• Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 05-19-2021 to 08-18-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:30 PM → 03:00 PM
    Instructor: Linda Castagneri and Mary Herrmann Hughes
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom
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    The West Mesa Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Book selections are:  May 19 -     June 16 -     July 21 -     Aug 18 -  Enrollment limited to 12. Linda Castagneri, a retired USPS senior manager, values dynamic discussion and the timeless lessons of books. Mary Herrmann Hughes is a big reading advocate and has been a... read more
  • Sessions: 6
    Class Date(s): 06-24-2021 to 07-29-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: John Horton and Lars Larson
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom
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    People are living longer, healthier, and happier lives. While our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science. Using the book Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker, we examine its stimulating material through a six-week study and discussion group. Each week a different class member prepares the class by... read more
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    Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-27-2021 to 07-27-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 02:30 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor (1948- ) came upon the scene as an American singer-songwriter in the late 1960s. Staying true to his own unique stylings across the decades, he has become one of the best-selling artists of all time. Despite career slumps and personal struggles, he has given us a great part of the soundtrack of our lives, including... read more
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    Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-30-2021 to 07-30-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Patti LaBelle (1944- ) truly knows the entertainment business inside and out. In a career now spanning 60 years she has worked as a singer; a songwriter; an actress on stage, screen, and television; an author; and an entrepreneur with her own line of foods. Often referred to as the Godmother of Soul, she is best known for such hits as “Lady Marmalade”;... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-03-2021 to 08-03-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 02:30 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell (1943- ) is one of the most highly respected songwriters of the 20th century. After making her mark in folk music, she explored jazz stylings, and is now known for her paintings as well as her music, many of which grace her album covers. Her continual struggle for artistic independence has made her a role model for... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-06-2021 to 08-06-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Composer John Williams (1932- ) has crafted some of the most iconic film scores of all time. With a portfolio of more than 100 films during his distinguised career, his work can be heard in movies as diverse as Jaws (1975), E.T. (1982), Schindler’s List (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and the franchises for Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Indiana Jones.... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-11-2021 to 08-11-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Russian pianist, composer, and conductor Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) is widely considered one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. After working in Switzerland and France, he eventually made his home in the United States where he led a long and distinguished career, successfully continuing his work in neo-classicism and serial composition. By the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-19-2021 to 08-19-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Although Stephen Sondheim (1930- ) has a reputation for penning songs that people cannot sing along with, but few would deny his unique place in American theatre history. Beginning with early collaborations with Leonard Bernstein on West Side Story and Jule Styne on Gypsy, Sondheim’s passion to control both words and music have culminated in works such as... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-12-2021 to 08-12-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 02:30 PM → 04:00 PM
    Instructor: George Leone
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Joel Goldsmith (1892-1964) studied the ancient philosophical, religious, and mystical texts of all the major religions. From these studies he formed an understanding of the truth that runs through all these texts. From this understanding, Joel presented his mysticism to the world in a variety of writings. This course will look at his teachings from the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-25-2021 to 08-25-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 11:30 AM
    Instructor: Christopher Zugger
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    The mystical tradition of Europe flourished in medieval England. Rolle’s books and The Cloud of Unknowing (author unknown) still influence western Christian spiritual... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-10-2021 to 08-10-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 11:30 AM
    Instructor: John Geissman
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    John Geissman presents a general overview of the geology of New Mexico, with a brief but important introduction to the general concepts of deep geologic time and the overall geologic setting of the western United States. Geissman includes a summary of the history of geologic changes that have affected New Mexico and briefly touch on the origin of these... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-05-2021 to 08-05-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 11:30 AM
    Instructor: Thomas Dhanens
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    The limitations of human nature that cause personal arguments also contribute to political and social polarization. We have innate tendencies to perceive threats, place blame and look for simple answers. Social media and news coverage capture our attention, reinforce our existing biases and feed an us-versus-them mentality. Stereotyping and de-humanization... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-03-2021 to 08-03-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 11:30 AM
    Instructor: Fred Friedman
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    The caboose was once the office and rolling home of freight train crews. Today you'll find more cabooses at chambers of commerce and fast food restaurants than on the rails. Their disappearance is a fascinating story of safety, technology, management,  and labor union issues.  New Mexico had an important role in the discussion of whether to keep or... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-05-2021 to 08-05-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:30 PM → 02:00 PM
    Instructor: Jon Ghahate and Matt Schmader
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Indigenous peoples of what was to become New Mexico were profoundly affected by first contact with Spanish explorers and other outsiders in the 1530s. The first colony was established in 1598 and the 1600s were especially difficult for indigenous populations and newly arrived colonists. Famine, drought, disease, displacements, massive population loss,... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-10-2021 to 08-10-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 12:30 PM → 02:00 PM
    Instructor: Richard Miller
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Col. John Slough struggled to command the hard-drinking and free-spirited 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry, derisively nicknamed “Gilpin’s Pet Lambs.” Miraculously, the raw troops defeated 1,200 Texans at the battle of Glorieta Pass in northern New Mexico Territory in March 1862. Miller will tell the story of Slough’s disastrous relationship with the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-26-2021 to 07-26-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 02:30 PM → 03:30 PM
    Instructor: Collette Representative
    Term: 2021-2
    Location: Zoom

    Featuring Charleston, Savannah & Jekyll Island, Trip is April 24 - April 30, 2022 • 7 Days • 9 Meals Learn about this Oasis/Collette trip where you experience America's southeast. This tour includes stays in Charleston, Savannah, and Jekyll Island. A city that has defied all odds, Charleston survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake,... read more
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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
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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
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