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Enrichment Program

Dear Lifelong Learner, Welcome to the Enrichment Program where we strive to deliver lifelong learning that stimulates creative thinking, challenges your mind, and inspires innovation. With all of life’s demands and challenges, it’s important to make time to learn simply for the love of it. To explore a subject you’ve always loved, or discover a new one. We invite you to take advantage of your proximity to a top-rated institution—the University of Denver—by committing yourself to a lifetime of learning. Each term we offer our non-credit programming in a format to meet your needs: Want to dive deep into a topic? Try one of our multi-session courses in subjects ranging from the classics to current issues. No time for more than a one-night commitment? Our lecture series packs a thought-provoking punch, including stimulating Q&A. Interested in tantalizing your taste buds as well as your mind? Check out our tempting food--focused offerings. All of this is available through the Enrichment Program, opening the door to the University and providing access to our esteemed faculty, beautiful campus and inquisitive students. You’ll be surrounded by peers who are as thirsty for knowledge as you are, and you’ll be led by instructors who really know their stuff (that’s a technical term!). As one DU faculty member put it: “It was the best teaching experience of my life.” So, come on! Join fellow adult learners to explore the topics that make you stop and think, imagine and create, and sometimes even tap your toe. Find what matters to you, take the time to learn something new, invest in your lifelong learning. With appreciation,

Michael McGuire Dean, University College

Deb Olson Director, Enrichment Program

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

Enroll and enjoy!

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Cultural Connections Art History Glory of Venice Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford Food/Health Cooking & Eating to Reduce Inflammation Food/Wine Scandinavian Cuisine History/Drink Lessons from Prohibition Music KodĹ? and Taiko Drumming Beethoven vs. Brahms Great Songwriters Sax and the Single Singer Religion The Christians Islam 101 Theater Curious about Acting?

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Enrichment Lecture Series Painted Pages Intro to Drawing Travel Photography Broadcast Journalism Website Creation 101 Andrew Hudson Changing Global Power Dynamics EU and Brexit Trump and the Middle East Iraq in Conflict US-Saudi Relations WWI: 100 Years Later Supreme Court Cases Destination Iceland Contemporary Novels about WWII Intro to Caribbean Literature Conservation in a Human World Cancer: Causes, Impact, Hope Regenerative Landscapes Robots in the Solar System Winged Migration Financial Planning and Investing Learn to Lead Yourself The End of Ethics The Bible and Social Justice The Billion-Dollar Sports Industry Freedom and Its Opposites In the Company of Non-Human Animals Memoir Writing A New Vision for Growing Older (and Wiser)

Planning for Change in the Third Age Revitalizing Career Reinventing Retirement

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Cultural Connections

Connecting you to the finest cultural institutions in the Denver area, our Cultural Connections offerings are characterized by unique pairings of in-class learning and off-site experiences. Courses are designed to further your knowledge and appreciation of a genre, artist, period or culture, as well as to enhance your in-person experience. How better to understand the beliefs and practices of a misunderstood religion, the intergenerational dialogue between the works of two notable abstract artists, or the impact of dueling classical composers. In all cases, fellow lifelong learners and distinguished experts join forces to make your Enrichment experience educational, inspirational and memorable! Event tickets included unless otherwise noted.

Colorado Symphony Two Great Bs: Beethoven vs. Brahms

Although music historians often refer to the Three Bs of classical music (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms), the two “youngsters,” Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, are frequently compared to one another apart from Bach. Beethoven came first, setting the standard against which Brahms would be measured, a fact that reportedly left the younger man a bit intimidated. Yet, due to the nature of their music and personalities, their stories often intertwined. Join music historian Betsy Schwarm as she introduces you to the complicated interplay between the men’s music and their legacies. What are the similarities and differences in the paths taken by these two composers to arrive at the top of their profession? In what ways do their musical works differ? How did Brahms cope with being compared to Beethoven? Hear excerpts from the composers’ personal correspondence to better illustrate their ambitions and goals, as well as highlights from the masters’ compositions to compare their achievements. Along the way, attend the Colorado Symphony’s performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and his choral work, Nänie, before returning to the final class to discuss your impressions of the experience. Come away with greater appreciation for the legacy of the Two Great Bs and a better understanding of why they and their music continue to make an impact. 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9, 2017 Symphony performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, Mar. 4 CRN 1054 / $175

Betsy Schwarm writes program notes that have appeared internationally and gives pre-performance talks for the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado. She has contributed more than 200 articles to Encyclopedia Britannica, published six books on classical music, and spent a dozen years on the air with the vintage KVOD radio.


Denver Center for the Performing Arts Islam 101: Understanding the World’s Second Most Popular Religion

“By Schisms Rent Asunder”: The Christians

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world: By 2050, the number of Muslims around the world will almost equal the number of Christians. Google “Islam in the news” and more than 400 million results appear. Yet the majority of Americans don’t know anyone Muslim and many feel they know little about Islam. Gain clarity into the world’s second most popular religion under the guidance of Andrea Stanton, assistant professor of Islamic Studies. Examine the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, discuss how the Qur’an relates to the Torah and the Bible, outline the history of Islam in the U.S., and connect these issues to the present day. By course’s end you’ll be able to answer questions such as: Who is Muhammad? What does Islam say about Jesus? What is shari`a and how does it relate to politics and society? What is the difference between Sunni and Shiite? What is Sufism? How do extremists justify their views? What roles have American Muslims played in sports and music? Join Stanton for a DCPA performance of the Pulitzer Prizewinning play Disgraced, which tells the story of a secular American Muslim who becomes the target of anti-Islamic sentiment. Return for a final class to discuss the issues raised in the play and come away with a new understanding of the interaction between theology and politics, belief and culture within the Islamic faith. 10% discount to Denver Center subscribers.

According to Christianity’s historic creeds, the Church is “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.” How can the Church be thought to be “one” when there are three major branches of Christianity—Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant—all born of schism? According to a recent sociological reckoning, more than 34,000 denominations exist worldwide. Why are Christian denominations so prolific? Why can’t American Christians just “love one another” as Jesus asked his followers to do? Inspired by Lucas Hnath’s recent play, The Christians, which students will see at DCPA as part of this course, Gregory Robbins, a historian of Christianity and its scriptures, explores Christian divisiveness past and present. The play concerns a rift in a contemporary mega-church, but asks us to consider much more. To be sure, the doctrine of salvation is at stake, but how is soteriology related to human nature and the institution of the family? After all, as one critic put it, “a church schism, at its core, is a family split.” The playwright goes a step further: “A church is a place where people go to see something that is very difficult to see,” Hnath observes. “A place where the invisible is— at least for a moment—made visible.” How does the play itself reveal subtle truths about Christian practices and beliefs? Gain a better understanding of schisms within the Church and a deeper sense of who we are as human beings. 10% discount to Denver Center subscribers.

Five sessions

Three sessions

CRN 1065 / $195

CRN 1066 / $115

Andrea Stanton, assistant professor of Islamic Studies in DU’s Department of Religious Studies, spent her summers in Syria in 2002–06, and lived in Beirut from 2006–08. Her areas of expertise include Middle Eastern History and Media and Politics, and she is a frequent expert commentator in local and national news media.

Gregory Robbins, chair of DU’s Department of Religious Studies and associate professor of the history of Christianity and its scriptures, has directed the Anglican Studies Program at the Iliff School of Theology since 2003. He also serves as Honorary Canon Theologian at Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2017 DCPA performance, Fri., 7:30 pm, May 5

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, 2017 DCPA performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, Feb. 11

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Curious Theatre

Denver Art Museum

On Stage: Curious About Acting?

La Pittura Della Serenissima: Painting in Renaissance Venice

I love acting. It is so much more real than life. ~ Oscar Wilde Is there an actor inside you? If you’ve always wanted to create a life that transcends the ordinary, this is your opportunity. From local community theater to Broadway, all performers bring the same basic principles and practices to their craft. Here’s your chance to learn basic acting and style techniques in a fun and highly creative environment. Let Curious Theatre Company founding member Dee Covington get you started in this experiential class focusing on the fundamental skills required to be an actor. Learn presence, the power of relationship and the joy of play. Learn to think like a performer through theater games and scene study. Practice different characters and movement while rehearsing material taken straight from Curious Theatre Company’s new season. Get inside the process that brings the best new work in American theater to life, and then cap it off with a trip to the Curious production of The Luckiest People to see your practice in action. Come away more confident in your acting abilities while watching and learning from some of theater’s most progressive artists. Class size is limited, so register early! 10% discount to Curious subscribers.

Six sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Apr. 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2017 Curious performance, Fri., 8 pm, May 12 CRN 1071 / $200

Dee Covington is an actor, director and founding member of Curious Theatre Company. She is also the program director for Curious New Voices, a nationally recognized youth playwriting program, currently celebrating its 13th season.


How is it possible that so many extraordinary artists (and paintings) emerged from Renaissance Venice? Bellini, Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Veronese, Carpaccio … they all thrived during a time of significant change across Europe and, more locally, Venice. Join Scott B. Montgomery, associate professor of Art History, as he takes you on a journey through the remarkable achievements in painting by masters of Renaissance art in Venice (formerly known as the Most Serene Republic). What are the unique characteristics and innovations of Venetian painting and what is their relationship to earlier traditions in iconography and technique? Beginning with a survey of the city’s topography and medieval school of painting, Montgomery introduces the context of the developments of Renaissance painting in the 15th and 16th centuries. Examining both major and minor works by the most significant painters of the Venetian Renaissance, Montgomery will focus upon large works that remain in situ in Venice. Learn how these works of art actually “work”— what they represent, how they convey meaning, and how they engage the viewer. Examine works first-hand during an instructor-guided tour of the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance. Come away with a deeper appreciation for the great painters of Renaissance Venice, including the world in which they lived and helped create. 10% discount to DAM members.

Five sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 2017 DAM visit, Sat., 10 am, Jan. 28 CRN 1029 / $205

Scott B. Montgomery, associate professor of Art History, is a specialist in the art of the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Clyfford Still Museum/Denver Art Museum Shade: Clyfford Still and Mark Bradford in Dialogue

During the spring of 2017, the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum will collaborate on Shade, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of two painters from two very different generations—Clyfford Still (1904-1980) and Mark Bradford (b. 1961). While Still’s work is wellknown due to his role in the development of abstract expressionism (and, in Denver, through his namesake museum), Bradford has slowly emerged over the past 15 years as one of the most celebrated painters of our time (he’ll represent the United States at the 2017 Venice Biennale). Bradford makes what might best be described as a politically engaged abstract art: His works read as paintings, yet they’re typically fabricated with paper, street detritus and other collage elements that are altered to make their source open-ended. Abstract Expressionism coincides with the beginnings of civil rights, a fact Bradford finds ironic since this movement was principally non-figurative. Helping to select many of Still’s works for the Shade project, which originated at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Bradford’s goal was to shine a light on race and the importance of context in relation to 1950s art. Join CSM director Dean Sobel to consider the legacy of abstract expressionism and more specifically the impact of the intergenerational dialogue between the two artists’ work. What is significant about Bradford’s choice of title, Shade, for this exhibition? What was the meaning behind Still’s frequent use of the color black and other dark tones (grey, brown, umber), and how did Bradford’s fascination of this practice manifest in his own work? Explore the differing ways these two artists viewed the purpose of their work and come away with compelling insight into how their work speaks to each other. Students will have the opportunity to view examples of Bradford’s work at the Denver Art Museum, while also considering Bradford-curated galleries of Still’s art at the Clyfford Still Museum. The first class will be held at the Clyfford Still Museum. 10% discount to CSM and DAM members.

Two sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Apr. 26, 2017 DAM visit, Sat., 10 am, Apr. 29 CRN 1030 / $90

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

Courtesy Clyfford Still Museum

Clyfford Still PH-26, 1951 Oil on canvas

Mark Bradford Shade, 2016 Mixed media on canvas

Courtesy Clyfford Still Museum

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

Newman Center Presents

DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts offers an eclectic mix of performances by world-renowned artists. Enjoy a FREE Behind the Curtain lecture at 6:30 pm before each performance. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit or call 303-871-7720. Whiffenpoofs of Yale / Sat., 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Jan. 7 The oldest and best-known collegiate a cappella group will return to DU with a repertoire featuring a diverse selection of songs, ranging from traditional Yale songs to original compositions and hits. Roomful of Teeth, featuring Coloring Book, a new work by composer Ted Hearne / Wed., 7:30 pm, Jan. 18 Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble of eight classically trained singers who mine the expressive potential of the human voice. Denver’s own The Playground Ensemble will also be featured. Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride / Thur., 7:30 pm, Jan. 26 Artistic Director of the Newport Jazz Festival, Christian McBride will be joined by Edgar Meyer for an evening of jazz, classical and bluegrass. These masters have nine Grammy Awards between them. Kodō, DADAN 2017 / Tue. & Wed., 7:30 pm, Feb. 14 & 15 Kodō is the most well-known and respected taiko group worldwide. Kodō celebrates its 35th anniversary by bringing the latest work by their renowned Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando to North America. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet / Sat., 7:30 pm, Feb. 25 & Sun., 2 pm, Feb. 26 European choreographic sensibility, matched by American athleticism, joy, and grace, forges Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s pioneering creative aesthetic in the field of contemporary dance. DakhaBrakha / Thur., 7:30 pm, Mar. 9 This mesmerizing band from Ukraine draws on folk melodies and rhythms, and combines voice, cello, accordion, and drums, in a refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music. yMusic / Thur., 7:30 pm, Mar. 23 Hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between pop and classical. Black Grace / Wed., 7:30 pm, Apr. 5 With their distinctive dynamism sparked by Samoan and New Zealand heritage, the Black Grace dancers take possession of the stage—and own the audience—from the first moment. And they never let go. Nude Music, featuring Musica Nuda from Italy and Håkon Kornstad from Norway / Thur., 7:30 pm, Apr. 27 The boldest of artists sometimes express themselves by stripping away all but the essential. This Western regional premiere will be an evening of excitement and wonder not to be missed. Branford Marsalis Quartet, with Special Guest Kurt Elling / Sat., 7:30 pm, May 13 Branford Marsalis, one of the most highly regarded jazz saxophonists of his era, brings his quartet together with world-renowned vocalist Kurt Elling.


Newman Center for the Performing Arts Drumming Men: Kodo- and the Magic of the East

Throughout, the devil of it is the combination of the discipline of a surgeon’s scalpel with the primitive, muscular endurance of a cavalry charge. The speed and dexterity are as impressive as the physical tenacity is breathtaking. ~ Chicago Tribune In fact, few theatrical experiences can compare to a night with Kodō, the fabled Japanese taiko (drum) troupe making a rare visit to Denver. Exhibiting intense athleticism with raw emotion through percussion and movement, a performance by this ensemble is an unforgettable thrill. Yet, knowing about the subtle beauty of the music, its infectious rhythms and the background of the art form and those who perform it can add immeasurably to the impact. Join favorite Enrichment Program music instructor Marc Shulgold to examine the many colors and styles of taiko drumming, highlighted by an informative classroom demonstration by two members of Denver Taiko. Also explore the cultures of Japan’s neighboring countries, offering a glimpse into a world that is filled with exciting rhythms and music of subtle beauty. Culminate with a Newman Center Presents performance of DADAN 2017 (Dadan means “drumming men”), a rousing yet mesmerizing celebration of Kodō’s 35th anniversary. 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Three sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Feb. 2, 9, 2017 NCP performance, Wed., 7:30 pm, Feb. 15 CRN 1056 / $105

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

Sax and the Single Singer: Legendary Pairings in American Music History

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Stan Getz and João Gilberto. Billy Eckstine and Dexter Gordon. In the worlds of jazz and popular American music, legendary pairings of saxophonists and vocalists abound. How has history viewed such duos? Are vocalists and instrumentalists typically seen as equals? Consider this and more as you explore the many relationships between the “Sax and the Single Singer” with jazz saxophonist, composer and historian Lynn Baker, professor of Jazz and Improvised Music at DU’s Lamont School of Music. Each class session focuses on a particular period/style of music: Brazil, Bebop, Beats. Under Lynn’s guidance, listen to and discuss classic tunes by a variety of duos, enhanced by jazz tales, such as The Girl from Ipanema. Why did this piece become one of the most well-known jazz tracks in history and what is the scandalous story that resulted from the partnership? Jazz pioneer Coltrane paired up with singer Hartman more than 20 years after they met and the resulting album became an instant classic. How did each draw inspiration from the other and why was their combo considered the perfect blending of two instruments? Also discover and discuss lesserknown pairs before skipping ahead to current-day “dynamic duo,” Branford Marsalis and vocalist Kurt Elling, in preparation for the Newman Center Presents concert featuring the cohesive Marsalis Quartet with special guest Elling. 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Apr. 27, May 4, 11, 2017 NCP performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, May 13 CRN 1055 / $175

Lynn Baker is an active saxophone performer and clinician, performing with his own Lynn Baker Quartet, the free-improvisation trio Rhythmic Void, and the beats-electronic-free improvisation trio Gemstone Debris. A Conn-Selmer Artist clinician, he has appeared at colleges, universities, high schools and festivals across North America and in Asia. He is an award-winning composer, performer and educator, and has published compositions and books, including The Shape Method: for Jazz Improvisation.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Swallow Hill Music Great Songwriters: A Musical Tour Through Songwriting History

Great songwriters not only know how to capture the moods and desires of their generation with poetic lyrics, but they’re also musical innovators who create fresh and memorable sounds. Enhanced by his own guitar and piano accompaniment, songwriter/musician Dick Weissman leads a tour through songwriting history. Begin with the 19th century, including Stephen Foster, William Billings, folksongs and more. How were songs structured differently a century ago? Between classes one and two, gather inspiration from a Swallow Hill Music performance by award-wining singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, who has recorded 16 albums. In class two, discuss music from the 1900s to the pre-rock era, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstein and African-American composers Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. Examine the development of sophisticated lyrics and tunes, and the use of title songs in films. Rock out in class three with a look at musicians such as The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan and Motown artists. How did this era of songwriters revolutionize musical lyrics, eventually leading to Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature? Finally, explore songwriters of today and the songwriting industry, including the proliferation of the singer-songwriter community and the economics of music publishing. Denver legend and folk music performer Harry Tuft visits, performs music written by others, and explains what he looks for in a song. Come away with a deeper appreciation for the songs you love and the songwriters who created them. 10% discount to Swallow Hill members.

Five sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 2017 Swallow Hill concert, Fri., 8 pm, Apr. 7 CRN 1053 / $175

Dick Weissman is an accomplished banjo, guitar and mandolin player who has written several books about American roots music. He has also written many recorded songs and instrumental pieces, including one featured on the TV show My Name Is Earl. He previously served as an associate professor of music at the University of Colorado-Denver.


Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Smörgåsbord: A Viking-Inspired Scandinavian Feast

At a time when culinary professionals seem to be obsessed with farm-to-table foods, it’s no surprise that Scandinavian cuisine has leaped in popularity across the world. Born in a region with a short, intense growing season, Scandinavian cuisine features simple farm fare, whole grain breads and seafood. Hearty and delicious! Join Cook Street School of Culinary Arts for a smorgasbord of Scandinavian foods as you also hear about the countries and cultures that make up the far North. The word “smorgasbord” literally means “buttered table,” but in practice a smorgasbord is a Scandinavian meal served buffet-style, starting with fish and moving on to cold meats, then warm dishes. Therefore, your first course at Cook Street will include a “Smørrebrød,” which is house-made ancient rye bread artfully topped with various ingredients including arctic char, salmon, lobster, potato and remoulade. For your second course, enjoy birch-smoked lamb with barley risotto, wild mushrooms, nettle salt and Skyr (similar to yogurt). Learn why root vegetables are standard fare and why spring’s first berries (currants, cloudberries, strawberries) are celebrated along with the arrival of the season. For dessert, try Vinarterta, a traditional Icelandic layered cake filled with fruit and iced with almond-flavored buttercream. Quench your thirst with pairings of Dutch beers and German and Austrian wines. (Scandinavian imports are scarce!) Come with a Viking-sized appetite and leave with an appreciation for the simple, healthy close-to-nature farm fare favored by the Scandinavians.

One evening

Sat., 6–9 pm, Mar. 25, 2017 CRN 1045 / $95

Program designed by Chef John Parks, currently the executive chef instructor of Cook Street’s Professional Culinary Arts Program. Cindy Eger, Level 2 Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, and professional member of the Society of Wine Educators, is Cook Street’s assistant chef and resident wine instructor. See our course on the history & culture of Iceland on page 18!

Stranahan’s Last Call! Lessons from Prohibition

The 18th amendment to the Constitution wasn’t simply a moral prescription against alcohol; it was a band-aid covering much deeper wounds in a nation divided over immigration, women’s rights, equitable taxation and America’s role in the world. Today, those topics sound eerily familiar and, in some cases, our country seems poised to repeat past mistakes. Join instructor and journalist Bill St. John as he reflects on the early 1900s when the country grappled with big change and responded with at least one ineffective law. First, Bill discusses the events that led to Prohibition and why the law had little to do with alcohol abuse and more with fear. German and Irish immigrants, women seeking the vote, and the end of World War I all challenged society’s sense of comfort. Instead of facing their real fears (racism, sexism), people blamed the “evils” of alcohol. Then consider contemporary issues through the lens of decisions made in the 1920s—such current hot-button topics as immigration, same-sex marriage, environment and energy, climate change and religious freedom. Readings from Daniel Okrent’s Last Call: Rise and Fall of the Prohibition and excerpts from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary Prohibition serve as reminders of what people faced in the 1900s, challenging us to question our own decision-making processes today. Cap the course on a lighthearted note with a private class-only tour of Stranahan’s distillery.* Oh, how the temperance societies would revolt! *All Stranahan’s guests must be 21+ and are required to have a valid ID with proof of age.

Five sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 2017 Stranahan’s tour, Sat., 1 pm, Apr. 8 CRN 1048 / $165

Bill St. John most recently served as a lecturer at University of Chicago’s Graham School and previously taught philosophy, religion and ethics at Denver’s Regis College (now Regis University). He also spent 25 years as a food and wine reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Chicago Tribune, and now finds himself back at the Post as a contributing food and drink writer.

Credit: Library of Congress

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

It has become increasingly clear that chronic inflammation causes or contributes to many serious illnesses: heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, acne, eczema, psoriasis, chronic fatigue, asthma, sinus infections, allergies, migraines, acid reflux, celiac disease, IBS, depression, Lyme disease … and the list goes on. Even some forms of cancer are believed to be caused by inflammation. But what causes inflammation in the body and how might you change your diet to avoid it? Join Natural Foods Chef Tracy Spalding as she guides you through the preparation of foods that will positively influence your health. First, understand what inflammation is: the cornerstone of the body’s attempt at self-protection. When our bodies become inflamed, they’re trying to remove harmful stimuli, such as damaged cells, irritants or pathogens, in order to begin the healing process. Chronic inflammation is especially harmful to the body and can be caused by stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, exposure to toxins and, of course, diet. In this hands-on course held in the Nutrition Therapy Institute’s kitchen, Chef Tracy explains which foods to avoid and why. Then, using high-quality, organic, non-GMO, farm-raised foods, and antiinflammatory ingredients that can be easily added to your diet, she helps you create healthy meals, serving up a tasty dinner each night. Along the way, discuss the importance of incorporating good quality protein, fats and an abundance of vegetables and fruits into your diet. Come away with a new respect for your body’s needs and the skills and knowledge to create healthy, yummy meals at home— and enjoy three nights out for dinner while you’re at it! Weekly Menus: • March 22: Pork tenderloin, roasted vegetables with walnuts, ginger wasabi sweet potatoes • March 29: Zucchini noodles with garlic shrimp and romesco sauce • April 5: Coconut curry chicken, mashed cauliflower, sautéed kale with almonds Class size is limited to nine students, allowing for an intimate setting and dialogue attuned to participants’ needs. Cost of the course includes all instruction, groceries and meal preparation.

Three sessions

Wed., 6–8:30 pm, Mar. 22, 29, Apr. 5, 2017 CRN 1044 / $155

Tracy Spalding, Nutrition Therapy Institute of Denver-trained and certified Natural Foods Chef, is a teacher, cook and caterer for individuals, families, retreats, classrooms, boardrooms and ballrooms. An active chef volunteer for Cooking Matters of Colorado, Tracy teaches participants on the SNAP program to cook healthy, low-cost meals. She loves sharing her passion for cooking with those who want to eat healthier to be healthier.


Faculty Showcase

Forget the days of stark lecture halls, the repetition of historic dates, and copious notes overflowing in binders. Today’s “lectures” are engaging, stimulating and timely, and they’re presented by some of the best faculty and topic experts in the Denver area. As leaders in their fields, Enrichment instructors help us understand local and global issues, explain historical impacts and scientific discoveries, and guide us to becoming better artists and healthier people. They’re news commentators, award winners, esteemed authors and researchers. This is your chance to engage with some of the best minds in Colorado, the nation and the world.

What Our Students Are Saying For the Love of Learning! Concise, clear presentation. Could have been two classes! Loved her! Please, more of her! ~ Stephanie Ohnigian The presenter was fabulous! He was so knowledgeable and answered everyone’s questions with great ease and explanation. I thoroughly enjoyed his expertise and occasional use of humor. ~ Deb Henson The teacher ... is a master of her art and her teaching methods. The entire class was enthusiastic to follow her guidance. This is “hands down” the finest creative course I have ever taken, and I have taken many. ~ Florence Van Bebber [He] was an exceptional speaker. He tied all the information together so well and helped us to see some things from a fresh perspective. ~ Jennifer Schneider Overall I thought the professor was great and encouraged participation often. ... different views were expressed and exchanged. The time allotted seemed like a lot, but each time we had to quit ... we were really engaged and could have gone on longer. ~ Craig Christensen

Philosophy & Ethics The End of Ethics

Yes, that is a double entendre. But as I come to the end of my career as a teacher of ethics, I can’t help but reflect on that finishing moment as well as on what 22 years in the classroom has taught me about the purpose and meaning of the ethical enterprise. ~ Buie Seawell

Join esteemed Daniels College of Business Professor of Ethics Buie Seawell for a thoughtprovoking exploration into the topic of ethics. Prompted by his recent re-reading of the later writings of German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer (principally, Letters and Papers from Prison and Ethics), Buie leads a conversation in four episodes: What Is Ethics? Why Is Normative Ethics a Dead End? Why Is It Important to Keep God Out of the Ethical Enterprise? and The End of Ethics. In the final year of his life, imprisoned by Hitler and awaiting death, Bonhoeffer wrote of “a world come of age” where secular men and women would seek to build meaningful lives outside the structures and strictures of conventional religion and morality. “We are of that time,” states Buie. “The sterile discipline of coming up with cold ethical abstractions, i.e., principles, really does nobody much good, except perhaps the self-righteous. I hope that my years within the conventional Church, the graduate classroom and in the world of politics may have generated some useful thoughts on life, meaning and the end of things.” Gain insight into the compelling writings (and thoughts) of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and wisdom from deep discussions with Professor Seawell and fellow class members.

Four sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Apr. 20, 27, May 4, 11, 2017 CRN 1064 / $155

Buie Seawell, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at Daniels College of Business, holds degrees in History, Theology and Law. He served as a Presbyterian minister, worked in politics, practiced law, and for 20-plus years taught ethics, law and public policy at UCD and DU.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Religion & Social Sciences

Social Sciences

The Bible and Social Justice

Not Just a Game: Peanuts, Popcorn and the Billion-Dollar Sports Industry

The Bible is scripture to Jews and Christians and continues to be an important influence on social norms, laws and ethics in our Western society. A fundamental message in the Bible surrounds the idea of social justice: What is our responsibility to those among us who have less or who face challenges that we ourselves have not experienced? What does the Bible suggest (demand) of its followers so that they may help to create a better world? Join Alison Schofield, associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic Studies, to consider excerpts from the Bible, asking how the text has inspired, challenged, inhibited or motivated the search for social justice and peace. For example, Christians view Matthew 25:40 as their rallying cry to serve others. In it, Christ said, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Using several other Bible passages as starting points, explore different philosophical and theological theories of justice and how these might better help us to understand current issues of (in)justice, poverty, violence, race and gender relations, suffering and charity in the world today. Midway through the course students will gather for an off-campus service-learning experience (location TBA) that will address an issue of need or injustice in the Denver community. How is the organization’s vision of justice reflected in its work? Come away with a deeper understanding of the Bible’s influence on our society’s approach to justice.

Five sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Mar. 7, 14, Apr. 4, 11, 2017 Service-learning experience, Tue. evening, Mar. 28 (exact time TBA) CRN 1067 / $155

Alison Schofield is associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies. A specialist in the Dead Sea Scrolls (ancient religious manuscripts originating in Jerusalem), Alison was granted rare access to the scrolls in the Israel Museum of Jerusalem and discovered missing fragments that had been lost to scholars for more than 2,000 years.


From the Roman gladiators to the first Olympians, athletes and sporting events have long been intertwined with culture, economy and even our vocabulary (It’s a slam-dunk!). Yet, perhaps at no other time in our history have sports served as such giant economic drivers in our society. Join economist Daniel Zuchegno as he examines the economic aspects of sports in the United States at both the professional and collegiate levels. Starting with professional sports, Zuchegno dissects the administrative and operational structures of various leagues and teams. Why do some teams, such as the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Cubs (until recently!), fail to perform well so consistently? How do draft protocols and salary gaps enhance and hinder team performance? Next, dig into the sources of revenue that teams enjoy, including gate receipts, television contracts, government kick-backs and their own broadcast rights. Are major league teams merely tools for real estate development and private profits? Who foots the bill when a new stadium, arena or ballpark is built? Then, look at the industry in terms of labor issues, including the power of the unions versus the power of the leagues. What are athletes owed if these vast revenues are created by their talents? Finally, consider the world of college sports, including the dominance of the Power 5 conferences. Guest speakers from professional and/or collegiate sports visit to share their insights. Come away with a better understanding of the economic winners and losers in the sports industry today.

Four sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 2017 CRN 1070 / $165

Daniel Zuchegno has taught economics at DU since 2003, and previously served as faculty member and chair of the Economics Institute in Colorado (now defunct). An economic consultant for more than 20 years, his clients included USAID, the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and government representatives from Central Asia.

Social Sciences In the Company of Non-Human Animals: Daily Mental Health, A Lifetime of Support

Freedom and its Opposites

The University of Denver is home to the internationally recognized Institute for Human-Animal Connection, a center for the study of the interrelationship and health of people, animals and the environment through the lens of the social sciences. Led by the Institute’s Executive Director and Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi, along with special guest Samara (Philip’s black lab), explore how respecting and taking care of other animals offers unique and fulfilling opportunities for caring for ourselves. Research shows that our connections with nonhuman animals help to shape our entire lives, offering relational experiences that inform our social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. How can we, human animals, deepen our relationship with non-human animals, including our own companion animals? How can that extend to a more meaningful relationship with our communities? Why is it important for society to respect and understand the impact of these relationships? Conclude this transformative learning experience with a field trip to the Zoology Foundation at Crooked Willow Farms, a private animal sanctuary, to meet other special animals. Come away with fresh ideas on how to rethink, improve and deepen relationships, and a new sense of being part of a larger community for all of your life.

Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville America in large part defines itself in terms of freedom. Yet, as with most routinely asserted concepts, familiarity often deters us from further examination: What is freedom? Are there different forms of freedom? Does freedom have preconditions? How do we know if and when freedom is limited, eroded or altogether lost? Join Associate Professor of Political Science Joshua Wilson as he helps you arrive at your own definition of freedom and challenges you to consider situations where freedom may be threatened or absent. Study fundamental conceptions of freedom as documented by philosophers and theorists, such as de Tocqueville. Consider conditions under which freedom may be lacking. For example, how much freedom exists when living under oppressive regimes? Can people choose how to act and behave? Discuss excerpts from Hannah Arendt’s writings and from various movies which raise questions about individual choices and freedom. Consider concerns related to the gathering of information in relation to both national security and commerce. How might theories of freedom give us ways to think about the post-9/11 and online worlds? Finally, study links among race, class and freedom. Do some members of a democratic society have more freedom than others? How do you identify what those differences are? Come away with a clearer understanding of freedom and the (sometimes surprising) situations that challenge it.

Three sessions

Four sessions

Animals provide some of our most reliable, uncomplicated and valued relationships. ~ Philip Tedeschi, executive director, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Feb. 21, 28, 2017 Crooked Willow Farms field trip, Sat., 10 am–noon, Mar. 11

CRN 1069 / $95

Clinical Professor Philip Tedeschi is co-founder and executive director of the Institute for HumanAnimal Connection in DU’s Graduate School of Social Work. As a student in the University of Wisconsin’s veterinary program, Tedeschi taught riding to adults with schizophrenia, the positive changes of which led him to leave vet school and design his own major focusing on human-animal interactions.

Tue., 7–9 pm, Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 2017 CRN 1068 / $165

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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Current Issues Changing Global Power Dynamics: The Great Powers

With new world leadership comes new policies, objectives and ways of working. How does the global agenda change with new leadership? How do the dynamics shift among the great powers? Join Kevin Archer, associate teaching professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, to examine changes in global power dynamics, including both cooperation and competition, among the great powers of the 21st century. Discuss the rise of China, India and other emerging powers such as Germany and Japan. Will these countries be prepared and willing to take on leadership roles in the global system? Explore the changing nature of American power, including the impact of a new president. What is the relationship between the U.S., China and other great powers, all competing for strategic influence in the Asia-Pacific region, Africa and Europe? What sort of influence does Russia bring to the table? What are the challenges inherent in changing global power dynamics? Finally, consider how great powers and regional powers can work together to address significant world challenges, such as climate change, nuclear nonproliferation, conflict in the South and East China Seas, increased cooperation on energy, and the issue of intervention in regional wars. Come away with new thinking about the future balance of power in the world and America’s place in it.

Four sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 2017 CRN 1038 / $165

Kevin Archer is an associate teaching professor at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. His areas of expertise include international political economy, multilateral negotiation theory, global governance and international relations. He is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Global Education.


Iraq: Characterized by Conflict

The United States has deployed its forces to Iraq twice in the last 25 years: during the First Gulf War in 1990-91, then again during its invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003-11 and the ensuing civil war. Iraq itself has been engaged in three wars, including two against the U.S. and coalition forces and its war with Iran from 1980-88, which likely caused the deaths of at least three-quarters of a million Iraqis. Why has Iraq been an area of conflict? What has been the impact of these conflicts, and what do they mean for Iraq today as it becomes absorbed in yet another struggle, this time against the Islamic State? Does America have strategic interests in Iraq and the surrounding region? Did those justify the U.S. invasion in 2003? Can there be hope for this divided nation with deep undercurrents of sectarianism and tribalism, i.e., Shia vs. Sunni and Arab vs. Kurd? Finally, what are the prospects for Iraq’s fragile democracy, the foundations of which America helped lay? And how might the relationship between the two countries be characterized today? Join former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, Distinguished Fellow at DU’s Center for Middle East Studies, to examine Iraq’s cycle of warfare and resulting effects.

Two sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Mar. 8, 15, 2017 CRN 1039 / $85

Gary Grappo is a Distinguished Fellow at The Center for Middle East Studies at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. From August 2016 to March 2017, he served as a visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Wyoming. Holding nearly 40 years of diplomatic and public policy experience, Ambassador Grappo’s career with the U.S. State Department included service in Jerusalem as head of the Quartet mission and Envoy under former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; U.S. Ambassador to Oman; and Charge d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia.

Current Issues Donald Trump and the Middle East: Toward a New US Foreign Policy

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States came as a shock to the entire world. While much of the debate during the presidential campaign focused on domestic issues, foreign policy was also the subject of considerable argument and discussion. Immediately after inauguration the new Trump administration will be faced with a series of critical foreign policy challenges in the Middle East. Join Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, to examine the issues, including the war against ISIS, the civil war in Syria, Iran’s role in the region, the conflict in Yemen and the chaos in Libya. How might a new U.S. foreign policy under Donald Trump respond? To what extent can we be guided by Trump’s public statements and political positions during the presidential campaign? Who are Trump’s primary foreign policy advisors and how might a Trump foreign policy toward the Middle East be different than Barack Obama’s? Prepare for a robust, open and honest discussion, and come away with fresh insight into how U.S. policy toward the Middle East will be changing in 2017 and what the consequences will be for the United States and the entire world.

Two sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Feb. 15, 22, 2017 CRN 1040 / $85

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

In the historic referendum of June 23, 2016, after more than 40 years of European Union membership, a majority of British voters opted to “exit” from the EU, prompting mixed reactions from world leaders and the public. Why was the referendum called? Why did “Leave” win? And what are the consequences not only for Britain but also for the EU and the U.S.? Join Professor of Political Science Lisa Conant to examine why the vote happened, what if any immediate impacts have been felt, and what a future U.K. and EU might look like. The EU project of regional integration has been lauded with bringing peace and prosperity to Europe over the past half century. What motivated the U.K. to abandon the 28-country partnership, and more specifically what were the arguments of the “Leave” and “Remain” camps? After the vote, Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May famously said, “Brexit means Brexit.” But what does this mean not only economically and politically, but for affected citizens? Will other EU members be bailing as well? How will this affect relations with the U.S. and other countries? A recent High Court ruling demands that the British government must get parliamentary approval before beginning the EU-exit process. Could “divorce” negotiations be delayed or halted, even though the people have spoken? What’s next for Brexit?

Four sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 2017 CRN 1037 / $165

Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and associate professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics, is co-editor of Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (March 2017), and author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (2009). Hashemi appears frequently as an expert on local and national news media.

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

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Enrichment Lecture Series Save $20 by registering for all 8 lectures! CRN 1020 / $140

Developing Denver: A Roundtable Discussion

Denver’s growth-related challenges and pressures include population growth, planning for cultural diversity, provision of affordable housing and access to public space. Gather different perspectives on the issues from Professor and Urban Studies Program Director, Dean Saitta; Licensed Professional Engineer and recently retired Development Manager for Centre Communities, Steve Prokopiak; and real estate redevelopment consultant and Burns School of Real Estate adjunct faculty, Kyle Cascioli. Generous Q&A time is included. Wed., 7–9 pm, Feb. 1, 2017 CRN 1022 / $20

Nature-Deficit Disorder: Get Outdoors!

People are spending more time indoors than at any other point in history and the effects are starting to impact children. Since coining the term Nature-Deficit Disorder in 2005, author Richard Louv helped bring awareness to the human costs of our disconnection from nature. Suza Bedient, 25-year senior field instructor with National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS), discusses the impact of this trend on individuals and society. Mon., 7–9 pm, Feb. 27, 2017 CRN 1028 / $20

Third-Wave Feminism and the US Presidential Election

The 2016 election season shaped new directions for women’s activism. The election, in conjunction with the rise of new social movements, inspired women to expand their notions of feminism and gender equity in relation to environmental crises, economic inequalities and racial justice. It also exposed and exacerbated existing tensions between groups of women. Join Hava Gordon, director of DU’s Gender and Women’s Studies Program, in a discussion of contemporary women’s activism and electoral politics. Tue., 7–9 pm, Mar. 21, 2017 CRN 1025 / $20

How the Brain Learns: Three Secrets for More Impactful Communication

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, assistant 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. Mon., 7–9 pm, Apr. 10, 2017 CRN 1021 / $20

Cybersecurity: Things You Need to Know Now More Than Ever

Who are the major players in the world of cybersecurity? What are their specialties and why do they do what they do? Is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor? From ubiquitous surveillance, to foreign country activity, to the ethics of self-driving cars, cybersecurity researcher Joe Loughry, a longtime intelligence community insider, shares critical information including why you need to know it now more than ever. Expect a lively discussion. Wed., 7–9 pm, Apr. 19, 2017 CRN 1023 / $20


Enrichment Lecture Series Breakdown: The Future of Our Two-Party System

The 2016 elections showed some sharp splits within America’s major political parties. What does the future hold for them? Can they overcome their internal divisions? Are they capable of governing? Or are we witnessing a breakdown of America’s venerable two-party system? Gather insight from Professor Seth Masket, chair of the Political Science Department and author of The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How They Weaken Democracy. Wed., 7–9 pm, May 3, 2017

Visualizing the Civil War through Maps

The sectional crisis and ensuing Civil War generated close attention to maps. From the battle front to the home front, maps powerfully shaped how Americans understood the war. Join Susan Schulten, professor and chair of the Department of History, for an exploration of the powerful role that maps played in the causes, conduct and consequences of the American Civil War. Wed., 7–9 pm, May 10, 2017 CRN 1027 / $20

CRN 1026 / $20

Health and the Aging Brain

An average of 10,000 persons turn 65 every day. This so-called “silver tsunami,” consisting of an estimated 70 million Americans, is exposed to an exponential increase in age-related diseases including chronic conditions such as metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders and strokes. Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging Executive Director Lotta Granholm and Assistant Research Professor Daniel Paredes share evidence about how brain chemistry changes as we age and how these changes can impact the formation of new memories, motor functions and mood. Also learn how and why diets high in fats content can be detrimental to our brains and cognitive abilities. On the bright side, hear about promising research related to physical exercise and brain function integrity, and how taking advantage of the scientific and cultural knowledge allows us to grow healthy and age gracefully, resulting in a better—not just longer—life. Wed., 7–9 pm, Mar. 1, 2017 CRN 1024 / $20

The Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University of Denver celebrated its grand opening in October 2016. The Institute builds on DU’s dedication to the public good by supporting research and scholarship on aging in a variety of disciplines, collaborating with lab scientists, social workers, psychologists, lawyers, education specialists, business faculty members and other key strengths from around campus and the region to develop new solutions to complex local and national problems involving aging. Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley, founding executive director of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and aging, including cognitive and motor domains of function, and more than 25 years’ experience working with Down Syndrome, focusing on both developmental and aging studies. She formerly was the founder of the successful Center of Aging at the Medical University of South Carolina. A neurochemist, Dr. Daniel Paredes’s current research focuses on how neurochemical profiles change during aging and in pathological conditions even before physical or cognitive symptoms appear, with the aim to detect biomarkers and develop therapeutic targets to treat degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s Diseases. He previously was an investigator at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development and an assistant professor of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University.

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History & Culture Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

A small island nation of 300,000, Iceland has developed from a relatively obscure and downtrodden outpost in the cold North Atlantic into a modern and much-talked-about travel destination. How has this country of extreme contrasts managed to increase its international exposure while also protecting its vibrant culture and landscape? Guided by Casey Dinger, assistant director for Internationalization at DU, take a virtual tour of the “Land of Fire and Ice.”

First, step back in time to learn about the early settlement of Iceland. With its active volcanos and massive glaciers, Iceland hardly seemed welcoming to the Norwegians and Irish who settled it around 870. Discuss tensions between the pagan faith and Christianity, and examine stories in the famous manuscripts of the Icelandic sagas that illuminate early Iceland’s people and culture. How do they continue to shape the country’s politics, economics and language? Explore the significant role of skaldic poets and a well-known 13th century poem by the doomed Þórir Jökull Steinfinnsson. Consider Iceland’s long tenure as subjects of the Norwegian and Danish crowns, and the subsequent impact of World War II. What role did it play in Icelanders’ daily life and in the nation’s strategic importance until the end of the Cold War? Then, turn to contemporary Iceland. Learn how the capital city of Reykjavík has transformed into a cosmopolitan hotspot. Examine the devastating effects of the 2008 economic crash and the country’s ensuing resilience. How are changing demographics, especially increasing tourism and immigration, challenging a once-isolated and homogenous culture and language? Also discover key cultural institutions and historical events. In the final class, enjoy traditional Scandinavian pastries as you explore Iceland’s geography and how nature defines and pervades the culture, mindsets and language of the people. Think glaciers, volcanoes, ponies, puffins and the Blue Lagoon! Along the way, Casey shares “must-see” spots including attractions along Route 1, which encircles the entire country. Come away with a desire to visit this country of contrasts and a list of what to do when you get there.

Four sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 2017 CRN 1046 / $165

Casey Dinger holds an MA in Medieval Scandinavian Language and Literature and was a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland. He is currently completing his dissertation in International Education with a focus on the changing demographics and intercultural competence in Iceland.

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History World War I: One Hundred Years Later

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the First World War, which ran from 1914 to 1918. The war was many things: the “war to end all wars,” the “Great War,” the start of the “short” 20th century, the dawn of the “age of catastrophe.” The war was greeted with widespread enthusiasm, which quickly turned to unimaginable horror and trauma. By the time an armistice was called, European “civilization” was destroyed and new global patterns had emerged. Join Andrea Maestrejuan, assistant professor of History at MSU Denver, as she explores the ways that World War I destroyed the existing political, economic, social and cultural order. From genocides to the rise of Communism and worldwide independence movements, the consequences of the war continue to shape the 21st century. Examine the origins of the war in the 19th century, the transformation of the conduct of war from a war of mobility to a war of stagnation, and from a quick and decisive war to total war in which all segments of societies across the world would be harnessed, resulting in the destruction of an entire generation. Also explore the contentious end of the war and how it shaped modern memory. Come away with a richer understanding of this important moment in our world’s history.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Feb. 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 2017 CRN 1050 / $165

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

US-Saudi Relations: Historical and Contemporary Issues

The United States has had a strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia for decades, but in recent years that relationship has become strained. How did it get so “complicated,” as recently described by President Obama, and what does “complicated” mean for future U.S.-Saudi relations? Join Assistant Professor of History and Judaic Studies Jonathan Sciarcon to explore key issues in U.S.-Saudi relations from 1932 to the present. Begin with the arrival of American oil companies in Saudi Arabia in the 1930s through the establishment of closer relations between the two countries in the 1940s and early 1950s. Then turn to U.S.-Saudi relations during the Cold War, paying special attention to regional and international oil politics, as well as American goals in the Persian Gulf. In the final class, examine contemporary events such as the U.S.-Iranian-Saudi triangle, the U.S.-Israeli-Saudi triangle, the impact of 9/11, and the shifting nature of international oil politics. How was the U.S.Saudi relationship impacted by U.S. relations with other countries in the region, specifically Israel? Discuss what the future relationship of the two countries might be, and come away with a better understanding of historical and contemporary U.S. challenges in the Persian Gulf and in the broader Middle East.

Three sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 17, 24, 31, 2017 CRN 1049 / $125

Jonathan Sciarcon, assistant professor of History and Judaic Studies at DU, has expertise in the history of the modern Middle East with an emphasis on the study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His course offerings include The Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1881–2000; U.S.-Israeli Relations, 1948–Present; The Modern Middle East, 1798–1991; and seminars related to the historiography of the 1948 War.

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The Supreme Court: The Chasm Between Conservatives and Progressives

Memoir and Other (Usually) True Stories: Under the Influence of Mary Karr

As of Election Day 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court remained characterized by the still empty seat vacated by Justice Scalia’s death nine months earlier. Whether that ninth seat has now been filled or not, it’s hard to remember a time when the Court was as split as it is today. Led by former longtime trial lawyer Boyd Hight, consider the ways this historic split has played out in key areas—election law, campaign spending, abortion and marriage equality, and the Second Amendment—exploring along the way how the Supreme Court works procedurally and discussing the impact of judicial philosophy. In Bush v. Gore, five justices decided the U.S. presidency. In Shelby County v. Holder, the door to limitations on registration and voting was opened for the first time since the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In Citizens United v. FEC, the Court threw out limits on corporate election spending in the name of free speech. “Bedroom docket” arguments include Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and the same-sex marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges. In Heller v. District of Columbia the Court expanded Second Amendment rights. Chief Justice John Roberts famously characterized the role of judge as an umpire calling balls and strikes. But even umpires have biases. How do ideology and activism influence judicial decision-making? And what does this mean for a bench divided, or for the likely righttilted bench that is to come?

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Mar. 21, 28, Apr. 4, 11, 2017 CRN 1047 / $155

Boyd Hight retired in 2005 as a business trial lawyer with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. He has served on the board of the American University in Cairo since 1987. Before moving to Denver, he was a commissioner of Los Angeles World Airports. He formerly served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Carter Administration.

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Sure, you could say that Mary Karr has lived a somewhat dramatic life (alcoholism, a father who gambled, a mother who once tried killing her), but a tormented past is not a prerequisite for writing stories about your own life (though it does help!). Because, whether you’re currently convinced or not, we all have stories to tell. Using best-selling author and teacher Karr’s book The Art of Memoir, join Michael Henry, writing instructor and executive director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, to explore the art and craft of memoir writing. Using Karr’s tale The Liar’s Club as a model, discuss some of the integral facets of making narrative about one’s life, including but not limited to: dramatic structure, character development, constructing the “I” persona, writing in scenes, the slipperiness of memory and the anxieties of writing about real people. Show up with some engaging life experiences (yes, you have them!), and leave with a draft of a true story you’ve been wanting to tell in words. Along the way, draw inspiration from the award-winning Karr at her Denver Post Pen and Podium series lecture. Be prepared to read, write, discuss, build a bit of confidence—and then write some more. All you need is a pen, some paper or a laptop, and a burning desire to write. Course does not include critiques or workshopping.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 20, 27, 2017 Karr P&P lecture, Mon., 7:30 pm, Mar. 13 CRN 1073 / $195

Michael Henry, executive director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, teaches poetry, memoir and essay workshops. He is the author of two fulllength collections of poetry, and his work has appeared in numerous literary journals.

Literature Impossible Islands: An Introduction to Caribbean Literature

Perhaps the one common denominator in Caribbean literature is place—blue waters, isolated islands and lush landscapes. Saint Lucia poet Derek Walcott once said, “Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.” Because of its location at the edge of the New World, the Caribbean is a crossroads where language, race, religion and gender mix in unique and vibrant ways. The clash of old and new worlds, indigenous and colonial peoples, and male and female roles can be seen in the literary style of many Caribbean writers: It is, after all, the place where magical realism took hold—a style that relays fantastic events with journalistic exactitude. With Cuban-American writer Alicita Rodríguez as your guide, explore literature from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and other islands. Read poems, short stories and novels by influential 20thcentury Caribbean writers, including Jamaica Kincaid, Julio Cortázar, Edwidge Danticat and Alejo Carpentier. Read the critically acclaimed bestselling novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, then see the Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez in person at her Denver Post Pen & Podium series lecture.

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Apr. 17, 24, May 1, 2017 Alvarez P&P lecture, Mon., 7:30 pm, May 8 CRN 1051 / $165

Alicita Rodríguez’s fiction and poetry have been published in literary magazines and anthologies, including Palabra and Sudden Fiction Latino. She has taught writing and literature at universities throughout Colorado, including DU, where she completed her PhD in Creative Writing.

Fiction and “The Good War”: Contemporary Novels about World War II

In his bestselling novel All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr gives us the story of a German youth and a blind French girl whose paths cross in the fury and chaos of World War II. They are common heroes trying to be good to one another in the midst of devastation and loss. Doerr’s novel is one of several that have been published in recent years set during the Second World War, representing a bit of a “mini-surge” in this sub-genre of war literature. Under the guidance of author and journalist Tripp Baltz, study and discuss recent literature about people and events in World War II: Doerr’s book, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and David Benioff’s City of Thieves. How do these books try to make sense of the so-called “Good War”? In what ways are they quite different from earlier works that were published closer to the end of the conflict—novels such as Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Styron’s Sophie’s Choice, and Heller’s Catch-22? What can be learned from fictional accounts of a war that has captivated historians, authors and readers alike? Midway through the course, get insight from Doerr himself when you attend his Denver Post Pen & Podium series lecture at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Gain an appreciation for the differing ways in which authors choose to focus on the same subject, and perhaps a better understanding of “The Good War” in the process.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 13, 20, 2017 Doerr P&P lecture, Mon., 7:30 pm, Feb. 6 CRN 1052 / $195

Tripp Baltz, author and reporter for Bloomberg BNA, teaches courses in history, law, politics, media, technology, philosophy and anthropology.

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Communications Website Creation 101: Design, Deploy, Distribute

A beginner’s workshop on building, leveraging and promoting your website or blog. Expand your influence, meet your business goals, and make your presence known on the web by launching your own website or blog! In this hands-on course led by Victoria O’Malley, director of Marketing and Communications at DU’s University College, learn the basics necessary to get your website or blog up and running. First, review what works and what flops when it comes to website design and the user experience. Then consider how to craft content and copy, plus dive into design tactics. Once all the elements are in place, discuss Google Analytics so you can track performance. Also review drag-and-drop website tools like Wix, Webs and Canva, in addition to blogging services like Tumblr and Wordpress. In the second class, come prepared to launch into your web project as you work step-by-step, designing and deploying your site through Wix or a blogging service. Come away with a fully-functioning, published site that can be easily edited in the future. Class three features Denver job and marketing guru Andrew Hudson who shares his insights on publicizing your site.* (See full description in next column.) Please bring your own laptop. Some external costs may apply for domain name and hosting, depending on which option you select. Come to the first class ready to talk about websites or blogs you like and dislike, plus goals for your own web presence. *Students are automatically enrolled in Andrew Hudson’s presentation on April 11.

Three sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Mar. 28, Apr. 4, 11, 2017 CRN 1036 / $115

Victoria O’Malley is the director of Marketing and Communications at DU’s University College, where she teaches social media, analytics and communication classes. Victoria also serves as a marketing consultant helping companies and non-profits strategize and produce effective social media and websites.


Andrew Hudson: Denver’s Top Jobs Guru Talks (Web) Traffic

Time to spread the word about your website! How do you attract new visitors and keep them happy (and loyal)? Who better to talk traffic than Denver’s top jobs guru Andrew Hudson, who has connected thousands of public relations and marketing professionals with employers throughout Colorado and beyond. (Did you know that Hudson directed Frontier Airline’s “Talking Animal” campaign, or that he served as Mayor Wellington Webb’s press secretary?) As a master of digital content and marketing, Hudson attracts over 100,000 unique visitors to his website per month. Join the person behind the famous job-search site (he is real!) as he discusses best practices in creating and developing both niche and general audiences for websites or blogs. Using simple personality- and content-driven marketing strategies, learn how your site can become a “go-to” source for daily information. Ever wonder how to land at the top of Google? Here’s your opportunity to brainstorm ways to improve your rankings and, in turn, drive traffic by using social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Drawing on Hudson’s years of experience and insight, make the most of your web presence and build an audience that can’t get enough of your content!

One evening

Tue., 7–9 pm, Apr. 11, 2017 CRN 1034 / $35

Andrew Hudson, CEO, is the founder of Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List. Created in 1999, AH Jobs List is Colorado’s premier job-seeking website attracting over 100,000 unique visitors per month. An early adapter to online blogging and social media marketing, Hudson also served as head of Advertising and Marketing for Frontier Airlines where he led the “Talking Animal” advertising and marketing campaign.

Communications Broadcast News: From Murrow to New Media

“Good night, and good luck.” So ended the nightly newscasts of broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, who was instrumental in the development of journalism for broadcast media. Seventy years later, broadcast media has become more pervasive (and more confusing) than any other format available. Jacque Montgomery, former television news producer and manager, explores the historic impact of broadcast news, explains today’s media trends, and considers journalism of the future. Begin with the golden age when pioneers like Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow sent pictures of the world into America’s living rooms. From the first presidential debate to Vietnam, journalists informed a generation. When did the focus turn toward more marketing and less substance? Hear about ethical dilemmas that journalists face, including Jacque’s personal experiences from the Columbine tragedy, Jeffrey Dahmer’s prison death and 9/11. To whom are the media responsible and how do their decisions affect you personally? In class three, prepare to discuss the importance of radio with someone you’ve likely heard on local airwaves! Wrap up the in-class exploration with a discussion on the challenges of diversity in the newsroom, as well as a look at the future. How does the immediacy of communication technologies impact the immediacy of news gathering and sharing? Finally, join Jacque for a field trip to a local TV news station for some behind-the-scenes action and information. What might Murrow say about broadcast news today?

Five sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Mar. 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 2017 Field trip, Thur., 6:30 pm, Apr. 13 CRN 1035 / $195

Emmy-award winning journalist, Jacque Montgomery has more than 18 years of television news experience. She transitioned her broadcast career into a successful media relations and communications career in higher education and health care and currently provides strategic consultation and support for the external engagement of leaders at a local health plan. Trained at the University of MissouriColumbia, Jacque was managing editor at KCNC-TV during Columbine and guided the media response for the University of Colorado during the Aurora Theater Shootings.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Nature & Science Cancer: The Causes. The Impact. The Hope.

The number of cancer survivors living in the U.S. is expected to exceed 20 million in the next 10 years. Each survivor has caregivers, family members and friends who are affected by their diagnosis. Even though the number of cancer survivors is growing rapidly—thanks to better screening, earlier detection and improved treatments—the physical and psychological effects of cancer can be long-lasting. Gather insight on everything from genetics breakthroughs to medical treatments to the psychological impact of the disease as you consider cancer from three different perspectives. Class 1: Nicole Taylor, director of DU’s new Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE), provides an overview of the physiological processes involved in cancer prevention, causes and treatments. Learn about diagnostic strategies, types of cancers and tumors, staging and treatment options as well as the psychological, social and emotional effects at each stage. Class 2: Phillip Danielson, professor of molecular biology, discusses how your health is tied to your genes and to the viruses picked up over a lifetime. Learn how molecular biology and oncology are working to solve the puzzle of why certain genes can predispose us to a heightened risk of cancer, and how other genes (aka tumor suppressors) act to protect us from developing cancers. Discover how physicians are using this knowledge to evaluate patient risk and personalize cancer care. Class 3: As an oncology-certified nurse practitioner, Janelle Wagner works on the ground. From her unique perspective, learn about new knowledge gained over the past 10 years. Discuss cancer therapies, breakthroughs and future outlooks into cancer care, including clinical trials and their importance in obtaining new information in the quest to cure cancer. Class 4: Nicole Taylor returns to discuss the psychological and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, treatment, metastases and recurrence, as well as the transition into survivorship. Also consider how cancer affects caregivers and family members, and get tips on how to support those with cancer. Come away with a deeper understanding of this disease and optimism for our future ability to combat it medically and emotionally.

Four sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 2017

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CRN 1057 / $155

Nicole Taylor is a clinical assistant professor and director of the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence at DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology.


Phillip B. Danielson is professor of Molecular Biology at DU where he teaches, directs a forensic R&D program, and serves as a DNA consultant to forensic testing laboratories.

Janelle Wagner, RN, MS, FNP, AOCNP, is an oncology nurse practitioner at the Good Samaritan Cancer Centers of Colorado, and has served as an oncology nurse for 28 years.

Nature & Science The End of Wilderness? Conservation in a Human World In an era of expanding human populations, space for wildlife has become ever more scarce. How much of a role should humans play in our protected areas? How have our understandings of wilderness, and how we value it, developed over time? Join geographer Helen Hazen to examine the conservation of wild lands, with a focus on how national parks and other protected areas became such an important land use globally and whether these spaces are truly achieving what they were intended for.

Begin by exploring historic patterns of human activity: How have people traditionally interacted with nature? Is wilderness a meaningful concept? Is it worth protecting? Within these debates, the U.S. began a dramatic experiment in 1872 when it designated our nation’s first national park—Yellowstone. Subsequently, this model of environmental conservation spread across the globe and today 13 percent of terrestrial land is protected. Yet, in ecological terms, is the patchwork nature of conservation areas proving effective at protecting ecosystems? In cultural terms, who are the winners and losers of this conservation boom? Consider landuse case studies from around the globe, including Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Dam, the impact of predator loss in Yellowstone, Kenya’s Maasai land rights, Lovejoy’s work in the Amazon, and urban conservation efforts. Discuss suggested innovative approaches to addressing increasing limitations of protected areas, from “rewilding” the land to reintegrating people into vulnerable ecosystems. Come away with insight into the perplexing question: Are we reaching the end of wilderness?

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 2017 CRN 1060 / $155

Helen Hazen, teaching assistant professor of Geography & the Environment, researches issues of environment and human health and publishes regularly on topics related to environmental conservation. Her doctoral research considered the role of the World Heritage Convention in the conservation of U.S. national parks and, pre-academia, she worked on the ground in the field of conservation, including projects in the Peruvian Amazon and Uganda.

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Nature & Science Winged Migration: Colorado Bird Life in Spring

Join Mike Monahan, retired ornithologist in DU’s Department of Biology, for two evening lectures and two Saturday field trips that explore and celebrate Colorado birds in springtime. Prairies, forests and wetlands of our latitude come alive in May with the sights and songs of a rich diversity of songbirds 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? How do they navigate the thousands of kilometers between winter and summer latitudes during their nocturnal migrations? What factors have shaped the diversity of song, courtship, mating habits and ecology that distinguish our native bird species? These and other topics are the focus of evening discussions and field trips. Take this course to initiate or advance your knowledge of bird identification, ecology and behavior, or join in for the sheer pleasures of seeing and listening to Colorado birds in springtime.

Four sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, May 4, 11, 2017 Bird-watching field trips, Sat., 7:30–11 am, May 6, 13 CRN 1061 / $175

Mike Monahan, teaching professor emeritus in the Department of Biology, is an ecologist and ornithologist. He served as director of DU’s Mount Evans Field Station for 27 years.

Regenerative Landscaping: Bringing Nature Back into Your Garden

In gardening, recent buzzwords have included “sustainable gardening” (using techniques that are good for the environment) and “xeriscaping” (limiting the amount of water needed). However, there is a third approach to gardening and landscaping that works to both conserve and create resources (making them both sustainable and water-friendly). Regenerative landscapes are man-made systems that carefully consider the whole ecosystem in order to create highly functional, beautiful spaces. Join Khalana Gocken, regenerative landscape designer, for this hands-on course in which you will not only discover the fundamentals of regenerative design but also put your newfound knowledge into practice. Learn the principles of regenerative landscaping, which requires careful observation of your space, including the soil, water, plants and native animals; it also considers maintenance demands. Discuss Colorado’s climate, resources and native plants, animals and insects to help you work with nature rather than Credit: Eric Bellamy against it. Regenerative landscapes utilize regionally appropriate materials and take advantage of specific environmental conditions, following nature’s cues to ensure a system that performs as beautifully as it looks. Finally, encouraged by Khalana’s expert guidance and ideas, work on your own comprehensive landscape plan for your own space. Visit two spaces that exemplify the principles of regenerative landscaping, then return to the classroom one last time prepared to incorporate new ideas into your design. Come away with a beautiful plan to bring nature back into your garden and the skills to pull it off!

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Apr. 17, 24, May 1, 8, 2017 Field trip, Sat., 9 am–noon, May 6 CRN 1059 / $175

Khalana Gocken is a regenerative landscape designer with more than 16 years’ experience in the green industry. A public speaker, blogger and business owner, her spaces use natural systems to solve man-made problems. She currently works as an enhancement manager at commercial landscape company Terracare Associates where she works on projects ranging from multi-unit housing to parks.


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Exploring Our Solar System: Robots in Action

From Age-ing to Sage-ing: Create a New Vision for Growing Older (and Wiser)

Our knowledge of the planets has evolved tremendously over the centuries, advanced continuously by technological innovations. Once, we could use only our eyes and develop myths to explain the observed sky. With the invention of the telescope, we began to follow new objects and to guess about the origin of our solar system. Most recently, robots have enabled us to explore planets and smaller bodies providing immense quantities of data and sparking world-wide curiosity. Join retired Hubble astronomer Paul Hemenway to survey the history of our knowledge of the solar system, with a particular emphasis on modern spacecraft, including lander and rover explorations. See how our knowledge base has turned from purely astronomical research to the geological study of the rocky bodies and the meteorology of the gaseous giants and other bodies with atmospheres. Spearheading this modern process are robots, including orbiters that photograph and map surfaces in incredible detail, impactors that crash into targets, landers that sit and record information, and roving robots that see, smell, taste and feel their environment as they roam the surfaces of new places. Particular attention will be paid to the Mars rovers, the Cassini mission to Saturn, the New Horizons mission to Pluto, and the Juno mission to Jupiter. Come away with a better appreciation of our robotic planetary exploration efforts and the technical teams that have taken us there.

As we grow older, we’re delighted with the additional time and opportunities we have to explore life. Yet, we may also feel a sense of loss due to lack of direction in our lives and of contribution to our society. We often worry about leaving a legacy to our children, about the imprint we’re leaving in the world, and about simply feeling happy and confident at having lived full and complete lives. After 30 years in corporate America, Barbe Ratcliffe entered retirement wondering, “What next?” She eventually discovered her next passion and now, in her new position as executive director of OLLI at DU, Barbe assists others in uncovering their own wisdom and potential. Join Barbe to consider and discuss Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalmoni’s book From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older. What is meant by “age-ing” into our wisdom? What are some of life’s possibilities that we might not yet have considered? With the camaraderie and support of fellow “agers”—each with his or her own wealth of experience and potential—gather for insightful conversations to explore the promising potential within the transition from age-ing to sage-ing. Whether you’d like more meaning in your life, wish to discover more about yourself, or have ever wondered how to share your wisdom and knowledge, come away with new excitement for what lies ahead.

Four sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Mar. 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5, 2017 CRN 1072 / $145 Credit: NASA

Five sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Apr. 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2017 Field trip TBA CRN 1058 / $175

Paul Hemenway was a member of the Astrometry Science Team of the Hubble Space Telescope, worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on the astronomical aspects of the Gravity Probe B mission, and contributes regularly to DU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Barbe J. Ratcliffe is executive director of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at DU, a lifelong learning organization for individuals 50 and over. Barbe recently retired after 30 years in corporate America, many of those years spent in senior management.

See healthy cooking course on page 10.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Personal Development You First: Learn to Lead Yourself

Visit any bookstore and you can find entire sections of books that claim to teach you how to lead others. Yet, how often have you been under the “leadership” of someone who didn’t know how to lead a team and whose own life was also in disarray? The truth is, no one can adequately lead others until they can lead their own lives effectively. Join popular Enrichment Program instructor Bob Melvin as he turns the leadership lens inside and helps you to identify areas in your life that require more leadership, then shares practical strategies to improve them. Bob uses dialogue and exercises to teach the concepts of alignment (Is your behavior aligned with your goals?); systems theory (Is your life already providing cues that you lack personal leadership?); personal mastery (Do you have the ability to continuously assess your goals and whether your actions will achieve them?); unconditional responsibility (Do you take responsibility for your inability to achieve goals, no matter what else is going on around you?); and mental models (What is your understanding of how the world works and is it holding you back?). Guest speakers provide real-life examples of how they improved their own leadership and changed their lives. Whether you desire improved fiscal fitness, physical fitness, more positive relationships or improved selfesteem, this class will provide you with the ability to lead yourself to success.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Mar. 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 2017 CRN 1062 / $145

Bob Melvin is an award-winning instructor of Economics and Human Communication, recipient of the DU Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award, and a consultant.


Saving and Investing for Your Future: It’s Never Too Late!

Are you saving enough money for emergencies? Are you paying down debt so that you can save more for the future? Will you have enough money to retire? These questions plague us all, yet too often we ignore them or assume we’re too late. Take heart! According to investment professional Brook Kramer, there’s always time to improve your current and future financial situations. Let Brook help you break the big questions down into actionable plans: First, before you can adequately save, you must address your debt. What should you pay down first? Second? Third? Learn how to prioritize one debt payment over another as you budget for your other needs. Once debt is under control, what’s the best way to start saving? What vehicles provide a decent return while also allowing quick access to your money when you need it? Then, with your new ability to save, how should you invest for long-term goals, such as retirement? Discuss ways to diversify your portfolio, including asset allocation strategies, stocks, bonds, commodities and real estate, as well as what to look for in an investment partner. Finally, consider what you want to leave behind to loved ones and charities. What’s the best way to achieve your goals without causing unnecessary tax burdens on them or yourself? Come away with a solid understanding of your own financial picture and ways to achieve your future goals.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 2017 CRN 1063 / $145

Brook Kramer has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years; co-founded Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, an independent firm managing assets for charitable organizations; and is currently vice president and relationship manager at First Western Trust.


Travel Photography: Don’t Just Take Pictures, Make Pictures! Making memorable travel photographs doesn’t end with a click of the shutter. Great images are born of great composition, working with light and embedding an emotional quality that elicits a response in the viewer. And, as impressive as the results can be when shooting in auto mode, taking control of camera settings is a big step in transitioning from taking pictures to making pictures. In this weekend intensive workshop, join acclaimed commercial and fine art photographer Allen Birnbach as he shares essential techniques for creating photographs that not only capture your travels but also reflect your experience.

Photo/Allen Birnbach

Day 1: Begin in the classroom with a focus on manual, as Allen demystifies this often-avoided shooting mode. You’ll be well prepared, even anxious, for the afternoon photo shoot! Also discuss other factors that contribute to a successful capture, such as time of day, choice of lens and angle of view. After a lunch break, head downtown to explore the energy of urban Denver where Allen offers shooting guidance and encourages you to nurture your own personal vision by photographing in an intuitive manner all your own. Day 2: Back in the classroom, gather for a photo critique for lasting insights on how to improve your photography going forward. Also, spend some time processing a few sample images in Adobe Lightroom to gain a better understanding of digital workflow from concept to output. Come away with insider tips, newfound knowledge and improved skills for producing awe-inspiring photographs for all your travel adventures to come. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop loaded with Lightroom to class two.

Weekend intensive

Sat., 9 am–noon; 1–5 pm, Apr. 29; Sun., 9 am–1 pm, Apr. 30, 2017 CRN 1033 / $185

Photo/Allen Birnbach

A commercial and fine art photographer for more than 30 years, Allen Birnbach has taught photography classes and workshops at The Sante Fe Workshops, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, UCLA Extension in Los Angeles and the Panasonic Digital Photo Academy. He has traveled to more than 20 countries for advertising, editorial and corporate assignments and his fine art photography has been exhibited in solo and group shows through the U.S. and overseas.

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Art Painted Pages: Paint, Color, Paper, Play!

Touching a paintbrush to canvas can be quite intimidating. What if you make a mistake? How can you explore your ideas if canvas makes each stroke permanent? In this hands-on workshop, award-winning artist and instructor Jill Berry teaches painting fundamentals using a special paper (Arches Text Wove) that can be “fixed” when necessary (wow!). With such freedom and flexibility, Berry leads new artists through an exploration of color, paint and technique. Learn about the qualities of paints and pigments, and how to create luminous layers that look vibrant instead of “muddy.” Explore water-based mediums, as well as sumi and walnut inks, which are rich and smooth for added dimension. Discover techniques for creating texture by using unusual tools, such as cheesecloth, salt, wax paper and orange oil spray. Use symbols from around the world as patterns while you learn simple mono-printing and stenciling skills. Come away with a new skill and unique ideas for scrapbooks, cards, journals, collages or original paintings to frame and display. The majority of supplies are included. Seating is limited, so register early!

Weekend intensive

Sat. & Sun., 9 am–noon; 1–4 pm, Mar. 11 & 12, 2017 CRN 1032 / $215

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

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 instructor of Drawing at DU’s School of Art and Art History, has been sharing his passion of art through teaching for over 12 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’ll 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., 9 am–noon; 1–4 pm, Apr. 29, May 6, 2017 CRN 1031 / $185

Jill K. Berry has been a graphic designer and painter for more than 35 years. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Denver Public Library. She has written three art books and taught art classes nationally and internationally.


Mexican-American artist Alfredo Ortiz is an adjunct faculty member at DU’s School of Art and Art History. He received a BFA from Metropolitan State College and an MFA from CU-Boulder. His work has been exhibited locally, as well as in Palestine, Colombia and Mexico City.

FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement

As you know in business and in life, it’s not just about asking questions, but asking the right questions. Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement is an integrated program exclusively and thoughtfully designed for professionals ages 50+ who are seeking career mobility and change or planning a post-career transition into retirement. Offered by the University of Denver’s college of professional and continuing studies, University College, the program helps you ask the relevant questions and determine the best course of action through new frameworks, tools and strategies that will help you map out the future you desire. Lead instructor Lori Zahn is a certified executive coach with extensive expertise in adult development and helping people just like you—professionals at this transitional point in their work lives—navigate successful midlife and “third age” transitions. The “third age” is a pivotal and exciting time in life beginning in our 50s. The Focus Forward program is designed to inspire, inform and motivate you no matter where you find yourself at this critical juncture. In a learning format ideally suited for adult learners, classes meet on Saturdays and in the evenings, and include a mix of presentation, discussion, guest speakers, interactive activities, relevant readings and assignments between classes. You will experience a built-in learning community of fellow students and online resources, and have access to ongoing support. As an alumnus of the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in an Encore Transition Group, a support network for exploring and pursuing your next steps. The program begins with Planning for Change in the Third Age, a foundational workshop that first explores the third age and then presents a model and framework for navigating change and transition for lifelong renewal, as developed by The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, recognized experts in adult development, renewal and leadership training. Once this workshop is complete, you may enroll in courses that focus on a specific need in your work life: Revitalizing Career or Reinventing Retirement. These courses explore viable options for moving forward with you and your individual needs taking center stage. Additional short courses focusing on topics of interest, such as next fall’s “Healthy Aging,” are also offered. Come away from the Focus Forward program having learned new frameworks and tools for navigating transition and change as you identify and begin to explore possible career or post-career options while developing a compelling plan that will have you looking forward to this next chapter of our life.

Focus Forward Info Session Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am, January 14, 2017

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

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Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


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

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

Three sessions

Sat., 9 am–noon, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 2017 CRN 1041 / $385

Revitalizing Career

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

Four sessions

Wed., 6–9 pm, Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017 CRN 1043 / $435

Testimonial The Focus Forward program gave me some much needed focus on the hard work of figuring out what I want from the third phase of my life. This introspective work was expertly guided by Lori with the interactive help of the rest of the students in the class. We all came from different walks of life, but there were a surprising (in retrospect, not surprising) number of common elements that we shared ... which helped achieve clarity on issues and questions that needed some serious internal work. In the end, the classes helped me immensely in realizing that truly living is about working towards something you are really passionate about and no longer accepting the many compromises that “life” has often thrown in our paths. I’m happier than I’ve been in a very long time and I’m excited to be pursuing my “dream job” of being a semi-professional photographer. That happiness spills over into family relationships and friendships in a very positive way and can be very infectious!! To be clear, the work and the questions you will ask yourself are not easy ones, but the rewards of moving forward towards the answers are immense. ... this was the best money/time I’ve spent on a set of classes in quite some time!! ~ Greg McCarter


FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement Reinventing Retirement

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

Four sessions

Wed., 6–9 pm, Apr. 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2017

Healthy Aging: Physical, Mental, Social

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

Two sessions

Sat., 9 am–noon, Nov. 4, 11, 2017 Registration opens in July / $185

CRN 1042 / $435

Save the Date! Fall 2017 Registration Opens in July Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop Sat., 9 am–noon, Oct. 14, 21, 28

Healthy Aging: Physical, Mental, Social short course Sat., 9 am–noon, Nov. 4, 11

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FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement About the Lead Instructor

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


The cost of Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement covers all of the materials necessary for the workshop and courses, including selected articles and required book(s). By participating in the Focus Forward program, students will also have access to additional one-on-one coaching services and DU’s Career Services at a reduced fee.


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

Testimonials The Focus Forward program for people in the Encore phase of life was really informative, helpful and fun. And, in a lot of ways surprising, at least to me, since I’d never heard of the Encore movement before then. I particularly liked the encouragement to experiment, and being in class with so many other people who are in the same stage of life as I am. Can’t help but wish I’d taken the program five years ago. ~ Lise Nelson Program content and class participants were equally fascinating. Charting your life chapters was really illuminating. And Lori was a superb facilitator and teacher. ~ Kent Rice


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

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

Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates

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

Center for Professional Development

Advance your education and your career with workshops, short courses and certificates geared toward professionals interested in gaining career-relevant skills. The Center for Professional Development, founded in 2015 at DU, delivers the highest-quality professional education for mental health, education and professional audiences around the country. The Center for Professional Development offers a variety of opportunities for continuing education units (CEUs), contact/professional development hours, continuing education (CE) and continuing legal education (CLE) credits.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver

Are you age 50 or “better?” Do you crave intellectual stimulation and the pursuit of new ideas and experiences with like-minded peers? Then check out OLLI at DU—celebrating 20-plus years at the University of Denver! Participants from diverse backgrounds and professions come together to learn through small classroom lectures, larger Speakers Series programs including our popular Leading Edge Medicine series, workshops, Hot Topic lunches, the International Symposium, multi-media presentations, books, magazines and handouts, as well as informal discussions and social interaction. Maximum enjoyment of learning can be expected. Curious? Contact OLLI Assistant Debra Loftin at 303-871-3090 or for more information, or visit OLLI online at or Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades



Registration opens December 5, 2016.




In Person:

University College 2211 S. Josephine Street, Denver

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


CERTIFICATE OF LIFELONG LEARNING Current & Global Issues You’ve taken more Current Issues courses 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 two-year period in Enrichment Program classes that fall within the Current & Global Issues subject area. To receive your Certificate, email and include a list a courses taken. Upon verification, you will receive one Certificate in the mail and another by email.

*An example of the many possible course combinations. The course content in this document is the property of University of Denver University College 2016.


In Appreciation

The Enrichment Program extends a heartfelt thank you to the following organizations for their enthusiastic collaboration.

Clyfford Still Museum Colorado Symphony Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Curious Theatre Company Denver Art Museum Denver Center for the Performing Arts The Denver Post Pen & Podium Series

Denver Taiko Lighthouse Writers Workshop Newman Center for the Performing Arts Nutrition Therapy Institute Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Swallow Hill Music Zoology Foundation at Crooked Willow

University College at the University of Denver

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

We would like to hear from you! Send program suggestions, course recommendations and feedback to us by mail or email. Enrichment Program University College University of Denver 2211 S. Josephine Street Denver, CO 80208

Certificate of Course Completion The Enrichment Program will provide a Certificate of Completion or other evidence of course attendance, including Continuing Education Units, upon request. Please contact us in advance to request the appropriate documentation. 303-871-3801 / 303-871-3610

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