Courses & Events
As a giant part of our American heritage and culture, we know a lot about Abraham Lincoln. In this course, we'll take an intimate look at many aspects of Lincoln's life, from his early years to his election to the presidency in 1860, and his experiences living and working in the White House. We focus on his Civil War partnerships with his most famous generals, Ulysses Grant and George McClellan, and study some of the back stories associated with his delivery of The Gettysburg Address. We then hear some commentary and insights from some of Lincoln's harshest critics. Finally, we examine the assassination
These women pushed the boundaries of art in media, style and subject matter. First, Georgia O'Keeffe, known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes; and Käthe Kollwitz, a German painter, printmaker and sculptor whose work depicts poverty and hunger. Then Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter whose naïve folk art style explored identity, gender, class, and race; and Faith Ringgold, African-American, known for her narrative quilts influenced by the people, poetry and music of Harlem. Finally, Barbara Hepworth, English painter and sculptor whose work exemplifies Modernism; and Louise Bourgeois, French sculptor, installation artist, painter and printmaker known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art.
This course follows centuries of stories of the first peoples (and new revelations about who "discovered" America), the decimation of original populations in the First Frontier, to today's population of Native Americans nationally, in Johnson County, and at Haskell Indian Nations University, in Lawrence. We'll review historical research as well as suggested readings to follow the history and current status of Native Americans in the United States-and will review how much or how little "Native American lives matter" in today's news, politics and society. We'll also discuss the situation of indigenous peoples in today's world.
There has been a lot of talk lately among politicians, pundits and news commentators--not to mention the general public--about apocalyptic passages in the Bible and what they might mean for our time. These are the texts describing the end of the world as we know it and the dawn of a new order. There has also been a recent flood of books and films depicting the final conflagration and the fate of unfortunates "left behind." In this course, we will examine selected writings from the Bible within their historical, social and cultural contexts to understand what they were saying, how they were understood in their own time, and how best to read them today.
Three strands of Scottish culture braid themselves together in a class that celebrates the essentials of Scotland. We'll learn to appreciate the life and poetry of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns. Then we'll examine the kilt (inside and out), and enjoy a demonstration of bagpipe tunes from different pipes. Finally, we'll "taste" Scotland itself with a lesson on single malt whisky regions, flavors and lore.
It's like magic. You'll not only learn about the greatest pianists of the 20th century and beyond, but new technology will allow you to enjoy a "live piano performance" by these fascinating artists in an entertaining and engaging way on the new Steinway Spirio. In the first session, we'll enjoy the music, life and times of George Gershwin, Arthur Rubenstein, Art Tatum and Vladimir Horowitz. Then we'll explore Van Cliburn, Duke Ellington, Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein. Finally, we'll meet several magnificent young pianists from the 21st century. In each case, you'll watch them play and listen to a live piano performance.
While almost everyone uses computers today, most of us have only a vague idea of how they actually work. Terms like "big data," "artificial intelligence," "cyber security" and "the internet of things" appear in news articles frequently, but are rarely more than superficially explained. Without some basic understanding of the inner workings of the computer, how are we to have reasonably formed opinions on these developments? This class will look at where computers came from, how they work, and where they might be going. The only class requirement is curiosity. No technical background is needed.
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In its earliest stage, English was regarded as a barbarian's language, suitable for bawdy tavern banter but inappropriate for discourses in finer topics-philosophy or the arts. Over time, German, Latin, French, and ancient tribal languages combined to create what we call English. We will explore how invasions of Britain left their marks on the land and the language, how the invention of the printing press accelerated the adoption and distribution of English, and how kings and commoners contributed to its worldwide dominance. We will feature short readings from classic English texts-Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and a few modern rap songs.
"Not only do I plan to be the best architect practicing today, but I expect to be the greatest architect who will ever live." So spoke Frank Lloyd Wright in his usual "humble way." But consider that in 1991 the American Association of Architects named Wright as the greatest architect ever! This course will follow his long and contentious career. We'll take a close and unbiased look at Wright's amazing life and the incredible body of work he created while continuing to shock the public, his colleagues and even his friends. Then you can decide if the AAA was justified in its decision.
Did you know that 30 percent of Kansans claim German ancestry, and German is the most prevalent language after English and Spanish spoken in homes in 77 counties in Kansas? Since the opening of Kansas in 1854, thousands of German-speaking immigrants have sought to better their lives here, including Pennsylvania Dutch, Volga Germans, Mennonites, Austrians and Swiss. German churches dot the prairie, and even now, many rural Kansans speak a dialect of German as their first language.
In July 1863, the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia fought one of the great battles in American military history. Gen. Robert E. Lee led his army into Pennsylvania attempting to achieve a decisive victory and prevent the mitigation of the army upon which Confederate hopes for victory rested. At Gettysburg, George Gordon Meade denied Lee a victory in what many considered the war's turning point. We'll look at the three days of battle, the men who commanded it, the soldiers who fought it, and the factors that shaped its outcome. Finally, we'll consider how Gettysburg shaped the course and outcome of America's bloodiest war.
This course will examine the exploits of some of the Old West's most colorful and notorious individuals, such as Wild Bill Hickok, John Perrett (alias "Potato Creek Johnny") and Calamity Jane-and the towns they inhabited, such as Deadwood, S.D. Then we'll visit Dodge City, the "Wickedest Town in the West," home to lawmen Wyatt Earp, "Bat" Masterson and Bill Tilghman and showmen Eddie Foy and Mysterious Dave Mather. Finally, we'll explore Tombstone, Ariz., and the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral involving Wyatt Earp, his brothers and "Doc" Holliday. Other characters include John Behen, Johnny Ringo, the McLaury brothers and Ike Clanton.
Four U.S. Presidents have been honored by having their faces carved on Mount Rushmore. Why those four? The course will cover the painstaking creation of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota in the 20's, 30's and 40's, to be followed by presentations on Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. We will discuss presidents who might have been considered--Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan--and one who probably would not have been considered--Richard Nixon
Twenty-five years of constant warfare from the Iberian Peninsula to the Russian steppes caused sweeping changes in society and the political landscape in Europe, which continue to affect our world-view today. This course examines the home fronts of two of the primary protagonists of the tumultuous Napoleonic period-Great Britain and France. We'll explore the relationships of war, economies and society, and the historical trends unleashed by warfare, which transformed Europeans and shaped the world today. While many view this age through the lives of great men such as Napoleon, Wellington, Metternich and Beethoven, it was often the unknown struggles of common people which created the modern era.
Kipling's home of Batemans was once called "The House of the Magician" in reference to the many captivating books that he had written in this imposing Jacobean mansion. In this class, we will visit a wide variety of interesting locations across Britain, where books that inspired us were written by novelists, poets and even scientists. Many of these properties are maintained by the National Trust and so can be visited or, in some cases, rented as accommodations. Our virtual tour will attempt to simulate visits through these British literary times and landscapes with the display of extensive picture narratives.
What caused massive numbers of Irish, Germans and Italians to come to our shores in the 19th and early 20th centuries? What was the reaction of the native-born to these strangers? To what extent did the newcomers try to stick together, blend in, advance or return to their old country? What contributions did these immigrants and their offspring make to this country? To answer these and other questions, we will read excerpts from historians and the immigrants themselves, view portions of relevant documentaries, listen to music by or about these ethnic Americans, and share our own immigration family stories.
What's the matter with Kansas? Too few people know just how great it is! This state has less than one percent of the nation's population and yet Kansas has changed the world in remarkably positive ways. In this course, we'll learn about the most important and interesting people, places and products from the 34th state. We'll discover how Kansas' contributions to society have made the world a better place. For without Kansas, the free world might have perished, the universe would be smaller and the modern civilization we enjoy today would still be a distant dream.
John Steinbeck writes about people who are mostly invisible to readers: migrant workers, poor fishermen, homeless wanderers, people challenged by disabilities, farmers at the edge of economic ruin. His characters face life's important questions: Am I my brother's keeper? Why does society target strangers for persecution? What is a family? When, if ever, is violence justifiable? His novellas The Red Pony, The Pearl and Of Mice and Men introduce people who show us what it means to be human: stories about love and suffering, joy and pain, hope and tragedy. In these lives we recognize the moral complexities and physical struggles of all human beings.
This course will examine infamous cases of murder and murderers from throughout Kansas history. During the first session, we'll review serial killers, the fact that they have existed throughout history, and why their murders fascinate us. Subsequent sessions will focus on three well-known cases in Kansas history: The "Bloody Benders," the 19th-century family from Labette County believed to have killed a dozen travelers; the Clutter family murders, the subject of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood); and BTK, the "Bind, Torture, Kill" murderer who killed ten people between 1974 and 1991.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus taught in parables? What about his self-identity? Did he think and believe the same things about himself that Christianity ascribes to him? Is there a connection between the two? Join us as we explore what biblical scholars have to say about these issues. This won't be a "Bible study," rather an academic investigation into ancient texts that are too often misunderstood. Bring an open and inquisitive mind!
Mathematics, like death, gets bad press! Mathematics is so much more (and more fun) than times tables, and seemingly random and arbitrary "rules." This course will explore problem-solving and practical mathematics in a light-hearted, hands-on, and fun manner. The nature of the course should make it fun for both math/number enthusiasts and math-phobics alike. Brain teasers and games will open the door to re-capturing confidence to attack and solve real-world problems using tools at our disposal. Participants will have fun in a "safe" environment and learn some useful thinking techniques and practical uses of mathematics.
Kansas has been home to a variety of unique, colorful and important individuals. First will be Joseph G. McCoy, the entrepreneur who brought cattle from the fields of Texas to the railroads at Abilene, creating the iconic cowboy image. Next will be Tom Pendergast, whose political machine ran Kansas City for almost 30 years. William Allen White, editor of the Emporia Gazette, was an advisor to eight U.S. presidents. Finally, we'll focus on Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, and his years at the University of Kansas, including mentoring Hall of Famer John McLendon, who could not play at Kansas because he was African-American.
Excluded from the Major Leagues due to racial discrimination until the mid-20th century, African Americans formed their own professional baseball leagues. In this course we will examine the deep roots African Americans have in America's great game because of the Negro League era. We'll see how the Negro leagues provided a vehicle for African Americans and dark-skinned Latino players to showcase their baseball talents despite racial and economic obstacles. Telling the stories of "Satchel" Paige, Josh Gibson and others, this course paints a true picture of Negro League baseball embedded in the fabric of 20th-century American history.
Between 1917 and 1936, Martin and Osa Johnson of Chanute, Kan., travelled throughout the South Pacific and Africa documenting their adventures with reels of black and white film. In Borneo they encountered headhunters and cannibals, and in Africa Martin filmed close-ups of lions, elephants, rhinos, and zebras while Osa stood close by with a gun at the ready. We'll recount their adventures starting in Chanute before heading to more exotic places. We'll review the many books, still photos and documentaries they produced to wide acclaim around the world. Today, the Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute stands in testament to their work.
This course will explore philanthropy from the donor's perspective. Examine real-life situations, tools and techniques that allow people to have more money currently through tax deductions, guaranteed income for life and asset protection from creditors. Did you know that you could redirect money that you pay in taxes to your favorite charitable organizations? Also we'll hear from a guest speaker from the KU Endowment Association who will explain how non-profits operate today and how vital they are to our society.
John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald are notorious for their assassinations, but who were Charles Guiteau and Leon Czolgosz, and why did they murder Presidents Garfield and McKinley? There have been 28 documented assassination attempts on 22 sitting or former presidents or presidents-elect. In Milwaukee, Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest, but finished his campaign speech. In Miami, Guiseppe Zangara fired five shots at FDR, but killed Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. And there have been four known plots to kill President Obama. We'll uncover them all and closely examine the men...and women...who killed (or tried to kill) the president of the United States.
Kansas, as big as you think, welcomed thousands of Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Russian-German immigrants into its prairies and cities. Russian-Germans settled in Marion, Harvey, McPherson, Ellis, Russell and Rush counties in 1870s. In the early 1900s, Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian immigrants came to Kansas City to work in the fast-paced meatpacking industry. These hard-working immigrants established strong cultural and religious communities, enriched local culture and found a way to become true Americans. This course will be a journey into the history, heritage and culture of these extraordinary people.
Based in part on A History of The World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage, we'll travel the world in search of the hearths of tea, coffee, beer, wine, spirits and sodas, and then explore how, why and where they diffused. Taught in two parts, the course emphasizes aspects of globalization from the Stone Age beer makers to the cola giants of the modern era. Historic themes include tea and the Opium Wars; spirits, sugar and the slave trade; and wine, Christianity and Islam. Part I: spirits, beer and wine.
Masks are much more than just disguises--they can transform a person's face into a new powerful spirit. For thousands of years, people have created masks as a means of expression. They are treasured worldwide for their historical and cultural significance, teaching us how cultures deal with their lives and their environments. Masks are attributed to folklore, chiefs, shamans and religious leaders. They play a role in dance forms and storytelling and are used in agriculture, carnivals, celebrations, dance, death, fertility, hunting, initiation, midwinter observances, religion and theater.
We will relive one of the most spectacular journeys in American history, the Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" expedition to explore the Louisiana Purchase and find a route to the Pacific Ocean. This exciting human drama, which lasted from 1804 to 1806, began in St. Louis, reached the Pacific Northwest, and then returned, adding to our knowledge of the region while generating stories and adventures. We will view the beautifully produced Ken Burns/Dayton Duncan PBS video, listen to music played during or inspired by the trip, and read brief commentaries of trip participants and observers.
When Doc Brinkley arrived in Milford, Kan., in 1917 with just $23, few people would have guessed he would become a fabulously wealthy national celebrity. It all began with a dubious cure for flagging male virility--the xenotransplantation of goat testicles. By his death in 1942, Brinkley had built a flourishing medical practice in three states, revolutionized political campaigns, and dramatically transformed radio broadcasting. So, what do the AMA, Alf Landon, the Carter Family, Nazis, country music, Kansas 'Triple Play,' the FCC, Donald Trump, multi-media marketing, Del Rio, televangelism, and 8,000 pairs of gentlemen's testicles have in common? Doc Brinkley. This course will tell you why.
Almost 3,000 years old, but still as current as the morning news, the Psalter has enticed generations into an exploration of its spiritual and secular depths. As history, the psalms reveal a people searching for a homeland, for a psychic identity, and for internal and national peace. As literature, they invite readers to examine the poetic power of parallel construction and perhaps to try their own hand at writing such personal verse. As windows into the human heart, they capture our lives, from the sadness of war and exile to the everyday experiences of relationships, worries, and work.
In this course, we'll take a fresh look at one of history's most fascinating power couples, Napoleon and Josephine. We'll learn about the birth of archeology and Egyptology, the exploration of Australia, and the Golden Age of Botany. We'll visit their home, Malmaison, and see Josephine's art, furnishings, fashion, jewelry and unique gardens and greenhouse. We'll also discuss Napoleon's reforms in law, education, religious freedom and other areas, and see how they affect us today.
Passages from the Bible are sometimes invoked as alternatives to proposals and protocols offered by professionals from the scientific or educational disciplines. In this course, we will examine selected biblical texts which have caused mischief among believers and non-believers alike. How much in the Bible, if anything, has scientific validity? Indeed, should we expect the Bible to speak to such issues at all? To answer these questions, we will look at the creation stories in Genesis, the story of Noah and the flood, the narrative of the Exodus from Egypt, the accounts of Jesus' miracles, and a number of other biblical wonder tales.
Racial violence. Terrorism. Legislative gridlock. Increasing income disparity. A resurgence of nativism. High profile sexual assaults. Alternative facts. We'd like to think of civilization as following an ever-upward trajectory, but is it? Events of the last few years, in corners as disparate as the NFL, Hollywood and Washington, DC, suggest that a `sea change' may be at hand. What's going on here? In this course we'll discuss such issues and how we can interpret and act upon these signs of the times.
Geography is much more than place locations, and this course will prove it! From the Ozark lowlands to the High Plains, explore the physical and human geography of Kansas in three two-hour segments. We begin with nature, specifically land and climate as the context for human interaction in the form of resource extraction that was part of the historical economic geography of Kansas regions. Next, we will discuss the rise of key cities, especially Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence. Small-town life and the struggle for rural survival take us back to our roots, while suggesting a problematic future.
A classic by Tennessee Williams A poignant and poetic exploration of the human heart as a single mother strives to secure a future for her two grown children-a cripplingly shy daughter who escapes into a world of glass, and an aspiring writer son who dreams of a bigger world. Any hope of salvation is pinned on a visit that may only shatter their fragile fantasies.
As the University of Kansas began its 50th year in the fall of 1916, the administration of Chancellor Frank Strong was struggling against years of inadequate state funding, and German aggression was pulling a reluctant United States into the European conflict. When war was declared on April 6, Strong immediately put all KU resources at the service of the government. In this course we will examine the challenges the KU community met--military training, food drives, revamped class schedules, and the Spanish influenza--and the contributions of Strong, Olin Templin, James Naismith, Alberta Corbin, and R.D. O'Leary, among others, in the months that changed KU forever.
We'll examine the history of rock 'n' roll music from The Beatles to the present day. Participants will be invited to share their own personal experiences of listening to and attending concerts by The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, and other landmark artists. We'll begin by uncovering some of the musical and cultural developments in the late '60s that changed rock music forever. Then we'll discuss the establishment of a "Classic Rock" canon in the '70s and '80s. Finally, we'll highlight the most successful and innovative artists in the impossibly vast sea of rock music since 1990.
War II changed everything and everyone. Women were allowed to work in factories for the war effort. Rosie the Riveter built airplanes, ships and tanks for the Armed Forces. We will recall saving grease for glycerin for use in ammunitions, ration books to buy gasoline and tires, World saving scrap metal, going without silk and nylons, planting Victory Gardens, joining Bond drives and working around the clock to help America win the war. We will listen to Walter Winchell, Movietone News, and President Roosevelt's talks to make America the Arsenal for Democracy. We'll see how the "Greatest Generation," toughened and hardened during the Great Depression, excelled on the home front as well as in the theaters of war.
Join us as we visit the Watkins Museum's special exhibit recounting the story of the Turnverein, or TurnerSocieties-the German athletic, educational and social improvement clubs that began in early 19th-centuryGermany and soon crossed the Atlantic. The Turnhalle on Rhode Island Street served as the center of Lawrence's vibrant German-American community. The Lawrence Turnverein thrived from 1857 until anti-German sentiment during WW I ended it. Watkins Collections Manager Brittany Keegan will give unique insights into the history of the Lawrence Turners and the extensive research that went into the exhibit.
Did Jesus have a wife? Was Judas a hero rather than a villain? What of Jesus' youth? Was he a model child or a spoiled brat? What are we to believe about the life and teachings of Jesus now that hitherto unknown gospels have come to light? Which accounts are to be trusted? Indeed, do any narratives of Jesus' public career contain reliable historical information? These are among the questions to be addressed as the course examines selected early Christian gospels, both within and especially outside the New Testament, to learn something of their literary character, their purpose, and the varied images of Jesus they present.
This course examines the lives and music of the three composers who best represent the "Romantic" spirit of the 19th century and are still beloved today. Frédéric Chopin is the "Polish Patriot," whose music brought the heritage of his native land to war-torn Europe. Franz Liszt is the flamboyant "Super Star" of the age, whose scandalous love life and spectacular pianistic virtuosity set all Europe aflame. And Robert Schumann was the "Poetic Visionary" whose revolutionary writings and music prophesied the Modern Age, and whose tragic life ended in mental and emotional instability.
Marco Polo, the famous 13th-century trader from Venice, was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China. We'll follow in his footsteps to explore the history and culture along this ancient trade route, including its reemergence in the 21st century as an important source of energy. Learn more about the peoples along the Silk Road, what they value, where they've been and possibly where they're going as revealed in their art, technology, belief systems and stories.
The hills are alive with The Sound of Music. Yes, the beloved musical is coming to Mount Oread and the Lied Center, and we're going. Join us for this new production with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score. Join us for an exclusive reception featuring the lyrical Dr. Paul Laird, KU professor of musicology, as he sets the stage for an evening of music and drama. Enjoy some snacks with wine or beer as Dr. Laird shares his unique insight into Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved musical.
Want to understand the common spiritual bonds shared by the three great religions that claim Abraham as their patriarch? Throughout time the adherents of these three faith groups have tended to their souls through the same spiritual disciplines: fixed-hour prayer, sacred day, sacred meal, fasting, giving, pilgrimage, and the observance of sacred seasons. Each faith group believes that through these disciplines they become the persons God called them to be. Class sessions will focus on specific spiritual disciplines and how they are understood and practiced in each faith group.
During the mid-19th century, the Underground Railroad was a critical network of routes and safe houses that provided escaped slaves a pathway from plantations in the South to freedom in the North or Canada. In this course, we will closely examine the important role Northeast Kansas played in the Underground Railroad. We'll meet the heroic men and women who risked their lives to aid those desperate fugitives whose only road to freedom ran through Kansas. We'll also meet those brave refugees, hear their stories, and visit the local routes and safe houses that were critical to their perilous journeys to freedom.
The Lawrence Arts Center is presenting L. Frank Baum's wonderful Wizard of Oz. We'll join Dorothy and her friends on their musical adventure from Kansas to Oz and back, re-imagined in an exciting 1920s style. It's certain to be a wonderful performance of enchanting music, stunning choreography and sensational characters. Join us for an exclusive preview and reception featuring the production's director, Amanda Pintore, as she sets the stage for an evening of music and drama. We'll also enjoy some snacks with wine or beer. You won't want to miss this Osher exclusive.
After an introductory discussion of the nature and elements of fiction, we will read and discuss a wide variety of the world's best-loved stories ranging geographically from the United States to Latin America, Europe and Russia, and historically from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Our study will include such writers as Marie de France, Washington Irving, Gustave Flaubert, Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Willa Cather, Julio Cortazar, Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, D. H. Lawrence, Zora Neale Hurston, and Kate Chopin. Our goal will be to discover how great literature helps us, in X. J. Kennedy's words, "to leap over the wall of self, to look through another's eyes."
Some associate the plays of Tennessee Williams with lurid human behaviors. Williams himself once commented that his plays are full of "hysteria and violence." But he was also the playwright of compassion. The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof do contain fierce and painful confrontations but also offer deeply searching portrayals of complex characters and explore the themes of honesty, lost dreams and loneliness. As one of Williams' characters says, "We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins."
Was Rembrandt an experimental etcher? Did Vermeer use a camera obscura? And how did van Gogh's use of color and impasto application of paint influence modern art? We'll learn how Rembrandt was inspired by the Bible, why Vermeer's reputation is based on just 34 paintings, and how Vincent van Gogh, in an artistic career of less than 10 years (three of which were spent learning to draw), became one of the most beloved and prized artists of all time. These questions and more will be discussed while viewing some of the most beautiful and significant paintings in the world.
Pablo Picasso, like many artists of his day, was drawn to the innovative forms, abstract geometry, and expressive power he sensed in the art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Visitors will gain an understanding of Picasso, by exploring his work through its connection with non-European art.
Award-winning author and radio commentator Tom Averill will present his latest work: Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr: A Novel. This novel is archival, told entirely through journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings left behind by Nell Doerr, who lived in Lawrence, Kan., between 1854 and 1889. The novel tells the story of her stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill's Raid, and her discovery, while hiding in her basement, of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock. This is the story of an unforgettable heroine who is unconventional and strong. Following the presentation, there will be a reception and books signing.
True North: An Introduction to Canada Canada once pitched itself to tourists as "Friendly, Familiar, Foreign, and Near," but how much do you really know about the history, geography and culture of our giant neighbor? It's larger than the U.S. but has a tenth the population. French is an official language, the system of government is British, and the first settlers were Vikings. More than 22 million people from the U.S. visited Canada last year, and 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of its birth as a separate country (but still loyal to the Crown). This course is your introduction to Canada, and an invitation to explore the "True North."
The field of gender studies has much to offer older adults. This class will focus on the advantages and challenges of adult males with special emphasis on older men. We'll study some possible origins and remedies for older male loneliness and depression. We'll delve into the hush-hush topic of white male suicides-the risk factors and, most importantly, prevention strategies. And we'll examine male life stages and transitioning masculinity and explore gender-based misunderstandings. The class will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by small- and large-group discussions.
Winston Churchill had such a penchant for espionage that he might have been to model for James Bond's secretive superior, "M." Churchill had a war to win on many fronts, and just how he did it remained largely secret for 70 years. At last we can examine the tactics used by Churchill and his team to confound and defeat the enemy whoever and wherever they were. We'll review the alleged treasonous actions of the Windsors, the secret British peace negotiations that started in 1942, and the British code-breaking operation. Finally, we'll watch a commando raid first from the public point of view and then with inside information. Why James Bond? That's a secret.
Just as American women were starting to question their roles in society, civil war erupted and changed everything. This course introduces you to fascinating stories you've never heard--the women who fought as men, the ladies pressed into jobs in government and factories, and the slave women who ran to freedom and found work with the Union Army. Leaders of the new women's rights movement thought America was changing before their eyes. But their dreams would die after the war, in a raucous 1867 election in Kansas.
This course examines the origins, history and lasting effects of one of the most destructive and world-changing conflicts in human history. Class one covers the origins of the war and the Western Front from 1914 to 1917. Class two examines the global nature of the war, covering campaigns on far-flung fronts as well as at sea. Class three focuses on America's entrance in 1917 and its impact on the war and on the home front. We will also examine the significance of the war on the 20th century.
Research in the past decade has brought about a remarkable paradigm shift from aging as a problem to aging as a time of promise and potential. You already know the downfalls a normal aging brain may experience: slower speed of recall, "senior moments"and the "why-did-I-come-into-this-room?" perplexity. You know the downfalls; now learn about the marvelous gifts your aging brain wants to deliver. Understanding the positive power of a normal aging brain positions you to take full advantage of rewards and capacities which were unavailable to the younger you.