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 The videos have been placed on this page 10 days or more following the initial presentation, and withdrawn several months following the presentation. The first one on the right (Fenstermacher) is particularly helpful for those new to Academy Village. 


Nov, 10. Gary Fenstermacher: “Retrospect and Prospect For the Academy Villas”

Gary D Fenstermacher is President of the Academy Services Corporation, the Village organization that handles the Academy Villas Assisted Living facilities. An Academy Village resident and volunteer, he has been heavily involved with these facilities from their inception 15 years ago until the present.  In this presentation, Fenstermacher recounts the history, and the potential future of the Academy Villas. Click here

Nov. 14. Captain Asa Pallette: “Wildfire Risk & Protection in 85747”

Captain Asa Pallette, Rincon Valley Fire District Wildland Fire Program Coordinator, presents a discussion of the current wildfire risk in Southern Arizona, and suggests concrete actions to take to protect homes and families from wildfire. He points out that the increasing risk of wildfires is challenging fire departments and land management agencies. Click here

Nov. 9. Alain-Phillippe Durand, Dean, College of Humanities; Judd Ruggill, Head of Depression. Public & Applied Humanities; David Galbraith, Director of UA School of Plant Sciences: “Innovation in the Humanities and the STEMM: The BA in Applied Humanities”

In 2017, The U of A’s College of Humanities launched a Department of Public and Applied Humanities, with a new Bachelor of Arts in Applied Humanities. The initiators of this new degree lay out features of the innovative and successful interdisciplinary curriculum that brings together the Humanities, STEMM, and business disciplines at U of A. Click here

Nov. 6. Joela  Jacobs: “Vegetal Eroticism: Plants Between Science and Fiction”

Discovery of the many ways in which plants can reproduce caused moral scandals in the 18th Cent. and again in the 20th. Concern that people would get ideas about their own sexuality from plants, caused botany to become a scandalous pursuit for women. Joela Jacobs, Asst. Prof. of German Studies, U A,  invites us to follow her on a little trip through the scandalous world of plants between science and fiction.  Her talk takes place in the context of the exhibit: “Eden? Plants Between Science and Fiction”, now on display at the UA Tre–Ring Research Laboratory. Click here

Oct. 26. Kendal Kroesen: “Mission Garden Today”

Mission Garden is Tucson’s “living agricultural museum of Sonoran Desert-adapted heritage of fruit trees, traditional heirloom crops and edible native plants”. Developed in the Spanish Colonial Era, this living museum of 4,000+ years of agriculture in Tucson was rebuilt in 2008. Kendal Kroesen, the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Mission Garden, conducts tours, and gives talks such as this one at ASA. Click here

Oct. 25. Members of Incorporate Vail: “Incorporate Vail–or Not”

Several attempts to incorporate the community of Vail. Arizona, have been made over the last number of years.  This presentation by a new group working on incorporation brought up a number of issues with which the committee is grappling. The names of the speakers are:  Marico Tippit, resident of Del Lago, David Hook, Pastor at Lutheran, Vail; Steve Wynn and Bruce Wright, consultants to the group. To see and hear the discussion, click here

Oct. 24. Brian Ellis: “Can Residential Rainwater Harvesting Truly Impact the Ability of Tucson to Sustain its Growing Population?”

With 1,000,000 + residents, Tucson is the 3rd fastest warming cities in the U.S., and had its hottest month on record in 2020. A bright spot in Tucson’s attempts to preserve water is the residential rebate program. in the 2018-2019 fiscal, this program saved enough water to supply 160 households. Brian Ellis, a certified Water Harvesting Practitioner, shows how one residential household can make a difference by incorporating rainwater harvesting to reduce dependence on municipal sources.Click here

Oct 17. Maureen A. Orr, & Robert A. Linden: “One Humanitarian Response: Working with Doctors Without Borders, 2005-2013”

After decades of medical practice in rural Colorado, Nurse Practitioner, Maureen Orr, and internist Robert Linden embarked on their life-long plan of doing humanitarian work for people in dire need of basic health care. Over the next 8 years, they completed five overseas assignments that included  Indonesia; Sudan; HIV care in Uganda; Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands. They describe their work in this lecture. Click here

Oct 10. Alex La Pierre: “The Gastronomy of Sonora According to the Jesuit Chronicles”

Alex La Pierre, cofounder of Boderlandia–a bi-national organization committed to building public understanding of the borderlands, returns to ASA to provide the background to the development of “Sonora” influenced foods. This cuisine was developed in the kitchens of of the Jesuit missions of what is now northwestern Mexico. Fortunately, the members of the order wrote many documents about genesis this cuisine. Click here

Oct 5. Cindy Soffron: “Ballot Propositions for Pima County Residents”

Arizona is a state with a very active and legally powerful ballot initiative system. Sometimes the initiatives that qualify to reach the official ballot are difficult to understand.  Cindi Soffron, a retired fiduciary accountant who volunteers with the League of Women Voters, explains how the Arizona initiative process works and reviews the various propositions on which Pima County residents will vote on in November. Click here

Sept. 30: Jim Kolbe–“Is the American Experiment with Democracy Coming to Its End?

Jim Kolbe is the Former Congressman from Arizona’s 5th District and a public affairs consultant. In these days of fraught political events, politicized political life, and divided loyalties, many seek clarity and hope for America’s future. There are, however, efforts to achieve bipartisan accord through newly emerging political movements. Congressman Kolbe addresses some of this work, including the “fusion” effort. Click here 

Sept. 27: David Sand–“Young, Blue and Isolated: A New Class of Stellar Systems”

One of the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope was an image of a “Blue Blob”, a star system consisting only of young blue stars. David Sands is an Associate Professor, Dept. of Astronomy, & Associate Astronomer, Steward Observatory, U of A. discusses these newly recognized types of stellar system. They are formed through the “stripping” of gas in the environments between galaxies. Click here

July 11: Kellyn Shaw–“Introduction to Services and Specialities at the New Northwest Medical Center at Houghton and Old Spanish Trail”

Kellyn Shaw, Director of Provider Relations for Northwest Healthcare, presents an overview of the services and specialities available at the new Eastside branch of Northwest Medical Center. Current providers include Primary Care, Othopedics, General Surgery, Pulmonology, GYN/Urogynecology, and Urology. Others will added soon. Dr. Jeffrey Beckenbaugh, Orthopedics,  joined Shaw to talk about the medical group available at the Hospital. Click here

June 22: Allen Dart-“Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Social Sustainability”

Allen Dart, Executive Director, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center in Tucson, returns to Academy Village to discuss the perspectives that archaeology and related disciplines provide about natural hazards, environmental change, and human adaptation. This perspective sometimes contradicts historical data used by modern scientists to make decisions affecting social sustainability and human safety. The video of this talk can be obtained by ASA members by requesting it from Tremia Vague:

June 13: Jennifer Wargo-“Curbside Recycling Continued, aka, ‘Can I recycle that?'”

Many of us still find find ourselves looking at items we are discarding and wondering “Is this recyclable or not?” Jennifer N Wargo, Communications director for the Four Corners Area, Waste Management Corporation, provides easy-to-remember tips for what items are accessible in curbside recycling.  She then allows viewers to show items about which they are unsure, and gives specific answers to their questions. Many questions were asked. Click here

June 1: Michael Chriss–“Tales Out of School: Memoirs from My Life, Part II”

In this delightful and poignant collection of memories, AV resident and popular ASA lecturer, Michael Chriss, looks back through eighty-six years of interesting and thoughtful life. Michael Chriss was Professor of Astronomy and Humanities at the College of San Mateo. (CA) and its planetary Director. He is a student of astronomy as well as the history of art and science. Click here

May 16: Judith L. Bronstein–“Binders Full of Women: Early Women Authors in ‘The American Naturalist’, 1867 – 1916”

Dr. Bronstein describes the research conducted by herself and Dr. Bolnick to identify women authors in the journal The American Naturalist from 1867 to 1916, and investigate their lives, if possible. They did find a number of women authors–increasing somewhat over the years–and provided a revealing look into American Women in science. Click here

May 11: Christopher Castro “Winds, Fire and Floods: The More Extreme Nature of the North American Monsoon”

The North American Monsoon presents a pattern of pronounced increase in rainfall over the Southwestern US and northwestern Mexico usually between June and September. This phenomenon provides most of the annual total precipitation for the region.  However, in recent years, climate change has caused monsoon storms to be less frequent but more severe. With less rainfall, wildfires last longer, burning larger areas more thoroughly. Dr. Castro, an Associate Professor at the U of A, discusses how he uses climate models to forecast future monsoons. Click here

May 9: Sabrina Helm “Why All This ‘Stuff’ Matters: Climate Change and Consumer Behavior”

UA Associate Professor Sabrina Helm suggests that the earth’s natural carrying capacity require us to curb overconsumption, which is the main driver of climate change. Dr. Helm discusses the linkages between climate change and (over)consumption, the psychology behind materialistic lifestyles, anticipated consequences of climate change for consumers, and related psychological stressors that can aid or hamper the development of consumer resilience. Click here

May 4: Stephanie Neuman “We Are What We Eat Especially As We Age”

Eat. Move, and Live. . .Better. Stephanie Neuman, a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist moved to Tucson to study at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Institute for Holistic Practitioners.  She discusses easy practical ways to implement eating in an individuals’s lifestyle to support good health, boost energy, and find balance in the world of food as well as what to watch for, avoid, and limit to feel one’s best and increase quality of life.Click here

April 27. Mary Stiner:  “The Beginnings of Village Life and Sheep Domestication in Turkey in the Late Stone Age”

Recent archeological findings from the first Neolithic settlements in Southwest Asia shine a light on the moment when people began to turn away from the nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle and settled into villages, and start to raise sheep. UA Regents Professor Mary Stiner and Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum describes the development process at the early Pre-Pottery site of Asikli Hoyuk in central Anatolia (Turkey) over the 1000 years of its existence. Click here

April 25.  Wynne Brown: “The Forgotten Botanist–Sara Plummer Lemon’s Life of Science and Art”

Sara Lemmon, a remarkable botanist, successfully lobbied for the Golden Poppy as California’s state flower, and is the Lemon in our own Mount Lemmon–among many other accomplishments. Wynne Brown’s book, “Forgotten Botanist” chronicles Sara Lemmon’s life discovering new plant species in Arizona, California and Oregon along other activities. Brown has recently been selected by Pima County Library’s Writer in residence, and has written on a wide variety of topics.Click here

April 20: Dr. Michael M. Brescia: “Remembering the Alamo. . .or Not: Bridging History and Foundational Myths in American History”

Dr. Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory in the Arizona State Museums, examines the controversy currently raging in Texas over the Alamo, at the expense of a clearer understanding of its role in Mexican and American history. He Identifies and evaluates the broader historical and cultural context that led to the battle at the Alamo, and assesses the Alamo as filtered through the lens of popular culture, especially Hollywood and the film industry. Click here

March 30: “A Transborder Journey into Academia: Successful and Challenging Experiences”

Dr. Nadia Alvarez Mexia, Director of Transborder Education Initiatives, asks and addresses the question: How do students negotiate the challenges of higher education from one side of the Mexico/US border to the other? She addresses the role of culture in higher education and what it means for the students and faculty on both sides of the border. Click here

March 28. Rosemary Brown & Sharon Scott: “Inside Views: Running a Bed & Breakfast”

If you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a Bed & Breakfast, now is the time to find out from longtime B&B owners, Rosemary Brown and Sharon Scott, both recently retired innkeepers.They share details about how they got started and why they love the business,  One was in a Victorian farmhouse in upstate New York, and the other territorial southwestern in Tucson. Many topics are described in this business that both owners loved. Click here

March 23. Nancy Fitzgerald: “A Gathering of Poets”

Nancy Fitzgerald, Academy Village’s resident poet, read from her own work, talks a little about her teaching and writing. She then hosts members of her 2022 poetry class, all of whom are Village residents, and each of whom reads a poem of his or her own, created in Nancy’s class. Click here

March 16. Manel Esteban: “An Incredible Journey–From a Barcelona Eighth Grade Drop-Out to an American University Presidency”

Academy Village resident., Dr. Manel Esteban reads from his autobiography, “An Incredible Journey–From a Barcelona Eighth Grade Drop-Out to an American University Presidency” (2021). This extraordinary autobiography takes readers across 4 countries as one young immigrant navigates through continual change on his road to success and contentment to become the President of California State University, Chico. Click here

March 15. Dr. Karletta Chief: “Cooperation with Indigenous Food, Energy, Water”

The greatest predictor of food insecurity in the United States is your ethnicity. The same is true of water contamination and energy supply. Native Americans are significantly more likely to experience these problems than any other ethnic group. Dr. Chief, an expert in hydrology and water resources, describes the conditions under which many nature people live in relation to obtaining food and water; and her work in solving these critical problems as a professor at the University of Arizona. Click here

March 9. Mary Welch-Keesey: “Spring Wild Flowers of the Rincon Valley”

Academy Village resident and professional horticulturist Mary-Welch-Keesey presents an illustrated primer on spring-flowering plants native to the Rincon Valley. She covers topics such as names, how to identify plants, and how to care for them. She presents copies photos to illustrate our most common wild flowers. Click here

Feb. 2. Nancy Fitzgerald & Connie Wanek: “Two Sisters in Poetry”

Our Academy Village Poet in Residence, Nancy Fitzgerald, and award-winning poet Connie Wanek, present a duo reading, with conversation in between. Nancy has published three chapbooks of poetry, has work in many anthologies, and was featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac”.  Connie has published 4 collections of poetry, and has won many awards in poetry. Click here

Dec.13. Tom Travis and Norm Scott: “Sustainability in the Village: Exploration of Alternatives

Tom Travis is the President of the Arizona Senior Academy and Chair of the AV Strategic Planning Committee.  He collaborated with Norm Scott, Chair of the AV Sustainability Committee to develop a section of the Strategic Plan on the future of Sustainability in Academy Village. This report posits three possible scenarios for the Village:  “business as Usual”, Higher levels of Sustainable Practices and Systems, and “program Development”. The report by Tom and Norm is followed by a discussion with the audience and small break-out groups. Click here

Nov 17. Richard Nisbett: “The Geography of Thought”

Richard Nisbett, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan, explored the differences between the ways Asians and Westerners conceptualize the world based on their cultural background in his book “The Geography of Thought”. He found the differences to be large and profound. For example, Westerners are analytic, and focus on a central object. East Asians emphasize objects in relation to their context. He discusses these differences in his lecture, and why understanding these differences is important in relating to our counterparts in Asia. Click here

Nov. 15. Norman Scott: “The Future of Food: From ‘Conventional’ agriculture to Emerging Controlled Indoor Systems”

Norman Scott, Professor Emeritus of the Dept. of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University and Village resident, asks the question: “How will food be produced sustainably for the expected global population growth to 9.5 billion people by 2050”? He describes the evolution from traditional. soil-based systems to biologically-based indoor systems largely independent of soil. Click here

Oct. 24.  Jeanne Missey Osgood:”Dwell in Possibility: More Puppet Play with Emily Dickinson”

Following up on her enchanting ASA Jan., 2020 Puppet Arts presentation, resident Missey Osgood brings the spirit and poetry of Emily Dickinson through puppet performance, enriched with her own informed commentary on puppet artistry and its cultural significance. She asks the audience to suspend disbelief and “dwell in possibility” of what it means to “come alive”. Click here

September 1. “Michael Chriss: It’s About Time”

Michael Chriss, Astronomer, returned to the podium to lighten us about the history of keeping time. “The great cycles of time in the sky led to the start of astronomy. Chris follows the story of all those seconds, days, months, and years, and the measurement of time over the eons, from the dog days of summers to the leap seconds of today. Always provocative and entertaining, Chriss takes us time-traveling. Click Here

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 for Academy Village, 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

April 28. Nancy Fitzgerald: “Thank God for Poets”

April is National Poetry Month.  Nancy Fitzgerald, poet, instructor of poetry, and now poetry editor of the weekly Village News, addresses the age-old question, “What is a poem, particularly if it doesn’t rhyme?” She discusses several of the poems recently chosen for the newsletter, looking carefully at verbal elements–such as imagery, diction, manipulation of lines, and metaphor–in relation to content. Click here

April 19. Moderator–Lucy Wilson: “A Community Garden at the Academy Village?

The AV Sustainability Committee convened a panel of experts on community Gardens to provide information to Academy Villagers about the possibility of creating a Community Garden in Academy Village. The panelists are Jerome West, a volunteer docent for Mission Gardens; Bob Small, a Community Garden Liaison at Civano Board, and Melody Peters, Coordinator for Rincon Heights Community Garden. 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

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. 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