Courses

No event of the 20th century had more impact than the personality of Adolf Hitler and the rise of Nazi Germany. The course objective is to look at Adolf Hitler's rise from the ranks of the unknown to a virtual demi-god in the Nazi state.
Although an hour drive from Greenville to the Aurora Fossil Museum you will travel 28 million years back in time. George Powell is a local amateur paleontologist, and will be leading this trip. On this trip, you will see fossil remains of creatures that lived in Eastern North Carolina including: whales, walrus, seals, sharks, stingrays, and fish.
The Program consists of a series of eight lectures by academic and professional experts on topics of global significance.

The Great Decisions Program is the oldest and largest grassroots world affairs educational program of its kind in the country.

This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society. The speaker, Mickey Harris, local civil war historian, will speak on the Union Support in eastern NC during he Civil War. The cost of lunch will be on your own.
Many books of the Bible wonderfully emerge from the experience of ancient Israelites and early Christians with each other and their God. "Holy" Bible doesn't mean these writings are divorced from real world, thoroughly human experience. One dimension of that experience often overlooked is humor. We'll take a journey through both testaments to highlight how humor is utilized to communicate the teachings and experiences of these ancient peoples. Part of the presentation is based on my published research, where I provide a literary/psychological study of the parables and proverbs of Jesus. This approach yields some interesting results. There are some very good stories here! You will enjoy.
Book group members are often women, but here's a group FOR MEN, though women are welcome. The focus is on non-fiction books of history and historical figures. Members will choose and discuss a different book every month. You will get the chance to make new friends and discuss interesting and stimulating topics.
Explore the annual cycle of Jewish holidays, with our only local Rabbi, at our only local Synagogue. Hear and experience rituals of Rosh Hashanah; Yom Kippur; Sukkot; Hanukah; Tu BiSh'vat; Purim; Passover; Shavuot, and such recently added holidays as Holocaust Commemoration Day and Israel Independence Day. Learn insights. Gain emotional and spiritual benefits of holiday rituals and history. Ask all the questions you have about any Jewish subject.
This American folk instrument, which was born in the Appalachian Mountains in the early 1800's, can be played "by numbers," by the most experienced musician or someone with little to no musical background. The instrument sits on your lap and only has 3 or 4 strings (this is not a hammered dulcimer). While many people have purchased this instrument in their travels through the mountains, many do not have the resources to learn to play. This is your opportunity to get out and see what it sounds like.
The Lifelong Learning program is excited to once again host its bi-annual kickoff where attendees will have the chance to meet Lifelong Learning Instructors, Office of Continuing Studies Staff, partnering programs and many more. The catalog will be available for pickup, and attendees will have the opportunity to register for upcoming courses, special events and trips. Refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so please register in advance.
This class is a commemoration of the one hundredth Anniversary of the "War to End All Wars" - World War I. It presents the final allied offensive of the war, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, that stretched along the western front and was fought 47 days, before the armistice on November 11, 1918. This was the largest battle of the United States military history with over one million American service personnel participating. Come and review their contributions to American history, their sacrifices, and their steps to victory.
This interactive multimedia exhibit will commemorate the centennial of US entry into World War I and focus on North Carolina's role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium.
This course will be a one-time lecture/image presentation on the history and development of Tansu, Japan's antique cabinetry tradition. Tansu embodies Japanese aesthetics and design, and is of interest to a wide general audience, including woodworkers and designers. These cabinets reflect the efforts of three craftsmen and were used by the merchant, samurai and farmer. They encompass some unique designs, such as the step-chest, a combination of stairs and storage. Tansu represents a furniture tradition not unlike our own colonial cabinetry, and highlight the cultural, political, and economic forces at play in 17th, 18th, and 19th century Japan. Examples of Japanese cabinetry will be on hand, and a discussion of design, construction, and restoration will follow.
The earliest examples of biowarfare. When Europeans invaded the Western Hemisphere, they brought with them far more than gunpowder; Small Pox, Measles and Mumps were also introduced. These three diseases killed more Native Americans than any of the invading forces and ultimately determined the conquest of the Americas. The use of these agents continued right up to modern times and still represent a major concern to health care workers and the military.
Using the journalist's basic approach to reporting news articles (whom, what, where, when, how, and why), plus interactive Q and A classroom discussion, we will analyze the Declaration of Independence from a historical and philosophical (logical) point of view to understand exactly what the document says and how it says it.
This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam in historic and contemporary perspectives. Participants will learn the basic terms of Islamic jurisprudence, leading them to an understanding of Islam and the beliefs and practices of Muslims. Course topics include: reasons for understanding Islam, the life and ministry of Muhammad, the Qur'an, the central beliefs and principal practices, status of women in Islam, Muslim community in history, Muslim personal and communal life, and diversity in Islam.
One hundred and fifty years after the war, new historical sources continue to emerge, and new events prompt us to see the past from new perspectives. Whether you are new to Civil War history or have studied it for many years, this course will offer fresh insights into the events of 1861-1865.
Who put the Pinta on the Santa Maria? There are many controversies regarding the origin of syphilis, or the Great Pox, and its' impact on history. During this session we will examine the effects of syphilis on humans, discuss whether the disease came from the Western Hemisphere or was already in Europe, and we will examine major historic figures who probably had syphilis. Today syphilis is again becoming a major health issue as antibiotic resistant strains emerge.