History and Culture

Barbara Greenberg & Luke Reader
Tuesdays, January 30-April 17|1:30–3:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, January 30-March 6

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

Maurizio Viroli brings to life the fascinating writer of The Prince, who was the founder of modern political thought.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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.

Brian Amkraut
Tuesdays, April 24–May 15|7–9 p.m.

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.