Welcome to our Library of archived course recordings!
Courses are added into the Library after the following semester that they were live. For example, 2021 Winter-Spring recordings will be loaded in AFTER the Fall 2021 semester.
All recorded courses from past semesters are a flat fee of $10 per course, regardless of the number of sessions included. You will find the You Tube Links to each session on the receipt that is automatically sent to the email address provided within minutes of registering. Make sure to safeguard the receipt until you have watched the course!
with John Miller, Ph.D and Suzanne Sanders
Theatrical tradition would urge us to call Macbeth “The Scottish Play,” so that disaster doesn't befall us. But this bad luck tradition only comes into play (no pun intended) when the title is mentioned inside the theater where the performance is to be presented. But erring on the side of prudence is always best. For many of us this play remains a favorite (perhaps you first read it in high school) as does the quip “Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are the happiest married couple in Shakespeare.” Let's contrast this observations with those of many theatergoers who find this play one of the darkest of Shakespeare's works. We'll find out “ tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow...”
with Wayne Bell, PhD in collaboration the Pickering Creek Audubon Center.
This fall we will focus on common and not-so-common songbirds that grace our Eastern Shore backyards and parks. The course will span the months of September, October, and November to enable us to see departing summer residents and arriving winter residents as well as those species that grace our landscapes year 'round. We'll see familiar species like Northern Cardinal and Blue Jay. We'll also see birds that are often overlooked such as Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Savannah Sparrow, and yes, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. No birding experience is necessary but you may be surprised at how many species you already know! Gather up your binoculars and join us for a birder's-eye view of the place we call home.
with Wayne Bell, PhD in collaboration with the Pickering Creek Audubon Center
Got waterfowl? Want to see some loons and gannets? How about a warbler or two and maybe even an elusive rail? A “yes” to any or all of these questions qualifies you for this course, with no birding experience necessary. We will observe these groups of birds and more, each serving as a prelude to a day-long field trip to locations where the target species are most likely to be seen. Get a handle on the variety of our region’s bird life during the winter and early spring migration.
with Bruce Jones
Discuss how Talbot County compares with other counties within Maryland with regards to education, rates of crime, housing availability, social services, transportation, infrastructure, and more.
with Raymond Vergne
Although it affected, influenced, and dominated the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the XX Century, Fascism is difficult to define accurately and succinctly. This exercise in history will try to identify the major characteristics of Fascism in different countries, some of which existed under Fascist governments, some of which did not, and their differences. The roots and origins of Fascism will be explored, as well as its relationship to established religion, its economic systems, its prejudices and its implacable hostility to Communism. The circumstances around which Fascist movements developed will be discussed, whether these were in Europe, Africa, or America. Military operations (World War II) and genocide (the Holocaust) will be brought in peripherally as they relate to Fascist doctrine and ideology. The goal of this exercise is to better understand the phenomenon of Fascism, which so painfully scarred the history of the XX Century.
with Raymond Vergne
The second part of this exercise will entertain Fascism in thirteen different countries, comparing them to each other and to Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in the 1920’s through the 1940’s; Hungary and Romania in the 1930’s and later, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Greece; in the 1940’s, Norway, Croatia and France. Fascist movements grew in England, South Africa and the USA in the 1930’s and 1940’s; and in Argentina under Peron during 1946-1955 and again from 1973-74. An overview of Neo-Fascism in six European countries (Italy, Germany, Austria, France and the Balkans and Greece) will bring the discussion to the XXI Century. Each session begins and ends with a listing of critical concepts. A narrative syllabus will be available electronically. Lectures and discussions will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides.
with Phil Hesser, PhD
You may be wondering about this fellow and why he had it in for the Eastern Shore. Phil is going to lead you through some sleuthing to unmask this 19thcentury Baltimorean and his motives – giving you clues to consider one week before the great reveal during a virtual happy hour. Sharpen your wits and grab a beverage. No spirits or malt liquors will be provided (a clue, perhaps)!?
with Steve Goldman
RECORDING STILL AVAILABLE: Join Dr. Stephen A. Goldman on a visual tour of the entire scope of Presidential elections in the United States, from its founding in 1788 to the present day. See how the newspaper display changed dramatically over 3 centuries of covering the winners, losers, and "oops, got it wrongers". You may be surprised to find out who really won or lost these elections in spite of what you were taught in high school history.
with Steve Goldman
RECORDING STILL AVAILABLE: "Fake News" is a phrase that has come to be used frequently over the past 3 years. Is this a new phenomenon, or has it been around for a long while? Dr. Stephen A. Goldman will be your guide on a visual "magic carpet" ride through five centuries of historical newspapers to answer that question and to allow audience members to determine for themselves what is real and what is illusion. You might be surprised at the answer!
with Rich Wagner
Join us as we conclude our spring semester course. We'll continue our discussion of the latest findings and theories about the nature of life and its origins on earth and (possibly) in the universe, including: Is the universe fine-tuned for life? What are the factors that bear on the probability of life originating here on earth and/or elsewhere? We'll discuss the search for extraterrestrial life, new planets and their habitability. Which is most unlikely: development of complex single-cell life, or evolution of more complex life-forms? Was/is something like “mind” involved? What are the evolutionary advantages of consciousness?
With Hunter Harris
Airship 103 will touch on some basic Airship (blimp) technical points and operational considerations that are unique to this type of aviation. Then we'll begin our voyage! We'll begin in September on a journey that takes us on an Airship Flight from Montreal to Miami with visits along the way to Boston, NYC, and many other places. Our October flight will continue from South Florida to Phoenix with side trips along the entire Mississippi valley. The November trip wraps up 'cross country' as we fly across the high desert and the Continental divide to southern California then up the Pacific Coast to Vancouver, British Columbia. Classes will include interesting photos, video, and true, accurate, and unmodified stories of adventure from the Airship Captain.
with Hans Kuschnerus
This interactive course explains the nature of change with examples (new and old) in many categories. We'll consider and discuss major concerns for the future in technology and in other life challenges. Our present Covid-19 pandemic serves as an apt wake-up call. Future scenarios will be presented that anticipate changes in: transportation, Artificial Intelligence and the internet, healthcare, and climate change. Participants will be given tips and tools to make adoption of change least disruptive and not so frustrating.
with Ron Lesher
Astronomical black holes devour everything entering their hungry maws, or so they are described in the popular press. They are time machines and maybe even open doors to parallel universes. How do we know all this? Come and explore what we know about black holes and how we know this.
With Forest Hansen
Most people signing up for this course would say either that the mind is a sort of immaterial entity that exists in our heads or that it is the brain. We will review the philosophical and scientific origins of these two notions. Upon close examination both present conceptual perplexities. We will then consider alternative answers to this question which claim to resolve those problems. Finally, we will discuss why this is an important issue, not just a philosophical game.
with Nancy Hesser, Ph.D
The countless ways we relate to food and cooking – for fun, nurturing, connection, self-expression, and more – seem to inspire as many creative writers as master chefs. Instead of recipes, cookbooks, and diets, this course offers an opportunity to read and discuss selected food-themed short stories representing a wide range of styles and perspectives. The stories will be emailed to participants prior to each of the two sessions.
We have so much to offer here on the Eastern Shore! Check in here for deep dives into our history on "this side of the Bay," Dr. Wayne Bell's courses on Birding, or a fascinating look at our Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
Whether a philosophical look at Socrates, paying homage to Shakespeare, Maritime Literature, or more current books that make for great discussion, you will find a great selection to choose from here!
Everything from our Chesapeake Forum "Conversations" that tackle a broad range of current topics, to the Foreign Policy Association program, Great Decisions, and everything in between... if you like to engage your mind in discussing various viewpoints, you will enjoy tuning in to these subjects.
World history, our Nation's history, Talbot Count history, if you are looking to learn more about the world around you and how we got to HERE, check some of these courses out!
Artificial Intelligence, how oysters have shaped the Chesapeake Bay, and exploration of "What is the Mind" and amazing other courses put together by our volunteer instructors who show their quest for learning by (you guessed it) TEACHING!
Wine tasting, cheeses of the world, bread making, gardening... oh, and maybe a little of "who knows what?" thrown in as well!