Thursdays, January 18-March 8 | 10:30 a.m.-noon
Jim Van Horn, Leader-Teacher, Off Campus Studies
One hundred thousand years ago at least six species inhabited earth. Today, just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Create cities and kingdoms?
How did we come to believe in gods, nations, human rights; to trust money, books, laws; and to be enslaved (interesting word, no?) by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? Harari doesn't miss a trick: Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. And what will become of us?
Book: Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Saturdays, January 27-March 10 | 10:30 a.m.-noon
No class February 17
Matthew Kennedy, Mathematics Teacher, Laurel School
Science is under attack and pseudoscience is being used to drive political agendas and public policy. Come join us as we look at how pseudoscience is being used against science.
Our classes will be discussion driven using a debate-style format. We will start with the attack on the scientific method itself and then pick the topics we wish to explore in subsequent weeks. Articles will be provided to help us with our exploration of the topics. If you have a laptop computer (one is not required), please bring it for on-line searching with your debate team.
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Thursdays, February 1-April 19 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
AMERICAN LANDSCAPE PAINTING: WILDERNESS, PROGRESS, AND AMERICAN IDENTITY
Thursdays, February 1-March 8
This course explores the shift from the view of the early 19th century, which saw wilderness as something threatening, which should be destroyed, to the view of the late 19th century, which saw wilderness as something to be protected and something that provided psychological relief from the pressures of modern life.
INSTRUCTOR: Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University
No classes March 13, 14, 15 – CWRU Spring Break
MEASURING THE WORLD: A HISTORICAL LOOK AT SCIENCE THROUGH THE LENS OF INSTRUMENTS, APPARATUS, AND CLEVER DEVICES
Thursdays, March 22-April 19
Stories of scientific and technological discovery usually focus on bright ideas and revolutionary new thoughts. This short course will instead explore what makes such intellectual leaps possible in the first place: the tools, measurements, and devices that scientists and engineers have used throughout history to help them understand and control the world around us.
INSTRUCTOR: Alan Rocke, Emeritus Professor of History, Case Western Reserve University