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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"... 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.
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.
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
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
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
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).