LifeLong Learning's Monday Morning Lectures are widely acclaimed for the diversity of topics and the knowledge of their presenters. LLL takes special care to choose topics that both entertain and educate, giving our attendees a 60–90 minute introduction to areas of interest as well as time for a comprehensive Q and A.
All lectures begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are $4 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.
The following lectures are planned for this season. Click on the DATE for more information about each program.
Oct. 16: Internet Crimes Against Children: The FBI and Arizona law enforcement agencies work together on a joint task force to solve internet crimes against children. Jerry Barker, supervisor of the task force, will explain how the crimes against children are investigated.
Oct. 23: Surviving an IED Attack in Iraq: Sergeant Matt Slaydon suffered traumatic injuries while disarming explosives in Iraq. Slaydon admits he loves the adrenaline rush of the danger of being an IED disposal specialist, as dramatized in Hurt Locker, the award-winning film.
Oct. 30: The Incredible Journey to Saturn: NASA Ambassador Ted Blank returns to bring us news from the planet Saturn as he recounts the Cassini-Huygens Mission to explore the second largest planet in our solar system, its spectacular rings and its many moons.
Nov. 6: What is Your Dog Really Telling You? Clive Wynne, Ph.D., a behavioral scientist with a fascination for dogs, will tell us why dogs are special, and how their intelligence compares to other animals.
Nov. 13: African Adventures Through the Eyes of an Artist: The thrill of surviving the charge of an African bull elephant will come alive when artist and wildlife expert Fred Krakowiak, an authority on wilderness safari on foot, leads us on a virtual safari.
Jan. 15: Prevent and Even Help Reverse a Stroke: Dr. James Grotta, former chair of neurology and director of the stroke program at the University of Texas Medical School, will discuss the causes and warning signs of strokes, and what you can do to prevent and even help reverse them.
Jan. 22: Stalin and Organized Terror: As traumatic as ISIS terrorist attacks may be, they pale in comparison to Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror, when more than a million Soviet citizens were killed and millions were sent to the gulag. ASU's Robert Niebuhr, Ph.D. will discuss how Stalin consolidated his power through the dramatic reign of terror.
Jan. 29: Flying with President Reagan: PebbleCreek's Steve Chealander, President Reagan's military aide from 1985 to the end of his term in office, will explain the duties of the military aide and give us an inside look at performing those duties with President Reagan, including carrying the "football" containing nuclear codes.
Feb. 5: Immigration and American Identity: Do immigrants bring rich diversity to America or are they a drain on the U.S. economy and a source of terrorism? Mark Randol, whose military and civil service careers were devoted to counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence, will explore immigration issues in the Age of Trump.
Feb. 12: Bates, Poet of America the Beautiful: Melinda M. Ponder, author of a biography about Katherine Lee Bates, will relate the amazing story of how a poem by Bates published in a church periodical in 1893 became “America the Beautiful” 18 years later.
Feb. 19: Human Trafficking: No corner of the globe is exempt from human trafficking, a form of modern slavery that is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry. Martina Vandenberg is the founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center and has spent more than two decades combating human trafficking.
Feb. 26: Arizona Goes to the Movies: Jim Turner, one of LifeLong Learning's most popular lecturers, returns to stimulate your memories of cowboy westerns and John Wayne movies as he talks about movies filmed in the state.
March 5: How to Talk About Death: Thirty-year hospice worker, Dave Kampfschulte, will teach us how important it is to talk about death with spouses, parents, children and friends. He will share insights on how to initiate end of life conversations and how to talk about death in a positive way.
March 12: Arizona's Agriculture Industry and GMOs: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are hotly debated as to their benefits and hazards. Katie Aikins, director of education for the Arizona Farm Bureau, will provide a better understanding of the technology and explain how Arizona’s $17.1 billion agriculture industry uses GMOs.
March 19: Progress in Anti-Aging Interventions: In the past few years, scientific progress has been made in extending the duration and quality of human life through interventions that control the basic aging processes. Gary Marchant, a professor of law at ASU, will discuss what some of these interventions are and the legal and regulatory barriers to their availability.
March 26: Solving Crime with Secret Witnesses: Don Richter, founder of Nevada's Secret Witness program, will discuss how it has helped solve thousands of crimes by providing a safe way for witnesses to provide vital information on crimes without revealing their identities.