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.

WC-All Showcase Starts 4:00 pm, Thursday August 17

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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.

WC-ALL Invites Community to Fall Showcase

Fall semester courses and upcoming special events for Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcased at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the college campus. The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Showcase is an opportunity for WC-ALL current and potential members to learn about fall semester classes from the instructors themselves as each presents a brief overview of his or her course. At a reception afterward, there will be an opportunity to meet instructors personally, ask questions, discuss classes in more depth, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow learners.

Twenty-six courses will be offered over two six-week sessions, running September 5 – October 13 and October 22 – December 8, with no classes Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving. Courses range from history to music, the environment to photography, foreign policy, literature, movies, and more. Click here for the fall catalog and registration information

or call 410-778-7221. Registration and course selection began on August 1 and will close on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

Founded in 1992 and now in its 25th year, WC-ALL was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without requirements for educational credit. There are neither age nor academic restrictions to membership. Each semester approximately 400 members register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive fee.

Washington College Academy of Life-Long Learning Invites Community to Fall Showcase

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Fall semester courses and upcoming special events for Washington College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning will be showcased at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the college campus. The program is free and open to the public, and no reservations are required.

Showcase is an opportunity for WC-ALL current and potential members to learn about fall semester classes from the instructors themselves as each presents a brief overview of his or her course. At a reception afterwards, there will be an opportunity to meet instructors personally, ask questions, discuss classes in more depth, and enjoy refreshments and conversation with fellow learners.

Twenty-six courses will be offered over two six-week sessions, running September 5 – October 13 and October 22 – December 8, with no classes Labor Day weekend or the week of Thanksgiving. Courses range from history to music, the environment to photography, foreign policy, literature, movies, and more. Click here for fall catalog and registration information or call 410-778-7221. Registration and course selection begins on August 1 and closes on August 22, and may also be done at Showcase.

Founded in 1992 and now in its 25th year, WC-ALL was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without requirements for educational credit. There are neither age nor academic restrictions to membership. Each semester approximately 400 members register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive fee.

Come and Learn – WC-ALL Offers 26 Fall Semester Courses

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The Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning, a continuing education program for adult learners, has announced its schedule of 26 courses for the fall semester, which runs from September 5 to December 8.

Each semester, approximately 400 people join WC-ALL and register for as many classes as they wish for one inclusive membership fee. Courses are taught by community members with interesting life experiences and expertise in a wide variety of fields. There are no educational requirements for membership and no papers or exams!

New Curriculum Chair Ed Minch and wife Shelley chat with a member.

Ed Minch, WC-ALL’s new curriculum chair, has put together an outstanding team of new and returning instructors and stimulating topics for both 6-week sessions. With a few exceptions, classes begin at 4:15 p.m. and are held on the Washington College campus.

Highlights of Session One, which begins September 5, include Judie Oberholtzer’s popular “Magic of the Opera” with a trip to the Kennedy Center for a performance of “Aida”. Movies will be featured in “Hidden Treasure Movies, Part 1” by Nancy Hartman and “Bond and Beyond” by John Wieczoreck. “Current Topics in Business” will be taught by members of the Washington College Department of Business Management and will explore a different topic each week, ranging from finance to strategy to information systems and their impact on local and global communities as well as our personal lives. You can also learn about 19th Century presidential losers, poetry and music, Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse”, the culture of Aztecs and Incas, and much more.

Session Two runs from October 22 to December 8, and offers learners the opportunity to explore the politics, religion, and art of the Middle East with “Middle East Outlook: 2017 & Beyond – Great Again?!” taught by Pat Patterson, “Ancient Middle East and Egypt Through Their Art” by Beverly Hall Smith, and “Talking About Islam” by Sue Kenyon. A perennial favorite, “The Supreme Court: Top Hits” taught by John Chrisite, returns with an examination of several key cases heard during the 2016 term. There will also be classes in digital photo editing, Windows 10, knightly combat and courtly love, and climate change, among many others.

In addition to sponsoring fall and spring classes, WC-ALL hosts a series of Learn at Lunch lectures open to the community, as well as special-event trips. To learn more, visit WC-ALL’s table at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market on August 5 and 12, and plan to attend the Fall Showcase on Thursday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on the Washington College campus. Click here for the full course catalog and registration information or call 410-778-7221 for more information. Registration for both fall sessions runs from August 1 until August 22.

WC-ALL is always seeking community members who have a special interest to share and would like to explore teaching a class in future sessions. Proposals for spring 2018 can be submitted between September 1 and October 15. Check out the WC-ALL website or call the WC-ALL office at 410-778-7221 for more information.

WC-ALL Inducts New Council Members and Chair

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David White (far right), incoming council chair of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning, with new council members (from left), Dan Premo (special events chair), Jan Elvin, Hanson Robbins, and Jonathan Chace.

David White is the new chair of WC-All’s council.  He began his term in mid-June along with four new council members, Dan Premo, Jan Elvin, Hanson Robbins, and Jonathan Chace.

Created in 1992, WC-ALL is celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2017-18. A membership organization which is open to the entire community, WC-ALL sponsors a broad range of fall and spring non-credit classes for adults, as well as a series of Learn at Lunch lectures and special event trips. Fall courses and activities will be published in early August.

WC-ALL, which stands for Washington College Academy of Life-Long Learning and is sponsored by the college.  Most WC-ALL classes are held in Washington College classrooms; a few courses meet at other venues in Chestertown and Kent County.

According to the website:

“The Academy of Lifelong Learning at Washington College is designed for those who believe learning is wonderful at any age! WC-ALL is a peer-led, self-supported autonomous department of the College that was created for adults who seek intellectual stimulation without the requirements for academic credit – learning for the joy of learning.

“Each College semester the Academy offers two six-week sessions with 12-15 courses each session; approximately 400 Eastern Shore residents become members and register for as many courses as they wish, for one all-inclusive membership fee.

“WC-ALL also participates in a community-based mentoring program for international students managed by Washington College. The Academy assists by recruiting volunteer adult mentors, who help give International students at Washington College a taste of life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  …

“The WC-ALL office is in #5 William Smith Hall, at ground level, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9 am – 12 noon. Note that parking is limited. ”

For more information, visit WC-All website.

 

 

Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning: “George” Award goes to Judie Oberholtzer

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At the May Annual Meeting of the Washington College Academy of Lifelong Learning (WC-ALL), Judie Oberholtzer was awarded the George Award, presented annually to an instructor for notable contributions to the organization. Betty Spence, chair of the WC-ALL Advisory Board, and Dick Swanson, WC-ALL curriculum committee chair, made the presentation to Judie with the following citation: “WC-ALL acknowledges with enormous gratitude, the unique and distinctive contributions of Judie Oberholtzer, who in 13 years of service to WC-ALL, taught 21 classes over 15 semesters and introduced the sublime joy of opera to the uninitiated while enhancing the appreciation of those already under its spell.”

Judie Oberholtzer, receives the “George” award from WC-ALL curriculum committee chair Dick Swanson

Judie’s “Magic of the Opera” course is a popular WC-ALL class each fall. Three class sessions are spent studying the libretto and watching DVDs of an opera, preparing class members for a trip to see the opera performed live by the Washington National Opera or Opera Philadelphia. WC-ALL is gearing up for the Fall 2017 semester with course catalogs and registration information due for release in late July. For more information about WC-ALL, please visit the website at www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/

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.