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Celebrating Black History Month
Pinkster: An African Tradition in the Americas
Pinkster: the Dutch word for Pentecost arrived in the mid-Atlantic in the 17th century and is the oldest documented celebration of African traditions appearing in the Americas. New York was known for its Pinkster celebrations, yet little of this amazing history is being shared. Join us to rediscover this vital piece of American history and learn ways you can reclaim it for your own rejoicing of spring.
CE-HIST 2101, 1 Thurs., Feb. 15, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, KNC-2, $35. L Nahon. #13066
New! Madam Walker: An Early Hudson Valley Millionaire
Learn how Madam Walker developed and ran a cosmetic industry for African-American women, long before the modern era, and how she created wealth at a time when women were not recognized as either millionaires or leaders of business. A truly inspirational story for the modern woman!
CE-HIST 2097VA, 1 Thurs., Feb. 22, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-2, $25. L DiMartino. #13086
New! Afghanistan: Past, Present, and Future
Gain a basic understanding of the origins and evolution of the Mujahedeen, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIL. Starting with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, see how the interconnectivity and tensions between major players influence terrorist movements as new conflicts unfurl.
CE-HIST 2093VA, 3 Thurs., Feb. 8-22, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $65. A Abbott. #13090
Causes of America’s Civil War
Explore the many issues and events that led up to the start of America’s Civil War. Families were divided by these issues, leading to brother fighting against brother. We’ll discuss how these conflicts led to the most catastrophic event in American history.
CE-HIST 2068VA, 1 Thurs., Jan. 18, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $30. D Fruci. #12450
The Lincoln Assassination
Learn the complete story of Lincoln’s assassination. Everybody knows John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln, but not everybody knows the other four people executed for his murder and their possible involvement in his death.
CE-HIST 2071, 1 Sat., Feb. 24, 1:00-4:00 pm, GTW-219, $30. D Fruci. #12463
The Battles of the Civil War
Join us for a series of discussions about the Civil War; each seminar will focus on a specific battle. Each class meets for 1 Sat., 9:00 am-12:00 noon, and costs $30. D Fruci.
Civil War Battles: Antietam
The bloodiest day of warfare in American military history! As the Southern forces made their first major offensive into the North, both armies collided in the Maryland countryside. Strategies, personalities, and results will be explored.
CE-HIST 2056VA, Jan. 20, KNC-3. #12456
Civil War Battles: Fredericksburg
Take an in-depth look at the December 1862 battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Examine battle strategies, personalities of the army’s generals, and the results and impact of this major Confederate victory.
CE-HIST 2069VA, Jan. 27, KNC-2. #12457
Civil War Battles: Chancellorsville
We’ll cover the Confederate victory at the battle of Chancellorsville. The army’s strategies, the personalities of their leaders, and the important effects of the battle’s outcome will be discussed. Finally, the importance of Stonewall Jackson’s loss will be studied.
CE-HIST 2070VA,, Feb. 3, KNC-5. #12458
Civil War Battles: Gettysburg
The site of the South’s second major invasion into the North, this three-day battle is considered by many to be the turning point in the war. We’ll discuss strategies, personalities, and results of this legendary battle in the Pennsylvania countryside.
CE-HIST 2055VA, Feb. 10, Room TBD. #12459
Civil War Battles: Vicksburg
Vicksburg was the site of one of the most important battles in the Civil War, but is often overlooked because it was fought at the same time as the battle at Gettysburg. Strategies, personalities, and results will show how this battle contributed to the turning point of the Civil War.
CE-HIST 2054VA, Feb. 17, KNC-5. #12460
Civil War Battles: Sherman’s March to the Sea
This seminar will cover Battle of Atlanta and then follow Sherman’s army as it moves east toward the sea. General Grant’s strategy to win the war was by engaging in “total war”; Sherman’s destruction of everything in his path was an example of Grant’s theory.
CE-HIST 2053VA, Feb. 24, GTW-219. #12462
America in the First World War
In 1917 America declared war on Germany. As we commemorate the centenary of America’s entry into WWI, join us for a series of discussions on how the War to End All Wars started, why America chose to join the fight, and how it mobilized and made a vital contribution to winning the war. The course will conclude with seminars on the story of the repatriation of America’s war dead and a guide to American battle sites, monuments, and military cemeteries.
Each class meets for 1 Tues., 9:00 am-12:00 noon, and costs $40. E Barr.
Europe Goes to War
Explore the political and military situation in Europe in 1914 and how governments failed to prevent the descent into bloody conflict. Review the progress of the war through its major battles and examine the status of the warring parties in 1917 as America enters the war.
CE-HIST 2083VA, Mar. 13, KNC-3. #12326
America Enters the War
Consider the status of American-German relations at the beginning of 1917 and the reasons why President Woodrow Wilson wanted war, how his administration built an army almost from scratch, suppressed free speech, and ramped up a war economy to defeat Germany.
CE-HIST 2084VA, Mar. 20, KNC-3. #12327
The Doughboys Prepare to Fight
With America now in the war, follow the journey of the doughboys (American soldiers) from boot camps in America to the shores of France. Explore how General “Black Jack” Pershing built up his fighting force, how the doughboys adapted to life in the army, and how the French prepared them to meet the Germans.
CE-HIST 2085VA, Mar. 27, KNC-2. #12328
The Battle of Cantigny and Onwards to Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, and Soissons
The German Spring Offensive in March 1918 threatened the defeat of the British and French armies. For the doughboys the time for training was over and the time for fighting had begun. Assess the status and commanders of the warring parties in the spring of 1918 and follow the doughboys from their first battle for the village of Cantigny as they battled through Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, and Soissons.
CE-HIST 2086VA, Apr. 3, KNC-2. #12329
The Final Push: St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest
As September 1918 arrived, the German armies were on the retreat and the bloodiest fighting for the Americans was about to begin. Covers the doughboys’ final battles, the breakdown of the German Command and unconditional surrender, and the armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.
CE-HIST 2087VA, Apr. 10, KNC-3. #12330
To the Victors Go the Spoils
With the armistice in place, examine how the victors of the First World War came together in Paris in 1919 and wrote treaties that vindictively punished Germany, changed the map of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, disrupted the political scene in the United States, ended the career of President Woodrow Wilson, and laid the seeds for the Second World War.
CE-HIST 2088VA, Apr. 17, KNC-3. #12331
Repatriating the War Dead
In September 1918, Secretary of War Baker publicly pledged to the nation that the government would ensure a home burial to all who had died fighting for America. Learn how the government, between 1919 and 1922, organized the exhumation and shipment of 45,588 dead to the U.S. and 764 to European places of birth.
CE-HIST 2089VA, Apr. 24, KNC-2. #12332
A Guide to the Battle Sites
A guide to the First World War American battle sites, monuments, and military cemeteries in Europe, and to the monuments here in the U.S. dedicated to the doughboys that fought and died. We’ll discuss the significance of these sites, their locations, and how to travel there.
CE-HIST 2090VA, May 1, KNC-3. #12333
World War One via Film
Through the use of film, we’ll discuss some of the most interesting and important characters of World War One. Among those to be discussed will be the Kaiser, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia, the Red Baron, Haber, and Mata Hari.
CE-HIST 2048, 4 Wed., Mar. 7-28, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #12295
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
Explore the attack by Japan on the U.S. naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 75 years ago on the very date of our meeting! An in-depth view of the Japanese plan and the damage done, along with a look at some of the true American heroes of that day, will be our focus.
CE-HIST 2072VA, 1 Sat., Feb. 17, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-5, $30. D Fruci. #12461
The Murder of Stanford White
Learn about the murder of one of the well-known architects of the early 1900’s and the scandal that rocked New York City.
CE-HIST 2078VA, 1 Sat., Feb. 3, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $30. L DiMartino. #12303
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’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2052, 3 Tues., Jan. 16-30, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-3, $75. T Riley. #12392
The Great Hunger in Ireland and Its Legacy
Between 1845-1852 the population of Ireland was reduced from 8 million people to less than 5 million due to the Irish Famine. Examine its causes, the effects on America, the conquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell and his draconian laws which contributed to the famine, and the viewpoints of Irish scholars on the Irish Diaspora to Canada, Australia, Europe, and America. Contact instructor at email@example.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2067, 3 Thurs., Mar. 15-29, 6:30-8:30 pm, KNC-2, $60. T Riley. #12393
Haunted History of the British Isles
Learn some of the wonderful haunted tales and folktales of the British Isles (England, Ireland, and Scotland) along with colorful tales of Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Henry VIII, and others. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-HIST 2044, 2 Sat., Feb. 17 & 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #12304
New! A History of Tammany Hall Politics
Learn how Tammany Hall politics began and how it influenced the modern era, with issues related to modern times. Colorful personalities we will discuss include Mayor Fernando Wood, Boss Tweed, Honest John Kelly, Samuel Tilden, and others.
CE-POL 2013, 2 Sat., Feb. 17 & 24, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-2, $50. L Dimartino. #12982
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 Allied landing by air and sea to gain a foothold in Hitler’s Fortress Europe.
CE-HIST 2034, 2 Sat., Mar. 10 & 17, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $75. D Fruci. #12454