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 The videos have been placed on this page 10 days or more following the initial presentation, and withdrawn 4 months following the presentation.


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 26. Caleb Simmons: “God is a Woman”

Many songs, movies, and books have speculated on the question of what life would look like if our society believed that God is a woman. Dr. Caleb Simmons, Associate professor of Religion in the College of Humanities, U of A., specializes in religion in South Asia, particularly hinduism. He provides a brief overview of goddess traditions in India, introduces several major goddesses and describes how the people worship them. Click here

April 21. Laila Amerman: “Recycling 101 & Beyond”

We live in a world where confusion around recycling has skyrocketed. The rules have changes repeatedly since recycling started in the 1970’s, and even more quickly in the last five years. Laila Amerman, Recycling Expert for Waste Management, Southwestern States educates and works with communities in 4 states to find simple solutions to complex recycling challenges. In this talk, she describes the recycling protocols for Waste Management. 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

April 7. Derik Broekhoff: “Carbon Offsets: What are they, How do They Work. . .and Should You Buy Them?

‘Carbon Offsets’ have become an increasingly popular option for companies and individuals to lessen their burden on the climate.  But “offsetting” has faced a lot of questions from a skeptical public.  Does it really work? What does it mean to be “carbon neutral”? Derek Broekhoff will address these and other questions related to carbon offsets. He has worked on energy and climate policy for more than 20 years, and has recently joined the Stockholm Institute in Seattle.Click here

April 04: Michael Crimmins: “Drought in Arizona: Observations, Impacts, and Projections”

This presentation explores the unique aspects of Arizona’s hydro climate that control precipitation variability at both short and long timescales and how increasing temperatures relate to drought conditions. Dr. Crimmins is on the faculty of the Dept. of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the U of A, and is a Climate Science Extension Specialist for the AZ Cooperative Extension. Click here

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 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