleep with men out of wedlock? In fact, most original fairy tales were written for adults—many for women—and they included dark, even gruesome themes that were meant to scare people into accepting social mores. Join April ChapmanLudwig, teaching assistant professor in DU’s Writing Program, as she strips away the Disney whitewash and dives into several original folk tales, addressing each story’s historical and cultural meanings. In each class, ChapmanLudwig begins by sharing the “origin story” of a popular fairy tale. For example, Cinderella has its roots in Chinese foot binding. What was the intended moral of that story? Then, ChapmanLudwig looks at the adaptations to each story across time. What does each change reveal about society and also the author’s own life? Along the way, join class discussions about why these stories still resonate today, which adaptations seem antiquated and which hit too close to home. Chapman-Ludwig will cover Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. Come away with eyes wide open—the better to see you with, my dear!

Four sessions

Thur., Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0350 / $175

April Chapman-Ludwig has taught in the Writing Program at DU for over 13 years. Her writing and research focus on visual rhetoric, 18th-century women’s literature, the history of fairy tales, documentary film, transfer student persistence and the social sciences.

As young children we were encouraged to stay within the lines in our coloring books and beginning drawings. But is that what really makes a drawing “good?” How many frustrating experiences did it take to convince you that you can’t draw? Alfredo A. Ortiz, adjunct professor of drawing at DU’s School of Art and Art History, has been sharing his passion for art through teaching for over 15 years. He believes that anyone can learn to draw well with the correct instruction and some practice. Before you can draw like an artist, though, you need to know how to see like an artist. Learn to perceive things in a completely new way and then record your impressions. With exercises and topics that include understanding line, value and negative space, composing still life and onepoint perspective, you’ll gain important tools to help you create more sophisticated works of art. Weather permitting, you’ll even enjoy a bit of drawing en plein air. This course is for beginners or those looking to sharpen their drawing skills. Registration includes supplies. Space is limited, so enroll early!

Two-day intensive

Sat., Apr. 25, May 2, 2020, 9 am–12 pm; 1–4 pm ENRICH 0330 / $195

Mexican American artist Alfredo Ortiz is an adjunct professor of Drawing, School of Art and Art History. He received a BFA from MSU Denver and an MFA from CU-Boulder. His work has been exhibited locally, as well as in Palestine, Colombia and Mexico City.

See more Art and Art History courses in Cultural Connections section.


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

A powerful camera and editing suite all in one, your iPhone can produce photographic masterpieces. In fact, the art of iPhoneography is now a recognized form of photography, and it has become increasingly popular. Under the guidance of photographer and artist Rick Dailey, explore the basic elements of formal composition as you learn to create quality photographs with your iPhone. Discover fun and easy ways to capture and process photos and then practice turning those photos into unique and artistic images. Learn how to adjust images using many filters and effects that can turn even the most ordinary picture into a digital work of art. Literally thousands of applications (apps) exist just for iPhone photography; learn which are best and which to ignore. Among other apps, explore the possibilities of Snapseed, one of the top-rated photo-editing apps for smartphones. Plus, learn how to save the images in high resolution for professional quality printing. Be prepared to head outside for an instructor-accompanied photoshoot, take images on your own between classes, and return for another session to discuss and critique what you captured and edited. Come away with the tools, inspiration and ability to express yourself using this robust and exciting technology. No computer is needed for this course; all processing is done on your iPhone/iPod Touch and/or iPad. Prerequisite: Students must be adept with apps, controls and settings, and they are required to have an iPhone 6 series or later using iOS 9, plus an active iTunes account.

Two sessions

Sat., Mar. 21, 28, 2020, 9 am–1 pm ENRICH 0331 / $175

Rick Dailey is an artist and curator. He received his MFA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Rick was formerly the studio coordinator of photography and new media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and is currently the gallery director of the Philip J. Steele Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. His work is in private collections across North America.

All photos by Rick Dailey. Edited in Snapseed.

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Art History Bonjour, Paris! Great Art Museums in the City of Light

Pining for Paris? Jonesing for a bite of good art (along with a fresh pain au chocolat)? Take an imaginative journey to the great museums of the French capital with art historian and Denver Art Museum educator Molly Medakovich. For centuries, Paris has been a cultural darling of Europe and an international center for art, and its famous museums house some of the most treasured masterpieces in the world. Explore the backstories of the Louvre’s Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa (how’d they get there, anyway?), Monet’s water lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie, the dazzling “unicorn tapestries” at the Musée Cluny, and other must-see paintings, sculptures and decorative arts in the city’s museums. Brush up on the long, fascinating history of the Louvre (did you know it served as the palace of the French kings for centuries?) and jump head-first into the once-shocking Centre Pompidou, a center for modern and contemporary art whose radical design was pejoratively described as an “oil refinery” by some critics when it debuted in the 1970s. Discover hidden gems on Paris’s map of museums with virtual visits to the Musée Rodin and its verdant gardens, the intimate environment of the Musée JacquemartAndré, a wonderland of 18th-century decorative arts and painting, or the new kid on the block in the Bois de Boulogne, La Fondation Louis Vuitton. In addition to savoring these art historical highlights, learn how Paris’s museums shed light on the rich, layered history of this dynamic city of art and culture.

Three sessions

Wed., Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 4, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0328 / $140

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.


Philosophy & Ethics


Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature

The Art and Science of Persuasion

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming our lives, from how we use cell phones to how we drive cars and how we pay for goods and services. Andrew Ng, famed computer scientist associated with Google, Baidu and Stanford, has called AI “the new electricity,” comparing its impact on our lives to the changes brought about during the 19th century in transportation, domestic life, communications and healthcare. But, unlike the changes of the 19th century, AI challenges many of the concepts we take for granted about human intelligence and human nature. For example, is artificial intelligence any more artificial than human intelligence? Why do humans have moral status over “thinking” machines? Is AI changing what it means to be human? Join theology professor Ted Vial as he examines these questions from multiple perspectives. First, Ted leads a sophisticated (but non-technical) overview of what AI is, what it can do, and what its next phases might be capable of. Next, explore the emerging ethical landscape brought about by our increasing relationships with machines. Can machines have emotions? Do we owe them our respect? Also, discuss the immense responsibilities and ethics demanded of those who develop and release AIcapable machines into our world. Come away with a more nuanced understanding of AI, its systemic reach into our world, and how it impacts what it means to be human today.

Imagine how great it would be, especially in a contentious election year, if you could persuade family, friends and even faceless commenters on Facebook to your side. To hear them say after a long pause, “Well, I hate to say it, but it looks like you’re right.” How sweet the sound. While persuasion is indeed both an art and a science, more importantly, it can be learned. Join Denver Post columnist and communications specialist Krista Kafer as she unveils the secrets of how to sway others in respectful conversations on religion, sports, even 2020 politics and presidential candidates. Discover how TV commercials really work. Delve deep into the mind to uncover and appreciate the psychology behind persuasion. See how stories and humor work to persuade. Practice pivoting to gain common ground. Learn how to spot the differences in spin, truth and deceit. Get the scoop on tricky concepts like psychological reactance, confirmation bias, motivated reasoning, cognitive dissonance and the all-important amplification of the extreme. Kafer also pulls from communication masters of past and present: Jonathan Haidt’s moral reasoning; Vance Packard’s compelling needs; Robert Reich’s cultural parables, and Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Feeling persuaded?

Three sessions

Tue., Apr. 21, 28, May 5, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0333 / $135

Four sessions

Tue., Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0359 / $175

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

Ted Vial is professor of theology and modern western religious thought at the Iliff School of Theology. He is also an officer with Iliff’s new AI Institute. 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.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Nature & Science Nature’s Grandest Spectacle: The Spring Migration of Birds

Prairies, forests and wetlands of our latitude come alive in April and May with a rich diversity of birds that only weeks earlier were wintering in habitats ranging from the southern United States and Mexico to Central America and northern South America. Who are they? Join Colorado birding expert Ted Floyd for two evening lectures and two field sessions covering the whys and wherefores of one of nature’s grandest spectacles: the spring migration of birds. Start your birding journey in the classroom where Floyd discusses the questions we’ve all asked since childhood: Why do birds migrate in the first place? How do they know where to go? He also explores birds’ amazing physical feat of flying hundreds or even thousands of miles in a relatively short time and gives a short primer on evolutionary biology, especially as it pertains to understanding relationships among groups of birds found in Colorado. Discover modern resources for enjoying bird migration that contribute to basic science about avian biology, including digital recorders and cameras, smartphones, apps and software such as eBird and iNaturalist. In the field (at destinations within a 90-minute drive of campus), experience direct contact with approximately 100 bird species, many of them on migration layovers or in the process of actually migrating. In addition to watching and listening, record your sightings and upload your data to global databases used by scientists to monitor and protect bird populations. Come away with a new understanding of one of nature’s most spectacular and mind-boggling annual routines.

Four sessions

Thur., Apr. 30, May 7, 2020, 7–9 pm Bird-watching field trips, Sat., May 2, 9, 8 am–12 pm ENRICH 0357 / $190

Ted Floyd is the long-time editor of Birding, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association, and the author of many articles and books, including the Field Guide to Birds of Colorado (2nd ed., 2018) and How to Know the Birds (2019). He has taught college courses in ecology, evolution, entomology, conservation biology and other topics.

Credit: All images by Ted Floyd


Nature & Science Design Your Own Sustainable Landscape

Colorado Water: The Future of Ebbs and Flows

Three sessions

Wed., Jan. 29, Feb. 5, 12, 2020, 6:30–8:30 pm ENRICH 0356 / $135

Elizabeth (Lisa) McVicker is a licensed Colorado attorney with a practice in transactional law including construction law and water law. Elizabeth serves on three water-related entities including a water conservancy district and a water enterprise. She helped develop the One World One Water Center at MSU Denver where she teaches business law and water law classes.

Credit: Scott Dressel-Martin

Mark Twain once said, “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting over.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. Why? Because we in the American West are proving citizens and the government can collaborate in facing the challenges that come from scarce water resources and the demands for those limited resources. What’s more, we’re proving this kind of collaboration is the best way forward. Today, water in Colorado comes with a sea of issues and questions: How we use it, how we conserve it, how we farm with it, how we wash our cars with it—the list is long. Join Elizabeth (Lisa) McVicker, a Colorado attorney who specializes in water law, as she reviews those topics and many others that have a direct impact on our daily lives. McVicker shares stories about early water use and development, the basics of hydrology, water’s role in the climate and even the way that Colorado’s geology impacts our water needs and use. Also, learn about Colorado’s compacts with neighboring states and the growing scarcity of water resources in the burgeoning American West. Discuss the latest efforts in water law with an emphasis on Colorado and its water rights administration. Then, hear about interstate water issues and how they affect our economy. McVicker shares a behind-the-scenes view of how officials continue to develop the Colorado Water Plan. Come away awash in new facts!

Are you ready to say goodbye to your highmaintenance lawn? Would you like to transform your outdoor space into a unique environment that works symbiotically with nature? Join Jill Livingston, landscape architect and master gardener, in this two-day workshop to learn the fundamental steps of transforming your landscape into an inviting outdoor “room” for humans and pollinators alike. First, Jill teaches you how to “read the site,” thinking about your existing space in an entirely different way. Discover fun and creative methods for starting the design process using your home’s plot/base plan to begin building layers of your garden design. Look at sun exposure, circulation, views from inside/ outside your home, usage and other important factors to help create your perfect landscape design. On day two, Jill discusses the many exciting plant possibilities that are friendly to our environment as well as low-maintenance. Learn ways of working with nature, instead of against it, by using plants that thrive in our high-plains, arid environment. Finish the second day with an instructor-guided field trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens where you’ll see, feel and smell some of the plants that you were introduced to in the classroom. Come away with ideas for your own sustainable garden design and a solid understanding of how to bring it to fruition!

Three sessions

Sat., Apr. 18, 25, 2020, 9 am–12 pm Botanic Gardens tour, Sat., Apr. 25, 1–3 pm ENRICH 0358 / $165

Jill Livingston, landscape architect and master gardener, owns The Green Fuse, a landscape design/build and garden maintenance company in Denver. She enjoys sharing her lifelong plant enthusiasm and passion for experiential design.

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


Finance Stocks, Bonds or Cash: Investing in Today’s Financial World

Here’s an interesting fact: Only a small percentage of investors, both professional and individual, consistently beat the market. What do the few know that the many don’t? They understand what drives financial markets. That, says financial analyst JP Tremblay, is a critical difference. Join Tremblay as he demystifies not only what drives markets, but also the world of investing to make you, no matter your experience, a more knowledgeable and confident investor. JP starts with a primer on the stock market, a look at the companies that trade on the public stock market and the risks associated with those investments. Then, learn time-tested strategies to choose stocks, paying particular attention to sustainability issues, gain access to special resources to research stocks and discover how to build a diversified portfolio with stocks, bonds and cash that meet your unique goals and tolerance for risk. Consider these questions: Should you pick stocks yourself? Would hiring a money manager be better? How might you avoid both and just buy an index fund? The course ends with a detailed, individual investment strategy and a look to the future with tips you can use as you face various market conditions. Come away with a more assured understanding of financial markets and why your active participation is important for your results. Please note: Participants need a computer with Microsoft Excel version 2010 or higher.

What Our Students Are Saying For the Love of Learning! Loved the topics; the enthusiasm, kindness, humor, wisdom and knowledge of the instructors; and the exchange between them. ~ Ian Stone This was a very creative and informative introduction to Don Quixote. The instructor’s expertise and enthusiasm for the subject were wonderful. ~ Anonymous The instructor provided clear and practical instructions that were very helpful to the growth of my skills. He has a lovely gentle way of interacting and giving feedback to the participants. He clearly knows the material and is able to communicate easily. ~ Joede Schoeberlein By the end of the course, I had a much better handle on the science and impact of climate change. Much of the literature out there is rather dense and thus I very much valued having a professor with his experience and knowledge lead me through a very complex topic. ~ Michael Chase [I liked the] professor’s ability to take complex ideas and make them accessible. ~ Tamara Rowe I thought he did an excellent job of giving the book context and history. It is impossible to cover 900+ pages in 4 sessions. The framework he built will enable me to more enjoy the book as I read it. Well done. ~ Anonymous

Four sessions

Mon., Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 2020, 7–9 pm ENRICH 0341 / $175

JP Tremblay is an associate teaching professor in the Reiman School of Finance at the Daniels College of Business. He is a CFA charterholder and actively researches financial concepts in portfolio management, business cycle and equity valuation. He is also an active portfolio manager.


The instructor was able to tailor the course for those who knew a lot about podcasts and those who knew very little (like me)! She customized the course to suit our individual needs, which was great. ~ Anthony Powell The brief introductions to the many, many selected pieces were excellent, and having the list of these highlighted pieces will greatly expand my list of go-to chamber music selections. The knowledge level of the prof. is amazing. ~ Ed Wittman

FOCUS FORWARD: Navigating Professional Transitions

Focus Forward: Navigating Professional Transitions is an integrated program thoughtfully designed for working professionals looking to make a later career transition. Offered by the University of Denver’s college of continuing and professional studies, University College, the program helps you ask relevant questions about transition and determine the best course of action through new frameworks, tools and strategies that will help you map out the future you desire. You’ve been navigating your way through a demanding, well-established career and now you’re looking to explore options, perhaps even choose another path. Whether you decide to find a satisfying way to stay in your current career, launch into a new career—perhaps an “encore” career like the 31 million other Americans interested in pursuing that—or create the next chapter in your post-career life where work is no longer a predominant focus, your goal is to create a future that’s both fulfilling and purposeful. The Focus Forward program is designed to inspire, inform and motivate you no matter where you find yourself at this critical juncture in your professional life, whether shifting careers or considering retirement. If you’re a working career professional looking to transition to something new, Focus Forward is the program for you. The program begins with Planning for Change, a foundational workshop that presents a framework for navigating change and transition for lifelong renewal. 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 and expanding community, are also offered.


Focus Forward Info Session


Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:30–10:30 am

Join Lori Zahn, executive coach and Focus Forward program lead instructor, to learn the philosophy, process and learning outcomes for this integrative program. Lori discusses the Planning for Change workshop, subsequent career and retirement courses, and additional resources available to students in this program. If you’re considering enrolling in Planning for Change, come and hear what the Focus Forward program is all about! To register, 303-871-2291 or https://focusforwardjanuary2020.eventbrite.com

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


FOCUS FORWARD: Navigating Professional Transitions Testimonials The Planning for Change course offered at DU by Lori Zahn is a well-designed course for all adults. It’s a way to learn about adult development and the stages of change that give the learner a deep understanding of how you respond to and can plan for change in adulthood. The resources used in the course are excellent. Lori is a knowledgeable and skilled facilitator who brings the material to life with her thoughtful assignments, stimulating workbook and small group interaction. I have recommended this course to several colleagues! Every adult would benefit from this course! ~ Jo Rondon Lori creates a very comfortable learning environment. I have more to take away from this class than any other I’ve taken. This class offers the opportunity for an enhanced and more enlightened future. Thank you Lori for enriching all of our lives. ~Anonymous Through a structured framework, yet with freedom enough to follow the discussions and ideas wherever they may lead, each individual in the workshop found something that met their needs. There was an optimal balance between presentation, large and small group discussion, introspective in-class work, homework and reading assignments. Many resources are provided, as well as a “toolkit” created during the course which we can use again and again as reference, as each of us moves through the stages of our own lives. ~ Lisa Radford The course was insightful into how I’ve been feeling and thinking about my future, and with the changes I’ve wanted in my personal and professional life. It was validating and helpful. ~ Craig Rotile Exceeded expectations. Was glad it offered the basic concepts of behaviors necessary to establish a basis for moving forward. Thought initially I just needed practical ideas (job suggestions, etc.), but this was more powerful. Lori is a wonderful facilitator! ~ Emily Zemel


Planning for Change Ready for a change? This prerequisite workshop stimulates your thinking about a later career transition and charts a course ahead. The workshop is designed around multiple frameworks, including The Hudson Institute’s core model known as the Cycle of Renewal™, a powerful learning tool for individuals navigating transition and change. The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara is recognized for expertise in adult development, renewal and leadership training. Begin with an exploration of significant life transitions, then learn 10 important considerations for a successful transition and develop a plan for moving forward in the months ahead.

TWO SECTIONS: Three evenings

Tue., Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 2020, 6–9 pm Registration deadline is Jan. 21. PPE 0501 / $455

Three Saturdays

Sat., Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2020, 9 am-12 pm Registration deadline is Jan. 24. PPE 0500 / $455

FOCUS FORWARD: Navigating Professional Transitions Reinventing Retirement 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 introduces 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 are discussed. Among other important discoveries, find answers to the important questions: When and how do I retire? Learn to build on your sense of purpose and passions and begin experimenting with new possibilities. Leave with an expanded perspective and a vision for living this next chapter in your life. Prerequisite: Planning for Change workshop.

Revitalizing Career Looking to sustain and invigorate your current career or considering a later career change? This course encourages you to explore whether and how to stay in your current career or transition to a new one. Identify how your talents, skills and experience can parlay into new opportunities; learn about new ways of working, encore careers and portfolio careers. Leave with a framework, process and resources to help you proactively manage later career satisfaction and renewal. Prerequisite: Planning for Change workshop.

Four sessions

Sat., Mar. 7, 14, 21, Apr. 4, 2020, 9 am-12 pm Registration deadline is Feb. 28. PPE 0503 / $495

Four sessions

Tue., Mar. 3, 10, 17, 31, 2020, 6-9 pm Registration deadline is Feb. 25. PPE 0502 / $495

About the Lead Instructor

Lori Zahn, president of Perceptive Leaders LLC, a leadership development consulting company, is an entrepreneur and organizational consultant working with career professionals. She creates and teaches innovative leadership and professional development programs and is an executive coach. Educated in adult development and learning, and drawing on years of experience—working as both a senior-level leader inside companies and as an external consultant to seniorlevel organizational leadership—Lori brings her passion for helping people grow as individuals and create fulfilling next chapters.


The cost of Focus Forward: Navigating Professional Transitions covers all of the materials necessary for the workshop and courses, including selected articles and required books.


Enroll with a friend or family member in Planning for Change workshop and both receive $35 off registration. Register for one of the optional courses within the same academic year as Planning for Change workshop and earn a $35 discount. University of Denver staff, faculty and alumni receive $35 off each registration.

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



In collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at DU, we are pleased to offer the following OLLI-on-Campus 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.)

German Expressionism

It’s a fascinating story of artists and their search for redemption amid harsh societal change. Join Linda Susak, who teaches German at DU, as she journeys through the early 20th century for a discerning look at German artists who sought to heal society, in part, as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution. Artists covered: Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde, Otto Mueller, Franz Marc, Gabriele Münter, Marianne von Werefkin and more.

American Labor Writing: The Farm, the Factory and Beyond

Four sessions

Wipe the black soot from the cracked factory window to glimpse the true working conditions of the 20th century: the cotton fields of the American South, the meat factories of the Midwest, and the tarnished Rust Belt. Join multimedia poet Julia Madsen as she revives the voices of weary workers, the billowing smokestacks and purring conveyer belts through the words and works of Upton Sinclair, James Agee and others.

ENRICH 0370 / $130

Wed., Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 4, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am

Wed., Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am

Learn to Create Greeting Cards with Watercolors: Just in Time for Spring Holidays How fun and rewarding is it to create watercolor greeting cards and postcards? Find out by joining artist and craft designer Mitra Verma as she leads you through the creative steps to make your very own cards that can be used for any occasion. Verma shows you exciting yet easy watercolor techniques that will make your cards stand out from the pack. All levels of artistic experience are welcome. Students are responsible for materials.

Four sessions

ENRICH 0368 / $130

Finding Your Irish Roots: Trials, Triumphs and Treasures

Four sessions

If your roots lie in Ireland’s lush greenery, you’ll want to join professional genealogist Sylvia Tracy-Doolos for a full range of research techniques, including genetic genealogy, to give you the best chance of uncovering the finer details of your Irish ancestry. Explore North American research techniques, DNA testing, immigration records and history, Irish emigration (including helpful British records) and Irish records.

ENRICH 0369/ $130

Wed., Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 4, 2020, 1-3 pm

Thur., Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am

Art After Abstract Expressionism: 1950s-1970s

Under the guidance of art historian Valerie Hellstein, explore the proliferation of artists, movements and the explosion of the art market in the U.S. starting in the mid-1950s. Beginning with the Neo-Dada experiments of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, consider the rise of Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptualism and feminist art, while exploring the fast-changing art world of the Cold War era at the dawn of Postmodernism.

Four sessions

Wed., Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 4, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am ENRICH 0365 / $130

Four sessions

ENRICH 0367 / $130

Making Friends with Yourself: Developing a Mindfulness Practice

How is your life? Too fast? Too slow? Feeling low? Anxious? It seems life is never just right, that is, unless you practice mindfulness. It helps you tap your innate ability to feel well and live in the present. Let mindfulness instructor and coach Kara Traikoff introduce you to techniques that help you feel more kind, balanced and resilient in your everyday life.

Four sessions

Thur., Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 5, 2020, 9:30-11:30 am ENRICH 0366 / $130

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


More Educational Opportunities at University College at the University of Denver University College is Your Lifelong Learning Partner The Enrichment Program is housed under University College, the college of continuing and professional studies at the University of Denver. As you consider your learning needs, you may find a course or credential that’s right for you in one of our other academic programs. Bachelor of Arts Completion Program Need a fresh academic start? If you’ve made advancements in your career without a bachelor’s degree, but now find it essential to finish the one you started years ago, consider the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program through University College. Designed and delivered for busy adults who have completed at least one year of undergraduate credit, this is a personalized program that will challenge and inspire you. Request a free preliminary transcript review to see how many credits will transfer in by visiting universitycollege.du.edu/bachelors. Graduate Certificates Quickly gain a new credential and learn a whole new set of skills by earning a graduate certificate from University College. A certificate is more than a line on your resume, it’s an opportunity to expand your network and your knowledge. There are dozens of academic areas to choose from for a four-course Specialized Graduate Certificate or a six-course Graduate Certificate. Learn more at universitycollege. du.edu/certificate. Master’s Degrees Hone your talent and advance your career with a master’s degree from a top 100 university! Complete your master’s in just 18 months entirely online or evenings on campus at the University of Denver. The curriculum is career-focused and led by a unique combination of full-time faculty and professional practitioners. There are four start dates per year and no GRE required for admission because scores don’t tell the whole story. From Professional Creative Writing to Marketing Communication, Strategic Innovation and Change to Energy and Sustainability, find the right fit at universitycollege.du.edu.

Center for Professional Development The University of Denver’s Center for Professional Development (CPD) offers accredited, accessible and affordable certificates, short courses and workshops for clinicians, teachers, business leaders, non-profit professionals and others. Update skills or cultivate new ones, enhance your knowledge and maintain your credentials. Continuing education credit available. See the schedule of upcoming professional development courses at du.edu/professional. Ask about our coding certificate programs! Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver Are you age 50 or “better?” Do you crave intellectual stimulation and the pursuit of new ideas and experiences with like-minded peers? Then check out OLLI at DU—celebrating 20-plus years at the University of Denver and various sites around Denver and the neighboring communities! Participants from diverse backgrounds and professions come together to learn through small engaging classroom lectures and larger Speakers Series programs. Unique workshops, Noontime Midday Morsels of Information, the occasional Hot Topic lunch and various Symposiums round out the offerings. Class styles include 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 debra.loftin@du.edu for more information or visit OLLI online at www.universitycollege.du.edu/olli or www.portfolio.du.edu/olli.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades



Registration opens December 9, 2019.



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, 80208

Upon registration, via links within an email confirmation, you will receive important information, including course details, class location, parking map and parking permit. 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 ucolsupport@du.edu 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 Enrichment Program.

In Appreciation

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

Colorado Chamber Players Colorado Symphony Curious Theatre Company Daniel L. Ritchie Center for Sports & Wellness Denver Art Museum Denver Botanic Gardens Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver Sister Cities International History Colorado Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado // 2020 League of Women Voters of Colorado Lighthouse Writers Workshop Newman Center for the Performing Arts Saks Galleries

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

Michael McGuire, Dean, Lynn Wells, Director of Enrichment Program, Charles Stillwagon, Enrichment Program Coordinator, Janalee Chmel, Doug McPherson, Writers, David Sikora, Graphic Design, Michele Long, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services, Monica Gray, Associate Director of Admissions, Student Services & Systems, Ashley Johnson, Audrey Lebel, Lauryn Parkhurst, Rachel Vardeman, Morgan Welty, Student Support Team, Victoria O’Malley, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Marisela Calderon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Ray Lam, Director of Web & IT Services, Anita Boettcher, Business Officer

We would like to hear from you!


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Certificate of Completion

University of Denver Enrichment Program 2211 S. Josephine Street Denver, CO 80208 ucolsupport@du.edu

The Enrichment Program will provide a Certificate of Completion or other evidence of course attendance, 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 universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment

Limited to one course per qualifying student per calendar year. Scholarships no greater than 50% off course price for qualifying courses. To apply, visit our website: universitycollege.du.edu/enrichment

Focus Forward Info Session Sat., 9:30–10:30 am, January 11, 2020

See page 31 for more info.

To register, 303-871-2291 or https://focusforwardjanuary2020.eventbrite.com


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