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 The videos have been placed on this page 10 days or more following the initial presentation, and withdrawn 4 months following the presentation.


August 18: Carolyn O’Bagy Davis: “Kate Cory–Artist of Arizona”

Carolyn O”Bagy Davis, western historian, archeology writer and master quilter, is currently writing a biography of a remarkable woman, Kate Cory, who managed to live an independent and adventurous life in an era when the lives and roles of women were strictly circumscribed. Her work included oil painting, commercial art, photography, pottery, sculpture and murals. Among other works of art, she is best remembered for the photographic record of the Hopi people. Davis explores this amazing woman’s life and work. Click here

August 8. Kirsten Engel: “Recent Activity in the Arizona State Senate”

Kirsten Engel, an environmental Law professor, is serving her first term in the Arizona State Senate. Kirsten has devoted herself to funding our public schools and universities, protecting our environment and building a clean energy economy, as well as criminal justice reform and affordable healthcare. Click here

July 21. Jim Malusa: “Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire: Vegetation Change on the Coronado National Forest”

Dr. Jim Malusa is a research scientist with the U of A School of Natural Resources and the Environment. In 48 years of hiking the mountains surrounding Tucson, Malusa has watched the changes in the geography of plants. To document the changes wrought by flame, he goes to locations with pre-fire photos and vegetation data, and then precisely matches the photos. He shares some of his photo sequences to provide an idea of the resilience of different vegetation types from saguaros to pine trees. Click here

July 14. Gitanjali Gnanadesikan: “How Pets Think”

One of the challenges of studying animals is that we can’t just ask them what they are thinking; consequently, we have to design experiments that test our hypotheses. Ms. Gnanadesikan, a PhD candidate at the U of A’s School of Anthropology, describes various experimental techniques to create specific experiments such as treat-finding games. Her most recent work has focused on dogs and wolves, trying to understand how and why they think and act differently. Click here

July 7. Jean McLain: “Water from a Public and Environmental Health Perspective”

As our water is increasingly depleted and the Colorado River is being exhausted by ever greater agricultural and population demands, what sources will be available to us in the future? Dr. Jean McLain, a Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Sciences reports on her current research in salvageable wastewater, in particular the development of antibiotic resistance and formation of toxic algae in this promising supply of (re) usable water. Click here

June 30. Leslie Boyer: “Venemous Creatures and Antivenoms”

The Sonoran Desert is a haven for interesting wildlife, including venomous creatures such as scorpions, rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, and venomous spiders. Dr. Leslie Boyer, a toxicologist, is Emeritus Professor of Pathology and founding Director of the VIPER Institute at the U of A. She talks about these animals and their venoms, as well as the development of new antivenoms by the VIPER Institute. Click here

June 23. Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar: “Rainwater Harvesting BYOB”

Although rain is critically needed in the Sonoran Desert, summer monsoons can result in significant flooding without water infiltration. One way to reduce flooding, recharge the acquirer, and beautify homes is to harvest the rain. Dr. Murrieta-Saldiver, who currently serves on the Wilderness Land Trust, shows us how to build a basin in the earth and fill with native species according to their water tolerance. Click here

June 14. Nathan Horn-Mitchem: “Cybersecurity for the Rest of Us”

Nathan Horn-Mitchum is the Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Vice President for Provident Bank and Beacon Trust of New Jersey.  His talk shows viewers how to use digital security tools to protect data, identity, and money; and provides some tactics we can use to keep ourselves safe. As he points out, it is important to use digital security tools and practices to protect yourself and your loved ones from computer breaches. Click here

June 9. Leslie Fuller: “Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s”

In this lecture, Leslie Fuller explains typical age-related memory and cognition changes that occur as people age.  She then addresses how symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias differ and points out the top warning signs, and the importance of early detection.Ms. Fuller runs her own consulting and training practice, Inspired Dementia Care, in Las Vegas. Click here

June 7. Robert Glennon:” Our Future in a Warming, Water-Stressed, COVID-19 World”

This lecture is presented by one of the nation’s preeminent experts on water policy and law. Dr. Robert Glennon is a Regents Professor of law and public policy in the UofA’s Rogers College of Law. Dr. Glennon talks about the current situation and future concerns of potential water shortages that many areas are facing, particularly the Southwest US, where “extreme or exceptional drought conditions have existed over many years. Click here

May 26. Goeffrey Bender: “The Chiricahua Mountains: A Researcher’s Paradise”

The Chiricahua Mountains massif is a large mountain range in southeastern Arizona which is part of the Basin and Range province of the west and southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. Dr. Bender, of the Southwestern Research Station, explains the geographic influences that make Arizona’s Sky Island Archipelago one of the most biologically rich environments in the U.S. and an ideal place to foster understanding of our planet. Click here

May 12. Marcia Neugebauer: “Great Decisions: The World Health Organization’s Response to Covid 19”

The sixth and last webinar of the ASA 2021 “Great Decisions” presentations focuses on the sometimes controversial role and actions of the World Health Organization’s to Covid-19. This webinar presents some of the history of the WHO and sets out what the WHO did, why, and arguments about whether the actions were good or bad. The program’s moderator is Marcia Neugebauer who is the Arizona Senior Academy’s Vice-President for Programs. Click here

May 10. Theresa Crimmins: “The National Phenology Network (NPN) and Climate Change”

The field of phenology examines seasonal cycles that affect plants, animals and climates and how they are impacted by variations in the cycles. Theresa Crimmins, Director of the USA-NPN and research professor at the School of Renewable Resources at the U of A discuss the ways in which the current spring and fall events are occurring earlier and the observation that many species are not keeping pace with these climate changes. Click here

May 5. Martin Levy: “Creativity & Aging: You Can Teach an Old Brain New Tricks: Lessons From Neuroscience”

Blending an interest in art with expertise in psychology has led Dr. Levy to explore the importance of creativity in aging. Dr. Levy uses findings from Neuroscience to describe how creativity can grow new neural connections, thus improving memory and enhancing cognitive skills. Dr. Levy earned his PhD at Ohio University and was a National Institutes of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology and an instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Click here 


May 3. Sairam Parthasarathy: “Sleep and Coronavirus”

The role of sleep in the Coronavirus pandemic warrants serious attention. During the pandemic, many individuals have suffered from insomnia, with related adverse consequences. Dr. Parthasarathy is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Arizona.  His talk focuses the closely related sleep problems and the relationship between COVID and sleep. 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

April 12. Mike Horn-Mitchem: “Global Supply Chains”

The fifth “Great Decisions” presentations focuses on issues of Global Trade. What was thought of as a miracle a few years ago, the increasingly globalized supply chain recently appears to be on the verge of shattering. What is the future of any country that depends on trade for materials and products that it cannot efficiently produce on its own? Today’s moderator, Mike Horn-Mitchem, worked in corporate information technology and supply chain management. 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

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

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