Meet Our Outstanding Instructors
Farouk Al-Nasser, Ph.D., is a graduate of Baghdad University, University of Colorado, and University of Denver with B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering respectively. During his 42-year career in the data storage industry, he held technical, operational, marketing, and senior executive management positions at Fortune 500 and mid-size companies. After the 2003 invasion, Farouk spent several months in the Middle East working for a San Diego-based company involved in the reconstruction and development of Iraq. He is on the board of directors and past president of the San Diego World Affairs Council.
Course: The Middle East and North Africa from the Advent of Islam to the Present
Douglas Barker, M.A., is a professional art historian and metaphysical researcher. He lived in England, Germany, and Switzerland where he studied alternative education and worked as a guide on art tours. He also conducted study tours of Israel and India in the German language. Barker earned his M.A. in art history from the University of Chicago and has taught 100+ courses at a variety of colleges and universities. He has visited numerous megalithic sites in France, Britain, and Ireland.
Course: From Caravaggio to Romanticism: European Art and Architecture 1600-1850
Peter Bolland, M.A., is the chair of the humanities department at Southwestern College, and a professor of philosophy and humanities. He is also a columnist for the San Diego Troubadour and Unity Magazine. An award-winning singer-songwriter and poet, as well as a popular speaker and spiritual teacher, Bolland leads meditation workshops at his monthly satsang (PeterBolland.com).
Course: The Wisdom of Buddhism
Sandra (Sandee) Bonura, Ed.D., is a part-time professor, Coronado Historical Society docent, recognized authority on Hawaiian history, and frequent lecturer. She is the author of two books, with a third about to be published.
Lecture: Spreckels: From Hawaii to Coronado
Nadine Bopp, M.A., holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University and a B.A. in ecology from the University of Missouri. Combining these disciplines led to her avid interest in urban geography. Bopp’s positions as a college professor keep her current on technological advances, and she has developed classes in urban studies, environmental science, sustainable practices, green architecture, mapping, botany, and landscape design. She taught at The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College, and DePaul University for 19 years.
Lecture: Cartography: The History of Mapmaking
Denny Braun, Ph.D., began his career at the Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. as a demographer/statistician. After joining the professoriate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, he taught courses on population dynamics, power and inequality, marriage and family, public opinion, political sociology, research methods, and social statistics for 33 years before retiring. His area of expertise within sociology and economics is social stratification and the study of income inequality, culminating in his seminal book, The Rich Get Richer: The Rise of Income Inequality in the United States and the World.
Book Club: Generation Me — Revised and Updated
Book Club: Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Reverend Lone Jensen Broussard, M.A., was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has lived in three different countries (Denmark, Iraq, U.S.) and seven different states, serving churches in New Hampshire, North Carolina, Arizona, and Alabama. Broussard is a practicing artist and feels her background in psychology and fine arts gives her a unique perspective on spirituality. She has of Master of Divinity, Meadville Lombard Theological School, 1992; a Master of Fine Arts (painting and drawing), Louisiana State University, 1980; and Bachelor of Arts (psychology), Louisiana State University, 1977.
Lecture: The Changing Face of American Religion
Nancy Carol Carter, M.S., M.L.S., and J.D., is a retired professor of law at USD. She has been published in Pacific Horticulture and in The Journal of San Diego History, with articles on Kate Sessions, the San Diego olive industry, and renowned local botanists Katharine and T.S. Brandegee. Her California garden series, Roots, profiles influential California horticulturists.
Lecture: Paradise Squandered: A Short History of Balboa Park
Susan E. Cayleff, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at SDSU where she has taught since 1987. She teaches American women’s history, the history of medicine and sports history, and the uses of biography and autobiography in history. She is the author of six books, one of which, Babe: The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, was a Pulitzer Prize nominee. She has lectured internationally, published dozens of articles, and is an award-winning teacher and social justice activist.
Course: Is That Supposed to Be Me? Women, the Media, and Gender
Zachary Cuddy has been teaching history for eight years at Southwestern College. One of his classes, History of the Americas, touches briefly on Canadian history. Cuddy has a master’s degree in Latin American studies, and a strong interest in world history, including our neighbors to the north.
Lecture: Early History of Canada
Kathi Diamant is an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, where she has taught writing and critique classes for OLLI at SDSU since 2008. The author of the San Diego Books Awards’ Geisel Award “Best of the Best” in 2004 for her internationally acclaimed biography, Kafka’s Last Love, she has written hundreds of feature articles for newsletters, newspapers, and magazines, as well as essays for several books, including Ariel Ford’s Soul Mates and Iain Sinclair’s London: City of Disappearances. She has been part of a writing group, Writing Women, since 1988, and has professional experience as co-writer, ghost writer, editor, and writing coach.
Book Club: The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates
Lecture: Kafka’s The Hunger Artist and the History of Endurance Fasting
Edventure: A Talk on the Wild Side
Edventure: Borrego Spring’s Sculptures with Santa Ysabel Stage Stop
Special Event: Conversations Worth Having: The Surprising Science of Happiness
David Flietner, M.S., has taught at the high school and community college levels. A botanist by training, he has made Shakespeare’s history plays, their source materials, authorship, and critical commentary his study over the past two years.
Course: Shakespeare’s and History’s Richard III
Maya Ginsberg, M.A., has been studying the violin since age 11. She studied violin performance at the University of Oregon, holds a B.A. in music from Skidmore College, and received her M.A. in music from SDSU. She has been an active member of the North Coast Symphony Orchestra for the last 14 years. She is a violinist with Eliana Strings, and the violinist of the Striano Piano Trio. In addition to her work as the violin clinician at Mount Carmel High School, she is a lecturer at SDSU and teaches violin privately in the San Diego North County area.
Course: There’s No Business Like Show Business: A History of the American Musical
Jim Hinton has been performing folk music professionally for over 40 years. He sings and accompanies himself on guitar, mandocello, harmonica, and bodhran (the Irish drum). He specializes in the traditional songs of Ireland and performs at pubs, festivals, schools, churches, and coffeehouses throughout the Western states. A prolific songwriter and purveyor of contemporary folk, Hinton has a vast repertoire that includes songs from the 1600s through the 1960s from Ireland, Britain, and America.
Course: The Singer/Songwriter Revolution
Damon Hitchcock, M.A., is an adjunct instructor at Miramar College and Southwestern College and an instructor at the San Diego Museum of Art’s Museum Art School. He teaches art history, drawing, watercolor, and design, and has been a juror for local exhibitions. He earned his master’s degree in studio arts from SDSU.
Course: Native Arts of the Americas: Maya, Inca, Ancestral Pueblo, and Northwest Coast Art
Course: Art of the Ancients
Karen Kenyon, M.A., is an associate professor at MiraCosta College and a writing instructor at UCSD Extension. She is the author of the books Sunshower, The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniusesand Charles Dickens: Compassion and Contradiction. Her feature articles have been published in Redbook, British Heritage, Newsweek, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Lecture: The Brontë Family: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne
Bruno Leone, M.A., European intellectual history, is a lecturer and freelance writer, Fulbright Fellow, and former instructor at the University of Minnesota and St. Francis College. He also authored two books for young adult readers — Origin: The Story of Charles Darwin and Disease in History.
Course: The History of Political Philosophy
Lecture: Rasputin and the Russian Revolution
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Philip P. Lindsley is a widely recognized elder and disability law attorney. His practice focuses on Medi-Cal and public benefits planning, special needs planning, asset protection, probate and trust administration, and conservatorships and their alternatives. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), accredited by the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association; a State Bar of California-certified legal specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law; and an accredited Veterans Administration attorney. He is rated AV “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubble peer review.
Special Event: Top 10 Things Skilled Nursing Facilities Don’t Want You to Know
Susan McBeth is an SDSU alum with a degree in business administration and a master’s in comparative literature, as well as the founder and owner of AdventuresByTheBook.com.
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Edventure: The Culture and Cuisine of Greece
Special Event: An Animated Political Cartoonist
Enrique Morones Careaga received his bachelor’s degree in international marketing from SDSU, 1979; his master’s in executive leadership from USD, 2002; and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Guadalajara, 2016. He also received a USD Bishop Buddy Award, 2014; Mexico’s National Human Rights Award, 2009; and the California State Spirit Award, 2009. He was the vice president of Latino and International Marketing for the San Diego Padres, 1995-2001; president of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 1996-1998; the founder of House of Mexico, 1995; and the founder/executive director of Border Angels, 1986-current.
Lecture: Border Angels, Border Realities and Immigration Today
Leslie Oster has been a college, high school, and adult-education teacher for more than 30 years. She taught several film courses at two New Yorkarea lifelong learning programs for six years before moving to San Diego. She holds an M.A. in English from The City College (NYC) and has been specially trained to teach film as a discipline.
Workshop: Short Story to Silver Screen
John Putman, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at SDSU and historian of the modern American West (late 19th and 20th centuries). His book, Class and Gender Politics in Progressive- Era Seattle, explores class and gender politics in the urban Northwest. He is also interested in the cultural history of the 20th-century U.S. — in particular, science fiction film in the Cold War era, Star Trek, and politically-oriented music from the 1960s and ’70s.
Course: The American Revolution
Rebecca Romani, M.A., holds a master’s degree in television, film, and new media from SDSU. She teaches film for Palomar College and the SDSU American Language Institute. She has written about film for various outlets, including KPBS and is currently on the selection committee for the San Diego Italian Film Festival. She also curates and moderates the National Endowment for the Humanities film series at the downtown Central Library.
Workshop: California Noir
Robert D. Shultz has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones in La Mesa since 2008, and provides investment, insurance, and financial planning for individuals and small businesses. He has the following accreditations/licenses: AAMS Designation (Accredited Asset Management Specialist); Series 7 Securities; and Series 66 Combined State Law, Life, and Health Insurance. He serves on the Edward Jones leadership team as a new advisor coach, field trainer, and mentor; and supports the community of La Mesa as the immediate past president and board member of the Kiwanis Club.
Special Event: Retirement and Investment Basics I: Retirement: Making Your Money Last
Special Event: Retirement and Investment Basics II: Outlook and Opportunities: The Current Economy and Factors Influencing It
Anita Simons is a political activist and playwright who combines her love of history and activism in her award-winning plays. Her first play, Goodbye Memories, about Anne Frank before going into hiding, won numerous awards. Her play, Heartland, about German POWs working on American farms, and German-Americans sent to internment camps during WWII, placed second in the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award competition, and was recently published in Sense Publishers’ Social Fictions series.
Lecture: German-American Internment During WWII
Glenn C. Smith, J.D., LL.M., is a professor at California Western School of Law. He writes about a variety of legal issues, both for scholarly journals and publications aimed at non-legal audiences. He teaches a Supreme Court simulation class at CWSL, in which students learn about the Court by playing roles as current justices and advocates. He is a regular commentator in print and electronic media regarding the Court and its cases.
Course: Fairness, Equality, Liberty, and the Constitution
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Howard Wayne, J.D., represented San Diego in the state assembly. He authored the first law in the country to monitor beach waters for public health and the first law to provide breast cancer treatment for under-insured women. He is a career deputy general and has worked to protect Californians from both consumer fraud and from street crime. He has multiple published opinions and has argued in the state Supreme Court. Howard is a graduate of San Diego State University.
Workshop: Politics Goes to the Movies
Matthew Wion holds a Ph. D. from Marquette and an M.A. from SDSU. Born, raised and originally educated in San Diego, Wion earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Marquette in 2011. During his graduate studies, he taught philosophy courses at Marquette, Mount Mary College, and Bryant and Stratton College (all in Milwaukee). After graduation, he was an adjunct at the College of Lake County, Harper College, McHenry County College, and Oakton in Northern Illinois. In March 2015, he and his wife Erica and two sons moved back to San Diego where he has been teaching at Southwestern College.
Course: The Philosophy of Death, Dying, and Grief