Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 27–May 15
Fairfax Lord of Life
Coordinators: Steve Canner, Camille Hodges
Over the past 100 years, a wide range of events—foreign and domestic, political and scientific, military and legal—have profoundly impacted our lives. They have forever changed the way we live and how we relate and interact with the world. Eight key events have been selected for this course, presented by experts in their fields.
- Mar. 27: Carving out Countries in the Modern Middle East. Border decisions made a century ago may be unraveling as ethnic, tribal, and religious groups seek to define their own national boundaries. Johnnie Hicks, OLLI member and former educator at Fairfax County Public Schools and George Mason University
- Apr. 3: The Breakup of the Soviet Union. On Dec. 26, 1991, Declaration #142-H announced the dissolution of the former Soviet Union and the creation of a new Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Amb. (ret.) Kenneth Yalowitz, US Department of State.
- Apr.10: Civil Rights Revisited. While significant progress has been made since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, much remains to be done. Kofi Annan, president of the Fairfax County branch of the NAACP.
- Apr. 17: Modern Physics: Einstein’s Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity displaced Newtonian physics and, along with work by other scientists, led to the development of quantum theory. Dr. Steve Greenhouse, OLLI member and former electrical engineer and space communications specialist.
- Apr. 24: US Supreme Court Decision on Citizens United. The 2010 decision “Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission” dramatically altered how outside money can be used in federal elections. Bob Zener, OLLI member and former lawyer with the US Department of Justice and other federal and civil agencies.
- May 1: LBJ’s Great Society. This is a look at how one man sought to correct the injustices of American history and lift millions out of poverty. Glenn Kamber, OLLI member and former senior executive with US Department of Health and Human Services.
- May 8: The United States Before and After 9/11. The 9/11 events altered both the course of foreign and domestic policies, as well as the attitudes many Americans assumed toward Muslims and the Middle East. Dr. Peter Stearns, provost emeritus and professor of history at Mason..
- May 15: Decision to Drop the Bomb on Hiroshima. The decision that accelerated the conclusion of WWII also ignited the nuclear age in which we live. Dr. Martin Sherwin, professor of history at Mason and nationally recognized scholar and prolific writer, whose honors include (with Kai Bird) winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.