History & Politics

New! 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., Mar. 14 & 21, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #13284

New! World War I: 100th Anniversary Edition
Learn how the First War had a major impact on geography, history, and politics down to the modern era. Hear stories of participants such as Winston Churchill, Mata Hari, Lawrence of Arabia, Adolf Hitler, Erwin Rommel, and Charles de Gaulle.
CE-HIST 2045, 4 Sat., Apr. 11-May 2, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #13285

New! The American Civil War

Discover the events leading up to the American Civil War and its major battles. Learn about the turning points with the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July of 1863 as well as the stories of the lives of the families and friends who fought against each other as enemies during the War Between the States.
CE-HIST 2010, 4 Sat., Mar. 14-Apr. 11 (skip 4/4), 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #13369

New! Civil War to Civil Rights
Following the abolition of slavery there was still a long road to be traveled to achieve the equal rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Follow in the footsteps of those who fought the Jim Crow laws, the KKK, Plessy v. Ferguson, and generations of discrimination to overcome segregation and achieve the dream of the Civil Rights Movement.
CE-HIST 2047, 4 Sat., Apr. 18-May 9, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-3, $125. D Fruci. #13287

New! World War One via Film

World War One began over a century ago but its consequences are still with us. Using film, lectures, and discussions, we’ll focus on the origins and consequences of WWI. Films to be discussed include Lawrence of Arabia, Paths of Glory, A Very Long Engagement, War Horse, Dr. Zhivago, and Haber.
CE-HIST 2048, 4 Wed., Feb. 4-25, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #13289

The History of the Holocaust
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., Mar. 14-Apr. 4, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. M Polay. #12943

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., Mar. 14-Apr. 11 (skip 4/4), 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #12834

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., Apr. 18-May 9, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #12835

Crisis Diplomacy in Ukraine and Crimea
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 Thurs., Apr. 23-May 14, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $75. J Kotch. #12920

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., Jan. 17-Feb. 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #12836

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., Feb. 14-Mar. 7, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $125. D Fruci. #12837

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 Cornwalis and others. A must course for those interested in the history of this era!
CE-HIST 2035, 2 Sat., Mar. 14 & 21, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #12798

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., Apr. 11-May 2, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #12797

Slicing Big Apple Baseball
Did you know that Babe Ruth had 25 nicknames, or that Brooklyn had 25 semi-pro teams before they morphed into the Dodgers? And can you believe outfielders once caught fly balls with their helmets? These are some of the colorful vignettes you will learn as you trace NYC baseball from its origins before the Dodgers, Yankees, and Giants to the modern era. Learn rule changes, changing demographics, and inside information. Baseball enthusiasts and historians will love this course! We’ll end with a simulated game of stickball and an egg cream on the house!
CE-HIST 2030, 1 Mon., Jan. 26, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $25. H Fischer. #12913