WC-ALL Learn at Lunch April 20

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The final WC-ALL Learn at Lunch of the spring semester will be on Friday, April 20 at noon in Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus. The topic is “Lifting the Curtain Over the Occupation in the Holy Land” presented by Dr. Robert and Ms. Mike Abel, a Jewish-American ophthalmologist and a Palestinian-American healthcare worker, respectively. Resolving the goals of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples continues to be a mounting struggle in the world today and the Abels have witnessed the turmoil first-hand as they have studied and worked in the lands from Gaza to Israel, and the West Bank to Syria. They have heard multiple narratives, often not shared with the American public due to filtered media, and will discuss many facets of the current crisis and why we as Americans, Jews, Muslims, and Christians should be concerned. The issue has divided the American people who have largely  accepted the situation as “too complicated”. As a Jewish-Palestinian couple, the Abels will share their unique perspectives and describe their experiences.

The Abels participated in a diplomatic mission to 5 Middle Eastern countries, Gaza, and the West Bank in 2009. In 2013, Dr. Abel volunteered in Palestine on a medical mission with the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund performing and teaching cataract surgery. He is a former clinical professor of Thomas Jefferson University, the author of nine books, and serves on several corporate advisory boards. Ms. Abel spent 3 months in 2011 on an independent work-study program in Palestine and Israel. Currently she is on the board of Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace. She is the co-founder of Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights and has recently returned from co-leading an ecumenical leadership conference in Palestine and Israel. The Abels were both recipients of the 2014 Peacemakers Among Us Award from Pacem in Terris and are international lecturers. They reside in Wilmington, Delaware.

Reservations for the Learn at Lunch are $20 for members and $25 for others, and are due by Friday, April 13. Please send a check to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD. 21620 with name, phone number, and email for those attending. As is customary, shuttle service will run from the North Student Parking Lot on the campus with access from Rt. 291. The last shuttle leaves at 11:55. Please call the WC-ALL office with questions at 410-778-7221 or contact wc_all@washcoll.edu.

WC-ALL March Learn at Lunch with Jamie Kirkpatrick

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Local author and photographer Jamie Kirkpatrick will be the speaker at WC-ALL’s Learn at Lunch on March 21. After two fulfilling careers in international programs and secondary school administration, Kirkpatrick has launched a third career as a writer and photographer. In his presentation, titled “Third Time is the Charm”, he will touch on his experiences in his first two careers, but will focus on his current work as a writer.

Jamie Kirkpatrick’s articles and photographs have appeared in the Washington Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Baltimore Sun, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Recent articles have appeared in The Washington College Alumni Magazine and American Cowboy Magazine. His first book of photography, A Place to Stand, was published in 2015. His second book, Musing Right Along, was published in 2017, and a sequel titled I’ll Be right Back will be released this spring. Kirkpatrick currently writes and illustrates a weekly column called “Musings” for The Chestertown Spy, and his presentation will include readings from the column. Other examples of his featured writing and photography can be viewed on his website, www.musingjamie.com

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Kirkpatrick graduated from The Choate School and Wesleyan University in CT. He served for six years in the Peace Corps before obtaining a Master of Arts Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He was Director of International Programs at the Special Olympics from 1984-1989 and served as Director of College Counseling at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD from 1993-2015. In 2008, he spent four months on a Teaching Fellowship at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland. Kirkpatrick and his wife, Kat Conley, make their homes on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay, in Bethesda and Chestertown.

A buffet luncheon will begin at 12 noon in Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall at Washington College with the presentation and a question and answer period following. The cost is $20. for WC-ALL members and $25. for others. Please send a check to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620 by Thursday, March 15, and include name, phone, and email. Shuttle service will run from the Washington College North Student Parking Lot with access from Rt. 291. The last shuttle leaves at 11:55 am. For more information, call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7223.

WC-ALL Feb. 15 Learn at Lunch with Adam Goodheart

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Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College is the featured speaker at WC-ALL’s February 15 Learn at Lunch. Goodheart’s talk is entitled “Finding the 400: A Revolutionary Mystery”. The event begins at noon in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus

It was a mythic moment in the Revolutionary War on Aug. 27, 1776 when a valiant bunch of 400 Maryland soldiers fought off a much stronger British force during the Battle of Brooklyn. In the thick of Washington’s defeat, the 400 were all killed or taken prisoner, yet they managed to save the Continental Army. They became known to future generations as the “Maryland 400” – a reference to the “300 Spartans” of ancient Greek fame – and they provided Maryland with its official nickname, “The Old Line State”. The slain soldiers’ bodies are said to lie somewhere in Brooklyn, possibly beneath an auto repair shop. But, were the Maryland 400, in fact, simply the stuff of legend and myth? A team of Washington College students and faculty, working with researchers at the Maryland State Archives, is on the case to find out what really happened on that summer day 242 years ago.

Besides his leading role at the Starr Center, Adam Goodheart is also an historian, essayist, journalist, and New York Times best-selling author. Among his scholarly honors, he is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award (2017), a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians (2014-20), and an elected member of the Society of American Historians (2016) and the American Antiquarian Society (2010). Goodheart has taught and co-taught Washington College courses in American Studies, English, History, Anthropology, and Art, as well as in the freshman Global Perspectives (GRW) program. As a teacher, he believes in working collaboratively with his students on projects that take them beyond the classroom, contributing in tangible ways to scholarly knowledge and public awareness.

To attend Goodheart’s presentation, a reservation with payment is due by Thursday, February 8. The cost is $20, for members and $25 for others. Make a check payable to WC-ALL and send to WC-ALL at 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD. 21620 with name, phone, and email included. WC-ALL is planning an April 5 trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia as a follow-up to the Learn at Lunch presentation. Details will be available soon.

Need a New Year’s Resolution? Sign Up for Lifelong Learning at Washington College

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Make a New Year’s resolution to rediscover the joy of learning with Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning’s exciting Spring Semester course line-up! There will be no quizzes, papers, or final exams – just learning for the joy of it. Plan to attend Spring Showcase on Thursday, January 11 at 4:00 pm in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College Campus to meet teachers, enjoy refreshments and conversation, and learn about the 22 afternoon classes being offered between January 28 and April 27, 2018.

There are classes for every interest and passion.  Highlights of Session 1 (January 28-March 9) include “Sunday at the Movies: A Foreign Touch” with Nancy Hartman, featuring movies from 6 different countries. “From Fake News to Facebook” by Patrick McNabb will explore the new science of media psychology and offer ways to keep up with the breakneck changes in modern mass media and discern fact from fiction. “Technology in Kent County” with Dick Swanson will host a representative from a different local company each week to talk about their business and how technology is used as a key component in bringing their products to market. Health and wellness, astronomy, history, philosophy, and current topics in literature round out the offerings for the first session.

Session 2 (March 18-April 27) has more for literature lovers with “American Immigrant Literature” by Jean Austin and a reading of John Barth’s Eastern Shore historical satire, The Sot-Weed Factor with Jim Block. Cinema offerings will continue with “Latin American Film” by George Shivers, “Silent Cinema: An Introduction” by John Wieczoreck, and another round of “Sunday at the Movies” featuring Asian films. Nautical enthusiasts will enjoy “They Call It a Ditch” about the history and commerce of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway by Jack Shaum and the “History of Yacht Design” by Hanson Robbins. Great Decisions, 21st century international art, how to write an op-ed piece for publication, and many more courses on topics of high interest will also be offered.

Ready to learn? WC-ALL is the place for you! You can check out the full course catalog at http://www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/what-were-studying.php/. Sign up for classes at Showcase, on-line, or by mail by Tuesday, January 16. For more information call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL Spring Courses

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Make a New Year’s resolution to rediscover the joy of learning with Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning’s exciting Spring Semester course line-up! There will be no quizzes, papers, or final exams – just learning for the joy of it. Plan to attend Spring Showcase on Thursday, January 11 at 4:00 pm in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College Campus to meet teachers, enjoy refreshments and conversation, and learn about the 22 afternoon classes being offered between January 28 and April 27, 2018.

Jim Block wears cap and Sandwich Board at First Friday to let people know about WC-All’s fall schedule. while George Shivers studies the course selection.

There are classes for every interest and passion.  Highlights of Session 1 (January 28-March 9) include “Sunday at the Movies: A Foreign Touch” with Nancy Hartman, featuring movies from 6 different countries. “From Fake News to Facebook” by Patrick McNabb will explore the new science of media psychology and offer ways to keep up with the breakneck changes in modern mass media and discern fact from fiction. “Technology in Kent County” with Dick Swanson will host a representative from a different local company each week to talk about their business and how technology is used as a key component in bringing their products to market. Health and wellness, astronomy, history, philosophy, and current topics in literature round out the offerings for the first session.

Session 2 (March 18-April 27) has more for literature lovers with “American Immigrant Literature” by Jean Austin and a reading of John Barth’s Eastern Shore historical satire, The Sot-Weed Factor with Jim Block. Cinema offerings will continue with “Latin American Film” by George Shivers, “Silent Cinema: An Introduction” by John Wieczoreck, and another round of “Sunday at the Movies” featuring Asian films. Nautical enthusiasts will enjoy “They Call It a Ditch” about the history and commerce of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway by Jack Shaum and the “History of Yacht Design” by Hanson Robbins. Great Decisions, 21st century international art, how to write an op-ed piece for publication, and many more courses on topics of high interest will also be offered.

Ready to learn? WC-ALL is the place for you! You can check out the full course catalog here. Sign up for classes at Showcase, on-line, or by mail by Tuesday, January 16. For more information call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL Holiday Trip to Hillwood Estate Museum

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WC-ALL has planned a special holiday trip to The Hillwood Estate and Museum in Washington, DC, on Thursday, December 7. Participants will journey through cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s final home to experience the elegant French dining room, efficient and “high tech” kitchen and pantry, and the many personal touches that make Hillwood one of Washington’s most memorable homes.

A detailed self-guided audio tour will give each visitor an up-close and personal view of the formal dining room, two well-appointed libraries, and an entry hall featuring décor from 18th century Imperial Russia and France. A special exhibition, “Spectacular Gems and Jewelry”’, displays some of the finest examples from Hillwood’s collection. Over fifty pieces belonging to Post will tell the story behind some of the remarkable stones and the jewelry into which they were transformed. After touring the mansion and grounds, which will be festively decorated especially for the holidays, a buffet luncheon will be served at the Hillwood Café with time afterwards to browse the museum shop.

The ADA compliant bus will leave Redner’s parking lot on December 7 at 8:15 am and return at approximately 4:30 pm. The mansion has an elevator and benches and chairs throughout for seating. The cost of the trip is $75. for WC-ALL members and non-members alike, and includes the bus ride, self-guided audio tour of the mansion and gardens, luncheon buffet, and driver tip.

Reservations are due by Tuesday, November 21 by sending a check payable to WC-ALL to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. Please include names, phone numbers, and email addresses for all who plan to attend. Questions should be directed to WC-ALL at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL to Visit Harriet Tubman Country

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On Thursday, Nov. 9, the community is invited to join the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning for a day-long excursion to see the results of a 17-year effort to preserve the sights and landscapes associated with Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, located 10 miles south of Cambridge in Church Creek, is the destination of the first WC-ALL- sponsored trip of the academic year. The ADA compliant bus will leave Redner’s parking lot in Chestertown at 7:30 a.m. A personal tour guide will board the bus in Dorchester as the group travels on to the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.  Along the way, the guide will point out places and describe events that shaped Harriet Tubman’s life as an enslaved child, young woman, and freedom seeker in the open landscape of the Eastern Shore.

Upon arrival at the Visitor Center, which houses exhibits, a film, a museum store, and a research center, the group will be met by a Park Ranger who will lead a tour of the center and grounds. After lunch on your own at Old Salty’s Restaurant, the driving tour of the Underground Railroad Byway will continue, enroute to the Bucktown Village Store. There young Harriet carried out her first public act of defiance and received a serious blow to the head as she attempted to assist a fellow enslaved male. After a visit to the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center in Cambridge, the bus will head back to Chestertown, arriving at approximately 5 p.m.

The cost of the trip is $50. for both WC-ALL members and non-members, and includes transportation, guides, and tips The deadline for reserving a place on the trip is Wednesday, Oct. 25. Make checks payable to WC-ALL and send to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD. 21620. Include telephone and email addresses for all who are signing up. For more information about the trip, please call WC-ALL at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL: The Story of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State and National Historical Park

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The opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in March, 2017, generated a great deal of anticipation and excitement on the Eastern Shore and beyond. Located 10 miles south of Cambridge, in Church Creek, the Visitor Center is part of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State and National Historical Park. Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that the October Learn at Lunch program will look behind the scenes of the 17-year effort to create the Visitor Center and preserve the sights and landscapes associated with Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The luncheon and presentation by Kristin Saunders will be held on Wednesday, October 18, in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus. Ms. Saunders’ presentation is titled “Bound to Keep a Promise: The Story Behind the Creation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, State Park, and National Historical Park”. She will give an in-depth view of the twists and turns, hurdles, and setbacks and triumphs in the making of a State and National Park to honor the story and spirit of Harriet Tubman. Her talk will also reveal the dedication of a team of people to keep a promise.

Kristin Saunders

Kristin Saunders is the former Assistant Secretary for Land Resources at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In that role, she oversaw and managed the public lands portfolio, including the state park system, and worked closely with federal, state, and local partners to make the Harriet Tubman project a reality.

The buffet luncheon begins at noon with the presentation and question and answer period following. Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, October 12. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members. Community members are welcome to attend. Send check made payable to WC-ALL to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email for those attending. For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL Learn at Lunch — A Look at Watermen

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Pete Lesher

Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning has announced its schedule of Learn at Lunch speakers for the fall semester. The monthly series is open to members and non-members alike, and brings a broad array of speakers and topics to the community. The buffet lunches begin at noon in Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College Campus, with the presentation and question and answer period following.

The first luncheon, to be held Sept. 20, will feature Pete Lesher, chief curator of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. His topic will be “Cultural Crossings on the Chesapeake – Watermen and Boaters 1870-1970”. Using regional literature, this talk will explore the Chesapeake Bay watermen’s culture through the eyes of visiting yachtsmen – encounters that varied from welcoming to troubled. From the writings of 19th century sportsmen who explored the Bay to 20th century photojournalist Robert de Gast’s observations, the watermen are admired for their knowledge of the waters and weather, as well as their boat handling skills. The writings of these visitors to the Chesapeake played a role in shaping the public perception of the region’s watermen as fiercely independent, rugged individualists. The talk will be illustrated from various historical accounts and the photography of Robert de Gast.

Lesher has been on the staff of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s since 1991, and now oversees museum collections, exhibitions, and programs as chief curator. He graduated from Lafayette College, holds an MA in History from Columbia University, and studied maritime history at Mystic Seaport’s Munson Institute for American Maritime Studies. He regularly speaks on a variety of maritime topics.

Learn at Lunch presentations for the rest of  2017 will feature Kristin Saunders, speaking on “Bound to Keep a Promise: The Story Behind the Creation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, State Park, and National Historic Park” on Oct. 18, followed by Sherwin Markman’s presentation, “Presidents and Our Constitution: Have They Always Honored Their Oath of Office?” on Nov. 15.

To attend Lesher’s Sept. 20 talk, reservations with payment are required by Thursday, Sept. 14. The cost is $20. for WC-ALL members and $25. for non-members. Make checks payable to WC-ALL and send to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620 with name, phone number, and email included. No phone or email reservations can be accepted. For more information, call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.