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Encore Learning Offers Timely Courses

Want to catch up with current issues and events?

This semester we are offering six courses with a local or global focus on timely topics that could spark some thoughtful conversation, inspire further exploration, and help make new connections within your community. Included in these timely courses are: 

Affordable Housing: Why is it Important and What Can be Done? 

Wednesday, March 9 – April 6, 10:00- 11:30 AM (five-weeks) Virtual on Zoom

This course will be taught by Nina Janopau, a first time instructor at Encore Learning who retired in 2021 as president and chief executive officer of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), will focus on why affordable housing is needed, how our historic housing policies have impacted affordability, what the local response is to affordable housing, what comes next for affordable housing, and more. To find out what else will be covered in this course click here

Global Hot Spots

Thursday, March 3 – April 7, 2:00- 3:30 PM (five-weeks) Virtual on Zoom

One of our most popular returning courses, Global Hot Spots will focus on a unique, globally significant topic every class period. This course will be taught by multiple instructors over the course of five weeks and will touch on historical perspectives on Afghanistan, the Taiwan-PRC political struggle, the relationship between the United States and Russia, corruption and conflict in the South Caucasus, and Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. To learn more about each session’s topic click here.

Police Practices in Arlington 

Thursday, March 3- April 21, 10:00 – 11:30 AM (eight weeks) Virtual on Zoom

Over the span of this 8 session course you will be exploring many aspects of the Arlington County Police Department from both outsider and insider perspectives.This course will be taught by multiple instructors, focusing on recommendations of both police and civilian groups. Topics covered include: mental health and policing, alternative dispute resolution, traffic enforcement practices, the Arlington Police Department’s perspective, as well as the perspectives from The Black parents of Arlington, and the NAACP. Click here to learn about each session and their instructor.

Rethinking Energy: AIRE at 15

Friday, March 11- April 1, 12:00- 1:30 PM (four-weeks) Virtual on Zoom

Demetra McBride is the Arlington County bureau chief of the Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management, which includes AIRE, this is her first time teaching with Encore Learning. She will introduce you to the  Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy or AIRE agency, the regional global impacts of climate exchange, and climate strategies. She will focus on these topics and more while exploring them on a personal, community, global and governmental level. Click here to learn more.

Viruses and Vaccines

Tuesday, April 12- May 17, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (six-weeks) Virtual on Zoom

Throughout the multiple variants of the COVID pandemic, we have  learned a lot about viral outbreaks and medical responses. In this class, Barry Ginsberg, Encore Learning member with a MD and PhD in molecular biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will be covering the study of viruses, how your body reacts to viruses, vaccines and mutations, and testing. Curious about this course? Click here.

Cryptocurrency 101 

Monday, March 7- April 4, 2:00- 3:30 PM (four-weeks) Virtual on Zoom

Throughout this informative class your instructor Maurice Kugler, the professor of public policy in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, will focus on decentralized ledger technologies, the digital dollarization, cryptocurrency markets, and even focus on the potential for money laundering and criminal activities. Want to see what else this course has to offer? Click here

We can’t wait for this semester to begin and for these courses to start! See you soon!