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The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library have just announced the Joy of Learning Spring 2018 class schedule. Please use our online form below to enroll or you may enroll in person at the Main Library’s Reference Desk.

Icebergs and Their Drift into the Atlantic Ocean

Two Sessions: Tuesdays, April 17 & 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

This talk will discuss the size and shape of icebergs and their origins, with emphasis on the West Greenland icebergs which drift into the Atlantic shipping lanes. It includes the International iceberg patrol of the U.S. Coast Guard. Attempts to destroy bergs are shown.

Instructor Bio:
Robertson Dinsmore retired from the Coast Guard in 1971. He was Director of Operations and occasional captain of the research ships Atlantis II and Oceanus, retiring again in 2001. He served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and is currently the director of the U.S. Lighthouse Museum.

Exotic Campaigns: The Struggle for the Kaiser’s African Colonies in the First World War

Three Sessions: Wednesdays, April 11, 18, & 25, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

For a number of reasons, the conquest of Germany’s African colonies was a vital component of the Allies’ grand strategy. This course will cover the fighting in these little-known theatres of the First World War. It will also introduce some colorful leaders, Germany’s only undefeated WWI general, the longest naval engagement in history, and the amazing flight of the Zeppelin I.59.

Instructor Bio:
Michael McNaught earned BA and MA degrees in history at Oxford University where he specialized in Military History and the Theory of War. An independent school teacher and administrator for 44 years, he has lectured extensively at Falmouth Academy, the Falmouth Historical Society, and the Joy of Learning program since moving to Falmouth in 2004.

Does the U.S. Still Need a Navy?

Three Sessions: Thursdays, April 19 & 26; Friday, May 4, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

An exploration of the role of the Navy in facing today’s security threats.

Instructor Bio:
Michael T. Corgan, Ph.D. Associate Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Iceland, and Associate Faculty at the University of Lapland

The Portuguese in Falmouth (updated and revised)

Four Sessions: April 6, 13, 20, & 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Session I: Portugal: the Azores and First Wave

Session II: Immigrants and Outcasts: Second Wave

Session III: Immigration, Restriction, and Assimilation

Session IV: The Third Wave to Present Day

Instructor Bio:
Lewis A. White worked at M.I.T’s Synchronic Lab and NASA’s Electronic Research Center. He completed graduate work at Worcester Polytech where he taught computer technology, as well as at Hesser College.

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