WC-ALL is Planning for Fall!

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Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL) has offered a wonderful selection of courses to the community for well over 20 years.  There are well over 300 community members currently enrolled in WC-ALL’s Spring Semester. Many are retired people who enjoy stimulating discussions, sharing ideas and learning something new. Summer will arrive before we know it and then be gone in a flash; meanwhile WC-ALL is already planning for next fall.

Because organizing multiple classes on numerous subjects is a big task, the curriculum committee is now preparing the course lineup for the Fall Semester.  Members of the general community are invited to submit proposals for classes they would be interested in teaching.  The Fall Semester has two sessions; Session One runs from September 5 to October 13; Session Two from October 22 to December 8.  Classes generally meet once a week on campus in the late afternoon, four to six times during a session, although off-campus venues are occasionally used to accommodate larger classes or for the rare morning or evening course.  Courses may take a variety of forms—lectures, discussions, demonstrations, even off-campus excursions.

Instructors are volunteers as well as members of WC-ALL.  Some are retired college professors who enjoy teaching just for fun; other instructors have been involved in interesting or unusual careers and take pleasure sharing their accumulated knowledge and insights with others.  Lifelong hobbies and avocations also provide a great basis for developing a WC-ALL course that will appeal to like-minded enthusiasts.  The field is wide open and the curriculum committee looks forward to hearing new course ideas from members of the community.

Proposals for courses for WC-ALL’s Fall Semester should be received no later than Thursday, June 1st. They may be submitted online, by email or regular mail to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.  For a proposal form or more information, please contact curriculum chair Ed Minch at ruby1638@atlanticbb.net or 410-778-0990 or WC-ALL administrator Sue Calloway at wc_all@washcoll.edu or 410-778-7221 during business hours (M,T, Th 9 to 12).  See you in class!

Photojournalist Neal Jackson and the News

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neal jacksonThe March Learn at Lunch sponsored by the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning will host Neal Jackson, former VP and General Counsel for NPR, photojournalist and activist supporting international journalist safety.  Jackson’s varied career also includes serving as a newspaper reporter and editor, a partnership in a D.C. law firm, and Chairman of the Board for VII Photos.

The luncheon and presentation will be held on Wednesday, March 22 in the Hynson Lounge of Hodson Hall on the College campus.  Neal Jackson’s presentation titled “Seeing News and Current History” will explore the many challenges news photographers encounter as they go about the business of their craft.  Behind the images which bring the events of the world into focus for all of us, often in shocking reality, are the stories of the committed men and women who sacrifice so much in pursuit of the news. The talk will illustrate, with graphic images, how photojournalists everywhere and everyday risk their lives so that the public can understand and put in perspective the events of our world.

The buffet luncheon and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Community members are invited to attend. Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, March 16. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to: WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

A Luncheon Treat for Jazz Lovers

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Oberholtzer is a familiar name in Kent County, especially to those in the music world.  Dr. Christopher Oberholtzer, son of locally known musicians, Dan and Judie Oberholtzer, and head of one of the leading college jazz programs in New England, will speak at the next WC-ALL Learn at Lunch programon Thursday, February 16, 2017.  The title of his presentation is “Jazz, From Louis to Now.”

In addition to his roles as Director, Jazz Studies, University of Southern Maine and as Musical Director of the Portland (ME) Jazz Orchestra, the multi-talented Dr. Oberholtzer is a much-in-demand clinician and guest director, working with numerous high school jazz ensembles and All-State and Honors Festivals through-out the country.

As a free-lance trombonist, he has toured here and abroad with groups such as the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Tony Bennett, the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra, the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Roberta Flack and The Temptations.

During his talk, Dr. Oberholtzer will invite guests to explore with him (and listen to) some of the major characteristics of jazz music.  Since its inception in the early 20th Century, there have been many stylistic changes in this original American art form.  The presentation will begin with Louis Armstrong and move through the decades to some of today’s current jazz musicians.

The buffet luncheon and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Community members are invited to attend. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, February 13. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to:  WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, contact the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

An Invitation to Explore the Hudson River Valley

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The Hudson River Valley awaits you in the fall of 2017!  The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning is offering an exciting, custom 9-day excursion, during prime foliage season, that highlights history, architecture, food, art, scenery and so much more.  Bring a friend and meet new ones on this round-trip deluxe motor coach journey from Chestertown.

The October 14-22, 2017 trip is designed to visit the best of the best.  Participants will see the homes of Gilded Age millionaires, enjoy vistas that inspired Hudson River artists more than a century ago, explore the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, visit the Roosevelts at Hyde Park, experience Halloween and Sleepy Hollow lore, and see a World War I style aerodrome.  All this plus most lunches and six gourmet dinners along the way!

There are only two hotels involved, enabling everyone to really enjoy the trip. Travelers will stay at the Tarrytown Sheraton for two nights and then have six nights at the renowned Mohonk Mountain House Resort.  The Mohonk House is so magnificent that we have scheduled a free day there so travelers can enjoy its amenities from spectacular autumn mountain views to spa, pool, golf, boating, greenhouse and even carriage rides.  (http://www.mohonk.com/)

Invite a family member or a friend or two to join you! An additional bonus for WC-ALL members is a pre-trip course on the Hudson River Valley, covering artists of the Hudson River School as well as political and literary history.

For full details on the itinerary and the registration form, visit: http://www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/hudson-river-valley-trip/.

Because of the high demands of the season in the Hudson area, WC-ALL has planned early to get the best!  Registration is limited to 30 people and is open only until February 13, 2017.  The cost is $2,900 per person (double occupancy), which includes everything except two dinners and one lunch en route.  Hotels, admissions, professionally guided tours and lectures, taxes and gratuities are included in the fee. Reserve your place by February 13!

WC-ALL Announces Registration for Spring Classes

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Beginning Monday, December 19 and continuing through January 17, members of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning can sign up for classes offered during the two sessions of the Spring Semester.  Nineteen classes are available, eleven in session one which runs from January 29 to March 10, and eight in the second session, March 19 to April 28.

For those in the community who have not yet joined WC-ALL and would like to know more about this lively group of life-long learners, as well as learn about the new spring class schedule, check out http://bit.ly/wcall-studying or come to SHOWCASE on Thursday, January 12 at 4:00 PM (Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College campus.)  There you will hear presentations about each class and have a chance to meet instructors and current and prospective members during the refreshment period.

Consider joining friends and neighbors who already take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to stretch their minds and learn something new and interesting.  Membership is open to all for an annual or semi-annual fee which allows you to sign up for as many classes as you wish – some members have been known to take one class each weekday!

Registration for classes is available now, at SHOWCASE, and by Web or regular mail through Tuesday,January 17.  Bear in mind that class size is often limited and popular courses tend to fill early.  Call 410-778-7221 or go online for a copy of the full catalog or further information.  Please note that the WC-ALL office is closed during Winter Break and will reopen on January 3.

Professor Bill Schindler and “The Great Human Race”

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The next WC-ALL Learn at Lunch presentation takes place on Friday, November 11, 2016.   Titled “Augmented Reality,” this lecture will explore the development of the new National Geographic TV series, The Great Human Race.  Speaker Bill Schindler, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington College, approaches teaching by uniquely combining archaeology, primitive skills and experimental research.  Often referred to as an experimental archaeologist, Schindler’s own personal story reflects his deep interest in understanding firsthand how primitive humans survived throughout our history.

During this presentation, Professor Schindler will discuss transforming TV into a unique teaching and learning opportunity by merging a TV reality show with the most up-to-date interpretations of human evolution and technological innovation.  Sure to be a fascinating presentation, Professor Schindler will highlight the goals, obstacles and triumphs he and others faced trying to accurately present our shared ancestral past while attempting to preserve the entertainment value necessary to entice and keep a TV audience.

The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning invites the community to join WC-ALL members for this presentation.  The buffet lunch and lecture begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall on the Washington College campus. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, November 7, 2016.  The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members.  Send check made payable to WC-ALL to:  WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown MD 21620. Please include name, phone number and email.  For more information, call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221.

WC-ALL Learn at Lunch: Presidential Campaigns

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On Tuesday, October 18th, Sherwin Markman will speak at the second of WC-ALL’s fall Learn at Lunch programs. As a Washington insider during the Lyndon B Johnson years, he brings a historical perspective to the topic: “Vicious Presidential Campaigns Past and Present” and poses the question “Is what we are witnessing now different from what we have witnessed before?”

The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning invites interested community members to join WC-ALL for lunch and this interesting presentation about the often raw history of electing presidents in the United States. The luncheon and lecture will begin at noon in the Hynson Lounge in Hodson Hall, located on the Washington College campus.

Mr. Markman, a retired D.C. trial lawyer, has published several books on the life of LBJ. He’s a popular instructor at WC-ALL and was featured at an earlier WC-ALL Learn at Lunch, speaking on “Seven Years at Sea” in which he chronicled his and his wife experiences crossing the North Atlantic by themselves and then spending years exploring the varied cultures of the Mediterranean.

Reservations with payment are required by Thursday, October 13th. The cost is $20 for WC-ALL members and $25 for non-members. To make a reservation, send check payable to WC-ALL to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620. Include name(s) of those attending, a phone number and email address. For more information, call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221 on M, T, Th between 9 and 12.

Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning is Thinking Spring!

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Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL) has been offering an exciting array of courses to the community for 20 plus years.  Currently the fall semester is in full swing with 370 enrolled students, but the curriculum committee is a step ahead, preparing the course lineup for the spring 2017 semester.  Members of the general community are invited to submit proposals for classes they would like to teach.  The spring semester has two sessions; session one runs from Sunday, January 29 to Friday, March 10; session two, from Sunday, March 19 to Friday, April 28.  Classes generally meet once a week on campus in the late afternoon, four to six times during a session and take a variety of forms—lectures, discussions, demonstrations, even off-campus excursions.

Instructors are volunteers as well as members of WC-ALL.  Some are retired professors and teachers; others have been involved in interesting or unusual careers and enjoy sharing their accumulated knowledge and insights.  Lifelong hobbies and avocations also make great backgrounds for developing a WC-ALL course that will appeal to like-minded enthusiasts.  The field is wide open and the curriculum committee looks forward to hearing about new course ideas from the community.

Proposals for courses for WC-ALL’s spring semester should be received no later than Monday, October 17.  They may be submitted online, by email or regular mail to WC-ALL, 300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620.  For a proposal form or more information, please contact curriculum chair Dick Swanson at rcswan47@yahoo.com or 443-282-1160 or WC-ALL administrator Sue Calloway at wc_all@washcoll.edu  or 410-778-7221 during business hours (M, T, Th – 9 to 12).

 

WC-ALL Invites Community to August 15th Showcase

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Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL) has been offering stimulating courses to the community for over 20 years and has just announced its schedule of fall courses. Typically 350 people join the organization each year and register for as many classes as they wish. (What a bargain!) The fall semester which begins soon is divided into two sessions of six weeks each, with session one starting on September 6 and the second session on October 23. With a few exceptions, classes are held on campus in the afternoon from 4:15 to 5:30.

Twenty-seven different classes are offered, a real smorgasbord of interesting subjects to choose from. The fall elections have inspired two courses: The Will of the People during which students will explore some of the treasured documents from American history and Important and Interesting Presidential Elections 1800 to 1960. The Magic of the Opera concludes with a visit to a performance in Philadelphia after several weeks of studying Puccini’s “Turandot.” And then there is Astrophysics of Stars and several fine arts classes featuring literature, theater and women artists. Film series have always been popular with WC-ALL members – this fall will offer Introduction to Latin American Film and Films of Alfred Hitchcock as well as Exploring Ethics in Star Trek. Gun Control and the 2nd Amendment will stir up some lively discussions as will Supreme Court: Top Hits of the 2015 Term. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend time in a submarine, sign up for Life Beneath the Waves: True Tales of the Submarine Service. All About Apple will help you catch up with some of the new iPhone and iPad technology. And the list goes on. . .

For more details, come to Showcase, on Monday, August 15, at 4:00 pm in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on campus – a perfect opportunity to learn about all the fall classes with presentations by WC-ALL faculty members. Registration is now open and community members may register by web (preferred) or regular mail or in person at Showcase. Full catalog and registration information are available at www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all. For further information you may contact the WC-ALL office (410-778-7221).