Winter/Spring Program 2018


18W01A Understanding Opera, Part II (3 Sessions)
18W02A The Mind of Birds: A Look at Avian Intelligence (1 Session)
18W03A Prepare to Care (1 Session)
18W04A Estate Planning: Basics and Beyond (4 Sessions)
18W05A A Geologic Second: The Last 10,000 Years of Earth's History (1 Session)
18W06A Understanding Mahatma Gandhi (NOVA FACULTY) (1 Session)
18W07P Cancer Treatments: Where Do We Go from Here? (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)
18W08P President Andrew Jackson's Democracy: Liberating or Repressive (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W09P Experience the Indoor Labyrinth (1 Session)
18W10P The Pontificate of Paul VI (1963-1978) (1 Session)
18W11A Children of the Sun - The Rapid Rise and Fall of the Inca Civilization (1 Session)
18W12A Scotland: A Land of Castles and Ruins (1 Session)
18W13A Great Decisions 2018 (8 Sessions)
18W14A United States Economy: Present and Future (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W15A Zen Doodle (1 Session)
18W16A Saved by the Bell: The Rescue of Mount Vernon (1 Session)
18W17A Spring at Meadowlark Gardens (1 Session)
18W18P Lost Causes: The Invention of Confederate Myth and Memory, 1880-1915 (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W19P Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America (2 Sessions)
18W20P Circle Dance Sampler (1 Session)
18W21A Fine Jewelry, Silver, and Coins: What Do We Do with Them? I (1 Session)
18W22A My Dad's Call to Duty: 1931-1945 (1 Session)
18W23A The Secession Crisis of 1860-61 (1 Session)
18W24A Hostility and Hospitality in the Book of Judges (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)
18W25A Next Level! Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original (1 Session)
18W26A Portraits: Ordinary and Extraordinary Individuals (1 Session)
18W27A Coping with and Treating Depression (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W28A Paint Along with Davi and Take Home Your Own Original (1 Session)
18W29A Fine Jewelry, Silver, and Coins: What Do We Do with Them? II (1 Session)
18W30P Understanding Your Housing Options (1 Session)
18W31P Tiny Foods (1 Session)
18W32P What Is Happening in the Real Estate Market This Year? (1 Session)
18W33P Children of the World: A Travelogue (1 Session)
18W34P The Intersection of Religion and Politics in the United States (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W35P Afternoon Tea (1 Session)
18W36A U. S. Constitution: A Closer Look (4 Sessions)
18W37A "Natural Disasters" in Modern American History (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W38A World Demography (2 Sessions)
18W39P Camouflage: How Sea Creatures Protect Themselves (1 Session)
18W40P Meet Suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker (1 Session)
18W41P Study/Travel: Dubrovnik to Venice (2 Sessions)
18W42P The Joys and Challenges of the Antique Car Hobby (1 Session)
18W43A Baseball in the 40s When Everybody Cared (1 Session)
18W44A Arab-Israeli Conflict (1 Session)
18W45P Poetry Writing---Let's Make It Happen (4 Sessions)
18W46P Poetry and You (4 Sessions)
18W47P Historic Revolutions of the World (4 Sessions)
18W48P What is the Deal with "Organic?" (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)
18W49A Polymer as an Art Medium (2 Sessions)
18W50P At Your Request! (National Park Service) (4 Sessions)
18W51P Make Your Own Jewelry by Finger Knitting (2 Sessions)

Course 18W01A Understanding Opera, Part II (3 Sessions)

This class completes a critical survey of Virginia Opera's 2017-2018 season, introducing students to the final two productions. These include Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream and Donizetti's Italian masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor. Complete musical and dramatic analysis is illustrated with video and audio excerpts; recommended for beginners and aficionados alike.

Dates & Time: Mondays, January 22, 29, February 5; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. 60

LLI Coordinators: June and George 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. Dr. Winters' background includes teaching at two universities, performing as a solo pianist and accompanist, and performing as an operatic baritone. He 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 18W02A The Mind of Birds: A Look at Avian Intelligence (1 Session)

Birds are considered to be astonishingly smart creatures by some researchers and are even believed to rival primates in intelligence. There are crows that can use tools and some that can count. A captive parrot named Alex was able to use his own descriptive language to define shapes. Some birds remember where they have stored seeds for later consumption over an area of several miles. Others, like mockingbirds, can sing hundreds of songs they have learned. Some birds may even gather together to mourn the death of a flock member. How much of this avian behavior represents creative thought and a capability to learn abstract concepts and how much is instinctual? In this lecture we will discuss the latest research and findings on avian intelligence to determine just how smart birds are by looking at many examples.

Date & Time: Monday, March 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.)

Class Size: Min.15, Max. 60

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

Leader:
LARRY CARTWRIGHT has been a nature lover for most of his life and is especially fond of birds and bats. He 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 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 18W03A Prepare to Care (1 Session)

Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. No one is ever completely prepared for the job, especially since caregiving is often a long-term responsibility that may become more difficult over time. Do you spend several hours a week or more helping a loved one with daily living, medical care, or financial responsibilities? Do you sometimes put the needs of your loved one in front of your own? Are you overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for a loved one?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, chances are you could use help. AARP's "Prepare to Care" seminar provides you with information and resources for caregivers: how to start the conversation, form a team, make a family plan, find support, and realize the importance of caring for yourself.

Date & Time: Monday, March 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. 15, Max. 60

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

Leader:
CAROL DOWNS has a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America. She has been involved in aging issues for 25 years as an advocate for seniors and their families. Carol has worked for AARP, the National Association of State Units on Aging, the American Cancer Society, and most recently has served as the executive director of the Shepherd Center of Oakton/Vienna. Carol was chair of the Alexandria Commission on Aging from 2015 to 2017 and is still an active member of the Commission. She is also the former chair of At Home in Alexandria, is a member of the Northern Virginia Aging Network, and volunteers for AARP Virginia.



Course 18W04A Estate Planning: Basics and Beyond (4 Sessions)

Are you confused about how to approach estate planning, write a will, or create an advanced health care directive? Then this is the course for you! The four sessions will cover: (1) an overview of estate planning: the current estate tax system, probate process, use of last will and testament, and powers of attorney; (2) trusts: what a trust is, how it is used, what benefits it offers, and different types of trusts for different needs; (3) the differences between settling an estate under a will and under a trust; and (4) advanced health care directives.

Dates & Time: Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 35

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

Leaders:
SARAH PARKS is an estate planner with Custom Estate Planning, which she has operated in Fairfax since 1995. She is a graduate of George Mason University Law School and has an advanced law degree from Georgetown Law Center. Sarah concentrates her practice solely on estate planning.
ROBERT J. PATTON, JR., is a private attorney in Virginia, practicing primarily estate law including probate. He retired in 2000 as deputy chief counsel of the Maritime Administration at the Department of Transportation. He practices with Custom Estate Planning and teaches adult continuing education courses on estate law.



Course 18W05A A Geologic Second: The Last 10,000 Years of Earth's History (1 Session)

The last 10,000 years of earth's history tell the story of the development of humankind in relation to major changes in biology and geology. From the last ice advance to today, we will discuss the complicated interaction between humans, biology, and the earth.

Date & Time: Monday, April 30; 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:
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 18W06A Understanding Mahatma Gandhi (NOVA FACULTY) (1 Session)

Mahatma Gandhi's ideas were influential in framing resistance movements. We will explore them in the context of Gandhi's non-violent resistance and discuss their role and impact on the Indian national movement.

Date & Time: Monday, May 7; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

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



Course 18W07P Cancer Treatments: Where Do We Go from Here? (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)

Cancer can strike anyone, at any age, in any organ. Some cancers are fairly benign, while others are aggressive and difficult to treat. In many cases, the treatment seems more hurtful (barbaric?) than the disease itself. This two-session seminar focuses on cancer treatment. We will explore what treatment is (and isn't) and why cancer treatment is painful and often has debilitating side effects. Session I will focus on the history and development of radiation and chemotherapy and explain the side effects related to these treatments. Session II will concentrate on the application of genomic medicine (personalized medicine) in advancing cancer treatment and the hope for the future of oncology.

Dates & Time: Mondays, February 26, April 2; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader:
DR. GILLIAN BACKUS has 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 18W08P President Andrew Jackson's Democracy: Liberating or Repressive (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Andrew Jackson has been described as a controversial president: a democratic autocrat, an urbane savage, and an atrocious saint. Who was Andrew Jackson and should he be considered (as he certainly was by many before the Civil War) a great American president?

Suggested Reading: American Lion by Jon Meacham, or Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands or Robert Remini.

Suggested Film: Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency (can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGfxyeuy8u8).

Date & Time: Monday, March 26; 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@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. JOHN SCHMITZ is an associate professor in the History Department at NOVA-Annandale. He has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an M.A. from North Carolina State University, a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from American University.



Course 18W09P Experience the Indoor Labyrinth (1 Session)

Discover the magic of the labyrinth as a tool for individual introspection as well as creating community spirit. Walking a labyrinth offers us the opportunity to reflect on our journey through life and to discover our hidden authentic selves. Last summer we had the opportunity to walk an outdoor labyrinth. This spring you are invited to the same church to experience an indoor labyrinth in a quiet chapel setting. There will be a short introductory explanation and then you may walk the labyrinth under the guidance of a trained and certified labyrinth facilitator.

Date & Time: Monday, May 7; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Burke Presbyterian Church, Burke (Note: We will gather in the church's Meditation Room for a short introduction before we walk the indoor labyrinth in the Meeting House. Signs will be posted.)

Class Size: Min. 5, Max. 30

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

Leader:
JEAN ANDO has followed her interest in labyrinths since 1999. She did her facilitator training in 2004, was certified in 2005, and received her advanced certification in 2008. She was ordained in 2008 as an interfaith minister by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York, and considers the labyrinth her ministry. As a member of Veriditas, Jean has walked labyrinths in locations and cathedrals around the world. She has also created labyrinths at circle dance camps she attends in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as on the beach in Tortola and in the desert in Morocco. A longtime resident of New York City, Jean loves to share her knowledge and experience of the labyrinth and to introduce people to the labyrinth as a spiritual tool.



Course 18W10P The Pontificate of Paul VI (1963-1978) (1 Session)

Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) completed a "Mission Impossible" and suffered backlash from society and the Catholic Church. His longtime best friend, Angelo Roncalli (John XXIII, 1958-1963), made Montini his first cardinal, calling him Milan's "Hamlet Cardinal;" he wanted Montini to succeed him as pope. Pope Paul VI completed Vatican II (1962-1965), the church council that Pope John had announced in 1959 and which immediately fell into opponents' crosshairs (one cardinal said "May I die before the council ends so that I can die Catholic.") We will discuss the twists and turns of the pontificate of a man who served God and mankind as best he could. Pope Francis beatified him in October 2014; the next stop is canonization.

Date & Time: Monday, May 14; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader:
DR. BRUCE COLLETTI is a retired Air Force officer, career operations researcher, and former adjunct professor of mathematics at NOVA-Alexandria (2000-2015). He has been a student of papal history since 1978 (the "Year of Three Popes.") He completed a college English paper on Pope Gregory VII; at the instant he ended the paper with Gregory's dying words, news came over the television that Paul VI had died. He and John XXIII had been the popes of Bruce's generation.



Course 18W11A Children of the Sun - The Rapid Rise and Fall of the Inca Civilization (1 Session)

Discover how a small tribe in the heart of the Andes created an empire that extended over 4,000 miles in length. Learn about their religions, social customs, and why they rose and fell so quickly.

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 23; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.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:
CHARLES MCCLELLAND grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and has travelled extensively throughout Latin American 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 18W12A Scotland: A Land of Castles and Ruins (1 Session)

"Ye take the high road and I'll take the low road and I'll be in Scotland afore ye." Join Arline Sachs as she presents a travelogue of LLI's tour through the wondrous landscape of this historic country of highlands, lowlands, castles, lochs, and isles.

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 30; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 15, Max. Unlimited

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

Leader:
ARLINE SACHS has presented several travelogues of her various trips and is also an LLI member.



Course 18W13A Great Decisions 2018 (8 Sessions)

Join an in-depth discussion of eight major foreign policy issues facing the United States in 2018. Each session addresses one of these issues; each session will commence with a 30-minute video of a discussion by experts followed by a one-hour discussion based on the Foreign Policy Association briefing book.

February 6 The Waning of Pax Americana?

February 13 Russia's Foreign Policy

February 20 China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation

February 27 Media and Foreign Policy

March 8 Turkey: A Partner in Crisis

March 15 U.S. Global Engagement and the Military

March 22 South Africa's Fragile Democracy

March 29 Global Health: Progress and Challenges

Note: Cost is $25 for The Foreign Policy Great Decisions 2018 briefing book and your contribution to the cost of the video. Please enclose a check payable to LLI/NOVA with your registration.

Dates & Time: Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; Thursdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. 35

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

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



Course 18W14A United States Economy: Present and Future (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

What is the status of the U.S. economy after more than one year of Donald Trump's presidency? What has been the impact of his economic policies and directions, and what does the future hold? Join economist John Min in examining the data relative to several aspects of the U.S. economy, e.g., employment/unemployment, wages, trade, deficit, gross domestic product, taxes, and demographics.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 6; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

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



Course 18W15A Zen Doodle (1 Session)

This meditative art is a takeoff on the Zentangle art form created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. You do not need previous drawing experience to create intricate and lovely designs of repeating patterns. The emphasis of Zen Doodle is on the journey with results that are surprisingly beautiful. Note: A $6.00 materials fee (exact change please) will be collected at the start of the class.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 13; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 5, Max. 10

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

Leader:
PAT DAVIDSON is an amateur artist working primarily in pencil, ink, and watercolors. She previously taught English literature, was a floral designer, and did process redesign with the Fairfax County court system.



Course 18W16A Saved by the Bell: The Rescue of Mount Vernon (1 Session)

In 1853 Mrs. Louise Cunningham's attention was drawn to Mount Vernon as the steamboat on which she was a passenger passed the mansion. The captain followed a long tradition of ringing a bell as the ship passed President Washington's home. Mrs. Cunningham was shocked by the condition of Mount Vernon: the roof was sagging, waist-high weeds choked the lawn, and one of the pillars had collapsed. Learn how Mount Vernon was rescued, restored, and protected so that today over a million visitors can enjoy it annually.

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 10; 11:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. Unlimited

LLI Coordinator: Gina Trapp (703) 522-7528 (H), (571) 345-5897 (C); GTrapp_26@msn.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 18W17A Spring at Meadowlark Gardens (1 Session)

Enjoy a variety of spring blooms 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 & Time: Tuesday, April 17; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 30

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

Leader:
JULES MALONEY has been the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens specialist since 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 18W18P Lost Causes: The Invention of Confederate Myth and Memory, 1880-1915 (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

In the wake of the Charleston Massacre of 2015 and the recent summer of violence in Charlottesville, there has been a growing national debate about the place and meaning of Confederate monuments in American life. While supporters of maintaining these Confederate sites argue that they are integral to understanding and appreciating history, the divisive politics and occasional political violence connected to these sites reveals that they are less about history and more about how contemporary Americans shape memories and myths about the meaning of the American Civil War, as well as racial politics in modern America. This course will cut through the contemporary debates about "history," "heritage," and "culture," and instead will historicize the origins of Confederate memory and myth-making during the turn of the 20th century. As this course will show, many Confederate myth-makers and apologists clearly understood at the very moment they erected monuments and sites of celebration that Confederate history was not really about the past, but rather it was about their present.

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 6; 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@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. NOAH CINCINNATI earned his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. He is a specialist in modern American history, environmental history, the history of capitalism, and the U.S. and the world. He is particularly interested in how Americans have reacted to capitalism and modernity, especially in the realm of environmental change. Dr. Cincinnati is currently transforming his dissertation into a book manuscript which unearths the hidden history of zoos, wildlife trafficking, and global conservation. In doing so, he reveals the early 20th century struggles of concerned conservationists to save vulnerable wildlife populations. He was recently promoted to associate professor of history and has had the pleasure of teaching at NOVA since 2012.



Course 18W19P Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America (2 Sessions)

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

Week 1:  The Maltese Falcon (1930) by Dashiell Hammett

               Gone with The Wind (1936) by Margaret Mitchell

Week 2:  Native Son (1940) by Richard Wright

               The Woman Warrior (1975) by Maxine Hong Kingston

Dates & Time: Tuesdays, April 10, 17; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 15, Max. 40

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

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



Course 18W20P Circle Dance Sampler (1 Session)

In circle dance, with its roots in traditional folk dance, we join hands and move to the rhythms of ancient melodies as well as modern tunes. This class will feature a variety of musical sources and styles. All steps are low-impact and easy to learn. No dance partner or experience is necessary. With continued interest, this may become a Special Interest Group next year.

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 8; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 25

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

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



Course 18W21A Fine Jewelry, Silver, and Coins: What Do We Do with Them? I (1 Session)

Each class participant is urged to bring one item for evaluation when attending this interactive presentation on valuing jewelry, silver, and coins. Note: This class is offered twice, once in January and once in April. If you choose, you may register for both.

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 24; 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. 50

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

Leader:
JAMIE GRASSO, a graduate of Georgetown University, is a Gemological Institute of America Certified Accredited Jewelry Professional and owns JG Jewelry and Estates. She brings 25+ years of sales, marketing, and business experience to the company. Jamie is extremely enthusiastic about her work and provides her clients with education and options for all their pieces, whether large or small.



Course 18W22A My Dad's Call to Duty: 1931-1945 (1 Session)

"My Dad's Call to Duty" is a video based on interviews of Colonel Ray Davis by his son Ron Davis. Ron incorporated his father's photographs with the Colonel's first-person account of his years in the Michigan National Guard leading up to WWII and the war years. Part I covers 1931 - December 6, 1941, and includes the state of the Army before WWII, his unit's role in a huge depression-era labor strike at General Motors, and the country's pre-war mobilization. In Part II, Colonel Davis talks about the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, his unit's deployment to Australia and New Guinea, and his assignments during his three-year tour. His clear presentation ties together many political, economic, and military events during these years.

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 31; 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. 5, Max. 55

LLI Coordinator: Arlene Gribben (703) 569-0357 (H); arlenegribb@aol.com

Leader:
RON DAVIS, a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, is a retired career intelligence officer whose experience includes 20 years at the Defense Intelligence Agency and 20 years at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. During the Cold War, he focused on Soviet defense-economic issues and after the collapse of the Soviet Union he analyzed the efforts of Russia and its former republics to introduce market-based economic systems.



Course 18W23A The Secession Crisis of 1860-61 (1 Session)

Abraham Lincoln's presidential election in November 1860 began a national crisis that ended with the attack on Fort Sumter in April 1861. Those five months saw the secession of seven Deep South states, debate on military preparations and compromises to prevent war, a "peace convention" inspired by Virginia, Lincoln's inauguration, and controversy over relief of Fort Sumter. Dr. Elliff will discuss what happened when the nation's divisions led to civil war.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 14; 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@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. JOHN ELLIFF is president of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught at Barnard College and Brandeis University before spending 35 years in various federal government positions and retiring in 2010.



Course 18W24A Hostility and Hospitality in the Book of Judges (NOVA Faculty) (2 Sessions)

This course will explore specific texts in the Book of Judges with a particular focus on the themes of hostility and hospitality and the manner in which these themes have meaning for us today.

Dates & Time: Wednesdays, February 21, 28; 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@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. HEMCHAND GOSSAI is the associate dean of liberal arts at NOVA-Annandale. He is the author of seven books, including two memoirs, Rivercrossings and A Requiem for Neil. His most recent book is The Hebrew Prophets after the Shoah. Dr. Gossai is actively involved in civic engagement and social justice issues.



Course 18W25A 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 with this larger format. Participants should bring an apron or old shirt to paint in. Acrylic paints, canvas, and brushes will be supplied. A $10.00 materials fee (exact change please) will be collected at the beginning of class.

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

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 28; 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 13

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

Leader:
DAVI M. D'AGOSTINO began drawing and painting as a child and returned to painting in her retirement years. She has sold many of her works and won several awards, including those from international competitions. The Vienna Arts Center and Gallery, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria Goodwin House, and Bistro L'Hermitage restaurant are among the many sites throughout Northern Virginia where Davi's oil and acrylic paintings have been exhibited. She is a member and on the Board of Directors of the Vienna Arts Society, and is also a member of the Springfield Art Guild. Visit Davi's website at www.DaviFineArts.com.



Course 18W26A Portraits: Ordinary and Extraordinary Individuals (1 Session)

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has a large collection of portraits of ordinary and extraordinary individuals. The genre of portraiture has been an important part of American art history since the early settlement of our country. In this presentation we will examine a huge array of works from the 17th century to the present. From miniaturists, untrained artists, and some of the best portrait painters in America such as John Singleton Copley and John Singer Sargent, be prepared to look at the collection with an expanded focus.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11; 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. 15, Max. 60

LLI Coordinators: Phil 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. Sara currently enjoys her work as a docent at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. She has presented a number of courses for LLI and loves sharing her passion for art. Sara is also an LLI member.



Course 18W27A Coping with and Treating Depression (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

In our Summer 2017 semester we examined depression and how to recognize its symptoms in ourselves and others. We will now review coping strategies and treatment options for those diagnosed with depression.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 18; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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. degree in clinical psychology from Cleveland State University, and worked in that field for several years prior to teaching full time. Professor DeGidio 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 18W28A 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 8x10 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. Register for one or the other, but not both.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 18; 10:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. (Note class time.)

Place: Spring Hill Club House, Lorton

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 13

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

Leader:
DAVI M. D'AGOSTINO began drawing and painting as a child and returned to painting in her retirement years. She has sold many of her works and won several awards, including those from international competitions. The Vienna Arts Center and Gallery, Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria Goodwin House, and Bistro L'Hermitage restaurant are among the many sites throughout Northern Virginia where Davi's oil and acrylic paintings have been exhibited. She is a member and on the Board of Directors of the Vienna Arts Society, and is also a member of the Springfield Art Guild. Visit Davi's website at http://www.DaviFineArts.com.



Course 18W29A Fine Jewelry, Silver, and Coins: What Do We Do with Them? II (1 Session)

Each class participant is urged to bring one item for evaluation when attending this interactive presentation on valuing jewelry, silver, and coins. Note: This class is offered twice, once in January and once in April. If you choose, you may register for both.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 25; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. 35

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

Leader:
JAMIE GRASSO, a graduate of Georgetown University, is a Gemological Institute of America Certified Accredited Jewelry Professional and owns JG Jewelry and Estates. She brings 25+ years of sales, marketing, and business experience to the company. Jamie is extremely enthusiastic about her work and provides her clients with education and options for all their pieces, whether large or small.



Course 18W30P Understanding Your Housing Options (1 Session)

There is so much to consider when making the choice to downsize and move into a different way of living. The options are many: active adult homes and condos, independent living apartment communities, and continuing care retirement communities. Come and learn the pros and cons of each, critical questions to ask, and points to consider when making a choice.

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 17; 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 18W31P Tiny Foods (1 Session)

Celebrate Valentine's Day, or any holiday, with a unique "Tiny Foods" party. Chef Cal will show you how to present tasty and innovative foods served in a small format. Call them hors d'oeuvres or appetizers or anything else, they are still tiny foods and they taste great. Recipes will be provided. Note: A $4.00 fee will be collected in class (exact change please).

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 7; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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



Course 18W32P What Is Happening in the Real Estate Market This Year? (1 Session)

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

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 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 18W33P Children of the World: A Travelogue (1 Session)

The Garsons have traveled to over 120 countries in recent years and take pleasure in "off the beaten path" experiences to find lesser-known places and overlooked events. Throughout their travels they have enjoyed taking photos, especially of children "in their natural habitat." Photos of children from 70-80 countries will be shown along with information about their culture, geography, and other relevant information.

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 15, Max. 40

LLI Coordinator: Paul Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 409-8493 (C); phopler4@gmail.com

Leaders:
LORRIN and ANN GARSON began traveling internationally in 1978. They have visited all seven continents and 120+ countries. The Garsons have given numerous travel presentations to various audiences. They enjoy seeing not only the "must see" places, but also encountering the traditions, people, and culture of their destinations. 



Course 18W34P The Intersection of Religion and Politics in the United States (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

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

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 21; 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@outlook.com

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



Course 18W35P Afternoon Tea (1 Session)

Let's celebrate spring by having a tea party! Chef Cal will present an array of tea sandwiches, assorted cheeses and veggies, 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 in class (exact change, please).

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 11; 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: Bonnie Hopler (703) 978-9381 (H), (703) 508-6219 (C); bdhopler@gmail.com

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



Course 18W36A U. S. Constitution: A Closer Look (4 Sessions)

Explaining the meaning of the various provisions of the U.S. Constitution has provided employment to generations of American legal scholars and jurists. While we cannot hope to plumb the interpretive depths in four LLI sessions, join Dr. Michael Anderson in examining some of the more important parts of this nation's fundamental law. The four sessions will deal with: (1) how we elect our president, both the constitutional requirements and their implementation over the years; (2) the "right to bear arms" in the Second Amendment---the original intent of the "Framers" and what it has come to mean; (3) the 14th Amendment and its guarantee of "equal rights" for all citizens; and (4) the impeachment provisions of the Constitution and their use in the cases of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, as well as the 25th Amendment's complex provisions for temporary or permanent removal of the president due to a finding that he is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office." Class participants will be provided with a pocket edition of the Constitution. Discussions will doubtless address other interpretive issues besides those outlined above, including especially the division of power between the national and state governments.

Dates & Time: Thursdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; 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@outlook.com

Leader:
DR. MICHAEL ANDERSON holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. He is a retired Foreign Service Officer (1973-2002). Following retirement Dr. Anderson 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 18W37A "Natural Disasters" in Modern American History (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

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

Date & Time: Thursday, March 1; 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. 20, Max. 60

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

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



Course 18W38A World Demography (2 Sessions)

There are currently 7.6 billion people in the world. By 2050, there are projected to be 9.8 billion people, and by 2100, over 11.2 billion. By 2050, nearly 70 percent will be living in urban areas, and more than 16 percent will be over age 65. Rapid growth will occur mostly in poor, underdeveloped regions.

This two-part course will consider the implications of these demographic changes on life in the 21st century. The first session will focus on the impact of changes in population growth, aging, urbanization, and movements of people within and between countries. The second session will further investigate second-order consequences, including impacts on the ecology, water and food, jobs, and immigration policies.

Dates & Time: Thursdays, May 3, 10; 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: Doug Johnson (703) 628-3115 (C); llinovadoug@gmail.com

Leaders:
RICHARD (DICK) ROBISON is a retired Air Force airlift operations officer and military intelligence expert with over 37 years of experience observing and dealing with the impact of demographic changes worldwide. He has previously presented courses on hurricane hunting and travel in sub-Sahara Africa and is a member of LLI.

KENNETH KORNHER, the research associate for this course, holds a Ph.D. in international relations and political science from Georgetown University. He enjoyed a 38-year career at the U.S. Agency for International Development and in subsequent contract consulting assignments. His work emphasized management and institutional development strategies for emerging economics. Ken supervised half a dozen long-term projects serving 60 different countries and led design and evaluation of post-Soviet reform work in Romania, Bulgaria, and Poland in the 1990s. He is the primary designer and researcher for the material in this course and is also an LLI member.



Course 18W39P Camouflage: How Sea Creatures Protect Themselves (1 Session)

It's an eat or be eaten world. Dr. Steve Cohen uses high definition underwater videos to illustrate how camouflage techniques are used by undersea creatures, who are potential dinner to other creatures, to avoid their fate. But wait---predators have to eat, too, and they have developed their own techniques to escape detection. Questions from the audience are encouraged.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 22; 1:30 p.m. -- 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:
DR. STEVEN COHEN is a graduate of the New York College of Veterinary Medicine. He was in practice for 35 years before retiring in 2010. He became a certified scuba diver in 1988, began doing underwater video and editing in 1996, and now travels the world pursuing his passion. His video presentations have won awards and have been shown at the prestigious San Diego Underwater Film Exhibition.



Course 18W40P Meet Suffragist Mrs. Robert Walker (1 Session)

In a one-person monologue Mrs. Walker reveals the story of her arrest in front of the White House on July 14, 1917, her incarceration at Occoquan Workhouse, and participation in the Prison Parades of 1918-19. Hear her story as a Quaker, a wife, and a mother who lived in a Baltimore estate. Lynne Garvey-Hodge portrays her role in period dress.

Date & Time: Thursday, 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: Nancy Anwyll (703) 866-2230 (H), (703) 678-6894 (C); njanwyll@verizon.net

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 a historic re-enactor 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 18W41P Study/Travel: Dubrovnik to Venice (2 Sessions)

In May members of the LLI Study/Travel Program will be taking an 11-day tour along the Dalmatian Coast in the Balkans. Among other places, we will visit Dubrovnik, Split, Plitvice Lakes and Opatija in Croatia, Bled in Slovenia, and finish in Venice, Italy. In Study/Travel, however, we like to know before we go, so this overview course will provide a brief introduction to the history, culture, geography, arts, architecture, and perhaps even food and drink of this fascinating area. In two sessions we will barely scratch the surface, but it will hopefully prepare us for the main course to come on our trip. This course should be of special interest to LLI members who will be participating in our May trip, but it is open to all LLI members interested in this region.

Dates & Time: Thursdays, April 5, 19; 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: Merry 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.



Course 18W42P The Joys and Challenges of the Antique Car Hobby (1 Session)

Car enthusiasts are drawn to the antique car hobby because they want to preserve these beautiful historical artifacts, or often simply because it is great fun to own, restore, and drive antique automobiles. Many hobbyists join auto clubs and enjoy showing their cars at local, regional, and national car shows. Jim Dillard and John Sweet, avid practitioners of the old car hobby, will talk about the hobby and share their own experiences of owning, driving, and maintaining a beautifully restored 1948 Lincoln V12 and a 1946 Lincoln Continental. Photo histories of their restoration projects will also be presented. John is a member of the Ford V8 Club and Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club and will discuss the social aspects of this pastime. Their cars will be available for viewing.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 10; 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: Brent Beeson (703) 425-8560 (H); beeson66@cox.net

Leaders:
JAMES (JIM) DILLARD has a B.A. in history from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. from American University. Jim is a retired Fairfax County Public Schools teacher and principal (30 years), a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates (32 years), and is currently a member of the State Board of Education. He is an avid long-distance and racing sailor, woodworker, and antique car owner. Jim is a popular LLI presenter, most recently presenting a program on the Jamestown Sailing Program - Replicating the Godspeed.

JOHN SWEET has a B.S. in communications from Radford University. He is employed as a project manager for General Dynamics, but in his spare time he pursues his love of antique automobile history, collecting, and restoration. John has presented on topics ranging from "Americans on Vacation" to "A Centennial History of the Lincoln Highway," plus numerous automobile related subjects during the past 20 years. While John loves all old cars, his passion is Ford and Lincoln automobiles built from the 1920s through the 1940s.



Course 18W43A Baseball in the 40s When Everybody Cared (1 Session)

Who was better: Ted Williams or Joe DiMaggio? Why are they remembered? How could a game be played without millionaire prima donnas and their agents of today? Did the Brooklyn Dodgers finally win a pennant? What happened after Pearl Harbor? When the stars went to war what did the ladies do? Could a one-armed outfielder really make the St. Louis Browns? Were Rickey and Jackie game changers? Come hear Don Reynolds as he discusses the answers to these and other fascinating baseball-related questions!

Date & Time: Friday, April 6; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

Place: Greenspring Village (Village Square Theater), Springfield

Class Size: Min. 15, Max. Unlimited

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

Leader:
DON REYNOLDS was one of the youngest carriers of FDR's new Social Security card as a high school sports reporter for Westchester County, New York newspapers. He had a hobby of writing to Babe Ruth and other stars and amassed hundreds of autographs and signed baseball cards. Don completed college after WWII serving in the European Theater and began a career in journalism and marketing. As an early member of LLI, he presented several programs at our monthly Forum. Don now resides at Greenspring Village.




Course 18W44A Arab-Israeli Conflict (1 Session)

In January 2015, Dr. Muhannad Salhi (area specialist for the Arab World at the Library of Congress) examined with LLI members the historical background of the Arab-Israeli conflict. As one of the longest and most protracted struggles of the modern world, this conflict dictates peace, policy, and global strategy for the entire Middle East. Dr. Salhi will again explore the history of this conflict and discuss the current situation.

Date & Time: Friday, May 4; 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.)

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leader:
DR. MUHANNAD SALHI is the area specialist for the Arab World at the Library of Congress. He is the author of Syria and the Palestine Question 1918-1920, as well as numerous articles on modern Middle Eastern history. Dr. Salhi has lectured at the State Department and the CIA, in addition to making several presentations for LLI on topics pertaining to the Middle East.



Course 18W45P 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.

Dates & Time: Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:30 p.m. (Note class time.)

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

Class Size: Min. 8, Max. 30

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 18W46P Poetry and You (4 Sessions)

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

Dates & Time: Fridays, April 6, 13, 20; May 4; 1:30 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 has a B.S. from the University of Missouri. Richard is retired from the Environmental Protection Agency and is a founding member of LLI.



Course 18W47P Historic Revolutions of the World (4 Sessions)

Governments change, but do people? Attend this course to discover how various revolutions, i.e., American, French, Haitian, Mexican, Chinese (twice), Russian, and Cuban got started, struggled, and frequently ended badly. What did they have in common? How were they different?

Dates & Time: Fridays, April 6, 20; May 4, 18; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

Place: Greenspring Village, Village Square (Accotink Room), Springfield

Class Size: Min. 20, Max. Unlimited

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

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



Course 18W48P What is the Deal with "Organic?" (NOVA Faculty) (1 Session)

Food labels can be quite confusing, so let's concentrate on the facts. In this course we will discuss the science behind food labels and what each label means. We'll also talk about the chemistry, biology, and socioeconomic aspects behind organic, conventional, GMO, non-GMO, and other labels, e.g., European systems.

Date & Time: Friday, May 11; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 10, Max. 60

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

Leaders:
DR. KAREN BUSHAW-NEWTON received her B.S. with honors in microbiology and her 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. She was a Knauss Sea Grant Policy Fellow and did her post-doctoral work at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Most recently Dr. Bushaw-Newton worked as a researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey studying pathogens of amphibians. She 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 her B.S. with honors in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She went on to earn her 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. Dr. Simmons did her 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 her B.S. in chemistry from Valparaiso University (IN) and her 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 toxic solid wastes. She has taught all levels of undergraduate chemistry on both coasts since 1992. Dr. Schomber's passion is helping students of all ages discover and appreciate the chemical processes that impact their daily lives.



Course 18W49A Polymer as an Art Medium (2 Sessions)

Polymer clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability, and simplicity to work with. It is an oven-bake modeling material composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents, and fillers.

Part one of this course will cover caning and surface techniques in which students will work with polymer. The making of a cane is the Millefiori style used with glass, where a long tube of design is formed and sliced. Texture and paints can be applied to the surface of polymer to enhance the composition of the project. During each class, each student will work on a project with time to bake and finish it.

Part two will cover color blending techniques. Color blending, also known as a "Skinner Blend," uses basic color theory to blend a spectrum of colors on one sheet of polymer. Students will cure their designs and will then be able to take home their finished product. Note: A $7.00 materials fee will be collected in class (exact change, please).

Dates & Time: Thursday, January 25, Tuesday, March 27; 10:00 a.m. -- 11:30 a.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 2, Max. 12

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

Leader:
KATRINA SARLIN is a polymer artist and digital photographer who enjoys educating and encouraging others. An experienced IT project manager, she is a tool and techniques junkie. She finds the creative process fun and enjoys following an idea to wherever it leads her. Katrina takes techniques and turns them on their ear to see what will happen. This is a form of experimentation and discovery that can encourage creativity for an artist. Her hope is to encourage each person as an individual and as an artist to follow his or her creative voice.



Course 18W50P At Your Request! (National Park Service) (4 Sessions)

Ask and ye shall receive. Shake off the winter blues and join National Park Service rangers for an interesting ride through history and nature! A fascinating blend of National Park Service sites and military history are here for the taking: Adams National Historic Park and Mount Rainier National Park are joined by a study of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the Confederate campaign of 1863 in Pennsylvania (in no particular order).

Dates & Time: Wednesday, February 28, Friday, March 2, Wednesday, March 7, Friday, March 9; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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); 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.

HEIDI DIETZE is a Minnesota native who spent much of her childhood traveling through several Midwest states, visiting sites from the Santa Fe Trail to the Corn Palace. From this random trundling, she developed an interest in history that led to an undergraduate degree in holocaust studies and a graduate degree in film history. Ranger Dietze came to National Mall and Memorial Parks as a park ranger in 2002 following two years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

JENNIFER EPSTEIN is an education specialist for National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, DC, who graduated from Gettysburg College. She demonstrated her historical and educational background through work in education and at several National Park Service sites such as Gettysburg National Military Park, Adams National Historical Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Jamestown National Historic Site.

JERRY HAWN 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.

LAURA ABBOTT grew up in southern Minnesota and obtained her first job with the National Park Service as a military history intern in the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Ranger Abbott holds a masters in American history from George Mason University and has been working on the National Mall since 2010.

BRAD BERGER has a B.A. in European history and an 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.



Course 18W51P Make Your Own Jewelry by Finger Knitting (2 Sessions)

Make your own unique necklaces/bracelets using only your fingers as tools! Finger knitting is a form of knitting where a knitted cord is created using only hands and fingers, instead of knitting needles or other traditional tools. Finger knitting may be performed by people of all ages, and in contrast to traditional knitting is comparatively simple. In this two-part course, we will first work on mastering the basics of finger knitting (for some of you, this will be a "refresher" session), and in the second session we'll try some fancier and more advanced techniques. This course includes both instructions for finger knitting and the necessary materials. Students will leave with at least two products---a great do-it-yourself project for early holiday gifts! Note: a $20 materials fee will be collected in class.

Dates & Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 & 25; 1:30 p.m. -- 3:00 p.m.

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

Class Size: Min. 3, Max. 18

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

Leader:
PEG TAVES' creative interests have always taken a three-dimensional turn, first as an art student at the University of Vermont and then as a physical therapist working with young children.  The artist currently shows and sells baby and children's knitwear at Artisans United Gallery in Annandale.