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We are supposed to be in the middle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, otherwise known as the "Information Age." Information technology has impacted every aspect of our lives in a profound manner and every one of us uses information technology products extensively - yet most of us are not aware of basic tenets of information science and technology. This class provides a definition of information and how it is represented, measured, coded and exploited. We will track the events that launched the current information age and speculate about where it is headed.Ravi Athale holds a PhD in electrical engineering from University of California, San Diego and has taught high school to graduate school, research and program management in photonics and imaging. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
The Constitution "reserves" responsibility for education to the states, thereby leaving the most important foundation for achieving and equalizing the American promise of economic and social opportunity for all to a myriad of disparately financed and motivated state and local governments. This course reviews key historical struggles between the federal government and states over the purpose, direction, content and financing of public education that began soon after the founding of our republic and that continue today. Among the public education themes to be addressed: 1) separate but equal vs equal educational opportunity; "the melting pot of democracy"; federal aid vs federal control; state influence on curriculum and textbook content; national "core curricula" and "no child left behind."Glenn Kamber, an OLLI member and instructor, is a retired senior executive from the US Department of Health and Human Services. He earned an MS in family and child development, a clinical degree in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech, and an MA in government and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
At the midpoint of the nineteenth century, the future of the young United States of America was in peril. At the center of this crisis lay the institution of slavery. To say feelings ran strong on both sides of this issue is an understatement. Each side took extraordinary measures to gain an advantage to their point of view. The methods, which were at times political, at times personal, were acted out in the halls of government, along the western frontier and even in small sleepy villages. Those in the middle, who attempted to achieve compromise, found out all too clearly that they were in the middle of a tug of war which would not lead to understanding, but a reckoning. National Park Service rangers have participated with OLLI in over 80 thematic courses, special events and trips since 2001.
In this class, we will examine Great Britain through the prism of several of its most distinguished writers (novelists, poets and playwrights), writers who differ in time, geography, gender, and political outlook. Among the topics to be discussed: the London of Shakespeare and Dickens, Hardy's Wessex (his invented rural region) the Celtic regions of Scotland and Wales, and the modern multi cultural England that features in the novels of Julian Barnes and Zadie Smith. These writers offer a moral and cultural cartography of England that is more revealing than any map, and offer an intimate understanding of the imaginative life force of the country throughout its history.Kay Menchel, who grew up in Yorkshire, England, is a lawyer who also holds an MA in English literature from George Mason University. She has taught numerous literature classes and always enjoys sharing her passion for English literature with OLLI members.
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