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TBC indicates the lecture is at Temple Baptist Church. Katzen indicates the lecture is at the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Parking on street and in the Katzen Arts Center lot at $2/hr. All lectures 10:00 am — 11:50 am.
Tues., Jan. 7 — TBC — Rita Hadden
Hong Kong: My Family’s Role in Its Early History
From the late 1800s, Rita Chao Hadden’s family helped develop infrastructure in Hong Kong (HK). Among the projects her great grandfather Ho Kom Tong (HKT) and his brothers built were schools, hospitals, banks, vaccination centers, and shelters. HKT performed in Chinese operas to raise funds for relief efforts following typhoons, war, and floods. He formed the Chinese Commercial Union, aided Boer War survivors, and distributed medicine to the poor. He was involved in organizing or running HK’s Boy Scouts, Confucian Society, Society of Horticulture, and Jockey Club. This lecture includes the Japanese occupation of HK and rare photos.
Wed., Jan. 8 — TBC — Susan Pappas
Insomnia and Other Common Sleep Disorders
Susan Pappas, N.P., will discuss various aspects of sleep health, including the stages of sleep, importance of sleep, how sleep changes with age, how medicines can affect sleep, and common sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia. She also will provide an overview of treatment for common sleep disorders. Susan Pappas has more than 35 years of clinical and teaching experience, including Coordinator of Critical Care at Georgetown University and Director of Clinical Operations/Legislative Affairs for Critical Care Systems. Currently, she practices at Rockville Internal Medicine, specializing in pulmonary disease, diabetes management, and sleep disorders.
Thurs., Jan. 9 —TBC — Robert B. Smythe Ph.D.
Climate Change: Science vs. Politics
Confused by the continuing arguments over climate change, global warming, sea-level rise, and related issues? This lecture looks at the scientific data, the political arguments, and their sources. Raise questions and share your own views as we take a fact-based look at this continuing “hot topic.” Robert Smythe is an independent environmental professional. His doctorate is in ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has worked on environmental policy issues for the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, the National Academy of Sciences, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Asian Development Bank.
Tues., Jan. 14 — Katzen — Jean Edward Smith
Eisenhower in War and Peace
In his biography of Dwight Eisenhower, Smith argues that Eisenhower was “the most successful president of the twentieth century,” apart from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Smith also outlines how Eisenhower commanded the largest coalition army in the history of the world, ended the Korean War, and then kept America out of combat
for the remaining eight years of his presidency. Jean Edward Smith is a veteran of the Korean conflict and award-winning biographer. He was a professor at the University of Toronto and Marshall University.
Wed., Jan. 15 — TBC — Ori Z. Soltes
The Tangled Web: Why the Middle East Is a Mess and Always Has Been
This talk will review the complicated issues — religion, politics, ethnicity, nationality, and economics, interwoven with confusing definitions, competing aspirations, and constant interferences — which have defined the Middle East throughout its history. The presentation will answer the following questions: Why is there no simple solution to the problems of the region? What would the region be like if, say, Israel never existed? Would it be less of a mess? Ori Soltes has taught at many colleges and universities, including Georgetown University and The Johns Hopkins University. He has lectured at dozens of museums across the country and served as Director and Chief Curator of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum.
Thurs., Jan. 16 — Katzen — Ryan Rilette
How Theatre Can Help Build Community
Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette of Round House Theatre will discuss the desperate need we have in today’s world for real connections and the ways in which theater can help to build and strengthen communities. Rilette will provide examples from his experience running a theater in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, as well as the ways in which Round House strives to build community through its work. Rilette has years of arts management experience at award-winning theaters in New York, New Orleans, and San Francisco Bay Area. He is a well-respected director and producer of new plays.
Tues., Jan. 21 — Katzen — Linda Miller and Bruce Wolff
Update on Health Care Reform: Now What?
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has been marred by Administration blunders, entrenched political opposition, and waning public acceptance. What went wrong? Where does the health reform effort stand now? What’s likely to happen next? OLLI’s Linda Miller, a long-time health policy advocate, and Bruce Wolff, an attorney who represents national managed-care companies and was General Counsel for Health Operations at Aetna, will bring us up-to-date on this ever-evolving saga.
Wed., Jan. 22 —TBC — Renee Poussaint
My Journey Into and Through the Oz-like World of Television News
Renee Poussaint will discuss how she came from New York’s Spanish Harlem to the rarefied atmosphere of television news. She will explore her journey as a young black woman, some of her unique experiences as a network correspondent and local anchor, as well as thoughts on where television news seems headed. Poussaint started a documentary production company filming throughout the U.S. and parts of Africa, and cofounded a non-profit organization to videotape interviews with legendary African American elders. She has a master’s in African Studies and is currently teaching journalism at the University of Maryland.
Thurs., Jan. 23 — Katzen — Kay Churnush
At the Intersection of Art and Human Rights: A Photographer’s Fight Against Modern Day Slavery
In 2005 an assignment for the U.S. State Department brought Churnush face to face with the evils of human trafficking and modern slavery. Challenged and appalled by this gross abuse of human rights, she began working with anti-trafficking organizations around the world.
She developed an innovative approach, using collaged and constructed imagery that dignifies trafficked persons and re-frames how their stories are portrayed. An award-winning photographer with more than
30 years’ experience, Churnush founded the non-profit organization, ArtWorks for Freedom, which uses the power of art to fight modern slavery.
Tues., Jan. 28 — Katzen — Bruce Morrison
Housing Finance for the Future: What Will Become of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?
Back in the 1990s we became comfortable that financing of homeownership had been rescued from the Savings and Loan crisis by the wonders of securitization through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Aggressive plans to increase access to home buying for more Americans followed. Then came the housing bubble of the new century where everybody chased too much of a good thing — inflating home prices — until it all crashed down taking the economy with it. So, how do we save what was good and avoid what was bad in maintaining the American dream of a home of one’s own?
Wed., Jan. 29 —TBC — Nina Shapiro-Perl
Exquisite Beauty/Unspeakable Horror
This lecture includes screening of Shapiro-Perl’s film “Through the Eye of the Needle” (30 minutes), the story of Holocaust survivor and artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. A Question-and-Answer period follows, which focuses on the film’s themes of trauma and healing, transmission of memory, and the perils of treating people as “The Other.” Shapiro-Perl holds the position of Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University and is an award-winning producer and director.
Thurs., Jan. 30 — Katzen —
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed
The West and the World of Islam after 9/11
After 9/11, many scholars, commentators, and politicians were influenced by the work of Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington and perceived the declared “war on terror” as a “clash of civilizations,” an existential struggle between the West and the world of Islam. Is there truly a clash of civilizations or is this a misperception? Ahmed will discuss the nuance in the historical relationship between the U.S., Europe, and the diverse Muslim world in the current age of the war on terror. Ambassador Ahmed holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. He has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. His latest book, The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam will be on sale at this talk.
Special thanks to the coordinator of this speaker series: Martha Horne.
We also thank the Speaker Committee and all those who suggested and
contacted speakers: Ann Gilbert, Ken Guenther, Naomi Heller, Lynn Lewis, Dorothy Marschak, Andrea Myerhoff, Stan Newman, Barbara Searle.
June 2014 Lecture Series
Suggestions for June 2014 speakers are currently under consideration. If you know of someone who might be a good candidate, please click on the link below, complete as much of the form as you can, and submit it.
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OLLI Speaker Form.