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Speakers Bureau is a service to the community from participating members of the College’s faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and Alumni Association, who volunteer their time. Selected topics use Montgomery College students as co-presenters. Speaking engagements are fulfilled without charge.

Unless otherwise noted, these talks are designed for adult organizations or groups with an attendance of at least 15 individuals at meetings held in Montgomery County.

Due to the number of requests, coupled with the speakers' busy schedules, organizations will be limited to seven requests for a speaker per year.

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Speakers topics are listed below with the corresponding speaker's name and contact information.

Arts and Humanities| Athletics | Business and Management | Careers | Communications | Construction and Interior Design | Cultures and Places of Interest | Current Events | Economic Development | Education | Emerging Technologies| Energy, Ecology, and the Environment | Family | Government and Politics | Health | High Technology | History | The Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education | Mental Health | Money | Montgomery College | Personal/Professional Development | Psychology | Recreation | Science and Nature

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Acting as a Discipline: The Long Road to the Red Carpet
Learn about the months and years of training required to become a true theatre artist. It may look like a glamorous life, but great actors work hard at their craft. 60 min.

NEW FOR 2015! The Theatre Scene with the Arts Dean
So many people would love to enjoy a special evening at the theatre, but they feel they lack the time, money, or expertise to make that happen. This workshop gives
tips on choosing a play, getting a great price, and mastering logistics. Seeing a play is a little more work than going to a movie, but definitely worth it!!
Power Point presentation; Web access is preferred but not required. 1 hour.

Dr. Deborah Preston
Instructional Dean

Straight Ahead, Latin, and Fusion are variants of that eclectic and uniquely American music genre known as jazz. Equally unique and eclectic, and in some instances far more interesting, are the artists who created—and continue to create—this unique and dynamic musical art form. Horace Silver, Gloria Lynne, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Roy Ayers, Billy Strayhorn, Phyllis Hyman, Mongo Santamaria, Les McCann, Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Poncho Sanchez, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Quincy Jones are some of the many practitioners of this diverse musical mixture. The speaker explores the lives and musical contributions of some of the “jazz greats”—both past and present. This is also an opportunity to enjoy some great music. Visual aids. 45 to 60 min
Gary Coley
Professor of Human Communication Humanities, Social Sciences, Education
The Arts at Montgomery College: Endless Possibilities for People of All Ages
Montgomery College has classes, performances, and seminars on the arts year-round for people of all interests and schedules. Visual aids. 20 min.

Greek to Me: The Enigmatic Beginnings of Western Theatre
Greek theatre is considered to be the origin of all Western drama, but in some ways it is unrecognizable to a modern audience! Learn about some of the surprising and sometimes bewildering theatrical practices of our ancient forefathers. Presentation is 45 minutes and includes a PowerPoint.
David E. Phillips
Director, Montgomery College Arts Institute
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NEW FOR 2015! Athletics at Montgomery College 
The speaker is MCTV Producer/Director at Montgomery College, who covers and reports on all MC Athletic teams. He also serves as a co-producer and Play-by-Play announcer for all MC athletic events that MC produces. In this presentation, he will provide a history of MC athletics, a review of MC teams, their record and accomplishments, highlights and athletic accolades and honors. Visual Aids.
30-40 minutes.

Michael Brown
Producer/Director, MCTV

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Managing Diversity in the Workplace
This talk covers the basics of understanding diversity with very informative group exercises to involve participants. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

NEW FOR 2015! Nine Kinds of Diversity Initiatives
People and organizations have different ideas about what "diversity work" is. Presentation describes nine kinds of initiatives to build organizational
capacity to respond to demographic shifts and globalization. Each implies different issues, tasks and strategies for change. It's important to assess
the needs and organizational culture accurately, prior to getting fired up to implement programs or projects with diversity initiatives. 1-2 hrs.
Projector for PPT

NEW FOR 2015! From Diversity Awareness to Lifelong Learning
In the Mid-Atlantic region people are exposed to diversity daily, like a glorious buffet. Courtesy, common sense and political correctness address most interactions. However, discovering one's "learning edges" and areas of bias or assumption require deeper commitment and ongoing skill development. What strategies fill the gap? What attitudes support intercultural learning? 1-2 hrs. Projector for PPT

NEW FOR 2015! What is Cultural Competence?
Many are trying to define the knowledge, skills, practices and attitudes that distinguish the interculturally competent individual. Presentation describes several models of cultural competence, as well as assessment tools for self-reflection and strategic professional development. These increase the likelihood of improved relations in the neighborhood, as well as workplace effectiveness. 1-3 hrs. Projector for PPT

NEW FOR 2015! The Diversity Wheel
How people identify and experience "belonging" is often a complex intersection of self-descriptors and experiences of inclusion and exclusion. The Diversity Wheel provides a way to express both uniqueness and experiences of unity and belonging across differences. It can be a helpful tool for communication and mutual understanding, whether in a family, a work team, a department or organization. 45 min.-2 hrs. Projector for PPT

NEW FOR 2015! Dialogue Practices
Creating the norms and environment for genuine dialogue is a key to mutual understanding. Dialogue builds community and provides practice in essential skills, like self-awareness, suspending assumptions and listening to learn. There are many formats for dialogue to choose from, depending on the organizational context and desired outcomes. 1-3 hrs.

Laura M. White
Program Director, Workforce Development & Continuing Education
Strengthen Your Business by Strengthening Your Employees
Discover how your business can obtain effective customized training conveniently, on site or at one of Montgomery College’s locations in the county. To meet the workplace needs of local business, government, and community organizations, the business training services of Workforce Development & Continuing Educationcan partner with clients to enhance your employees’ skills through training, professional development, and technical assistance solutions. The full course inventory of the College can be tailored to meet workplace education and training needs, and can be delivered in a wide variety of learning formats to include on-site,Web based,intensive, or semester length instructional programs.Technical assistance may include: training needs assessments, conducting focus groups,curriculum design, and educational program design. Visual aids. 20 min.
Workforce Development & Continuing Education
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A Workforce in Transition
Changing demographics, job growth, and new skill requirements are shaping the future of our workforce. Trends suggest that our workforce will become older, more diverse, more specialized, and in higher demand. The necessity for lifelong learning will continue to increase for all career fields. Education and training experiences for the workforce will become even more critical as the projected employment needs will exceed the available labor market. Visual aids. 20 min.

Workforce Development & Continuing Education

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Communicating across Cultures
The speaker, who has more than 15 years of experience working with international students who have been studying in the United States, and American students who have been studying abroad, will provide a discussion of what constitutes a cultural difference and how to recognize and bridge it to communicate. Visual aids. 45 to 120 min.
Heidi Russell-Kalkofen
International Student Coordinator, Montgomery College
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A Construction Project: Do It Yourself or Seek Professional Help
The talk will include a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages in undertaking a remodeling or construction project either through a “build-your-own” approach or a builder/contractor. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

New Home Construction from Start to Finish
A step-by-step review of new home construction discussing the methods and materials used in today’s homes. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

Gudelsky Institute
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Afghanistan’s Economy: Central Banking in Afghanistan
The discussion leader was appointed by the President of Afghanistan to serve on the Supreme Council of the Central Bank of Afghanistan (which is the equivalent of our Federal Reserve Bank) as one of its Governors. 30 to 60 min.
Dr. Shah Mehrabi
Professor, Business Administration and Economics

The Ancient Ones of the Southwest
The speaker discusses the life and culture of ancient settlements in northern Arizona. Visual aids. 30 min.

Exploring Yellowstone
The speaker’s prize-winning images will illustrate Yellowstone’s natural wonders. The journey begins with a digital sound and image show and concludes with some observations of the place. Visual aids 25 to 45 min.

Mystery People of Central America—The Maya
Buried under the tropical forests of Central America, one finds the remains of an ancient mysterious people—the Maya. Learn about their civilization as it existed in 800 A.D. Visual aids. 30 min.

The speaker provides a visual tour of the Canyonlands along the Colorado River. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

North to Alaska
The speaker provides a geographic tour of Alaska illustrating its mountains, glaciers, and wild life. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

Images of Maryland
The speaker provides a pictorial tour of Maryland, from the Eastern Shore to the plateau. A special sound and sight presentation is available upon special arrangement with the speaker. Visual aids. 30 min.

California Redwoods
This presentation covers the ecology and history of the Redwood Forest through drawings and photographs. Visual aids.

Life on the C&O Canal
A discussion of life as it existed on the canal in the 19th and early 20th century. The talk is based on old photographs taken when the C&O was operating. Additional information is provided by oral interviews of people who worked on the canal. Visual aids. 30 min.

Photographing Maryland Landscapes
The speaker discusses some of the interesting places that can be photographed in Maryland, and techniques for making images. Visual aids. 30 min.

The Capital Region
A discussion of the historical and cultural attractions of the Washington metropolitan area based upon the book of the same title. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

Landscapes of Maryland
This presentation is a photographic journey across the state of Maryland. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

Fire at Yellowstone
The speaker provides an interpretation and explanation of a summerlong fire at Yellowstone National Park. The presentation includes a discussion of its causes and longterm effects. Visual aids. 30 min.

Pine Barrens of New Jersey
A colorful look into the physical and cultural geography of this unique wilderness area. Visual aids.

Strollin’ on the C&O Canal
Historical and cultural geography of the canal. A special living history presentation with costume and music. Visual aids. 30 min.

Paul D. McDermott
Professor Emeritus
(703) 656-8240
Cell: (301) 655-0026

The Middle East
This presentation uses PowerPoint slides featuring Dr. Zook’s travels to sites in Israel considered holy by various Christian, Jewish, and Muslim groups. By showing the interconnection between religion and politics, the presentation illustrates the difficulty policymakers face in achieving peace in this. Visual aids. 45 min. plus Q&A

Dr. Nathan Zook

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Biotechnology: What Has It Done for You Lately?
What exactly is biotechnology and how has it changed your life? This talk can be adapted for your group to include the basics of biotech, the ethics of biotech, biotech and human health, or another aspect of the topic of your choosing. 30 min.

What is biotechnology and how does it affect you?
This is a brief introduction to the language, promise, and perils of biotechnology. Visual aids. 20 to 60 min.

NEW FOR 2015! Preparing Workers for the Montgomery County Biomanufacturing Industry
What do local companies like MedImmune, BioReliance, Lonza, and GeneDx do? Learn a little about the local biotech industry and learn how the Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College prepares students for FDA-regulated jobs. 20-60 minutes.

NEW FOR 2015!  The Amazing Archaea
In 1977 Carl Woese and George Fox discovered a third “domain” of life to add to bacteria and eukarya – the archaea. These single-celled organisms live in some of the most extreme environments on the planet, and include the only organisms that can manufacture methane. Learn a little about the amazing archaea. 20-30 minutes. 

Lori Kelman
Professor Biotechnology

The speaker will discuss the impact of biotechnology on society, particularly on ethical issues, including artificial intelligence, implantable chips, and life extension. Visual aids. 60 min.

Bioethics, Biotechnology, and Ethics in the Information Age
A compelling discussion about advances in biotechnology, and the ethical issues it raises. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.

Dr. Jeanann Boyce
Computer Science
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Apprenticeship Works!
Montgomery College has been partnering with local businesses and trade associations for more than 20 years. During this time, the College has provided apprenticeship- related instruction programs designed to meet industry needs. Thousands of apprentices have completed these work-based learning programs through MC. Now these apprentices can be found throughout the region in high-paying and rewarding technical careers. Learn more about the apprenticeship option through this presentation. Visual aids. 20 min.

The Skills Standards Movement
More employers and educators are creating and using skill standards as education, training, and recruiting tools. Skill standards are established locally or nationally and can be adapted to meet specific employer and educational needs. Learn how skill standards are established and review potential applications. Visual aids. 20 min.

Gudelsky Institute
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Assessment Techniques for Diverse Learners
This speaker provides strategies and methods for approaching learners of various backgrounds (nationalities, cultures, ages, physical/mental challenges, etc.) to lay a common foundation. The speaker will provide various ways for learners to demonstrate learning and for the instructor to assess and evaluate in a lessstressful atmosphere. 60 to 90 min.

Year-Round Education
The primary audience would be educators and parents connected with grades 1-12. This presentation explains the philosophy and rationale for year-round school, how the calendar would work, and other features of this model that promotes improved learning for students. Although the concept is not new and is in operation at various schools already, there are many people who are not familiar with it or who may wish to discuss the pro's and con's. Visual aids. 50 min.

Professional Learning Communities in Specific Academic Areas
The primary audience would be teachers and administrators in both grade school (1-12) and college. Not simply the congregating of various stakeholders or the community in general, this Professional Learning Community concept--developed by and advocated by educators Richard duFour, Rebecca duFour, and Robert Eaker--is a specific way of using new insights and practices for improving student learning. It is applicable to all subject areas and levels but is especially effective in remediation. Visual aids. 50 min.

Dr. Katherine A. James
Adjunct Professor, Reading/ESL/ World Language/Philosophy
Adult ESL/Literacy & Grant Program
This talk describes the Adult ESOL and Literacy—GED® Program and the student population. It will address the purpose of the program and the services it provides. The speaker defines the terms associated with ESOL, literacy, and GED. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.

Susie Robinson
ESOL/Civics and Outreach Coordinator, Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Some Thoughts on “The Last Lecture”
Drawing on Randy Pausch’s nowfamous last lecture, the speaker explains how a great teacher is defined. 30 min.

Troubles in Higher Education
The speaker discusses, from a faculty member’s perspective, the problems facing colleges and universities today. 30 min.

Paul D. McDermott
Professor Emeritus
(703) 656-8240
Cell: (301) 655-0026

Putting Research to Work: Best Practices for Teaching in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse College Classroom
The diversity found in the college classroom is representative of our American society. This presentation will identify some of the challenges and best instructional practices based on current research for teaching culturally and linguistically diverse college students. The instructor will share the results of an informal survey of college students—identifying their needs and matching the best instructional practices for reading and writing at the college level. Visual aids. 60 min.

Role of Culture and Plagiarism
This presentation will present current research on the role of culture and plagiarism. What is considered plagiarism and does the definition vary from culture to culture? How can the culture of a student affect what might be considered plagiarism in our classroom. Visual aids. 60 min.

Zeporia Smith
Assistant Professor, Education
Diversity Training
This talk covers the need for diversity training and/or basic diversity awareness. It provides some things we need to do to stay focused positively on this issue. Visual aids. 30 min.
Laura M. White
Program Director, Workforce Development & Continuing Education
How to Study –and Why!
The speaker provides a discussion of how grades and knowledge increase the quality of our life, provide for good marriages and happy families, etc. The speaker will provide a strategy for effective study. 60 min.
Dr. Donald J. Palmer
Professor, Psychology
Technical Education: Montgomery College as a National Model
This talk reveals the county’s and the state’s need for technical education. It also highlights the exciting career path for qualified people, especially women, in nontraditional careers, who would like to become professional craftspersons. 30 min.
College Officials
Motivating the Young Student-Athlete
Sports can play an important role in the development of young people. Balancing the demands of sports with the demands of school is frequently a serious problem. The speaker, a psychologist who has worked with student-athletes for many years, will offer his ideas about bringing out the “student” in the student-athlete. This talk is primarily for parents and teachers who deal with adolescent student athletes. 30 min.
Dr. Robert Kauppi
Professor Emeritus

Role of the Humanities
In this age of the internet and e-books, we sometimes lose sight of the importance of studying the humanities, fields such as archaeology, world languages, music, art, literature, religion, history and philosophy. However, the value that the humanities hold for every society, present and future, is in every aspect of life—whether political, social, or personal. Why we need the humanities—this is a question that many current thinkers are devoting their attention to. 

Rita Kranidis
Director of Global Humanities Institute

NEW FOR 2015! Differentiating Instruction to Maximize Student Engagement and Achievement

The modern classroom is a kaleidoscope of diversity. And not just racial and ethnic diversity! The only way to ensure that educators can engage this vastly-diverse audience of students is by differentiating instruction and assessment within our classrooms. This session will explore how to do just that, but will emphasize how to differentiate in a rigorous and academically-responsible way to ensure our students succeed at appropriate levels for their school and community environments.

Matthew Ratz
Adjunct Professor of English

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NEW FOR 2015! Cloud Computing
Using the web to connect computers together for business and personal purposes. Cloud computing is used for storage, applications, business activities, and database management, mostly transparent to the end user. 20-30 minutes plus Q&A. Projection equipment required.
Dr. Jeanann Boyce
Computer Science


Fire and Water
The lecture provides an insight into how our environment is changed by fire and water. Visual aids. 30 min.

Rising Waters
This talk deals with the problem of floods in the United States. Questions addressed include what causes floods, when and where they usually occur, and what can be done to reduce damage and loss of life. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
The story of acid rain and its impact on the citizens and environment of the United States. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.

What’s Happening to Our Beloved Chesapeake?
The story of current problems now affecting the Chesapeake Bay. Visual aids. 20 to 40 min.

Indoor Air Quality and Energy Management
A discussion of the relationship between indoor air quality and energy management. Issues will include contaminant sources and methods of elimination. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

Vanishing Tropical Rain Forest
An examination of man’s destruction of the world’s precious rain forest. Includes slides of the beautiful forest complex. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min.

Waste! Waste! Waste!
Reviews the nation’s waste disposal problems and ways of reducing and recycling waste. Visual aids. 30 min.

The Energy Crisis: Fact or Fallacy?
A discussion of the origins of the current energy problem and possible solutions. Visual aids. 40 min.

Paul D. McDermott
Professor Emeritus
(703) 656-8240
Cell: (301) 655-0026

NEW FOR 2015! Introduction to Sustainable Landscaping

NEW FOR 2015! Gardening for Wildlife

Stephen Dubik
Professor, Landscape Technology Program
(240) 567-7803

Renewable Energy at Montgomery College
A slide presentation of several applications of solar energy in Montgomery County. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

Sustainable Building Design at Montgomery College
A comparison of energy efficient building design versus standard building design. The impact of first cost, operating costs, and life-cycle cost. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

Electric Bills: Can You Afford the Switch to be on?
A look at PEPCO’s commercial time-of-use rates, the impact on commercial customers, and cost effective measures to reduce consumption. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

Michael Whitcomb, P.E.
Energy Manager, Facilities Office
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Child Development
The speaker can deliver talks on a variety of child development issues including health-related behaviors (especially protective behaviors such as breastfeeding, vaccinations, injury prevention, exercise, eating behaviors, etc.) 30 min.
Dr. Melissa K. McCeney
Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Mennonites and Amish: Quiet in the Land
This presentation discusses Mennonite and Amish involvement in politics. As these groups near the 500th anniversary of Anabaptism, Dr. Zook discusses the historical religious reasons for the modern nonvoting stance of some adherents and the activist stance of others. Visual Aids. 45 min.

Dr. Nathan Zook
Professor, Political Science

Global Women’s Issues and Current U.S. Politics
This topic provides a discussion of some of the issues affecting immigrant women, in light of the recent presidential candidates’ positions. 30 to 60 min.

Global Studies
A presentation on the field of study that focuses on what is happening in the world today and how cultures interact and impact one another. What role do politics play in our ability to study other cultures and nations? Why is the effort to gain knowledge worthwhile? Why do our students and younger generations today need a global perspective? 45 min.

Rita Kranidis
Director of Global Humanities Institute
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Seniors and Sexuality
Does sexuality change after sixty? The good news and the bad news is "yes." This presentation will look at the changes that occur, in both mind and body, affecting sexuality. Common myths and misconceptions will also be addressed. Visual aids. 60 min.

Dr. Susan Milstein
Associate Professor, Health Enhancement
Hypnosis: Myths and Realities
An overview of the development of hypnosis and its place in contemporary mental health treatment procedures. A look at what is myth and what is real about hypnosis. 30 min.
Dr. Richard Klimek
Professor Emeritus
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Emerging Technologies in Automotives, Construction, and Manufacturing
A look at the new technological developments and what the future may hold for each of these industries. Increasing advances in technology hold the potential for additional safety, more efficient production or service time, greater accuracy, and increased user options. Developments reviewed will continue to change but include onboard computers, global positioning systems, 3D printing, CNC manufacturing, building information management, electric cars, solar panels and more.  30 min.
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Murder in Western Maryland
The speaker discusses how an infamous sheriff was brought to justice in 1827. Visual aids. 30 min.

Traveling with Lewis and Clark
The speaker discusses the history of the Lewis and Clark expedition. A special digital and stereo sound presentation is available on request. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min.

Colonial Vignettes: Life in Eighteenth-Century America
Selected examples of the activities and behavior of people who lived in the colonies, particularly in Maryland. A special living history presentation with costume and music. Visual aids. 30 min.

Life on the Oregon Trail 1840–1870
A discussion of trail life along the Mormon and Oregon trails during the mid-nineteenth century. A special living history presentation with costume and music. Visual aids. 25 to 35 min.

Custer’s Last Stand
Slides and narrative presentation focusing on the events and landscape involved in the defeat of General Custer at the Little Big Horn River, June 1876. Visual aids. 25 to 30 min.

Paul D. McDermott
Professor Emeritus
(703) 656-8240
Cell: (301) 655-0026

In Sight of the Dome of the Capitol
The history of the Confederate attack on Washington in July 1864. This talk traces General Jubel A. Early’s march down the Shenandoah Valley, traveling through Hagerstown and Frederick, fighting a battle outside Frederick, and finally being stopped at Ft. Stevens, near present-day Georgia Avenue in Washington. 30 to 60 min.

The Lincoln Assassination
This topic covers some of the lesser-known details and interesting facts surrounding the conspiracy to assassinate President Lincoln. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

Undying Glory
Deals with the unique role of black Union soldiers during the Civil War. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

In the Prison Cell I Sit
Details the history and suffering of prisoners in Union and Confederate prison camps during the Civil War. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

NEW FOR 2015! Intervening Cause
This is the story of the second American President to be assassinated and how under modern law his killer may have been found not guilty. President James A. Garfield was shot by a disappointed office seeker on July 12, 1881 but lived until September 19, 1881. But for the incompetence of his doctors, he might have survived the gunshot thus the introduction of the legal concept intervening cause. Had the nation not have been so outraged at the foulness of the act and the recent memory of the death of Lincoln only 16 years earlier, the assassin Charles J. Guiteau might have successfully raised the argument that it was the doctor's bungling for those two and a half months that caused Garfield's death and not his bullet. 30 to 60 min.

Bernie Siler
Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Studies

Vicksburg: The Long Siege
The story of this Civil War site in Mississippi. 25 to 30 min.

Bloody Lane: The Battle of Antietam
The story of the Civil War battle at Antietam in western Maryland. 30 to 40 min.

Gettysburg: Three Days in July
A pictorial review of the Civil War’s most famous battle, which is described as the high-tide mark of the Confederacy. Visual aids. 30 min.

Paul D. McDermott
Professor Emeritus
(703) 656-8240
Cell: (301) 655-0026

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The Homer S. Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education at Montgomery College represents the College’s commitment to provide high-quality, accessible education in technical and trade areas. Located at the College’s Rockville Campus, the institute houses the automotive technology, building and construction technology, and manufacturing and fabrication programs. However, technical education goes beyond this facility. By offering more than 50 technical credit programs and many noncredit programs, the College has demonstrated its commitment to the business community. Montgomery College seeks to serve business and industry needs as changes in the workplace continue. If your group would like to hear a presentation about technical education and the institute, please refer to the Careers and Education topics listed in this booklet. In addition, the following individuals will be happy to come speak to your group.

Fab Lab
The Montgomery College Fab Lab in the Gudelsky Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that offers the community affordable access to the newest technologies in digital fabrication. The MC Fab Lab is equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled machines that you can use to make products in various materials and sizes, including plastic, wood, vinyl and glass.  The Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing a stimulus for local entrepreneurship. It is a place for you to create, to learn, to mentor and to invent. The MC Fab Lab is a workshop for inventors, designers, engineers and maker hobbyists who have the desire to design, prototype and build things. 

Ed Roberts
Instructional Dean 
Applied Technologies 
Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education

Eric Jeffers
Program Director
Manufacturing and Fabrication Technology
Montgomery College

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    Coping with Stress and Anxiety
    Traditional and innovative techniques for dealing with what many mental health practitioners view as a major problem: exaggerated stress and anxiety and their concomitant negative effects on the body. 45 min.
    Dr. Richard Klimek
    Professor Emeritus
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    Successful Transition to College—Students with Disabilities
    The speaker, a disability support services (DSS) counselor, will discuss how a student with a disability can make a successful transition to college. The discussion also covers the academic and technological support services, including the College Access Program, that are provided by DSS. 30 min. Rose Sachs Counselor/Learning Specialist Disability Support Services The College Experience Today Students will speak about college life in today’s world. Learn how they fit school, work, and a social life into the day. Information about college life includes enrollment and registration, cost and financial aid, classes, and student activities. Availability will depend on the students’ classes and work schedule. 15 to 20 min.
    Montgomery College Students
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    Overcoming a Disability
    In this talk, the speaker draws from his own life and experiences as an individual with a severe disability. He will use examples of how his education helped him to overcome many of the obstacles that he’s faced. He will also describe how he obtained personal independence. 30 to 45 min.
    Christopher E. Powell
    Instructional Assistant, Mathematics
    Problem-Solving Techniques Using Biblical Methods
    A look at solving both mathematical and nonmathematical problems by methods and models from the Bible. 30 min.
    Alexander Bathula
    Assistant Professor, Mathematics
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    The Psychology of Engagement in Everyday Life
    Living fully “in the here and now” is referred to as flow by some prominent researchers. Individuals who are more able to experience this unique state of consciousness tend to report greater life satisfaction and accomplishment. This talk focuses on the nature of flow and how we can achieve greater meaning and enjoyment in our lives. 25 to 45 min.

    Dr. Robert Kauppi
    Professor Emeritus
    Looks at Who Moved My Cheese?
    The professor examines the very popular and informational selfhelp book. Visual aids. 24 to 30 min.
    Paul D. McDermott
    Professor Emeritus
    (703) 656-8240
    Cell: (301) 655-0026

    How Can We Tell When Our Teenagers Are Having Problems?
    This is a discussion of the various ways certain forms of psychopathology are manifested in teenagers in ways that are different from what we see in adults. The speaker will provide strategies for helping troubled teens. 60 min.

    What Is Normal Adjustment?
    A discussion of what constitutes normal adjustment to life’s stresses and how we can learn to better cope with these stresses. 60 min.

    What Is Psychotherapy and How Does It Work?
    This speaker provides an overview of several types of therapy with a focus on psychoanalytically oriented and cognitive behavioral therapies. The speaker tries to show people what actually goes on in a therapeutic session with hopes of demystifying it. 60 min.

    Dr. Donald J. Palmer
    Professor, Psychology
    Healing the Mind, Healing the Heart
    Heart disease is the leading killer in the United States, and in the past 15 years, evidence has accumulated to show that psychosocial intervention focused primarily on emotional issues can significantly reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks. This lecture will discuss the significant factors we can—and should— address to increase our health quotient, improve our immune system, and lower our pain level. 30 to 40 min.
    Dr. Richard Klimek
    Professor Emeritus
    Jump-Starting Multiple Intelligences
    This workshop will introduce participants to the eight multiple intelligences identified by Dr. Howard Gardner. Methods will include definition, examples, and names of well-known persons in each intelligence area. Participants will engage in brief, enjoyable exercises designed to help them identify their own intelligence areas and to facilitate group instruction. Examples of lesson plans will be provided and developed to meet each area. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.
    Dr. Katherine A. James
    Adjunct Professor, Reading/ESL/ World Language/Philosophy
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    Digital Photography for the Serious Beginner
    This session is designed for those who have enjoyed taking pictures with cell phones or older point-and-shoot cameras and now want to become more serious about this enjoyable hobby. People at this stage face an almost bewildering array of camera choices, technical questions ranging for the simple to the very complex, and wide cost variations. Bob Kauppi has been a photo enthusiast dating back to the film days, and more recently he has taken 3 classes from 3 MC professors who teach the subject.

    Golf as Therapy: Is It for You?
    Golf has many obvious benefits, such as exercise, companionship, and a chance to enjoy the outdoors. Studies have shown that there can also be deeper mental benefits to the sport. Some researchers have likened these outcomes to the benefits of psychotherapy. Whether or not you are inclined to agree with this proposition, you will find this lighthearted session interesting and thought provoking. 30 to 45 min.

    Dr. Robert Kauppi
    Professor Emeritus
    Some Comments on Digital Photography
    A prize-winning photographer and professor shows and comments on his images taken with digital cameras. Visual aids. 30 to 45 min.
    Paul D. McDermott
    Professor Emeritus
    (703) 656-8240
    Cell: (301) 655-0026
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    NEW FOR 2015! Medicines From the Rain Forest
    The speaker will discuss the traditional medical practices of the rain forest in Sierra Leone. It will also include research on some of these plant species.
    Visual aids. 50 minutes.  

    NEW FOR 2015! Natural Dyes of the Rain Forest
    The speaker covers a survey of natural dye plants in Sierra Leone, the traditional methods of dye extraction and indigo dyeing and how the colors obtained can be modified by experimentation.  Visual aids. 50 minutes.

    NEW FOR 2015! Fermented Foods of the Tropics
    This presentation discusses indigenous fermentation in the tropics. It covers various fermented foods produced and the potential of their use as probiotics.  Visual aids. 50 minutes.

    NEW FOR 2015! Comparative Ethnopharmacology in the Sierra Leone-American Connection
    This lecture will cover the parallel use of plants species as medicines by Africans in South Carolina and Sierra Leone. The implications of plant carry-over; the concept of disease causation and cure, and ethnomedicine in both parts of the world will be discussed.  Visual aids. 50 minutes.

    Dr. Cyrus MacFoy
    Professor, Biology

    Maps in the News
    A geography professor takes an in-depth look at journalistic maps—past and present. Visual aids. 30 min. Paul D. McDermott Professor Emeritus Dividing the Land This is a discussion of how and why land holdings differ throughout the United States. Visual aids. 30 min.

    Flood to Eternity
    The speaker tells the story of the famous Johnstown Flood, which took place in May 1889. This is a digital sight and sound show. The discussion includes some observations by the speaker. Visual aids. 30 to 40 min.

    Intruders from Distant Places
    The geography and ecology of places is changed dramatically by the purposeful and accidental introduction of plants and animals. These are some interesting stories of what has happened and where. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.

    Say Hello to Yellowstone
    This is a stimulating look at the scenery and geology of Yellowstone National Park. 30 min.

    Tsunami—A Natural Disaster!
    The recent killer seismic sea wave was one of the largest natural disasters in the 21st century. This program investigates the cause and aftereffects of this geologic force. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.

    The Story of Pompeii
    A huge volcanic eruption destroyed this Roman city in 79 A.D. The excavation of its ruins reveals much about life in this period. Visual aids. 30 min.

    The Grand Canyon Is Divine
    This is the geologic story of the Grand Canyon. The presentation is based on an article written by the speaker in World Book entitled, “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.” Visual aids. 30 min.

    The Wonderful World of Nature Photography
    A lecture focusing on the art and science of taking photographs using a 35mm camera. The speaker’s photographs have been featured in books and magazines including Mercator’s World and Journal of Geography. Visual aids. 30 min.

    The Mystery of El Niño
    This lecture describes how El Niño develops over the Pacific Ocean in December. It radically alters world weather patterns, causing drought in Australia and flooding in California. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.

    Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest
    Explore the fascinating volcanic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. See the volcanoes that were the focus of the news media in 1981, such as Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier. Visual aids. 35 min.

    Hurricanes: The Curse of the Eastern Seaboard
    This talk covers the origins, history, and dangers posed by these complex storms. Visual aids. 30 min.

    Tornado! A Killer Storm
    Examines the origin and distribution of violent wind storms in the United States. Examples of past storm damage and technologies for reducing property loss and injury are provided. Visual aids. 20 to 30 min.

    The Amazing World of Maps
    Program discusses the history and development of mapmaking. Visual aids. 30 min.

    Grand Canyon from Top to Bottom
    A scenic tour of one of the nation’s most famous national parks. Visual aids. 30 min.

    Paul D. McDermott
    Professor Emeritus (703) 656-8240
    Cell: (301) 655-0026

    Creation of the Elements
    This talk explains how the elements that make up the chemical universe were created by nucleosynthesis in stars after only hydrogen and helium were created in the “Big Bang.” Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Spectra of Stars, Analysis of Starlight
    How the spectra and color of stars reveal their properties. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Is Most of the Universe Missing?
    What evidence do astronomers have that 90 percent of the universe is dark? This talk requires that the audience understand equations and be familiar with physics at the high school level. It’s ideal for high school physics students who have learned about circular motion with a radial acceleration (a=v2/R) and understand Newton’s law of universal gravitation (F=GMm/R2). Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Light Pollution: How Seeing the Stars Will Save You Money
    We can no longer see the Milky Way from the Washington metro area, but this spectacle could return. In fact, it could be done in such a way as to save millions of dollars—for local, county, and state government—while putting more light on the ground where we humans need to see at night and in the spectral band (color) at which we have our peak visual acuity. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Splendors of the Universe
    Eighty of the most beautiful realistically correct color photographs of astronomical objects with relevant explanations of their meaning and significance. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Solar Eclipse
    This talk and slide presentation covers the solar eclipse in general and the Great Eclipse of July 11, 1991, when an eclipse expedition was mounted to Mexico from Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    The Whisper of Creation
    This talk explores how the initial explosion creating the universe can be heard in microwave frequencies. This talk is suitable for school-age groups. Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Astrolabe: Past, Present, and Future
    The astrolabe was the most important astronomical instrument before the telescope was invented and the most important astronomical calculator before the digital computer was invented. Geoffrey Chaucer of Canterbury Tales fame wrote the earliest work of science education in 1387, The Treatise of the Astrolabe, for his 10-year-old son Lewis. A Star Finder planisphere is a partially functioning astrolabe. A real astrolabe does what a planisphere does and a bit more. Is it history or science? Visual aids. 30 to 60 min.

    Dr. Harold Williams Planetarium Director, Montgomery College

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