History


Who are those brave men and women walking next to politicians and presidential candidates? What else do they do? Join Special Agent Michael Horn for a discussion of the origin, history, and development of the U.S. Secret Service. He will begin with the inception of the Secret Service and continue through the evolution of its protective and investigative missions in the modern era.
On April 17, 1961 over 1,000 armed, trained Cubans stormed ashore at the Bahía de Cochinos in Cuba. The battle that followed would go down in infamy as the "Bay of Pigs Invasion." Why did it fail? Was the CIA's planning saddled with wishful thinking instead of proper intelligence and planning? Were the Cubans, better known as Assault Brigade 2506, betrayed by the Kennedy administration? Through lecture, we'll dissect what happened from planning to politics and execution.
Is our democracy broken? History offers hope. Consider five pivotal cases in U.S. history from three centuries as decision makers would have, through background briefing on the issues. Read the case (about 30 pages each) on your own; in class, analyze and wrestle with the issues and options decision makers faced. Experience history in a more immersive way and emerge with a greater appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses and resilience of American democracy. Required text is Democracy: A Case Study by David Moss ($20).

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Archaeologists uncover artifacts made by people long ago, but only through scientific research can we learn about who these people were and how they lived. Hold in your hands artifacts such as stone tools, pottery and shells and understand what aspects of Native American life these artifacts can reveal. Hear about three local sites that have yielded valuable information about Florida's history and the importance of preserving them: Harney Flats, Weedon Island and Crystal River.
At this time of year, food definitely is on our minds! Why not combine food and a little Florida history? Enjoy some savory bits of knowledge with Gary Mormino's Ten Foods that Define Florida. And take a look at Culinary Tourism in Tampa with Andy Huse. We will welcome special guests from historic local food establishments.
Be a part of the world's largest discussion program on world affairs, organized by the Foreign Policy Association. The 2019 topics include: refugees and global migration; the Middle East; nuclear negotiations; the rise of populism; U.S.-China trade; India and its neighbors; cyber conflicts and geopolitics; the state of the State Department and diplomacy. Read a 10-page briefing, view expert testimony on the week's topic, discuss. Required text: Great Decisions Briefing Book, ($30).

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The Bill of Rights impacts our lives every day. We will discuss the rights guaranteed by the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution, how the courts interpret and limited them. We will put particular emphasis on how the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments impact our criminal justice system.
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Are you fascinated by military history? By means of map gaming, war gaming, DVDs and some lecture, we will explore ten great battles and campaigns beginning with the Fall of France in 1940 and the Battle of Inchon. We will discuss the objectives of each battle/campaign, the countries involved and the military and civilian leaders. You will have the opportunity of suggesting battles or campaigns for us to delve into in our final classes.

Learn all about heraldry: its history, its function, and its current place in English society. Explore the evolution of the College of Arms, and the development of arms as vital medieval symbols of power. We will talk about the arms carried by the Plantagenet family, kings of England for over 350 years, as you learn about blazonry. By the end of this class, you should be able to blazon a simple shield.
Emerging from total isolation in 1853, Japan defeated China and Russia to became a world power. How did Japan's phenomenal cultural growth contribute to problems with the United States culminating in the "big war"? What impact has their relationship had on world events up to present day?
Beginning in the early 20th Century, numerous cases concerning freedom of speech and press were brought before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). These cases addressed a range of issues, including libel, obscenity, political dissent, and how much authority government has to stifle or punish speech it finds objectionable or perceives to be dangerous. We will be looking at a sample of those cases and the challenges that issues of freedom of speech and press will pose for the near future.
Trace the 12,000 years of Florida history from the Bering Land Bridge emigrants to the 2000 Bush/Gore hanging-chad election. See the native heroine Ulele saving the handsome Spaniard Juan Ortiz from her father and Walt Disney saving frozen citrus groves and transforming Florida's tourist economy.
Learn the history of the United States Presidential Library System, how the Oval Office decor reflects the values of each president, and the intricacies of the bestowing of Federal Government Funeral honors. As a bonus, hear some interesting presidential trivia.

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The closeness between Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stems from their early history, going back to the beginning of the First World War. Explore the key decisions that brought about their close relationship and ultimately the successful culmination of World War II.
Margaret Knight, Mary Anderson, three girls in a refugee camp. Exactly who are these women? Who invented an electronic walking stick for the blind? Who invented the windshield wiper? Which one invented a better shopping bag? Discover these and many more extraordinary females who were given little or no mention in our history classes.
The 2.6-mile Riverwalk in downtown Tampa is scattered lovingly with Tampa's famous, and not so famous, founding folks. They include an opera singer, an army general, a mayor and a boarding-house owner: Tampa namesakes such as Vicente Ybor, Henry Plant, Blanche Armwood, Clara Frye, General Brooke and Cody Fowler. Come hear their stories! Join Tampa Bay History Center's Nancy Dalence, Curator of Education, and instructors from the Tampa Bay History Krewe. Take optional excursions into the museum and along the Riverwalk.
There is much talk and familiarity with the "Greatest Generation" and Baby Boomers, but much less discussion about the Silent Generation--those of us who were born between 1925 and 1945. Yet this generation endured the great Depression, WWII, the Holocaust, and major changes in social policy and demographics. How have these events affected those of us who are products of this generation and our families? And what do we remember of those years? This class will examine some of the key changes during these years and consider their impact upon those of us who experienced them.
Ukraine is known as "the breadbasket of Europe." Still, the fight to have a loaf of bread on the table is never-ending. Throughout history, Ukraine was ravaged by multiple revolutions, genocides, and famines. We'll dive into the long-past conflicts as well as revolutions of the 21st century. Examine in-depth historical and geopolitical insights into why they happened and what the future might hold.
We will review the history of U.S. wars from the War of 1812 to modern times. We'll explore declarations of war, funding decisions, how the wars were conducted and the treaties that ended wars, with a special emphasis on the shifting balance of power between various presidents and Congress over time and the implications for the future.