History


With the guidance of an archaeologist, explore the history of Florida's native peoples and the amazing communities they created around Tampa Bay. After an introductory session, tour a different archaeological site each week and hear the stories behind these enduring places. Visit Safety Harbor Mound in Safety Harbor, Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg and Portavant Mound in Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto.

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See the gradual evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court in relation to questions of racial equality in its three most important relevant cases. We will examine the landmark Dred Scott (1857), Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. the Board of Education (1954) cases.
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.
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.

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Eugene Debs, who was born on the threshold of the Civil War and would die in the wake of World War I, was the face of the nascent U.S. labor movement and American Socialism. We will look at his life in the context of an American industrial revolution that would generate not only factories and machines, but also burgeoning cities, rapid immigration, robber barons, market-driven imperialists, nostalgic populists, reform-minded progressives and misguided social Darwinists.
It's 1891 and the elegant Tampa Bay Hotel reflects the opulence of turn-of-the-century America and the vision of rail mogul Henry B. Plant. Join curators and an architectural historian to explore conservation efforts to maintain this National Historic Landmark -- now the University of Tampa -- and its remaining original artifacts. Tour the building and study the public rooms, the stunning minarets and the adjacent Plant Park. Enjoy pictures of the restoration projects. Prepare for extensive walking.
Revisit the troubled Central American nation of Nicaragua in the 1960s to 1990; the Somoza regime, the opposition Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), and the Contras who waged war on the Sandinista government, aided by the Reagan administration. We'll consider the Iran-Contra affair and other foreign involvement, recalling the names that dominated the headlines: Reagan, North, Ortega, Somoza and many others. Finally, we'll assess Nicaragua's current situation.
Consider the promise and potential of recent leadership changes in southern Africa. Zimbabwe has a new leader after forty years of President Mugabe: will new leaders bring about genuine political, economic and social progress, or will it be more of the same? Meanwhile in South Africa, the African National Congress voted to remove President Jacob Zuma from power. Will that country be back on the path toward Nelson Mandela's dream of a multi-racial, democratic, peaceful South Africa?
Imagine a variety of crises that presidents have faced: key resignations, economic collapse, foreign threat or domestic disturbance. How did each president handle the situation? Did his response make it better or worse? What about the crises facing our current president? How strongly should a president's ability to handle a crisis contribute to our choosing a chief executive? We'll step into the Oval Office to consider all this and more.

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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.
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 we take them for granted. However, most of us can remember the time when "computers" were people using slide rules or behemoths that took up entire rooms and required special power and cooling. Let's talk about the computer revolution, starting with the earliest calculating devices to the "internet of things," self-driving cars, and quantum computing. ALL SKILL LEVELS
Theodore Roosevelt was a big game hunter and avid conservationist, a man welcome in Mrs. Astor's drawing room and a leader of the Progressive Party, a sickly boy who espoused the virtues of the strenuous life. We will explore the life of our 26th president - a man of extraordinary contradictions - along with some of the people and events that shaped his life.
The Middle East is frequently in the news, but many of us lack the background to put that news into context. Obtain that background from a person who has lived and studied many years in the region. After learning about the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, we will consider the economy, particularly the oil market, along with the political issues that preoccupy the states in this region.

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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.

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During the post-Cold War period, relationships among Russia, the U.S. and NATO have turned into a growing rivalry and confrontation over Russian expansionism. Now the unilateralist views of the new Trump administration cause uncertainty over responses and threats to security for the United States and NATO.
Your family history is much more than a family tree. When and where did your ancestors live? Learn how to use timeline and mapping software to represent the story of your family visually, using online tools. See, then experience a different online tool each week, gaining hands-on experience using that tool as you create a visual representation of your family history.
Throughout history, female healers have encountered social, political, legal and sometimes violent and deadly opposition. Learn about the struggles of women healers to overcome these obstacles, starting in medieval times all the way to the present. Witches, wise women, midwives, nurses and physicians -- how did their training and roles evolve through the ages?

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