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.
For two years, American diplomatic engagement in Africa has been sorely lacking. China, however, has been making concerted efforts to exert economic, diplomatic, and strategic influence over the continent. It has promoted its own system as a more appropriate model for African governance and development which many African leaders find appealing. Others are skeptical and characterize it as "the new colonialism." Examine the conflicting interests of the great powers and African reactions. Consider the likely impact of this competition on the future of Africa and the world as a whole.

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Explore uplifting stories of brave men, women and even children who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. Through films and discussion, learn about true examples of human kindness. Celebrate these inspiring tales of the Holocaust and then consider: if people did such amazing good during the darkest time in human history, what can we do to treat each other more kindly today? You need not have taken the earlier course to enjoy this one.
This two-week class focuses on the rich history of Cuba, current US-Cuban relations, and the future of the island nation. Join Rudy Fernandez to explore Cuban history, economy, and culture with insights gained from many trips to the island his family knew so well.
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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Discussions about universal human rights and democracy can get very personal and emotional. These themes seem to touch the core of our individual history, our values and culture. When the conversation is expanded to the international community, the difficulties to reaching an agreement multiply. Is the recognition of universal human rights irreconcilable with respect for particular cultures? Required readings are mostly from essays by UNESCO members and are available online.
The German invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 began a war that lasted nearly four years, created by far the bloodiest theater in World War II. The renowned eastern front was characterized by unprecedented ferocity, wholesale destruction, mass deportations, and immense loss of life due to combat, starvation, exposure, disease, and massacres. We will engage in the debate over who deserves the credit and blame for the largest military confrontation in history.
See the enigma of India from snake charmers to call centers. You will achieve an overview of its history, culture, problems and relations with the USA. Is it an emerging power or a failing state? Business opportunity or ecological disaster?

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We will begin when Tampa did, in 1528, and will journey together into the 21st century. Learn about the disparate groups of immigrants, pioneers and settlers who forged our city's history, then take a four-hour bus tour through Tampa's memorable historic neighborhoods. Hear stories of the people, places and events that brought us to the present day. There is a $35 fee payable by check at the first class to cover the cost of the bus tour.
Indulge in significant snippets of Tampa's glorious but spicy history from the Timucuan's struggles with giant armadillos to the efforts of Jeff Vinik to renovate Tampa's downtown. Survey the events illustrating "Tampa's compassion, intergenerational generosity, delayed transportation efforts and its world class entrepreneurship."

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Computers are now ubiquitous and taken for granted. However, most of us can remember a time when "computers" were people using slide rules, or behemoths that took up entire rooms and required special power and cooling. Let's examine the computer revolution, both current technology and what is coming in the future. We'll consider artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality, quantum computers and the Singularity. ALL SKILL LEVELS
The settlement of the American West is a story of mythical proportions that has captivated generations of Americans. Maybe you can recall childhood visions of a cowboy or cowgirl that brought law and order to a restless, violent, adventurous territory. Or perhaps you fantasized through Hollywood depictions of cattle barons, range riders, Indians and homesteaders. Often missing, however, is the social-economic-technological-political dynamics of the changing frontier. This class will focus on the milieus of the American West from a socio-historical perspective. Among the topics explored are Manifest Destiny, the Pony Express, the transcontinental railroad, the Trail of Tears, the California Gold Rush, cowboys and cattle.

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Are you so familiar with the "made in China" label that you don't even notice it anymore? Explore the role of U.S. manufacturing and look at data and personal stories of the current major transition in our national economy. Discuss the impact on GDP, trade, employment, unions, and manufacturing capacity. With some assigned reading for background, note the impact of technology and examine how American manufacturing competes on the global stage.

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