• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-31-2022 to 12-31-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Saturday
    Instructor: Oasis Computer Instructors
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Do you want to advance a computer skill, fill in gaps in your knowledge, or solve a computer problem?  An Oasis technology tutors can help you with your laptop or other portable device (e.g. phone, tablet) in a private session here at Oasis, outdoors at your favorite coffee shop OR online if appropriate, lasting up to two hours.  You will be contacted by... read more
    Do you want to advance a computer skill, fill in gaps in your knowledge, or solve a computer problem?  An Oasis technology tutors can help you with your laptop or other portable device (e.g. phone, tablet) in a private session here at Oasis, outdoors at your favorite coffee shop OR online if appropriate, lasting up to two hours.  You will be contacted by Oasis to assess your request and schedule your session.   Please note: We are not able to assist with complex programming or software issues,
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-26-2022 to 09-26-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Frank Newton, Ph.D
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    About 2500 years ago, there were amazing historical developments in China, India, Persia, Israel, and Greece that led to powerful cultural and spiritual transformations. The effects still resonate and shape our world to this day. During this “Axial Age,” the great philosophies and religions of the world were born, inspired by many of the world’s... read more
    About 2500 years ago, there were amazing historical developments in China, India, Persia, Israel, and Greece that led to powerful cultural and spiritual transformations. The effects still resonate and shape our world to this day. During this “Axial Age,” the great philosophies and religions of the world were born, inspired by many of the world’s greatest thinkers and teachers -- such as Socrates, Plato, Buddha, Zoroaster, Confucius, the Hebrew prophets, and more. Dr. Frank Newton will delve into this fantastic era, discussing the great figures who led the way and exploring the cultural and cognitive factors that contributed to this world-changing period.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-27-2022 to 09-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Peter Bolland, MA, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Southwestern College
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    By now we’re all familiar with the pro and con arguments surrounding America’s most contentious political debate: abortion. But how aware are we of the often-unstated philosophical positions underpinning those familiar arguments? Join us for this philosophical inquiry into the big questions the abortion debate draws to the surface: When does life begin?... read more
    By now we’re all familiar with the pro and con arguments surrounding America’s most contentious political debate: abortion. But how aware are we of the often-unstated philosophical positions underpinning those familiar arguments? Join us for this philosophical inquiry into the big questions the abortion debate draws to the surface: When does life begin? What do different religions and wisdom traditions say about that? What does liberty or freedom really mean? Do we own our own bodies? How does the Fourteenth Amendment (granting a “right to life”) intersect with the First Amendment (prohibiting the establishment of a state religion)? No matter your current views, join us for this important work.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-28-2022 to 09-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Ralph D Buglass, Montgomery County Historical Society
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    Sugarloaf Mountain, a private oasis of natural beauty and scenic vistas that is open to the public, nearly became Camp David.  It almost ended up with a modernistic structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sitting atop its peak.  Come hear about these and other historical oddities of this tiny mountain that sits all by itself just over the Montgomery... read more
    Sugarloaf Mountain, a private oasis of natural beauty and scenic vistas that is open to the public, nearly became Camp David.  It almost ended up with a modernistic structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sitting atop its peak.  Come hear about these and other historical oddities of this tiny mountain that sits all by itself just over the Montgomery County line in Frederick County. See also:  Class XXX, Oasis visit and tour at Sugarloaf, October 12.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-28-2022 to 09-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Ralph D Buglass, Montgomery County Historical Society
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Sugarloaf Mountain, a private oasis of natural beauty and scenic vistas that is open to the public, nearly became Camp David.  It almost ended up with a modernistic structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sitting atop its peak.  Come hear about these and other historical oddities of this tiny mountain that sits all by itself just over the Montgomery... read more
    Sugarloaf Mountain, a private oasis of natural beauty and scenic vistas that is open to the public, nearly became Camp David.  It almost ended up with a modernistic structure designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sitting atop its peak.  Come hear about these and other historical oddities of this tiny mountain that sits all by itself just over the Montgomery County line in Frederick County. See also:  Class XXX, Oasis visit and tour at Sugarloaf, October 12.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-28-2022 to 09-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 3:00 PM → 4:00 PM
    Instructor: Aubrey Reinmiller, PT, CPT
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    Do you ever feel imbalanced? Have you, or a loved one, had a fall or two in the past year? Come to this interactive class in which a neurological physical therapist assistant and personal trainer, Aubrey Reinmiller, will clarify the most common reasons for imbalance while learning some exercises you can do to improve your balance! In this class, we will... read more
    Do you ever feel imbalanced? Have you, or a loved one, had a fall or two in the past year? Come to this interactive class in which a neurological physical therapist assistant and personal trainer, Aubrey Reinmiller, will clarify the most common reasons for imbalance while learning some exercises you can do to improve your balance! In this class, we will also learn about the different body systems that contribute to your sense of balance and practical exercises that can help make you steady. Please have a stable chair, a pillow, a pencil, a notepad, and your enthusiasm easily available!
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-29-2022 to 09-29-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: David B Lindauer, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), US Army Signal Corps
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    The Mongol Horde enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a largely undefeated fighting force. They conquered China, terrorized Eastern Europe, sacked Baghdad, and attacked the Mamluks in Egypt. Their military prowess won them the largest contiguous land empire in history: Their conquests stretched from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean. This course takes a look... read more
    The Mongol Horde enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a largely undefeated fighting force. They conquered China, terrorized Eastern Europe, sacked Baghdad, and attacked the Mamluks in Egypt. Their military prowess won them the largest contiguous land empire in history: Their conquests stretched from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean. This course takes a look at how a small Asiatic tribe was able to accomplish all this and exercise an influence that lasted for more than 300 years over world history.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-29-2022 to 09-29-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: David B Lindauer, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), US Army Signal Corps
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    The Mongol Horde enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a largely undefeated fighting force. They conquered China, terrorized Eastern Europe, sacked Baghdad, and attacked the Mamluks in Egypt. Their military prowess won them the largest contiguous land empire in history: Their conquests stretched from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean. This course takes a look... read more
    The Mongol Horde enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a largely undefeated fighting force. They conquered China, terrorized Eastern Europe, sacked Baghdad, and attacked the Mamluks in Egypt. Their military prowess won them the largest contiguous land empire in history: Their conquests stretched from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean. This course takes a look at how a small Asiatic tribe was able to accomplish all this and exercise an influence that lasted for more than 300 years over world history.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-29-2022 to 09-29-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Denver Brunsman, Associate Chair, Department of History, George Washington University
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    In recent years, few eras have received more historical attention than Reconstruction, typically defined as the period between 1865 and 1877. Historians have particularly examined why America failed to realize racial equality in the aftermath of the Civil War. Oasis regular Professor Denver Brunsman of George Washington University will share the recent... read more
    In recent years, few eras have received more historical attention than Reconstruction, typically defined as the period between 1865 and 1877. Historians have particularly examined why America failed to realize racial equality in the aftermath of the Civil War. Oasis regular Professor Denver Brunsman of George Washington University will share the recent insights by scholars about what Reconstruction accomplished and did not accomplish. In addition, Professor Brunsman will explain why the period following the Civil War was critical to the growth of Washington, DC, as a vibrant national capital.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-30-2022 to 09-30-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington Univ.
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    The program will answer three sets of questions: Why has US rivalry with China emerged in recent years and why has Congress been so important in this process? Why are challenges posed by Chinese government practices so serious? What are the roles of Congress and developments in Ukraine in insuring continued US resolve to counter the challenges posed by... read more
    The program will answer three sets of questions: Why has US rivalry with China emerged in recent years and why has Congress been so important in this process? Why are challenges posed by Chinese government practices so serious? What are the roles of Congress and developments in Ukraine in insuring continued US resolve to counter the challenges posed by Chinese government practices?
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-30-2022 to 09-30-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Robert Sutter, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington Univ.
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    The program will answer three sets of questions: Why has US rivalry with China emerged in recent years and why has Congress been so important in this process? Why are challenges posed by Chinese government practices so serious? What are the roles of Congress and developments in Ukraine in insuring continued US resolve to counter the challenges posed by... read more
    The program will answer three sets of questions: Why has US rivalry with China emerged in recent years and why has Congress been so important in this process? Why are challenges posed by Chinese government practices so serious? What are the roles of Congress and developments in Ukraine in insuring continued US resolve to counter the challenges posed by Chinese government practices?
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-30-2022 to 09-30-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 4:00 PM → 5:00 PM
    Instructor: Matthew Wion, Ph.D
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    In a functioning democracy the media is meant to speak truth to power. The purpose of the news is to insure that the citizenry is informed. Does this mean that the media must be neutral no matter what? Can the media ever ethically take sides? What does a properly functioning media look like? In this class we'll explore the answers to these questions and... read more
    In a functioning democracy the media is meant to speak truth to power. The purpose of the news is to insure that the citizenry is informed. Does this mean that the media must be neutral no matter what? Can the media ever ethically take sides? What does a properly functioning media look like? In this class we'll explore the answers to these questions and more.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-03-2022 to 10-03-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 11:30 AM
    Instructor: Elaine Apter, Secretary, League of Women Voters, Montgomery Cty.
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    As we prepare for the November election, we will review what happened in the primaries. Were there problems? Did new state law changes affect the election? We will then move to discussing the upcoming General Election with an overview of how the Electoral College works and check out the League of Women Voters' online Voters' Guide - Vote411. We will end... read more
    As we prepare for the November election, we will review what happened in the primaries. Were there problems? Did new state law changes affect the election? We will then move to discussing the upcoming General Election with an overview of how the Electoral College works and check out the League of Women Voters' online Voters' Guide - Vote411. We will end with time for questions.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-03-2022 to 10-03-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Julia Fister, MA, Studio ACE Executive Director
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his use of color as a printmaker, sculptor, and, primarily, painter. He helped define, along with Picasso and Duchamp, significant developments in painting and sculpture in the opening decades of the 20th century. We will look at his significant body of work from his painting to his... read more
    Henri Matisse was a French artist known for his use of color as a printmaker, sculptor, and, primarily, painter. He helped define, along with Picasso and Duchamp, significant developments in painting and sculpture in the opening decades of the 20th century. We will look at his significant body of work from his painting to his cut-outs.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-04-2022 to 10-04-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Lola Sparrowhawk, International Award-Winning Author and Historian
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    A hillside dwelling overlooking the picturesque Rhone Valley in southern France attracted our ancestors, both Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons (modern humans), around 54,000 years ago, a new study suggests. Similar tools from the same period have been found nearly 1,900 miles away in modern Israel and in Lebanon, indicating that modern humans with a common... read more
    A hillside dwelling overlooking the picturesque Rhone Valley in southern France attracted our ancestors, both Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons (modern humans), around 54,000 years ago, a new study suggests. Similar tools from the same period have been found nearly 1,900 miles away in modern Israel and in Lebanon, indicating that modern humans with a common culture traveled along one of the most important natural migration corridors of the ancient world approximately at that time. This lecture presents an updated chapter of human history.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-06-2022 to 10-06-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Steven Gimbel, Professor of Philosophy, Gettysburg College
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    James Clerk Maxwell is as important to the history of physics as Einstein, Newton, and Galileo, yet his name is little known. We will examine both his physics (his theories of electricity and magnetism and his establishment of the existence of molecules) and his life (his working class background, his religion, his taking of the first color photograph in... read more
    James Clerk Maxwell is as important to the history of physics as Einstein, Newton, and Galileo, yet his name is little known. We will examine both his physics (his theories of electricity and magnetism and his establishment of the existence of molecules) and his life (his working class background, his religion, his taking of the first color photograph in history) so that this eccentric genius gets the credit he deserves.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-06-2022 to 10-06-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen, Performer, Composer, and Recording Artist
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    When British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens converted to Islam in 1977, heartbroken fans around the world assumed his music career was officially over. Decades later he returned to the music stage as Yusuf, with new recordings that were met with worldwide acclaim. From hit singles such as “Moonshadow” and “Peace Train”, to the cult film Harold and... read more
    When British singer-songwriter Cat Stevens converted to Islam in 1977, heartbroken fans around the world assumed his music career was officially over. Decades later he returned to the music stage as Yusuf, with new recordings that were met with worldwide acclaim. From hit singles such as “Moonshadow” and “Peace Train”, to the cult film Harold and Maude, to his newer work, we’ll sample songs from the many musical worlds of Cat Stevens.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-07-2022 to 10-07-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Barbara Paulson, European Travel Specialist
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    Versailles? Been there, done that. But still looking for what to do outside of Paris for a day or two? Check out another royal residence at Fontainebleau (e.g., Louis VII, Napoleon who resigned here); famous artists’ homes in Giverny and Auvers-Sur-Oise (Monet, and van Gogh, respectively); a nearly 1000-year old tapestry in Bayeux (Normandy); small group... read more
    Versailles? Been there, done that. But still looking for what to do outside of Paris for a day or two? Check out another royal residence at Fontainebleau (e.g., Louis VII, Napoleon who resigned here); famous artists’ homes in Giverny and Auvers-Sur-Oise (Monet, and van Gogh, respectively); a nearly 1000-year old tapestry in Bayeux (Normandy); small group tours of private champagne makers in Reims, and the mustard capitol – Dijon. European Travel Specialist Barbara Paulson offers you some Paris day trip options.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-07-2022 to 10-07-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Richard Bell, Professor of History, University of Maryland
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    Did the American Revolution make ordinary working people happy? How did their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness change in the immediate aftermath of the war? In this talk’s first half University of Maryland historian Richard Bell focuses on working white people in port cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and asks... read more
    Did the American Revolution make ordinary working people happy? How did their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness change in the immediate aftermath of the war? In this talk’s first half University of Maryland historian Richard Bell focuses on working white people in port cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and asks whether post-war peace eased the economic hardships and insecurities the conflict itself had brought on and whether the end of the fighting ushered in a new economic order in which people on the bottom could not only pursue prosperity but actually achieve it. Then, in the talk’s second half, we pivot to examine the postwar struggles of rural folk, the farmers who accounted for the majority of America’s white population. Our mission is to get to the bottom of Daniel Shays’ Rebellion, a 1786 uprising by 2,200 western farmers and veterans to overthrow the Massachusetts government and burn Boston to the ground.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-07-2022 to 10-07-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 6:00 PM → 7:00 PM
    Instructor: Chris Burns, Many-Strings
    Term: 2022-3
    Location: Online Class

    Despite all the obstacles, and they have been formidable, women have composed absolutely wonderful, memorable, magical enduring music. Sacred and profound, blessedly melodic and pianistic, symphonic, romantic, and modern . . . women have done it all! This hour is dedicated to their unique and special contributions to “classical” music. Time to sit back... read more
    Despite all the obstacles, and they have been formidable, women have composed absolutely wonderful, memorable, magical enduring music. Sacred and profound, blessedly melodic and pianistic, symphonic, romantic, and modern . . . women have done it all! This hour is dedicated to their unique and special contributions to “classical” music. Time to sit back with your favorite beverage and love the music.
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