The Academy for Lifelong Learning Launching Winter/Spring Semester Courses

The Winter/Spring “Preview Party” will be held in Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium on Thursday, January 25th 4-6pm.  Bring a neighbor, join us for hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer.  Meet course leaders to learn about winter/spring courses.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A-L-L) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is launching 32 Winter/Spring Semester courses with offerings ranging from “Exploring Short Fiction,” to “Talbot County’s Best Practices for Spring Gardens,” to “Bordering on Insanity for Maryland:  Reading History Between the Lines.” Two cooking classes will be conducted by local (and charismatic) instructors.

A-L-L and the Talbot County School District are premiering their partnership with the “Expand Your Horizons” lecture series. Presented in the St. Michaels High School auditorium, three courses intend to elevate academic/information awareness for a broad demographic: middle/high school students to senior citizens.  Leading this series will be Curtis Foy, MD (“Stoke: A Community-Based Grand Rounds”) and Naval Academy professor Miles Yu (“Chinese Geopolitics: Culture, Commerce, and Security”).  A third course will explore genomic clinical applications.

Participants have three registration options: at the Preview Party, through the A-L-L registrar (Laurel Seeman 410.745.4947), or through A-L-L’s new online catalog &registration portal (

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Dedicated to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences, the Academy for Lifelong Learning is affiliated with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Academy for Lifelong Learning Announces New Semester Programs

all-coverThe Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has announced its 2017 winter/spring semester of engaging and stimulating courses, presentations, and events– all planned, led, and facilitated by volunteers.

ALL will kick off the semester with its Preview Party on Thursday, January 19, 4-6 p.m. in the Steamboat Building at CBMM. The public is invited to learn about the new programs, meet members and course leaders, and enjoy refreshments from Piazza Italian Market. Participants may also register at the event.

The programs are open to all, although those who are members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum or pay an annual ALL membership fee receive a discount on fees.

The winter/spring semester, which runs from January 23 through May 23, offers programs ranging from one-time events to eight-session courses. Topics include anthropology, music, world affairs, history, nature, literature, photography, self-improvement, math, memoir writing, local authors and more. Courses are given on the CBMM campus in St. Michaels as well as in Easton and Oxford.

John Ford and John H. Miller will lead an exploration of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” on Tuesdays, January 31- February 21 from 1:30 -3:30 p.m. The duo will also examine Great Presidential Inaugural Addresses on Wednesdays, March 29- April 19 from 1:30-3 p.m.

ALL is pleased to introduce several new music programs this semester. The Evolution of Show Tunes with Judy Amdur will feature popular songs from the 1920’s through the 1960’s on February 16 and 23, 10:30 a.m. – noon, at Trinity Cathedral in Easton. The Art, Science, and Joy of Singing with Bozena Lamparska, will teach the mechanics of singing and offer an opportunity to sing in an ensemble, Wednesdays, April 5-May 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Bonnie Forgacs will take a lighthearted approach In The Art of Listening to Opera, on Tuesdays, April 11 and 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Oxford Community Center.

Rather dance? Take Square Dancing in Three Easy Steps with Ann Fallon on Thursdays, April 27-May 11, 6:30-8 p.m. at Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue in Easton. Wear smooth-soled shoes, bring a partner or go by yourself, and bring what you’d like to drink and eat.

Alexandra Hamlet will present the two-session Overview to Anthropology on Tuesday and Thursday, January 24 and 26 from 1:00 3:00 p.m. On Tuesdays, February 28 through March 21, 10-11:30 a.m., Ron Lesher will lead The Euler Line: Is This a Triangle’s DNA?

In The Blessings of Our Lives: Adventures in Discovery, George Merrill and Sarah Sadler will explore meaning in the lives of elders Wednesdays, March 1-April 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Trinity Cathedral in Easton. Early registration is recommended; enrollment is limited to 15. Norma Trax will lead Helping Friends and Family through Grief on February 21 and 28 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Londonderry in Easton.

Norm Bell will teach Improving Your Photographs through an Understanding of Composition, on Wednesdays, March 8-22, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Oxford Community Center. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of their cameras and have experience taking pictures.

In True Stories, Well Told, Glory Aiken will lead a journey into the art of memoir writing on Mondays, March 20 through April 24 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Enrollment is limited to 10 in this popular program.

ALL will offer several programs about local nature. Birds and Birding on the Easton Shore: Spring Migration with Dr. Wayne H. Bell is open to people with no previous birding experience on March 20 through May 8, 2:30-4 p.m. Five classroom sessions will be supplemented with four field trips March 27 through May 7, 8-10 a.m. In Bugs, Bites, and Banes – Insects vs. People on Delmarva, Phillip Hesser will focus on the relationship between people and pests, Tuesdays, April 4-25, 10-11:30 a.m. Impacts of Climate Change on the Mid-Shore Delmarva Peninsula with Bart Merrick (NOAA), Suzanne Skelley (NOAA), and Matt Whitbeck (USFWS) will be on Fridays, April 14 and 21, 10-11:30 a.m.

Dick Mattingley will offer The Value of Antiques and Objects of Art: Do You Know What You Own? Tuesdays, April 25-May 23, 10-11:30 a.m.

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions Discussion Program is the longest-standing grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind. Led by Paul Carroll, the group will meet for eight consecutive Tuesdays at Londonderry in Easton, April 4-May 23, 1:30-3 p.m.

There are several intriguing single-session courses offered this semester as well.
HYPNOSIS – You’re Using It Every Day!, with Jimmy Eldred Quast, will explore Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy as a practical and effective tool for self-exploration, controlling pain, and facilitating physical healing, Friday, March 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Julie Lowe, managing member of Sun Wild Gardens LLS, will present Native Plants for the American Cottage Garden on Thursday, April 6, 1-2:30 p.m.

Dr. Stephen A. Goldman, a serious collector of rare and early newspapers, will offer three programs on consecutive Tuesdays, April 11-25 from 2-3:30 p.m. this semester. The first, Six Centuries of Crime in America: From Blackbeard the Pirate to Enron on Wall Street, will examine crime as seen through newspapers. Next, Dr. Goldman will present The Changing Portrayal of Women in Newspapers over the Past Six Centuries. Both programs will be at the Oxford Community Center. His third program, How to Sell on EBay, will be held at the Van Lennep Auditorium on the CBMM Campus.

As part of the Characters of the Shore series, Rich Wagner will present Nuclear Weapons: Looking the Tiger in the Eye, Again on Monday, May 15, 3:30-5 p.m.

This semester’s Conversations series feature Richard Harrison and guest speakers. Analysis of the Election, April 6, will explore why and how Trump won and why the polls were wrong. On April 13, Disaster in Haiti, will examine why Haiti has not recovered after millions in aid, and on April 20, Ethanol in Gasoline will offer a discussion on the effects and results of the additive. All Conversations will be at CBMM from 10-11:30 a.m.

In the Meet the Author: The Sheldon Goldgeier Lecture Series, Alexandra Hamlet will discuss her first novel, “The Right Guard,” a suspense-filled journey through the world of intelligence and defense in the 1970’s on Thursday, February 9, 1-2:30 p.m. Gerald Sweeney will present “A Tournament of a Distinguished White Order” on Thursday, March 16, from 2:30-4 p.m. His novel reveals the ambiguities and heartbreaks of mid-century America through the love affair of two creative New Yorkers.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is affiliated with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and is dedicated to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences. Course details and fees are available in the new catalog and on ALL’s website, To register for programs or to receive the catalog and e-newsletters, please contact Allison Speight at 410-745-4941 or

Academy for Lifelong Learning Announces Fall 2016 Programs

St. Michaels, Md. – The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) announced the Fall 2016 programs, which run from September 19 through November 17.

fall-2016-coverTo celebrate the new session, there will be a Preview Party, Thursday, September 15 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Steamship Gallery at CBMM in St. Michaels. All with an interest in learning something new are invited to attend and enjoy a preview of the courses, refreshments,and entertainment.

Affiliated with CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., ALL is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization committed to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences. The programs, which range from one-time presentations to eight-week sessions, include courses, discussions, presentations, and events. Subjects ranging from literature, history, religion, science, and math to photography, nature, current topics, world affairs, memoir writing, and more.

Fees for the programs range from free to $30 for members of ALL or CBMM and from $5 to $45 for non-members. The complete course catalog, which includes full descriptions,fees, and other details, is available on the ALL website,  Courses are held on the CBMM campus unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2016 Programs:

Evening Square & Folk Dances with Ann Fallon; Thursdays, September 15, 22, 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m.,at the Talbot Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave, Easton;

225 Years of US Presidential Elections, 1788-2012: Newspaper Display and Coverage with Stephen Goldman; Monday, September 19, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.;

Birds and Birding on the Eastern Shore: An Introduction to a Lifelong Hobby with Dr. Wayne H. Bell, Mondays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Waterfowl Festival Offices, 40 S Harrison St, Easton;

Conversation: FBI vs Apple controversy, privacy vs security with Sids Campen, Tuesday, September 20, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.;

Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy: “Coriolanus,” Julius Caesar,” Anthony and Cleopatra,” with John Ford & John Miller,Wednesdays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.;

Great Decisions Discussion Program, with Fred Smyth, Tuesdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 p.m.;

History of the Documentary, with Sandy Cannon-Brown, Thursdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.;

Women & Western Music, with Nancy Larson, Mondays, September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14,2:30 – 4:00 p.m.;

Conversation: Gun Control and the second amendment, with State Police Commander & Sids Campen, Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.;


ALL President, Robert Lonergan, with Rich and Lois Harrison

Something Rich and Strange: Teaching Literature to Undergraduates & Lifelong Learners On the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea Voyage of Atlantic Exploration, with John H. Miller, PhD & Emily T. Miller, Tuesday, September 27, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.;

Setting the Stage (to showcase your home) with Jamie Merida, Thursday, September 29, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.;

Trip to the Walter’s Art Museum(bus trip and tour) with Steve Goldman, Thursday, September 29,8:15 am – 4:00 p.m.;

Conversation: Immigration, both pros and cons, with Silvia Borges, Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.;

“Amazing Grace:” Slave Ships, Their Captains, Crews, and Cargo, with John H. Miller, PhD, Tuesday, October 4, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.;

True Stories, Well Told (memoir writing) with Glory Aiken, Mondays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.;


Annabelle Lesher and Dodie Theune

What Were They Thinking?! (Business Ethics), with Bob Lonergan & Woody Miller, Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.;

Growing Older & Loving It, But Never Growing Old, with Dodie Theune, Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.;

Boats & Business on the Shore – How Shipwrights Changed Delmarva Livelihoods & Life with Phil Hesser, Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.;

The History of Mathematics 2: Euler’s Polyhedron Formula, with Ron Lesher, Wednesdays, October 12, 19, 26, November 2,10:00 – 11:30 a.m.;

Developing Your Photographic Vision, with Norm Bell, Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 10:00 – 11:30 am, Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Rd.;

The Science of Climate Change and Where We Go from Here, with Stan Martin & Christy Gerrits Tuesday, November 15 and Thursday, November 17, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.;

Self-Defense for Seniors, with Matt Herron; Wednesday, November 9, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Self Defense America, 29000 Information Lane #105 Easton;


Author Robert Blake Whitehall and family

Just Skype Me (learn to Skype), with Liza Moore Ledford, Thursday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon;

Islam in America, with Drs. Kamshe, Amal Shehata, & Abdel-Gawad, Friday, November 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon;

and Paul Berry, Journalist, Friday, November 4, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The Meet the Author series includes: Bill Peak, The Oblate’s Confession, Monday, October 3,.; Karen Huston Karydes: Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Dreams of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, and Their Detectives, Friday, October 21.; and Robert Blake Whitehall: A Writing Life, Thursday, November 3. All presentations will be from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Van Lennup Auditorium, CBMM campus.

To join, register for courses, receive the ALL printed catalog, or subscribe to the newsletter, call 410-745-4941. To download the catalog, go to

Academy for Lifelong Learning Launches Winter Semester

The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) announced its programs for the Winter Semester.

The organization will kick off the semester with the Winter Social and annual meeting on Thursday, January 15 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 learn something new, share experiences, and connect with kindred souls.

The Winter Semester offers such diverse subjects as national security, Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell, dealing with ADHD, Canasta, gardening, memoir writing, American poetry, local authors, digital photography, railroads, life in WWII-era Britain, and more. Locations for the courses include St. Michaels, Easton, and Oxford; fees range from no charge to $30 for ALL members.

ALL’s Winter Semester programs are offered in January, February, and March, 2015, and range from one-time meetings to six-session courses. The complete course catalog, which includes full descriptions, times, and locations, is available on the ALL website,


Kate Mann will lead “Digital Photography for Beginners” January 17, 24, and February 14 at CBMM. “Book Club: Ozeki’s ‘A Tale for the Time Being'”, with Margot Miller will meet at the Talbot Senior Center in Easton January 20, 27, and February 3,

“How US Newspapers Covered the War of 1812” with Steve Goldman takes place January 22 at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford. Glory Aiken’s six-session writing workshop, “Everyone Has a Story Worth Telling,” begins January 26 at CBMM.

The Sheldon Goldgeier “Meet the Author” Lecture Series presents three local authors this semester. Bill Peake will discuss “The Oblate’s Confession on January 23. On February 4, co-author Ron Lesher will present “Stamps Tell Stories” and on March 17, Sue Ellen Thompson will discuss her book of poetry, “They.” All sessions will meet from 10:30-noon at the Steamship Gallery at CBMM.

February’s programs include “The Intrusives: Lawrence of Arabia, Gertrude Bell and the Arab Revolt of World War I” with Lynn Leonhardt Mielke, “Lawn Gone: How to create attractive, sustainable landscaping for your property” with Julie Lowe, and “The 1002nd , 1003rd, and Following Tales of Scheherazade” with Ron Lesher.

“Keeping Calm and Carrying On: Growing up in the United Kingdom during and after World War II” with Dorothy Parker, “Traditional Arts in the Southwest”with Rob Forloney, and “Is There An American Poetic Tradition?” with John Ford and John Miller, are also scheduled for February.
March courses include “National Security in the 21st Century” with Rich Wagner, “What Grandparents Need to Know about ADHD and Executive Functioning” with Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, “Hunting on the Bay” with Phillip Hesser, “Canasta Revisited” with Cynthia Pyron, and “The Railroads of Delmarva: A Retrospective” with Steve Spielman.

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. To join, register for courses, or receive the ALL printed catalog, call 410-745-4941. To download the catalog, go to


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.

Rabbi Hyman and Bishop Johnson to Teach “Genesis Primeval” at CBMM

Rabbi Peter E. Hyman and Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson will offer the course, “Genesis Primeval: The Real Story Behind the Story,” in the Spring Term of The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The course meets Wednesdays, April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 14, all from 10:30 to Noon, in the Van Lennep Auditorium in the Steamship Gallery.

The course is an introduction to Genesis 1-11, including the two creation narratives, Eden and the fall, the two flood accounts, and the Tower of Babel.
“This is an exciting course in literature and history,” Bishop Joel said, “of texts which we too often read with our eyes shut, written during the Israelites’ Babylonian Captivity, in a spiritual dialogue with the predecessor texts of the ancient Mesopotamians.”

“These texts,” Rabbi Hyman added, “were written as a bold theological statement, setting the emerging Israelite people apart from the other cultures of their time.”
Students should bring a Bible. Study guides will be provided by e-mail. No other textbooks are required, although Understanding Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna is recommended, and is easily available from online booksellers.

A few good seats remain for the course. The tuition fee is $30, $50 for couples. Register today. Contact Helen Van Fleet, Registrar, at 410-745-4941. You may also download an enrollment form through ALL’s website at Parking is free.

Rabbi Hyman is spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Easton, and Bishop Joel is leader of the Anglican Diocese of The Chesapeake. This is their 10th teaching event as a team. They have partnered previously at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, and in their own luncheon seminar series at Easton’s Ristorante Scossa and The Inn at 202 Dover.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is an academic cooperative that offers courses, group discussions, presentations, field trips, and social events conceived and conducted by the members. The programs encompass ecology, literature, history, religion, science, current events, photography, philosophy, gardening, and more.  Courses are held on the Museum campus and at nearby locations.