FALL 2020


All courses will be taught on-line via Zoom.

Mary in Biblical and Ecumenical Perspective (COURSE CLOSED)


Professor Emeritus, Department of Theology

He has written a book on contemporary Marian Theology

Tuesday, October  6, 13, 20: 2:00–3:30

An overview of the renewal that is taking place in Marian theology that builds on the biblical presentation of Mary. This biblical view provides great potential for ecumenical dialogue, since Mary has been up to this point a major point of disagreement between Catholics and Protestants.

October 6: Biblical Portrait of Mary

October 13: The Shift in Contemporary Theology about Mary

October 20: Ecumenical Implications of a Renewed Theology

The Road to the White House 2020 (COURSE CLOSED)


Professor Emeritus, Department of Government

Author of The Road to the White House (9 editions), Personality and Politics—Obama For and Against Himself, The Legislative Presidency, and Presidential Leadership (among other works)

Thursday, October 15, 22, 29: 10:30–12:00  

This set of lectures is designed to provide an overview of Presidential electoral politics in the Trump era. The first will focus on the nominating process in the two major parties, taking into account Trump’s constant campaigning for reelection, the role of money, media and momentum in the Democratic race, and the effects of the pandemic “pause.” The second will focus on the electoral environment for the general election, including the Electoral College, the ideological and demographic composition of the electorate, and personal as well as policy issues. The third will explore candidate strategies and tactics, the role of the debates, and the significance of forecasts and polling data.

Successfully Navigating the Complex Healthcare System (COURSE CLOSED)


MaryAnn retired as the Division Director for Aging and Adult Services for the City of Alexandria. She has worked at Georgetown University Medical Center as the Administrator of Cardiology and has a long history of senior level positions in healthcare organizations, including hospitals, home care, Hospice and managing physician practices. She now conducts workshops for organizations and works with individual clients to assist them in making decisions about their Medicare coverage and long term care insurance.

Wednesday, October 21, 28; November 4: 2–3:30 p.m.

In this series of three classes, we will unbundle the Medicare alphabet and look at the changes for 2020. You will learn about one of the newest care challenges, the Hospital Observation Program and its impact on your wallet and how to avoid this costly situation. We will look at options for getting the care and services you may need, including assisted living, in-home care, adult day health programs, hospice and skilled rehabilitation. We will focus on the cost of care for each of these, and how services are paid for, including how a long term care policy might help with the costs. You will learn about housing options and community services for “aging in place”.  Finally, we will look at substitute decision making, to include Advance Directives, Durable Healthcare and Financial Power of Attorney, Representative Payee and Conservatorship.

How we dehumanize and degrade: From the beginnings of the European slave trade in 1494 to the death camps, genocide, and contemporary US White nationalism


Emeritus, English and American Studies; currently teaching Justice and Peace Studies

Tuesday, November 3,10, 17, 24:  10:00–12:00 p.m.

Kids in cages at borders, collars, brands and branding, body scarification, clothing fethishes –Pink triangles, stockades, slaughterhouses: These symbols and systems seem disparate,  but they  intertwine for an important discussion about rights and persons. This four-session study group explores  the origins of the Western colonial slave and the social structures evolved by which stigmaed persons (jews, afrricans, muslims, others) became commodities, social, legal, financial. Additionally, the class looks at the technologies of colonization of animals, which became the instruments for capturing, and domesticating, persons of  color in New World slave factories —  and which, later, were imported by Nazi regime into their 20th genocidal  stockyards of death. The final meeting questions the “late emergence” of White Nationalism in the US. Beginning as early as Virginia racial laws in the 1700s, the formation of the White Race as a social category replaced “English” as a political marker to isolate Negro bond-slaves. The final session concludes with immigration in the US and its checkered history. 

Understanding the Qur’an


Director, Muslim Life and Chaplaincy

Thursday, November 5, 12, 19: 10:30—12:00 p.m.

One can never make sense of Islam without the proper understanding of its holy scripture, The Qur’an. This course is meant to offer a balanced portrayal of the Qur’an and its place in historic and contemporary Muslim societies. It will offer a rigorous analysis of the Qur’an’s theological, metaphysical, historical, and geographical teachings and backgrounds, offered in three sessions: The first session will feature the history, language, significant figures, historical interpretations, and the order of chapters, with close examination of the Qur’anic doctrines and their  impact on political movements, science, art, and literature. The second session will examine the role women play in Islam and will focus on gender dynamics and the role of marriage in Islam. The thirdsession will focus on the Qur’anic portrayal of law, ethics, and the common good.