Senior Scholars is an 11 week program that meets three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. While the format is lecture style, the afternoons are informal and interactive with opportunities to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day.
All classes are held at the College Club of Cleveland (2348 Overlook Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44106), unless otherwise noted.
For questions or more information about any of our Senior Scholars programs, please contact Lorraine Nelson in the Lifelong Learning Office at 216-368-5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING 2015 COURSES:
To register for all Senior Scholars Spring 2015 courses, CLICK HERE. For individual registration, see below.
The Roberts Court (5 weeks)
Instructors: Jonathan Adler, Jonathan Entin, Jessie Hill, Ray Ku, Andrew Pollis
Tuesdays February 3–March 3
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Law School faculty will present lectures on cases recently before the U.S. Supreme Court: Obamacare; voting rights (Shelby County, etc.); reproductive rights (Hobby Lobby); cell phone searches, privacy (Riley); and same sex marriage (Windsor/Hollingsworth).
Rome: Experiencing the Ancient City (6 weeks)
Instructor: Kevin Dicus
Tuesdays March 17–April 21
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This course will trace the development of Rome over nearly 1000 years, from its foundation on a marshy land beside the Tiber River, to its rise as one of the most complex and powerful cities in the ancient world, to ultimately, its decline.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History Curator Series (5 weeks)
Instructor: Brian Redmond, Joe Hannibal, Darin Croft, Denise Su
Thursdays February 5–March 5
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Ohio Prehistory Outline
First Ohioans Readings
First Ohioans Course Notes
Experts from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History will present their research on topics such as the archeology of the first Ohioans, millstones rediscovered, ancient mammals of South America, and reconstructing ancient worlds.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Pre-Modern Spain (700-1700) (6 weeks)
Instructor: Elizabeth Lehfeldt
Thursdays March 19–April 23
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Scholars have identified medieval Spain as unique among its European neighbors because Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived side by side. This coexistence is often portrayed as a peaceful “convivencia.” And given the religious and cultural differences that separated these groups, the absence of violence among them is striking. At the same, relations were not always peaceful and the limits of convivencia were often tested. This course will examine the history of these relationships and what factors fostered peace and what changes led to outbreaks of violence and repression. We will examine a wide range of evidence including legal codes, notarial records, literature, art, and architecture.
Racial and Ethnic Experience in America (5 weeks)
Instructor: Terri Mester
Wednesdays February 4–March 4
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2/18 Reading: "Two Kinds"
2/18 Reading: "No Name Woman"
2/18 Reading: "Interpreter of Maladies"
2/25 Reading: "Lone Ranger"
2/25 Reading: "Yellow Woman"
2/25 Reading: "Red Convertible"
3/4 Reading: "The Lesson"
3/4 Reading: "Everyday Use"
3/4 Reading: "Battle Royal"
The course will focus on the ethnic/racial experiences of Latin, African and Asian Americans through representative works of fiction, nonfiction and film clips. We will look at the way racial and ethnic identities are produced through political struggle on a local/national/global scale and how they are maintained and transformed over time. We also pay close attention to the ways in which race and ethnicity intersect with gender, class, parental pressure, and nation in order to better understand how systems of power and inequality are constructed, reinforced, and challenged.
Religion in America I: The Colonial Period (6 weeks)
Instructor: Joseph Kelly
Wednesdays March 18–April 22
This course will trace the history of religion in America from the coming of the Europeans to North America to the establishment of the First Amendment in the US Constitution. Topics will include: Native American religions; Spanish, French, and Dutch influences; the first colonies (Roanoke Island, Jamestown) but mostly Puritan New England for which the sources are extensive, including the Salem Witch Trials. We will look at the dominant Anglican groups, the Quakers and religious freedom, Protestant diversity and minor groups (e.g., the Moravians), and two of the smallest religious minorities in the British colonies, Jews and Roman Catholics. Some of individuals to be covered include Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Anne Bradstreet, Asser Levy, William Penn, Thomas Jefferson, Haym Solomon, and John Carroll.