History and Culture Courses

Winter 2016


Bill of Rights

The purpose of this course is to familiarize citizens with the individual rights which are protected by the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution. It will explore the philosophy of natural rights beginning in ancient Greece and Rome. It will then trace this philosophy as it developed under the English Common Law, especially as it was expressed in the 1689 English statute which was called, by Parliament the "Bill of Rights". The student will learn how the first ten amendments of our Constitution came to be adopted. Finally, the student will learn how the Courts have interpreted these rights.

Fee: $75 Senior Adult Fee: $48 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-501-G | 01/25/16-03/07/16 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Literary Fraud and Celtic Romanticism In Britain 1750-1850

This series explores the late 18th and early 19th century, literary Brits found themselves drawn into the romance of Celtic traditional materials and the Scottish highlands especially as the Scotsman James MacPherson published his cycle of epic poems based on Oisín, son of the legendary Irish hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Claiming they came from ancient highland sources, they opened the door for a century of diverse writings that reveal the powerful attraction of all things Gaelic-valid or not. Dr. Gray's PowerPoint-illustrated lectures include many images and selections from the writings and each class includes a half-hour at the end for discussion. This series meets on 2/24, 3/23, 4/20. and 5/25.

Fee: $85 Senior Adult Fee: $59 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-502-H | 02/24/16-05/25/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


MacPherson and His Magnificent Ossian Fraud

In this class Dr. Gray takes participants on a rollicking romp through the life of James Macpherson and the history of his publication of the Ossian poetry. Some dramatic selections from his wonderful work (worth exploring whether truly from ancient sources or not), are chosen to shed light on its relationship to the true Oisin and Fionn mythology of Ireland and the reasons Macpherson?s work has come to be considered fraudulent.

Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-503-H1 | 02/24/16-02/24/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Johnson and Boswell: The Hebridean Tour And the Ossian Fallout

In 1773 Scottish Laird and author James Boswell talked the great English author Samuel Johnson into joining him on a tour of Highlands and Hebridean Islands that led to the publishing of the classic Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. Dr. Gray discusses this famous journey and includes selections from the Journal. She emphasizes the role of the doubts expressed in the journal concerning the Ossian material ignited a firestorm of controversy around Macpherson and his work.

Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-504-M1 | 03/23/16-03/23/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Sir William Johnson & the British Indian Department

In this program, we'll cover the life & career of Sir William Johnson, Superintendent of the Northern District, British Indian Department. We?ll discover how he and his common-law wife, Molly Brant (Mohawk Iroquois), became influential in British government in London and the American colonies. We'll discuss the operations and organization of the British Indian Department and its contributions & impact in four wars affecting Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Finally, we'll learn how it lost political power before the American Revolution.

Fee: $60 Senior Adult Fee: $36 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-507-M | 03/08/16-03/22/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


This Rise of Political Parties in the Age of Federalism

In this program, we'll address the forces for and against a stronger central government following the American Revolution and how these led to the first political parties in the 1790s. We?ll cover the domestic and foreign issues during the Federalist presidents, Washington and Adams, and how these contributed to the development of our current two-party system. Finally, we'll see how issues confronting us today had their origins in the diverse meanings of the American Revolution.

Fee: $83 Senior Adult Fee: $50 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-508-G | 01/19/16-02/16/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register