AUGUST through DECEMBER, 2021

Speaker Events: 1:00 to 2:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated
Recommended log in time: 12:45 pm
Speaker Events are a Partnership between Little Falls Village
& Little Falls Library (MCPL)
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EVERY TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH: Weekly Mindfulness Meditation is held from 1-1:30 pm through Zoom.
Thirty minutes of guided meditation presented by a talented and experienced rotation of guides.
RSVP: If you are new to the LFV Meditation group, Email to register with "MEDITATION" in subject line and we will send you the link. If you have already attended these sessions, you do not need to register again.
EVERY WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH: LFV Bridge Group meets from 10:00-12 noon at the Sumner Village Community Center, 4920 Sentinel Drive. Fully Vaccinated people only. Join us for a friendly and enjoyable morning. All ages & all levels are welcome; we will help match you with a partner.
Allow time to get a free parking pass at the Sumner Village Guard House at the entrance to the complex.
No Reservation Needed.
THURSDAY 8/12 "Learning to Smell" with Don Wilson. Smell plays a surprisingly important role in our lives, and research is starting to open the door as to how this enigmatic sensory system gives us the power to explore the chemical world in which we live. We will talk about how humans and other animals use their sense of smell for everything from finding food, to bonding with family, to avoiding danger. We will dive into how our brains allow us to use odors to do these things, and how odors become so tightly linked to emotion and well-being.  Most odors we experience are complex mixtures of many different chemicals and our olfactory systems learn to group these mixtures into distinct aromas.  Thus, the ability to distinguish between the scent of jasmine and strawberry, or between a Merlot and a Pinot Noir, requires the olfactory system to learn and remember complex patterns.  This places memory at the heart of our ability to smell and identify odors.  Unfortunately this makes smell vulnerable to many different disorders such as dementia.  We will talk about smell in health and disease and some simple ways to train your nose to extract all the richness of the smelly world.
Don Wilson received his Ph.D. in psychology from McMaster University and was a post-doctoral fellow in psychobiology at the University of California at Irvine.  He is currently Director and Senior Research Scientist of the Emotional Brain Institute at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Professor (tenured) of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Neuroscience & Physiology at New York University Langone School of Medicine.  His research focuses on the interaction between memory and perception, especially in olfaction, as well as how experience shapes brain circuits across the lifespan from early development to aging.
WEDNESDAY 8/25 "Sugarloaf: A Small Mountain with Big History" with Ralph Buglass. Learn about the remarkable "out-size" history -- and connections to important people -- of this little mountain on the western edge of Montgomery County. Our speaker is Ralph Buglass. The presentation will be a virtual, fast-paced visit through lots of pictures --including vintage photos from the Library of Congress-- highlighting Sugarloaf Mountain's extraordinary history that includes a structure designed for the summit of the mountain by the 20th century's most famous architect that instead became one of the most visited museums in New York City, consideration as Camp David site, its commemorative stamp, how it was designed as one of the first “national natural landmarks”, its unique flora and fauna, and unusual business enterprises that were located in its shadow
Ralph Buglass is a frequent speaker for Montgomery History, the county historical society, and an instructor at area lifelong learning programs. A retired communications professional, he recently co-authored a pictorial history of Rockville as part of the nationwide Images of America series. He has a BA in American history and MA in journalism from Cornell and American Universities, respectively. As an elementary student, he got his first library card from the then-newly opened Little Falls Library.
THURSDAY 9/2  "The Importance of Revitalized U.S. Leadership in Transatlantic Relations" with Spencer P. Boyer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. In this role, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day defense relationship between the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union, and the nations of Europe.
Mr. Boyer served in senior roles in both terms of the Obama administration. From 2009 – 2011, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, where his portfolio included Western Europe, public diplomacy, and public affairs. From 2014 – 2017, he was the National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe in the National Intelligence Council—the center for long-range strategic thinking within the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Mr. Boyer has been an Adjunct Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow or Visiting Scholar with numerous think tanks, including the Center for American Progress, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Brookings Institution, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as the Director of the Washington Office of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
Mr. Boyer began his professional career as an Associate with the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, he worked in The Hague as a Law Clerk to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, in Zurich as a Staff Attorney at the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland, and in Paris as Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration. After Wesleyan, he received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he specialized in public international law and the work of international organizations. While at NYU, he also obtained a master’s degree in French Studies, with a concentration in French politics, history, and economy. 
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THURSDAY 9/9 "How the Kennedy's Changed the World." The Kennedys in the World, a new book by Lawrence Haas, tells a new, rich, fascinating, and consequential story about Jack, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy. From an early age the brothers developed a deep understanding of the different peoples, cultures, and ideologies around the world; a keen appreciation for the challenges that such differences created for the United States; and a strong desire to reshape America’s response to them.
From their childhoods in the first half of the 20th century, the brothers were prodded by their parents to learn and care about the world – and told they could shape America’s role in it. For more than six decades after World War II, the brothers shaped broad issues of war and peace as well as the U.S. response to almost every major global challenge of their times: the Soviet Union and China, the Cold War and Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Chile, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Korea and Vietnam, South Africa and Northern Ireland, and Iraq (twice).
In their time, America was what it remains today – the world’s greatest power, with roles and responsibilities that stretch across the planet. Consequently, as the brothers remade America’s empire, they invariably changed the world.
Lawrence Haas, a former senior White House official and award-winning journalist, is Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a foreign affairs columnist, and an author. He writes widely on foreign affairs, is quoted often in newspapers and magazines, and appears frequently on TV and radio. Over the years, his writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and scores of other newspapers, At the White House, Haas was Communications Director for Vice President Gore and, before that, for the Office of Management and Budget. He is the author of six books. including The Kennedys in the World: How Jack, Bobby, and Ted Remade America’s Empire, released in March of 2021. His most recent previous book, of 2016, was Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership That Created the Free World, which the Wall Street Journal named one of its top ten non-fiction books of the year.
In OCTOBER we will focus on promoting whole-person and community health and wellness with Dr. Carla Johnson, Associate Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Dr. Carla Johnston is a licensed and board-certified nutritionist in Maryland who recently completed her doctorate in clinical nutrition. She currently holds an M.S. in Herbal Medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, along with an M.A. in Applied Sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she focused on the impact of chronic illness on aging adults. Dr. Johnston is a clinical practitioner who is a passionate advocate for aging adults seeking to incorporate health positive behaviors; partnering with those seeking to live their best lives.
THURSDAY 10/14 "Four Strategies for Living a Nourished Life" with Carla Johnston, DCN, MA, MS, CNS, LDN. When we hear the word Nutrition, we may think of what is on the plate. When we hear the word Nourishment, we can think about what is on life’s plate.
Nutrition is certainly an important key to health, and for me, the conversation goes beyond food choices. When creating our health and wellness goals, especially as we continue to age, it is important to consider all influences that could impact our ability to adapt and shift. Life brings change, and we often need to adapt our plans accordingly. In this presentation, we will focus on four strategies that allow us to live a Nourished Life!
WEDNESDAY 10/27 "Complementary Health Practices: An Overview" with Carla Johnston, DCN, MA, MS, CNS, LDN. Traditional medicine allows us to incorporate wisdom from many cultures and centuries of practice. Contemporary medicine allows us to examine the evidence, the clinical applications of traditional medicine. For example, CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) has now been replaced with Integrative Medicine and Health. This shift illustrates the importance for each of us to be an active participant in our health and wellness care.
By incorporating both, we tap into our innate wisdom and allow us to tap into the wisdom that ultimately supports our body, mind, and soul. It proves to be beneficial for those seeking health goals as well as for those who are currently experiencing health challenges.
THURSDAY 11/4 "How Fashion Survived WWII in Paris, London and New York" with Elizabeth LayDesign Historian, Curator, and Professor at GWU.
Fashion changed very little during WWII as scarcity defined each designers’ style. Behind wide shoulders and fitted suits, the apparel industry struggled to survive. The war’s impact reached beyond the industry itself as fashion houses and the supporting crafts employed thousands of people and accounted for a significant portion of each country’s GDP. Individually the Allied design centers faced different challenges: Paris was occupied by the Nazis, London sustained relentless bombing raids, and New York was hungry for fashion which some hoped the American would supplant the French. The talk will examine the war time conditions and how each center endured and ultimately flourished through creativity, innovation, and celebration. 
Elizabeth Lay is a Design Historian and the Curator at Montgomery History’s Beall Dawson House and Stonestreet Museum in Rockville. She holds a Master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-GMU program in Design History, specializing in 20th century textiles, fashion, and women designers. Additionally, Elizabeth Lay is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University teaching Women Designers of the Twentieth Century and 20th Century Costume.
Wednesday 12/15 Searching for Life on Another World with Sarah Stewart Johnson.
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Sarah Stewart Johnson is an associate professor of planetary science at Georgetown University. Sarah's research is driven by the underlying goal of understanding the presence and preservation of biosignatures within planetary environments. Her lab is also involved in the implementation of planetary exploration, analyzing data from current spacecraft as well as devising new techniques for future missions. A former Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow, she received her PhD from MIT and has worked on NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers. She is also a visiting scientist with the Planetary Environments Lab at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Her recent book, The Sirens of Mars, was a New York Times Editor's Choice and selected as one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2020.

Link to book: The Sirens of Mars
Listen to an audio book sample: AUDIO SAMPLE Sirens of Mars

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