Committee outlines 19th Sundays at Two schedule
, 2015

Committee outlines 19th
Sundays at Two schedule

The Lancaster Community Library’s 19th annual Sundays at Two lecture and entertainment series will open January 12.

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From left, Sundays at Two committee members are (front row) Lovey Jane Long, chairman Gloria Wallace and Nancy Brandon; (next row) Elaine Weekley, Jackie Ferriter and library director Lindsy Gardner.

Offered at 2 p.m. at the library, 235 School Street, Kilmarnock, the free programs conclude with refreshments, said committee chairman Gloria Wallace. Reservations are not required.

On January 12, Dr. Laurence Mazzeno will present “The Unlikely and Incredible Life of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,” published in 1813.

As one of the most popular and best-loved reads of all time, Austen’s novel has managed to transcend its cultural and historical boundaries to appeal to readers of all ages over two centuries, said Wallace. The audience will learn about the unlikely circumstances that made Austen a leading figure in British literature and explore the reasons Pride and Prejudice has had such staying power.

On January 26, Bethany Smith will present “To Inner Space and Beyond by a 2013 Educator at Sea.”

As an environmental and marine scientist, she will take the audience on a journey of discovery and exploration 1,330 meters below the sea surface in the western Gulf of Mexico, said Wallace. As a participant in Dr. Robert Ballad’s Educator at Sea program with other scientists, she will describe their exploration of an undocumented early 19th-century copper-clad shipwreck and its historical context.

On February 2, Robin Boylan will present “The Search for Nazi Collaborators in America.”

He will address how Nazi collaborators and sympathizers came to the U.S. as refugees after World War II, the first cases that came to light and the Soviet Union’s involvement in identifying others, said Wallace. He will discuss some of the more publicized cases—including Frank Walus, who claimed to be a Nazi, but was not. He also will explain the politics underlying the effort to remove them and the aftermath of the effort.

On February 23, Gen. Jack Sheehan will present “Should NATO Go to Asia?”

The State Department has announced a U.S. foreign policy pivot from Europe, essentially where the focus has been since NATO’s formation in 1949, to Asia, said Wallace. Gen. Sheehan will discuss the implications of the policy shift for NATO, including where this will leave Europe, Russia, and the zone of instability that runs from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf.

On March 2, Bill Arnold, Ph.D., will present “Once Upon a Time…the Art of Storytelling.”

A retired Presbyterian minister and professor of pastoral theology, Dr. Arnold is a certified Master Storyteller, said Wallace. Since his 2007 retirement, he has led workshops on storytelling and/or told stories in the Northern Neck and elsewhere. He specializes in sacred tales from a variety of religious traditions as well as humorous and cultural tales of the South. He also will explain the path he followed to become a storyteller.

On March 16, Ken Sparks will provide a musical conclusion to the 2014 series with “Songs for a Sunday Afternoon (And Other Occasional Music).”

Acclaimed by Austin Kiplinger as Washington’s own Bobby Short, Sparks has written and performed numerous songs about the steamboat era as well as Washington landmarks and national holidays plus memorable tunes about people and places who have made Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay area a great place to live, work and visit, said Wallace.

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