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Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars

Senior Scholars is an 11-week program that meets three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. While the format is lecture style, the afternoons are informal and interactive with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day. The Senior Scholars Council, an elected group of volunteers, helps with the program’s administration and participates in planning the classes.

Senior Scholars is supported by a generous gift from the Jane and Jon Outcalt Foundation.

Fall 2017


Origins Science Series
This course will introduce senior scholars to six of the biggest questions in the Origins Sciences. Topics range from the first moments of the universe to the only very recently evolved human mind. Each session will focus on one of these issues and will include both lecture and discussion. Optional readings will be suggested. 

Lecturers: Glenn Starkman, Professor of Physics, Case Western Reserve University.
Patricia Princehouse, Director, Evolutionary Biology Program, CWRU
Tuesdays, September 5 – October 10 

The Reformation
It was five hundred years ago that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral. Today people are saying there needs to be a “Muslim Reformation.” This is, then, a good time to look back at the series of events we call the Protestant Reformation to see how, why and in which ways, the religious landscape of the West was radically changed. The course will look at the background of the Reformation and at four of its most influential streams: Lutheranism, Calvinism, the English Reformation and the radical reformations. We will also look at the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation.
Lecturer: Peter Haas, Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies, Case Western Reserve University
Tuesdays, October 17 – November 14 


The Roberts Court
The Supreme Court had only eight Justices for much of its 2016-17 term, but it nonetheless decided a number of important cases. Law School faculty will present lectures on cases recently before the U.S. Supreme Court on a wide range of issues, including predatory lending and subprime loans; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); racial bias on juries; and state funding for religious schools. 
Lecturers: Faculty, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University
Wednesdays, September 6– October 4 

Jazz – From Its Origins to the Present
Jazz History is American History. Join us as we dig into the roots of jazz, its explosion in the 1920s and the swing era and its eventual transition into art music. Special emphasis on Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and even some music from the instructor.

Lecturer: Paul Ferguson, Senior Instructor, Department of Music, Case Western Reserve University; Artistic Director, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
Wednesdays, October 11-November 15 

U.S. and Latin Relations: From The Cold War to the Trump Administration
This course will examine the major events and policies that shaped the relationships between the United States and the Latin American nations. In the process we will examine how the Cold War shaped U.S. views towards the region, how economic policies and political conflicts impacted migration and immigration patterns, and how U.S. history tends to ignore Latin American perspectives towards the US. 

Lecturer: Jose Sola, Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State University
Thursdays, September 7-October 12 

Turkey: Understanding the Present by Seeing the Past
For many years news about Turkey was rarely found on the front pages of the daily news—whether in hard copy or on the web. For the past several years, and particularly, after the failed coup of July 15, 2016, events in Turkey have achieved a new prominence. Yet, for many Turkey remains a mystery.
This course will look at the history of Turkey, beginning with prehistoric settlement and moving on to the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire. It will conclude with a close look at the history of the current Turkish Republic, created in 1923, with a special focus on economics, education, and religion and a detailed examination of the events which brought that nation back to the front page. 

Lecturer: John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Applied History, Case Western Reserve University
Thursdays, October 19-November 16 

Spring 2018



Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $350; Nonmembers: $385 | REGISTER >


Friday, December 1 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


Program: “Hamilton the Musical" 

Speaker: Don Rosenberg, President of the Music Critics Association of North America, Editor of Early Music America Magazine  


Acacia Reservation (Cedar Road, Lyndhurst; across from Beachwood Mall) - Free Parking | Luncheon $30 (Guests Welcome) - Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 instructors are invited


Reservations Required – Deadline Friday, November 24, 2017 | REGISTER >

Please be sure to indicate when registering what meal option you'd prefer; your choices are listed below.


Lunch options: Classic California Cobb Salad (Smoked turkey, mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, chopped egg, crumbled bleu cheese)

Spinach & Arugula Salad (Warm grilled breast of chicken, fresh strawberries, candied walnuts, crumbled feta cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette)

Vegetarian Option (Spinach & Arugula Salad without chicken)



Wednesdays, January 3-24 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.


Donald Rosenberg, President of the Music Critics Association of North America; editor of Early Music America Magazine

"Stephen Sondheim, Theater's Greatest Lyricist" said the headline on a recent New York Times story. True, but that's only half of the story. Sondheim has been the American musical theater's greatest composer-lyricist for nearly 60 years. He has pushed the envelope of the musical by stretching his artistic gifts with each new work. 

In this course, we'll explore Sondheim's consummate ability to create mini-dramas through the seamless and insightful melding of music and lyrics.

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