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LLI: Estonia

Presented ByLLI: Estonia
When/WhereMonday, Oct 22, 2018 10:30amHylton Performing Arts Center Gregory Family Theater

Instructor: Joyce Johnston 

Contradictions lie at the base of Estonian life. For instance, its schools boast free hot lunch, free college and the most equitable education system in the world, yet a quarter of its people don't even speak Estonian. What kind of a country has soaring test scores and a 99.8% literacy rate, yet finds its most popular recreation spots are the Peter the Great’s amusement park and a recreated fishing village? Which has universal WiFi but no chain restaurants? Whose picturesque beaches and lush forests are adored by tourists but rejected by its own youth, who just want to live in the city? That shares 210 miles of unprotected border with Russia and has a museum to Russian brutality but maintains only a 6000-man army? Whose “singing revolution” in 1958 actually produced independence two years later? These queries and many more make Estonia as fascinating as it is beautiful, as interesting as it is welcoming.

Joyce Johnston’s lifetime of travel as an Army brat has given her a love of unexplored places and a taste for adventure. Now retired from public school teaching after 37 years, she has extended her love of diverse cultures to her multicultural students at George Mason University and to frequent travel with her husband Craig. In previous LLI Experience Buffets, Joyce shared her experiences in the cities of Eastern Europe and the beauties of life above the Arctic Circle.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org 

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