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Join us for the Spring 2021 Virtual Course Preview

Thursday, January 28, 2021
9:30 to 11:30 AM

Join Us! Open to current and prospective members — tell your friends, relatives and neighbors!

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  • Encore Learning’s instructors give presentations about their academic courses.
  • Members often tell us that the instructors’ presentations at the Course Preview influence their registrations
  • Get the latest news on our clubs, special events and volunteer possibilities.
  • To register for courses you must have a current Encore Learning membership. To become a member or to renew membership, go to our website at
  • Course registration begins Monday, February 1, 2021, at 10:00 AM.
  • Spring 2021 Semester will be March 1 to May 14, 2021.
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Remembering Former President Art Gosling

Former Encore Learning President Art Gosling passed away surrounded by family on September 10, 2020. An obituary may be found here. The family will hold a private service. Until a memorial can be held at a later date, the family is asking for written, video or photo memories of Art to be emailed to his family at

The family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Encore Learning Youth Scholarship Fund. We are so grateful for all of Art and Carolyn’s contributions over the years. They both have given countless hours of volunteer time and helped grow and shape the organization for the better.

During the Arlington School Board meeting on September 24, 2020, School Board Vice-Chair Barbara Kanninen recognized Art’s contributions to our community. See the School Board meeting recording at this page (the commemoration begins at 36:16).

Art Gosling opening a Community Advisory Council event in 2018. Photo by Joe Furgal.

Current Encore Learning President Tom Adams shared, “We owe a great debt to Art for his service to this community. My children and tens of thousands of others received a first-rate education in Arlington County Public Schools thanks to his leadership of the school system. His stewardship of Encore Learning helped it grow into a strong and highly respected organization delivering valuable services to this area’s seniors. He was much loved and admired by all who dealt with him and and we will never forget his many selfless contributions.”

Executive Director Lora Pollari-Welbes said, “Art was a wonderful President of Encore Learning for six years. He recruited me and I immediately recognized how strong the organization was under his leadership. Art supported me in exploring new ideas and provided context to ensure stability.  We could talk candidly about challenges and excitedly about opportunities. Art’s commitment to Encore Learning was evident in his continuing pursuit of excellence during these dynamic times.”

You may click Donate to connect to our secure payment site and contribute via credit card. If you would prefer to send a check, please make the check out to Encore Learning. Reference the Youth Scholarship Fund/Art Gosling in the note line on the check or enclose a note with your check so that we may apply your donation properly. Mail to: Encore Learning, 2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204.

Fall 2020 Course Preview Videos Now Available!

Welcome: President Tom Adams
Fall Semester Introduction: Barbara Spangler & Jeanne LaBella
George Mason University Welcome: Dean Mark Rozell & President Gregory Washington

Fine Arts Theater Music Part 1
1016 – Japanese Art in the Age of Hokusai, Carol Morland
1019 – Evolution of Musical Forms, A. Scott Wood

Fine Arts, Theater & Music Part 2
1013 – American Musical Geniuses, Dan Sherman
1014 – Life, Love and Death, Verne Vance
1017 – Cinematic Beginnings and Endings, Ralph Berets
1018 – Art and Culture of the Renaissance, Nan Morrison

Law, Politics & Public Affairs / Literature & Writing
4015 – Populism’s Rise in America, Jeremiah Mitoko
4016 – US Tax Policy in an Election Year, Emil Sunley
4017 – Chinese Government & Foreign Policy, Yi-ting Chiu
5013 – Chekhov’s Short Stories, Natasha Lord
5012 – American English, Leslie Tierstein
5014 – Speaking Truth to Power, Stephen Ruth
5004 – Writing a Memoir, Marty Suydam

History Part 1
3017 – America in the 1920s and 30s, David Heymsfeld
3023 – Civil War in the West, Robert Stone
3027 – Carthage and Roman North Africa, Tom Wukitsch

History Part 2
3026 – History of the Jewish People, David Wittenberg
3025 – History of Scotland, Tom Adams
3024 – Arlington and the Civil War – 1861, Peter Vaselopulos
3002 – Indian Wars 1754-1794, Charles Hertel
3015 – Economic History of Antebellum U.S., James Grefer

Health & Wellness / Science & Technology / Social Sciences Part 1
2009 – Cooking for Wellness, Cressida McKean
6001 – Nuclear Weapons, Allan Hoffman

Health & Wellness / Science & Technology / Social Sciences Part 2
2003 – Estate Planning, Sarah Parks
2007 – Aging and the Brain, Michael Stutts
2010 – Basics of Mindfulness Practice, Dwight Rodgers
6008 – Geology, Oceanography and Evolution, George Pick
6011 – Biological Sciences-Latest News, Pam Hines
7008 – Numbers & the News: The 4th Edition, Steve Shapiro and Charlie Hallahan

Video Now Available! U.S.-Russia Relations: Back to the Future

Special thanks to our presenter, Encore Learning Instructor Wayne Limberg. Thanks to moderator David Tate, our Special Events Committee and Arlington Public Library for helping us bring these Encore Learning Presents programs to you.

Video Now Available! Ocean Blues: National Security Issues and Solutions

Special thanks to our presenter, Admiral (Ret.) Jon White. Thanks to moderator David Tate, our Special Events Committee and Arlington Public Library for helping us bring these Encore Learning Presents programs to you.

Fall 2020 Catalog Now Available Online!

We’re pleased to offer 37 virtual courses for our Fall 2020 semester. You can view, download or print the catalog by clicking on the image below. Details are also available on our registration pages. Registration opens on Monday, August 31 at 10:00 a.m. sharp.

July 2020 Encore Learning Presents Videos Now Available

Thanks to our wonderful speakers, moderators and Arlington Public Library for helping us bring these Encore Learning Presents programs to you:

Join us August 27, 2020: Virtual Fall Course Preview

Dan Sherman on Hamilton: The Man and the Music

Thanks to Encore Learning Instructor Dan Sherman, and all who joined our virtual presentation about Hamilton on June 29, 2020. Dan asked that we share the following with you:

Dear All:

I hope you enjoyed today’s “Hamilton: Man and Musical” talk with Encore Learning and the Arlington Public Library.

As promised, here are some clips that you may want to view about the show and its creators.  You can click on the links to see them, or if that doesn’t work, copy them into the address line of your web browser.

Here is the clip from the 2016 National Archives award event that I showed that gives background on the musical, beginning with Miranda’s 2009 performance at the White House of what became the show’s opening number:

Here is an interview from the same award event with some of the creators of Hamilton. It is about 42 minutes long; a very interesting bit comes at about 35 minutes in when biographer Ron Chernow talks about why he thinks Hamilton (the show) is important, especially in making history live for young people:

Here is an interview with Alex Lacamoire, the show’s music director who explains how he and Miranda worked together to create the music we hear in the theatre: .

I think this is quite wonderful! 

Here is a short clip from the show’s choreographer that explains some of the dance moves that are so much part of the show:

Finally, here is the clip of the young girl who missed seeing Hamilton for her birthday due to the theatre shutdowns, but was serenaded on Zoom by Lin-Manuel Miranda and other cast members in the show’s opening number. 

The Hamilton part begins about 8 minutes and 30 seconds in the video clip:

Thank you again for attending the talk. Stay well!!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

Dan Sherman

You may reach Dan by sending an email to our office:

Dan will be teaching a virtual course entitled “American Musical Geniuses” from September 24 – November 12, 2020. Please check back in August for more details.

Thanks again to Dan for his presentation, volunteers Louise Kenny and David Tate, and all of the participants for the great questions.

We hope you will join us for our upcoming Special Events.

Video and Slides Now Available! Scott Sklar on Sustainable Energy

On June 1, 2020 Scott Sklar joined us to talk about using sustainable energy to both save money and help combat climate change.

Photo courtesy Scott Sklar.

Scott presented a lot of valuable information about climate change and then moved on to solutions for every household, from super easy (LED lightbulbs) to more complex (solar panels and back up batteries).

Scott graciously agreed to allow us to record his presentation and to share his slides. Find the video on our YouTube Channel. Here are the slides – broken into three sections:

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Thanks to Scott for his presentation, volunteer David Tate for moderating, and all of the participants for the great questions.

We hope you will join us for our upcoming Special Events.