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.
We will look at the growth of civil society during the Yeltsin years and early Putin years. We will discuss the involvement of the US Agency for International Development in supporting Russian civil society and examine the increasing limitations placed on international support by President Putin. We will look at how Russia's civil society organizations are faring as a result. Finally, we will consider what the current state of Russian society portends for the future.

Lloyd's of London rates working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Even the smallest mistake can result in an accident. You need to keep your head on a swivel, trust others and understand the danger when working on a carrier's flight deck. Coordination and precision are key. Learn about both the perceived chaos and the well-thought-out system behind deck operations.
A need for better understanding of East-West cultural differences has surfaced along with the increasing pace of globalization. Explore the traditional and modern values of the Chinese people in three significant phases of life: the college entrance exam, marriage customs and aging. The goal: to increase mutual understanding by comparing the lives of ordinary Chinese and Americans in these and other challenging areas.
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.
During Napoleon III's reign in France and following the European revolutionary activity of 1848, hundreds of exiles, representing the tumultuous worlds of politics and the arts, fled to the English Channel islands of Jersey and Guernsey. These Proscrits' writing and advocacy of causes while in exile is a fascinating tale.
Pay tribute to Florida's forgotten heroes: the names of some adorn highways and landmarks while others broke barriers. Meet Alexander Darnes, who rose from slave to physician; uncover the story of Frank Adamo, hero of the Bataan death march; meet Mary Lou Baker, who kept the legislative home fires burning during World War II, and Marjorie Carr, zoologist and environmental activist. Learn how they helped shape the Florida we live in today.
In this class, we will examine General Douglas MacArthur's life with a focus on his service record in World Wars I and II and his leadership in the Korean War so that his legacy doesn't fade away just yet.
Imagine being the spouse of a career foreign service officer, interacting with dignitaries, officials or visiting scholars in economics, politics, literature, history or world affairs. Relive the experiences of one American diplomat's spouse with 38 years' experience in Thailand, Laos, Korea, Austria, Burma, Philippines and Japan. Journey into the extensive preparations required of an American diplomat's spouse and the delicate balance required to be effective in this role.

This course contains no sessions

Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.

How did Irish republicanism evolve from the ideals of the United Irishmen in the 1790s to the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922? This period saw multiple uprisings and campaigns of violence against British rule by Irish rebels at home and abroad. As the cause of Irish freedom was embraced by Irish-American immigrants at least as intensely as Irishmen and women back home, the role of Irish America will be an essential aspect of the course.
Seize the opportunity to learn more about the world's second largest monotheistic religion, which has about 6 million adherents in the U.S. Learn the basic tenets of Islam, its articles of faith and practice, and dispel common misconceptions. We'll discuss some social, historic, and legal aspects of the faith, with emphasis given to women in Islam, terrorism and Islamophobia. Gain an appreciation for the contributions Islam has made to the modern world.
Who would have thought Tampa possessed such a rich and fascinating history, reaching back some 14,000 years? Join Tampa Bay History Center docents, members of the museum's History Krewe, to explore some of the significant events that impacted Tampa and helped shape it into the city we know today. Topics included in eight presentations: Tampa's first people, the Seminole Indians, Cigar City (Ybor City), the Spanish-American War, the history of Hyde Park, the history of Gasparilla and more.
What's happening in China? The answer--a lot every hour, every day, every week. This class will track the social, economic, and political happenings in China the week before each class meeting with an eye toward a robust class discussion.

This course contains no sessions

Click here to be notified about the next scheduled program.

Fifty years have passed since the Tet Offensive, when Walter Cronkite despondently called for American forces to make an "honorable exit" from Vietnam. Gain perspective from two veterans with distinguished records. Revisit this unforgettable period of history and consider its effect upon modern American culture and politics. Focus on the human and economic costs of the war, the anti-war movement, and the war's lingering effect on the military, government and popular culture.
Where did the so-called "alt right" come from? How did white supremacy and white nationalism start in our country? These movements and ideologies are not just Southern holdovers from the Civil War, but go back to the earliest days of U.S. history. Learn about this history and the political, economic and theological underpinnings of white supremacy in our nation.