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In case of inclement weather, the Academy will follow school closing procedures for Talbot County Public Schools. Listen for information on radio stations such as WCEI 96.7 FM, WSCL FM 89.5, or WTK 107.1 FM, TV stations such as WMAR, WBAL, WJZ, and WBOC, or contact the public schools website at Come to class only when it is safe for you to do so. The Academy will endeavor to make up any class canceled due to inclement weather.

President’s Letter, Winter/Spring 2018

Glory AikenWelcome to the 2018 Winter/Spring semester!

I’d like to begin by announcing a few significant changes to our Board of Directors. Brice Gamber, the Academy’s Treasurer for the past thirteen years, retired from the Board at the end of 2017. We can’t thank Brice enough for his volunteer service over these many years and welcome Jim Adams as our new Treasurer.

Please also join me in welcoming our new Curriculum Chair, Gil Gleim. Gil brings an expertise to the Academy with his many years in leadership positions in medical research and education. Gil is an active CBMM docent and Winnie Estelle crew member, and also volunteers with St. Vincent dePaul. We are very happy to have Gil on board.

Additionally, we are welcoming a new CBMM staff registrar, Laurel Seeman. Allison Speight, who has served as our registrar for the past several years, will be training Laurel. We will miss Allison, but are excited to welcome Laurel to our team.

The Winter/Spring semester will feature 18 new course leaders and over 30 courses, spanning the topics of history, literature, writing, cooking, nature, electronics, and much more. This semester, we are partnering with Talbot County Public Schools in a lecture series called Expand Your Horizons. These courses are intended to raise the academic bar as well as community awareness, and feature the topics of stroke, US-Chinese geopolitics, and DNA, PCR, and genomics.

Please join us for our Preview Party on Thursday, January 25th from 4-6 pm in the Van Lennep Auditorium at CBMM. Course leaders will be on hand to highlight new offerings. We look forward to seeing you then!

Learn, live and share with ALL.

Glory Aiken

ALL Winter/Spring 2018 Courses
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On the Rialto Once: Ethnic Hatred and the Literary Imagination in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
Wednesdays, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21

Great Decisions Discussion Program
Tuesdays, January 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20
*Third session shifted to Thursday, February 15

Is Your Password “Password”?
Friday, February 2

Beginner’s Calligraphy: Foundational Script
Tuesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27

Hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine
Tuesday, February 6

Tarot: A World of Art and History
Thursday, February 8

How to Find out What You Have and What to Do with Things You Do Not Want
Monday, February 12

Making Italian Bread
Wednesday, February 21

Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Wednesday, February 21

Mobile Devices and Security for Seniors
Thursdays, March 1, 8

Talbot County’s Best Practices for Spring Gardens
Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24

Cooking Paella
Thursday, March 8

The Basics of Climate Change and How to Talk About It
Tuesday & Thursday, March 13 & 15

Birds and Birding on the Eastern Shore: Spring Migration
In Class Sessions: Mondays, March 19, April 2, 16, 30
Field Trips: March 26, April 7, April 21, May 7

Bordering on Insanity for Maryland: Reading History between the Lines
Tuesdays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10

History of Handsell House
In Class Sessions: Tuesdays, March 20, 27
Site Visit: Tuesday, May 1

Celebrating the Golden Age of Popular Song
Thursday, March 22

True Stories, Well Told
Mondays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Who Likes Short Shorts? We Like Short Shorts: Exploring Short Fiction
Mondays, March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

The Parallel Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass
Wednesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25

Chasing Venus: The First International Collaboration to Measure the Size of the Solar System
Fridays, April 6, 13, 20

Educating Our Youth and How Mentoring Can Help
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23

Harriet Tubman’s Incredible Life and Legacy
Tuesday, April 10

Talbot County Free Library: What We Can Do for You
Tuesday, April 17

The Secrets behind the Structures: The Inside Stories
Wednesdays, May 2, 9

Reimagining Your Life: It Is Never Too Late to Become the Person You Were Meant to Be
Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22

The Jazz Record Turns 100
Thursday, May 10

Creating a Butterfly Habitat
Monday, May 14

iPhone Photo Magic
Tuesdays, May 22, 29, June 5

Expand Your Horizons: Lecture Series
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US – Chinese Geopolitics: Culture, Commerce, and Security
Wednesdays, March 7 and 21

Stroke: A Community-Based Grand Rounds
Friday, March 16

DNA, PCR, and Genomics: Impacting Everyday Life and the Future Scope of Medicine
Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26