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May, 2021

Tuesday
4
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From Berlin, Germany, Anne-Beatrice Classmann, prominent German journalist, will discuss the so-called Arab Spring: Where do we see democratic progress? Why did the monarchies succeed in fending off calls for change? Will there be a new war in the Gulf region? And how much influence do Western countries still have in the Arab world? Anne has written two books on the Arab world: The Arab Spring - After One Year (2015) and A Guide Book to Egypt (2007).
Sponsor: Siham Alfred.
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Wednesday
5
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REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY NOON ON MAY 3
You MUST use the special MAY LLI/NoVA FORUM button to register for this session.
NOTE THE UNUSUAL START TIME.
Karla Bruce, Chief Equity Officer for Fairfax County, will share insights on the Commonwealth’s One Virginia Plan and the One Fairfax Project as she provides surprising insight on the economic cost and hardship for all unless there is a commitment to promote fairness, justice, and equity in the formation of public policy.
The Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia invites MWES members to participate in this online monthly meeting open to the public. We will meet socially at 9:30am; the forum begins at 10am. There is a short question and answer period after the speaker has finished.

Thursday
6
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Join ES member Donna Lewis as she leads a discussion about young Michelangelo, his life and his early works. We will begin with a Road Scholar Virtual Lecture by Renaissance art historian Elaine Ruffolo. We will explore Michelangelo’s relationship with the Medici Bankers, the period of religious and political crisis under Girolamo Savonarola and Michelangelo‘s contentious relationship with Pope Julius II. After a brief Q&A session and a break, we will follow up with a short Rick Steves video, The Florentine Renaissance. Learn why Florence was ground zero for the Renaissance, with its wealthy patrons and the creative genius exemplified in Michelangelo’s David, Brunelleschi’s cathedral dome, Ghiberti’s baptistery doors, and the Uffizi’s stunning Renaissance paintings. Warning: Contains mature topics.
Sponsor: Donna Lewis and Carol Wachter
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Wednesday
12
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Chris Foss, UMW professor of English, Linguistics and Communication with secondary expertise in disability studies, will focus on several of Wilde‘s works for a fresh consideration of our contemporary responses to disability and other related forms of difference.
Sponsor: Mary Ann Stana
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Thursday
13
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A magnificent novel about four orphans escaping a pitiless Minnesota
boarding school in a canoe down the Mississippi on a life-changing
odyssey during the Great Depression.
Discussion led by Donna Lewis.
Sponsor: Mary White
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Friday
14
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MWES Members gather together for a Virtual Wine & Cheese Hour using ZOOM to discuss life in the time of COVID19.
Topic: What will you do this summer?
Host: Linda Hill
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Tuesday
18
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Major General William K. Suter will discuss his tenure as clerk of the Supreme Court. The presentation will briefly describe case selection and decision-making procedures. Major General Suter will emphasize the ideology of the justices and review recent decisions in the areas of freedom of speech and religion, criminal law, separation of powers and federalism. Selected cases set for argument during the Court‘s current term will be analyzed.
Sponsors: Randy Fennemore and Barbara Barrett.
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Tuesday
18
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Dr. Volkan Aytar recently emigrated to the US and currently is a sociology professor at VCU. He will discuss recent changes in Turkey, including discussion on the rise of political authoritarianism and socio-cultural conservatism.
Sponsors: Rose Reif and Joe Alfred
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Wednesday
19
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ElderStudy Member Carol Wachter will discuss her recent travels on Amtrak, and will discuss her past experiences on both the VRE and Amtrak. A lot has changed!
Sponsor: Carol Wachter
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Wednesday
19
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CANCELLED
ElderStudy members Jack Allison and Mary Ann Stana invite us to join them for a pictorial tour of India‘s Golden Triangle: Old and New Delhi, Jaipur, Ranthambore Game Preserve, Agra and, of course, a visit to the Sacred Ganges at Varanasi. Namaste!
Sponsor: Jack Allison.
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Thursday
20
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Historian Robert Dunkerly looks at Virginia‘s boundaries and explores how they were determined, measured, and altered. We will look at boundary controversies with nearby states.
Sponsor: Carolyn Sulima
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Tuesday
25
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Join your ElderStudy colleagues for a Virtual Spring Social!
COVID may keep us separate but we can still enjoy each other‘s company.
An entertaining afternoon of fellowship and fun is planned.
More information is available in the April newsletter.
Sponsor: Carolyn Sulima
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Wednesday
26
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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.
Sponsor: Keith Fennell
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