Schedule of SPRING 2022 Courses


Dates:  Monday, Oct. 24, Oct. 31, nov. 7, nov. 14
1:30  – 3:00pm
Catalina II


Each session will start by watching one of the onehour videos from the PBS 4-part series Hacking the Mind hosted by Jacob Ward. This series raises the question whether we are consciously making decisions about our lives.

Session 1 “Living on Autopilot”;
Session 2 “Weapons of Influence”;
Session 3 “Us vs. Them”;
Session 4 “The Wings of Angels”.

After watching the video Sue Pfeiffer will facilitate an hour-long discussion.

Why Attend: If you are just curious or enjoy puzzling over how your mind works, what is underneath the decisions you make and how influenced you are by external forces like the media and advertising.

Presenter Biography: Sue Pfeiffer is a retired science educator and Highlands resident.

A journey through the life of sara plummer lemmon

Dates:  Monday, oct. 31, 2022
11:00 – 12:00pm
Catalina II


Wynne Brown is the author of the award-winning book, The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, published in 2021 by the University of Nebraska Press. Her engaging slide presentation tells the story of this remarkable botanist and artist, and attendees will be able to see examples of Sara Lemmon’s exquisite work. In addition, Brown will provide the latest update on what’s happening with the preservation of Sara’s paintings.

Why Attend: First and foremost, you did not know that Mount Lemmon is named for Sara Lemmon who was a determined and talented 1880s botanist and artist.

Presenter Biography: Wynne Brown is a freelance writer/editor/graphic designer, based in Tucson. She is the author of several other books, including Remarkable Arizona Women, published by Globe Pequot Press with the 3rd edition coming this fall.

Special Foreign Policy Session - Tony Blair Speech

Dates:  Monday, nov 7, 2022
10:30 – 12:00 noon
Catalina II


Tony Blair, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister from 1997 – 2007 and leader of the Labour Party for over a decade, gave a speech at Ditchley House in England on July 16, 2022. The speech was titled “After Ukraine, What Lessons Now for Western Leadership?” It is a very short speech considering the breadth of recent history it covers and a warning for Western politicians. We will either watch the speech on YouTube if still available or we will distribute printed copies in advance. John Lenzi will facilitate the discussion.

Why Attend: If you are interested in hearing what a seasoned world leader thinks may be near at hand for the West.

Presenter Biography: John Lenzi is retired from 30 years of service as a university administrator and academic.

UA Fred Fox Graduate String Quartet

Dates:  Wednesday, OCT. 26, 2022
11:00 – 12:00pm
Catalina II


The world renown University of Arizona Fred Fox Graduate String Quartet will perform. Recent accomplishments include a concert tour of China, and the ensemble won a silver medal at the MTNA competition.

Why Attend: If you enjoy wonderful classical music performed by up-andcoming masters.

Presenter Biography: Performers are Emmy Tisdel – violin, Ziqian Ye – violin, Ana Tovo Loureiro – viola, Lichi Acosta – cello.

Japanese Culture

Dates:  WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2022
1:30 – 2:30pm
Catalina II


Culture in terms of individualism, family, arts, and beliefs with main focus on how Japanese Culture is different from American Culture. Japanese culture is famous for adopting outside culture and adapting it to their own, and then, some say, becoming better at it than the culture they borrowed from. Most of the time we will focus on attendees’ questions on this perspective.

Why Attend: It is always fun and good for us to understand others in order to better know ourselves, and to know traditions so not to resist change but to adapt modern ways to traditions.

Presenter Biography: Shanti Devi loves nature and sports, but also is an egghead and a mystic. She taught Asian culture, religions, and history at the college level for 30 years.

Max Out Your Library Card!

Dates:  WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2022
10:00– 12:00 NOON
Oro Valley Library, 1305 W.
Naranja Dr, Oro Valley, AZ 85737


The Pima County Library provides over 150 FREE resources that you can access 24 x 7 from the comfort of your home computer. Here are just a few of the digital resources we will be shown how to access: access E-Books and Audiobooks; Download music and magazines; Writing help via online tutoring; Career Transitions Online Job Help; Explore history and biographies; Renew or reserve books online; Access to the Educational systems: Libby, Universal Classes, Kanopy, Qello. ATTENDEES WILL MEET AT THE ORO VALLEY LIBRARY AT 9:45.

Why Attend: Get hands on training so with your Pima County Library Card you can access digital library services, books and more from your home computer. NOTE: CLASS WILL BE LIMITED TO SEVEN. IF MORE SEATS ARE NEEDED ANOTHER SESSION WILL BE ADDED AT ANOTHER DAY AND TIME. IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU GET A PIMA COUNTY LIBRARY CARD BEFORE THE MEETING WHICH YOU CAN DO ONLINE OR IN PERSON.

Presenter Biography: Alan Chestnut has been a public educator for over 30 years, including high school principal, a corporate trainer for an international database and communication company for 9 years, and Library Program Instructor for Pima County Public Libraries for the last 6 years.

Film Noir Sessions 1 - 2

Dates:  WEDNESDAY, NOV.2 and Nov. 16, 2022
1:30 – 3:00pm
Catalina II


An interactive review of the Genre with film clips from famous movies leading to discussions on its impact on twentieth century films. Film Noir is a French term used to describe hard-boiled crime stories with few happy endings. Most crime drama films come from a post-World War II era, many in black and white creating an immediate impact on the viewer for its stark tale of evil versus good.

Why Attend: A great series to attend for movie buffs that enjoy the film noir genre and love discussing its impact.

Presenter Biography: In the 1970’s John Abeln worked at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles famous for its movie stars and directors members. He learned about film making history from those involved in the Hollywood motion picture industry. Last February John presented a class – The Western Movie Myths to movie ‘junkies’ who enjoy film clips and discussions.

Be Here Now: Discover Meditation

Dates:  Wednesday, NOV. 9, 2022
11:00 – 12:00pm
Catalina II


COVID-19 has diverted us from the usual pace of life and now we are spending a greater portion of our lives alone. Isolated. We do not always know how to be alone with our best friend…ourselves. Meditation is a way to know yourself better, reduce stress, promote healing, center in peace, and learn how to be happy.  This presentation will explore various kinds of meditation, breath work, and the process of adapting to the silence of meditation practice.  There is no one size fits all.  You have to choose what works for you.

WHY ATTEND: Discover yourself through meditation and solitude.

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY: Camille Sensale is a retired Registered Nurse, a Spiritual Retreat Director and Yoga Instructor.  For many years she has longed to live a life of contemplation.  Although she attended many seminars, meditation practice alluded her.  Solitude was scarry at first but persistence unleashed a pathway for her to follow.

Introducing the Poetry of Anna Akhmatova

Dates:  WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2022
1:30 – 2:30pm
Catalina II


Anna Akhmatova was a Ukrainian-born Russian poet, a poet of the people, who lived during a time of revolution and terror.
Akhmatova, however, never wavered in her commitment to her country and its people. Despite her work being censored for over 25 years, she continued to live and write in Russia. This overview course will acquaint the participants with her life, and a fraction of her over 800 poems.

Why Attend: Anna Akhmatova spoke for her people and still speaks for them today.

Presenter Biography: Renee Neff-Clark has a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas and has been a lover of all types of literature since she learned to read.

“Future Perfect”

Dates:  WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2022
11:00 – 12:00pm
Catalina II
(Presenter will be on Zoom)


: Remember the book “1984” and THAT was the
future! How about the year 2000, the new Millennium, and THAT was the future! We’ve lived through all of those futures, so, what’s the next “future”? One thing we know, the pace of technological change has accelerated. We will look ahead 10 years, but first we’ll take a quick look back, just to set the stage. Do you remember how you did things prior to the smart phone? Now, what’s likely to happen by 2030, driven by technology? We’ll look ahead at cars, jets, railroads, space travel, highways, healthcare, education, climate & environment, and energy generation. Are you ready for pilot-less airliners? Will this be “Future Perfect”?

Why Attend: Attend if you are curious about what the next 10 years may bring.

Presenter Biography: Doug Stowell has been an OLLI instructor at Furman University in Greenville, SC since 2015 and a national instructor for over 40 OLLI’s since 2018. He has been Director of Market Research for
Xerox, U.S. Director for the U.K. firm National Opinion Polling Ltd., and Senior Consultant with Wirthlin Polling in Washington DC. He opened his own firm in 2008 and continues today conducting global consumer surveys
and political polls.



Build your knowledge of current international developments through open discussion with attendees. For over 100 years, the FPA has provided educational programs for citizens and public officials. We will meet 4 times in Fall 2022 in Catalina II. Each session begins with a 20 – 30-minute video followed by a facilitated discussion. Attendees should also read the relevant chapter in the Great Decisions Briefing Book beforehand. To buy the book call the FPA at 800-477-5836 and pay by credit card $32 plus shipping.

Changing Demographics – Prudy Abeln, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1:30 – 3:00pm
The Quad Alliance – John Abeln, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Latin America Drug Policy – Clark Boren, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Industrial Policy – Maureen Conroyd, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

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