F902 Spring 2019 Mason Faculty Club Series, Part 2
Mondays, 9:30–11:00, Apr. 22–May 6
Come join us at the Mason Faculty Club (Pilot House on the main campus) and enjoy breakfast and a stimulating presentation just for OLLI members. The fee includes a three-hour parking pass for the Rappahannock parking deck in the designated visitor parking area and a continental breakfast consisting of fruit, yogurt, granola, bagels and pastries, coffee, tea, and juice. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Apr. 22: Game Theory. Game theory is the study of strategic interdependence where the best outcome for you depends both on your decision and on what someone else decides. This session shows how game theory helps predict and explain people’s behavior. We will use examples from many areas and leave you with a good understanding of the most-studied game, the prisoners' dilemma. Bob Hazel is a fourth-year PhD economics student at George Mason University and will graduate in May. He is currently teaching a course on game theory at Mason and has previously taught courses on financial economics and law and economics. He began his career as a regulatory lawyer, before working as an airline executive and a partner at a global consulting firm. He has a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, an MBA from George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton.
- Apr. 29: Circle of Treason. In 1985 and 1986 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) experienced the unparalleled loss of its stable of Soviet assets, which all but wiped out human source reporting on the Soviet Union. That group included, among others, GRU General Dmitriy Polyakov, the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer ever run by the United States. As detailed in Sandy Grimes' and her late co-author Jeanne Vertefeuille's book, Circle of Treason, Grimes will talk about their personal involvement in CIA's efforts to identify the reason for the losses and to protect future Soviet assets from exposure and execution. In 1991 that quest led to their hunt for a Soviet spy in the CIA and to their identification of the mole, case officer Aldrich Ames, a long-time friend and co-worker in the Soviet and East European Division in CIA's Directorate of Operations. In February 1994, the FBI arrested Ames, who later pled guilty to espionage and was sentenced to life in prison. Circle of Treason was also the basis for the ABC News mini-series The Assets which aired in 2014.
- May 6: Why Aren’t Jazz and Classical Music Popular? Is it possible to make the two art music forms popular? Are these two doomed to be dinosaurs and forgotten? Please join OLLI favorite, Walter Todenhoft, for this interesting discussion. Walter Todenhoft holds a Master's degree from the University of Maryland in clarinet performance and served in the United States Army Band “Pershing's Own” for 30 years.