Schedule of SPRING 2021 Courses

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MILITARY WIVES IN ARIZONA TERRIRORY

Dates: Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
Time: 11:00 am  – 12:00 pm
ZOOM MTGS.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In the 1800s when the U.S. Army ordered troops into Arizona Territory to protect and defend the populace, military men brought their wives and families with them. Most of these women were eastern bred with little knowledge of the territory. Yet, they came to make homes for their families enduring the sparseness, the heat, sickness and danger. These women were an integral part of military posts that peppered the west.

Women wrote letters, diaries, and journals as they traveled from one fort to another. We will look into these narratives detailing the hardships and triumphs they encountered and how they learned to cope with the wild, wild west.

WHY ATTEND? This program will provide an understanding of the women who came west with their military husbands in the early 1800s, how they fared crossing the desert, their time living on crudely build military posts, how they bore and raised children, and the role they played in civilizing the Arizona frontier.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Jan Cleere is an author, historian, and lecturer. She is an award-winning author of six historical nonfiction books and her monthly column, “Western Women,” appears in the Arizona Daily Star. Her freelance work appears in national and regional publications. She is considered an authority on early Arizona women.

WEAVING: FROM FIBER TO FABRIC

Date:  Mon., Feb. 15, 2021                  11:00 – 12:00 pm                                    ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  For millennia humans have turned fibers, such as wool and cotton, into fabric.  Weaving is thought to have originated in West Asia around 6000 BC. It is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads (the warp and the weft) are interlaced at right angles. Handweaver and Fiber Artist, Lawrence Peters, will talk about the history of weaving, fiber and yarn, spinning, weave structures, and weaving equipment (which includes the big toe).  Using pictures, he will show the steps he takes to turn cones of yarn into a scarf or table runners.

WHY ATTEND? Learn how fiber, such as cotton, becomes the clothes we wear or the towels we use.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  Highlands resident, Lawrence Peters, is a weaver and fiber artist. He started weaving in 2013 and has expanded into eco-printing / natural dyeing – permanently embedding plant pigment from leaves and petals into silk. He sells his work at area craft shows, retail shops, and on his website Bewoven Studio.

THOROUGHLY MODERN MARY CASSATT

Date:  Mon., Feb. 22, 2021                  11:00 – 12:00 pm                               ZOOM

 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Meet the Impressionist artist, Mary Cassatt. We will view her art, experience her powerful personality, and analyze her struggles as one of the premier female artists. Her relationship with the artist, Edgar Degas, will be highlighted, and you will determine if you feel she is really Thoroughly Modern Mary Cassatt!

WHY ATTEND? Enjoy the brilliant art of Cassatt and many of her fellow Impressionists. Learn of the hurdles a female artist needed to overcome in the late 19th Century, and how Cassatt’s work has survived the test of time.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:

  • Native Tucsonan
  • A. Degree from St. Mary’s Notre Dame and two Master Degrees from University of Arizona
  • International Educational Consultant for 25 years
  • Tucson Museum of Art Docent for 14 years

Volunteer at the Presidio Museum

DRUMMING IMPROVISATION

Dates:  Mondays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 2021           1:30 – 2:30 pm                    ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: We will be drumming in our own homes and be together on ZOOM.  We will be “jamming” to rock and roll, jazz, and maybe even country music supplied by Alexa.  So, this is very high tech, except you can use any drum— even a cardboard box and your hands.

WHY ATTEND? It is experimental but it should be FUN!

 PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  I have been in the LLRH drumming class for the last 5 years and I love drumming.   It is a way to relax, to ease tensions mentally and physically, and to sing and laugh.

CHALLENGES OF AN EXPATRIATE

Date:  Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021                        11:00 – 12:00 pm                                       ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: American companies have sold products to countries since its inception. With global electronic technology and the rapid spread of information, the role of an expatriate has become an integral part of corporations wanting to be competitive and viable worldwide. To successfully sell product and services, the targeted country’s culture and market dynamics must be an integral part of any business plan. To establish an efficient and effective foothold OUS (Outside of the U.S.) trained individuals must present the corporation’s native image folded into its local market presence delivering value, interest, and desire.    

WHY ATTEND? Learn from John Abeln’s experience what it is like to be immersed in a new culture of work while simultaneously living in another country.  

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: John worked in international business from 1982 to 2008. He lived in Brussels, Belgium for 5 years (1985-1990) traveling daily throughout Europe. Returning to the U.S. in 1990, he continued working in Europe while expanding into South America and Asia managing sales, marketing teams, and area managers dispersed throughout 50 countries.

TASK FORCE AGAINST SENIOR ABUSE

Date:  Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021                           11:00 – 12:00 pm                               ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Task Force Against Senior Abuse (TASA): This task force was started to protect Arizona seniors from exploitation, abuse, and neglect. The presentation goes over TASA’s mission, common crimes against seniors and prevention information. 

WHY ATTEND?   To learn about elder abuse, what one can do to prevent abuse, and what to do if you are aware of an elder who is being abused. 

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Betty Delano retired from the Maricopa County Superior Court after working for two Superior Court Judges for almost 30 years. After a short three month retirement, she went to work on a part-time basis for the Arizona Attorney General in his Outreach and Education Division, serving as Senior Outreach Coordinator. Her goal is to reach out state-wide and to inform as many seniors as possible regarding the importance of learning about Life Care Planning, Scams/Identity Theft and Task Force Against Senior Abuse and Exploitation.

GREAT DECISIONS FOR 2021 OF THE FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION

Dates:  Tuesdays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 2021             1:30 – 3:00 pm                                   ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Build your knowledge of current international developments with civil discussions.  One person talks and everyone listens.  Members are invited to share their thoughts, insights, and opinions with civility. Our discussion group is registered with the Foreign Policy Association in NYC.  For over 100 years, the FPA has provided programs for community members, business professionals, and public officials. The LLRH Great Decisions group meets four times in the spring and four times in October and November. A DVD will be shown at the beginning of each meeting. Reading the 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book prepares the participants with information about the topic and to participate fully in the hour discussion after viewing the 30 minute DVD on the topic.

IN THIS PANDEMIC YEAR, ORDER YOUR 2021 BRIEFING BOOK BY CALLING THE FPA AT 212-481-8100.  YOUR BOOK WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR HOME IN DECEMBER, 2020.  PAY $32.00 BY CREDIT CARD.

GREAT DECISIONS 2021 TOPICS & MODERATORS – SPRING, 2021

                    2-9-21    GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS AND NATIONAL SECURITY – MICHAEL BOHON

                    2-16-21  PERSIAN GULF SECURITY ISSUES – JOAN DRUCKER

                    2-23-21  BREXIT AND THE EUROPEAN UNION – JOHN LENZI

                    3-2-21    STRUGGLES OVER THE MELTING ARCTIC – CLARK BOREN

 

WHY ATTEND? Be an informed citizen about global issues.

RAPTORS, HUNTERS ON WINGS

Date:  Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021           11:00 – 12:00 pm                                   ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Dramatic, powerful, birds of prey.  We see them soaring, languishing on utility poles and present in a variety of habitats from the Arctic to the tropics. Why do we have such a strong affinity to them, in some cases own them and use them to hunt? Discover more about their lives, their prey, their families and how they hunt.

WHY ATTEND?  They represent the wildness of nature in the highest degree.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  Cynthia Pruett is a retired executive, who is a bird and nature enthusiast and concerned about the protection of our planet and its biodiversity.

UA WIND QUINTET DECONSTRUCTED

Date:  Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021           1:30 – 2:30 pm                                         ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The members of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet are excited to present a program representing the instruments of the wind quintet in different settings and share the ways they have adapted to making music in the current pandemic climate.

WHY ATTEND?  Performers and audiences all over the world have been stripped from enjoying live music. However, technology has made it possible to still connect with each other. Please join the young professionals of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet for an afternoon of wind music.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet is one of the premiere student performing ensembles at The University of Arizona. Its members have come to the Fred Fox School of Music from some of the world’s leading music schools to perform and compete internationally. Sponsored by a generous donation on behalf of renowned horn player Fred Fox, the students benefit from studio instruction and coaching by each member of the Arizona Wind Quintet.

The ensemble has performed in China, Mexico, and throughout the southwest. The ensemble’s accolades include prizes in the MTNA, Coleman, and Plowman chamber music competitions. Its members have won solo competitions at all levels and several alumni hold positions in orchestras and professional service bands.

Reading the 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book prepares the participants with information about the topic and helps the members to participate fully in the one hour discussion. Order Your 2021 Great Decision Book directly from the foreign policy association By Calling 212-481-8100 and pay by credit card.

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