History

20th and 21st Century Virginia Politics (Speaker: John Milliken)

Posted: March 8, 2024 at 6:53 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 2:32 pm

The evolution of Virginia politics and demographics from the rural-dominated, white-controlled society and government of the first half of the 20th Century to today’s robust multi-cultural economy and politics.

A/V requirements: Internet Access, Laptop, Screen

John G. Milliken 

A Holocaust Story and the Mothers of Maria (Speaker: Harold Geller)

Posted: April 14, 2023 at 2:48 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 2:51 pm

The speaker will recount a holocaust story as told to him by the late Dr. Maria Dworzecka. It is a story of a little girl separated from her parents by the Nazis. Alone on the curb of a square in Poland, Maria was taken in by a woman who was witness to the parental separation. […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Harold Geller

Russia’s War on Ukraine: Origins and Update (Speaker: Steven Barnes)

Posted: November 18, 2022 at 4:24 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 2:53 pm

On February 24, 2022, drawing upon a variety of demonstrably false historical analogies, Vladimir Putin ordered a mass invasion of Ukraine, extending a war that had been ongoing since 2014. Ukrainians have suffered horrific crimes at the hands of the Russian invader, but Ukraine has inspired the world through its remarkable resistance and resilience. How […]

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Steven Barnes (Note: For in-person engagements, speaker needs to wear a mask.)

Religion and Conflict in the USA (Speaker: Charles Davidson)

Posted: October 29, 2021 at 2:48 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 2:57 pm

Religious conflict in the United States is partially the result of the perceived loss of the “culture wars” by the religious right. Rooted in the fundamentalist/modernist split, this conflict is especially catalyzed by the perceived necessity of the religious right to preserve their identity. What has transpired is a new blend of religion and politics […]

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Charles E. Davidson, Ph.D.

Understanding the Soviet Gulag, Understanding Stalinism (Speaker: Steven Barnes)

Posted: October 8, 2021 at 1:56 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 6:22 pm

Professor Barnes offers an engaging reconsideration of the role of the Soviet Gulag in Stalin’s Soviet Union based on over two decades of research in formerly highly classified Soviet archives. His discussion raises important questions about the place of the concentration camp and mass detention in the modern world and engages in systematic comparison of […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Steven Barnes (Note: For in-person engagements, speaker needs to wear a mask.)

The Origins of Putinism in 1990s Russia (Speaker: Steven Barnes)

Posted: October 8, 2021 at 1:55 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 6:23 pm

Professor Barnes offers a deep dive into the consequences of the end of the Soviet Union in 1990s Russia and how the culture shock, chaos, economic pain, and violence of that era of “transition.” from Communism to so-called freedom, capitalism, and democracy help explain the origins of Putinism and the popularity of Vladimir Putin in […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Steven Barnes (Note: For in-person engagements, speaker needs to wear a mask.)

Divided We Stand (Speaker: Bill Schneider)

Posted: October 4, 2021 at 4:46 pm, Last Updated: May 31, 2024 at 6:23 pm

Students sometimes ask, “Is this the most divided the U.S. has ever been?’’ I remind them that we did once have a civil war where three quarters of a million Americans died during that terrible time, most from disease or starvation. But I add, this is the most divided the U.S. has been since the […]

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Bill Schneider

Japanese Art (Remote Speaking Engagements Preferred) (Speaker: Laura McCloskey)

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 5:35 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:24 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 Preferred)

Celtic Drawing (Remote Speaking Engagements Preferred) (Speaker: Laura McCloskey)

Posted: June 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:25 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 Preferred)

UFOs: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Speaker: Harold Geller)

Posted: June 21, 2021 at 7:48 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:27 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 (no speaking engagements through August 2024) (Speaker: Meredith Lair)

Posted: March 4, 2021 at 5:04 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:29 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 (no speaking engagements through August 2024))

Civil Death, Incarceration, and Their Effects in the United States (Speaker: Patricia Maulden)

Posted: July 24, 2020 at 12:21 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:31 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 (Speaker: Steve Ruth)

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:39 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

Lives in Ruins: Life in the Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá (Speaker: Lisa Breglia)

Posted: October 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 5:40 pm

While millions of international tourists a year visit the World Heritage site of Chichén Itzá in southern Mexico and eagerly bask in its ancient wonder, few people appreciate the contemporary significance of the archaeological site. Using archival and ethnographic research, I discuss 1) how modern science and modern Maya people came to view this “ancient […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, Screen

Lisa Breglia

Is That Really in the Bible? (Speaker: Steve Ruth)

Posted: June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 7:28 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 (no speaking engagements through August 2024) (Speaker: Meredith Lair)

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 7:32 pm

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

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Meredith Lair (no speaking engagements through August 2024))

War Memorials on the National Mall (no speaking engagements through August 2024) (Speaker: Meredith Lair)

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:28 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 7:33 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 (no speaking engagements through August 2024))

Meredith Lair (no speaking engagements through August 2024))

Posted: October 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm, Last Updated: April 8, 2024 at 6:32 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 (Speaker: Steve Ruth)

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 8:07 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 (Speaker: Steve Ruth)

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm, Last Updated: June 3, 2024 at 8:07 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

Who is this Lady? (Speaker: Tom Moncure)

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 5:42 pm

Explanation of the symbolism represented in the Seal of Virginia.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Tom Moncure

Utopian Communities (Speaker: Mary McCutcheon)

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 5:43 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 (Speaker: Tom Moncure)

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 7:32 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 5:46 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.

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Tom Moncure

Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece: Philosophy, Poetry, Drama (Speaker: Rose Cherubin)

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 5:48 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 (Speaker: Linda Seligmann)

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 6:22 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 (Speaker: Rose Cherubin)

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 5:48 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 (Remote Speaking Engagements Preferred) (Speaker: Laura McCloskey)

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm, Last Updated: June 5, 2024 at 3:19 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 Preferred)

George Mason the Man (Speaker: Tom Moncure)

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm, Last Updated: June 5, 2024 at 3:24 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.

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Tom Moncure

Gentrification in Washington, DC (Speaker: Johanna Bockman)

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 6:33 pm, Last Updated: June 4, 2024 at 6:20 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 (Speaker: Edward Rhodes)

Posted: September 9, 2014 at 8:04 pm, Last Updated: June 5, 2024 at 3:34 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 […]

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Edward Rhodes