Autumn Active Minds

Are you looking for thoughtful, interesting programs for adult learners? Active Minds programs at DPL cover an array of exciting, timely topics to expand your mind. Check out upcoming events at a variety of Denver Public Library Branches. And don't forget to search the library catalog for materials on everything that piques your interest.

Putin’s Russia
Thursday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m. @ Hampden
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. @ Woodbury
Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official presidency and now having returned to the role and consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that, for some, feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. We’ll examine the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin, including Russia’s involvement in the current situation in Ukraine.

Take a Bite of the Big Apple
Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:45 p.m. @ Sam Gary
Friday, Oct. 20, 2 p.m. @ Virginia Village
There’s no place in the world quite like New York City. From Broadway to Wall Street, Little Italy to Central Park, New York has a history and an energy all its own. Join us as we virtually visit one of the world’s most important cities. We’ll explore its past and present, and the important people and places that have shaped this unique city.

Cuba
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. @ Central Library, Floor 7, Training Room
With U.S. policy toward Cuba currently at a potential inflection point, we’ll take a past, present and future look at our communist neighbor to the south. We will cover Castro’s revolution, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantánamo Bay and current implications of the change in U.S. policy.

Turkey
Saturday, Nov. 4, 1-2 p.m. @ Central Library, Floor 7, Training Room
Emerging from World War I as a shrunken version of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey plays a pivotal role in the world. It was a strong U.S. ally during the Cold War and is now one of the world's largest Muslim democracies. We’ll explore Turkey's past and current challenges, including its struggles with its Kurdish minority and its role in the Syrian Civil War.

South Korea
Thursday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. @ Hampden
Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:45 p.m. @ Sam Gary
The Korean peninsula is a challenging part of the world. While North Korea gets a lot of attention for their nuclear ambitions and anti-western rhetoric, their neighbor to the south is making headlines of its own. The recent election of Moon Jae-in as President of South Korea is likely to bring some significant shifts in regional policy and create ripples throughout the world. We’ll explore the country of South Korea, past, present and future.

Buddhism
Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. @ Ford-Warren
Buddhism is the sixth largest religion in the world with estimates of over 350 million followers. Join us for an examination of its origins, teachings, beliefs and practices. We will discuss the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) and the various types of Buddhism, including Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and others.

Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:45 p.m. @ Sam Gary
Veterans Day originally honored the military personnel who served in WWI. Currently the holiday celebrates the contributions of all living U.S. veterans, of whom there are over 20 million. Come explore the significance of this holiday and the issues and contributions of those who have served our country in war and peacetime.

Nobel Prize
Thursday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. @ Ross-University Hills
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the Nobel Prize in his will in 1895. For over a century the prize has stood for extraordinary accomplishment in a variety of fields throughout the world. We’ll trace the history of the Nobel Prize, highlighting notable laureates, notable omissions and a controversy here and there. We will also take a look at recent and possible future winners and the political impact the prize can have in the world.

Native Americans of Colorado
Friday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. @ Virginia Village
Learn the stories of the original inhabitants of Colorado. From Mesa Verde to the high plains, we will trace the civilizations of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pueblo and other tribes as we seek to understand Colorado's Native American history and legacy.

Written by Jennifer D on October 11, 2017

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