Welcome back!

We are delighted to welcome you back to the classroom. As we find our way during these uncertain times, the health and safety of our treasured community remains our top priority. We will continue to require proof of vaccination and masks for all in-person events. Enrollment will be limited to enable social distancing.

This semester brings new opportunities to continue learning together. Through music, visual art, theatre, literature, history and more we will learn with each other, from each other and about each other as we explore the human experience. The stories of those who came before us inspire and inform the stories yet-to-come.

We offer worry-free registration. If your plans change, simply let us know before the class start date and we’ll process your refund promptly. Let us know after a class begins and we’ll issue a refund for the remaining sessions. Cancellation fees will be waived.

Join us this spring to increase your understanding of a favorite subject or discover something new. We can’t wait to connect with you again.

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Spring 2022 Courses

This Joint is Jumpin’

This Joint is Jumpin’

Tracing the musical evolution of Ragtime to Jazz to Boogie Woogie to Swing, we’ll be singin’ and swingin’ to the solid stomp of the Great American Song Book of the 1930s and 40s.

Tuesdays. Jan 18 – Mar 8
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Richard T. Hanson

In Person
The Powerful Genius of Mozart

The Powerful Genius of Mozart

Mozart’s last piano concertos and symphonies profoundly affected the first generation of Romantic composers. Hear piano sonatas and concertos by Mozart as well as piano masterworks by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Chopin in this delightful combination of lecture plus virtuoso piano performance.

Wednesdays, Jan 19 – Feb 23
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Alexander Tentser

In Person
Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald

Examine the tumultuous friendship of Hemingway and Fitzgerald through discussions of their work and the research of literary scholars.

Fridays Jan 21, 28, and Feb 4, 11
10:00 - noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Great British Prime Ministers

Great British Prime Ministers

Consider the legacy of twelve outstanding prime ministers from Sir Robert Walpole to Margaret Thatcher and examine their accomplishments in historical context.

Thursdays, Feb 10 – Mar 10
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove

In Person
Who’s Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Cynthia Meier, Co-Founder of The Rogue Theatre, will talk about Woolf’s life, times, and work, with special emphasis on Mrs. Dalloway, which she is adapting and directing this spring.

Thursdays, Feb 10 – Mar 10
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Cynthia Meier

In Person
World Archaeology: from Hunters and Gatherers to the Atomic Age

World Archaeology: from Hunters and Gatherers to the Atomic Age

Explore the development of human culture after the emergence from Africa and entrance to the Americas.

Wednesdays, Feb 16 – Apr 6
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Matthew J. Rowe

In Person
A Tale of Two Cities:  Rome and Paris in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

A Tale of Two Cities: Rome and Paris in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.

Rome and Paris are two of the world’s most beautiful cities, but they were not always that way. Consider how one city ceded artistic influence and political power to the other as we examine how Rome and Paris encouraged different ideas and agendas.

Wednesdays Feb 16 – March 30
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Kevin Justus

In Person
Writing in the Midst of Chaos: The Insight of Writing with Trust in Our Own Experiences

Writing in the Midst of Chaos: The Insight of Writing with Trust in Our Own Experiences

Explore how writing heals, connects, reveals our truth and reinvents our style as we write the stories that make a difference in this crazy time.

Fridays Mar 4 – Apr 8
9:30 am - noon

Instructor: Molly McKasson

In Person
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Embark on a literary and historical journey of American ideals, values, humanity, religion, culture, politics, and war as seen through the literature of our presidents.

Fridays, March 4 - 25
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
African-American Art: A Survey

African-American Art: A Survey

Black American art is a key element of what defines American art. Examine the 300-year legacy of Black American painting, sculpture and other media in this 4-part lecture series.

Thursdays, Mar 17 – Apr 7
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Instructor: Mike Dominguez

In Person

Food for Thought

A Lunch Series

Nourish your intellect while you savor the innovative New American cuisine at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort.

 Series Host: Paul Fisher, an accomplished researcher, performer and award-winning educator known for his unique introductions and informative lectures.

Food for Thought Session 1: Love in the Time of Aphrodite

Food for Thought Session 1: Love in the Time of Aphrodite

As Valentine’s Day approaches, explore the ancient concepts of love through the figure of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and consider what relation, if any, the ancient ideas have to our modern perceptions.

Monday, Feb 7
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Bella Vivante

In Person
Food for Thought Session 2: Biosphere 2 - Where Are You Now?

Food for Thought Session 2: Biosphere 2 – Where Are You Now?

Discover the innovative new projects underway at this remarkable Arizona treasure.

Monday, Mar 7
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Joaquin Ruiz

In Person
Food for Thought Session 3: Military Wives in the Arizona Territory

Food for Thought Session 3: Military Wives in the Arizona Territory

Learn about the lives of the courageous women who came west with their military husbands in the mid to late 1800s and hear about the tragedies and triumphs they experienced.

Monday, Apr 4
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Instructor: Jan Cleere

In Person