• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-23-2022 to 05-23-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Ralph D Buglass, Montgomery County Historical Society
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Trip

    Join us for a leisurely walk along the Seneca section of the C&O Canal (about one mile total on the mostly level gravel towpath). You'll get the chance to see and learn about the Seneca Aqueduct, the ruins of a stone-cutting mill, and two kinds of canal locks. This class is offered in conjunction with the May 2 lecture (see class #300), but participants... read more
    Join us for a leisurely walk along the Seneca section of the C&O Canal (about one mile total on the mostly level gravel towpath). You'll get the chance to see and learn about the Seneca Aqueduct, the ruins of a stone-cutting mill, and two kinds of canal locks. This class is offered in conjunction with the May 2 lecture (see class #300), but participants need not have taken the lecture. We will be watching out for cyclists! Rain date: Monday, May 23. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.  We will meet at Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal in Poolesville, MD; parking is available in a gravel lot at the end of Riley's Lock Road, off River Road (left turn from River Road, approx. 9.3 miles from Potomac Village at intersection of River and Falls Roads).  There is not an actual street number, but Google Maps recognizes Riley's Lock.  Gather at the rear of the lockhouse. (Porta-john at the parking lot.)
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 05-17-2022 to 05-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:15 PM
    Instructor: Gary Cahn, Computer Instructor
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class
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    In this class you’ll learn how you can save for your grandchild’s college education, as well as their private school elementary and/or secondary school education. We’ll look at 529 savings plans, Coverdell accounts and other types of education savings accounts. You’ll learn which types of accounts and investments are most recommended, and which... read more
    In this class you’ll learn how you can save for your grandchild’s college education, as well as their private school elementary and/or secondary school education. We’ll look at 529 savings plans, Coverdell accounts and other types of education savings accounts. You’ll learn which types of accounts and investments are most recommended, and which types should be avoided. We will also discuss how these plans may affect college scholarships. Finally, you’ll learn how much you can save on your Maryland income tax bill by participating in these plans. Your children and grandchildren encourage you to register for this class.
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-23-2022 to 05-23-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Bonita Billman, Art History Lecturer
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    One of the giants of 19th century craft and founder of the Arts & Crafts movement in England, William Morris started out as a Pre-Raphaelite painter but became a polymath, writer, poet, philosopher, social reformer, craftsman, and much more. William Morris’s artistic pronouncements on beauty, utility and hand-craftsmanship guided the artists and... read more
    One of the giants of 19th century craft and founder of the Arts & Crafts movement in England, William Morris started out as a Pre-Raphaelite painter but became a polymath, writer, poet, philosopher, social reformer, craftsman, and much more. William Morris’s artistic pronouncements on beauty, utility and hand-craftsmanship guided the artists and artisans of the Arts & Crafts Movement. We will look at the formation of his company, his commitment to reviving craft arts and his concern for craft workers during his life and beyond. Morris’s influence is still felt today.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-23-2022 to 05-23-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Blaine Davies, MA, Professor of U.S. History
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    California and the rest of the Southwest became United States territory following the Mexican War, or as some Mexicans describe it, the “war where you stole our country.”  Was it a war justified by “manifest destiny” and Mexican transgressions or was it essentially a land grab?  Professor Blaine Davies explores the causes, the battles and the... read more
    California and the rest of the Southwest became United States territory following the Mexican War, or as some Mexicans describe it, the “war where you stole our country.”  Was it a war justified by “manifest destiny” and Mexican transgressions or was it essentially a land grab?  Professor Blaine Davies explores the causes, the battles and the aftermath of the Mexican War, including the local Battle of San Pasqual, the biggest clash of the Mexican War fought in California.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-23-2022 to 05-23-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Michael F. Jacobson, PhD
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Salt is used in half of all packaged foods and restaurant offerings, and that's what makes it arguably the most dangerous substance in our food supply. Over-consumption of salt (or, more accurately, sodium) is causing as many as 100,000 premature deaths every year in the United States. We'll talk about what the government should have been doing but hasn't,... read more
    Salt is used in half of all packaged foods and restaurant offerings, and that's what makes it arguably the most dangerous substance in our food supply. Over-consumption of salt (or, more accurately, sodium) is causing as many as 100,000 premature deaths every year in the United States. We'll talk about what the government should have been doing but hasn't, and what everyone could do to protect their health and that of their families.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-24-2022 to 05-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: David B Lindauer, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), US Army Signal Corps
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Few people today have heard of Friar Roger Bacon, an English Franciscan from the Thirteenth Century. But even a cursory examination of his many writings can amaze the modern reader with the clarity of his explanation of what we now call the scientific method, and the numerous predictions he made for future science – all based on his remarkable talent for... read more
    Few people today have heard of Friar Roger Bacon, an English Franciscan from the Thirteenth Century. But even a cursory examination of his many writings can amaze the modern reader with the clarity of his explanation of what we now call the scientific method, and the numerous predictions he made for future science – all based on his remarkable talent for study and observation. The course looks at Friar Bacons’ predecessors, his methods, his writings, his aims, and his predictions; and finally how his writings anticipated inventions and scientific principles that we take for granted today.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-24-2022 to 05-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: David B Lindauer, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), US Army Signal Corps
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Few people today have heard of Friar Roger Bacon, an English Franciscan from the Thirteenth Century. But even a cursory examination of his many writings can amaze the modern reader with the clarity of his explanation of what we now call the scientific method, and the numerous predictions he made for future science – all based on his remarkable talent for... read more
    Few people today have heard of Friar Roger Bacon, an English Franciscan from the Thirteenth Century. But even a cursory examination of his many writings can amaze the modern reader with the clarity of his explanation of what we now call the scientific method, and the numerous predictions he made for future science – all based on his remarkable talent for study and observation. The course looks at Friar Bacons’ predecessors, his methods, his writings, his aims, and his predictions; and finally how his writings anticipated inventions and scientific principles that we take for granted today.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-24-2022 to 05-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 3:00 PM
    Instructor: Henry George, Engineer, Archaeologist and Geologist
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Heinrich Schliemann was of the rip-and-tear school of archaeology.  He excavated Troy and Mycenae before archaeological methods were developed.  He was never accepted as a professional, but his discoveries brought Greek Mythology back to life and were instrumental in bringing prehistory into the public... read more
    Heinrich Schliemann was of the rip-and-tear school of archaeology.  He excavated Troy and Mycenae before archaeological methods were developed.  He was never accepted as a professional, but his discoveries brought Greek Mythology back to life and were instrumental in bringing prehistory into the public domain.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-24-2022 to 05-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jonina Duker, Certified Book Discussion Leader
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Long-term marriages can be complicated, to say the least, particularly with four grown children. Interactions between and among unrelated people can be complicated too and can mean very different things to the people involved, occasioning yet more difficulties. Set in Sydney Australia, a long-married couple’s lives revolve around high-level competitive... read more
    Long-term marriages can be complicated, to say the least, particularly with four grown children. Interactions between and among unrelated people can be complicated too and can mean very different things to the people involved, occasioning yet more difficulties. Set in Sydney Australia, a long-married couple’s lives revolve around high-level competitive tennis. Please read the book so you can participate in our structured, facilitated, Zoom discussion.  Author: Liane Moriarty, 2021. (Note: Please join the meeting at 3 pm if you would like some assistance using the features of Zoom.  Otherwise, join us at 3:15 pm for the start of our discussion.)
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-25-2022 to 05-25-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 11:45 AM
    Instructor: Lisa Page, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, The George Washington University
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    There's a long tradition of "passing" in American society.  Passing is defined as hiding part of your identity in order to blend in and avoid stigma.  Originally this just meant people of African American ancestry passing as white.  But passing can involve race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and even social class.  Dr. Page shares stories of... read more
    There's a long tradition of "passing" in American society.  Passing is defined as hiding part of your identity in order to blend in and avoid stigma.  Originally this just meant people of African American ancestry passing as white.  But passing can involve race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and even social class.  Dr. Page shares stories of people who are (or have been) passing in one way or another, including recent stories from the Washington, DC area.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-25-2022 to 05-25-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 11:45 AM
    Instructor: Lisa Page, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, The George Washington University
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    There's a long tradition of "passing" in American society.  Passing is defined as hiding part of your identity in order to blend in and avoid stigma.  Originally this just meant people of African American ancestry passing as white.  But passing can involve race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and even social class.  Dr. Page shares stories of... read more
    There's a long tradition of "passing" in American society.  Passing is defined as hiding part of your identity in order to blend in and avoid stigma.  Originally this just meant people of African American ancestry passing as white.  But passing can involve race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion and even social class.  Dr. Page shares stories of people who are (or have been) passing in one way or another, including recent stories from the Washington, DC area.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-25-2022 to 05-25-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Richard Bell, Professor of History, University of Maryland
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Suddenly, everyone is talking about Critical Race Theory, a set of premises developed decades ago to interpret America’s institutions in the context of race and civil rights. Yet, what exactly is CRT? During this talk, Dr. Bell aims to locate the origins of CRT, establish its core premises, describe the recent controversy, and introduce participants to a... read more
    Suddenly, everyone is talking about Critical Race Theory, a set of premises developed decades ago to interpret America’s institutions in the context of race and civil rights. Yet, what exactly is CRT? During this talk, Dr. Bell aims to locate the origins of CRT, establish its core premises, describe the recent controversy, and introduce participants to a list of practices that CRT scholars believe all of us can adopt to mitigate the worst legacies of slavery in our supposedly post-slavery world.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-26-2022 to 05-26-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Joan Hart, Art History Instructor, Museum One, Inc.
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec are universal icons of art, but what about the women who were their muses? Beginning with Renoir, we’ll explore the Impressionist’s love affair with his spouse Aline, from his first acknowledged representation of her as the young coquette in The Luncheon of the Boating Party to mature wife and mother. Next, we’ll focus on... read more
    Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec are universal icons of art, but what about the women who were their muses? Beginning with Renoir, we’ll explore the Impressionist’s love affair with his spouse Aline, from his first acknowledged representation of her as the young coquette in The Luncheon of the Boating Party to mature wife and mother. Next, we’ll focus on the often troubled romance between Toulouse-Lautrec and his model Suzanne Valadon (who also posed for the Impressionists), through a series of his canvases done in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. (For a related class, see #354.)
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-26-2022 to 05-26-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Joan Hart, Art History Instructor, Museum One, Inc.
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec are universal icons of art, but what about the women who were their muses? Beginning with Renoir, we’ll explore the Impressionist’s love affair with his spouse Aline, from his first acknowledged representation of her as the young coquette in The Luncheon of the Boating Party to mature wife and mother. Next, we’ll focus on... read more
    Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec are universal icons of art, but what about the women who were their muses? Beginning with Renoir, we’ll explore the Impressionist’s love affair with his spouse Aline, from his first acknowledged representation of her as the young coquette in The Luncheon of the Boating Party to mature wife and mother. Next, we’ll focus on the often troubled romance between Toulouse-Lautrec and his model Suzanne Valadon (who also posed for the Impressionists), through a series of his canvases done in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. (For a related class, see #354.)
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-26-2022 to 05-26-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Jane Ellen, Performer, Composer, and Recording Artist
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Denied her dream of reprising her Broadway success in the film version of Camelot, Julie Andrews  received an Oscar for Mary Poppins instead. A year later she starred in The Sound of Music and her career would never be the same. A phenomenal singer with a four-octave voice, Andrews built a seven decade career based on solid musical, theatrical and film... read more
    Denied her dream of reprising her Broadway success in the film version of Camelot, Julie Andrews  received an Oscar for Mary Poppins instead. A year later she starred in The Sound of Music and her career would never be the same. A phenomenal singer with a four-octave voice, Andrews built a seven decade career based on solid musical, theatrical and film performances, until a surgeon’s error forced her to reinvent her life and focus on acting, narration, and writing.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-27-2022 to 05-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 6:00 PM → 7:00 PM
    Instructor: Chris Burns, Many-Strings
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    At times impoverished, at other times subsidized to the point of having his own custom opera house; Up and down, down and out! But always willfully moving forward. Richard Wagner had a profound effect on the evolution of modern western music. This hour will feature some of the most wonderful and dramatic music ever: the musical roller coaster that is... read more
    At times impoverished, at other times subsidized to the point of having his own custom opera house; Up and down, down and out! But always willfully moving forward. Richard Wagner had a profound effect on the evolution of modern western music. This hour will feature some of the most wonderful and dramatic music ever: the musical roller coaster that is Wagner. It’s a ride well worth taking. Grand music and historical context.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-31-2022 to 05-31-2022
    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: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    At the center of mainline Christian doctrine is the idea of the Trinity – a startling claim that a monotheistic God appears as three distinct yet unified “persons” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This idea flies in the face of the hard monotheism of Judaism and Islam, yet endures as the centerpiece of the world’s largest religion. Join us as we... read more
    At the center of mainline Christian doctrine is the idea of the Trinity – a startling claim that a monotheistic God appears as three distinct yet unified “persons” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This idea flies in the face of the hard monotheism of Judaism and Islam, yet endures as the centerpiece of the world’s largest religion. Join us as we jump across boundaries to see if other religions employ this three-part conceptual structure in their understandings of ultimate reality. Are there triune theological doctrines in Hinduism, Buddhism, and maybe even Judaism? If so, how do these doctrines help us deepen our experience of the sacred here and now?
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-01-2022 to 06-01-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 11:45 AM
    Instructor: David Silbey, Military Historian, Cornell University
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    The Spanish-American War witnessed the United States stepping onto the global stage as a great power for the first time. Fought against the failing Spanish empire, it started the United States on its path to... read more
    The Spanish-American War witnessed the United States stepping onto the global stage as a great power for the first time. Fought against the failing Spanish empire, it started the United States on its path to super-powerdom.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-01-2022 to 06-01-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 11:45 AM
    Instructor: David Silbey, Military Historian, Cornell University
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    The Spanish-American War witnessed the United States stepping onto the global stage as a great power for the first time. Fought against the failing Spanish empire, it started the United States on its path to... read more
    The Spanish-American War witnessed the United States stepping onto the global stage as a great power for the first time. Fought against the failing Spanish empire, it started the United States on its path to super-powerdom.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-01-2022 to 06-01-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Libby Lamancusa, Registered Dietitian
    Term: 2022-2
    Location: Online Class

    Do you find yourself throwing out a lot of uneaten or spoiled food? Less frequent shopping trips can make this a real challenge. Learn techniques to reduce your food waste while maximizing freshness. It’s a win-win-win trifecta that’s good for your health, your wallet, and the... read more
    Do you find yourself throwing out a lot of uneaten or spoiled food? Less frequent shopping trips can make this a real challenge. Learn techniques to reduce your food waste while maximizing freshness. It’s a win-win-win trifecta that’s good for your health, your wallet, and the planet!
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