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Tuesday, November 15;  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required  
: Mr. Jud Fisher, President & COO, Ball Brothers Foundation
The Ball Brothers Foundation is one of the state’s oldest and largest family foundations. Jud Fisher will share how the foundation has evolved since its establishment in 1926, highlight key projects the foundation has helped to support over the years, and share more about how the foundation views its role in the Muncie/Delaware County community. 

Thursday, Sept. 8;  2:00 — 3:00 p.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required  
Presenter: Mr. Al Rent, Executive Director and General Manager of Public Broadcasting, University Media Services
In this presentation you will learn about the real motivation behind building the college in Muncie in the late 1800’s, how Ball State was almost Taylor University, how the campus grew from a modest 10.64 acres to more than 1000 acres, and what the campus may look like in the future. 

Three Tuesdays, September 6-20;  10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required
Instructor: Mr. Jack Carmichael, former Governmental Affairs Coordinator at Ball Corporation
Mr. Carmichael has worked 70 years on his own genealogy, tracing his roots as far back as Charlemagne. He will share his expertise in researching family history, such as locating, examining, and organizing records. Computer research is not included. Limited to 15 participants.

Tuesday, September 27, 10-11:15 a.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator: Mr. William Robertson, retired senior scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pennsylvania
In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army built to serve China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for over 2,200 years, this clay army stands poised to help the first emperor rule again beyond the grave. This 60-minute DVD produced by NOVA reveals the secrets of one of archaeology's greatest discoveries and brings to life the startlingly sophisticated world of Qin’s legendary empire. 

Six Wednesdays, Aug. 3-Sept. 7, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator: Mr. Richard Kennison, Lt. Col. (Ret.—USAF)
Hollywood has gone to elaborate lengths to recreate the violence and mayhem of ancient warfare in movies such as Gladiator and Troy. But what were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? And what were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle, giving one side victory and consigning the other to slaughter, capture, or, at best, escape to fight another day?

This DVD series produced by The Great Courses, features Dr. Garrett G. Fagan, Professor of Ancient History at The Pennsylvania State University. He will focus on warfare in the ancient Mediterranean world, encompassing the region from Mesopotamia to Western Europe, including Egypt and North Africa.  Part 2 to be offered Spring 2017.

Topics Covered Each Class (two, 30-minute DVDs per class)

Aug. 3: Why Study Battles? What Is War?; and The Problem of Warfare’s Origins  
Aug. 10: Sumer, Akkad, and Early Mesopotamian Warfare; and Egyptian Warfare from the Old to New Kingdoms
Aug. 17: The Battles of Megiddo and Kadesh; and The Trojan War and Homeric Warfare
Aug. 24: The Assyrian War Machine; and The Sieges of Lachish and Jerusalem
Aug. 31: A Peculiar Institution? Hoplite Warfare; and The Battle of Marathon
Sept. 7: The Battle of Thermopylae; and Naval Warfare and the Battle of Salamis 

Six Wednesdays,  Sept 21-Oct. 26, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required
Facilitator: Mr. William Robertson, retired senior scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pennsylvania
This DVD series produced by The Great Courses, features Professor Sean Carroll, a Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  His program will expand your understanding of the universe by taking you on a tour of its most fundamental components. In addition, you’ll have an in-depth view of the Large Hadron Collider—the largest machine ever built, and the device responsible for finally revealing the concept of the Higgs boson as reality. By the end, you’ll understand how the Higgs boson verifies the final piece in the Standard Model of particle physics, and how its discovery validates and deepens our understanding of the universe. 

Topics Covered Each Class (two, 30-minute DVDs per class)
Sept. 21:  The Importance of the Higgs Boson; and Quantum Field Theory
Sept. 28: Atoms to Particles; and The Power of Symmetry
Oct. 5 : The Higgs Field; and Mass and Energy
Oct. 12: Colliding Particles; and Particle Accelerators and Detectors
Oct. 19 The Large Hadron Collider; and Capturing the Higgs Boson
Oct. 26 Beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physic; and Frontiers—Higgs in Space

Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required
Facilitator: Mr. Steve Caldemeyer, retired judge
In 1989, Judge Steven Caldemeyer recognized the growing problems with the Delaware County Children’s home, which included staff shortages, children not getting the help they needed, and repairs that needed to be made to the facility. So he starting looking for a solution. He, along with several local youth advocates, visited other facilities to find a model for what they envisioned, but they found out that  no such model yet existed. After much fundraising, their vision was realized in 1992 when the Youth Opportunity Center accepted its first set of children in their residential program. Today, the center serves more than 40 Indiana counties, assisting youth and their families with the ultimate goal of reunifying children with their parents.

Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 — 11:30 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required
Presenter: Mr. Chris Flook, Lecturer, Department of Telecommunications, Ball State University; author
Native Americans lived, hunted and farmed in east-central Indiana for two thousand years before the area became a part of the Hoosier State. Mounds and enclosures built by Adena and Hopewell peoples still stand near the White River and reflect their vibrant and mysterious cultures. The Lenape tribes moved to east-central Indiana many years later after the Northwest Indian War. Led by the great chiefs Buckhongehelas and Kikthawenund, the White River Lenape attempted to forge an identity after being forced from their homeland on the Atlantic coast. Place names like Delaware County, Muncie, Yorktown and Anderson demonstrate the importance of the tribe in local history. Mr. Flook’s book explores the unique yet often untold history of the Native experience in east-central Indiana. Refreshments and book signing to follow program.

Thursday, August 11, 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. 
No Charge – Reservations Required
Presenter: Mr. John Disher, Community Outreach Manager, Indiana University Health East Central Region, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation
Join local photographer  John Disher for a view of Muncie’s historic Rivoli Theater in 1987. Disher will present his photos of the last days of the Rivoli and share his experiences touring rarely seen areas of the theater shortly before its demise. Disher’s images were shot on 35mm film and stored in a closet for nearly 25 years before being revealed in 2011 on his blog site www.rivolitheatre.wordpress.com. Many of the photos feature intricate details of the theater’s ornate construction, as well as views into spaces never seen by the theater-going public until now.

Date to be announced.  
No Charge – Reservations Required  
Presenter: Richard Chegar, Maj. Gen. (Ret. US Army)
General Chegar will discuss Al Conetto’s book, The Hump: The 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, in the First Major Battle of the Vietnam War, that was published late last year. Conetto was a former lieutenant in General Chegar’s battalion.

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Muncie, IN 47306

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