History, Political Science & Law

Upcoming Courses

Courses

Candice Millard is a bestselling historian whose epic and meticulously researched books unearth some of US history's greatest moments and figures. A former editor and contributing writer at National Geographic magazine, Millard digs deep into her stories and shares riveting anecdotes with the audiences of her lectures.


Sunday, March 3, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151
The US Civil War does not lack for interpretations; and Canada's is one of ambivalence. Keeping in my Canadian 'swim lane' I'll take a romp through the civil war years as seen from The North Star. Contradictions abound, from receiving and protecting passengers from conductor Harriet Tubman's underground railroad, to plots to kill Lincoln and harboring the exiled Jefferson Davis. It's an interesting story that furthers our Osher learners understanding of their northern neighbor.


Mondays 3/25, 4/1, TBD - UR Campus
The History of Women in the US is characterized by long overdue liberation: politically, economically, socially and sexually. This class will discuss the conclusions of nine of the best books on the topics of women, both white and of color, in relation to: Power, Economics, Family, and Sexuality as well as current and future direction of women.


Mondays; 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, Synchronous Online
Join us for a virtual tour around the Adriatic as we move from the Italian cities of Ravenna, Venice, and Trieste, east into Slovenia and war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina, then south along Croatia's breathtaking Dalmatian Coast. Along the way we'll visit such natural wonders as Lake Bled and Plitvice National Park, the Roman ruins of ancient Split and the Istrian Peninsula, medieval structures on Isle of Kor?ula, and the 800-year-old walled city of Dubrovnik.


Thursday 5/02, Synchronous Online
Organized in conjunction with the statewide Women's Suffrage Centennial in 2020, this program celebrates a century of women's social and political activism in the Commonwealth. Agents of Change highlights the efforts and impact of a selection of female change-makers who created positive change in their communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. These change-makers created new models of female empowerment and new opportunities for women, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and equal society.


Tuesday 3/12, Synchronous Online
Civic Education has been around for a long time, but it takes many forms these days. Using Richard Haass' new book, The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens, this class will focus on finding a balance between rights and obligations. Invite an Osher friend to register with you. If you are a Democrat, invite a Republican. If you are straight, invite a gay person. If you are Christian, invite a Muslim or Jewish person. Together, we will learn and practice the steps of compromise to help restore a sense of community. Come join us - our democracy depends on it.


Wednesdays, Feb 28, Mar 6, 13, 20, TBD - UR Campus
Based primarily on works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Art collections, this interactive session will explore how American landscape painting came to prominence in the mid-19th Century. The Hudson River School was not an actual school, but America's first true artistic fraternity, reflecting the themes of discovery, exploration, and settlement, and characterized by a realistic, detailed, and sometimes idealized portrayal of nature.


Thursday 3/28, Synchronous Online
BUS TRIP: Hop on a bus with Chip, then settle back to explore the various stops in Petersburg that played a part in our Revolutionary War efforts. Because of the event costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.


Monday, Dec 11 ( No seats currently available )
This class will take you on a musical tour of the history of the cello, featuring both lecture and musical examples played live. We will begin with a brief history of bowed string instruments, we'll toss in a little non-classical music, and end with a few holiday favorites in the Christian and Jewish traditions.


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Despite recent high-level exchanges between the US and China, including visits to China by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, the US-China relationship has remained at the lowest point since President Nixon's historical visit to China in 1972, with hawkish tones and disputes over Taiwan and tech-war becoming the new normal. How has the relationship gotten to this point? Suisheng Zhao's talk will seek answers to many important questions.


Thursday, Feb 1, TBD - UR Campus
This course will use a cognitive model to exam the decision styles of principal commanders of armies in the eastern theater of the Civil War. This includes optimism and confirmation bias, too high or too low a degree of fight in their amygdalae, and high reliance on Type I thinking.


Mondays 4/8, 15, TBD - UR Campus
This course will focus on the story of East Tennessee State University basketball player Tommy Woods, who overcame racial hostility and social isolation while breaking the intercollegiate sports color barrier in his state in 1963. The course will also include an overview of the history of desegregation of Southern sports in the 1960s, along with the instructor's personal reflections on his experiences as a high school and college athlete in Tennessee during that era.


Thursdays 4/4, 11, TBD - UR Campus
As the birthplace of one of the oldest civilizations, India has intrigued the West with its rich history and culture. It has influenced the world with its philosophy and as a seat of four religions of the world. It has also contributed in the field of mathematics, astronomy, music, literature, and sculpture. The course will take the student through the last five thousand years of an entertaining journey that ends in modern day India.


Fridays; 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, TBD - UR Campus
Let's talk about planning for the future. How can you ensure that your preferences and directives for your financial assets are carried out correctly? We'll discuss the legal options available to assist in making the best decisions. Elder Law will also be discussed. Questions are welcome!


Thursday, May 9, TBD - UR Campus
Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt (both), and a few other US Presidents are household names. Their images appear on money, towns and schools are named for them, and some are associated with historical ages. However, there is a handful of lesser-knowns whose decisions changed the course of American history: Martin Van Buren, James K. Polk, John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, and Rutherford B. Hayes. This course will study their Presidencies and explain why they matter.


Mondays, 2/19, 26 3/4, 11, 18, Synchronous Online
Between 1783 and 1803 several decisions were made that determined the shape of our government. These decisions led to now well-accepted principles such as civilian control of the military, a written Constitution, a Bill of Rights, a capitol in Washington DC, and limited presidential terms of office. In this course we will examine these pivotal decisions, the circumstances leading to them, and the men who made them.


Wednesday 4/10, 17, 24, TBD - UR Campus
This presentation on the fascinating history of the Belmead will cover its years of occupation by indentured servant Bartholomew Stovall through its ownership by Confederate Brigadier General Philip St. George Cocke. It will conclude with its conversion into two little-known African American schools, St. Emma Military Academy and St. Francis de Sales school. Several alumni from both schools will be present to share their stories during a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.


Monday 4/8, TBD - UR Campus
We will tell the story of British interaction in India.


Thursday 4/25, TBD - UR Campus
Come hear about the influence of Indian art, culture and religions in South East Asia from the First Millennium to the present.


Monday 3/25, TBD - UR Campus
Have you ever wanted to trace your family history, but didn't know how to begin, or became overwhelmed when you did? Then, this class is for you. Learn how to set goals and stay organized; use basic research tools, techniques, and reliable sources; and ways to ensure you have the facts. The goal is to give you skills and resources to begin discovering your ancestors and their true stories.


Mondays & Thursdays; 2/12, 2/15, 2/19 & 2/22, TBD - UR Campus
Have you found some of your ancestors, collected information, started a family tree. . .and want to do more? This class will help you make sense of what you have, expand your research skills, learn to use more advanced tools and techniques, and broaden your knowledge of genealogical resources. The goal is to build on what you have already done and add to the depth and breadth of your family history.


Mondays, Thursdays 3/11, 14, 18, 21, TBD - UR Campus
In this course, learn about the Folk Revival of the late 1950s/early 1960s and how it led to much of the American music scene in the following decade.


Wednesdays; 1/31, 2/7, TBD - UR Campus
Designed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and facilitated at the grassroots level, the Great Decisions program highlights eight thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. The 2024 Great Decisions videos and briefing book serve as the focal material for the class. It is strongly recommended that students purchase the briefing book and read the relevant topic before each class. To purchase the briefing book visit http://www.fpa.org.


Wednesdays, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, TBD - UR Campus
This course presents a different perspective to the first five centuries of Christianity. It focuses on the battles of ideas between so-called heretics and the proto-orthodox/orthodox wings of the emerging religion. We will examine Jesus's first followers, Gnostics, Marcion, Tatian, Montanus, Donatus, Pelegian, and Arius. The heretics lost the battles but significantly influenced the development steps of Christianity. The role of Judaism in the early Jesus Game will also be introduced.


Tuesdays, April 9, 16, 23, TBD - UR Campus
FIELD TRIP Marjorie Merriweather Post purchased Hillwood with the intent to leave it as a museum that would inspire and educate the public. We will have a docent-guided mansion tour showing her rich collections and passion for history. Following our tour we will have lunch on the grounds. There are no refunds unless we can fill your slot.


Wednesday, May 1, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
From Virginia's earliest days to the 2000 Olympics, when four members of the bronze medal-winning three-day evening team hailed from Middleburg, the commonwealth has nurtured a special relationship with the animal. In sport, there's the development of the Quarter Horse. In battle, horses like Traveller witnessed pivotal movements of the Civil War. And in popular culture, stories like 'Misty of Chincoteague' have all cemented Virginia's status as a state with a unique equine history.


Wednesday 12/13/23, Synchronous Online
Come hear the personal stories and real experiences from Ukraine as lived and told by Michael Warchol our Communications and Events Manager for the Office of International Education. As he notes, 'Serving in the Peace Corps many years ago initiated a real shift in my thinking on the world and the work I do. With the start of the war and renewed focus on Ukraine, I again have found new purpose and new work through sponsoring and supporting Ukrainian refugees.'


Monday, 4/22, TBD - UR Campus
Arguably one of the most influential economists of the twentieth century, Keynes was ahead of his time for conceptualizing the downstream effects of punishing other countries through sanctions, reparations, and embargoes. Yet his undergraduate years were spent in hedonistic pursuits with his fellow Apostles. At Cambridge he developed his famed spreadsheets: ranking his fellow students on their sexual prowess, as he had experienced it first-hand with his male classmates.


Wednesday 12/13/23, Synchronous Online
FIELD TRIP Julia Child's insatiable curiosity and tenacious spirit drove her to endlessly try, test, prove and communicate how to make delicious food. Learning to cook empowered Julia and she in turn empowered others, profoundly transforming American cuisine and food culture. Julia Child: A Recipe for Life explores the key ingredients that led to Julia's personal evolution and America's culinary revolution. Offered twice: please register for only one session. Because of the tour costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.


Friday, Mar 22, Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Friday, Apr 12, Virginia Museum of History and Culture
Kushan, a Central Asian Tribe, established themselves as a major power in India and present-day Afghanistan during first through third Centuries AD and left a strong impression on the art of the region.


Friday 3/15, TBD - UR Campus
Dean Martha Merritt of International Education has invited Osher members to a special event.


Sunday, Dec 17, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts ( No seats currently available )
This series of illustrated lectures probed the deep roots, proximate causes, methods, personalities, and principal events which created The Holocaust. The objectives of this course are both academic and cathartic: to enable participants of any nationality, faith, or persuasion to come to terms with The Holocaust through information, analysis, public discourse, and private reflection.


Saturdays; 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/03, 2/10, 2/17, Synchronous Online
While the polarization of politics in recent years has put fuel on the "fake news" fire, the concept of conflicting truths is not new. Dating back to the Renaissance and philosopher Francis Bacon understanding the psychological phenomenon later to be coined as "confirmation bias" our consumption of news continues to evolve. Therefore, so must our lens of reporting transparency. Step into the world of a broadcast journalist to understand what it takes to convey facts and spot shortcomings on TV. Understand first-hand the joys and challenges of standing and reporting in front of major sporting events like an NFL playoff game or MLB spring training to capture the scene for viewers. Understand social media in a new light as storytellers grow their own voices and those they have the responsibility to spotlight as powerful pieces attempt to not die in an echo chamber.


Saturdays; 2/24, 3/02, 3/09, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, Synchronous Online
The mystery genre is one of the most popular genres today, but it is relatively new. The first modern detective novels were published by Edgar Allan Poe in the nineteenth century, which ushered in a boom of mystery novels in America and the UK in subsequent years. In this class, we'll study mystery novels of the 1920s through 1940s-including books by Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie; hardboiled crime novels; and Nancy Drew-and we'll learn what made them so popular. We will also examine why it's so fun to read about horrible crimes and try to understand what we get out of it.


Wednesdays; 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07, 2/14, Synchronous Online (5 seats (100%) remaining)
This course will explore the history of the modern public library from the early nineteenth century through the present. Students will gain an enhanced appreciation for the role of the public library in a democratic society, as well as the ways in which the public library is a uniquely American invention.


Wednesdays; 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07, 2/14, Synchronous Online
"Native Ground" will introduce students to the depth of Native American history in what is now the United States, as well as its diversity. From this foundation, the course will move to consider the implications of the invasion from Europe, the founding of European colonies, and the eventual (not inevitable) establishment of the United States and its expansion across Native North America. The course will emphasize the resilience of Indigenous communities in the face of relentless colonial pressure. Along the way, students can expect to learn about several related topics, including the historiography of Native America and the image of the "Indian" in the American mind.


Mondays; 2/19, 2/26, 3/04, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, Synchronous Online
Join Lauren Andersen for an examination of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Lauren will discuss the many contributions Justice Ginsburg made to the legal landscape, from her work as an advocate for gender equality, her role as the co-founder of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and her opinions on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her early influences will also be discussed. Clips from the documentary RBG will be shared and discussed - you may have seen the film, but this talk will cover much more!


Thursdays; 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/01, 2/08, 2/15, Synchronous Online
Explore the yearly cycle of Jewish holidays. Unlock the mysteries of the Jewish calendar, learning about major and minor holidays, historical practices, and modern observances. Whether you have grown up with these holidays, or are learning for the first time, enrich your understanding of and connection to these sacred moments in time. 


Tuesdays; 1/09, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/06, 2/20 (skip 2/13), Synchronous Online
Explanation and discussion of more fascinating themes in philosophy-another philosophy buffet! Topics include philosophical types of religion, religion and politics in America, aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of culture, and philosophy of happiness. What are the differences between conservative, liberal, and fundamentalist forms of religion? What is the relationship between religion and politics in the United States? What is art, and what is good art? Why is language so fascinating? What is culture, and do people in our culture invoke it responsibly? Finally, what is happiness and how can we experience it? (Themes in Philosophy 1 is not a prerequisite)


Wednesdays; 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/07, 2/14, Synchronous Online
Before he became the nation's first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted was a failed sailor, farmer, writer, and gold miner. His writings influenced international opinion on slavery, and his vision created a system of parks which would remain relevant for hundreds of years. This course will focus on Olmsted's life and world, a time of civil war, rapid nation-building, and the beginning of the American park system.


Mondays and Wednesdays, May 6, 8, 13, 15, TBD - UR Campus
This one-hour documentary traces the evolution of college basketball through the rise of the most historic arena in the country: The University of Pennsylvania's Palestra. We will talk about this film, produced by a former female basketball player.


Tuesday 3/19, TBD - UR Campus
Part II of the History of the Holocaust focuses on Nazi Germany's murder of Jews, Roma Sinti (Gypsies), and Homosexuals, ending with an overview of the Nurenberg Trials.


Tuesdays; 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, TBD - UR Campus
Civil War soldiers did not only fight, march, and camp. They also entered a creative struggle to represent and record the conflict, in which they relied upon visual culture as an effective means by which to convey the experiences of war. Some created romantic illustrations to justify their cause, in line with the popular depiction of warfare. Others abandoned these strategies in search of new ways to communicate war's violence.


Wednesday, Jan 31, TBD - UR Campus
Let's talk about planning for the future. How can you ensure that your preferences and directives for your financial assets are carried out correctly? We'll discuss the legal options available to assist in making the best decisions.


Tuesday, Dec 12, Synchronous Online
American art changed substantially, some say radically, after World War II. One of the great developments of the post-war era was the emergence of women artists and their recognition by museum curators and mainstream art galleries. Beginning with abstract expressionist painters like Frankenthaler, Hartigan, and de Kooning, women broke through the historically male-dominated art scene and laid the foundation for the amazing breadth and depth of work by women artists that we see today.


Thursday 2/22, Synchronous Online
Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt (Theodore and Franklin), and a handful of other American Presidents are household names. Their images appear on money; cities, towns, and schools are named for them, and one, Andrew Jackson, is associated with an entire era of 'age.' Their impact on American society is unquestionable. However, a handful of lesser-known Chief Executives changed the course of American history. One of them is Virginian John Tyler. This course will examine how his presidency affected the office well into the twentieth century.


Wednesday 12/13/23, Synchronous Online
Rachel Beanland is the University of Richmond's 2023-24 Writer-in-Residence. She will talk about her books and her journey as a writer. Co-sponsored by Osher and the Friends of the Library.


Wednesday, April 10, TBD - UR Campus
'The Brothers Karamazov' is Dostoevsky's greatest novel. The power of the novel is revealed most dramatically in Chapter 5 which recreates the Legend of the Grand Inquisitor, the encounter between the Anti-Christ and Christ. We will explore the themes of the chapter and seek to find their relevance to today's world.


Monday, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18/23, Room 160
A light review of serving as a staff member on the floor of the US House of Representatives from the perspective of a teenager, including some little-known traditions and behind-the-scenes events that didn't make the news or the history books.


Thursdays, Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, Synchronous Online
Hey, White Girl (2021) is a fictional story about busing in Richmond in the early 1970's. Come reflect with the author on your own "coming of age" story as she discusses how the writing process became a journey into understanding what it means to be white. There will be time for discussion, but reading the novel will not be required for participation. Judith Bice was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she has enjoyed a dual career as an educator and a musician. Her first novel, Hey, White Girl, is inspired by her own busing experience, her return to the classroom as a teacher, and her growing awareness of what it means to be white. Find out more at judithbice.com


Tuesday 4/9, TBD - UR Campus
Discover the many ways Virginians have experienced love and loss over nearly four centuries through letters, diaries, and other intimate expressions culled from VMHC's extensive manuscript collections. Through the private writings of Virginians known and unknown, we'll explore arranged marriages in the Colonial era, soldiers pitching woo in wartime, a 20th-Century courtship nearly derailed by conflicting religious beliefs, the turmoil of coming out as a gay man in 1970s Richmond, and much more.


Tuesday, 2/13, Synchronous Online
This lecture will provide an overview of the DNA testing conducted by the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) in the Department of Forensic Biology. It will also highlight OCME's response and role in 9/11 and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday 2/26, Synchronous Online
Songwriting is a creative outlet to share ideas, express feelings, or tell a story. What do women songwriters have to tell us? Is the female perspective of truth different that that of a male? We will examine the lyrics and listen to the songs of some influential women singer-songwriters.


Tuesday, Apr 16 and 23, Synchronous Online
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that 'the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.' As daughters, Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby found a way to live Dr. King's dream. Their presentation will draw on lessons from their book, 'Cousins: Connected Through Slavery, A Black Woman and a White Woman Discover Their Past and Each Other.'


Wednesday, April 17, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151
One of the most heralded films of 2021, Questlove's Academy-Award-winning documentary 'Summer of Soul' revisits the 1969 Harlem Cultural Arts Festival. Obscured by memories of the Woodstock Festival which took place that same year, vivid archival footage from the summer-long Harlem concert series was mostly forgotten. On Monday, we will screen 'Summer of Soul' and briefly discuss it. On Tuesday, presenters Bill Pike and Joe Vanderford will chart the evolving muse of Steve Wonder, post-1969.


Monday 3/18, TBD - UR Campus
One of the most heralded films of 2021, Questlove's Academy-Award-winning documentary 'Summer of Soul' revisits the 1969 Harlem Cultural Arts Festival. Obscured by memories of the Woodstock Festival which took place that same year, vivid archival footage from the summer-long Harlem concert series was mostly forgotten. On Monday, we will screen 'Summer of Soul' and briefly discuss it. On Tuesday, presenters Bill Pike and Joe Vanderford will chart the evolving muse of Steve Wonder, post-1969.


Tuesday 3/19, TBD - UR Campus
Throughout much of our history, artists have been embedded on the battlefield to capture soldiers in action. Join us as we analyze and discuss how wartime artists serving on the frontlines applied their artistic talents to express what they experienced in real-time from their own unique perspectives. In this program, we will look at the Army War Artist Program focusing on the Vietnam War, providing an historical context for the art.


Monday 4/29, Synchronous Online
This longest book in the Bible contains the words of no less than three prophets over a period of 200-plus years, giving us a brilliant picture of Israelite history at a crucial time. We'll explore it thoroughly in lecture, with ample conversation.


Fridays; 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, TBD - UR Campus
As the semiquincentennial of America's independence approaches, we have a chance to reflect on the creation of the United States. Our nation has had debates in recent years about 1619, 1776, and whose stories we ought to teach. This talk will explore the rich possibilities for understanding the history of the American Revolution, the broad possibilities for storytelling, and the complex legacy of the Boston Tea Party and the Revolution in our own times.


Wednesday 1/17, Synchronous Online
This course looks at the past, present, and future of spaceflight and space exploration. Topics include the physics of spaceflight, space propulsion systems, spaceflight and human biology, the solar system, the possibilities of extraterrestrial life, the spaceship in literature, film and television, and the future of space exploration.


Tuesdays; 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, TBD - UR Campus
FIELD TRIP This exhibition features artwork and artifacts that portray the spirit of Virginia: its past, its present, its landscape, and its people. The Art Experience at the Executive Mansion highlights works from a mix of genres and mediums with particular focus on Virginia artists and themes. It is a living display which will evolve and change over time as additional works of art become available and as different parts of the Virginia story become the focus. This course is offered twice; please register for only one.


Monday, April 29, Virginia Executive Mansion
Tuesday, April 30, Virginia Executive Mansion
Join us on Jackie Robinson Day as we discuss the history of baseball from the early 1900s to the present. A variety of baseball artifacts and memorabilia will be on display including old gloves and over a century of baseball cards.


Monday 4/15, TBD - UR Campus
The Virginia Holocaust Museum is home to an exhibit of 50 plaques of Jewish American men and women who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since 1969. We will talk about the stories of these famous Americans, including very famous people in their fields such as Albert Einstein, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Golda Meir, Elie Wiesel, George Gershwin, Dr. Jonas Salk, Barbara Streisand, sports figures Hank Greenberg and Barney Ross, and many others.


Wednesdays; 2/14 and 2/21, TBD - UR Campus
In 1807 Chief Justice John Marshall presided over one of the greatest court cases in American history. The Aaron Burr treason trial captivated a young America. After one term as Jefferson's Vice President, and after his lethal duel with Hamilton, Burr chose to head West and attempt to take armed men into Mexico. Jefferson demanded that Burr hang, but his cousin the Chief Justice was intent on following the rule of law.


Wednesday 4/3, TBD - UR Campus
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known as Caravaggio, has been labeled 'pittore maledetto', the cursed painter. His early biographers said those who knew him personally called him 'turbulent and quarrelsome' and 'a madman.' His art, however, was unprecedented. Many modern scholars believe he almost single-handedly created the Baroque style of painting. Learn about this incredibly gifted, yet self-destructive genius, and the amazing art he created.


Wednesdays 3/6, 13, 20, 27, Synchronous Online
In this Zoom Session, DJ Murray Ellison will introduce, play, and discuss the music and poetic lyrics of four of the most influential Canadian folk singer/songwriters: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and KD Lang. We will also consider why these and some other Canadian artists have had such a big impact on popular music. Participants will have the option of just listening in or providing feedback about the singers and their music and lyrics.


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The presentation will focus on the background and history of the Camino de Santiago and the preparation involved to hike it.


Wednesday, Jan 24, TBD - UR Campus
The world is experiencing multiple conflicts of major proportions for the United States, especially in Ukraine/Russia and the Middle East. Let's unpack what's happening across the globe, frame what seem like irrational wars in terms of issues that exacerbate human conflict, and determine if there can be brighter days ahead.


Tuesday, Feb 13, TBD - UR Campus
In March of 1775, the Second Virginia Convention was held here at what was then called Henrico Parish Church. Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Peyton Randolph and other prominent Virginians were delegates to the convention. Here, Patrick Henry embodied the spirit of the Revolution on March 23, 1775, with his words, "Give me liberty, or give me death!' Because of the event costs, fees for this class are non-refundable.


Friday 4/19, Historic St. John's Church
Friday 5/10, Historic St. John's Church
FIELD TRIP Join this on-site tour for a walk through the museum, along with a comprehensive overview of the history of the Holocaust incorporating the stories of survivors who made Richmond their home.


Friday, April 26, VA Holocaust Museum
Playing a wide variety of 15+ instruments (some vintage, some personally crafted) 'edutainer' Lamar Banister will demonstrate through story and tune Virginia's remarkable musical legacy up to the 1960s. The development of some instruments will also be discussed. Participation is encouraged as we clap, tap, and sing along with familiar and surprising tunes of triumph, tragedy, joy, and just plain fun, transitioning through Colonial, Spirituals, Country, Western, Folk, and Blues.


Thursday, 2/29, TBD - UR Campus
Throughout much of our history, artists have been embedded on the battlefield to capture soldiers in action. Join us as we analyze and discuss how wartime artists serving on the frontlines applied their artistic talents to express what they experienced real-time from their own unique perspectives. In this two-part program, we will look at the Army War Artist Program focusing on World War II and the battle theatres of Europe, North Africa and the Pacific.


Tuesdays, Dec 12 and 19, Synchronous Online
Americans have deeply divergent views about the extent to which our racial history and ongoing racism color modern society. Two Richmonders who have delved deeply into the topic will share their perspectives on systemic racism: what it is, the extent to which it continues to exist, and how we can acknowledge, confront, and move forward in addressing our divisions around race.


Thursday, Mar 7, TBD - UR Campus