History and Culture Courses

Fall 2017


Colonial Williamsburg History, 1705-1779

Williamsburg was the political, cultural, and educational center of the largest, most populous of the 13 original British colonies. In this program, you'll learn why Williamsburg replaced Jamestown as Virginia's colonial capital, and why Richmond replaced it as a state capital. We'll discuss Williamsburg's distinctions from northern colonial capitals in the 1700s and see how classical republicanism was imbued in its government and society. Finally, we'll discuss the relationships of the capital to major 18th century events, including the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, and founding fathers Washington and Jefferson. You can also sign up for our day trip to Colonial Williamsburg on November 29 to experience history first-hand! See page XX for more information.

Fee: $21 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-565-E | 11/28/17-11/28/17 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Colonial Williamsburg History and Trip

Fee: $171 Senior Adult Fee: $117 Materials Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-566-E | 11/28/17-11/29/17 | D. Warrenfeltz/R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Thinking About Morals: From Classical Greece to the 21st Century

Join instructor Karen Gray on a casual journey among diverse human efforts to define morality that includes selected Greek and Roman philosophers, medieval theologians, enlightenment thinkers, and modern moral experts. Your exploration of morality through the ages will culminate in an overview of key issues and authorities at the center of moral thinking today.

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

DIS-568-C | 09/20/17-12/06/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Moral Philosophy of the Ancient Greeks

Explore the moral thinking of philosophers such as Aristotle in Greece and major schools of moral philosophy such as the stoics and epicureans.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-569-C | 09/20/17-09/20/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Jewish and Christian Moral Philosophy Of the Middle Ages

Dr. Gray will discuss Jewish and Christian moral philosophy as it evolved in the Middle Ages with attention to its expression in early medieval monasticism and later medieval scholasticism.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-570-D | 10/18/17-10/18/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Religious and Secular Moral Thought

Dr. Gray will analyze the effects of science, the Renaissance, humanism, and enlightenment thinking on moral philosophy with a special focus on the transition this period reflects from medieval religious thinking to the growth of secular moral thought.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-571-E | 11/15/17-11/15/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Contemporary Moral Philosophy

Dr. Gray describes the major approaches to contemporary moral philosophy and provides excerpts from the writings of selected modern thinkers as examples of that diversity and how it results in significant differences on key moral issues today.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-572-F | 12/06/17-12/06/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Falling Fortunes: Washington and the New York Campaign of 1776

"We expect a very bloody summer at New York...and I am sorry to say that we are not, either in Men or Arms, prepared for it." These were the words of George Washington to John Augustine Washington on May 31, 1776, prior to the six battles of the New York City (and environs) military campaign of 1776 during the American Revolution. Investigate the major events and outcomes and assess British and Patriot leadership as you discuss each battle. In addition, you'll examine how the campaign transformed both the natural and man-made environment of New York City. Learn about the appearance of the first submarine, the failures of Nathan Hale's espionage mission and the lessons learned from it, as well as British peace overtures. Compare these events to modern-day sites such as Times Square, Columbia University, the New York Public Library, etc. Finally, explore how the campaign offers historical contrast to the mythology of the "Spirit of '76", prevalent today.

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

DIS-573-C | 09/19/17-10/17/17 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Hamilton and Burr

Have you ever wondered how two prominent politicians, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, found themselves staring down the barrel of each other's gun in a duel in 1804? How did they get here? Who were these men on a personal level, what lives did they lead, and what were there political philosophies? You'll discover the answers to these questions and more as you dive into the political rise and fall of both men and the reasons for their duel, including the Manhattan Company of New York City. You'll also learn the rules of the "code duello" and find out what happened in Burr's post-duel life, including the impeachment trial of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Samuel Chase of Maryland, and his trial for treason in 1807.

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

DIS-575-D | 10/31/17-11/21/17 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Ancient Military History

Beginning with the first written accounts of war, you will explore the major battles, wars, weapons, military leaders, and societies of the Ancient World from 2000 BCE to 400 CE. Discuss the land and naval warfare of the ancient Greeks and Romans, plus the significant military moments of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and China.

Fee: $107 Senior Adult Fee: $61 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-586-B | 08/17/17-10/05/17 | T. Hood | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


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