Fall Program 2018


Course 18F01A Understanding Opera (3 Sessions)
Course 18F02A The Legacies of the Roman Empire (1 Session)
Course 18F03A A Virtual Tour of Jordan and Egypt (1 Session)
Course 18F04A The Birds, the Bees, and the Bats: The Evolution of Flight (1 Session)
Course 18F05A A Virtual Tour of Israel and the West Bank (1 Session)
Course 18F06P Demystifying Dementia (5 Sessions)
Course 18F07A They Ruled the World (1 Session)
Course 18F08A Anna Maria Fitzhugh and Ravensworth (1 Session)
Course 18F09A Fall Tour at Meadowlark Gardens (1 Session)
Course 18F10A The Gut Brain Axis and Healthy Aging (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)
Course 18F11A The Americanization of East Asia (4 Sessions)
Course 18F12P Your Menu For Housing Choices: What They Are, Pros and Cons (1 Session)
Course 18F13P The Agony and Thrill of Becoming a Published Writer (1 Session)
Course 18F14P What Will the 2019 Real Estate Market Look Like? (1 Session)
Course 18F15P A New Perspective on Senior Living Options (Aging in Place) (1 Session)
Course 18F16P Circle Dance for the Holidays (1 Session)
Course 18F17A Crock Pot Cooking (1 Session)
Course 18F18A Remodeling for Retirement (Aging in Place) (1 Session)
Course 18F19A Soups, Stews, and Casseroles (1 Session)
Course 18F20A Geological Record: The Detective Work of Geology (1 Session)
Course 18F21A Hands-On Chinese Crafts (1 Session)
Course 18F22P Aromatherapy 101 - Everyday Uses for Essential Oils (1 Session)
Course 18F23P Mindfulness (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F24P Afternoon Tea (1 Session)
Course 18F25P Does Your Advance Care Planning Do What You Want It To? (1 Session)
Course 18F26P The Ghost of Hitler and Return of Anti-Semitism (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F27P Amazing Plant Adaptations (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F28P Meet Angelina Grimké Weld - Abolitionist & Feminist (1 Session)
Course 18F29A How to Keep Your Brain Sharp (1 Session)
Course 18F30A Fighting Fraud Together (1 Session)
Course 18F31A Clothes Make the Man (or Woman) (1 Session)
Course 18F32A A Visit to the National Archives (1 Session)
Course 18F33A From Pre-K to Retirement: China's Social Safety Net (2 Sessions)
Course 18F34P Underwater Wonders 2: "Can You See Me Now?" (1 Session)
Course 18F35P What the Dickens? A Victorian Christmas (1 Session)
Course 18F36A Peyote Stitch: Introduction to One of the Most Popular Off-Loom Beading Stitches (1 Session)
Course 18F37A United States Economy: Present and Future (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F38A At Home In Home (Aging in Place) (1 Session)
Course 18F39A Cognitive Control Skill Set Workshop (2 Sessions)
Course 18F40A The Supreme Court 12 (3 Sessions)
Course 18F41A The History and Politics of Catalonia (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F42A The Intersection of Religion and Politics in the United States (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F43A 2018 Midterm Congressional Elections: Results in Perspective (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F44P Environmental and Human Health: Inextricably Entwined (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)
Course 18F45P Richard Risk's Poetry and You (4 Sessions)
Course 18F46P Poetry Writing---Let's Make it Happen (3 Sessions)
Course 18F47P American Media Coverage of the Olympics and Civil Rights: 1952-1968 (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
Course 18F48P Park Ranger Grab Bag (4 Sessions)




Course 18F01A Understanding Opera (3 Sessions)

This class will enhance students' appreciation of opera by introducing them to the first two productions of Virginia Opera's 2018-2019 season, Kurt Weill's jazz-inspired Street Scene and Mozart's masterpiece Don Giovanni. Our discussions will be illustrated with audio and video excerpts. The course is recommended for opera neophytes and aficionados alike.

Dates and Time: Mondays, September 17, 24, October 1; 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Course Size: Min. 20, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: June Chalou (703) 573-7769 (H), (571) 314-7264 (C); chaloujune@gmail.com

Leader:

GLENN WINTERS has a B.A. and an M.A. in piano performance from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in music from Northwestern University. He has taught at two universities and performed as a solo pianist and accompanist as well as an operatic baritone. Dr. Winters has sung principal roles with Virginia Opera, Opera Festival of 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 18F02A The Legacies of the Roman Empire (1 Session)

Rome ruled the world. Learn about the enduring impact this civilization has had on the entire western world. >

Date and Time: Monday, October 1; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Course Size: Min. 25, Max. 70

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 has studied in Mexico and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. Charles is a professional instructor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In his spare time he is a guest lecturer on several cruise lines.





Course 18F03A A Virtual Tour of Jordan and Egypt (1 Session)

Travel with Arline Sachs to Jordan and Egypt. Jordan is a sovereign Arab state and considered one of the safest countries in the Middle East. Visit the well-preserved historical city of Petra and the modern capital city of Petra. Swim in the Dead Sea and see the famous Madaba map, an ancient floor mosaic map of the Middle East, and other biblical sites. In Egypt, cruise through the Suez Canal connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean. Visit temple ruins in Luxor and both the modern capital city and the pyramids in Cairo. Learn about Egypt's high security offered to protect tourists.

Date and Time: Monday, October 15; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Size: Min. 5, Max. 75

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

Leader:

ARLINE SACHS loves to travel and has offered numerous travelogues to LLI. She is an LLI member.





Course 18F04A The Birds, the Bees, and the Bats: The Evolution of Flight (1 Session)

Birds do it. Bees do it. Bats do it, too. They fly. Birds, bees, other insects, and bats do not share a common flighted ancestor which means flight evolved independently multiple times. In this course we discuss the driving force behind the evolution of flight and explore how each unrelated animal group achieved the same result using different means. We look at how wing shape and size provide flight specialization such as sustained powered flight or enhanced maneuverability. There are obvious advantages in having flight capability, but not so obvious limitations as well. We investigate why some modern avian species with flighted ancestors lost the ability to fly.

Date and Time: Monday, October 22; 11:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 85

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 and is fond of creatures that fly, especially birds and bats. He leads 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 Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society. Larry is also a participant in nighttime marsh bird surveys at Huntley Meadows Park in Fairfax County and is involved in a five-year project to update the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas. He 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 18F05A A Virtual Tour of Israel and the West Bank (1 Session)

Travel to an area of the world that has been off-limits for some time. The tour includes places of worship for the three major Western religions. In the West Bank explore the ancient sites of Hebron, Jericho (inhabited for 10,000 years), Bethlehem, and the Mount of Temptation. In Israel discover sites in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and the Golan Heights. In this fascinating part of the world our journey takes us from 1,200 feet below sea level to 3,000 feet above.

Date and Time: Monday, November 19; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Size: Min. 5, Max. 75

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

Leader:

ARLINE SACHS loves to travel and has offered numerous travelogues to LLI. She is an LLI member.





Course 18F06P Demystifying Dementia (5 Sessions)

Currently 10 percent of people age 65 and over have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia, but what can you expect after the diagnosis? This class provides an understanding of the disease and other dementias, enables you to start planning for the future, and gives ways to adjust to a new life with someone who has dementia. The course covers the basics of dementia, distinguishing types, the typical path of progression, communication techniques, the reasons for troubling behaviors, and ways to engage with a person with dementia. Services available to caregivers will also be discussed.

Date and Time: Mondays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 19; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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

Leader:

LINDSEY VAJPEYI is the director of education and outreach at the Insight Memory Care Center. With many years of experience in the fields of long-term and dementia care, Lindsey is passionate about the quality of care from professionals, support and education for families, and assistance to those with dementia so they can retain a sense of self and purpose throughout every stage of the disease. She currently holds an Activity Director certification with a specialization in Memory Care, EssentiALZ® Dementia Advanced Care certification from the Alzheimer's Association, a Specialized Dementia Care Provider certification through Positive Approach® to Care, and a Master Trainer certification with the Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care.





Course 18F07A They Ruled the World (1 Session)

This course is based on Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel. In the discussion we gain insight into how environmental rather than biological differences pre-determined European world domination from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

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

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Course Size: Min. 25, Max. 70

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 has studied in Mexico and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia. Charles is a professional instructor and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In his spare time he is a guest lecturer on several cruise lines.





Course 18F08A Anna Maria Fitzhugh and Ravensworth (1 Session)

Learn about the history of Ravensworth and the life of Anna Maria Sarah Goldsborough Fitzhugh, the longest resident at Ravensworth (1814-1874.) She became the mistress of Ravensworth upon her husband's death in 1830 and provided refuge for Mrs. Robert E. Lee for a month during the early part of the Civil War. During the remainder of the war Anna Maria managed the plantation by herself.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 2; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 90

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

Leader:

MARY LIPSEY is a member of the Fairfax County History Commission. She has been a volunteer docent for the Smithsonian American History Museum since 1980 and for the National Archives since 2004. She is also an active member and former president of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose goal is to preserve and protect family cemeteries in Fairfax County. Mary received a B.A. in history and sociology from Mary Washington College and a masters in middle school education from Virginia Tech, after which she taught seventh grade American history at Lake Braddock Secondary School for 29 years. Mary has recently published a nonfiction book entitled A Christmas Flight: Aviation Pioneer Dr. William Christmas.





Course 18F09A Fall Tour at Meadowlark Gardens (1 Session)

Enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn and discover how nature gets ready for winter on a walk through the woodland Native Plant Collection and ornamental gardens of Meadowlark. Participants should wear walking shoes and bring a bottle of water on this free one-hour walk on moderate terrain.  

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 16; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna 

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader:

JULES MALONEY started as the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens specialist in 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 18F10A The Gut Brain Axis and Healthy Aging (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)

In the first session, we will discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of the gut and its two-way communication with the brain. The goal is to develop a holistic understanding of our integrated physiology and the impact it has on our health. At the conclusion of this session, you will have a better understanding of why bad food, poor sleep habits, and too much stress are detrimental to our health. We will explore strategies to address these issues during the second session.

Dates and Time: Tuesdays, November 13, 20; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CA (Student Services) Building, Room 302

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 100

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

Leader:

PROFESSOR PETER JO earned a D.C. (chiropractic) and an 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 18F11A The Americanization of East Asia (4 Sessions)

This course will examine how the U.S. became drawn into this region during the 1930s and how America's free market and liberal democratic ideals helped create the thriving East Asia of today. Dr. Anderson will explore his thesis that America has had a far greater impact on East Asia than either Russian/Chinese communism or Japanese imperial ambitions and that this impact came from America's democratic and capitalist system's superiority to the rival systems which are based on military dictatorships and communist ideology. At the same time our military involvement in the region and our three wars there -- World War II, Korea, and Vietnam -- have had little lasting impact on the course of our relations with the Far East. Our former foes (Japan and Vietnam) are now either allies or supporters in our ongoing rivalry with a former ally, China. In Korea we see the impact of American Christian missionaries and a keen receptivity to American capitalism as the dominating factors in our nation's relations with the South, where American-style development has left the northern part of the peninsula isolated and prone to bizarre attacks on the status quo. The sensitive questions involved with the future of an Americanized Taiwan remain a dangerous flash point in relations with the People's Republic of China. By underestimating America's potent influence on these countries, and overestimating the power of communist ideas, we have stumbled badly in our relations with East Asia. A better understanding of how we have erred in the past should help us plot a clearer path to the future.

Dates and Time: Tuesdays, November 27, December 4, 11, 18; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 45

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

Leader:

DR. MICHAEL ANDERSON received a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.A. and a Ph.D.in history from the 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 18F12P Your Menu For Housing Choices: What They Are, Pros and Cons (1 Session)

The options for where we live as we grow older are many and varied and can leave one feeling confused and overwhelmed.  In this class we will examine what choices we have: the features of each type of housing, the pros and cons of each, the crucial questions to ask, and data to secure before making a decision.

Date and Time: Tuesday September 18; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 25, Max. 45

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 18F13P The Agony and Thrill of Becoming a Published Writer (1 Session)

The process of becoming a writer today can culminate in the publishing of your own manuscript. The speaker, author of five books, emphasizes that the publishing process involves jumping into the learning curve. One must learn how to self-publish or find a publisher, market, develop a thick skin and have a lot of patience. This is a class for those of us who have become addicted to the writing process. Welcome!

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 9; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 45

LLI Coordinator: Patricia Brennan (703) 425-6738 (H), (703) 568-7990 (C); patriciabbrennan@cox.net

Leader:

CYNTHIA HEARNE DARLING holds a bachelor's degree in English from the College of William and Mary and masters' degrees in social work and public administration. Her poetry earned an award in Fairfax County's Poetic Arts event and she has just completed her fifth novel, West, By God, Virginia. Once Cynthia was retired and liberated from the Department of Justice's governmental writing style she returned to her love of writing novels and poetry.





Course 18F14P What Will the 2019 Real Estate Market Look Like? (1 Session)

From supply and demand, pricing trends, market conditions, etc., this class will give you a gestalt for next year's local market conditions. Real estate trends and activity are major drivers in our economy.  Whether you are thinking of selling your home or know someone who is considering that step, tuning into the projections for next year will provide helpful information for financial planning.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 25, Max. 45

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 18F15P A New Perspective on Senior Living Options (Aging in Place) (1 Session)

Steve Gurney, author of the Guide to Retirement Living Sourcebook, will lead a thought-provoking discussion designed to help understand the options for aging in place and senior living. He will look at these options from a different perspective that will enable you to customize your living situation to achieve the lifestyle and sense of purpose that you and your loved one's value.

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 23; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 6, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Cathy Becker (703) 354-6337 (H), (703) 505-9821 (C);

cz.becker@verizon.net

Leader:

STEVE GURNEY authored the Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook in 1990. Drawing from the experience of observing his family care for his aging grandfather, he created a comprehensive publication to help others in the same situation. There are three regional editions: DC, Maryland, and the Philadelphia region. Steve has worked closely with nearly every regional and national organization on aging to help maximize their exposure and find solutions to their challenges.





Course 18F16P Circle Dance for the Holidays (1 Session)

Christmas, Yule, Winter Solstice -- the holidays around the world are observed in many different ways by many different religions. Let's join hands to celebrate this special time of year with circle dance, drawing on a variety of musical sources and traditions. All steps are low-impact and easy to learn. No dance partner or experience is necessary.

Date and Time: Tuesday, December 4; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 25

LLI Coordinator: Judy Robison (703) 440-8479 (H), (703) 850-5795 (C); Robisonja23@gmail.com

Leader:

JUDY ROBISON is an LLI member and 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. 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 other senior learning programs.





Course 18F17A Crock Pot Cooking (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 crock pot. He also provides an assortment of easy, yet delicious, recipes to use in your crock pot at home. Don't be surprised if he has one or two slow cookers going with something to sample!

Note: A $4.00 fee will be collected at the beginning of class (exact change, please).

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

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader:

CALVIN KRAFT attended L'Académie 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 18F18A Remodeling for Retirement (Aging in Place) (1 Session)

The kids are grown and out of the house. Now it's time to turn the family home into your retirement retreat! We'll cover practical changes you should consider as you age--installing grab bars, comfort height toilets, better lighting, and slip resistant flooring. We'll also focus on transforming your home into a much-deserved space for relaxation and enjoyment. Perhaps you're thinking about a suite on the main level, considering a spa-like bathroom, or redesigning your kitchen. Join the designers from FA Design Build and get guidance on home renovations--from easy updates to full remodels. A complimentary lunch will be served after the class. It's an excellent opportunity to talk with the design team as well as fellow homeowners.

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

Place: FA Design Build/Flooring America showroom, 9979 Main Street, Fairfax

Note: Directions to FA Design Build/Flooring America, 9979 Main Street, Fairfax: From the Beltway proceed west on Little River Turnpike. Go through the intersection at Burke Station Road. (Burke Station Road is 2.7 miles west of the Little River Turnpike/Wakefield Chapel Road intersection at NOVA.) After crossing Burke Station Road go .3 miles and make a U-turn at Orchard Street (due to the divided roadway). After making the turn, go .2 miles and turn right into the FA Design Build/Flooring America showroom parking lot, where there is plenty of free parking.

Course Size: Min. 5, Max. 40

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

Leaders:

DENISE SMITH brings energy and more than 15 years of interior decorating experience to every project. She has a unique ability to discern a client's inner design dream and create a workable design plan that ensures each client receives a beautiful and unique space, regardless of budget or square footage.

STACEY PETERS is continuing her family legacy of home design and construction. Stacey loves helping clients redesign their homes into more livable and enjoyable spaces. She especially enjoys working collaboratively through all phases of remodeling from concept development and design to installation and completion.





Course 18F19A Soups, Stews, and Casseroles (1 Session)

When the weather gets colder everyone enjoys a hearty and nourishing homemade soup, stew, or casserole. Chef Cal will demonstrate techniques and provide delicious recipes. Perhaps a sample or two will be featured! Note: A $4.00 fee will be collected at the beginning of class (exact change, please).

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader:

CALVIN KRAFT attended L'Académie 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 18F20A Geological Record: The Detective Work of Geology (1 Session)

Geological research shares much in common with detective work. When geoscientists speculate on the level of carbon dioxide 800,000 years ago, how do they do it? How do they reconstruct the history of the Appalachian Mountains, or the floods of pre-history? We will discuss the great variety of tools geoscientists use to recreate past environments and consider their reliability for predicting the planet's future.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 31; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 85

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

Leader:

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





Course 18F21A Hands-On Chinese Crafts (1 Session)

In a single session complete your own Chinese paper cuts and good luck knots, some of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 12; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: The Confucius Institute at the George Mason University Campus, East Building, Room 129 (near the Rappahannock Parking Building), 4400 University Drive, MS 6D9, Fairfax

Note: Confucius Institute is located on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax. It is in the East Building on the north side of the Fairfax campus. Closest parking is at Rappahannock Parking Deck Visitor parking located on the lowest level. Do not park in Permit Parking area. Note your parking spot number and input this number at the parking kiosk near the garage entrance along with payment. Parking is charged at the rate of $3/hour. Please pay for enough parking time upon arrival to avoid a parking ticket. It is a 5-minute walk to East Building. For GPS directions to campus, members may find it best to use "Panda Express at GMU." The link for the GMU campus map from the GMU webpage may be helpful.

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 20

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

Leaders:

Instructors from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead this introductory class on Chinese crafts. Supplies will be provided.





Course 18F22P Aromatherapy 101 - Everyday Uses for Essential Oils (1 Session)

Essential oils and plant extracts can be used as natural remedies to clean your home without chemicals, or as a natural solution for relieving muscle tension, improving concentration, or even keeping bugs away. In this workshop you will learn suggested uses and guidelines for some well-known favorites like lavender, peppermint, and lemon.

Date and Time: Wednesday, September 12; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Size: Min. 5, Max. 55

LLI Coordinator: Claire Hurley (512) 750-9995 (C); hurley0401@yahoo.com

Leader:

MARILYN PEPPERS is a certified aromatherapist, essential oil educator, and founder of Canyon Aromatics. Canyon Aromatics offers organic and ethically wild-harvested essential oil products to address different body systems. She discovered aromatherapy while exploring alternatives for healthy living. She is also a holistic health coach and yoga therapist.





Course 18F23P Mindfulness (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

During psychology Professor DeGidio's April 2018 class on coping with depression, LLI members participated in a few brief mindfulness exercises used in therapy. At the request of several LLI members, a class is being offered for learning more about the benefits and usefulness of mindfulness through various techniques and exercises. Attendance at the April 2018 class is NOT a prerequisite for registering.

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

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CA (Student Services) Building, Room 302

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 100

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

Leader:

PROFESSOR DEANNA DeGIDIO is an associate professor of psychology at NOVA Annandale. She has an M.A. in clinical psychology from Cleveland State University and worked in that field for several years prior to teaching full time. She is currently completing another M.A. degree at New York University (Gallatin School) focusing on morality and ethics across the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.





Course 18F24P Afternoon Tea (1 Session)

Let's celebrate by having a Tea Party! Chef Cal will present an array of tea sandwiches, sweets, and the classic Bailiwick Inn scones with clotted cream. This class will include instruction and an afternoon tea. Note: A $15.00 fee will be collected at the beginning of class. Please have the exact amount in an envelope with your name written on the outside.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 24; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 25

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

Leader:

CALVIN KRAFT attended L'Académie 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 18F25P Does Your Advance Care Planning Do What You Want It To? (1 Session)

This class will open your eyes to recognizing what each Advance Care Directive does and does not do, a topic vital to carrying out one's end-of-life wishes.  We will examine advance care planning policy issues and documents including the Advance Directive (AD)/Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPOAHC), Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) or Do Not Attempt to Resuscitate (DNAR), and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 7; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 25, Max. 45

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 18F26P The Ghost of Hitler and Return of Anti-Semitism (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

One historian has said that the only figure who has been written about more than Jesus Christ is Adolf Hitler. In many ways this is fitting, for if Jesus could be considered a symbol of absolute good then Hitler could certainly be considered the embodiment of absolute evil. For decades after World War II Hitler and the Holocaust stood as reminders of the worst in humanity and the darkest depths we have reached as a species. However, in the age of "post-truth" and "fake news" there is a troubling trend of Holocaust denial, Hitler apologists, and a return of anti-Semitism. Join Professor Moore for his survey of this disturbing resurgence of Nazism in America and around the world and a discussion of how to set the record straight on Adolf Hitler and his role in the Holocaust by diving into Hitler's biography.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 7; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CA (Student Services) Building, Room 302

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 100

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 bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree 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 18F27P Amazing Plant Adaptations (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Plants have many ways to adapt to a variety of environments, including those with temperature extremes and with an absence of some key nutrients. Plants with interesting adaptations will be discussed during the one-hour classroom presentation and on display during the following 30-minute tour of the Annandale Campus greenhouse. The greenhouse is located on the west side of the CS Building. Note: The greenhouse is not a handicap accessible facility.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 28; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CS (Schuler) Building, Room 129

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader:

LISA D. WILLIAMS is an associate professor of biology at NOVA-Annandale where she teaches botany, general biology, and human anatomy and physiology. She earned B.A. and M.S. degrees in biology (botany focus) from George Mason University and most recently an M.S. degree in science education from the University of Montana-Bozeman.





Course 18F28P Meet Angelina Grimké Weld - Abolitionist & Feminist (1 Session)

This course will be a living history reenactment of Angelina Grimké Weld, also known as "Devilina Grimké," an early 19th century nationally known American abolitionist and feminist. Told in first person by Lynne Garvey-Hodge, the 45-minute performance will conclude with 10-15 minutes for questions and answers.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 12; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 50

LLI Coordinator: Judy Robison (703) 440-8479 (H), (703) 850-5795 (C);

robisonja23@gmail.com

Leader:

LYNNE GARVEY-HODGE has a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.P.A. from the University of Colorado, Denver, and an M.T.S. from Wesley Theological Seminary. Lynne is an historic reenactor and has been a Fairfax County History Commissioner for the past 17 years. She is also a member of the Turning Point Suffrage Memorial National Board of Directors, the Burke Historical Society, and the Bull Run Civil War Round Table. Many groups, such as the League of Women Voters, high school and college classes, and the Association of University Women, have heard her monologues. Lynne has chaired the annual Fairfax County History Conference for the past 12 years and the Fairfax County History Awards Committee for the past six years. She is president of her own consulting company, LGH, Inc., providing leadership development, executive coaching and organizational development services to corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and health care organizations.





Course 18F29A How to Keep Your Brain Sharp (1 Session)

Memory loss is not an inevitable consequence of growing old. As we age we experience changes in memory but research shows that we can maximize memory potential regardless of age. One is never too old nor too young to learn how to "rev up" recall. Learn how memory works and the changes to be expected with aging. Discover three techniques to rev up recall and seven lifestyle choices that can enhance memory.

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

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

Course Size: Min. 20, Max. 45

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

Leader:

KAY H. BRANSFORD is a daily money manager (also known as a DMM: a professional who helps people with their personal household finances) and the best-selling author of MemoryBanc: Your Workbook for Organizing Life. She has appeared on many radio and television programs including the Dr. Oz Show, the BBC, and has been published in the Huffington Post. Her combined efforts seek to educate families, caregivers, and retirees on why being organized is important to the well being of every adult. On a daily basis she helps individuals and couples who are aging in place to manage cash flow, avoid frauds and scams, and maintain their homes. The company Kay founded, MemoryBanc, received an Older-Adult Focused Innovation award from the AARP Foundation. Her Dealing with Dementia blog was recognized as Top Alzheimer's Blog (for 2016 and 2017) by the website Healthline, and her workbook was named a Book of the Year by Today's Caregiver.





Course 18F30A Fighting Fraud Together (1 Session)

This course covers three important factors that we can use to fight fraud together. We will discover common elements scam artists use, resources to learn about ongoing threats, and ways to help fight against these fraudsters. We will walk through some current examples of how even charities and businesses are extorting $17 billion from Americans every year.

Date and Time: Thursday, October 4; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 20, Max. 45

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

Leader:

KAY H. BRANSFORD is a daily money manager (also known as a DMM: a professional who helps people with their personal household finances) and the best-selling author of MemoryBanc: Your Workbook for Organizing Life. She has appeared on many radio and television programs including the Dr. Oz Show, the BBC, and has been published in the Huffington Post. Her combined efforts seek to educate families, caregivers, and retirees on why being organized is important to the well-being of every adult. On a daily basis she helps individuals and couples who are aging in place to manage cash flow, avoid frauds and scams, and maintain their homes. The company Kay founded, MemoryBanc, received an Older-Adult Focused Innovation award from the AARP Foundation. Her Dealing with Dementia blog was recognized as Top Alzheimer's Blog (for 2016 and 2017) by the website Healthline, and her workbook was named a Book of the Year by Today's Caregiver.





Course 18F31A Clothes Make the Man (or Woman) (1 Session)

Join our presenter to examine how artists in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery depict clothing and fashion in their work. Clothing may depict status, define occupations, help an artist make a statement, or give us a better understanding of an historical era. The presentation will highlight works from the 18th century to the present. Fashion runway? No! A stylish session? Yes!

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

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

Course Size: Min. 15, Max. 45

LLI Coordinators: Philippa and Barry 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, loves sharing her passion for art, and is an LLI member.





Course 18F32A A Visit to the National Archives (1 Session)

Join us for a docent-led tour of the "treasure chest" of historical material that defines our country. We will focus on the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom and the Public Vaults. After the tour you may visit on your own: the Lawrence O'Brien Gallery, the Boeing Learning Center, the David Rubinstein Gallery of Rights, and the William McGowan Theater. A café is available on the premises. (For more information, visit the Archives website at: www/archives.gov/museum/visit).

Date and Time: Thursday, October 25; 9:30 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m. (Note class time.)

Place: National Archives, Washington, DC

Note: The National Archives is 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.

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 28

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 18F33A From Pre-K to Retirement: China's Social Safety Net (2 Sessions)

The first session introduces the Chinese education system, including pre-K through 12 and higher education, both public and private. Some comparisons will be made with the American educational system. The overview will include curriculum, class selection, enrollment requirements, exams, grading, school activities, and fees. The second session will be a discussion of the healthcare system in China, both public and private medical institutions, and health insurance programs.  This presentation will also cover China's present social security system that covers retirement, medical, unemployment, and housing funding.

Dates and Time: Thursdays, October 18, 25; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Size: Min. 20, Max. 60

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

Leader:

JING JIN is an associate professor at Beijing Language and Culture University and resident director of the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. She has masters' degrees in English literature from Northeast Normal University and international business from the University of Wolverhampton, and a Ph.D. in management science from China University of Mining and Technology.





Course 18F34P Underwater Wonders 2: "Can You See Me Now?" (1 Session)

It's an eat or be eaten world. In this course Dr. Steve Cohen uses his high-definition underwater videos to illustrate how camouflage and other techniques, e.g., schooling, counter shading, etc., are used by various fish, octopi, and cuttlefish to avoid their fate as "dinner" for predators. But wait! Predators have to eat too and have developed their own techniques to escape detection.

Date and Time: Thursday, September 27; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Course Size: Min. 15, Max. 70

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

Leader:

DR. STEVE COHEN graduated from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine. He became a certified scuba diver in 1988 and began doing underwater video and editing in 1996. Steve travels the world pursuing his passion. His videos have won awards and are shown at the prestigious San Diego Underwater Film Exhibition.





Course 18F35P What the Dickens? A Victorian Christmas (1 Session)

England, Christmastide, in the 1800s: Everyone is tucked in bed "while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads," anticipating the pleasures of holiday foods, stirring pantomimes at the theatre, and the excitement of the Christmas tree. Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the "new gospel" according to many, is a bestseller. Get a panoramic view of the joys, sounds, smells, and colors of Christmas while getting "a glimpse behind the curtain" of Victorian society, politics, and family values.

Date and Time: Thursday, December 6; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 50

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

Leader:

BARBARA STIFFLER is an LLI member. She has researched and read widely about English history and culture. Along the way, she has studied in depth both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. Barbara has most recently taught an LLI class on the Irish Famine. This will be a contemporaneous picture of English Victorian culture epitomized in its celebration of Christmas.





Course 18F36A Peyote Stitch: Introduction to One of the Most Popular Off-Loom Beading Stitches (1 Session)

Join us as a local artisan teaches us how to make a smooth and flexible "fabric'' of beads that can be used to create bracelets, necklaces, and pins. You can begin holiday shopping here! If possible, bring magnifying spectacles or table-based magnifiers.  Note: A $5.00 materials fee will be collected in class (exact change, please). This class will be held on the lower level of the Gallery and stairs are involved. There is no elevator.

Date and Time: Friday, September 7; 10:30 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Annandale Community Park, Fred M. Packard Center (Artisans United Craft Gallery)

Course Size: Min. 2, Max. 12

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

Leader:

KAREN BOWES has been beading for about 16 years, discovering the craft after having made a visit to a bead artist's shop in Old Town, Alexandria. She enjoys playing with color combinations and loves the zen-like repetition of creating something beautiful, one tiny bead at a time. Karen has been with the Artisans United Craft Gallery in Annandale for nine years. She has also participated in the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild craft shows for the last four years.





Course 18F37A United States Economy: Present and Future (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

What is the status of the U.S. economy following almost two years of Donald Trump's presidency? What has been the impact of his economic policies and directives, e.g., tax cuts and tariffs, and what does the future hold? Join economist John Min in examining the data relative to several aspects of the U.S. economy including employment/unemployment, wages, trade, deficit, gross domestic product, taxes, and demographics.

Date and Time: Friday, September 28; 11:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. (Note class time.) /P>

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CN (Nursing) Building, Room 126

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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 18F38A At Home In Home (Aging in Place) (1 Session)

AARP reports that 83 percent of middle-aged Americans wish to live in their homes indefinitely, rather than in an assisted living facility. With careful remodeling, most homeowners can remain in their homes throughout their maturing years, known as aging in place. This means living in one's home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.

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

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

Course Size: Min. 15, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Cathy Becker (703) 354-6337 (H), (703) 505-9821 (C);

cz.becker@verizon.net

Leader:

REBECCA HUBLER holds a B.A. and an M.A. in interior design and is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). She has served residential and commercial interior design clients for 35 years. In addition, Rebecca lectures for Fairfax County public school's adult education programs and was an adjunct professor of interior design at the Corcoran College of Art & Design (now part of George Washington University). She has also lectured aboard cruise ships and appeared on Fox Channel 5 News and HGTV's popular "Curb Appeal." Currently she is president-elect of the Washington Metro Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.





Course 18F39A Cognitive Control Skill Set Workshop (2 Sessions)

This is a follow-up to the summer 2018 course Cognitive Control of Self-Defeating Feelings and is being offered for anyone who attended the summer course and would like to receive additional instruction. The two sessions will involve mentoring and practicing applications of the skill set.

Dates and Time: Fridays, October 12, 19; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Course Size: Min. 4, Max. 6

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

BILL SECHRIST earned a B.S. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park. He began his teaching career at the University of Maryland and was on the faculty of the Health Department at the State University of New York until he retired. Bill offered courses including "Rational Emotive Education," "Mental Health and Counseling," and other classes involving the psychosocial aspects of health-related behaviors. He earned two levels of certification in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy during training-in-residence programs at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.





Course 18F40A The Supreme Court 12 (3 Sessions)

The Supreme Court is the ultimate decider of our laws. In this three-session course presenter Marvin Wagner discusses his 12 picks for the most significant and perhaps controversial cases the Court has adjudicated. He welcomes your 12 choices as well.

Dates and Time: Fridays, October 19, November 2, 16; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Accotink Room), Springfield

Course Size: Min. 15, Max. 70

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

Leader:

MARVIN WAGNER received an L.L.B. from Brooklyn Law School and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law School. He is an instructor at various NOVA campuses and other institutions. Marvin's focus is on criminal, constitutional, business, and hospitality law.





Course 18F41A The History and Politics of Catalonia (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

This course traces the historical development and political identity of Catalonia from the origins of modern Spain to the secession crisis of 2017. Topics include the distinct cultural identities of the 17 regions of Spain, the development of a left-libertarian anarchism in Catalonia during the early 20th century, its decisive political and military role during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39)--memorably described by George Orwell--and the constitutional complexities of its renewed demands for independence within the context of a "Europe of the Regions."

Date and Time: Friday, October 26; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CN (Nursing) Building, Room 126

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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

MARK R. ROYCE, Ph.D., is a political scientist and international relations scholar, and the 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, where he received an associate provost citation for outstanding undergraduate instruction.





Course 18F42A The Intersection of Religion and Politics in the United States (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

This course will examine how religion and politics intersect in the U.S. Recent research suggests there has been a shift in the percentage of adults affiliated with specific religions. The presentation will offer insight into how, if at all, this shift in religious affiliation could impact political parties and elections for years to come.

Date and Time: Friday, November 9; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CN (Nursing) Building, Room 126

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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

Leader:

DR. JENNIFER SAYASITHSENA has a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from George Washington University. She is a professor of political science at NOVA-Annandale.





Course 18F43A 2018 Midterm Congressional Elections: Results in Perspective (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

This course will analyze the results of the 2018 midterm election for seats in the U.S. Congress. It will (1) identify the patterns of support for the different candidates among key groups of voters, including racial and ethnic minorities, gender, age, and income; (2) assess the role of campaign financing; (3) contrast the different policy positions of the candidates and identify which issues seemed to resonate most with voters; and (4) discuss implications for the presidential election in 2020.

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

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CN (Nursing) Building, Room 126

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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

Leaders:

DR. JACK LECHELT has a B.A. from Kean University, an M.A. from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

DR. JENNIFER SAYASITHSENA has a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.A. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from George Washington University. She is a professor of political science at NOVA-Annandale.





Course 18F44P Environmental and Human Health: Inextricably Entwined (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)

We live in a complex world where what we do to our environment has infinite repercussions on how well we can live in the environment. Consider the changing demographics of the Zika virus and the risk to pregnant women and their fetuses; the role of microbe-ridden water in the transmission of disease; and the role of air pollution on lung function, particularly to those with reduced lung function such as COPD, emphysema, or asthma. Consider, too, the possible ramifications of chemical toxicants like endocrine disrupters not only on human health but also, and perhaps more importantly, on the health of fish, amphibians, and other keystone species. Come with us on a journey around the world as we look at several well-documented scientific examples of the intricate connections between environmental and human (and ecological) health. Part I will focus on toxicological examples of altered environmental conditions and human diseases from examples all over the world. Part II will focus exclusively on the effect of global climate changes and changes to human health. Along the way we will discuss the history of the environmental movement in the United States beginning with Rachel Carson and her breakthrough book Silent Spring and discuss our responsibility and role in caring for the planet Earth. Far from being a "doom and gloom" series, these sessions will educate you and show you positive ways that you can impact our Earth for the betterment of your health and others.

Dates and Time: Fridays, September 14, October 12; 2:15 p.m. -- 3:45 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CN (Nursing) Building, Room 126

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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

Leader:

DR. GILLIAN BACKUS received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She> is a professor of biology at NOVA's Loudoun campus. Dr. Backus teaches an honors level bio 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 18F45P Richard Risk's Poetry and You (4 Sessions)

Join us for one of LLI's long-time favorite courses and learn how poetry can enrich your life. We may share poems - contemporary or classic - illustrating a theme, form, or school, or we may read and discuss one poet's work. This class is dedicated to the memory of Richard Risk who established Poetry and You and was one of LLI's original founding members.

Dates and Time: Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, 26; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader:

KATHRYN O'TOOLE is a graduate of the University of California. An LLI member since 2011, she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the vice president and co-chairs the Automation Committee. Kathryn is an avid reader and theater goer. She is especially fond of LLI's poetry offerings.





Course 18F46P 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 2, 9, 16; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Course 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.





Course 18F47P American Media Coverage of the Olympics and Civil Rights: 1952-1968 (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Professor Albert Thompson will survey the way U.S. newspapers covered the Olympics from 1952-1968 in the context of the Civil Rights movement. He will also discuss how U.S.-U.S.S.R. relations during that period influenced coverage of the Olympics and the competing athletes. It is fascinating how newspapers operated in the midst of both struggles.

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

Place: NOVA Annandale Campus, CN (Nursing) Building, Room 126

Course Size: Min. 10, Max. 70

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

Leader:

PROFESSOR ALBERT R. THOMPSON graduated from Oral Roberts University with a B.A. in government and a minor in modern Hebrew. His studies centered on U.S. foreign policy and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He received his M.A. in military history from Norwich University where his research interests concentrated on the troubles in Northern Ireland. In 2012 Professor Thompson was selected as a minority teaching fellow with Virginia Community College systems with a focus on teaching World War II and the Holocaust. He is currently a doctoral student at Howard University majoring in U.S. history with a research interest in postwar American identity, and minoring in public history and the African diaspora. Professor Thompson is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.





Course 18F48P Park Ranger Grab Bag (4 Sessions)

This course features four sessions requested by LLI members. The topics include Betsy Ross and Old Glory, the John Adams House, the life of Patrick Henry, and a deeper look at the creative mind behind the Lincoln Memorial architect, Henry Bacon.

Dates and Time: Wednesdays and Fridays, September 19, 21, 26, 28; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Mason District Governmental Center, Annandale

September 19 and 21 - Main Community Room

September 26 and 28 - Large Conference Room

Course Size: Min. 25, Max. 90

LLI Coordinator: Rick and/or Pat Daniels (703) 354-3792 (H); rwdaniels63@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.

JENNIFER EPSTEIN graduated from Gettysburg College and is an education specialist for the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC. 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 has a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University, and an M.A. in public administration from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Jerry began work as a park ranger with the National Park Service in 1992. He has worked at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park (Greensboro, NC), Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, PA), the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (Flat Rock, NC), and the 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.

ERIC POMINVILLE 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.