• 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
    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 member of the West Mesa Book Group for more than ten years.
  • 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
    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 sending background and questions from the book which will be the discussion topics for the following week. You must have the book for class. Limited enrollment.  John Horton, a graduate of The University of Texas Arlington, is a retired electrical engineer. He has conducted study and discussion groups for Oasis with Barrie Segal. He facilitates discussions based on the material and questions prepared by other people in the class. Lars Larson serves as the co-coordinator for this class.
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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
    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 his recordings of “Fire and Rain”, “You’ve Got a Friend”, “Handy Man” and “Mockingbird”, with Carly Simon. See bio #
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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
    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”; “You Are My Friend”; and “On My Own”, which she recorded with Michael McDonald. See bio #
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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
    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 other indie artists; today she is often critical of today’s popular music industry. See bio #
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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
    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. Williams has also composed numerous classical works, in addition to conducting the Boston Pops for 13 years. See Bio #
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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
    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 end of his life, he had written over 100 works including ballets, symphonies, operas, and chamber music. See bio #
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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
    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 Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods; and a new theatrical format: the concept musical. See bio #
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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
    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 standpoint of his writings, especially his first few books outlining what he called The Infinite Way. George was raised in a home in which his father was a student of Joel Goldsmith.  George's father became involved in Joel's group, The Infinite Way. He came to direct the Infinite Way Study Center in St. Petersburg, FL for 20 years. Since George had degrees in philosophy, he and his father had frequent discussions about the mystical philosophy of Joel. From these discussions, George formed a high regard for the teachings of Joel Goldsmith.
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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
    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 changes. John Geissman is a professor emeritus of Geoscience at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of New Mexico.  He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Geology (now Earth and Environmental Sciences) from the University of Michigan. He is a Past President of the Geological Society of America as well as the editor for the GSA Bulletin. He has over 300 peer-reviewed science journal contributions.
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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
    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 render us unable to empathize with outsiders or understand their thinking and behavior. This lecture will explain the psychological basis for some of these important issues. See bio #
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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
    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 eliminate this important element of the country's railroading heritage.  Recently, hundreds of cabooses are finding new acceptance in locations throughout the country. 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): 08-05-2021 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
    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, social oppression, and religious persecution culminated with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680-1696. In spite of these events, Pueblo peoples endured and sustained strong societies that are the foundation of our multi-cultural heritage. Jon Ghahate is from the Pueblos of Laguna and Zuni, of the Turkey and Badger Clans. He currently serves as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Museum Cultural Educator in Albuquerque. Dr. Matt Schmader has more than 40 years of field experience in southwestern archaeology. He has worked on sites of virtually every cultural time period, ranging from Paleo-Indian to Archaic campsites, from Spanish contact/colonial sites to the historic red light district in downtown Albuquerque.
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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
    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 1st Colorado, their surprising victory at Glorieta Pass, and Slough’s abrupt resignation after being threatened with assassination. Richard Miller, author of "John P. Slough: The Forgotten Civil War General," earned his M.A. in history from Princeton University. After a career in health care management and consulting, he turned to writing and lecturing upon his retirement in 2014. He is the past president of the Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable and a frequent speaker to Civil War roundtables and history groups. He lives in Seattle with his wife Karin.
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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
    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, and hurricanes -- and still exudes elegance, charm, and grace. Travel to the exclusive Jekyll Island, once the beloved vacation spot for prominent families. See the stunning St. Simons Island 106-foot tall lighthouse, and visit historic Savannah with a trolley tour highlighting the Historic District. Reserve trip by October 24, 2021 for best price and availability. See Oasis website for more information. Oasis has been working with Collette for more than five years, offering a variety of tours. Karen Barclay is Collette's business development manager for our region.
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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): 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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