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