History & Politics

New! The History of the Holocaust and the Lessons We Can Learn
Study the events leading up to and including the genocide known as the Holocaust. Review primary source documents, literature, and film to deepen our understanding of this multi-layered event. Survivor testimony and photographs will also be utilized.
CE-HIST 2043, 4 Sat., Oct. 4-25, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. M Polay. #84020

New! Breakout: Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge
After the D-Day invasion, the Allied Battle for Normandy begins the push to free Western Europe from Hitler’s control. This course will follow the Allied forces as they secure the port of Cherbourg, liberate the city of Caen, break out from Normandy, liberate Paris, and defeat the German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge.
CE-HIST 2038, 4 Sat., Oct. 18-Nov. 8, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #84015

New! The Road to Berlin
Follow the Allied forces as they push into the Nazi homeland. Watch them liberate the concentration camps, meet up with the Soviet Army near Berlin, and put an end to the scourge of the Nazi 1000 year Reich as Hitler commits suicide.
CE-HIST 2039, 4 Sat., Nov. 15-Dec. 13 (skip 11/29), 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #84016.

New! Crisis Diplomacy in Ukraine and Crimea: International Law vs. Realpolitik
The current crisis in Ukraine provides a ‘teachable moment’ given the collision of international law and realpolitik: the rules of the game versus how nations actually act based on national interest. The course will briefly consider the relevant principles of international law including sovereignty, territorial integrity, and self-determination and how/when they apply with the national interests of the key players, Russia, the U.S. and EU, as well as whether the crisis is susceptible to diplomatic resolution over the long term.
CE-HIST 2040, 4 Tues., Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $75. J Kotch. #84017

New! Understanding Russians through the Glass of History
Take a look at Russia from its antiquity to the times of Ivan the Terrible and explore factors and circumstances that have formed the Russian mind, temperament, and social behavior. Discuss the many dramatic and fascinating events of Russian history including the origins of Russians’ choice of the religion, Tartar oppression, European and Asian components in the national type and way of life, worship of Holy Fools and Saints, messianic consciousness, and imperial mentality.
CE-HIST 2041, 6 Mon., Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5, $125 (+ $15 for materials, payable to instructor). M Bolgova. #84018

New! The 1960’s: Decade of Assassination
Learn about the events of the tumultuous years of the 1960’s. The assassinations that will be covered include those of John F. Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Ngo Dinh Diem, Hendrik Verwoerd, George Lincoln Rockwell, Che Guevara, and civil rights workers Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman.
CE-HIST 2042, 4 Sat., Oct. 18-Nov. 8, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #84019

D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy
To honor the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, an in-depth study of the planning and execution of the largest military invasion in the history of warfare. Study the German defenses and follow the Allies landing by air and sea to gain a foothold on Hitler’s Fortress Europe.
CE-HIST 2034, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #83513

Haunted History of the Hudson Valley: Part I
Be thrilled and excited by fascinating tales of ghosts and haunted houses of the Hudson River Valley region! Learn local ghost stories that you have never heard before. Ghostly legends of interesting local personalities such as Washington Irving, Edgar Allen Poe and Henry Hudson are also included in this course.
CE-LIT 2002, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #83440

History of the Hudson River Valley: Part II
Continue exploring the valley’s history through Dewitt Clinton, Thomas Paine, and the Marquis Lafayette and their influence on the early modern development of the region. The story continues with the introduction of railroads, steamships, and a modern bridge and highway system that lead to industrial and economic development. Pete Seeger and the Clearwater sailings and The River Keeper influences on the region are also discussed.
CE-HIST 2007, 4 Sat., Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #83441

New! How to Understand the 2014 Mid-Term Election in the Lead-up to 2016
Identify changes in the political landscape, the key issues, and the constituencies in the 2014 mid-term elections. Learn how to analysis the results of this election and what it means for 2016.
CE-POLTC 2010, 4 Tues., Oct. 14-Nov. 11 (skip 11/4), 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. J Kotch. #84026