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
Class dates: 10/31, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19
American Profile Series: Benjamin Franklin, Universal Man
A recent Franklin biographer calls him "the Founding Father who winks at us." This description does justice to the lively Franklin, someone we all would have enjoyed as a dinner companion. Skeptics say that he was not a universal man in the renaissance sense, and they'd be right, for he was so much more. Man of business, scientist, civic leader, inventor, writer, diplomat, patriot - all of these terms apply. Indeed he was the most famous man in the world for much of his long life. This session will highlight some of the many ways Franklin helped to shape his time - and ours.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
American Profile Series: George Washington, American Cincinnatus
Called the "Father of his Country" and the one "Indispensable Man" of the American Revolution and early republic, Washington was even more. This session will look at the many Washingtons: the early surveyor, the militia leader during the French and Indian War, the post war politician and planter, the general during the Revolution, and of course, the first American president. It will also examine Washington's core values. Like the Roman general Cincinnatus, Washington put down his plow to lead his nation and then put aside power to return to private life. While many assumed he would become America's George I, he had a very different view of his country's future - and his own.
Perhaps the most fascinating character to emerge from the American Revolution was its bravest warrior and greatest traitor. Why did Benedict Arnold do what he did? This session traces the rise and fall of Arnold, his lovely wife Peggy and the flamboyant British officer, Major John Andre. Arnold's capture of Fort Ticonderoga, his march on Canada, bravery at Saratoga, and treachery at West Point will all be discussed. George Washington admired and trusted Benedict Arnold - for a while - and so might you!
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?
The Antietam campaign resulted in the bloodiest one-day battle of the American Civil War. By nightfall, both sides had reason to claim a victory. This session covers the entire Antietam campaign and uses a geo-spatial approach to trace unit movement down to Regimental level. Find out how the “Bloody Lane” earned its nickname and why, after turning back a Confederate invasion of Maryland, the Union commander lost his job. Instructor's lecture on DVD included.
Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg. The surprise attack caught the Allied Forces completely off guard and became the costliest battle in terms of casualties for the United States, whose forces bore the brunt of the attack. It also severely depleted Germany's war-making resources. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waiver applies.
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal has fascinating stories to be told. Along the 14 mles of the nearly 200-year-old waterway, every town and village, every lock and bridge, and every camp spot used by Union soldiers during the Civil War contributed to the engaging narrative. Discover the role that mule-drawn barges, locks, steamboats, and changing methods of transportation played in the evolving history of the Canal and the region. Includes two field trips; transportation on your own. Location and dates discussed in class.
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 tuition waivers apply.
Even after 200 years the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution still help to define us as a people. Yet how many of us are well acquainted with the basic documents behind our government? This course gives students a chance to read and learn about the two most cherished documents our country possesses, how they came to be, and what they really mean. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Explore President Franklin D. Roosevelt's depression-era measures, the foundation for the robust powers enjoyed by contemporary America's federal government. Canvass America's development of the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment, federalism, the U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Tenth Amendment, Roosevelt's New Deal-era pressures on the Court, and the Court's abrogation of the separation of powers principles and federalism. 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.
Arrrghhh! Long before Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp took to the silver screen, equally colorful characters sailed the Caribbean under a black flag known as the Jolly Roger. Who were these captains of plunder and what was it like to make a living as a pirate? Were captives really made to "walk the plank"? Separating Hollywood from history, this session takes a detailed look at Caribbean piracy and the economics behind the skull & crossbones. All participants receive a DVD containing the instructor's notes and presentation. Senior adult and disabled retiree tution waivers apply.
Operation Forager was an offensive launched by United States forces against Imperial Japanese forces in the Mariana Islands and Palau in the Pacific Ocean between June and November, 1944 during the Pacific War. The United States offensive, under the overall command of Chester Nimitz, followed the Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign and was intended to neutralize Japanese bases in the central Pacific, support the Allied drive to retake the Philippines, and provide bases for a strategic bombing campaign against Japan. Examine American and Japanese leadership including a review of the controversial invasion of Peleliu.
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.
Winston Churchill said the only weapon that frightened him was Germany’s fleet of submarines better known as U-boats. This session covers the development and deployment of German submarines across two World Wars. Could the U-boat have really starved Great Britain into submission in 1916? Find out why America’s entry into WW II was viewed as “the Happy Time” by German U-boat captains. Instructor's lecture on DVD included. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
It is amazing how many expressions of religion are very similar throughout the world. In this course, you will explore a period of time between 800 BC and 200 BC labeled the "Axial Age." This period of time set in motion the foundations of all religions and traces ideas, doctrine, and theology of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Explore the nature of mechanized combat in WW II as the Allies broke out of their Normandy beach-head and rolled toward Berlin. Could Germany have stopped the Allies on the beach? Was the Battle of the Bulge predestined to fail? Explore the opposing armored tactical doctrines and evaluate their successes and failures. Instructor's presentation on DVD included. Senior adult and diabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Did you know that during the Christmas truce of World War I, an unofficial ceasefire took place along the Western Front? Learn how the German and British soldiers exchange seasonal greetings and songs between their trenches and how on occasion, the tension was reduced to the point that individuals would walk across to talk to their opposite numbers bearing gifts. Discuss how the soldiers mingled, exchanged food and souvenirs, attended joint burial ceremonies, and even played games of soccer. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Course Fee: $19
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Bel Air Hall, Rm. 236
The Lost Cause and the Clean Hands Myth: A Reflection Separated by Decades and Distance
Examine the close similarities between the fall of the Confederacy (the Confederate States of America) on April 9, 1865, and the collapse of National Socialist Germany (the Third Reich) on May 7, 1945. Each was left with unimaginable carnage and feelings of utter desolation, forced to face the contempt of their neighbors while simultaneously enduring forms of Reconstruction and salvaging their images. Study the notion of the "Lost Cause" used by the former Confederacy and the "Clean Hands Myth" used by the defeated National Socialist Germany and the achievements of both policies. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Explore the Siege of Petersburg, the Atlanta Campaign, the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864, the Monocacy Campaign, and Sherman’s March to the Sea. Examine both Union and Confederate leadership during this crucial time period on American history. Includes travel by College van to the Monocacy Battlefield and Civil War Medicine Museum. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
Course Fee: $59
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Edgewood Hall, Rm. 222
Trip date: October 17. Departure time discussed in class.Travel by college van.
More has been written about the Battle of Gettysburg than perhaps any other Civil War battle and yet there is always something new to discover. Gettysburg is the largest land battle ever fought in North America and it’s practically next door to Baltimore. This session covers the entirety of the Gettysburg campaign in micro-detail using a geo-spatial approach that maps units down to Regimental level. Instructor's lecture on DVD included. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.