We call it the “Declaration of Independence,” but what does it declare? What are the self- evident “truths,” who decided what they are, and why were they necessary? Through the use of both primary and secondary sources, this class will venture back in time to examine the Declaration of Independence from the stand point of its reasons for being, where some of the words and ideas originated, who selected them, and the debates over them. We’ll also take a look at the early drafts of the Declaration and the other declarations that preceded it. Finally the class will review the impact the Declaration has had on freedom movements through the centuries. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Examine the 1st half of the year 1915. Topics include the stalemate in the Western Theater, the entry of Italy into the war, the mobile warfare on the Eastern Front, and the Turkish Front. Additional topics include the 2nd Battle of Ypres (where Germany used chlorine gas), the genesis of the Gallipoli Campaign, the 1st Zeppelin raids on Britain, and the sinking of the Lusitania. The political, social and military aspects of the early Great War will also be examined and discussed. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Examine some of the heroes and villains that shaped history. Learn interesting and notable facts about each selected character, how they influenced history in positive and negative ways, and how their actions affected the United States and the world. Register for the entire series or for individual topics of interest. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply when registering for the series.
Course Fee: $49
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: Alexander Hamilton; Insecure Outsider, Arrogant Aristocrat
One historian noted that Alexander Hamilton has no monument in Washington, D.C., but he didn't need a monument, this man noted. The United States was his monument, and his dream is the American dream. With Hamilton, we have a classic rags-to-riches story, a man who truly made it on his own and became trusted by Washington, hated by Jefferson and John Adams, and killed in a duel with Aaron Burr. He is most remembered because of his death and for an infamous affair which he completely admitted in print! There is much more to the life of this complex man who created our modern capitalist financial system.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: Dolley Madison: America's First, First Lady
Dolley Madison, wife of our 4th President, created and defined the role of First Lady of the United States. Beautiful and lively, she had her choice of husbands, but chose "my great, little Madison". She was a gracious and charming hostess, but also a politically shrewd operator who used her skills to advance her husband's career. During her years ruling over Washington's social life, she was known as the "Presidentess". People sought her out for presidential pardons and patronage, and she delivered - or rather her husband did.
Aaron Burr's treachery makes Benedict Arnold's look tame by comparison. A schemer and plotter all of his life, this New England blue blood not only killed Alexander Hamilton in America's most famous duel, he plotted the greatest act of treason in the history of the United States. Had he succeeded in his plans, our country, whatever country it might be, would be very different today. This session focuses on who Aaron Burr was and looks at his relationships with some of America's most revered leaders from George Washington and Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: John Adams, Atlas of Independence
Benjamin Franklin described John Adams as "always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes and in some things, absolutely out of his senses". And so he was. John Adams was a great statesmen and political philosopher. He was a leader in America's independence movement, and worked mightily abroad in securing foreign loans, a French alliance and a peace treaty with Great Britain. Adams was also a wonderful husband to Abigail who could be just as insecure and thin-skinned as her husband. Together they raised one of America's truly dysfunctional families. Adams ended his career as a politician, one who managed to offend and anger just about everyone. As our second president, he was honest, industrious, and ineffective. His story is entertaining and often enlightening.
John Marshall, an ardent Federalist along with George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, took an embarrassingly weak Supreme Court and made it equal to the other two branches of government. He did for the justice system what Hamilton did for the financial system. But he was so much more than American's longest-serving and most powerful Chief Justice. He served in all three branches of government as a congressman and as John Adams' Secretary of State. And he stood with George Washington at Valley Forge. His is a truly amazing story, that of a giant among giants.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: Patrick Henry - The First Founding Father
As the American Revolution approached, Patrick Henry was America's greatest orator and one of its finest lawyers. His passion for liberty made him one of the first to call for America's independence from Great Britain, and his leadership brought many others to the cause. Later, that same passion led him to oppose his nation's new constitution. Known for his motto "Liberty or Death," a common jest at the time proposed that Henry, with his 18 children, and not George Washington, was the true father of his country.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: Thomas Jefferson, Sage of Monticello
A recent biographer of Jefferson labeled him "The American Sphinx" because of his secretive nature. Had Jefferson been more forthcoming, our third president would still be a difficult man to deal with because of his many contradictions. In the Declaration of Independence, he spoke of liberty, yet he kept slaves. We know for certain that he had a slave mistress and had several children with her. He wanted a weak national government, yet as president he stretched its powers in order to buy the Louisiana Territory. No man dominated the United States in the early 19th century more than Thomas Jefferson, but what long-term effects did he have?
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: Thomas Paine, the controversial founding father
Pamphleteer, inventor, diplomat, controversial hero of two revolutions, Thomas Paine has been called "Benjamin Franklin on steroids". His close friends included Franklin and Jefferson, and his writings, especially Common Sense, endeared him to much of revolutionary American. Later he played a role in the French Revolution, nearly losing his head in the process. He returned to America at Jefferson's invitation where his later writings alienated most of his earlier supporters. When he died in 1809, only six people attended his funeral.
Study the final Soviet strategic offensive in the war which led to the capture of Berlin. The political strategy between the West and Soviets will be examined and the class will discuss whether the Americans could have and should have taken the Nazi capital. The last class will view the German film, Downfall, followed by a discussion of Hitler’s final actions in the Bunker. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, presidents, legislators, and war heroes, but what do we know about the wives, daughters, girlfriends, and significant others who were influential in their lives? Learn what the history books have neglected to teach us through lecture, and video clips. We will examine the founders’ policies, their views on the constitution, and their relationships with each other. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Located in northeastern Maryland, Harford County has, as its northern border, the Mason Dixon line, separating it, a slave county, from the free Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The proximity of this line of demarcation between free and slave states prior to the Civil War left Harford County politically divided. Into this division came the Civil War and while no battles involving guns and bullets were fought in Harford County, there were plenty of other battles. This course lays out the conflict as it unfolded in Harford County, paying particular attention to what the newspapers were saying about it, what those who fought on both sides were writing about it in letters and diaries, and a review of the African American contribution to the Union war effort. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Learn about the vice presidents of the United States, the second highest public office created by the United States Constitution and the president of the United States Senate. Examine their early lives, political careers, political viewpoints, and their administrative terms. In addition, this course will provide historical analysis into this government office and an area of U.S. history that is rarely discussed and evaluated. Each semester will highlight various vice-presidents. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
The Battle of Iwo Jima or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire.This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II. Examine the political and military reasons for the attack on this remote volcanic island and its effect on history. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Course Fee: $49
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Edgewood Hall, Rm. 232
Last session is an all-day field trip to the United StatesMarine Corp Musuem. Includes transportation by collegevan. Does not include admission.
Meet Dorothy Parker, an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist. Best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Portrayed by Colleen Webster. Lunch included
Born as the result of a bitter territorial dispute over royal land grants, the Mason-Dixon Line was surveyed between 1763 and 1767 to settle the boundaries for Pennsylvania and Maryland. After 1820, when the Missouri Compromise created political conditions which made the line important to the history of slavery, it became associated with the division between the free and slave states. Today the line is still seen by many as a symbolic dividing line for regional attitudes and customs. This program explores the story of the line, which runs through our land and our history, along with the perceptions that have developed about the boundary.
George O'Keeffe comes to life in this delightful afternoon presentation. Ms. O'Keeffe will talk to you about her life and will entertain your questions in this intimate affair. Georgia O'Keeffe is portrayed by HCC's Professor Colleen Webster.
Look at historical attempts to regulate the consumption of alcohol over the centuries. While most people are aware of prohibition in the 1920s, during the so called Nobile Experiment, attempts to regulate the behavior extends even farther back into the past. Hear colorful stories of rum runners, moonshiners, bathtub gin, intriguing personalities, complicated politics, organized crime, outgunned lawmen, and the temperance movement. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply
This class will examine the Hittite, a people of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) who formed a powerful kingdom that dominated much of the Ancient Near East. They fought in the famous earliest recorded battle at Kadesh against the Egyptians under Ramses II. Hittite is the earliest attested Indo-European language, so it belongs to the same family as Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, and English. The class will examine the historical question of whether the Hittite peoples attested to in the Bible are the same as the Hittite Kingdom.
Examine the various famous and not so famous scandals that have rocked the American Presidency throughout its history. Examine and discuss the Presidents involved, their administrations, the events of the scandals, the results and impact of the scandals on American society, and historical rankings of these Presidents raked with scandal. Some of the scandals examined include the XYZ Affair, Hemmings and Jefferson, the Corrupt Bargain, Grant’s Presidency, the Impeachments of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, and Nixon and Watergate. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Prior to the American and the French Revolutions of the eighteenth century, a ‘motley crew’ rag-tag assembly consisting of maritime sailors, pirates, slaves, common laborers, indentured servants, and women all had slowly developed an ideology concerning what their various freedoms and notions of equality should be with the discovery of the Americas in the New World – a little known ideology that forever altered the history of mankind known to historians today as the early Atlantic World. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
This presentation traces the evolution of graveyards in the state, explores some fascinating tales tombstones whisper, considers interesting epitaphs, and discusses changing practices and customs. The program concludes with suggestions for using a visit to an old burial ground to understand and trace local and family history. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Study the social, political and military events that occurred during the final year of the American Civil War. Topics include the end of the Petersburg Campaign, Sherman’s March through the Carolina’s, the Appomattox Campaign, reconstruction, the increasingly important roles filled by southern women, the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, and the destruction of much of Richmond. The class will also examine the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and includes a trip that travels a portion of Booth’s escape route. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Course Fee: $64
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Edgewood Hall, Rm. 223
Last session is an all-day field trip that travels alongBooth's escape route. Travel by college van included.Admission is not included.
Susan Muaddi Darraj, Associate Professor of English at Harford Community College and the author of The Inheritance of Exile, which was named Book of the Year for Short Fiction by ForeWord Magazine, will discuss "The Road Ahead for Arab Women". Susan graduated with a BA and MA in English Literature from Rutgers University, NJ, where she also taught for several years before moving to Maryland.She edited Scheherazade's Legacy: Arab and Arab American Women on Writing, which was published in the fall of 2004 by Greenwood/ Praeger Publishers. Her fiction has appeared in New York Stories, The Orchid Literary Review, Mizna, Little Patuxent Review, and elsewhere. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, City Paper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Al-Jadid, Baltimore Magazine, Pages Magazine, Sojourner, Calyx, and other forums. She has also contributed book chapters on Arab feminism and Arab American literature to several anthologies and collections.