2017 Winter/Spring Courses


17W01A Iceland Wonderland
(1 Session)
17W02A Understanding Opera, Part II
(3 Sessions)
17W03A Beginning Genealogy
(4 Sessions)
17W04A The Amazon
(1 Session)
17W05P iPhoneography: How to Use Your iPhone to Take Great Pictures
(2 Sessions)
17W06P Great Decisions
(8 Sessions)
17W07P Early Railroads of Fairfax County
(1 Session)
17W08P America's Forgotten Wars
(4 Sessions)
17W09A Eggshell Art Pendant
(1 Session)
17W10A Retirement Success: How to Thrive in a Retirement Society Destined for Failure
(1 Session)
17W11A Savvy IRA Planning
(1 Session)
17W12A Examining Ancient Remains and the Last of the Czars A DNA Mystery
(1 Session)
17W13A Kashmir: How Did We Get Here? (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W14P Tips For Selling Your Home From An "In The Trenches" Pro
(1 Session)
17W15P Meditation and Movement: An Introduction to Circle Dance
(1 Session)
17W16P Great American Bestsellers
(3 Sessions)
17W17A Paint Along With Davi and Take Home Your Own Original
(1 Session)
17W18A The Importance of Native Plants
(1 Session)
17W19A Shall We Dance?
(1 Session)
17W20A Next Level! Paint Along With Davi and Take Home Your Own Original
(1 Session)
17W21A Salads and Plate Presentation
(1 Session)
17W22A The Wonder and Diversity of Bats
(1 Session)
17W23A Spring At Meadowlark Gardens
(1 Session)
17W24A Archaeology and History: New Discoveries and New Narratives (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W25P Fine Jewelry, Silver And Coins: What Do We Do With Them?
(1 Session)
17W26P The Biology of Cancer (NOVA Faculty)
(3 Sessions)
17W27P More Apple Apps
(1 Session)
17W28P Measuring U.S. Wealth and Prosperity (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W29P Should We Renovate or Relocate? Critical Aspects to Consider About Each
(1 Session)
17W30P Pope Benedict XIV (Prospero Lambertini)
(1 Session)
17W31A Lincoln's First Inaugural Address
(1 Session)
17W32A Myths of Washington
(1 Session)
17W33A Prelude to the Civil War in Fairfax County: Experiences of a Yankee Abolitionist
(1 Session)
17W34A Paperwork: Keep, Shred or Toss?
(1 Session)
17W35A Hear All About It: Geology and Geopolitics
(1 Session)
17W36A Globalization and Its Discontents
(4 Sessions)
17W37P Daily Life in Europe's Middle Ages (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W38P Underwater Wonders 5: A Global Underwater Tour
(1 Session)
17W39P Who Were the Celts and Where Did They Come From?
(1 Session)
17W40P Study/Travel: Scottish Isles and Glens
(2 Sessions)
17W41A From Independence to Earthquake, The Age of Portuguese Exploration (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W42A The Great War and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
(1 Session)
17W43A Cooking and Cuisine of the Middle Ages (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W44A Microbial Foods and Beverages The Science (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W45A Gender in Afghanistan (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W46A Cowboys: Legend vs. Reality (African Americans and Westward Expansion) (NOVA Faculty)
(1 Session)
17W47P Poetry and You
(4 Sessions)
17W48P Introduction to World Religions (NOVA Faculty)
(4 Sessions)
17W49P A French Nobleman, Two Presidents and The Ten Dollar Bill (National Park Service)
(4 Sessions)
17W50P Poetry Writing Let's Make it Happen
(4 Sessions)


Course 17W01A Iceland Wonderland (1 Session)
On this "virtual visit" to Iceland you will go hiking, whale watching, river rafting, and walking on a glacier. You will see thundering waterfalls, slumbering volcanoes, lava fields, geothermal pools, geysers, Icelandic horses, and the adorable Atlantic puffins. Come along to the wonderland that is Iceland.

Date & Time: Monday, January 23; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton (Note: Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the scheduled class start time.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Arline Sachs (703) 646-5606 (H), (703) 971-2092 (C); sachs@nova.org

Leader: ARLINE SACHS has presented numerous travelogues of trips she has taken. In July 2016 she participated in the LLI-sponsored trip to Iceland.


Course 17W02A Understanding Opera, Part II (3 Sessions)
Discover the world's greatest art form or simply deepen your appreciation of it, guided by an operatic composer, singer and author. Students will gain appreciation and insight into operatic masterpieces. This class is designed to acquaint students with the last two productions of Virginia Opera's 2016-2017 season in Northern Virginia: Der Freischtz (The Magic Marksman) and Turandot. The Magic Marksman is a compelling drama that twists reality with supernatural powers and phenomena. Turandot is based on an ancient fable set in China. Students will receive complete musical/dramatic analysis, illustrated with audio and video excerpts.

Date & Time: Mondays, January 30, February 6, 13; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. 50

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5463 (H), (703) 517-3556 (C); njoi2day@aol.com

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 17W03A Beginning Genealogy (4 Sessions)
This class is designed for people who have not done genealogy research before and are interested in learning how to start. Discussions will include how to question family members, online resources, archives and libraries, and how to preserve your findings. Individual problems may be addressed. The instructor's specialty is German research. Dates & Time: Mondays, February 20, 27; March 13, 20; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton (Note: Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the scheduled class start time.)

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 15

LLI Coordinator: Arline Sachs (703) 646-5606 (H), (703) 971-2092 (C); sachs@nova.org

Leader: ARLINE SACHS has been doing genealogy research for over 40 years. She has been president of the local Jewish Genealogy Society, and served for seven years on the board of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. Arline has hosted Tracing Your Family Roots, shown on Channel 10, for 19 years.


Course 17W04A The Amazon (1 Session)
Join Charles McClelland as he explores this mightiest of rivers, one that flows more than 4,000 miles, with a drainage system that is the largest in the world, at 2.7 million square miles. Almost one-fifth of the Earth's fresh water supply flows down the Amazon. Learn how the Amazon nourishes the flora, fauna, and inhabitants that depend on it for their survival.

Date & Time: Monday, March 6; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22; 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Class Size: 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 Latin America and the Caribbean. He 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 and has presented several enjoyable and educational LLI programs. In his spare time he is also a guest lecturer for Holland America cruise line.


Course 17W05P iPhoneography: How to Use Your iPhone to Take Great Pictures (2 Sessions)
"The best camera is the one you have with you." Chase Jarvis Did you know that your iPhone (most likely) has a better camera in it than the first digital camera you bought 5 years ago? It also has great native software to edit those photos. In this class we will learn how to take a great photo, how to edit it on our phones, and how to share those photos with friends and family. Do you want to print those photos? We'll cover that too!
NOTE: This class will focus exclusively on the most recent iOS and iPhones and iPads. This is not a class on Android or Windows devices (like the Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Razr, the Amazon Fire, or the Microsoft Surface). If you have not updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS, please contact Kyla Lupo at (571) 357-4022 prior to class so she can guide you through the steps. If you don't want to update, that's fine, but some camera and editing options will not be available. Please bring your phone fully charged.

Date & Time: Mondays, February 6, 13; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader: KYLA LUPO has been teaching adults about the wonders of technology for 10 years. As the CEE (Chief Executive of Everything) at Smart Again!, she has been specially crafting classes and workshops for the technophobic, the impatient, and those who consider themselves lost causes. After spending 4 years teaching high school photography, Kyla set out on a new journey: empowering adults to conquer technology. She also consults with small businesses to help them maximize technology to increase profits, and works with individual students or small groups in their homes on independent projects.


Course 17W06P Great Decisions (8 Sessions)
Join an in-depth discussion of eight major foreign policy issues facing the United States in 2015- 2016. Each session addresses one of these issues in accordance with a briefing book of short articles prepared by the Foreign Policy Association. Each session will commence with a 30- minute video of a discussion by experts broadcast on TV by the Foreign Policy Association, followed by a one-hour discussion based on the briefing book article. Note: Cost is $25 for the briefing book and your contribution to the cost of the video. Please enclose a check payable to LLI/NOVA with your registration.

Date & Time:Mondays, February 6, 13, 20 21; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 15, Max. 35

LLI Coordinator: Chuck Hulick (703) 750-3180; chulick@verizon.net

Leader: CHUCK HULICK has been a frequent guest presenter at previous Great Decisions classes as well as an instructor for several classes on American presidents. He is currently serving as treasurer for LLI, as well as a Board member. Chuck holds an M.B.A. from American University and a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Course 17W07P Early Railroads of Fairfax County (1 Session)
In the early days of Fairfax County, the county's economy was based largely on agriculture, first focused on tobacco and later on wheat and other small grains. Transportation was critical to shipping produce to market, but was limited to travel on foot or by horse or wagon. Early in the 1850s, railroads came to the county, stretching from Alexandria out through the countryside to carry freight, passengers, and during the American Civil War, soldiers and cannon. Jon Vrana, a local historian, speaks of the time and trials of the railroads in the 19th century.

Date & Time: Monday, February 27; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 40

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

Leader: JON VRANA is a 38-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly Soil Conservation Service). He holds a Federal Certification as a Chief Information Officer. Jon merges his interest and experience in museums and history particularly Antebellum and Civil War history with his professional knowledge and experience in agriculture and natural history, maps and geographic information systems, to bring a unique look at history of the 19th century.


Course 17W08P America's Forgotten Wars (4 Sessions)
Can there be a "minor" war? Learn about the causes, conduct and consequences of the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and the Korean War. The instructor will discuss the causes and consequences, and a retired military officer will discuss the military strategies.

Date & Time: Mondays, April 3, 17; May 1, 15; 130 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Class Size: Min. 25, Max. Unlimited

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

Leader: MARVIN WAGNER, LL.B. Brooklyn Law School, LL.M. Georgetown Law School. Marvin is a retired lawyer and has been an instructor at various NOVA campuses and at Greenspring Village.


Course 17W09A Eggshell Art Pendant (1 Session)
Are you feeling creative? You can test your creativity by attending this class where you will create a beautiful and unique eggshell pendant. Note: A $3.00 materials fee will be collected at the beginning of class. Exact change please.

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 7; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton (Note: Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the scheduled class start time.)

Class Size: Min. 6, Max. 8

LLI Coordinator: Arline Sachs (703) 646-5606 (H), (703) 971-2092 (C); sachs@nova.org

Leader: CAROL MURRAY loves to do crafts. She has taught this class in the community where she does other craft classes.


Course 17W10A Retirement Success: How to Thrive in a Retirement Society Destined for Failure (1 Session)
In this class we will discuss the aging demographic and stunning retirement realities in this country. For every failure we will discuss strategies and habits to put you on the road to success. This includes avoiding emotional decisions in your investment portfolio, planning realistically for longevity and health care costs, and making sure you're maximizing all available income streams.

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leadesr: KELLY CAMPBELL is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC), and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF). He is an investment adviser representative, and the founder and CEO of Campbell Wealth Management. He has conducted classes at LLI NOVA for more than a decade. EVAN T. BEACH is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA). He is a wealth manager with Campbell Wealth Management.


Course 17W11A Savvy IRA Planning (1 Session)
Do you want to know what Investment Retirement Account (IRA) questions seniors are asking? What the IRA rules are? In this class you will learn 7 strategies for savvy IRA planning, 6 roll- over options, 3 common required minimum distribution mistakes, the difference between indirect and direct rollovers, and 3 different options for spousal IRA beneficiaries. You will learn how to coordinate your IRA planning with your overall retirement, estate, tax, education, Social Security, and financial plans. (This course was previously presented in Fall 2015.)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 11; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. has been canceled and will be rescheduled for the Fall semester

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 50

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

Leader: J. MICHAEL MAY is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). He is a financial planner and frequent presenter at LLI and OLLI, and a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. Mike has been assisting seniors for over 30 years.


Course 17W12A Examining Ancient Remains and the Last of the Czars A DNA Mystery (1 Session)
Until a few decades ago the only way to study evolution and the migration of humans was by the examination of skeletal remains. Advances in techniques used to analyze DNA now enable researchers to study relationships not only within a given population, but also between populations. We will discuss the use of DNA analysis for the study of human evolution, and how it allows us to track the movement of our ancestors. We will also discuss the use of DNA technology in forensics and present the examination of the remains of Czar Nicholas II and the mystery of the Romanovs.

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 25; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: JAMES GIRARD is Professor of Chemistry at the American University in Washington, DC, where he was elected chair of the AU Faculty Senate and served on the AU Board of Trustees. Through the creation of innovative courses, Dr. Girard authored nine textbooks in chemistry, environmental and forensic science that are used by students throughout the world. His most recent book, Criminalistics, Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism, was recently translated into Chinese. In 2009, Dr. Girard was named a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department, serving as a science advisor to the Secretary of State.


Course 17W13A Kashmir: How Did We Get Here? (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Kashmir is a beautiful area in South Asia that has been claimed by both the Republics of India and Pakistan right from their inception in 1947. Their claims have led to at least three wars in the region and insurgencies, including the current one. It is a hotbed of resistance and militarization.

Dr. Rashmi Chilka will discuss the volatile history of Kashmir from 1947, exploring the factors that have led to the current insurgency. She will explore the positions of Pakistan, India, and the Kashmiris on the issues facing the people in the region.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10 , Max. 60

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

Leader: DR. RASHMI CHILKA earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her main fields of study are South Asia, China and the USSR. She has been teaching courses on South Asia for over 20 years. Currently Dr. Chilka is teaching history at NOVA-Annandale including HIS 254, a survey course on the history of South and Southeast Asia.


Course 17W14P Tips For Selling Your Home From An "In The Trenches" Pro (1 Session)
A real estate broker with 42 years experience in Northern Virginia will give you valuable insight into selling or buying real estate in 2017.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 14; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 25, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.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 17W15P Meditation and Movement: An Introduction to Circle Dance (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 musical sources. All steps are low impact and easy to learn. No dance partner or experience is necessary. This class will demonstrate how gentle movement to a variety of songs can help us relax and calm our spirit as we connect with each other in the circle.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 28; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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 UU 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.


Course 17W16P Great American Bestsellers (3 Sessions)
This course marks a departure from our usual format. In the first two sessions, we will be viewing the Ken Burns' biography on the life of Mark Twain. In the remaining session, we will return to the Great American Bestsellers series and Professor Peter Conn's lecture on the classic Huckleberry Finn, with discussion to follow.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, April 11, 18, 25; 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Little River United Church of Christ (Choir Room), Annandale Class: Min. 12, Max. 30

LLI Coordinator: Arlene Gribben (703) 569-0357 (H); arlenegribb@aol.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 level, and then worked as a programmer for IBM. Lynne is currently the coordinator for the LLI Favorite Books Club.


Course 17W17A Paint Along With Davi and Take Home Your Own Original (1 Session)
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 small masterpieces! Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints, deal with composition, understand perspective, and shade and highlight using paint. They will go home with their own signed originals surprised at how well they can paint! Participants should bring an apron or old shirt to paint in. Acrylic paints, canvas, and brushes will be supplied. An $8.00 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 & Time: Wednesday, January 18; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton (Note: Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the scheduled class start time.)

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5463 (H), (703) 517-3556 (C); njoi2day@aol.com

Leader: DAVI 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 and the Art Guild of Clifton. 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 and 2016 Featured Artist at the Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Visit her website at www.davifineartsgallery.com and Davi Fine Arts on Facebook.


Course 17W18A The Importance of Native Plants (1 Session)
What's all the hoopla about native plants? What are native plants, anyway? This lecture, aided by photographs, will discuss in plain language the relationship of insects to plants, the significance of soils, and the general importance of native plants to the overall ecology of our planet without preaching or overwhelming technical details.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 15; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 30, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Carol McCormack (703) 323-5754 (H); carmc66@verizon.net

Leaders: NANCY VEHRS joined the Virginia Native Plant Society in early 1988 when it was called the Virginia Wildflower Preservation Society. She has been state president since 2012 and has served in many roles, including president, with her local chapter. Nancy traces her love of wildflowers to her discovery of masses of Virginia bluebells in bloom when she was a young girl. An alumna of the College of William and Mary who majored in economics, she retired from a career with Fairfax County government, with the last 21 years as clerk to the Board of Supervisors. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors for the Prince William Conservation Alliance and is a member of a number of other environmental organizations and friends groups.
HARRY GLASGOW, fellow conservationist, serves as a board director for the Thoreau Society based in Concord, Massachusetts. In retirement from the U.S. Army and other national agencies, he is devoted to the conviction that we must protect our natural world. He has volunteered his time to those local government agencies (and other groups) whose mission most closely aligns with this end, including the Park Authority, the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. This is done in the hope of making a difference in the environmental well-being of his community. Harry seldom passes an opportunity to take a walk in a park (Huntley Meadows is his favorite) with those who want to know more about nature and the world around them: birds, trees, insects, plants, soil, and how they all work together.


Course 17W19A Shall We Dance? (1 Session)
Does this title make you think of The King and I? Rather than just looking at movies or videos, let's explore the intersection of dance and the visual arts. Using works primarily from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the presenter will examine the way artists depict dance and performances in diverse communities across time and place. Participants will view paintings, sculptures, and photographs to analyze the importance of dance in our American culture.

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 8; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60 LLI Coordinators: Barry & Philippa Centini (703) 658-1545 (H), (703) 472-5269 (C); phil.centini@verizon.net

Leader: SARA SHOOB is a graduate of Boston University. She 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 Renwick Gallery. Sara has presented a number of courses for the LLI program and loves sharing her passion for art.


Course 17W20A Next Level! Paint Along With Davi and Take Home Your Own Original (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 small masterpieces! Participants will learn how to use acrylic paints, deal with composition, understand perspective, and shade and highlight using paint. They will go home with their own signed originals surprised at how well they can paint! 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 & Time: Wednesday, March 22; 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton (Note: Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the scheduled class start time.)

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 12

LLI Coordinator: Anna Dixon (703) 503-5463 (H), (703) 517-3556 (C); njoi2day@aol.com

Leader: DAVI 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 and the Art Guild of Clifton. 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 and 2016 Featured Artist at the Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room. Visit her website at www.davifineartsgallery.com and Davi Fine Arts on Facebook.


Course 17W21A Salads and Plate Presentation (1 Session)
The versatile salad can be a simple side dish or a satisfying main meal. Learn how to combine flavors and textures to make great salads using fresh ingredients. Get ideas from grilling the greens to serving the salad in a nontraditional dish. Learn the secrets to making great vinaigrette. A simple garnish and plate painting are among the suggestions offered to create beautifully decorated plate presentations.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 12; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. This class is being repeated on April 19, same time and place.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

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, Calvin was the owner and executive chef of Dinner Is Served LLC, a personal chef/catering operation.


Course 17W22A The Wonder and Diversity of Bats (1 Session)
Bats are the only mammals capable of powered flight. That fact alone makes them quite fascinating. There are some 1300 bat species in the world and they are extremely diverse. The typical view is that bats fly around at night consuming insects and that is true for some species. However, there are bats that eat fruit, others that pollinate flowers as they drink nectar, and some that even dine on fish! We will investigate these amazing creatures and also discuss the hardships that some bat species are facing, to include the deadly disease, white-nose syndrome.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: LARRY CARTWRIGHT has been a nature lover for most of his life. His fascination and interest in bats is surpassed only by his fascination and interest in birds. Larry has assisted bat specialists in a study to determine the general health of local bat populations. He also 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 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 17W23A Spring At Meadowlark Gardens (1 Session)
Discover how plants transition from winter to spring on this walking tour among spring blossoms. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk for about an hour.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 26; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Meadowlark Gardens, Vienna

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 30

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

Leader: JULES MALONEY started as the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens specialist in March 2014. From 1988- 2001, Jules served as a 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 17W24A Archaeology and History: New Discoveries and New Narratives (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
History can often seem like a set story with fixed characters, events, and chronologies, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, history is being rewritten all the time, and archaeological discoveries often aid in this process. This course will examine several recent archaeological discoveries from around the world and discuss their importance for the field of history. We will look at everything from newly discovered human ancestors, to rewriting the narrative on Neanderthals, to reimagining the birth of religion. Participants will learn how new archaeological discoveries are shaping new historical narratives. We will also try to address the largest question of all: what do these new discoveries say about us?

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 10; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. This class is being repeated on May 17

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: NATHAN MOORE, B.S. in history; M.S. in European history, George Mason University. Nathan currently teaches western civilization at NOVA-Annandale while attending American University in DC, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in European history. His focus is on British Communism and the Soviet Union in the Interwar Period.


Course 17W25P Fine Jewelry, Silver And Coins: What Do We Do With Them? (1 Session)
Each class participant is urged to bring one item for evaluation when attending this interactive presentation on valuing jewelry, silver and coins.

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 18; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. 45

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

Leader: JAMIE GRASSO, a Gemological Institute of America Certified Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP), is the owner of JG Jewelry and Estates. Jamie brings 25+ years of sales, marketing, and business experience to the company. She is a native Northern Virginian, who grew up in McLean and attended Georgetown University. Jamie is extremely enthusiastic about her work and provides her clients with education and options for all their pieces, whether large or small.


Course 17W26P The Biology of Cancer (NOVA Faculty) (3 Sessions)
In the United States, one in two males, and one in three females is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer can strike anyone, at any age, in any organ. Cancer is found in every population in the world. Some cancers are fairly benign, while others are aggressive and difficult to treat. What is the biological basis of this condition? And why, despite President Nixon's claim in the 1970s that we would cure it within the next 10 years, has a cure eluded scientists even now, 40 years later? Come find out about the basic biology of cancer, why it's so hard to find a cure, how some of the main chemotherapeutic agents work, and most importantly, what you can do to stay healthy. Session 1 will focus on the basic biology and terminology of cancer. Session 2 will concentrate on current treatments, and session 3 will focus on cancer epidemiology worldwide and on prevention measures.

Date & Time: Wednesdays, January 25, February 15, April 5; 2:15 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.) THE FEBRUARY 15 CLASS WILL BE HELD IN THE FORUM ROOM OF THE COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER (CE) BUILDING ON THE ANNANDALE CAMPUS.

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

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 role of food in influencing cancer, as well as the anatomy and physiology sequence required of all pre-nursing students.


Course 17W27P More Apple Apps (1 Session)
Did you know there are over a MILLION apps offered in the Apple App Store? But how do you know which ones are good? If you want to edit photos, stay organized, learn a new language, watch movies, or simply play a few great games, there's an app for that! And what about some apps to help your different devices work together? We'll cover that, too! Join Kyla Lupo for an interactive and informative roundup of the best apps available to Apple users. NOTE: This class will focus exclusively on Apple products and the App Store (iPads and iPhones). This is not a class for Android devices (like Samsungs, Motorolas or Amazon/Google devices) or the Google Play store or Amazon Marketplace. If you have not updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest version of iOS, please contact Kyla Lupo at (571) 357-4022 prior to class so she can guide you through the steps. Please bring your phone fully charged.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 8, 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader: KYLA LUPO has been teaching adults about the wonders of technology for 10 years. As the CEE (Chief Executive of Everything) at Smart Again!, she has been specially crafting classes and workshops for the technophobic, the impatient, and those who consider themselves lost causes. After spending 4 years teaching high school photography, Kyla set out on a new journey: empowering adults to conquer technology. She also consults with small businesses to help them maximize technology to increase profits, and works with individual students, or small groups, in their homes on independent projects.


Course 17W28P Measuring U.S. Wealth and Prosperity (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
The use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to measure prosperity started during the 1930s and 1940s to assess the U.S. economy's capacity to produce. It is now used for economic policies to establish taxes, deal with unemployment, and manage inflation. However, there may be ways to improve on the current GDP measure to gauge real world prosperity. Join economist John Min as he explores possible approaches to better portray material well-being (e.g., improving how GDP data is gathered and presented, and creating measures to gauge services such as work at home like caring for relatives, and assessing government assets and intangible capital).

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22 March 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

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 17W29P Should We Renovate or Relocate? Critical Aspects to Consider About Each (1 Session)
Living longer and more actively are benefits of our times. Ensuring that older adults have the housing needed to enjoy high quality, independent and financially secure living has taken on a new urgency. Learn how the "universal design" concept factors into your future housing choices.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 19; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Nickie Myers (703) 532-3726 (H), (703) 507-6645 (C); nickie@yoursbydesign.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 17W30P Pope Benedict XIV (Prospero Lambertini) (1 Session)
Benedict XIV (1740-1758) was the great pope of a century that humiliated the papacy. No friend of Catholicism, the English statesman Horace Walpole (1717-1797) said of Benedict, "He was loved by Papists; esteemed by Protestants; a priest without insolence or interests...the best of the bishops of Rome." Catholicism's archenemy dedicated a book to Benedict. On his deathbed, Voltaire (1694-1778) reconciled with his Catholic faith. Benedict's treatise on canonization still carries weight. His common touch endeared him to the Romans. He defended historians who told dark truths about the Church, allowed women to be appointed to professorships, and endowed university chairs in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and surgery. He would have been best friends with Angelo Roncalli (John XXIII, 1958-1963) who undoubtedly loved Benedict's favorite breakfast that came to be called eggs Benedict.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 3; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: BRUCE COLLETTI is a retired Air Force officer, career operations research analyst, and was an adjunct professor of mathematics at NOVA-Alexandria from 2000-2015. He has been a student of papal history since 1978 (the "Year of Three Popes"). If he could spend just 10 minutes with anyone from history, that would be Pope John XXIII Angelo Roncalli and not the 15th century antipope by the same name who was fired by the Council of Constance (1414-1418) that he had convoked!


Course 17W31A Lincoln's First Inaugural Address (1 Session)
Join Lincoln expert John Elliff in looking back at the first inaugural address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the most serious crisis in the nation's history. Explore the context and substance of Lincoln's message and its case for peace and a united country.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 16; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: JOHN ELLIFF holds a B.A. from DePauw University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught American government at Barnard College and Brandeis University before serving in various federal government positions and retiring in 2010. His articles on Lincoln have appeared in the Journal of the American Lincoln Association, the Lincoln Forum Bulletin, and The Lincolnian. In 2016 Dr. Elliff became president of the Lincoln Group of DC.


Course 17W32A Myths of Washington (1 Session)
Myths? Legends? Urban legends? How many tales have we learned, either from childhood in the Washington, DC area, or as newcomers (and repeated over the years), that we really are not sure are based in fact? From "built on a swamp" to "horses' hooves tell a tale," we all have heard so many of these stories. Some stories conflict: "no building higher than the Washington Monument " or is it "no building higher than the U.S. Capitol"? We will discuss some of the many myths, and learn that Washington is really no different from other urban areas. We love our stories, true or not!

Date & Time: Thursday, February 23; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: CAROL S. BESSETTE is a retired Air Force intelligence officer, and has over twenty years experience as a tour guide in Washington, DC. Working with the public over the years, she (along with other tour guides) hears the stories that both locals and visitors to DC hear and believe. Some are true, but others?? Carol and her fellow tour guides hope to "get the facts out" to the public.


Course 17W33A Prelude to the Civil War in Fairfax County: Experiences of a Yankee Abolitionist (1 Session)
The divisive socio-political issues in the years leading up to the Civil War set the stage for the eventual military conflict. Fairfax County was a microcosm of those issues, pitting northern Yankees including some outspoken Quaker abolitionists in the Woodlawn-Accotink area against their slave-owning, native Virginia neighbors. New Jersey Quaker Jonathan Roberts experienced that conflict firsthand, standing with the Union and against slavery, putting his life in danger from neighbors who wanted either to arrest or lynch him, before eventually becoming a scout for the Union army and Fairfax County's first Quaker sheriff during the Civil War.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: GREG WILSON is a native of Ohio and has lived in Fairfax County for more than 30 years. A 1974 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in history, Wilson currently consults on financial services policy and regulatory issues. He is the author of two Civil War biographies. The first, Jonathan Roberts: The Civil War's Quaker Scout & Sheriff (2014), is a biography of Wilson's great-great-grandfather that won the 2015 Ross Netherton Achievement Award from the Fairfax County History Commission. His second book, Private John S. Mosby, First Virginia Cavalry (2015), explores Mosby's formative first year of the Civil War as just another Confederate private picketing Fairfax County.


Course 17W34A Paperwork: Keep, Shred or Toss? (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.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16; 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.)

Class Size: 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 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 17W35A Hear All About It: Geology and Geopolitics (1 Session)
Geologic issues have long influenced world geopolitical decisions. They were, and are, at the heart of the colonization efforts by European countries in Asia and Africa. We will explore how the world's geologic make-up continues to influence world politics to this day. The impact of future earthquakes and volcanic eruptions on the world's economy will also be discussed.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Philippa Centini (703) 658-1545 (H); 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.


Course 17W36A Globalization and Its Discontents (4 Sessions)
This four-session course will look at how economic globalization has affected politics in Russia, Poland, Great Britain, and the United States. Similar reactions to foreign competition, migration, and loss of national sovereignty can be seen in these widely varying countries. In each, populism and nativism have manifested themselves quite strikingly. In some cases, authoritarian solutions and a rejection of open borders for trade and travel threaten to set back the democratic tide that seemed to be sweeping the world after the downfall of the Soviet empire. In each country we will seek to identify the winners and losers in the increasingly integrated world economy. Some questions to be addressed during the course will be: What can be done to ameliorate the problems associated with job loss and status decline among the blue-collar workers in developed countries? How can mass migration and the preservation of traditional national cultures be reconciled? What are the driving forces behind globalization and how can they be directed to provide the best outcomes for all concerned? (Note: Lecture notes and a list of suggested readings will be provided to class participants by email prior to the commencement of the course.)

Date & Time: Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

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 courses at ENCORE (Arlington County adult learning program).


Course 17W37P Daily Life in Europe's Middle Ages (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
This course will invite discussion on topics governing daily life in Europe's Middle Ages. Many features of daily life were not universally experienced. One's social class determined much of family, social, and political life. We will explore these differences and determine how prevalent "popular" medieval elements really were.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 16; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: DR. JENNIFER WINTERS, M.Lit. in Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies (2007) and Ph.D. in history (2012), University of St. Andrews. Dr. Winters is an assistant professor of history at NOVA- Annandale.


Course 17W38P Underwater Wonders 5: A Global Underwater Tour (1 Session)
Join Dr. Steve Cohen as he uses his high-definition videos to travel the globe underwater: Sharks in the Bahamas. Whales in the Dominican Republic. Mantas, great white sharks, and others in Mexico. Fiji: the soft coral capital of the world. Cuttlefish and other exotics in Indonesia. This will be a free-form discussion with audience participation about what lies beneath the surface and the challenges that face our ocean habitats.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 23; 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.) President's Dining Room

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Ed McKnight (703) 425-6224 (H); edjem@aol.com

Leader: STEVEN J. COHEN, B.S., D.V.M., Cornell University. Dr. Cohen practiced small animal veterinary medicine, 1975-2010. From 1980-2010 he owned and operated Mobile Veterinary Services of Northern Virginia, the first full-time veterinary house call practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. After becoming a certified scuba diver in 1968, he began to travel the world. In 1994 Steve began making underwater videos, and has won several awards in underwater video competitions. He has had several videos, including New Year's at Socorro and Law and Order, shown at the San Diego Underwater Film exhibition. Steve is a member of the Coral Reef Alliance and is on its Coral International Council.


Course 17W39P Who Were the Celts and Where Did They Come From? (1 Session)
What makes the Celts and their origins so fascinating? This class will examine their art and style, and their images of gods and goddesses, portrayals of death, and figures of Celtic lore. We will study the migration of the Celts across Europe and the remnants of their culture in the British Isles. Looking at a map of tribes, could you have Celts in your family tree?

Date & Time: Thursday, April 20; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: BARBARA STIFFLER comes to Celtic studies partly as a genetic calling she's Scots-Irish, French and possibly Welsh (Celtic countries now or originally) but her active involvement began with the Arthurian stories that she studied in high school. Tracing her fascination with the figure of Merlin, in particular, led her to the Celtic foundation of the Arthurian mythology. She studied for 10 years with the scholar and author R.J. Stewart from whom she learned much about the oral tradition and mythological cycles of the Celts. For the last 25 years, she has been researching and giving adult classes on various aspects of Celtic culture and art.


Course 17W40P Study/Travel: Scottish Isles and Glens (2 Sessions)
In June, members of the LLI Study/Travel Program will be taking a 12-day tour of Scotland. We will visit the Scottish Lowlands, the Highlands, castles, lochs and isles including the very remote, northern Isles of Orkney and then finish in the very modern city of Edinburgh. In Study/Travel, however, we like to know before we go, so this overview course will provide a brief introduction to Scottish history, culture, geography, arts, architecture, and perhaps even food and drink. In two sessions, we will barely scratch the surface of this fascinating area, but hopefully it will prepare us for the main course to come on our trip. Bob Huley will lead the presentation, and hopes to have several guest lecturers who have lived and worked in Scotland to provide their personal perspectives. This course should be of special interest to LLI members who will be participating in LLI's June trip to Scotland, but is open to all LLI members interested in all things Scottish.

Date & Time: Thursdays, May 4, 18; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

LLI Coordinator: Bob Huley (703) 534-4819 (H), (703) 489-9045 (C); roberthuley@cox.net

Leader: BOB HULEY has been an active member of LLI since joining in 2004. He is currently Chair of the Study/Travel Committee, which organizes LLI's major travel activities, and has been involved with the Study/Travel Program since he joined LLI. He is also on his third term as a member of the Board of Directors and is the head of the LLI Bridge SIG. Bob and his wife Merry enjoy traveling, especially with LLI. A graduate of Cornell University (M.E.E.), Bob retired from the Office of Personnel Management as Deputy Chief Information Officer. Bob also served in the U.S. Army on active duty and in the Reserves, and retired as a Colonel.


Course 17W41A From Independence to Earthquake, The Age of Portuguese Exploration (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
This course will survey the great age of Portuguese exploration as memorialized in the national epic poem The Lusiads (1572). Topics will include independence from Spain; the colonization of Brazil, Africa, and India; and the political economy of empire, with an emphasis on the alliance with England and the lucrative profits of salt, port, and gold. The politics of the Braganza dynasty will also be explored, culminating in the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

Date & Time: Friday, February 17; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: DR. MARK ROYCE examined Portuguese history for his doctoral dissertation, "The Political Theology of European Integration," at George Mason University and has taught political science for three years at NOVA. His research interests include modern theology, international relations theories, and political economy. His writings have appeared in The European Legacy, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, and Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. His dissertation is also forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.


Course 17W42A The Great War and the Creation of the Modern Middle East (1 Session)
This course will discuss the creation of the modern Middle East by examining the period of 1890 to 1948. Topics will include the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Zionism and the Balfour Declaration, the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the Paris Peace Conference, and the creation of the Mandate System. Arab Nationalism and the geopolitical circumstances that have created modern concerns in a post-global age will also be discussed.

Date & Time: Friday, March 3; 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.) This class is being repeated on Friday, May 12, 2017, 10-noon in the seminar rooms of the CE building.

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: DR. MUHANNAD A. SALHI is the Area Specialist for the Arab World at the Library of Congress. He is the author of Syria and the Palestine Question, as well as numerous articles on modern Middle Eastern history. He has lectured for the State Department and the CIA, in addition to having given many lectures for LLI on topics pertaining to the Middle East.


Course 17W43A Cooking and Cuisine of the Middle Ages (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Dr. Salhi will discuss the gastronomy of foods and cuisines that were used most frequently in the Middle Ages, within a historical and social approach. Sample recipes from medieval France, Italy, and Byzantium (food not included) will be provided.

Date & Time: Friday, April 14; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. To be reschedule in Fall

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: DR. RUMA N. SALHI is associate professor of history at NOVA-Annandale. She holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


Course 17W44A Microbial Foods and Beverages The Science (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
This course will discuss the science of fermentation and other microbial processes used in the foods and beverages humans love. We will discuss how different processes and organisms affect the foods we eat and the beverages we drink, including varieties of cheeses, yogurts, wines, and beers, as well as many other well-known, microbial-edible products. We will also discuss other products that are not well known but are common ingredients in foods. The session closes with a tasting.

Date & Time: Friday, April 21; 10:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Place: Ernst Cultural Center (CE)(Seminar Rooms) Room CA 302 , NOVA Annandale Campus (Note: Classroom location subject to change; however, report to Seminar Rooms unless notified otherwise.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leaders: DR. KAREN BUSHAW-NEWTON earned a B.S. with honors in microbiology and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia. Her research in microbial ecology and the structure and function of bacterial communities has taken her from the Beaver Ponds in northern Canada, to the coastal and inland waters of Georgia and the mid-Atlantic, including the Patuxent and Anacostia Rivers. Karen was a Knauss Sea Grant Policy Fellow and did postdoctoral work at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Most recently she worked as a researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey studying pathogens of amphibians. Karen has taught undergraduate and graduate microbiology courses for over ten years. Her research has been published in several journals including Nature, BioScience, the Journal of the Northern American Benthological Society, and the Journal of Environmental Pollution Research.
DR. KRISTEN SIMMONS earned a B.S. with honors in biology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She went on to earn an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Miami University (OH). Her research in small mammal conservation and ecology has taken her from the Midwest to the Atlantic coast. Kristen did post-doctoral work at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biology for over ten years. Her research has been published in several journals including Behavioral Ecology, Molecular Ecology, the Journal of Wildlife Management, and the Journal of Mammalogy.
DR. BETH SCHOMBER earned a B.S. in chemistry from Valparaiso University (IN) and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her graduate and post-doctoral research focused on the synthesis of novel transition metal complexes, as well as the study of a proprietary chemical process used to recover hazardous and commercially valuable metal products from solid wastes. Beth has taught all levels of undergraduate chemistry on both coasts since 1992. Her passion is helping students of all ages discover and appreciate the chemical processes that impact their daily lives.


Course 17W45A Gender in Afghanistan (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
The role of Afghan women has come to be symbolized as one of a victim cloaked under a blue burqa, but beyond this view, there is much more to gender dynamics in Afghanistan than meets the eye. The course will provide a historical overview of gender dynamics in Afghanistan, including the cultural, religious, and political status of women in Afghan society. The historical overview will be followed by a presentation on current gender dynamics in Afghanistan. This includes the role of the international community in promoting gender equality in Afghanistan vis-…-vis a range of aid and development programs. The presentation will also utilize past and present gender dynamics to reflect on lessons learned, and best practices in promoting gender equality in Afghanistan. The lessons and best practices will be shared through a critical and culturally sensitive lens.

Date & Time: Friday, May 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.) Room CA 302, NOVA Annandale Campus

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: HODEI SULTAN is the Senior Program Manager, Asia Center, at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). She coordinates and provides oversight for the USIP Afghanistan program. Previously, she worked with USIP's Afghanistan and Pakistan Priority Grants programs on developing grant proposals with Afghan and Pakistani civil society organizations. Hodei also teaches two undergraduate courses at NOVA on peacebuilding and conflict resolution, and peace and stability operations. Prior to joining USIP, she worked with the International Organization for Migration on counter-trafficking and migration work on Latin America and the Caribbean. Hodei holds an M.A. in conflict analysis and resolution from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She also has a B.A. from George Mason University in global affairs, and an A.A. from NOVA in liberal arts.


Course 17W46A Cowboys: Legend vs. Reality (African Americans and Westward Expansion) (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
The legend of the cowboy in the American West fascinated Americans from the very beginning. Early literature and displays, such as Wild West Shows, generated images of the cowboy that were idealized and lacked diversity. Hollywood cemented these images into the minds of the American public. In reality, the men and an occasional woman who became cowboys were a diverse group that included African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics. This course will examine the role African Americans played in Westward Expansion with the concentration placed on Black cowboys.

Date & Time: Friday, May 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: MARGARET REED started her academic career at NOVA-Annandale after receiving a full scholarship from the state of Virginia for scoring in the top 5% of GED recipients. During her time there, she won multiple awards, including the LLI Student Leadership Award in 2003. She was named one of the top 20 community college students by USA Today, and the top student in Virginia. Margaret graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with an A.A. and an A.S. and went on to George Washington University, earning a B.A. in 2008 and an M.A. in 2011. As a history major, she explored the American West through multiple classes before deciding to specialize in early American women. Margaret immediately began teaching at the Annandale campus as an adjunct instructor of history, which she continues to do today, offering courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization and African American history. She is currently in her second year at Howard University, pursuing a Ph.D. in African American history.


Course 17W47P 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.

Date & Time: Fridays, April 7, 14, 21; May 5; l:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Class Size: 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 17W48P Introduction to World Religions (NOVA Faculty) (4 Sessions)
This course will provide an introduction to the central beliefs and practices of four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Mormonism. Each session will focus on one religion, though the instructor will make comparisons between religions, as appropriate.

Date & Time: Thursdays, January 26; February 2, 9; Tuesday, February 14; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. (Note different days.)

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader: DR. ANN STEGNER, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in religious studies. Ann has been teaching world religions courses for 8 years.


Course 17W49P A French Nobleman, Two Presidents and The Ten Dollar Bill (National Park Service) (4 Sessions)
The Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are names which echo of the foundation of the United States of America. Each one has a special niche in the story of our nation's birth. Join National Park Service rangers to explore the stories of each of these remarkable gentlemen and the mark they left on the Empire of Liberty.

Date & Time: Wednesdays, March 1, 8; Fridays, March 3, 10; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. (Note different days.)

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

Class Size: Min. 25, Max. 90

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

Leadesr: BETHANY BAGENT began her National Park Service career at the Jefferson National Expansions Memorial where she spent two summers as a seasonal. In March of 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.
BRAD BERGER, B.A. in European History; M.A. in American colonial history. Brad served in the Federal Republic of Germany as a security specialist in the U.S. Air Force, and interned for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Ranger Berger currently serves as a park ranger at the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC where he helps coordinate operations for presidential inaugurations, annual National Independence Day celebrations, and National Cherry Blossom Festivals.
HEIDI DIETZE is a Minnesota native who spent much of her childhood traveling through several mid- western 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.
ERIC POMINVILLE was born in Detroit and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He has been with the National Park Service since 1988 when he began his career working as a summer seasonal at Antietam National Battlefield. This was followed by several seasons in the Philadelphia area at Valley Forge National Park and Independence National Historical Park. After a season at Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, he came to the National Mall and Memorial Parks in the spring of 1998.


Course 17W50P Poetry Writing Let's Make it Happen (4 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.

Date & Time: Thursday, March 9; Fridays, March 17, 24, 31; 1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. (Note different days.)

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

Class Size: 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.