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1968: The Year that Shook Our History
Unprecedented military defeat in Vietnam, a toppled president, charismatic leaders assassinated, the worst riots in U.S. history – all that, and 1968 wasn’t half over. Discover the most tumultuous year in recent history, which alternated passionate hopes and searing tragedies on almost a daily basis. Examine the May student-worker protests that drove the French republic to the brink of collapse, and the Prague Spring that brought hope for reforming the Communist bloc. Watch as a Democratic convention was torn apart by protests and violence, and how a bold about-face by a pro-war Democrat led to a photo finish with Richard Nixon. Throughout, discover the great speeches by Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy with little-known accounts of the behind-the-scenes decisions that led to some of the most shocking events in our time. Up for debate: could a shift in one leader’s judgment, a few votes, or a single bullet, have changed the course of history.
CE-HIST 2108, 2 Thurs., Oct. 11 & 18, 7:30-9:00 pm, AAB-305, $35. J Velona. #83550
Great Speeches in American History
Why do some speeches have impact while others are forgotten? Explore the answers, with audio, video, and the written word. Listen to Roosevelt’s fireside chat leading a frightened nation to survive the banking crisis, and Churchill steeling Britons to meet the Nazi assault. Watch John F. Kennedy tackle various crises and see reenactments of Lincoln’s timeless addresses. Study speechmaking on the fly, like Robert Kennedy announcing Martin Luther King’s death. Examine unsuccessful speeches, such as Nixon’s speech on invading Cambodia and Carter’s on “malaise.” Compare how two great conservatives, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan in 1964, debated their philosophy in totally different ways, and then do the same with liberals Walter Mondale and Mario Cuomo in 1984. End the class by assessing if the “I Have a Dream” speech is indeed the greatest speech in U.S. history for its delivery and historical importance.
CE-HIST 2109, 6 Thurs., Nov. 1-Dec. 13 (skip 11/22), 7:30-9:00 pm, KNC-4, $110. J Velona. #83490
Gain an in-depth view of the period named The Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Topics include immigration, the red scare, flappers, prohibition, rise of the KKK, cultural innovations, Harlem renaissance, rise of industry, and the 1929 crash.
CE-HIST 2106, 1 Tues., Sept. 18, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $35. D Fruci. #83474
The Affluent 1950’s
Gain an in-depth understanding of the many economic and cultural changes that took place after World War II. Topics covered include the baby boomers, the Cold War, McCarthyism, the space race, the effect of Eisenhower’s interstate road system, popular culture, civil rights, and the new consumerism.
CE-HIST 2107, 1 Tues., Sept. 25, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-4, $35. D Fruci. #83481
The Story of the Orphan Trains
Discover the history of the Orphan Train Era (1853-1929), which saw the largest migration of children in American history. So many orphans were sent to Iowa that it is estimated that one in four Iowans are descendants of orphan train riders. Come unravel the mystery and the truth behind the Orphan Trains! Contact instructor at email@example.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2052, 3 Thurs., Sept. 13-27, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-4, $75. T Riley. #83482
History of Horror Films (1900-1980)
Join this fun, nostalgic class that covers the history of horror films from the silent era all the way up to the 1980’s. Included are silent era classics such as Nosferatu, Phantom of The Opera and London at Night to a series of talkies that include the Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy and Wolfman movies of the 1930’s and the 1940’s. Discover stories about horror movie stars such as Lon Chaney, Jr./Sr., Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price and more. Discuss how many of the classic horror films gained a second life with television horror film hosts such as John Zacherle (The Cool Ghoul) and Elvira (Mistress of the Dark).
CE-FILM 2039, 4 Sat., Sept. 15-Oct. 6, 12:30-2:30 pm, AAB-305, $95. L DiMartino. #83356