OLLI at UTEP has curriculum that is wide-ranging. Areas of study include history,language,philosophy,music, hands-on arts and more. The Instructors are active and retired UTEP faculty and other professionals, with an expertise or passion in a particular field. These are the instructors for the FALL 2018 Session. The biographical information is provided by the instructors themselves.

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DIEGO AMIGO has been in the restaurant industry in El Paso for over 20 years. I studied culinary arts at Scottsdale Culinary Le Cordon Bleu. Currently I am an Account Executive for Shamrock Foods and prior to that I was the director of Food and Beverage at Coronado Golf and Country Club for 9 years and the General Manager for 1 year. I am very involved with the the culinary.

CLASS: CULINARY DELIGHTS

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ALFREDO ARROYO Graduate of The Citadel and of the DEA/FBI Academy and other police, military, and intelligence schools. Career included numerous domestic and foreign assignments with INTERPOL and in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

CLASS: ANATOMY OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

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STEVE BAROWSKY is the director of the Center for Internal Arts, an El Paso studio dedicated to Tai Chi, Chi Gung, and Meditation.  He has studied the internal arts of China extensively with direct lineage masters for 35 years.  Steve has been teaching these arts professionally for over 25 years.  Prior to the past 35 years, Steve studied external styles of Kung Fu for many years and was trained and worked as a teacher of Kundalini yoga.  Steve also has a bachelors degree in anthropology and a masters' degree in education.

CLASS: LONGEVITY BREATHING

CLASS: IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE TO PREVENT FALLS

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MARIE VIANNEY BILGRIEN Marie Vianney Bilgrien is a retired university professor. She has taught at many educational levels and enjoys providing new thought to students of all ages. She enjoys reading, exercising and traveling. Her travels have widely contributed to the lessons she teaches students.

CLASS: CREATIVE WRITING I

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SIFU BETO BRISENO began his training in eastern Martial Arts in 1953. He trained under Sensei Kent Rogers, Grand Master Ark Yuey Wong and other great masters from China. He also studied Chi-Gong at the Taoist Institute of Los Angeles. He receives many referrals from physicians and instructs others in the El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Virginia and Calfornia regions, as well as in Mexico.

CLASS: CHI GONG/TAI CHI I

CLASS: CHI GONG/TAI CHI II

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JESUS BURCIAGA has a B.A. in Mass Communications from UTEP. He is retired from the Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez(ITCJ) faculty after 30 years of teaching. Native from El Paso, raised in Ciudad Juarez. As a professional in journalism he has worked in Secretaria de Economia in Mexico City, in El Fronterizo, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua and ITCJ in Ciudad Juarez. He is a member of Sociedad Mexicana de Geographia y Estadistica, Centro de Estudios Guadalupanos de la Basilica y Sociedad Chihuahuense de Estudios Historicos.

CLASS: LA HISTORIA SEGÚN BURCIAGA: CENTENARIOS Y MEDIO MILENIO

CLASS: HOMENAJE A LEONARDO DA VINCI 500 ANOS DE SU MUERTE

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NICHOLAS DAHLE is a current student at UTEP. He is currently majoring in Art History and minoring in History. He is Secretary for the Art History Association at UTEP. He is a volunteer guide for the Texas Trost Society. He hopes to go to law school to specialize in cultural property.

CLASS: ART OF SOUTH PACIFIC POLYNESIA

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CATHERINE DICKASON has a B.S. in Education/Health/Physical Education and all levels English from UTEP. Received Masters of Education/Reading from UTEP in 2005. Taught in el Paso Public Schools for 35 years. Currently teaching part time English at UTEP and EPCC. Involved in Community Theater both as a musician and on stage. Avid history and literature buff.

CLASS: RIVETING HOLLYWOOD COURTROOM DRAMA

CLASS: THE ROARING '20'S: A CULTURAL REVOLUTION

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JAMIE FLORES is the Programming and Education Director of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center. Jamie graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Editorial Journalism and a B.A. in History (with an emphasis in European History). Jamie joined the El Paso Holocaust Museum team in 2008. Since 2008, Jamie has studied the Holocaust extensively by attending the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in Jeruselum. She became the Programming Director at the El Paso Holocaust Museum in 2016.

"WHY?" AN EXPLANATION OF THE HOLOCAUST

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CHRISTIAN GERSTHEIMER has been living in El Paso since 2003. From 2003 until 2017 he was a curator for the El Paso Museum of Art. While in El Paso, he has enjoyed teaching UTEP and EPCC students. He has earned a B.A. in Humanities Interdisciplinary and an M.A. degree in Art History from Michigan State University. He also holds a B.F.A degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and and M.F.A. in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute with Plymouth University.

DRAWING IS LEARNING

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ARMANDO GONZALEZ PhD. earned his B.Sc. degree in Agronomics/Animal Science from the Center of Universitarian Studies in Monterrey, Mexico. Traveling throughout that country, he gained first-hand experience in the use of native medicinal herbs employed by Mexican traditional medicine in the treatment of various diseases. He furthered his studies at the post graduate level at the University of Chihuahua, where he engaged in research about “locoweed” (Astragalus wootonii), a leguminous plant that is poisonous to livestock, but also has human medicinal applications in oncology. He has written 5 books, and published various research articles in internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals regarding alternative medicine. From 2011 to the present, he has been professor of Alternative Medicine, as well as Herbal Medicine with the Senior Adult Program at EPCC. His academic training includes The University of Texas at El Paso, Open International University, and Centro de Estudios Universitarios Monterrey.

CLASS: BOTANICAL MEDICINE

CLASS: ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

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JOHN GROVES John Groves is a professional educator and musician in the El Paso/Las Cruces area. His interest in birds and birding grew out of a lifelong love of wildlife and the outdoors. He has birded all over the US and Ecuadorian Andes.

CLASS: BIRDING: EXPLORING OUR MOST VISIBLE WILDLIFE

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GRACE HADDOX `is a UTEP graduate with a Master of Arts in English and American literature. She teaches research and British literature at EPCC. During the 2009-2010 school year, Grace was awarded the Faculty Acheivement Award at EPCC and the NISOD Excellence Award from the University of Texas. She has been teaching at OLLI since 2002.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S JULIUS CAESAR

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ROMY SAENZ HAWKINS is a successful enterprising master of metal embossing art form and studied her artistry during three separate time periods(Guadalajara,Germany,Mexico). With a BA in Psychology from the University Autonoma of Guadalajara.  She earned certification in metal embossing from UACJ. Mrs. Hawkins has been teaching this art for OLLI since 2004. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows locally and in private collections, Museum of Art LC NM. Chamizal National Memorial, Centennial Museum UTEP, Mexico Arte Museum , Austin TX.   

CLASS: REPUJADO: METAL EMBOSSING MONDAY CLASS

CLASS: REPUJADO: METAL EMBOSSING TUESDAY CLASS

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DR. PAUL HUCHTON M.D  has attended El Paso schools and TWC where he received a B.A. He earned his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.  Since retiring from the medical profession he has acquired vast knowledge and interest in China from extensive travels throughout Asia.  He has taught several courses for OLLI.

CLASS: CHINA: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

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ROBERT JACOBS MD is a recently retired surgeon, having practiced in El Paso from 1978-2016. He studied violin for seven years, but taught himself guitar at a young age. Through college and medical school Dr. Jacobs played and joined both bluegrass and folk music groups. His music experience includes performances in coffee shops, bars and private parties, all of which he attained while living in Greenwich Village. He has a passion for music, and an even greater passion for sharing his love of music with others.

FOLK GUITAR

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BILL KEY BSME UTEP 1970, MME U of Houston, 1988. 2 years US Army 2nd Lt. Forty five year career in oil gas industry. Worked 25 years in Houston as engineer. Worked almost 20 years in Egypt as operation engineer with Apache Corporation.

CLASS: NILE: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

CLASS: MAMLUKES: THE SLAVE SOLDIERS WHO RULED EGYPT

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KATHLEEN KEY has a B.A. in English and History from UTEP and an M.A. in Art History--University of St Thomas-Houston. She has taught History of Fashion, 20th Century Designers, Fashion Show Production at Central College-Houston Community College and Art Institute of Houston. She taught Art History I and II including World Art at both HCC and Art Institute. She has taught upper division courses-Ancient Egyptian Art, Ancient Greek Art and Ancient Roman Art at the University of Houston.

CLASS: FASHION AND FASHION DESIGNERS FROM 1750-1950

CLASS: FASHION AND FASHION DESIGNERS FROM 1960-2018

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LINDA LARBI -CHERIF Linda Larbi-Cherif has been knitting since the age of 5. She is from Yorkshire in England and her maiden name was Dent. In the Yorkshire dales there is the village of Dent where her family comes from. The people of the village were known as The Terrible Knitters of Dent because knitting was the industry of the village. All the villagers knitted wherever they went, to and from the market, in church and even while the women were preparing a meal.

KNITTING THERAPY

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STEPHEN LEDESMA Stephen Ledesma served as an interior designer for 32 years, before retiring. He has a B.S. in interior design and language teaching credentials. He taught high school students for two years. Stephen is a current member of OLLI and wishes to share his eye for design with the OLLI community.

A GUIDE TO INTERIOR DESIGN WIZARDRY

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BARRY LEVINE Barry Levine is a current technology consultant. He enjoys teaching others how to simplify technology. He has previously taught students at EPCC and Webster U. He has been a member of the El Paso Apple User Group Since 1986.

REALLY SIMPLE COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

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REV. NEAL LOCKE is a third generation El Pasoan of Viking descent(Scotland via Norway) who currently serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. He holds an M.Div. and an M.A. in Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and studied Viking and Anglo-Saxon language and literature at Princeton University

CLASS: FRENCH AND FRANKISH SPIRITUALITY IN THE EARLY AND HIGH MIDDLE AGES

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CHEF LUGO Chef Jesus L Lugo CEC(Certified Executive Chef),CEPC(Certified Executive Pastry Chef) is a native El pasoen. Graduate of the Art Institute of Houston. He Is a Tenured Associate faculty member at EPCC. With over 25 years’ experience in the restaurant industry as well as 12 years teaching experience.  

COOKING WITH CHEF LUGO

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AUROLYN LUKYX Aurolyn Lukyx (PhD) is an associate professor of anthropology at UTEP. She specializes in indigenous languages, Latin American topics, public education and human sexuality. Aurolyn has taught OLLI students for several semesters and enjoys the laid back and encouraging environment that OLLI provides. She also enjoys taking OLLI classes!

DOCUMENTARIES AND DISCUSSION

HOW TO THINK ABOUT WEIRD THINGS

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CHARLES MARTIN PhD is a recently retired history professor from UTEP. His studies emphasize civil rights history, Texas history, sport history and American history.

THE HISTORY AND HISTORICAL MEMORY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

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RAFFAAT MAXIMOS Raffaat Maximos graduated from Cairo University with a law degree and later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. After moving to the United States in 1980, Raffaat pursued a graphic arts degree in Chicago. He worked many years as the director of an advertising firm. His passion for the arts led him to Orlando, Florida, where he opened his first art gallery: Art Nova. Subsequently, he opened a location in El Paso.

PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL II

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ALBERT MENDOZA Albert Mendoza was born in Mexico. He has self-studied the history of old Mexico's conquest and researched the topic in depth. He holds an associate's degree in mid-management from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and a Bachelor's Degree in Multidisciplinary studies. He attained his Bachelor's degree from UTEP in 2014.

THE CONQUEST OF OLD MEXICO

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DAVINIA MIRAVAL studied graphic communications at National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1998. That same year she came to the United States and continued her interest in art. In 2005 she received a B.A. in Fine Arts in the area of metals at the UTEP. She has received several awards in her area of interest, among them Best of Painting, Award of Excellence in Metals from the University of Texas, and the Student Scholarship from Women’s Jewelry Association, Inc. In 2007 she received an M.A. in Art, majoring in metals and painting.

CLASS: PAINTING ABSTRACTS AND COLOR THEORY

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DIANA MOLINA is an artist, photographer and curator and has published features for international magazines including: Elle, Esquire, GEO, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler and Vogue.  She has produced traveling exhibits for museums that include: The Penn Museum, The World Museum of Art, Rotterdam, Holland; and the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History among others.  As a scholar for the New Mexico Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau and  Artistic Director for the JUNTOS Art Association, she develops and presents public programming.

CLASS: ICONS AND SYMBOLS OF THE BORDERLAND

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NANCY NATALICIO Nancy Natalicio has two Masters' degrees and over ten years of experience teaching writing. She has taught both EPCC and OLLI students for several years. Nancy is an author with several published works. She  has a passion for listening to the stories of others and enjoys the unique stories each individual carries with them.

WRITING YOUR MEMOIR

WRITING YOUR MEMOIR PART 2

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BELEN PAREDA was born and raised in Spain. She studied the language extensively and has a PhD in Spanish Literature. She is confident that she can prepare all students, regardless of their experience, for even the most complex linguistic situations.

THE CULTURE AND LANGUAGE OF SPAIN

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FAUSTINO PINO JR. Faustino Pino Jr. recently retired from the FBI as a Senior Executive Member. Throughout his career, he held a variety of high level positions in Washington DC with the US Civil Service Commission, US Office of Personnel Management, US Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice. He is a graduate of UTEP.

RESOLVING US/MEXICO IMMIGRATION ISSUES

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ROSARIO PONTE is an El Paso artist, originally from Venezuela. A graduate of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, she also completed advanced studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has further studied under nationally acclaimed artists Aleksander Titovets and Daniel Greene. She has been painting for over 25 years and has won prizes for her oil paintings which have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Ms. Ponte specializes in portraiture, landscapes and still life.  She has taught art classes for OLLI for several years.

CLASS: LANDSCAPE IN OILS 9:00AM

CLASS: LANDSCAPE IN OILS 11:15AM

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SILVIA PORTILLO-KOCH was born Argentinian of Italian immigrants. Began linguistic journey at an early age learning Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English. Attended University of Buenos Aires. Resided and studied in Brazil,Germany & Italy. Currently, resides in El Paso, Tx. She has worked as interpreter, translator and language teacher for the United States Air Force, and the La Paz Language Academy in El Paso, Tx.

CLASS: PROJETTO ITALIANO

CLASS: PROJETTO ITALIANO II II

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PHYLLIS LANE PRICE has led yoga classes since 1981, both privately and at various El Paso studios, health clubs, and gyms.  She taught vigorous Ashtanga yoga in curriculum classes at UTEP and NMSU. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, as well as a registered Life Force Yoga Teacher (LFYT) specializing in yoga for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  She has special training in yoga for pregnancy, for restorative poses, and for the pelvic floor.

CLASS: EASY VINASYA YOGA I

CLASS: EASY VINASYA YOGA II

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LYNN PROVENZANO has facilitated personal and professional development for over 25 years in corporate, community, and non-profit groups. She has world-wide, dross-cultural experience, and specializes in interpersonal skills, creative energy work, and motivation. She is a MCKS Pranic Healing practitioner/facilitator and devotee of Tai Chi and Qigong.

CLASS: MEDITATION – YOUR PERSONAL LIFELINE

CLASS: MEDITATION, THE MIND, AND CREATIVE VISUALIZATION

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CESAR RIVERA Cesar R. Rivera has a Juris Doctor degree from UCLA and a Master's Degree from UTEP. He taught bilingual adult literacy for two years and has been teaching philosophy at local colleges and universities for almost two decades. Currently, he teaches Philosophy and Ethics at EPCC, as well as Religion and Law at UTEP's Religious Studies Program.

RELIGION IN THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM

PROTECTED AND UNPROTECTED CLASSES IN CIVIL RIGHTS AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW

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CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ Claudia Rodriguez is an entrepreneur in the health industry. Her goal is to help others improve their health with easy strategies. She has been certified as a Health and Nutrition Advisor by Sanoviv Medical Institute--a well known hollistic hospital. Claudia also enjoys promoting health through other healthy habits, such as writing and cooking.

BOOST YOUR ENERGY BY TAKING QUALITY SUPPLEMENTS

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NATALIA SAVCHENKO PhD, originally from Russia, has a multicultural background. With a Doctorate degree in Philosophy and Letters, she has over 30 years of experience teaching in universities throughout the world. She has written poetry and prose in Russian and Spanish with English translations and participated in cultural and academic exchange programs in Germany, Bulgaria, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Salvador, and more. Dr. Savchenko has worked extensively in Mexican media in the teaching and promotion of pre- hispanic culture. She recently co-authored the bilingual work of "Juárez siempre en el alma" and currently works at UTEP, the La Paz Language Academy, is part of the "Viva Mexico!" project and a volunteer of the Humane Society of El Paso.

CLASS: WELCOME TO THE RUSSIAN HOUSE

CLASS: BORDERS AND DESTINIES

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STEVE SCHILLER is currently the 2nd trumpet of the Las Cruces Symphony. Former member: Cleveland Symphony, National Ballet of Canada, Springfield, MA. Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic. Performances with: Boston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Broadway musicals. Former faculty: New England Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Westfield (MA) State College.

CLASS: THE 6TH ANNUAL SYMPHONY CLASS

CLASS: THE INSTRUMENTS OF THE ORCHESTRA

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JEFFREY SHEPHERD is associate professor of history; Dr. Yolanda Leyva, associate professor of history and director of Institute for Oral History; Dr. Ignacio Martinez, assistant professor of history; Dr. Larisa Veloz, assistant professor of history; Ian A. Lee, PhD Candidate; Angelina Martinez, PhD Candidate.

A HISTORY OF U.S./MEXICO BORDERLANDS

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JIM SMITH is a former high school history teacher who has been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and Finalist for the National Teachers' Hall of Fame. Jim now works as an education consultant, having made presentations to teachers and administrators throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His online class for Rice University, titled "The Art of Teaching History", recently reached over 5000 teachers in 135 nations. Jim has made numerous presentations on music history in community education programs at NMSU, WNMU, and Rice University. During the last eight years, he has taught many classes for OLLI at UTEP.

CLASS: MUSIC IN CINEMA

CLASS: CLASSIC HALLOWEEN

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LISA SMITH Lisa Smith is the current Dance Director at UTEP. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from UT Austin and and MFA in Creative Writing from UTEP. Lisa has danced as a soloist with many performing companies here and abroad and her performing credits include many classical roles, as well as parts in contemporary works. Lisa is a published poet, scholar and dance reviewer. In 2016, Lisa received the UTEP College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Faculty in the Arts Award.

MOVING GENTLY WITH CREATIVE PURPOSE

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VIRIDIANA VIDAÑA has a B.A. & an M.A. in Spanish with specializations in Latin American literature and secondary education. She is certified by the Texas State Board of Educators, has over five years of teaching experience (both at high school and college level), and is currently working to obtain a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Culture.

CLASS: CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH PART I

CLASS: CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH PART II

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LEANNE VON MITTENWALD has over 30 years experience teaching theatrical arts & education. Her approachable & encouraging attitude compels her students to let go and explore their inner child. She is a published playwright, has directed over 30 plays, and has a true passion for teaching and learning.

CLASS: AND THE OSCAR SHOULD HAVE GONE TO…

CLASS: THE SUSPENSE OF THE THRILLER: HITCHCOCK AND BEYOND

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LUCIENE WANDERMUREM Lucille Wandermurem is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has lived in El Paso for 10 years. She received her undergraduate in Brazil in English/Portugese languages and literature and worked as an English teacher for eight years. After moving to El Paso, she received her master's degree from UTEP's College of Education and later her doctorate. She currently teaches in the College of Education at UTEP.

BEGINNING PORTUGUESE AND A TASTE OF BRAZIL!

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BRIAN YOTHERS PhD Is the Professor and Associate Chair of English and the current holder of the Francis Spatz Leighton Endowed Distinguished Professorship in English. He has written four books and several dozen articles on American literature, and is the 2014 winner of the UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

CLASS: CLASSIC SHORT STORIES


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