Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Yoga Lecture Series: The Breath in Yoga Harmony and Health

In this 30 minute class, the third in a series of three lectures, certified yoga instructor Jean Thompson will introduce participants to the importance of breath in yoga.  Jean will explain how, in combination with other aspects of yoga, including mindfulness and meditation, breath allows yoga practitioners to realize a multitude of health benefits.  In this final lecture of the series, Jean will demonstrate various breath and mindfulness techniques, inviting participants to learn practice with her.

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Sep
22
3:15 PM15:15

Culinary Behind the Scenes

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Sep
24
2:30 PM14:30

History of American Music

Learn about the history of American Music with Josh, a performing guitarist who is very involved in online music blogs, as well as hosting several musical radio channels. He will provide a three-part series on American music’s history. In July, we will learn about Victrolas and Ragtime: the music of three continents, American innovation, and simple kindness lay the groundwork for a musical revolution. Our August class will feature information on the Delta Sound: The sound of hardship and the unique poetry of Mississippi combined into legendary music that still echoes today. We will wrap up this course in September where we will be doing a deep dive into Sweet Home Chicago: As the musicians move upriver, the Guitar plugs in, and the world changes forever.

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Sep
25
2:15 PM14:15

Human Nutrition: What's In Grocery Stores and Why?

Grocery stores seem to have an overwhelming number and diversity of products for the modern hunter/shopper. That seeming diversity represents only a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species available to us on planet Earth.  In this presentation, we take a virtual trip to the local grocery store and examine the origins and reasons for the foods we eat today.

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Sep
18
2:15 PM14:15

The Life and Music of...

In this series, participants will learn about various musical performers, their careers, and what shaped them. All lectures include a multi-media presentation and a live performance. In July, we will learn about Tony Bennett: The story of his life, personal struggles, love for jazz, and personal successes. In August Nat King Cole: The story of Nat King Cole, Capitol Records, and “The House That Nat Built.” And in September Eddie Fisher: The life, success, and later scandal of the “Coca Cola Kid.”

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Sep
15
3:15 PM15:15

Global Cuisine

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Sep
13
2:00 PM14:00

The Commonwealth and the Great War

In 1917, Virginia-born President Woodrow Wilson brought the nation into war against the German, Austrian, and Ottoman empires. The Commonwealth & The Great War tells the stories of individual Virginians who carried the state’s proud military tradition to the battlefront during World War I. 100,000 of them served; 3,700 died. Many more were injured. Thirty-nine percent of the draftees in 1918 were African Americans. Hundreds of Virginia nurses and doctors followed soldiers to Europe. Military facilities established in Virginia became essential centers for the war effort. Thousands labored at home to produce vital war supplies, and families tended “Victory Gardens” and rationed food to “make the world safe for democracy.”

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Sep
11
2:15 PM14:15

Music of the Romantic Era: Claude Debussy

Achille Claude Debussy (1862-1918) was a French composer whose unique style favored non-traditional tonalities and dissonance; dissonance frequently without any formal resolution.  He was inspired by nature and the impression it made on the mind, as well as influenced by Russian and German composers of his day.  In this presentation, we explore through selected works how this composer helped transition music from the Romantic to the Impressionist period.

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Sep
10
1:30 PM13:30

Pablo Picasso: Art and the Conscience of 20th Century Europe

In this class, we will explore the work of perhaps the most venerated and ridiculed artist of the 20th century while many disdain Picasso’s abstractions, the emotional and moral component of his artistic endeavors is complex and admirable. Although some see his paintings as child-like, Picasso’s complex and innovative renderings of people and historical events are worthy of study. The class will begin with a PowerPoint lecture highlighting both Picasso’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward abstraction and cubism. A practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Picasso painting, replicating his unique vision of the human form. Upon completion, we will participate in a critique of our paintings.

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Sep
9
3:15 PM15:15

Culinary Behind the Scenes

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Sep
7
1:30 PM13:30

TED Talk Series: Stunning Buildings Made from Raw, Imperfect Materials

What would it take to reimagine the limits of architecture? Débora Mesa Molina offers some answers in this breathtaking, visual tour of her work, showing how structures can be made with overlooked materials and unconventional methods -- or even extracted from the guts of the earth. "The world around us is an infinite source of inspiration if we are curious enough to see beneath the surface of things," she says.

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Sep
4
2:00 PM14:00

History Alive! - Julia Child

Anyone who enjoys ethnic cooking or fine dining can thank the ebullient Julia Child for opening up America's kitchens and minds. Her popularization of French cooking through books and television began a food revolution whose effects are felt to this day. Julia set the standard and format by which all cooking shows would be subsequently judged and taught us to look outside our country for culinary inspiration. But she was far more than an outstanding cook. She was a tremendous scholar, teacher, and innovator, whose joie de vivre captured the hearts of all who met and saw her.

The program highlights Julia's early search to find her life's calling. It provides a fascinating insight into her struggles at Le Cordon Bleu, to develop and publish "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and finally to create the groundbreaking "French Chef" television show. Using audience members to portray Julia's beloved husband Paul and her co-authors Simca and Louisette, it's a lively recipe for fun.

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Sep
1
3:15 PM15:15

Global Cuisine

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Aug
31
1:30 PM13:30

TED Talk Series: An Interview with the Queen of Creole Cuisine

Leah Chase's New Orleans restaurant Dooky Chase changed the course of American history over gumbo and fried chicken. During the civil rights movement, it was a place where white and black people came together, where activists planned protests and where the police entered but did not disturb -- and it continues to operate in the same spirit today. In conversation with TEDWomen Curator Pat Mitchell, the 94-year old Queen of Creole Cuisine shares her wisdom from a lifetime of activism, speaking up and cooking.

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Aug
28
2:15 PM14:15

Human Nutrition: Why Do We Cook Our Food?

Many authorities consider cooking to be the singular activity that allowed humans to become one of the most successful species on our planet.  Certainly, it's a trait that distinguishes us from all other animals.  In this presentation, we explore the origins of cooking and how it has functioned to our benefit in both biological and cultural ways.

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Aug
27
2:30 PM14:30

History of American Music

Learn about the history of American Music with Josh, a performing guitarist who is very involved in online music blogs, as well as hosting several musical radio channels. He will provide a three-part series on American music’s history. In July, we will learn about Victrolas and Ragtime: the music of three continents, American innovation, and simple kindness lay the groundwork for a musical revolution. Our August class will feature information on the Delta Sound: The sound of hardship and the unique poetry of Mississippi combined into legendary music that still echoes today. We will wrap up this course in September where we will be doing a deep dive into Sweet Home Chicago: As the musicians move upriver, the Guitar plugs in, and the world changes forever.

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Aug
25
3:15 PM15:15

Culinary Behind the Scenes

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Aug
25
11:00 AM11:00

Yoga Lecture Series: Understanding Yoga Typologies and Stages

In this 30 minute class, the second in a series of three lectures, certified yoga instructor Jean Thompson will help participants understand the six major typologies of yoga.  She will also explain the stages of yoga to help participants understand how preparation in the early stages centers and grounds participants to produce harmony in subsequent steps.  Finally, Jean will demonstrate how the benefits of yoga include rest and reflection.

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Aug
24
1:30 PM13:30

TED Talk Series: The Most Powerful Woman You've Never Heard Of

Everyone's heard of Martin Luther King Jr. But do you know the woman Dr. King called "the architect of the civil rights movement," Septima Clark? The teacher of some of the generation's most legendary activists like Rosa Parks, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou Hamer and thousands more. Clark laid out a blueprint for change-making that has stood the test of time. Now T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, the cofounders of GirlTrek, are taking a page from Clark's playbook to launch a health revolution in the US -- and get one million women walking for justice. 

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Aug
21
2:15 PM14:15

The Life and Music of...

In this series, participants will learn about various musical performers, their careers, and what shaped them. All lectures include a multi-media presentation and a live performance. In July, we will learn about Tony Bennett: The story of his life, personal struggles, love for jazz, and personal successes. In August Nat King Cole: The story of Nat King Cole, Capitol Records, and “The House That Nat Built.” And in September Eddie Fisher: The life, success, and later scandal of the “Coca Cola Kid.”

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Aug
18
2:00 PM14:00

Global Cuisine

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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Aug
17
1:30 PM13:30

TED Talk Series: Sleep is Your Superpower

Sleep is your life-support system and Mother Nature's best effort yet at immortality, says sleep scientist Matt Walker. In this deep dive into the science of slumber, Walker shares the wonderfully good things that happen when you get sleep -- and the alarmingly bad things that happen when you don't, for both your brain and body. Learn more about sleep's impact on your learning, memory, immune system and even your genetic code -- as well as some helpful tips for getting some shut-eye.

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Aug
14
2:15 PM14:15

Music of the Romantic Era: Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist who, like many other artists of his time, lived, studied, and worked in Vienna, Austria. He differs somewhat in that his music was firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical Masters.  Yet, they contain deeply Romantic motifs.  In this presentation, we examine how meticulous structure can blend with emotional themes to produce the legacy that is Brahms.

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Aug
13
1:30 PM13:30

Edgar Degas: Movement, Color, and Studies in Isolation

In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of French artist Edgar Degas, famous for his paintings, sculptures, print, and drawings, more than half of which depict dancers.  Although Degas is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism, he preferred to be called a realist and was particularly interested in depicting the movement of dancers, racehorses, and the nude female form.  The class will begin with a power-point lecture contrasting Degas’ early realism with his later Impressionist styled works.  A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture.  As a group, we will produce a copy of a Degas painting, replicating his fascination with movement.  Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a critique of our work.

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Aug
11
2:30 PM14:30

Culinary Behind the Scenes

Learn all the behind the scenes tips and tricks from our very own Chef Norbert. Explore culinary techniques and explore the food service industry. Chef Norbert will instruct the class on a variety of topics including how to bake the perfect cookie, nutrition and sustainability, the complexity of fine dining service, how to cook the perfect steak, food safety, and where is your food from. A tasting included in each class.

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Aug
9
2:00 PM14:00

Humor with Edge: Exploring Political Cartoons

For more than two centuries, whenever there has been a debate in the United States, political cartoons have taken part, and in some cases pushed the debate to its limits. Political cartoons began as a street-level phenomenon. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they were often posted on walls or passed from person to person, as well as being published in newspapers. By the end of the nineteenth century, they were an important part of the growing popularity of newspapers and magazines, and the intense competition for readership made provocative cartoons a valuable selling point. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, political cartoons appear in a wide range of online publications and can still stir up controversy.

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Aug
7
1:00 PM13:00

A Short History of Jazz....

Come learn about the history of jazz, such as the development of ragtime and stride. We will explore various jazz styles, including swing, be-bop, Brazilian, fusion-rock, and fusion-pop, as well as the influence of Latin music and Afro-Cuban music. We will look at some of the jazz greats from Louis Armstrong to Eldar Djangirov and Dirty Loops. Each lecture will include a multi-media presentation and a live performance.

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Aug
4
3:15 PM15:15

Global Cuisine

 Take a trip around the world and experience culture through food. In our Global Cuisine course, you will learn about a countries geography, history, and a significant dish. Chef Norbert and his team of culinary professionals will prepare a local dish for participants to taste right before your eyes. The countries we will be exploring this semester are Italy, France, Germany, Mexico, Japan, and India.

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