F1801 George Mason University and the Future of Higher Education
Tuesday, Sept 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon on Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Ángel Cabrera
This forum will cover challenges facing U.S. higher education including:
• The steep and steady decline in public financial support
• The increasing necessity of philanthropy and public-private
• The rising number of “non-traditional” students
• Critics questioning the value of a college degree
• The loss of international students to Canada
• The emergence of online education
• Efforts to reach the tens of millions of U.S. adults who have some
college credits but no degree
Dr. Ángel Cabrera is the president of George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research university operating several campuses across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region and in Incheon, South Korea. Before becoming Mason’s president in 2012, Dr. Cabrera led the IE Business School in Madrid and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, now part of Arizona State University. Dr. Cabrera is the first native of Spain to serve as president of an American university.
Mary Anna Johnson, LLI Coordinator
F1802 A Tale of Two Navies
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon on Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Anthony Wells
Dr. Anthony Wells’ book, A Tale of Two Navies, is a history and analysis of the unique and enduring relationship between the United States Navy and the Royal Navy. In his presentation, Dr. Wells will highlight the special intelligence relationship between the two navies and will provide insight into the workings of U.S. and U.K. intelligence. He asks that you consider the importance of naval thinking, not only how it impacts every level of naval activity but also national defense and strategic decision-making. He will include the response of each navy to the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, the discovery of the Walker Spy Ring, the Falklands campaign of 1982, and the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
Dr. Anthony Wells, who was born in Coventry, England, is the only living person to have worked for British Intelligence, served in the Royal Navy and on exchange with the U.S. Navy as a British citizen. He received his education at Durham University, King’s College, London, and the London School of Economics. He was trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and the School of Maritime Operations. Dr. Wells received his commission in the Royal Navy in 1966. During his tenure in the navy, he served aboard the HMS Collingwood, HMS Bulwark, HMS Dryad, HMS Eastbourne, HMS Fearless, and HMS Intrepid and also in the USS Bainbridge. As a civilian, he worked with the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 2015. Dr. Wells is a visiting senior research fellow at the Center for Intelligence and Cyber Security at King’s College in London. Currently, he lives in The Plains, Virginia.
Lianetta Ruettgers, LLI Coordinator
F1803 New Member Orientation: LLI – What’s in It for Me?
Monday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 17 on Zoom
Instructors: Mike Ahern, Mary Foster, Kathy Hernandez, Nancy Osborne and Cathy Walsh
This class is for anyone new to LLI-Manassas as well as members who would like to know more about the history and operations of the organization. We will discuss how you can become involved, have fun and meet new people – all at the same time. Light refreshments will be served.
Mike Ahern holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry. He served 26 years in the U. S. Army and later taught in Prince William County Schools and for George Mason University. He served LLI as vice-president for three years and is now president of the organization.
Mary Foster has been a member of LLI since moving to Virginia in 2011. She has been on the board of directors since 2013 and served as president for three years. Mary has a master’s degree in special education and has taught elementary and adult students for 23 years.
Kathy Hernandez is LLI’s webmaster. After living in Florida and Georgia, she settled in Manassas about 18 years ago. She retired two years ago after serving in the U.S. Navy and working for the federal government for 36 years.
Nancy Osborne was on the core committee that started LLI-Manassas in 2003. She served on the board of directors for six years and was president of the organization for two of those years. She now serves on the program committee.
Cathy Walsh is a retired nurse. She lives in Heritage Hunt, where she served on the board of directors and participated in several committees and task forces. Cathy joined LLI in 2016, serves on the board of directors and is chair of the membership committee.
Nancy Osborne, LLI Coordinator
F1804 Social Connect Brown Bag Lunch
Tuesday, Noon-1:00 p.m., Oct. 9, Nov. 13, on Zoom
The Manassas-LLI mission statement includes “social opportunities in a friendly atmosphere.” Therefore, in living true to our mission, we have brown bag lunches for members, new and seasoned, to come together to get to know each other a little better, to chat, have fun, and to comment or ask questions about LLI. You provide the protein for your lunch and we will supply the carbs with cookies and drinks. We look forward to seeing you.
Nancy Osborne, LLI Coordinator
F1806 The Opioid Epidemic: What Is it? What Can You Do About It?
Saturday, Nov. 17 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Zoom
Instructors: Carol Proven, President, League of Women Voters of the Pr. Wm. Area and Dr. Judith Smith, League of Women Voters
Session 1. The Opioid Epidemic: What Is It? 10:00-11:30 a.m.
We will watch the powerful documentary, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” produced by the FBI and the DEA. Two local experts in the field, Chrissy Fauls and Heather Martinsen, will lead a panel discussion about what is happening in our local area.
Box lunches will be available (approximate cost $12).
Session 2. Laws and their Impact on this Family Disease in Virginia, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.
An expert (to be announced) on the actions of federal lawmakers and the Virginia House of Delegates will lead a discussion, with the goal of helping participants become advocates for this issue. Is the government prudently responding to this crisis? Will such proceedings slow the expanding impact? Can laws and policy counter the medical needs of a patient’s pain management?
Session 3. The Opioid Epidemic: What Can You Do About It? 1:45-3:30 p.m.
Now, through an open discussion with knowledgeable panelists, you will be able to drill down more deeply into the evidence that firmly supports the current opioid crisis, as well as start to frame answers to this most important question: what can you do to help combat this extreme crisis affecting you and the Prince William area? Panel members (to be announced) will be drawn from the FBI, Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, GMU Health, PWC & Manassas Fire and Rescue, and PWC Police Department, Adult Detention Center.
Note: This special event is sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Prince William Area, Prince William County Community Services, and the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI-Manassas).
E. Perley Eaton, LLI coordinator