Winter/Spring Agenda
January-March 2014

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2013 January-March Agenda
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2012 January-March Agenda

2011 September-December Agenda
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 10, 2014 | 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

The Collection of the Kirkland Museum Fine & Decorative Arts, presented by Hugh Grant.

Hugh Grant is the Founding Director and Curator of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver; also Adjunct Curator of the Kirkland Collection at the Denver Art Museum. Grant established the Kirkland Foundation in 1996 to document, rediscover, collect, exhibit and publish Colorado artists, primarily from 1875 to 1980. More than 170 Colorado artists and about 700 of their works are on view at any one time, from a total collection of more than 500 artists represented by about 5,000 works. Grant built the majority of Kirkland Museum’s international decorative art collection, concentrated from 1875 to 1980, of which there are more than 3,500 items on view.

Kirkland Museum has the estate collection of Vance Kirkland (1904-1981), the distinguished Colorado painter, whose works have received more than 350 exhibitions at 70 museums and 35 universities encompassing 13 countries, many organized by Hugh.



Monday, January 13, 2014 |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

Myanmar (Burma) - outside, inside, and upside-down: a unique perspective, presented by Cathy Bradner.

Cathy Bradner will share her thoughts on a changing Myanmar, beginning with a brief history, before taking us on an incredible journey of transformation. In 1999 Cathy and her husband Curt rode their tandem bicycle over a mountain in north western Thailand and into Mae Sot, home to over 50,000 Burmese refugees and an equal number of illegal migrant laborers. For the next 7 years they worked at Dr. Cynthia Maung's Mae Tao Medical Clinic, developed vocational training programs inside Umpium Mai refugee camp, began a ceramic water filter production facility and helped the Burmese migrants affected by the tsunami of 2004. Upon recognition of their work, UNICEF invited the Brander's to bring their safe water project to Myanmar in 2006. As some of the very few westerners allowed to work in the country, they began a ceramic water filter industry with indigenous potters, ultimately bringing over 1 million people safe drinking water. During their time in Myanmar, Cathy and Curt walked with the monks during the Saffron Revolution, were first responders during cyclone Nargis, and were in Yangon for the first democratic election since 1990.
Cathy is now living in Arvada with her husband Curt. She is enjoying being a part-time Gnanny to their newest granddaughter as well as continuing her role as International Project Director to Thirst-Aid and Managing Director to Art Exiled, the organizations she and Curt founded to help the people of Myanmar.
You can learn more by visiting or (website coming soon).



Friday, January 17, 2014 | Morning Program | RESCHEDULED 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 Pursuit of Happiness Through the Ages: presented by
Dr. Albert Hernández.

Have you ever wondered about the meaning of happiness?  Since the financial crisis of 2008 a growing number of scholars and people across all sectors of society have been reflecting on the problem of personal meaning, connectedness, and human flourishing while publications on these topics and self-improvement programs continue to appear.  Pondering and writing about these big questions is not new, yet through the ages philosophers and persons from all walks of life have offered influential ideas and theories about the pursuit of happiness.  Join us for a lively presentation by Dr. Albert Hernández from the Iliff School of Theology on the search for meaning and purpose in human life. 
The idea of happiness is being researched by Dr. Hernández and we are going to enjoy this presentation on his findings. Dr. Hernández has presented to us several times including the history of Muslim and Christian relations beginning with the Crusades and he is a phenomenal story teller and lively presenter. Denver Eclectics is indeed fortunate that he looks forward to sharing his research with us because we really are intelligent and inquiring women.


Wednesday January 22, 2014 | Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Exploring the Universe from the Moon, presented by Jack Burns.

Our view of the Moon has changed dramatically since the end of NASA’s Apollo missions in the early 1970’s. Over the last decade, a fleet of unmanned international spacecraft have orbited the Moon and gathered new data on its properties and insights into the origin of the Earth’s nearest neighbor. Water ice has been discovered in permanently shadowed craters at the poles of the Moon. This transforms the Moon as a more important destination for space exploration and as a stepping stone to human missions to Mars. The lunar far side is also a valuable and unique resource since it is the only place in the inner solar system that is free of human-made low frequency radio emission. I will describe research on a new radio telescope on the lunar far side, operating at frequencies below the FM radio band, that will for the first time allow us to probe the birth of the first stars and galaxies in the early Universe. The Moon holds the keys to understanding how the Earth-Moon system formed along with the origin of stars and galaxies.


Friday, January 24, 2014 | 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

Denver University Strategic Issues Panel on The Future of
Higher Education, presented by Jim Griesemer.

As a part of its commitment to support the public good, the University of Denver periodically convenes strategic issues panels to examine issues of importance to the people of Colorado. The 2013 panel will be examining The Future of Higher Education. Higher education is facing a period of great change. Technology, demographic changes, shifting values, costs that consistently outstrip inflation, growing price resistance from parents and students, competition from non-traditional schools, the potential for increased governmental involvement and other forces are challenging the pedagogy, economic models, mores, traditions and viability of higher education institutions. The impact of disruptive changes that lie on the educational horizon is likely to be profound. Not all colleges and universities will survive these changes. If the experience of other industries is any guide, procedural inertia, organizational sclerosis and limited resources will lead to institutional retrenchment, downsizings, consolidations and a general thinning of the ranks of traditional schools. A few universities with very large endowments will be shielded—for a while. For the vast majority of schools the coming years promise to be challenging indeed.

The 2013 University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel has begun examining the changes impacting higher education, the forces driving change and the characteristics of organizations in other industries that have survived and even prospered in times of great change. The panel’s report is designed to provide an understanding of these changes to help universities in Colorado and beyond, including DU, think about and prepare to deal with profound changes sweeping higher education.


Friday, February 7, 2014 | 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

Folk Music, presented by Deanna Manchion.

In the Sixties folk music was the voice of protest and self-expression for a generation of young Americans. Folk songs were performed in coffee houses all over America. Greenwich Village was the epicenter with its own mimeographed newspaper Broadside. The Kingston Trio from California launched the popular Folk Revival with their recording of "Tom Dooley." During this period, college students pursued a renewed interest in the songs of early Americans. Joan Baez sang old English ballads with her haunting self-trained soprano. The Newport Folk Festival started in 1959 and showcased all kind of roots music. The show Hootenanny appeared on ABC-TV. Peter, Paul, and Mary had many Top Ten radio hit songs. They used their commercial success to promote justice, peace, and civil rights. Young activist songwriters like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Joni Mitchell inspired others to become singer-songwriters. The quality of poetry found in these new lyrics brought American music to the level of an art form.


Monday, February 10, 2014 | 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 Challenges and Promise of Higher Education, Revisited, presented by Chancellor Robert Coombe.

A presentation made to our Denver Eclectics group in the fall of 2006 addressed the question of whether higher education in America continued to serve as an engine of socioeconomic mobility, or instead, served to promote socioeconomic polarization. Today, while we read frequently about disruptive technologies that promise a new world of educational access and affordability, rather little has changed (at least so far). This presentation will examine some of the current cultural and financial drivers in higher education and their impact on access, affordability, equity and quality. It will present prognostications about the manner in which a great change may occur. In spite of lots of cultural baggage, it remains a time of extraordinary opportunity for higher education and all those who seek its benefits.


Monday, February 17, 2014 | Field Trip
Meet at The State Capitol at 8:00 am SHARP
200 E Colfax Ave. |Denver, CO
Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am/TBD*
COST: $20

A Visit to Our House, a Colorado Day at the Capitol, presented by the Honorable Alice Borodkin.

Not many people think of their State Capitol as their house. But it is our house. We, the citizens of Colorado, pay the taxes that pay the salaries of our elected officials, the staff and the building itself. As a past Colorado State Representative for eight years, and being termed out in 2009, I often joked, sort of, when addressing a group of citizens, I used to ask for a raise! The goal for me is to get people thinking in terms of advocating for what they want. For or against, Democrat or Republican, and not be afraid to contact their elected officials. Advocacy works on all levels. State, US Congress and International. Speaking of paying for salaries, no matter how much money an elected official may receive from lobbyists and citizens for their campaigns, we must remind them they need our vote as well. So tell them that you are their constituent when you contact them, and let them know you are watching their votes. We will hear from a lawyer from Legislative Legal Services. In addition, I ask those who plan on coming that day, to find out who represents them. After our 8AM sharp start with coffee and rolls, we will be in the Supreme Court Chambers and orientation concerning the process, and how the calendar of the day works.


8:00 am - 10:00 am:
Tour Capitol and discuss day to day events.

10:00 am –YOUR CHOICE:
*You may stay and watch the proceedings all day if you would like, or , leave after tour ends at 10am.


Friday, February 21, 2014 | 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

US Foreign Policy Since 2008: What Has Obama Learned? presented by Dr. Lewis Griffith.

Barak Obama came to office in 2008 arguing for fundamental changes in US foreign and national security policy, specifically a fundamental change in approach, method, and emphasis away from the previous Bush Administration. But running against an agenda is a very different thing that executing one's own agenda and like any administration, the Obama Administration had to learn on the job. This talk will center on the evolution of the Obama Administrations foreign policy efforts from what they had hoped, to what they have been able to do, to what they believe to be true today and their priorities for the remainder of their term in office. In addition, we will discuss why US foreign policy has played out as it has and what to make of the Obama Administrations current policies towards the issues of the day. There is no question that there has been much change and significant amounts of it have been positive in one way or another, but has the total impact of the Obama administration on US foreign and defense policy been more or less meaningful than the sum of the parts would lead you to expect? Answering that question will be a personal and political one, this talk will provide a policy analysis that will help one make that assessment.


Friday, February 28, 2014 | 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

Madame Marie Curie, presented by Susan Marie Frontczak.

Susan has been with us before as Eleanor Roosevelt. She seems to be a “clone” of her presentee. This one-woman drama exposes the struggles and triumphs of Madame Marie Curie (née Maria Skłodowska) — an academically impassioned, vehemently private, fervently Polish scientist, mother, and teacher. From the political oppression of her childhood, to scientific emergence and fame to the tragedy that forced her into single motherhood as well as further world prominence, this is a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science. The program includes a monologue in character, followed first by a question and answer period with Marie Curie and then by a question and answer period with Susan Marie Frontczak. Susan’s programs are a delightful way to learn history.


Friday, March 7, 2014| 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

Stories from Carnegie, presented by Gino Francesconi.

Gino Francesconi began his association with Carnegie Hall as an usher, in 1974, while attending school with orchestral conducting as his focus. He has held various positions at the Hall and spent ten years as the backstage artist attendant where he assisted every artist who appeared at the Main Hall such as Frank Sinatra, Leontyne Price, Vladimir Horowitz, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Yo-Yo Ma. I heard Gino present last year at Jean Hodge’s Town Hall series. His stories about assisting those amazing artists is spell binding. Benny Goodman’s daughters donated their Dad’s Clarinet. He has a ticket from the opening night concert, May 5, 1891. He checks eBay twice a day, knowing that you can’t always get what you want. He orchestrates the preservation and digitization of 300, 000 programs, fliers, ticket stubs and recordings that have been amassed from 50,000 events in Carnegie’s three concert spaces. This is the perfect profession for a “Grande” Collector and he does it all to preserve Carnegie’s history for us and our grand children.
We are lucky that Denver Eclectic attendee Linda Hills is his friend!


Monday, March 10, 2014 | Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Here’s looking at you, kid: Love and Loss in the Classic Films of Humphrey Bogart, presented by John Simons.

Although he is often associated with the "Tough Guy" or hard-boiled school of American acting and American film, Humphrey Bogart is also one of Hollywood's greatest and most complicated leading men. Lacking the suave and spectacular good looks of a Cary Grant or a Gary Cooper, or the aw shucks comic swagger of a Jimmy Stewart, Bogart, with his short stocky stature and his rough, low voice mixed with a slight lisp, and his dark, at times foreboding eyes, embodied a different kind of star, one that has never really been at home in the world, and never been imitated. In his relationships with female stars, Bogie projected a strong personality, even at times a sense of menace and threat, mixed with a kind of disarming but incisive charm. It is with such representative films as HIGH SIERRA, THE MALTESE FALCON, CASABLANCA and THE BIG SLEEP that Bogart and his co-stars, Ida Lupino, Mary Astor, Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall create a different kind of screen chemistry, always edgy, deeply romantic yet tinged by fatalism and a dark view of human nature. Love is possible in these representative films, but it comes at great cost. The quintessence of the Bogart persona is of course, his masterpiece, CASABLANCA, and it is in the tortured wartime love affair between Rick and Ilsa that the Bogart genius most definitively shines through.

Dr. Lisa Petri

Dr. Erica Rambus

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 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

Gripping tales, or is that tails? presented by Dr. Erica Rambus &
Dr. Lisa Petri.

When Dr. Erica Rambus graduated from CSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, she never imagined that she would someday slip into the role of a crazy cat lady. Her love and concern for the ever-growing population of cats in the Denver Metro area piqued her curiosity and concern, prompting her to start a mobile spay/neuter practice for “Community Cats.” Serving the underprivileged was nothing new for Dr. Rambus, seamlessly moving from her job at Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital (a hospital dedicated to helping the underserved pet population) to Divine Feline, her own non-profit organization. She’ll take us inside the secret world of “street cats”, as we’ve never seen them before!

Dr. Lisa Petri rescued her first cat on her 6th birthday and not long after started finding and rehoming stray dogs. She had no idea that this would take over her life and become the driving force behind not only her life, but also her husband's life too. Kyle and Lisa foster, rescue, support, and organize spay/neuter clinics. They own 7 dogs which are all rescues from as close as Colorado Springs to as far as Seville, Spain.

Wagner Schorr, MD

.Monday, March 24, 2014 | 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 Stem Cell Revolution—Is Stem Cell Therapy ready to Deliver on Its Promise? Presented by Wagner Schorr, MD joins Dennis Roop, PhD and Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD.

Wagner Schorr, MD joins Dennis Roop, PhD and Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD for a rare look inside the present and future of precision medicine. Since its founding in 2007, the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology has established a pace of discovery that shatters historic precedent. Not since the Manhattan Project of the late 1930s has there been a scientific discovery with greater potential to alter the course of humanity.


Dr. Roop will share some incredibly exciting news about the launch of a new manufacturing facility for gene and cell therapies that will enable scientists in Colorado to unleash the full potential of the stem cell promise. Dr. Schorr will compare today’s stem cell revolution with his first-hand perspective of the last medical revolution that occurred in Colorado in the early 1960s when Dr. Schorr was among a team of University of Colorado faculty and clinicians who lead the world in developing organ transplant, with early emphasis on kidney transplant, followed by the world's first liver transplant in 1963.


Dr. Jimeno will discuss his first-in-nation cancer stem cell-directed therapies program in which he was able to launch human clinical trials within less than two years from basic discovery. This new therapeutic approach, combined with a new humanized screening model, holds the promise of changing the way we treat cancer, forever.

A special thank you to Patrick B. Gaines and Bishop Jerry Winterrowd for helping to arrange this exciting program.


Antonio Jimeno, MD, PhD

Dennis Roop, PhD

Monday, March 31, 2014 | 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

Beacon Hill Village, presented by Susan McWhinney-Morse.

Beacon Hill Village was founded by Susan McWhinney-Morse in Boston as an organization that believes there is no place like home when it comes to growing older. On August 8, 2013 on PBS Nightly News, Ray Suarez had a story about this organization with several members of the group and with Susan, the founder. Susan said that twelve years ago she and her neighbors got together to devise a way to stay in their Boston neighborhood even as their needs changed and increased with age. Beacon Hill Village now has 400 members who pay an annual fee of about $100—$1000, depending on their needs and financial circumstances. The organization has just four full-time employees and a small office space. The village offers transportation to doctors and grocery stores and provides free exercise classes and lectures on current events. Now there are more than 60 Villages that have opened up since their 10th anniversary. Two of these communities are here in the Denver Metro Area.

One is called Columbine Community Village in suburban South Jefferson Country in Littleton CO. Their mission and vision is to offer older adults the means to live with greater independence in their own homes. Village members are supported by volunteer assistance for driving and household chores; social and educational programs; and many other useful resources.

The second organization is called A Little Help Connecting Neighbors. A Little Help is tailoring the Village model to operate more intergenerational by reforming it as a community for all ages.

You can see as we have become an aging society there are creative ways of meeting the needs of our older people.