UNM-LA Community Education Offers Unique New Classes





By Bonnie J. Gordon

This fall, the UNM-Los Alamos Community Education department kicks off the semester with an interesting set of new course offerings and ambitious plans for expanding the program even more in following semesters.

More than 20 new topics have been added to the schedule of classes, which includes new areas of focus such as:

  • “Local History and Culture”
  • “Contemporary Arts”
  • “Native American Culture”

Class series, in topics such as Science Fiction, will also be debuted in the fall. In addition, the fall schedule previews the new Enrichment Classes for Younger Students, which will pilot with a Monday after-school arts-based program for students in grades 4-7.

Community Education is delighted to be able to provide classes taught by a rich and talented pool of professionals and scholars, including Robert Benedetti, three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer, who was previous Head of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School and Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts.

Benedetti will teach ‘Shakespeare in Production,’ beginning in October,” according to the new Director of Community Education, Eva Arschwager.

Other new instructors include Joanne Lefrak, an award winning curator, arts educator, and practicing artist from Santa Fe, who kicks off the “Contemporary Arts Series,” and Porter Swentzell, a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo and recognized scholar in Pueblo Studies, who will lead three courses in Pueblo history and culture.

To learn more about the UNM-Los alamos faculty and course offerings, go to www.la.unm.edu or call Eva Artschwager at 505-662-5919, ext. 354.

Classes begin on various dates throughout the fall. For a full listing of courses, including times, dates and fees, go to www.la.unm.edu and click the Community Education tab.



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