Senior Enrichment Center Offers Lectures
The Senior Enrichment Center is offering several lectures over the next couple of weeks.
Matt Farina will present a lecture titled " The Wounding and Death - Fifty Years Later - of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain" from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Chamberlain, a famous Union general, was lost to history after his death in 1914. Writer Michael Shaara discovered the story of this officer when he was doing research for his novel, "The Killer Angels." Despite the very limited availability of the novel, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975. Shaara died in 1988. Movie director Ron Maxwell read the novel and bought the rights to make a film. The movie, "Gettysburg," was released 15 years ago and brings Chamberlain into the public limelight. The novel was reissued and went to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list for 18 weeks.
Chamberlain's exploits at Little Round Top mark the beginning of this fascinating tale. He was seriously wounded at Petersburg in 1864, and it is this wound that stayed with Chamberlain the rest of his life. Chamberlain was the classic citizen-soldier. He did not have a military education, but learned the art of war when he enlisted.
Farina, a retired pediatric cardiologist and professor of pediatrics at Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y., is a member of the Rufus Barringer Civil War Round Table. His interest in the Civil War began at age 10, when he visited Gettysburg.
Karen Backall, a physical therapist with Appalachian Physical Therapy, will discuss the importance of proper ergonomics in "Ergonomically Speaking" from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Ergonomics is the science of designing the job, equipment and workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design is necessary not only for efficiency, but to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to disability.
Capt. Jerrell Seawell, of the Moore County Sheriff's Department, will provide insight into the drug problem in Moore County from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20. Learn how street drugs are connected with the pill problem, and how the pill problem relates to all age groups. The talk will focus on how and why the drug problem affects the older adult population.
For those who are completely clueless about high definition television, Steve Drinkwater, a Pinehurst resident and former Hollywood film and television studio executive, will enlighten listeners from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.
Learn the difference between high definition, standard definition, plasma, Blu-Ray, and why many viewers have been forced to go to cable as well as how to be sure a high definition TV is properly connected. Sandhills Home Theater will be providing the HD equipment for this program.
Adults of all ages are welcome at these lectures, but reservations are requested by calling (910) 215-0900.
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