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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-491-E | 09/15/15-09/29/15 | R. Swartz | 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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-500-F | 12/09/15-12/09/15 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register
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: $8DIS-501-G | 01/25/16-02/29/16 | | 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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-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: $8DIS-508-G | 01/19/16-02/09/16 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register