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October 25, 2017
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
Day Trip, Washington, D.C.
The invitation for the FEA trip to see this popular new museum will be arriving shortly. Tickets have been pre-arranged, but you must reply immediately by mail with your check to reserve your  place. The museum houses documents, photos, and artifacts dealing with life in the South, the Civil War, the American West and other major themes in African American history. The cost will be $20 per/person. The bus will depart at 7:30 am.

December 13, 2017
The Holiday Gala Dinner
“A Jazz Evening with Marlon Foster & Friends”
Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom Festival Hall,
5:30 pm- 9 pm
Back by popular demand! Marlon conducted All-District concert and jazz honor bands, performed with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, Rockbridge Symphony, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Concert Band and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Marlon now teaches a new generation of percussion students at JMU. We will hear Marlon on the drums, Tom Harbeck (Weyer’s Cave) on the guitar, Keith Haddock (Bridgewater) on the clarinet & saxophone, and a new bass player.

February 7, 2018
Faculty Emeriti Scholar’s Lecture
Dr. Louise Loe, Professor Emerita, History
“The Russian Empire Strikes Back”
4:00- 5:30 pm, The Ice House
Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia either as president or prime minister since 2000 and he certainly will be reelected in March 2018. Despite an economic downturn and increasing political protests, most Russians enthusiastically support Putin's authoritarian rule and foreign interventions. They believe the government's nationalist propaganda and applaud Putin for attempting to restore the good old days of the Soviet empire. This presentation will focus on the social and economic problems developing within Russia, and Putin's national and global objectives. Refreshments will be served. Snow/Ice date will be Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

March 2018
Trip to The Newseum, Washington, D. C.
The Newseum, which opened in 2008, offers new insight into the news media and effects of the digital revolution. Its mission is to “promote, explain and defend free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.” In 2016 the Newseum was voted one of the top 25 museums in the U.S by Trip Advisor users. It offers onsite classes, workshops, and many educational programs for teachers and students. For more information, see  The cost of the trip and departure will be determined in the next few months.

April 2018
Spring Faculty Luncheon
Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom Festival Hall, 11:30 am
Our speaker will be Dr. Susan Halsell of the Biology Department (College of Science and Mathematics) who was the 2017 recipient of the Faculty Emeriti Association Legacy Grant. She will introduce us briefly to her research which focuses on negative stimuli to the central nervous system that can cause chronic pain. Originally scheduled for the Fall Luncheon, Susan’s talk was postponed because she will receive an award at her national convention in October. Congratulations to Susan!

June 1-7, 2018 (TBA)
Faculty Emeriti Scholar’s Lecture
Speaker to be determined
4-5:30 pm, The Ice House
Please forward your nominations (including self-nominations) to speak in this series to Kay Arthur, Program Chair, at If you have a subject to suggest, even without a speaker, please let me know. This popular series gives us the opportunity to learn interesting facts and stories from our expert JMU emeriti colleagues.

Lifelong Learning Institute
Various events and activities.