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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MONDAY'S from 11:00 am - noon by ZOOM, Gentle Yoga with Judy
Judy Silberman is a certified yoga instructor with more than 30 years of yoga-teaching experience, including chair yoga. Most recently, she taught 2 weekly classes at Iona Senior Services, one weekly class at the DC Jewish Community Center (arranged by the Dupont Circle Village), and one weekly class at the Van Ness North Condo Building. She is a retired speech pathologist and has taken physical therapy and occupational therapy workshops over the years, incorporating mobility concepts into her classes. Her goals are to help students improve body awareness, strength, balance, and posture through stretch movements and gentle yoga poses adapted for seniors. Her classes include breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, which may help attention and memory.  You will need a hard-backed chair and a pillow to place behind your back.
Register by the Friday prior to each Monday session if you are new to the Yoga Group. Each class is limited to 100 zoom screens.
It is only necessary to register once to be on the the Yoga List
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TUESDAY'S: 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.
It is only necessary to register once to be on the the Meditation List
WEDNESDAY'S: 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. MASKS MUST BE WORN. 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.
WEDNESDAY 11/17 "The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War" with Craig Whitlock, Investigative Reporter: The Washington Post.
Craig Whitlock joins us to discuss his reportorial triumph, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War. After conducting thousands of interviews and suing the government for emails and other documents under the Freedom of Information Act, his book tells the story of strategic bungling, distorted statistics, a nation-building project doomed to failure and the victory of drugs and corruption in the longest war in American history through the voices of those who knew that the US government was presenting a distorted, and sometimes entirely fabricated, version of the facts on the ground. Just as the Pentagon Papers changed the public’s understanding of Vietnam, The Afghanistan Papers contains startling revelation after revelation from people who played a direct role in the war, from leaders in the White House and the Pentagon to soldiers and aid workers on the front lines. In unvarnished language, they admit that the US government’s strategies were a mess, that the nation-building project was a colossal failure, and that drugs and corruption gained a stranglehold over their allies in the Afghan government.Craig Whitlock has covered the global war on terrorism since 2001. He specializes in national security issues and has covered the Pentagon, served as the Berlin bureau chief and reported from more than 60 countries. He joined The Washington Post in 1998. Craig received the George Polk Award for Military Reporting, the Scripps Howard Award for Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of Information Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for international reporting.
This event is brought to you by the Council of Former Federal Executives & Associates (COFFE). 
THURSDAY 12/2 "Rockville, A Pictorial History" with Ralph Buglass. Ralph will showcase highlights of Rockville’s development, including its remarkable ties to national events and figures, through a wealth of photos drawn from a book he co-authored with Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Images of America: Rockville. This newly published pictorial history covers the 250-year span of Rockville’s development, containing a wealth of images including some never-before-published photos. Ralph Buglass is a frequent speaker for Montgomery History, the county historical society, and an instructor at area lifelong learning programs. He has a BA in American history and MA in journalism from Cornell and American Universities, respectively. 
Visit their website to find out more! Peerless Rockville: Preserving Rockville's Heritage.
WEDNESDAY 12/15 "The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World" with Sarah Stewart Johnson, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Johnson Biosignatures Lab, Department of Biology Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program, Georgetown University.
Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum—on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this book talk, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson will tell the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Sarah Stewart Johnson is a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University. Sarah Stewart Johnson'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. She has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Harvard Review and The Best American Science and Nature Writing.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 purchase: The Sirens of Mars
Listen to an audio book sample: AUDIO SAMPLE: Sirens of Mars
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THURSDAY 1/13/2022 "Will This Pandemic Ever End? – An Epidemiologist’s Prognosis for the Future" with George W. Rutherford, M.D.
George W. Rutherford, M.D., renowned epidemiologist at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) will provide an update on the current state of COVID-19, focusing specifically on the delta variant, implications for children under the age of 12, what the rise of this highly infectious variant means for vaccinated and unvaccinated adults and adolescents, and what it will take to move past this surge and end the pandemic. Dr. Rutherford is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Pediatrics and History and Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Global Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. He also directs the Global Strategic Information program within UCSF’s Institute for Global Health Sciences and the residency program in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. His work has focused primarily on the epidemiology and control of communicable diseases, both domestically and internationally. He has held a number of positions in public health agencies, including serving State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist for California. His academic interest has been on HIV and other infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Rutherford is an advisor to the World Health Organization, the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is the past chair the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Epidemiology and was the first Chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs Research Advisory Council. He has been intimately involved in UCSF’s, San Francisco’s and California’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic since the earliest days and is leading a major cohort study with Stanford on the epidemiology and prevention of SARS-CoV-2 in the Bay Area. Educated at Stanford University and Duke University School of Medicine, he has degrees in the Classics, Chemistry, History and Medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and in general preventive medicine and public health. 
This event is brought to you by the Council of Former Federal Executives & Associates (COFFE). 
WEDNESDAY 1/26/22 "Finding Meaning and Success: Living a Fulfilled and Productive Life" with Chris Palmer.
Author, speaker, wildlife filmmaker, grandfather, and retired professor Chris Palmer will give an entertaining presentation on how to improve your life. He serves on the Board of Montgomery Hospice, is writing a book on aging, death, and dying, is a hospice volunteer, and runs an “aging well” group for the Bethesda Metro Area Village. During his filmmaking career, he swam with dolphins and whales, came face-to-face with sharks and Kodiak bears, camped with wolf packs, and waded hip-deep through Everglade swamps. Inspired by his new book, Finding Meaning and Success: Living a Fulfilled and Productive Life, he will explore the goals, strategies, and tactics necessary to live a successful, fulfilled, and productive life. He will discuss what matters, consider how we find purpose and meaning, and examine how we can take better care of ourselves. The idea is to actively design our lives rather than drift forward, reacting to what happens to us. It is healthy to look at the person we have become and ask if this is who we want to be. We want to behave in ways true to our most honorable, generous, and best selves.
THURSDAY 2/10/22 "Climate Change, Just a Change or a Crisis?" with Bob Ryan.
You may remember Bob Ryan as the first meteorologist to join the Today Show and, after 1980, as chief meteorologist at NBC4 and head of digital weather strategies at ABC7 in Washington. Ryan began his career in the atmospheric sciences as an associate researcher in the Physics Section with Arthur D. Little Inc (ADL). in Cambridge, MA where he conducted research in cloud physics. While at ADL, Ryan began to work part time as a broadcast meteorologist in Boston, a career move which would become full time. Now retired, he continues to work as a consultant on weather and climate matters and serve on committees in the field of communication. In the past he has testified before various committees of Congress and served on the National Academy of Science Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He was a member of committees of the National Research Council which wrote the "Fair Weather" report and the "Completing the Forecast . . ." report. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the Geoscience Directorate of the National Science Foundation and as the organizing chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Committee on Effective Communication of Weather and Climate Information. He is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, and Fellow and Past President of the AMS. He holds a BS degree in Physics and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany.  
This event is brought to you by the Council of Former Federal Executives & Associates (COFFE). 
WEDNESDAY 2/23/22 "Auditory Learning & the Effects of Hearing Loss on the Brain" with Dan Sanes and Beverly Wright. (detailed event description to be provided later)
Dr. Dan Sanes is Professor in the Center for Neural Science and Department of Biology at New York University. He is a leading researcher in the study of hearing loss during development. His studies have shown how early hearing loss affects brain development and how the developmental deficits, caused by deafness, might be reversed.
Beverly Wright, is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Director of the Hugh Knowles Center, Northwestern University School of Communication. Wright and her students explore the general principles of auditory learning, a process that leads to improvements in perceptual skills. Her research also focusses on how learning changes with age, sensory experience (hearing loss), and cognitive background (e.g., language and reading disorders). Research on perceptual learning may lead to more effective training strategies for enhancing normal perceptual capacities and treating perceptual disorders.
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