Chesapeake Forum’s New Semester

Registration for the fall semester of Chesapeake Forum, Academy for Lifelong Learning is underway. The semester begins on September 8 with Sea Turtles and Chesapeake Fishing: Lessons in Sustainability with Sharika D. Crawford, Ph.D. and ends with Mother Earth: The Ultimate in Recycling with Douglas R. Levin, Ph.D.

September offers a variety of classes, including Getting the Most from your Cell Phone with Jason Lee, Stroke & Aphasia Recovery: Second Chance at Second Nature with Thomas G. Broussard, Jr. Ph.D., and This Great American Order: The KKK on Delmarva in the 1920s with Phil Hesser, Ph.D. Courses are $10 per session, some of the courses have limited numbers and early registration is encouraged. All classes with course descriptions are available at www.chesapeakeforum.org.

Most of the fall curriculum will be presented via Zoom video conferencing with recorded sessions available. Others have been planned as live, in-person learning at off-site locations, and some include field trips. For more information about Chesapeake Forum, visit www.chesapeakeforum.org or on Facebook. To receive the monthly Chesapeake Forum Newsletter, email info@chesapeakeforum.org with your name and preferred email.

Sea Turtles and Chesapeake Fishing: Lessons in Sustainability with Sharika D. Crawford, Ph.D.

Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 – 8 pm

Chesapeake Forum begins the Fall 2021 session with this single session course from Dr. Sharika D. Crawford, Ph.D. Sea Turtles and Chesapeake Fishing: Lessons in Sustainability draws upon the history of turtle fishing in the small islands and coastal communities of the greater Caribbean from the late 1800s to the late 1900s and how it relates to the sustainability of fishing the Chesapeake Bay.

The lecture will highlight how three factors led to a seismic decline in the turtle fishery: overhunting and capture of Caribbean Sea turtles, rise of environmentalism and, efforts to conserve sea turtles through international legislation. The turtle fishing history raises interesting questions about sustainability and best practices about conservation versus protection and the cautionary note this provides for the sustainability of fishing the Chesapeake Bay. It is highly recommended to read the book The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making (available on Amazon, Bookshop.org, or Barnes & Nobles). Choose between ZOOM class or RECORDED, Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 – 8 pm, $10.

Sharika Crawford is Professor of History at the United States Naval Academy. Currently, she holds the Admiral Jay L. Johnson Professorship in Leadership and Ethics. She is the author of numerous articles and the 2020 book The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the University of North Carolina Press. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

Setting Expectations for Our Youth with Bob DeGour

Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8pm

In this discussion, we will compare two motion pictures which portray how young Americans discover the path to personal success. In “Stand & Deliver,” high school students from the East Los Angeles barrio overcome low expectation biases to successfully pass the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Conversely, “The Ultimate Gift” protagonist is the grandson of a Texas oil billionaire who, through his inherited affluence, never learned the crucial life-lessons of hard work and meaningful interpersonal relationships.  Using excerpts from the movie, Bob will focus the discussion on the common denominators which allow young Americans to reach their full potential.

Choose between ZOOM class or RECORDED, Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6:30 to 8pm, $10. Since retiring, Bob DeGour has become a fixture at Eastern Shore schools as not only a U.S. Naval Academy Blue & Gold Officer but also the Founder/Director of a summer STEM camp for elementary school children whose instructors are middle and high school students. His never-tiring efforts to give back find him in and out of the schools mentoring young people and assisting with BioMed and Geopolitics courses. Bob is a 1973 U.S. Naval Academy graduate and was the first midshipman to study concurrently in a civilian university post-graduate program. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

One Varietal, Six Regions with Joe Petro

Friday |Sept. 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Varietal wines can be vastly different.  Join us at Snifters for an afternoon look Pinot Noirs from six regions: California, Oregon, Chile, France, Italy and New Zealand.  Owner Joe Petro will show us how climate, soil, and winemaker can have a huge influence on one varietal and take us down a path of finding the perfect choice for our personal palate.

Always a great opportunity to socialize and learn at the same time!  Join Joe Petro of Hair O’ The Dog fame next door at his boutique restaurant, Snifters, for an afternoon of testing your taste buds and finding the perfect Pinot.  Enrollment is limited.  Reservations close on Sept 3.

This course will take place at Snifters in Easton on Friday |Sept. 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, $20

Joe Petro has been the proprietor of “Hair O’ The Dog Wine & Spirits” since 2004. In 2018, he opened his companion venture, “Snifter’s Bistro,” in the adjacent retail space. Both establishments are built on Joe’s customer focus philosophy: provide an alluringly uncommon experience. During the past year, Snifters has become a gathering place for fine wines, craft beers, and small plate dining.  Joe has been an active member of Comptroller Peter Franchot’s commission to reform Maryland’s restrictive beer and spirits laws.  Early in his career as a CPA, Mr. Petro was Controller at Easton Utilities, and Celeste Industries. His lengthy list of contributions to our community include treasurer for non-profit Kidworks Learning Center, and President of Talbot Humane Society. To register for this event or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

Getting the Most from Your Cell Phone with Jason Lee

Saturday Sept 11 from 10:00 to 11:30

Do you find yourself wondering what you are missing, when all you use your smart phone for is to make and take phone calls?  Unlock the mysteries of your smart phone in this session geared just for you!  Learn how you should be securing the personal data kept on your phone, how to sync your email across all platforms, how to text and pick up voice mail, how to use the basic photo and video editing capabilities of smart phones to your advantage. Basically, learn the helpful tricks the cell phone store does not show you and make sure you have your phone set up for the best functionality.

Cut through the confusion of new features to focus on what matters most to you in this ninety-minute session of near personalized instruction and turn the tables on the grandkids! Enrollment is limited to 10. This course will take place using the computer lab at Jason’s Computer Services in Easton on Saturday Sept 11 from 10:00 to 11:30 am $10.

Jason Lee, owner of Jason’s Computer Services, has a Degree of Applied Sciences in Computer Science, as well as many specialized degrees in the computer science field – including a MCP, NET+, CCNA, and MCSE.  With over 20 years’ experience, Jason has built a team of associates with the highly developed skills, experience, and the professionalism needed to help clients solve a vast array of tech challenges. He was the Winner of the Eastern Shore Best award for the past 4 years. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

Plato’s Symposium: “The Drinking Party” with Forrest Hansen, Ph.D.

Sept. 13, 20, 27 from 10 to 11:30am $30.

Forrest will use the round table approach to examining and discussing selections from one of Plato’s most well-known dialogues, Symposium, sometimes titled The Drinking Party. Plato has a character relate a story he heard from someone else about a drinking party held years earlier celebrating a drama victory by one of the participants. A guest proposes that as a way of coping with hangovers they have from the night before, they ease up on the drinking and each speak in praise of the god of love. This they do; but Socrates, speaking last, turns it into a philosophical exploration of the nature of beauty. Choose between ZOOM classes or RECORDED, 3 Sessions, Mondays, Sept. 13, 20, 27 from 10 to 11:30am $30.

Forest Hansen earned a BA and MA in English and a PhD in Philosophy. For more than 30 years he taught courses in both areas and Greek Civilization and Classics in Western Thought. He has been a discussion leader for The Great Books and was co-creator and director of a college travel program studying ancient Greek and Byzantine civilizations in Greece and Turkeys. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes

This Great American Order: The KKK on Delmarva in the 1920s with Phil Hesser, Ph.D.

Wednesdays Sept 15, 22, 29 from 1 to 2:30 pm

After the Revival of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in 1915, Klan organizer J.H. Hawkins made his way across Delmarva in the early 1920s, lecturing about “The Truth about the Ku Klux Klan” and forming local klans across Delmarva. By examining the newspapers of the time, this three-week class will focus on the impact of “Birth of a Nation” in the national climate of the early 20th Century and the revival of the Klan; the role of J.H. Hawkins on the growth of the Delmarva Klan in the twenties; and the opponents of the Klan and their role in its decline. Choose between ZOOM classes or RECORDED, 3 Sessions, Wednesdays Sept 15, 22, 29 from 1 to 2:30 pm $30.

Following a career in human rights and education in Africa and the United States, Phillip Hesser has taught at Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College, and spends his time exploring the Delmarva past. He is the author of “What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge” (Cambridge, MD: Friends of Blackwater, 2014) and “Harriet Tubman’s Eastern Shore: The Old Home Is Not There” (Columbia, SC: History Press, 2021). To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes

Practical Security to Protect Against Online Threats: Computer, Tablet & Mobile Phone Security with Jason Lee

Saturdays:  Sept 18, 10–11:30 am, Sept 25 1:30–3 pm, Oct 23 1:30–3pm, Oct 30 10-11:30 am

“Uh-oh!”  How many times have you heard friends say they have been “spammed” and to not respond to an email or Facebook communication from them?  It can happen to the most tech-savvy of us!  Join Jason and his team of geeks as they put your mind at rest by explaining what you can do, in plain English to protect your private information on mobile phones, tablets, laptops and computers.  You will learn about mobile and computer security standards, PINs, Passwords, and Two-Factor Authentication.

More importantly, Jason will tutor us on best practices to avoid online security threats such as scam emails, popups, and phishing scams. Bring your cell phone, tablet and/or laptop to Jason’s “computer lab” in Easton MD for a ninety-minute in-depth tutorial.  Desktop computers will be available for use as well. Enrollment is Limited to 10. This class will take place using the computer lab at Jason’s Computer Services in Easton. Single Session, your choice of Saturdays:  Sept 18, 10–11:30 am, Sept 25 1:30–3 pm, Oct 23 1:30–3pm, Oct 30 10-11:30 am $10.

Jason Lee, owner of Jason’s Computer Services, has a Degree of Applied Sciences in Computer Science, as well as many specialized degrees in the computer science field – including a MCP, NET+, CCNA, and MCSE. With over 20 years’ experience, Jason has built a team of associates with the highly developed skills, experience, and the professionalism needed to help clients solve a vast array of tech challenges. He was the Winner of the Eastern Shore Best award for the past 4 years. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes

Stroke & Aphasia Recovery: Second Chance at Second Nature with  Thomas G. Broussard, Jr., Ph.D.

Tuesdays Sept 21 & 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. THIS CLASS IS OFFERED AT NO CHARGE AS A PUBLIC SERVICE.

Second Chance at Second Nature:  In his first session, Dr. Broussard will share his stroke experience from the perspective of a stroke survivor. Although he couldn’t write, he managed to keep what turned out to be a 500-page diary using graphs, charts and metaphorical drawings with text that didn’t make much sense. He will discuss the concept of neuroplasticity and how it related to his recovery. He will also review a variety of learning activities (diary, voice recordings, and taking pictures) that he had developed before he knew that they were also highly therapeutic. Dr. Broussard will also detail the differences in deficits among and between different modalities including reading, writing, speaking and awareness.

Metaphors Help Us Mend and Learn:  Dr. Broussard will explain in his second session how metaphors provide a powerful linguistic tool that repairs the language function of the people with aphasia as well as educating the wider public about aphasia, recovery, and plasticity. Metaphor’s exercise brainpower by creating more cognitive stimuli (thought and cognitive activities) to generate new learning and provide the resultant neurological effects (and feeling the effects) of working through the problem. Choose between ZOOM classes or RECORDED

2 Sessions Tuesdays Sept 21 & 28 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm. THIS CLASS IS OFFERED AT NO CHARGE AS A PUBLIC SERVICE.

Thomas G. Broussard is an awarded author, public speaker, and three-time stroke survivor.  He is a 1973 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, naval officer, naval shipbuilder, and a business owner in career development and training. He received his Ph.D. at The Heller School at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA and focused his work on supporting people with disabilities and employment. Dr. Broussard started his company, Stroke Educator, Inc. in 2015 and has published four books about stroke, aphasia, recovery, and plasticity: the foundation of all learning. He is conducting a national “Aim High for Aphasia” awareness campaign dedicated to educating people about aphasia, a language disorder, typically from a stroke. About 180,000 people acquire the disorder each year, yet most people have never heard of it. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

Birds Ecology and Conservation: Birds and Our Working Landscape with Wayne Bell, Ph.D. in collaboration with the Pickering Creek Audubon Center

Thursdays Sept. 23, Oct 14, Nov. 18 from 2:30-4:00 pm, 6 Field Trips: Mondays Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Sundays Nov. 21, 28 from 8 am-3 pm

Dr. Bell invites you to look at our local birds through an ecological lens. Class sessions will introduce the concept of ecological succession to examine how the history of land use on the Chesapeake Bay watershed from pre-colonial days to the present has influenced the region’s bird species diversity. Field trips to three local destinations will provide “binoculars-on” opportunities for species identification while gaining first-hand experience with ecological principles that inform and challenge approaches to habitat conservation. After registering, you will receive more information about the topics covered in the field trips.

Our collective goal is twofold: to gain personal confidence in identifying local bird species in our own backyard and understand how the local working landscape contributes to the Eastern Shore’s bird biodiversity. Persons of any birding skill are welcome. We will all do our best to make you a better, and more informed, birder! Enrollment is limited. Field Trips are for Zoom class participants only. Field Trip times may change. Choose between ZOOM classes (with field trips) or RECORDED 3 Class Sessions: Thursdays Sept. 23, Oct 14, Nov. 18 from 2:30-4:00 pm, 6 Field Trips: Mondays Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Sundays Nov. 21, 28 from 8 am-3 pm $30.

Wayne Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, MD and a marine microbiologist by training, he graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University where E.O. Wilson infected him with a lasting love of all things ecological. Retired since 2006, Dr. Bell continues his passion for birds and teaching through the Talbot County Bird Club, the Youth Program of the Maryland Ornithological Society (YMOS) and, of course, the wonderful Chesapeake Forum. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

Mother Earth: The Ultimate in Recycling with Douglas R. Levin, Ph.D.

Thursday Sept 30, from 10 to 11:30 am $10.

The earth is 4.6 billion years old, yet the oldest ocean crust is on the order of 200 million years. This suggests that we are, roughly, on the 22nd iteration of the oceans on our planet. In this presentation, we will show how this happens continuously and what it means for the history of the world in a geologic sense as well as what it means to societies the world over. For example, if you are wondering what plate tectonics might have to do with our everyday lives, the answer will become clear as we explore how it is that we are able to communicate globally over the Internet without the aid of satellites. To put the idea of earth’s ability to “recycle itself” into a larger perspective, we will imagine compressing the history of the earth into one year such that our recorded history would be compacted into the last few seconds before the culmination of that year of years just prior to the stroke of midnight. Choose between ZOOM class or RECORDED

Single Session, Thursday Sept 30, from 10 to 11:30 am $10.

Doug Levin, PhD, has over 40 years of experience mapping globally dispersed seafloors with a myriad of technologies. His project experience spans oil seep detection off Cartagena, SA, Lease Block Hazard Surveys, pipeline and fiber optic cable route selections in the Gulf of Mexico, the Aleutian Islands and the Mediterranean, shipwreck imaging in Thunder Bay, Cortez’s treasure in Veracruz, and searching for evidence of Noah’s deluge in the Black Sea. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.

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