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* * * Great Decisions Seminar Series * * *1st Thursday of the month, March 2015- October

2015, 10:00-noonGreat Decisions2015 The Great Decisions program materials are published
annually by the Foreign Policy Association to provide expert content for discussion groups
throughout the United States. Facilitated by Active Minds Co-FounderJohn Henderson, this
group meets once per month for two hours, March through October. Participants get an in-depth
examination of topics in a smaller group setting with more discussion and interaction than most
Active Minds programs. Topics for 2014 are: Russia & the Near Abroad, Privacy in the Digital
Age, Sectarianism in the Middle East, India Changes Course, US Policy toward Africa, Syria's
Regugee Crisis, Human Trafficking in the 21st Century, Brazil's
Metamorphosis.Location:Parkplace, 111 Emerson St, Denver, CO 80218...
Series Cost: $225 for Active Minds members or Parkplace residents, $250 for nonmembers/non-residents. Cost includes materials. For membership information,click here.Early
bird registration discount:Register by December 15 and take $25 off these
prices.Registration: Limited to first 25 participants who sign up. Mail check to Active Minds, 990
Krameria St, Denver, CO 80220. Tel: 303-320-7652.Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:00-2:00
pmTurkey Emerging from World War I as a shrunken version of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey
plays a pivotal role in the world. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of
the world's largest Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds as we explore Turkey's past and
current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority and its role in the terrorist
organization calling itself ISIS.Location:Westland Meridian, 10695 W 17th Ave, Lakewood, CO
80215...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-232-7100Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pmThe Evolution of
NATO Created after World War II, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) played a
pivotal role in fighting and ultimately winning the Cold War. Subsequently, NATO took on
different roles in countries like Bosnia and Afghanistan. Recently, the role of NATO in Europe
has been revisited in the aftermath of the Russian annexation of Crimea. Join Active Minds as
we take a look at the triumphs and challenges of NATO and how it continues to adapt to the
21st century landscape. This event is sponsored byVi Living andOlinger Mortuaries &
Cemeteries.Location:Tattered Cover, 9315 Dorchester St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129...
Cost: FreeInfo: 303-470-7050Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 3:00-4:00 pmTurkey Emerging
from World War I as a shrunken version of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey plays a pivotal role in
the world. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of the world's largest
Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds as we explore Turkey's past and current challenges,
including its struggles with its Kurdish minority and its role in the rise of the terrorist organization
calling itself ISIS.Location:RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123...
Cost: FreeRSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:45-7:45 pmThe
Evolution of NATO Created after World War II, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
played a pivotal role in fighting and ultimately winning the Cold War. Subsequently, NATO took
on different roles in countries like Bosnia and Afghanistan. Recently, the role of NATO in
Europe has been revisited in the aftermath of the Russian annexation of Crimea. Join Active
Minds as we take a look at the triumphs and challenges of NATO and how it continues to adapt
to the 21st century landscape. This program is brought to you by theStapleton Master

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Community Association.Location:Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238...


Cost: FreeRSVP: Not requiredMonday, December 15, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pmEleanor Roosevelt
As the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was both outspoken
and, at times, quite controversial. Join Active Minds as we examine her life and the impact it had
on important causes such as human rights and the successful launch of the United
Nations.Location:Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Dr, Westminster, CO 80031...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Keystone Place: 303-465-5600* * * Special Event * * *Tuesday, December
16, 2014, 2:00-4:00 pm (program at 2:30)The History of Tea Other than water, tea is the most
widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest, tracing its roots (so to speak) to
at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the story of tea, including the role it
played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea, how it is grown and processed, who
grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and much more.Location:Emeritus at
Green Mountain, 12791 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-237-5700Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:00-3:00 pmEleanor
Roosevelt As the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was both
outspoken and, at times, quite controversial. Join Active Minds as we examine her life and the
impact it had on important causes such as human rights and the successful launch of the United
Nations. This event is sponsored byGarden Plaza of Aurora,You're Home,The Inn at
Greenwood Village, andOlinger Mortuaries & Cemeteries.Location:Heather Gardens (Banquet
Room), 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, CO 80014...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 720-974-6931Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pmScotland The
northernmost territory of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Scotland has its own fierce
national identity and deep historical ties with the United States due to centuries of Scottish
emigration. The future of this country is somewhat uncertain, however, given the national
referendum on independence on September 18, 2014. The lasting implications of this vote may
not be clear for some time, but at a minimum, it highlights a segment of the population that is
unhappy with the status quo and looking for change. Join Active Minds as we explore the
Scotland's history, its current situation, and the future direction the country may be heading.
This event is sponsored byOlinger Mortuaries & Cemeteries.Location:Washington Street
Community Center, 809 S Washington St, Denver, CO 80209...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-733-4643* * * Special Event * * *Wednesday, December 17, 2014,
1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)Coffee: A Brief History Join us as we trace the history of coffee
from its origins in Ethiopia to the Starbucks around the corner. It is a fascinating story of politics,
power, chance and intrigue. We will also examine coffee's cultural influences as well as the
differences between various types of coffee. Cream and sugar not included.Location:Covenant
Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St, Westminster, CO 80021...
. CRC does not discriminate pursuant to the Fair Housing Act.Cost: FreeMisc: Doors open at
1:45; please arrive and be seated by 2:00 for the start of the program.RSVP:
303-515-6351Thursday, December 18, 2014, 2:00-3:00 pmThe Evolution of NATO Created
after World War II, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) played a pivotal role in

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fighting and ultimately winning the Cold War. Subsequently, NATO took on different roles in
countries like Bosnia and Afghanistan. Recently, the role of NATO in Europe has been revisited
in the aftermath of the Russian annexation of Crimea. Join Active Minds as we take a look at
the triumphs and challenges of NATO and how it continues to adapt to the 21st century
landscape. This event is sponsored bySpringbrooke,MorningStar at Dayton Place,Juniper
Village at Aurora, andOlinger Mortuaries & Cemeteries.Location:Windsor Gardens, 597 S
Clinton St, Denver, CO 80247...
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 2:30-3:30 pmThe Panama Canal One hundred years after the
opening of the Panama Canal, this major trade route is set for a historic expansion. The original
construction of the canal is an incredible engineering triumph, as well as a story of challenge
and conflict. Join Active Minds as we discuss the creation of Panama Canal, the role of the
United States in its origins, and its continued importance to global commerce.Location:Atria Inn
at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-742-4800Cost: FreeFriday, December 19, 2014, 10:00-11:00
amScotland The northernmost territory of Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Scotland has
its own fierce national identity and deep historical ties with the United States due to centuries of
Scottish emigration. The future of this country is somewhat uncertain, however, given the
national referendum on independence on September 18, 2014. The lasting implications of this
vote may not be clear for some time, but at a minimum, it highlights a segment of the population
that is unhappy with the status quo and looking for change. Join Active Minds as we explore the
Scotland's history, its current situation, and the future direction the country may be heading.
This event is sponsored byOlinger Mortuaries & Cemeteries.Location:Malley Senior Center,
3380 S Lincoln St, Englewood, CO 80113...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-762-2660Misc: If parking in the lot, get pass from inside center* * *
Special Event * * *Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00-noon (10:00 continental breakfast,
10:30 program)Wine The story of wine is indeed as old as the hills used to grow the grapes
from which it is made. It is a tale intertwined with the influences of civilizations, agricultural
methods, cuisines and more. Join Active Minds as we describe the history of wine as well as
give an overview of the various types of wine and their most salient
characteristics.Location:Fairway Villas Clubhouse, 5223 Espana St, Denver, CO 80249...
. From I70, take Pena Blvd, exit east on 56th Ave, go right on Dunkirk Rd, left on 54th Place,
right on Espana St.Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-307-4719Monday, December 22, 2014, 2:30-3:30
pmWilliam Shakespeare Born 450 years ago in 1564, William Shakespeare is regarded by
many as the greatest writer in the English language. Although he is most famous for his plays,
he rose to fame in his life as a poet, writing 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems. Most of
his plays were not published until after his death in 1616, leading some to question his
authorship. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand Shakespeare's life and connect his
story to his plays and poems.Location:Springbrooke, 6800 Leetsdale Dr, Denver, CO 80224...
Cost: FreeRSVPRequired(Limited Seating): Springbrooke: 303-331-9963Important Special
Note: This location always fills up. Attendees need to RSVP well in advance and it is unlikely
there will be spots for folks that do not RSVP. No groups please.Tuesday, December 23, 2014,

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5:00-6:00 pmWilliam Shakespeare Born 450 years ago in 1564, William Shakespeare is
regarded by many as the greatest writer in the English language. Although he is most famous
for his plays, he rose to fame in his life as a poet, writing 154 sonnets and two long narrative
poems. Most of his plays were not published until after his death in 1616, leading some to
question his authorship. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand Shakespeare's life and
connect his story to his plays and poems.Location:Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO
80206...
Cost: FreeInfo: 303-322-7727Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 10:15-11:15 amEgypt in Turmoil The
civil unrest that began in late January 2011 with the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak continues to roil this critically important Arab country. Subsequent President
Mohammad Morsi, an Islamist and Egypt's first freely elected leader, was ousted by the army in
July 2013 after mass protests. Join Active Minds as we explore the origins and implications of
Egypt's current situation and where this story may go from here. This event is sponsored byJFS
At Home andKavod Senior Life.Location:Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St, Denver,
CO 80246...
Cost: FreeRSVP not required; for info, call Lil Shaw: 303-316-6359Thursday, January 8, 2015,
6:45-7:45 pmCoffee: A Brief History Join us as we trace the history of coffee from its origins in
Ethiopia to the Starbucks around the corner. It is a fascinating story of politics, power, chance
and intrigue. We will also examine coffee's cultural influences as well as the differences
between various types of coffee. Cream and sugar not included. This program is brought to you
by theStapleton Master Community Association.Location:Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St,
Denver, CO 80238...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Not requiredFriday, January 9, 2015, 11:00-noonHistory of Skiing There is
evidence that humans have been skiing as far back as 6300 BCE. Skiing has been a means of
transportation, utilized in combat, enjoyed for recreation, and an international competitive sport.
Join Active Minds as we review the origins and history of skiing as well as explore current
issues facing the industry. We will also discuss the emergence of Colorado towns as ski resorts
and how that impacted them.Location:Eugene Field Library, 810 S University Blvd, Denver, CO
80209...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Not required* * * Bus Tour! * * *Saturday, January 10, 2015, 1:00-4:30 pm
(1:00 reception/refreshments/snacks, 1:30 bus departs)From Airport & Army to
Neighborhoods: A Tour of Stapleton, Lowry & Fitzsimons Stapleton, Lowry and Fitzsimons
are three names that used to mean something very different to the people of Denver. Stapleton
the airport moved the public from here to there. Lowry was not open to the public--a place
where the military conducted its business as an air force base. Fitzsimons was an army medical
center. All three have been redeveloped as modern neighborhoods, but here and there signs of
the old functions can still be seen. Presented by Active Minds, this tour shows you how these
three dynamos of Denver have been reborn as something else entirely, showing you their past,
their present and their future. If you haven't had a drive through recently, you won't believe your
eyes!Location:Fairway Villas Clubhouse, 5223 Espana St, Denver, CO 80249...
. From I-70, take Pena Blvd, exit east on 56th Ave, go right on Dunkirk Rd, left on 54th Place,

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right on Espana St.Cost: $37 per personTo register: Mail check made out to "WTS
International" to Fairway Villas, 5223 Espana St, Denver, CO 80249. Tel: 303-307-4719. Be
sure to include your contact info (including phone and e-mail) and write "Active Minds Bus Tour
Oct 11 " on your check.Please note: This tour is likely to fill up, so we recommend registering
as soon as possible. The bus is not handicapped accessible.Monday, January 12, 2015,
1:00-2:00 pmTuskegee Airmen The issue of race in the military extends from colonial times to
the present day. Join Active Minds as we explore a chapter of this story from World War II: the
Tuskegee Airmen. This group of African American pilots were the first black military aviators in
the U.S. armed forces. We will tell their story of struggle and triumph and bring this issue into a
current context.Location:Westland Meridian, 10695 W 17th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-232-7100Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 12:30-1:30 pmSand Creek
Massacre This past November marked the 150 year anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre,
a tragic event in which a 700-man force of the Colorado Territory militia attacked and destroyed
a peaceful village of Native Americans in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing many innocent
people. Join Active Minds as we tell this important and painful story and the subsequent scandal
and controversy that ensued.Location:Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax, Denver, CO 80206...
Cost: FreeInfo: 303-322-7727Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pmThe History of Tea
Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest,
tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the
story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea,
how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and
much more.Location:RiverPointe, 5225 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80123...
Cost: FreeRSVP: RiverPointe: 303-797-0600Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pmIraq
Over ten years after a US-led invasion toppled the government of Saddam Hussein, Iraq is still
in the process of attempting to maintain itself as a stable, self-governing nation. This task has
recently become more difficult as the Sunni extremist group ISIS has mounted a serious military
offensive against the Shia led government of Iraq. The regional roots and implications of this
conflict are extensive and potentially disastrous to stability in this part of the world. Join Active
Minds as we examine the past, present, and potential future of this volatile area in crisis. This
event is sponsored bySpringbrooke,MorningStar at Dayton Place,Juniper Village at Aurora,
andOlinger Mortuaries & Cemeteries.Location:Windsor Gardens, 597 S Clinton St, Denver, CO
80247...
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2:30-3:30 pmThe Evolution of NATO Created after World War II,
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) played a pivotal role in fighting and ultimately
winning the Cold War. Subsequently, NATO took on different roles in countries like Bosnia and
Afghanistan. Recently, the role of NATO in Europe has been revisited in the aftermath of the
Russian annexation of Crimea. Join Active Minds as we take a look at the triumphs and
challenges of NATO and how it continues to adapt to the 21st century landscape.Location:Atria
Inn at Lakewood, 555 S Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80226...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-742-4800Cost: FreeSaturday, January 17, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pmThe Story
of Beer Join Active Minds as we tell the story of beer. We will discuss the origins and history of

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beer, how it is made, different types of beer, as well as the rise of several great American
brewers and beer families. We will end with a discussion of the current trends of microbrews
and craft beers and their strong Colorado connections. Cheers!Location:Smiley Branch Library,
4501 W 46th Ave, Denver, CO 80212...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Not requiredMonday, January 19, 2015, 1:00-2:00 pmThe History of Tea
Other than water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and one of the oldest,
tracing its roots (so to speak) to at least the 5th century BCE. Join Active Minds as we tell the
story of tea, including the role it played in colonial empire building, the different types of tea,
how it is grown and processed, who grows and drinks the most (which are not the same), and
much more.Location:Keystone Place at Legacy Ridge, 11180 Irving Dr, Westminster, CO
80031...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Keystone Place: 303-465-5600Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pmThe
U.S. Internment of Japanese-Americans Months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941,
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing the internment of over
100,000 Japanese-Americans. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand this dark chapter in
American history and what we learned as a nation from this experience. This event is sponsored
byGarden Plaza of Aurora.Location:Heather Gardens (Banquet Room), 2888 S Heather
Gardens Way, Aurora, CO 80014...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 720-974-6931* * * Special Event * * *Wednesday, January 21, 2015,
1:45-3:30 pm (program at 2:00)China's Human Rights Struggle Twenty-five years ago,
China's human rights issues were showcased to the world by the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
Join Active Minds as we look at how modern China continues to struggle with the balance
between authoritarian government and basic human rights. We will highlight the ways in which
Chinese society is restricted as we peer through the lens of American freedoms we sometimes
take for granted.Location:Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow St, Westminster, CO
80021...
. CRC does not discriminate pursuant to the Fair Housing Act.Cost: FreeMisc: Doors open at
1:45; please arrive and be seated by 2:00 for the start of the program.RSVP:
303-515-6351Thursday, January 22, 2015, 6:45-7:45 pmThe Panama Canal One hundred
years after the opening of the Panama Canal, this major trade route is set for a historic
expansion. The original construction of the canal is an incredible engineering triumph, as well as
a story of challenge and conflict. Join Active Minds as we discuss the creation of Panama
Canal, the role of the United States in its origins, and its continued importance to global
commerce. This program is brought to you by theStapleton Master Community Association.
Location:Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St, Denver, CO 80238...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Not requiredSunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00-3:00 pmA Musical Salute to
Winter! Composers have always been inspired by the world around them, particularly the everchanging whims of nature. In the hands of these music-makers, winter becomes more than a
few months of cold. The beauty of snowfall, the introspective gloom of gray days, the quiet of a
forest, the bareness of trees, the longing for life to be renewed are all captured in great works
by Antonio Vivaldi, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Peter Tchaikovsky, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert

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and others (including Paul Simon!). We'll sample a number of these, so be sure to bundle
up.Location:Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar St, Denver, CO 80220...
Cost: FreeRSVP: Not requiredMonday, January 26, 2015, 2:30-3:30 pmChina: The
Superpower The world has changed. There is no denying the prominent role of China in the
world today. They are a formidable military presence. Their economy is projected to exceed that
of the U.S. within five years. Their political influence reaches every part of the Globe. And nearly
20% of the world lives there. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand a shifting world order
and what it means for the United States.Location:Springbrooke, 6800 Leetsdale Dr, Denver,
CO 80224...
Cost: FreeRSVPRequired(Limited Seating): Springbrooke: 303-331-9963Important Special
Note: This location always fills up. Attendees need to RSVP well in advance and it is unlikely
there will be spots for folks that do not RSVP. No groups please.* * * Special Event * *
*Monday, January 26, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm (6:00 reception, 6:30 program)Global Pandemics
Concern over the global spread of diseases such as Ebola, Swine Flu, AIDS, and others has
increased dramatically. Join Active Minds as we seek to understand the current threats by
examining both the science of how diseases spread as well as the history of
pandemics.Location:Cherry Creek Retirement Village, 14555 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO
80014...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-693-0200Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 1:30-2:30 pmTurkey Emerging
from World War I as a shrunken version of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey plays a pivotal role in
the world. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey is now one of the world's largest
Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds as we explore Turkey's past and current challenges,
including its struggles with its Kurdish minority and its role in the rise of the terrorist organization
calling itself ISIS.Location:The Inn at Greenwood Village, 5565 S Yosemite St, Greenwood
Village, CO 80111...
Cost: FreeRSVP: 303-327-7340 (Limited seating. Call for availability.)Tuesday, January 27,
2015, 5:00-6:00 pmTurkey Emerging from World War I as a shrunken version of the Ottoman
Empire, Turkey plays a pivotal role in the world. A strong U.S. ally during the Cold War, Turkey
is now one of the world's largest Muslim democracies. Join Active Minds as we explore Turkey's
past and current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority and its role in the
rise of the terrorist organization calling itself ISIS.Location:Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax,
Denver, CO 80206...
Cost: FreeInfo: 303-322-7727Active Minds DEC/JAN DENVER
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