ILR is Taking Classes Out into the Community

ILR Classes in the Community

Join us for engaging classes focused on history, literature, creative arts, and health and wellness in convenient locations across Frederick County.

These classes are presented at no charge courtesy of partnerships with the Frederick County Public Library and the Frederick Senior Center in conjunction with Frederick Community College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement. These classes have been funded by the Shirley Cruickshank Wolfe Fund which provides program support to the ILR Program at FCC.

Registration:  To register, please contact the individual locations where you would like to attend a class. The staff at your chosen location will provide details and confirm your participation.

Click on the class title for more information:



National Treasures

Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Jan. 10th, Feb. 7th, March 7th
Location: Frederick Senior Center – 1440 Taney Ave, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Dara Markowitz at the Frederick Senior Center for more information and to register.(301)-600-3525

The monuments of Washington DC are the core of any visit to our nation’s capital. The artistic grandeur and symbolism of our monuments and memorials is legendary. At the National Mall and Memorial Parks natural beauty and historical sites also blend seamlessly into the fabric of our nation’s capital. If you are a history buff or just enjoy a walk in the park, join this continuing series with the National Park Service as we explore the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Washington’s Cherry Blossoms, and Fords Theatre National Historic Site. Take a virtual trip through history via the pageantry of art, architecture, and nature. As stories and symbols unfold, connections both in and around these beautiful sites just may surprise you. Students will also enjoy an anecdote or two about what it is like to be a park ranger.

Instructor: A native of Hagerstown, MD, Brad Berger served as a security specialist in the United States Air Force. He has earned degrees in history from Shepherd College and Shippensburg State University. Through his graduate program, he interned for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Since 2002, Brad has worked as a park ranger at National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. A favorite amongst his duties is service as outreach coordinator for park ranger lecture series at the learning in retirement programs in the Washington metropolitan area.

Instructor: Jen Epstein has served as the education specialist for National Mall and Memorial Parks since 2010, although she’s worked at the park since 1998. Interested in history since the 5th grade, she started out as a park volunteer in college, before spending about 5 years in different seasonal park ranger positions. She enjoys sharing the National Park Service resources with students of all ages.

Russian History

Mondays, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, March 5 – 26
Location: Urbana Regional Library, 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Derek Gee at the library for more information and to register. (301)-600-7011

In many ways, Russia is unique in both geography and history. A study in contrasts, the story of Russia’s people is one of great achievements set against unbearable tragedies. This “Big Picture” survey of Russia’s long history brings to light the patterns, trends, and key events that have brought us to the Russia of today and the world view of its people.

Instructor: Ernest O’Roark was a writer and team member for the World History for Us All curriculum project, working with David Christian author of Maps of Time and This Fleeting World as well as a number of other leading scholars in the field of World History. Ernie taught middle school in Montgomery County for 32 years.

Sign of Our Times

Fridays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, Apr. 6 – 27
Location: Walkersville Public Library, 57 W Frederick St, Walkersville, MD
Registration: Please contact Katy Thompson at the library for more information and to register.

We are living in a hub of the American deaf community as residents of Frederick. Often times we find ourselves fascinated by the visual language, or perhaps, frustrated by the fact that we are at a “loss for words” in the presence of deaf individuals. This class will enlighten you to the rich history and culture of the DEAF community and its language. In these two, sequential courses you will also be introduced to using American Sign Language. We will enjoy the verbal and non-verbal class participation as we learn to appreciate the manual language through movement, mime, and improvisation exercises.

Instructor: Martha B. Pugh holds a master’s degree in Secondary Deaf Education from Gallaudet University and a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Boston University. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching Introductory ASL classes. Martha has also been working as an ASL interpreter for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools for the past 22 years. She enjoys sharing her love of ASL with all ages.

The Little Prince and World War II

Fridays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Apr. 6 – May 11
Location: Brunswick Public Library, N Maple Ave, Brunswick, MD
Registration: Please contact Beth Cartier at the library for more information and to register.

Examine the French Resistance during World War II through the text of Antoine de St. Exupery’s “The Little Prince.” Students will read St. Exupery’s world renowned literary work and examine the events in the author’s life that preceded his work. The novel is filled with philosophical ideas, such as the wisdom from the fox, “that which is essential is invisible to the eyes.” These and other ideas will be explored and discussed as students learn how the author’s reaction to the invasion of his beloved France became the impetus for his literary work.

Please Note: To get the best experience out of this class students should bring a copy of the book to class; book can be purchased on-line or from most bookstores.

Instructor: Dr. Lois Jarman has been a world language educator for more than seventeen years. She has taught English, French, Spanish, and Latin on a secondary and post-secondary level. Lois received her doctoral degree in second language acquisition and currently is the Director of the Intensive English Language Program at Shepherd University. Lois has been a Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member and volunteer for more than seventeen years. She is a mentor with Woman to Woman Mentoring and is pleased to be a member of the Frederick County Commission for Women.

Reading Mysteries: Authors/Solutions/Websites

Weds., 1:00 – 3:00 pm, May 16 – 23
Location: C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD
Registration: Please contact Marian Currens at the library for more information and to register. (301)-600-3760

Enjoy reading mystery stories? Like figuring out “whodunit” before the author reveals the culprit? Come learn the background history of Mystery Fiction — from trendsetting authors (Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, etc.) to more modern authors (Erle Stanley Gardner, Dick Francis, Sue Grafton, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, etc.). Discover ways to search for clues – real or “red herring.” Come enhance your own mystery reading. Happy Sleuthing!

Instructor: Peg Mauzy is a retired Frederick Community College English Professor and International Education Coordinator. She is a huge mystery fan and has taught a variety of mystery courses from British (Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, etc.) to American Mystery Authors (Erle Stanley Gardner, Cornell Woolrich, Sue Grafton, etc.). Peg will help students discover ways to enhance their reading of mystery fiction while having fun using their “little grey” brain cells.



3 Comments on “ILR is Taking Classes Out into the Community

  1. it is dec.11th and the ILR for next year was suppose to be out!!!! Why do you still have the fall one up?????

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