Culture & Society
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Hot Topics in the News
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. 15-Oct. 13. #90264
- Sec. B: Oct. 27-Nov. 24. #90265
Examine the decade where the baby boomer generation planted the seeds for a new world order of tolerance and understanding. Discover why the sixties are identified as the longest “decade” of the century for all the political and social events that took place. With discussion of some popular topics of the sixties including politics, sex, drugs and rock and roll, identify the positive and negative outcomes of the era.
CE-HIST 2143, 4 Tues., Oct. 6-27, 6:30-8:00 pm, $75 (+ $30 for 2 paperback books, payable to instructor). R Cirulli. #90500
Become an Expert Voter in 2020
Acquire a detailed understanding of the candidates and issues that will appear on their ballots on Election Day 2020. Special attention will be directed towards identifying and understanding the issues that will be of most importance to course participants and the specific positions and solutions each candidate has proposed for each issue.
CE-POLTC 2016, 3 Thurs., Oct. 29-Nov. 12, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $75. K McGee. #90529
American Bill of Rights: A Guide
The Bill of Rights original purpose was to defend the people of the United States against an aristocratic and geographically distant Congress whose members, many feared would act in their own self-interest. It was only after the Civil War, with the passage and ratification of the fourteenth Amendment, that the Bill of Rights began to accrue its modern meaning. This engaging 7-week course is not just an historical study, but designed to deepen the student’s understanding of present-day controversies over issues like free speech, the separation of church and state, and the Second Amendment right of ordinary citizens to “keep and bear arms.”
CE-LAW 2009, 7 Tues., Sept. 15-Oct. 27, 6:00-8:00 pm, $150. E Castillo. #90502
The World’s Most Important Issues!
There are number of emerging political, social and economic concerns that will become among the world’s most important issues. Facts will be presented, followed by time to explore, debate, question, and challenge ideas and to suggest proposed remedies. Issues will include the future of work and the impact on employment 2020 to 2030, climate change, the post oil world, the world’s food and water supply, aging societies and nuclear issues.
CE-POLTC 2017, 3 Wed., Oct. 7-21, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $70. K McGee. #90298
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. 6-27, 9:00-11:00 am, $80. J Reifer. #90267
Art and Architecture of Jewish Culture: Part 1
An exploration of the art and architecture of Jewish culture from antiquity through the 18th century.
CE-CULTR 2008VA, 6 Thurs., Sept. 17-Oct. 29 (skip 10/1), 1:30-3:30 pm, $150. B Levy. #90600
Classical Architecture and the Continuity of Design
An exploration of historical architectural periods from Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Minoan, Mycenaean, and Greek cultures, focusing on biblical themes, the classical orders, and their influence on contemporary architecture.
CE-HIST 2024VA, 6 Tues., Sept. 15-Oct. 27 (skip 9/29), 1:30-3:30 pm, $150. B Levy. #90570
Politics via Film
Stalin, Shakespeare, the Bomb, Nixon
This course will study these films and others to explore some of the key issues in contemporary politics: “The Death of Stalin”, “Macbeth”, “Dr. Strangelove”, and “Frost/Nixon”.
CE-FILM 2017, Sec. A: 4 Wed., Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 7:00-9:00 pm. $80. P Gettler. #90284
The American Civil War Film
This course will use the medium of film to study the American Civil War. Films to be discussed include “Lincoln”, “Gone with The Wind”, “Gettysburg”, and “Andersonville”.
CE-FILM 2017, Sec. B: 4 Wed., Oct. 14-Nov. 4, 7:00-9:00 pm. $80. P Gettler. #90285