Winter/Spring Agenda
January-March 2013

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2012 September-December Agenda
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2011 September-December
2011 January-March Agenda

2010 September-December Agenda

2010 January - March Agenda

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 ($50) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 11, 2013
Morning Program


PLEASE NOTE: This program has been CANCELLED and has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 23rd.
To RSVP for the new date, please CLICK HERE.


Monday, January 14, 2013
FIELD TRIP: Denver Art Museum
TIME: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Followed by a tour at your own pace through the exhibit.
COST: $20.00
ADDRESS: 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. Denver, CO 80204
Please meet at the front door of the North building

Becoming Van Gogh: at the Denver Art Museum.

This exhibit opened in Denver on October 21, 2012 and will close January 20, 2013. This is a world exclusive presentation brought only to the Denver Art Museum by Dr. Timothy Standring, a world renowned scholar and connoisseur of old master paintings. Becoming van Gogh was five years in the making. We will meet in the auditorium of the Museum and Dr. Standring will then lecture about the provocative narrative of van Gogh’s life with emphasis on the exciting evolution of the artist and the period in which van Gogh becomes VAN GOGH. He will give us a sneak peek and an inside scoop and then we will go tour the exhibit having been primed and eager. Even if you have seen this exhibit before, the inside story and a “last” look will be exciting.



Friday, January 18, 2013 | 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

Technology Exploding, The Cloud Around Us: “Gregg Rippey To The Rescue”: my words, Presented By Gregg Rippey.

Once again Denver Eclectics invites back our favorite Tech Guru Gregg Rippey who will put into language we can understand the pervasive part of the revolution in which we are swimming. Our Emails, Facebook and Tweets, oh my! This will be his ongoing quest to explain the world of the Internet. Online technology never stands still for more than a moment, and he will explore the people and the innovations behind the headlines, never hesitating to poke fun where appropriate. We’ll continue to ask the questions, “How does this work?” and “How does this affect me?” No technical expertise is required for admission to this journey into the wilds of the web! Even if we only understand a tiny bit of the program. Gregg is so funny we will enjoy a great deal of laughing. And laughing is very good for us.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 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

Understanding the Crisis of Religion and Politics in Muslim Societies: presented by Dr. Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Assistant Professor of Middle East Islamic Politics at Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Has the promise of the Arab Spring turned into an Arab winter? The rise of Islamic fundamentalist parties in recent elections in Tunisia and Egypt seems to suggest as much. In these elections that followed the toppling of longstanding dictators, secular and liberal parties have been soundly crushed while the Muslim Brotherhood and other religious-based parties have emerged victorious. How can we begin to understand the popularity and persistence of Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East? What are the prospects for liberal democracy in the region? Where is this region headed politically in the coming years and what are the implications for the United States and the West? This lecture provides a historical framework for answering these questions based on lessons learned from the history of early modern Europe. We were fortunate to have Dr. Andrea Stanton, professor of Religious Studies at D. U. talk about the issues around Islam in October and now we have Professor Hashemi continuing the conversation. This is an absorbing issue and while it is not about “jobs” it is about the economy.


Dr. Dean Hartley

Dr. Huntington Potter

Friday January, 25, 2013 | 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

AWARE and the Head of CU’s Alzheimer’s Program Team Up for Denver Eclectics!

Today we will gain insight into the fight for a cure and also raise awareness to Alzheimer’s and its many effects it has on our society. AWARE is an all-volunteer auxiliary of the Alzheimer's Association, Colorado Chapter.  AWARE's singular mission is raising funds for research to end Alzheimer's disease. This program will be presented by Dean M. Hartley, PhD, director of Science Initiatives at the Alzheimer’s Association and we have also teamed up with Huntington Potter, PhD who came to Denver in July 12, 2012 at the CU School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Program. Dr. Potter joined Alzheimer's disease research in July 2012 and initiated the formation of a new clinical care center in Colorado. The University Of Colorado School Of Medicine's Department of Neurology and the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studies the mechanism by which Alzheimer's disease and Down Syndrome arise and research drugs that could ameliorate or prevent Alzheimer's disease. He has also begun the process of building an Alzheimer's disease center for excellence in clinical care, the only one in Colorado and in a thousand-mile radius of Denver. The Alzheimer’s Associations’ mantra is “The compassion to care, the leadership to conquer.”

All of us hope the research brings some breakthroughs as a new person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 70 seconds. May the scientists be swift!!

photo by Bernard Grant Photography all rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013| SPECIAL LUNCH PROGRAM
Denver Country Club
Presentation & Lunch begin at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (THERE IS NO OPTION FOR PROGRAM ONLY)
COST: $20

Chicken And Waffles: The Secret History of An Unlikely Culinary
Combination: presented by the “Soul Food King” Adrian Miller.

Adrian has delighted us with the food served at the White House beginning with George Washington’s Chef and he spent another evening discussing and serving barbecue. Denver Eclectics not only hears about the cuisine but we enjoy and eat the cuisine at the presentation. This year we will hear about and

eat Chicken and Waffles for lunch at the Denver Country Club. This unique presentation will feature lunch and story together, hence you may not attend the program only. Check out the time, lick your lips, bring a guest and be in the” know”. Chicken and waffles. You may not have tried it, or have even heard of it. Yet, after several decades in obscurity as an African American specialty, chicken and waffles has emerged as one of today's hottest culinary trends in American restaurants. From high-end restaurants to IHOP, chicken and waffles has comfortably taken its place in the American mainstream. Conventional wisdom traces the origins of this dish to Harlem in the Jazz-era as a late-night meal for club goers...but that's only part of the story. Join us as Adrian Miller uncovers the secret history of chicken and waffles.

Friday, February 8, 2013 | 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

Grandmother Power A Global Phenomenon: presented by Paola Gianturco, best selling author/photographer.

This is Paola’s 5th book with powerful pictures and text highlighting brave women who are changing the world. Paola presented to us in 2009 about her book Women Who Light The Dark. About 70 Eclectic attendees got the book, which she signed. I have to add that she co-developed and taught Executive Institutes on Women and Leadership at Stanford University. This time, many of us will identify with the grandmothers and be inspired. If you want to invite another grandmother to join us please do so and give us her name.


Monday, February 11, 2013 | Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Joel Fan Returns In Concert: Three Amazing Sonatas!

Many of us have had the pleasure – no delight in hearing Joel Fan on the piano at the Denver Country Club. Every time he comes we applaud, give him a standing ovation and try to have him do an encore. This evening is indeed a “salon” with one of the world’s finest virtuosos in our “living room.” Pianist Joel Fan is one of the most dynamic and accomplished musicians performing before the public today. He is consistently acclaimed for his recitals, recordings, and appearances with orchestras throughout the world. His concerts attract a wide range of audiences, as he has eagerly embraced traditional piano literature as well as an eclectic range of repertoire, including new music commissioned especially for him, world music, and his own transcriptions. Mr. Fan's engaging personality, technical assurance, lyricism, and sheer musicality win over audiences wherever he performs. As a recording artist, Mr. Fan scored two consecutive Billboard Top 10 Debuts with his solo CDs, World Keys and West of the Sun. I am not overstating this program. You attend Denver Eclectics for special opportunities, and this evening will be one of them.


Friday, February 15, 2013 | 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

Global Growth – Myth or Reality: presented by Eileen M. Sharkey, CFP ®

Eileen came and presented A Blueprint for Saving and Thriving in this New Economic Roller Coaster on February 12, 2010. The program was outstanding and other groups immediately booked her for this presentation. Her wit and wisdom and presentation skills are amazing. This season she will tackle the challenging question of what do we do now living in the unknowns? I think all of us are anxious about the future and Eileen will give us a look at the new opportunities presented to Americans by the recent changes around the world


Friday, February 22, 2013 | 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

Love, Money, and Blood: Families and History in the North American West, 1800-1880: presented by Dr. Anne Farrar Hyde, professor of history at Colorado College.

Dr. Hyde will talk about her recent book and research on mixed race families in the American West, who are surprisingly numerous and influential in the 19th Century. This will be a multimedia presentation. We thank Janet Manning, Denver Eclectic member for enticing the most interesting Colorado College’s professors to come and enthrall us. All history buffs you don’t want to miss these good stories including some specific families from Colorado in the Rocky Mountain region. I bought her book and find it enthralling. I know her presentation will keep us on the edge of our chairs!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013| 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

Who Stole the American Dream: presented by Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and veteran reporter.

Two of his books The Russians and The Power Game: How Washington Works were both read by millions of readers. His new book has been hailed by critics as a brilliant analysis of political and economic trends and changes in the U.S. over the past 30 – 40 years. Over the past 25 years, PBS viewers saw Hedrick Smith as a principal panelist on Washington Week in Review and as a special correspondent for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer. We are able to get Hedrick Smith to present as he is a Williams College classmate and a good friend of Frank Isenhart, Myra’s husband. Myra, of course, is an Eclectic member. In summary, this book has been called a magnificent work of history and reportage and is filled with penetrating insights, provocative discoveries, and the great empathy of a master journalist. Finally, Smith offers ideas for restoring America’s great promise and reclaiming the American Dream.


photo by Eric Williams all rights reserved.

Friday, March 1, 2013 | 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

What Is art supposed to be? presented by Andrew Connor, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.

Last year Andrew presented a terrific program about East and West Coast Graffiti. He is a lively compelling young man who really is thoroughly ensconced in his subject matter. This year he has agreed to speak on contemporary art. This year’s topic will be an introduction to modern and contemporary art and he will use music as well as visual art to respond to the age-old cynical question often asked in front of abstract or challenging art, "What's that supposed to be?"  The answer, of course is that it is supposed to be (and probably is) "art."  Even landscape painter Georgia O'Keeffe weighed in by commenting "There is nothing as artificial as 'realism'."  This reasoning makes abstract art the most "true" of art styles because it purports to be nothing other that what it is, abstraction, pure and simple.  He will also discuss issues of why we should care about contemporary art and how good avant-garde art serves society by provoking expansive thinking and demonstrating innovation and invention.  The lecture includes examples of recorded music by Charles Ives and John Adams. ~OK art and music lovers get ready~


Friday, March 8, 2013 | 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

Celebrating in 2013, International Women’s Day, The Gender Agenda Gaining Momentum. Denver Eclectics is Co-Sponsoring with World Denver to bring you this wonderful opportunity!

We will share a speaker who will put fire into this occasion. We have invited Deedee Corradini, former Mayor of Salt Lake City and President of the International Women’s Forum to talk with us and we look forward to learning about the increased success of women around the world.

Each year 1,000 International Women’s Day events are observed on March 8th. Denver Eclectics is just one example of an important women’s group celebrating this day!



Monday, March 11, 2013 | SPECIAL EVENING PROGRAM
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Appetizers and wine at the tables
6:30pm - 7:15pm: Presentation
7:30pm - 8:30pm: Dinner
COST: $30.00

A Special Evening with Mike Long Chairman, CEO, and President of Arrow Electronics.

In an exclusive program for Denver Eclectics, Mike Long will share his personal road to becoming the CEO of Colorado's largest corporation.  He will also discuss the history of the electronics industry, and share insights into the future of technology.  Along the way, he will touch on issues surrounding personal and corporate reinvention, as well as the relationships between businesses and their employees, governments, and communities.  His brief prepared remarks will be intended to set the stage for answering questions from our audience. This is a specially designed evening program to give Denver Eclectics and their guests an exciting occasion. Lee’s son, Rich Kylberg, is Vice President, of Corporate Communications and Global Marketing for Arrow Electronics so Lee wants her favorite group, Denver Eclectics, to enjoy this evening.


Friday, March 15, 2013 | 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

Does Europe Have a Future? Historical Perspectives on the Current Crisis: presented by Dr. James Sheehan, Dickason Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University

Luck is with us. Ed and I have been fortunate – no blessed to have been on two Stanford Travel trips with Dr. Sheehan as lead presenter. I understate it when I say that he is an awesome presenter and people hovered around him the whole time to gain some additional insights into Europe and Europe’s history . His awards and fellowships are exhaustive and just in September he was invited to Germany to give a presentation on Karl Marx and his early years in Germany AND he gave the lecture in German! He will give our presentation in English. He is currently the President of the American Historical Association and one of his papers was “What it Means to be a State”. States and Violence in Twentieth-Century Europe. I told him we were the smartest group of women in Denver and would ask good questions. I know if you bring a guest they will be delighted to have this special opportunity and, of course, they will keep our reputation in tact.


Friday, March 22, 2013 | 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 Roots of the American Folk Music Revival: presented by Deanna Manchion.

Together we will explore how the American Folk Music Revival in the late 1950’s was built on musical immigrant roots, minstrel shows, Civil War songs, and cowboy ballads from the Nineteenth Century. What is folk music? How was this music passed on through many generations? How did rural isolation in early America preserve and expand its influence? Folk music has influenced American composers like Aaron Copland and Charles Ives. Rock composers from the Rolling Stones to R.E.M. are proud of their connection with "roots" music. We’ll identify examples of early American blues, protest songs, gospel music, children's lullabies, work songs, and spirituals. We’ll  listen to songs written to describe American life during changing times and view some video performances of early folk songs.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm
Cost: $20.00 (Includes bus ride, light breakfast & matzoh)
Please meet at Calvary Temple at 9:30am SHARP:
200 S. University Blvd. | Denver, CO 80209

Field Trip: Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities.

The Fulginiti Pavilion: A small box for big ideas at Anschutz Medical Campus. As Ray Mark Rinaldi, with The Denver Post said, “The Fulginiti Pavilion is a building made for thinking in a city built for doing. Unlike its neighbors on the Anschutz Medical Campus, a block of giant, red-brick machines designed to manufacture the next great generation of nurses and neurosurgeons, the Fulginiti is a space for reflection, a headquarters for conversation about the difficult topic of medical ethics.” Therese (Tess) Jones, Associate Professor of the Department of Internal Medicine will present a compelling program on the parallels between medicine and literature. Alice Abrams recommended her and said she gave an outstanding lecture held in the beautiful Gossard Auditorium which will hold 100 of us. We will have buses so we will arrive at this special field trip together. Dr. Vincent Fulginiti one of our favorite presenters, last year presented How did Infectious Diseases Affect Habitat, Hubris, Hostility, Hearth, Habit, Hallelujah, Heritage, Horticulture and Harmony hopes to welcome us. He said that Tess is a fantastic director of the Arts and Humanities in Health Care Program for the University of Colorado Anschutz Campus and an outstanding teacher.

We are limited to 100 participants so sign up early and ask to include a guest. If possible, we will allow permitted guests if space is available, however, Denver Eclectics get first priority. Transportation to the Fulginiti pavilion will be provided - meet at cavalry temple