Chesapeake Forum is an intellectual cooperative of lifelong learning, with courses planned, run, and led by dedicated volunteer faculty. Chesapeake Forum is open to everyone who wishes to learn, listen, and discuss a myriad of topics with an open mind. Register for classes at www.chesapeakeforum.org. Visit Facebook: Chesapeake Forum An Academy for Lifelong Learning
What is the Mind?
with Forest Hansen
10:30 to noon, Sept. 14, 21 and 28. $15.
Most people signing up for this course would say either that the mind is a sort of immaterial entity that exists in our heads or that it is the brain. We will review the philosophical and scientific origins of these two notions. Upon close examination both present conceptual perplexities. We will then consider alternative answers to this question which claim to resolve those problems. Finally, we will discuss why this is an important issue, not just a philosophical game. Choose between live Zoom or recorded classes.
Great Decisions discussion group
with Rich Harrison and Bob DeGour
10 to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 15, 22 and 29. $15.
We’ll choose three of the most interesting of the following eight topics: Climate Change and the Global Order, India and Pakistan, Red Sea Security, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, U. S. Relations with the Northern Triangle, China’s Road into Latin American, The Philippines, and U. S. Artificial Intelligence and Data. No charge for the 2020 Briefing Book. Live Zoom class only.
Recent Sequels in Literary Fiction
with Margot Miller, PhD
1 to 3 p.m. Sept 15 & 22. $10.
This course will explore Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” and Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive, Again” and discuss what a sequel offers to and demands of the reader. This sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” takes place more than 15 years after Offred/June climbs into the truck in the last scene of “The Handmaid’s Tale” not knowing what her future is to be. There is a sliver of hope revealed in the story, as the book is framed as a course in Gilead Studies in some far-future university retrospective. “Olive, Again” is the sequel to “Olive Kitteridge” (winner of the Pulitzer Prize). “Olive, Again” picks up a few weeks after “Olive Kitteridge” ends and continues for a number of years until Olive comes to terms with the nearness of the end of her life. Choose between live Zoom or recorded classes.
230 Years of Presidential Elections: Washington to Trump, 1788-2018
with Steve Goldman
Recorded webinar to watch at your convenience, Sept 16. $5.
Join Dr. Stephen A. Goldman on a visual tour of the entire scope of presidential elections in the United States, from its founding in 1788 to the present day. See how the newspaper display changed dramatically over three centuries of covering the winners, losers and “oops, got it wrongers.” You may be surprised to find out who really won or lost these elections in spite of what you were taught in high school history.
Taste and Taboo: Food Stories
with Nancy Hesser, Ph.D.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24. $10.
The countless ways we relate to food and cooking — for fun, nurturing, connection, self-expression, and more — seem to inspire as many creative writers as master chefs. Instead of recipes, cookbooks and diets, this course offers an opportunity to read and discuss selected food-themed short stories representing a wide range of styles and perspectives. The stories will be emailed to participants prior to each of the two sessions. Choose between live Zoom or recorded classes.