History and Culture Courses

Summer 2018


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


Fall 2018


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-D | 10/05/18-11/02/18 | J. Castillo | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Benjamin Franklin: Soldier, Diplomat, Philosopher

Explore some of the lifetime achievements of Benjamin Franklin, from his contributions to U.S. colonial society, especially Philadelphia in the 18th century, to his diverse military roles in two Indian wars from 1754 ? 1764. You'll also learn about his diplomatic efforts during the American Revolution involving Canada, Great Britain, and France; his estranged relationship with his common-law wife, Deborah Reed; his contributions to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; and finally, his religious beliefs.

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

DIS-620-C | 09/11/18-10/02/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


How Constitutions Fail in Hellenistic Athens, the Roman Republic, and 18th C. Great Britian

Dr. Karen Gray explores constitutional and democratic failures in Hellenistic Athens, Republican Rome, and 18th Century Great Britain, drawing heavily on new scholarship. Each class includes an extensive PowerPoint presentation in the first two hours, with a ten minute break at midway, concluding with a half-hour discussion.

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

DIS-621-D | 10/17/18-12/05/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Greek Democracy in the Hellenistic Age

In the Greek Classical era the Greek city-states had often-uncodified constitutions and governments evolving with democratic characteristics. With Rome?s annexation of the Greek heartlands however, dramatic shifts took place and this lecture explores those changes and their implications for earlier Greek democratic developments.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-622-D | 10/17/18-10/17/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Constitution of Rome and Collapse of The Republic

The uncodified Roman constitution and government that had evolved into the Roman Republic experienced stresses and challenges in 133 to 27 BCE, that would end in the collapse of the republic and emergence of Empirical Rome. This class explores that struggle and the opinions on both sides of its constitutional debates.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-624-E | 11/14/18-11/14/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Constitution of Great Britain and The American Revolution

The revolt of the American colonies exemplified the deep challenges that enlightenment thinking posed to Britain?s evolving constitution and monarchial culture. In this class the state of constitutional development in Britain in the 18th century is explored in light of spreading popular ideas of democracy and individual freedoms.

Fee: $27 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-625-F | 12/05/18-12/05/18 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Gilded Age, Social Darwinism, and Muckrackers, 1876-1912

Were economic leaders of the post-Civil War era "captains of industry" or "robber barons"" Explore the characteristics of the U.S. society in what Mark Twain named "The Gilded Age" and discuss major leaders of the time, such as Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Morgan. We'll discuss the characteristics and impact of Social Darwinism upon the Gilded Age and its origins in the writings of Charles Darwin. Next, we'll follow the reactions to economic conditions, including the rise of the "muckrakers." We'll discuss their writings and contributions to the Progressive Era and reasons for their demise by World War I.

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

DIS-626-D | 10/30/18-11/20/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Causes of the Second World War

The German invasion of Poland launched on September 1, 1939, was the official beginning of this terrible conflict, but the causes go way back, even into the 19th century. Join Jeff Driscoll as we look at the complex, yet fascinating history of what led the world into its most devastating conflict ever.

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

HCR-001-C | 09/27/18-10/25/18 | T. Driscoll | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The National Road in Washington County

Journey through the history of the National Road in Washington County with your guide Roger Swartz. He?ll share the politics and purpose of the road, road-building characteristics and features of road travel in the 1800s, why it?s considered Maryland's "Bank Road,? and where you can spot the remaining historical markers. After the presentation, join Roger and your fellow classmates for an optional lunch nearby.

Fee: $11 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-002-D | 10/09/18-10/09/18 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Hitler's Invasion of Poland

Germany's September 1, 1939, invasion of Poland marked the official beginning of World War II in Europe. Hitler had long had his eye on Germany's eastern neighbor, but the circumstances under which he felt justified to invade were much contrived. Join Jeff Driscoll as he looks at the background of this invasion, then the invasion itself, and the ramifications of that invasion in Europe.

Fee: $57 Senior Adult Fee: $31 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-004-E | 11/01/18-11/15/18 | T. Driscoll | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Maryland Campaign of the Civil War

There were a number of "turning points" during the Civil War, but many historians would argue that the September 1862 Maryland Campaign was the most significant. Within the span of just a few months, Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had not only saved Richmond and defeated a larger Federal force at the Second Battle of Manassas, but now was poised to invade the North. Confederate independence seemed but one more battlefield victory away. So what went wrong? Did the discovery of Special Order 911 make the difference? What about Harpers Ferry? And was Union General George B. McClellan really so incompetent? Join Jeff Driscoll as he considers all of these questions, and sign up for a tour of Harpers Ferry, South Mountain, and Antietam on Saturday, September 22nd.

Fee: $31 Registration Fee: $8

HCR-005-C | 09/13/18-09/20/18 | T. Driscoll | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Battlefields of Maryland Campaign Trip

Journey to the battlefields of the Maryland Campaign - South Mountain, Harpers Ferry, and Antietam - for a guided tour of the campaign's troop movements, military strategy, and key turning points. Registration includes transportation to and from all three battlefields from HCC's main campus. Lunch will be on your own in Harpers Ferry. Get the most out of the tour by first taking our two-part class titled The Maryland Campaign of the Civil War!

Fee: $61 Materials Fee: $10 Registration Fee: $8

TRP-003-C | 09/22/18-09/22/18 | T. Driscoll | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register