History and Culture

Instructor(s):
Clayton Koppes + Andrew Roth
Wednesdays, September 05-November 14 |1:30-3:30 p.m.

AMERICAN AIDS
Wednesdays, September 5-October 17 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Mondays, September 17-November 5|1-2:30 p.m.

Relive the intense struggle of Michelangelo in his restless search for Truth and Beauty. Set in the turbulent world of 14th and 15th century Italy with its plotting princes, warring popes, brilliant artists and authors, there is indeed a new awakening which reshapes the future of Europe and Western civilization.

Instructor(s):
Betty Zak
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|10–11:30 a.m.

Delve into the reality and psyche of the brave women who tempted both fate and the ire of King Henry VIII for the title of Queen. Read how history has painted Henry and the Queens. Did some “fail” in the end because they wanted more than the Tudor life? Were they trying to break out of a mold?

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|7:30-9 p.m.

Relive the intense struggle of Michelangelo in his restless search for Truth and Beauty. Set in the turbulent world of 14th and 15th century Italy with its plotting princes, warring popes, brilliant artists and authors, there is indeed a new awakening which reshapes the future of Europe and Western civilization.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Tuesdays, September 18-November 6|1-2:30 p.m.

Relive the intense struggle of Michelangelo in his restless search for Truth and Beauty. Set in the turbulent world of 14th and 15th century Italy with its plotting princes, warring popes, brilliant artists and authors, there is indeed a new awakening which reshapes the future of Europe and Western civilization.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|10-11:30 a.m.

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.

Instructor(s):
Ted Smith
Thursdays, September 20-November 15|10:30 a.m.-noon (no class: October 11)

A unique historical perspective centering on a mineral, a rock, a spice. Prevalent today thanks to modern geology, salt was one of the world’s most sought-after commodities. A substance so valuable it served as currency and influenced trade routes and the establishment of cities.

Instructor(s):
Pamela Belknap
Thursdays, September 20-November 8|10:30 a.m.-noon

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.  

Instructor(s):
Charlene Mileti
Fridays, September 21-November 9|10–11:30 a.m.

“ … A magisterial account of Rome and it’s remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever know.” The reader is not only witness to the fascinating birth of Rome, but also its inevitable decline.

Instructor(s):
Whitney Lloyd
Fridays, September 21-November 16|10:30 a.m.-noon (no class: October 19)

This class will examine a chaotic period of British history following the death of Queen Elizabeth I. We will explore the reign of the Stuart monarchs, James I, and his son, Charles 1, followed by the Civil War and Interregnum under Oliver Cromwell’s leadership, climaxing in the execution of Charles I.

Instructor(s):
Pamela Belknap
Mondays, September 24-November 12|10-11:30 a.m.

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.  

Instructor(s):
Sol Factor
Wednesdays, September 26-November 14|10:30 a.m.-noon

This course will focus on one of the most important scandals during the time of the Third Republic in France. The arrest and trial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in 1894 on the charge of treason would reveal antisemitism in France and divide the Third Republic from 1894 until it was finally resolved in 1906.

Instructor(s):
Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, October 30-November 20|7-9 p.m.

Not only has the history of Israel showed much change over many decades, but the state’s founding ideology, namely Zionism, has also seen significant development since its earliest incarnations.