ABOUT: SENIOR SCHOLARS
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 opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topics of the day. Classes are held at the College Club of Cleveland, unless otherwise noted.
To register online, click on the individual days listed below.
To sign up for all three days for the fall semester, click HERE.
$105 per day; $220 for all three days (single semester); $325 full year
**Please note that the West Side course is $85 and, as a stand-alone class, does not apply to the above rates
"World War I: Crucible of the 20th Century"
with Kenneth Ledford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Law, CWRU
September 9 - November 18, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
World War I changed everything about Europe and ushered in a changed century of tumult, war, and division. The European experience of the regimentation of the economy and daily life, the impact of new technology on warfare, and the very personal suffering of separation and loss changed how those on that continent viewed their countries and their world. The war affected everything from gender relations to class relations to religious and ethnic relations and laid the foundation for even more disruption ahead. Its legacy reaches our day and colors our own views of what is normal and what is possible. This course will explore those multiple and manifold legacies of this founding experience of modernity.
**NEW WESTSIDE LOCATION**
"Medieval Christian Pilgrimage: Canterbury, Santiago, Rome and Beyond"
with Elizabeth K. Todd, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of History, CWRU
September 24 - November 19, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
No class 10/8
Don Umerley Civic Center (21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River)
Western medieval Christians commonly traveled to holy sites, whether to a local shrine, Jerusalem, or even the New World. We will explore the varieties of medieval pilgrimage and the literature, art, architecture and tourist industry which this phenomenon gave rise to.
For questions or more information about any of our Fall 2014 Senior Scholars programs, please contact Lorraine Nelson in the Lifelong Learning Office at 216-368-5145 or email@example.com.
"Food in History"
with Alan Rocke, Ph.D., Professor of History, CWRU
September 10 - November 19, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Nothing is more basic than food to all of our daily lives, and therefore to our cultures, our social interactions, and our very identities. This has been true throughout history. Food is inextricably interconnected with the development of agriculture and other technologies, the rise and fall of empires, increasing understanding of diet and nutrition, laws and regulations, the arts, economic development and consumer culture, and religious and ethnic identities. By selective examination of representative episodes pertaining to each of these topics, this course explores the history of food, from the neolithic agricultural revolution to the consumer revolution of the last generation. In this way, we will seek to understand more fully food, history, and food in history.
"More Censored Movies"
with Clayton Koppes, Ph.D., Professor of History, Oberlin College
September 11 - October 16, 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Hollywood films from the 1930s through the 1960s - the movies we all love on late-night TV - were always censored. There was a long list of "thou shalt nots," but the notorious Motion Picture Production Code, administered by what was known as the "Hays Office," was also an invitation to subversion and evasion. Filmmakers, audiences, and censors all participated in a conspiracy of the imagination to decode the code. Half the fun of old movies comes in catching the veiled references, innuendoes, and hidden allusions that make these films live with enduring charm. In this course, six classic films that vividly illustrate these censorship issues will be screened and discussed:
"Books That Keep Telling Stories"
with William Siebenschuh, Ph.D., Professor of English, CWRU
October 23 - November 20, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Daniel Defoe published nine novels, among them Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Colonel Jack, Captain Singleton, and Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress. All are similar - a character begins speaking and narrates his/her story - and all are lively, good tales. And yet, none of the others continues to live in the public imagination the way Robinson Crusoe does. Similarly, Mary Shelley published seven novels: Valperga, The Last Man, The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck, Lodore, Falkner, Matilda, and of course, Frankenstein. Most people know the Frankenstein story, many have seen the various movie versions, and the novel is still read with pleasure and interest. Almost nobody has even heard of the others. No ultimate answers as to why will be given in this course. Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein will be explored and discussed in the context of their enduring magic and appeal.