Educational Programs

Small Business Development Workshop

Are you thinking of starting your own business?  Don't know how to begin? Come to this free two-hour seminar by the DC Small Business Development Center. This workshop will give you an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan and a discussion of the reasons why. Please pre-register with DCSBDC to attend this program.
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Career Happiness Is Not a Myth

By one estimate, only 3 in 10 people love their jobs. The best network and most impressive resume will only get you so far if you don’t know what kind of work will make you happy, and why.  This class will get you thinking about practical, action-oriented steps you can take to find your career happiness. You’ll start by trying to determine: What you ARE What you LOVE What you VALUE Dare to dream about being happy at work!
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Customer Service for the Working Professional

Think about the best customer service you’ve ever had. Take a moment to revel in the magic of that moment. Now, contrast that with the customer service experience you’ve had that needs the most improvement. Your instructor, Kirby, will share tools and techniques he’s used to excel at customer service as a professional. Come to class prepared to learn secrets of the trade and to discover what may be holding you back from being a rockstar in the office (and in life).
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Decolonize! Native Resistance Then and Now

“To be an Indian in modern American society is in a very real sense to be unreal and ahistorical.” — Vine Deloria Jr. Drawing on personal experiences and scholarly research, “Decolonize!” is an introduction to the rich and powerful history of Native American resistance. We’ll cover the earliest acts of protest, the Red Power movement of the 1960s, the dawn of Native American Studies as a disruptive discourse, and contemporary Native resistance.
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The Art of Desire and Co-Creation

As Canadian motivational speaker Danielle LaPorte says, “Desire is the engine of creation.” The power of wanting is some serious mojo. When we step into our desires, really knowing what we want, big things can open up. And not just that kind of desire. Because desire is bigger than just romance. This class is an invitation to identify your desires and to hear other people’s. We’ll explore desire and co-creation through:
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Know Your Sources: News Literacy and Media Framing

Where do you go to catch up on the world each morning? The Washington Post? Twitter? CNN? The media you consume is a choice, and these choices can sway your thoughts and attitudes toward current events. This class will cover recent research on media sources; explore the news landscape in America (traditional media vs news startups vs social media); and compare articles to see differences in coverage.
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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.

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.