Fall Agenda
September-December 2018

 
Daytime: Coffee, Tea, Water 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m. (promptly) until 11:30 a.m.
Optional Lunch ($25) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Regular Evening:Optional Dinner ($60) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.
 
 


Friday, September 7, 2018 | Morning Program
Denver 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

BRINGING BACK THE AMERICAN SERENGETI: PRESENTED BY
NICOLE ROSMARINO.

Huge herds of native grazers with predators hot on their tails on a savannah landscape stretching to the horizon. We’re not talking about Africa, but rather the North American Great Plains, not too long ago. With imagination, Dr. Nicole Rosmarino, director of the Southern Plains Land Trust, will take you on a journey that begins in the 1800s, continues to the present, and holds great promise in the future.

Along the way, you’ll meet wildlife so abundant and spectacular that John James Audubon had to put down his pen because he was just too overwhelmed. Some of these creatures may surprise you – while now associated with western forests, they were once prairie dwellers. There are bright spots and bleak, featuring humans as both antagonists and protagonists. The culmination of this journey is an invitation to re-create the lost world of the American Serengeti. Nicole Rosmarino, Ph.D. helped found the Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) in 1998 and has served as its Executive Director since 2011.

 
 
 
D r. Nour Kabbani

Shaykh Al El-Sayed

Friday, September 14, 2018| 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

THE SUFI WAY: PRESENTED BY SHAYKH NOUR KABBANI &
SHAYKH AL EL-SAYED

Join Denver Eclectics as we learn from Dr. Nour Kabbani his reflections on the nurturing wisdom of his illustrious teachers who have brought Islam to hundreds of thousands of converts and revitalized the faith of millions of Muslims around the world. Dr. Nour studied the deeper aspects of Islamic Science under his nobel grandfather and master of the Sufi Way, Shaykh Nazim of Cyprus. Following years of intensive training, Shaykh Nazim authorized Dr. Nour to give khutbahs, lectures and lead dhikr (meditation). Due to Dr. Nour's unique life experience and noble lineage, Western audiences in particular resonate with his advice, which they find practical and spiritually uplifting. In the US, Dr. Nour has addressed groups internationally for years. Since 2015, his UK tours have attracted a strong youth following, much like when his beloved grandfather first toured England in the mid-1970’s.

Dr. Nour will be joined by Shaykh Ali El-Sayed who is engaging and complementary to Dr. Nour's message of peace, community engagement and love of God. Shaykh Ali El-Sayed is a Nasheed artist and song writer who is originally from Lebanon and is now living in the USA. Nasheed is a form of Sufi Music, it reflects the great love one has for all that is holy and divine.

 
 
 
 

Friday, September 21, 2018| 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

WHERE’S MY PAPER? NEWS IN DENVER FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE COLORADO INDEPENDENT.

Newspapers, and news organizations, are changing form, delivery, platform, and focus in recent years across the country, and Denver is no exception. The death of the Rocky Mountain News in 2009, and the recent shrinking of the Denver Post, has led to the emergence of new forms of news delivery and an important civic conversation about the role journalism plays in a healthy community with accountable leadership. Three passionate journalists from the Colorado Independent, the only nonprofit in-depth investigative news organization in Colorado, will address these questions and the role that the Independent will play in important Colorado elections and policy debates in the future.

 

Susan Greene, Editor is a recovering newspaper journalist, Editor Susan reported for papers in California and Nevada before her 13 years as a political reporter, national reporter and metro columnist at The Denver Post.
 


Tina Griego is the managing editor of The Colorado Independent, your favorite local nonprofit newsroom. She is best known to Coloradans as a former city columnist at the Denver Post and at the Rocky Mountain News.
Reporter Corey Hutchins has covered politics and media for The Colorado Independent since 2015. His reporting for The Independent has won awards for enterprise and feature reporting, and for the past year, he led the site's coverage of the Colorado governor's race.  
 
 
 

Friday, September 28, 2018 | 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

THE LIGHT SHINES FROM THE WEST, A WESTERN PERSPECTIVE ON THE GROWTH OF AMERICA: PRESENTED BY ROBERT C. BARON.

What is special about the American West? How did it develop the way it did? What are the differences between the imaginary West of John Wayne, Zane Grey, and movies, and the real world of the land, business, writers, artists, and conservationists? Baron will address the innovations that shaped Colorado and the American West from Jefferson’s election in 1800 to today, this groundbreaking book shines a light on the stories and places integral to the development of America. For the last century and especially after World War II, Colorado and the West have been the areas of growth in job creation, technology innovation, political ideas, medicine, public lands, the arts, and quality of life.

WE WILL HAVE ROBERT BARON’S BOOK AVAILABLE!

 
 
  SCHEDULE:
Meet on the Front Porch of the Museum (Weather Dependent)
9:45 am -10:00 am: Coffee/Pastries
10:00 am - 10:15 am: Introduction by Wendy Littlepage
Break into 3 Groups
10:15 pm - 11:15 am: Guided tour of Museum
 
 
 
 

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 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

THE MYSTERY IS US: PRESENTED BY DR. STEVE NASH.

Human beings are a mystery to one another, and part of the job of archaeologists and anthropologists like Dr. Steve Nash is investigating those mysteries. During this lecture, Dr. Nash will take us on a journey through time and space across transitions and superstitions to help shed some light on this mystery, and give you a taste of what it’s like to unravel. To learn more about his work and thought process, please feel free to examine his popular Curiosities column at www.sapiens.org Dr. Steve Nash is an archaeologist and historian of science who studies a wide range of subjects including dendrochronology (or tree-ring dating), the Mogollon archaeology of west-central New Mexico, and Russian gem-carving sculptures by Vasily Konovalenko. He has published numerous books and more than two dozen peer-reviewed articles.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | FIELD TRIP
MEET : REDLINE
2350 ARAPAHOE ST. | DENVER, CO 80205
TIME: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
COST: $10 P/PERSON - GUESTS ENCOURAGED

REALITY BYTES - SUPERNOVA OUTDOOR DIGITAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL AT REDLINE.

Join us at RedLine Contemporary Art Center to learn more about SUPERNOVA from curator Ivar Zeile. In September, Denver Digerati presents SUPERNOVA, the only festival in the world to elevate digital animation as a new public experience. A robust slate of free programming, gallery exhibitions, educational opportunities and other community collaborations make SUPERNOVA one of the most singular, advanced cultural engagements initiated in Denver, Colorado. Celebrating a long time partnership, RedLine is excited to host an immersive installation and collaboration with the Denver Theater District in RedLine’s exhibition hall with Denver’s Digital & New Media artists. Ivar Zeile founded Denver Digerati in 2011 shortly after the introduction of large-scale LED screens in the Denver Theatre District, which he was tasked to integrate into a broader public art platform within the Denver’s evolving central core. Digerati is a global initiative focused on supporting artists working with rapidly developing technology utilized primarily towards advances in digital animation within contemporary art.

 
 

SCHEDULE:

9:30 am - 10:00 am: Continental Breakfast
10:00 am – 11:00 am: Presentation by Ivar Zeile
11:00 am – 12:00 am: Tour RedLine at your own pace.

 
 
 
 

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 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

TIME TRAVELS AT KIRKLAND MUSEUM: PRESENTED BY HUGH GRANT.

Join Hugh Grant, Founding Director & Curator of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, for a visual adventure through time. Kirkland Museum’s new golden building, within a block of the Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum, features 150 years of Colorado and regional art, including the estate collection of painter Vance Kirkland (1904–1981). Paintings and sculpture of Colorado are displayed in salon style together with nearly 150 years of international decorative art. Mr. Grant will lead us through every major design movement from Arts & Crafts through Postmodern, with examples from the museum’s collection of over 30,000 works. Grant established the Kirkland Foundation in 1996 to document, rediscover, collect, preserve, exhibit and publish Colorado artists. The Colorado and regional art collection is concerned with a period from 1820 to about 1990 (traditional through modern), with an emphasis on the 1850s onwards, and contains about 7,000 works by more than 700 Colorado artists.

 
 
 
 

Monday, October 15, 2018 | Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

THOSE SPOOFERS ARE BACK AGAIN FOR “A MUSICAL ROMP THROUGH LEGAL HISTORY”

~From Joan of Arc to Vladimir Putin~

The Burden of Spoof Players, a troupe of Denver area lawyers and judges, return with more songs, skits, satire and silliness. With the superb accompaniment of pianist Hank Troy of the Queen City Jazz Band and trumpeter Justice Rich Gabriel, the Spoofers will somehow satirically summarize six centuries of legal history in less than an hour. (They might have to leave out a famous case or two). You’re likely to recognize the tunes, but the fractured lyrics are original – for the most part.

 
 
 
 

Friday, October 19, 2018 | 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

REMBRANDT THE DRAMATURGE: PRESENTED BY
TIMOTHY STANDRING.

You’ll leave this lecture by Dr. Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator at the Denver Art Museum, with a new appreciation of Rembrandt the dramaturge whose brilliant technical achievements as a painter, draughtsman, and especially as a printmaker made him one of the most significant artists of European art. Rembrandt, after all, was a keen observer of the human condition, who produced original prints covering a Shakespearean universe of subjects drawn from the world around him as well as taking inspiration from the classical past, religious texts, opera and theatre. Moreover, you’ll understand the entrepreneurial side of this Dutch Master, an artist who revised his images seemingly without end, why he printed them on different papers, and—in the end--why he was incapable of repeating himself. As an added bonus, Standring will also discuss how Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker, this world exclusive exhibition which opens September 15th, came to the Denver Art Museum.

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 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

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER: FACING LIFE'S LAST CHAPTERS TOGETHER PRESENTED BY: PATTY & LIBBY BORTZ.

In presentations to groups throughout the Denver metro area, Libby and Patty Bortz share their emotional journey as mother and daughter discussing the difficult topics of aging, dying and what matters most in the later chapters of life. They help other sons, daughters, fathers, mothers and partners learn how to start such critically important conversations with their own loving yet reluctant family members. Libby Bortz is a licensed clinical social worker with a long career as a therapist and involved citizen. In 2014, she was named Outstanding Alumnus by the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Patty Bortz began her career practicing law as a staff attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court. She then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney’s Office..

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 9, 2018
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

THOMAS JEFFERSON'S ROCKY RELATIONSHIP WITH ABIGAIL ADAMS: PRESENTED BY JACK VAN ENS.

Abigail Adams displayed strengths that qualify her as the most gifted of the Founding Mothers. She advocated women's rights, rarely wavered from strong convictions, wrote memorable prose and was a fair match for Thomas Jefferson's intellect.. Find out why 'she didn't suffer fools gladly. Thomas Jefferson will unpack his complicated relationship with Abigail and explain why it burned hot, then turned frosty, and warmed up again in their sunset years. Jack Van Ens serves as Executive Director of CREATIVE GROWTH INC. Since 1976 Van Ens has portrayed Thomas Jefferson for schools, religious organizations, libraries and public service groups. Having two earned Masters degrees (one in U.S. Colonial History) and a Doctorate in Communications from Princeton Theological Seminary, Van Ens has twice been invited as a Visiting Scholar at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello. He wrote the book, HOW JEFFERSON MADE THE BEST OF BAD MESSES.

 
 
 
 

Monday, November 12, 2018 |Special Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Dinner & Program - 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO OPTION FOR PROGRAM ONLY

RE-VISITING THE BAND’S VISIT: PRESENTED BY GREGORY ROBBINS.

One of the hottest tickets on Broadway this season was the musical adaptation of the 2007 indie film, The Band’s Visit. Winner of 10 Tony Awards, the show is slated to arrive in Denver in 2019. This evening’s program, by way of reminder, returns to the film and its quirky charms. It then highlights the ways by which it was transformed into a musical stage production. As it turns out, whether playing on the big screen or The Great White Way, The Band’s Visit is a timely vehicle for exploring interreligious dialogue through the lens of popular culture.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018| Field Trip
MEET : DENVER ART MUSEUM
100 W 14TH AVE PKWY, DENVER, CO 80204
TIME: 7:30 am – 11:00 am
COST: $20 P/PERSON - GUESTS ENCOURAGED

DIOR AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM.

Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and will highlight how his successors, Yves-Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, and many more incorporated their own design aesthetic. This exhibition is organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion. It features exhibition design by internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, principal of OMA New York.

 
 
SCHEDULE:

7:30 am - 8:00 am: Continental Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Presentation by Florence Müller
9:00 am – 11:00 am: Audio Tour of Exhibit
 
 
 
 


Photo by: Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
https://denverite.com/2018/03/22/tiny-home-organizers-moving-second-village-denver/

 

SPEAKERS:

Friday, November 30, 2018
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

TINY HOMES: HELPING SOLVE HOMELESSNESS IN OUR OWN BACKYARDS AND CHURCHYARDS, VACANT LOTS, ETC. PRESENTED BY COLE CHANDLER & NATHAN DAVIS HUNT.

As housing prices continue to skyrocket in Metro Denver, the number of people experiencing homelessness is on the rise. When "affordable" housing is out of reach, and the shelter system can't accommodate many people (including those with mental health issues, couples, and people with pets), what's the answer? A new group called Colorado Village Collaborative, a partnership between the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and Denver Homeless Out Loud, is proposing an answer: tiny homes. Join us to learn about the first tiny home village in the RiNo neighborhood, the second village at St. Andrew's Church in Downtown Denver, and a vision for the future of this creative approach to a persistent problem for our community.

 
  Cole Chandler is an ordained Mennonite Minister and a co-founder of Colorado Village Collaborative. A moral commitment led Cole into his work with the poor, and there he found himself in the midst of a community whose struggle became his own.

Tanya Z. Salih is a native of Cheyenne, born from Sudanese parents. She attended Laramie County Community College where she received her associate of arts degree. She is a second year Masters student in DU's Morgridge College of Education, studying Higher Education.

 
 
 
 

Monday, December 3, 2018
Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

THE HISTORY OF JAZZ: PRESENTED BY, PARK HILL BRASS.

The Park Hill Brass is a group of 10 world class musicians based in Denver, Colorado, adept at the classics as well as all eras of American Jazz. The program for tonight’s event, A Trip through 100 Years of Jazz, will entertain you with all- time favorites, leave you with a great understanding of the history of jazz, and is sure to make you a Jazz lover, if you are not already. In fact, the Park Hill Brass is acclaimed for their ability to get audiences to like Jazz. The mission of the Park Hill Brass is to bring an appreciation of American Jazz to audiences of all ages.

 
 
 
 

Friday, December 7, 2018
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

MUSIC & HOPE: THE LIFE OF ALICE HERZ-SOMMER: PRESENTED BY JUDY WINNICK.

We welcome back Judy Winnick who has portrayed extraordinary women from WWII including Irena Sendler and Miep Gies to Denver Eclectics. Renowned Jewish Czech concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (1903-2014) performed over a hundred concerts for her fellow prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp during WWII, giving them beauty and hope. She survived the horrors there, and spent her 10 years not only as a gifted musician and piano teacher, but a teacher of life–a sage! She said, “My world is music. Music saved me. It takes you to paradise and helps you with everything in life. Life is a present. Music is a dream.” Alice’s passion for music, her optimism, gratitude, and love of learning teach us how to live a full and joyful life.

 
 
 
 

Monday, December 10, 2018
Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

CHRISTMAS WITH ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR: A MARIAN CHRISTMAS: MAIDEN AND MOTHER.

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir this year focusses on Mary in its Christmas concert, and presents a program of music entirely by female composers, including arrangements of familiar carols as well as original compositions. From Hildegard von Bingen to living composers, St. Martin’s hopes to convey a more feminine perspective on the Nativity. Founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year-round, fully professional choir, St. Martin’s has delighted Colorado audiences for more than 20 years with its exhilarating sound, its exquisite blend, and its fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music.

 
 
 
 

December 14, 2018
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

THE PRICE OF PEACE: PRESENTED BY KIP PERRY.

How do we prevent war? How great a price are we willing to pay for peace? Can we use the lessons learned throughout history to extend peace into tomorrow? Those are some of the questions posed by a new 1-hour documentary, The Price of Peace. The documentary drills down on a number of specific and diverse events: The Korea Tree event in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, which brought the two sides to an intense military stand-off … the near launch of Russian nuclear weapons against the United States in 1983 … the ill-conceived Falkland Islands Invasion by Argentina … and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s disastrous 1938 appeasement of Adolf Hitler in Munich. The film also examines the East African Masai tribe’s warrior code of deterrence. Please join us for this thoughtful exploration of the lessons of war and peace.

 
 
 
 

Friday, December 21, 2018
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

WELCOME WINTER! PRESENTED BY, BETSY SCHWARM.

On this first day of winter, let’s explore some of the fine music written for the season. You may already be thinking of Vivaldi, but he’s just a start. Let’s add Mozart (father and son), Tchaikovsky (not just that ever-famous ballet), solo piano pieces by Debussy and others, orchestral offerings from early 20th century English composers, and some current American composers as well. A touch of Christmas will round out the morning in a thoroughly seasonal spirit. Our presenter, Betsy Schwarm, will share insights into the backgrounds of the compositions and we’ll hear musical excerpts. You’ll come away with a detailed playlist so you can track down those items you wish to add to your own collection, or that of a loved one: the holidays are just around the corner!


 
 
 
 
Happy Hanukkah - Merry Christmas - Eid Mubarak - Happy Kwanzaa