Brown Bag Lunches are open to the public and hosted at the JMU Ice House from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Free public parking is available downtown within comfortable walking distance of the JMU Ice House.


September 24, 2019
Andrea Verrocchio: Artist and Jack-of-All-Trades in Renaissance Florence
Verrocchio, teacher of Leonardo da Vinci, was a leading artist in Renaissance Florence. He executed many sculptures for the Medici family. You have likely seen his sculptures of little children or putti. His real talent was the ability to work in so many artistic media. Vasari said, “He was a man who was not content to be excellent in just one thing!” He created beautiful sculpture, painting, drawing, goldsmith work, architecture and even engineering works. He was also a great teacher with a lively workshop, which somewhat served as a private art school, where many artists of the next generation received their training. This talk is planned as a companion lecture to a trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

Dr. Kay Arthur is professor emerita in Art History at James Madison University and is affiliated with the Madison Art Collection. She is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art and recently published a book on the nun-artist Caterina de’ Vigri. She has taught numerous LLI courses on Italian art, architecture and culture.


October 1, 2019
Passel Presents What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia
Josh Howard and Elizabeth Catte will present on their applied history work in western Virginia with a focus on the preservation of Green Pastures (located in Alleghany County and one of the nation’s only formerly segregated National Forest recreation areas) and the Virginia eugenics movement as told through Western State Hospital located in Staunton. Elizabeth will also discuss aspects of her book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.

Josh and Elizabeth both earned their Ph.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University and live in Staunton where they own and operate Passel, an applied history consulting company.

October 15, 2019
Caregivers Community Network
Caregivers want to provide nurturing and wise care to those they love. It can be difficult to maintain such standards when such work is round the clock for months on end. This is when respite serves a vital purpose to both the one giving the care and the one receiving it. Come learn about the Caregivers Community Network and the wonderful component of respite offered through this intergenerational model. College students are trained to make home visits weekly while caregivers take a needed break. This program is supported by JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services and the Valley Program for Aging Services.

Kathy Guisewite is the Coordinator of the Caregivers Community Network. She finds great joy in working with college students and local families. She counts it as a gift to witness the resiliency of the human spirit. She holds a MA in Counseling with a M.Ed. in Deaf Education.

October 22, 2019
Skin: Our Largest Organ
Body organs aren’t all internal like the brain or the heart. There’s one we wear on the outside. Our skin is not only our largest and fastest-growing organ, it is also one of the most versatile and complicated.

The average adult carries nearly 8 pounds and more than 20 square feet of skin, which does much more than just make us look presentable. The skin has many roles in the maintenance of life and health, but also many potential problems, with more than 3,000 potential skin disorders. These conditions can affect your life both physically and psychologically and many require prompt medical diagnosis and treatment.

Join us as we hear from a local dermatologist about the functions and importance of our skin and how it impacts our life. Together, we will learn more about this fascinating and amazingly versatile organ and how to optimize it for better health.

Jerri A. Alexiou, M.D. is a certified dermatologist by the American Board of Dermatology and is trained in the latest medical treatments. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1996, completed her dermatology training at the University of Arkansas, and regularly participates in continuing medical education (CME) conferences.

October 29, 2019
Explore Chile from Top to Bottom
Join LLI members Jayne and Eric Rynar as they lead us on an exploration Chile from top to bottom. Our adventure will take us to the moonlike Atacama Desert, the bucolic Lake District, and an Eco Camp in the glorious Patagonia region. We’ll then swing over to the Argentine Patagonia region to sail among magnificent glaciers before we tango up to magnificent Buenos Aires and share in its diverse cultures.

LLI members Jayne and Eric Rynar are adventure travelers. Their love of nature and the outdoors brings them to some of the most exciting and exotic places on earth.


November 5, 2019
Iceland: An LLI Group Tour of the Land of Fire and Ice
Iceland, a spectacular Arctic island of volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and bubbling “pots,” was the destination of a May 2019 LLI travel group. The tour included exploration of the Thingvelir National Park, opportunity to see puffins in their natural habitat, strolling through a Viking folk park and viewing a replica Viking long ship that actually sailed the Atlantic in the year 2000 to New York City. LLI member Anna Rose Geary and tour group members will share photos and stories from their exciting travels together.

Anna Rose Geary, a retired history teacher and reading specialist from Staunton City Public Schools, has been a 10-year member of LLI and has served on the Curriculum and Special Events Committees for 8 years. She has organized tours to Europe for various student groups, including LLI, for the past 28 years.

November 12, 2019
The Eyes Have It
Optometry is a health care profession that involves examining the eyes and applicable visual systems for defects or abnormalities as well as the medical diagnosis and management of eye disease.

Dr. David Pascarella will provide an overview of the primary eye care services provided by optometrists and discuss common visual problems and eye health issues and concerns. Special attention will be given to modern cataract diagnosis and treatment with cataract extraction and IOL (intraocular lens) implantation.

Dr. David V. Pascarella has operated a private practice in Harrisonburg since 1980 and has been associated with Rockingham Eye Physicians and Associates for the past 29 years. He specializes in optometry and holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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