• Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 10-18-2021 to 11-08-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 02:00 PM-04:00 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Tom Henry, M.S.
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    By the time of Jackson's election (1828) the US looked nothing like it had less than forty years earlier when Washington established the Presidency. The dynamic, rapidly expanding nation now challenged the Executive Office to lead the new America while maintaining the framework laid out by the first generation. The new issues would parallel the old, mainly... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-18-2021 to 10-18-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 12:30 PM-02:00 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Richard Bell, Professor of History, University of Maryland
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    “So you’re the little lady who started this great war!” said President Abraham Lincoln in the fall of 1862 when he finally met Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of the blockbuster antislavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. But Lincoln might just well have been talking to and about Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on America’s underground... read more
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    Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 10-18-2021 to 10-25-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: David Woodruff
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Rochester Oasis

    King of the Britons and central figure of the Arthurian legends comes to life in Geoffrey’s of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae. Long considered to be nothing but a story, Arthur’s name appears in several lists for the 7th to the 10th Century… lists which only include known historical figures. Why would respected historians include a fictional... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-25-2021 to 10-25-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 01:00 PM-03:00 PM - Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Joan Musbach
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    “Commodore” Vanderbilt, as his nickname implies, was a great promoter of steamship and railroad transportation in the pre-Civil War decades that feature the growth of both crucial forms of transportation. Called by some the creator of modern capitalism, Cornelius Vanderbilt founded a dynasty and created a vast fortune. In our favorite type of story,... read more
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    Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-26-2021 to 10-26-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM - Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Andrew Michael Cooperman
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - St. Louis Oasis

    Vlad the Impaler did not resemble the stereotypical Dracula character we think of today. He was a prince known for his cruelty and propensity to impale anyone who got in his way. In Romania, the real Dracula is known as a patriotic figure who was victorious against his enemies and who fought for his country. Look behind the myth at the... read more
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    Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-27-2021 to 10-27-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 01:00 PM-02:15 PM - Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Michael Cude, Ph.D., Schreiner University
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Antonio Oasis

    This course will examine the history of Halloween traditions in the United States. We will begin by looking at the historical roots of the holiday from its Celtic origins and how it was adapted by medieval Christians.  We will then examine how modern Americans adopted the holiday and the ways in which they modified and built upon the older... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-27-2021 to 10-27-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 03:00 PM-04:30 PM - Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Sydney Folsom
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    Witches: Villains or Feminist... read more
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-29-2021 to 10-29-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 01:00 PM-02:00 PM - Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Larry Solomon
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    Cults come in all shapes and sizes. Some are entertaining, some are part of everyday life, some are historical, and some are lethal. We’ll look at therapeutic cults, personality cults, popularity cults, dangerous cults and weird cults. Why do people join these groups? What are the cult leaders like? How does a cults differ from a religion? We’ll take a... read more
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  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 11-01-2021 to 11-08-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: David Woodruff
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Rochester Oasis

    On January 22nd, 1879 the British army suffered one of the worse defeats of any modern rifle-armed military force during the colonial period… only in this case, it was defeated by native troops armed primarily with short spears. An even worse defeat than Custer three years before. The London papers referred to the event by saying “The Zulus are a match... read more
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  • Sessions: 5
    Class Date(s): 11-03-2021 to 12-08-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Grace Seiberling, Art Historian
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Rochester Oasis

    There was no distinction between art, natural history, science, history, and anthropology in the collections of princes and aristocrats that became the first public museums. This five-session class looks at the origins of museums, changes in their definition and roles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ways in which modern museums present... read more
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