Academy for Lifelong Learning Launches Fall Semester


The Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has announced the courses, discussion groups, and events for the Fall Semester, which runs from September to November 2014.

To kick off the season, the organization will hold its Fall Social on Thursday, September 18 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Steamship Gallery at CBMM in St. Michaels. The event is open to all who want to enhance their knowledge and meet new people. Registration opens Monday, September 8 for the entire semester, which begins September 23. Classes fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended.

The following programs begin in September:

Realities of Aging and their Significance for Eldering, led by George Merrill, will explore the opportunities and challenges of “eldering,” an evolving way of enriching the latter portions of our longer lives. (Tuesdays, September 23-October 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon in Easton.)

Sam Barnett will lead American Gospel, an examination of the place and influence of religion in United States history. (Thursdays, September 25-October 23, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at CBMM.)

In Tales of the Deep, Jay Harford will discuss how obstructions to ocean exploration have been overcome through technology and man’s creativity. (Tuesdays, September 23-October 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Easton.)

Barbara Reisert will lead a field trip for a tour of the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover Air Force Base, in Dover, Delaware. (Tuesday, September 23, 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.)

There will be two opportunities to tour Poplar Island with the Poplar Island staff. The boat will leave from Tilghman Island. (Monday, September 22 or Friday, October 24, from 9:00 a.m.-noon.)

Classes beginning in October and November include The History of Baseball and How it Evolved into a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry with Craig McGraw; Great Decisions Discussion Program with Tom Hollingshead; The Rise of Modern Nations with Bob Springer; Maryland in the Secession Crisis: Pro-North or Pro-South? with Larry Denton;
King Lear: The Culmination of Shakespeare? with John Ford and John Miller; Landings & Livings on Delmarva: Life and Livelihood along the Steamboat Routes with Phillip Hesser; Everyone Has Story Worth Telling! with Glory Aiken; A Passage to India: The search for the footprints left by my grandparents with Annabel Lesher; and Airship 102: Videos, Photographs, and True Stories of Flying Blimps with Hunter H. Harris. Other offerings include In a Story, People Come First! with local author Susan Reiss; Book Club: “The Luminaries” with Margot Miller and a field trip to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Stephen A. Goldman.

To register for courses or to receive the fall semester catalog, call 410-745-4941. To download the catalog, go to

Affiliated with The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., the Academy for Lifelong Learning is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization committed to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences.

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