• Sessions: 8
    Class Date(s): 02-09-2023 to 05-18-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Oasis Facilitators
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    "Great Decisions” is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. In groups across the country, participants discuss and debate each issue and complete a national opinion ballot to communicate their views to Congress and the White House. Each session... read more
    "Great Decisions” is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs. The program highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. In groups across the country, participants discuss and debate each issue and complete a national opinion ballot to communicate their views to Congress and the White House. Each session will focus on one topic from the book, which must be read beforehand to ensure robust class participation.  Meeting dates are: February 9 and 23, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18.  Registration includes use of a copy of the Great Decisions Briefing Book.  Contactless book pickup from Oasis is Monday - Thursday, 11 am - 4 pm.  (Group participants will be from Washington Metro, as well as other Oasis centers.)
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-06-2023 to 02-06-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Stephen Klatsky, Retired Attorney and Baseball Aficionado
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Willie Mays is perhaps the best baseball player ever.  He could do everything on the field with incredible grace and style. His 22 years on the diamond were filled with thrills. His pre- and post-baseball life is a snapshot of American history. The class will cover as much ground as Willie did in center... read more
    Willie Mays is perhaps the best baseball player ever.  He could do everything on the field with incredible grace and style. His 22 years on the diamond were filled with thrills. His pre- and post-baseball life is a snapshot of American history. The class will cover as much ground as Willie did in center field.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-06-2023 to 02-06-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Stephen Klatsky, Retired Attorney and Baseball Aficionado
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Willie Mays is perhaps the best baseball player ever.  He could do everything on the field with incredible grace and style. His 22 years on the diamond were filled with thrills. His pre- and post-baseball life is a snapshot of American history. The class will cover as much ground as Willie did in center... read more
    Willie Mays is perhaps the best baseball player ever.  He could do everything on the field with incredible grace and style. His 22 years on the diamond were filled with thrills. His pre- and post-baseball life is a snapshot of American history. The class will cover as much ground as Willie did in center field.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-06-2023 to 02-06-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Joseph Hartman, Assistant Teaching Professor, Dept. of Government, Georgetown University
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution—terse in its wording, profound in its impact, sits at the heart of the American conception of freedom. This event will explain the basics of the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association found in the First Amendment. In so... read more
    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution—terse in its wording, profound in its impact, sits at the heart of the American conception of freedom. This event will explain the basics of the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association found in the First Amendment. In so doing we will explore the evolving tests, standards, and approaches found in past decisions of the United States Supreme Court.  We'll also consider how the current Court’s recent and pending decisions may affect this crucial area.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-06-2023 to 02-06-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Joseph Hartman, Assistant Teaching Professor, Dept. of Government, Georgetown University
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution—terse in its wording, profound in its impact, sits at the heart of the American conception of freedom. This event will explain the basics of the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association found in the First Amendment. In so... read more
    The First Amendment to the United States Constitution—terse in its wording, profound in its impact, sits at the heart of the American conception of freedom. This event will explain the basics of the constitutional principles of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of association found in the First Amendment. In so doing we will explore the evolving tests, standards, and approaches found in past decisions of the United States Supreme Court.  We'll also consider how the current Court’s recent and pending decisions may affect this crucial area.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-07-2023 to 02-07-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Owen Ullmann, Journalist and Author
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Nations have used economic sanctions regularly over the past century in hopes of deterring adversaries from launching wars and developing weapons of mass destruction. Yet these steps rarely succeed in changing behavior. Most often, they only punish bad actors for their aggression, as in the case of Russia, which continues to attack Ukraine. Despite their... read more
    Nations have used economic sanctions regularly over the past century in hopes of deterring adversaries from launching wars and developing weapons of mass destruction. Yet these steps rarely succeed in changing behavior. Most often, they only punish bad actors for their aggression, as in the case of Russia, which continues to attack Ukraine. Despite their limited effectiveness, sanctions are better than all-out warfare and the targeted nations pay a steep price for their actions. Russia is learning that.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-07-2023 to 02-07-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Owen Ullmann, Journalist and Author
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Nations have used economic sanctions regularly over the past century in hopes of deterring adversaries from launching wars and developing weapons of mass destruction. Yet these steps rarely succeed in changing behavior. Most often, they only punish bad actors for their aggression, as in the case of Russia, which continues to attack Ukraine. Despite their... read more
    Nations have used economic sanctions regularly over the past century in hopes of deterring adversaries from launching wars and developing weapons of mass destruction. Yet these steps rarely succeed in changing behavior. Most often, they only punish bad actors for their aggression, as in the case of Russia, which continues to attack Ukraine. Despite their limited effectiveness, sanctions are better than all-out warfare and the targeted nations pay a steep price for their actions. Russia is learning that.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-07-2023 to 02-07-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Richard Bell, Professor of History, University of Maryland
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Nikole Hannah-Jones contends in the New York Times’ 1619 Project that there was no significant bi-racial antislavery campaign in this country in the critical period between the Constitution and the Age of Jackson. White people, she said, sat on their hands. They did nothing of substance. “For the most part,” she wrote, “Black Americans fought back... read more
    Nikole Hannah-Jones contends in the New York Times’ 1619 Project that there was no significant bi-racial antislavery campaign in this country in the critical period between the Constitution and the Age of Jackson. White people, she said, sat on their hands. They did nothing of substance. “For the most part,” she wrote, “Black Americans fought back alone.” This conversation seeks to unpack this stout and sobering claim—the claim that African Americans had no meaningful white allies in the antislavery before 1840. Was this true?
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-07-2023 to 02-07-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 3:00 PM → 4:00 PM
    Instructor: Deeva Garel, Technology Instructor
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Google Photos is a simple and free app for managing your photos and videos. Topics covered include uploading, organizing, sharing, editing, and backing up your photos.  This is a demonstration class with time for Q&A, not a hands-on class.  See related Google classes:  #138 and... read more
    Google Photos is a simple and free app for managing your photos and videos. Topics covered include uploading, organizing, sharing, editing, and backing up your photos.  This is a demonstration class with time for Q&A, not a hands-on class.  See related Google classes:  #138 and #149.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-08-2023 to 02-08-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Christopher Reed, Chair and Professor, Department of Film and Moving Image, Stevenson University
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Whether in theaters or online, or both, many great films came out in 2022, and you surely saw some of them and have your own thoughts on what were the best. Join Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Chair of Stevenson University’s Film & Moving Image Department and a professional film critic (for Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail) to discuss the movies... read more
    Whether in theaters or online, or both, many great films came out in 2022, and you surely saw some of them and have your own thoughts on what were the best. Join Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Chair of Stevenson University’s Film & Moving Image Department and a professional film critic (for Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail) to discuss the movies that have risen to the top of everyone’s “best of” lists (and perhaps a few that haven’t).
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-08-2023 to 02-08-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Christopher Reed, Chair and Professor, Department of Film and Moving Image, Stevenson University
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Whether in theaters or online, or both, many great films came out in 2022, and you surely saw some of them and have your own thoughts on what were the best. Join Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Chair of Stevenson University’s Film & Moving Image Department and a professional film critic (for Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail) to discuss the movies... read more
    Whether in theaters or online, or both, many great films came out in 2022, and you surely saw some of them and have your own thoughts on what were the best. Join Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Chair of Stevenson University’s Film & Moving Image Department and a professional film critic (for Film Festival Today and Hammer to Nail) to discuss the movies that have risen to the top of everyone’s “best of” lists (and perhaps a few that haven’t).
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-08-2023 to 02-08-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:30 PM
    Instructor: Barbara Paulson, Travel Specialist
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Been there, done that? Looking for something in Venice a bit off the beaten path? Explore the Jewish ghetto, see the largest church in Venice with altarpieces by Titian (hint: NOT St. Mark’s), see gondola builders at work, check out Casanova’s prison cell at the Palazzo Ducal, buy some perfume or homeopathic cures at a still-active 18th c apothecary.... read more
    Been there, done that? Looking for something in Venice a bit off the beaten path? Explore the Jewish ghetto, see the largest church in Venice with altarpieces by Titian (hint: NOT St. Mark’s), see gondola builders at work, check out Casanova’s prison cell at the Palazzo Ducal, buy some perfume or homeopathic cures at a still-active 18th c apothecary. European Travel Specialist Barbara Paulson offers alternatives to the “Big Box” museums, churches, and sites of Venice. (See related classes #185, 236)
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-09-2023 to 02-09-2023
    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: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    There are many, many aspects of the American Revolution that go unnoticed in surveys or overviews of that fascinating struggle. This course will highlight little-known facts of the War through a description of some of the personalities who fought it - we'll encounter well-known names like George Washington, Francis Marion, and Nathaniel Greene, but also... read more
    There are many, many aspects of the American Revolution that go unnoticed in surveys or overviews of that fascinating struggle. This course will highlight little-known facts of the War through a description of some of the personalities who fought it - we'll encounter well-known names like George Washington, Francis Marion, and Nathaniel Greene, but also some whom history has overlooked, like Peter Francisco, Deborah Sampson, and Chaim Solomon.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-09-2023 to 02-09-2023
    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: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    There are many, many aspects of the American Revolution that go unnoticed in surveys or overviews of that fascinating struggle. This course will highlight little-known facts of the War through a description of some of the personalities who fought it - we'll encounter well-known names like George Washington, Francis Marion, and Nathaniel Greene, but also... read more
    There are many, many aspects of the American Revolution that go unnoticed in surveys or overviews of that fascinating struggle. This course will highlight little-known facts of the War through a description of some of the personalities who fought it - we'll encounter well-known names like George Washington, Francis Marion, and Nathaniel Greene, but also some whom history has overlooked, like Peter Francisco, Deborah Sampson, and Chaim Solomon.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-09-2023 to 02-09-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 3:00 PM → 4:00 PM
    Instructor: Deeva Garel, Technology Instructor
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    Google Maps is more than finding how to get from one place to another. Explore additional features such as checking traffic, adding extra stops, and finding gas stations and other landmarks. Get organized using Google Calendar by tracking appointments and more through such features as sharing and reminders. Explore Gmail features to help tame an overflowing... read more
    Google Maps is more than finding how to get from one place to another. Explore additional features such as checking traffic, adding extra stops, and finding gas stations and other landmarks. Get organized using Google Calendar by tracking appointments and more through such features as sharing and reminders. Explore Gmail features to help tame an overflowing email inbox.  This is a demonstration class with time for Q&A, not a hands-on class.  See related Google classes:  #138 and #144.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-13-2023 to 02-13-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:15 PM
    Instructor: Michael Suser, Band Leader and Lecturer, and Charlene Cochran, Vocalist
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    Start your week at Oasis with coffee and treats, followed by live music and the story behind it.  Oasis Musical Mondays are underwritten by the Robin Fields Memorial Fund. Valentine's Day is the day after our show, so it's urgent that we find an answer! A logical place to look is the Great American Songbook, since 80% of these songs say "I Love You" in... read more
    Start your week at Oasis with coffee and treats, followed by live music and the story behind it.  Oasis Musical Mondays are underwritten by the Robin Fields Memorial Fund. Valentine's Day is the day after our show, so it's urgent that we find an answer! A logical place to look is the Great American Songbook, since 80% of these songs say "I Love You" in various ways. First we'll discuss how the tradition of Valentine's day came about, and how we celebrate it. Then, with my piano accompaniment, Charlene will croon romantic tunes that should help us answer some of our love questions. (More Musical Mondays:  see class #110, 190, and 240)
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-13-2023 to 02-13-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Larissa Johnson, Residential Energy Program Manager, Montgomery County
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    (Please note:  the date of this class has been changed from January 10 to Monday, February 13.) What’s the cheapest form of energy? It’s the energy we don’t use! During this presentation, we'll discuss the two main ways to keep money in your pocket. We'll cover the difference between conservation and efficiency and the benefits of using less energy,... read more
    (Please note:  the date of this class has been changed from January 10 to Monday, February 13.) What’s the cheapest form of energy? It’s the energy we don’t use! During this presentation, we'll discuss the two main ways to keep money in your pocket. We'll cover the difference between conservation and efficiency and the benefits of using less energy, plus some of the most efficient ways to do it. You’ll leave this presentation with helpful tips and advice to keep you from wasting your money and a deep dive into your electricity bill.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-13-2023 to 02-13-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Larissa Johnson, Residential Energy Program Manager, Montgomery County
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Oasis at the Macys Home Store

    (Please note:  the date of this class has been changed from January 10 to Monday, February 13.) What’s the cheapest form of energy? It’s the energy we don’t use! During this presentation, we'll discuss the two main ways to keep money in your pocket. We'll cover the difference between conservation and efficiency and the benefits of using less energy,... read more
    (Please note:  the date of this class has been changed from January 10 to Monday, February 13.) What’s the cheapest form of energy? It’s the energy we don’t use! During this presentation, we'll discuss the two main ways to keep money in your pocket. We'll cover the difference between conservation and efficiency and the benefits of using less energy, plus some of the most efficient ways to do it. You’ll leave this presentation with helpful tips and advice to keep you from wasting your money and a deep dive into your electricity bill.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-13-2023 to 02-13-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 3:00 PM → 4:00 PM
    Instructor: Tamar Rodney, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    About one in four adults 65 years or older experience some type of mental health concern that is not traditionally associated with aging. Sadly, far too many do not seek or receive the help they need. Join Dr. Rodney to learn about mental health challenges many older adults face and the resources and treatments available for seniors with mental health... read more
    About one in four adults 65 years or older experience some type of mental health concern that is not traditionally associated with aging. Sadly, far too many do not seek or receive the help they need. Join Dr. Rodney to learn about mental health challenges many older adults face and the resources and treatments available for seniors with mental health concerns.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-14-2023 to 02-14-2023
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Julie Kurzava, Music Faculty, Loyola University
    Term: 2023-1
    Location: Online Class

    A “standard” is a song that remains popular well beyond its original performance and setting, whether on the radio, on stage or in movies. Countless jazz and popular singers have interpreted standards from the Great American Songbook, ranging from Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble and Lady Gaga. Julie Kurzava compares styles of... read more
    A “standard” is a song that remains popular well beyond its original performance and setting, whether on the radio, on stage or in movies. Countless jazz and popular singers have interpreted standards from the Great American Songbook, ranging from Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble and Lady Gaga. Julie Kurzava compares styles of performances by our favorite performers, considering different ways they’ve made a song their own.
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