Lifelong Learning History and Current Events Courses
Lifelong Learning courses are designed primarily for students age 50 and over. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. See schedule of Lifelong Learning classes to find current schedules, location, dates, and costs.Current Events: Food For Thought
Italy in the Age of the Renaissance, See course listing under Art and Art History
African Americans in the Movies since WWII LLI-914 12 Hours
This course will explore how the post-World War II era swept aside the extreme racial segregation that was prevalent in movies from the medium’s start. Students will discover how the African American films, known as “race movies,” largely disappeared in the 1950s when demeaning stereotypes of African Americans in mainstream movies was set aside. The new intelligent and dignified roles proved successful for Sidney Poitier, Dorothy Dandridge, and others.
Anatomy of a Revolution LLI-874 8 Hours
In this course, the revolutionary movement will be examined from the perspectives of sociology and political science. You will be introduced to the great revolutions of the past—the American Revolution, French Revolution, Russian Revolution, Chinese Revolution, Cuban Revolution, and “the Arab Spring” Revolution and discuss their commonalities, differences, causes, and outcomes. Historian Crane Briton’s book, Anatomy of a Revolution, will be introduced.
Conflict - Modern Middle East, LLI-637, 37.5 Hours
Join us to examine the contemporary conflicts and problems of the Middle East and their impact upon world politics, including U.S. foreign policy. The class covers the period from the late 18th century to the present and explores the Islamic heritage, the impact of Western imperialism, modernization and the tension between traditionalism and modernity, the rise of Arab nationalism and political revolutionary change, inter-Arab rivalries, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the impact of oil, and the role of the superpowers. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Historical Books Discussions LLI-800 8 Hours
President Theodore Roosevelt
New Topic! This course examines highly acclaimed political biographies and uses it as a platform for a fresh look at prominent historical figures. This class will offer a fresh lool at Theodore Roosevelt’s life, presidency, and legacy. Join us in an instructor-led analysis and engaging discussion of the book by Doris Goodman, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt.
International Political and Social Issues LLI-692 12 Hours
New Topics! Learn about and share ideas on key pressing political and social issues that have an international impact. Topics may include: overpopulation issues; global look at technology and jobs; fundamentalist movements: ISIS recruitment: what makes them appealing; political conflicts in Syria; politics of China in the South Sea; and US and Cuba: a new relationship. In addition, issues such as immigration, environment, agribusiness, health, and children will be explored. The moderator and/or guest speakers will provide a list of suggested readings and links to more information about local initiatives on the topic.
Montgomery County Towns and Places LLI-917 7 Hours
Exploring Cabin John, Bethesda, and Chevy Chase Explore the towns’ past and their people; the mystery of Cabin John; and examine the comparison of the growth, development, and interaction of the two neighboring enclaves Bethesda and Chevy Chase. Lectures and slides will bring alive the history and heritage of the towns. Booklets and books written by the instructors and the Montgomery County Historical Society may be available for purchase. Each class will be followed by a guided history walk of the towns discussed in the lectures.
Post-World War II: The Cold War LLI-919 6 Hours NEW
Out of the ashes of the Second World War new powers contended for world domination; however, the advent of nuclear weapons and space age systems gave rise to the possibility of civilization’s eradication. In 1948, Bernard M. Baruch termed this environment the “Cold War.” Examine the military and political aspects of this period; the problems in rebuilding Europe and Japan; and the scientific and technological aspects of this period. In addition, explore the societal and economic impact of the GI Bill and the changing social mores of the period.
Race to the White House—The 2016 Presidential Primary Season LLI-915 12 HoursNew
Classes will consist of a short lecture, group discussion of the week’s events, short speeches by the candidates, and debates or press conferences featuring questions from the media. Representatives of the Republican and Democratic parties or of individual candidates will be invited to the final class to talk about the campaign and field questions developed by the class.
The World in the 20th Century LLI-923 37.5 Hours
This course focuses on the origins and impact of two world wars including the resulting emergence of national superpowers. Discussions will cover: the rise of communism and fascism and their impact on the crisis of democracy; analysis of modernization in the non-Western world; the autonomous processes in Africa, Asia, Latin America; and North and South American relations.
U.S. History: Colonial—1865 LLI-922 37.5 Hours
This course will provide an understanding of early European exploration and expansion into North America. The origins and aftermath of the American Revolution, including constitutional governance and the foreign relations and foreign policy necessary for independence; social, cultural, and intellectual growth in the new republic as well as Western expansion and economic development as an assertion of national identity. This course culminates in discussing the Civil War: defining the role of federal government and states’ rights, and the conflict over slavery.
World History: A Comparative Survey from the Ancient World to A.D.1500 LLI-610 37.5 Hours
Explore contemporary life in terms of the accumulated cultural experiences of the world and learn to appreciate the growing interdependence of modern nations. Join us for this comparative inquiry into the emergence and flowering of ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean civilizations; the Christian Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe; China and the development of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; Hinduism and Indian empires; Islam and its conquests and the rise of the Ottoman Empire; civilizations of the Americas; and African developments.
World History: A Comparative Survey from A.D. 1500 to Present LLI-643 37.5 Hours
Explore contemporary life in terms of the accumulated cultural experiences of the world and learn to appreciate the growing interdependence of modern nations. This comparative course covers autonomous local developments in the various parts of the world as well as the settling of the New World; the scientific and industrial revolutions and their diffusion; Western dominance of the non-Western world and its decline; the rise of mass societies, Marxism, and worldwide revolutions; the effects of two world wars; and the struggles to modernize.
World History: A Comparative Survey from the Ancient World to A.D.1500, LLI-610, Hours: 37.5
This course covers the world’s great cultures, religions, and political systems. It offers you the opportunity to understand contemporary life in terms of the accumulated cultural experiences of the world and to appreciate the growing inter- dependence of modern nations. Join us for this comparative inquiry into the emergence and flowering of ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean civilizations; the Christian Middle Ages and Renaissance in Europe; China and the development of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; Hinduism and Indian empires; Islam and its conquests and the rise of the Ottoman Empire; civilizations of the Americas; and African developments. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
World War II LLI-875 16 Hours
Two decades after World War I, World War II was the greatest conflict and tragedy in human history. This war involved over 30 countries and resulted in the death of 55 million people. The focus of this course will be on the causes, development, and implications of World War II and will also cover the war in East/West Europe, Soviet Union, North Africa, the Holocaust, D-Day, Pearl Harbor, and the Atomic Bomb. Finally, students will discuss how this war affected political and social structures in the post-war era.