Courses

No local region has a more diverse economy than the Tampa Bay area.The Port of Tampa houses $14 billion in industry and is a "designated foreign trade zone." Our $12 billion phosphate industry dominates the entire market. MacDill Air Force Base's $3.14 billion economy supports 20,000 workers. Our airport and cruise industry bring in more tourists every year. Our sports economy also is a growth industry. How did we get here? This class will condense the business statistics to lead you to explore our beautiful Tampa Bay area with new eyes.


July 26, 2021 to August 16, 2021, Online Course
John Gorrie, Julia Tuttle, and Walt Disney made significant contributions to Florida with regard to air conditioning, the foundation of Miami, and Walt Disney World, respectively. Learn about these three important people, their lives, and more about how much Florida owes them.


August 3-24, 2021, Online Course
You may not be able to travel right now, but you can still see the world by exploring maps from prehistoric times to the present. See primitive maps carved in stone and world maps that constantly changed as knowledge of the globe expanded. View portolan charts (books of sailing directions). Learn about global positioning system (GPS) mapping. Study influential cartographers, the parts that make up a map, ghost marks, and maps in art and advertising. You will view more than 200 maps during this trip.


July 13-27, 2021, Online Course
A 1939 Gallup Poll revealed that 65% of Americans felt that Germany's persecution of Jews was mostly or entirely the fault of the Jews. What was going on in this country to elicit such a feeling and how did America act - or not - to confront the Nazi menace in Europe and in America? Eye-opening and little known facts and video evidence make this issue all the more fascinating and provocative.


May 15, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
During WWII Americans of Japanese descent were forcibly uprooted from their homes, lives, and communities and relocated to isolated internment camps by Executive Order 9066. What was life like for Japanese-Americans interned behind barbed wire? Learn about one family's experiences of incarceration. We'll discuss Asian immigration in light of anti-Chinese and anti-Japanese attitudes and review the legislative provisions that led to the establishment of the camps.


July 21, 2021 to August 11, 2021, Online Course
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).


July 29, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Online Course
This three-session class focuses on the rich history of Cuba, current U.S.-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.


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Eleanor Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family, but her dreadful childhood could have come right out of a Dickens novel. She was afraid of everything -- dogs, the water, public speaking -- but she went on to become a fearless defender of the downtrodden and to this day the most admired first lady in American history. Discover why President Truman called her First Lady of the World. Examine the life of this remarkable woman who was so much more than half of the most important political partnership of the 20th century.


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Do you know about the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line? Have you heard of the Tony Jannus award - who gets it and why? Join this three-session course to find out more and to learn about National Airlines, Chalk's Airlines and the first flight to Cuba. Find out who designed the Tampa International Airport. Top it off with seeing how and when air service will return to normal.


August 5-19, 2021, Online Course
Although many of the wonderful altruists who rescued Jews during the Holocaust were adults, there were an astonishing number of brave young people who similarly risked their lives to save Jews and obstruct Nazis. These unknown stories of courageous teens are a testament to the power of youthful idealism and goodness. Learn about these courageous youths and be inspired.


May 1, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
Two Henrys, Plant and Flagler, who also shared an interest in railroads and hotels, helped transform Florida into a tourist and retirement destination. Learn about Henry Flagler and Henry B. Plant and their accomplishments in the development of Florida, and the entire history of Florida from the days of the Spanish conquest up to the present day.


July 6-27, 2021, Online Course
As commercial radio celebrates 100 years of broadcasting, it's time to to take a look back at the people and programs that have helped radio evolve into the nation's most popular entertainment medium. Learn how radio has grown from one AM broadcast station in 1920 to more than 15,000 stations across the U.S. today as we examine the formative years of radio -- how stations were assigned, marketed, and programmed during the first half of the 20th century.


May 15, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
During the Holocaust, it was exceedingly difficult to find an individual or organization ready to help Jewish victims. Catholic nuns and priests were among those few who, at great risk to themselves, chose to rescue Jews. Join an uplifting presentation on human goodness. Hear the stories of these little-known brave and inspiring women and men.


Monday, August 16, 2021, Online Course
Golfo Alexopoulos, USF Professor and Director of the USF Institute on Russia, examines the current anti-government sentiment in Russia and explores the reasons why Putin's popularity has declined sharply in recent years. Special attention will be given to Alexei Navalny's anti-corruption movement.


Friday, August 20, 2021, Online Course
Of course you've heard of Sacagawea and Amelia Earhart. But what about Gertrude Bell, Alexandra David-Neel and Bessie Coleman? These are just three of the many adventurous women our history lessons forgot to mention. This course will feature their stories and accomplishments, some of which changed the world as we know it.


July 21-28, 2021, Online Course
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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Take a journey through the history and science of the early atomic age from Dalton's theory that all matter is composed of atoms to the development of the atomic bomb and the decision to drop it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this series of four lectures we'll review the scientists and spies involved in The Manhattan Project then consider the science behind the more sophisticated, and potentially far more destructive, Hydrogen bomb.


May 1, 2021 to August 1, 2021, Recorded Course
Groundbreaking advances in the study of anatomy, physiology and chemistry led to monumental developments in medicine and surgery. They also changed the way humanity came to view nature. In this lecture series, gain an historical perspective of medicine and surgery from the Renaissance onward. Investigate the dramatic changes from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th. We will focus on specific medical breakthroughs and the individuals responsible for shaping the world of modern medicine.


July 19, 2021 to August 9, 2021, Online Course
After the Civil War, the turbulent era that endeavored to reintegrate the Confederate States and the four million newly-freed slaves into the United States became a period of lost hope and dreams. Under Andrew Johnson's administration, new southern state legislatures passed restrictive "black codes" to control the former slaves. Northern Republicans passed the Reconstruction Act of 1867 that gave newly enfranchised blacks a voice in government for the first time in U.S. history. 265 African-Americans won elections to southern state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. However, progressive measures would last less than ten years, and the plight of African-Americans would revert to blatant inequality once again.


May 15, 2021 to August 19, 2021, Recorded Course
Review recent decisions and the current opinions of our nation's highest court, and preview what might be on the court's docket in the following term. Hear expert analysis on judgments rendered with a focus on those that differentiate the majority from the dissent.


July 12-26, 2021, Online Course
The Constitution of the United States is believed to be the oldest written constitution in the world. The Constitution is cited by all kinds of people who have no idea what it says or what the courts say it means. Here we will focus on what the US Constitution actually says with examples of how it applies to our lives. It is a phenomenal document. We would all be better off if we had a better understanding of it.


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Learn about the motives and fears that led to repressive, witch-hunting edicts across Europe. Judith Page-Lieberman has been studying the evolution of women healers from 1100 to the present and will discuss the nefarious events that swept England and the continent. Similar but less violent actions have continued for future generations of women healers. Judith Page-Lieberman, MS, ARNP, has taught nursing at every level of nursing education and was a pediatric nurse practitioner at Pediatric Health Care Alliance in Tampa.


Friday, June 25, 2021, Online Course
What did the Germans and the Soviets experience during World War II in their fight along the Eastern Front? Often little-known in the West, the Eastern Front was the deadliest and most decisive battlefront of the war. While the Soviets called it "The Great Patriotic War," its relative obscurity in the U.S. distorts our understanding of the Allied victory in World War II. Let's expand our perspective in this short lecture presentation.


Friday, August 6, 2021, Online Course