Senior Scholars is an 11-week program that meets three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. While the format is lecture style, the afternoons are informal and interactive with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day. The Senior Scholars Council, an elected group of volunteers, helps with the program’s administration and participates in planning the classes.
Senior Scholars is supported by a generous gift from the Jane and Jon Outcalt Foundation.
Tuesdays, January 31–April 25 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
No class March 7 and 14
Kenneth Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, Case Western Reserve University
At the end of World War II, western European political leaders embarked upon a project of European integration as an economic and political project to maintain European independence between the superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union and a neo-liberal economic project to spur economic growth to maintain the welfare state. From modest beginnings of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952, the European Union emerged in the twenty-first century as an impressive economic power with its own currency. But limits on the political integration of Europe, resurgent nationalism and populism, challenges from economic crises and refugee crises, and the first effort by a Member State to withdraw from the EU all seem to call the project of European integration into question. This course will explore the origins and evolution of the European Union, its structure and functioning including limits to its powers, and forecast its future in the face of its manifold challenges.
The College Club of Cleveland | Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 3 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 3 February 14 Powerpoint
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 4 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 4 February 21 Powerpoint
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 5 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 5 Powerpoint
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 6 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 6 March 21 Powerpoint
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 7 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 7 March 28 Powerpoint
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 8 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 8 Powerpoint
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 9 Notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 9 Powerpoint
Tuesdays, July 18 - August 8 | 2-4 p.m.
Dr. Gina Messina, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College
To argue that Jesus was not political is to disregard everything he stood for. While many claim that Jesus was solely focused on individual morality, in fact, Jesus was calling for a restructuring of the socio-political terrain of his time. We cannot forget that Jesus lived in a highly politicized culture during the 1st century, when the Roman Empire wielded its power over Israel and its people. This course will examine what the politics of Jesus were, how they ultimately led to his crucifixion, and how they continue to relate to our political system in the 21st century.
Landmark Centre (25700 Science Park Dr., Beachwood) | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >
Part of Senior Scholars