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Fall 2014

President's Letter

“Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
– Albert Camus
Welcome to the Academy’s autumn season of seventeen programs, all designed to enrich the lives of inquisitive people throughout the region. As the leaves turn, we’re reminded of endings and beginning… a cooling off from the summer season, replenishing, and preparing for a new year to come.
Topics about health, spirituality, travel, sports, history, and books have been developed for your interest. Some are new, including a trip to the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., and a discussion program about the realities of aging. The choices are far ranging.
This is my last letter as President of the Academy. I look forward to seeing you at A.L.L. events and encourage you to consider volunteering. The Academy is fortunate to engage the extraordinary expertise of so many volunteers in the region. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact any of the officers of the Academy. Just leave a message at the Museum’s office.
Wilson Wyatt, Jr., President, Academy for Lifelong Learning


Multi-Session Courses

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce a series of three courses on the subject of aging intentionally in the Twenty-First Century. Interested persons may elect to take one, two, or three of the courses in the series.
Seniors live in a time of unparalleled longevity. Living longer has created new and unprecedented challenges for Seniors who sometimes find themselves uncertain or confused about their place in society. At the same time, increases in individual mobility and access to information via the Internet provide remarkable opportunities for personal growth for Seniors who feel a need to take control of their lives and live them in satisfying and creative ways.
Most A.L.L. members are Seniors, and some are exploring what to do with the opportunities and challenges living longer lives presents. The three course offerings comprising this series offer the opportunity to explore the emerging phenomenon of “Eldering,” an evolving way of understanding and enriching the latter portions of our longer lives.
• In the Fall of 2014, George Merrill will offer Realities of Aging and their Significance for Eldering.
• Being Old isn’t New: Just the Numbers Are, an exploration
of some cultural perspectives on aging, is scheduled for the Winter Semester of 2015. It will be presented by
Sam Barnett.
• Composing a Spiritual Life: The Art of Living Freely Within Limits, will be presented the in the Spring, 2015 Semester by George Merrill and Sam Barnett.

Realities of Aging and their Significance for Eldering
With George Merrill

6 Sessions: Tuesdays, September 23-October 28
Location: Universalist Unitarian Church, 7401 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD
Enrollment Limited to 15 participants*
Course Description
This course will explore the realities extended longevity presents and some newly discovered personal opportunities many of us have experienced but have not intentionally considered.
In a guided process, participants are invited to examine their lives. We frequently discover something new in old and familiar landscapes and ways of living our lives: the possibility of becoming Elders in our communities and families. This course is an educational exploration more like a spiritual journey than a psychological inquiry.
In each meeting, questions are distributed to consider. In the following meeting, we share as much as we choose about the thoughts the questions raised. Then there is open discussion. This process is usually fascinating and almost always fun. Cost: $30
*A second section will be offered if this course fills and a minimum of 10 A.L.L. members join a waiting list. Waiting list registrants will be contacted about the time and place of the second section if it is held.

Great Decisions Discussion Program
With Tom Hollingshead
8 Sessions: Fridays, October 3-November 21
Location: Dorchester House, CBMM campus
Enrollment Limited to 20 participants; a minimum of 10 participants is required
Course Description
Developed by the Foreign Policy Association ( in 1954, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the longest-standing and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind. It is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the important global issues of our time. Any individual with an interest in expanding his/her knowledge of international relations as well as engaging in active discussion of crucial global issues is urged to attend.
Topics for 2014:
• Defense Technology • Israel and the U.S.
• Turkey’s Challenges • Islamic Awakening
• Energy Independence • Food and Climate
• China’s Foreign Policy • U.S. Trade Policy
The Foreign Policy Association (FPA) Briefing Book and supplemental FPA video materials will provide a common point of departure for further discussions. Participants are asked to purchase a FPA prepared Briefing Book which may be purchased directly from the Foreign Policy Association ( The Briefing Book is also available through A.L.L. until Monday, September 29, 2014 (410-745-2916) at a cost of $20.
Cost: $30 plus $20 for Briefing Book.
Briefing Book purchase deadline thru A.L.L. is
September 29, 2014.

King Lear: The Culmination of Shakespeare?
With John Ford and John Miller
5 Sessions: Wednesdays, October 22-November 19
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building,
CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
Professor Harold Goddard wrote, “King Lear… is the culmination of Shakespeare. It may be regarded from almost as many angles as life itself. It says everything, and if this is the last and final judgment on this world we live in, then it is a miraculous world. This is a miracle play.”
In contrast, many believe King Lear is not only a futile attempt to stage the unstageable but also “the darkest document in the supreme poetry of the world.”
Which is it? A miracle play of forgiveness, redemption, and hope or the most nihilistic, hopeless, and unstageable of all of Shakespeare’s works? To answer these questions – if indeed there are “answers” – join John Ford and John Miller as we read the play, watch videos of selected scenes, and discuss whether or not Shakespeare’s imagination succeeds in staging this seemingly unstageable cosmic drama.
Suggested Text: King Lear, Pelican Shakespeare (Paperback), edited by A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel. Available from
Cost: $30

The Rise of Modern Nations
With Bob Springer
5 Sessions: Mondays, October 6-November 3
Location: Talbot Senior Center Conference Room, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton, MD
Course Description
This course is essentially a continuation of the previous course, “City-State to Nation-State.”
We will examine the impact of the Industrial Revolution on society; the rise and spread of nationalism, socialism, and communism; and the effects of technology on society. We will trace the effects of these trends on governments and their people. We will follow the rise and decline of new nations and some historical attempts to establish non-violent methods of reducing warfare between nations.
Cost: $30

American Gospel
With Sam Barnett
5 Sessions: Thursdays, September 25-October 23
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building, CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
Borrowing from Jon Meacham’s American Gospel, we will examine the place and influence of religion in U.S. history:
• The Colonial Experience through the founding of the republic, with special consideration of the question,
“Was American Founded as a Christian Nation?” (Sessions 1 and 2)
• Let Us Die to Make Men Free: Religion, Slavery, and the Civil War with special consideration of Lincoln’s religious beliefs. (Session 3)
• Doing God’s Work: The Civil Rights Struggle with special consideration of the “Social Gospel” (Session 4)
• Tapestry: Religion and Contemporary American Culture (Session 5)
Cost: $30

Landings & Livings on Delmarva: Life and Livelihood Along the Steamboat Routes
With Phillip Hesser
4 Sessions: Wednesdays, October 29-November 19
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building, CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
From the time of the Indians through much of the 19th Century, the rivers and harbors of Delmarva shaped how people earned a living, providing access to resources and markets – even affecting the arrangement of roads, railroads, and settlements. Whether a simple rural dock or a port offering access to city water, rail, and road transportation, these landings served all of the peninsula and gave rise to entrepreneurs big and small.
This course will look at the development of the Chesapeake steamboat routes and their influence on the landings along the shore and the livings of the people in the area. Topics include:
• The Business of Steamboats – The Quest for Routes and Revenue
• Docks and Denizens – Serving Farming & Fishing
• Ports & Populations – Connecting Cities and their Enterprises
• Hard Landing – Changing the Game with a New Economy and Infrastructure
Participants will explore what conditions gave rise to the age of steamboats on Delmarva and what circumstances brought down the steamboat companies and changed the livelihoods of their customers on the Shore.
Cost: $30

The History of Baseball and How It Evolved into a Multi-Billion Dollar Industry
With Craig McGraw
4 Sessions: Mondays, September 29-October 20
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building, CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
The prevailing myth attributes baseball’s creation to
Abner Doubleday on an upstate New York field in 1839.
The popularity of baseball exploded across America following the Civil War; seemingly each town wanted its own team.
The desire to win led to teams hiring professional players to represent the “local nines,” and creating the birth of organized baseball leagues. As the rules of the game were altered, legal problems followed for the owners of the teams, leading to the structure of professional baseball we have today.
Although baseball has undergone more than a few modifications, it would still be recognized by yesterday’s fan. This course will reveal the true origins of the game: the players, managers, beer barons, and corporate owners on and off the field from the “Dead Ball Era” to the present day.
Cost: $30

Everyone Has a Story Worth Telling!
With Glory Aiken
4 Sessions: Mondays, October 27-November 17
Location: Dorchester House, CBMM Campus
Enrollment Limited to 10; Sign-Up Early!
Course Description
Whether you’ve lived an unconventional life or a relatively ordinary one, there’s bound to be something interesting to write about – because everyone has a story worth telling!
A memoir may be your story, your family’s story or even just a story about a day, an event or a celebration. It may include and focus upon research into your family’s history. Or it may be a collection of photographs that tell your story. Perhaps letters and/or journals will provide the basis for your story-telling.
This course will provide the memoir-writer with the opportunity to begin, continue and ultimately complete their unique memoir. The bulk of class time will be devoted to reading the participant’s 1-4 page submission each week.
Our goal will be the completion of your memoir in book form. A discussion of the many self-publishing opportunities now available to writers will also be included.
Cost: $30

Tales of the Deep
With Jay Harford
3 Sessions: Tuesdays, September 23-October 7
Location: Meeting Room at Londonderry, 700 Port Street,
Easton, MD
Course Description
Ocean exploration presents particularly daunting challenges similar to that of space exploration but with some annoying differences. This course will show how the many obstructions to exploration have been overcome through technology and, more importantly, through man’s creativity.
Exploration of the oceans goes back to the days early humans began looking for food. But it was not until the early 1950’s that exploration took a dramatic upturn in the oceans that cover 70% of the planet. This course will show the evolution of ocean exploration from manual, crude but nevertheless very creative techniques, to the application of modern electronics and semiconductor/computer technology.
The course aims to be both educational and entertaining for non-technical and technophile participants. In the evolution of this technology there have been some strange, weird, exciting, dangerous, and often amusing, “Tales of the Deep.”
Cost: $30

Airship 102: Videos, Photographs, and True Stories of Flying Blimps
With Hunter H. Harris
3 Sessions: Thursdays, November 6-November 20
Location: Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road,
Oxford, MD
Course Description
Airship 102 is a continuation and review of A.L.L.’s 2010 course, Airship 101. In this course, Hunter, a commercial pilot, invites you to come travel the USA by Airship.
Hunter’s many years of involvement with the Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) aviation has created an almost endless list of unique adventure stories and experiences.
• Class One (November 6) will take us from Montreal to Miami
• Class Two (November 13) will take us from the East Coast to the West Coast
• Class Three (November 20) will take us from San Diego to Seattle
This course will look at all aspects of modern airship operations; examples such as the challenging details of a (not so) typical transcontinental flight, a TV coverage flight over a major golf tournament, and dealing with Mother Nature 24/7… airship things you’ve always wondered about.
Artifacts from blimps will be shared. When you complete this course, you will qualify for a career as airship crewman and have enough ‘scoop’ to blackmail the few Airship pilots that still exist.
Cost: $30

A Passage to India: The Search for the Footprints Left by My Grandparents
With Annabel Lesher
2 Sessions: Tuesdays, November 4 and November 11
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building, CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
In 1890 my grandfather, William Hamilton Hannum (WHH), graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York and embarked for the first of four tours as a missionary to India. My early years were filled with stories of India, where my mother was born.
In December, 2013, second, third, and fourth generation descendants of WHH and Annabel M. Hannum embarked on our own tour of Bombay, Ratnagiri, Kohlapur, Miraj, Vengurla, and Goa in search of the footprints left by the Hannums. We found a church where he served and an over- the-top welcome from the congregation, a very vibrant secondary school founded by my ancestor over a hundred years ago, the residence of an exiled king of Burma whom my grandfather met, the graves of young Hannum children who never survived to adulthood, and a very friendly tour of a house once lived in by the Hannums.
Join in for photos of India, then and now, accompanied by stories, then and now.
Cost: $20

Maryland in the Secession Crisis: Pro-North or Pro-South?
With Larry Denton
2 Sessions: Thursdays, October 9 and October 16
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building, CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
After Abraham Lincoln’s election in November, 1860, states of the Lower South began to move toward secession in rapid order. The states of the Upper and Border South, while in great turmoil, did not move toward secession.
Maryland, the key state in the Border South (because it surrounded the nation’s capital on three sides), had a Unionist-leaning governor, but a secessionist-leaning legislature. During the Secession Winter of 1860-61, Maryland was swept up in a wave of Unionism similar to Virginia. But when Lincoln called for troops to subdue the Southern states in his Proclamation of Insurrection, released on April 15, 1861, after the surrender of Ft. Sumter, Unionism, for the most part, disappeared in Maryland and Virginia. Virginia voted to secede on April 17; was Maryland close behind?
This presentation details the extreme tension in Maryland during April and explains why Maryland did not follow Virginia.Mr. Denton is the author of A Southern Star for Maryland (Publishing Concepts, 1995) which is available at bookstores and on
Cost: $20

Book Club
With Margot Miller
3 Sessions: Wednesdays, October 8-October 22
Location: Dorchester House, CBMM Campus
Enrollment Limited to 20; sign up early!
Course Description
This semester we will read and discuss The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton of New Zealand, winner of 2013 Booker Prize. In this elegantly written post-modern tale structured by the Ayurvedic Astrological chart, the stories of 12 men create a larger story. A 13th man has to figure out how all of the individual stories fit together. It turns out he has a part in it as well. The story takes place during the mid-19th Century New Zealand gold rush.
Participants are asked to read Part One of the novel for the first session. 
Cost: Free to A.L.L. Members

Meet the Author
The Sheldon Goldgeier Lecture Series

In this A.L.L. program, authors with linkages to our community highlight their work and answer questions.
In a Story, People Come First!

With Susan Reiss
Thursday, October 30
Location: Van Lennep Auditorium, Steamboat Building, CBMM Campus, St. Michaels, MD
Course Description
St. Michaels mystery author Susan Reiss will talk about how to build a story beginning with people. Readers have their expectations. Characters must reveal themselves as they act and react to events. Every story – from mystery to memoir – is about people and what happens to them. That’s why we read, to have experiences without spending a fortune to go around the world, going through the pain of loss or suffering the muscle aches of mountain climbing. It’s all about experiencing life from the comfort of your chair.
How can characters make or destroy a story? What makes people come alive, even in a non-fiction story? How does the writer connect with the reader?
Explore the tricks and techniques in the writer’s toolbox. Watch – and play along, if you’d like – as Susan plays a game that will yield a cast of characters ready for an adventure!
Cost: Free to A.L.L. members

Field Trip to the Newseum, Washington, D.C.
With Dr. Stephen A. Goldman
Thursday, October 30
Location: The bus will leave from the Easton Volunteer Fire Department Parking Lot, 315 Aurora Park Dr., Easton, at 8:30pm.
Enrollment Limited to 22; sign up early!
Sign Up Deadline: Friday, September 26
Course Description
Stephen Goldman, a recognized expert on the history of newspapers and leader of the very successful A.L.L. course Extra! Extra! Read All About It!, will lead a private tour of the Newseum for 22 A.L.L. members. Dr. Goldman has served as a consultant to the Newseum since 1996 and items from his private collection are presently being displayed by the Newseum.
“No other Washington, D.C., attraction makes history come alive like the Newseum. See how the media affects our shared experience of important moments. Get up close and personal with historical artifacts. And go undercover and behind the scenes in our multimedia exhibits and 4-D theater. The Newseum was voted one of the top things to do in D.C.”
– From the Newseum Website
The tour will include these items, among others:
• FBI exhibit featuring coverage of Crimes of the Century
• Blood and Ink exhibit: Newspaper front pages with coverage of the Civil War
• 4-D Time Travel movie in the Newseum’s state-of-the-art theater
• Gallery of every Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photograph
• News Corporation News History Gallery featuring famous front pages of newspapers over seven centuries
• The Berlin Wall display (one of the largest displays of actual Wall sections in the world)
• 9-11 Gallery including a 31-foot section of the World Trade Center’s North Tower broadcast antenna
• The best view of the Capitol, six stories above historic Pennsylvania Avenue.
Dr. Goldman has arranged for the group to receive a reduction in the entrance fee which is reflected in the cost for the trip. All trip participants are asked to use the bus provided by A.L.L. and not use their own automobiles.
Cost: $50 plus lunch on your own in the Newseum’s
“Food Section”
Sign Up Deadline: Friday, September 26

Visit Poplar Island With Poplar Island Staff
Two dates: Monday, September 22 or Friday, October, 24
Location: Boat leaves from Tilghman Island (directions below)
Enrollment limited to 20 per tour
Course Description
Poplar Island, once on the verge of disappearing, is today a national model for habitat restoration and the beneficial use of dredged material. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, teamed with the Maryland Port Administration and other State and Federal agencies to restore the island using dredged material from the Baltimore Harbor and Channel Federal navigation projects. Approximately 40 million cubic yards of dredged material will be placed to develop 570 acres of wetlands and 570 acres of uplands.
A guided tour of the island’s 13 miles of dikes will offer views of emerging habitat for a variety of wildlife species including Bald Eagles, Osprey, Heron, and Egret as well as insight into the challenges of island restoration.
Cost: $5
Directions: Cross Knapps Narrows Bridge on Route 33 to Tilghman Island. Turn left at the first street, Chicken Point Road. The office is the third building on the left, 21548 Chicken Point Road. Parking is available in the adjacent lot. Please park in the marked parking spaces.

Tour the Air Mobility Command Museum: Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware
With Barbara Reisert
Tuesday, September 23
Enrollment Limited to 20; Sign up early!
Course Description
Come see early military cargo planes as well as today’s giant transports. Tour both inside and outside; this facility is wheelchair accessible. You will hear stories about the people who flew and maintained these treasures. The Air Mobility Command Museum contains a flight simulator, you will see restoration projects, view artifacts or sit in the pilot’s seat of a “Starlifter.” Out on the tarmac are twenty aircraft, ranging from a C-7A “Caribou” – a Vietnam veteran, which later served for the Army as a Golden Knights Parachute Team aircraft – to a UH-1 which was used as a rescue helicopter.
Knowledgeable docents are awaiting your arrival and questions. The Museum has four individual motorized vehicles available at no cost. These vehicles can be used inside or outside the museum building.
Tour participants will provide their own transportation and will meet at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department parking lot, 315 Aurora Park Drive, Easton, MD to organize ride-sharing and receive driving directions to the Museum. Lunch will be brown-bag, so remember to bring your lunch! Bottled water and sodas are available in the gift shop.
Cost: $5


Glory Aiken worked in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry selling pediatric and adult vaccines. She retired from Pfizer as an account manager in Michigan after an eighteen year career. She discovered her love and enthusiasm for memoir writing in retirement and has self-published the rich and varied histories of her Italian, German and Irish extended family spanning a period of 145 years.

Samuel Barnett, Ph.D., recently retired from a diverse career in academia and business. As an academician, Sam achieved the title of Professor of Philosophy and Humanities and served in several administrative posts reporting directly to college presidents. In business, Sam was a Vice-President of Administration of a small marketing firm where he also worked with not-for-profit clients. Sam tried to retire in 2010 but flunked that course. He is trying to pass it this time. Sam has taught ALL courses since 2010, usually in religious studies or American Culture. When not involved in classes, Sam dabbles in woodworking – he strives to become an accomplished dabbler.

Larry Denton, an authority on the secession crisis, is a descendant of several Maryland families that pre-date the Revolutionary War. Educated in Maryland, he is a graduate of Western Maryland College and Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of A Southern Star for Maryland: Maryland and the Secession Crisis and William Henry Seward and the Secession Crisis: The Effort to Prevent Civil War. A third book regarding the Unionists of Virginia is in process. He has lectured extensively throughout the mid-Atlantic. The incoming president of the Talbot Historical Society, he resides in Oxford.

John Ford majored in Literature in college and is currently Facilities Manager at CBMM. John is President of the Easton Town Council. John has taught literature courses for CBMM- ALL for more years than he cares to remember.

Dr. Stephen A. Goldman has, for the last 45 years, been a serious collector of historical newspapers, news broadsides, and newsbooks dated between 1559 and 2014. Steve’s private collection forms the basis of the News History Gallery at the Washington, DC Newseum, the largest museum of news and journalism history in the world. He is the author of three books utilizing historical newspaper front pages to develop historical themes.

Phillip Hesser, Ph.D., has taught in the U.S. and Africa and served with the UNHCR and AED. He can be found teaching at Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College; running the marshes with his retriever and hound; or working on What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge, and Sitting in Limbo: Life and Livelihood on the Tumps of Chesapeake Bay.

Jay Harford is an experienced designer of marine instrumentation who has first-hand knowledge and experience in underwater exploration. During his 40 years designing marine instruments, Jay designed and built oceanographic instruments for Jacques Cousteau and is the ‘father’ of the Doppler Ocean Current Meter. Jay is the holder of numerous patents and authored a chapter on underwater photography for McGraw-Hill’s Handbook of Ocean Engineering. Jay put his knowledge and abilities to practical use during his participation in the searches for Scorpion and Thresher as well as downed aircraft. Jay has been inducted into the University of Rhode Island Engineering Hall of Fame.

Hunter H. Harris is a 6th generation Eastern Shore native who has spent well over 11,000 hours flying all kinds of aircraft all over the U.S. He is commercially licensed by the FAA to fly every category of aircraft: single and multi-engine land or sea airplanes, helicopters, gliders and lighter-than-air Airships. Hunter has flown LTA aircraft around the country and over most major sporting events. His personal interests include old cars, power and sail boating, old airplanes and figuring out a way to clean up the Bay.

Tom Hollingshead is a retired Westinghouse Broadcasting Company sales executive. He majored in English/Creative Writing and History at the University of Missouri. Tom is also a notable jazz fan. Tom is past President of CBMM-A.L.L.

Annabel Lesher is the daughter of Dorothy Hannum Earle, who was born in India. Aunt Peggy, who raised Annabel, was Dorothy Hannum’s sister. The two sisters grew up together in India and are the source of many of the stories that compelled Annabel to go to India in search of the footprints left by her ancestors.

George Merrill is a retired Episcopal priest. His work has included parish, hospital and hospice ministry and clinical chaplain, State of Connecticut’s Drug and Alcohol Program. He has directed pastoral counseling centers in Maryland and D.C. He served as a member of Loyola College’s graduate program in Pastoral Counseling in Baltimore. George is an avid photographer, writer, and sailor.

Craig McGraw, formerly a professional in Zoning and Planning for Baltimore County, has a passion for all things baseball since he attended his first Orioles game in 1954. Craig has been a docent at the Babe Ruth Museum and at the Sports Legends Museum (Camden Yards). He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Since 1961 he has missed only one Opening Day – he and his wife were in Mexico as volunteer English teachers that year. Craig and his wife Kathie, a Spanish teacher, live in Earleville, MD.

John Miller, Ph.D., is former adjunct professor of English at Carnegie-Mellon University and lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. John received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his B.A. from Yale University. Recently, John taught literature at Washington College, American University, and the Semester-at-Sea program. John is a long-time course leader for A.L.L.

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213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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