Programs for Adult Learners with a Young Attitude
World History and Related Topics WORLD WAR I TOPICS PUTTING “THE FALL OF GIANTS INTO HISTORICAL FRAMEWORK Ken Follett’s recent best seller “The Fall of Giants” follows five fictional families through World War I, the Russian Revolution and the fight for women’s suffrage. Liz Pirman’s three-part class will survey the historical realities of the early 20th century that still affect us in the 21st century. Reading or listening to the novel in advance is suggested, but not required. (3 sessions) 4026 CDIS 12-001 Southlake Campus Meets Mondays, October 10-October 24 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. $16 Pirman Room R024
BRITISH WORLD WAR I MIDEAST INTEL SOURCES: LAWRENCE AND AARONSOHN The intersecting military intelligence operations of T.E. Lawrence in the Arabian Peninsula and Aaron and Sarah Aaronsohn of the NILI intel group in pre-state Israel are not well-known. Their work was controlled by the same British command center in Cairo and profoundly influenced political developments in the Middle East. Political analyst Michael Zimmerman will discuss these two dramatic overlapping sagas that had little-appreciated implications. 4055 CDIS 12-008 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, November 10 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $16 Zimmerman Room R024
WORLD WAR II TOPICS WORLD WAR II PROPAGANDA — CARTOONS The development of the animated cartoon in the 1930s was a unique American achievement. As the war loomed in Europe, cartoons became a tool for an expanded propaganda media directed at the American and international audiences. 4076 CDIS 12-002 Southlake Campus Meets Wednesday, October 5 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Soybel Room R024
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Four-Part World War II Series by Gary Midkiff Though the story of any war must include the study of major battles, we will spend much more time looking at the soul and spirit of our country and the people who led it. There is no shortage of heroes. Some are obvious, like the Sullivan brothers, Franklin Roosevelt, Butch O’Hara, Dwight Eisenhower, Ted Williams and Audie Murphy. But we will also look at Rosie the Riveter, Boy Scouts who collected scarce materials, secret agents who broke the Enigma machine, sons of imprisoned Japanese-Americans who fought for their country and the new president faced with a frightening decision. PART I: PRELUDE AND INFAMY World War II began many years before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Despite all of our public statements of neutrality, by the mid-1930s we recognized that Germany and Japan each had visions of conquest. We quietly prepared for war as we watched the Battle of Britain with increasing frustration. And then, we stepped forward with national resolve as a result of December 7, 1941.
PART 3: THE LONGEST DAYS In both the Pacific and European theaters, American bravery, ingenuity and manufacturing began to reverse the military situation. We found some success in Italy and the Pacific, but at a high price, as thousands of young Americans died in places they had never heard of. We prepared to recapture Europe and began that effort with D-Day, the single most important day of the war.
4077 CDIS 12-003 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, November 15 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Midkiff Room R024
4079 CDIS 12-005 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, November 29 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Midkiff Room R024
PART 2: DEFEAT AND RETREAT We were not used to enemy militaries succeeding. Our country had never before undergone such a complete transformation from a peacetime to a war time economy. When we read of the Bataan Death March, we could barely believe it. Germany and Japan seemed to be advancing on all fronts and rumors were everywhere of attacks on our coasts. As the situation appeared darker, our population became more united.
PART 4: THE INEVITABLE TRIUMPH American soldiers raced across France and into Germany and drove relentlessly toward the Japanese mainland. The “Big Three” (three allies who needed each other, but did not trust each other) met and began discussing how the war should be brought to conclusion. Germany was overrun and divided and then our new president authorized a weapon of mass destruction to end the war against Japan.
4078 CDIS 12-004 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, November 22 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Midkiff Room R024
4080 CDIS 12-006 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesday, December 6 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Midkiff Room R024
Fall 2011 schedule of personal enrichment classes for adults, youth and seniors.