History

Japanese Art

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 5:35 pm

I have taught courses on Japanese art for several years and I would be glad to present on any topic relating to Japanese art history. I have a particular interest in presenting on the art and traditions of Zen Buddhism, but I am open to any topic.

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

Celtic Drawing

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

Drawing workshops that feature a background lecture on Celtic art traditions, with time for instruction on how to create Celtic-inspired drawings based on Pictish, Northumbrian, and medieval Irish stone carving, metalwork, and manuscripts. (Attendees would need to have their own preferred drawing instruments, paper, a compass, and a protractor.)

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

UFOs: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Posted: June 21, 2021 at 7:48 pm

The concept of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), now called UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena), will be discussed in an historical context. UFO stories, will be presented from history. The current media hype about some recently released photographs will be reviewed within the context of historical examples, within a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes approach.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Harold Geller

Civil War Memorials in Washington, DC

Posted: March 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 3:12 pm

This talk considers the design and origins of key Civil War memorials in the Washington, DC, metro area, as well as contemporary debates over their meaning and removal.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Not available until Sept., 2021; Remote only through Dec., 2021)

Civil Death, Incarceration, and Their Effects in the United States

Posted: July 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Mass conviction, mass incarceration, and mass disenfranchisement currently deprive millions of Americans of civil and voting rights. Civil death, while initially framed as related to a crime or infraction of law, continues to follow the formerly incarcerated to the grave. This presentation examines the backstory of these policies, the historic racial implications, interpretations of human […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Patricia A. Maulden

Speaking Truth to Power: The Thunderous Messages of the Hebrew Prophets and What They Mean Today

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:40 pm

In all of literature there are few parallels to the soaring rhetoric and poetry of the Hebrew prophets. They speak to us clearly today after almost three millennia: Amos in 800 BC crying seeking help for the poor and the disenfranchised (“let justice flow like a river”); Hosea comparing his country to a prostitute; Isaiah […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

Is That Really in the Bible?

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Nearly everybody has a favorite event or story from the Bible. Ruth has collected dozens of them for the class, each with a very different spin than may be customary. The lecture will address love stories in Genesis, and great curses in Deuteronomy, the stories of Deborah and Hannah—two great heroines—will be covered. Several stories […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

History, Lessons and Legacies of the Vietnam War

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

This talk considers how the Vietnam War remains influential in contemporary American life.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Not available until Sept., 2021; Remote only through Dec., 2021)

War Memorials on the National Mall

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

Post-pandemic, I can do this as a walking tour on the National Mall. As a talk, I provide historical background about the development of various war memorials on the National Mall, as well as interpretation of their design and meaning in American culture.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (Not available until Sept., 2021; Remote only through Dec., 2021)

Meredith Lair (Not available until Sept., 2021; Remote only through Dec., 2021)

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 3:16 pm

Professor Lair’s work examines warfare and its relationship to American society and culture, with particular emphasis on how knowledge and memories of the past are constructed and disseminated over time. She is the author of Armed with Abundance: Consumerism and Soldiering in the Vietnam War, which examines the non-combat experiences of American soldiers in Vietnam. […]

Biblical Villains and Villainesses

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Biblical villains and villainesses:  This talk reviews some of the notable bad characters in the Old and New Testaments, including Cain, Jezebel, Athalea, Nebuchadnezzar, King Herod, and many others.

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth

Government Policies in Biblical Times

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:35 pm

Government policies in biblical times.  Human rights, gender equity, inheritance rights, etc.  This talk examines governmental issues in Bible times with respect to topics that are in today’s news, like civil rights, gender equity, limits of governmental authority, and many others.

A/V requirements: None

Steve Ruth

Surviving World War II

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

Harry Butowsky speaks about his book:  I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak. This is a history of a man who served in both the Russian and Polish Armies during World War II. “Americans don’t really understand the war. Here you go to war and read about it in the newspapers. You eat well and sleep […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, Screen, TV and VCR

Harry A. Butowsky (cannot accept evening engagements)

Harry A. Butowsky (cannot accept evening engagements)

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm, Last Updated: July 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Dr. Harry A. Butowsky retired in 2012 from the National Park Service in Washington D.C. where he worked as an historian and manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web site. He is the author of World War II in the Pacific National Historic Landmark Study, six other Landmark Studies as well as sixty […]

Who is this Lady?

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm, Last Updated: July 6, 2021 at 7:27 pm

Explanation of the symbolism represented in the Seal of Virginia.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Tom Moncure

Utopian Communities

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm, Last Updated: March 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

We all dream of living in the perfect society. What is the history of utopianism and what kinds of experiments have there been in the U.S.? Why do a few succeed but most fail? What social conditions make people want to escape into a utopia?

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Mary McCutcheon

The Ladies Mason – George’s Two Anns

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm, Last Updated: March 29, 2021 at 7:24 pm

An examination of the two women most closely associated with George Mason–his mother and wife–whose historical reputations would have been highly regarded but for their association with the “unknown” founder.

A/V requirements: None

Tom Moncure

Tales of the Grandmothers: Women and Work

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

It is commonly believed that women in the U.S. first started entering the workforce in large numbers during, and as a result of, the “women’s liberation” movement of the 60s & 70s. Although many know how the “Rosies the Riveter” of World War II showed women they could hold nontraditional employment, they do not know […]

A/V requirements: None

Anita Taylor

Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece: Philosophy, Poetry, Drama

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: July 7, 2021 at 3:42 pm

What if the leaders in politics, business, science, and the military had spent their youth as “eye candy,” escorts, and “sugar babies” (young people admired and sexualized for their looks, and often rewarded for sexual favors or dates)? What if the second most powerful person in the country, the top advisor and speechwriter to the […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.

Rose Cherubin

Peru, Indigenous Populations, Conflict

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 5:55 pm

Speaker will discuss current and past conditions and livelihoods of Quechua-speaking indigenous peoples in Peru.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD, Screen

Linda Seligmann

Origins of Philosophy in Ancient Greece

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm, Last Updated: July 7, 2021 at 3:43 pm

In seventh century B.C.E. Greece, an investigation arose that was so unusual that a new word, philosophic, was invented. This talk focuses on how philosophia differed from other ways of thinking, how it was similar, and the importance of its influence. The influences of neighboring civilizations such as Egypt, Persia, and Babylon are explored.

A/V requirements: : LCD, Screen ns of Philosophy in Ancient Greece (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.

Rose Cherubin

Irish History, Art, and Literature

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm, Last Updated: June 29, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Ms. McCoskey would be delighted to present on any topic of Irish history from the medieval period to the present. Her primary focus is in art history and its connections to the society and overall culture of Ireland and its people. Her specialty is medieval manuscript illumination (e.g. The Book of Kells) with a secondary […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

George Mason the Man

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm, Last Updated: May 24, 2021 at 5:28 pm

Biographical with emphasis on his strength of character and central role in forming this government. Can readily tailor to audience interests and time constraints.

A/V requirements: None

Tom Moncure

Gentrification in Washington, DC

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm, Last Updated: March 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Gentrification and its impact on inequalities and democratic participation in Washington, DC. From the 1940s to the present.

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Johanna Bockman

America and the World: The Challenge of Foreign Policy

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm, Last Updated: October 31, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Since its founding, the United States has wrestled with the challenge of creating a foreign policy that would protect the American people and the American republic, and be true to America’s values, without destroying America as a democratic republic. This conversation explores the historical and intellectual roots of American foreign policy — from Washington’s “Farewell […]

A/V requirements: None

Edward Rhodes