The single bloodiest day in American history took place during September 1862 during the battle of Antietam. Study the causes of this battle, whether it was successful or not, and how it affected the outcome of the war. Included in this class is a trip to the battlefield. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Course Fee: $39
Material Fee: $59
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Joppa Hall, Rm. 012
Last session (5/10) is a field trip to the battlefied.Transportation by college van. Time for field tripdiscussed at first class session.
Join us each week for a discussion of today's politicial, social, and economic issues from various viewpoints. Interesting topics, interesting discussions. Make it a part of your week. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Examine Civil Defense from World War II to the time when planning for survival of an all out nuclear attack started fading into the past. Opening with an examination of World War II era blackout drills, plane spotter stations, and air raid wardens, this class quickly moves to the era where the stakes became higher, the nuclear age. Vintage audio and video footage, such as Bert the Turtle telling schoolchildren to duck and cover are used.
Examine and discuss the lives of America's Presidential wives throughout history. Review the early years, education, social status, careers before the White House, and life after the White House. In addition, students examine the First Ladies' years in the White House and their impact on their husbands' presidency and on American society and culture over all.
The Achaemenid Persian Empire was enormous, comprising 25 million people—only 1 million of whom were Persian. Learn how such a small minority managed such a large population; why the imperialists were so tolerant of those under their rule; and discover how the Persians were able to create and control such a vast empire. Among the fascinating leaders you'll meet are Cyrus, Cambyses, Darius I, and Artaxerxes II. Senior adult and disabled retiree course fee waivers apply.
Where East Meets West – Bel Air’s Sister City of Narva
The town of Bel Air has a sister city in Narva, Estonia, on the border of Russia. Take this opportunity to learn about the relationship of a sister city as you explore the cultural history of Narva. You will also learn about Narva’s military/strategic importance and its current role in Eastern Europe in the context of Russian’s expansionism. Each session will bring you closer to an understanding of our sister city so that you may identify ways to be involved in the project.
Schedule of Events:
Session 1: What is a sister city? How did Bel Air develop the partnership with Narva? What is the city of Narva like?
Session 2: Narva Culture – music, dance, art and food
Session 3: Narva’s role in the Geopolitics of Eastern Europe today. Narva moving forward… how can you be part of this relationship?
(Segments of each session will be led by Jesse Bane, Town Administrator of Bel Air; Barbara Tower, professor emeritus at CCBC; Toivo Tagamets, Chair, Maryland-Estonia Exchange Council; Stephanie Hallock, HCC political science professor; and representatives from the Estonian embassy)
Examine the history of the Susquehanna region, concentrating on the Maryland portion of the waterway and the towns and villages that grew up on the River. It begins with a classroom study of the past on the river and includes field trips to study how the towns and region grew as a result of the river.
Examine the forces which shaped the history of America during the Reconstruction period. Review the differences between the Reconstruction plans proposed by Abraham Lincoln and the Radical Republican Congress; examine how Andrew Johnson changed Lincoln’s Reconstruction Plan; and how different constituencies in the post-Civil War era remembered the war and how that memory shaped the future of the nation.
Using old pictures and postcards from the region, learn the role photography played in depicting people and landscapes over the years. It concludes with a discussion on how to identify photographs commonly found in family collections and provide basic tips for preserving this visual heritage.
Analyze the German-Soviet campaign during World War II. Examine the three major phases of this conflict that begins with the Wehrmacht invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, urban warfare in Stalingrad in the fall of 1942, and history’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka in 1943. Discussion will also include details on the Soviet counterattack across the Vistula and Oder Rivers that ended with the die Gotterdammerung in Berlin.