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Join our weekly discussions as we seek to understand today's polarized American society by providing context through an examination of the 1960s, when many of the issues and movements were reminiscent of today's.  The protest marches, demonstrations, and riots of the 1960s, set in motion the social reforms of the Great Society programs, expanded civil rights and opportunities for minorities, women, gays, war on poverty, expanded medical coverage through Medicare and Medicaid, and environmental laws, among other reforms.  But this was played out against a backdrop of the Cold War, Vietnam War, anti-war protests, and increasing decline in the faith in the government's ability to meet the needs and expectations of the American people.  It also fueled fears and a backlash that led to the successful "law and order" presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. Join what promises to be a free-wheeling discussion of the issues of the 1960s and their relevance for today.

Instructor:
Dr. John Dreifort, Professor of History, Wichita State University & Executive Secretary of the Wichita Committee on Foreign Policy

Cancellation Policy:
We will refund 100% of your registration fee if the class you wish to take is full or if the class is canceled. A student who withdraws a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first class will receive a registration refund less 15%. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. All withdrawals must be received in writing and postmarked prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued after the first class meeting.


Click here to register for Days of Rage, Years of Reform September 10, 2020 to October 29, 2020, WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex
Join our weekly conversations as we engage in an exciting and intellectually stimulating discussion of challenging current global issues and their implications for America today and in the future. Lectures, readings and expert commentators provided in video programs developed by the Foreign Policy Association,will provide context for our lively discussions.Topics include Climate Change and the Global Order, India and Pakistan, Red Sea Security,Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, U.S.Relations with the Northern Triangle, China's Road into Latin America, The Philippines and the U.S. and Artificial Intelligence and Data.

Instructor:
Dr. John Dreifort, Professor of History, Wichita State University & Executive Secretary of the Wichita Committee on Foreign Policy

Cancellation Policy:
We will refund 100% of your registration fee if the class you wish to take is full or if the class is canceled. A student who withdraws a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first class will receive a registration refund less 15%. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. All withdrawals must be received in writing and postmarked prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued after the first class meeting.


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Sarah Smarsh grew up among the wheat and milo fields of Kingman County and has since become a freelance journalist reporting on socioeconomic class, politics and public policy for The New York Times, the New Yorker and other publications. The award-winning and best-selling book chronicles her turbulent childhood in rural Kansas. We'll discuss the book, rural Kansas and what's happening in Kansas through current events.

Instructor:
Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Cancellation Policy:
We will refund 100% of your registration fee if the class you wish to take is full or if the class is canceled. A student who withdraws a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first class will receive a registration refund less 15%. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. All withdrawals must be received in writing and postmarked prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued after the first class meeting.


Click here to register for Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke In the Richest Country September 10, 2020 to October 1, 2020, WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex

As Wichita State University celebrates its 125th anniversary, join us for a walking tour of Fairmount and WSU. We will explore the Fairmount Neighborhood and learn about some of the founding families such as the Parkers and the Morrisons. We will learn how this dynamic and ever-changing part of the city has developed overtime with stories that range from the celebration of rock and roll to the challenging legacies of Civil Rights. As we cross 17th Street, we will turn our attention to Wichita State University and explore how the campus has reflected decades of change from the years of Fairmount College to the recent developments of the Innovation Campus. We will have lunch on campus with a chance to reflect on how the next 125 years might unfold.

Instructor:Dr. Jay Price, Chair & Professor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Tour Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Fee: $40.00

Schedule:

10:00 a.m.Arrive WSU Campus 

12:00 p.m. Lunch at Shocker Hall 

1:00 p.m. Depart WSU Campus



Click HERE to register for the Historic Walking Tour of Wichita State University and the Fairmount Neighborhood Saturday, October 24, 2020
We continue to tell the story long after they are gone, the people who first sought out this land hold power over us. They are the reminders of our legacy. Wander into almost any Kansas cemetery and the tombstones tell stories of how generations before us lived and died. There are stories that can intrigue, stories of shootings, epidemics and sometimes even the anguish some families found in moments of childbirth and motherhood. Stones and monuments tell stories of affluence, poverty and reflect trends of a changing society. Ghost towns hold the remains of promises unfilled - a railroad that didn't come through; a county seat built elsewhere; a dam that was built. We'll look at some of the more interesting ghost towns and cemeteries in Kansas. 

Instructor:
Beccy Tanner, Adjunct Instructor, Department of History, Wichita State University

Cancellation Policy:
We will refund 100% of your registration fee if the class you wish to take is full or if the class is canceled. A student who withdraws a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first class will receive a registration refund less 15%. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. All withdrawals must be received in writing and postmarked prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued after the first class meeting.


Click here to register for Kansas Cemeteries and Ghost Towns September 10, 2020 to October 1, 2020, WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex
John Wesley Hartzell believed every city in Kansas needed a street railway - they just didn't know it yet. In 1883 Mister Hartzell convinced the Wichita city council to let him build a street car system. These cares were pulled by mules, so the routes were short but the people of Wichita were thrilled. In 1887 a man named James Oakley Davidson built the first electricity streetcar system. The electric streetcars went to the entire city. At the beginning of the new century, after some shady dealings by the "Eastern Capitalists, " a new streetcar company was established with even better streetcars was established with even better streetcars, but in 1914 a new technology presented the streetcar company with a totally new challenge: gasoline powered vehicles. Automobiles and buses eventually replaced the streetcars and the last streetcar ran in 1935. Using photos and newspaper accounts, this class will look at the fascinating history of  Wichita's streetcars,

Instructor:
Tony Myers, Author

Cancellation Policy:
We will refund 100% of your registration fee if the class you wish to take is full or if the class is canceled. A student who withdraws a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first class will receive a registration refund less 15%. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. All withdrawals must be received in writing and postmarked prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be issued after the first class meeting.


Click HERE to register for the history of wichita streetcars September 10-17, 2020, WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex