Off-Campus Studies

Courses are eight weeks long and meet in locations across Greater Cleveland. There are no written assignments or exams; instead, the classes provide an open environment for lively discussion based on meaningful examination of shared texts.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Greenberg
Mondays, September 16-November 11 (no class Sept 30)|1:30-3 p.m.

In Our Defense by Caroline Kennedy and Ellen Alderman is a primer about the Bill of Rights. Each chapter focuses on one of the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution, using an actual case to study the issues surrounding that amendment.

Instructor(s):
Cheryl Wires
Mondays, September 16-November 4|2-3:30 p.m.

Wilkie Collins created the very first detective to appear in a novel-length mystery, Sergeant Cuff in The Moonstone (1868).  Cuff is called to an English country house to investigate the disappearance of a sacred diamond.  Charles Dickens began a rival tale with the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870).

Instructor(s):
Barbara Greenberg
Mondays, September 16-November 11 (no class Sept 30)|10:30 a.m. - noon

Every civilization deals with the health and welfare of the community.  Reproductive rights are just one part of that large issue.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Mondays, September 16-Novmeber 4|10 - 11:30 a.m.

Explore the life and historical setting of the man whose very name is synonymous with creativity, curiosity and inventive genius.

Instructor(s):
Terry Meehan
Tuesdays, September 17-November 5|7:30-9:30 p.m.

Several hundred men and women in the entertainment industry were blacklisted during the 1940s and 1950s in one of the saddest and most complex episodes of America’s cultural history. How and why did it start? Victor Navasky has interviewed hundreds of participants on both sides of the issue and has captured the painful history of the period.

Instructor(s):
Betty Zak
Tuesdays, September 17-November 5|1-2:30 p.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; then view them thru 21st century eyes. 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):
Joen Konen
Tuesdays, September 17-November 5|10 - 11:30 a.m.

The story of the gene is one of the great mystery narratives of science.  In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, weaves together the history of genetics with his family’s history of mental illness.

Instructor(s):
Phyllis Asnien
Tuesdays, September 17-November 5|1-2:30 p.m.

An insightful memoir seen from the author’s inevitable modulation through time.  Oates is a sensitive time traveler; for her, memory serves a transcendental function.

Instructor(s):
Pamela Belknap
Wednesdays, September 18-November 13 (no class Oct 9)|10:30 a.m. - noon

Instructor(s):
Pat Moore
Thursdays, September 19-November 7|10 - 11:30 a.m.

July,1914: One hundred years of European peace, ancient empires ruled, unbridled progress - and all shattered by war on an industrial scale.  World War I changed the world forever.

Instructor(s):
Charlene Mileti
Thursdays, September 19-November 7|1:30-3 p.m.

Miletus: situated on the Aegean coast of the Ionian world in Asia Minor, the city is credited with being the birthplace of western science and philosophy.

Instructor(s):
Terry Meehan
Thursdays, September 19-November 14 (no class Oct 10)|10:30 a.m. - noon

Two of Britain’s most celebrated writers are E.M. Forster (1879-1970) and Kazuo Ishiguro (born 1954). Both Forster’s Howard’s End and Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day are considered two of twentieth century’s finest British novels.

Instructor(s):
Ted Smith
Thursdays, September 19-November 7|10 - 11:30 a.m.

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, influenced trade routes and establishment of cities. Provoked and financed wars, secured empires, inspired revolutions.

Instructor(s):
Pamela Belknap
Thursdays, September 19-November 7|10:30 a.m. - noon

Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book is a fascinating study of the leadership styles of four U.S. Presidents:Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.  Learn how each overcame personal challenges and rose to lead the nation at times of crisis in unique ways.

Instructor(s):
Jim Lane
Thursdays, September 19-November 7|10 - 11:30 a.m.

Explore the life and historical setting of the man whose very name is synonymous with creativity, curiosity and inventive genius.

Instructor(s):
Pat Moore
Fridays, September 20-November 8|10:30 a.m. - noon

July,1914: One hundred years of European peace, ancient empires ruled, unbridled progress - and all shattered by war on an industrial scale.  World War I changed the world forever.

Instructor(s):
Whitney Lloyd
Fridays, September 20-November 8|10 - 11:30 a.m.

In the context of our challenging contemporary political situation, it is refreshing to revisit the Early American Statesmen, who launched our nation almost 259 years ago.  Pulitzer Prize winning Joseph Ellis is both insightful in his examination of the leading characters in a turbulent era.

Instructor(s):
Barbara Parr
Tuesdays, September 24-November 12|1-2:30 p.m.

As America has become more polarized, Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum.

Instructor(s):
Paula Kalamaras
Tuesdays, September 24-November 12|10 - 11:30 a.m.

For as long as human beings have had language, they have had myths.  Mythology is our earliest form of literary expression and the foundation of all history and morality. 


Book: The World of Myth, David Leeming

Instructor(s):
Paula Kalamaras
Sundays, October 6-November 24|5-6:30 p.m.

For as long as human beings have had language, they have had myths.  Mythology is our earliest form of literary expression and  the foundation of all history and morality. 

Book: The World of Myth, David Leeming