Advanced French: Trésors du Temps D

This course will include readings in French history and literature as well as a comprehensive grammar review. Activities will also include listening, speaking and writing. It is intended for those who have previously taken Advanced French or who have similar advanced skills. If in doubt, email the instructor to discuss your experience with the language.

Betty Carver (bcarver1@charter.net) taught French at Spartanburg High School for thirty years and has traveled and lived in France.

Haiti and the United States: Historical and Contemporary Issues

This course examines the impact that Haiti and the United States had on each other beginning with the earliest contacts and concluding with current relations between the two countries. It looks at relations from political, cultural, psychological, and geopolitical perspectives. Particular attention will be paid to the Haitian struggle for independence, Haiti’s influence on Antebellum America, the 1915-1934 US occupation of Haiti, the Duvalier’s dynastic rule, and the promise and pitfalls of the Aristide-Preval presidencies.

Global Super Powers

If human history interests you, kick back and indulge in some long-held intellectual curiosities, such as sorting out major civilizations and empires in the last 5,000 years. With a sweeping view we will look at their achievements, influences, and vulnerabilities, with special attention to four powers that rose to the level of global super powers. We will wrap up with a discussion of several leading theories of history, including the recent controversial theories of Fukuyama and Huntington.

German Emigration to America in the Nineteenth Century

The migration of nearly five million German people to the United States in the nineteenth century is one of the great stories of German and American history. This course tells this story, examining the reasons for the emigration, who the emigrants were, and from what regions they came. The experience of their travel to and settlement in the United States will be described.

George Washington and the Continental Army

The American Revolution was a war between societies that had grown apart. Only a few Americans initially saw it as leading to independence. Thomas Jefferson, six months after Lexington and Concord, wrote that he was “looking with fondness towards a reconciliation with Great Britain. ” Only gradually did this conflict become a war for independence. We will discuss the events, the battles, the people, and the myths that have grown up surrounding the revolution.

Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt: The Revised Edition

People often think there is nothing new in history, but scientific experiments have proven that’s not true, especially in terms of Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt. We might now have proof of how Tutankhamen died, and his genealogy has become clearer. We will sift through the sands via lectures, slides and discussions, and uncover more about this fascinating period of kings and queens in Egypt’s past.

Early Native Americans

This four- week course will focus on four regions of early North American Indian tribes: their societal, religious, and cultural practices, their tribal structure, the wars they fought, and their assimilation versus separation. The first half of each class will be a lecture. The second will be a class discussion about the differences and similarities among the tribes, comparing them to our own society.

The Civil War: A Film Series by Ken Burns

At 4:30 a.m. on April 12, 1861, Confederate gunners opened fire on Fort Sumter. The following day the fort surrendered. There was only one casualty—a Confederate horse. In the ensuing four years, Americans killed each other in incredible numbers and the underlying issue changed from Union/states’ rights to what was meant by freedom in America. In each session we will view and discuss one film in the series.

Cataloochee, Echoes, and Elk

Through PowerPoint presentations, the historical life of Cataloochee Valley will be examined. Homesteading, stories, elk and their re-introduction into the valley will be covered. One of the last two classes will be a five to six hour field trip to the valley to visit the houses and hopefully hear the elk bugle during the rut, their mating season.

Wilma Durpo’s (wilma@durpo.com) passion for nature and the Smoky Mountains National Park, especially Cataloochee Valley and the re-introduction of elk, is evident in her study, photography and exploration of the area.

An Appalachian Sampler II

This course is in response to OLLI’s overwhelmingly positive reception of last fall’s Appalachian Sampler. This eight-week session will feature music, dance, Cherokee culture/ history, storytelling, and add some new topics including NASCAR and moonshine, religion, Thomas Wolfe, and a look at Appalachian families.

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