Mature Adult Learners Program Fall 2019
OCT 18: Controversial Presidential Elections in American History
Already in the 21st Century, the USA has installed two presidents who received a minority of popular votes. Dr. Errico provides a historical perspective on the name calling and partisan bickering that often divide our country into opposing camps. Controversies plaguing previous presidential elections include Vice-President Aaron Burr’s killing of Federalist Alexander Hamilton, whom he blamed for his political defeats; Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party winning the popular vote, but losing to Taft and later, TR’s cousin, FDR, winning unprecedented 3rd & 4th Terms. Those are but a few examples that make presidential elections a fascinating spectator sport.
Speaker: Dr. Charles Errico, Professor of History, NOVA, Woodbridge Campus
OCT 25: WORLD WAR I: America on the Homefront: — “The Poster War”
The Great War lasted less than two years for USA, but had profound impact on the Nation. The Army of 98,000 (in the regular army) grew to more than two million men; it required supplies, equipment, transport and training for deployment and combat. Other hasty Federal Government responses included mobilization of the ship-building industry and naval expansion, the draft, farm and industrial mobilization, outreach programs to immigrants, unions and industry – resulting in population migration, women in the workforce – overlain by propaganda and repression of free speech. This had an impact on womens’ suffrage and on the USA in Depression and WW II.
Speaker: Dr. Harry A. Butowsky, Historian (NPS – Ret.) Adj. Prof. of History, NOVA and GMU
NOV 1: The Market Crash of 1929: Its Causes and Consequences
Dr. Gaffney will explore the historical markers leading to the great stock market crash of 1929. This will explain how America’s new consumer culture, and climate of economic confidence collided with the physical limitations of technology — to trigger a market panic that ushered in one of the worst periods in American economic history. This talk will also address the “from riches to rags” American social experience of coping with the effects of the Great Depression.
Speaker: Dr. Nicholas Gaffney, Associate Dean Language Arts and Soc. Sciences, NOVA Alexandria
NOV 8: THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL ENTERPRISE: The Policy Making Process
A former National Security Council Special Assistant and Senior Director to the President will brief us on the policy making process of the Executive Office. During a distinguished academic and governmental career, Ambassador Courville is widely credited with developing strategic U.S. – Africa partnerships, facilitating security alliances, conflict negotiations, and support for peacekeeping missions. Dr. Courville also served as a Chair at the National Intelligence University, and a Senior Intelligence Officer and Political Military Analyst in the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Speaker: Ambassador Cindy Courville, Retired Strategic Policy Adviser and first U.S. Ambassador to African Union
Mature Adult Learners Program Spring 2019
Presenting Free Seminars for Seniors since 1985
Bisdorf Bldg, Rm. 132, Friday Afternoons 1:30-3 P.M.
March 29: CASSIUS CLAY
Before there was Cassius Marcellus Clay the boxer, there was Cassius Marcellus Clay the Kentucky plantation owner, one of the most colorful characters in American history. This lecture will retell his exciting life story.
Speaker: Dr. Jimmie R. McClellan, Dean of Liberal Arts, NVCC, Alexandria Campus
April 5: HEDDA GABLER (1890)
Henrik Ibsen created one of the theater’s most notorious characters. Hedda, a general’s daughter, is a newlywed who has come to loathe her scholarly husband, yet destroys a former love who stands in her husband’s way academically. The character has been called the female Hamlet, after Shakespeare’s tragic figure.
Professor Daily will discuss the play using audio and visual sources; she invites audience participation.
Speaker: Dianne Daily , Professor of English, NVCC, Alexandria Campus
April 12: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF
MD-VA BARRIER ISLANDS
Geological Oceanographer Rasmussen explains origins and changes of natural barrier coasts, and how humans “love them to death”. These playgrounds are made of sand – driven by wind, waves, rising sea levels, sinking continental shelves and intensifying storms. Oceanfront Property anyone?
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth A. Rasmussen, Professor of Geology/Oceanography, NOVA, Annandale Campus
April 26: ELECTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES
Professor Lechelt looks back at recent elections, teasing out some of the interesting results, and projecting what it may mean for the future.
Speaker: Dr. John (Jack)
Lechelt, Professor of Political Science and History, NVCC, Alexandria Campus
MAY 3: SPECIAL SESSION: SENIOR TECHNOLOGY DAY
(MEETS IN RM.337 BISDORF)
Technology Innovation in Learning and Teaching (TILT) again hosts this POPULAR Digital Learning Day — for all lifelong-learners.
Team TILT will take a brief user survey at earlier (3/29 – 4/12) MATURALS sessions — to find out which tools you would like to learn and then create a customized day of learning to suit your needs.
Presenters and Hosts: NVCC TILT Staff, Alexandria Campus
Access to MATURALS
Our usual seminars are in Rm. 132 – on the lower level of the Bisdorf Bldg. – adjacent to the Cafeteria. The May 3rd Senior Technology Session will be in Rm. 337 Bisdorf. Any later/revised information on MATURALS will be posted at: https://blogs.nvcc.edu/maturals/
For attendees who cannot safely use the ramps on the north and south sides of the Bisdorf Building — there is handicapped parking located at the east end of Bisdorf – which provides street level access to Rm. 132 and elevators to other floors.
FREE RESERVED PARKING FOR MATURALS IS ALONG BISDORF DRIVE IN THE RED SIGNED “B-1” PARKING LOT. MATURALS PARKING IS MARKED BY TEMPORARY SIGNS.
NO PARKING PASS IS NEEDED IN SPACE MARKED IN THE B-1 LOT.
FROM B-1 LOT RESERVED SPACE: TAKE THE CROSSWALK TO THE BISDORF BLDG. — DOWN THE RAMP – TO RM. 132 — BY THE CAFETERIA.
IF YOU PARK OUTSIDE THE RESERVED SPACE, YOU MUST DISPLAY A VALID NVCC — OR HANDICAPPED PERMIT.
ADJACENT HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACES ARE MARKED ON THE NORTH AND EAST SIDES OF BISDORF.
MATURALS – Spring 2019
Welcome to the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and the Spring 2019 session of MATURALS, (Mature Adult Learners). Seminars will be in Rm. 132 Bisdorf –except for May 3rd — held in Rm. 337.
MATURALS seminars are free, and open to all interested community members. Reserved parking is available in Red B-1 Parking Lot across Bisdorf Dr. from the Bisdorf Bldg. Handicapped parking is available for eligible persons displaying valid passes — north and east of Bisdorf.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT ALL MATURALS SEMINARS! If you did not receive this flyer by mail – and want to get FUTURE PROGRAMS by US MAIL or get a friend on our mailing list –Please fill out the form on the back of the adjoining panel — and send it to the address indicated. New addresses may also be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** FALL 2018 Programs ***
OUR FALL 2018 PROGRAM AND PRESENTERS
OCT 19 : IDENTIFICATION & DESIGNATION OF APOLLO ERA FACILITIES AS NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARKS
Speaker: Dr. Harry A. Butowsky, National Park Svc. Historian (Retired) & Adjunct Prof. NVCC and George Mason
OCT 26: PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: Those Presidents that Met the Challenges of Their Times and Those Who Failed
Speaker: Dr. Charles Errico, Professor of History, NVCC, Woodbridge Campus
NOV 2: HOW DID RAGTAG COLONISTS DEFEAT GREAT BRITIAN IN 1783?
Speaker: Dr. Ralph Ostrich, Professor of History (retired), NVCC-Alexandria Campus
NOV 9: THE FAIRFAX COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Speaker: Robert H. Urps, Master Police Officer, Fairfax County Police
NOV 16: INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
Speaker: Charles Mason, Certified Genealogist SM and Lecturer in Fairfax County Schools Adult Education
Free Seminars for Seniors since 1985
Bisdorf Bldg, AA132, Friday 1:30-3:00 P.M.
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As always, all MATURALS seminars are free, and open to all interested members of the community. Reserved parking is available for the seminars in Red B-1 Parking Lot across West Campus Dr. from the Bisdorf Bldg. Handicapped parking is available anywhere on the NVCC campus — for eligible persons.