History and Culture Courses

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