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 The videos have been placed on this page 10 days or more following the initial presentation, and withdrawn 4 months following the presentation.


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

Nov. 18, 2020. Christopher R. Caseldine: “A Social History of Hohokam in the Lower Salt River Valey, Central Arizona”

Chris Casseldine, of Archeology Southwest, will discuss how the ancient farmers in the lower Salt River Valley, Phoenix Basin, identified as the Hohokam, practiced large-scale irrigation for nearly a millennium. He also demonstrates how the irrigation was well attuned to both environmental and social changes as well as difficulties for generations of Hohokam. Click here


Nov. 16, 2020. Janko Nikolich-Zugich: “COVID-19–When a New Virus Emerges in our Senior Population

Dr. Nikolich-Zulich is currently the head of the U.S. Department of Immunobiology and co-director of the Arizona Center on Aging. In this lecture, he draws on his many professional interests, which include immunity to infection in older adults; vaccines and biomarkers of declining immunity in the elderly and immune rejuvenation; and the impact of inflammation and nutritional intervention in aging. Click here

Nov. 12, 2020; Walter Schafer: “In Kilimanjaro’s Shadow: A Decade of Cross-National Rotary Service”

This lecture features the story of an unusual Rotary Club service project that improved the quality of life for some 65,000 residents of Tanzania. Dr. Walter Schafer led a coalition of 20 California and 2 Tanzania and two Tanzania Rotary Clubs in implementing a series of community development projects. They focussed on clean water, sanitation, education, health, micro-finance and agriculture. Dr. Schafer travelled nine times to the project sites. Click here

Nov. 5, 2020. Edward Schechner: “How Social Work Can Help in Navigating the Health Systems”

Edward Schechner, with degrees in Psychology and Social Work, has had experience as a social worker in Tucson for 45 years. He will discuss how social workers provide useful information to help people who are struggling to make their way through today’s convoluted healthcare system. Click here

Nov. 4, 2020. Tammy McKay & John Roebuck: “TEP Energy: Renewables & Energy Efficiency”

Tuscon Electric Power (TEP) is  on a path toward a sustainable future. 

Tammy McKay and John Roebuch, employees of TEP, explain their plan to provide more than 70% of their power from solar and wind resources over the next 15 years. Click here

Oct. 28, 2020. Carrie Cannon: “For the Love of Turquoise”

Carie Cannon, a member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma and an ethnobotanist for the Hualapai, talks about turquoise as a long-standing tradition among native cultures of the Southwest.  It is found on six continents and has been used all over the world. She talks about how and where it is found, and how it is then used in many ways to make jewelry, fetishes, pouches, and attached to clothing. Click here

Oct. 21, 2020. Jessica Tierney: “The Sciences of Global Warming”

Jessica Tierney, an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Geosciences, studies the history of climate change by using several different sciences to provide information on past climate changes. This lecture describes these efforts, and their potential impact on our present-day understandings of the effects of global warming on our planet. Click here

Oct. 14. Jeff Babson: ” Your Local Feathered Friends”

Tucson is one of the top bird-watching destinations in the U.S. for its variety and abundance of bird life. Jeff Babson, of the Pima County Dept. of Natural Resources, leads us on through the steps on how to identify birds seen here in Academy Village as well as those we can see in our nearby park,  Agua Caliente. Click here.

Oct. 10, 2020. Linda J. Lumsden: “Extra! The Suffrage Movement and the Press”

The suffragists were pioneers of the “media Event” and the emerging field of public relations. Professor Lumsden, a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, describes the symbiotic relationship between suffragists and newspapers in the 1910’s. Click here

September 24. Angie McBride: “Change a Child’s Story”

Angie McBride is a recruiter for Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA) of Pima County, a volunteer based program with a mission to advocate for neglected and abused children. She describes problems of child neglect and abuse, and how CASA advocates for their best interests in Court. Click here


September 30, 2020. Thomas Travis: “Missiles, Flood, Wind, Lava and. . .”

In the Spring of 1918, Tom Travis, an AV resident, was asked to come to Hawaii tolled the Emergency Management operations. He immediately confronted the Kilauea eruption on the Island of Hawaii.  These and other calamities confronted him for the next two years. Travis will describe the natural disasters that confront the Hawaiian Islands, and how they have been and could be better dealt with. Click here  

September 9, 2020. Jim Kolbe: “Election 2020: What if?”

Former U.S. Congressman, Jim Kolbe presents information and addresses such issues as voting requirements/logistics, Electoral College complications, and the specter of challenges to the election results. Click here to see the video.

September 2, 2020. William D. Martz, M.D.: “Unique Aspects of Covid-19 that Apply to Seniors”

Dr. Martz is a board certified family practitioner who has practiced in many settings including nursing homes.  He describes the particular symptoms, dangers, and disease properties that especially affect seniors. Click here