Fall Program 2017


17F01A Understanding Opera, Part I
17F02A Pelagic Trips and Seabirds: Birding the Ocean
17F03A The Classic and New Seven Wonders of the World
17F04P The Secrets of DNA (NOVA Faculty)
17F05A Love It or Leave It? Modifying Your Home for Safe Living
17F06A The Supreme Court
17F07A The Oceans: Past, Present and Future
17F08A Fall Tour at Meadowlark Gardens
17F09A Life and Work in the Foreign Service
17F10A Osteoporosis -- A Short Course about the Aging Skeleton (NOVA Faculty)
17F11P Great American Bestsellers: The Books that Shaped America
17F12P Circle Dance Sampler
17F13A "Natural" Disasters in Modern American History (NOVA Faculty)
17F14A Smart Shopping in Today's Financial Marketplace
17F15A Understanding the Making of Final Arrangements
17F16A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original I
17F17A United States Economy: Present and Future (NOVA Faculty)
17F18A Crockpot Cooking I
17F19A Crockpot Cooking II
17F20A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original II
17F21P Tips for Selling Your Home From an "In the Trenches" Pro
17F22P The Rise and Fall of American Political Parties
17F23P What is Happening in the Real Estate Market This Year?
17F24P Does Your Advanced Care Planning Do What You Want It To?
17F25P The Return of Stalin: A Survey in Historiography and Historical Memory (NOVA Faculty)
17F26A Paperwork: Keep, Shred or Toss I
17F27A Maximizing Medicare and You
17F28A A Visit to The National Archives
17F29A Critical isions through Retirement Years
17F30P Introduction to World Religions (NOVA Faculty)
17F31P Paperwork: Keep, Shred or Toss II
17F32P In-Studio Visit with Gwen Bragg: "What I Paint and Why"
17F33P Ireland´s Great Famine
17F35A A New Look at Folk and Self-Taught Art
17F36A Cooking and Cuisine of the Middle Ages (NOVA Faculty)
17F37A From Lisbon to Lisbon: The Age of Portuguese Modernization (NOVA Faculty)
17F38A 2017 Election Analysis and Aftermath (NOVA Faculty)
17F39A U.S. Prison Industrial Complex: 1990 Present (NOVA Faculty)
17F40P The American Empire: Administration of the First Nations in the USA (NOVA Faculty)
17F41P Poetry and You
17F42P Bread and Circuses (National Park Service)
17F43P Poetry Writing---Let´s Make it Happen



Course 17F01A Understanding Opera, Part I (3 Sessions)

This course introduces the first two productions of Virginia Opera's 2017-2018 season: Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah and Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West. Detailed discussions include video and audio excerpts. The class is suitable for opera lovers and beginners alike.

Dates and Time: Mondays, September 18, 25, October 2; 10:00 a.m. -- 12::00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 20, Max. 60

LLI Coordinators: June and/or George Chalou (703) 573-7769 (H); chalouj@cox.net

Leader:
GLENN WINTERS, Ph.D. in Music, Northwestern University; M.A. and B.A. in piano performance, Indiana University. Dr. Winters' background includes teaching at two universities, performing as a solo pianist and accompanist, and performing as an operatic baritone. Dr. Winters has sung principal roles with Virginia Opera, Opera Festival di Roma, and others. His compositions include eight children's operas commissioned by the Virginia Opera's Education Department. He authored the book, The Opera Zoo: Singers, Composers, and Other Primates. Dr. Winters joined the Virginia Opera's Education and Audience Development Department in 2004 as Community Outreach Musical Director.




Course 17F02A Pelagic Trips and Seabirds: Birding the Ocean (1 Session)

Seabirds are fascinating creatures, from storm petrels not much bigger than robins, to majestic albatrosses that patrol the oceans for months on end, returning to land only to breed. Often the best way to see these birds is to take a seaworthy boat out on the ocean, sometimes over 25 miles from shore. We will investigate the incredible lives of albatrosses, shearwaters, petrels, storm petrels, and a host of other birds that make the ocean their home. How do they fish in ocean waters? Where and when do they breed? We will also discuss the highs and lows of pelagic birding from the thrill of seeing a shearwater gliding over the ocean surface to, you guessed it, seasickness.

Date and Time: Monday, November 6; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Barry Centini (703) 658-1545 (H), (703) 517-1628 (C); barry.centini@verizon.net

Leader:
LARRY CARTWRIGHT has been a nature lover for most of his life. Besides being an avid land birder, he has been a participant in over 20 pelagic trips in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Not only has he accumulated a sizable list of seabirds on his shipborne travels, but he has gotten thrilling views of sperm whales and several shark species, including the great white. Larry leads several avian related surveys, including the Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey for the National Park Service and the winter waterfowl survey for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, and he compiles the Washington, DC Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society. Larry has received several awards from scientific and conservation based organizations, including the Virginia Society of Ornithology's Jackson M. Abbott Conservation Award for 2013.




Course 17F03A The Classic and New Seven Wonders of the World (1 Session)

What are the seven wonders of the Old World? Our instructor believes we know at least some of them. Join us as we learn Charles McClelland's picks for the New World.

Date and Time: Monday, November 13; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Course Min. 20, Max. Unlimited

LLI Coordinator: Doug Johnson (703) 628-3115 (C); llinovadoug@gmail.com

Leader:
CHARLES McCLELLAND grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and has travelled extensively throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. He has studied in Mexico, served in the Peace Corps and worked as a volunteer in Colombia. Charles is a professional instructor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has previously taught several educational and entertaining courses for LLI. In his spare time, he is a guest lecturer of the Holland America and Princess cruise lines and the Road Scholar Program.




Course 17F04P The Secrets of DNA (NOVA Faculty) (3 Sessions)

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the fundamental chemical of life. Found only in living organisms, DNA is a complicated double twisted ladder that, with the help of enzymes, can copy itself and indeed, directs the activities of the cell - regardless of whether that cell belongs to a lowly sponge, a starfish, a maple tree, a mushroom, a bacterium, or an elephant. Let's delve into the secrets that DNA hides. What is its structure and how was it discovered? How does it actually work? And what technologies have grown out of our understanding of this miraculous molecule? We will examine the biology and chemistry of DNA, along with its history and the contributions of James Watson and Frances Crick who discovered the double helix of DNA, and Rosalind Franklin, whose extraordinary work during her short life and career contributed to the understanding of the structure of DNA. We will also discuss the current technology that allows us to use DNA evidence in a court of law, to determine paternity, and solve cold cases.

Dates and Time: Mondays, September 25, October 16, November 6; 2:00 p.m. -- 3:45 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. GILLIAN BACKUS, B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D. in toxicology, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Dr. Backus is a professor of biology at NOVA-Loudoun. She teaches an honors level biology 101 course focusing on the potential of food in influencing cancer, as well as the anatomy and physiology sequence required of all pre-nursing students.




Course 17F05A Love It or Leave It? Modifying Your Home for Safe Living (1 Session)

Small changes in your home may not only enable you to thrive as your living situation changes, but can also make life easier for visitors to your home - from grandchildren to adult children and friends. This course will describe "universal design" ideas for your home to make it safer: handrails, grab bars, lighting, lever handles and faucets, doorway widths, curbless showers, lifts/ramps, and other design features.

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 26; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 15, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Cathy Becker (703) 354-6337 (H), (703) 505-9821 (C); cz.becker@verizon.net

Leader:
JANE KING has been a consultant for 10 years on issues related to aging, following her employment at AARP as a manager of various departments involving housing options. She is currently vice-chair of "At Home in Alexandria," a "village." A "village" is a community organization established for individuals age 55 and older who want to remain in their homes, living independently in the community they love. Jane is a frequent presenter of AARP's HomeFit program on making a home accessible. Also, as a legislative specialist, she represents AARP at the state and federal levels. A graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in English, she enjoys sharing techniques and solutions for supporting livable communities for all ages.




Course 17F06A The Supreme Court (1 Session)

Join us as a long-time member of the Supreme Court Bar shares his personal experiences listening to oral arguments and the handing down of decisions by the Supreme Court.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 3; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Main Community Room), Annandale

Course Min. 15, Max. 80

LLI Coordinator: Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); GTrapp_26@msn.com

Leader:
DAVID DRACHSLER is a retired Department of Labor attorney. He has been a member of the Supreme Court Bar since 1972, during which time he attended numerous landmark Supreme Court arguments. David is also a member of LLI.




Course 17F07A The Oceans: Past, Present and Future (1 Session)

This course covers the origin of the world's ocean basins, the history and influence of their major currents, and what the future holds for both man and ocean life.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 12; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Philippa Centini (703) 658-1545 (H), (703) 472-5269 (C); phil.centini@verizon.net

Leader:
BARRY CENTINI, Ph.D. in geology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Barry has been offering geology and science classes to LLI members for several years, and is also an LLI member.




Course 17F08A Fall Tour at Meadowlark Gardens (1 Session)

Enjoy a walk through the natural areas and gardens of Meadowlark Gardens with a focus on the plants and flowers that are changing as the weather gets colder.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 17; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna

Course Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Mary Lu Bednarsky (703) 455-3999 (H), (703) 328-6420 (C); mlbednarsky@gmail.com

Leader:
JULES MALONEY started as the Meadowlark specialist in 2014. From 1988-2001, she served as public relations specialist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, Meadowlark's parent organization, and promoted all regional parks and their programs and events. A former elementary school teacher, Jules provides Meadowlark's educational programming for schools and community groups.




Course 17F09A Life and Work in the Foreign Service (4 Sessions)

This course is based on the oral histories of Foreign Service Officers that have been recorded and transcribed by the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST; www.adst.org).  Over the last 20 years, ADST has recorded and transcribed some 2,000 oral history interviews (including one by this instructor). Stories drawn from these oral memoirs will be the basis for four class sessions, each dealing with a different topic: "The Foreign Service in Vietnam," "The Foreign Service and the Cold War in Europe," "Foreign Service Officers in Washington," and "Foreign Service in the Post-Colonial World." Anecdotes from these oral histories will tell the story of America's working-level diplomats from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Dates and Time: Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31, November 7; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. MICHAEL ANDERSON, B.A., University of Illinois; M.A. and Ph.D. in history, University of Chicago. Dr. Anderson is a retired Foreign Service Officer (1973-2002). Following retirement, he taught U.S. history and western civilization at NOVA and George Mason University (2002-2013). In addition to his long-term association with LLI teaching a variety of courses, he teaches at ENCORE (Arlington County adult learning program).




Course 17F10A Osteoporosis -- A Short Course about the Aging Skeleton (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)

Two anatomy and physiology professors will discuss osteoporosis. They will look at the normal development of bone, bone remodeling, the development of osteoporosis and why it is often associated with aging. They will take a look at hormones, vitamins, minerals, etc., and discuss the pros and cons of different treatments.

Dates and Time: Tuesdays, November 14, 21; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 5, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leaders:
Professor CINDY MILLER is a human anatomist with a masters in anatomy and neurobiology from the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University). She has taught human anatomy and physiology for many years, and was herself diagnosed with osteoporosis.
Professor PETER JO earned a D.C. (chiropractic), M.S. (nutrition) and is a Ph.D. candidate at George Mason University's Department of Rehabilitation Science. He also teaches human anatomy and physiology at NOVA.




Course 17F11P Great American Bestsellers: The Books that Shaped America (2 Sessions)

This is a continuation of The Great Courses lectures given by Professor Peter Conn of the University of Pennsylvania, which began in the fall of 2013. In this course, we will be viewing DVDs on these books and authors:

Week 1: The Bay Psalm Book (1640)

Common Sense (1776) by Thomas Paine

Week 2: Ragged Dick (1868) by Horatio Alger

The Virginian (1902) by Owen Wister

Dates and Time: Tuesdays, September 19, 26; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Little River United Church of Christ (Choir Room), Annandale

Course Min.15, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Lynne Smaldone (703) 525-9623 (H); smaldonega@hotmail.com

Leader:
LYNNE SMALDONE received a bachelor's degree from the State University at New Paltz, New York. She taught for four years at the elementary school level, and then worked as a programmer for IBM. Lynne is currently the coordinator for the LLI Favorite Books Club.




Course 17F12P Circle Dance Sampler (1 Session)

In Circle Dance, with its roots in traditional folk dance, we join hands and move to the rhythms of ancient melodies as well as modern tunes. This class will feature a variety of musical sources and styles. All steps are low-impact and easy to learn. No dance partner or experience is necessary.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 17; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Meeting Room), Annandale

Course Min. 10, Max. 25

LLI Coordinator: Carol Jeffords (703) 978-6503 (H), (703) 507-3676 (C); caroljef@aol.com

Leader:
JUDY ROBISON has been circle dancing for more than 15 years and currently co-leads a group that meets twice a month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. She has trained at the source with renowned teachers at Findhorn, Scotland, and her dance experience has taken her to workshops around the US, Mexico and Greece. In addition, she has led dance circles for health and wellness groups and for other senior learning programs.  Judy is an LLI member.




Course 17F13A "Natural" Disasters in Modern American History (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Many so-called "natural" disasters in American history were disasters only because people ignored clear evidence that their building choices or techniques made the location vulnerable to easily anticipated events that could destroy the original human effort. Some examples are the faulty dam above Johnstown, ignoring weather warnings during Katrina's assault on New Orleans, and the U.S. Army's use of dynamite to extinguish fires after the San Francisco earthquake. This course considers the significance of man-made disasters that arose after truly natural ones in modern American history.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 20; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 15, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Pam Hill (703) 323-7309 (H); rogerh67@yahoo.com

Leader:
DR. ROGER HILL retired from the Air Force in 1992 after 27 years of service, and used the GI Bill to earn a doctorate in history education. He has served as a part-time instructor at NOVA for the past decade. The current topic emerged from an LLI course Dr. Hill presented on the Johnstown Flood in the winter/spring program of 2016. Research on that flood prompted him to consider the impact of human-aided catastrophes compared with those in which humans played no role except as victims. Roger is also an LLI member.




Course 17F14A Smart Shopping in Today's Financial Marketplace (1 Session)

According to Warren Buffett and other respected investors, effective financial decision-making is best made from a business perspective. Maintaining your business perspective focus, however, can be challenging in an environment where the marketers of financial products and services continually target your emotions. Just as when it comes to caring for your car or your home, it's in your interest to have some basic knowledge of the other guy's game. How can we, the coveted senior market, keep a business perspective while being bombarded with solicitations designed to seduce us with promises of health, wealth and security? By understanding and practicing a few simple concepts and calculations, we can achieve their goal. Join Lee Cutler, whose experiences in product marketing, financial services, and long-term caregiving provide the background for a session of nutshell analysis that will tune up your financial decision-making engine.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 27; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Course Min. 10, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Scott Pinckney (703) 323-9361 (H), (703) 300-6277 (C); spinck3@aol.com

Leader:
LEE CUTLER is a 1975 graduate of Roanoke College. Her professional experience includes an extensive marketing background of packaged goods (Proctor & Gamble, Westport Labs) as well as work in financial services as a stockbroker with A.G. Edwards & Sons. Her personal history, pertinent to her volunteer teaching activity, is that she was a long-term caregiver/advocate. Lee brings an unusual and first-hand insight into the practical evaluation of services being marketed to seniors today. Her experience with being on "both sides of the desk" is somewhat unique. Much of the material Lee presents relates to her experience in managing through long-term illness, financial challenges and widowhood.  Lee is a member of LLI.




Course 17F15A Understanding the Making of Final Arrangements (1 Session)

When a loved one passes away, making final arrangements can be a traumatic experience for surviving family members. Not knowing the wishes of the recently departed, or worse, conflicts with various family members can cause extreme anxiety.

Robert Gallagher, Assistant Manager, Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, will talk about the steps that need to be taken when making final arrangements. He will address costs, options and choices that can ease the process. He will answer your questions and give guidance on how to go about ensuring your loved ones understand your wishes when making final arrangements at this most sensitive time.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 11; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Course Min. 15, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Bonnie Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 508-6219 (C); pbhopler@gmail.com
Leader:
ROBERT GALLAGHER is the assistant manager at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home.  He has many years of experience in the funeral industry and is president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.




Course 17F16A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original I (1 Session)

Davi is "promoting" LLI NOVA participants by increasing the canvas from 8x10 to a larger 11x14! Class participants need no prior painting experience, as Davi D'Agostino will walk them through the process, step-by-step, to create their very own masterpiece! Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints, deal with composition, understand relationships between objects and perspective, and shade and highlight using paint. They will go home with their own signed originals--surprised at how well they can paint with this larger format. Participants should bring an apron or old shirt to paint in. Acrylic paints, canvas, and brushes will be supplied. A $10.00 materials fee (exact change please) will be collected at the beginning of class.

NOTE: to attend this class you must have a confirmed registration. There are two classes being taught by Davi D'Agostino. You may register for one or the other, but not both.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 11; 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Min. 8, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5468 (H), (703) 517-3556 (C); njoi2day@aol.com
Leader:

DAVI M. D'AGOSTINO began drawing and painting as a child and returned to painting in her retirement years. She has sold several of her works and won several awards, showing her oil and acrylics paintings throughout Northern Virginia in juried and judged shows. She is a member of the Vienna Arts Society, the Art Guild of Clifton, and the Springfield Art Guild. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Vienna Arts Center and Gallery, Green Spring Gardens, and the Fairfax Art League's Galleries. Davi was the Art Guild of Clifton's June 2015 Featured Artist at the Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Visit her website at www.davifineartsgallery.com and Davi Fine Arts on Facebook.




Course 17F17A United States Economy: Present and Future (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

With the new president's first year in office nearing completion, what is the status of the U.S. economy under his leadership? What has been the impact of his economic policies and directions, and what does the future hold? Join economist John Min in examining the data relative to several aspects of the U.S. economy (e.g., employment/unemployment, wages, trade, deficit, GDP [gross domestic product], taxes and demographics).

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. JOHN MIN is an assistant professor at NOVA-Alexandria. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.




Course 17F18A Crockpot Cooking I (1 Session)

Learn to simplify your life with satisfying and delicious slow cooker meals.  In this presentation, Chef Cal discusses the hows and whys of slow cooking and the dos and don'ts of using a crockpot.  He also provides an assortment of easy, yet delicious recipes to use in your crockpot at home.  Don't be surprised if he has one or two crockpots going with something to sample!

NOTE: A $4.00 fee will be collected in class (exact change please). This class is offered twice; please sign up for I or II, not both.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Course Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Bonnie Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 508-6219 (C); pbhopler@gmail.com
Leader:

CALVIN KRAFT attended L'Academie de Cuisine and the Culinary Institute of America and has taught culinary classes. He worked in the corporate world of the travel and hospitality industry for 30 years. After retiring, he was the owner and executive chef of Dinner Is Served, LLC, a personal chef/catering operation.




Course 17F19A Crockpot Cooking II (1 Session)

Learn to simplify your life with satisfying and delicious slow cooker meals.  In this presentation, Chef Cal discusses the hows and whys of slow cooking and the dos and don'ts of using a crockpot.  He also provides an assortment of easy, yet delicious recipes to use in your crockpot at home.  Don't be surprised if he has one or two crockpots going with something to sample!

NOTE: A $4.00 fee will be collected in class (exact change please). This class is offered twice; please sign up for I or II, not both.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 25; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: St. Matthew's United Methodist Church (Room 304), Annandale

Course Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Bonnie Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 508-6219 (C); pbhopler@gmail.com
Leader:
CALVIN KRAFT attended L'Academie de Cuisine and the Culinary Institute of America and has taught culinary classes. He worked in the corporate world of the travel and hospitality industry for 30 years. After retiring, he was the owner and executive chef of Dinner Is Served, LLC, a personal chef/catering operation.




Course 17F20A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original II (1 Session)

Davi is "promoting" LLI NOVA participants by increasing the canvas from 8x10 to a larger 11x14! Class participants need no prior painting experience, as Davi D'Agostino will walk them through the process, step-by-step, to create their very own masterpiece! Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints, deal with composition, understand relationships between objects and perspective, and shade and highlight using paint. They will go home with their own signed originals--surprised at how well they can paint with this larger format. Participants should bring an apron or old shirt to paint in. Acrylic paints, canvas, and brushes will be supplied. A $10.00 materials fee (exact change please) will be collected at the beginning of class.

NOTE: to attend this class you must have a confirmed registration. There are two classes being taught by Davi D'Agostino. You may register for one or the other, but not both.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 8; 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Min. 8, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5468 (H), (703) 517-3556 (C); njoi2day@aol.com
Leader:
DAVI M. D'AGOSTINO began drawing and painting as a child and returned to painting in her retirement years. She has sold several of her works and won several awards, showing her oil and acrylics paintings throughout Northern Virginia in juried and judged shows. She is a member of the Vienna Arts Society, the Art Guild of Clifton, and the Springfield Art Guild. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Vienna Arts Center and Gallery, Green Spring Gardens, and the Fairfax Art League's Galleries. Davi was the Art Guild of Clifton's June 2015 Featured Artist at the Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Visit her website at www.davifineartsgallery.com and Davi Fine Arts on Facebook.




Course 17F21P Tips for Selling Your Home From an "In the Trenches" Pro (1 Session)

A real estate broker with 42 years of experience in Northern Virginia will give you valuable insight into selling or buying real estate in 2017.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 13; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 20, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.com, or Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); gtrapp_26@msn.com

Leader:
LYNN HOOVER is a certified senior advisor (CSA), a senior real estate specialist (SRES), and an associate real estate broker with McEnearney Associates. She has spent over 40 years helping folks buy and sell real property. Assisting and counseling her many over-55 clients and exploring their options is a large part of Lynn's business and one she treasures with each relationship she and her clients build together.




Course 17F22P The Rise and Fall of American Political Parties (3 Sessions)

Mugwumps, Whigs, Know-Nothings, Bull Moose, Federalists, anti-Federalists. What do these have in common? We heard about them years ago in school, but do we remember? Join us as attorney Marvin Wagner gives us insight into these political parties.

Dates and Time: Wednesdays, September 27, October 18, 25; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Hunters Crossing Conference Center), Springfield

Course Min. 20, Max. Unlimited

LLI Coordinator: Doug Johnson (703) 628-3115 (C); llinovadoug@gmail.com

Leader:
MARVIN WAGNER is an attorney who received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Brooklyn Law School and a Master of Laws degree from Georgetown Law School. He is an instructor at various NOVA campuses and other institutions. His focus is on criminal, constitution, business and hospitality law.




Course 17F23P What is Happening in the Real Estate Market This Year? (1 Session)

This course will cover current market conditions and strategies for buying or selling real estate in Northern Virginia. Real estate is a local business. Learn what is going on in your backyard.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 11; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 20, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.com, or Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); gtrapp_26@msn.com

Leader:
LYNN HOOVER is a certified senior advisor (CSA), a senior real estate specialist (SRES), and an associate real estate broker with McEnearney Associates. She has spent over 40 years helping folks buy and sell real property. Assisting and counseling her many over-55 clients and exploring their options is a large part of Lynn's business and one she treasures with each relationship she and her clients build together.




Course 17F24P Does Your Advanced Care Planning Do What You Want It To? (1 Session)

This class will help you recognize what each advanced care directive does and does not do. These directives are vital to carrying out one's end-of-life wishes. We will examine advanced care planning policy issues and documents, advanced directives, living wills, durable powers of attorney for health care, do not resuscitate or do not attempt to resuscitate orders, and physician orders for life sustaining treatment.  

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 8; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 20, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.com, or Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); gtrapp_26@msn.com

Leader:
LYNN HOOVER is a certified senior advisor (CSA), a senior real estate specialist (SRES), and an associate real estate broker with McEnearney Associates. She has spent over 40 years helping folks buy and sell real property. Assisting and counseling her many over-55 clients and exploring their options is a large part of Lynn's business and one she treasures with each relationship she and her clients build together.




Course 17F25P The Return of Stalin: A Survey in Historiography and Historical Memory (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Stalin is one of the most infamous world leaders of the 20th century, rivaled only by Adolf Hitler. While for many historians it is common knowledge that Stalin was a brutal leader who used fear, torture, and violence to forge a Soviet Empire, a 2015 poll in Russia found that "over half of Russians have described their attitude toward Stalin and his methods of state management as positive." In this course, Professor Moore will attempt to get to the heart of how a man who was responsible for the death and misery of millions of Soviet citizens is being rehabilitated in Russia and looked at favorably today. The historiography of Stalin will be surveyed and charted as to how the views of historians have changed over time. In addition to historians, we will examine the shifting popular opinions on Stalin, and attempt to get to the core of how politics shapes how we view the past. In today's climate of troubled politics between Russia and the United States it is important to examine how figures like Stalin are portrayed and to think critically about the legacy of Stalinism.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 29; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
Professor NATHAN MOORE graduated from NOVA in 2012 with a liberal arts degree and used the "guaranteed admissions" agreement to attend George Mason University where he earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in European history. He currently teaches western civilization at NOVA-Annandale while attending American University where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in European history, studying British communism and the Soviet Union in the Interwar Period.




Course 17F26A Paperwork: Keep, Shred or Toss I (1 Session)

This class will cover the basics of paperwork organization. Learn what to keep, and what and when to toss. Ideas for organizing include a discussion of keeping hard copies vs. digital copies.

NOTE: This course is offered twice (AM and PM) on this date. Please sign up for I or II, not both.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 5; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 25, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.com

Leader:
MARIA SPETALNIK, CEO and founder of Conquer the Clutter, is a certified professional organizer with over 25 years of experience. She also has degrees and certificates in economics and the mental health field, which enable her to help clients with health issues. Working with both adult and child protective services has given her added insight. Conquer the Clutter specializes in helping senior citizens in all types of organizing areas. Maria volunteers in her community with senior service advisors, social services and religious organizations.




Course 17F27A Maximizing Medicare and You (1 Session)

Learn about the four factors that can affect your retirement assets. You want to be sure that your medical expenses are covered and your health care costs are considered. You do not want your final expenses to be a burden to family and you do want a maximum safe return on your assets. Expenses can be greater than you think. This class details typical risks, associated costs, and what Medicare will pay. With people living longer today, we need to understand why this is a bigger concern and what options are available.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 19; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Scott Pinckney (703) 323-9361 (H), (703) 300-6277 (C); spinck3@aol.com

Leader:
BRENNAN NELSON has been representing Bankers Life for over a decade. She is dedicated to educating employees and retirees about the ins and outs, pitfalls, and importance of planning for Medicare. Brennan has made presentations to various federal agencies and national societies and is an active member of national organizations affecting pre-retirees and retirees.




Course 17F28A A Visit to The National Archives (1 Session)

Join us for a docent-led tour of our "treasure chest" of historical material that defines the United States. The tour will focus on the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom and the Public Vaults. The Rotunda houses the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Public Vaults showcase extensive exhibits that facilitate the understanding of what is in the Archives system and how one might use them. After the tour, you may visit on your own, the Lawrence O'Brien Gallery, the Boeing Learning Center, the David Rubenstein Gallery of Rights, and the William McGowan Theater. A cafe is available on the premises. (For more information, visit the Archives website at: www/archives.gov/museum/visit)

NOTE: The National Archives are located on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Take Metro's Yellow or Green Line to the Archives/Navy Memorial Station. The Archives/Navy Memorial stop is across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Archives building. The instructor will meet the group at 9:30 a.m. at the Special Events entrance under the east side (right-hand side) of the Constitution Ave. steps. The tour will be approximately 90 minutes in length.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 26; 9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. (Note class time.)

Place: National Archives, Washington, DC

Course Min. 10, Max. 20

LLI Coordinator: Doug Johnson (703) 628-3115 (C); llinovadoug@gmail.com

Leader:
DAVE HALL is a retired engineer/project manager who has been a docent at the National Archives since 1998, with shorter stints at the Supreme Court, and with the Capitol Guide Service. His special interest is in the founding era.




Course 17F29A Critical Decisions through Retirement Years (1 Session)

This class addresses both the lifestyle implications and the financial planning considerations for those in their 60s, 70s, and beyond. It covers not only life and financial plans, but also what is required at specific ages. This includes penalty-free withdrawals from retirement plans, required minimum distributions, Social Security, and Medicare. Lastly, it discusses the transition from accumulation to income.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 2; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Scott Pinckney (703) 323-9361 (H), (703) 300-6277 (C); Spinck3@aol.com

Leaders:
KELLY CAMPBELL, founder and CEO of Campbell Wealth Management, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC), and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) with over 21 years of financial planning experience.


EVAN BEACH is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He holds an executive Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University and is an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA).




Course 17F30P Introduction to World Religions (NOVA Faculty) (3 Sessions)

This course will provide an introduction to the central beliefs and practices of several world religions, divided into the following sessions: 1) Judaism, 2) Jainism and Sikhism, and 3) New Religious Movements: Seventh-day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, and Wicca.

Dates and Time: Thursdays, September 14, 21, 28; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. ANN STEGNER, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in religious studies. Ann has been teaching world religions courses for eight years.




Course 17F31P Paperwork: Keep, Shred or Toss II (1 Session)

This class will cover the basics of paperwork organization. Learn what to keep, and what and when to toss. Ideas for organizing include a discussion of keeping hard copies vs. digital copies.

NOTE: This course is offered twice (AM and PM) on this date. Please sign up for I or II, not both.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 5; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 25, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.com

Leader:
MARIA SPETALNIK, CEO and founder of Conquer the Clutter, is a certified professional organizer with over 25 years of experience. She also has degrees and certificates in economics and the mental health field, which enable her to help clients with health issues. Working with both adult and child protective services has given her added insight. Conquer the Clutter specializes in helping senior citizens in all types of organizing areas. Maria volunteers in her community with senior service advisors, social services and religious organizations.




Course 17F32P In-Studio Visit with Gwen Bragg: "What I Paint -- and Why" (1 Session)

We will begin with a brief 30-minute tour of the Workhouse Arts Center complex before meeting with nationally recognized artist Gwen Bragg. She will host participants in her Workhouse Arts Center studio where more than several hundred of her original paintings are displayed. She will discuss the thought processes applied when producing a painting. These include, but are not limited to, color, lighting, shape, design, composition, and perspective. Gwen will also exhibit and discuss the technical specifications associated with producing vignettes, miniatures, etc.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 9; 1:00 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Workhouse Arts Center (Studio 606B), Lorton

Course Min. 10, Max. 20

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5468 (H), (703) 517-3556 (C); njoi2day@aol.com

Leader:
GWEN BRAGG is an award winning watercolor artist and teacher. She holds a B.S. in art education and an M.F.A. in drawing and painting from James Madison University. Gwen is a decades-long instructor at both the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton and the Torpedo 3actory's Art League School in Old Town, Alexandria. Her recent solo shows included the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and the U.S. Geological Society in Reston. Gwen is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and the Virginia Watercolor Society. She is president of the Virginia Watercolor Society and a past president of the Potomac Valley Watercolorist Society.




Course 17F33P Ireland's Great Famine (1 Session)

Let's turn back the calendar to a time of great trial and upheaval for the people of Ireland - 1845. We'll get a feel for the life and times of the Irish and how the potato entered their lives and became central. We'll explore the causes of the famine, including the newest scientific explanation. And finally, we'll talk about the Irish-American connection - disaster relief and immigration.

Date and Time: Thursday, November 16; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Min. 10, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Judy Robison (703) 440-8479 (H), (703) 850-5795 (C); robisonja23@gmail.com

Leader:
BARBARA STIFFLER has researched and presented adult classes on ancient Celtic culture, spirituality and art in a variety of venues over the past three decades. This class was inspired by, and is dedicated to, an experience with Barbara's Irish-born, Irish history teacher. The research draws on a wide selection of books by recognized scholars including recent scholarship and scientific findings. The addition of a PowerPoint presentation to the class enhances its clarity and vividness.




Course 17F35A A New Look at Folk and Self-Taught Art (1 Session)

Many of you are familiar with the Hampton Throne on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Would you like to know more about the work and the artist? Recently, new galleries have opened that are devoted to Folk and Self-Taught Art. The items on view represent the "powerful vision of America's untrained and vernacular artists." Join us to learn about the items from that collection that draw upon traditions, such as quilts, and about artworks that reveal a more personal vision. The works that will be discussed are complex and highly personal, and you will leave the session with a new outlook on an integral part of the American art story.

Date and Time: Friday, October 6; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 15, Max. 60

LLI Coordinators: Phil and Barry Centini (703) 658-1545 (H), (703) 472-5269 (C); phil.centini@verizon.net
Leader:
SARA SHOOB has a background in teaching and educational administration with an emphasis in history, social studies and the arts. She currently enjoys her work as a docent at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Sara has presented a number of other art-related courses for LLI and is also an LLI member.




Course 17F36A Cooking and Cuisine of the Middle Ages (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Dr. Ruma Salhi will discuss the gastronomy of foods and cuisines that were used most frequently in the Middle Ages from historical and social standpoints. Sample recipes from medieval France, Italy and Byzantium will be provided. Sorry--no food samples!

Date and Time: Friday, October 20; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. RUMA SALHI is an associate professor of history at NOVA-Annandale. She earned a B.A. from UCLA, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.




Course 17F37A From Lisbon to Lisbon: The Age of Portuguese Modernization (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

This course will trace the development of modern Portugal from the catastrophic Lisbon earthquake of 1755 to the Lisbon Treaty of the European Union in 2007, emphasizing changes in regime but continuity of national identity. Topics include the modernizing absolutism of the Marquis of Pombal, the revolution and civil wars of 1820-50, the Salazar dictatorship, and the democratic and European transformations. Brazilian independence and the decolonization of Angola and Mozambique will also be discussed.

Date and Time: Friday, October 27; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. MARK R. ROYCE is author of The Political Theology of European Integration: Comparing the Influence of Religious Histories on European Policies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). He has taught at NOVA-Annandale and George Mason University.




Course 17F38A 2017 Election Analysis and Aftermath (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

On November 7, 2017, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia will elect a new governor. General Assembly elections will also take place. Two members of NOVA's political science faculty will analyze the election results and explore future political dynamics between the governor and the legislature. Do these election results have any implications for the 2018 mid-term elections on the state and national levels?

Date and Time: Friday, November 17; 11:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leaders:
DR. JACK LECHELT, B.A., Kean University; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina. Dr. Lechelt is an assistant professor of political science at NOVA-Alexandria. DR. JENNIFER SAYASITHSENA, B.A., Georgetown University; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., George Washington University. Dr. Sayasithsena is an assistant professor of political science at NOVA-Annandale.




Course 17F39A U.S. Prison Industrial Complex: 1990 - Present (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Professor of Economics Michael Heslop will make a critical examination of the rapid emergence of a prison-industrial complex in America. The U.S. private prison industry was established in the 1980s and became more widely used in the 1990s as a result of a rapid growth in prison populations and increased prison spending. Private prisons were seen as an efficient and cost-effective solution. We will discuss the economic, political and social impact of this approach, including such issues as the demographics of the prison population and the effectiveness of prisons in a global economy.

Date and Time: Friday, December 15; 10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
Professor MICHAEL HESLOP is an associate professor of economics at NOVA-Annandale. He holds M.S. degrees from Iowa State University and the University of the West Indies. His most recent presentation to LLI was "Lifting the U.S. Trade Embargo on Cuba: Opportunities and Costs."




Course 17F40P The American Empire: Administration of the First Nations in the USA (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

This course will look at the history of the modern regime of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the development of modern Indian governance for several major tribes throughout the United States.

Date and Time: Friday, September 15; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE) (Seminar Rooms), NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Course Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Lorin Goodrich (703) 425-9574 (H), (703) 336-7119 (C); lorin.goodrich@outlook.com

Leader:
Professor ALBERT THOMPSON is a military and conflict historian with particular interests in medieval Europe, the American South, the British Empire and the Middle East. He holds a B.A. from Oral Roberts University and an M.A. from Norwich University. Albert is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, and an amateur photographer. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Howard University in Washington, DC.




Course 17F41P Poetry and You (4 Sessions)

Join us for one of LLI's long-time favorite courses and learn that poetry can enrich your life. We share poems - contemporary or classic - illustrating a theme, form or school, or we may read and discuss one poet and his/her work.

Dates and Time: Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time)

Place: Little River United Church of Christ (Room 8), Annandale

Course Min. 10, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Marianne Moerman (703) 751-0523 (H); marianne.c.moerman@gmail.com

Leader:
RICHARD RISK, B.S., University of Missouri. Richard is retired from the Environmental Protection Agency and is a founding member of LLI.




Course 17F42P Bread and Circuses (National Park Service) (4 Sessions)

Ask and ye shall receive! Join National Park Service rangers for an interesting ride through history! A grab bag of requested classes is here for the taking. The founding of our nation and an early American literary genius are center stage in this brace of four lectures. The storied life of George Mason, the history of Independence Hall, the final resting places of the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the bizarre story of Edgar Allan Poe (not necessarily in that order) will be offered!

Dates and Time: Wednesdays, October 25 and November 1; Fridays, October 27 and November 3; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Mason District Governmental Center (Large Conference Room), Annandale

Course Min. 25, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Rick and/or Pat Daniels (703) 354-3792 (H), (703) 517-9725 (C); patdaniels63@gmail.com

Leaders:
BETHANY BAGENT began her National Park Service career at the Jefferson National Expansions Memorial where she spent two summers as a seasonal. In March 1999, she joined the staff at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Bethany is currently involved in various projects ranging from event planning to education programs.
HEIDI DIETZE is a Minnesota native who spent much of her childhood traveling through several Midwest states, visiting sites from the Santa Fe Trail to the Corn Palace. From this random trundling, she developed an interest in history that led to an undergraduate degree in Holocaust Studies and a graduate degree in Film History. Ranger Dietze came to National Mall and Memorial Parks as a park ranger in 2002 following two years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
JENNIFER EPSTEIN, Education Specialist for National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC, is a graduate of Gettysburg College. She demonstrated her historical and educational background through work in education and at several National Park Service sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park, Adams National Historical Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Jamestown National Historic Site.
JERRY HAWN, B.A. in history, Wake Forest University, M.A. in public administration, University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Jerry began work as a park ranger with the National Park Service in 1992. He has worked at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Greensboro, NC), Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, PA), Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (Flat Rock, NC), and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO). Since June 1998, Jerry has been working with the National Mall and Memorial Parks in the Division of Interpretation and Education, where he serves as the Mall's VIP tour coordinator.



Course 17F43P Poetry Writing---Let's Make it Happen (3 Sessions)

Join us to discover or revisit the poet within! From the beatific to the bawdy, we will write, share, and cheer each other on.

Dates and Time: Fridays, November 3, 17; Thursday, November 9; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Little River United Church of Christ (Room 8), Annandale

Course Min. 8, Max. 20

LLI Coordinator: Marianne Moerman (703) 751-0523 (H); marianne.c.moerman@gmail.com

Leaders:
ED SADTLER has been reading and writing poetry for many years. He is a long-time member of LLI and attendee of Richard Risk's Poetry and You classes and of the Poetry Workshop at George Mason University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). He also is the co-leader of the OLLI Writer's Workshop.
CAROLYN WYATT is a retired federal information officer who traveled widely in that position. She has an M.A. in Spanish from Indiana University, writes "haunting and often humorous" poetry, and has co-taught classes at both LLI and OLLI with Ed Sadtler.