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Future Events

February, 2024

Tuesday
27
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Local historian Scott Walker explores the life of nineteenth century local native, Mathew Fontaine Maury, who was born in landlocked Spotsylvania yet developed into the world’s leading navigator of the oceans.
Sponsor: Mary Ann Stana
Wednesday
28
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Sherry Norton-Williams, Prevention Specialist and Mental Health First Aid Instructor of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, will discuss opioid overdose and naloxone education for seniors.
Sponsor: Carol Wachter
Thursday
29
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Jennifer Wilcox, Director of Education at the National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Museum, takes ElderStudy on a virtual tour of the National Cryptologic Museum and introduces you to the secret of secrets. This presentation highlights the history, technology, and people bringing the secret world of secrets to you.
Sponsor: Bill Farr

March, 2024

Wednesday
6
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Board meetings are open to all ElderStudy members. Come and witness firsthand the decision-making process that ensures that ElderStudy is meeting its objectives. This is a chance for all members to suggest new ideas for the organization directly to the Board and to committee chairpersons.
Thursday
7
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In the 20th century, Brazil had a greater impact on world musical tastes than any country except for the US. With the help of audio and video clips, Jazz historian Allen Morrison tells the story of Brazilian popular music from its beginnings, through choro and samba music; the birth of Bossa Nova, and the music’s greatest stars.
Sponsor: Keith Morgenheim
Friday
8
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MWES Members gather together for a Virtual Wine & Cheese Hour using ZOOM for active discussions of various topics.
Topic: Experiences with your pets or other members of the animal kingdom. (Excluding humans).
Sponsor: Charlie &Randy Fennemore
Tuesday
12
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Gary Olsen, author and cinephile, returns to ElderStudy to discuss screenwriter and director Billy Wilder and his films. Wilder is one of Hollywood‘s most highly respected screenwriters and film directors because his large body of work influenced several cinematic genres, including film noir, satire and social commentary, generally in a humorous vein. We‘ll describe this filmmaker‘s fascinating life with clips from his movies.
Sponsor: Alan Zirkle
Because of technical issues, this is a University Hall ONLY presentation.
Wednesday
13
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Museum Educators from the National Museum of the US Army bring two virtual field trips to ElderStudy.
“We Return Fighting”: The Harlem Hellfighters in World War I
Defining “American”: Native American Soldiers in World War I and the Path to Citizenship
Sponsor: Susie Ellicott
Thursday
14
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NORTH BLDG LOFT
A culminating work on the American Founding by one of its leading historians, The Cause rethinks the American Revolution as we have known it.
Discussion Leader: Keith Morgenheim
Tuesday
19
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During the worst days of someone’s life, Pararescues (PJs) are ready to sacrifice everything. Join Paul Miller (USAF, Ret Chief Master Sergeant) as he introduces us to some of the most extensive and comprehensive training in the world.
Sponsor: Donna Lewis
Wednesday
20
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Science Technology Engineering Mathematics education is moving full steam ahead at Fredericksburg area high schools! ElderStudy relocated to the UMW Stafford Campus North Building in January 2024 to make room for this new regional lab school. Executive Director Rebecca Towery discusses the new school and invites ES members to share ideas for our collaboration with these students.
Sponsor: Donna Lewis
Wednesday
20
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This is the open forum designed to communicate directly with your fellow members, to better learn how ElderStudy works, to better understand the issues that are facing the organization, and to vote on those critical issues facing us. In addition, new members can meet and develop friendships with like-minded persons, and long term members can renew old friendships.
Thursday
21
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The Curriculum Committee is responsible for planning the 45 plus programs that are scheduled each semester. We are always looking for that next new topic on our journey to lifelong learning. Come join us and help develop programs that are interesting and stimulating.
Tuesday
26
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Naturalist Jon Bachman discusses the mysterious world of fungi. What are the basics for understanding this kingdom of the living world?
Wednesday
27
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Jim Scoggins, former Senior Intelligence Analyst and US Intelligence Community Executive, will discuss the future of electric vehicles. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are transforming the American and global automobile industry. Are we ready? Explore the arguments for and against joining this revolution now.
Sponsor: Susie Ellicott

April, 2024

Tuesday
2
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Join Fredericksburg resident Ryan Cudahy as he shares his behind the scenes experiences directing the film "Written for Mike."
Sponsor: Donna Lewis
Wednesday
3
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Struggling with hearing loss? Frustrated with others for not being clear, patient, and understanding? Are you wondering how you can participate in your favorite activities again? Karen Rhoads, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Regional Specialist for the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will provide some answers. Please come to learn how the Technology Assistance Program can help you break down those communication barriers and get back to your favorite activities!
Sponsor: Carol Wachter
Thursday
4
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Jon Malay, author, lecturer, and consultant, returns to ElderStudy to discuss Antarctica, "the last place on Earth".
1 pm: The Perilous Cold - Polar Ice
2 pm: The Bottom of the World – Explorations of Antarctica
Tuesday
9
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The terms astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology are used professionally and colloquially in ways that are often hard to distinguish. Professor and Program Coordinator Matthew Fleenor, UMW Physics, will provide examples of these three branches of study, including examples where there is significant overlap between the fields.
Sponsor: Ellen Brown
Wednesday
10
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KLEIN THEATRE
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Marc Williams, Assistant Professor of the UMW Dept of Theatre and Dance, brings us a play preview in the Klein Theatre. The shipwrecked and fiercely determined Viola poses as a man to curry favor with the nobility on the shores of Illyria, only to become entangled in a web of deception, self- discovery, and hilarious mishaps. You are sure to get swept away in the exhilarating storytelling and gorgeous language of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, his timeless and nearly perfect comedy of intrepid disguises, mistaken identities, and dazzling romance.
Sponsors: Carole & Bob Hanus
Wednesday
10
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Dr. Tracy Stonestreet, Director of UMW Galleries, will lead tours and discussion for two student-focused exhibitions. In Ridderhof Martin Gallery, students in the Art Museum Studies class will curate and design an exhibition from the UMW permanent collection. In duPont Gallery, students from across the campus will have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Student Art Exhibition, juried by an outside art professional.
As this is a pre-opening tour, we will have the opportunity to see some of the behind-the-scenes work and get a sense of how the students play a part in the work and art installations.
Sponsor: Mary Ann Stana
Thursday
11
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New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Mississippi in his most gripping legal thriller yet, the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you listening until the stunning conclusion.
Discussion Leader: Chuck Watkins
Friday
12
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MWES Members gather together for a Virtual Wine & Cheese Hour using ZOOM for active discussions of various topics.
Topic: What do you consider your "home state" and what it is in general that you appreciate about it?
Sponsor: Donna Lewis
Tuesday
16
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ElderStudy member Rose Reif will discuss Kim, a novel by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1901. The novel displays the absolute division between the white and the non-white that existed during the British Raj in India. Rose will also provide a biography of Rudyard Kipling.
Sponsor: Joe Alfred
Wednesday
17
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Franz Sedelmayer, author, entrepreneur, security expert, lecturer and political analyst returns to ElderStudy to discuss the uses of corruption as a strategy for eroding the relations between nations.
Sponsor: Donna Lewis
Thursday
18
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ZOOM ONLY The Membership Committee is responsible for outreach to our members. We conduct marketing efforts, maintain the website, oversee the member management system (including the roster), provide newsletters and other timely communications, offer Zoom training, coordinate the Book Group and plan social events. Members are always welcome to attend our meetings.
Monday
22
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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow captured Depression-era America‘s imagination. Liz Maurer, Director of Re-Living History, will present a virtual history event exploring the real story behind the legend of Bonnie & Clyde.
Sponsor: Susie Ellicott
Wednesday
24
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This guided tour of the museum focuses on 15,000 years of Patawomeck history and culture emphasizing the persistence of the Indigenous community, adaptation to changing times, and interaction with the environment. Demonstrations of traditional skills in the outdoor village will also be included to emphasize these same themes and provide hands-on opportunities.
Sponsor: Carol Walker
Thursday
25
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Naturalist and ElderStudy member Imogene Treble will conduct a walking tour of scenic Belmont, home of artist Gari Melchers.
Sponsor: Imogene Treble


Tuesday
30
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ElderStudy‘s own Chuck Block, retired physician, will describe the Pathophysiology of obesity and, hopefully, increase the understanding of complications associated with it. An overview of potential treatments also will be included – the horizon offers significant hope.
Sponsor: Chuck Block

May, 2024

Wednesday
1
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As UMW plans to break ground on a significant new home for theatre, Gregg Stull, professor of theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, looks back at the rich history of plays and musicals at Mary Wash as he shares the plans for what will be the largest academic building on the Fredericksburg campus.
Sponsor: Carole & Bob Hanus
Thursday
2
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Join journalist, photographer, and filmmaker Michael Goldfein as he journeys to Cuba to document the life changing work of an American team of doctors bringing the gift of joint replacement surgery to those in dire need, having suffered years of severe pain and even the loss of their ability to walk.
Sponsor: Donna Lewis
Tuesday
7
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MWES member Joe Alfred will discuss the origin of artificial intelligence, how it developed, and where it will go. This talk will include the relationship of AI to smartphones and the 6th generation of wireless standards. Also included will be how jobs will be changed or eliminated by AI.
Sponsor: Joe Alfred
Wednesday
8
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Not for your usual superheroes, the Institute for Justice is a national, libertarian, non-profit public interest law firm. Bob Belden, attorney, will discuss IJ’s work and address some of the legal issues facing the United States.
Sponsor: Stew Engel
Thursday
9
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The teenage son of an Appalachian single mother who dies when he is eleven uses his good looks, wit, and instincts to survive foster care, child labor, addiction, disastrous loves, and crushing losses.
Discussion Leader: Leila Davis
Friday
10
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MWES Members gather together for a Virtual Wine & Cheese Hour using ZOOM for active discussions of various topics.
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Tuesday
14
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Join Mary Washington‘s Hospice team to discuss the importance of planning for your end of life and the benefits of hospice including our unique interdisciplinary model of healthcare and the intricate support we provide families.
Sponsor: Carol Wachter
Wednesday
15
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UMW Adjunct Professor Larry Hinkle has been teaching sculpture at UMW since 2017. He has also been making ukuleles under the brand name Hinkle Ukulele for the past 13 years and often plays musical gigs to show off his instruments. Larry will offer a presentation that combines his love for the "uke" with his passion for woodworking. Entertainment guaranteed.
Sponsors: Jackie Keith
Thursday
16
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The Administration Committee develops policies and plans for operating the organization. It reviews governing documents, updates the Policies and Procedures, monitors finances and projects future needs, proposes the annual budget and member fees. Members are always welcome to attend our meetings.
Tuesday
21
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ElderStudy celebrates with its Spring Potluck Luncheon.
Look for further details in the April Newsletter.
Sponsor: ES Membership Committee

Wednesday
22
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Join Angie Benson (Music Director/Conductor of Signature Theatre‘s production of Hair) as she discusses the evolution of this iconic production from its inception in the 1960s to its enduring impact on theatre and society today.
Sponsor: Carolyn Eldred
Thursday
23
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Stroll with the Tourmaster, Scott Walker of Hallowed Ground Tours, through one of the city‘s premier and historic neighborhoods, centered on Hanover Street, to the edge of the old city.
Sponsor: Mary Ann Stana
Tuesday
28
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Dr. Chris Ryder, Professor of Music & Director of Choral Activities at UMW, will lead us in an exploration of how popular music intersects with social groups and sociological topics, including families, gender, politics, religion, race, and social class.
Sponsor: Mary Ann Stana
Wednesday
29
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Barbra Anderson, Events Coordinator for Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc, will lead us to celebrate Fredericksburg’s Black heroes!
Tour is limited to 25 members only.
Sponsor: Mary Ann Stana
Thursday
30
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Nora Nicholson, retired Senior Staff Health Physicist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will discuss several aspects of the nuclear industry in the United States, including the new perspective of nuclear power that has been seen in recent years as a source of cleaner energy provided versus fossil fuels.
Sponsor: Siham Alfred

June, 2024

Tuesday
4
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” As daughters, Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby found a way to live Dr. King’s dream. They will tell you their story of discovering their family connections and embarking on a path toward reconciliation and reparation.
Sponsor: Susie Ellicott
Wednesday
5
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Board meetings are open to all ElderStudy members. Come and witness firsthand the decision-making process that ensures that ElderStudy is meeting its objectives. This is a chance for all members to suggest new ideas for the organization directly to the Board and to committee chairpersons.
Friday
7
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ZOOM ONLY
MWES Members gather together for a Virtual Wine & Cheese Hour using ZOOM for active discussions of various topics.
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