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Elizabethan England

Lyndell O’Hara, PhD, history professor, Nyack College

It was the Golden Age of England: Elizabeth I was on the throne, the Spanish Armanda was defeated, colonies were established in the New World, the plays of Shakespeare and Marlowe were filling theaters on the “other side” of the Thames, and peace and prosperity reigned throughout the land. While the major events of the time will be recognized, the concentration of this course will be on the daily life of the humble, common person in this Golden Age. Did they share in this era of peace and prosperity? We will dive into a sixteenth century town to study the customs, religion, and culture of the people who existed far beyond the magnificence of Elizabeth’s court! 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Feb 18-Mar 4, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 322

How Did We Get Here?

Brooks Susman, history, philosophy instructor and rabbi emeritus

Is the past prologue? Does history repeat itself? Does the arc of history bend toward justice? Sharpen your opinions by examining current events through the lens of history. Each week we will discuss and debate Sunday editorials and news coverage (in both left and right leaning media outlets) with a view to their resonance in history and in our own lives. Knowledge is more than a headline. Napoleon said “history is a set of agreed upon lies.” Santayana declared, “those who forget the past are condemned to relive it.” Are they right? 4 SESSIONS

Wed, Feb 20-Mar 13, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 107

Remarkable People: Dewey And Du Bois, Icons Of Education

Connie Goddard, historian

John Dewey and W.E.B. Du Bois were public intellectuals whose voluminous works animated discussions about schools and society during the first half of the 20th century. Both contributed to the development of another icon, the Manual Training and Industrial School in Bordentown (1886-1955), a state-supported boarding school for “colored youth”. Their works, and the school’s disputed heritage, remain prescient today and inform our understanding of contemporary challenges. 3 SESSIONS

Thurs, Feb 28-Mar 14, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 078

Positive Aging

Diane Lang, therapist, author, educator

Life expectancy has improved considerably in recent decades. Most of us look forward to more than twenty years in retirement. How we choose to address our aging bodies and minds during this time is up to us. Our beliefs on aging play a huge role in our happiness and health. We will explore ways to thrive at any age, perspective on the aging process, the truths and myths of aging and cultivate a positive approach to future years and the new possibilities the next stage of life can bring. 3 SESSIONS

Mon, Apr 1-15, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPERS 211

Human Rights – Where Philosophy Meets Reality

Matthew Hershberger, writer, editor, human rights scholar

Even in divisive times, most of us would agree: everyone deserves basic human rights like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But how do these idealistic concepts fare when they’re confronted with the real world? There are few places where philosophy meets reality as starkly and controversially as in the field of human
rights. Thoughtful topics will include: human rights and climate change, human rights and immigration and human rights and terrorism. 3 SESSIONS

Wed, Apr 3-17, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $65, XPHIL 069

Are We Alone? Inquiry Into The Mystery Of Life

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist

There is mounting excitement that we are getting closer to answering the age-old question “Are we alone in the universe?” But has science brought us any closer to answering “Why are we here in the universe?” By recounting our current scientific knowledge of cosmic evolution, this class will provide a new perspective on some of the most profound questions that mankind has posed on the origin and purpose of life on Earth. 4 SESSIONS

Fri, Apr 5-Apr 26, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $85, XPERS 275

The Salem Witchcraft Trials

Lyndell O’Hara, PhD, history professor, Nyack College

In 1692, 144 men and women were interrogated by a council of judges regarding their possible collusion with the devil. Nineteen of them were put to death. Historians today still debate as to why this quickly escalating tragedy occurred in Salem. Was it caused by a growing tension in gender relations? Economic competition between Salem town and Salem village? Indian wars? What led people in a small colonial town to believe their neighbors were possessed by Satan and must be put to death for the safety of the community? In this course, we will examine the accusations, trials and executions from different perspectives as we form our own opinions as to the underlying motive. 3 SESSIONS

Wed, Apr 24-May 8, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 323

Great Decisions: American Foreign Policy

Gregory Caggiano, historian, presidential scholar

Great Decisions is America’s global affairs discussion program with instructor guidance provided by the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves classroom meetings to watch the Great Decisions briefing DVDs and discussing the most critical global issues facing America today. These 3 sessions will include:

• Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
• Decoding US-China Trade
• The Middle East: Regional Disorder

Thurs, Apr 25-May 9, 1-3 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 046

The Stories We Tell

Patricia Whitehead, librarian

Reality is often a subjective affair and we each have our own narratives. What is real? What is fiction, myth, delusion? Let’s explore. Stories are: The Whore’s Child by Richard Russo, That in Aleppo Once by Vladimir Nabokov and Shamengwa by Louise Erdrich. Stories will be emailed. 3 SESSIONS

Fri, Apr 26-May 10, 10 am-noon
Fee and Code: $59, XHUML 099

Supreme Court Decisions: Church And State

Bruce Brickman, Esq., instructor

Values clash when zealous faith meets the secular wall. Examine the Supreme Court’s pattern of often conflicted decisions involving religious clauses. Understand how the Court reached landmark, controversial, decisions. Clarify past decisions and current approach in order to glimpse the future inclination of the Court. Please bring a copy of the U.S. Constitution if you have one. 4 SESSIONS

Tues, Apr 30-May 21, 2-4 pm
Fee and Code: $85, XHUMN 325

Understanding Cryptocurrency

Lawrence Bashe, economist

Cryptocurrency is defined as decentralized digital money. Bitcoin is considered the first of its kind – electronic currency that does not use a central bank. But what does that mean, how does it work and what should individuals know. Join us and learn the basics. 2 SESSIONS

Wed, May 22 & 29, 10:30 am-noon
Fee and Code: $49, XFING 088

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