Acting Shakespeare

A freewheeling discussion of the actor’s life working on the great plays of Shakespeare, based on 25 years of experience.

Edward Gero

Aging in Place: Do Not Blame the House

Easy to do modifications to more complex suggestions will be addressed for better aging in place. We will also address how to work with changes in sight, balance and physical abilities that may come with aging and how you can make your house work for you

Patrice Winter (virtual engagements only at this time)

Aging Well

Aging well is not a spectator sport. Be an active participant in your healthy future. We will address the strategies on how to do this with flare. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can move freely in.

Patrice Winter (virtual engagements only at this time)

Alien Language

How do science fiction languages differ from real human language? What is it that makes the aliens on Star Trek sound alien?

Steven Weinberger

Amazon Rainforest: Social and Environmental Dimensions of a Crucial World Region

The world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, Amazonia has come under increasing threat in recent years. Understanding what’s at stake for the global climate requires an appreciation for the complex entanglements of landscape, culture, and politics in the region. Solutions to the environmental crises of deforestation, land degradation, fire, and climate change lie in multilateral cooperation which privileges the perspectives and practices of Amazonia’s Indigenous peoples.

Jeremy Campbell

America and the World: The Challenge of Foreign Policy

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 Address” and the Monroe Doctrine through the self-confident imperialism of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson’s war to “make the world safe for democracy” to today’s debates over American military intervention and the war on terror.

Edward Rhodes

Ancient Greek Philosophy

A general introduction to Greek philosophy, discussing major figures and their ideas, questions, concerns, and writings. Specific philosophers and issues could be presented, including Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras. Areas of discussion include foundations of science, ethics, political theory, cosmology, justice.

Rose Cherubin

Andean Markets

Speaker will address the markets of the Peruvian Andes, with special attention to gender relationships and the impacts of neoliberal economic policies, tourism, and decentralization. Addresses intersection of informal and formal economies.

Linda Seligmann

Andes, Quinoa

Speaker will discuss the impact of global demand for quinoa on the culture, development, and agrarian lives of Quechua quinoa cultivators in the Andes.

Linda Seligmann

Apocalyptic Beliefs

Studying other cultures helps to understand the social forces that lead to apocalyptic and related messianic, prophetic, and millenarian religious beliefs. Are these forces present in our society today?

Mary McCutcheon

Application of Math Modeling in the Airline Industry

This talk explains how mathematical and economic modeling is used in almost every aspect of an airline’s operations, including scheduling, pricing, facility location and layout, and capital investments and will also highlight recent FAA activities in handling congestion at the busiest airports.

Karla Hoffman

Appreciative Inquiry for Organizational Change and Development

Most approaches to understanding organizations are embedded in a “problem solving” paradigm. This deficiency model of organizations calls for the development of techniques and tools to accurately identify and diagnose problems. In contrast to this clinical focus, appreciative inquiry focuses on what works in an organization. By exploring events when people are at their best, appreciative inquiry identifies the core values and finds ways to build on them to enhance organizational sustainability. This talk will introduce the audience to the basic tenets of appreciative inquiry and help them gain the experience of using it in various organizational setting. He will also share from his experience of having conducted many AI engagements in public, private, nonprofit, and international organizations.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Appreciative Intelligence®: Develop Leadership, Transform Difficult Conversations, and Discover Common Ground

Appreciative Intelligence is the ability to see the generative potential in any situation and to actualize it. It is a leadership skillset that will enable you to step into conflict mindfully, and to transform difficult conversations into positive outcomes. As a leader by improving your Appreciative Intelligence you will have expanded abilities to reframe conflict situations and help move affected parties to a common ground. While challenging projects and difficult conversations will always be there, your approach to dealing with them will be more mindful, transforming conflict into opportunities to create better understanding, gain mutual respect, and create shared goals.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Nightmare Scenarios: Summoning the Demons?

Some may think of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in terms of Boston Dynamics’ Robot dog, Spot or of software that can defeat the very best human player in Go or Jeopardy. This course is about a much more sinister and serious aspect of AI, the various “nightmare scenarios” that are appearing regularly in the technical literature and sometimes in the daily news.  These scenarios take many forms, possibly the most familiar being the use of “killer robots” and other military applications where the battlefield, and military strategy are dominated by AI applications. Thought leaders as varied as physicist Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur Elon Musk have vehemently warned about the potential dangers of this situation, which Musk referred to as “summoning the demons”.

There are many other worrisome scenarios, like the prospect of AI causing massive global job dislocation and unemployment as more and more jobs are automated.  The benefits and dangers of super intelligent surveillance systems, encouraged in some nations like China, but legally restrained in some large metropolitan cities in the free world, like San Francisco, are often in the news. MIT researchers have found that some of the highly sophisticated facial recognition platforms are ethnically biased, an interesting and important research issue. And the increasing cleverness of “deep fake” technology makes it possible for a seemingly authentic video from a world leader to be completely fabricated by an enemy. And there are increasing risks associated with AI-generated decision-making algorithms in fields from medicine to insurance to the stock market. Funds run by these algorithms currently account for 60% of stock trading activity, according to The Economist.

In this lecture we will examine the ideas of the best-known thought leaders on these topics, and also have plenty of discussion among ourselves about this crucial topic.

Steve Ruth

Auction Use by the Federal Government

A variety of government agencies use various auction strategies to both buy and sell goods and services. This talk will discuss auction designs and their uses within the federal government.

Karla Hoffman

Back to Basics: Strengthening Speaking Skills for a Professional Performance

Whether one is in the boardroom or the classroom, delivery skills are essential to get the message across to an audience. The goal is to instill key principles of delivery and organization to effectively develop and polish public communication in a business environment, whether an interview, a committee report, or networking.

Susan (Susie) Tomasovic

Balance: Shuffle Now, Fall Later

Have you fallen twice in the past year? You could be a ‘fall risk’. Falling is not something that just ‘old people’ do. Balance often needs to be worked with and improved on throughout this journey called life. The older we get the harder we fall. If you are over 20, this session has your name on it.

Patrice Winter (virtual engagements only at this time)

Basics of Conflict Resolution

How are potentially violent social conflicts recognized and dealt with? What’s the difference between ending and resolving a conflict? Does it matter if a conflict is resolved or not?

Richard Rubenstein

Biblical Villains and Villainesses

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.

Steve Ruth

Book Design

The elements that make a book as beautiful to hold as it may be to read.

Roger Lathbury

Boosting Teacher Effectiveness through Performance

Given the challenges facing public education today, using enhanced performance skills in the classroom may produce students who exhibit better attention, interest, and response. Teacher enthusiasm is a pedagogical necessity, and the communicative style of a teacher can have an affect on the degree to which students learn.

Susan (Susie) Tomasovic

Border Security

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Business Management and Strategic Thinking, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Understanding Business Models

Professor Joshi can address the following topics: Strategic Decision making, effective strategic thinking, Managing Innovation Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship; Strategy Formulation and Strategy Implementation, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, Cross Cultural Management


Mahesh P. Joshi

Cancel Culture as a New Social Conflict: Reputation Management Lessons

Reputation management has become more complicated in the context of new ethics. This presentation addresses an ongoing social conflict represented in cancel culture and moral outrage campaigns. The presentation illustrates new ways to counter reputational crises through pre-emptive inoculation and image repair strategies whether it be scientific arguments or attacks on individuals or organizations.

Sergei A. Samoilenko

Celtic Drawing

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.)

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

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

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 value, and expansion of incarceration practices and policies over time. In addition to outlining the economic, social, and political systems that continue these policies, the discussion also highlights the enormous human, social, economic, and political costs on individuals, families, and communities.

Patricia A. Maulden

Civil War Memorials in Washington, DC

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.

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

Classroom Communication

Features the concept of defining the teacher as a manager of a communication environment and the resulting consequences. (Good for school workshops, in-service training, and teacher groups.)

Don Boileau

Climate Change: Preparing for the New Normal in Virginia

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that all of us are inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of the changes observed in the past half-century. The citizens and businesses of Virginia are not exempt from the changes Earth will experience during the rest of this century – there will be a new normal and we all need to prepare for it. Knowing where, when, and by how much climate will change in the Commonwealth, and where and how to exploit natural resources, are critically important aspects of planning and preparing for changes that are decades in the making. Dr. Kinter will describe Mason research that is focused on these questions, emphasizing what we have learned about predicting future weather and climate in the mid-Atlantic region and what remains to be done to advance our understanding to actionable predictions.

Jim Kinter

College Access

Topics: Well-Being, student transition, retention, and engagement.

Lewis E. Forrest, II

Color in Architecture

An international survey of Contemporary architecture and the role of the colorist in working with architects and designers to provide inspirational color treatments for interiors, exteriors and urban spaces

Harold Linton

Communicating Evolution

It does no good to argue with people who don’t believe evolution. But since it is the foundation of modern biology and represents constructive critical thought in science, it is useful to know how to teach evolution without confrontation. This is not so much a lecture as a discussion.

Mary McCutcheon

Computational Sciences: The Third Pillar of Empirical Science

For hundreds of years, empirical sciences as we know them today were based on either direct measurement of objects (or scaled models) or on simple analytic solutions of partial differential equations. The advent of supercomputers in the 1980s added a third option: computational sciences. The talk explores the origin, outlook and consequences of this third pillar of the empirical sciences.

Rainald Lohner

Computers and Communication

A closer look at social and individual aspects of the computer revolution, focusing on communication skills, distance learning, and the variety of social issues surrounding the Internet.

Star Muir

Computing in Science and Society

Computing is now so ubiquitous that we tend to forget the profound consequences it is having in science and society. The talk explores the advent and evolution of computing in science and society, and attempts to predict future developments.

Rainald Lohner

Conflict and Climate Change Policy

Conflict over climate change is generated by the interaction of the storylines that people use to describe their positions and advocate polices. Understanding these storyline dynamics is the first step toward the design and implementation of forums where they can be explored and addressed in ways that support learning, as well as the resolution of this conflict. From this perspective, good policy is as much about the quality of the dialogue and exchange between groups as it is about the substantive issues that need to be addressed.

Sara Cobb

Could Einstein Have Been Wrong?

Einstein in his theory of relativity claimed that faster-than-light speeds are impossible. But some physicists are no longer so sure about that notion. This talk will take a look about what faster-than-light speeds imply, and the evidence as to whether faster-than-light particles might actually exist.

Robert Ehrlich

Crazy Ideas in Science

In this talk I consider how crazy ideas can sometimes lead to great scientific advances, and even cause us to re-examine the nature of science itself. This light-hearted talk will also serve as a template for some creative and humorous uses of PowerPoint that can add interest to your own presentations.

Robert Ehrlich

Creating the Triple Bottom Line for Businesses: Reframing Sustainability Practices for Strategic Advantage in Your Organization

Sustainability has become a widely held value in many walks of life and has generated new hopes for citizen involvement. It is now possible to do one’s part in creating a sustainable value as well as influence public policy that may mandate various “green” initiatives. Based on his recent book- Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (2010)-, Dr. Thatchenkery will share practical ways for reframing various organizational challenges as opportunities for sustainability. He will share examples and lessons learned from businesses and nonprofit organizations that have embraced the sustainability as a core operational value through reframing. He will also demonstrate tools that may help the audience become active participants in creating sustainable value in their professional lives.

Tojo Thatchenkery


Why do so many people embrace creationism and reject evolution? What are their arguments and how does creationism promote community, address concerns about education and the rearing of good children, and the perceived dangerous consequences of evolutionary thinking?

Mary McCutcheon

Crime and Public Policy

Amy Murphy

Criminal Justice Reform: Understanding the Root of the Problem and the Cost of the Cure

How did the police – sworn to protect and serve their communities – come to be seen as an occupying force by disadvantaged communities throughout America? Why have they lost the faith and confidence of the communities they serve? What needs to be done to turn the tide and restore the profession of policing and the trust of the communities they serve? These are the questions that will be addressed factually, without bias, and with an eye on elevating the profession and serving the community.

John Villanueva

Critical Race Theory: What Is All The Controversy About?

Critical race theory is an approach to issues of race, social structure, and history that has caused intense disagreement among analysts and activists of various political schools. This talk describes the doctrine analyzes the sources of disagreement about it, and suggests ways of resolving the conflict.

Richard Rubenstein

Critically Assessing Public Information

Offers a critical perspective on assessing and processing the vast amount of information that comes to us through public channels. Explores ways to understand and evaluate messages constructed to influence public behavior.

Star Muir

Current Economic Developments: National, Global, and Local

Current economic and financial developments affecting industry and financial services, globally and locally.

Jerry Hanweck

Current Events

Immigration, Demographic Change, Populism, Nativism, Backlash, Minority Politics, Islam, Identity Politics, Brexit, White Working Class Voters, United States, Europe, Middle East, Policy Communication

Justin Gest

Defining the role of Health Informatics

  • Describe the role and benefits of health informatics in the delivery of quality patient-centered care.
  • Discuss professional health care provider responsibilities for safeguarding confidential client information, including HIPAA regulations.
  • Explain possible consequences for breaches in privacy and confidentiality.
  • Discuss professional responsibilities in the use of social health care technology or media as it relates to relationships with patients, colleagues, and employers.

Matthew Hicks

Developing Your Appreciative Intelligence® for Innovation and Leadership

Describe the new concept of Appreciative Intelligence developed by author Tojo Thatchenkery and is featured in the popular book, Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn.  It is a unique competitive advantage possessed by exceptional leaders and innovators. Adding to the model of multiple intelligences developed by Howard Gardner, Appreciative Intelligence provides a new answer to what enables successful people to dream up extraordinary ideas, why other stakeholders join them, and how they triumph despite various challenges. Thatchenkery will demonstrate the three components of Appreciative Intelligence (reframing, appreciating, and envisioning) and participants will learn how to apply them in their work settings. They may also learn how to assess and develop their own or others’ Appreciative Intelligence and how to bring out the best from others in difficult situations.  Lessons learned from leaders who have demonstrated a high level of Appreciative Intelligence will also be shared. See for more information.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Development of George Mason’s Prince William Campus

An overview of the development of the Science and Technology Campus to include new construction projects, curriculum, and partnerships with Prince William County and local business industries as well as Hylton Performing Arts Center and the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Molly Grove

Dialogue & Facilitative Leadership

Facilitative leadership focuses on individual and group reflections, understandings, and needs, and has the potential to be transformational. Radical acceptance as the wisdom of not making a bad situation worse by curbing the ego and keeping clear and focused is difficult but fundamental to effective leadership. Through listening to understand, asking questions when disagreements occur, backing the individual ego out of the discussion, and honoring individual positions, leaders become competent in understanding conflict dynamics  and reducing negative responses. As these dynamics occur and continue positive, coherent group organization and communication can develop and be maintained. Dialogue (not debate or force) can be integral to recognizing multiple views, human dignity, and creating a place where leadership works with constituencies and groups rather than against them.

Patricia A. Maulden

Diet and Obesity

Dr. Cheskin will talk about how diet and nutrition affect obesity.

Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD

Different Styles of Leadership

Leadership comes in all different types of forms. During this presentation, we will discuss the different types of leadership and how to be an effective leader based on your style.

Philip Wilkerson

Disaster Behavioral Health

The increasing number of disasters are related to a variety of different behavioral issues.  Workshops help prepare for and prevent negative reactions to the experience of disasters.  Psychological first aid and training of volunteers for disasters can help in preparation for events.

Molly Davis

Discover Mason: A guide to Mason’s Services and Resources for the Community

An overview on how to navigate George Mason University from a non-student perspective. Includes programs, services, and resources available to the residential and business community. Whether you’re an established business, an entrepreneur seeking assistance, a parent looking for summer camps for your kids, or an organization in need of conference space or a speaker, George Mason University has opportunities for everyone.

Traci Kendall

Discovering Common Ground in Challenging Situations

As a professional you may have been facing challenging situations that require your constant attention. You find yourselves doing more with fewer resources. You have come to the realization that many of these challenges can be effectively addressed if you can find a common ground among the stakeholders which includes your colleagues and supervisors as well. This talk is designed to introduce you to a new approach in discovering common ground and resolving conflict-laden situations. It will sharpen your Appreciative Intelligence to help you and others discover a common ground that may exist in challenging situations but difficult to recognize initially. You will develop your capacity for reframing by learning to look for agreements and possibilities instead of differences and constraints in typical conflicts. For more information, please visit

Tojo Thatchenkery

Drug Trafficking

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Dynamical Systems Change Processes

Dynamical Systems Change Processes If indeed conflicts are themselves dynamical systems with a narrative ecology that maintains dominant/marginal relations and in this way damages identity, how can the narratives in a conflict system evolve such that new relationships, new meanings, and new solutions to wicked problems could appear? Narrative theory and practice provide the foundation for a theory of change that expands not only our understanding of complexity, but also provides new tools for intervention /evolution in conflict systems.

Sara Cobb

Economics of the Arts

A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.

Tyler Cowen

Education Today and Tomorrow

This presentation will provide a perspective on P-12 and higher education today while also offering a foreshadow on the future of education in the US. The presentation will review long-standing traditions, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on educational institutions and changes that will be sustained as P-12 schools and colleges and universities adapt and adjust to the “next normal” in education.

Mark R. Ginsberg

Elections and Voting in America

This presentation describes the current state of affairs in U.S. elections, and includes three sections. First, drawing on sights from leading political theorists, I dispel myths about what democracy is, why it’s valuable, and the role that voting and elections play in democratic states. Second, we take a look at the practice of voting. why do people choose to vote, or not? What purpose does voting serve? How can ensure integrity and security in election administration, while also guaranteeing broad suffrage protections? How vulnerable are U.S. voting practices to delegitimizing threats? Finally, what are the most effective actions citizens can take to protect their voting rights and ensure free and fair elections? The lecture is non-partisan and based on state of the art social scientific literature elections and voting.

Jennifer N. Victor

Emerging Infectious Diseases

Dr. Roess can address the following aspects of emerging infectious diseases: Disparities, Coronaviruses, Breastfeeding, Microbiome, One Health, Food Borne Illness, Antimicrobial Resistance.

Amira Roess


Launching a technical company, market exploration, customer discovery.

Paula Sorrell

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Biography of this popular 20th century author, with highlights from his two great novels, “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night,” plus his remarkable short stories.

Roger Lathbury

Failure of Leadership

Lesson learned in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. A soldier’s analysis of the justifications, mistakes, miscalculations, and combat operations that characterized America’s longest wars.

John Villanueva

Financial Institution Capital Adequacy Issues

Issues regarding the capital requirements of global financial institutions and regulatory policies for mitigating financial and systemic institution risk-taking.

Jerry Hanweck

Financial Markets and Investment Management

Topic includes a discussion of alternative investment opportunities available to individuals and professionals.

Jerry Hanweck

Financial Regulations

Current federal and state regulations of financial services companies and their impact on financial institution and market performance.

Jerry Hanweck


As a growing professional I like to discuss the ups and downs of living from a personal level. Each person chooses their own path and “exercises” decision making along the way. Each decision has consequences (good/bad) and that is just part of life. When most think of me, they think of the physical aspects of exercise, but exercise begins in the mind. One must make a choice to participate and then physically go out and participate. From there, one must develop discipline in doing the appropriate things to meet their health related objectives/goals.

Life is the same way. One must develop discipline, make decisions, set objectives/goals, and then move forward. Just like in exercise, our bodies will respond differently based on who you are as an individual. Not everyone is the same. Thus one must be comfortable with themselves, their limits, and decisions. In all, life truly is an exercise of the mind, body, and soul for as long as we live.

How will you run that race of life?

Ethan Carter

Foreign Accent

A discussion on why and how adults typically have a foreign accent in their speech when they learn a new language after childhood, how native listeners judge this accent, and the ways in which the non-natives try to lose the accent.

Steven Weinberger

Foreign Intelligence

How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.

Robert L. Deitz

Foreign Policy

Ambassador Kauzlarich can address any number of topics regarding foreign policy, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, international energy and economic issues, energy transition and sustainability, role of US local governments in international relations, human rights, conflict resolution and peacemaking, and humanitarian aid.

Richard Kauzlarich

Forensic Anthropology and Death Investigation

Forensic anthropology is the examination of human skeletal remains for law enforcement agencies to help with the recovery of human remains, to determine the identity of unidentified human remains, interpret trauma, and estimate time since death. Physical anthropologists develop methods to evaluate bones to understand people who lived in the past. Such questions might include: Was this individual male or female? How old were they when they died? How tall were they? Were the people in good or poor general health? Forensic anthropology involves the application of these same methods to modern cases of unidentified human remains. Through the established methods, a forensic anthropologist can aid law enforcement in establishing a profile of the unidentified remains. The profile includes sex, age, ancestry, height, length of time since death, and sometimes the evaluation of trauma observed on bones.

Anthony Falsetti

Forty Years of Exploration of the Surface of Mars

On the 20th day of August, 1975, the Viking 1 spacecraft was launched into space towards Mars. On the 19th day of June, 1976, the Viking 1 spacecraft reached the planet Mars. The Viking 1 Lander was to set down on the surface of Mars for the bicentennial celebration in the USA. Unfortunately, due to the ruggedness of the original chosen landing site, the Viking 1 Lander did not land on the surface of Mars until July 20th, which marked the 7th anniversary since the landing on the Moon. The robotic arm of the Viking 1 Lander malfunctioned, and, in spite of an onboard computer with only 64K of RAM, the computer was re-programmed to extend the robotic arm so that on the 28th of July, 1976, we reached out and touched the surface of Mars. We discuss the exploration of the surface of Mars from the Viking mission in 1976 to the current Curiosity rover on Mars; and, the part it all played in my own life on Earth.

Harold Geller

Gentrification in Washington, DC

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

Johanna Bockman

George Mason the Man

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

Tom Moncure


An overview of the major global trends and debates in the areas of politics, economics, society and culture.

Johanna Bockman

Government Accountability Through Transparency: The Government Performance and Results Act

As the former cabinet minister and ambassador to New Zealand, the presenter has developed an expertise in U.S. government reform through his experience consulting with congressional leaders and federal agency executives. He will discuss his experiences and the application of principles learned in New Zealand.

Maurice McTigue

Government Performance Management (and all related subjects)

The speaker’s perspective on successful strategies to improve government performance based on wide experience as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand and work with many governments in the United States and over 20 other countries around the World.

Maurice McTigue

Government Policies in Biblical Times

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.

Steve Ruth

Health Policy

Health Care Reform. Professor Alison Cuellar can address the following topics regarding health care reform: private health insurance, employer provided health insurance, medicare, medicaid, mental health and substance abuse treatment., telehealth

Alison Cuellar

Health Workforce Shortages

As America ages in place and its demand for health services increases, so does the shortage of qualified health professionals. The speaker does presentations on the causes and consequences of workforce shortages and what can be done about them.

P.J. Maddox

Healthy Desk Mechanics: Get Fit While You Sit

We spend so much of our life in a seated position (deskwork, driving a car, entertainment [movies, TV, sporting events]). Neck and back pain is rampant in the US. Our bodies are designed for movement. This session will address stretches, exercise and posture tips to avoid becoming a statistic.

Patrice Winter (virtual engagements only at this time)

Hiawatha in History, Legend and Poetry

Most of us know about Hiawatha from Longfellow’s long poem. But there was a historic Hiawatha as well as Iroquois legends embellishing this person’s career. How did Longfellow come to pick Hiawatha for his poem?

Mary McCutcheon

High Fidelity Modeling of Pathogen Movement, Transmission and Mitigation in the Built Environment

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has led to a thorough review of current ventilation systems in the built environment. The talk gives overview of high-fidelity modeling of pathogen propagation, transmission and mitigation. Starting from the current understanding of pathogen, and in particular virus transmission and mitigation, the required physical and numerical models are derived and proper simulation tools for flow, pathogens and UV radiation are shown. Thereafter, the motion of pedestrians, as well as proper ways to couple computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational crowd dynamics (CCD) to enable high-fidelity pathogen transmission and infection simulations is treated. Numerous examples are given, among them sneezing scenarios in hospitals, lecture rooms, subway cars and airplane cabins.

Rainald Lohner

Highways, Land Use, Transit and Transportation Policy, Planning & Finance

Transportation funding, finance, the Interstate Highway System, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation and land use, technological standardization, and information systems strategic planning, infrastructure banks, secondary road policy, transportation planning and urban development, environmental impact, and decision making.

Jonathan Gifford

History, Lessons and Legacies of the Vietnam War

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

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

Hot Topics in Nutrition

Join health, fitness, nutrition and well-being expert for a lively and interactive discussion on the latest nutrition topics on the minds of savvy consumers. Come prepared to gain some knowledge…have some fun…and learn some easy and practical ways to a lead a healthier lifestyle today!

Deanna Busteed

How Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Really Improve Our Lives?

We read about advances from artificial intelligence (AI) almost every day. Yet, the current pandemic seems to have brought into focus where our computational advancements are failing us. This talk will first provide an overview of AI accomplishment. Then, in the context of the current pandemic, it will focus on specific AI technologies that have been developed or are being developed in response to the pandemic. The talk will conclude with a vision of where AI research should focus to better serve citizen well-being and health and societal progress.

Amarda Shehu

How Did Face Masks Become a Partisan Symbol? (And Other Questions You Didn’t Learn in School)

In this brief lecture, I draw on political science findings about political parties, partisan identity, human psychology, and media to help explain everyday political events in the context of political science. The lecture begins with a summary of cutting edge social science results that help explain the current state of affairs in American politics. Then I apply these findings to specific events, such as: how did wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus become a political statement? The event allows for audience members to pose their own questions about politics and current events and ask me to provide social science context “on the spot.” Discussions are aimed at being non-partisan, scientifically informed, and focused on explanation over advocacy of any kind.

Jennifer N. Victor

How Do You Choreograph a Dance?

Discussion of the craft and artistry and happy coincidence in making a dance.

Susan Shields

How Do You Listen to Sermons?

Provides different approaches to help people focus on the message in a sermon by being aware of good listening skills and how to adapt one’s interest in the topic to the sermon process.

Don Boileau

How to Run an Effective Meeting

Can cover a variety of needed areas within the topic area: a) how to plan an agenda, b) how to stick to the agenda, c) how to use parliamentary procedure to focus on issues, and when NOT to use parliamentary procedure, and d) how to evaluate a meeting.

Don Boileau

Human Trafficking

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Humility: The Forgotten Virtue

Humility is not simply modesty or low self-esteem.  It is a complex virtue that invites creativity and collaboration.

June Tangney

Ibsen and the Birth of Modern Drama

A look at the revolution in drama launched by Henrik Ibsen, one of the giant figures of European letters in the late 19th century.

Rick Davis


Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Impact of Operations Research on U.S. Industry

The field of operations research, and its development of analytics tool that transform “big data” into useful information for management decision making is transforming the way companies perform. This talk will illustrate how the field has impacted the transformation of many companies and how the field is continuing to change with the advent of cloud computing, supply-chain management, one-to-one marketing, and the accumulation of massive amounts of data.

Karla Hoffman

Impact Performance in a Media World

Whether announcing on the radio, delivering television news, or acting in a film or documentary, the human voice and body are your tools to inform and persuade in broadcast performance. Techniques are introduced and skills practiced regarding how to improve vocal (paralanguage) and physical (nonverbal) delivery elements to more effectively communicate messages in a performance setting.

Susan (Susie) Tomasovic

Implementing Policy/Practice Reform in U.S. Corrections Agencies

As organizations move scientific, scholarly research into work environments, our knowledge of implementation processes grows. However, scholars still know little about how managers and staff acquire knowledge about evidence-based or evidence-informed practices (EBPs/EIPs), how much they understand them and how they are used. This study examines how organizational actors understand, negotiate and implement reforms including EBPs in community corrections agencies (adult and juvenile probation/parole within federal, state and local systems). Using data from over 1000 hours of qualitative observations of and interviews with 114+ community corrections senior and middle managers and street-level staff in adult and juvenile probation/parole and problem solving courts this project extends current scholarship by combining focusing explicitly on definitions, sources, understandings and uses of scientific and scholarly research for practice and policy decisions. It also expands existing data by analyzing in-depth, follow up interviews with community corrections workers to elicit detailed narratives specifically about how community corrections managers and staff: 1) define EBPs; 2) seek/gather information regarding EBPs, 3)understand EBPs and their role in their agency, and 4) adapt/adopt EBPs to fit within existing agency policies and practices. Ultimately, this research will enhance existing knowledge about the implementation, dissemination, translation and sustainability of reforms within community supervision settings.

Danielle S. Rudes

Irish History, Art, and Literature

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 specialty in the work of poet William Butler Yeats.

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

Is That Really in the Bible?

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 about Jesus, from his teachings about the wealthy to his complicated genealogy, will be discussed, as well as Mary Magdalene’s special role in Jesus’s ministry. We’ll also cover Paul’s advice on taxes, slaves, wives, and much more. Each week we will review at least a dozen examples, including many suggested by members of the class. Some may say, “Is that really in the Bible?” It will be interesting and fun to review these stories from a different perspective.

Steve Ruth

Japanese Art

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.

Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)

Joint Health: You Rest, You Rust

Our bodies are designed for movement. Our bodies begin aging as soon as we stop growing in our early 20s. Learn about joints. What is normal, what is not? How can we assist joint health through movement, posture and exercise? We will begin from where you are now physically. If you have limited motion in a joint(s), need an assistive device or have no physical complaints and want to stay that way, this talk is for you.

Patrice Winter (virtual engagements only at this time)

Land Back: The Movement for Indigenous Rights and Decolonization throughout the Americas

Indigenous Peoples throughout North and South America find themselves on the front lines of struggles over natural resources–land, forests, rivers, and subsoil minerals–and they are not shying away from the fight. From Chile to the Arctic Circle, native communities have been organizing for recognition and partnering with allies to protect sacred places. Beyond the ethical and political dimensions of this renaissance, there are implications for the environmental and climate health of the entire planet. Studies have shown that where Indigenous land management techniques are followed, biomes are more resilient, biodiverse, and net carbon sinks. In this talk, Dr. Campbell speaks from personal experience collaborating with Indigenous groups in the Brazilian Amazon and in New England as they organize for recognition, restoration, and decolonization of their homelands.

Jeremy Campbell

Latin American Film

Professor Rabin can lecture on Latin American film of the twentieth century, including the “New Cinema” of the 1960s-1980s. She can also lecture on the 20th-century history of US educational documentaries for global education projects in and outside of the traditional classroom.

Lisa Rabin (not available to speak until 2022)


Brad Edwards

Leadership Skills through Volunteering and Internships

There are intangible skills that can be learned through experiences such as internships and volunteering. This presentation will discuss those skills and how citizens should seek out opportunities to serve to enhance professional skills.

Philip Wilkerson

Leading Change through the Power of Appreciative Intelligence®

This talk is designed to develop your ability to reframe and perceive the generative potential in challenging situations and to engage in purposive action to transform the potential to positive outcomes.  Most of our leaders today are engaged in continuous problem solving and crisis management. Over a period of time, the firefighting mind-set inhibits whatever Appreciative Intelligence ( that they may have had and traps them to a path of a single-trajectory problem solving style. Opportunities for innovation and creativity might have been lost. As leaders they end up spending most of their time attending to what is urgent as opposed to what is important. This talk will help the audience develop their leadership for creating positive change by making use of their Appreciative Intelligence.  They will learn various tools that they can use to reframe typical challenges in their organizational context and sharpen their leadership skills.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Leveraging Knowledge Management for Strategic Change

Managing tacit knowledge is a core competency as well as a challenge for high intellectual capital-oriented organizations. Professionals in such organizations are mindful of the turbulence in the environment and are constantly dealing with knowledge saturation and complexity. Over the years they must have developed a refined tacit understanding of what works and what does not. They may be willing to share this organization- specific knowledge with others as well as learn from one another. Based on the learning from his books- Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management (2007) and Appreciative Sharing of Knowledge: Leveraging Knowledge Management for Strategic Change (2005)- Dr. Thatchenkery will introduce the participants to a new methodology for knowledge management. The approach is highly customized for each organization where participants will be asked to consider instances when true knowledge sharing may have occurred and propose an outline to sustain an effective KM process. For more information, please visit

Tojo Thatchenkery

Leveraging Social Capital for Professional Growth and Success

The objective of this talk is to help Asian Americans leverage their human and social capital for enhancing their career advancement and professional growth. This unique seminar is offered by Dr. Tojo Thatchenkery, a consultant and researcher specializing in Asian American career advancement issues in corporate America. Based on the latest research evidences contained in his new book- Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding the Leadership Contributions of Asian Minorities in the Workplace (2011)-, and interviews with hundreds of Asian Americans in Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies, this talk will help you understand the interaction between your ethnicity, perceptions and expectations held by others about you, and ways to work through the resulting complexities. Asian Americans are known to have more difficulty in converting human capital to social capital compared to other ethnic groups. They use impression management styles that are significantly different from Caucasian Americans and least likely to lead to career advancement. Offered in an experiential style, the talk will help you address these issues and become aware of the different ways human capital is transformed into social capital and the importance of enhancing the latter.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Lives in Ruins: Life in the Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá

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 Maya” site, 2) the role of the heritage site in contemporary community life, and 3) the heated debates over who has the rights to benefit from the enormous incomes that such “wonders of the world” generate from international tourism.

Lisa Breglia

Local and Regional Small Business and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

A presentation about the entrepreneurial ecosystem landscape to include opportunities, challenges and resources.

Jody Keenan

Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places – The Search for Life in the Universe

In recent days there has been much talk about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe. However, where are we looking and why do we look where we look, is often overlooked in the media and on the internet. We will discuss the search for life in the universe and reveal the techniques and rationale of looking for life in all the right places; in our Solar System, in our Milky Way Galaxy, and in our universe. Carl Sagan once said that “somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” There are those who argue that the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe will be the greatest discovery of them all.

Harold Geller

Lyme Disease

Dr. Boileau who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors can talk about the presence, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease.

Don Boileau

Lyme Disease: Weaponized for Warfare? Truth or Science Fiction

Dr. Boileau, who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors talks about the issue of biochemical warfare and was Lyme disease weaponized for this purpose.

Don Boileau

Management in Health Care

The evolving management requirements in today’s health care.

Ana Stoehr

Managing Risk

Discusses the elements of risk management, the need to manage or control risks, and risk control measures and procedures. Is insurance necessary?

Jerry Hanweck

Managing Technostress

Our fast-paced world, with information bombarding us from computers, cell phones, media advertisements, spam and other sources, can overload and stress out our lives. This presentation identifies some of the impacts of information overload, and addresses different strategies for coping with these and other pressures in our rapid-fire mediated environment.

Star Muir

Markets for Financial Derivatives

Impact of financial derivatives for risk hedging and current market developments. What role have they played in the financial crisis of 2007-2010?

Jerry Hanweck

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

This speech is one of the greatest speeches in US History because of its structure, word selection, and message. Even though many of the word choices are different today King’s use of metaphor and imagery reflect the needs of the time. It was an opportunity that maybe only King could have the necessary ethos to respond.

Don Boileau

Mass Fatality Investigations and War Crimes

Dr. Falsetti has been deployed to many mass fatality situations including military mishaps, commercial airline mass disasters (American Eagle, TWA 800), domestic terrorism (Oklahoma City Bombing), foreign terrorism (World Trade Center), and natural disasters (GA Floods, Thai Tsunami and Haitian Earthquake). In Bosnia & Herzegovina, Anthony managed mortuaries and field teams whose mission was to excavate, recover and identify victims from the Bosnian Conflict 1992 – 1996. Recently (Spring 2019), he was part of a team of forensic anthropologists sent to Puerto Rico at the behest of the National Association of Attorney’s General and Bureau of Forensic Sciences, and the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety, to assist the medical examiner’s office recover from the impact of Hurricane Maria.

Anthony Falsetti

Master and Counternarrative Dynamics

Master and Counternarrative Dynamics Conflicts everywhere involve a struggle over meaning, a struggle by a master narrative to maintain its primacy, as counternarratives work to unseat or destabilize them. This dynamic takes place in the context of the fight against extremism, as well as the struggle over policies, such as gun control. Understanding these dynamics is the first step in the design and development of effective counternarratives which could actually function to thicken or alter master narratives.

Sara Cobb

Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Rodney M. Davis (USMC)

My new book, “Sgt. Rodney M. Davis: The Making of a Hero,” is a factual account of the life, death and enduring legacy of Macon, Georgia’s lone Medal of Honor recipient following that fateful afternoon in Vietnam’s Que Son Valley in which his company of 200 Marines desperately tried to withstand an onslaught by an NVA force estimated to have 2,500 men during one of the nastiest fights of the entire Vietnam War.

A member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Davis served as a right guide in 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company. His platoon listed 48 men at the start of Operation Swift, including two machine gunners, a two-man sniper team and a forward artillery observer. Just 11 remained by the time major combat operations concluded on Sept. 6, the rest either having been killed or wounded seriously enough to warrant a medevac out. Of those 11, eight later received Purple Hearts for gunshot and/or shrapnel wounds suffered during combat.

The time of his death in 1967 was one of the most volatile in U.S. domestic history, with Davis and other African-Americans ironically still being denied at home the very liberties they were fighting to defend thousands of miles away in Southeast Asia. More than 150 U.S. cities experienced costly and equally-as-destructive race riots that summer, and Jim Crow remained the law of the land in Davis’ hometown of Macon, Georgia as America slipped closer to anarchy than at any time since the Civil War.

That Davis still chose to jump onto an enemy grenade at the critical moment and sacrifice his own life for the lives of five fellow Marines who just happened to be white speaks volumes about Davis, his principles and his unflinching courage even in the face of certain death. It takes a special man to fight for a country that has denied him full rights as a citizen, a more extraordinary one still to willingly lay down his own life for that country.

Davis, however, didn’t care about color. The Marines sharing that trench with him were ALL his brothers, and he was no stranger to looking out after his own after coming of age in the Jim Crow South. Color had always been a contentious issue there, but it had no place along Vietnam’s frontlines, where each man depended on one another for survival no matter their race. Davis would do anything for the four siblings with whom he grew up, and would do no less for his new Marine brothers in Vietnam. He died as nobly as he lived.

Davis is one of only 88 African-Americans ever awarded the Medal of Honor and is honored at both the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

John Hollis

Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in Our Schools: Toward a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

This talk will present an overview of our rapidly changing demographics and provide information about the salient research supporting second language acquisition, and the importance of the intersection of critical social justice with second language acquisition. By understanding some major points about second language acquisition, parents and policy makers will be equipped to make the informed decisions that promote a culturally and linguistically supportive pedagogy. This knowledge will also help to dispel some of the principle misconceptions about how students best acquire English for success in today’s schools.

Rebecca Fox, Ph.D.

Mexico-U.S. Relations

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera


The role of bikeshare and e-scooters in shaping urban mobility.

Mohan Venigalla

Mindful Leadership for Innovation

If you were to analyze the top 50 of the over 1,000 leadership books published during the last five years you will find that there isn’t a single approach to leadership that will work in every situation. Ironically, many of them contradict one another. But, is there a mindset or attitude about being a leader that might work for us irrespective of our industry or specialty? I believe there is and I call it the mindful leadership. Mindful leadership does not ask us to locate ourselves in a quadrant, follow ten strategies, or practice seven steps.  It merely asks us to pay attention and notice what’s around us. The ancient Buddhist practice of paying full attention to the present moment intentionally and non-judgmentally holds significant promise for developing leadership and creating innovation without strife and stress. Mindfulness enables us to recognize simple, practical responses to difficult innovation challenges rather than reacting out of habit. However, being aware is not an easy mental state to be in for most of us. It takes practice to engage with openness and see new possibilities for innovation. Being open to experiences without judging is an act of appreciation. This talk will explore the rather paradoxical task of merely paying attention to accentuate our awareness of the socially constructed nature of organizational reality and to feel comfortable to act with simplicity, empathy, and conviction. Examples from companies such as Google, Target, and General Mills that have developed mindful leadership programs will be shared.

Tojo Thatchenkery


Introduction to one of the greatest American and world novels. What is it really about?

Roger Lathbury

My Year with Rothko

An in depth look at the research, rehearsals and production of playing Mark Rothko in the first American production of John Logan’s Tony Award winning play RED, directed by Tony Award winning director Robert Falls which opened in Chicago and transferred to Washington’s Arena Stage. An inside look at the creating of character and the making of theater and understanding the work of one of America’s most influential painter of the 20th Century.

Edward Gero

Myths, Archetypes, Campbell and Jung: An Actor’s Tools in Creating Arc of Character

The processes and approaches to “becoming a character” for performance are myriad and can be even mysterious. Actor and professor, Edward Gero, explores an approach to interpreting and creating character inspired by Jungian archetypes and mythical storytelling patterns identified by Joseph Campbell in his seminal work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Tracing his process in his performances in King Lear and portraying The Bastard in Shakespeare’s King John, as well as his current preparations for the title role of Sweeney Todd, Professor Gero will discuss his personal approach to mining, identifying and incorporating mythical and archetypal patterns from the text that speak to audiences in both conscious and unconscious ways.

Edward Gero

New Approaches to Treatment During Incarceration

New research provides a framework for more constructive treatment approaches to break the cycle of crime.

June Tangney

New Zealand’s Tax Reform

An account of New Zealand’s decision to mix a sales and a flat tax system, and its reform of revenue collection (New Zealand’s equivalent to the IRS).

Maurice McTigue

New Zealand’s Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation

The story of New Zealand’s massive restructuring of its telecommunications industry, and the huge benefits enjoyed by consumers after deregulation.

Maurice McTigue

Nonsense Language

Overview of the work of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice books, with an emphasis on the ways in which these writers play with language.

Roger Lathbury

Nuclear Power — Is it Green?

A discussion of the past, present and future of nuclear power, and its contribution to our quest for clean energy.

Robert Ehrlich

Organized Crime

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

Origins of Philosophy in Ancient Greece

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.

Rose Cherubin

Partnering with Mason, Where Do I Start?

We understand that navigating a large public research university can be confusing, and it is often difficult to figure out where to start. A company may want to start an endowed scholarship, contribute corporate philanthropic dollars to the College of Visual Performing Arts, or put their name on a building. How do they know who to talk to? What if they just want to “get to know” Mason?

The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team was formed to help corporations and foundations answer these questions and find an easy path into Mason. We are interested in learning from our partners what they would like to accomplish with a Mason partnership, and determine what we need to do in order to accomplish those goals. No two partnerships are the same, and we want to work with organizations on a model that is mutually beneficial.

Mercedes Price

Personal Safety Risk Management

The workplace is an increasingly risky place. While it is impossible to eliminate the risk, it is possible to manage the risk. This workshop provides information to human service professionals and health care personnel on specific strategies who work with the public or specialized populations with greater risk for violence.

Molly Davis

Peru, Indigenous Populations, Conflict

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

Linda Seligmann

Polarization’s Children: Political Socialization in the Age of Hatred

This is part of an ongoing research project looking at whether polarized parents pass along their hatred to their children. It is derived from a proprietary data set of 1,048 pairs of parents and middle school children.

Jeremy Mayer

Political Tribalism in America: Causes and Cures.

Why do political conflicts in America increasingly resemble ethic, religious, and nationalist struggles that have been fought out violently in many other nations. How can the threat of civil violence in our own country be averted?

Richard Rubenstein

Portfolio Design for Architecture, Fine Arts and Allied Design Disciplines

An international survey of portfolio design for the arts and architecture with numerous examples and discussion of the conceptual aspects, methods and materials of planning and assembly of an original, professional presentation.

Harold Linton

Positivity at Work

During this session, we will discuss how my George Mason University Career Services staff and I incorporate positivity and well-being into our jobs. Well-Being is a full team initiative in our office and I am the self-proclaimed co-captain of positivity in my office along with my colleague Christie Michals. We try to be our full selves to work and to make sure we are happy. Happier workers are more efficient, motivated, driven, and productive workers.

Philip Wilkerson

Poverty, Inequality, and Conflict

How do poverty and inequality generate violent conflict even in a wealthy nation like the U.S.A.? What can be done to alter or eliminate the root causes of crime, structural violence, and war? This lecture brings the insights of conflict analysis and resolution to bear on an increasingly critical domestic problem.

Richard Rubenstein

Power of Visualization for Long-Term Goal-Setting

Science has proven that visualization will increase the likelihood of achieving your long term goals. During this presentation, we will explore your long-term goals and the micro-steps necessary to complete them.

Philip Wilkerson

President v. Congress: The Constitution and the Growth of Presidential Powers

An analysis of the evolution of presidential powers and what Congress can do to check presidents who overreach their authority.

Mark J. Rozell

Promoting Development Across the Lifespan

This presentation will provide an overview of field of life-span human development, with an emphasis on both individual and family development. Emphasis will be given to both childhood/adolescence and adulthood. A focus of the presentation will be on strategies and techniques that enhance one’s life development in a manner consistent with our understanding of and concepts/theories that explain developmental challenges we all face.

Mark R. Ginsberg

Public Sector Management Reform

Details how performance-based management and accountability helped New Zealand radically improve the quality of its government-delivered services.

Maurice McTigue

Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind,” wrote Nelson Mandela in his autobiography. In the United States, leadership is closely connected to charisma and visibility. If you are not visible, you are not a leader. In many other parts of the world, especially in Asian cultures, leadership is not about being visible. It is the opposite: quietly doing your work and assuming that rewards will come. Can tacit assumptions about leadership lead to different outcomes regarding who occupies top leadership positions in corporate America and other organizations? What is the reason that despite founding one fourth of firms in the Silicon Valley during the technology boom, Asian Americans are still perceived as not “leadership material?” The evidence suggests that Asian Americans, a mere five percent of the U.S population has contributed a significantly high proportion of entrepreneurs and innovators. But they practice a form of quiet or invisible leadership because of an unconscious, deep rooted cultural assumption that leadership is about enabling and empowering, not about bringing attention to oneself and shining. Based on Dr. Thatchenkery’s new book on this topic the talk will highlight the leadership contributions of Asian Americans in organizational settings. It will show that empowering such invisible leaders can create meaningful and positive change in organizations.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Quiet Leadership: Valuing Different Ways of Leading and Creating Innovation

Based on his brand new book on invisible leadership (2011), Dr. Thatchenkery will show that the time has come to value quiet leadership again. Most of our understanding of leadership comes from research and theories developed in the United States. The assumption is that leaders are highly charismatic and very visible. However, genuine leadership is not about charisma or visibility. A significant amount of real accomplishments in organizations are made possible by “quiet leaders,” those who complete their tasks with commitment and often go above and beyond the call of duty, without seeking or receiving visibility. Such leaders create innovation and new products because they are good in creating positive synergy in teams as well as valuing others. Empowering such “invisible leaders” can create meaningful and positive change in your organization. Smart organizations must embrace a global view of leadership which values multiple styles and cultural practices. The talk will share approaches and tools to recognize, grow, and sustain quiet leadership. Examples will be shared from highly innovative organizations such as Apple and Google where invisible or quiet leadership has played a key part in their growth and success.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Religious Conflicts and Their Resolution

Why do religious conflicts sometimes become lethal? What is causing the current spread of violent religious conflicts worldwide? What can be done to resolve these conflicts?

Richard Rubenstein

Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

This talk considers the impetus to move away from fossil fuels and towards greater usage of renewable energy. It also considers the advantages and problems associated with renewable energy, a possible future for nuclear energy, and the best science-informed policy with regard to our energy future.

Robert Ehrlich

Running a Small Press

The speaker presents his experience in publishing poetry and neglected work, and in making unlikely books into a respected and self-sustaining publishing company, Orchises Press.

Roger Lathbury

Scaling Scalia

An in depth discussion of the preparation and performance of Justice Antonin Scalia in John Strand’s world premiere political drama The Originalist. An inside look at creating the character of one the most polarizing and influential Supreme Court Justice’s in the history of the Court.

Edward Gero

Scientific Racism: Is this an Oxymoron?

Despite efforts by anthropologists and biologists to temper the application of race labeling, it continues to thrive. What’s wrong and what’s right with the concept of race? Why does our society crave race categories? How do people confuse the recent use of DNA-based labeling systems with the scientific reality of race?

Mary McCutcheon

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

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 President, could not vote and had no right to own property or bring a legal case? This was the situation in ancient Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, and we can trace aspects of this back to Homer three centuries earlier. Today we might find some features of this picture paradoxical: the fact that a person was expected to be cute and dumb at first and then was supposed to become an intelligent and responsible leader; the fact that a community would think it acceptable for another person to be a top political advisor yet prohibit this person from voting and bringing a legal case. Indeed, even at the time some people found these inconsistencies troubling, and suggested alternatives – some of which influenced modern political and social thought. By reflecting on the peculiarities of the ancient Greeks’ ideas about sex and gender, we can gain some perspective on our own.

Rose Cherubin

Shame and Guilt: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Shame and guilt are moral emotions that can be useful in fostering moral behavior. I discuss ways in which to minimize the destructive aspects of these human emotions.

June Tangney

So What is Intercultural Communication?

In the current globalization people frequently meet other people from different cultures. This presentation covers some of the basic principles and vocabulary to help us understand why what we said is not what is heard by a person from the other culture.

Don Boileau


I would discuss socialism in Eastern Europe, as well as global socialist movements, such as that of Yugoslavia. I could also discuss postsocialism and current notions of socialism.

Johanna Bockman

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

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 and Micah seeking to turn swords into plowshares; Ezekiel’s “dry bones” commentary of hope and recovery; and dozens more familiar examples. The prophets didn’t ask for the job, but accomplished it with great zeal and persuasiveness. Jesus and St. Paul quoted them often and the prophets’ messages are used (and misused) in today’s political debates frequently.  The lecture will also describe the settings and situations which caused these messages to be proclaimed, against kings and nobles, the rich and the entitled–the haves of that time– in favor of the poor and the sick, the dispossessed, the aliens the refugees—the have nots.

We will cover prophetic themes which are still alive today: sharing the wealth of nations, protection for immigrants and resident aliens, punishment of the corrupt; equity in taxation; promises of victory to the just and many more.  No religious background or affiliation is required.

Steve Ruth

Sports Industry, NCAA, Sport Governance, Olympics, Sport Management, Sport Diplomacy and Coaching

Willing to talk about the sports industry, sports management program at Mason, college athletics, professional sports, youth sports, Sport Diplomacy, the coaching profession, the Olympics, basketball and basketball coaching.

Craig Esherick

Sports Management and Coaching Education

Addressing the management of sport business enterprises; sport diplomacy and development; various segments of the sport industry including school-based and professional sport; coaching and/or sport management education; sport leadership; impacts of sport; and/or any issues of interest in sport management and coaching.

Robert Baker

Strategies for Thriving in a Changing Environment

Continuous innovation in information technology had led to unprecedented efficiencies at work. However, in an environment of economic crises and downsizing the same technology that helps you do things more efficiently also sets up expectations for accomplishing more with fewer resources. You are overwhelmed by the demands on your job, experience stress, and recognize the need to develop coping strategies to stay resilient, effective and healthy. Dr. Thatchenkery will introduce you to new developments on how to reframe and embrace change with a positive mindset as opposed to resisting and fearing it. You will also learn new ways of thinking about stress and develop resilience.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Student Housing

A discussion on contemporary students and their housing needs.

Anthony Berardo

Subprime and Alternative Mortgage Instruments and Effects on Housing and the Economy

What has been the effect on residential property sales and prices as a result of the creation of alternative mortgage instruments usually designated as subprime or Alt-A? This discussion will focus on the effects of these types of housing finance on the housing and financial markets and the global economy and economic stability.

Jerry Hanweck

Surviving World War II

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 well, and no one bombs you. Over there it was different.” Yitzkhak (Isadore) Neiman

When the Second World War began in 1939, more than 3.5 million Jews lived in Poland. By 1945, 90 percent of them would be dead.

I Survived: My Name Is Yitzkhak presents the remarkable story of one man who made it out alive.

Born in 1912, Yitzkhak (Isadore) Neiman began life as a handyman’s son in the rural village of Czuczewicze, on the eastern border of Poland. The town’s Jewish community and gentile farmers lived together in relative harmony until the war came to them in 1941. One year later, almost every member of the Neiman family would be dead, and only Yitzkhak’s conscription into the Russian Army would save his life.

Interviewed by Dr. Harry Butowsky in the 1970s, Mr. Neiman narrates his service in two armies, imprisonment in a Soviet work camp, and escape to the United States in stunning, heartbreaking detail. At every turn Mr. Neiman’s memories reveal the struggles, ingenuities, and small kindnesses of everyday life under total war as he crisscrosses borders, battles hunger, and escapes violence.

I Survived represents a unique and invaluable addition to the oral history of World War II and to the great wealth of stories that let us know and honor the grit, determination, and intelligence of regular people in extraordinary circumstances.

Harry A. Butowsky (cannot accept evening engagements)

Tachyons: Messengers from the Future?

Einstein claimed that faster-than-light (FTL) speeds are impossible, but some physicists are no longer so sure about that notion. Hypothetical subatomic particles that travel at FTL speed are known as tachyons. In this talk we consider how tachyons might be used to send messages back to the past, and how the existence of tachyons can be settled in an experiment.

Robert Ehrlich

Teacher Professional Development

A discussion of ways teachers can develop the skills to enhance their relationships with students, become more effective reflective practitioners, and create vibrant professional learning communities in their schools.

Betsy DeMulder

Teaching Writing and Using Writing to Learn

As director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project from 1978 to 2011, I’ve been involved with improving the teaching of writing in area schools, public and private K-University. This talk is intended for teachers, parents and educators interested in improving writing in their institutions.

Don Gallehr

Technology Commercialization

Getting a new research product to market.

Paula Sorrell

The Affects of HIPAA on Privacy and Security

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is federal legislation that addresses issues ranging from health insurance coverage to national standard identifiers for healthcare providers. The portions that are important for our purposes are those that deal with protecting the privacy (confidentiality) and security (safeguarding) of health data, which HIPAA calls Protected Health Information or PHI. The presentation will discuss HIPAA Privacy and Security affects patients and the medical community.

Matthew Hicks

The American Theater at a Crossroads: Which Way to Turn?

A look at the American professional theater in its various expressions, from Broadway to the nonprofit regional theater, as it copes with unprecedented challenges from the pandemic to Black Lives Matter to economic uncertainty.  A glance at history (how we got here) will be followed by an exploration of the changing environment for theater and all the arts as we look ahead, focusing on opportunities as well as obstacles.

Rick Davis

The Art of Choreography

Uses lecture, video, and/or live performance to look at dance.

Susan Shields

The Beautiful and the Just: Inquiry, Justice, and Value in Alain Locke and Aristotle

Alain Locke was a 20th-century African American philosopher, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and a guiding force behind the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. His work in philosophy, politics, education, and arts criticism was guided by the notion of culture as a goal. To see this we must look to his roots in classical Greek philosophy. “Culture,” in Locke’s sense, is an engagement of self-expression and intellect, valuable for its own sake and for the sake of understanding. This recalls Aristotle’s account of theoria (contemplation) and its objects, the kala (beautiful or noble things). Culture for Locke can transform both lives and social orders. It is not aimed solely at gains within the status quo, and is always self-critical and investigative. Self-expression for Locke requires an interrogation of presuppositions about the world, one’s place in it, and what should be. This reintroduces the question of what a life and a society should be for. Locke’s conception of culture thus addresses deficiencies in current discussions of the relationships between education, democracy, and social justice.

Rose Cherubin

The Disaster/Emergency Preparedness of Professional Nurses

As the U.S. is challenged to increase local capacity to improve disaster/emergency preparedness, professional nurses (the back bone of the U.S. health system) and the front line of first receivers are critical.

P.J. Maddox

The Great Facade: How Surveillance Capitalism Almost Toppled the World’s Greatest Democracy and the European Union

We’ve all witnessed the changes in public and personal discourse and civility since the 2016 presidential election. Unfortunately, it seems as if the country is plunging into a downward spiral, and the death of reason is inevitable.  How did we get here?  Together, we will examine the intersections and impacts of foreign and domestic influence operations, conspiracy theories, political malpractice, and social media on the nation’s mental health and well-being.  We will also discuss what can and should be done to shield the nation from the harmful effects of misinformation, disinformation, and revisionist history.

John Villanueva

The Ladies Mason – George’s Two Anns

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.

Tom Moncure

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Dr. El-Shazli can speak on the current state of affairs in MENA countries and their governments; international relations between MENA countries and the West; Arab literature and culture as a way to understand their politics; Islam and Politics; Labor Migration issues in MENA; and the Arab Uprisings – reasons and impact.

Heba F. El-Shazli

The New Zealand Experience

An overview of New Zealand’s radical economic and political reforms, including lessons for American decision- makers interested in achieving similar results in the United States.

Maurice McTigue

The Public Health Impacts of Gender-based Violence against Women

What are the public health impacts of gender-based violence against women? How can we research gender-based violence against women? What are promising intervention approaches to both reduce gender-based violence against women?

Jhumka Gupta (Remote only through 2021)

The Restoration of Character: A Primer for Leaders

Politicians, police, and clergypersons are but a few of the professions wrought with scandal and corruption today. Everywhere we look, institutions and leaders are plunging into the abyss. Why? What we’re witnessing is the residue of moral and ethical decay and cowardice. It’s easy to think that things are too far gone to right the ship, but the reality is that we–especially those of us privileged enough to be called leaders–have the power to influence people, organizations, and society if we start with an inside out approach. The restoration of character is a catalyst for good in a world that’s lost its way.

John Villanueva

The Science of Climate Change

A simple description of the basic science of climate change. What is known for sure, and what is uncertain.

Robert Ehrlich

The Spanish Golden Age–a Dramatic Legacy

Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and many more great writers define the “Siglo de Oro” or Golden Age in Spanish literature, a period spanning portions of the 16th and 17th centuries that coincides with Spain’s decline as a world power. This talk addresses Spanish views of love, honor, power, religion, and other lively issues as reflected in the dramas of the time, some of which are considered among the world’s masterpieces.

Rick Davis

The State of U.S. Democracy

This presentation describes the state of democracy in contemporary American politics, through the lens of political science. Drawing on history, political philosophy, social psychology, and economic decision calculus, the presentation aims to achieve three goals. First, I identify the root causes of partisan polarization in the United States today, and dispel a number of myths about where it comes from. Second, I apply what science has learned from other successful and failed democracies around the globe and through history to assess the health of U.S. democratic institutions. Third, I use the scientific literature to talk about political reforms–those that might be helpful and those that might not–and what citizens can do to best protect American freedoms and rights. The presentation is non-partisan.

Jennifer N. Victor

The Threat to American Democracy and Civil Society: Understanding Influence Operations, Violent Extremism, and the Fractures Spawned by Political Partisanship

On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by a violent mob in an attempt to disrupt an electoral vote count by a joint session of congress. The Capitol almost fell under the weight of this insurrection. Americans – stunned and frozen in front of their televisions and mobile devices – witnessed a failed coup attempt by right-wing extremists feasting on an endless buffet of foreign and domestic influence operations, toxic political partisanship, and revisionist history. How did so many people become radicalized? How did social media contribute to the radicalization process? What does this mean for the future of America? How do we recover from this attack on democracy? How do we bridge our differences? How do we protect future generations against the poisoning of the mind? These are the questions addressed in this presentation that includes a Q&A session.


John Villanueva

The World’s Oldest Game

Go, also known as Wei Qi, is an abstract strategy board game for two players in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. This talk will explain and demonstrate the basic game rules and strategies, and the useful lessons for everyday life.

Robert Ehrlich

Themes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Sermons

Most of our knowledge about MLK, Jr. is through his political speeches. This presentation focus on spiritual themes found in 8 of his sermons. While one can see many links to his political life, Dr. King was an ordained minister who started his career as a person who gave sermons.

Don Boileau

Things That Keep Me Up at Night: Technology’s Severest Challenges

If you are pretty much comfortable with today’s information technology world, this course is probably not for you. The instructor, who teaches technology policy at Mason, has collected several dozen of what he thinks are the scarier, more worrisome, and potentially game-changing topics in information technology that may be in our near-term and longterm future. Many are already major news stories while others are just about to break the surface. Here are some of the topics that will be covered: revenge porn, phishing, cyber bullying, disruption by virtual currencies, bots and scrapers, e-waste, cyber terrorism, fake news, skin gambling, weapons of math destruction, Jigsaw ransomware, doxing, twitterbots, Etherium, and many more. It’s not all bad news because there are solutions for each one of these challenges, and we will discuss how governments, individuals, businesses, and churches might be able to do in order to cope with them.

Steve Ruth

Transnational and Transracial Adoption and the Changing Faces of American Families

Speaker has completed major project on changing faces of American family. Will discuss multiple impacts of transnational and transracial adoption on family-making in the U.S. Seligmann’s book, Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation (Stanford University Press, 2013) examines the experiences of families who have adopted from China, Russia, and those who have adopted African American children transracially in the U.S., including the experiences of the children themselves.

Linda Seligmann

Transportation and Air Quality

The role of transportation on regional air quality, mitigation and policy implications.

Mohan Venigalla

Transportation Planning

A discussion on issues related to short- and long-term transportation planning and highway capacity.

Mohan Venigalla

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

Funding and procurement models, financing, renegotiation, case studies, legislation, policies, political issues, international P3s, US P3 market conditions, P3s experience in Virginia, economic rationale, government support, project arrangement, evaluation and risks.

Jonathan Gifford

Trauma Across the Life Course

There is more discussion about the impact of trauma on children and families as well as trauma in older adults and long-term care settings.  Dr. Davis is an expert in trauma and helping address strategies to manage the impact of lifetime trauma.

Molly Davis

Turning Points in Negotiation and Conflict Process

All negotiations have critical moments, or episodes, when the potential exists for increased understanding or its opposite: blaming, stereotyping, withdrawal, and even violence. How can we recognize turning points in negotiation and conflict processes? How can we create turning points that lead to collaborative and sustainable agreements? This presentation will enable participants to learn to identify a turning point in a negotiation process, and respond so as to increase options.

Sara Cobb

UFOs: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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.

Harold Geller

Understanding Culture and Difference: A New Approach

It is important to understand models that allow us to understand and be comfortable with difference. This speech will provide new strategies to understand differences and reduce our anxiety about being culturally competent.

Molly Davis

Understanding Digital Natives

Growing up with internet has changed the way youth and young adults learn, socialize, interact, and live their lives. This has inspired a growing literature about these new “digital natives,” about the “digital immigrants” that are teaching and raising them, and about the impact of these changes on brain development and habits of mind. This topic will feature discussion of characteristics of digital natives, identification of strategies for interacting with them, and exploration of how technology is changing the learning environment.

Star Muir

Urban and Metropolitan Affairs

Urban and metropolitan development, land use, urban sprawl.

Jonathan Gifford

Using Writing to Grieve the Loss of a Loved One

I learned how to using writing to grieve after the loss of my late wife. I wrote about us for two years and afterward was able to move on with my life, which is exactly what she would have wanted. In 2014 I published a book about her last 17 months called Finished Business.

Don Gallehr

Utopian Communities

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?

Mary McCutcheon

Various Game Topics

As an instructor in the game design program, I’ve traveled to a number of events related to gaming around the country, delivering talks on game topics ranging from color-blindness and accessibility to opera in games. With a couple weeks’ notice, I can prepare a talk on a variety of subjects, including audiovisual components, as part of my studio, Winterion Game Studios.

Here are a few examples of previously delivered talks:
Transmediation of Games and Opera ( )
Building Better Games Literacy ( )
Sega Hardware Retrospective ( )
Play is Practice ( )
Game Literacy Roundtable ( )
Lessons from Let’s Plays ( )

Daniel Greenberg

W. H. Auden

A brief overview, with sample poems, of one of the sanest and wittiest poets of the 20th century.

Roger Lathbury

War and Peace in an Age of Empire: What About China?

The speaker’s 2010 book, “Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War,” describes the arguments and images that persuade Americans to consent to wars. It looks as though many of those same propaganda techniques are being used to prepare Americans to accept a war with China. What is causing this and what can be done to prevent a violent war between empires?

Richard Rubenstein

War Memorials on the National Mall

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.

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

What is a Planet? Mars, Pluto and Exoplanets as Examples

A major topic on the internet today is the question of the definition of a planet. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially changed the definition of a planet. No longer was Pluto to be called a planet, but a dwarf planet. We will examine examples of objects inside and outside our solar system; addressing the issue as to whether or not they should be considered an example of a planet. We will review the definition of planet as laid out by the IAU in 2006. We will also address a newly proposed definition of a planet. This definition not only includes Pluto, but adds dozens more to the party of planets.

Harold Geller

What’s Ahead in Politics

All topics related to the current political scene.

Bill Schneider

Where Are the Time Travelers?

Einstein’s theory of relativity suggests that time travel might be possible. We consider why this is true, and how one might build a time machine. We also consider the paradoxes involved with time travel and how they might be resolved.

Robert Ehrlich

White House Czars and the Decline of Democratic Accountability

Presidents increasingly have appointed so-called czars to make policy, administer programs, and allocate budgets. The practice is controversial given that these newly created offices are not confirmed and not subject to testify. The presentation covers the history and growth of presidential use of czars and then assesses the Obama Administration’s continued and expanded use of czars.

Mark J. Rozell

Who is this Lady?

Explanation of the symbolism represented in the Seal of Virginia.

Tom Moncure

Why College?

Discusses how the total experience of college helps students learn how to learn, balance knowledge of the good life and good society, and develop a sense of right, wrong, truth, and beauty.

Don Boileau

Why Everyone Should Care About the Problem of the Healthcare Uninsured

The number of health care uninsured continues to grow, adding to the problem of growing health care costs, public health problems and growing business sector personnel costs. This presentation outlines the causes and consequences of health uninsurance and what public and private sector options can be used to address this complex problem.

P.J. Maddox

Writing and Meditation

Meditation has long been considered an allied activity with writing. Both include focusing of the mind and a watching of inner speech. This talk also includes the use of secularized koans or word puzzles to tap the writer’s intuition to solve the more perplexing problems facing the writer.

Don Gallehr

Your Neighbor Next Door: How Intercultural Communication Helps One Understand Differences

In most neighborhoods of Northern Virginia one finds residents of several cultures. This presentation presents several themes from intercultural communication to help people improved their understanding of how messages vary among cultures because of the ways we send and receive messages.

Don Boileau