• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-11-2022 to 08-11-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Dan Sherman
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis
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    Although some might think classical music is removed from the world of politics, there has long been a political overtone to how classical music is presented and its performers received. This (non-political!) class will discuss fascinating history of how classical music has interacted with larger political history in the two world wars and in particular the... read more
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-11-2022 to 08-11-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: David Lindauer
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis
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    To promote the success of the Allied landings on D-Day, British and American planners organized an enormous array of deceptions to distract the Germans and draw their attention away from the real landings. This presentation looks at those plans, how they were conceived and the many ruses, plants, and false information used to protect the plans'... read more
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-12-2022 to 08-12-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Steven Gimbel, Professor of Philosophy, Gettysburg College
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis
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    Isaac Newton created the most important scientific theory in history. This theory not only accounted for the falling of apples and the motion of planets, but gave rise to a scientific worldview that many thought could explain everything. But that result bothered Newton, who thought it squeezed God out of the picture. We will explore Newton's life, science,... read more
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-15-2022 to 09-15-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Daryl Davis, Musician
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    The hard-driving, piano-pounding style that is most often associated with men like Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Pinetop Perkins and a host of others often overshadows the contributions to the idiom by women. We'll take a look and listen to some of the thumpin' and pumpin' piano women from Katie Webster, and Martha Davis to the present younger generation... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-19-2022 to 09-19-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Bonita Billman, Art History Lecturer
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    American expatriate, dandy, irascible personality and conscientious artist, James A.M. Whistler worked in multiple media—drawing, printmaking, pastel and oil. Famously denying any narrative content in his portraits and landscapes, he entitled his works using musical nomenclature. We’ll explore Whistler’s profound effect on American... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-19-2022 to 09-19-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Elizabeth Landsverk, MD
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Dementia is one of most feared of diseases. The most difficult step is early diagnosis. Join Dr. Landsverk to learn about the most common types of dementia, the factors that affect cognition in older adults and what can interfere with correct diagnosis, common medications used in treatment, treating pain and finding... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-20-2022 to 09-20-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Dan Sherman
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    A man of prodigious talents, Leonard Bernstein is perhaps best known for several Broadway shows, including the legendary “West Side Story.” This class will examine his significant body of work for theater, including “Mass,” which will be performed at the Kennedy Center in September. The class will link highlight his innovations in bringing new... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-21-2022 to 09-21-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:15 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Brian Rose
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Fred Astaire was one of the twentieth century’s greatest magicians—his sorcery depended on making some of the most complex dancing ever seen on the screen seem as effortless as breathing. Revered as a genius by everyone from Balanchine to Baryshnikov, Astaire appeared in a total of 133 dance numbers in 31 films, a significant portion of which are... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-22-2022 to 09-22-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Judy Scott Feldman, PhD, Art Historian
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    How do painters manipulate our perceptions and communicate their visions through composition, line, brushwork, texture and color? Why do paintings of the same subject move us, repel us, excite us in vastly different ways? Learn to look critically at paintings and develop informed opinions in this exploration of basic art principles, painting styles,... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-28-2022 to 09-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Carroll Gibbs, Historian/Author
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Born to free black parents in 1731, Benjamin Banneker was a naturalist, mathematician, astronomer and almanac author. He was also a landowner who worked as a surveyor and farmer. In this class, we will explore the seminal African scientific and cultural African influences that influenced the life and works of our country's first great black... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-29-2022 to 09-29-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:30 AM Central Time
    Instructor: David Lindauer
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    The Mongol Horde enjoyed a fearsome reputation as a largely undefeated fighting force. They conquered China, terrorized Eastern Europe, sacked Baghdad, and attacked the Mamluks in Egypt. Their military prowess won them the largest contiguous land empire in history: Their conquests stretched from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean. This course takes a look... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-29-2022 to 09-29-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Denver Brunsman, Associate Chair, Department of History, George Washington University
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    In recent years, few eras have received more historical attention than Reconstruction, typically defined as the period between 1865 and 1877. Historians have particularly examined why America failed to realize racial equality in the aftermath of the Civil War. Oasis regular Professor Denver Brunsman of George Washington University will share the recent... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-06-2022 to 10-06-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Steven Gimbel, Professor of Philosophy, Gettysburg College
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    James Clerk Maxwell is as important to the history of physics as Einstein, Newton, and Galileo, yet his name is little known. We will examine both his physics (his theories of electricity and magnetism and his establishment of the existence of molecules) and his life (his working class background, his religion, his taking of the first color photograph in... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-07-2022 to 10-07-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Barbara Paulson, European Travel Specialist
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Versailles? Been there, done that. But still looking for what to do outside of Paris for a day or two? Check out another royal residence at Fontainebleau (e.g., Louis VII, Napoleon who resigned here); famous artists’ homes in Giverny and Auvers-Sur-Oise (Monet, and van Gogh, respectively); a nearly 1000-year old tapestry in Bayeux (Normandy); small group... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-07-2022 to 10-07-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Richard Bell
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Did the American Revolution make ordinary working people happy? How did their inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness change in the immediate aftermath of the war? In this talk’s first half University of Maryland historian Richard Bell focuses on working white people in port cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and asks... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-13-2022 to 10-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:15 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Brian Rose
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    From the earliest days of television, making people laugh was one the central goals of TV programmers. Successful radio formats like the sitcom and the comedy/variety show moved to television in the late 1940s, joined a few years later by the late night comedy talk show. For the next seven decades, these three formats dominated the airwaves. This... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-19-2022 to 10-19-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Daryl Davis, Musician
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the child prodigy par excellence, playing songs on the harpsichord at four years old and composing simple music at five. Musicians like Mozart don't come along often, but every once in a great while, another prodigy emerges whose abilities rival the most experienced masters. This class will introduce you to some of the most... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-20-2022 to 10-20-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Bonita Billman, Art History Lecturer
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    You may feel you have been here before, for Waddesdon was an inspiration for Biltmore in Ashville, NC. Part of the National Trust. Waddesdon Manor, built by the Rothschild family, is full of English Grand Manner portraits, French furniture and Sevres porcelain and countless other treasures. We’ll take a tour of the house, and revel in the art objects,... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-20-2022 to 10-20-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Danny Fingeroth
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Stan Lee was the most famous American comic book creator who ever lived. Thanks to his many cameos in Marvel movies and TV shows, he was and remains the voice and face of comics and popular culture. Lee created world-famous characters including Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Hulk, but his life was haunted by conflict and controversy. Join Danny... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-24-2022 to 10-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 09:30 AM-11:00 AM Central Time
    Instructor: Richard Bell
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom -Washington Metro Oasis

    Salem, 1692: Two young girls living in the household of one of the town’s ministers are acted strangely—having fits. The doctor is called and he tells the minister that his girls are suffering from the action of the Devil’s ‘Evil Hand’ upon them.  Join University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell for a deep dive into witch-hunting in early... read more
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