• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-10-2020 to 12-10-2020
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Chris Palmer, Wildlife Filmmaker
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Wildlife and nature films are hugely popular.  As our direct contact with nature diminishes, we're craving the indirect experience of wild nature that these films provide. But this success also has a dark side involving sensationalism, extreme risk-taking, and even abuse. Chris Palmer will address these issues.  He’ll also show clips and describe the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 12-18-2020 to 12-18-2020
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Judy Scott Feldman, PhD, Art Historian
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    While the Hagia Sophia is probably not the oldest intact building in the world, it certainly comes close. Today, the (current) Hagia Sophia is 1478 years old, and has survived hundreds of earthquakes throughout history. Its age, size, magnificence, architecture and mystical atmosphere make it truly a unique place in the world. In this lecture we examine... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-06-2021 to 01-06-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Brian Rose, Professor (ret.), Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Alfred Hitchcock is probably the most famous film director who ever lived. For five decades, first in England, then in Hollywood, he made fifty-four films, including classics such as The Thirty-Nine Steps, Rebecca, Notorious, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. Few filmmakers have been as popular, critically celebrated, and as influential.... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-12-2021 to 01-12-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Denver Brunsman, Associate Chair, Department of History, George Washington University
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Today it’s natural to take the existence of the United States for granted, but the Declaration of Independence was anything but inevitable. In this talk, Professor Denver Brunsman of George Washington University will share the latest historical research and interpretation on America’s decision to break away from the British Empire. Declaring... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-14-2021 to 01-14-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Barbara Blumberg
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    The nine people who made and make up the court presently, are human, and often bring human attributes, good or bad, to the court. We'll learn the four ways justices view the Constitution while making their decisions. We'll also learn about the worst decisions made, the ones that affect everyone, and finally the one that most likely had a large effect on the... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-14-2021 to 01-14-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Richard Bell, Professor of History, University of Maryland
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Benedict Arnold is the most famous turncoat in American history. He was a skilled officer in George Washington’s Continental Army who began secretly communicating with British intelligence agents, giving them insider information, and dramatically defecting to their side in return for a mountain of cash. Historian Richard Bell reconstructs the life and... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-28-2021 to 01-28-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: H. W. Brands, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    John Brown and Abraham Lincoln agreed on the evil nature of slavery, but they disagreed on the best methods for confronting it. Brown advocated and practiced violence; Lincoln eschewed violence in favor of politics. Brown tried to start a war against slavery and failed; Lincoln tried to avert a war and failed, too. But the war Lincoln fought ended up... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 01-29-2021 to 01-29-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Tim Kurkjian, ESPN Senior Writer and MLB Analyst
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Bethesda-born and bred, Tim Kurkjian has covered his beloved game of baseball for more than 40 years. Tim will share his assessment of the 2020 baseball season and World Series. and his thoughts about the year ahead. He's very keen to take your questions and have a conversation as well. He could talk baseball all... read more
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  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 02-02-2021 to 02-23-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Gideon Amir, Hebrew Scholar
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    In this course we will read some texts from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and we will see how different theologies led to a totally different reading and interpreting the same text. There is no wrong way to interpret Biblical text. Reading a different interpretation just enhances what we can learn from it. The course is LOOSELY based on the book The... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 02-04-2021 to 02-04-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 09:30 AM - 10:45 AM Central Standard Time
    Instructor: Barbara Paulson, Travel Specialist
    Term: 2020-2
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Need a getaway close to DC without the crowds? Come to Philly to watch cannolis being filled by hand, check out Al Capone’s prison cell, take a selfie strutting your stuff in a Mummer’s costume, have a third-generation cheesemonger help you select just the right pecorino in the Italian Market, and visit the nation’s first art school AND museum (200+... read more
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