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: 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.
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply.
The Battle of Waterloo took place on June 18, 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The French army under the command of Napoleon, was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition. This coalition was comprised of an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher.
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
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.
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.
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the 1943 act of Jewish resistance that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto in German-occupied Poland during World War II. It was the largest single revolt by Jews during World War II. The most significant portion of the rebellion took place between April 19 and May 16. It ended when the poorly armed and supplied resistance was crushed by the Germans as they prepared to liqudate the Ghetto.