Re-Writing the Past: Thomas Chatterton To Iolo Morganwg
Poets and forgers of traditional materials, Thomas Chatterton and Welsh antiquarian Edward Williams-better known by his bardic name of Iolo Morganwg-are the focus of this presentation. Dr. Gray discusses their powerful influence on the romantic movement in Chatterton's case; and on the resurgence of interest in all things Celtic (in Morganwg's case). Selections from their works guide her discussion of how such work is to be valued in a literary sense.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-505-J1 | 04/20/16-04/20/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Romancing the Scotish Lowlands: From Robert Burns to Walter Scott
Two great Scottish writers, Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, are focused on in this lecture that will explore their very different lives and works. Special attention is given to the dramatic ways in which each man reveals, transmits, and then himself contributed to the colorful culture and traditions of Scotland. Dr. Gray also explores their place in the wider romantic and Celtic literary spirit of the time and discusses the distinction between "lowland" and "highland" Scotland.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-506-K1 | 05/25/16-05/25/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Thomas Jefferson and the Louisianna Purchase, 1803-1812
Explore Jefferson's political philosophy, and why he abandoned it in the purchase and governance of the Louisiana Territory. Also under discussion are the expedition of Lewis & Clark and its multiple facets, and the treason and trial of Aaron Burr, overseen by Jefferson.
Fee: $63 Senior Adult Fee: $38 Materials Fee: $4 Registration Fee: $8DIS-515-J | 04/12/16-05/03/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The First Three French and Indian Wars, 1688-1744
The "WAG Wars" established the causes for the last French & Indian War, which set the stage for the American Revolution. This course will cover the background causes, events in France's and Great Britain's colonies, and results of each war. Roles played by colonies of the region will also be discussed.
Fee: $63 Senior Adult Fee: $38 Materials Fee: $4 Registration Fee: $8DIS-516-K | 05/24/16-06/14/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
C & O Canal
This one-day seminar examines the efforts to provide water transportation up the Potomac Valley. It begins with colonial times, and culminates with the establishment of the C & O Canal National Historical Park.
Fee: $67 Registration Fee: $8DIS-525-K | 05/07/16-05/07/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
C & O Canal Walk
Explore the rich history of the C & O Canal Towpath with Dr. Karen Gray. We'll spend an afternoon learning about the history of the canal, specifically around Dams 4 & 5, and McMahon's Mill. Plan to meet at the Park & Ride on I-70 just below the SW quadrant of the interchange with 622/Downsville Pike. Transportation will be provided to parts of the walk by bus.
Fee: $39 Registration Fee: $8DIS-526-K | 05/15/16-05/15/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Cicero: a Man for All Seasons
Marcus Tullius Cicero was a philosopher and Linguist, as well as a powerful lawyer, orator, and statesman. But in addition, he was a political theorist and a Roman Constitutionalist who championed the Roman Republican government in the face of civil war and the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar. In this lecture, Dr. Karen Gray provides a richly-illustrated PowerPoint presentation on his life and thought, including selections from his writings that reveal much about his time as well as speak, with surprising relevance, to our own time in particular and the human situation in general. Time is allowed for discussion at the conclusion of the lecture.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-752-L | 06/22/16-06/22/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Exploring Viking History and Lore
Among the old Icelandic sagas are two that have come to be called the Vinland Sagas. They contain the oldest European descriptions of North America and the stories of the vikings? experiences sailing to and from it, and briefly living there. In these lectures Dr. Karen Gray provides and overview of the Viking culture and period, the building and sailing of Viking ships, and the two sagas of their journeys to America, 500 years before Columbus.
Fee: $80 Senior Adult Fee: $54 Materials Fee: $5 Registration Fee: $8DIS-519-A | 07/06/16-07/27/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The Early Viking Movement
For a three hundred year period, from about 780 to 1070, Viking people from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway engaged in what is called the "Viking Movement." It took them as far as Greenland and North America to the north and west, the Mediterranean in the South, and deep into Russia to the east. In this lecture Dr. Gray discusses the history of this movement as well as the difficulties with the Christian annals and chronicles that are our primary source of information on this movement.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-520-A | 07/06/16-07/06/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Much has been learned in recent years about the way the Vikings built their ships and sailed them. In this lecture Dr. Gray surveys the most recent understandings, some of it gained from building and sailing contemporary replicas such as the Sea Stallion. Sections of the sagas that shed light on the Viking's sailing experience are read as part of the lecture.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-521-A | 07/13/16-07/13/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The Greenlander's Saga: Erik the Red And Leif Eriksson
Containing the stories of men such as Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson, the Greenlander?s saga is rich in Viking lore as well as seeds of historic fact. Dr. Gray discusses the source of the saga and brings in information from archaeology and other fields as she discusses the stories, people, and culture of the saga.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-522-A | 07/20/16-07/20/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The second saga might well be called Gudrid's saga, as the story of this Viking woman is a strong thread running through it. Dr. Gray will focus particularly upon Gudrid in this lecture as well as make comparisons between this saga and that of the Greenlanders where they overlap.
Fee: $20 Registration Fee: $8DIS-523-A | 07/27/16-07/27/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
An Introduction to the U.S. Constitution
This course will discover how the federal government was formed by the adoption, by the Continental Congress, of the Articles of Confederation. Students will explore the shortcomings and defects of the Articles, and how those led to the development of the Constitutional Congress' call for a Constitutional Convention. The proceedings of the convention, and the debates that ensued after the new Constitution was offered for ratification, will also be discussed. The Bill of Rights' origin and passage will be visited briefly, and the various sections of the Constitution and their interpretations by court systems, will also be addressed.
Fee: $80 Senior Adult Fee: $48 Registration Fee: $8DIS-518-C | 09/12/16-10/31/16 | J. Warner | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Jewish Scriptures: Their Origin, Greek Version, Apocrypha, and Early Christian Uses
Attend this intriguing new series from Dr. Karen Gray. Through four different sessions, students will examine the roots and formation of the Jewish canon, its versions, and the various uses Christians made of Jewish sacred writings. The course will also include selections from non-canonical writings treasured by the Hebrew people, and the adaptation and incorporation of Jewish writings into Christian doctrines is considered.
Fee: $87 Senior Adult Fee: $52 Registration Fee: $8DIS-527-C | 09/28/16-12/07/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Origins of Jewish Scriptures
This course considers from where the writings that came to be regarded as sacred by the Hebrew people originated. It surveys the relationship of oral to written texts, the redactions made during the centuries before scribes sought to freeze them in immutable form, and how the canon of what would be regarded as the most sacred texts formed.
Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8DIS-528-C | 09/28/16-09/28/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The Septuagint is a Greek translation of the sacred Hebrew texts made in Egypt in 300-200 BC, and this presentation surveys the history and reason for its making, and what is known today of the quality of the translation and the sources in the possession of the translators. Dr. Gray looks at some of the details learned about Hebrew scripture in general, and the Septuagint in particular, from the Septuagint manuscripts found among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8DIS-529-D | 10/19/16-10/19/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Jewish Apocrypha and Other Non-Canonical Writings
This course reviews works that were treasured by the Hebrew people. Many of these writings were prophetical works from post-exile Judaism. Dr. Gray also provides an overview of the Book of Enoch, and the complex Enochian tradition, and its literature. As well as providing background information, this class includes selections from these fascinating works.
Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8DIS-531-E | 11/16/16-11/16/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Early Christian Uses of Jewish Scriptures
This course explores Christian sources for and versions of Jewish religious writings used, in particular, by New Testament authors and the Church Fathers. How Christians understood and adapted Jewish writings to their own doctrines and teachings is considered. Furthermore, texts of particularly great importance to Christian theology are selected for special attention, and discussed.
Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8DIS-532-F | 12/07/16-12/07/16 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Maryland's Blue Ridge: 1.2 Billon Years Of History
Maryland Blue Ridge History and Culture will feature an interactive overview of the long and rich history of our region. We will focus on South Mountain, Catoctin Mountain, and the intermontane area in between, and will also relate this material to the history of the adjacent valleys. We will examine the complex geologic history of the area, focusing on the Blue Ridge orogeny, as well as the flora and fauna of the region as they developed over time. The course will also touch on Paleoindian and Native American history, European settlement, and the role of the Civil War, focusing on the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The culture and folklore of the area will be explored, as will attempts at conservation and preservation of local areas. Two field trips will be a component of this course, and students will meet at the field trip site. Some walking during these trips will be required.
Fee: $187 Senior Adult Fee: $109 Registration Fee: $8DIS-534-C | 09/14/16-11/18/16 | | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692
These infamous trials have been described as our "national crackup" en route to the United States Constitution. It is one of the seminal episodes in colonial American history where the central roles are held by women and girls. In this program, we'll discuss the background of witchcraft in Europe and the New England colonies, particularly Puritan Massachusetts Bay, where the trials occurred. We'll cover the roles of religion, culture, war, and economics as possible background causes for the hysteria produced. Husbands accused their wives; children accused adults; neighbors accused neighbors. We'll cover the immediate causes; the trials themselves, and the results, which included the executions of fourteen women and five men. We'll also learn how and why these trials came to an abrupt ending, and the role that witchcraft plays in a society.
Fee: $68 Senior Adult Fee: $46 Registration Fee: $8DIS-535-D | 10/11/16-10/25/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
Slavery in Colonial America
In this class, we'll investigate why and how Native American nations enslaved their own and other ethnic groups. We'll learn how American colonies, particularly Massachusetts and South Carolina, accelerated the enslavement of Native Americans. We'll also discover why European colonies in the Caribbean used Native Americans as slaves. We'll cover why certain agricultural crops grown in America and the Caribbean, such as tobacco, rice, and sugar cane, was labor intensive; and employed task and gang labor. Finally, we'll see why these regions enslaved Africans, and investigate the relationships between Native Americans and African-Americans.
Fee: $68 Senior Adult Fee: $46 Registration Fee: $8DIS-536-C | 09/13/16-09/27/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
The 1778 Rhode Island Campaign in the American Revolution
The military campaign involved key figures of the American Revolution, such as Nathaniel Greene and George Washington. It was unique in that its geography included the mainland, islands, and open sea--even a hurricane--spanning New York to Boston. It included the country's first fully integrated regiment of African-Americans and Native Americans. For the first time it involved the Franco-American Alliance of 1778. We'll review failed attempts to wrest control of Rhode Island from the British prior to 1778; we'll ascertain how our government, under the Articles of Confederation, contributed to failure. We'll cover the main events and why they also failed. We'll discover how the foreign alliance with France was quickly frayed by US General John Sullivan, commander of American forces for this campaign, and how said alliance was subsequently repaired.
Fee: $68 Senior Adult Fee: $46 Registration Fee: $8DIS-537-E | 11/15/16-11/29/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register