History & Politics

New! 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. 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., Sept. 15 & 22, 6:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $50 (+ optional book Orphan Train Riders, Vol. 1, purchased in class or from Heritage Books). T Riley. #83069

NEW! 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 Rowland Hill’s invention of 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 Fri., Sept. 18 & 25, 9:00-11:00 am, KNC-2, $40. T Riley. #83020

Soccer: A History of the World’s Game
Examine the sport of soccer from a historical, cultural, and global perspective. See “the world’s game” from various angles and perspectives including the sport’s impact on personal identity in contemporary society. For those new to the sport as well as lifelong fans.
CE-CULTR 2032, 5 Mon., Sept. 21-Oct. 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $95. N Reifer. #83058

History of the World Series
Discover over 100 years of World Series history, from the Cy Young-led Boston Pilgrims victory in 1903 up to the present day. Explore the many fascinating stories of some of the greatest players in the game as their teams tried to earn their championship season. Baseball lovers, this class is for you.
CE-HIST 2049, 2 Thurs., Oct. 8 & 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5, $60. D Fruci. #82600

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? Trace NYC baseball from its origins before the Dodgers, Yankees, and Giants to the modern era. Learn rule changes, changing demographics, and inside information. We’ll end with a simulated game of stickball and an egg cream on the house!
CE-HIST 2030, 1 Sun., Dec. 6, 3:00-5:00 pm, KNC-2, $25. H Fischer. #82596

NEW! 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., Oct. 17 & 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #83019

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., Sept. 19-Oct. 10, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #82578

History of the Hudson River Valley: 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., Sept. 19-Oct. 10, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #82579

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., Sept. 9-30, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #82609

Hot Topics in the News
A review of daily current events. Presentation of major international and national current events; background of the news is provided for better understanding. Questions, discussion, and individual presentations are encouraged.
CE-POLTC 2002VA, 5 Tues., 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-5, $100. V Bonelli.
Sec. A: Sept. 29-Oct. 27. #82891
Sec. B: Nov. 10-Dec. 8. #81893

Politics via Film
This course will examine the relationship between politics and film. Films to be discussed include Three Days of the Condor, JFK, The Godfather, and Lawrence of Arabia. Films will be judged in terms of artistic merit and historical accuracy.
CE-FILM 2017, 4 Wed., Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #82612

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, 3 Thurs., Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $95. D Fruci. #82599

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., Oct. 17 & 24, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #82577

NEW! Election 2016: Approaching the Starting Gate
The so-called invisible campaign 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 Tues., Oct. 20-Nov. 17 (skip 11/3), 7:00-9:00 pm, LIB-G36, $75. J Kotch. #83017