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Academy of Learning in Retirement

Our Fall 2015 schedule includes a varitey of topics. Make sure to attend them all!


Ethics in Action

Organized by Dr. Mark Walker
Richard L. Hedden Chair of Advanced
Philosophical Studies, NMSU

The study of ethics has evolved from a primarily theoretical discipline to one that is increasingly engaged in practical disciplines.  This lecture series will trace how ethics has successfully engaged and influenced three areas: medical science, global poverty and the the law. 

1. Ethics and ethical theory by Dr. Walker
2. Ethics and the Medical Sciences by Dr. Walker
3. Ethics and Law by Dr. Danny Scoccia, Department of Philosophy, NMSU
4. Ehtics and Global Poverty by Dr. Lori Kelecher, Department of Philosophy, NMSU

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays
           September 14, 16, 21, & 23



The Middle East in Crisis:
Where Do We Go From Here?


Presented by
Dr. Yosef Lapid, Regents Professor, and
Dr. Neal Rosendorf, Assistant Professor
Department of Government, NMSU

This series will discuss recent developments in the Middle East, including new geopolitical complexities and the changing U.S. role in this volatile region.
1. The Middle East in Crisis: The View form the U.S. by Dr. Rosendorf
2. The Middle East Crisis: The View from Israel by Dr. Lapid
3. Islam in Crisis: Radicalization and Deradicalization in the Muslim world by Dr. Rosendor
4. The Sectarian Crisis: A New Map for the Middle East? by Dr. Yosef Lapid


Dates:   Mondays and Wednesdays
             October 5, 7, 12, & 14


Accountability and Education in
New Mexico and the U.S.

1. The Accountability Movement and the Great Lie:Limitations of Standarized Testing and How These Tests do not Demonstrate Teacher Effectiveness or What Students Know by Dr. Michael Morehead, Former Dean of the College of Education, NMSU

2. A Review of Data We Can and Cannot Trust as Derived from Standarized Test Usage in New Mexico by M. Kim Johnson, former president of the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education, and Past President of the New Mexico Academy of Science

3. High-Stakes Assessment for Students Who Receive Special Education Services by Dr. Karen Potter, Assistant Professor, Special Education & Communication Disorders, College of Education, NMSU

4. Current Climate in Education Leading to Teacher Shortages: What are We Doing About It?  by Dr. Karen Trujillo, Research and Technology Specialist, College of Education, NMSU

Dates      Wednesdays and Mondays
               November 4, 9, 11, & 16




Chocolate and Beer

Presented by Dr. Munson-McGee
Professor of Food Science and Technology
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences


1)  An abbreviated history of chocolate: from the Olmec to the Industrial Revolution
2)  Chocolate science: from bean to belly
3)  Beer history: from "women's work" to mega-corporations to craft brewing
4)  Beer brewing: mixing art, technology, and science

Dates:   Tuesdays and Thursdays
             December 1, 3, 8, & 10