• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-26-2021 to 01-26-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jonina Duker, Certified Book Discussion Leader
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    (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.) ‘Mockingbird’ won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. ‘Mockingbird’ came in first in PBS’ Great American Read in 2018.  What do you think in 2021?  Please read (or re-read)... read more
    (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.) ‘Mockingbird’ won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961. ‘Mockingbird’ came in first in PBS’ Great American Read in 2018.  What do you think in 2021?  Please read (or re-read) the book so you can participate in our structured, facilitated, Zoom discussion.  Author: (Nelle) Harper Lee, 1960.  Limit:  20
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-23-2021 to 02-23-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:30 PM
    Instructor: Jonina Duker, Certified Book Discussion Leader
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    (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.) Award-winner Tana French combines the genres of police procedural mysteries and psychological thrillers.  Her latest, causing quite the buzz, is a stand-alone novel adding in elements of a... read more
    (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.) Award-winner Tana French combines the genres of police procedural mysteries and psychological thrillers.  Her latest, causing quite the buzz, is a stand-alone novel adding in elements of a homage to –  of all things – the American Old Western.  Please read the book so you can participate in our structured, facilitated, Zoom discussion.  Author:  Tana French, 2020 .  Limit:  20
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-19-2021 to 01-19-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:00 PM
    Instructor: Denver Brunsman, Associate Chair, Department of History, George Washington University
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    (This is a discussion-based class with brief advance reading.) During his lifetime, George Washington was already known as the “Father of His Country,” and today historians routinely call him the most indispensable of the founders. But why? This session will explore how Washington’s greatness has been defined and what, if any, critiques scholars... read more
    (This is a discussion-based class with brief advance reading.) During his lifetime, George Washington was already known as the “Father of His Country,” and today historians routinely call him the most indispensable of the founders. But why? This session will explore how Washington’s greatness has been defined and what, if any, critiques scholars have for his leadership. George Washington University Professor Denver Brunsman will lead a conversation about ideas expressed in an e-mailed prereading. The goal will be to get the group involved in asking questions and exploring issues. Articles will be sent to registered participants a week in advance.  NOTE:  if you register less than 7 days before the class, please send an email to washingtonmetro@oasisnet.org to have the articles sent to you.
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    Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-16-2021 to 02-16-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 03:00 PM → 04:00 PM
    Instructor: Denver Brunsman, Associate Chair, Department of History, George Washington University
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    (This is a discussion-based class with brief advance reading.) John Adams, America’s second president, is often overlooked in discussions of the country’s founders. Yet, few did more to contribute to American independence, especially when taking into account the significant efforts of Abigail Adams. This session will analyze America’s original... read more
    (This is a discussion-based class with brief advance reading.) John Adams, America’s second president, is often overlooked in discussions of the country’s founders. Yet, few did more to contribute to American independence, especially when taking into account the significant efforts of Abigail Adams. This session will analyze America’s original power couple and how they helped to shape the early United States, all while they debated the proper role for women in the new republic. George Washington University Professor Denver Brunsman will lead a conversation about ideas expressed in an e-mailed prereading. The goal will be to get the group involved in asking questions and exploring issues. Articles will be sent to registered participants a week in advance.  NOTE:  if you register less than 7 days before the class, please send an email to washingtonmetro@oasisnet.org to have the articles sent to you.
  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 02-02-2021 to 02-23-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Gideon Amir, Hebrew Scholar
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    In this course we will read some texts from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and we will see how different theologies led to a totally different reading and interpreting the same text.  There is no wrong way to interpret Biblical text. Reading a different interpretation just enhances what we can learn from it.  The course is LOOSELY based on the book The... read more
    In this course we will read some texts from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and we will see how different theologies led to a totally different reading and interpreting the same text.  There is no wrong way to interpret Biblical text. Reading a different interpretation just enhances what we can learn from it.  The course is LOOSELY based on the book The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine & Marc Zvi Brettler.  
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-27-2021 to 01-27-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:00 PM → 02:00 PM
    Instructor: Steven Pressman, Director and Producer
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    You will be emailed a link so that you can watch the documentary film "Holy Silence" before this class.  During the class, you will hear from the film's Emmy-nominated director Steven Pressman and have an opportunity to ask him your questions. The documentary film "Holy Silence" takes a fresh look at a topic that has... read more
    You will be emailed a link so that you can watch the documentary film "Holy Silence" before this class.  During the class, you will hear from the film's Emmy-nominated director Steven Pressman and have an opportunity to ask him your questions.

    The documentary film "Holy Silence" takes a fresh look at a topic that has sparked controversy for decades. During the years leading up to World War II, what was the Vatican's reaction to the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany? And after the war began, how did the pope respond to the horrors of the Holocaust? "Holy Silence" focuses on American officials — from a humble New England priest to the president of the United States — who were working behind the scenes to influence the Vatican's actions during that dark period in modern history.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-22-2021 to 01-22-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 01:00 PM → 02:30 PM
    Instructor: Seth Kibel, Musician and Composer
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    (This class has been rescheduled to January 22, 2021.) Jazz history is filled with a number of very well-known clarinetists. All of whom happen to be white. But there are indeed, some remarkable black clarinetists who are certainly due for wider recognition. Chief among them are the two virtuosi featured by Duke Ellington over his 50 year career --... read more
    (This class has been rescheduled to January 22, 2021.) Jazz history is filled with a number of very well-known clarinetists. All of whom happen to be white. But there are indeed, some remarkable black clarinetists who are certainly due for wider recognition. Chief among them are the two virtuosi featured by Duke Ellington over his 50 year career -- Barney Bigard and Jimmy Hamilton. They are largely unknown today, partly due to their skin color and partly due to the fact that their public personas were eclipsed by that of their much more famous bandleader.
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 01-18-2021 to 01-25-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Steven Friedman, Music Historian
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    (Due to technical difficulties, Part I of this class is being repeated on Monday, January 18.  Part II will now be held on Monday, January 25.) The Broadway musical has not always been kind to minorities, going back to Porgy and Bess, or to Annie Get Your Gun, the ways people of color have been portrayed is often not what we would accept today. Let’s... read more
    (Due to technical difficulties, Part I of this class is being repeated on Monday, January 18.  Part II will now be held on Monday, January 25.) The Broadway musical has not always been kind to minorities, going back to Porgy and Bess, or to Annie Get Your Gun, the ways people of color have been portrayed is often not what we would accept today. Let’s examine how the perception of these characters has evolved over time with our resident Broadway expert Steve Friedman.
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 01-14-2021 to 01-21-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Barbara Blumberg, Adjunct Faculty, Community Coll. of Baltimore County
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    The nine people who made and make up the court presently, are human, and often bring human attributes, good or bad, to the court. We'll learn the four ways justices view the Constitution while making their decisions. We'll also learn about the worst decisions made, the ones that affect everyone, and finally the one that most likely had a large effect on the... read more
    The nine people who made and make up the court presently, are human, and often bring human attributes, good or bad, to the court. We'll learn the four ways justices view the Constitution while making their decisions. We'll also learn about the worst decisions made, the ones that affect everyone, and finally the one that most likely had a large effect on the 2020 election.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-14-2021 to 01-14-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:00 PM → 02:30 PM
    Instructor: Richard Bell, Professor of History, University of Maryland
    Term: 2021-1
    Location: Online Class

    Benedict Arnold is the most famous turncoat in American history. He was a skilled officer in George Washington’s Continental Army who began secretly communicating with British intelligence agents, giving them insider information, and dramatically defecting to their side in return for a mountain of cash. Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the life and... read more
    Benedict Arnold is the most famous turncoat in American history. He was a skilled officer in George Washington’s Continental Army who began secretly communicating with British intelligence agents, giving them insider information, and dramatically defecting to their side in return for a mountain of cash. Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the life and times of Benedict Arnold, the reasons for this treason, and the larger problems of betrayal and desertion that dogged the Continental Army throughout the war.
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