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History + Culture

Mondays, January 15-March 5 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

 

Jim Lane, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Put on your bell-bottoms and grab your granny glasses, tie-dyes and beads! Let’s do a little back-to-the-future time travel to the seminal decade of the 1960s. Utilizing a compilation of articles originally published in the New Yorker, we will re-examine the confrontations over civil rights, economics, Vietnam, and lifestyles. We will review the tragedies of the all too common assassinations and the problems and promises of psychedelics and protests. We will re-experience the highs of Telstar and Apollo 11 and the lows of poverty in The Other America and of the damage echoed in The Silent Spring. And we will review our fascination with the entertainment and cultural icons of the era.  Book: The 60s: The Story Of A Decade, The New Yorker (Henry Finder, editor)

 

Bay United Methodist Church | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Thursdays, January 18-March 8 | 10-11:30 a.m.

 

Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Two new biographies present fresh, contemporary perspectives on hero Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, who was indispensable to his life and important to Great Britain. Discuss their unique personalities, fascinating marriage, and critical contributions to their nation. Compare and contrast with the lives of the Roosevelts.


Books: Boris Johnson, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History; Sonia Purnell, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

 

Middleburg Heights United Church of Christ | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Fridays, January 19-March 9 | 10–11:30 a.m.

 

Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

As a young social worker, Frances Perkins witnessed the traumatic Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911, which killed 146 workers. She immediately became an activist, as well as a lifelong advocate for critical reforms and programs. Learn how Labor Secretary Perkins teamed with FDR to create the New Deal legislation, which continues today.

Books: The Woman Behind the New Deal – The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins – Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, Kirstin Downey; The Roosevelt I Knew, Frances Perkins (Penguin Classics)

 

Judson Park | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, January 30-April 17 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

THE WARREN COURT – Part II
Tuesdays, January 30-March 6
In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower appointed California Governor Earl Warren to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Over the next 16 years the Warren Court would review, interpret and decide cases with far-reaching implications. In this course, we will look at the composition of the court and focus on some of the landmark decisions made from 1961 to 1969.
INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Greenberg, Magistrate, Bedford Municipal Court; Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Community Diversion Program

No classes March 13, 14, 15 – CWRU Spring Break

BREXIT: WOULD EU BELIEVE IT?
Tuesdays, March 20-April 17
On June 23, 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. But why? Britain has had a contentious relationship with the EU since it joined in 1973, but does this explain why it left? Was Brexit an expression of British populism in a year of populist upheavals? Were voters deceived by the post-truth environment in which we seem now to be living? In this course we'll address these questions and more as we examine the consequences of Britain's exit from the EU.
INSTRUCTOR: Luke Reader, SAGES Lecturer, Case Western Reserve University

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, February 6–27 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Ezra Blaustein, Instructor of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

This course will look at the history and culture of Jewish life in Spain in the centuries leading up to the expulsion of Jews and Muslims in 1492. This period is often proclaimed a model of inter–religious tolerance and cooperation. Some historians, on the other hand, think this reputation of congeniality obscures tensions and persecutions, and should not be characterized as "golden" as is commonly thought. We will examine both sides of this question, and attempt to arrive at some clarity regarding how to think about this hotly–debated era in Jewish history.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

 

Fridays, February 23–March 16 | 10 a.m.-noon


Sean Martin, Associate Curator for Jewish History at the Western Reserve Historical Society

 

Cleveland’s Jewish community played a leading role in the movement to aid Soviet Jewry in the 1960s. Approximately 12,000 Jews who emigrated from the USSR came to Cleveland. With the help of an extensive oral history collection at Western Reserve Historical Society, this course will consider how local leaders aided Soviet Jewry and explore the lives of these immigrants before, during and after their resettlement.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

 

Sundays, March 18-May 6 | 5-6:30 p.m.

 

Charlene Miletti, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Maurizio Viroli brings to life the fascinating writer of The Prince, who was the founder of modern political thought. Niccolò Machiavelli's works on the theory and practice of statecraft are classics, but Viroli suggests that his greatest accomplishment is his robust philosophy of life --his deep beliefs about how one should conduct oneself as a modern citizen in a republic, as a responsible family member, as a good person. On these subjects, Machiavelli wrote no books: the text of his philosophy is his life itself, a life that was filled with paradox, uncertainty, and tragic drama.

Books: Niccolo's Smile: A Biography of Machiavelli, Maurizio Viroli (trans. Anthony Shugar); The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli,

 

Private Residence - 13803 Cormere Ave., Cleveland 44120 | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Mondays, March 19-May 7 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

Whitney Lloyd, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

McCullough’s biography of Harry S. Truman explores the life of the accidental president, who was the architect of the Cold War and an innovative reformer.

Book: Truman, David McCullough

 

South Franklin Circle | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, March 20-May 8 | 1-2:30 p.m.

 

Jim Lane, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Put on your bell-bottoms and grab your granny glasses, tie-dyes and beads! Let’s do a little back-to-the-future time travel to the seminal decade of the 1960s. Utilizing a compilation of articles originally published in the New Yorker, we will re-examine the confrontations over civil rights, economics, Vietnam, and lifestyles. We will review the tragedies of the all too common assassinations and the problems and promises of psychedelics and protests. We will re-experience the highs of Telstar and Apollo 11 and the lows of poverty in The Other America and of the damage echoed in The Silent Spring. And we will review our fascination with the entertainment and cultural icons of the era.  Book: The 60s: The Story Of A Decade, The New Yorker (Henry Finder, editor)

 

Judson Manor | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Wednesdays, March 21-May 9 | 10–11:30 a.m.


Betty Zak, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


The Vatican and others called her a Pirate Queen and a master of the spies as she transformed England into an imposing empire. Discover her power and intrigue, her swashbuckling mariners who terrorized the seas and the brilliance of a spymaster who exploited double agents, deciphered codes, and laid a foundation for international espionage. 

Books: Susan Ronald, The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventures, and the Dawn of an EmpireStephen Budiansky, Her Majesty's Spymaster.

 

Rosemont Country Club | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Wednesdays, March 21–May 9 | 10:30 a.m.-noon

 

Standford Sarlson, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

The building of the Panama Canal was one of the twentieth century’s most ambitious engineering projects and greatest triumphs.  A dream of centuries, the failed attempt rocked France to its very foundations, created a new country, The Republic of Panama, and put the United States on a role toward global leadership. The story of its building is more dramatic and far-reaching than most people can imagine. David McCullough's book is more absorbing than a novel and tells the whole story brilliantly.   Book:  The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914, D. McCullough

 

Breckenridge Village | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, April 10–May 1 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 

Ezra Blaustein, Instructor of Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

This course will study the Quran's presentation of characters and stories found in the Hebrew Bible. We will explore the similarities and differences between the tales as they appear in the Quran and as they appear in the Torah. Specifically, we will look at narratives about creation, Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, and discuss the perspectives each text brings to bear on these legends. No prior knowledge of the Torah or of the Quran is necessary for this course.

 

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

Thursdays, April 12-May 17 | 6:30-8 p.m.

 

 

David Huston, History Teacher, Laurel School

 

America has been called “the first new nation.” It did not grow organically from time immemorial; it was deliberately created by groups of people who harbored deep and often conflicting ideas about what sort of nation they were actually founding. “American Creeds” will be a start toward examining some of the central foundational statements of value and aspiration that have helped shape this remarkable country.

These are discussion classes where we will apply the ideas and insights of American thinkers to contemporary issues relating to politics, law, equality, freedom, race, and education. An open mind and a willingness to engage in dialogue with a spectrum of views are emphasized. Drawing on the writings of key figures like Emerson, Thoreau, Stanton, Douglass, Lincoln, Carnegie, Sumner, T. Roosevelt, B.T. Washington, DuBois, Wilson, Gilman, Croly, Brandeis, Holmes, Lippmann, Eisenhower, Mailer, Malcolm X, Goldwater, King, Reagan, Riesman, Lasch, and Obama, we will search out the sometimes explicit and sometimes hidden agendas of these pivotal figures and the impact they have had on American life. Texts will be provided to participants as printed copies.

Laurel School - Lyman Campus | Lifelong Learning Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesdays, April 24–May 15 | 7–9 p.m.

 

Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU


For a century following the French Revolution, the Jewish citizens of France felt accepted and welcomed as part of Europe's largest democracy. That view was shattered with the arrest, trial and retrial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus on charges of espionage and the heated public debate around his guilt or innocence. We will explore the details of “The Affair,” as it was known, and unpack its legacy.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >