Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity’s Greatest Empire (354)
The ancient Roman world, which lasted more than 1,000 years, and spanned three continents at its height has left us enduring images of its power and influence. Working on the premise that Rome needed to “impress” its mostly illiterate subjects, Dr. Stephen Tuck, a professor of classics, guides us through that ancient culture’s cultural and practical contributions to its far flung empire. In this final set of lectures from the Great Courses series, Dr. Tuck discusses the Roman colonies, Roman harbors and border monuments, and Roman bathing culture. He ends the series with “A Day in Pompeii” and “A Day in Rome.” OLLI member Barb Mitchell will be your facilitator. You need not have taken any of the previous classes to enjoy this segment. You will have access to previously viewed DVDs.
Tuesdays: July 15, 22, 29 & August 5 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
I Like Ike: Exploring Eisenhower’s Hidden-Hand Presidency (355)
This course examines the Eisenhower White House and American political scene from 1952-1961, focusing on Ike’s presidential management style (in comparison with previous administrations). This includes an in-depth discussion of his background as a general and World War II hero in relation to his political ambitions, position within the Republican Party of the 1950s, and 1952 campaign for the presidency. Along with politics, the course will also contemplate Eisenhower’s extensive use of the National Security State’s “new” Central Intelligence Agency in relation to secret wars in South America and abroad, his solidification of the Military Industrial Complex, and the Atoms for Peace Program as it relates back to his “Hidden-Hand” management style. The class is led by Katherine Ellison, an SVSU and Delta adjunct faculty member and managing director of History Geek Consulting.
Tuesdays: July 22, 29, August 5 & 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
A Century of Progress: The 1933 World’s Fair (356)
1933 might easily have been one of the darkest years in the history of mankind. Hitler came to power and the Depression was at its deepest point. Still, hope loomed for a brighter future. Forty million people found the money and the time to visit “A Century of Progress” on the waterfront just south of Navy Pier in Chicago. There, science aided by industry and government predicted a better tomorrow. Our tomorrow was modeled for all to see. Cars would drive themselves, homes would be transformed, pictures would come through the airwaves into every home, and trains would get you from Denver to Chicago in one day. This will be a riveting class with media to add to the excitement. The class, led by OLLI member Fred Welsh, will be a follow-up to his previous class on the Columbian Exposition.