History & Politics

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NEW! 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 Sat., Sept. 24, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, TEC-13L, $30. D Fruci. #83944

NEW! 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, along with the scope of their overall plan.
CE-HIST 2071, 1 Sat., Oct. 29, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $30. D Fruci. #83817

The Battles of the Civil War
Join us for a series of discussions about the Civil War. The first seminar will center on the Confederacy and its flags; other seminars will each focus on a specific battle. Tuition $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, 1 Thurs., Sept. 29, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2. #83356

NEW! 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, 1 Sat., Oct. 1, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD. D Fruci. #83945

NEW! 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, 1 Sat., Oct. 8, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD. D Fruci. #83946

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, 1 Thurs., Oct. 13, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5. #83357

Civil War Battles: Vicksburg
This seminar will cover one of the most important battles in the Civil War, 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, 1 Sat., Oct. 15, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD. #83358

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, 1 Thurs., Oct. 27, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5. #83359

NEW! 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 the focus of this class.
CE-HIST 2072VA, 1 Wed., Dec. 7, 6:00-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $30. D Fruci. #83947

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., Nov. 3-17, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $95. D Fruci. #83360

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 seminar meets on 1 Sat., 9:00 am-12:00 noon, $30 each. D Fruci.

NEW! 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, Nov. 12, KNC-2. #83361

NEW! 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, Nov. 19, KNC-2. #83362

NEW! 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, Dec. 3, KNC-2. #83363

NEW! 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, Dec. 10, KNC-2. #83364

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 Tues., Sept. 20 & 27, 6:30-9:00 pm, KNC-3, $50 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). T Riley. #80063

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 Mon., Sept. 19 & 26, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $40 (+ $5 for Stamp album and $12 for optional book, payable to instructor). T Riley. #80061

NEW! 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.
CE-HIST 2067, 3 Tues., Nov. 1-15, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). T Riley. #83823

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, 4 Sat., Sept. 17 & 24, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $80. L DiMartino. #83336

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. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-LIT 2002, $80. L DiMartino.
Sec. A: 4 Mon., Sept. 19-Oct. 10, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-2. #83337
Sec. B: 4 Sat., Oct. 1-22, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD. #83338

Haunted History of the Hudson Valley: Part 2
This course further explores the haunted folk tales of the Hudson River Valley with tales of haunted cemeteries, abandoned state hospitals and theatres of ghostly activities such as Radio City and the Palace Theatre. We will also explore a former speakeasy that housed the former NYC’s mayor’s mistress, the creator of Howdy Doody, and a few ghostly residents. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-LIT 2017, 4 Mon., Oct. 17-Nov. 7, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-2, $80. L DiMartino. #83351

Hudson Valley History: Part 1
Learn about the history of the Hudson Valley region including how the modern local towns developed out of early settlements. Learn the local folklore and historic characters of the region, such as Benedict Arnold, Sybil Ludington, Major John Andre, and Henry Wells. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-HIST 2001, 4 Tues., Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-5, $80. L DiMartino. #83339

Hudson Valley History: Part 2
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. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-HIST 2007, 4 Tues., Oct. 18-Nov. 8, 12:30-2:30 pm, KNC-5, $80. L DiMartino. #83340

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, 12:30-2:30 pm, Room TBD, $60. L DiMartino.
Sec. A: 3 Sat., Oct. 1-15. #83341
Sec. B: 3 Fri., Oct. 14-28. #83342

The Roosevelts: 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. Recommended reading list provided.
CE-HIST 2011, 2 Sat., Sept. 17 & 24, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $40. L DiMartino. #83343

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 Tues., Sept. 20-Oct. 25, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $120. D McIntosh. #80078

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., Oct. 5-Oct. 26, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #80050

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., Nov. 2-23, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $80. P Gettler. #80049

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 Fri., Sept. 23 & 30, 12:30-2:30 pm, TEC-13L, $40. L DiMartino. #83335

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., Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-2, $75. J Kotch. #83375
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, $100. E Pressman
Sec. A: Sept. 20-Oct. 25 (skip 10/4), KNC-2. #83171
Sec. B: Nov. 8-Dec. 6, KNC-3. #83172

Hannah Arendt:
Her Life and Work
Explore the life and work of Hannah Arendt, a famous German-Jewish émigré, who lived and taught in New York City. Readings will focus on biographical information, her major political theories and the importance of “thinking” for every individual.
CE-LIT 2028, 4 Tues., Oct. 4-25, 9:00-11:00 am, KNC-3, $80. J Reifer. #83688

Walking Tours of the Old Croton Aqueduct
Co-sponsored with The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct
The aqueduct is a 41-mile brick-lined conduit constructed between 1837 and 1842 to bring fresh water from the Croton River to New York City; one of the great engineering achievements of the 19th century! Call Mavis Cain for more information at 914-693-0529.

A Visit Inside the Historical Aqueduct Tunnel
Tour the inside of the historic Aqueduct tunnel and learn its important history as the engineering miracle of the 19th Century, and now a National Historic Landmark. It was built in 1837-1842, providing vital water to New York City in a period where disease, fires and drunkenness were rampant. Your tour will also include an informative talk and movie. Meet at the Visitor’s Center in Ossining, 95 Broadway, Ossining (just off Rt. 9) promptly at 11:00 am.
CE-TRVL 2001, 1 Sat., Oct. 22, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $25. M Cain. #80074

NEW! Keeper’s House: Discover the Visitor and Education Center
The Keeper’s House is at last open to the public! It is the 1800s home of the first keeper of the Aqueduct and one of six residences built to house the vital engineers who supervised the aqueduct tunnel through its 26 miles. Learn the history of this national historic landmark through state of the art displays and exhibits. Study the panels that tell the history of the Aqueduct and water needs. Meet at the Keeper’s House, 115 Walnut Street, Dobbs Ferry.
CE-TRVL 2037, 1 Sat., Oct. 29, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $25, M Cain. #83831