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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

History, Humanities and International Studies - Summer 2018              


Lifelong Learning Institute 
in Chesterfield                         

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Current Events Discussion A                                      

Wednesday                                      HS182003           

12:30-1:45                          

May 16

Instructor(s): Fred Nelson

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class will begin 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.

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Current Events Discussion B                                      

Wednesday                                      HS182004           

2:15-3:30                             

May 16

Instructor(s): Fred Nelson

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This class will begin 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.

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Global Cultural Geography: The Middle East Past and Present                                  

Tuesday                                              HS182087           

10:00-12:00                        

May 1, 8

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.

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Great Decisions                                               

Tuesday                                              HS182089            *$30

1:30-3:00                             

May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21

Instructor(s): Bob Ferguson

The Foreign Policy Association board prepares a book, “Great Decisions,” covering eight topics each year. This course will continue using the 2018 edition along with a DVD for most of the monthly meetings. In addition, four other topics will be covered to create a year-long curriculum. This course’s purpose is twofold: 1) to learn more about the topic and 2) for students to share comments and opinions about the topic. Topics are: May - South Africa’s Democracy; June - Global Health Challenges; July - Update on Israel and the Middle East (not in book); August - The History of “Fake News” (not in book). Purchase of the book through LLI is optional, and payment is due at registration.

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Mission San Xavier del Bac                                         

Thursday                                            HS182178           

9:30-10:30                          

May 10, 17, 24

Instructor(s): Hans Oppe

Padre Kino founded Mission San Xavier del Bac in 1692.  This course will introduce students to the best preserved and most inspiring Mission in Arizona from mediaeval times. The Life of Father Kino in Europe and in North America, the history and art of the mission church, the history of Islamic architecture and how it inspired the architecture of San Xavier del Bac will all be covered.

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Muslim Women Today                                

Wednesday                                      HS182298           

1:30-3:00                             

July 18

Instructor(s): Maha Shawky Whitfield

For the longest time Muslim women fought for their rights, and they still do. This course will cover the difficult journey they have to take in order to succeed in life and at work. Muslim tradition has changed since the beginning of Islam and varies based on the culture of the country. Unfortunately, it has never been for the benefit of women. With the help of new leadership of men and women, the future looks more prosperous and positive for Muslim women.

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Letters from a Soviet Prison and a Son's Search for the Truth                                     

Friday                                  HS182334            *$25

10:00-11:00                        

June 15

Instructor(s): Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

In 2015, Steven Spielberg directed the Academy Award-winning film, “Bridge of Spies,” about the exchange of CIA U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers, for KGB Colonel Rudolph Abel. This course will separate fact from fiction and provide an in-depth overview of the Cold War, U-2 Incident, and a son’s search for the truth through the pilot’s personal journal and correspondence from Soviet prison. On May 1, 1960, Francis Gary Powers, Sr., was shot down by a surface-to-air missile while flying over the Soviet Union. Powers bailed out and parachuted safely to the ground where he was captured by the KGB and held for interrogation. America’s secret reconnaissance missions were exposed and President Eisenhower was forced to admit to aerial spying. After extensive questioning by the KGB, Powers was convicted of spying and sentenced to ten years in prison. In February 1962, he and a detained American student were traded for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. If you would like a copy of the new book, “Letters from a Soviet Prison: The Personal Journal and Correspondence of CIA U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers,” simply pay the optional course fee at time of registration, and you will receive your signed copy at the class!

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Anthropology Discussion A:  We, the Alien!                                      

Wednesday                                      HS182337           

12:00-1:00                          

May 9, July 11, August 8

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This is a DISCUSSION group (not a lecture course). Anthropology provides a lens through which we can continue to understand the world. Anthropology provides a firm foundation to stand on as we look critically at our own society and at global society. It means looking at events and trends from a broader point of view and seeing what works and what does not. The most dangerous assumption is to presume that you already understand. THINK! Step outside your box and discover your intellectual wanderlust! Students need to be prepared to contribute to an active dialogue. Discussion topics will include Bread and Work, Conflict and Order, Power and Social Control and Born Equal.

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Anthropology Discussion B:  We, the Alien!                                       

Wednesday                                      HS182338           

1:30-2:30                             

May 23, June 27, August 22

Instructor(s): Annebel Lewis

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. This is a DISCUSSION group (not a lecture course). Anthropology provides a lens through which we can continue to understand the world. Anthropology provides a firm foundation to stand on as we look critically at our own society and at global society. It means looking at events and trends from a broader point of view and seeing what works and what does not. The most dangerous assumption is to presume that you already understand. THINK! Step outside your box and discover your intellectual wanderlust! Students need to be prepared to contribute to an active dialogue. Discussion topics will include Bread and Work, Conflict and Order, Power and Social Control and Born Equal.

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Benjamin Franklin A: America's Favorite Founding Father                                          

Tuesday                                              HS182352           

9:00-10:30                          

July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 28

Instructor(s): Shep Smith

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Revolution is usually considered to be a young person's activity, but Benjamin Franklin became a revolutionary at age 68. He was the oldest Founding Father and was one of the last to support independence. After supporting independence, Franklin became the only man to help write and sign all the founding documents of America: The Declaration of Independence, the treaty of alliance with France, the peace treaty with England, and the Constitution. Among other things, Ben Franklin was a printer, inventor, scientist, writer, practical philosopher, and an extraordinary ladies' man.

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Benjamin Franklin B: America's Favorite Founding Father                                           

Tuesday                                              HS182353           

11:30-1:00                          

July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 28

Instructor(s): Shep Smith

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Revolution is usually considered to be a young person's activity, but Benjamin Franklin became a revolutionary at age 68. He was the oldest Founding Father and was one of the last to support independence. After supporting independence, Franklin became the only man to help write and sign all the founding documents of America: The Declaration of Independence, the treaty of alliance with France, the peace treaty with England, and the Constitution. Among other things, Ben Franklin was a printer, inventor, scientist, writer, practical philosopher, and an extraordinary ladies' man.

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Battle of the Bulge: America's Largest Land Battle (1944-45)                                      

Wednesday                                      HS182354           

2:00-3:30                             

June 13, 20

Instructor(s): James Triesler

Learn about the Battle of the Bulge through the words of those who participated in the largest land battle in United States history. This course will use interviews, maps, photographs, and artifacts to describe this important historical event.

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You’re a Grand Old Flag                                               

Tuesday                                              HS182355           

10:00-11:30                        

June 26

Instructor(s): James Triesler and Dr. Dean Decker

Can you sing all the lyrics to this beloved patriotic song? Learn about the history and variations of the American Flag, as well as proper care and display. This course will be taught in conjunction with Dr. Dean Decker, an expert on the care and display of our nation’s flag.

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War and Memory in the United States A                                             

Thursday                                            HS182356           

9:30-11:00                          

July 12, 19

Instructor(s): Dr. John Lemza

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. It has been said that the American national identity remains intertwined with the commemoration and memory of past wars. This course will examine how Americans search to find a symbolic common ground for remembering. The focus will be on military conflicts from 1945 up to the present. Students will unpack the complicated understanding of creating a national consciousness, and the tensions between official and popular memory. This will include investigation of political and aesthetic symbols, the role of the federal government in defining the past, unity and reconciliation, and how the assimilation of individual experiences shape and inform memory. In this context, the place of monuments, such as the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, in the national memory as well as other methods of commemoration will be discussed.

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War and Memory in the United States B                                             

Thursday                                            HS182357           

9:30-11:00                          

July 26, August 2

Instructor(s): Dr. John Lemza

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. It has been said that the American national identity remains intertwined with the commemoration and memory of past wars. This course will examine how Americans search to find a symbolic common ground for remembering. The focus will be on military conflicts from 1945 up to the present. Students will unpack the complicated understanding of creating a national consciousness, and the tensions between official and popular memory. This will include investigation of political and aesthetic symbols, the role of the federal government in defining the past, unity and reconciliation, and how the assimilation of individual experiences shape and inform memory. In this context, the place of monuments, such as the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, in the national memory as well as other methods of commemoration will be discussed.

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Hanover Tavern and County during the Revolutionary War                                        

Monday                                              HS182358           

11:30-12:30                        

May 7

Instructor(s): Tom Seabrook

Hanover Tavern is one of only a few surviving colonial era taverns in the United States. It has hosted such historic figures as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Lord Cornwallis, and the Marquis de Lafayette. For almost two centuries the Tavern provided meals and lodging to those having business before the Hanover County courts. Hanover Tavern Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, bought the Tavern in 1990 with the mission to restore, preserve, and utilize Hanover Tavern as an historical, educational, community and cultural resource center. This course will cover Hanover County and Hanover Tavern history during the colonial period and Revolutionary War, 1720-1781.

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Irish Studies: Erin Go Bragh and a Virtual Tour of Ireland                                             

Wednesday                                      HS182359           

2:00-3:30                             

May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8

Instructor(s): John Countryman

Failte! Erin Go Bragh is the anglicisation of an Irish language phrase, Éirinn go Brách and is used to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as "Ireland Forever." This course will provide students with a delightful sampler of Irish geography, mythology, language, politics, poetry, fiction, drama, spirituality, history, art, music, dance, sport, and endless craic!

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Building the Diamond Baseball Stadium                                              

Thursday                                            HS182360           

9:30-11:00                          

Aug 9

Instructor(s): Thomas Hanson

This course will be based on the professional engineering background of the instructor who was the structural engineer of the Diamond Baseball Stadium in Richmond. The design and construction of the 12,500-seat stadium, which was built in six months between the 1984 and 1985 seasons, will be presented.

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NASCAR History and Social Effectiveness                                            

Monday                                              HS182361           

11:30-12:30                        

May 14, 21, June 4, 11, 18

Instructor(s): Russell Wiles

In this course, students will learn of the historical events leading to the creation of the international motorsports organization, NASCAR. This class will also evaluate the social, economic, and cultural impacts of the sport throughout the United States. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the tremendous impact NASCAR has on our society, the technical backgrounds of the cars, and what goes into a successful team and track on race day.

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Women in the Civil War                                              

Wednesday                                      HS182362           

10:30-11:30                        

May 9

Instructor(s): Waite Rawls

This course will cover what women did, both north and south, during the Civil War. How was it different from (or the same as) what they were doing before the war? Students will learn a few famous examples and a few that are lesser known.

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Collegiate Architecture in America                                        

Thursday                                            HS182363           

9:00-11:00                          

June 28

Instructor(s): Blake McDonald

In the words of designer Daniel Libeskind, "Architecture is the biggest unwritten document of history." Nowhere is this statement more evident than on the campuses of our nation's colleges and universities. This course will explore the history of American collegiate architecture with a focus on the evolution of higher education in Virginia. Students will leave the course with an understanding of the dynamic relationship between campus space and the development of a national cultural identity.

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American Civil War Times in Chesterfield County, Virginia                                         

Friday                                  HS182364           

10:30-11:30                        

July 6

Instructor(s): Hank Holland

This course will present students with a slide presentation of Civil War sites and stories that occurred throughout Chesterfield County between 1861 and 1865.

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Family and Culture in Crisis                                     

Friday                                  HS182365            *$12

9:30-11:30                          

July 13

Instructor(s): Larry Braja

“Hillbilly Elegy” by J. D. Vance is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck. This memoir was one of the most talked about books of 2016. It brought instant fame and recognition to Vance, and some commentators saw in the book an explanation for the surprise election of Donald Trump. Reacting against the praise Vance received, a major social commentator born and raised in Southwest Virginia called Vance, “the false prophet of Blue America.” This class will discuss the book: “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance. The new version of the book, which includes a new Afterword, can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration. In addition to Vance’s memoir, an essay will be provided before class and be part of the class discussion.

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Dora the Explorer: Applied Psychologist and Cartographer                                         

Thursday                                            HS182366           

9:30-10:30                          

June 7

Instructor(s): Jim Carter

When the instructor was teaching a course in maps and cartography, one of his students mentioned his 18-month-old son knew what a map was because of watching Dora the Explorer. “Wow,” he thought! The literature does not recognize map use in children that young. He investigated and was impressed with the research and efforts behind the design and production of Dora the Explorer. Dora is very popular around the world. Of course, Dora always uses two languages, whatever might be appropriate where she is. Jim continued to dig and ultimately wrote three articles about Dora and maps. This course will reflect on what he learned about Dora the Explorer and maps and will offer thoughts and perspectives. He hopes to hear stories about Dora the Explorer from the students who are also grandparents.

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Ancient Egypt Rediscovered                                      

Wednesday                                      HS182367           

12:00-1:30                          

July 25

Instructor(s): Maha Shawky Whitfield

Egypt is the place where every sunrise is a new discovery! This course will be an introduction to Ancient Egypt, the oldest civilization in human history. Students will learn about what life and death meant to the Egyptians, as well as their religious beliefs. Some of the most important discoveries in the last century, as well as the discovery of the tomb of king Tut Ankh Amun, will also be presented.

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Local Government in Chesterfield County                                          

Wednesday                                      HS182368           

2:00-3:30                             

May 30

Instructor(s): Dr. Joseph P. Casey

Join the Chesterfield County Administrator for this course to learn about how the local government is working in Chesterfield County. Hear about what the focuses are for this year, what is new and bring your own questions for him to answer.

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About Fees
Your Lifelong Learning Institute membership gives you access to all of LLI classes and trips, most without any additional costs. There are some classes and trips which require additional fees. Where there are additional fees, those fees must be paid at the time of registration. Fees can be paid by check, cash or credit card. If paying by check, please clearly indicate the classes and trips being covered.