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 The videos have been placed on this page 10 days or more following the initial presentation, and withdrawn several months following the presentation.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

Enjoy!

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

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

March 2. McKenna Reinhard: End-of-Life Care Planning–What you Need to Know”

The Pima Council on Aging promotes the idea that part of living well is preparing well for dying and death. Pima County created this presentation to inform people about end-of-life care planning. McKenna Reinhard, an End of Life Specialist, presents this topic here in this video. Click here

Feb 28. Vicky Westover: “What does an Independent Film Producer Do?”

Independent films often challenge our ideas, entertain, educate, and encourage independent thinking. The producer is key to making this creative process successful. Westover described the key responsibilities of a producer of independent films and will share footage from films on which she worked, in particular in documentary films such as her “Apache8”, and “Final Vows”. Click here

Feb 21. Dr. Jay Sanguinetti: “Are Our Brains Wired for Compassion?”

“Our brains appear designed to respond to the suffering of others” states Dr. Sanguinetti. “Cultivating compassion through training practices like meditation activates Brian circuits related to positive emotion, reduces stress, and leads to overall well-being.” This talk focuses on the fascinating new science of compassion and its potentially positive effects on our individual and sociatal health. Click Here

Feb. 16. Kate Kincaid and Janay Young: “Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy”

Kate Kincaid and Janay Young  discuss the research on the use of ketamine in providing relief of treatment resistant depression, anxiety and PTSD. Kincaid is is therapist who focusses, in part, on ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Janay Young has over 18 years in nursing and health care, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UA College of Nursing.  Click here

Feb. 9. Tom Muller: Update on Technology for People With Hearing Loss:  What Devices Can and Cannot Do”

Dr. Tom Muller, Coordinator of Clinical Education for Audiology, U of A, will discuss the state of art for managing hearing loss, from hearing aids to cochlear implants and assistive devices.His focus is on age-related hearing loss and how devices can–and cannot– help. Click here

Feb. 7. Alex La Pierre: “Moorish Cultural Legacies in Mexico and the Southwest”

Alex LaPierre explores elements of the Islamic period of Medieval Spain within the colonial experience in northern New Spain (1521-1821), the present-day American Southwest, and Northern Mexico. Alex Pierre works for the Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation as their Program and Heritage Garden Specialist. He co-founded Borderlandia, a binational organization committed to building public understanding of the borderlands. 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

 
Jan. 31. Judith L. Bronstein: “Why Cooperate with Another Species? Mutualism in the Natural World”

Judith Bronstein is the Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the U of A, whose current research focuses on cooperative exchanges among species. This cooperation is ubiquitous in the natural world.Which ones cooperate?  Why? Dr; Bronstein provides examples of mutualism that are important in Southern Arizona. Click here

Jan. 26. Steve Kuhn: “Stability and Change Among Early Homo Sapiens in Africa: Recent Findings from Bizmoune Cave (Morocco)”

Professor Kuhn received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and joined the UA faculty in 1965.  His interests focus on the evolution of technology and social behavior.  In this talk, he describes Archaeological evidence of complex behavior and cognitive traits that appeared first in South Africa. His research in North Africa focusses on Bizmoune Cave that preserves a record of human activities going back 150,000 years ago, indicating some differences with the South Africa research. Click here

 
Jan. 19. Clint Bell and Fiona de Young, Rincon Fire Dept., Karen Ring and Lee Itule-Klasen Pima Council on Aging; Lee Itule-Klasen: “Resources for Home Safety”

The Symposium covers many aspects of home safety for older adults, as well as seasonal and local risks in the Southern Arizona woodland/urban interface where we live. It also covers what steps to take in an emergency. Click here

Jan. 12.  Xubin Zeng: “Observing and Understanding Snowpack over the Conterminous United States”

The accumulation of snow at high elevations plays an important role in weather, climate, and water resources. Snowpack reduction over the last several years has had a significant impact on all of these features.  As the U of Arizona Agnese N. Haury Chair in Environment and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Dr. Zeng and his group are compiling a big data analytic of snowpack measurements from many sites over the conterminous United States to determine snowpack depth measures from 1981-to the present. He discusses his process and results discusses in this talk. Click here

Jan. 3 Jennifer Verdolin: “A Peek into the Complex Social Lives of Gunnison’s Kissing Prairie Dogs”

Dr. Jennifer Verdolin has explored the kissing behavior along with other aspects of prairie dog behavior for two decades. “They greet each other with a kiss”, she says. Dr. Verdolin is committed to the preservation of prairie dogs colonies. is an animal behavior scientist, author, and speaker; and has been a featured guest on BBC, National Public Radio, and many other venues. 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

Oct. 18. Gary Fenstermacher: “Rapid Contact Tracing: A Way to Fight COVID that America Overlooked”

“Get Vaccinated”, “Wear a Mask”, Wash your Hands”, “Stay Six Feet Apart”. These are 4 imperatives that we have heard time and again.  However, there is a fifth: “Use a contact tracing app”. Gary Fenstermacher explores why Americans have paid so little attention to contact tracing, why it is important to do so, and how each of us can do it.  As a part of his talk, he offers step-by-step directions for getting and using the COVID Watch Arizona contact tracing for best advantage. Click here

 October 11. Nove Meyers: “Running Away from the Circus”

Academy Village resident, Nove Meyers, is a fourth-generation member of a family of circus owners.  Rather than the circus, he followed another family tradition by going into the food concession business and eventually owned a sizable contract food service in Seattle.  Before that, he spent eight years studying for the priesthood and another twenty working for the Catholic Church. While he has written extensively, “Running Away From the Circus” is his first book, and he reads sections from it in this presentation. Click here

September 15. Dan Angelo & Gary Fenstermacher “Everything you Always Wanted to Know about the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) and the Academy Services Corporation (ASC)”

Angelo and Fenstermacher explain the two corporations in Academy Village that are NOT the AV Homeowners Association. ASA is a 501c(3) organization that brings villagers lectures, musical presentations, art and poetry classes, and much more.  The ASC owns and operates the Villas and formerly administered a Wellness Program. The speakers describe the intricate relationship between these three organizations that make Academy Village such an exciting place to live. 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

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