Active Minds Presents...

Tattered Cover is pleased to partner with Active Minds for an ongoing series of lectures and classes.

Active Minds is a Colorado based provider of lifelong learning programs for seniors and adults of all ages. Our mission is to expand lives and minds by providing outstanding educational programs. We offer programs ranging from international affairs to history, poetry, music, politics, biographies, and more. All upcoming events are at our Colfax location except the May 10th event, which will take place at Aspen Grove.


Tuesday, September 13         12:30-1:30 pm                    Taiwan                                  (hosted by the Westminster Store)

As China continues to increase its global power and influence, it is becoming a potential threat to the island of Taiwan. Over centuries, various powers have claimed control of Taiwan, including the Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese. In 1949, with the victory of Mao’s Chinese Communist Party, US-supported Chiang Kai-Shek and his KMT Party fled China to Taiwan, where the US provided ongoing military protection. Join Active Minds as we look at the history of Taiwan and what the future may hold as this story continues to unfold.


Tuesday, September 27           5:00-6:00 pm                    The U.S. Electric Grid        (hosted by the Colfax Store)

Many have described the United States electric grid as antiquated and potentially vulnerable to cyber-attack. It is arguably the largest machine in the world, comprised of many different systems of almost unimaginable complexity that, taken together, make life as we know it possible. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy has further complicated the system in ways that are still being determined. Join Active Minds as we explore how this system works, its current challenges, and its future opportunities.


Tuesday, October 11               12:30-1:30 pm                    Australia                               (hosted by the Colfax Store)

Australia, or The Land Down Under as it is affectionately known, is a country, an island and a continent. It is a land of diverse physical beauty, unique wildlife and many historical similarities to the United States. Join us as we explore the history and landscape of this key U.S. ally. We will review Australia’s beginnings as a prisoner settlement, its role in numerous global conflicts and its modern challenges to protect its unique features.


Tuesday, October 25                 5:00-6:00 pm                    Colorado Ballot 2022        (hosted by the Colfax Store)

Join Active Minds for an objective review of the current initiatives and referenda on the Colorado statewide ballot this fall. We will review each proposal, presenting the arguments on both sides. We will also review the referendum and initiative process in Colorado, including its history, pros and cons, and significant legislation that has resulted from this process in the past.


Tuesday, November 8            12:30-1:30 pm                    King Tut                                (hosted by the Aspen Grove  Store)

Join Active Minds as we tell the story of the famous Egyptian pharaoh and the time in which he ruled. We will place King Tut's life and reign in the broader context of ancient Egyptian history and cover the extraordinary but controversial discovery of his tomb a hundred years ago in November 1922.


Tuesday, November 22            5:00-6:00 pm                    Cryptocurrency                  (hosted by the Colfax Store)

The introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 ushered in a new era of digital money.  Since then, cryptocurrencies have proliferated in what many would describe as a wild west atmosphere with minimal regulation. Speculators have made and lost millions as the value of various “coins” have fluctuated wildly.  Join Active Minds as we take a look at the evolution of cryptocurrency and discuss what makes this technology both compelling and concerning.


Tuesday, December 13           12:30-1:30 pm                    France                                   (hosted by the Colfax Store)

With Europe’s second largest economy and population, France is a key player in the region and the world. As a member of both the European Union and NATO, France's power and influence shapes policies far beyond its borders. Join Active Minds as we explore the rich history of France, both politically and culturally, and place it within the current context evolving European and global concerns.


Tuesday, December 27             5:00-6:00 pm                    Marie Curie                          (hosted by the Colfax Store)

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867, Maria Sklodowska would become one of the greatest scientists of her era. After emigrating to France, Marie (as she was known there) would work with and eventually marry another scientist, Pierre Curie, with whom she would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their research on radioactivity. Over a decade later, she would be awarded a second Nobel Prize for discovering the elements radium and polonium (named for her country of birth). Join Active Minds as we examine the remarkable life of Marie Curie.