Pearl Harbor Avenged – The Comeback of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific

On New Year’s Day 1942 the U.S. Navy was still reeling from the ignominious defeat at Pearl Harbor. Fourteen months later the tide had turned and Japan had been stopped and was in retreat. This course will explore the political & military decisions, intelligence work, deception operations and military actions that led to this near-miraculous recovery. It will cover a variety of operations, including the battles of the Coral Sea & Midway, and the Guadalcanal campaign.

Mondays, Sept. 8-29 (4 sessions) Perdue Hall Room 149

12-1:30 p.m. Course Leader: Michael J. Roberts

The White House - What a Tale it Tells

The first session of this group of visual presentations follows the progress of the building itself, as constant renovations were made to keep pace with necessary entertaining and diplomacy. The vast 1948-52 reconstruction led to the mansion's accreditation as a museum. A two-session survey follows of First Ladies and how they kept a step ahead of public curiosity about decor in the President's House as the collection of the highest quality of European and American decorative arts in porcelain, gold, silver, clothing, and furnishings became world renowned. We close with the story of a Presidential Family, the Madisons.

Mondays, Oct. 6-Nov. 3 (5 sessions) Nabb Research Center

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Eleanor Mulligan

Rivers of the Chesapeake 2: The Susquehanna System

From its beginnings as an extension of the Susquehanna River, Chesapeake Bay has been shaped by that river system that furnishes about 50% of its fresh water and 43% of its watershed. In Rivers of the Susquehanna System (the second part of a projected three-part series), we will look at the "influence" of the Susquehanna as it extends from Maryland to New York and figures into the history and condition of the Bay. Topics include: 1) The Stem – Opening the Frontier and Clearing the Way to Baltimore and Philadelphia; 2) The Juniata – Rebellions and Improvements on the Way to Pittsburgh; 3) The West Branch – Enterprise and Disaster on the Allegheny Front; 4) The North Branch – Energy and its Effects from the Susquehanna explosion, through the Molly Maguires to Three Mile Island. Participants will explore the impact of the river system and human activities along those rivers in supporting and threatening life on the Bay.

Mondays, Sept.8-29 (four sessions) Perdue Hall Room 251

2:30-4 p.m. Course Leader: Phillip Hesser


The Heart of the Matter: Landlocked Africa & its Challenges

The center of the African continent (including all or part of the countries of Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Republic of the Congo, and Uganda) has most recently surfaced in the news because of the crises related to militias and Jihadists. Yet the region has played an important part of many key developments in history ranging from the rise of the West African empires to the establishment of Free France in World War II. This course will trace the kingdoms and states of the region and their interaction with the empires and forces on their fringes. Topics include: 1) From Sands to Shores – First Connections with the Mediterranean and the Nile; 2) Travelers’ Tales – The Great Islamic Empires; 3) Empire and Liberation – Central Africa in the Great Game and World War II; and 4) Consent and Crisis – the Search for a Center in the Landlocked States. Participants will explore how a region long ignored by the world has gained the attention of the media for the suffering of its people and continues to struggle with the challenges of a past both glorious and painful.

Mondays, Oct. 6-27 (four sessions) Perdue Hall Room 251

2:30-4 p.m. Course Leader: Phillip Hesser

Psychology of Aging

There are more older people in the USA than ever before and we are now part of this surging population. Unlike many of our grandparents and parents, we will not be content sitting in a rocking chair with an afghan and a plate of cookies. We are living longer, working longer, staying connected, striving for a healthy quality life, and, yes, even loving longer. We are challenging stereotypes and defying a "culture of youth" that still seems caught in the age-phobic dark ages. In essence, we are older people--with attitude!

In the last couple of decades colleges began offering courses in aging, which now encompass the psychology, sociology, and biology of aging. Academia has realized the crises of ignorance that plagues this country and its relationship to its seniors. This course will focus on the psychology of those that are now considered senior citizens, but it is also focused on the psychology of the "younger" whose reactions to the elderly are frequently based on their own fear of aging.

Tuesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 16 (6 sessions) Bethany Lutheran Church

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Carolyn Stegman

Distributive Justice

In a market economy, we often confront the challenge of deciding whether the allocation of resources satisfies some standard of fairness in terms of process and distributive outcomes. Drawing on writings from philosophy, history, and economics, we craft a mechanism to measure how income distribution is achieved in a market economy and modified through public sector intervention. In the process, we explore the question of whether our political discourse produces choices that are both consistent and acceptable in the presence of imperfect information. Topics include: 1. What Do We Mean by Distributive Justice, 2. How Can We Measure Distributive Justice, 3. Linking Distributive Justice to the Polity (including a review of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, the Food Stamp Program, among others), and 4. Implications of Distributive Justice for the Roles of States and Markets, (including an examination of tools to manage risk).

Tuesdays, Oct. 21-Nov. 11 (four sessions) Bethany Lutheran Church

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Phillip LeBel


Families in Fiction

It’s all relative(s). The joy, pain, and puzzlement of marriage and family continue to fuel creative writing from Peoria to Pretoria. This course will analyze selected short stories from around the world relating to such topics as "The Marriage Go-Round," My Mama Done Told Me," "Papa Don’t Preach," "The Eyes of a Child," "My Brother’s Keeper," and "To Grandmother’s House We Go," among others. Participants will receive texts via e-mail.

Wednesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 29 (eight sessions) Bethany Lutheran Church

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Nancy Hesser

The Constitution and the Supreme Court: The Death Penalty and Other Criminal Justice Issues.

Thursdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16 (6 sessions) Bethany Lutheran Church

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Page Insley Austin

The justices’ ongoing debate whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment reflects their differing philosophies of constitutional interpretation and the proper role of courts and legislatures in our society. We will discuss the majority and dissenting opinions in the Court’s key death penalty decisions, focusing on the arguments on each side. Topics include: arbitrariness and discrimination in the imposition of the death penalty; the death penalty trial; constitutionality of the death penalty for juveniles and the mentally disabled; post-conviction claims of innocence; and methods of execution. Enrollment limited to 20.

"The Phone off the Hook," Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton

In the early days of the women’s rights movement, two poets claimed the attention and admiration as spokespersons for women everywhere. Justly or unjustly, these two poets reinforced each other in a journey toward suicide. Along the way, the women probed religion, mythology and Nazi Germany for images to express their feelings of repression and shame. Once the darlings of poetry circles, both are now being relegated by critics to the shadowed world of "women’s poets." We’ll listen to some voices from the not too distant past and share the world of two very different women who tried to stay in touch with each other even though the world was watching them and waiting for them to fail.

Thursdays, Oct. 23-Nov. 20 (6 sessions) Bethany Lutheran church

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Dorothy Yeatman


Inspiration between the Breakers and the Bay - The Heroic Tale of Art in Delmarva

Did you know that some of the most innovative and most beloved artists in the history of our country had ties to the Eastern Shore? Since the colonial era Delmarva was the birthplace, home, and inspiration of many artists (both men and women) who played significant roles in the founding of the United States and the development of our identity as Americans. From rebels to Quaker school girls, from fertile imagination to great ingenuity - the 300-year history of the fine and decorative arts in Delmarva is a heroic tale not to be missed.

Thursdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 2 (4 sessions) Perdue Hall Room 263

2:30-4 p.m. Course Leader: Tamora Kowalski

Photographs: Window to Our World

Photography has the power to uplift our spirit, and change our world view. It has also expressed humor, courage, commercialism, horror, tragedy and infinite beauty. We will view and discuss various photos taken throughout history, learn about the life and times of the photographers, and discuss how both have impacted our world.

Thursdays, Oct. 9-Nov. 13 (6 sessions) Perdue Hall 263

2:30-4 p.m. Course Leader: Margo Nolan

Rome: The Fall of a Republic

Although Rome will always remain as one of the great empires it does eventually fall and collapse. While the Roman Empire may have collapsed in 476 AD, the Roman Republic met its demise almost 500 years before that. The course will trace the history of the Roman Republic from its inception in 509 BCE until its fall with the appearance of Divi Augustus and the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. While some historians attribute the fall of Rome to external invasions from the Barbarian, this course will examine the internal turmoil and decay, political corruption and usurpation of power, that ultimately resulted in an end to a mighty republic.

Fridays, Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (seven Sessions) Perdue Hall 251

10-11:30 a.m. Course Leader: Joseph Chaikel


ALL Course Schedule-At-A-Glance: Fall 2014

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 am - 11:30 am The White House: What a Tale it Tells
Oct. 6-Nov. 3 (5 sessions)
Psychology of Aging.
Sept. 9-Oct. 14 (6 sessions)

Distributive Justice. Oct. 21-Nov. 11 (four sessions)
Families in Fiction
Sept. 10-Oct. 29 (eight sessions)
The Constitution and the Supreme Court: The Death Penalty and Other Criminal Justice Issues.
Sept. 11-Oct. 16 (6 sessions)
“The Phone off the Hook”: Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton
Oct. 23-Nov. 20, Dec. 4 (six sessions)
Rome: The Fall of a Republic
Sept. 12-Oct. 24 (seven sessions)
12 noon - 1:30 pm Pearl Harbor Avenged
Sept. 8-29 (four sessions)
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Rivers of the Chesapeake 2: Susquehanna System
Sept. 8-29 (four sessions)
The Heart of the Matter: Landlocked Africa and its Challenges.
Oct. 6-27 (four sessions)
    Inspiration between the Breakers and the Bay: The Heroic Tale of Art in Delmarva.
Sept. 11-Oct. 2 (four sessions)
Photographs: Windows to our World
Oct. 9-Nov. 13 (6 sessions)