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WATCH THAT SAND
WATCH THAT SAND: People napped in the sand dunes on the German North Sea Island of Borkum Friday. (Reinhold Grigoleit/European Pressphoto Agency)

PAST AND FUTURE
PAST AND FUTURE: Men of the Lebanese Druze religious sect mourned the death of Sheikh Abou Mohammad Jawad Walieddine, the head of the spiritual Druze council at his house in the village of Baakline, Lebanon, Friday. The body of the 96-year-old was displayed in a glass coffin. (Mohamad Azakir/Reuters)

STANDOFF IN LONDON
STANDOFF IN LONDON: A man threw a computer monitor out of a window on London’s Tottenham Court Road Friday. After an hours-long standoff, police arrested the 49-year-old man, who had entered the office of a drivers’ training company claiming to be armed with gas canisters. (Getty Images)

HARD FALL
HARD FALL: A bear fell from a tree at the University of Colorado in Boulder Thursday after being tranquilized by wildlife officials. The bear, which weighs 150-200 pounds, had wandered into a campus dormitory complex. It was later tagged and released in the Rocky Mountains. (Andy Duann/CU Independent/Associated Press)

FRIGHTENED
FRIGHTENED: Bystanders tried to help a woman hurt in one of four explosions that rattled Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, Friday. At least 27 people were injured. (Evgeniy Kudrya/AFP/Getty Images)

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Zen and the Brain

Google Tech Talk (more below) November 8, 2010 Zen and the Brain Presented by Dr James Austin ABSTRACT What has been learned about the brain that helps understand how selfless insight-wisdom can develop on the long-term meditative path? Recent brain-imaging research clarifies the relationships between two key issues: 1) How we use both top-down and bottom-up modes of attentive processing; and 2) How we constructed an egocentric Self so strong that it so often generates suffering. Speaker Info: James H. Austin James H. Austin is Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Austin is the author of his well known book Zen and the Brain, which aims to establish links between the neurological workings of the human brain and meditation. Austin has written two sequels to it: Zen-Brain Reflections (February, 2006), and Selfless Insight (2009). He was student of the late Rinzai roshi Kobori Nanrei Sohaku.
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all events are at The Glob*** (unless otherwise noted) Sept 16-18, 2011

IF YOU STILL NEED TO REGISTER, DROP $100 in the APAD Paypal Account PLEASE, OR BRING A CHECK/CASH WITH YOU TO DENVER

FRIDAY 9/16

8pm – Kevin Moloney – freelance photographer, adjunct instructor of photojournalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder (taught Chip Litherland everything he knows)

9:15 pm- Sol Neelman, a few words on being the “Weird Sports” photographer

10pm-late – Sol Neelman’s book release/signing party, and a toast to Sol (AT THE CURTIS HOTEL BAR “The Corner Office“***)

SATURDAY 9/17

11am – Tim Rasmussen, Denver Post DOP

12:15 pm – Craig Walker, Denver Post photographer, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, 2010 3rd place Newspaper POY

1:30pm – Rob Haggart, A Photo Editor

– pizzas/drinks delivered between speakers — Lunch at the Glob –

2:30pm – Ben Rasmussen, one of the most exciting young photographers I know with a real passion for personal projects

3:45pm – Sonya Hebert, Pulitzer Finalist, 2011 Dart Award winner, 2010 Casey Medal winner, remarkable storyteller and multimedia journalist with heart

wrap by 5pm Saturday.

7:30pm – SCREENING of Restrepo (AT THE DENVER POST Auditorium***)

SUNDAY 9/18

11am – Matt Slaby, co-founder of LUCEO images

12:15 pm – John Moore, 2008 Magazine Photographer of the Year, Getty Images badass and all-around nice guy

1:30pm – Melissa Farlow, newspaper turned freelance photographer with over 14 National Geographic stories under her belt

2:45pm – Randy Olson, National Geographic freelancer, 2003 Magazine POY, 1992 Newspaper POY, Robert F Kennedy Award winner, Nikon Sabbatical grant winner… shall I go on…

Should wrap by 4pm on Sunday.

*** PERTINENT ADDRESSES ***

The Glob – 3551 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, east of the Platte River, on the wrong side of both tracks, and one door over from Rhinoceropoli

The Curtis Hotel (and “The Corner Office” bar) — 1401 Curtis St. / corner of 14th + curtis street, Denver, CO 80202

The Denver Post — 101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80202

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At first the inmates were too busy getting their asses kicked to notice me. They were experiencing the first day of the Colorado Corrections Alternative Program boot camp, a program aimed at reducing recidivism using military-style structure and discipline. Some of them quit on the first day. The rest struggled and adapted. I drove to Buena Vista once or twice a week when I had time, photographing their progress through the three-month program in late 2008.

It was one of the only programs of its kind. First-time offenders with nonviolent crimes were eligible.  The rewards were substantial if you finished. You had a chance see your wife or your baby sooner. You could get on with your life. Along the way you could earn a G.E.D.

The thing was, it didn’t work. The program closed in June 2010 as the state cut prison funding. A troubling statistic was the nail in the coffin: nearly the same percentage of inmates from the program were returning to prison as those who had not completed it. Graduates weren’t any more likely to stay out.

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