History and Culture Courses

Fall 2015


Ancient Greek Democracy From Solon to Aristotle

The course will consider the evolution of democratic thinking in ancient Greece and changes in politics and society reflecting it. In the process, it will evaluate the ancient Greek understanding of liberty, equality, power, and the Greek limits to their democratic ideals. Cognizant that 2015 is the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta-a foundation document for our own Constitutional democracy-the course will conclude by noting some of the similarities and differences between the Great Charter and ancient Greek democracy.

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

DIS-474-C | 09/30/15-12/09/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Builders and Heretics of Massachusetts Bay Colony: John Winthrop, Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams

We discover the differences between Massachusetts Bay and Rhode Island as we follow the lives and discuss the political and religious philosophies of John Winthrop and Roger Williams. The tensions between these two colonies and men are still embedded in the dissension currently in America. Topics include: why these Puritan Separatists left England, how Winthrop helped found a religious theocracy in Massachusetts Bay, why Roger Williams dissented from both the political and religious structure of Massachusetts Bay, and how Williams helped form Rhode Island and receive a charter from England protecting his colony from Massachusettes and Connecticut's acquisition.

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

DIS-475-E | 11/17/15-12/01/15 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Colonel Henry Bouquet and the Conococheague

In this program, we'll follow Bouquet in four successful military expeditions against the French and Indians in two colonial wars, 1758 - 1764. We?ll discover why he was so successful by delving into his professional and personal traits. We'll also discuss Bouquet's relationship to the Conococheague District and the Hagerstown area. Finally, we'll discover why the British North American headquarters in 1763 instituted a policy of germ warfare against the Native Americans, and discuss Bouquet's role in this policy.

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

DIS-476-D | 10/12/15-10/26/15 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Frontiersmen of Maryland & Pennsylvania: Cresap, Croghan, Et. Al.

We'll first follow the exploits of Thomas Cresap of Maryland and his son, Michael Cresap. Topics include Thomas Cresap's border war with Pennsylvania, his relationship to Hagerstown, and his involvement in the French & Indian War. We'll answer the question, did Michael Cresap murder Logan's family at Yellow Creek to start Lord Dunmore's War in Virginia? Next, we'll discuss the famous Pennsylvania fur trader and British Assistant Indian Superintendant, George Croghan. We'll discover how he instigated the "Black Boys" 1765 - 1766 uprising against British authority on the frontiers of Pennsylvania. Other men discussed in this program are: Hugh Mercer, John and George Gibson, and William Linn. We'll discover their significance to both the French & Indian War and the American Revolution.

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

DIS-491-E | 09/15/15-09/29/15 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Solon and the Earliest Greek Democracy

In the 6th Century BCE, the city-state of Athens developed a system of direct democracy, in which participating citizens voted directly on legislation and executive bills. In this lecture Dr. Gray will outline this early form of democracy with special focus on Solon, the foremost politician associated with this dramatic development; and Cleisthenes who reinstates and modifies it after a brief period of its overthrow by the tyrant Peristratus.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-497-C | 09/30/15-09/30/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Athenian Democracy

The great 5th Century leader Pericles was the longest lasting of Greek's great democratic leaders. In this lecture Dr. Gray focuses on the man, his time, and the vicissitudes of the Pericles system. Also, his was an era when Athens became a great center of culture and learning, and how that played out in Athenian democracy is considered.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-498-D | 10/21/15-10/21/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Greek Democracy in the Age of Plato And Aristotle

At the end of the 5th Century into the 4th Century BCE the Athenian Eucliedes introduced important changes and the thought of Plato and Aristotle took political thinking to a new height. In this lecture Dr. Gray will focus on Greek democracy as found in Eucliedes? system as well as such works as Plato?s Laws and The Republic; and Aristotle?s Athenian Constitutions and writings on Democracy.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-499-E | 11/18/15-11/18/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Ancient Greek Democracy and the Magna Carta

Some of the rights and principles commonly associated with "democracy" can be found or their absence noticed, in ancient Greek democracies and the 13th Century CE Magna Carta?a foundation document for our own constitutional democracy. In this lecture Dr. Gray compares some of the most important of those differences and their presence in our own democratic ideals.

Fee: $15 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-500-F | 12/09/15-12/09/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register