History and Culture

Whitney Lloyd
Mondays, January 14–March 04|10:30 a.m.-noon

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 I, followed by the Civil War and Interregnum under Oliver Cromwell’s leadership, climaxing in the execution of Charles I.

Jim Lane
Mondays, January 14-March 4|10:30 a.m.-noon

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.

Pat Moore
Tuesdays, January 15-March 5|10–11:30 a.m.

In this course we will engage in a discussion and review of the foundations of US citizenship and how our founders expected us, the American people, to properly fulfill our citizenship role.

Jim Van Horn
Tuesday, January 15-March 5|1-2:30 p.m.

David McCullough’s book is “history on a grand scale – a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.”

Book: John Adams, David McCullough

Jim Lane
Tuesdays, January 15–March 05|2-3:30 p.m.

With regards to Western civilization, all roads do indeed lead to Rome. Mary Beard, the esteemed classicist at Cambridge University, takes us on a journey to the heart and soul of Rome, from its inception in 753 BC, through its Republican phase, and into its Imperial age— nearly a thousand-year span of triumph and tragedy, success and strife.

Charlene Mileti
Thursdays, January 17-March 7|10:30 a.m.-noon

"... A magisterial account of Rome and its remarkable ascent from an obscure agrarian backwater to the greatest empire the world has ever known." The reader is not only witness to the fascinating birth of Rome, but also its inevitable decline.

Pamela Belknap
Fridays, January 18-March 08|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.  

Jim Bonk, Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Case Western Reserve University & Barbara Green, Professor Emerita, Political Science, Cleveland State University 
Tuesdays, January 29-April 16|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Past in the Present: History and the Making of Modern East Asia

January 29-March 5 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

LECTURER: Jim Bonk, Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Case Western Reserve University

Lee Makela, Professor Emeritus, Cleveland State University & Catherine B. Scallen, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University
Wednesdays, January 30-April 17|1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Twenty-First Century Traveler: Considering the "Japanese Experience"

January 30-March 6 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

LECTURER: Lee Makela, Professor Emeritus, Cleveland State University

Daniel Melnick, Lecturer in SAGES, Case Western Reserve University & Ben Sperry, Lecturer in SAGES, Case Western Reserve University
Thursdays, January 31-April 18|1:30-3:30 p.m.

From the Renaissance to the Modern: How Literature and Music Connect

January 31-March 7 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Lecturer: Daniel Melnick, Lecturer in SAGES, Case Western Reserve University

James Godfrey
Tuesdays, April 30-May 21|1-2:30 p.m.

This course will be conducted as a book seminar/reading seminar drawing from the book “The Search for Modern China” by Jonathan D. Spence. The book will be read by all participants and thoroughly discussed in the four sections (one quarter in each session).