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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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NEW! Wake Up and Smell the St. Louis Coffee

When Madame Chouteau moved to the tiny settlement of St. Louis in 1764, she brought her silver coffee pot from New Orleans. Coffee has played a major role in the St. Louis economy. During the 19th Century, our city was the largest inland distribution center for coffee in the United States. The 1904 World’s Fair gave coffee a boost. During the past century, our city has been replete with coffee roasters and coffee shops. Learn about the history of coffee in St. Louis, including our city’s first, second and third wave.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Douglas Schneider
May 26 | Online

NEW! Beer, Brats and Baseball: The History of St. Louis’s Favorite Sport

We all know St. Louis is Cardinal® Nation! Delve deeper into the city’s baseball history in this class, where we will discuss the German entrepreneur who brought the Brown Stockings to St. Louis, how the team became the Cardinals and the history behind some of your favorite baseball traditions.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S07 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
May 29 | Online

St. Louis: Birthplace of the Gas Station

St. Louis was home to our nation’s first gas station. Back in the day, stations were built with intriguing designs—some looking like Hansel and Gretel cottages, and others imitating houses with canopies. Over time, gas stations became uniform and unprofitable, but many intriguing locations never went away. Explore the evolution of St. Louis’s gas stations, including locations where you could get married, buy craft beer and goldfish, or even have your child’s respiratory infections cured.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S02 W 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
June 9 | Online

NEW! St. Louis Farmer’s Markets

St. Louis farmer’s markets date back to the 1770s. Our city had the second-largest indoor farmers market in the world. Today we have many farmer’s markets to choose from— both in summer and in winter. Discover the history of these unique markets and become a more informed shopper.
HIST-708  | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S04 W 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
June 30 | Online

Route 66 in Nearby Illinois

Route 66 is well-marked in the state of Illinois. Have you ever taken the time to explore it? Discover what you can see in Illinois from the Chain of Rocks Bridge to Springfield, including the sights of the state capitol to the birthplace of the corndog.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S03 M 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
June 28 | Online

Valley Park Buildings: Past and Present

At one time Valley Park, Missouri, had its own sphinx and was a favorite spot for lepidopterists. The city still contains many century homes. Explore major buildings in the city with a local historian and resident of Valley Park. Learn why movie makers considered Valley Park the ideal place to film a movie about uranium-crazed zombies. Find out why Valley Park has been called “the most significant company town in Missouri.”
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S05 W 7-8:30 p.m. | Douglas Schneider
July 21 | Online

NEW! Bosnians in St. Louis: An American Success Story

Discover the horrific circumstances that brought Bosnian war refugees to St. Louis and how they have fared here since their arrival over twenty-five years ago. With pictures, stories and written artifacts, explore what has become one of the greatest success stories of any recent mass settlement in the region.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S08 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Joe DeGregorio
June 15 | Online

NEW! The Hill: America’s Last Little Italy

The Hill is the last remaining Little Italy in America. Learn about the explosive growth in new buildings, remodeling, events and demographic shifts during the past ten years. Explore the challenge facing this neighborhood in retaining its Italian cultural identity while maintaining openness to, and acceptance of, new residents of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S09 W 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Joe DeGregorio
Aug. 11 | Online

NEW! History of Missouri Wines and Wineries

In 1851, Missouri wines won eight of the 12 prize medals at the World’s Fair in Vienna, Austria. In 1869, when the French wine industry was being devastated by an invasive louse, Missouri came to the rescue. Missouri was a wine leader in the United States until Prohibition, and experienced a late-20th Century industry revival. Take a virtual trip through the history of wineries in our state.
HIST-708 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S06 W 10-11:30 a.m. | Douglas Schneider
Aug. 4 | Online

United States

NEW! The Marvel™ Method

Discover the history behind Stan Lee’s “Marvel Method,” which led to the creation of some of the greatest comic book heroes and villains of all time. Gain a deeper understanding of how comics are created and some of the histories behind your favorite characters including Spiderman, the Avengers and the Fantastic Four from a local comic book shop owner. This offering is a great experience for comic book fans and cultural history buffs alike!
HIST-765 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S05 Th 7-9 p.m. | Martin Casas
July 8 | Online

NEW! Baseball’s Hidden Histories

Baseball is widely known as America’s favorite pastime. However, people from all different cultures and backgrounds participate in the sport. Throughout U.S. history, baseball has been a unifier and a catalyst for social change. Explore how race, gender and class movements were built on the baseball field and learn about some of your favorite sport’s hidden figures.
HIST-765 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S03 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
June 26 | Online

Steamship Captain: Riding on the High Seas in the 1850s

What was it like to cross the Atlantic from New York to London or France in the 19th century? Ride the waves of an 1850s steamship captain’s rich journey with his entourage and their fares, envisioning the luxury afforded passengers, the tribulations of crew hierarchy and the challenges of preparing a ship for voyage. Instructor wears period dress in this dynamic portrayal of 1850s life. This is a journey you won’t want to miss!
HIST-701 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $19 REG
S01 Th 7-8:30 p.m. | Gloria Perry
July 15 | MC-SO 205

Civil War as Modern War

During the Civil War, the nation employed many new kinds of technologies on a massive scale: rifling, ironclads and even canned food. The war was also modern in the way that it was fought. Explore how tactics and strategy evolved from Napoleonic styles to ways of war we recognize now.
HIST-705 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01W 7-8:30 p.m. | John Ketcherside
June 16 | MC-BA 120

WWII and the Civil Rights Movement

WWII combat experience was a catalyst for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Learn the connections between these two major historical events. Hear about the experience of well-known WWII units (e.g., 332nd Fighter Squadron, 761st Tank Battalion, 92nd and 93rd infantry divisions.) Discover their stories in combat-created motivations, justifications, and capacities for later activism.
HIST-714 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01 W 7-8:30 p.m. | John Ketcherside
June 2 | MC-BA 120

Protecting Our Nation’s Secrets

Join us for a discussion of the past and current issues affecting our country’s national security. Hear the narrative of the instructor’s thirty years of experience as a Federal Agent in Counter-Intelligence and his role in protecting our nation’s secrets.
HIST-703 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S02 Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Joe DeGregorio
Aug. 3 | Online

The Life and Legacy of George H.W. Bush

Our country recently said farewell to George H. W. and Barbara Bush. Spend an evening reflecting on the life of this Navy hero, Yale Bulldog, businessman, congressman, ambassador, vice president and president. Learn how he and Barbara became the linchpins of a political dynasty.
HIST-703 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. | James Gallen
Aug. 5 | MC-Student Center 123E


The Italian Front of WWII

The Mediterranean Theater of Operations, focus of military effort until June of 1944, is often eclipsed in popular memory by D-Day and the Western Europe campaign. Discover the rationale for the invasion of Italy, explore principal battles, and hear about personal experiences.
HIST-714 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S02 W 7-8:30 p.m. | John Ketcherside
July 7 | MC-BA 116

Afghanistan I: Before the Soviet Invasion

Afghanistan, where the Taliban seized control in 1996, was a failed state. While the decade-long conflict with the Soviet Union contributed to its demise, other long- and intermediate-range factors exacerbated the state’s collapse. Discover the history of Afghanistan that preceded and precipitated the 1979 Soviet invasion. Examine the domestic political, economic, and social conditions, and the role of foreign intruders that shaped contemporary Afghan perspectives and existence. Unravel the story of how this profoundly traditional, historically-rooted society found itself at the junction of left-wing radicalism and conservative Islam that provoked protracted wars with one, then another, global superpower.
HIST-727 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
June 10 | MC-SO 205

Afghanistan II: The Soviet Invasion and its Consequences

Afghanistan attempted to subjugate and firmly install its brand of communism in the nation during a period often referred to as the “Soviet Union’s Vietnam.” Examine the decade-long struggle, unpack the role of key players—including the United States, Pakistan and the Soviets—and the American-backed mujahedeen, who ultimately defeated and hastened the demise of a superpower. Explore the Soviet invasion in the context of Afghanistan’s complex geography, tribalism, Muslim identity, and alliances. Understand the Afghanistan that remained as the Soviets departed, and connect the story of how Afghanistan became the haven for terrorism and extremism that provoked another superpower invasion a decade after the Soviet withdrawal.  
HIST-727 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S02 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
June 17 | MC-SO 205

Afghanistan III: The Taliban and the Modern State

When the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, the CIA withdrew most of its funding and influence. What remained was a power vacuum in which old tribal rivalries resumed, now powered by radical Islam, American-provided Kalashnikovs and well-organized militias armed with the confidence of having just defeated the Soviet giant. Chronicle post-Soviet Afghanistan, from its struggles to install a government, to the rise of the Taliban, to its quest to retain a viable state among a people whose tribal history conflicts with the very concept of central government. The Afghanistan we know is marred by official corruption, terrorism, scarce resources, and a portion of the population that resists entry into the 21st century.
HIST-727 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S03 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
June 24 | MC-SO 205

NEW! Exploring the Olympics™: Mexico, 1968

Are you watching the Summer Olympics this year? With the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the road to the Olympics XXXII has been difficult to navigate in 2021. But this is certainly not the first time that the Olympic games have been troubled with worldwide concerns. Come explore the Olympics XIX, held in Mexico City in 1968. These Games of the Olympiad were the first held in Latin America, but they were fraught with political tensions including a student-protest-turned-massacre and a powerful protest that became a long-standing symbol of the Black Power Movement.
HIST-765 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S04 Sa 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Victoria Cannon
July 24 | Online

NEW! 9/11, 20 Years Later: Unpacking the Terror

Twenty years have passed since the deadliest terror attack on American soil. In addition to overwhelming grief and fear, Americans also suffered a profound lack of understanding: We, quite literally, didn’t know what hit us. Learn about the individuals and organization that devastated our country and uncover some of the answers to lingering questions. Unpack the history, ideology, objectives, and methods of those who perpetrated the atrocities inflicted on America and its people on 9/11. Piece together the roles of Afghan history, the Soviet Union, the Taliban, the Sa’udis, and radical Islamist terrorism, in making Osama bin Laden’s vision of horror a momentary reality.
HIST-765 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
Aug. 5 | MC-SO 205

NEW! America’s Response: The War on Terror

In the immediate aftermath of the horror inflicted on the United States on 9/11, it was the task of the George W. Bush Administration to craft a response. Exactly a week later, under intense pressure to “do something”, the president signed into law a joint resolution authorizing the use of force against the perpetrators. This resolution would go on to justify a host of policy decisions: the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and a broad-ranging domestic surveillance program, to name a few. This course will examine the difficulties associated with retaliating against a non-state actor, review specific operations associated with the “War on Terror”, and assess the extent to America’s post-9/11 focus has produced its desired results. 
HIST-765 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S02 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
Aug. 12 | MC-SO 205

The First Thing About Iran

The 2020s opened with a heightened and concerning level of tension between the United States and Iran. As is common Middle Eastern conflict, it is difficult to find straightforward, credible, relevant information on the sources of hostility that have led to the current state of affairs. Learn how Persia became Iran, an entrenched hereditary monarchy became a revolutionary Shi’ite theocracy, and Iran became a global pariah state. Engage in a primer of the last century of Iranian history and the nation’s position in the international system. This study will provide an informed lens through which to view any subsequent developments.
HIST-727 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S04 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
July 8 | MC-SO 205

Foreign Policy of Revolutionary Iran

The most effective militias confronting ISIS in Iraq and Syria have been Iranian: Human waves, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, threats against Israel, Hizballah, Yemen and the nuclear program. This second installment of our Iran investigation will focus on its foreign policy, from the ascendancy of the Ayatollah through the death of Qassem Soleimani. Examine the (mostly regional) foreign policy actions and objectives of Revolutionary Iran that will outline its friends, foes, capabilities, and limitations.
HIST-727 | 1 session | $21 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S05 Th 7-9 p.m. | Katie Young
July 22 | MC-SO 205

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