January 2021 Lectures


January lectures will be held online via Zoom Webinar on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. We will include the Zoom link in the 8:00 AM Friday newsletter the day of the lecture.

Reservations not Required

Reservations are not required to receive the Zoom link and attend lectures. We will include the Zoom link in the 8:00 AM Friday newsletter the day of the lecture. Each newsletter will also have information about the following Friday's lecture.

Zoom webinar

We will be using Zoom Webinar for the Fall lecture series. Webinars provide for a more seamless experience for both speakers and participants when there is a large number in attendance. We will be using the following format:

  • You will only see the lecturer and person introducing him/her on the screen. You will not see yourself or other attendees.
  • Attendees microphones will be kept muted.
  • Questions will be taken at the end of the lecture for the speaker and managed through the Chat function.

You can find the Chat function at the bottom of your Zoom screen in the middle. Above the word "Chat" is an icon of a quote bubble. If you’d like to ask a question during the lecture, click on "Chat." A white dialogue box will appear to the right. Type a question and hit "Enter."


January 8
Jack Bray, Face to Face He Told Hitler “No”

This is the story of Austrian Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg’s four years resisting Nazism-and what Hitler’s rise cost him. It is based on the book Alone Against Hitler: Kurt von Schuschnigg’s Fight to Save Austria From the Nazis, by Jack Bray, a former Senior Partner of King & Spalding who practiced trial law for more than half a century. He lectured at OLLI at American University in 2017 on 16th century British rule of Ireland based on his book The Tudor Wolfpack and the Roots of Irish America.

January 15
Norman J. Ornstein, Governing Ahead: Where Do We Go From Here?

Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor and writer for The Atlantic and has been an election eve analyst for CBS News and BBC news. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Campaign Legal Center. He is the author, with Tom Mann, of the widely praised New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism. His latest book, with EJ Dionne and Tom Mann, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet-Deported was immediately on the New York Times and Washington Post best seller lists.

January 22
Kevin Bushweller, How COVID-19 Is Transforming K-12 Education: What the Public Needs to Know
Kevin Bushweller is an assistant managing editor for Education Week who oversees coverage of educational technology, learning environments, and the weekly EdWeek Tech Leader, a news service for ed-tech leaders in K-12 education. He is also the executive project editor of Technology Counts, Education Week’s annual report about the state of educational technology in U.S. schools. Formerly the executive editor of EdWeek Market Brief, he now also serves as director of editorial/business collaboration for Education Week.

January 29
Nathan Billig, On Growing Older and Wiser and Joining a Village
Nathan Billig is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. He has been on the faculty, in various capacities, for over 40 years. He also maintained a private practice of general and geriatric psychiatry during that time. Over the course of his career, Dr. Billig had interests in psychotherapy, geriatrics and psychiatric problems in physically ill patients. He is the author of two books on the subject of geriatric psychiatry for the general public. Over the last ten years, he was a founder, Vice President and President and Board member of Chevy Chase At Home, a Village formed to assist older adults in the Chevy Chase area to continue to live at home with a variety of practical services, transportation, and social, cultural and physical activity programs. 

OLLI does not endorse any of the viewpoints expressed by the speakers in its series.

We thank the Lecture Committee and all those who suggested and contacted speakers:
Paul Brown, Lesley Diaz (Staff Liaison), Chuck Edson, Judith Havemann,
Lynne Heneson, Jeanne Kent, Mary Fran Miklitsch (Staff), Mark Nadel (Chair), Stan Newman,
Diane Renfroe, Richard Ringell, Steve Sherman, Delbert Spurlock, and Ray Squitieri.