The following lecture videos were initially presented by the Arizona Senior Academy as webinars.  The presenters have agreed to include their webinar presentations as videos on this list. The videos have been placed on this page 10 days or more following the initial presentation, and withdrawn 4 months following the presentation.


March 31: Win Holden: “On the Road Since 1925: the Colorful History of Arizona Highways Magazine”

Many Arizonans have long looked forward to another issue of Arizona Highways, the premier travel magazine that features all the natural and cultural wonders of this unique state. Win Holden, the sixth publisher and recipient of several lifetime achievement awards, starts with how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world. Surviving as a magazine that is not dependent on advertising, the magazine has been able to survive in a competitive atmosphere that has seen many other respected national magazines fail. Click here

March 29: Neil Kochenour: Great Decisions– “Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead”

The fourth in this year’s series of Great Decisions will focus on Brexit.   In 2016, the British citizens voted by a narrow margin to leave the EU. On Dec. 30, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) signed a trade agreement that completed the exodus of the UK from the EU. ramifications are significant for the EU and the UK. Following the video, the discussion will be lead by Neil Kochenour, MD, who spent the last 12 years of his career as Medical Director of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Click here

March 22: Suzanne Ferguson: “Great Decisions–“The New Arctic as a Space for Collaboration and Conflict”

This third of the 2021 “Great Decision” based on video and text from the Foreign Policy Association the long-range implications of the dramatic changes in the Arctic. As the polar icecap melts, many countries are are working hard to “own” a share of the arctic and influence policies such  as petroleum extraction, commercial shipping, minerals and others. AV resident, Suzanne Ferguson taught Native American  literature at several universities and worries about the North American indigenous peoples and animals in the Arctic. Click here

March 15: Marna Broekhoff: Great Decisions–“The End of Globalization?”

The second Great Decision program focusses on a trend in current policies devoted to replacement of attempts at globalization by more protectionist policies such as Brexit, and Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine. Following the video program, Dr. Marna Broekhoff will summarize the chapter, and  conclude by questioning some of the premises about globalization that ignore the economic, socio-psychological and environmental challenges. Dr. Broekhoff is a retired English Professor and AV resident who has taught on every continent except the southern most one. Click here

 March 8: Andy Robertson: Great Decisions–“The Two Koreas”

“The Two Koreas” is the first of five weekly videos programs, sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, using video and summary essays by experts in the field. This is an annual series in which groups around the country study and discuss topics of foreign policy interest.
This program takes up the development of South Korea after the Korean War and its relations with the U.S., as well as North Korea, and how these relationships have been changing.Andrew Robertson, An AV resident and PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan, will introduce the program and lead the discussion. Click here

March 3. Andy Bernstein: “Wellness and Resilience in the time of COVID”

Andy Bernstein is a Clinical Professor in the U of A. College of Medicine. He describes the enormous effects that COVID has had on so many aspects of our lives. Reports from multiple sources indicate a general uptick in stress, anxiety and depression, brought about by a combination of change, uncertainty, and the suspension of close contact with friends and family members. Dr. Bernstein presents a framework within which to work toward increased health and wellness. Click here 

Feb 24. Catlow Shipek: “Rainwater Harvesting for Watershed Health”

Catlow Shipek received his MSc in Watershed Management from the U of A, and has over 15 years of experience in green stormwater infrastructure, stream restoration, and eco-sanitation. A watershed is a geographical delineation based on the flow of surface water. In this video, Shipek explores rainwater harvesting and how it fosters landscape stewardship to promote watershed health. Click here

Feb 22. Dan Swann: “Wildlife of Saguaro National Park”

Learn more about the natural wonders of Saguaro National Park, a close and valued neighbor of Academy Village. Dan Swann has been a wildlife biologist at the park for more than 25 years, and has received special hours for his work on wildlife and water issues. His focus, here, is on the park’s varied wildlife, and how park personnel are learning more about how to protect the native plants and animals. Click here

Feb 17. Jim Turner: “The Dream Catchers: 150 Years of Arizona Photography”

Ever since cameras were invented, Arizona has inspired spectacular photography. Jim Turner, teacher and historian of Arizona photography presents the history of photography as an endeavor in one of the most photographed areas of the world–Arizona and the Southwest.  Turner describes the evolution of photography as used to capture the beauty of the Southwest. Click here

Feb, 15. Erin Riordan: “A New Model for Desert Food Production in a Warming, Drying World”

Dr. Riordan is a biogeographer and ecologist working at the intersection of plants, people, and climate. She is a researcher at the University of Arizona and works at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill. She and her colleagues’ goal is to develop a new model for climate-smart desert food production that is not only resilient to climate change, but also benefits land and human health. Click here

Feb 10. Laura McMahon: “Making Strange Familiar and the Familiar Strange: A Phenomenological Interpretation of ‘Honor Killing’

Dr. McMahon is an Associate professor of Philosophy at Eastern Michigan University, teaching 19th and 20th century philosophy and feminist theory.  She examines the ‘honor killings’ in Islamic Cultures by describing the”universalist” and “Cultural Relativism” approaches to understanding this tradition. She finds them both poor explanations of what is going on.  She employs phenomenology and ethnographies of Arab Women’s worlds to challenge the both views of ‘honor killing’, and create an alternative. Click here

Feb 8.  Beth Surdut: “The Art of Paying Attention to Nature”.

Combining storytelling, visual art, and science to observe and understand the creatures with whom we share our lives. Beth Surdut is an award-wining wildlife illustrator and writer. She has paddled with alligators, hung from a rope in a mountain fern forest, and kayaked amidst seals and dolphins. Click here

Feb 6. Dan Angelo: “Creating the Perfect Picture: Basic Photo Editing in Windows 10”

Dan Angelo, President of the Arizona Senior Academy, presents a unique webinar on editing photos on Windows 10.  He covers the topics of Light, Color Density, Clarity, Cropping and Saving.  These editing tools are presented on this webinar by showing exactly what one must do to develop a remarkable photo. Click here

Feb 12. Michael Brescia: “The Spanish Inquisition”

The Spanish Inquisition continues to shape our historical imaginations. Some scenes are funny (Monty Python or Mel Brooks), some relate the horror of the time. Dr. Brescie subjects the Inquisition, as both a European and New World institution, to rigorous examination, trying to separate fact from fiction, history from myth. Dr. Brescia is Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museum with faculty positions in History and Law at the University of Arizona. Click here

Jan. 27, 2021: Harriet Friedman, “What is a Sustainable Food System?”

The U.S. and other industrial nations have been producing food using large amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. This system is unsustainable in the long run. Harriet Friedman, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, addresses such questions as what is ‘sustainable’ and what ‘invasive’. A key topic is the dynamics of bio-cultural landscapes an joint products of humans and nature. Click here

Jan. 20, 2021: Jeff Babson, “Hummingbirds”

Hummingbirds delight all of us with their brilliant colors, unparalleled flight abilities, and cheeky personalities.  Jeff Babson owns Sky Islands Tours, a birding and eco-tour company that also conducts environmental education programs. Jeff explores hummingbird diversity in Southern Arizona, how to identify different species, and what and how to feed hummingbirds. Click here

Jan. 18, 2021; Neil Kochenour, “What Can We Learn from Other Countries about Health Care?”

Dr. Neil Kochenour received an MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Cornell University.  His last position before retiring was Division Chief of the Maternal Fetal Department at the University of Utah. He has been studying the differences between Health Care Systems in this and other countries, and why certain aspects (such as cost) better in some countries than others. He compares a number of metrics from many countries and then discusses what lessons can be applied to the U.S. health system. Click here

Jan. 13, 2021; Daniel Duncan: “Telling Stories with Pictures”

Daniel Duncan is the producer and videographer of KUAT’s highly popular series, In the America’s with David Yetman” and the earlier series,”The Desert Speaks”, both of which are distributed by PBS. His ability to capture a narrative essence in beautiful provocative film has gained him many awards and honors. In this video, he describes how he approaches documentary filming, and what “producer” means in this context. Click here 

Jan. 6; Caleb Simmons: “The History of Yoga”

Dr. Caleb Simmons, Associate Professor of Religion in the College of Humanities at the AU, traces the practices of Yoga from its roots to more current times. Possibly founded in the ancient Indus Valley/Harrapan Civilization, yoga gravity to its theistic goals found in the Bhagavad Gita to the emergence of “classical” forms of practice, and on to the development of modern-posture focused yoga. Click here 

Jan. 4; Marilyn Skinner: “Nero and the Great Fire of 64 CE: Current Views of Catastrophe”

“Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned”. Did this really happen? Historians are now reconsidering Nero and coming to surprising conclusions about his abilities as an emperor. D. Marilyn Skinner, a professor Emerita at the University of Arizona, reviews new research on the Nero’s reign, focussing on the most horrific event of his term as Emperor. Click here

Dec. 23; Marcia Neugebauer: “What’s Up in Deep Space?”

There are thousands of Active spacecraft orbiting the Earth, but not very many elsewhere in the solar system. In this talk Marcia Neugebauer brings watchers up-to-date on what is currently happening in deep space. She describes some of the many spacecrafts, where they are, and what type of information they are capturing about various planets and astroids. Click here

Dec. 21: Alex La Pierre: “Arizona’s Adobe Architecture: The Sonoran Row House”

Alex La Pierre is the program director for the Tubac-based nonprofit Border Community Alliance. This webinar focusses on Arizona’s own architectural style, the Sonoran Row House. He uncovers the origins of this adobe Sonoran Row House, explores existing examples, and explains efforts to gain recognition as a National Historical Landmark. Click here

Dec. 16. Allen Denmoyer: “The Early Agricultural Period of Southern Arizona”

Allen Denmoyer specializes in Experimental Archaeology that works to reconstruct the past by recreating technologies and practices known to us through archeological remnants. In this talk, he describes archaeological understandings of the Early Archeological Period in Southern Arizona, including the agricultural field system along the Santa Cruz River in Tucson. He also presents photos of excavations along the Santa Cruz River. Click here

Dec. 9: Kenneth Drozd: “2020 Westher: A View from the National Weather Service, Tucson”

Ken Drozd has been the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the NOAA’s National Weather Station in Tucson for 12 years. Drodz reviews the weather across the western U.S. during 2020, highlighting some of the more significant events, such as the Southeast Arizona’s record summer heat, the extreme wildfire season, and the lack of monsoonal rainfall. He describes how the Tucson NWS office interacts with other agencies to minimize damage and fatality numbers in Arizona. Click here

Dec. 7: Charles P. Gerda: “Germs, Warfare and Laundry”

Dr. Gerber, who has aPhD in microbiology, and is currently professor of urology in the Dept. of Environmental Science, studies methodology for pathogen detection in water and food. In this presentation, he discusses the current science on how to tackle washing laundry and sanitization–an important topic in the Covid pandemic. Click here

Dec. 2: Kathleen C. Schwartzman: “Mexico’s Economic Future in the Face of Global Shifts”

Dr. Schwartzman, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona, focusses on the economic and political consequences of globalization for less developed countries.  Here, she presents three possible trajectories for Mexico’s future development: autonomous; dependent on China; or stagnation. She argues that stagnation is the most likely outcome. Click here

Nov. 30, 2020. Jan Cleere: “Legacies of the Past: Arizona Women Who Made History”

Jan Cleere writes extensively about the southwest desert and the people of who settled here. In this presentation, she tells the stories of an array of early and more recent Arizona women who endured trouble and hardships but who, nevertheless achieved amazing feats and triumphs during early territorial days and later. Click here 

Nov. 25, 2020. Sophie Hodorowicz Knab: “Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Germany”

The author, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, was born in a Polish Displaced Persons camp. She has written several books on Polish history and culture, particularly Nazi exploitation of Eastern Europeans. Her presentation, here,  presents a portrait of the lives of forced laborers during World War II: in particular, women from Poland. Click here

Nov19, 2020. Gary Fenstermacher: “Envisioning a Different Way to Retire: The First Quarter Century of Academy Village”

Gary Fenstermacher, emeritus professor at the University of Michigan, has lived in Academy Village for 15 years. He examines Henry Koffler’s founding vision, the five years of planning that preceded the first home in the Village, and the two decades since. Fenstermacher considers events in the early 2,000’s that altered Koffler’s vision, sometimes for the better and sometimes not. Click here