Spring Classes


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Tuesday

The Psychology of Good and Evil

Something bad has happened. Some people walk by—others get involved. Why? What is the most important factor in morale or value based behavior? This course will examine social, religious, and psychological factors that impact each of us and our society.

Date: March 21, 28 and April 4
Time:  10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $78.
Instructor: Steven Nunes, Ed.D.Class code: S1721

Survey of Popular Fiction
There's 'Literature" with a capital "L" and then there's the other kind: literature for the masses: murder mysteries, Westerns, romances, science fiction & fantasy, horror & suspense thrillers. The class will look at how these well-known genres of popular fiction differ from literary fiction (form, language, audience and author intent) and why it's good to read both kinds.

Dates: April 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $78.
Instructor: Clare Walker, D.V.M.
Class code: S1722

C. S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis, commonly known as C.S. Lewis, was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, theologian, and world-renowned lecturer.  He was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century.  Course explores the Irish author, his nonfictional work about Christianity, the first book in his fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and his other literary works.  An optional feature includes a visit to Wheaton College's Wade Center, an internationally acclaimed archive of works and artifacts related to C.S. Lewis and his contemporaries.

Dates: May 2, 9, 16
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $78.
Instructor: Clare Walker, D.V.M.
Class code: S1723

Wednesday


The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
The Great Chicago Fire burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871.  It destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people, caused an estimated $200 million in damages and left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide in ruins. Review the destruction and reconstruction that spurred great economic
development and growth unmatched in our Chicago history.

Date: March 22
Time:  10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $26.
Instructor: John Boda, B.A.
Class code: S1731

Saudi Arabia's Role in the Middle East: How Her Past Dictates Her Present
How does Saudi Arabia's geography, history and culture play into her foreign policy and her role in today's Middle East?  Saudi Arabia faces a growing risk of instability on many fronts. We will look at how Saudi Arabia has evolved and how that colors her present position in the Middle East as well as her relationship with the United States.

Dates: March 29
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $26.
Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Class code: S1732

Generals of the Civil War: North and South
More than three million men fought in the war.  Two percent of the total U.S. population – more than 620,000 people died in it. The extraordinary circumstances of the Civil War produced more unforgettable generals than any other war in our history.  This course is presented in two different classes which will explore the Civil War through the generals of the Union Army and the Confederate States Army. Register for one or both.

Northern Generals
Dates: April 5, 19
Time:  10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: James Weren, M.A.
Class code: S1733


One Day Painting Workshop
This workshop is designed for those seeking to improve their painting skills. We will paint a still life on one 16x20 inch canvas. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply basic acrylic painting techniques using various painting tools, palette knives, brushes and sponges to create texture and shape. We will review brush strokes and select colors to create depth and value in you painting. The instructor supplies all materials. Additional art supply fee of $30.

Date: April 12
Time: 9:00am—3:00pm (Noon to 12:30 lunch break on your own)
Cost: $58. plus art supply fee of $30.
Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.
Class code: S1734

The Supreme Court: Does One Nomination Really Matter?
Over the course of U.S. history, the Senate has confirmed 124 of the 161  Supreme Court nominations made. The current effort to name and confirm a justice to fill a Supreme Court opening  has now covered parts of two Supreme Court terms and constitutes the longest resolution of a nomination in our history.  Let's look at a past election and a past nomination to try to discern just how much one nomination really matters. If the current nominee is confirmed how will it likely effect the court?

Dates: April 26
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $26.
Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.
Class code: S1735

Generals of the Civil War: North and South
More than three million men fought in the war. Two percent of the total U.S. population – more than 620,000 people died in it. The extraordinary circumstances of the Civil War produced more unforgettable generals than any other war in our history.  This course is presented in two different classes which will explore the Civil War through the generals of the Union Army and the Confederate States Army. Register for one or both.

Southern Generals
Dates: May 3, 10
Time:  1:00—3:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: James Weren, M.A.
Class code: S1736

One Day Painting Workshop
This workshop is designed for those seeking to improve their painting skills. We will paint a still life on one 16x20 inch canvas. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply basic acrylic painting techniques using various painting tools, palette knives, brushes and sponges to create texture and shape. We will review brush strokes and select colors to create depth and value in you painting. The instructor supplies all materials. Additional art supply fee of $30.

Date: May 17
Time: 9:00am—3:00pm (Noon to 12:30 lunch break on your own)
Cost: $58. plus art supply fee of $30.
Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.
Class code: S1737

Triumphs and Tragedy of LBJ
This class examines the president who succeeded the youngest person ever elected president in U.S. history, LBJ's attempt to end an unpopular war and how he met his own Waterloo. Learn about LBJ as educator, leader in the U.S. Senate, vice president and president of the United States.

Dates: May 24
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $26.
Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.
Class code: S1738

Luncheon and Travelogue: Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) is the name of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. People for all walks of life and corners of the world have followed its routes since the 12th century as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. Graynor and Roger Woolley walked one of the trails in 2016. Roger Woolley will return for his second trail walk in May. They will share their experiences through photos and discussion.
Price includes a luncheon.

Date: June 7
Time:  10:00—12:00pm
Cost: $15.
Instructor: Gaynor and Roger Woolley
Class code: S1739

Thursday


The Rise and fall of Adolph Hitler
There is no doubt that Adolph Hitler was the personification of evil. He was a megalomaniacs, he as obsessed, he was a spellbinding orator, he was totally bereft of empathy, and some say he was insane. How as he able to gain such influence over an entire nation and plunge the world into the depths of death and violence? Why did people idolize him and follow him down the path of total destruction? How could be perpetuate the horror of the Holocaust?

Date: March 23, 30
Time:  10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Steven Nunes, Ed.D.
Class code: S1741


Chicago Architecture
Out of the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, rose the architecture of Chicago that influenced buildings through the United States.  The class will explore the architectural pioneers of the Chicago School, the first modern skyscrapers, building designs, structures and techniques, and historical significance of Chicago architecture.

Date: March 30, April 6
Time:  1:00—3:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Jennifer Scavonne, M.F.A.
Class code: S1742

Chicago Mafia Families
Dating back to the early 1900s and originating in South Side Chicago, the Chicago Mafia or Outfit rose to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Capone, Bugs Moran, Nitti, Ness, and Giancana are just some of the figures linked to this colorful Chicago history. We will examine the Chicago Mafia crime families, how they were structured, key members, their impact on Chicago's growth and development, and their demise.

Dates: April 20, 27
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.
Class code: S1743


10 Things You Should Know About Your Money
Is there such a thing as a safe investment?  What rate of return should you expect to earn?  This class introduces strategies that help handle day-to-day finances, your money in retirement, and how to manage your investments. We will review financial basics, benefits and pitfalls of various investments, legacy planning, planning for aging and future health care cost, and possible sources of retirement income.
Time will be available for questions.

Date: May 4, 11
Time:  1:00—3:00pm
Cost: $48.
Instructor: Mary Kay Kluge, CFP
Class code: S1744


Poor Decisions that Changed United States History
Step back in history and ask the question: "What if?" Review decisions that may have changed the course of history relating to the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, Vietnam, and the Iraq War.  The course is based on the book: The March of Folly, From Troy to Vietnam by B. Tuchman.  Join us as we challenge the conventional decisions of history.

Dates: May 18, 25, June 1
Time: 10:00am—12:00pm
Cost: $78.
Instructor: David Diamond, M. A.
Class code: S1745


The Trump Presidency
Donald J Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America. This class will explore the man, his inner circle, the international and domestic issues he will face over the next four years, and his impact on our history. Join us as we explore President Trump and his presidential term.

Dates: May 18, 25, June 1
Time: 1:00—3:00pm
Cost: $78.
Instructor: David Diamond, M. A.
Class code: S1746  


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