Courses & Events

Around the world, highly skilled dog teams keep us safe, detecting explosives and contraband. But how did humans and canines team up in the first place? That is a fascinating, heartbreaking and largely unknown story dating back to the Civil War when dogs tagged along as battle mascots.  Soon they showed their usefulness in an amazing number of tasks taught to them by the humans with whom they bonded. The military was slow to appreciate the value of K-9 teams, but over time the dogs'devoted handlers won respect and important rights for their four- footed comrades.



February 6-20, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

This course examines the changes in White House speech writing, from the earliest ghostwriters in George Washington's administration to contemporary presidential speechwriters. We will examine speech writing drafts from Truman, Kennedy, Carter, and George H.W. Bush as well as speech files from Lady Bird Johnson and Barbara Bush. Video and audio clips from former White House speechwriters describing the process will be included. We'll view speechwriters' drafts and the final products in both written and video formats.



April 8-22, 2019, St Andrews Classroom
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.


April 2-16, 2019, Aldersgate Village Manchester Lodge

Although federal highway construction started in 1916,the U.S. became a car-oriented nationafter World War II. Some of us recall tourist travel on Route 66 or the Lincoln Highway when they were two-lane roads,eating homemade sandwiches or foodfrom roadside diners, spending the night at modest tourist courts while on theway to the Grand Canyon, Mt. Rushmore, or lesser known travel destinations.Then came the Interstate Highways, Howard Johnsonsand Holiday Inn. We will recallthe years when gas was cheap and cars were large through film clips, historical accounts, travel music and ourown memories.

 



February 4-18, 2019, Senior Resource Center for Douglas County Peaslee Tech

Long before Kansas womenobtained the unfettered right to votein 1912 (a full eightyears before the 19th Amendment established that right nationally), they foundother ways to affect policy in publicspheres dominated by men. The same indomitable spirit that enabled pioneer women to withstand the rigors of frontierlife infused their efforts to shapethe society in which they lived. Sara Robinson, Julia Lovejoy, Clarina Nichols, Carry Nation, Annie Diggs, Mary Lease, and Lilla Day Monroe, among others, took on such struggles as those toabolish slavery, repel demon rum,improve the lot of farmers and secure more rights for women.



February 12-26, 2019, St Andrews Classroom

Slip into someone else's voice, take a walk in their shoes, deepen the conflict, complicate the joy and explore the most lifelike of the arts. In this studio class, students engage in the time-honored practice of examining character,action and consequence by recreating them for the stage. In-class activities and prompts get juices flowing for new and "used" playwrights alike,encouraging them to turn memories, experiences and curiosities into dramatic action and compelling characters. Outside writing is not required but encouraged. Willing students will have their work read aloud, brought to life,and discussed by the class. It's always fun.



February 28, 2019 to March 14, 2019, St Andrews Classroom