Submitted by Sally Kneser on January 27, 2013 - 4:34pm
Online courses have jumped markedly in the last year in both the number of classes available and the number of participants worldwide. Thomas Friedman wrote an interesting article that appeared in the New York Times on January 26, 2013. Contact the Academy if you would like to organize the use of online courses in the Academy's line-up of offerings. We haven't done it yet, but who knows...
Submitted by Sally Kneser on November 29, 2012 - 10:58pm
Thank you to the many Academy volunteers. ALL your efforts are appreciated, whether you are a greeter, a geek, a facilitator, a member of the addressing committees, or anything else. We THANK you.
Maggie Coval, Executive Director of the Colorado Humanities, shared some interesting thoughts about "Thank you" and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on July 21, 2010 - 7:20am
Retirement can be exciting, challenging, liberating, frightening, and much more. And it can alternate between exhaustion and boredom. How will you design your retirement?
Over 1200 Denver residents took from one to six classes at the Academy for Lifelong Learning during the 2009-2010 "school" term. They did it without getting credits, without required homework, without guilt. Why? For the simple love of learning.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on July 21, 2010 - 7:00am
Submitted by Sally Kneser on July 25, 2008 - 3:03pm
Nicholas Kristof wrote the following in an op-ed article in The New York Times, July 20, 2008:
“In July of 2008 Bill Gates starts his new full-time career as a humanitarian, leaving behind the software bugs to swat the kind that cause malaria. We often think of those trying to save the world as bright-eyed young people, but Mr. Gates is part of a booming trend: the “encore career” as a substitute for retirement. Definitions are still in flux, but an encore career typically aims to provide a dose of personal satisfaction by giving back.”
Submitted by Sally Kneser on July 13, 2008 - 4:17pm
Conversational Spanish is now available through the Academy. The first 5-week session will cover basic conversations, ordering at a restaurant, buying a ticket, and making a reservation. The second session will continue with getting and understanding directions, and expressing wants, needs, and preferences plus increased vocabulary building. Each class will be capped at 12 participants.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on May 24, 2008 - 1:48pm
One Day University, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Academy for Lifelong Learning offered a free opportunity to sample up to three learning adventures in one day on Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd.
Over 400 individuals raced through the doors to get tickets for this free event. Many brought their lunch and enjoyed three different classes. Watch for details next spring about this learning opportunity, as it will definitely be back, by popular demand.
Classes People Enjoyed in 2008
Submitted by Sally Kneser on July 28, 2007 - 9:21am
There is a white board at Curves, DTC that says, “Exercise actually develops a stronger brain. It induces the cells in the brain to reinforce old connections and make new connections. The denser neuron network makes you better able to process and store the information resulting in a smarter brain.” Is that true?
Here is a reply from Dr. Bennie Bub, a neurosurgeon certified on three continents:
Submitted by Sally Kneser on July 28, 2007 - 8:49am
There is a giant poster at Curves, DTC that says, “Play inspires you to think differently.” There should be another poster that says, “The Academy inspires you to think better.”
Submitted by Sally Kneser on June 12, 2007 - 2:18pm
As adults become more contemplative about how they want to spend their time, many realize that they want something different from what they have been doing. Some seek venues beyond the gym or the golf course. Some are tired of organizing and attending charitable events. Some newly retired individuals are struck by the prospect of planning days centered around what they want to do rather than what needs to be done.
The in depth classes at the Academy are a great source of mental challenges, stimulation, and entertainment. They also provide opportunities to make new friends.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on March 22, 2007 - 8:36pm
(By Don Theobald)
My wife and I found the Colorado Academy of Lifelong Learning 3 years ago and we've "been back" every term since!
Submitted by Sally Kneser on February 17, 2007 - 4:57pm
The Academy for Lifelong Learning has a tagline: An Athletic Club for Your Mind. People across the nation are getting into Brain Calisthenics and a recent article by Pam Belluck appeared in the New York Times. Some highlights from the article are listed below:
Dozens of studies are under way. Organizations like AARP are offering tips on brain health. And the Alzheimer's Association conducts hundreds of Maintain Your Brain workshops, many at corporations like Apple Computer and Lockheed Martin.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on February 17, 2007 - 4:44pm
Is it possible to do anything about Alzheimer's? A recent article by Gabby Hyman included some fascinating material. Here are some highlights:
Submitted by Sally Kneser on February 17, 2007 - 4:37pm
The Academy offers classes during the day just for the love of learning. But why should adults take classes? A recent article by Gabby Hyman included some interesting facts. Here are some important sections of the article:
Submitted by Sally Kneser on November 18, 2006 - 10:03am
Lifelong Learning in Denver:
People from other states frequently contact the Academy after reviewing our web site. They don’t live in Denver, but they wonder, “Is there a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) near me? I am not interested in auditing courses with kids. I'm looking for an opportunity to share ideas with other adults.”
Elderhostel does a terrific job of coordinating efforts and knowledge between over 300 independent LLI’s across the country. Elderhostel maintains an excellent map on their web site, yet it is difficult to locate. (http://www.elderhostel.org/Ein/map_usca.asp) It is possible to click on a state and view the list of all the LLI’s for that area.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on November 17, 2006 - 6:53pm
Academy member Margaret Hinman is the new editor of the Colorado Post-Polio Connections, a newsletter by and for polio survivors. The fall 2006 issue featured Brain Workouts, Lifelong Learning in Colorado, and had related articles including facilitator and Academy Board president Jim Kneser’s personal story. If you or a friend might be interested in subscribing to the newsletter, send an email to email@example.com.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on November 17, 2006 - 6:51pm
Bil Buhler, a master potter, Academy Board member, and enthusiastic class participant, has been accepted in several juried art shows around the United States, including recent ones in Ft. Collins and Golden. You can view his outstanding work, plus that of others at the Denver Potter’s Association Shows, typically held in early December and Mother's Day weekend. For further information, contact Bil, Mr.Pots@comcast.net.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on November 17, 2006 - 6:42pm
Photos from some of the fall 2006 classes are now posted on the web. To locate them, look in the left side column, click on Photos, click on the fall 2006 album, click on the Classes Fall 2006 album, and then double click on a photo of interest. If you want to go through all the photos in the large version, hover on the right edge of the photo and click on Next.
Submitted by Sally Kneser on September 8, 2006 - 2:46pm
Academy members always look forward to the next term in order to begin s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g their minds and re-establishing friendships. Almost 400 individuals participated in the Fall 2006 term. The short one to four-week classes were scattered throughout the 10 week term.