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As a benefit of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM Continuing Education, members are able to register for free Members-only events throughout the year, including lectures and movie nights.

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Type
In-Person Class
Days
Th
Time
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Jul 18, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
1.5
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 15, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 15, 2024
Instructor(s)
Section Notes

In addition to its well-known landscapes such as White Sands, Shiprock, Ghost Ranch, El Malpais, Chaco Canyon, and others, New Mexico has many strange and intriguing areas that are off the beaten path – hidden gems that most people have never seen or visited. In this class we will tour five of those areas to see some of their amazing geological features and learn about their origins millions of years ago.

 

Type
In-Person Class
Days
Th
Time
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Dates
Jul 25, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
2.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 22, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 22, 2024
Instructor(s)
Section Notes

History is fraught with dictators who were democratically elected or took over countries by force. The majority of dictators have done little to help their citizens or to improve the countries they led. Dictators tend to take advantage of their people and drain their country’s resources for personal enrichment. Dictators are known to imprison their opponents, stifle freedoms and start wars that lead to national suffering. So why are dictators allowed to assume leadership positions? And why is it so difficult to remove dictators from power? Is it their iron grip on power? Or is it the phenomenon of: Cult of Personality? We’ll explore why all walks of people are willing to blindly or be coerced to follow a dictator. We will accomplish this by identifying the common traits, personalities, and skills of past and current dictators. Through research, we will find the common steps and the time proven formula that individuals use to become dictators. And, how they are able to remain in power. My goal is by the end of the lecture, you will understand the warning signs of leaders who lean towards authoritarianism, the tools they use to achieve a takeover of government and how they remain in power.

 

Type
In-Person Class
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Sep 06, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
2.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 03, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 03, 2024
Section Notes

"Cybersafety" and "Cybersecurity" are terms that mean to protect people and their private information online. It's an incredibly vast topic, and while no method is foolproof, this class for beginners will discuss passwords, two-factor authentication, ads, spam, and other areas with which to familiarize yourself. Perfect for beginners to the online world.

Our speaker will be Trish Lopez, Founder/CEO of Teeniors®. Teeniors are tech-savvy teens and young adults who help seniors learn technology through one-on-one coaching. Trish is a native New Mexican who has worked professionally with everyone from Hollywood executives to political leaders. After 13 years in the film industry, she returned to our state as a new mom in 2015 and founded Teeniors. Her team has earned local and national awards while helping thousands of seniors across New Mexico. Lopez chairs the Digital Inclusion Peer Group for New Mexico Technology Council and is an advisory member of the New Mexico Local News Fund, supporting independent journalism around the state. A graduate of UNM, her primary interest is bringing people together from different walks of life to create change in our communities.

Type
In-Person Class
Days
W
Time
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Sep 11, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
1.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 08, 2024
Instructor(s)
  • Will Wegner, Collette Travel
Section Notes

Travel satisfies our sense of adventure and makes the world a smaller and more connected community. How is travel changing and what's the future of tourism in a post-Covid world? Collette Tours have been around for more than 100 years. Our cancel for any reason travel waiver is the best in the industry. Come join us and learn about what’s coming to OLLI at the University of Mexico. We will explore Costa Rica and Northern Italy.

 

Type
In-Person Class
Days
F
Time
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Sep 27, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
2.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 24, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 24, 2024
Section Notes

Digital Inclusion means access to reliable internet, and devices like computers or cell phones, as well as the understanding of how to use them. This access leads to education, jobs, social connection, and community. Yet too many people in New Mexico still experience a massive lack of access because of their income, age, abilities, race/culture or area of residence. This issue exists across the country. Trish will share a brief history of the digital divide, the progress we're making, along with ways we can create space for those who want to be included in learning to navigate the online world.

Our speaker will be Trish Lopez, Founder/CEO of Teeniors®. Teeniors are tech-savvy teens and young adults who help seniors learn technology through one-on-one coaching. Trish is a native New Mexican who has worked professionally with everyone from Hollywood executives to political leaders. After 13 years in the film industry, she returned to our state as a new mom in 2015 and founded Teeniors. Her team has earned local and national awards while helping thousands of seniors across New Mexico. Lopez chairs the Digital Inclusion Peer Group for New Mexico Technology Council and is an advisory member of the New Mexico Local News Fund, supporting independent journalism around the state. A graduate of UNM, her primary interest is bringing people together from different walks of life to create change in our communities.

Type
In-Person Class
Days
T
Time
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Oct 01, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
2.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 28, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 28, 2024
Instructor(s)
Section Notes

Disinformation and “fake news” are terms often bandied about in the news today, but disinformation has a long history. We'll begin with a discussion of disinformation in general and then draw examples from events in Latin America during World War II. Building on that base, we will look at espionage and counterespionage in South America as the US and UK worked to blunt Axis efforts to gain political, economic, and military power in the region.

John Bratzel is Professor Emeritus from Michigan State University where he taught for thirty-six years. He was the graduate director of the MSU Latin American Studies Center and President and later Executive Director of the Popular Culture Association.  He has authored or edited numerous books as well as many articles.  He has won the prestigious MSU Teacher-Scholar Award as well as two book awards.

Dr. Bratzel moved to New Mexico ten years ago to avoid the northern winters and to be with his grandchildren. Currently, he is Resident Historian for Viking Cruise Lines.

Type
In-Person Class
Days
T
Time
3:30PM to 5:30PM
Dates
Nov 12, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
2.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 09, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 09, 2024
Instructor(s)
Section Notes

The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act has been in effect for over two years.  Have there been any changes?  What are the other options New Mexicans have?  Do you need to review your Advance Healthcare Directive?  These and other issues will be discussed.  Free materials will be available to help with some of these decisions.

 

 

Type
In-Person Class
Days
Th
Time
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Dates
Nov 14, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
1.5
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 11, 2024
Instructor(s)
Section Notes

Everyone needs an estate plan. It's not safe to assume a last will and testament is adequate to protect your loved ones and your assets. While estate planning is often about planning for the future, there are actions you can take today to ensure your beneficiaries, including your chosen charities, receive what you intend. This interactive lecture-discussion will explore the key elements of an effective estate plan, discuss various ways to include charities, and answer your questions about the process.

Type
In-Person Class
Days
W
Time
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Dec 11, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
2.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Dec 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Dec 08, 2024
Instructor(s)
Section Notes

Were you this child?  Why do we hang stockings on Christmas Eve?  Why is there a ginormous apple – and an orange – in my stocking taking up space where there should be toys?  Would Santa really put coal in my stocking? Why? IS THERE REALLY A SANTA CLAUS? Are you this adult? Who thought of putting a tree in the house where it can shed on the carpet? Am I irreverent if I write “Xmas”? Should I leave milk with the cookies, or would he prefer a bottle of Coke? Join us for an exploration of the plum pudding that is Christmas and its customs – religious, secular, and even “pagan.” And, yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Who the heck is Virginia?

Additional Information

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry. Masks are recommended.

A current OLLI Membership is required to register for this course, please click here to add to your cart. Please purchase one membership per account.

This class is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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