Spring Agenda
January-March 2011

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 ($45) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 7, 2011 | Morning Program
Eclectics “NEW YEAR 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

What’s Up Now In Our Wired World? presented by, Gregg Rippey.

Gregg Rippey is an admitted computer nut but hopes you won’t hold that against him.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in 1987 and spent the next 13 years working in the software business as a programmer and consultant.  During those years, the Internet exploded from the shackles of technical obscurity to become a pervasive part of our lives (whether we liked it or not!).  Today, Gregg runs his own consulting business helping individuals and small businesses use and even enjoy their computers.  A lot of that work involves walking people through the wild jungle of the Internet.

Gregg Rippey first presented to the Denver Eclectics in October of 2003, with a discussion on “Living in an Internet World.”  Since then, he has returned on two occasions to update us on how the World Wide Web continues to influence our lives.  Gregg kicks off the 2011 agenda to help us see through the buzzwords and to marvel at the latest achievements in online technology, with an eye toward what they mean to all of us, our families, and our society.

Use your tech gadgets but not at the DCC, Lee’s observation.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Optional Dinner
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presentation

Make Your Money Last a Lifetime and More, presented by Charlie Farrell.

Charlie Farrell is a principal with Northstar Investment Advisors in Denver.  Charlie is a national leader in the development of financial tools and investment strategies for retirement planning. Sigh – some of us have already retired but let’s hope and learn. He is the author of Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security, which The Wall Street Journal called “one of the best finance books to cross our desk this year.” He, along with his firm, are also the developers of the Farrell-Northstar Retirement Income Index, which is the first investment index designed to help retired investors understand how to live off their money.

  Every year Denver Eclectics invites an investment adviser to share their insights into the economy.  Eclectic member, Mary Cronin,  recommended Charlie Farrell to us for this season and since many of us are in the midst of retirement- hopefully, we can continue to hone our knowledge.  In addition, his bio includes that he spent a few years doing amateur stand-up comedy and I think the combination of retirement and finances with a sense of humor is just what we need.  

Friday, January 14, 2011 | 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

Continuing Frontiers in Stem Cells, presented by Dr. Roop and Diane G. Wallach.

Dr.  Roop will update and summarize recent stem cell research developments already impacting the treatment of patients at the University Of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus.

Dr. Roop recently shared with Denver Eclectics their clinical trials program using mice for basic research.  Now the discoveries are being used in clinical care where cancer has

  been eliminated in some patients .  Also learn about new programs under development with adult stem cells such as: cornea and retina regeneration, cardiovascular disease, joint disease (cartilage and bone) and inherited skin blistering diseases. Dr. Roop will be joined by Diane G. Wallach, director and president of Cody Resources LP. Ms. Wallach will discuss the role of philanthropy, the business community and strategic partnerships in helping the Stem Cell Center achieve these goals in the next 5 years.  This is especially important at the present time when the Anschutz Medical Campus faces immense constraints due to the lack of state funding and the flat support from public funds such as the National Institutes of Health.   



Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | Field Trip
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Field Trip - RedLine Studios
Cost: $15.00
Address- 2350 Arapahoe St.

The building was designed by renowned architects Semple-Brown to encourage artists and visitors alike to enter a realm where inspiration remains absolutely unchecked. Guests of RedLine literally cross a “red line” into a space where they are free to explore their own creativity. The building has been thoughtfully designed to bring art and beauty to the surrounding neighborhood and community and to incorporate as many environmentally friendly nuances as possible.

RedLine promotes the creative expression of emerging and mid-career artists in various disciplines through the active engagement of diverse audiences. The mission of RedLine is to serve as an incubator for emerging artists and to create a vibrant community gathering place that will provide a unique cultural draw to the neighborhood while strengthening and enhancing the art community in the City of Denver .

The special exhibition at RedLine will be a Retrospective: Dale Chisman, abstract painter and influential artist of the region who died in 2008. The Chisman estate, RedLine and Robischon Gallery have joined together to present this exhibition.

Laura Merage, the Founder of RedLine, will welcome us. She is an artist and philanthropist. She has experienced first-hand the challenges emerging and mid-career artists face as they develop their portfolios and build their careers. Her dream is to assist emerging artists as they take their professions to the next level and export the creative process to a broader community.

We will then enjoy a presentation by several artists who knew Dale and will discuss his work followed by docent led tours.
Denver Eclectics will enjoy an introduction to an exciting and interactive way to engage in art with emerging artists.

RedLine is located at 2350 Arapahoe Street in Denver, CO


Friday, January 21, 2011 | 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

Genetics and Addiction, presented by Marilyn Coors PhD.

Marilyn Coors is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities for the University of Colorado. We read every day about the increased known use of drugs and alcohol and the concern about older people overusing prescribed drugs. I saw Marilyn at an evening program and she said that the University of Colorado and her department just received a large grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse to study the issue. She will include a brief primer in genetics, an analysis of the heritability of addiction and a discussion of the future and promise of genetics and addiction. Marilyn has presented to us in the past and in addition to being a mother, community volunteer, wife of an involved and prominent executive, she has been recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Regis University among other awards. We are so fortunate that she always says “yes” to Denver Eclectics and we always say “thank you Marilyn”, for keeping us in the forefront of societal and medical issues.


Friday, January 28, 2011 | 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 View, The Issues, The Moment Today, as Seen and presented by Daniel Ritchie.

Denver Eclectics is so honored to have one of our favorites and everyone’s favorite leader, present to us!

Daniel L. Ritchie became Chairman and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, one of the nation’s largest cultural complexes, in January 2007. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Daniels Fund, and is President of the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, whose focus is early childhood education and development.

Mr. Ritchie was Chairman of the Board of the University of Denver from 2005 to 2007 where he served as the 16th Chancellor from 1989 to 2005. During his tenure, the University pioneered in the teaching of ethics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Chancellor Ritchie collaborated with Bill Daniels to incorporate ethics, values and social responsibility in the business school curriculum. The school was named the Daniels College of Business in 1994.


Friday, February 4th , 2011 | 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

Afghanistan, presented by Active Minds.

In October of 2001, the U.S. led a coalition invasion of Afghanistan seeking to oust the ruling Taliban and find Al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden. Join us for a look at the path Afghanistan has taken since then, including the establishment of a new government under the leadership of Hamid Karzai. We will also take a look forward at what the future holds for this war torn country as U.S. troop presence there continues to increase –or...
Lee discovered this group several years ago at a program they gave at the Tattered Cover Book Store. Active Minds® is a Colorado based provider of lifelong learning programs for seniors and adults of all ages. Their mission is expanding lives and minds with community based educational programs. They offer programs ranging from international affairs to history, poetry, music, politics, and more. We all have an opportunity to learn with this group and follow their many educational opportunities.

Their passion is our passion. We deserve each other.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011| 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

Why is Congress The Way it is And What Can We Do About It? Presented by David Skaggs.

David Skaggs is Chairman of the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics and in addition to being an independent consultant with McKenna, Hong and Aldridge, LLP, we also remember his involvement in many public leadership groups. Mr. Skaggs was in Congress for twelve years- 1987-99 as a U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado (the northwestern Denver suburbs).  David Miller, CEO of the Denver Foundation, heard his presentation and recommended that we learn about this issue. This is timely, after an apparently bitter November election.  Mr. Skaggs will look at some well-known and many unexamined reasons the U.S. Congress has become an often dysfunctional institution.  Understanding the causes may suggest some remedies.  Is it all their fault?


Friday, February 11, 2011 | 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

Mosques and Burning the Qur'an: Islam as a Media Spectacle, presented by Nabil Echchaibi.

With sensational headlines in the news every week about mosques, extremists, and even burning the Qur'an, Nabil Echchaibi will help to set straight the fact and fiction behind the media's portrayal of Muslims in America and around the world.
Nabil Echchaibi is currently an assistant professor in the School of Journalism at CU Boulder. His research and expertise focus on the intersections between Islam, Arab popular culture and the media. Most recently he has studied the new public articulation of identity and religion among young Arabs as a result of satellite media. Arab Muslim identity in diaspora is increasingly shaped by a shared political and cultural consciousness heavily nurtured by transnational television and interactive media. He will discuss ways in which American's view of Muslims is largely sensationalized through media spectacle. Echchaibi was born and raised in Morocco. He received his BA in English Literature from Mohamed V University in Rabat and his MA in journalism and PhD in media studies from Indiana University-Bloomington.
His book on the role of diasporic media among young Muslims in France and Germany is forthcoming with Lexington Books. He has appeared recently in the Denver Post and the Huffington Post.



Friday, February 18, 2011 | 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

Rising Alerts: Are We Prepared? Presented by Dr. Paul D. Biddinger.

Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Director of Operations for Emergency Medicine as well as Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In recent years, questions have arisen regarding the United States public health and medical systems' preparedness for a range of disasters, including terrorism, weather-related catastrophes, and others.  Particular concerns have focused on the ability of the public health system to cope with a large-scale emergency such as pandemic influenza, SARS, or other bio threats.  Dr. Paul Biddinger will speak about the current state of preparedness in the United States' public health and hospital systems and address such questions as: What can we expect in a disaster? and what does it mean to be "ready?".
Denver Eclectics is lucky, as usual, to have a close connection to Dr. Paul Biddinger.  His mother, Terry Biddinger is an Eclectic member.  There is nothing better than our members being related to the best in the world.  We are the beneficiaries of our smart members.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | Fieldtrip
Location: *OFFSITE AT ILIFF-The Great Hall
6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presentation
Cost: FREE (Donations Accepted)
Sponsored by The Veterans of Hope, Iliff School of Theology, and The Denver Foundation

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, presented by Michelle Alexander.

Denver Eclectics is joining to sponsor a special evening at Iliff School of Theology.

Michelle Alexander is a longtime civil rights advocate and litigator. She won a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and now holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Mortiz College of Law at Ohio State University. Michelle served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and subsequently directed the Civil Rights Clinics at Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor. She is a former law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.
This newly published book is creating a buzz all over the United States, as Michelle’s book states her premise that the war on drugs gave birth to a permanent America under cast. She makes a case that racial caste is alive and well in America. I feel that Denver Eclectics can ask hard questions and deal with tough issues civilly. We are the kind of group that reflects on different dilemmas and we support justice.

~Please Note Location~
The Iliff School of Theology in The Great Hall at 2201 South University| Denver CO  80210
Guests Encouraged

Local graffitt artist "Krow" 2010

Friday, February 25, 2011 | 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

Street Text:  Graffiti Art From The Coasts, presented by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.

In this slide illustrated lecture, Connors will identify the very different graffiti traditions which developed on the East and West coasts.  The East coast aesthetic of “Hip Hop” influenced lettering made its earliest appearance in the 1970s in Philadelphia and quickly migrated to the subway trains of New York City by the late 1970s.  In only a matter of years, this writing style in aerosol paint had captured the imagination of artists around the world, and can be seen in cities around the globe.  The older West coast style of primarily gang-based graffiti can be dated back to the 1930s in Los Angeles and traditionally was created using more mundane materials such as shoe shine polish, house paint, and even cigarette lighter soot.  While graffiti is often dismissed as simple vandalism, in this talk we will look more deeply into the communities which expressed themselves this way and try to discover lessons to be learned from the writing on the wall.  The discussion will end with examples of artists who are using graffiti to improve social and economic situations in inner-city America.

This is another example of the strength of Denver Eclectics members. Andrew is Hope Connor’s son. Her husband, Ed Connors, has presented several times to Denver Eclectics including leading a fieldtrip to their “Chapel” in their Cherry Hills Village home featuring stunning Santos and paintings. It may sound trite but the acorn does fall close to the tree. Again lucky us, gifted and talented people surround us.


Monday, February 28, 2011 | Evening Program
*Dinner and Presentation as one event.
Denver Country Club
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cost: $45 p/person

Black Chefs Of The White House, presented by Adrian Miller.

Stanford alumnus Adrian Miller, is a self-proclaimed foodie who is currently writing a book on history of soul food in America. As a former Special Assistant to President Clinton, he worked in the White House from October 1999-2001 and in addition to being a lawyer, he is a culinary historian. From George Washington to Barack Obama, African-American chefs have nourished the presidential palate. Unfortunately, most have performed their culinary artistry in historical obscurity. "Tonight, Eclectics gives you a real behind-the-scenes look at

  the White House Kitchen.  We'll learn the hidden history of the African-American cooks who have pleased the palates of past presidents.  We'll hear stories about those who have cooked for presidents Washington, Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Baines Johnson.  Adrian has collaborated with Denver Country Club Chef Christopher Moore to create a unique meal based on the recipes of these presidential cooks.  Now, that's how one savors history!" Lee and Ed enjoyed this presentation immensely and are delighted that Denver Eclectics will not only see on screen the stories of the Presidents and their Chefs but will eat some of the dishes at the same time. This is a combined dinner and program and it is a unique occasion to combine several of our senses at the same time.  

Friday, March 4, 2011 | 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 Reality and Aftermath Of The Recent Elections, as observed by Adam Schrager.

9News Political Reporter, YOUR SHOW Producer/Host and Emmy award-winning journalist. Adam Schrager covers politics for KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver. He is the author of The Principled Politician, a story of Governor Ralph Carr and the fight against the Japanese internment. This book was a five star pick for online reviews. His latest book which he co-authored with Rob Witwer is The Blueprint.
This book has been called the inside story of one of the most stunning reversals of political fortune in American History. Readers felt that the book is simple, brilliant and very effective.

Today, Adam will bring his thoughtful reflections about the aftermath of the November 2010 election. What is our current situation and what should we as, thoughtful citizens, keep in mind as we listen to news reports and listen to media.


Friday, March 11, 2011 | 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

Public Art: More Than Meets The Eye, presented by Barbara Neal.

Barbara Neal is a consultant in arts management, public art and arts education, a career she launched after retiring as the Executive Director of the Colorado Council on the Arts in 1994.  Her clients have included arts organizations, schools, municipalities, state agencies and corporations in Colorado and the region.  Barbara currently serves as the public art consultant for the redevelopment of Stapleton and has most recently worked with the City of Lakewood on cultural planning.

Barbara will share images of notable and lesser known examples of public art with the stories of how it was selected, sited and its ongoing dialogue with its environment. Every society is enriched by its culture and art.


Friday, March 18, 2011| 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

Gulliver’s Travels In The Health Care World (with thanks and apologies to Jonathan Swift), presented by Vincent A. Fulginiti M.D.

Dr. Vincent Fulginiti is the Chancellor Emeritus University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Last year he was planning to present E. Coli its “friends” and You on March 12th but unfortunately, he needed to have back surgery and as a result of that situation, he was not able to leave his winter home in Arizona to return to us.  Now a year later, we will have the pleasure of learning about the updates on food safety independently because Dr. Fulginiti is going to delight us with the story of his personal journey in our health care system.

In order to tell the story of many patients who have encountered a broken health care system, he will parallel the journeys of Mr. Lemuel Gulliver in modern times and locations.  Mr. Swift satirized many institutions and individuals by telling this story. He believes this approach is useful as we explore our current health care non-system. He will have our patient, Gulliver, travel to some parts of HealthCare World. He will go to Doctor’s Office land, ERterritory, In patient area and, Specialistopia. He will encounter a system that has mostly hard-working, dedicated health professionals trying to care for him with multiple systematic impediments to good, timely, compassionate, patient-focused care.  Occasionally, he will encounter a few health care workers who don’t understand that the patient is the most important person in Health Care Land. In fact, many times he will be inconvenienced, misunderstood, burdened with unnecessary tasks, maltreated as a person, receive incorrect advice, diagnosis and treatment and will be humbled by a broken system. He will


learn why this is and who the Yahoos of Swift’s days are the ones responsible in modern times for his travails. He will suggest that the current health care reform is a step in the right direction but needs more elements to correct the ills that he identified in Health Care World. This saga is based on personal observation, indirect witnessing of others’ health care, reports in the literature and media and, many friends and colleagues accounts of their experiences. Gulliver is a collage of all of these and stands in for the many maligned patients in a non-patient oriented and disorganized system.

Talk about “a sock it to you” program.  Those of us with a sense of humor and shared experiences will not want to miss this witty encounter.  Easily offended members may be warned, we are unwrapping the health care experience.


Friday, March 25, 2011 | 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

Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID); Denver’s Plan to Reduce Gang Violence, presented by Patrick Hedrick, Division Officer Supervisor Safe City Office- Denver Department of Safety.  He will be joined by panelists who will include representatives from law enforcement, outreach teams and other GRID partners.

According to the 2008 National Youth Gang Survey, 99% of law enforcement agencies serving populations over 100,000 reported multiple years of gang problems.  Cities both large and small are faced with a chronic problem that requires a coordinated and balanced response that incorporates a combination of suppression, intervention and prevention


strategies.  The Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver (GRID) is supported by over 40 agencies and is responsible for creating and implementing a plan to reduce gang violence.  Representatives from law enforcement, criminal justice, social services, schools, faith-based, and community-based agencies such as outreach agencies that employ former gang members make up the organizational structure of the GRID and provide valuable agency resources to the targeted population.  The GRID project represents the most comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of gang violence in Denver to date and was recently awarded one of four multi-million dollar grants from the Department of Justice to replicate the project in additional neighborhoods.  The presentation will focus on the history of the GRID, current efforts and innovative ideas that are making a difference.

Three years ago in October 2007 we had a presentation by Regina Huerter on Gangs and Violence and so now in 2011 we will receive an update on this issue.