Schedule of FALL 2021 Courses

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UPDATES ON THE TOWN OF MARANA

Dates: Monday, oct. 25, 2021
Time: 11:00 am  – 12:00 pm
ZOOM MTGS.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Mayor will talk about Marana’s housing market. Present circumstances for small businesses and locally owned restaurants and the help provided to them during the COVID pandemic. Safety measures the town has developed to keep our residents and contractors working with our Town employees to keep projects moving along. Town of Marana’s most powerful tool is the ability to rely on our strong ties in our community.

 WHY ATTEND: Come learn about what is going on in the Town of Marana from our Mayor.

 PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Mayor Honea is the third generation of a five-generation Marana family and has served three times on the town council. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and as a contractor for 29 years before retiring in 2007. He is a member of the Pima Association of Governments, including serving as chair in 2014, and the chair of the Regional Transportation Authority. He serves on the executive boards of many Arizona civic and not-for-profit organizations.

MUSIC AND EARLY LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Date:  Mon., nov. 1, 2021                  11:00 – 12:00 pm                                    ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Infants first experience language as pure sound, devoid of any concrete meaning but full of interesting and varied acoustic information. Music is often treated as a secondary ability and matures more slowly than language. This talk will demonstrate that, to the contrary, not only do music and language abilities develop in parallel, but musical hearing and ability are essential for successful language acquisition.

WHY ATTEND: Learn how to think about music and language in new ways and challenge widely-held assumptions about both.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Molly Gebrian, University of Arizona faculty, has distinguished herself as an outstanding violist performer, teacher, and scholar. She holds degrees from Rice University, New England Conservatory, and Oberlin College, where she studied viola performance and neuroscience. She has published many papers on music and the brain and is a frequent presenter on the topic.

SPAIN'S IMPACT ON THE AMERICAN WEST: LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND LAW

Date:  Mon., Nov.8 , 2021                  11:00 – 12:00 pm                               ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spanish speakers and their cultural heritage now constitute the largest minority group in the United States. Historian Dr. Michael Brescia examines the broad impact of Spain’s empire on the United States. He will share his research and experience as an expert witness in old Spanish colonial law and how it still fashions property rights, particularly water rights, in places such as Arizona and New Mexico.

WHY ATTEND: Gain a broader understanding of the large historical forces that shaped the peoples, landscapes, and cultures of this region we all call home.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Michael Brescia is Curator of Ethnohistory at the Arizona State Museum and affiliated Professor of History and Law at the University of Arizona. He teaches Mexican history, comparative history of North America, world history, and Southwest land and society and has published books and articles on these topics.

ROAD SCHOLAR IN PERSON AND ONLINE VIRTUAL TRAVEL

Date:  Monday, NOV. 8, 2021           1:30 – 2:30 pm                    ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Road Scholar (RS) program will show how to utilize the RS website. It will also provide information regarding the travel philosophy and what to expect on a RS adventure with outstanding guides. The virtual travel programs were developed during the pandemic, and, as we all age, this will also allow people to travel the world from their armchair. As a photographer, he will also present his RS trips to National Parks and Signature Cities. As we turn the corner, are you itching to get back on the road in a safe environment? With RS’s travel you can be sure RS has your safety in mind.

WHY ATTEND: If you enjoy traveling, discovering new places, meeting new friends then invite your friends to join you to watch this presentation of how you can take part in a RS adventure.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Perne “Bob” Maynard, RS Ambassador, sold Integrated Life Safety Systems in the construction industry. He HAD to be a doer. If you are a doer, you will LOVE RS travel. He has enjoyed awakening at 4:30 AM at Bryce Canyon for a spectacular sun rise, a glorious sunset at the Grand Canyon, breathtaking Alaskan vistas, and the great cuisine of New Orleans.

PABLO PICASSO

Date:  Monday, Nov. 15, 2021                        11:00 – 12:00 pm                                       ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: “There are only two types of women: goddesses and doormats.” Love Picasso or hate him? Get to know the rebel cubist artist and the influence eight great lovers had on his life and work. An analysis of Picasso’s art will give insights into his stature as the most acclaimed art genius of the 20th Century.

WHY ATTEND: This is an opportunity for life-long learning, fun, and a view into the life and art of one of the most fascinating and controversial giants in art history.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Susie Heintz is a native Tucsonan with a B. A. from St. Mary’s Notre Dame and two Masters Degrees from University of Arizona. International Educational Consultant for 25 years. Tucson Museum of Art Docent for 15 years and volunteer at the Presidio Museum.

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING FROM BIOSPHERE 2 ABOUT BIOSPHERE 1 AND BEYOND

Date:  Tuesday, oct.26, 2021                           11:00 – 12:00 pm                               ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: What is Biosphere 2? How can we use this incredible model to understand our planet in a deeper, more meaningful way? Deputy Director John Adams will discuss how we take big questions and turn them into valuable answers, providing insight and solutions for the environmental challenges our world faces today.

WHY ATTEND: Expand your knowledge of geology, water conservation, greenhouse gases and global climate change.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: John Adams has led the terrestrial research initiatives exploring the effect of elevated CO2 on the complex mesocosms of Biosphere 2 since 1995. He became Biosphere 2’s Media Coordinator and Public Spokesperson in 1999. In 2014, he became Biosphere 2 Deputy Director responsible for all research and activities in Biosphere 2 and the surrounding campus.

UA WATER: WITHIN THE OCEAN

Date:  Tuesday, NOV.2 , 2021                           11:00 – 12:30 pm                               ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The oceans play a fundamental role in year-to-year patterns of temperature and water availability, as seen in studies of the world’s largest ocean and its evolution of patterns in response to the Earth’s changing climate. In this talk, we will discuss how we harness this historical information to develop and test innovative solutions for increasing the resilience of coral reef ecosystems.

WHY ATTEND: Curious about the ocean’s coral reefs, changing climate and Biosphere 2 research.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Assistant Professor Diane Thompson is the Director of Marine Research at Biosphere 2 and University of Arizona faculty in the Department of Geoscience researching the effects of climate stress on coral reefs.

EARLY AGRICULTURE IN TUCSON

Date:  Tuesday, NOV.9 , 2021                           11:00 – 12:30 pm                               ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this talk, Allen Denoyer will share archaeological discoveries in Tucson that date back to around 1,500 to over 4,000 years ago, when people were digging canals and building field systems along the Santa Cruz River. He will discuss how we find these sites and what we have learned in the excavations. He will also show examples of replica artifacts that are typical of this time period.

WHY ATTEND: Learn about the Southwest’s earliest farmers and village settlers.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Allen Denoyer is a professional archaeologist with field experience throughout the Southwest and the Rocky Mountains. In the Tucson Basin, Allen excavated sites that helped define the early agricultural period in southern Arizona and is a skilled replicator of ancient artifacts that are used in university classrooms across the country and have been shown on television.

UA WATER: SOCIETY AND A CHANGING CLIMATE

Date:  Tuesday, NOV.16 , 2021                           11:00 – 12:30 pm                               ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Our society’s most significant challenges from climate change will be those involving water – both too much causing flooding and too little causing droughts. What can past civilizations tell us about the dangers we face and how we might adapt? In this talk, we take a tour around the globe to explore how climate change alters the planet’s water cycle, how societies past and present have responded, and the challenges we face in the future.

WHY ATTEND: Take a global tour of the earth’s water systems past, present and future.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Associate Professor Kevin Anchukaitis is Chair of the Global Change Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. His research uses an array of techniques to develop and interpret evidence for past, present, and future climate dynamics, from local to global and interannual to millennial.

GREAT DECISIONS FOR 2021 OF THE FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION

Dates:  Tuesdays, OCT 26, NOV. 2, 9, 16, 2021             1:30 – 3:00 pm                                   ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Expand your knowledge of current international developments with interactive discussions with your neighbors. Members are invited to share their thoughts, insights, and opinions while everyone listens and responds. We are registered with the Foreign Policy Association in NYC. For over 100 years, the FPA has provided programs for citizens, business professionals, and public officials. We meet four times in the spring and four times in the fall. A video starts each meeting. Reading the 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book is essential for participation in the hour long discussion. Call the FPA at 800-477-5836 to order the 2021 Briefing Book. Pay by credit card – $32.00 plus shipping.

GREAT DECISIONS 2021 TOPICS & MODERATORS – ZOOM Sessions

CHINA AND AFRICA – John Abeln – 10-26-21, 1:30-3:00 PM
THE TWO KOREAS – Maureen Conroyd – 11-2-21, 1:30-3:00 PM
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 – Clark Boren – 11-9-21, 1:30-3:00 PM
THE END OF GLOBALIZATION – Michael Bohon – 11-16-21, 1:30 – 3:00PM

WHY ATTEND? Be an informed citizen about global issues.

UA WATER: BEYOND EARTH

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021           11:00 – 12:30 pm                                   ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Life on earth is comprised of water and organic molecules. In this talk, we explore the cosmic origins of these components, how they were delivered to the earth, and how the exploration of asteroid Bennu by the Osiris-REx mission will help elucidate how earth became habitable.

 WHY ATTEND: Get a firsthand account of water’s origins in outer space and the University of Arizona’s project, collaborating with NASA, that landed a spacecraft on an asteroid to further this research.

 PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES: Assistant Professor Jessica Barnes is a Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) faculty member researching the mineralogy and geochemistry of a wide range of extraterrestial materials. Assistant Professor Pierre Haenecour is also an LPL faculty member with a background in geochemistry and cosmochemistry researching circumstellar and interstellar organic molecules.

GETTING A DRUG READY FOR THE PATIENT

Date:  Wednesday, OCT. 27, 2021           1:30 – 2:30 pm                                         ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Creating a new drug or vaccine is currently in the news due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this workshop, participants will learn how a drug is developed. What goes into a clinical trial to assure a drug is safe for patients and complies with FDA requirements. We will also explore the definition of side effects and why drug costs are always in question.

WHY ATTEND: To understand how safe and effective drugs are developed.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Beth Sheppard is currently Senior Director, Market Access and Health Policy, Roche Diagnostics in Tucson with over 40 years of healthcare experience. Prior to her current role, she held other key positions within Roche that included launch optimization and commercialization of new FDA approved products. Beth has authored numerous publications and is a frequent international speaker.

UA WATER: THE COLORADO RIVER

Date:  Wednesday, NOV. 3, 2021           11:00 – 12:30 pm                                         ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Colorado River is a vital surface water supply for the arid Southwestern US, where the demand for water from the river now exceeds the supply. In this talk, I will discuss how this arid lands river, one of the most highly developed in the world, is subject to natural climate variability and, increasingly, the impacts of a warming climate. 

WHY ATTEND: Take the deep dive in understanding the vital facts about this major source of water for Tucson, and all the Southwest and California.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  Professor Connie Woodhouse is a School of Geography and Development faculty, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Geosciences, and faculty affiliations in multiple institutes and programs. Her research focuses on the past hydroclimate to inform current environmental and societal concerns, with a focus on major watersheds in the western US.

BREAST CANCER INFORMATION SESSION

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: There are 1.2 million new cases of breast cancer diagnosed worldwide each year. This workshop will explore the different kinds of breast cancer and how the pathologic diagnosis is determined. Participants will learn the pathology process of a piece of tissue such as biopsy to microscopic slide. We will explore special diagnostic tests that are needed to determine hormone and HER2 status and how the results of these tests determine personalized treatment plans.

WHY ATTEND: Participants will learn how breast cancer is diagnosed and how tissue testing impacts the prognosis and treatment.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Beth Sheppard is currently Senior Director, Market Access and Health Policy, Roche Diagnostics in Tucson with over 40 years of healthcare experience. Prior to her current role, she held other key positions within Roche that included launch optimization and commercialization of new FDA approved products. Beth has authored numerous publications and is a frequent international speaker.

UA WATER: BENEATH OUR FEET

Date:  Wednesday, NOV. 3, 2021           11:00 – 12:30 pm                                         ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Groundwater is by far the largest un-frozen freshwater resource on the planet. Yet, it is often overlooked, overused, or misunderstood. In this talk, we will explore how the water beneath our feet supports ecosystems and human systems alike and the role that it must play in our future. 

WHY ATTEND: Learn about an aspect of the earth’s water supply that is often ignored or misunderstood.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY:  Assistant Professor Laura Condon, University of Arizona Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, researches water sustainability and the dynamic behavior of managed hydrologic systems in the context of past development and future climate change.

ISSUES & FUTURES: THE VIEW FROM THE MARANA TOWN COUNCIL

Date:  Wednesday, NOV. 10, 2021           2:00 – 3:00 pm                                         ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Jackie Craig, the Marana Town Council Woman and Highland’s resident, will update the community on town activities, projects and future planning,

WHY ATTEND: Learn about Marana issues and get updates on projects and town planning that may be of interest to Highland’s residents.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Jackie Craig, a Tucson native, spent much of her childhood here and in Africa as her parents took volunteer assignments there.  After her B.A., she went on to complete a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC. and served in the State Department for 25 years in Asia, Africa, South America and Washington, DC.  Since her retirement in 2013, Jackie and her husband have lived in the Highlands and she has served on the Architectural & Landscape Committee and the Board of Directors, and is currently the Master Hike Leader in the Highlands Hiking Club. She was elected to the Marana Town Council in November of 2020 and her term ends in 2024.

UA GRAD WOODWIND PERFORMANCE

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 11:00 – 12:00pm ZOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Concert featuring music from the wind quintet’s Fall repertoire by Malcolm Arnold,
György Ligeti, William Grant Still, Georges Bizet, Vincent Persichetti, and Paquito D’Rivera.

WHY ATTEND: Come enjoy graduate students from the UA Fred Fox School of Music performing innovative
music.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Professor Marissa Olegario leads the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet which is one
of the premiere student performing ensembles at The University of Arizona. Its members perform and
compete internationally. The ensemble has performed in China, Mexico, and throughout the southwest.
Their accolades include prizes in the MTNA, Coleman, and Plowman chamber music competitions.

GREAT DECISIONS FOR 2021 OF 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.

Reading the 2021 Great Decisions Briefing Book is essential for participation in the hour long discussion. Call the FPA at 800-477-5836  to order the 2021 Briefing Book.  Pay by credit card – $32.00 plus shipping.

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