Fall Agenda
September-December 2009

 
Daytime: Coffee, Tea, Water 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m. (promptly) until 11:30 a.m.
Optional Lunch ($20) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Evening:Optional Dinner ($40) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.
 
 

Friday, September 11, 2009 | Morning Program
Eclectics “KICK OFF” Event
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dancing Your Destiny, presented by Cleo Parker Robinson.

We are honored to have Cleo Parker Robinson as our 2009-2010 kick off Presenter! Cleo Parker Robinson speaks about the relationship between Life and the Arts, and how each is related to the other. As the Founder / Executive Artistic Director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, she has directed her extraordinary organization for 40 years, through a vision of dance as the universal language of movement. Cleo's philosophy of "One Spirit, Many Voices" celebrates the arts as a vehicle for self-expression, healing and peace, transforming the world into a sanctuary that transcends boundaries of culture, class, and age. She leads a professional dance Ensemble, Youth Ensemble, a School of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 300 seat theatre that bears her name, and a myriad of community outreach programs. She is currently guiding the creation of a proposed Wellness Center.

As you can see, we are indeed privileged to have Cleo as our 2009 Inaugural Presenter!

 

Please Note: No Guests for Morning Program

 
 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 AND Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Field Trip - NOTE: TWO DAYS—Please choose ONE Day (No Guests)
Cost: $50.00 *This includes the Bus and Lunch fees*

Our September Field Trip Will be Led by Carolyn Etter – One of Our Most Popular Field Trip Leaders!

Carolyn Etter has served as a consultant to numerous organizations dedicated to preservation of the historic fabric of Denver’s parks and neighborhoods. She has advised nonprofit organizations with respect to long range planning, marketing, meeting management and project

 

initiation. She served, with her husband, as manager of Denver’s Department of Parks and Recreation during Mayor Federico Peña’s term.I think you will agree with me that Carolyn knows as much of the history of Denver as anyone and she has a great sense of2 humor to go along with her knowledge. To enjoy a day with Carolyn is indeed a special treat.

Explore Denver’s “North Side” 1858-2009 by Bus and on Foot!

1This tour invites you to “North Denver” – its parks, neighborhoods, and landmarks. Discover the history and beauty of some of Denver’s earliest parks. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s changing skyline, mountains to the west, and of the prairie to the east. Get an update on restoration plans for the historic Elitch Summer Stock Theatre. Learn about some of the city’s newest urban communities. Lunch at the popular Highland’s Garden Café. Then stroll across the three new pedestrian bridges that now link North Denver’s “Highlands” to Lodo.

Wear walking shoes (we’ll walk about ¾ mile – though you can stay on the bus and skip the walk if you wish). Don’t forget sun screen, your sun hat, and umbrella if it seems stormy, and bring a camera if you like.

Please park at the Calvary Temple parking lot and walk to Polo Club North, plan to arrive by 9:00 am. 3

  • 8:45 am: Park at the Calvary Temple South Parking Lot, 200 S. University Blvd.
    Walk to Polo Club North 2552 E. Alameda. From East end of parking lot, cross Alameda, walk 1/2 blk to Polo Club Dr.
    take Left into Polo Club at Guard Station.
  • 9:00 am: (PROMPTLY) Meet at Polo Club North Club House: Welcome/Orientation/Slides.
  • 9:20 am: Leave club house for the bus at Calvary.
  • 9:30 am: Bus Departure, Begin Tour.
  • 11:00 am: Tour old Elitch Gardens site (Highland’s Garden Village and Theatre)
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch at Highland’s Garden Cafe
  • 1:00 pm: Resume tour: Bridge/Park Walk
  • 3:00 pm: Return to Calvary
 
We are limited to 50 Members, per day, please no guests. We will notify you ASAP if you are on the waitlist.
 
 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change presented by Dr. Joan Borysenko.

A new world is emerging at warp speed and some of us will do better than others adapting to it. The three secrets of resilience--looking reality in the eye; finding meaning in adversity; and creative improvisation are trainable skills. Learn to mobilize the intelligence of both hemispheres of the brain to survive and thrive in changing times.

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. is a Harvard trained biologist, psychologist, and spiritual educator. A pioneer in mind/body medicine and psychoneuroimmunology, she is the founder of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC in Boulder, CO; the co-founder of the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry; and the bestselling author of over a dozen books as well as a series of meditation tapes, lectures, and video programs. Her capacity to synthesize information from positive psychology, science, and the world’s great spiritual traditions, making it clear and accessible, has made her a popular writer and speaker for over 20 years. Her sense of humor, gracious presence, and generous availability create a powerful workshop experience suitable both for health professionals and for any person with a sincere desire for psychological and spiritual growth.

No Guests for Morning Program

  PLEASE NOTE: Because of space limitations we will have to limit this presentation to 200 confirmed reservations. We will have a waiting list so we request that if you find you are not able to come, please let us know immediately, so we can include other members. You will be notified if you are in the 200. We regret that we must do this, but because of Dr. Borysenko’s schedule and the Denver Country Club’s availability this is what is necessary.
 
 

Friday, September 25, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Securing a Future for the Cheetah presented by Dr. Laurie Marker.

Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, has spent more than 35 years working to save the cheetah from extinction. In 1990, Dr. Marker moved permanently to Namibia, where the largest populations of cheetah remain, to actively work to save the species. Unlike most other conservationists, Dr. Marker did not have the luxury of working within a reserve or protected area--because most cheetahs are driven out of such areas by larger predators, she has had to work directly with farmers and ranchers--some openly hostile to her--to change their attitudes about the cheetah and predators in general. She did this by giving them simple, inexpensive ways to protect their livestock and game from predation, including the extremely successful and popular livestock guarding dog program, which has garnered much media attention in the United States. Come join Dr. Marker

 

to hear the history of CCF Namibia and the methods of securing a future for the cheetah in Africa. Dr. Marker has received many awards and accolades over the years, including being named Time Magazine's Hero For the Planet in 2000, a 2008 Tech Awards Intel Environmental Laureate (and prize winner) and a 2008 Indianapolis Prize Finalist (and 2010 nominee).

No Guests for Morning Program

  PLEASE NOTE: Because of space limitations we will have to limit this presentation to 200 confirmed reservations. We will have a waiting list so we request that if you find you are not able to come, please let us know immediately, so we can include other members. You will be notified if you are in the 200. We regret that we must do this, but because of the Denver Country Club’s availability, this is what is necessary.
 
 

Friday, September 25, 2009 Special Evening Program
Denver Country Club | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $40.00

Come with Us on a Journey to Namibia and Meet Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder, Cheetah Conservation Fund.

 

Eclectics is joining with Charlotte and Bob Baron who are Wild supporters and Katharine and Peter Warren who are Namibia Volunteer helpers to sponsor a special evening with Dr. Laurie Marker. We will learn more about this creative outreach and to celebrate her unique vision. Dr. Marker just received the International Wildlife Media Center and Film Festival 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn about opportunities to provide support for cheetah conservation or to volunteer in Namibia.

Donations to continue this important work are accepted.

Cocktails and Dinner:
6:00 - 6:45 Beer and Wine Reception
6:45 - 7:30 Presentation with Dr. Laurie L. Marker
7:30 - 9:00 Dinner Including Wine
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is a 501 c.3 organization

Attire: Festive or Safari Dress

 
Guests are Encouraged! Please Note: This program is a dinner and presentation as one, there is no option for program only.
 
 

Friday, October 2, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Courageous Female Gandhis of Today presented by Jensine Larsen.

Learn about the unsung heroines of today’s great social change movements and how we can be a part of their vision. Every bit as inspiring as Mandela, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, these modern-day leaders from Kabul to Bogota are tapping into a deep power. They are standing up to warlords, dictators, paramilitaries, and epidemics to fight for new possibilities. How do they find the courage to take such risks for their families and nations? What keeps them going, and what do they want you to know? In this talk Ms. Larsen will illuminate how you can bring fire to your life by joining with these trailblazers and leave a legacy for your children. After working as a freelance journalist covering indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in South America and Southeast Asia, at age 28, Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen founded World Pulse, a global media source which covers world issues through women’s eyes. As a young woman who thrived on discussing international affairs, Larsen dreamed of unleashing the creative human potential of women across the globe through the power of media. Jensine represents the savvy new digital age entrepreneur. She is connecting women around the world to newly unleashed power.

 
 

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - Special Evening Program
Denver Country Club
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Film
COST: $40 Dinner includes Wine

Serenading Abraham: Music, Hospitality & Interreligious Dialogue presented by Dr. Gregory Robbins.

Almost a decade after 9/11, interreligious engagement is as necessary as ever—and as fraught with difficulty. Despite sharing a common ancestor in the patriarch Abraham, Jews, Christians and Muslims often find their “dialogues” stifled by the theological assumptions, spoken and unspoken, of the dominant tradition of the West, viz. Christianity, It strikes me that two recent films, The Band’s Visit (2007) and The Visitor (2008), provide avenues for freeing up interreligious exchange in creative ways, while drawing upon foundational, unexplored points of contact: music and hospitality.

Please join us for an evening that serves up a different entrée for interreligious conversation, one that transposes cross-cultural understanding into a new key. As we will see, music and hospitality, cherished in all three traditions, can allay old hostilities and suspicions as well as broker peace. While I hope you will be able to screen the films in their entirety prior to our gathering, I will show clips from both to get our juices flowing.

 
In The Band’s Visit, an Egyptian (Alexandrian) police brass band travels to Israel to play at the opening of an Arab arts center. Armed with the wrong directions, they wind up lost and abandoned in a remote desert town. Defying expectations, the tiny Israeli community embraces the musicians, and both the Egyptians and the locals learn a few things about one another—and themselves—in this witty winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard prize.
A deeply-depressed, withdrawn, WASP-ish, college professor and recent widower, is the central character in The Visitor. He gets the surprise of his life when he discovers that his New York apartment (which he has not used since his wife’s death) has been sub-leased to illegal aliens - a Muslim couple, the wife from Africa, the husband from Syria. The Syrian is a drummer who offers to initiate the professor into his art. The professor takes to it with unexpected relish and absorption. When the drummer is arrested in the subway for apparently attempting to beat the fare, his immigration status is uncovered, and he is sent to a detention center and ultimately deported. The professor’s attempted interventions on his behalf, and his growing musical passion, are transformative.
 

GREGORY ALLEN ROBBINS, PH.D. is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver. He specializes in the languages, literatures and history of late ancient Christianity. He is also a contributing faculty member in DU’s Center for Judaic Studies, and director of the Anglican Studies Program at the Iliff School of Theology. In addition to his more specialized offerings, Greg frequently teaches courses on religion and film, and published articles on film criticism in the Journal of Religion and Film (University of Nebraska Press) and The Society of Biblical Literature’s Forum.

Guests are Encouraged! Please Note: This program is a dinner and presentation as one, there is no option for program only.

 
 

Friday, October 9, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Broken: A Love Story presented by Lisa Jones

Horses, Humans, and Redemption on the Wind River Indian Reservation...In 2002, journalist Lisa Jones traveled to a dusty corral on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming to meet Stanford Addison for a magazine assignment. A northern Arapaho with a special gift for gentling horses rather than breaking them by force, Stanford also had the ability - driven by his deep spirituality – to cure people of everything from cancer to bipolar disorder. Even more remarkable, he did all of this from an electric wheel chair; he was quadriplegic. Lisa expected to stay with him for just four days but instead came home four years later with a brand new life. Broken: A Love Story is Lisa’s beautiful and utterly moving written memoir about her time spent with Stanford and the soul-shifting spiritual journey she took while on the reservation.

We will frame the morning with a clip from PBS’s: Silent Thunder. She quotes Stanford as saying, “Life isn’t about happiness. Good times are followed by bad times; bad times are followed by good. Life isn’t about staying clear of pain. Life is about finding your center, even when things get so painful you want to run like hell in the opposite direction”. Through her friendship with Stanford, Lisa found her center, and a greater way to love.

 
 

Friday, October 16, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Improving Our Education System presented by Governor Roy Romer.

Governor Roy Romer will discuss how we once again compete with the best in the world, because he is in a position of discussing all the issues around education. In addition to being the 39th Governor of Colorado January 1987 to January 1999, he was the Superintendant of the Los Angeles Unified School District 2001-2006 and is currently Chairman and lead spokesman for Strong American Schools a non-profit project responsible for manning an information and intuitive Campaign funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. He is one dynamic Colorado Leader!

  Governor Romer received a standing ovation after he delivered the 2009 commencement address this spring at the University of Colorado Law School Graduation along with the honor of being given the Honorary Order of the Coif.
 
 

Monday, October 19, 2009 Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Afghanistan and Pakistan presented by Jim Frasché

On May 20, Jim Frasché presented to the Institute of International Education -World Council of Affairs, a program titled, Inside Afghanistan. He was very engaging and timely and as we know, this issue will be evolving right up to the moment. He will discuss “Afpak”, the founding of Pakistan (at the expense of Afghanistan and India), the Durand Line and how it splits the Pashtun tribal belt. Jim will compare Tribalism vs. Nationalism in the border region and the ascendancy of Pakistani Punjabi militants (traditionally reviled by Pashtuns) in Al Qaida and the Taliban structures. He will discuss the difficulty of identifying and dealing with enemies in a multinational,

 

multicultural theater, and in negotiating with what may be hundreds of small, different interest groups who do not submit to any central government on either side of the border. What is the basis for optimism? Is there a basis for optimism? Interestingly, Jim’s Kabul business partner, Baryalai Arsalai, has announced his candidacy for the Afghan presidency, and is running against Karzai. He has a good chance, if he can stay alive. Of course, currently, Arsalai has decided to work with Karzai, to be continued…

Jim Frasché has more than 35 years experience in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and the Middle East working for both private sector companies and a variety of U.S. government agencies. Join us for an interesting and challenging, up to the minute report, of this ever changing issue.

 
 
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“Bewley's, Dublin" Oil, 36"x 48" by Desmond O’Hagan

Friday, October 23, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

An Artist’s Vision presented by Desmond O’Hagan.

This presentation will be an in-depth view of his paintings, working method, and his emphasis on travel for inspiration. It will include a slide presentation of oil and pastel paintings with step-by-step slide demonstrations of two paintings in progress. The discussion will explore his technique, choice of subject matter, and the interpretation of light, a constant component in all of O‘Hagan‘s paintings. “Capturing light is an age-old element of artistic expression that I’ve been working with throughout my career. I never tire of the challenge of translating the world I see around me into a two-dimensional image on canvas or paper. I suppose it’s because I’m constantly discovering new ways of depicting light in nature and portraying the nature of light.” Desmond O’Hagan is a professional artist

working in oils and pastels for over twenty years. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and is a master pastelist with the Pastel Society of America in New York. In 2005, O’Hagan was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies‘ “Master Circle“. He studied architecture and fine art at the University of New Mexico and graphic design at the Colorado Institute of Art. He has had several one-man shows nationally, and exhibited in group shows in Japan, China, France, and throughout the U.S. O’Hagan’s paintings have been featured in numerous national and international magazines and books including, American Art Collector, International Artist (Australia), The Artist (England), American Artist, The Artist Magazine, Southwest Art, United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine, Gekkan Bijyutsu (Japan), and Rockport Publisher’s The Best of Oil Painting, and The Best of Pastels.

 
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Friday, November 6, 2009
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Hunger in Colorado: The Ongoing Crisis presented by two outstanding leaders in the Denver community, Rebecca Arno and Jeff Hirota, both from the Denver Foundation. Included in this presentation we are honored to have a panel, who individually, have expertise in the community dealing with the issues of hunger.

“A child should never have to write a thank you note for food.”
~Amy Banker, Denver Housing Authority

When the economy turned sour in 2008, The Denver Foundation heard the warning signs. Food pantries reported double-digit increases in requests. Donations were either flat or declining. In response, The Denver Foundation activated its Critical Needs Fund to provide grants to local food programs – grants designed to help those most in need as quickly as possible. Over the course of six months, generous Coloradans donated $700,000 and the Foundation got this assistance into the hands of organizations throughout the state.

But Colorado’s hunger crisis isn’t over. Recent studies showed Colorado at or near the bottom of nearly every measure related to providing ongoing food security for the state’s residents. Our rate of food stamp compliance is 52nd among U.S. states and territories – better only than Guam’s. Come hear from a panel of local experts on the front lines of this crisis – and learn how you can A child should never have to write a thank you note for food.”
~Amy Banker, Denver Housing Authority

When the economy turned sour in 2008, The Denver Foundation heard the warning signs. Food pantries reported double-digit increases in requests. Donations were either flat or declining. In response, The Denver Foundation activated its Critical Needs Fund to provide grants to local food programs – grants designed to help those most in need as quickly as possible. Over the course of six months, generous Coloradans donated $700,000 and the Foundation got this assistance into the hands of organizations throughout the state.

But Colorado’s hunger crisis isn’t over. Recent studies showed Colorado at or near the bottom of nearly every measure related to providing ongoing food security for the state’s residents. Our rate of food stamp compliance is 52nd among U.S. states and territories – better only than Guam’s. Come hear from a panel of local experts on the front lines of this crisis – and learn how you can get involved so that Colorado’s children don’t want for this most basic of needs.

Rebecca Arno, Vice President of Communications for the Denver Foundation
Jeff Hirota, Vice President of Programs for The Denver Foundation
PANELISTS WILL INCLUDE:

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Amy Wood, Director of Family Safety Net
Kathy White, Project Director, Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a project of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy.
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Kevin Seggelke, President and CEO, Food Bank of the Rockies.
Ruth Stemler, Director, Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline (Denver Office)
 
 
Monday, November 9, 2009
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Field Trip: The Wildlife Experience:
10035 South Peoria | Parker Colorado
COST TO MEET AT MUSEUM: FREE (GUESTS FREE)
COST TO TAKE BUS $15 (GUESTS $15)


Tour The Wildlife Experience with special appearances by the Founder David Liniger, Chief Curator on Globeology Dr. Richard Smartt and President & CEO Giovanni Greco.
 

 

David Liniger, Founder | Dr. Richard Smartt, Chief Curator on Globeology | Giovanni V. Greco, President & CEO

 

The Wildlife Experience is an interactive and ever-changing museum that instills respect for habitat and wildlife and inspires efforts to conserve for generations to come through educational, interactive and entertaining experiences. The museum strives to create community partnerships and forum dedicated to cultivating the next generation of leaders who value preserving the natural world. Connecting visitors with wildlife through art, natural history, interactive traveling exhibits and large-format film encourages thoughtful discussion about the importance of preserving our natural resources…all in a fun and educational environment. Kids’ imaginations and creativity soar in the Discovery Den and Cubs Corner as they make their own wildlife master pieces and learn about natural processes and wildlife through fun, hands-on, interactive games and exhibits. A visit to the Globeology exhibit takes visitors on a journey of discovery across the world. Complete with life-like dioramas that feature native wildlife, animatronics, intricately crafted environments and interactive displays, the exhibit tells the story of the world’s ecosystems, human and environmental challenges and ongoing efforts to protect its bountiful wildlife.

This is a large -very large- Museum south of Denver which opened as a dream of David Liniger Chairman and Co-Founder of RE/Max International and his wife, Gail. Denver Eclectics will be amazed by this evolving concept which expanded the board from three members to currently sixteen in July 2, 2008 who govern and oversee the museum as a non-profit organization. The Wildlife Experience is a Tier II Scientific and Cultural Facility SCFD Cultural attraction. Globeology is a permanent exhibit that will take us through Rainforest, Temperate Forest, Tundra, Desert, Asian Highlands, Savanna and Coral Reef.

  • 8:00 Load bus and leave by 8:15 SHARP. THIS ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE TAKING THE BUS!
  • 9:00 am PLEASE ARRIVE BY 9 AM SHARP for a Light Breakfast -THIS APPLIES TO EVERYONE!
  • 9:15 am David Liniger will speak about his idea of a wildlife museum, the founding vision and the process of developing this organization.
  • 9:45 am Gino Greco, President and CEO of the Wildlife Experience will talk about the last couple of years of growth re-morphing into a more family-friendly attraction, the future of the museum and the challenges ahead.
  • 10:15 am Split into two groups.
    -Group A to see a large-format film Wild Safari.
    -Group B to take a curator's tour of Globeology hosted by Dr. Richard Smartt.
  • 11:15 am groups switch.
    -Group B to see large-format film Wild Safari.
    -Group A to take a curator's tour of Globeology hosted by Dr. Richard Smartt.
 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Guantanamo Bay: Past and Future presented by Mari Newman, Lawyer at Killmer, Lane & Newman LLP.

Last year William Murane, attorney with Holland and Hart, presented a program on Guantanamo Bay as seen by a volunteer attorney working with the Algerian detainees. This year, Mari Newman will continue the update.

The presentation will be from the perspective of one who advocates for the fair and legal treatment of men imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and will address some widespread misconceptions and misinformation about the men held, and the conditions and legal implications of their confinement. Looking toward the future, the presentation will also explore opportunities to move forward with the legal adjudication of those still imprisoned, and the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Mari Newman has been named a 2009 Colorado Super Lawyer by her peers, an honor limited annually to just five percent of the 14,000 licensed attorneys in our state. In 2008 she was named the Colorado Trial Lawyers Associations’ Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of the year. Mari, along with two other lawyers from her firm, represents five Yemeni nationals currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. For her representation of persons detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba she was a co-recipient of the Southern Center for Human Rights 2007 Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award.

Guests are Encouraged!

 
 

Friday, November 13, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Edible and Non-Edible: Food Excursion into Nourishment, Status, and Culture presented by Dr. Mario Montaño.

All over the world there are foods saturated with cultural meaning that convey to their member certain cultural values. Margaret Mead viewed the study of food as the study of the meals by which individuals, in response to cultural pressures, select, consume, and utilize portions of its available food supply. Other anthropologists believed food is primarily a matter of cultural definition. Edmund Leach follows the cultural explanation when explaining the origin of food habits and states, it is the conventions of society which decide what is food and what is not food and what kind of food shall be eaten and on what occasion. Most cultural anthropologist have stressed cultural explanations for understanding what is

 

edible and what is not edible; however, there are other explanations which might provide insights into why people eat what they eat throughout the world. At another level, one has to ask the questions: what is the role of these plants in the food system of a group of people? When are they consumed? How are they consumed? What is the symbolic value of these edible, wild foods? These foods can also evoke discussions about cultural and political issues that are significant to certain cultural groups. Native-American and Hispanics in the Southwest consume edible, wild plants that are soaked with symbolic cultural meaning. However, there are other groups that eat edible, wild plants that have a rich symbolic value. Indigenous people in Ecuador, living in Northwestern South America, south of Quito, collect a wild weed called“nabus” (pursulane). This wild weed, such as “quelites,” (lambsquarter) has potential to encapsulate rich cultural meanings that affect a way of life. “Nabus” (pursulane) incorporates a wealth of information about the whole experience of seasonality, the caring of crops, the period after the work of planning is done and the debts that have to be paid. People in the American Southwest, both Native-American and Hispanics, associate “quelities” (lambsquarter) with the spring season and with the religious feast of San Juan (Nabhan, 1987, 98).

Mario Montaño is an Associate Professor of Anthropology so he focuses on food centered activities that influence the construction of culture and gender and identity.

It seems that what we eat and how we eat it reflects who we are!

 
 

Thursday, November 19, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Open Doors; Open Minds: Celebration of International Education Week presented by Karen de Bartolome’, Executive Director of the Institute of International Education.

Karen will be joined by an international student studying in the United States and a US student who has recently returned from a study abroad experience. They will discuss what lessons were learned by immersing themselves in another culture.

Ever wondered how many international students come to the U.S.? How are they received in U.S. society and how do they adjust? What lasting impressions do they take home? What is the economic impact of this industry in the U.S.? What advantages do international students bring to their U.S. campuses? What countries are soaking up the greatest economic advantages in terms of obtaining a U.S. education for their best and brightest young scholars? What other countries are trying to take away the U.S. position as a leading global provider of quality higher education? Why? Did you know that your tax dollars support foreign students and scholars coming to the U.S. under the Fulbright Program? Why is this important? How many U.S. students study abroad and what do they gain? How do Colorado institutions stack up as hosts for international students? How do Colorado students rate in the competition to acquire skills needed for success in the global economy?

What does It mean that we continue to influence top leaders by hosting them as the preferred provider of higher education to the world? Globalization is not an option. It is reality.

 
 

Robin Fudge Finegan

Mitch Morrissey

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Protect yourself Against Fraud and Identity Theft presented by Mitch Morrissey, the Denver District Attorney and Robin Fudge Finegan the Consumer Fraud Protection Director.

Last year Mitch Morrissey presented a compelling program on DNA from Crime Scene to Court Room. This year he teams up with Robin Finegan, director of the CASE Partnership - Communities Against Seniors Exploitation, a unique and successful elder fraud prevention program to equip us to avoid being victims of abuse. Fraud and economic crimes are on the rise in Colorado. We will learn more about the evolving issues and how to mitigate our risk. They say that even though we think we know how to protect ourselves, we will learn something new.

Denver Eclectics needs to stay one step ahead of the scammers, remember Madoff?

 
 

Friday, December 11, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Women in the 21st Century: Leadership Transformed presented by Brigadier General Dana H. Born, Dean of the Faculty, U.S. Air Force Academy.

Over the past half century or so the culture, climate, and mindset of many organizations – and maybe even American society as a whole – have changed, at least partly, if not largely, due to changes in the military. We are continuing to adjust to a new set of norms as to what defines a leader, which now includes women at some of the highest levels.

Brigadier General Born entered the Air Force Academy in 1979, prior to graduation of the first female cadets in the Class of 1980, and has observed and participated in a generation of change regarding the leadership roles of women in the Air Force. She now commands the 700-member Dean of Faculty mission element and oversees the annual design and instruction of more than 500 undergraduate courses for 4,000 cadets in 32 academic disciplines. She also directs the operation of five support staff agencies and faculty resources involving more than $250 million.

Denver Eclectics wants to thank member, Eula Hoff for inviting Brigadier General Dana H. Born to present this exciting story of women leadership and to note that Eula’s father - Lieutenant General Hubert Reilly Harmon was the first superintendant of the academy. We are privileged that we are able to hear presenters of the caliber of Brigadier General Dana Born and to have members who are knowledgeable and able to invite such leaders.

What an exciting opportunity for us!

 
 

Monday, December 14, 2009 Holiday Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

An Indigo Holiday, presented by the Spirituals Project Choir, the Sankofa Ensemble.

The word indigo calls to mind many things, color, spirituality, unity, synthesis and we can each add something from our own experience and history to that list. Indigo has a unique harmonic vibration that seems fitting to surround a concert of music celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa with a distinct Afro centric vibe. Sankofa, an ensemble of the Spirituals Project is preparing to tell the age-old story of expectation, hope, redemption and freedom wrapped up in the promise of a newborn child. Indigo Holiday is a concert which combines the Christmas message with Kwanzaa which celebrates family, community and culture faith and unity. The audience will participate in the Indigo Holiday, as they are led by Dr. Arthur Jones in singing some traditional spirituals. We trust that everyone will enjoy this exciting variety of seasonal music drawn from a cross section of African heritage traditions.

 
Guests are Encouraged!
 
 

Friday, December 18, 2009 Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Unknowing Knowing: The Mystic Journey of Self-Discovery presented by Dr. Albert Hernandez.

Mysticism as both an ideal found among all of the world’s major faith traditions and as an experience of the ineffable mystery of the Divine is one of the most intriguing topics in the history of religions. Join us for a lively presentation and conversation about two of history’s most beloved spiritual visionaries and writers: the German female mystic, healer, and poet Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) and the Spanish mystic, reformer, and poet, John of the Cross (1542-91).

What early insights led each of them to their life’s work? What was the source of Hildegard’s remarkable knowledge of Nature and the healing arts? How did Islamic philosophy and mysticism influence the ideas and poetry of John of the Cross? How did the practice of religious contemplation and mediation exercises lead each of these saints to their steadfast convictions on behalf of social justice concerns in the public arena and within the church? What challenges did Hildegard confront as a religious woman in a male-dominated society who was compelled by her intense experiences to write and teach others about the unseen realities that surround the physical world like a force-field of spiritual energy and presence? We will explore and discuss the question of “What is Mysticism?” through the transformative journey of these two visionary seekers.

Dr. Hernandez is the Academic Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Iliff School of Theology. He was a previous Eclectic presenter on The Golden Age of Spain and his knowledge and presentations are compelling!