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Enrichment Program

Fall 2018

Short courses for the love of learning!

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Happy 15th Anniversary to the Enrichment Program! Since launching in the fall of 2003,

we’ve been honored to serve more than 10,000 students ranging in age from 8 to 100, and we’ve had 26,000 course enrollments! Compared to the 21 courses listed in our fall 2003 brochure, 60 distinct offerings are featured within this catalog. As we’ve grown, many of you have grown with us, and stuck with us, including multiple students who’ve taken more than 50 courses and faculty who’ve taught more than 40. For a non-credit higher education program, especially, those numbers mean something. They prove what we’ve known all along—that learning for the love of it is as important to you as it is to us, that you’re never too old—or too young—to explore something new, that life is richer and more meaningful when you actively pursue intellectual and creative stimulation. So, we invite you, once again or for the first time, to the Enrichment Program, where we offer short courses from history to religion, art to politics. Take advantage of your proximity to a world-class university—the University of Denver—and its beautiful campus. Challenge conventional thought, broaden your horizons, and connect to topics that make you stop and think, imagine and create, and sometimes even tap your toe. Be surrounded by others who are as thirsty for knowledge as you are, and led by faculty who really know their stuff (that’s a technical term) and are as excited about teaching as you are about learning. As one DU faculty member put it: “It was the best teaching experience of my life.” Fifteen years later, we’re just as proud to open the doors to the University of Denver and give you access to courses designed specifically for adult learners. It’s time to dedicate a moment to your own personal fulfillment and invest in lifelong learning. Won’t you join us? With appreciation,

Michael McGuire Dean, University College

Deb Olson Director, Enrichment Program

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

Topic Course Title

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS Art History Decorative Arts Rembrandt Madden Collection Dior & Haute Couture Beer/Geography Denver Craft Beer Food/Drink Austrian Cuisine Food/Health Plant-Based Eating - 2 sections History/Culture Haunted Denver Austria Music Birth of the Broadway Musical American Folk Music Verdi & La traviata Nature/Science Destination Mars Social Sciences Disability and the Arts Writing Intro to Writing

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FACULTY SHOWCASE 1 Night Lectures Enrichment Lecture Series Art iPhoneography Travel Journals Photography Business/Sociology Business as a Force for Good/Panel Discussion Communications Art & Science of Persuasion Current Issues Healthcare in the US Guns in the US Presidential Impeachment China’s Rising Power & US Relations Military Power in the 21st Century Saudi Arabia & the Gulf Film Film v. TV with Kennedy & Ostrow History History of White Supremacy French Revolution Jews in the Islamic World Linguistics Bad Words Literature/History World War I Literature The Iliad Nature/Science Colorado Geography & Environment Stephen Hawking Exotic Wildlife & Humans OLLI OLLI-Enrichment DAYTIME Personal Development Women, Wealth & Purpose Wills & Trusts Philosophy/Ethics Ethics & Sailing trip A Guide to Spiritual Life Psychology Why We Lie Religion Hinduism Social Sciences #MeToo/Social Movements Writing Children’s Picture Books

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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 inclass learning and off-site experiences. Courses are designed to further your knowledge and appreciation of a genre, artist, period or culture, as well as to enhance your in-person experience. How better to fully appreciate the rich array of art represented in the extensive Madden Collection or Colorado’s influence in the microbrew industry, or to understand the unique role the arts play in people’s perceptions of disability, as well as the timeless contributions of Verdi to opera? In all cases, fellow lifelong learners and distinguished experts join forces to make your Enrichment experience educational, inspirational and memorable! Event tickets included unless otherwise noted.

Opera Colorado Viva Verdi! La traviata and the Evolution of an Opera Master One of the most successful composers of his day, Giuseppe Verdi created some of opera’s greatest hits—tunes so timeless that more than 100 years after his death they continue to be familiar favorites. Where did the 19th century Italian composer find inspiration and how was his approach to composing different from his contemporaries? Inspired by Opera Colorado’s fall production of La traviata, music historian Betsy Schwarm leads an exploration of Verdi’s life and works. Learn how Verdi took an art form that had largely emphasized elaborate vocal display and made it more dramatic, with story and characters no less important than singing. What was the initial response to this unexpected shift? Explore La traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas the Younger’s novel Lady of the Camellias, which so impressed Verdi that he crafted his own operatic version. Compare the novel to the opera. How did the story evolve to better serve (even shock) operatic demands? Watch video scenes from the opera and discuss how Verdi’s music brings the story to life. Attend the final dress rehearsal of Opera Colorado’s La traviata production and return to the classroom for a Q&A with Opera Colorado staff who are intimate with the production. Come away with an appreciation for Verdi’s works and one-of-a-kind insights into Opera Colorado’s performance of La traviata! 10% discount to OC subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 8, 2018 Opera Colorado dress rehearsal, Thur., 7 pm, Nov. 1 $165

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


The MADDEN Museum of Art The Madden Collection: Art and National Identity

In January 2016, commercial developer and art collector John Madden, Jr. donated 135 artworks valued at $10 million to the University of Denver. Reflecting his collecting interests and those of his late wife, Marjorie, the collection is on view at The MADDEN Museum of Art in Madden’s Palazzo Verdi in Greenwood Village. The Madden Collection includes a rich array of American masters and Italian artists who worked in a style often compared to Impressionism. In this three-part course, led by art historian and museum consultant Dan Jacobs, explore the rich visual experiences of late 19th- and early 20th-century paintings represented in this acquisition, focusing on the role of landscape and rural depictions in the development of national identity. Expect up-close examination of works inside the MADDEN Museum, short presentations of relevant graduate art student research, and a concluding celebratory dining experience.

Peasant and oxen tilling the soil, Cesare Ciani

Landscape as National Imagination: Wilderness Paintings of 19th-Century America

From picturesque scenes of rural life to dramatic, sublime depictions of awe-inspiring nature, 19th-century English landscapists portrayed what they saw as a very ancient country. By contrast, the greatest American painters of the same era portrayed the sublime to help craft the identity of a vast— and vastly ambitious—new nation. Explore landscape and Threshing Wheat, Thomas Hart Benton nationhood through the works of such artists as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Francis Cropsey and William Turner. Wine and appetizers included.

Working the Land: Pastoral Visions of Landscape in America, France and Italy

Distinguish several branches of 19th-century landscape as it evolves from pastoral styles into the picturesque and romantic modes. While picturesque landscapes helped spawn a wilder vision of nature as a vast, awesome force, this session will focus on how the older pastoral tradition, portraying the fruits and rewards of farm life, also develops into images of rural labor that express growing social consciousness and concern for the working poor. Wine and appetizers included.

Farm to Tableau: We Are What We Eat

Do French, Italian and American cattle speak the same language? Discover the symbolic importance of livestock in the language of 19th-century painting through outstanding Italian, French and American examples, including a mysterious 1875 “cowboy” image by Italian Andrea Marzo. Also consider scenes of fishing and marine life, and wheat and grain harvests in America (Thomas Hart Benton) and Italy (Ludovico Tommasi). How do these landscapes illustrate a visual “dialect” and what are they saying? In a grand finale, celebrate the Madden Collection with an Italian-focused dinner featuring seafood and pasta complemented by fine Italian wine, catered by Epicurean Culinary Group through their kitchen at Mangia Bevi Cafe in Palazzo Verdi.

Three sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 11, 18; 6:30–9 pm, Oct. 25, 2018 Weeping Oaks, Albert Bierstadt


From 2005–2018, Dan Jacobs served as director of the Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver and founding curator of DU’s Art Collections. He presented over 65 art exhibitions, including Warhol in Colorado, Visual Trips and Learning to See Color. A former assistant director of the Denver Art Museum with extensive museum planning experience, he now consults with museums and other arts organizations.

All images courtesy of the Madden Collection at the University of Denver

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Phamaly Theatre Company

Colorado Symphony

Disability and the Arts: Changing Your Perception of the Human Form

Broadway! Its Birth and Golden Age

Over the last several decades, the culture of disability in America has dramatically transformed: from a camera-shy President (Roosevelt), institutionalization and war vets, to adaptive extreme athletes, bionic humans and creative artists. Concurrently over the last 29 years, Denver’s award-winning Phamaly Theatre Company has built an innovative model of adaptive and inclusive theatre, featuring artists with disabilities who re-envision established works where disability functions as a creative asset. Join Phamaly’s Artistic Director Regan Linton as she first explores the history of disability. How has our definition of disability changed and why? Then, learn how the arts play a unique role in changing how people think about disability. Linton hosts Phamaly artists and community advocates who discuss the ways theatre functions as a tool for empathy and social change. In class three, learn about Phamaly’s fall production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Harvey, presented in collaboration with Senior Housing Options at the historic Olin Hotel. What does it take to stage a play that features actors with varying physical and cognitive abilities? Experience the unique “site-specific” production (a nontraditional theatre setting where the location enhances the play experience), then return for a final class where a panel of actors, designers and advocates answer your questions. Come away with a new perspective on the human spectrum of ability and how embracing different ways of living makes for compelling and innovative art.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 Phamaly performance, Sat., 7 pm, Oct. 27 $195

Regan Linton, MSW, MFA, is an actor, writer and artistic director of Phamaly—the first wheelchair user to lead a major U.S. theatre company. She was honored as 2017 Colorado Theatre Person of the Year and is a prominent national voice for theatre diversity and inclusion.


At its peak in the middle of the 20th century, theatres on Broadway were lit up in bright neon, giving the street its nickname “The Great White Way.” But the origin of all those hit musicals can be traced way back to comic operas of the Baroque and those foreign-born sugary-sweet operettas of the mid-19th century. Once American audiences discovered the joys (and catchy tunes) of these European entertainments, it didn’t take long for New York’s Tin Pan Alley songwriters to begin fashioning shows that left behind those goofy burlesque revues so popular around the turn-of-the-century. As the musical evolved, some elements were kept: a fondness for naughty lyrics, for example. Theatregoers now were treated to evenings that offered actual story lines, loveable characters, lavish sets and gorgeous costumes—and, lest we forget, plenty of great melodies. In this course, taught by popular Enrichment music instructor Marc Shulgold, trace the invention of the Broadway musical, from the 1700s all the way to those immortal creative teams of the 1920s, ‘30s and beyond (Hamilton, anyone?). Meet some intriguing characters, among them William Wheatley and Laura Keene (she, an unwitting player in American history). Then, attend a concert by the Colorado Symphony and guest vocalists as they pay tribute to two giants of Broadway, Rodgers and Hammerstein. 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Four sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2018 Symphony performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, Oct. 6 $185

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

Colorado Symphony Characterized by mountain villages, alpine scenery and rich traditions, Austria’s culture today is largely defined by its past. When Emperor Karl of Austria-Hungary abdicated on November 11, 1918, he abruptly ended Europe’s longest-reigning dynasty. His royal family’s Habsburg court of the 18th and 19th centuries was the center of a cosmopolitan culture featuring the Vienna Boys Choir, The Spanish Riding School for Lipizzan horses, and incomparable composers Hayden, Mozart, Schubert and Liszt. What forces prompted the stunning flood of cultural and intellectual creativity in Vienna by 1900? Guided by Austrophile and former University College German instructor Phoebe Busch, take a historyand culture-based journey through modern Austria to Vienna and then via the Danube River through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Transylvania (now in Romania), where signs of Habsburg hegemony and achievement are vividly evident. Although the modern Republics of Austria and Germany share a common history as part of the old Holy Roman Empire, it was the multinational Habsburg family that embraced a Europe-wide role as emperors, kings of Bohemia and Hungary, and defenders of Catholic Christendom. As early as 1437, Emperor Frederick III declared, “The whole world is subject to Austria!” Even as they survived revolution, assassinations, madness and suicide, how did his descendants compare with the personalities, high drama, religious fervor and clever marriage alliances of the British monarchs?

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Austria: The Habsburg Monarchy 100 Years Later

Explore the consequences of the Empire’s implosion in the face of military defeat and conflicting ethic nationalisms. To what degree were Adolf Hitler’s obsessions and tics a product of his Austrian background? Where are members of the Habsburg family now? Along the way, Phoebe shares her own experiences and must-see cultural attractions, and clarifies the quirkiness parodied in Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Each class features a Jause or snack of Austrian food and drink. Cap the course with a Colorado Symphony performance by none other than the Vienna Boys Choir, now in its 520th year. Viel Spaß! (Enjoy!) 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2018 Symphony performance, Sun., 2:30 pm, Nov. 11 $215

Phoebe W. Busch, PhD, studied at the University of Munich, taught German at DU’s University College where she earned a Master Teacher designation, and taught AP and IB European History in the Cherry Creek School District. A published independent historian, she specializes in modern Austrian history, particularly of Tirol. Over four decades, Phoebe worked in an Austrian ski resort, lived in a 13thcentury castle, and conducted archival research in Innsbruck and Vienna.

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Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Culinary Culture: Dining With the Habsburgs of Austria

Writing for People Who Are Afraid to Write: An Introduction to Craft

One evening

Sat., 6–9 pm, Oct. 6, 2018 $95

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

See Austrian History & Culture course on page 5.


“She’s read every word I’ve written,” he said. “That’s the truest way to know someone’s heart.” ~ Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son

credit: David Gonzales

Between Salzburg (City of Mozart) and Vienna (City of Music, home to more famous composers than anywhere else), it’s no wonder that Oscar Hammerstein II wrote, “The hills are alive with the sound of music!” (Cue Julie Andrews.) Austrian culture isn’t limited to wafting melodies, though, or to its well-known architectural and artistic brilliance, like the Wiener Werkstätte collective. In fact, many a starving artist’s work originated in an Austrian kitchen. (Wiener Schnitzel, anyone?) One hundred years after the fall of the sprawling Habsburg Empire, celebrate its varied influence on the cuisine of Austria.* Meet your culinary companions over a house charcuterie board infused with Tyrolean and Austrian flavors and a seasonal beer from Prost Brewing. Take your seat to enjoy savory nockerl (Austrian-style gnocchi) with cream, herbs and smoked salmon. Then feast like a Habsburg on schweinsbraten, rotkohl and wild mushroom knödel (roasted pork, sour red cabbage and dumplings). Learn techniques from the chef during demonstrations, and tips as the sommelier highlights the beer, Riesling and Zweigelt pairings. Since Austria is known for its café culture and pastries, save room for dessert! End the evening sweetly with a sampling of tortes: Linzer (named for the town of Linz), Sacher (dating to 1832, this Viennese specialty is so famous that December 5 is National Sacher Torte Day in the U.S.), and lemon curd to cleanse the palate. *This is not a cooking class.

You’ve considered a writing class, but never signed up. You’re shy, afraid you’re too old or too young, too over-committed, too inexperienced. But you’re not. You don’t know whether fiction, nonfiction, an essay or poetry is where you should begin. It doesn’t matter. Begin (or re-ignite) your writing journey and find your authentic “voice” under the enthusiastic guidance of award-winning author and writing instructor Gail Waldstein, who shows you it’s never too late to find the “write” path. Explore the basic elements of writing and learn about structure and narrative. Join in-depth discussions on craft: Discover how to invent interesting characters, weave a plot, build tension and create realistic dialogue. Find the value of setting and pace. Notice when emotion or suspense is best “in scene” or told through narration. Begin to read as a writer and learn to identify why certain writers speak to you. After sampling some work by critically acclaimed writer Adam Johnson, gather insight from the author himself when you attend Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Inside the Writer’s Studio with Adam Johnson. Count on numerous in-class writing exercises to get you started, and take away tips for carving out time in your busy life and for building a writing habit. 10% discount to Lighthouse members.

Five sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 2018 Lighthouse lecture, Fri., 6 pm, Dec. 7 $195

Gail Waldstein, MD, practiced pediatric pathology for more than 35 years. She is the author of three books, including The Hauntings, winner of the 2014 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Contest. Her poetry, stories and essays have won numerous awards and her work appears in The Denver Post, 5280, Nimrod, New Letters, The MacGuffin, Carve, Bayou, The Potomac Review, Harpur Palate, Connecticut River Review, The Examined Life, Pearl, Zone 3, The Iowa Review and others.

Denver Art Museum Dior and the Golden Age of Couture

Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker

Parisian fashion after World War II is widely considered the Golden Age of Haute Couture. Designers, led by Christian Dior’s “New Look,” believed the world needed more romance and glamour as the oppression (and blackout curtains) of the war lifted. Suddenly, skirts were fuller, waists were smaller and silhouettes were scandalously curvier. What impact did these bold and beautiful fashions have on women? What is their lasting impact on the world of fashion? Join acclaimed stylist Georgia Alexia Benjou to examine the post-war fashion landscape beginning with Dior, who coined Spring-Summer 1995 Haute Couture the term “Golden collection, Hellebore dress, Gianfranco Age” and is largely Ferré for Christian Dior. Photo ©Paolo Roversi /Art + Commerce credited with leading the movement. How did his creations impact the concept of femininity and in what ways did he inspire creativity across other industries? Also explore the work of Spanish designer Cristóbal Balenciaga (ultra-modern and severe lines), Hubert de Givenchy (who created many of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic looks), Pierre Balmain (who, like Dior, championed the full-skirted silhouette), and Hardy Amies (dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II). Georgia shares stunning fashion imagery, as well as clips from the documentary, Dior and I. The course concludes with a private tour of the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, Dior: From Paris to the World. Come away with an appreciation for haute couture and its lasting impact on our culture today. 10% discount to DAM members.

A keen observer of the human condition, Rembrandt produced paintings, drawings and original prints covering a Shakespearean universe of subjects drawn from the world around him. Over his four-decades-long career, the prolific Dutch artist even drew inspiration from the classical past, religious texts, genre, opera and theatre. In celebration of the Denver Art Museum’s world-exclusive exhibition, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, the show’s curator Timothy J. Standring leads an exploration into the artist and his works. Based on his extensive research at the Rijksmuseum, the British Museum, the Hermitage and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Standring brings fascinating insights to the artist’s brilliant technical achievements as a painter, draughtsman and especially printmaker. He also reviews the entrepreneurial side of Rembrandt’s enterprise. Why did the artist revise his images seemingly endlessly? Why did he print them on different papers? And, in the end, why was he incapable of repeating himself? Conclude the course with a double bonus: an exclusive curator/ instructor led tour of the exhibition at the DAM, its sole world venue. 10% discount to DAM members. Note: Classes will be held at the DAM’s Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium.

Including a private, instructor-led tour of the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World

Including a private, curator-led tour of the exhibition

Three sessions

Mon., Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 17, 18, 2018 DAM private tour, Sat. 9 am, Sept. 22 $135

Timothy J. Standring, Gates Family Foundation Curator at the Denver Art Museum, is curator of Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, and an adjunct faculty member at DU’s School of Art and Art History.

Four sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Nov. 6, 13, 20, 2018 DAM private tour, Sun., 8:45 am, Dec. 2 $195

Georgia Alexia Benjou has served as a national buyer and merchandiser in New York City, Milan and Paris for luxury and designer houses, including Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior and Chanel. She is also a fashion stylist, editor and consultant whose work has been seen in numerous national and international publications.

Self-Portrait, Frowning : Bust, 1630, state 1 Etching, 3 x 3 in. (7 ½ x 7 ½ cm). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Bartsch 10, NHD 68 Image courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Newman Center for the Performing Arts Newman Center Presents is delighted to once again collaborate with University College to enhance the performance experience with engaging courses. At the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, our goal is to present nationally and internationally recognized touring artists and engage in the community with various learning opportunities with these artists. Newman Center Presents programming provides the community with experiences that engage “beyond the stage.” In addition to the performance, our visiting artists often lead master classes for pre-professional artists and participate in pre- and post-performance discussions with the audience. Newman Center Presents invites you to continue to enrich your journey through the performing arts by taking part in these thoughtprovoking programs. ~ Kendra Whitlock Ingram, Executive Director, The 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. Call 303-871-7720 or visit Kathleen Battle, Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey / Sat., 7:30 pm, Sept. 15 Potted Potter / Sept. 19–23 Camille A. Brown and Dancers / Thur., 7:30 pm, Oct. 4, 2018 An Evening with Pat Metheny, featuring special guests / Wed., 7:30 pm, Oct. 17 Jazz Ambassadors / Sat., 2 pm, Oct. 20 The Okee Dokee Brothers / Sun., 2 pm, Nov. 4 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet: An Evening with Joyce Yang / Sat., 7:30 pm, Nov. 10; Sun., 2 pm, Nov. 11 Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut, Carry Me Home / Fri, 7:30 pm, Nov. 16 Dianne Reeves, featuring special guests, Christmas Time Is Here / Thur., 7:30 pm, Dec. 6 National Geographic Live! Kobie Boykins, Exploring Mars / Thur., 7:30 pm, Dec. 13 A Canadian Brass Christmas / Tue., 7:30 pm, Dec. 18


Mars: Humanity’s Obsession With the Red Planet

From time immemorial, the Red Planet has intrigued and baffled Earth’s astronomers, mythologists, philosophers and space explorers. We’ve looked for extraterrestrial life on Mars, turned it into the backdrop for Hollywood movies, and now we seek to land humans on its surface. What is the source of our obsession? And how close are we now to touching our muse? Join former Hubble astronomer Paul Hemenway as he surveys humanity’s fascination with Mars from Ptolemy (~130 CE) to today. First, consider the history of our knowledge about Mars, including revelations by Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Newton and Einstein. When Galileo first turned a telescope to the heavens, humanity instantly wondered about life on Mars. How have our impressions changed since that first glimpse? Discuss the false starts of scientists such as Percival Lowell, who interpreted surface features on Mars as canals and evidence for extraterrestrial life. Then transition through the ground-based telescopic era into the era of modern space exploration. Examine the physical, fiscal and technological processes involved in executing a space mission. Wrap up with a trip to Newman Center for the Performing Arts for a National Geographic Live! presentation by NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins on the modern exploration of Mars. What does new evidence say about life on Mars? Come away with a new sense of wonder and expectation for our future relationship with the Red Planet. 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Three sessions

Thur., 6:30-8:30 pm, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 2018 NCP lecture, Thur., 7:30 pm, Dec. 13 $135

Paul Hemenway was a member of the Astrometry Science Team of the Hubble Space Telescope and worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics on the astronomical aspects of the Gravity Probe B mission. He teaches a variety of astronomy-related courses and is an associate with DU’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art Style and History in the Decorative Arts, 1850–2000

What’s the inspiration behind a clawfoot chair or a lamp shaped like a pill? Why are we enticed by the houses of Frank Lloyd Wright? What distinguishes your grandmother’s porcelain from the set you use today? Over the centuries, everything from politics to technology has influenced craftspeople, designers and architects in their work to create the buildings we inhabit and the objects we use every day. Join Kati Woock, senior curatorial assistant at Denver Art Museum and self-professed object lover, to explore decorative arts and architecture of the past two centuries in Europe and the U.S. Begin with the Arts & Crafts Movement, which rejected mass-produced items in favor of craftsmanship (e.g. Gustav Stickley’s furniture). Next, the Aesthetic Movement emphasized “art for art’s sake,” such as Christopher Dresser’s surprising silver teapots. Later, Art Nouveau (Paris’s famous Metropolitan train station entrances) and Art Deco (Empire State Building) were the rage. Move on to Modernism, which celebrated innovation and new materials, and Postmodernism, which produced irreverent and confounding works that remain divisive to this day (New York’s AT&T Building). Conclude the course with a visit to the newly opened Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art to see vivid examples of decorative arts from each movement. Come away with the ability to identify the stylistic movements you encounter every day in objects and architecture and an understanding of the meaning behind them. 10% discount to Kirkland members.

Four sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Sept. 10, 17, 24, 2018 Kirkland tour, Sat., 11 am, Sept. 29 $175

Kati Woock is senior curatorial assistant for Architecture, Design & Graphics at the Denver Art Museum. She earned her graduate degree in the Winterthur Program for American Material Culture at the University of Delaware.

Images courtesy of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Swallow Hill Music

Vine Street Pub & Brewery

American Folk Music: Telling the Stories and Dreams of Generations

Cheers! The Geography of Beer in Denver

Folk music is “all the music that fits between the cracks.” ~ Mike Seeger

Perhaps no other musician is more identified with American folk music than Woody Guthrie. Yet, folk’s origins date back to our country’s first pilgrims, growing out of a communal, working-class tradition, and producing subgenres such as spirituals, cowboy songs and Cajun crooners. Join musician Dick Weissman to explore this influential and wide-ranging music tradition. Along the way, examine the music of the Appalachian and African American cultures, the importance of John and Alan Lomax, and the beginning of professionalization by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and others. Venture to 1965 to discuss influential singers such as Burl Ives, Joan Baez and the blacklisting of The Weavers. Consider the relationship between singer-songwriters and the folk revival, with attention to Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Tom Paxton, Tracy Chapman and Dar Williams. Discuss how folk music was transformed by the folk-rock movement thanks to emerging technology and the creativity of Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) and others. Attend the Swallow Hill Music performance Harry Tuft And…, featuring Tuft, the “godfather” of folk music in the Rocky Mountain region, and return to the classroom to explore the emergence of regional acoustic music organizations and the blurred definition of folk music. How are today’s musicians, such as Tim O’Brien, Abigail Washburn and The Wailin’ Jennys, paying tribute to those who came before them? 10% discount to Swallow Hill members.

With over 300 breweries in Colorado and nearly 100 in the metro area, Denver is among the top five beer destinations in the United States! How has the microbrewery industry’s rapid growth in recent years impacted the region? How do local pubs and brewers influence their neighborhoods and vice versa? Guided by geographer and beer aficionado Stephen McElroy, take a fun and informative journey through Denver’s microbrew industry. Begin in the late 1980s when nowGovernor John Hickenlooper and three friends launched Wynkoop Brewing Company, the first craft brewery in Denver. Discuss the booming years between 2010 and 2015. How did early LoDo breweries help to form a strong foundation for others such as “urban edge” breweries in Five Points and Uptown? From craft breweries based in former warehouses and fire stations teaming up with food trucks to brand-new pubs with full menus and state-of-the-art amenities, consider how establishments differentiate themselves, including how they shape their communities. Discuss the huge economic impact of Denver’s microbrew industry, including gentrification, in places like RiNo and The Highlands. Between classes, visit pubs recommended by Stephen (how’s that for homework!) and report back. Finally, head to Vine Street Pub & Brewery to partake in a paired beer dinner and Q&A with a Mountain Sun brewer. Come away with a new appreciation for Denver’s vibrant microbrew industry and the establishments’ symbiotic relationship with the neighborhoods they inhabit.

Five sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 24, 2018 Swallow Hill performance, Thur., 6:30 pm, Oct. 18 $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.


Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 11, 18, 25, 2018 Vine Street Pub, Tue., 6:30 pm, Oct. 2 $185

Stephen McElroy, PhD in Geography, works in higher education administration and is a craft beer enthusiast. He has visited dozens of breweries throughout the United States and attended the last 14 Great American Beer Festivals.

Nutrition Therapy Institute Eat More Plants! Plant-Based Eating for Everyone

Plant-based diets have been among the fastest growing nutrition trends of the past decade, gaining interest with many populations … including those who love meat! Some reports even indicate that plantbased foods will become “the new organic” in 2018. Why? In countries and cultures where most people eat a plant-based diet, the rates of chronic disease are extremely low, and research has shown that a plantbased diet may help prevent, treat or even reverse some of our leading causes of death, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Yet, for many, the transition to a plant-based diet can seem difficult or downright boring. And self-professed meat lovers worry that an emphasis on plants may require that they give up their beloved protein. Take heart! It turns out that plant-based diets can be easier to adopt than you might imagine. Join Lynda Lacher, founding chef instructor of the Natural Food Chef Program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute, as she explains the benefits of plant-based diets and leads you in three learning-and-cooking sessions, introducing you to the delights of plant foods first-hand. As Chef Lynda explains, plant foods pack your diet with fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and phytochemicals. What is the right plant-based diet for you? Do you have to become vegan or vegetarian to experience benefits from a diet that emphasizes plants? How can animal proteins play a “supporting role” to your veggies and whole grains? Chef Lynda tackles these questions and more as she also helps you cook a delicious meal packed with the power of plants. Come away with new knowledge, abilities and goals in your quest to live a healthier, plant-based lifestyle. WEEKLY MENUS • Brazil nut burgers, Glazed carrots, Mediterranean edamame salad, Chocolate dip with fruit • Collard wraps, Tomato miso soup, Vegetable muffins, Raw carrot bliss balls • Vegetable kootu, Millet mash, Carrot raisin kale salad, Pear apple crisp

TWO SECTIONS, three sessions each: Wed., 6:30–9 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, 2018 $185

Wed., 6:30–9 pm, Nov. 7, 14, 28, 2018 $185

Chef Lynda Lacher specializes in teaching the vital skill of cooking while creating confidence in the kitchen. Chef Lynda is committed to empowering people with the idea that what we put on our plates can provide quality of life, deep nourishment and a sense of community.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Denver History Tours Haunted Denver: Enter at Your Own Risk. Mwah ha ha ha …

As the chill of autumn descends upon us, the wind howls and leaves fall from the trees, crunching beneath our feet. The nights shorten and barren branches cast eerie shadows. Before long, carved-out pumpkins appear on door steps and scary ghosts and skeletons sway ominously in the moonlight. BOO! You brave souls with hearts of steel and yearning for all things scary, get ready for a peek at some of Denver’s most spooktacular sections and ghastly garrets with the city’s ghost guru, Kevin Pharris. Known around these parts as “the Reluctant Ghost Hunter,” Kevin revels in telling tales of the wretched spirits who call Denver home. From the sleeping specters of the Waring Mansion to the peeping poltergeists of the Oxford Hotel, explore Denver’s haunted heart. We’ll even throw in the famous Hatchet Lady of Red Rocks fame for more phantom-like fun. Indeed, you disciple of haunted haunts, this unlikely Enrichment course offers more than scintillating slides viewed in a nondescript classroom lit by fulgid fluorescents. Oh, yes! Prepare to follow up your educational endeavor by sauntering the streets, peeking (if you dare) at the sites and salivating at the fear. Enroll at your own risk, we tell you. But take heed: those who have missed this opportunity in the past have made Jack the Strangler mad, very mad. Mwah ha ha ha …

Two sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 9, 2018 Haunted LoDo Walking Tour, Sat., 10 am-noon, Oct. 13 $75

Kevin Pharris really does NOT like scary things, and yet he has become a local expert in the subject because the ghosts keep finding HIM! His two books on the subject, The Haunted Heart of Denver and Historic Haunts around Denver, are not for the craven. All he asks is that you leave your ghosts at home.

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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 innovators, 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!

Building on its goal of encouraging informed public discussion on topics of importance to citizens of Colorado and the nation, DU’s Strategic Issues Program developed the Engaging Ideas series in 2016. Through video-recorded interviews with DU faculty and other experts, Engaging Ideas examines emerging trends, new findings and innovative thinking from the sciences, engineering, humanities, business, politics, law and other fields. The interviews are intended to encourage individual reflection and to serve as a springboard for informed public discussion on a wide variety of topics. Inspired by Assistant Teaching Professor Lewis Griffith’s Engaging Ideas interview on military power, the Enrichment Program is proud to offer the following course, The State of War: Using Military Power in the 21st Century. As an introduction to the course, enrolled students will be requested to view the full interview.

Strategic Issues Program The State of War: Using Military Power in the 21st Century

“War no longer exists,” proclaimed Rupert Smith in his 2007 book, The Utility of Force. But how can that be when it seems America has been continually engaged in one war or another for the last two decades? Maybe the answer is in rethinking the fundamental way we use military force in the world today. Join Associate Teaching Professor Lewis Griffith, director of DU’s International Security Program, to examine the nature, character and dominant forms that military power takes in the early 21st century. Military power can be defined as using violence to achieve political ends by states, the international community or non-state actors. But aren’t we using military power for very different goals today than we did just a generation ago? If our goals have changed, shouldn’t our tactics and expectations also change? After a general discussion of the related lexicon and current debates regarding security and force, Lewis leads a discussion of three key but contrasting books on the current realities and future uses of military power: Eliot A. Cohen’s The Big Stick, Smith’s above-mentioned book, and Joshua Goldstein’s Winning the War on War. Consider each book in relation to current events, challenges and debates, and to highlight tradeoffs associated with the use of military power in different scenarios. Come away better versed in the vocabulary, realities, goals and challenges associated with military power today and going forward.

Four sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, 2018 $175

Lewis Griffith, associate teaching professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, is the director of the International Security Program and the faculty lead for the Crisis Engagement and Negotiation Exercise program. His area of expertise is military/strategic studies, specifically the role of the military and military power in 21stcentury geopolitics.

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Enrichment Lecture Series Colorado Water and the American West: From First Peoples to the 21st Century

Water, behind oxygen, is the most important element for human life on earth. As the American West continues to cycle in and out of significant droughts, as urban populations increase, and as the environment changes, water and its availability will certainly be altered. Join Matthew Makley, professor of History at MSU Denver, to examine the history of water on the Colorado Plateau and across the American West. Thur., 7–9 pm, Sept. 13, 2018 / $25

The 2018 Elections: What’s at Stake and What’s Likely to Happen?

What do the 2018 elections hold in store for our nation? How critical is this election and what does history suggest about what might happen? Gather insight from Political Science Professor Seth Masket, chair of the Center on American Politics and author of The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How They Weaken Democracy. Mon., 7–9 pm, Oct. 1, 2018 / $25

The Governorship of Colorado: From a Carpenter to a Beer-Brewing Geologist

Since 1876, when Colorado entered statehood, 56 gubernatorial elections have been held. Of those, Democrats won 31 times and Republicans 25. On November 6, Colorado’s 43rd governor will be elected. From Routt (1876-1879; 1891-1893) to Hickenlooper (2011-present), our governor has never been a woman. Former Governor Dick Lamm takes a historical look at our state leaders, examining the highlights, lowlights and interesting characters among them. Along the way, consider how our governors have shaped Colorado’s economy and reputation. Mon., 7–9 pm, Oct. 8, 2018 / $25

Apollo: 50 Years

On October 11, 1968, NASA launched Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission. Then, just two months later came the audacious flight of Apollo 8, the United States’ first circumlunar mission. These two accomplishments offered exciting hints at what was to come in 1969: Apollo 11 and “one small step for man ….” Steve Kelly, former Lockheed Martin engineer, shares the


stories of Apollo 7 and 8 and whets your appetite for the country’s exciting Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations in 2019! Thur., 7–9 pm, Oct. 11, 2018 / $25

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Blurring the Lines Between the Physical, Digital and Biological Spheres From the First Industrial Revolution’s machine manufacturing to the Third’s digital manufacturing, each Industrial Revolution has brought fundamental advances in technology, socioeconomics and culture. Now a Fourth is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. How might advancements such as robotic automation, self-driving cars, nanomedicine and artificial intelligence impact society? Discuss the challenges and opportunities with Arlen Meyers, MD, president and CEO of Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. Tue., 7–9 pm, Oct. 16, 2018 / $25

The Promise of Intergenerational Connections for an Aging Society

The U.S., like the rest of the world, is facing a demographic shift as more people are living longer, healthier lives. As a result, our social institutions involving work, retirement, healthcare and community engagement must be reinvented. DU Associate Professor Leslie Hasche, with expertise on aging, shares examples of how intergenerational programs offer solutions, promote social connections, and support the development of people of all ages. Tue., 7–9 pm, Oct. 30, 2018 / $25

The United Nations into the 21st Century: Ending the “Scourge” of War?

Since the end of the Cold War in 1989, the UN’s mission—that the world body should seek to end “the scourge of war”—has changed dramatically. Today the world body is charged to prevent deadly conflict within countries, foster peace agreements, build peace and support inclusive, democratic governance to sustain peace. Is the UN up to the task? Tim Sisk, professor of International and Comparative Politics, discusses the UN’s work in prevention, peacemaking and post-war peacebuilding. Wed., 7–9 pm, Nov. 7, 2018 / $25

Current Issues Pacific Century: China’s Rise and the Future of US-China Relations

Napoleon Bonaparte allegedly said, “Let China sleep, for when she wakes up, she will shake the world.” Two hundred years later, China is indeed waking up and the world is feeling the dragon’s hot breath. Join Jing Sun, associate professor of Political Science and expert on Chinese politics and East Asian international relations, to examine China’s dramatic ascendancy and what it means to the rest of the world, particularly America. Under Sun’s guidance, explore the following questions: What is the essence of the Chinese Model (termed “Beijing Consensus”)? How has it challenged the “Washington Consensus,” which is based on free market and liberal democracy? Is Chinese President Xi Jinping transforming the country back into a totalitarian state? If so, does this mean the West has misread China for decades by insisting on an “engagement” strategy? How do the Chinese government and public respond to the Trump presidency and its “America First” agenda? Is China attempting to establish its own world order through ambitious projects like “One Belt, One Road?” And what are the most daunting challenges confronting leadership in Beijing, both domestic and international? Discuss up-to-date developments between these two world powers and come away with new insights into their evertenuous relationship.

Four sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018

Healthcare in America: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?

For the average American, the healthcare industry has become so confusing that it almost defies reason. Worse, you practically need a PhD to understand which healthcare plan to choose, whether you can see your own doctor, what you “get” with your monthly premium, and what you owe (and why) when the statement arrives. How did we get into this mess? Join nationally recognized healthcare policy expert Bill Lindsay as he explains the evolution of the business of healthcare in America and hints at what’s to come. First, survey the early stages of American healthcare, including the Hill-Burton Act of 1946, which funded the creation of hospitals across the country and required that they provide free or reduced medical treatment to the poor. Learn about the resulting expansion of the medical profession, the genesis of the insurance industry, and the impact of the American social welfare system. Next, discuss the beginnings of forprofit insurers and the social impact of risk-based healthcare. When did healthcare insurance first get linked to employee benefits and why? Examine the many models of care, including the Kaiser model. Finally, learn about the creation of for-profit hospitals, for-profit versus non-profit finance models, and the evolution of commercial HMOs. Wrap up with a discussion about recent healthcare reform attempts and why the current system begs for change. Come away with a better understanding of America’s healthcare system and the ways we might make it better.


Three sessions

Jing Sun, associate professor of Political Science; expert on Chinese politics and East Asian international relations; author of China and Japan as Charm Rivals: Soft Power in Regional Diplomacy (2012); regular contributor to various media outlets in America, China, Japan and the United Kingdom. Before coming to America in 1999, Sun worked as a journalist for China’s national Xinhua News Agency, China Central Television and the People’s Daily.


Mon., 7–9 pm, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 2018 William N. Lindsay III, CLU, CEBS, RPA, has been active for decades in shaping public policy in the health care arena, working at both the federal and state levels toward health care reform. He has testified several times before Congress and consulted with the Clinton administration on health care reform. He is currently a board member and former board chair of Craig Hospital and a board member of Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Rose Community Foundation. He is a member of Colorado’s Commission on Affordable Health Care.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Current Issues Guns in America: Rights, Control, Policy and Polarization

Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Challenges, Changes and an Uncertain Future

The expansion of concealed carry legislation, sunsetting of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, polls indicating support for gun rights and the rising rate of gun sales all indicate increasing public support for gun rights in the United States. At the same time, the growing number of school shootings serves as a rallying cry for gun control advocates who profess “enough is enough.” Is there any chance for a reasoned, fact-based conversation and policy formulation on this emotional issue? Join Trent Steidley, DU assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology, as he examines why support for gun rights is experiencing unprecedented popularity, the recent history of the gun rights and gun control movements, and what we might expect in the future. Start with current and historical trends in gun violence. What does scientific research reveal about the link between gun prevalence and violence? Next, explore the history of the gun rights movement, which began over 50 years ago and includes famous moments such as the Charlton Heston speech (“From my cold, dead hands!”). Also discuss the history of the gun control movement and its hallmark moments, including the Brady Act. Finally, discuss policy efforts, and their effectiveness, to regulate firearms and how future gun control efforts might work. Come away with a more nuanced understanding of this polarizing topic.

Two sessions

Four sessions

Tue., 7–9 pm, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 $175

Trent Steidley, assistant professor, researches how social movements, politics and the criminal justice system interact to affect policy and criminal justice outcomes in the United States, particularly with regard to firearms. His current research specifically focuses on the determinants and consequences of concealed carry weapons laws in the United States, the determinants of police spending on military equipment and the determinants of firearm demand in the United States.


The Arabian Peninsula and Gulf region are facing changes unlike any experienced in the previous 30 years. Consider oil and gas, the traditional mainstay of most of the region’s economies. While still offering some stable income source, recent severe market fluctuations are forcing governments to reassess their long-term economic path. Also shaking up the region: an anticipated yet very untraditional leadership change in Saudi Arabia, political disruptions such as the Saudi and UAE feud with Qatar, the civil war in Yemen, and the threat of a new regional hegemon in Iran. In what ways are these challenges forcing governments in the region to undergo an unprecedented reexamination of their respective futures and their relationships with the rest of the region and the world? How is uncertainty over a new U.S. approach to overall Middle East and Gulf affairs complicating matters? In addition to addressing the evolving role of the U.S. in the Gulf, former U.S. Ambassador Gary Grappo, Distinguished Fellow at DU’s Center for Middle East Studies, explores these ongoing developments, the internal dynamics of some of the countries (especially Saudi Arabia), and what the future may hold for all involved. Thur., 7–9 pm, Nov. 8, 15, 2018 $95

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

Current Issues

Social Sciences

The Impeachment of the President

“Impeachment” is a word that’s been bandied about in the current election cycle and at times during the administration of President Donald Trump. But how likely is it, really? Setting aside the partisan politics that may argue for or against Trump’s impeachment, what are the ins and outs of such a process? The U.S. Constitution sets forth rigorous guidance on how an impeachment is to be conducted and it is regarded with such gravity that only two presidents in our nation’s history have been impeached. None, however, has been removed after impeachment. Join journalist and historian Tripp Baltz to examine the law, discuss the history of presidential impeachment, and consider the likelihood for impeachment

of the current occupant of the Oval Office. Various scholars argue that certain actions of the president have constituted an impeachable offense (obstruction of justice, for example). How do they hold up under the law and stack up against past impeachment attempts? Why has there been controversy around what constitutes a “high Crime and Misdemeanor,” one of the impeachable acts stated in the Constitution, ever since ratification? What are the repercussions of impeachment if not removal from office? Ranging from mild to serious, the last four U.S. presidents have faced the suggestion of impeachment. Why has the idea of presidential impeachment become so casual and what does that say about the future of our government?

Three sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 2018 $135

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

#MeToo: The Making of a Social Movement

In the summer and fall of 2017, as revelations of sexual misconduct dominated the headlines, prominent men in business, Hollywood and politics were being fired or forced to resign. Social media feeds filled with #MeToo, as activist Tarana Burke’s statement of support grew into what many people regard a successful movement. However, like other activism mediated through Web 2.0 platforms like Twitter and Facebook, #MeToo leads to questions: How do we account for the development of movements that appear like “lightning in a bottle?” Did #MeToo really arise overnight, gain millions of supporters, and immediately take down sexual predators and harassers in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington? Led by Christina Foust, associate professor of Communication Studies, explore “Social Movement 2.0” (the convergence of social movement and Web 2.0 platforms) and the principles of media ecology to help explain the forces that aligned for #MeToo to achieve certain effects. Also discuss the possible changes brought by #MeToo in the “court of public opinion.” Will the public be better prepared to receive women’s voices and survivors’ testimony as a result? Will the burden of proof shift from survivor to accused harasser? Could discussions about due process in the context of #MeToo lead to broader fundamental changes in the way people are treated? Come away with greater insight into this groundbreaking movement and the culture shift that we’re experiencing as a result.

Four sessions

Thur., 6–8 pm, Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2018 $175

Christina Foust is department chair and associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research and areas of expertise include social movements, political discourse and pop culture. She is author of the book, Transgression as a Mode of Resistance: Rethinking Social Movement in an Era of Corporate Globalization.

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The Truth About Lies: Learning to Detect the Lies That Matter

White Supremacy in America: From the Klan to Charlottesville

The term “white supremacy” tends to conjure images of hooded figures from the 1950s. But recent white supremacist rallies, such as the one that turned deadly in Charlottesville, have people asking, “Why are they back?” The truth is, they never left. Join Catlyn Keenan, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Front Range Community College, to examine a four-part history of white supremacy in the United States. Begin with the Ku Klux Klan, which represents the first wave of organized racism in the U.S. At its height in the 1920s, a third of the American population were members of the KKK. Discuss the religious ideology known as Christian Identity, a form of Christian racism that rewards violence as an act of salvation. Explore the neo-Nazi movement that arose in the decades following WWII, often characterized by Holocaust denial and Nazi symbols, and conclude the course with a discussion of the movement’s current activities under the “Alt Right” label. Who are the leaders of today’s movement? What are their goals? How can you recognize their messaging hiding in plain sight all around you? Come away with a better understanding of not only the history but also the resurgence of white supremacy and the ways that you can stay vigilant to the movement’s efforts today. Credit: Library of Congress

What if we had detected the high-stakes lies told by Adolph Hitler, Bernie Madoff or Lance Armstrong? Imagine the lives, money and time saved! On the flip side: Do we really want all of our little white lies exposed? Not likely. Join Assistant Professor Leanne ten Brinke, director of DU’s Truth and Trust Lab, as she examines lies and why we tell them. First, study the history of lie detection from Ancient Greece to today’s polygraph. What are the types of lies we tell and are we able to detect them? Next, discuss how lies and lie detection are studied in the lab, and why these lab-based paradigms may have hampered our understanding of high-stakes lies (the kind we really want to detect). Then, Leanne lets you test your own ability to detect lies. Using in-class exercises and videos, she explains how a liar’s emotional facial expressions can reveal the truth. Finally, discuss why it may be increasingly important for us to better understand and detect lies. Are the powerful better liars than the powerless? What is gaslighting? And why are some people habitual liars? Come away with a new appreciation for lies, their impact on our lives, and the struggle to detect them better.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 2018 $175

Leanne ten Brinke, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Denver, where she directs the Truth and Trust Lab. Previously, she was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Haas School of Business and Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley.

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 $175

Catlyn Keenan, PhD, studies and speaks about white supremacy around the Denver region and the country. Her dissertation was titled, Behind the Doors of White Supremacy.

See The Art & Science of Persuasion on page 22.


History The French Revolution: Epic Struggle for Rights

Although relatively few Jewish communities remain in the Arab world or in majority Muslim countries today, in the past, important and populous Jewish communities resided in Arab, Turkic and Persian political entities. What were those early communities like and how did they respond to the advent of Islam? Associate Professor of History and Judaic Studies Jonathan Sciarcon examines the history of Jewish communities under Islamic rule, from the rise of Islam in the early 7th century CE through the 1950s. First, discuss Jewish communities under early Islamic empires. How did Jews adapt to the rise of Islamic rule? Why were they considered a “protected people?” Even so, how were they treated differently from their Muslim neighbors? Next, examine Jewish life under later Islamic empires and states, including the periods of Safavid and Qajar rule in Iran and the postOttoman Arab world in Iraq. How did Jews in Islamic political entities fare compared to Jews in Christian political entities in the pre-modern period? How did the rise of European influence and, later, colonialism shape Jewish communities and Jews’ relations with non-Jews in these areas? Finally, consider Jewish communities in the early to mid-20th century, notably the Jewish community of Baghdad. What impact did the rise of Zionism and the establishment of the state of Israel have on these communities? Come away with a deeper understanding of the changing relationship between Jews and Muslims.

Credit: Library of Congress

Jews in the Islamic World: From Late Antiquity to the 20th Century

In 1953, when Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai was in Geneva for peace negotiations to end the Korean War, a French journalist asked for his thoughts on the French Revolution and Zhou famously replied, “It is still too early to tell.” In 2018, it may still be too early to tell. The French Revolution is widely seen as one of the most transformative events in world history and perhaps the beginning of a truly modern world. Join Matthew Maher, senior lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver, as he examines political, economic and cultural themes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, asking why the Revolution was so pivotal and its legacy so contentious. What role did the Enlightenment play in French citizens’ unrest? Consider JeanJacques Rousseau’s The Social Contract, which shockingly argued that a monarch is not a divine ruler. Also explore the economic reality faced by people of Western Europe, including the cost of recent wars, debt, depression and the astronomical cost of bread. Along the way, study (in)famous events, such as the march on Versailles and the storming of the Bastille. At its heart, the French Revolution begs the question, “What is democracy?” Come away with a new appreciation for the role this epic battle played in securing many of the rights we enjoy today.

Four sessions

Wed., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018

Three sessions



Matthew Maher is a senior lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he teaches courses on U.S. History, World History (ancient and modern) and the French Revolution. He has special expertise in social history, labor history and the history of ideas.

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 11, 18, 25, 2018 Jonathan Sciarcon is an associate professor of History and Judaic Studies at DU, where he has taught since 2010. His expertise is in the history of the modern Middle East with an emphasis on the study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the history of Jews in the Arab world. His book, Educational Oases in the Desert: The Alliance Israélite Universelle’s Girls’ Schools in Ottoman Iraq, 1895–1915, was published in 2017.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Literature & History Credit: Library of Congress

Dusting Off the Classics: The Iliad

The Great War: Reflections Through Literature

On November 11, 2018, the world will recognize the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. In its time, the Great War impacted people, economies and cultures around the globe. Today, its aftereffects continue to reverberate, particularly through the volumes of literature it has inspired. Join MSU Denver History Professor Andrea Maestrejuan to explore the impact of World War I on the modern world through the books that bring the war to life long after the last veterans have died: Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front about a soldier’s experience in the German trenches, or Ernst Jünger’s bestselling memoir about his experience as an ordinary German soldier (reader’s choice); The Good Soldier Švejk, a humorous novel written by Jaroslav Hašek from the Austrian army; Across the Black Waters, which addresses the war through the eyes of an Indian soldier fighting with the British army on the western front; and finally the first novel in the Regeneration trilogy by Pat Barker, which in part examines the psychological impacts of war on soldiers. How did the authors use literature to reflect on the meaning of the war, and how did their reflections shape our modern memories of it? Come away with an appreciation for what Paul Fussell wrote in The Great War and Modern Memory: the “war resides everywhere just below the surface of modern experience.”

One of the great works of world literature, The Iliad is full of oversized heroes that at their best can rival the gods yet always remain pathetically human. It also, though, depicts a pre-Classical Greek world that is strikingly different from ours, underscoring the diversity of “the Western tradition.” Examine Homer’s epic poem under the guidance of Professor Jack Donnelly of the Korbel School of International Studies. Reading roughly four of its twenty-four books a week for six weeks, equal attention will be given to the story and to the world in which it takes place. Although The Iliad is directly focused on the final phases of a long and deadly war, Homer explores fundamental issues of how we can make for ourselves meaningful lives and how our deeper values and social ties can come into (sometimes fatal) conflict with our strivings for achievement and recognition. The grand stories of heroes on the battlefield are interwoven with striking scenes of daily public and domestic life and intensely personal grief and suffering, in a narrative arc centered around the transformation of wrath— first of Agamemnon and then of Achilles—into reconciliation and a hard-won restoration of order. Carefully reading The Iliad, which will be the “work” of this course, provides a lively setting for reflecting on what has changed and what has remained the same in public life over the three and a half millennia that separate us from the world of Homer.

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 13, 2018 $175

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


Six sessions

Wed., 6:30–8 pm, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 2018 $195

Jack Donnelly is the Andrew Mellon Professor and a Distinguished University Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. One of the world’s leading scholars of international human rights, he is also an expert in international relations theory and has an abiding interest in ancient Greek politics. He is the author of five books including the 2013 Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, 3rd edition. The Iliad is among the assigned readings for students in his graduate course on Ancient Political Theory.

Business & Society

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Panel Discussion: Business as a Force for Good

Join us for a highly topical panel discussion exploring the idea of Business as a Force for Good. What is the role of the private sector in today’s society, particularly as trust in government is declining? Is corporate social responsibility good for the bottom line? How are companies rising to the challenge through innovation and collaboration? Panelists include Kara Peck, head of B Corp Growth, B Corporation; Deanna Bratter, director of Sustainable Development Strategy at Danone; Ankit Sharma, co-owner at Namaste Solar; Christie Zimmerman, product standards manager at Natural Grocers; and moderator Richard Eidlin.

One night

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 1, 2018 $35

The Role of Business in American Society: A Force for Good?

No force has been more powerful in shaping American life than business. Ever since the Republic’s early days, a debate has raged over the proper role of business in our democracy. As an engine of innovation and risk-taking, business has powered economic expansion, personal wealth and social opportunity. It has also contributed to significant environmental and social ills. Join Richard Eidlin, co-founder of the American Sustainable Business Council, to explore the history of business in America and the rise of the socially responsible company. First, consider the history that brought us to today: Thomas Jefferson’s small business, agrarian vision collided early on with the mercantile, expansionist views of Alexander Hamilton. Government, from the early days of the Republic, was involved in regulating and encouraging a dynamic market economy. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, railroad magnates, big city bankers, manufacturing tycoons and oil barons clashed with workers and farmers over wages, safety and ownership issues. How did their struggle lay the foundation for what was to come in the mid-20th century as big business began to dominate? By the 1970s and ‘80s, corporations began to recognize that civic engagement, environmental stewardship and employee happiness were good for the bottom line, and by the end of the ‘90s, many companies viewed sustainability as a competitive advantage. Within the last two decades, Benefit Corporations, conscious capitalism and social enterprises have helped redefine what it means to be a successful business as more private sector leaders embrace the ‘triple bottom line’—people, planet and profit. In an era, where many are questioning whether market-based capitalism still works, what are the risks and rewards for a business being out front on controversial issues? Gain a better understanding of the complex impact business has on our society. Cap the course with a panel discussion by socially responsible business leaders. Enrollment includes the above panel discussion.

Four sessions

Mon., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 2018 $175

Richard Eidlin has worked at the intersection of business, policy and advocacy for 30 years, including the UN Environment Programme, several renewable energy firms, New York City government and with advocacy organizations. He was business director for the Apollo Alliance; co-director of Colorado Clean Tech for Obama; board member of New Hampshire BSR, and adjunct faculty with Boston College. He teaches at the University of Denver and serves on the board of Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center.

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Writing Children’s Picture Books: Learn the Craft

The Art and Science of Persuasion

How many times have you read a children’s picture book and thought, “This is so short and simple! How hard could it be to write one?” That’s exactly what award-winning children’s book author Denise Vega thought—until she tried. Now she knows the answer to that naïve question: very hard. Join Vega as she explores the art and craft of writing a good picture book. Learn how to critically evaluate existing picture books and understand why they work. Explore character development, story structure, language and rhythm. Then, under Denise’s guidance, generate ideas for your own story, begin writing and revising as you give and receive light feedback in a supportive classroom setting. Denise leads entertaining discussions about some of her favorite children’s books and authors, and provides handouts and worksheets to guide you in your own process. Prior to class, students will receive a short article to read and an easy assignment. Come to the first class with your own favorite children’s picture books … and even those you can’t believe were published! By the end of class, you’ll have the beginning of a manuscript, or perhaps even a completed one, and skills to critically evaluate your own future work.

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, 2018 $175

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

See Beginning Writing course on page 6.


Even in less divisive times, the thought of discussing politics or religion with friends and family is intimidating. Let’s face it: nobody wants a yelling match at the Thanksgiving table. Yet, if we avoid discussion, we not only lose the opportunity to influence people but also to learn from their perspective. Led by Denver Post columnist, communications specialist and instructor Krista Kafer, gather the knowledge and skills you need to positively engage friends and family in discussions that change hearts and minds. Why is persuasion so difficult? We all think we’re right and no one wants to be wrong. Consider Aristotle’s and Plato’s concepts of persuasion (why were they both right?), as well as Jonathan Haidt’s theories on moral reasoning. Then, examine the psychology behind persuasion, including Robert Cialdini’s study of triggers, as drivers to influence. For example, why are some commercials so persuasive? (Hint: They connect products and policies with needs, desires and values.) What can you learn from these tactics? Discover why humor and storytelling are powerful elements in the quest to persuade. Finally, learn your limits. Why is it sometimes better to focus on small victories or finding common ground instead of aiming for a complete transformation? After all, unless we want the current stalemate of rigid opinions to remain the status quo, we must learn to persuade one another respectfully. There is too much at stake not to try.

Three sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Nov. 7, 14, 28, 2018 $135

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



Film vs. TV: What are YOU Watching?

A Few Choice Words: The %$#@! Evolution of Swearing

It’s the golden age of television versus the silver screen era! From the dark, intriguing world depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale to “proper” portrayals of royalty in The Crown, television has been giving film a drubbing lately—not only in terms of buzz, but more impressive, in terms of creativity. But don’t count out film! The quality of last year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture bodes well for this season’s rivals, not to mention an impressive start to the year with the delivery of blockbuster Black Panther and indie gem The Rider. Former Denver Post critics Joanne Ostrow and Lisa Kennedy tag team a course that considers the seismic changes in storytelling, consumption and distribution—not just for the entertainment industries and their creatives, but for American culture. Besides inside scoop, discover secrets of the critic’s trade, take a look at this year’s best on the big and small screens, and analyze storytelling’s changing landscape. What, if anything, does our shift to TV tell us about our changing culture? Will film step up to meet small screen’s competition? Come ready to tussle with what makes a terrific show or movie, dish on last night’s “oh-my” screen moment, and leave with a fresh appreciation for film and television’s tango of art and industry. Two critics, one classroom, what could go wrong?

Four sessions

Wed., 7–9 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 2018 $175

In the Middle Ages, you could go to prison for saying, “Oh my God,” but other words, which are considered nearly unutterable today, were in common use. What has changed? And how do our changing views on religion, race, status and even our own bodies impact the words we consider obscene? Join Geoffrey Stacks, teaching associate professor at DU, as he examines the complex histories of bad words. Using Melissa Mohr’s 2016 book, Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, Geoff starts by defining the term “bad words,” which includes swearing, cursing, vulgarities, epithets, obscenities and expletives. Then, trace examples of swearing through the ages. How did people swear in the Bible? How did the decline of the feudal system and rise of private property make oaths less necessary in commerce? And how did the rise of privacy during the Enlightenment render formerly common words about the body taboo? Also consider the ways that law, classism, privilege, ethnicity and identity impact our reactions to words. For example, who decides (legally and socially) what is obscene, and whose dialect is considered standard? Finally, discuss the current state of so-called bad words. Which are the worst? What do they tell us about ourselves and our predecessors? Come prepared for a few R-rated discussions and leave with new insights into the choice words you hear bandied about!

Four sessions

Mon., 7–9 pm, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018 $175

Geoff Stacks, PhD in American Literature, is a teaching associate professor in the DU Writing Program. He researches and has published on contemporary American literature.

Lisa Kennedy has written on the arts and culture for the Denver Post, Essence, Newsday, American Theatre, the New York Times, One Good Eye, and Variety among others. She’s at work on an experimental biography and writes Little Wanderings, a weekly culture/memoir blog at Joanne Ostrow, a freelance writer, served as Denver Post Television Critic and media reporter for decades (Miami Vice through Mad Men; VCRs through DVRs and streaming). From D.C., she grew up watching TV in the Maryland suburbs, graduated from Newhouse journalism school, and was a Washington Post staff writer before moving to Denver in 1983.

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades


Nature & Science Exotic Wildlife and Humans: Complicated and Conflicted

Humans have a complicated (and conflicting) value system when it comes to exotic wildlife. For example, when looking at a Bengal tiger some see black market dollar signs while others keep tigers as companion animals. Still others see the ultimate expression of natural beauty and power, believing such animals should never live in captivity. Led by instructor Kate Hogan, who began her exotic wildlife career at age 18, examine the very gray areas of this emotional topic. Discuss globally threatened and endangered species. Who decides which animals are worth saving? Explore the different types of organizations that work to preserve exotic wildlife in the United States. Did you know the Association of Zoos & Aquariums manages the survival plans for over 500 separate threatened and endangered species throughout the globe? How do laws vary between countries and, in the U.S., from state to state? Consider the work of various Colorado animal sanctuaries that rescue parrots, large carnivores and even reptiles, including The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. How is a zoo or aquarium managed differently from an exotic animal sanctuary? (Class two features a visit from The Gabriel Foundation, including three parrots!) In class three, hear from Research Associate Professor Sarah Bexell, a longtime wildlife conservation expert and the director of Conservation Education at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, who discusses the successes and challenges of exotic wildlife preservation through the lens of an international reintroduction effort. Then, take a unique and eye-opening tour of the National Wildlife Property Repository in Commerce City. Managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the repository collects and stores confiscated wildlife property entering the U.S. from around the globe. What does this collection reveal about illegal wildlife trade? Return to class for a final wrap-up including Kate’s recommendations for changes you can make to support personal values. (Hint: Be a smart consumer.) Come away with a richer understanding of humans’ complex relationship with exotic animals.

Five sessions

Thur., 7–9 pm, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 2018 Repository field trip, Sat., 9–11 am, Oct. 27 $195

Kate Hogan formerly worked at the Denver Zoo and the Downtown Aquarium Denver. Now community outreach manager of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver, she manages the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield State Park and strives to inspire people of all ages to appreciate the wildlife found all around us.


Nature & Science Stephen Hawking: His Life, Science and Legacy

The popular works of Stephen Hawking can leave non-physicists with a sense that theoretical physics is a mere playground where scientists “just think of crazy stuff and publish it.” However, when you learn more about Hawking himself and the math undergirding his work, he becomes demystified, humanized … and perhaps even more aweinspiring. Join Alex Flournoy, physics instructor and Hawking fan, as he reviews the context into which Hawking entered the realm of theoretical physics, surveys his accomplishments and analyzes his failures. Hawking was a theoretical

Colorado Vignettes: A Geographic Tour of Colorado History and Environment

Four sessions

From the Great Sand Dunes to Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14er, our state’s landscape is among the most varied in the country. The result is a dramatic difference in physical environment and its impact on human population. Join Don Sullivan, associate professor of Geography, for a tour of the geographic history and environment of Colorado, with a focus on the physical geography and human-environmental interactions. First, get to know your state as Don discusses Colorado’s topography and landscapes, population distribution and the state’s many symbols. Can you identify Colorado’s state rock or reptile? Next, explore the “mineralized belt” and the geologic basis for Colorado’s mining history. Discuss mining’s economic and environmental legacy, including the impacts of the Animas River spill and the Climax Mine on people and land. Does mineral resource extraction remain a key economic driver today? (Hint: Colorado hosts one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.) Also discuss the distribution and exploitation of fossil fuel, nuclear and other energy resources in Colorado, and the state’s role in past and future energy production. (Colorado once claimed the title of “the energy capital of the world.”) Finally, consider Colorado’s extreme weather events—catastrophic floods, prolonged drought and devastating hailstorms—and the reasons for them. What is the future of Colorado’s climate? Gain new insight into our state’s geographic and environmental history and how it might shape the Colorado of tomorrow.


Tue., 7–9, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 2018 Field trip, Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Oct. 6

Alex Flournoy obtained his PhD in physics from CU-Boulder, with a focus on string theory and quantum gravity. He is a teaching professor in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines where he enjoys teaching everything from introductory physics to courses on particle physics and general relativity, as well as mentoring student research into the mysteries of gravity.

Donald Sullivan is an associate professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment. His primary research focuses on reconstructing environmental changes over the last 25,000 years, providing information about past conditions and insight into potential future environmental conditions linked with global climate change.

physicist who studied gravitation and its interplay with quantum theory (Alex will define both) in hopes of understanding the most fundamental questions in nature. Learn why Hawking’s research into black holes was so revolutionary and to this day is not completely understood. As Alex explains the arc of Hawking’s academic life, he also discusses the contrasting arc of his celebrity, thanks to books such as A Brief History of Time. Wrap up with an overview of Hawking’s most outstanding legacy, the black hole information paradox—a puzzle so profound that its solution will likely entail a radical revision of our ideas of reality. While there is no expectation of prior physics knowledge, you will leave knowing more about Hawking, gravitation, black holes and the notion of our world as a hologram! Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 2018

Five sessions $195

See Mars course on page 8.

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Philosophy & Ethics

Hinduism: A Diverse and Tolerant Guide for the Perplexed

The world’s third-largest religion, Hinduism encompasses vastly diverse practices and beliefs and a history that spans more than 3,000 years. Unlike Christianity and other faith traditions that recognize a single founder or founding incident, there are many Hindu founders. Likewise, there are many sacred texts but no central one. And, while there are huge numbers of gods and goddesses, Hindus will typically say that there is only one God. No wonder Hinduism can seem confusing to outsiders! Join Ginni Ishimatsu, retired associate professor of Hindu Studies, as she guides you through some of the major contemporary themes in Hinduism. For example, what is karma and why is it so difficult to define dharma? How many times can a Hindu be reborn? Explore the gods and goddesses of Hinduism, including Shiva, the Great Goddess and Vishnu/ Krishna, in addition to the many village and regional deities. What do their images represent? Learn about Hindu religious practices and places of worship. What role do the lifecycle rituals play? What is a puja? Finally, discover how Hinduism is evolving today, including changing beliefs about caste, gender and politics, and why it has become an attractive spiritual alternative in the West. Come away with a richer understanding of one of the world’s most tolerant and influential religions.

Four sessions

What is the best way to cope with loss? What exists beyond the physical world, if anything? What does it mean to be a good person? People often look to religion to answer such questions, but in ancient Greece and Rome, philosophy provided a mode of life—a unified approach to existence. Join philosophy lecturer Jeffrey Ogle to explore the ways that philosophy can nourish the spirit by providing compelling answers to the same questions that many would expect religion to address. Start with Stoic philosopher Epictetus: What is his general recipe for coping with loss and bad fortune? In distinguishing what is within our power from what is not, Epictetus helps us adapt to the world’s seeming indifference to our concerns. Next, examine Plato, who cultivated a sense of the transcendent. While we do not know what exists beyond this physical world, Plato provides a moving account of beauty-initself, a beauty that cannot perish since it does not belong to any physical thing. Epicurus, the hedonist, offers forceful demonstrations that death is nothing to be feared. After all, we are not troubled when we think of our non-existence prior to birth. Finally, look to post-classical antiquity philosopher Immanuel Kant, who studied the essence of religion. What does religion look like when philosophy has stripped it of dogmatism? Come away with new resources in your quest to understand the meaning of (your) life.

Wed., 7–9 pm, Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018

Four sessions

Ginni Ishimatsu recently retired as associate professor of Religious Studies at DU. She specializes in Hindu religious and ritual traditions, is the author of a book manuscript, Between Text and Tradition: Hindu Ritual and Politics in South India, and co-author of a translation of the Kriyakramadyotika, a medieval Sanskrit text used in modern Hindu temple worship.




Philosophy as a Guide to Spiritual Life

Thur., 6:30–8:30 pm, Nov. 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 2018 Jeffrey Ogle is a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Metropolitan State University of Denver and also teaches at Regis University. He specializes in phenomenology and ethics and has published on the nature of the self.

Philosophy & Ethics All I Know About Ethics I Learned on a Sailboat

Ethics would be a very simple matter if we just understood that we’re all in the same boat. ~ Buie Seawell Ethics is inherently contextual. It’s a discipline yielding nothing but meaningless abstractions, if not pious platitudes, without the specificity of persons, place and time. For Daniels College of Business Professor Emeritus Buie Seawell, who has been sailing since he was 6 years old and teaching ethics for three decades, there is no more powerful context for teaching and learning ethics than the cockpit of a sailboat. Emerging from 20 years of graduate educational experience in combining ethics, teambuilding and sailing, this course examines the ethical enterprise through the metaphor and perspective of the off-shore sailboat. Join Buie for a unique expedition through the following topics: Mal di Mare (seasickness): Sailing and the Human Condition. Hobbesian ethics begins with the understanding of how alike we are when exposed to the vast ocean of existence. Why are we so queasy about life itself? Stories in the Cockpit: Narrative Ethics is the expression of meaning through story … or, as Virginia Woolf wrote in Moments of Being, “We are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.” Sailors are nothing if not storytellers! The Rules of the “Road”(i.e., SLOW: Starboard boat, Leeward boat, Overtaking boat, Watch out!): PrincipleBased Ethics emphasizes knowing “who has the right of way.” No matter who has rights, no hitting allowed. The Virtues of the Sea: An Aristotelian look at virtue ethics, and specifically the habits of the heart required by sailing—courage, patience, empathy (mindfulness), connessione (perspective). Learn that ethics can be fun rather than fearful, and come away with fresh insight into the discipline of applied ethics within the framework of the metaphors of sailing.

Four sessions

Tue., 6:30–8:30 pm, Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 2018 $175

Buie Seawell, professor emeritus, retired as professor of the practice in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at Daniels College of Business in July 2017. He holds degrees in History, Theology and Law; served as a Presbyterian minister, worked in politics, practiced law, and for nearly 25 years taught ethics, law and public policy at UCD and DU.

San Diego Sailing Excursion

For the more adventurous souls, the Buie Seawell-led ethics journey continues to the great harbor of San Diego for three days of sailing, applying the learnings of the classroom to the open sea. Under the tutelage of world class skippers (many of whom were part of the first all-women America’s Cup team), an adventure in truly “active learning” on the high seas will play out. Forty “cohorts” of Executive MBA students at the Daniels College of Business affirm this to be one their most amazing learning and life experiences. This is your opportunity to learn about ethics and teambuilding in a dramatically impactful way. Prerequisite: enrollment in the above course on ethics. Additional details upon request. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5–7, 2018 $1,950*

*Includes one dinner, and lunch and snacks for three days on the water; does not include flight or accommodations. More information provided upon registration.

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Art Travel Journals: Pack Light and Fill Your Pages With Writing and Art

Photo albums are a tried-and-true way to store travel snapshots, but travel journals enable you to capture deeper thoughts and experiences, including the little delights that you forget upon arriving home: the bottle cap you picked up outside the Paris café, a quick sketch of the sky over your favorite peak. Join artist and teacher Judith Cassel-Mamet as she shares no-fail journal techniques that are perfect for your travels, whether you’re planning a big adventure or just a trip to your local park. Keeping a travel journal is all about the intention of capturing your experiences, wherever they take place. First, learn how to set up your journal so that it’s ready for your thoughts before you depart. Next, Judith provides many types of materials and shows you how to use them on the fly. How can you make a quick collage in your hotel room? What are some simple sketching techniques that even the most artistically challenged will find rewarding? How can you include a “memory map” of your travels versus a store-bought map? Judith teaches art techniques as well as simple, lightweight ways to pack all the materials you’ll need (including tools that won’t get stopped in security!). After this oneday workshop, head out on your next adventure (a day hike or journey abroad) and capture your memories in a deeply meaningful and personal way. Bring your own journal, or purchase one in class. Course fee includes all other materials.

One-day workshop

Sat., 10 am–3 pm, Nov. 3, 2018 $135

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


Photography and the Mindset of a Photographer

As we learn photography, we develop creative and technical skills based on the classes we take, the books we read, the images we view and the world we live in. Then, through the experience of photographing that world, our minds create pathways of thinking and creative problemsolving that help us construct our photographs in ways that are unique to us. That moment of pressing the shutter is also informed by other factors, such as our mood, our gear and our depth of technical knowledge. Explore the relationship between the technical and creative sides of photography with professional photographer Scott Dressel-Martin. Discover how you’ve become the photographer you are now and learn how to continue to grow as a maker of your own powerful images. Along the way, review the basic technical knowledge necessary for mastering your camera, consider the creative possibilities and limitations in your current and future gear, and consider what influences you as a photographer. How can those visual and intellectual influences expand and enhance your creative output? Between class sessions, join Scott for a shooting expedition in Denver, then return to class for a final critique and constructive advice on how to continue your creative growth. Whether you’re an amateur or a freshly minted professional, gain a new mindset for more consistently capturing compelling and personally meaningful images. Geared toward intermediate and advanced photographers with a good understanding of the basic controls of photography; not recommended for cell phone photographers.

Three sessions

Tue., 6:30–9 pm, Nov. 6, 13, 2018 Denver photo shoot, Sat., 8–11 am, Nov. 10 $175

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

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

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

Two sessions

Sat., 9 am–1 pm, Oct. 13, 20, 2018 $175

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

All photos by Rick Dailey

Edited in Snapseed

Taken/edited in Hipstamatic

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades

Edited in Snapseed


Personal Development Wills and Trusts: Which is Right for You?

Do you know who will receive your assets upon your death? What if you become disabled before you die? Who would you want to manage your money? These questions are at the heart of two types of legal documents that everyone should understand: wills and trusts. Join John R. Phillips, attorney and Certified Financial Planner™, as he demystifies the often-confusing language and intentions behind wills and trusts, and explains why you should have one or both in place. In the first class, John explains the legal definition of incapacity/disability and the related medical and financial decisions you should make today, including living wills and powers of attorney. What are the steps you should take while you’re alive to plan for disability and death? Next, learn about the types of wills that you should consider, what should and should not be included in a will, and the requirements for validity. Also examine the process of probate so that your will actually achieves your goals when you’re gone. Class three covers trusts, which can function like a will but also include terms for managing your assets while you’re alive, should you need help. Finally, begin planning: will, trust or both? Learn how to attach your values to the inheritance and when to create a comprehensive estate plan. Come away with a clear understanding of how you want your estate managed and the ability to assure your wishes are met.

Four sessions

Thur., 6:30-8:30 pm, Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 2018


Women, Wealth and Purpose: Aligning Goals and Resources

Women have been led to believe that men make better money managers, both professionally and personally. Yet, there is absolutely no science to support that premise. In reality, women bring many key attributes to financial decision-making: they’re good communicators, relationshipand purpose-driven, nurturing and supreme multitaskers. Plus, women currently control over half of private wealth in the U.S. and in just three years will hold two-thirds, or $22 trillion! If you’re a woman seeking to take control of your financial future, join Kevne Sharpe, Certified Financial Planner™, to discover how to align your goals with your resources and explore strategies and tools necessary for success. First, explore what drives the behaviors that differentiate women from men. Then take a look at where you are now with assets and liabilities, income and expenses, budgeting and emergency funds. Where do you want to be? What are your areas of risk and how can you protect yourself and loved ones? Leave with a bit of exploratory homework and return the next week to discuss your vision of life goals and priorities. What does financial security and success mean to you? Learn investing basics, behaviors influencing your success, and related tax implications. In the final session, consider retirement and estate planning. Will you run out of money in retirement? What do you want as your legacy? Come away empowered to align your financial decisions with what is truly important to you.


Three sessions

John R. Phillips, Certified Financial Planner™, is an estate planning attorney, adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.


Wed., 7-9 pm, Sept. 12, 19, 26, 2018 Kevne Sharpe, Certified Financial Planner™, has earned a certificate for Applied Behavioral Finance through The Investments and Wealth Institute. She has been providing financial guidance and coaching to individual investors, small business owners and other financial advisors for more than two decades.

FOCUS FORWARD: Reinventing Career and Retirement

Testimonial Highly recommend! Under Lori Zahn’s expert guidance, the Focus Forward program provides an effective strategic framework ... Encouraged to set aside assumptions about the outcome, the student examines the role that work and career play in the broader context of a well-lived life. Lectures, reading, individual work and group interactions guide the student to an understanding of how and why work fits or does not fit into the next phase of their life. Participants leave the program energized by a renewed sense of clarity and purpose, with an action plan to creatively and meaningfully re-engage with life. ~ H. Philip Stalker, MD, MBI As you know in both business and life, it’s not just about asking questions, but asking the right questions. Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement is an integrated program exclusively and thoughtfully designed for professionals ages 50+ who are seeking career mobility and change or planning a post-career transition into retirement. Offered by the University of Denver’s college of professional and continuing studies, University College, the program helps you ask the relevant questions and determine the best course of action through new frameworks, tools and strategies that will help you map out the future you desire. Lead instructor Lori Zahn is a Hudson Institute Professional Certified Coach with extensive expertise in adult development and helping people just like you—professionals at this transitional point in their work lives—navigate successful midlife and “third age” transitions. The “third age” is a pivotal and exciting time in life beginning in our 50s. The Focus Forward program is designed to inspire, inform and motivate you no matter where you find yourself at this critical juncture. In a learning format ideally suited for adult learners, classes include a mix of presentation, discussion, interactive activities, relevant readings and assignments between classes. You will experience a built-in learning community of fellow students and online resources, and have access to ongoing support. The program begins with Planning for Change in the Third Age, a foundational workshop that first explores the third age and then presents a model and framework for navigating change and transition for lifelong renewal, as developed by The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, recognized experts in adult development, renewal and leadership training. Once this workshop is complete, you may enroll in Revitalizing Career or Reinventing Retirement. Additional short courses focusing on topics of interest, such as Healthy Aging and Expanding Community, are also offered.

Focus Forward Info Session Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am, September 15, 2018 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.

Expanding Community

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 “Sense of Community.“ If you’re like many of your third-age peers, you may find that your relationships are changing and that having a strong sense of community has become increasingly important to you. Your sense of community in the third age might be different than your partner’s or your best friend’s. In this course we’ll discuss how relationships change in the third age and the potential of having a strong sense of community. Explore what community means to you, learn about the sources of community all around you, discuss ways of expanding your social community, and consider related action steps you can take. Prerequisite: Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop.

Two sessions

Sat., 9 am-noon, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 2018 $225

Three sessions

Sat., 9 am–noon, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 20, 2018 $395

The classes are filled with smart, open, funny, inquisitive people trying to figure out how to navigate life, career and retirement as we age. It is a safe, nonjudgmental and engaging forum where people really listen to each other’s stories and contribute thoughtfully with ideas, approaches, contacts or opportunities that might help with navigating this part of life’s journey. ~ Cameron Claussen

Save the Date! Winter/Spring 2019

Registration Opens in December 2018 Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop Three evenings or Saturday mornings, starting in January Reinventing Retirement course Four evenings, starting in March Revitalizing Career course Four evenings, starting in April



As soon as I started attending the first Focus Forward workshop and learned about the four phases of the Cycle of Renewal, I knew they were on to something. By the time I finished the Reinventing Retirement course, I no longer dreaded retirement but am now enthusiastically looking forward to it. I learned that retirement was not the end of my life but an opportunity for a new beginning with unlimited possibilities. The instructor, Lori Zahn, was excellent. I cannot give these classes enough praise and will continue to encourage my ... friends to give them a try. ~ Margo Allen

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 forms of work to community engagement to lifelong learning, the potential outlets for post-career avenues will be discussed. Among other important discoveries, you will build on your sense of purpose and passions; explore new roles and potential outlets for your experience, skills and passions; identify options and resources for lifelong learning and renewal; and begin exploring and experimenting by trying out new ideas and possibilities. Leave with an expanded perspective and a vision for living this next chapter in your life. Prerequisite: Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop.

Four sessions March, 2019

Registration opens in December / $445

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 April, 2019

Registration opens in December / $445

About the Lead Instructor

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


The cost of Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement covers all of the materials necessary for the workshop and courses, including selected articles and required book(s). By participating in the Focus Forward program, students will also have access to additional one-on-one coaching services 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 optional courses within the same academic year as Planning for Change in the Third Age workshop and earn a $35 discount. University of Denver staff, faculty and alumni receive $35 off each registration.

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

Centering Meditation: Parts 1 & 2

What is the single most important thing to realize and awaken to during your lifetime? Consider that question under the guidance of Bob Mischke, a 25-year volunteer staff member at the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver. Learn a daily practice of centering prayer or meditation. Emphasis will be placed on personal experiential understanding and appreciation, including in-class prayer/meditation.

Part 1: four sessions

Tue., 9:30–11:30 am, Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 2018 $130

Part 2: four sessions

Tue., 9:30–11:30 am, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2018 $130

The Ages of Reason and Rebellion: Western Art, 1700–1950, Parts 1 & 2

Art historian and scholar Valerie Hellstein provides a chronological introduction to modern Western art history, starting with Rococo and ending with Abstract Expressionism. Explore the contrasting strains of the Enlightenment that brought us Neoclassical and Romanticism, the revolutions that changed national landscapes, the development of photography, the beginnings of avant-gardes and mid-century action painting.

Lama Pema Chokyi (Gretchen Groth) has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner within the Nyingma tradition for many years. Join her to learn the basic tenets of Buddhism, such as the nature of mind, the freedom arising from non-attachment, the five basic emotions and the Four Immeasurables (loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy and equanimity). Examine how they can inform everyday challenges and stresses.

Part 1: four sessions

Thur., 9:30–11:30 am, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 2018 $130

Buddhism Part 2: Transforming the Five Main Buddhist Emotions

The main emotions obscuring Buddhist spiritual development are anger, desire, confusion, pride and jealousy. Contrary to our typical understanding of these emotions, Vajrayana Buddhism relates each to a particular wisdom family. Under the guidance of Lama Pema Chokyi (Gretchen Groth), explore each family, emphasizing the dominant expressions of the emotion in daily life and consciousness. Students should be familiar with basic Buddhist concepts.

Part 1: four sessions

Part 2: four sessions



Part 2: four sessions

Myanmar: Culture, Charm and Conflict

Wed., 9:30–11:30 am, Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 2018

Wed., 9:30–11:30 am, Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 2018 $130

Wisdom Healing: Qigong for Health and Happiness

Join certified life coach and Qigong teacher Coleene Frances to experience the powerful ancient practice of Wisdom Healing Qigong, which combines gentle movement, sound healing, visualization and meditation to unite mind, body and heart. Learn simple and effective tools to increase your life energy, relieve pain and stress, and realize greater emotional balance and happiness.

Four sessions

Thur., 1–3 pm, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 2018 $130


Buddhism Part 1, Buddhist Psychology: Addressing the Challenges & Stresses in our Lives

Thur., 9:30–11:30 am, Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 2018

Formerly known as Burma, Myanmar is considered one of the world’s most mysterious countries, with outside trade and travel having only recently been permitted. Be treated as an exalted visitor by your instructor Barbara Bauer, who has lived and worked in Myanmar. Learn about this intriguing nation through stories of real people, history, culture, art, politics and the economy of Myanmar.

Four sessions

Tue., 1–3 pm, Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 2018 $130

For more information on these offerings, please contact Barbe Ratcliffe at, or see the course listings at ollioncampus.

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 or in a hybrid format • Small class sizes • Combined bachelor’s and master’s available • Scholarships available • Dedicated academic advisor • Transfer previous credits directly toward your DU degree

Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates

Hone your talent and advance your career with a 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 • Career-focused curriculum • No GRE required for admission • Four start dates per year with 10-week terms Our many master’s degree and certificate areas of study include: Professional Creative Writing, Strategic Innovation and Change, Energy and Sustainability, Arts Management, Healthcare Management, Web Design, Marketing Communication, and more. Finish a master’s degree in 18 months or complete a certificate in less than a year! Four-course graduate certificates also available. Learn more at

Center for Professional Development

The University of Denver’s Center for Professional Development (CPD) offers accredited, accessible, and affordable short courses and workshops for clinicians, teachers, business leaders, non-profit professionals, and others. Update skills or cultivate new ones, enhance your knowledge, and maintain your credentials through workshops and short courses. Continuing education credit available. See the schedule of upcoming professional development courses at Ask about our new women’s coding boot camp!

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 the 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. Contact OLLI Assistant Debra Loftin at 303-8713090 or for more information, or visit OLLI online at or

Short non-credit courses, no exams or grades



Registration opens July 16, 2018.




In Person:

University College 2211 S. Josephine Street, Denver

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

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

Disability Services Program (DSP):

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

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

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

*An example of the many possible course combinations.


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In Appreciation

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

Colorado Symphony Cook Street School of Culinary Arts Denver Art Museum Denver History Tours Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Arts Lighthouse Writers Workshop The MADDEN Museum of Art National Wildlife Property Repository

Newman Center for the Performing Arts Nutrition Therapy Institute Opera Colorado Phamaly Theatre Company Strategic Issues Program Swallow Hill Music Vine Street Pub & Brewery

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

Michael McGuire, Dean, Deb Olson, Director of Enrichment Program, Charles Stillwagon, Enrichment Program Coordinator, Janalee Chmel, Writer, Michele Long, Assistant Dean of Admissions & Student Services, Monica Gray, Assistant Director of Student Services, Jerry Ceja, Ashley Johnson, Audrey Lebel, Sara Miller, Lauryn Parkhurst, Student Support Team, Victoria O’Malley, Director of Marketing & Communications, Marisela Calderon, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Ray Lam, Director of Web & IT Services, Teri Markle, Assistant Dean of Business & Operations, Tina Miller, Student Financial Advisor

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

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

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Focus Forward: Reinventing Career and Retirement Info Session Sat., 9:30–10:30 am, Sept. 15, 2018

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Enrichment Program | Fall 2018  

Stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity with short courses for the love of learning offered through the University of Denver! Learn...

Enrichment Program | Fall 2018  

Stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity with short courses for the love of learning offered through the University of Denver! Learn...