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Traditional Programs

The Holocaust and its Antecedents, the Idea of the Devil, the Bible and History

Program Number: 21318 | Next Date: Jan. 12 - 17, 2014

The Holocaust and its Antecedents with Rabbi Merrill Shapiro

Could anyone predict the Holocaust? What elements came together to create an environment where seemingly ordinary people became perpetrators of enormous cruelty? Are conditions right for it to happen again? Is there another Hitler on the horizon?

The Idea of the Devil with Greg Sapp, Ph.D.

A look at the concept of evil and the development of the idea of the personification of evil in the form of the Devil. We will begin with ancient cultures such as the Egyptians and Persians but will largely focus on ancient Israel and Christianity.

The Bible and History with Bill Lazarus

Scholars have been scouring the land of Israel for more than 150 years, searching for evidence to support the biblical accounts. What have they found so far? How historically accurate is the Bible?

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The Supreme Court, Three Southern Writers, Jane Austen and the Contract of Marriage

Program Number: 21319 | Next Date: Jan. 26 - 31, 2014

Black Robes of Power: Intrigue and Change in the United States Supreme Court with Robert Smith, Ph.D.

Isolated in closed chambers, nine unelected justices comprise the branch of our government most shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and myth. See how the Court operates as law, politics and personalities collide within this inner sanctum.

Three Classics of Modern Southern Writers with Charles Bunting, Ph.D.

Enjoy lecture and discussion on the works of three modern writers of the south: William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard To Find," and Eudora Welty's "A Piece of News."

Jane Austen: Wives, Women, and the Contract of Marriage with Phoebe Smith, Ph.D.

Jane Austen wrote novels in the early 1800s, at a time when traditional marriage contract was being re-negotiated. Examine Austen's models of marriage and her female characters as they interact with the romantic ideas of the time.

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Lincoln, Iconic Americans of the 1930s, Spiritual Responses to Suffering and Evil

Program Number: 21320 | Next Date: Feb. 2 - 7, 2014

The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln: The Man and the Myth with Mickey Croce, Ph.D.

Having just celebrated Abraham Lincoln's Bicentennial birthday, let's examine the problems he encountered before and during the Civil War. Which decisions contribute to his greatness and how has his leadership affected United States since 1865?

Iconic Americans of the 1930s with Dave Robinson

Look at how Amelia Earhart, Will Rogers, Babe Ruth and others brightened the American outlook during the darkest years of the Great Depression and how their contributions to popular culture have instilled hope and inspiration beyond their own era.

Spiritual Response to Suffering and Evil with Don Musser, Ph.D.

Every spiritual path includes ideas and practices that seek to enable followers to cope with, understand, and even overcome tragedy, pain, anguish in the face of natural causes, human actions, and even invisible supernatural entities.

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The Modern American Presidency, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement, Sacred Scriptures

Program Number: 21321 | Next Date: Feb. 9 - 14, 2014

From FDR to Obama: The Modern American Presidency with Mickey Croce, Ph.D.

An examination of both domestic and foreign policy decisions made by presidents from the 1930s to the present. How have those presidents been viewed by the American public and how have they been evaluated by the historical community?

Religion and the Civil Rights Movement with Greg Sapp, Ph.D.

Look at the role religion played in the United States civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. We will consider well-known and not-so-well-known leaders, some who used religion to support the movement and some who used religion to oppose it.

The Sacred Scriptures of Jews and Christians with Don Musser, Ph.D.

The course will use a widely used guide to the Hebrew Bible and Christian New Testament to present a comprehensive and coherent overview of two of Western civilizations most important sacred documents.

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American Musical Theater, American Music in Film, Whose Art is it Anyway?

Program Number: 21322 | Next Date: Feb. 23 - 28, 2014

History of the American Musical Theater with Ernie Murphy, Ph.D.

Relive the history of American musical theater through the voice and friendships of two-time Grammy winner Earnest Murphy. As a fellow artist and friend of Alfred Drake, Ethel Merman and Johnny Mercer enjoy an insider's recollection of musical theater.

Henry Mancini, Harry Warren, John Williams and more: American Music in Film with Marilyn Jones

Through recordings, videos and live performances we will hear some of the most memorable music ever written for film. Compare Hollywood soundtracks of decades past with the pop song soundtracks heard in theaters today.

Whose Art is It Anyway? with Roberta Favis, Ph.D.

Focus on the way artworks change meaning over time and how their ownership (both literal and conceptual) becomes a subject of controversy such as sculpture from the Parthenon, Picasso's Guernica and Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic.

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The Golden Age of American Popular Song, Mysteries in History, The Great War on Page and Screen

Program Number: 21323 | Next Date: Mar. 2 - 7, 2014

Saluting the Golden Age of American Popular Song with Dick Smolens, Ph.D.

From the 1920s to the 1940s, popular songs thrived and music was born on Broadway, in Hollywood, Harlem, and Tin Pan Alley. Explore the Roots of the music and hear the popular songs that have become such an integral part of our country's musical memory.

Mysteries in History: Five Fascinating Cases of the Unexplained with Dave Robinson

Was "The Man in the Iron Mask" a threat to King Louis the 14th? Who was "Kaspar Hauser"? Was there a "Curse of the Mummy" in King Tut's tomb? Did the War of the Worlds cause mass hysteria? And did Dr. Sam Sheppard really kill his wife? Intriguing!

The Great War on Page and Screen with Bill Lazarus

World War I captured in novels by Hemingway and Pat Barker; in non-fiction by Paul Fussell and Barbara Tuchman; in poetry by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon; and in films by Peter Weir and Jean Renoir showing us the horror and heroism of the war to end all wars.

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