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A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media in China

You’ve probably heard of the Great Firewall of China. But even in a country where Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram are off-limits to the average Internet user, such barriers haven’t stopped grassroots social media, political memes, and online activism from taking off. This lecture-style class will provide an introduction to:
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Save the Data! Personal Digital Archiving

Digital information, which is stored using series of ones and zeros, is extremely fragile. All of our valued and important digital files — whether these are photographs, text documents, or videos — are at risk of becoming inaccessible within relatively short periods of time. In contrast to paper-based documents, which can be left alone and preserved for very long periods, digital information requires constant attention and intervention to be kept accessible.
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Sometimes Strange Meeting: Music in Western Literature

The West End Library Friends presents a reading and discussion series for Winter/Spring 2015. Discussions are led by Ori Z. Soltes, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Theology, Georgetown University. The Tempest by William Shakespeare Jan. 28, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
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Improve Your Google Fu: Become a Better Searcher

“Google” is now a commonly accepted verb. But are you using all that the search engine has to offer? In this hands-on class, we’ll explore the breadth of Google’s tools, including Boolean operators, methods of refining results, and advanced searches. Your Google Fu skills will go from yellow belt to black as you learn to deftly find reliable information.
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Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice

When and how do you make time for yourself? Many of us lead busy, over-scheduled lives. Developing a home yoga practice can help you stay grounded and present. Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, this class will give you strategies for cultivating a personal practice. Learn about different breathing (pranayama) and meditation exercises, poses (asanas), and self-care regimens. You will leave with a manageable routine for your home practice, attuned to your schedule and needs.
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Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice

When and how do you make time for yourself? Many of us lead busy, over-scheduled lives. Developing a home yoga practice can help you stay grounded and present. Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, this class will give you strategies for cultivating a personal practice. Learn about different breathing (pranayama) and meditation exercises, poses (asanas), and self-care regimens. You will leave with a manageable routine for your home practice, attuned to your schedule and needs.
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Embroider Letters!

This introductory class, held in Room A-3, will teach you how to use the running stitch, back stitch, and chain stitch to make your text-based embroidery dreams come true. Create a monogram, a name, an initial, lyrics, or a motto! Bring your own embroidery materials (a hoop, needle, embroidery floss, and muslin fabric). If you don’t have those items, you can borrow a set from the teacher.
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Who’s That Dead White Guy on a Horse?

D.C. is brimming with marble and bronze likenesses. You can hardly turn a corner without being met by the solemn face of a statue. As the nation’s capital, our public spaces hold the special honor (and at times, burden) of commemorating historical figures. But have you ever wondered what made these individuals noteworthy and why someone thought they were significant? When was their significance decided upon, and who made the decision to honor them? And finally, what rights do D.C. residents have in terms of statue selection and placement?
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Stress Relief with Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga is a group exercise of voluntary and prolonged laughter. Thought by practicioners to provide many of the same physiological and psychological benefits of physical exercise, laughter yoga is built on eye contact, physical touch, and playful games amongst participants. You’ll learn the basics of laughing techniques, laughter “ignition,” and meditation. At the end, you’ll be asked to share your experience and hug to two students you didn’t know before the class.
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Mysteries of the 1040 Form and Other Tax Basics

Taught by two certified tax volunteers, this interactive class will cover the history of U.S. tax policy and go through a step-by-step tutorial on how to complete the forms for free (for those with income less than $60,000 a year). Then, get ready for a tax game in which YOU are the contestant — don’t worry, you’ll be armed with all of the information you’ll need to win. You’ll learn about the many tax credits/deductions you may be eligible to receive, and about how the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) might affect your returns.

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