• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-13-2021 to 05-13-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 3:00 PM → 4:30 AM
    Instructor: Mike Langner
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Shortwave radio bands are filled with mysterious stations that do nothing except read numbers. These are often coded messages to spies. From the era of the Cold War up to the present, listen in to them and learn how foreign governments communicate with spies, even here in the US. Hear many recorded excerpts, view pictures of clandestine radio sites, and... read more
    Shortwave radio bands are filled with mysterious stations that do nothing except read numbers. These are often coded messages to spies. From the era of the Cold War up to the present, listen in to them and learn how foreign governments communicate with spies, even here in the US. Hear many recorded excerpts, view pictures of clandestine radio sites, and pictures of captured spies. Mike Langner is a lifelong radio enthusiast, having started in ham radio in junior high school, and ending up owning and operating two Albuquerque radio stations. Now in active retirement, he is the technical consultant to the New Mexico Broadcasters Association, travelling around our state assisting broadcasters with technical and operational issues and problems.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-10-2021 to 06-10-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Maya Sutton
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    For the past 40 summers, strange and beautiful formations have appeared in English fields. These crop circles are cut into the grains in layers, the stalks bent but not broken. Most designs are close to Stonehenge and Avebury, an area sacred for 5,000 years. Recent patterns are exquisitely complex geometric compositions. Maya Sutton has walked many crop... read more
    For the past 40 summers, strange and beautiful formations have appeared in English fields. These crop circles are cut into the grains in layers, the stalks bent but not broken. Most designs are close to Stonehenge and Avebury, an area sacred for 5,000 years. Recent patterns are exquisitely complex geometric compositions. Maya Sutton has walked many crop circles, participated in two international conferences, and met the experts. She shares her opinions and observations regarding these enigmas. Dr. Maya Sutton spent seven summers in England, explored many crop circles and talked with experts about these mysterious shapes. She taught Celtic mythology at UNM for ten years. Sutton has researched much of Celtic Europe, and co-authored a book on Celtic wisdom. She has dual citizenship with the US and the Republic of Ireland.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-08-2021 to 07-08-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Nancy M. Tucker
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Postcard collecting is one of the three most popular American hobbies, after coins and stamps. Many households own at least some postcards, whether they are an inherited collection, cards sent over the years by friends and family, or collected on vacation. In this presentation, Nancy Tucker shares a basic education about postcard history, the different... read more
    Postcard collecting is one of the three most popular American hobbies, after coins and stamps. Many households own at least some postcards, whether they are an inherited collection, cards sent over the years by friends and family, or collected on vacation. In this presentation, Nancy Tucker shares a basic education about postcard history, the different types of postcards, then helps you decide what to do with the ones you have. A retired journalist, Nancy Tucker has played with postcards on and off since the early 1950s, when her father was stationed at Sandia Base. Today, she has hundreds of Albuquerque postcards from all eras, as well as thousands from elsewhere. She says that postcards scratch an itch that lies somewhere between her interests in history and in graphics.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-12-2021 to 08-12-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    With a career spanning nearly six decades, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-96) was known not only as the Queen of Jazz but as one of the definitive interpreters of the American songbook. Discovered as a teenager by bandleader Chick Webb, she had a wide-ranging career that embraced standards, jazz, scat, film, and television. This fond tribute to an American jazz... read more
    With a career spanning nearly six decades, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-96) was known not only as the Queen of Jazz but as one of the definitive interpreters of the American songbook. Discovered as a teenager by bandleader Chick Webb, she had a wide-ranging career that embraced standards, jazz, scat, film, and television. This fond tribute to an American jazz legend also explores Fitzgerald's early years and the childhood secrets she fought to suppress during her lifetime. Jane Ellen is the consummate storyteller with eclectic interests, specializing in music and entertainment history. She is an award-winning composer and recording artist who shares her passion for music, history, and spirituality with Albuquerque audiences. With a catalogue of more than 60 published works and numerous choral and chamber commissions, her music has been performed internationally.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-14-2021 to 06-14-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Matthew J. Barbour
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Los Luceros Historic Site is an amazing location to explore in northern New Mexico. For many, its history begins with the Martin Serrano family in the 18th century, but this fails to account for the archaeological record and oral tradition of the indigenous peoples. Matt Barbour expands upon the narrative by placing the site in a broader cultural context... read more
    Los Luceros Historic Site is an amazing location to explore in northern New Mexico. For many, its history begins with the Martin Serrano family in the 18th century, but this fails to account for the archaeological record and oral tradition of the indigenous peoples. Matt Barbour expands upon the narrative by placing the site in a broader cultural context and exploring the evidence for Spanish occupation at Los Luceros prior to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Matthew Barbour holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from UNM and works for the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. He is the regional manager of Coronado and Jemez Historic Sites. Under Barbour's management, Coronado Historic Site received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and the Jemez Historic Site received the Archaeology Heritage Preservation Award. He has published more than 200 nonfiction articles and monographs.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-12-2021 to 07-12-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Fred Friedman
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    The 18-mile rail line, connecting the New Mexico capital to the remainder of the world, is a microcosm of state and territorial history. Built as an afterthought, the line was paid for by the County of Santa Fe. It mirrors major events, from territorial expansion and world wars to the demise of the Harvey era of famous passenger trains and hotels. Recently... read more
    The 18-mile rail line, connecting the New Mexico capital to the remainder of the world, is a microcosm of state and territorial history. Built as an afterthought, the line was paid for by the County of Santa Fe. It mirrors major events, from territorial expansion and world wars to the demise of the Harvey era of famous passenger trains and hotels. Recently purchased by local entrepreneurs, it is hoped that the line once again will reinvent itself. Fred Friedman is a retired New Mexico Transportation Department Railroad Bureau chief, with an extensive background in New Mexico territorial and state railroad history. He has written and lectured throughout New Mexico on the subject.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-09-2021 to 08-09-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Miles Davis (1926-91) enjoyed an eclectic career as a jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer. A former child prodigy and recipient of a scholarship to The Juilliard School, Davis stood at the forefront of major developments in 20th century jazz including bebop, cool jazz, and hard bop, as well as modal jazz and jazz fusion. From Kind... read more
    Miles Davis (1926-91) enjoyed an eclectic career as a jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer. A former child prodigy and recipient of a scholarship to The Juilliard School, Davis stood at the forefront of major developments in 20th century jazz including bebop, cool jazz, and hard bop, as well as modal jazz and jazz fusion. From Kind of Blue to Bitches Brew and beyond, we explore the many faces of the award-winning Miles Davis. Jane Ellen is the consummate storyteller with eclectic interests, specializing in music and entertainment history. She is an award-winning composer and recording artist who shares her passion for music, history, and spirituality with Albuquerque audiences. With a catalogue of more than 60 published works and numerous choral and chamber commissions, her music has been performed internationally.
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