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Current Classes - information and registration

    • 13 Feb 2023
    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Sonoran Room
    • 3


    Boyd Bosma, Mondays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Sonoran Room: February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27 (There is no class on March 20)

    The countries of Asia have a distinct variety that most Americans have had little opportunity to experience. Asia is the largest continent by far, covering almost a third of land area on Earth and with nearly five billion people out of nearly eight billion in the world in 49 highly interesting and diversified countries and who speak more than 2,300 distinct languages.

    This course will try to provide an understanding of the variety, beauty, and diversity of the countries and peoples of Asia, along with awareness of the complicated international relations of those countries with China, our largest competitor, opponent, and trading partner.

    Dr. Boyd Bosma, the instructor, has had the opportunity to visit 32 of those countries and will provide a variety of perspectives on their current problems, systems, and accomplishments. Asia is no longer just an alien and exotic place. Because of modern transportation and communications, Asia has become our new next-door neighbor and its future is linked to ours, just as ours is linked to theirs.

    • 13 Feb 2023
    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Sonoran Room
    • 14


    David Cook and Peggy Anne Duffy, Mondays 1pm-3pm

    Sonoran Room: February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27 (There is no class on March 20)

    For all our adult lives, Peggy Anne and I have lived, worked, and raised families in mining camps and mining towns all over the world. For this class we will not only cover the interesting history of the mines, many of which are no more, but also, we will relive the varied and unusual activities outside the mine itself.  We’ll cover family, jobs and travel into areas which provide a snapshot into life outside cities and suburbs, providing a different perspective on the American West and Indonesia. 

    • 17 Feb 2023
    • 31 Mar 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Cactus Room
    • 11


    Randy Greene, Fridays, 10 am to 12 noon

    Cactus Room: February 17, 24, March 10, 17, 24, 31 (No class on March 3rd)

    This course is designed to give students an overview of the history of English poetry from its origins in Old English to the modern world The outstanding characteristics and representative poets from each era will be discussed.  For those students who took Introduction to Poetry, the Vendler text (Poets, Poems and Poetry, second edition) has most of the poems we will discuss.  For those who don’t have the book, I recommend any comprehensive anthology of English poetry although the Vendler book is available inexpensively (used) and has lots of valuable discussion.   

    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 29 Mar 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Cactus Room
    • 4


    Bruce Hale, Wednesdays, 10 am to 12 noon

    Cactus Room: February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    Underlying questions of whether there is enough water quantity to sustain the American Southwest are questions about the quality of our present and potential water resources. This course tackles these questions, and more.

    ·         What are common water constituents and when are these deemed contaminants?

    ·         What are primary uses for water and what quality specifications are pertinent to each?

    ·         We need to learn the facts about water quality and whether it meets use specifications, so how is water quality tested?

    ·         What regulations protect U.S. water quality, whether in the environment or our domestic/potable water supplies? How are water quality standards set? How do regulatory risk assessments differ from personal assessments of risk?

    ·         When new water supply sources are acquired, what quality constraints affect how they can be used?

    ·         How can water be treated, to improve its quality and make it suitable for any particular use?

    The final class session(s) dive deeper into specific cases, illustrating the above topics re: environmental water and domestic water supply. This course is good background for the follow-up course highlighting water supply resources, policy, infrastructure, and management--topics of importance to all Arizona residents.

    • 22 Feb 2023
    • 29 Mar 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Cactus room
    • 0
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    Karen Gray, Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Cactus Room, February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

    This class will examine the three different geologic regions of Arizona, and then discuss the geology of five areas in detail. The areas are the Catalina Mountains, Tucson Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and northern Arizona, including several of our beautiful National Parks. There will be three optional field trips: 1) Catalina State Park about 2 1/2 hrs; 2) Catalina Mountains from the base to the top (an all-day car trip with eight stops); 3) Tucson Mountains which includes four short hikes (some with elevation) to examine features of the volcanic range. This will be an all-day excursion. The dates and times for the field trips will be determined by class consensus. Each participant is required to sign a waiver for each of the field trips.

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 06 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • Sonoran Room
    • 30


    Laurie Brussel, Thursdays, 10 to 12 noon

    Sonoran Room: February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 6 (no class March 23)


    In Part I of the Impressionists, we delved into the beginning and development of Impressionism.  We were introduced to artists such as Manet, Renoir,Caillebotte, Morisot, Pissaro, Sisley and Cezanne.  In Part 2 we will begin by reviewing Part 1 for those students who didn’t attend those classes. Through the expertise of Resident Artist Laurie Brussel and a renowned Art Historian on video we will again meet Degas, learn about the artist Gustave Caillebott and his well-known street scenes, Mary Cassatt, meet Paul Gaugin, and learn more about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. We will also be introduced to the character Toulous Lautrec. Lastly, we will learn about the movement’s eventual waning as the artists aged and became more successful. Remember, you did not have to attend Part 1 to attend Part 2.

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