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History is the most inclusive and wide-ranging of intellectual pursuits. No other discipline offers more to those who take seriously one of the central purposes of humanistic studies: to educate an informed, thinking, and aware society capable of meeting the challenges of the new century. Gain an understanding of the present and training for the future by building a foundation through knowledge of the past with our history classes.

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Great Love Stories of St. Louis

Join us for a fun, in-depth study of several important true love stories in St. Louis history. Topics will include Dred and Harriet Scott, Frankie and Johnny, Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent, plus several known and unknown stories of the power of love to change history.
HIST:708 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Feb. 7 | FP-C, 225

Correct in Every Detail! The Battle of the Little Bighorn in Art

While the events of Custer's Last Stand remain an historical puzzle, this has not prevented scores of artists to attempt to depict the event in art. This class will explore some of these artworks-both well-known and more obscure paintings.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular

Operations Lea and Junction City

In 1947 the French launched an operation to capture a Viet Minh headquarters location, and in 1967 a similar operation was conducted by the Americans. Both will be discussed in class, with a look at how resources and methods had evolved over twenty years of warfare in Vietnam.
HIST:765 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular

The Origins of World War I

Was WWI unavoidable? This class will examine the long-term structural issues and problems that contributed to the conflict, as well as the short-term decisions in 1914 that directly lead to the war. Come and see if you can decide what caused the conflict.
HIST:714 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | M 7-9 p.m. | John Ketcherside | March 4 | MC-BA, 114

Anatomy of an Impeachment

Through an examination of case studies in American history, this course will provide a basic overview of the presidential impeachment process. It will consider the basic legal framework for impeachment, discuss impeachable offenses, and examine the role of each branch of government in impeachment proceedings. Please join us for a non-partisan discussion of this intriguing component of the American political structure. You will leave with a fresh recollection of the system of checks and balances and a fun set of trivia facts with which to impress your politically-minded friends.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P02 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young | March 12 | STLCC-South County, 120

Margaret Anna from the 1840s-1920s: A Journey Through Eight Decades

Margaret Anna was strong and determined. She lived the role of a wife with many moves where many hardships lay just around the corner at each turn of events. From Pennsylvania, where she was born, to Illinois, and ultimately to St. Louis, follow Margaret Anna's arduous journey with our storyteller. Join us as we travel through the decades of Margaret Anna's life and perhaps discover truths about your own ancestors' paths. A time for sharing stories will be included.
HIST:701 | 1 session | $19 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | Th 7-8:30 p.m. | March 14 | MC-SO, 205

NEW! Native American Testimonies and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

In recent years, new light has been shed on Native American accounts of the Little Bighorn. This class will explore how historians have now been able to tell the story in a fuller way through the testimonies of warriors who fought and survived the battle.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular

The Politics of Population Part I: Home Front

As the planet becomes increasingly, as Thomas Friedman puts it, "…hot, flat, and crowded," the politics surrounding population size, growth, and control have taken on new relevance. The first part of this series will explore the various factors that shape our national attitudes toward population, including religion, immigration, birth control, race, economics, and power dynamics. Please join us to examine the forces at work in shaping the discussion of population in the world's third most fruitful nation.
HIST:765 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P02 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young | March 26 | MC-SO, 204

NEW! The Motorcycle in American Life

They started off as bicycles with motors, but they became their own form of transportation. The turn of the century saw America start to manufacture its own motorcycles, and police departments started using them in 1911. Doug Schneider will cover the role that motorcycles have played in American life-from transportation to cinema to folklore to self-expression to music to a sense of menace. Discussion will also cover modern aspects of the motorcycle business such as motorcycle companies trying to reach new demographics, including women.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P04 | Tu 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider | April 2 | MC-BA, 120

NEW! Major St. Louis Disasters and How They Changed History

Cholera, tornado(es), fire-all of these things have devastated our city but brought about improvements to cities across the globe. Topics will include the 1896 and 1927 St. Louis tornadoes, the Great Fire of 1849, transportation disasters, and more.
HIST:708 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P02 | Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | April 4 | FP-C, 225

The Second Battle of the Bulge

This class will examine the German offensive in southern France that started as the Bulge concluded. Called Operation North Wind, it was actually the last German offensive on the Western Front, and was arguably more successful for the Germans than the Bulge. Come and find out why this battle never gets the attention from history it deserves.
HIST:714 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P02 | M 7-9 p.m. | John Ketcherside | April 8 | MC-BA, 114

Water: The Middle East's Other Precious Resource

Though the Middle East contains roughly half of the world's proven oil reserves and five percent of its people, it boasts a meager one percent of its renewable water supply. An elaborate system of canals, pipelines, wells, underground aquifers and other creations struggles to bring clean, sufficient water to the region's people. In the best of times, the supply is barely adequate. In times of turmoil, as the modern era undoubtedly is, lack of access to water threatens the population's crops, livelihood, health, and survival. Please join us for a look at the Middle East's other precious resource, on which its people depend even more than oil.
HIST:727 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young | April 9 | STLCC-South County, 118

George Marshall: Soldier and Statesman

George Marshall is the quintessential American soldier statesman: a member of Gen. Pershing's staff In World War I, Chief of Staff and organizer of victory in World War II, envoy to warring factions in China, namesake of the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe, Secretary of Defense and State and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The trusted confidant of Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, Marshall's name would become controversial in the partisan politics that followed his days in public service. Spend an evening reflecting on the life of the man who Harry Truman referred to as "The Great One."
HIST:703 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P05 | Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen | April 11 | MC-SO, 205

NEW! History Through the Lens of African-Americans via Cinema, Radio, TV and Print

History Through the Lens of African-Americans via Cinema, Radio, Television, and Print Media is the perfect opportunity to converse about political, social, and relevant issues on the plight of African-Americans. Conversations in class are centered on how film/media is portrayed via the lens of the creator and the student as the critic. By opening a dialogue through film/media, this course opens an outlet that allows participants to discuss relevant issues.
HIST:711 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P01 | Tu 6-9 p.m. | Keith Ware | April 30 | FV-SS, 105

The Battle of Britain Before the Blitz

Considered an epic story of David and Goliath, this class will compare the tactics, technology, and strategy of the Luftwaffe and the RAF in 1940. Come see how these aspects of the battle were set in the years before the war.
HIST:714 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P03 | M 7-9 p.m. | John Ketcherside | May 6 | WW, 227

NEW! Age of Railroading

This May marks the Sesquicentennial of the Golden Spike. On May 10, 1869, the Continent was united by Golden and Silver spikes at Promontory Point, Utah. Spend an evening riding into the history Age of Railroading as we discuss the development of an industry that moved the passengers and freight, spawned the development of the West, and was one of the most important industries of the Gilded Age.
HIST:703 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P06 | Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen | May 9 | MC-SO, 205

The Palestinian Position I: The Current State of Palestine

Opinions regarding the causes of the current status of the Palestinian people abound. So do those offering potential solutions to their statelessness, opportunity deficit, and relative lack of control over their political and economic future. This course will discuss the present position of the Palestinian people. It will examine conditions in Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinian rights under Israeli law, the role of the Palestinians in Arab society, the diaspora, and the refugee crisis. We will evaluate the Israeli government's approach to and policies governing its Palestinian minority. Please join us to examine the present state of the Palestinian people and their hopes for a settled, prosperous, sovereign future.
HIST:727 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P02 | W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young | April 17 | MC-BA, 116
• NOTE: Classroom has changed.

The Palestinian Position II: The Future State of Palestine

Refugees. Jerusalem. Unemployment. Population growth. Shaping a new Palestine will not be easy. This course will examine the current state and origins of Palestinian society, politics, and the economy. It will consider factors that have thus far inhibited Palestinian statehood, steps toward statehood that are underway or in the planning stages, and the regional implications of such an arrangement. Though aspects of this course regarding events still unfolding and an uncertain future will require a degree of conjecture, it is committed to revealing the known, relevant facts. Please join us to envision a world that includes a Palestinian state. Do not be afraid to bring your reservations and questions regarding, or, Inshallah, solutions to this complicated, emotionally-charged issue.
HIST:727 | 1 session | $14 Age 60+ | $19 Regular
P03 | W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Katie Young | May 1 | MC-BA, 116
• Note: Classroom has changed.

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