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September 13, 2022 | Noon - 1:15 PM | JMU Ice House - Room 117

The 'Burg and the Bees

Presenter:  Tom Knapp

Join local beekeeper Tom Knapp as he discusses the importance of honey bees, their basic biology, and the critical role they play as the world's most important pollinators.  Knapp will also discuss what honey bees need to thrive and modern threats to their existence.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A following the presentation.

September 27, 2022 | Noon - 1:15 PM | Ice House - Room 117

Dementia Friends

Presenter: Joyce Nussbaum

Dementia Friends interactive sessions help community members better understand what it is like to live with dementia, learn how to better communicate with someone living with dementia, and identify ways to turn this understanding into action.  Dementia Friends is a community partnership initiative coordinated through Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) and it part of a global movement committed to changing the way society responds to people living with dementia and their care partners.

At the end of this session, you will have a better understanding of dementia and the information you need to help make Harrisonburg a more Dementia Friendly community.

October 11, 2022 | Noon - 1:15 PM | JMU Ice House - Room 117

After Ukraine: What's Next: The Search for a New World Order

Presenter:  David K. McQuilkin

Vladimir Putin’s most recent actions in Ukraine in violation of existing international law and the norms of international behavior clearly signals the end of the current international political system, the so-called Pax Americana, which has dominated global politics since the end of World War Two.  Irretrievably broken, it must be replaced.  Meanwhile the world has entered a period of increasing instability that potentially imperils its short term future.  What will this new world order look like? What role do we as Americans and citizens of the world have in creating this new order?  As the next iteration of the next international political system begins to take shape, who will the major players and who will be the supporting cast?  What issues will influence international behavior going forward?  These are important questions to consider as our collective responses to them will greatly affect our children, our grandchildren, and even our great-grandchildren. 

David K. McQuilkin Professor of History and Political Science, Emeritus David K. McQuilkin received a B.A. from Muskingum College and earnedhis M.A. and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He also holds an M.S.L.S. from Case Western Reserve University and has done additional study at Harvard, Columbia, California, Santa Cruz and Oxford Universities. From 1985 until his retirement in 2012, he taught numerous courses in History as well as Political Science at Bridgewater College and Blue Ridge Community College. Throughout his teaching career, he traveled extensively in Russia, Europe, and Australia, made presentations for the JMU LifeLong Learning Institute and various community organizations, and provided political commentary for local media. Since his retirement, he has continued his work with the LifeLong Learning Institute and making presentations to local community organizations.

October 25, 2022 | Noon - 1:15 PM | JMU Ice House - Room 117

Censorship, Book Banning and the Importance of Diverse Books

Presenter: Sandy Parks

Censorship is at an all time high in America’s schools and libraries. What is being challenged? Who is behind these challenges?  Where are the safeguards for students and who decides what is appropriate? How does removal of diverse books affect students? Sandy Parks will provide an update on censorship issues and describe reconsideration policies for library and instructional materials.

Sandy Parks is a retired school librarian who has been an advocate for intellectual freedom throughout her 34 year career.  Her experience on many reconsideration committees gives her a unique knowledge and respect for the process.  She is a contributor to the book Intellectual Freedom: Stories from a Shifting Landscape and several articles for the Harrisonburg Citizen.

November 8, 2022 | Noon - 1:15 PM | JMU Ice House - Room 117

Financial Planning for Seniors

Presenter:  Clay Arthur

As we age, finances play a larger role in our well-being.  Priorities often change in later life and new realities may influence your spending and saving habits.  That is why it is good to take a step back and make sure your have a full understanding of your current financial picture, as well as your overall financial goals and concerns, such as saving for retirement, creating and conserving wealth, insurance planning, and investment advice. By managing your money well and making good financial decisions, the brighter your senior years are likely to be.

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