• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-23-2021 to 09-23-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Darla Bair
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Rochester Oasis

    What is a mystic? Are there mystics among us today? And how do you become one? Join me in a one-hour introduction to seven female mystics spanning from 600 AD to the present. Each woman made a significant contribution to the spiritual lives of others, some continue to do so. The class is an introduction, with the hope that you will be curious enough to... read more
    What is a mystic? Are there mystics among us today? And how do you become one? Join me in a one-hour introduction to seven female mystics spanning from 600 AD to the present. Each woman made a significant contribution to the spiritual lives of others, some continue to do so. The class is an introduction, with the hope that you will be curious enough to read more about one of these interesting women.
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    Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 09-27-2021 to 10-04-2021
    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

    The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than... read more
    The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than it was to buy a loaf of bread. It would awake the dark heart in politicians the world over who would end up leading their states down the same path. Please register for this class if you are interested in participating via Zoom only. You must have access to a computer/tablet/phone with audio and video capability.
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    Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-29-2021 to 09-29-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:30 PM-01:30 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Nick Glakas, International Lecturer
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    The golden age of ancient Greece was one of those brief, shining and spectacular moments in the 5,000 year history of civilized mankind when a small group of extraordinary individuals came together to create wholly new and original ideas concerning art, literature, theatre, philosophy and government. These new forms of thinking are the foundation upon... read more
    The golden age of ancient Greece was one of those brief, shining and spectacular moments in the 5,000 year history of civilized mankind when a small group of extraordinary individuals came together to create wholly new and original ideas concerning art, literature, theatre, philosophy and government. These new forms of thinking are the foundation upon which, 2,500 years later, much of present-day western civilization is built. It is the ancient Greeks of the 5th century BC who gave us the very first draft democracy.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-04-2021 to 10-04-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 12:30 PM-01:30 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Carroll Gibbs, Historian/Author
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    This presentation describes the unheralded exploits of the 200,000 men of African descent who fought for the Union army during the American Civil... read more
    This presentation describes the unheralded exploits of the 200,000 men of African descent who fought for the Union army during the American Civil War.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-12-2021 to 10-12-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Tuesday
    Time: 12:30 PM-01:45 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Brian Rose, Professor (ret.), Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Washington Metro Oasis

    Television news has undergone remarkable transformations in the last seven decades. Beginning with the Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze in 1948, evening newscasts drew tens of millions of viewers nightly, and expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. With the launch of CNN in 1980, TV news expanded to 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and a new... read more
    Television news has undergone remarkable transformations in the last seven decades. Beginning with the Camel News Caravan with John Cameron Swayze in 1948, evening newscasts drew tens of millions of viewers nightly, and expanded from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. With the launch of CNN in 1980, TV news expanded to 24 hours a day, seven days a week - and a new era in television journalism was born. This presentation will look at these sweeping changes and examine the impact, both good and bad, of television journalism over the last six decades.
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  • Sessions: 3
    Class Date(s): 10-13-2021 to 10-27-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 12:00 PM-01:30 PM Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Charles Coon, MA, retired social studies teacher; adjunct professor of history, Onondaga Community College and SUNY Cortland
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Syracuse Oasis

    In 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act. It called for relocation of five tribes–Cherokee, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaw, and Seminole–in the southern states to a new location west of the Mississippi River, an area called “Indian Country,” in the present state of Oklahoma. To make it happen, those five Indian tribes would, if... read more
    In 1830 President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act. It called for relocation of five tribes–Cherokee, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaw, and Seminole–in the southern states to a new location west of the Mississippi River, an area called “Indian Country,” in the present state of Oklahoma. To make it happen, those five Indian tribes would, if necessary, be forcibly relocated to the West. One result was the “Trail of Tears.” Prior to 1830 these tribes had the word ‘civilized’ applied to them because, broadly speaking, they had developed extensive economic ties with whites or had assimilated into American settler culture. Some members of these southeastern tribes had adopted European clothing, spoke English, practiced Christianity, and even owned slaves. However, they were sitting on some of the richest farmland in America and whites wanted it; hence the relocation, which in many cases was forced while some involved lawsuits. But not all left. Some, like the Seminole, objected and resisted vehemently. This three-session mini-course will look at the history of the Five Civilized Tribes.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-14-2021 to 10-14-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:00 PM-04:30 PM - Central Daylight Time
    Instructor: Rudy Shappee
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - San Diego Oasis

    In 1942, the United States ordered the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese men, women, and children in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Learn why Japanese citizens, Nisei, and Sansei were forced to leave... read more
    In 1942, the United States ordered the internment of more than 110,000 Japanese men, women, and children in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. Learn why Japanese citizens, Nisei, and Sansei were forced to leave their homes and businesses behind. Rudy Shappee will take you inside the Manzanar Relocation Center to share what life was like in one of these sites.
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  • 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
    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 the unresolved problem of slavery, which would intensify and ultimately fall to the President to resolve. We will look into how this very dramatic period in our history changed the Office of the President. There is no need to have been in the previous classes to enjoy this one. Come along and have some fun with us!`
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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
    “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 Railroad. Both women’s extraordinary activism advanced the fight against slavery and edged this country closer to Civil War.
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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
    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 character in their historical works… unless, of course, he wasn’t as fictional as we think he is. Class is given via Zoom. You must have a computer/tablet/phone with audio and video capability.
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