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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

History, Humanities and International Studies - Spring 2017              

Lifelong Learning Institute 
in Chesterfield                         

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Ancient Rome and the Rise of Christianity: From a Roman Point of View                                             

Wednesday                                      HS171041           


Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8

Instructor(s): Glenn Markus

The historical beginnings of Christianity can be examined in the context of the various religious, cultural and political forces that shaped the Greco-Roman world in the period between Alexander the Great (4th Century BC) and the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (4th Century AD). Much of this turbulent period was marked by clashes between Jews and Greeks over issues of political autonomy and religious practice. By the end of the century before the birth of Christ, most of the Mediterranean world was dominated by Imperial Rome, and this course traces the origins and evolution of Christianity during this latter period.


Current Events                                 

Wednesday                                      HS171003           


Jan 4, 25, Feb 15, March 8, 29, April 19

Instructor(s): Fred Nelson

Each class begins with a short introduction by the moderator, who will suggest current event topics of international, national, state, and local importance.  Students will determine the choice of topics for a round-table discussion in which everyone's viewpoint is important and during which differing opinions are always respected.


The Richmond Coal Basin                                            

Monday                                              HS171311           


Jan 9

Instructor(s): Peppy Jones

This lecture will cover the advent of coal mining in America, the first coal mining in America, the first fully paved major road in Virginia and the first railroad in Virginia.


The Notorious Miss Doctor Mary E. Walker                                        

Wednesday                                      HS171308           


Jan 11

Instructor(s): Tally Botzer

Union surgeon and feminist, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, was the first and only woman to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor. Join this class to discover how she ended up in the Richmond prison, Castle Thunder. Why did President Andrew Johnson award her the Medal of Honor? What happened to her after the war?


How to Read History Books                                       

Friday                                  HS171307           


Jan 13

Instructor(s): Waite Rawls

History is not about the facts. It is about the interpretation of those facts, and different authors have different interpretations. What is a reader to do as they attempt to discover "the truth"? The instructor will compare two books written on Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox as an example. The Q & A will be lively.


Great Decisions                                               

Tuesday                                              HS171089            *$30


Jan 17, Feb 7, March 7, April 4

Instructor(s): Bob Ferguson

Each year, the Great Decisions editorial board selects eight of the most pressing global issues and regions that will be the focus of the briefing book, television programs and online resources.   This course continues the tradition of offering a discussion of topics covered in the Great Decisions book (Foreign Policy Association), which offers topics usually related to the interaction of the USA with the rest of the world.  Three of the eight topics in the brand new 2017 Great Decisions book will be covered this session. In addition, the instructor will select a couple discussion topics throughout the year based on current events. Purchase of the book through LLI is optional, and payment is due at registration. The tentative schedule is: January - Conflict in the South China Sea; February - The Future of Europe; March - Trade and Politics; April - Special Topic-Trump Foreign Policies.


The Three Strikes of the Match: How the American Revolutionary War Began                                  

Wednesday                                      HS171143           


Jan 18

Instructor(s): Alan Fisher

This lecture will be based on the happenings of April 19, 1775: causes and reactions to the Battles of Lexington and Concord with historical context to specific individual participants, including a discussion of the Massachusetts Colony and Great Britain. The instructor will also introduce the major players, planners, and errors that began the Revolutionary War.


Anthropology: Viking Myth and Culture                                              

Monday                                              HS171002           


Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis

Viking life was violent, uncertain and short, filled with feuds, invasions, and war. They lived by a code of honor and blood vengeance where strong men dominated the stage and clever women manipulated the course of events from behind the scenes. Yet, they created a unique culture of courage and passion, a sense of justice, and a capacity for self-discipline that were the hallmarks of the Viking world. The mythic legacy of the Vikings is filled with images of gods, humans, and monstrous beasts that engage in bouts of prodigious drinking, contests of strength, greedy schemes for gold, and lusty encounters. Recommended readings: Prose Edda by Snorri Sturlson; Northmen-The Viking Saga by John Haywood; Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Haywood; Njal's Saga translated by Robert Cook; The Vikings by Rene Chartrand and Keith Durham; and Norse Mythology by John Lindow.


Court-Martialed Conduct of US Soldiers in Europe during WWII                                              

Friday                                  HS171306           


Jan 27, Feb 3

Instructor(s): Kenneth D. Alford

Celebrated photographs and film documented the Allies triumph entry into Paris in 1944. Much of the cheering stopped, however, when American deserters and their French cohorts began to violently exploit the City of Lights. With the same ruthless efficiency that marked the Capone mob of the 1920s and 30s, these highly organized heavy armed and financed gangsters, with their unlimited supply of cigarettes, gasoline and other commodities, embarked upon a black market frenzy resulting in whopping profits. This illicit activity is replete with an activity of rape, murder, robbery, prostitution and an epidemic of venereal diseases. The American military justice authorities sprang into action, but despite a rash of hangings and firing squads only the end of the war in 1945 put a stop to this reign of voracity. As in all military history, however, there are always “the good, the bad, and the ugly” among the troops. Ken Alford examines this behavior—the bad and the ugly—and explains why the punishment of U.S. offenders was not always a simple matter. There were 36,102 court-martials of American soldiers in Europe during World War II, as this war was America’s finest hour with 4,182,266 servicemen serving honorably in the European Theater of Operations. The small percentage of soldiers who were court-martialed dishonored only themselves.


Pocahontas: Her World, Life and Times                                               

Wednesday                                      HS171304           


Feb 1

Instructor(s): Historical Interpreter, Henricus Historical Park

Pocahontas is most noteworthy in history for her story of melding two cultures through her marriage with John Rolfe.  What would have been the changes in her life – food, clothing, housing, religion, cultural beliefs – encountered as she transitioned from a Powhatan Indian to an English woman.  This course will also detail her leaving Virginia, her time in England and her early death.  The two cultures will be seen and explained as she viewed each in her lifetime.


Turning Points III: Events in American History That Made a Difference                                 

Friday                                  HS171281           


Feb 10, 17, 24, March 3

Instructor(s): Dr. John Lemza

What's On? Let's Eat! Small Wonder and Oh, Baby! We will continue to examine the often less considered things that occurred in American history which had wider implications and effects. The class will again identify several of the most fascinating and important decisions and events that had an impact on the course of American cultural and social life and still resonate in our lives today. This third part will continue to investigate the twentieth century.


Dwight D. Eisenhower: Soldier, President, and Statesman                                          

Tuesday                                              HS171303           


Feb 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4

Instructor(s): Shep Smith

Dwight Eisenhower rose from humble origins to become Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II, President of the U.S., and a world statesman. We will examine the forces and people that shaped Eisenhower and his successes and failures. Eisenhower remains one of our most beloved leaders today. America still likes Ike.


History of the Federal Reserve System: Part 2                                  

Wednesday                                      HS171291           


Feb 22, March 1, 15, 22

Instructor(s): Bud Martindale

This course will continue to cover the Federal Reserve System by exploring their role in three major economic events. The three events will be: the Great Depression and World War Two (1930-1945), the Great Inflation (1965-1982) and the Great Recession (2005-2010). The course will also address major banking legislation that affected the Federal Reserve System during the period 1930-2010.


Rescue during the Holocaust: The Virginia Connection                                 

Thursday                                            HS171315           


Feb 23

Instructor(s): Megan Ferenczy

The Director of Education from the Virginia Holocaust Museum will explore the individual and group efforts to rescue the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. A specific focus will be given to the story of Hyde Farmlands in Burkeville, Virginia, which became a safe haven for young German Jews, looking to escape Nazi Germany.


Heroes and Villains of Chesterfield County: a Brief Overview (1749-2009)                                          

Thursday                                            HS171310           


March 9

Instructor(s): Russ Lescault

Since its founding in 1749, Chesterfield County has been a quiet area, except on rare occasions when heinous crimes disturbed the tranquility of the community. Lecturer will discuss the high-profile crimes, law enforcement trends and civic heroes throughout the history of Chesterfield County such as the dueling, notorious homicides, arsonist, violent moonshine raids, escapes from the county jail, hostage and barricade situations, vicious domestics and other mayhem. Additionally ten heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice or devoted their lives to protect others will be profiled.


Maymont Mansion: Richmond's Own Downton Abbey                                 

Thursday                                            HS171313           


March 16

Instructor(s): Hilliary Turner

This lecture will focus on the history of the Maymont Mansion, the Gilded Age in Richmond and the Dooley family. The instructor will also provide a virtual tour of Maymont Mansion.


Getting Dressed in a Hurry: Women's Clothing in the 19th Century                                        

Friday                                  HS171309           


March 24

Instructor(s): Sherry Graves and Elizabeth Watkins-Morris

This will be a presentation of 19th century women's clothing from the inside out. See what was worn and how, as a live model gets dressed for the day.  Yes, it can be done in 30 minutes or less! Learn what factors influenced the personal wardrobe and examine original garments. While taken primarily from the middle-class woman's perspective, a survey of clothing from various economic levels will be discussed. Information on men's and children's clothing may be included as time permits.


From Paperboy to Boomer: A Fun Conversation about the Boomer Work Ethic                                 

Monday                                              HS171301           


March 27

Instructor(s): Rich Babbitt

When we were only 13-14 years old, we were taught the Boomer Work Ethic by two jobs of our youth: Paper Routes and Lawn Mowing. In his illustrated paperback book, Rich Babbitt describes the 10 Skill Sets of the Boomer Work Ethic, based on the foundations of Self-Motivation, Self-Discipline, and Self-Initiative!  Join the author in a fun, interactive conversation about the making of the book, how we learned to run a business before we learned to drive a car, and how our personal job experiences impacted our careers and work ethic. We'll talk about the work standards, people practices, business basics, and leadership skills that were instilled in the Boomer generation.


Global Cultural Geography: The Middle East Past and Present                                  

Tuesday                                              HS171087           


March 28, April 25

Instructor(s): William Seay

Cultural geography is one of the two major branches of geography (versus physical geography) and is often called human geography. Cultural geography is the study of the many cultural aspects found throughout the world and how they relate to the spaces and places where they originate and then travel as people continually move across various areas.


American History: Amazing Forgotten Events and People                                           

Thursday                                            HS171305           


March 30, April 6, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Chuck Koutnik

Four class sessions will examine events and people that were once extremely important to the American people, but today are almost completely forgotten. One such event propelled one general into the White House and resulted in the naming of cities, towns, and parks across the United States for another hero. Another story finds two American heroes nearly erased from the pages of history. A bizarre turn of results caused by a surgeon's belief in sanitation may have delayed the Civil Rights movement for eighty years. And, finally there is the story of a non-American who made it possible for there to still be a history of the United States.


Archaeology: Learning from the Past                                     

Tuesday                                              HS171312           


April 18

Instructor(s): Bryan Truzzie

This lecture will address the concepts of archaeology, focusing on types of archaeology, and procedures concerning site surveys and excavations. The instructor will also discuss the archaeological process and present on specific projects.


Chincoteague: The Virginia Island that Stood with the Union                                    

Tuesday                                              HS171314           


April 25

Instructor(s): Bryce VanStavern

The Commonwealth of Virginia chose to secede from the Union in April 1861. The tiny island of Chincoteague, just off Virginia's Eastern Shore, found itself in a quandary as much of its economy was based on selling seafood to the north. The islanders decided to ignore Virginia's secession ordinance and remain with the Union. This program covers that decision and the steps taken to enforce it. Eventually this small island's actions led to Virginia losing control of the entire Eastern Shore.


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