Programs for Adult Learners with a Young Attitude
WORLD WAR II TOPICS CONTINUED
THE FIRST MOTION PICTURE UNIT: MORE THAN MET THE EYE The First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army produced almost 400 films during World War II to help with morale and training. Talents such as Frank Capra (director, “It’s a Wonderful Life”), actors Clark Gable, Ronald Reagan, George Reeves (Superman) and DeForest Kelley (Star Trek’s Dr. Leonard McCoy) were among those who served at what was known as “Roach Studios,” named for filmmaker Hal Roach. We’ll discuss some of the wartime contributions of this unit, including the secret role it played in producing three-dimensional topographical maps for missions in Japan, as well as other Hollywood war efforts, including Irving Berlin’s “This Is the Army” and the connection between the United States Office of War Information and Casablanca.
OPERATION FREEDOM – THE BERLIN AIRLIFT The Berlin airlift of 1948 was perhaps one of the greatest adventures in American military history. When Soviet troops closed all land, sea and rail access routes to West Berlin, thus threatening the lives of 2.5 million people and provoking the first major international crisis of the Cold War, American General Lucius D. Clay proceeded to build a bold and fantastic bridge across the sky, involving 700 planes and more than 275,000 flights over a period of 14 months. Join German historian Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of this exciting time in her country’s postwar history. 4089 CDIS 12-007 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, December 1 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $16 Isaacs Room R024
4050 CDIS 83-001 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, October 13 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Tenuto Room R024
CONNECTIONS: STAR TREK AND WORLD WAR II This fun and trivia-filled class will discuss the behind-the-scenes and episodic connections between World War II and one of the most popular television and film franchises of all time, Star Trek. Learn about how the real experiences of World War II U.S. and Canadian military veterans DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty), Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek), and Matt Jefferies (the designer of the Enterprise) shaped the venerable 1960s Star Trek program’s look and characters. We’ll discuss the service of these gentlemen, especially James Doohan, whose first combat mission was at Normandy on D-Day, and various episodes of Star Trek that have dealt with World War II, including what TV Guide called one of the best episodes in all of television history, “The City on the Edge of Forever.” 4051 CDIS 83-002 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, November 17 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $16 Tenuto Room R024
CULINARIA GERMANIA—THE DELICIOUS DISH ON GERMAN FOOD When thinking about Germany, food, bratwurst, sauerkraut, beer and all kinds of bread come to mind, but there is so much more to German cuisine, especially when one takes the regional differences into consideration. Join German historian Isaacs as she takes you on a fascinating, fun and delicious journey through the culinary wonders of her native country, highlighted by an authentic Kaffeeklatsch with typical German desserts, such as the mysterious, yet delectable Bienenstich.
STRATEGIES FOR WAR AND PEACE: “WHAT IF?” – HISTORY IN STRATEGIC AFFAIRS What if Japan hadn’t attacked Pearl Harbor? What if the South had won the Battle of Gettysburg? Michael Zimmerman, a former U.S. Army officer and political analyst, will focus on these kinds of speculations using case studies from American military history in this three-week study, with a particular look at the Korean wars and modern Israel’s story. (3 sessions)
4031 CDIS 34-001 Southlake Campus Meets Monday, October 3 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $20 Isaacs Room R024
4052 CDIS 84-001 Southlake Campus Meets Tuesdays, October 11-October 25 1 p.m.-3 p.m. $59 Zimmerman Room R022
Three-Part Ancient Civilization Series Astronomy and Ancient Civilizations: Exploring Culture and Cosmos in the Americas For millennia, cultures around the world have had important relationships with the sun, moon and stars observed with the unaided eye. The field of “cultural astronomy” investigates these relationships through astronomical, archaeological, ethnographic and documentary records. This new three-part series samples some of the rich cultural astronomy of the Americas evident in architectural alignments, time-keeping systems, decorative art, world views and religion. Each class begins with a brief orientation to astronomy and anthropology. PART 1: AMERICA NORTH OF MEXICO: CULTURES OF THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY, PLAINS AND DESERT SOUTHWEST Topics include the early urban center of Cahokia; the Majorville, Moose Mountain and Big Horn medicine wheels; and the Pueblo ruins of Chaco Canyon. 4065 CDIS 56-001 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, October 20 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $16 Minnerly Room R024
PART 2: MESOAMERICA: MAYA CIVILIZATION AND THE PEOPLE OF TEOTIHUACAN Topics include the Maya Long Count calendar, Maya hieroglyphs. the political center of Chichén Itzá and features of pre-Columbian Teotihuacan. 4066 CDIS 56-002 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, October 27 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $16 Minnerly Room R024
PART 3: ANDEAN CIVILIZATION: CHANKILLO AND THE INCAN AND NAZCAN CULTURES Topics include the Chankillo monument complex, Machu Picchu, the Nazca geoglyphs (also known as the Nazca Lines) and a series wrap-up. 4067 CDIS 56-003 Southlake Campus Meets Thursday, November 3 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $16 Minnerly Room R024
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