A freewheeling discussion of the actor’s life working on the great plays of Shakespeare, based on 25 years of experience.
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.
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.
How do science fiction languages differ from real human language? What is it that makes the aliens on Star Trek sound alien?
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.
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.
A focus on the markets of the Peruvian Andes, with special attention to gender relationships and the impacts of neoliberali economic policies, tourism, and decentralization. Addresses the intersection of informal and formal economies.
How anthropologists do fieldwork and the methods they employ, including in zones of conflict.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How are 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?
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.
The elements that make a book as beautiful to hold as it may be to read.
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.
“User Friendly” is a subjective, qualitative term that serves marketers, but not managers, programmers or users. This talk focuses on specific problems with existing software user interfaces and points out measurable ways to make software of all kinds more competitive for users in the global marketplace
Topics areas include: 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.
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.
This talk will consider 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.
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.)
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that everybody is 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 industrialization, urbanization and deforestation have caused most of the changes observed in the past 60 years. The citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth 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 what the impacts of those changes will be on citizens’ lives, livelihoods and property, 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.
Topics: Well-Being, student transition, retention, and engagement.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How did we get here? 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.
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.
Current economic and financial developments affecting industry and financial services, globally and locally.
Immigration, Demographic Change, Populism, Nativism, Backlash, Minority Politics, Islam, Identity Politics, Brexit, White Working Class Voters, United States, Europe, Middle East, Policy Communication
- 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.
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 www.appreciativeintelligence.com for more information.
An overview of the development of the Prince William Campus to include new construction projects, curriculum, and partnerships with Prince William County and local business industries as well as Hylton Performing Arts Center overview.
A focus on how diet and nutrition affect obesity.
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.
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.
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 www.appreciativeintelligence.com
The global War on Terror, now more than 10 years old, threatens to become permanent. Its costs, political, financial, Constitutional, and moral, continue to escalate. Is the struggle winnable in its present form? Are there feasible alternatives? Conflict resolution theory and practice suggest that violence is not the only road to follow.
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.
A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.
Susan’s current research projects are primarily focused on how the law impacts education and the special education rights of exceptional learners, particularly from an ethical perspective. She has authored and co-authored several articles about the statutory and common law rights of exceptional learners to receive educational programs and services; and about the importance of special education leadership. As part of her ongoing research agenda, Dr. Bon examines the intersection of law and ethics, special education litigation, such as inclusion, least restrictive environment, and due process hearings; special education leadership, and analyzes the legal and policy impacts of employment disputes in public school settings.
This workshop is designed to enhance an individual’s ability to effectively handle difficult situations. The presentation is made using PowerPoint, however, it has several exercises to illustrate key points. The exercises will present opportunities to help participants apply helpful tools for communicating effectively and handling complicated situations.
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.
Dr. Roess can address the following aspects of emerging infectious diseases: Disparities, Coronaviruses, Breastfeeding, Microbiome, One Health, Food Borne Illness, Antimicrobial Resistance.
Launching a technical company, market exploration, customer discovery.
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.
This presentation examines questions about the future of equity movements in the early 21st century .
Issues regarding the capital requirements of global financial institutions and regulatory policies for mitigating financial and systemic institution risk-taking.
Topic includes a discussion of alternative investment opportunities available to individuals and professionals.
Current federal and state regulations of financial services companies and their impact on financial institution and market performance.
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?
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.
How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.
Topic areas include: Foreign Policy; The Former Soviet Union; The Balkans; International Energy and Economic Issues; Human Rights; and Humanitarian Aid.
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.
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.
Gender bias in education and ways to practice gender-fair teaching.
Gentrification and its impact on inequalities and democratic participation in Washington, DC. From the 1940s to the present.
Biographical with emphasis on his strength of character and central role in forming this government. Can readily tailor to audience interests and time constraints.
Dr. Susan Crate has been trained by Al Gore to present his slideshow on global climate change. The show consists of PowerPoint slides covering the science of the problem and the actions we must take to avoid planetary collapse.
An overview of the major global trends and debates in the areas of politics, economics, society and culture.
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.
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.
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.
Health Care Reform. Professor Alison Cuellar can address the following topics regarding health care reform: health care merger, private health insurance, employer provided health insurance, medicare, medicaid, mental health and substance abuse treatment.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The history and lessons learned from the Vietnam war including a look at veteran’s issues in American Life.
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!
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.
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.
Discussion of the craft and artistry and happy coincidence in making a dance.
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.
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.
A look at the revolution in drama launched by Henrik Ibsen, one of the giant figures of European letters in the late 19th century.
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.
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.
Critical information technology (IT) skills for effective participation in an evolving economy and job market. How IT skills are measured, and how assessment of skills plays a key role in identifying different effective training strategies. Moving beyond the pitfalls of Internet surfing to make decisions based on sound information.
Instruments in the attic, a program of George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy, is designed to collect, repair and distribute musical instruments to the community. IIA has three missions 1. Academic- to collect and use instruments for Mason School of Music Instrumental Methods classes 2. Community – to send out students, with IIA donated instruments, into the community to teach young people, senior citizens, and other groups that would desire instrumental music instruction. 3. Professional – to partner with arts, business and civic groups to collect instruments for IIA related programs. Teaching Scholars sends Mason Music Students into the schools to teach after school enrichment programs in Music. Mason Music Ambassadors sends small chamber music groups out into the community to perform for various venues and programs.
Topic areas include Irish history from the medieval time to the present, with a primary focus on art history and its connections to the society and overall culture of Ireland and its people. The professor’s specialty is medieval manuscript illumination (e.g. The Book of Kells).
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.
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.
Professor Rabin can lecture on Latin American film of the twentieth century, including the “New Cinema” of the 1960s-1980s, and educational documentaries made around the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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.
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 (www.appreciativeintelligence.com) 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.
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 www.appreciativeintelligence.com
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.
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.
A presentation about the entrepreneurial ecosystem landscape to include opportunities, challenges and resources.
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.
Dr. Boileau who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors can talk about the presence, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease.
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.
The evolving management requirements in today’s health care.
Discusses the elements of risk management, the need to manage or control risks, and risk control measures and procedures. Is insurance necessary?
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.
Marine pollution, overfishing and climate change are all effecting marine species. Marine habitats are being degraded at an escalating rate. What are the main problems for marine conservation and what can we do to help?
Impact of financial derivatives for risk hedging and current market developments. What role have they played in the financial crisis of 2007-2010?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Introduction to one of the greatest American and world novels. What is it really about?
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.
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.
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).
The story of New Zealand’s massive restructuring of its telecommunications industry, and the huge benefits enjoyed by consumers after deregulation.
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.
A discussion of the past, present and future of nuclear power, and its contribution to our quest for clean energy.
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.
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.
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.
Current and past conditions and livelihoods of Quechua-speaking indigenous peoples in Peru.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An analysis of the evolution of presidential powers and what Congress can do to check presidents who overreach their authority.
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.
Details how performance-based management and accountability helped New Zealand radically improve the quality of its government-delivered services.
Explains the value of debate as a means of increasing discussion and insight into problems and decisions faced by different organizations. Provides advice on incorporating debate as a part of quality management and innovative business techniques.
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.
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.
Professor Offutt is an award winning college teacher and keeps busy raising three gifted kids. This talk shares his knowledge from a wide reading on the subject of educating gifted children, his experience with his own kids and their friends, and coaching Odyssey of the Mind teams. All Children challenge committed parents, and intellectually gifted children bring their own unique challenges. One of the first principles is that they are “better at” but not “better than” other kids. Professor Offutt will discuss theories behind AAP programs, give practical advice for parents, and offer insights into the FCPS AAP program and Thomas Jefferson. This talk is designed for parents and teachers of gifted children of all ages.
Based on the speaker’s 2010 book. The arguments and images that persuade Americans to consent to wars, and how we can clarify our thinking about self-defense, evil enemies, moral crusades, and war as a last resort.
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?
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.
Reputation management has become more complicated because of new Internet realities and practices. The contemporary media environment is conducive to the spread of negativity and misinformation in public discourse. Social media normalize subversive rhetoric and personal attacks in political discourse regarding central issues in public policy (health care, climate change, etc). It has become more difficult for individuals and organizations to manage reputation and legitimacy in this toxic environment. This presentation will address an effective way to counter reputational crises, whether it be scientific arguments or attacks on individuals or organizations, through pre-emptive inoculation. Several new inoculation methods will be discussed in the context of several recent case studies.
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.
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.
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?
What if the leaders in politics, business, science, and the military had spent their youth as Playboy bunnies or car- show models? 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 a 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.
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.
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.
It seems that every day we hear about another software disaster that costs huge amounts of money, destroys equipment, leaks personal data, or kills. This is in addition to the many times every day we, as normal users, get tripped up by software bugs and poor design. Why? What can we do? This talk draws on Professor Offutt’s 30 years as a researcher, teacher, and consultant on software quality and software testing to explore root causes of what goes on. This discussion is non-technical and accessible to all users of software.
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.
Willing to talk about the sports industry, sports management program at Mason, college athletics, professional sports, youth sports, the coaching profession, basketball and basketball coaching.
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.
Dr. Shafroth can speak on a variety of topics regarding state and local government.
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.
I can provide a brief discussion on the needs of contemporary students and their housing needs.
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.
A history of the intriguing counterfeit $100 notes now circulating in Europe and Asia and sometimes in America, with amusing speculations by others about their source.
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.
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.
It is commonly believed that women in the U.S. first started entering the workforce in large numbers during, and as a result of, the “women’s liberation” movement of the 60s & 70s. Although many know how the “Rosies the Riveter” of World War II showed women they could hold nontraditional employment, they do not know the long history of other income-earning labor by women prior to 1940. In this presentation, Taylor fills in many missing spaces in the myth and story of women and work, using the lives of women in one part of her own family tree.
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.
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.
Getting a new research product to market.
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.
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.
Uses lecture, video, and/or live performance to look at dance.
Alain Locke was a 20th-century African American philosopher, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and the 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.
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.
The Great Facade: How surveillance capitalism almost toppled the world’s greatest democracy and the European Union
A simplified explanation of how it happened, why it’s likely to happen again, and what we can do about it.
This talk describes the distinctive origins and current program of the innovative, state-of-the-art Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus. The result of creative collaboration between political jurisdictions (City of Manassas, Prince William County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia) and a major university, the Hylton Center expresses a community’s sense of cultural pride and aspiration to excellence in the visual and performing arts.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Politicians, police, and clergymen are but a few of the professions wrought with scandal and corruption today. Everywhere we look there are institutions and leaders 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 as a whole 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.
A simple description of the basic science of climate change. What is known for sure, and what is uncertain.
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.
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.
Using a unique data set of 1331 Tea Party signs, I analyze what the Tea Party believes. Who are their heroes and villains, and what are the main issues that concern them? I conclude by speculating on where the movement is headed.
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 that are 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 generation against the poisoning of the mind? These are the questions addressed in this presentation that includes a Q&A session.
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.
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.
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.
Many of our most intractable conflicts are produced, not by ignorance or communications failures, but by social systems that generate violence. These include conflicts over crime and punishment, wealth and poverty, and foreign policy choices. How do we change the systems that produce violent conflict?
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.
The role of transportation on regional air quality, mitigation and policy implications.
A discussion on issues related to short- and long-term transportation planning and highway capacity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Urban and metropolitan development, land use, urban sprawl.
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.
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?
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 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFBEeHfSBso )
Building Better Games Literacy ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWOvyALKX1I )
Sega Hardware Retrospective ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgt7STCLHuc )
Play is Practice ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_WhrJ79h-o )
Game Literacy Roundtable ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMCNfdTBNc )
Lessons from Let’s Plays ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0H4mW8P1XY )
A brief overview, with sample poems, of one of the sanest and wittiest poets of the 20th century.
I can do this as a talk or a walking tour. 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.
The diversity of whales and dolphins and their adaptations to living in a marine environment. The threats that whales and dolphins face and ways to help conserve them.
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.
Bill Schneider is available to speak about anything related to the current political scene.
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.
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.
Explanation of the symbolism represented in the Seal of Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
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.