Maryland Mensa’s Monthly Meeting (MM)

This monthly meeting will be conducted only virtually using Zoom.  If you want to participate and haven’t used Zoom before, you may find it helpful to review instructions at https://zoom.com and/or review a how-to-use-Zoom tutorial video on YouTube.  Zoom can be accessed in your web browser OR you can download a Zoom app to your desktop, tablet, or smart phone.  If you use a browser, all you’ll need to do to join November’s video conference is to copy the URL listed in the invitation below into the address bar of your web browser, and then load it not later than 8 pm on Friday, the 18th.   If you use the Zoom app instead, you’ll need to click on the “Join” icon on the app’s opening screen; and then enter the Meeting ID and Password below to enter the conference.  The Zoom “waiting room” will open at 7:45 pm.  There is a limit of 100 attendees.

Our speaker for November’s Zoom meeting is Dr. Joel A. Freeman who will talk to us about the history and cultural significance of the Rosetta Stone.  The Rosetta Stone is an irregularly shaped slab of granodiorite rock containing 14 lines of hieroglyphs, 32 lines of cursive Demotic, and 54 lines of ancient Greek. The stone was uncovered by Napoleon’s troops during his campaign in Egypt in 1799.  This surviving fragment of a larger object was key to enabling 19th century scholars to recover the meaning of hieroglyphs, since the inscription in each of the three languages conveyed the same decree.  The Rosetta Stone has become an iconic metaphor in many arenas of inquiry.
Dr. Freeman has a broad range of interests and experiences.  He speaks frequently and conducts seminars for businesses and government agencies on leadership skills, problem solving, diversity, and other areas of organizational behavior.  He was chaplain and mentor for the NBA’s Washington Bullets/Wizards for 20 seasons.  He has published seven best-selling books and produced educational materials in several media.  He has traveled to more than 50 countries and led tours to Israel and Greece.  Dr. Freeman earned his master’s in counseling from Loyola College and a PhD in the same discipline.

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