Active Minds of Boulder – Jan. 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015, 11:00-noon
Venice: Biography of a City
Perhaps no other city in the world conjures such distinct images as the gondolas plying the canals of Venice.  Join us for a virtual tour of this beautiful and historic city that is visited by more than 20 million tourists each year.  We will cover the story of the city, the most notable features, and end with a look at what the future holds for this city which is both sinking and shrinking as the waters rise and the full time residents move away.  This event is sponsored by The Carillon at Boulder Creek.
Location: West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Cost: Free
RSVP: Boulder Senior Services: 303-441-3148

Monday, December 28, 2015, 3:00-4:00 pm
ISIS
Known variously as ISIS, ISIL, or the Islamic State, this extremist Sunni Muslim organization has horrified the world with its brutal acts of terror.  Born of the political chaos of the wars in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has gained territory in that region in their pursuit to reassert the caliphate, or Islamic State.  Join Active Minds as we trace the rise of this group and seek to understand the challenge this represents to the region and the world. This event is sponsored by Balfour Senior Living.
Location: East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303
Cost: Free
RSVP: Boulder Senior Services: 303-441-3148

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 2:30-3:30 pm
Germany 
As the European Union struggles with a variety of complex issues, many of them financial, Germany has emerged as a critical player in the development of economic policy for the region.  German elections in the past have served as a referendum on how the German government, under the leadership of Angela Merkel, has performed in the eyes of Germans.  Join Active Minds as we explore the role of Germany in the world as well as how the process of German reunification has evolved, especially given Merkel’s roots in the government of the former Communist East Germany.
Location: The Carillon at Boulder Creek, 2525 Taft Dr, Boulder, CO 80302
Cost: Free
RSVP: 720-565-6844
Misc: Valet parking will be available for this event.

Monday, January 11, 2016, 11:00-noon
Nigeria
The recent emergence of the Islamist group Boko Haram in the north of Nigeria has exacerbated a north/south split in the country that divides primarily along religious lines (Muslim/Christian).  As the most populous nation in Africa and one of the leading oil exporters in the world, Nigeria is a key player in the region.  Join Active Minds as we explore the past, present, and future of this important country. This event is sponsored by The Carillon at Boulder Creek.
Location: West Boulder Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Cost: Free
RSVP: Boulder Senior Services: 303-441-3148

Monday, January 25, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm
Renewable Energy
Energy from renewable sources (solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, etc) are an important part of the future of energy in the U.S. and the world.  The issues involved are complex, involving technical challenges, economic issues, as well as environmental, political and social factors.  Join Active Minds as we survey the current state of renewable energy and look at the various forces that will influence how these resources will evolve in the future. This event is sponsored by Balfour Senior Living.
Location: East Boulder Senior Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303
Cost: Free
RSVP: Boulder Senior Services: 303-441-3148


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