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  • 2018 Summer Seminars Series

    (with Questions and Answers)

    Special Addition of Summer Soapbox Sessions with Dick Wisott

     

    10:00–11:30am

     

    BRAVE Church (formerly Harvest Bible Chapel)

    3651 South Colorado Boulevard

    Englewood, CO 80113

    ————–—–—  JUNE 19th —–—–————

    Summer Soapbox:  Dick Wisott - The Media..Fake News..Biased News..Who to trust?

    FACILITATOR: Dick Wisott has been with OLLI for the past 16 years, as both a class facilitator and serving in the OLLI leadership as past OLLI Council President, financial liaison with Denver University, OLLI Executive Committee and Long-range Planning Committee member. Dick retired as a senior officer with a global financial services organization and has volunteered for over 40 years with over 15 national and metro area nonprofits and was a recent recipient of The Denver Foundations Monoru Yasui Volunteer Award

    Each of the four Soapbox sessions will  focus on a separate major issue facing us and our nation and allow our OLLI members an opportunity to engage each other in exploring potential solutions and alternative ways of viewing various aspects of the issue. The facilitator will begin each session with an overview of the parameters and then look to the soapbox participants to share their views. All views will be welcomed and respected (within bounds, of course). Class size limited to 45

    ————–——  JUNE  26th —–—–————

    There’s No Provision for Impeaching Citizens- Buie Sewell

    This is a presentation about saving the Republic.  As pretentious as that sounds, it may be time for such audacity.  Democracies are not inevitable; they do not maintain themselves.  As John Adams long ago warned, “Remember, democracy never lasts long.  It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.  There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”

    There are only two ways to prevent that from happening: exercising our rights and defending the fundamental democratic institutions, in short having skin in the game of citizenship.  Democracy is not a spectator sport.  This presentation is about taking the risks of freedom as citizens to revitalize our nation.   

     “It is institutions that help us to preserve decency.  They need help from us as well.  Do not speak of ‘our institutions’ unless you make them yours by acting on their behalf.  Institutions do not protect themselves.  They fall one after the other unless each is defended from the beginning.  So choose an institution you care about – a court, a newspaper, a law, a labor union – and take its side.”

                                                                                  -- Timothy Snider, On Tyranny

     Presenter: Professor Buie Seawell is the Emeritus Professor of Business Ethics and Law at The Daniels College of Business of The University of Denver . . . prior to coming to Daniels in 1994 he was Executive Director of The Norwest Public Policy Center at UCD and author of The Mind of Colorado, an annual survey of trust and confidence in public institutions in Colorado.  He presently serves on The Ethics and Professionalism Committee of The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

    Seawell’s political career included serving on the cabinet of Governor Richard Lamm, being chief of staff of U. S. Senator Gary Hart, and chairing the Colorado Democratic Party.

    He has degrees in law from DU, in theology from Union Presbyterian Seminary, and in history from Davidson College.  In 2009 Seawell was a Senior Associate of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.  For fun he sails, writes poems and children stories, and is an amateur astronomer.

     ————–—— JULY 10th ——–————

    The Dead Sea Scrolls-  Steve Nash

    The Dead Sea Scrolls constitute one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. First discovered by Bedouin goat herders in 1947, the story of the Dead Sea Scrolls and their decipherment since then is better than a Hollywood movie. Join the  Denver Museum of Nature and Science Senior Curator of Archaeology Steve Nash on this thrilling chase through time and space. In this fast-paced presentation, learn about the Dead Sea Scrolls—their origin, meaning, and legacy—as well as the contents of the exhibition that bears their name.

     Presenter: Steve Nash, is the Senior Curator of Archaeology and Director of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  He has worked for nearly a dozen years at the Museum.  He is author and editor of seven books on topics ranging from the Russian gem carvings of Vasily Konovalenko to the history of tree-ring dating in North American archaeology. He has served as curator on seven traveling exhibitions at the Museum and specializes in making science accessible to wider audiences.

    ————–—— JULY 17th ——–————

    Summer Soapbox: Dick Wisott - Socialism Vs. Capitalism - Where are we headed?

    Facilitator Dick Wisott has been with OLLI for the past 16 years, as both a class facilitator and serving in the OLLI leadership as past OLLI Council President, financial liaison with Denver University, OLLI Executive Committee and Long-range Planning Committee member. Dick retired as a senior officer with a global financial services organization and has volunteered for over 40 years with over 15 national and metro area nonprofits and was a recent recipient of The Denver Foundations Monoru Yasui Volunteer Award

    Each of the four Soapbox sessions will  focus on a separate major issue facing us and our nation and allow our OLLI members an opportunity to engage each other in exploring potential solutions and alternative ways of viewing various aspects of the issue. The facilitator will begin each session with an overview of the parameters and then look to the soapbox participants to share their views. All views will be welcomed and respected (within bounds, of course). Class size limited to 45

     

    —————  July 24th   —————

    Bitcoins and Blockchains – The Cryptocurrency Craze-Matt Millen

    New ideas are entering the world of finance in the form of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Blockchain Technology!  Grasping these ideas is necessary to understand the Cryptocurrency craze.  People frequently want to know what these terms mean and, even more importantly, what might this technology mean to the world of finance we now know.

    Presenter:  Matt Millen, is the Founder-Denver Crypto Group. Matt  has a background in construction and real estate, most recently working as an asset manager for a real estate investment trust (REIT), managing a portfolio of 200 homes in 3 states. However, being a cog in the wheel for a system that needs a major overhaul burned him out. After working for the REIT, he became very interested in Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology, first as a way to make a living. After understanding the global financial and social impact that Crypto & Blockchain Technology are having, he began to education individuals on cryptocurrencies.  Matt is the founder of the Denver Crypto Group, an entry portal for curious minds into Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology. Links - www.DenverCryptoGroup.com

    —————  July 31st —————

    Summer Soapbox: Dick Wisott - Entitlement Reform – “Don’t Touch My…Whatever”

    FACILITATOR: Dick Wisott has been with OLLI for the past 16 years, as both a class facilitator and serving in the OLLI leadership as past OLLI Council President, financial liaison with Denver University, OLLI Executive Committee and Long-range Planning Committee member. Dick retired as a senior officer with a global financial services organization and has volunteered for over 40 years with over 15 national and metro area nonprofits and was a recent recipient of The Denver Foundations Monoru Yasui Volunteer Award

    Each of the four Soapbox sessions will  focus on a separate major issue facing us and our nation and allow our OLLI members an opportunity to engage each other in exploring potential solutions and alternative ways of viewing various aspects of the issue. The facilitator will begin each session with an overview of the parameters and then look to the soapbox participants to share their views. All views will be welcomed and respected (within bounds, of course). Class size limited to 45

    —————  AUGUST  7th   —————

    Paris: Modernity and the Artistic Avant-garde-Giulia Bernardini

    From 1848 to 1914, France experienced intense socio-political tension and transformation. Against a backdrop of imperial and republican struggles for power, Paris grew into a sprawling urban center populated by a working class inspired by the ideals of socialism, and by a growing bourgeoisie with expendable income and leisure time. Positing themselves as society’s cultural pioneers opposite the ‘academic tradition’ were the artists of the Parisian avant-garde: the painters, photographers, musicians, and authors whose self-imposed task it was to translate this new state of modernity into their chosen media. This lecture will investigate the notion of the avant-garde artist as cultural commentator by looking at artistic personalities and movements at work in Paris, the media they used to transmit their messages, as well as the influence of the city itself on the art being made.

    Presenter:  Giulia Bernardini  is an Italian-American actress and instructor of humanities and art history at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  In addition she is a  regular performer and guest lecturer on Italian, French, and early 20th century modern art at the Denver Art Museum. In the summertime, she returns to her native Italy and France to lead on-site art seminars through her art travel company, Wonderfeast. Her passion for the art, architecture, and literature that she teaches – and for travel and food – comes from an early desire to understand the nature of the cultures  she encountered growing up.

    —————  AUGUST  14th   —————

    Summer Soapbox: Dick Wisott - Tribalism.. Us vs. Them - Can We Co-Exist or Not?

    FACILITATOR: Dick Wisott has been with OLLI for the past 16 years, as both a class facilitator and serving in the OLLI leadership as past OLLI Council President, financial liaison with Denver University, OLLI Executive Committee and Long-range Planning Committee member. Dick retired as a senior officer with a global financial services organization and has volunteered for over 40 years with over 15 national and metro area nonprofits and was a recent recipient of The Denver Foundations Monoru Yasui Volunteer Award

    Each of the four Soapbox sessions will  focus on a separate major issue facing us and our nation and allow our OLLI members an opportunity to engage each other in exploring potential solutions and alternative ways of viewing various aspects of the issue. The facilitator will begin each session with an overview of the parameters and then look to the soapbox participants to share their views. All views will be welcomed and respected (within bounds, of course). Class size limited to 45The Reemergence of China as a Big Power in Search for its “Rightful  Place”

     

    —————  AUGUST  21st   —————

    Ancient Human Beginnings and Migration Path: Stones, Bones and DNA-Elmer Fend

    The presentation covers a summary of human evolution with an emphasis on the Neanderthals, Denisovans,  Anatomical Modern Humans (AMH),  Yamnayas and Indo-Europeans. It will explore how traditional evolutionary theories have been overtaken by progress in Carbon 14 dating,  DNA research, and the completion of the AMH and Neanderthal genomes. He will show  the various streams of human migrations based on DNA trails, archaeology and linguistic connections.

    The standard and current science data presented is sourced from the journals Nature, Science, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Genome, the book Human Evolution by Robin Dunbar, and miscellaneous foreign journals and web sites.

    Presenter: Elmar Fend  is a native of Austria, “citizen scientist,” hobby genealogist, linguist and paleoanthropologist has some academic background in geology. To keep current he updates his knowledge base by attending archaeology seminars and other natural science educational events. He is involved in mountaineering, climbed three of the seven summits, visited Olduvai Gorge and is bilingual in English and German and fluent in French and Spanish. He has also made presentations and published articles about Alemannic history. 

     

    KICKOFF TO FALL TERM

    AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD VIEW CHINA

    —————  September 4th   —————

    

    Join us for this insightful launch to another OLLI at DU year of learning.

     

    China – History and Beauty- Nick Wang

    China, officially the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia.  It is the world most populous country and the third or fourth-largest by total area, depending upon the source.  As a country with a history of over 5,000 years, China is a rich landscape of traditions and a complex conglomerate of attitudes and approaches as the history and traditions are woven into current day affairs. 

    In this introductory launch of WorldView China, we will discover some of what this amazing land and culture have to offer. 

    It is not a surprise that interest in China is booming. China’s 5000-year history, rich culture, beautiful landscape, and growing economic importance have made it a destination that is popular with leisure travelers, students, businessmen, artists, and athletes.

     Presenter:  Nick Wang is the Founder and CEO, Real China. Nick grew up in China before he came to the US for graduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has extensive business relationships with Chinese schools, companies and NGO’s.  Nick is a cross-cultural communication expert and enjoys learning via travel.  He has been leading Real China to help many schools across the US with their faculty-led study trips.

     

     

  • Summer Seminar Archives

  • 2017 Summer Seminars of OLLI

    (with Questions and Answers)

    10:00–11:30am

    Central Christian Church

    3690 E. Cherry Creek South Drive

    ————–—–—  JUNE 6 —–—–————

    “Trumped up? Nationalist  Populism and its Impact on Europe and Beyond”

    The victorious “Brexit” campaign for the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) and presidential election of Donald Trump defied expectations. Many blamed trade and immigration for inequality and insecurity motivating these re- sults. Far-right political leaders lauded 2016 as the year the “Anglo-Saxons” awoke and called for a “pa- triotic spring” in 2017. Yet what are the prospects for nationalist populism after its failures to “win” the Austrian presidential and Dutch parliamentary elec- tions? What does the French presidential election herald for the EU and the world? Can we explain the surging popularity of the radical right across much of Europe in terms of economic interests, ethno-cul- tural anxieties, or fears about terrorism? What does the “me first” agenda portend for the future?

    Presenter: Lisa Conant is professor of political science at the University of Denver, specializing in the politics of European integration and the comparative study of law and society. She is the author of Justice Contained: Law and Politics in the European Union and several articles exploring topics including market, liberalization, human rights, and the transformations of citizenship in Europe.

    ————–——  JUNE  13 —–—–————

    Ethics Is About  Relationships

    At the most fundamental level where do values come from? For the religious the answer is seem- ingly easy -- from God, of course. But whose God, and what about non-believers, where do the val-

     

    ues, norms, principles they espouse and champion, come from? Ours is a diverse and secular world, and learning to live within its politics, its social en- gagements, its commerce, is no small undertaking. And it’s all about values and the conflict of values.

    The Framers spoke of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” It was a simpler time. Apparently, many wish to return to such a comfortable, mono- lithic society. Good luck!

    This talk is about how to deal with value con- flicts, literally how to “do ethics” in a radically con- flicted time. Its simple premise is: Values come from relationships. We will explore in some detail what that means, and how to use “relational ethics” in our business, our politics, i.e. our lives.

    Presenter: Professor Buie Seawell is a professor of Law and Ethics in the Daniels College of Business. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, Profes- sor Seawell was Director of the Norwest Public Policy Center at the University of Colorado and the founder and author of the Mind of Colorado. Among his past positions, he was Chief of Staff to U. S. Senator Gary Hart and in 1990 was a candidate himself for the U.S. Senate. Seawell holds degrees from Davidson College, Union Theological Seminary and the College of Law at the University of Denver.

    ————–——  JUNE  27  ——–————

    Obamacare “Trumped,” What’s  Next?

    With the pledge of the new administration to repeal and replace Obamacare, this presentation will review the current state of our health insurance system and what impact repeal and replacement of Obamacare will have on Medicare, Medicaid, and private health in- surance. Special attention will be paid to affordability, availability and quality of the proposed replacements of our existing insurance options.

    Presenter: Vince Markovchick, MC, is a Profes- sor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine in the Depart- ment of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is a former Director of Emer- gency Medicine at Denver Health, past President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, member of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, and President of Healthcare for All Colorado Foundation.

     

    ————–—— JULY 11 ——–————

    Where Has Our Species Come from and Where Are We  Going?

    This lecture will first review where we come from (Africa), then look at our progress as a species (lan- guage, walking, cooking, tools, writing, engines, the internet). Now that we have achieved global con- sciousness - will we feed the hungry, provide plumb- ing to the people, educate the children? We have made great strides: think about Malala, the Pope, Bill and Melinda Gates, Facebook.

    But there is a chasm ahead: How will we deal with climate change, with environmental refugees, with global underemployment? Our brethren are migrat- ing out of Africa and the Middle East as we have done before. Our kin are drawn across osmotic gradients of desire northward. We must build bridges to a desir- able future: develop clean energy, clean water, social networks that share knowledge and opportunities. We can do this. Our children need to feel that the future smells good.

    Presenter: Bob Raynolds is a geologist with many years of experience working in the African Rift Valley on the sedimentary deposits that contain our earliest ancestors and our earliest stone tools. He has studied the impacts of changing landscapes and environments world-wide and has lectured extensively on the impor- tance of water and energy resources.

    ————–—— JULY 25 ——–————

    Shifting Demographics Means Shifting Priorities – Opportunities and Challenges as Colorado  Ages

    By 2030, one in five Coloradans will be over age 65. This means that as a state, Colorado’s pop- ulation will be older than it has ever been before. Our demographic shift has enormous implications for Colorado families and for every level of gov- ernment. This session will explore how our state is focused on preparing for the societal and fiscal impacts of this shift, with the goal of helping older Coloradans and their families be healthy, self-suffi- cient and economically secure.

     

    Presenter: Natalie O’Donnell Wood is a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center, where she researches and advocates for policies that ad- vance economic opportunity for Coloradans. She has worked for over 16 years with policy makers in Colorado and across the country. Natalie holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame and a master’s degree in political science, politics and policy from the Uni- versity of Colorado Denver.

    —————  AUGUST  8   —————

    The Reemergence of China as a Big Power in Search for its “Rightful  Place”

    After about two hundred years of struggle, China is reemerging as a great power. China’s reemergence represents a strategic challenge for the global security landscape as it could result in the largest shift in the global distribution of pow- er since the rise of the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As China’s diplo- matic posture manifests a new phase, the question is what kind of great power China wants to be? What is China’s “rightful place” in the minds of Chinese elites? Whether or not China would act as a traditional great power, using its rising power to restore a Sino-centric system in East Asia and seeking vengeance for the century of humilia- tion? Can China challenge the US primacy in or drive the US out of the Asia-Pacific? Is China a stakeholder or a dissatisfied revolutionary pow- er prepared to overtake the US-led world order? This presentation will provide answers to these important questions.

    Presenter: Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Di- rector of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Uni- versity of Denver. A Campbell National Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University, Associ- ate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College in Maryland, Asso- ciate Professor of Government and East Asian Poli- tics at Colby College in Maine and visiting assistant

     

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