History and Culture Courses

Winter 2018


A History of Fashion: The Interweaving Of Clothing and Culture

Have you ever wondered how fashion and clothing evolved from animal skins to the styles and fabrics we see today? The fascinating history of clothing goes beyond the practical aspects of protecting ourselves from the elements. Intertwined with this history are clothing as a status symbol, early methods of espionage, the technology of textile production, global climate change, and how politics has influenced fashion. You will also explore the darker side of fashion from different eras and cultures, from foot binding and excessive corseting to the use of lead in cosmetics.

Fee: $91 Senior Adult Fee: $55 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-576-M | 03/27/18-05/15/18 | J. Remes | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Theology That Still Matters: Radically Diverse 20th C Theological Voices Series

The 20th Century was a time of theological upheaval and great popular interest in theologians and their thought. This class considers 4 of the most diverse and widely read: Reinhold Niebuhr, Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Each class includes a 2-hour PowerPoint presentation with a 10 minute break midway and a discussion period. A handout includes recommendations for further study and additional relevant material.

Fee: $91 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Materials Fee: $8

DIS-589-H | 02/28/18-05/23/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


20th C. Theology: Reinhold Niebuhr

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) was an ethicist and leading public commentator as well as a theologian. His powerful analysis of the human condition that addressed the worst evils of his time has had a long-term impact on political philosophy and movements such as that for civil rights.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-590-H | 02/28/18-02/28/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


20th C. Theology: Karl Barth

Swiss theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968) has come to be regarded as one of the greatest thinkers within the Christian tradition and a major voice in the mid-20th century's neo-orthodoxy movement. He is also honored for his role in the repudiation of Nazi ideology and, after the war, of the nuclear arms race.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-591-M | 03/28/18-03/28/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Constitutionalist: James Madison's Presidency, 1809-1817

Before becoming president, James Madison was considered the "Father of the Constitution," held legislative office at the state and national level, was the Secretary of State, and co-founded the Democratic-Republican Party. But how well was he prepared? What kind of leader was Madison when it came to foreign affairs, and how did his political philosophy impact domestic affairs? And what role did Dolley Payne Todd Madison play in all of it? Discover the answers to these questions and more!

Fee: $97 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-597-G | 01/23/18-02/13/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


James Monroe and the Era of Good & Bad Feelings

Was the "Era of Good Feelings" meant to bring the country together following the War of 1812? Or was it meant to totally subjugate political opposition from the Federalist Party? What would be the consequences to the country under a one-party system (the Democratic-Republican Party)? Find the answers to these questions and more as you discuss the political philosophy of James Monroe, a wounded veteran of the American Revolution who was both the Secretary of State and Secretary of War in James Madison's administration and ultimately rose to become the 5th President of the United States of America.

Fee: $97 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-598-M | 03/06/18-03/27/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Warfare of the Ancient World

Come discover what the first battles and wars in world history were actually like. Get inside the minds of the men who had to march head long into walls of spears while arrows rained down upon them. Discover the breakthroughs in tactics, technology, government, and training that led to the rise of empires, and learn what tore those same mighty empires down. Take a look back into the beginnings of warfare to see how it impacted all other combat throughout time.

Fee: $77 Senior Adult Fee: $47 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-600-H | 02/21/18-03/28/18 | T. Hood | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Spring/Summer 2018


20th C. Theology: Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich (1886-1965) was a German theologian and philosopher deeply challenged by issues of human freedom relative to secular and religious law. He came to the U.S. in 1933 after being barred from German universities by the Nazis. His unique theology reflects his commitment to mediating between the traditional sacred and the new secularity, as well as the concerns of faith and imperatives of questioning reason.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-592-J | 04/25/18-04/25/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


20th C. Theology: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a French idealist philosopher, Jesuit priest, and paleontologist who took part in the discovery of Pekin Man. His theological thinking was the inevitable result of his recognition of the significance of hominid evolution to the beliefs concerning humankind of the Abrahamic traditions.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-593-K | 05/23/18-05/23/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Democracy in America

Join us for an interactive lecture and discussion forum exploring aspects of democracy in contemporary American society. We'll examine Constitutional principles in the light of such issues as equality, diversity, immigration, terrorism, partisanship, political ideologies, education, science and critical thinking, health care, civic responsibility, and the future of American democracy. We will review the statistics, present a breadth of viewpoints, and discuss ways to educate the public about civic involvement.

Fee: $71 Senior Adult Fee: $41 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-603-J | 04/17/18-05/15/18 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Andrew Jackson's Presidency, 1828-1836

Jackson was the last Revolutionary War veteran to hold the office of president. He came to Washington in a carriage; he left office on a railroad. We'll first discuss Jackson's ascendency to the presidency and then how he implemented "popular democracy." We'll cover main events of his two terms in office: nullification and the secession crisis with South Carolina; the demise of the Bank of the United States and the ensuing panic of 1827; Indian removal; the emerging transportation revolution; and the rise of the national Democratic Party.

Fee: $97 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-604-L | 06/05/18-06/26/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Search for Morality in the Presence of Evil

During the Nazis era, the institutional Roman Catholic and German Protestant churches preserved themselves through agreements and collaborations with the Nazis and by adjusting their theologies to accommodate their strategy of survival and even, at times, their active support. But in the Protestant clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer there emerged a theology and ethic that constitutes a powerful response to evils such as those of his time. In this lecture Dr. Gray discusses Bonhoeffer's life and thought, emphasizing the relationship between his experiences and his theology under the Nazis.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-605-L | 06/27/18-06/27/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Eruption and Balance: John Adams Presidency, 1796-1800

Adams' four-year presidential term featured issues still with us today: a country divided over the size and functions of government; nullification of federal law; the Logan Act; an undeclared war; a rebellion against taxes; and the emergence of the modern political parties. By 1800, the presidential election produced a reaction against Adams' Federalist Party: the era of Jefferson's Democratic Republicans. Learn the causes and impacts of these events and discuss Adams' personal traits, political beliefs, and reactions to the over-riding event of his presidency, domestic and international relations with France.

Fee: $97 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-611-J | 04/24/18-05/15/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Indo-European Poetry From It's Beginning To Medieval Anglo-Saxon England - Series

This series of presentations heavily illustrated with PowerPoint, is designed to delight anyone who loves language and those lyrical and potent forms of human verbal expression that we call poetry. It introduces the history and controversies about the Indo-Europeans and their language family and follows common themes and characteristics of Indo-European poetry from the most ancient found, to the early Greeks and then to the medieval Anglo-Saxons.

Fee: $91 Senior Adult Fee: $57 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-606-A | 07/11/18-08/01/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Early Greek Poets I

This presentation explores the primary shared images, themes, and root words that we find in some of the most ancient Indo-European poetry that we have. With selected readings Dr. Gray demonstrates how the beliefs, experiences, and forces that defined their lives, were given expression in a poetic tradition, aspects of which will persist for millennia in European cultures.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-607-A | 07/18/18-07/18/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Indo-European Language

An overview of the remarkable and still somewhat mysterious origin of the Indo-European language Gathering together the latest scholarship on the early Indo-Eurpoeans, Dr. Gray provides an introduction to their culture as found by archaeology and linguistic analysis of proto- and early-Indo-European vocabulary.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-608-A | 07/11/18-07/11/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Welsh and Anglo Saxon Bards

Finally, Dr. Gray discusses the role of the Welsh and Anglo Saxon bards and the works passed down to us under names such as Taliessen and Aneirin, with special attention to their inseparable connection with Arthurian mythology.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-610-B | 08/01/18-08/01/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Early Greek Poets II

In the second lecture on the early Greek poets, Dr. Gray discusses some of the defining characteristics of this poetry. The lecture is enriched with many examples by poets such as Orpheus, who has been called the father of poetry; Sappho whom Plato called "the tenth muse"; and Pindar, who has been described as "the most careful architect that poetry ever had."

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-617-A | 07/25/18-07/25/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register