New! Adult Learning Institute (ALI)
Winter/Spring 2014 Course Schedule
We were absolutely delighted with the success of the initial semester of the Adult Learning Institute (ALI) and, therefore, are expanding our course offerings in the winter and spring. We are most grateful for the warm reception accorded to ALI and remain deeply committed to providing the highest quality, intellectually stimulating and engaging opportunities for adult learning right here at the JCCNV.
The ALI Winter/Spring 2014 semester is being divided into two sessions, with a break for the Passover holiday. The first session runs from Monday, February 24 through Tuesday, April 1. The second session begins on Monday, April 28, and continues through Tuesday, May 20.
Highlights of course topics for the ALI Winter/Spring 2014 semester:
Chapters in German Art History: German Impressionism and the Art of Hitler’s Third Reich
Mondays, April 28, May 5 (2 classes)
Instructor: Marion Deshmukh, Robert T. Hawkes Professor of History, George Mason University
Although developed in France and most often associated with French artists, Impressionism also took hold in Germany starting around the 1890s. This lesserknown aspect of German art history was introduced by German Jewish painter Max Liebermann, along with Lovis Corinth and Max Slevogt. Marion Deshmukh, a distinguished George Mason University history professor, will present a richlyillustrated lecture contextualizing these three major German Impressionist artists within the history of Imperial Germany. In her second lecture, Professor Deshmukh will discuss the art of Hitler’s Third Reich. Once Hitler and the Nazis came to power in 1933, the vibrant, modernist culture of the 1920s was replaced by an art of realism and monumentality. Hitler thought himself an artist and specifically forbade artists whose styles he abhorred from exhibiting or even painting. Professor Deshmukh will outline the art approved, commissioned and exhibited by the Nazis. She will also discuss the art banned, burned and banished — culminating in the infamous “Degenerate Art Exhibition” held in Munich in 1937.
Fee: $24/ $18 member
There Is No Planet B: What We Can Do to Protect the Environment
Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, 13 (3 classes)
Instructors: Philip Wirdzek, Executive Director of International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL); Rabbi Brett Isserow, spiritual leader of Beth El Hebrew Congregation; and Dave Feldman, CEO of Livability Project, LLC, an environmental consulting firm, and Executive Director of Bethesda Green, a local collaborative of residents, businesses and government that promotes sustainable living practices
Not many issues are as important to our future as preserving and protecting the environment. We as individuals and concerned citizens can play a role, even in small ways, in the well-being of our community and it starts by having a good grasp of the major issues that affect our everyday living. Sustainability, climate change, livability — these are all terms you may have heard about in discussions about the environment, but do you know how these issues can affect you and future generations? What does Judaism say about protecting and repairing the world? This course explores how we are interconnected with our environment and ways in which we can make a difference in the world.
Fee: $36/ $24 member
Science and Religion Part III*
Tuesdays, May, 6–20 (3 classes)
Facilitator: John Rybicki, Interfaith Scholar and Scientist
*No need to have taken Parts I and II in order to register for this class.
We will touch on cosmology, intelligent design, creation and creationism, brain-mind consciousness, faith, reason and the New Atheists.
Fee: $36/ $24 member