History & Politics

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African American Soldiers During World War II
Thousands of African-American servicemen sacrificed their lives, many were injured, and hundreds returned with post traumatic stress disorder from the battlefields of Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and the Middle Eastern Front. Many faced discrimination at home and were the catalyst for a burgeoning civil rights movement. Discover their heroic acts and their legacy.
CE-HIST 2066, 5 Sat., June 4-July 2, 11:45 am-1:45 pm, Room TBD, $95 (+ textbook). A Hall-Crawford. #5471

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 these orphans. Many people refer to the Orphan Train Era as the greatest American story never told. Come unravel the mystery and the truth behind the Orphan Trains!
CE-HIST 2052, 2 Tues., June 14 & 21, 6:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $50 (+ optional book Orphan Train Riders, Vol. 1, purchased in class or from Heritage Books). T Riley. #5695

The History of the Postal Service
Discover the history of postal services, from 6,000 years ago to the present. Topics covered will include how war in the Persian Gulf highlights the importance of mail, man’s ingenuity in transporting messages, and the history and development of the U.S. Postal Service. You’ll learn about the adhesive stamp and how it augured in universal mail delivery. Discuss the problems with privatization and contracting out, the importance of the 1971 postal strike, automation, and the Postal Inspection Service.
CE-HIST 2050, 2 Thurs., June 2 & 9, KNC-3, $40 (+ $5 for album & stamps). T Riley. #5496

Haunted History of the Hudson Valley:
Part 1
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., June 4-25, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-3, $80. L DiMartino. #5437

Hudson Valley History: Part 1
Explore the valley’s history, including how the modern local towns developed out of early settlements. Learn the local folklore and historic characters of the region: Benedict Arnold, Sybil Ludington, Major John Andre, and Henry Wells, among others.
CE-HIST 2001, 4 Sat., June 4-25, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $80. L DiMartino. #5438

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.
CE-HIST 2044, 2 Sat., July 23 & 30, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $40. L DiMartino. #5439

History Through Literature
This class will examine two novels as works of classical literature: Black Boy by Richard Wright and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We will examine these literary pieces as works of classical literature and, through these works, explore politics, poverty, and race within the historical periods during which the novels are set.
CE-LIT 2021VA, 6 Tues., July 5-Aug. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $120 (+ paperbacks listed above). D McIntosh. #5417

The Civil War via Film
Who was the greatest Civil War general? What impact did race and terror have on the war? Should the South have won the battle of Gettysburg? We’ll address these questions using the medium of film.
CE-HIST 2010, 4 Wed., June 8-29, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #5465

World War Two via Film
This course will explore World War Two through the medium of film. Films to be discussed include Downfall, Letters from Iwo Jima, Patton, The Big Red One, Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, and various documentaries.
CE-HIST 2015, 4 Wed., July 6-27, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #5466

The Loyalist Cause: America’s First Civil War
Learn what happened to those who supported the British cause during the American Revolutionary War. The supporters to be discussed include Benedict Arnold, General Cornwallis and others. A must for those interested in the history of this era!
CE-HIST 2035, 2 Sat., July 9 & 16, 12:30-2:30 pm, GTW-219, $40. L DiMartino. #5441

Election 2016: Making Sense of Presidential Politics
The so-called invisible campaign of lining up donors, staff, and outreach to must-win constituencies is already in full swing. You’re invited to a front row seat for what might be one of the most competitive presidential contests in a generation. We’ll consider the key issues, analyze the political landscape, and handicap the prospects of individual candidates.
CE-POLTC 2011, 4 Wed., June 8-29, 6:45-8:45 pm, CLA-111, $75. J Kotch. #5585

Murder, Mayhem and Ghostly Presence in NYC
Discover New York City stories of murder, mayhem, and hauntings with colorful personalities such as J.P. Morgan, Aaron Burr, Teddy Roosevelt and others, at locations such as the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory and Battery Park.
CE-HIST 2051, 2 Sat., July 9 & 16, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #5440

Roosevelts of the Hudson Valley: A Tale of Two Presidents
One was a republican and the other a democrat. Both men have ancestral ties to the original Dutch settlers of the Hudson River Valley. Learn how these two men left their mark of distinction on our nation, the world and the Hudson River Valley.
CE-HIST 2011, 2 Sat., July 9 & 16, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #5442