History & Politics

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NEW! The Assassination of JFK
This course will focus on the events leading up to the murder of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. We will follow the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and JFK as the three men who will together enter the annals of history through the events of that weekend in 1963. Conspiracy issues will be considered.
CE-HIST 2073VA, 1 Thurs., Feb. 2, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $30. D Fruci. #13681

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., Mar. 11, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $30. D Fruci. #13285

NEW! International Law versus International Politics: The Twain Meet
This course will focus on the clash between the principles of international law and realpolitik, the process through which nation-states define their national interest, in crisis situations where the use of force is in play, and the role of diplomacy in reconciling the two. It will examine recent crises in which international law has either provided a touchstone for state practice or a basis for justifying a particular course of action.
CE-POLTC 2012VA, 4 Wed., Apr. 19-May 10, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $75. J Kotch. #13737

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 in Hitler’s Fortress Europe.
CE-HIST 2034, 3 Sat., Jan. 21-Feb. 4, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $95. D Fruci. #13286

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 is $30 each. D Fruci.

Civil War Battles: Antietam
This seminar will cover 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, Feb. 11, Room TBD. #13287
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, Feb. 18, KNC-3. #13288
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. 25, KNC-2. #13289
Civil War Battles: Gettysburg
This seminar will cover 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, Mar. 4, Room TBD. #13290

World War II: Triumph in Europe
Join us for a series of discussions about these pivotal turning points of the European Campaign. Follow your grandfather’s war!
Each class meets for 1 Thurs., 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, and is $30 each. D Fruci.

Battle of Normandy
This seminar will focus on the breakout from the Normandy beaches. We’ll follow the Allies as they secure the countryside with intense hedgerow fighting, and as they secure the port of Cherbourg along with the towns of Caen and St. Lo. As the Nazis are pushed eastward, Paris will be liberated.
CE-HIST 2061, Feb. 9. #13282

The Battle of the Bulge
This seminar will focus on the Allied push toward Germany. Hitler has devised a major winter offensive that will catch the Allies completely by surprise. The German offensive leads to the major Battle of the Bulge. Despite heavy Allied losses, they will prevail and be able to make their move into the Nazi homeland.
CE-HIST 2060, Feb. 16. #13283

Liberating the Concentration Camps
This seminar will focus on the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps by the Allied forces. As the Soviets liberate the camps during their westward move towards Berlin, the Western Allies move east to discover the unprecedented horrors of war.
CE-HIST 2059, Feb. 23. #13281

Hitler’s Final Days
This seminar will focus on the last days of the madman who was responsible for the death and destruction in the European theater of WW II. His final days will be chronicled as the Soviet Army fights street to street in the city of Berlin, crushing Hitler’s dream for a thousand-year Reich.
CE-HIST 2058, Mar. 2. #13284

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! Please email instructor at totrwriter@aol.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2052, 2 Thurs., Jan. 19 & 26, 6:45-8:45 pm, KNC-3, $50. T Riley. #13398

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. Please email instructor at totrwriter@aol.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2050, 2 Wed., Feb. 8 & 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $60. T Riley. #13399

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. This course examines its causes and effects on America. It examines the conquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell and his imposition of draconian laws which contributed to the famine. We’ll explore the viewpoint of well-known Irish scholars on the Irish Diaspora to Canada, Australia, Europe and America, and the starvation and emigration of millions. Please email instructor at totrwriter@aol.com for list of optional books.
CE-HIST 2067, 2 Thurs., Feb. 2 & 9, 6:00-9:00 pm, GTW-219, $60. T Riley. #13402

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., Apr. 1 & 8, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-3, $40. L DiMartino. #13215

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, explore politics, poverty, and race within the historical periods during which the novels are set.
CE-LIT 2021VA, 6 Mon., Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $120. D McIntosh. #13386

World War Two via Film
This course will explore World War II 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., Apr. 5-26, 7:00-9:00 pm, GTW-219, $80. P Gettler. #13261

The Civil War via Film
Who was the greatest Civil War general? What impact did race and terror have on the war? Could the South have won the battle of Gettysburg? We’ll address these questions using the medium of film.
CE-HIST 2010, 4 Wed., Mar. 1-22, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #13262

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 course for those interested in the history of this era! Suggested reading list provided.
CE-HIST 2035, 2 Sat., Apr. 1 & 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $40. L DiMartino. #13217

Hot Topics in the News
A review of daily current events. Presentation of major national and international current events; a 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-3, $100. E Pressman.
Sec. A: Feb. 21-Mar. 21. #13200
Sec. B: Apr. 4-May 9 (skip 4/11). #13201