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Academy of Learning in Retirement

Our Spring 2014 schedule includes a varitey of topics. Make sure you attend them all!



Islam and the West: Cultural

Contacts, Conflicts, and



Presented by Dr. Margaret Malamud

Professor of History, NMSU


Lecture 1: Examination of the origins of Islam and its relationship to Judaism and Christianity.


Lecture 2: Exploration of how Islamic civilization made  the European Renaissance possible.


Lecture 3 & 4: Analysis of the Crusades and the Reconquest of Spain and their enduring legacies.


Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays


January 14, 16, 21 & 23



Contemporary Native Americans


Presented by Donald D. Pepion, Ed.D.

College Professor Anthropology, NMSU


A broad portrait of present day Native Americans will include the topics: Who or What is an Indian?

Case Studies of the Iroquois and the Blackfeet; Southwest American Indians, case studies of the Hopi and the Navajo.


Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays


February 3, 5, 10, & 12


Weather and Climate

 Presented by Dr. Dave DuBois

State Climatologist, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences, NMSU


Our atmosphere and its manifestation through weather and climate have intrigued us all at one point including some notable scientists in the past including Hippocrates, Aristotle, Newton, Pascal, Benjamin Franklin, Dalton, and Rossby just to name a few.

 We will first touch on the history of weather measurements over time and how they shaped society and our world.

The second talk will be close to home and cover climates and weather patternsfound in New Mexico. Extremes such as floods, heat waves, cold snaps, and severe weather are important topics and will be discussed. As we face a multi-year drought, its definition, impacts, forecasts, and man's attempts to mitigate it will also be covered.

 The last half of the lectures will focus on the human fingerprint on our atmosphere. The third talk will cover the history of air pollution and effects on our earth. The final lecture will cover the basic elements of climate change of the past, present, and possible future.


Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays


March 17, 19, 24, and 26



From the Audience: Presentations by

Members of the Academy for Learning

in Retirement

Part I. Salt of the Earth: The Historic

Struggle of Mexican American

Laborers in Grant County, NM


Presented by Elisa Sanchez

Creator and former director of Engaging Latino

Communities for Education, NMSU



This is a personal story of a labor strike which involved Mexican American women and national politics during the McCarthy era. This event led to the making of the blacklisted film, "Salt of the Earth", which will be shown during this presentation.


Dates: Tuesday and Thursday


 April 1, 3


Part II. Observations of Earth from Space


Presented by Dr. Thomas Schmugge

Volunteer, Water Resources Research Institute, NMSU


Some of the basic principles of remote sensing from space will be reviewed, and examples of space data for climate change and water resources in New Mexico will be given.


Dates: Tuesday and Thursday

April 8, 10



World Dance


Presented by Prof. Frank Gilpin

Dept. of Human Performance, Dance & Recreation,



I will start by initiating a brief movement component of around 20 minutes for the group to explore the "roots" of each topic, then present a power point with pertinent video clips ending with a group discussion to share view points and summarize.



1: The Power and Spirituality of dance.



2: Dance of Realms and Social dance.



3: Classic dance and dance in new worlds.



4: "Modern" dance and where dance has gone

and may go driven by global and market forces



Tuesdays and Thursdays

May 13, 15, 20,& 22