The Lifelong Learning Institute at James Madison University is offering members a stimulating spring Brown Bag Lunch Series. Held on Tuesdays for five weeks, attendees can learn about the following:

China: The Sleeping Giant Wakes – This lecture will feature a well-traveled professor who has been in China many times. He will discuss China’s spectacular economic growth since the inception of a “free market economy.”

Hearing Meaning in Bach’s Sacred Music – This lecture sheds new light on St. Matthew’s Passion, on of JS Bach’s greatest works.

Cartoonist John Rose – The creator of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip which appearing in 500 newspapers worldwide, the creator will discuss his career in cartooning, show examples of his political cartoons and comic strips and even draw his characters for the audience.

Disasters and the Central Shenandoah Valley Region: Are Your Prepared? – This presentation will feature information about the types of disasters that affect the Central Shenandoah Valley Region. Historic disasters that have occurred in the Valley will be discussed. The audience will also learn simple and inexpensive ways to prevent damage from and prepare their families for natural and man-made disasters.

Gangs in the Shenandoah Valley – This presentation will feature an overview of the different types of criminal street gangs that are present in the Shenandoah Valley, but most particularly in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County area. Currently there are 12 different gangs that have been identified in the area and the audience at this presentation will hear and understand how these gangs operate, learn their signs and gang colors and a history of how these gangs came to evolve.




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