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January 2017

THIS WAS THEIR LIVES

January 17, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 17-Feb. 21 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Moderator: Ron Cohen This course is a great way to fuel your love of history and learn about history makers and why they remain relevant after all these years. Each week, a guest instructor will present a snapshot of a historical person(s)—famous or infamous; discuss their life story, career highlights (the good and the bad), and little known facts about each figure. Time will be allotted for student…

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March 2017

SP17-06 HISTORY OF JEWISH HUMOR

March 6, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Mondays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: March 6-April 24 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Marden Paru Why are so many comedians Jewish? What is the background and origins of Yiddish wit and comedy? Was it a coincidence that Jewish immigrants founded the movie industry and that much of “Broadway” was inhabited by performers, directors, and producers who identified as Jews? Likewise, the music industry interfaced and experienced much of the same phenomena. This course will explore all of these issues plus study…

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SP17-17 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES

March 7, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: March 7-April 11 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Moderator: Ron Cohen This course is a great way to fuel your love of history and learn about history makers and why they remain relevant after all these years. Each week, a guest instructor will present a snapshot of a historical person(s)—famous or infamous; discuss their life story, career highlights (the good and the bad), and little known facts about each figure. Time will be allotted for student…

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SP17-31 INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY: BEYOND THE CENSUS

March 8, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: March 8-April 12 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Susan Well If you have previously taken a beginning genealogy course and have researched records here in North America, it is probably time to go beyond the basics to more sophisticated data groups and foreign records. This course will help you develop strategies and a research plan to find your elusive ancestors. To begin our journey, bring the name of a person and their village of origin to…

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SP17-42 BEING BLACK IN JIM CROW MISSISSIPPI

March 9, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Thursdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: March 9-April 27 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones From the late 19th century until after World War II, African-Americans in the South endured racial discrimination and segregation, disenfranchisement, economic peonage, and violent threats and intimidation. In no state was the reign of Jim Crow and Judge Lynch more oppressive than Mississippi. Relying upon Neil R. McMillen’s prize-winning study of the subject, Dark Journey—Black Mississippians in the Age of Jim Crow, we will review the history…

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SP17-47 WORLD LEADERS’ SECRET ILLNESSES INFLUENCE ON HISTORY, POLITICS, WAR

March 9, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: March 9-April 27 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Special Scheduling: No Class on March 16 Allan B. Schwartz This course is a sequel to those offered previously by this instructor and will include seven presentations: Hitler —narcissism, paranoid personality disorder, manic depression, schizophrenia, Parkinsonism, drug addiction, WWI, WWII; Stalin—abusive father, priesthood, Communism, paranoid, hypertensive stroke, poison, USSR, WWII, Yalta; FDR—polio or Guillian-Barre, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, Doctors and Press, WWI, WWII, Yalta; Ike—heart, Crohn’s, stroke, hypertension,…

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SP17-WT-71 THE EPIC OF MEDICINE

March 9, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Westminster Point Pleasant, 1533 4th Ave.
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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6 sessions: 1-2 p.m. Thursdays: March 9-April 13 WESTMINSTER TOWERS & SHORES Al Tripodi This course traces the history of medicine as it relates to the history of mankind from pre-historic time to the 20th century. The emphasis will be on Western medicine, but influences from Eastern traditions will be included. A fervent attempt will be made to learn history so we will not be destined to repeat it. Parallels will be drawn throughout the course to “modern medicine” as…

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SP17-SCF-61 ANCIENT EGYPT: THE PTOLEMIES—LAST GASP OF THE PHARAOHS

March 17, 2017 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
OLLI East— SCF: Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E.

Sarasota, FL 34240 United States
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Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: March 17 ACADEMY EAST-STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH Note: Box lunch included in tuition Steven Derfler The glory and splendor of Egypt had one last opportunity to serve as a shining light to the world. This would take place following its conquest by Alexander the Great. His general, Ptolemy I, would forge a new dynasty that would last 300 years. Egypt would regain her prestige as a leader in Mediterranean affairs and play…

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SP17-62 WORLD HERITAGE SITES: MIDEAST & NORTH AFRICA

March 31, 2017 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: March 31 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Note: Box lunch included in tuition Steven Derfler A World Heritage Site (first started in 1975) is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having special cultural significance. The turmoil and uncertainty in the Mideast and North Africa, and the threat to cultural icons of the human experience, has increased our need to protect these ancient sites. Several sites in…

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April 2017

SP17-63 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE—NEOLITHIC

April 7, 2017 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Friday: 9:30 a.m. -3 p.m. 1 Session: April 7 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Note: Box lunch included in tuition Steven Derfler Why was the New Stone Age (Neolithic) such an important transition in the human experience? We will examine why this was a major transition when early peoples changed from hunters and gatherers to herders or farmers. We will explore the fascinating area of how archaeologists piece together parts of the historical record to envision what life was like at that…

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MEDICAL ILLNESSES OF U.S. PRESIDENTS

April 20, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Westminster Point Pleasant, 1533 4th Ave.
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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Thursday, April 20 • 1-2 p.m. Gene H. Ginsberg Medical trends among U.S. president will be the focus of this lecture. We’ll discuss the ailments that were common among presidents, how many died in the White House, and how many were assassinated. We will also examine specific presidents such as FDR, Wilson, and Lincoln and how their illnesses impacted U.S. history. Finally, we will look at the history of presidents’ physicians and how the 25th Amendment deals with presidential succession…

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THE CIA AND THE PRESIDENT’S DAILY BRIEF

April 25, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Westminster Point Pleasant, 1533 4th Ave.
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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Thursday, April 25 • 1-2 p.m. John Rixse Regular intelligence briefings for the President have been the practice since President Truman. In the lecture, we will look at the history of the President’s Daily Brief and what it was like overseeing its preparation and delivery.

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May 2017

SU17-10 THE RED SCARE REVISTED

May 9, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW SU17-10 THE RED SCARE REVISITED Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: May 9-May 25 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones What have history and hindsight to tell us about one of the most controversial periods in 20th century American history? Join the discussion as we review key questions that arose when charges of disloyalty and subversion were leveled by and at citizens of the United States after World War II. This course will examine the Rosenberg and Hiss…

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June 2017

SU17-18 YO, HO, HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM

June 20, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW SU17-18 YO, HO, HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM Tuesdays: 1-3 p.m. 2 Sessions: June 20-June 27 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jordan Shifrin Pirates, we love them…we hate them. But just who were these bearded wonders? We know that they are a popular subject of literature and film, but what is their appeal? Were pirates romantic and glamorous heroic figures? Or, were they mainly filthy, scurvy ridden thieves and murderers? In this class, we will look at the actual characters…

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SU17-09 THE NABATEANS: CONQUERORS OF THE DESERT

June 20, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW SU17-09 THE NABATEANS: CONQUERORS OF THE DESERT Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 4 Sessions: June 20-June 29 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler History records the Nabateans as nomads dwelling in tents and the desert. For many years, previous to 200 BCE, the Nabateans slowly emigrated from their homeland in Arabia into the Negev Peninsula. In this course, we will examine this mysterious tribe and their culture. While the Nabateans did not abandon their Arabian roots, they expanded into…

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SU17-14 EXOTIC JEWISH COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD

June 20, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW SU17-14 EXOTIC JEWISH COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD Tuesdays and Thursday: 1-2:20 p.m. 4 Sessions: June 20-June 29 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler As an exiled people for more than 2,500 years, Jews have landed in far off, and sometimes exotic, places where they have learned to survive and thrive. We will discuss how these communities became lost to mainstream Jewish life and learn how they adapted to foreign culture. These exotic communities include Moroccan and Egyptian Jews, Chinese Jews,…

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September 2017

FA17-68 A BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO GENEALOGY

September 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Westminster Point Pleasant, 1533 4th Ave.
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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NEW FA17-68 A BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO GENEALOGY Tuesdays: 1-2 p.m. 6 Sessions: Sept. 26-Oct. 31 WESTMINSTER TOWERS & SHORES, BRADENTON Phyllis Lee Doucette This course is a “how to” for researching your family genealogy. We will look at different computer programs for recording family information. We will focus on the basics of researching and recording information about your ancestors. There are many free websites to help you piece together the mysteries of who you are and how your ancestors arrived…

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FA17-36 THE ELECTIONS—ALL THE ELECTIONS, PART 1

September 27, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-36 THE ELECTIONS—ALL THE ELECTIONS, PART 1 Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 sessions: Sept. 27-Nov. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett As a class, we will look into the windows of the White House as we survey the story of American history. There have been 45 presidents and 58 elections. This term, we will cover the 19th century from George Washington through Grover Cleveland who was President #22 and #24. Other topics will include the Constitution, the Electoral College,…

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FA17-43 THE HISTORY OF MOTOWN

September 27, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-43 THE HISTORY OF MOTOWN Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 8 sessions: Sept. 27-Nov. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Tony Moon For almost everyone, the very word “Motown” means music—the great songs and artists of the ‘60s—not the auto industry. But why Detroit…why that decade? In this class, we will explore the historic relevance of that musical hub of success. We will also discuss the songs and artists of Motown and discover the behind-the scenes people who made it all work. Come…

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October 2017

FA17-44 THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION

October 4, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-44 THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 4-Nov. 8; NOTE: Late start date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM David Miano In this series of six lectures, we will study the emergence of the our planet’s first complex societies in the ancient Near East, beginning with the first settlements in the Mesolithic Period (about 10,000years ago) and finishing with the development of the world’s first empire in the mid-third millennium B.C. We will pay special attention to how…

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FA17-21 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES

October 10, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-21 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES Tuesday: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 sessions: Oct. 10-Nov. 14; NOTE: Late start date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Moderator: Ron Cohen This course is a great way to fuel your love of history and learn about history makers and why they remain relevant after all these years. Each week, a guest instructor will present a snapshot of a historical person(s)—famous or infamous and discuss their life story, career highlights (the good and the bad), and little…

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FA17-37 GENEALOGY SEARCH ONLINE

October 11, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-37 GENEALOGY SEARCH ONLINE Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 sessions: Oct. 11-Nov. 15; NOTE: Late start date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Susan Well Whether a beginner or an advanced researcher, you can use online databases, how-to sites, and social media to find your ancestors. This class will explore the 25 best websites beginning with the two major databases, ancestry.com and familysearch.org. We will also explore their two newer competitors and review how to find small volunteer-run sites that have just…

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LECTURE: HERONS AND EGRETS AND THE PLUME WARS

October 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

LECTURE: HERONS AND EGRETS AND THE PLUME WARS Wednesday, Oct. 18: 1-2:30 p.m. THE CENTER OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND The Fall lecture is free and open to the public Presented by: Alice Newlon Florida was ground zero for the Plume Wars. You will meet characters you know...Marie Antoinette and John James Audubon. You will meet some you do not know, like Guy Bradley, the first environmental martyr, and Boston socialite Harriet Hemingway—no one has used tea more effectively since the…

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FA17-53 AN ARCHITECTURAL TALE OF TWO CITIES

October 26, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-53 AN ARCHITECTURAL TALE OF TWO CITIES Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 3 Sessions: Oct. 26-Nov. 16; NOTE: No class on Nov. 9 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Karin Jones We will compare and contrast Paris, “The City of Light” with Chicago, “The City of Broad Shoulders” through their architectural history. In the year 1871, both cities were destroyed within months of each other. Each city would build from the ashes; one with classical and formal elegance, and the other with the…

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FA17-57 MENNONITES & AMISH: HISTORY, BELIEF, AND LIFE

October 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA17-57 MENNONITES & AMISH: HISTORY, BELIEF, AND LIFE Thursdays: 1-3 p.m. 4 Sessions: Oct. 26-Nov. 16 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM J. David Yoder Who are those people riding three-wheeled bikes in Sarasota? Why do they dress that way? What is a Mennonite? Are Mennonites and Amish the same? These questions and more will be addressed in this informative and engaging look at Mennonite and Amish history and traditions. Course Fee: $70; Member Fee: $63.

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November 2017

Academy Talks: A Nazi in the Family

November 1, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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A NAZI IN THE FAMILY Wednesday, Nov. 1 • 3-4:30 p.m. TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jens M Albiez From his personal perspective of growing up in Germany in the 1960s, Jens M Albiez will discuss how the different phases of discovering, questioning, and understanding The Third Reich evolved. He will describe the impact the Weimar Republic and the Nazi regime had on his family and how Germany and the Germans dealt with the accumulated guilt and shame. Are there lessons to…

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FA17-65 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, MESOPOTAMIA

November 3, 2017 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA17-65 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, MESOPOTAMIA Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 session: Nov. 3 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler This workshop surveys the history of the ancient Near East from the Neolithic period (through the Persian Empire—circa 10,000) to 331 BCE. We will discuss the rise of civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley and the subsequent history and society of Mesopotamia, the Mediterranean coast, Asia Minor, and the Iranian plateau (including Sumer, Akkad, Babylonia, Assyria, Syria, Phoenicia, Canaan, Persia,…

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FA17-20 THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

November 7, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA17-20 THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 4 sessions: Nov. 7-16; NOTE: Late start date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Since their discovery in the desert caves of Qumran in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls have been a source of fascination and debate. What are the Scrolls? Who wrote them? Learn about the isolated, ascetic community that created and secreted these documents, as well as the cloak-and-dagger exploits of the archaeologists who recovered them. Then explore…

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FA17-23 ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE WORLD IN JESUS’ DAY

November 7, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA17-23 ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE WORLD IN JESUS’ DAY Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 4 sessions: Nov. 7-16; NOTE: Late start date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Herod became the Roman-backed king of Judea in 40 BCE and imposed changes upon his subjects that resulted in a “world turned upside down.” Excavations at Jerusalem and Caesarea reveal that Judea was both a rich and troublesome province for the Romans. Jerusalem became Judea’s Jewish capital, attracted the ministry of Jesus, and grew…

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FA17-62 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: FIRST LADY OF THE WORLD

November 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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NEW FA17-62 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: FIRST LADY OF THE WORLD Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 1 Sessions: Nov. 17 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Allan B. Schwartz Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady of the United States. She held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office. She also served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her…

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January 2018

W18-01 THE VIETNAM WAR AND ITS IMPACT ON AMERICAN CULTURE

January 8, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-01 THE VIETNAM WAR AND ITS IMPACT ON AMERICAN CULTURE Mondays: 9-10:20 a.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 8-Feb. 19; Note: No Class Jan. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alan Grindal For the majority of us, the Vietnam War was the seminal event of our generation. The war caused many to question America’s principles as well as their own values, and its legacy remains with us to this day. This course will review the history of the war and the many interpretations of…

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W18-03 AMERICAN REVOLUTION

January 8, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-03 AMERICAN REVOLUTION Mondays: 9-10:20 a.m. 7 Sessions: Jan. 8-Feb. 26; Note: No Class Jan. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jerry Frost The history of political, social, military, and economic issues after 1755 that lead to the American Revolution will be the focus of this course. Topics for discussion will include the French and Indian War, British attempts to reorganize the empire, taxation, and resistance, the debate on independence, a successful revolution, and winners and losers in the new nation. NOTE:…

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W18-11 HOW DID THE FAILURE OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC LEAD TO HITLER’S RISE TO POWER?

January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-11 HOW DID THE FAILURE OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC LEAD TO HITLER’S RISE TO POWER? Mondays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Jan. 8-Feb. 26; Note: No Class Jan. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jens M. Albiez During the 14 years of Germany’s first attempt at parliamentary democracy, German society was roiled by revolution, defamation, anti-Semitism, political murders, hyperinflation, coup attempts, and mass unemployment, all of which led to Hitler’s rise to power. We will explore the rich detail of Germany’s short…

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W18-19 HISTORY OF THE U.S. PRESIDENCY

January 8, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-19 HISTORY OF THE U.S. PRESIDENCY Mondays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 8-Feb. 19; Note: No Class Jan. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Ted Russell The rich history of the U.S. presidency is filled with a variety of personalities and men who faced many different challenges. Some led with the conviction of their principles while others were influenced by the politics of the day. In this course, we will examine how various U.S. presidents have acted courageously and decisively in times…

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W18-SCF-51 THE AGE OF NAPOLEON

January 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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OLLI East— SCF: Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E.

Sarasota, FL 34240 United States
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W18-SCF-51 THE AGE OF NAPOLEON Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 9-Feb. 27 ACADEMY EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Daniel Stephens Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century. More has been written about him than any other historical figure. In this eight-week course, we will explore Napoleon’s humble beginnings, his rise during the French Revolution, and his reign as Emperor of the French. We will look at his military strategies, victories,…

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W18-36 FLORIDA MARITIME HISTORY

January 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-36 FLORIDA MARITIME HISTORY Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 9-Feb. 1 Note: Meets Twice a Week for Four Weeks TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Stan Zimmerman The palette of Florida’s history is drawn on its waters. The men and women who sailed them are the subjects of this course. It is composed of tales that turn on sleeping sentries and a maddened gardener; tales with the imprint of emperors and kings, generals and admirals, heroism, and cowardice. The…

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W18-33 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES

January 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W18-33 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 9-Feb. 13 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Moderator: Ron Cohen This course is a great way to fuel your love of history and learn about history makers and why they remain relevant after all these years. Each week, a guest instructor will present a snapshot of a historical person(s)—famous or infamous—and discuss their life story, career highlights (the good and the bad), and little-known facts about each figure. Time will…

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W18-SCF-52 MEDICAL ILLNESSES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS

January 9, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W18-SCF-52 MEDICAL ILLNESSES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS Tuesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 9-Feb. 13 ACADEMY EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Gene Ginsberg This course will cover the medical illnesses of every U.S. president and how their illnesses impacted our history. Particular emphasis will be placed on the case histories of FDR, Wilson, and Lincoln. We will also discuss medical illness trends among the presidents (i.e., those with cancer, heart disease, the average age of death, etc.), the…

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W18-59 20th CENTURY ELECTIONS

January 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W18-59 20th CENTURY ELECTIONS Wednesdays: 11 a.m.12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett The 20th century presidents shaped the Executive Office into its current predominant position. This course will examine the story of America looking into and out of the windows of the White House from William McKinley to Donald Trump. We will review the Constitution and the Electoral College and focus on the impact of each president on our economic, military, domestic, and foreign…

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W18-69 THOSE FUNNY FOLKS FROM THE MIDWEST

January 10, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W18-69 THOSE FUNNY FOLKS FROM THE MIDWEST Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 10-Feb. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Tony Moon Perhaps last Winter’s class, “The Joke’s On Brooklyn” proved nearly all famous comedians came from that area. Well, this class just might prove otherwise! From Red Skelton and Danny Thomas to Melissa McCarthy and Bill Murray, the Midwest has had us laughing all our lives. We will discuss the biographies of these famous comedians, and learn who, how, and when…

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W18-73 RICHARD NIXON

January 11, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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W18-73 RICHARD NIXON Thursdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 11-Mar. 1 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones Two words capture Richard Nixon: controversial and consequential. From the time he entered Congress in 1946 until his death in 1994, Richard Nixon could not be ignored. Now the publication of a full, but accessible biography, Richard Nixon: The Life, by John A. Farrell, affords us the opportunity to review and reassess the life and career of one of the most important American political…

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W18-SCF-93 THE PEOPLE AND LIFE IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES

January 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W18-SCF-93 THE PEOPLE AND LIFE IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 11-Mar. 1 ACADEMY EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) James Aaron This course will explain the religious, economic, and historical influences shaping the modern Arab Middle East. Class discussions will focus on social and political practices such as marriage, family, language, veiling, and Civil Rights. We will explore how and why Arab countries embrace Islam as a religion and a way of life.…

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W18-SCF-92 FIVE CONTROVERSIAL PEOPLE WHO CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY

January 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W18-SCF-92 FIVE CONTROVERSIAL PEOPLE WHO CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 5 Sessions: Jan. 11-Feb. 8 ACADEMY EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Robert Toplin We will study the experiences, personalities, ideas, and actions of five individuals who made a significant impact on American life. We may admire or criticize viewpoints promoted by these controversial figures, but clearly each person “made a difference.” William Lloyd Garrison launched a radical abolitionist campaign against slavery. Henry Ford, a brilliant businessman,…

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W18-79 THE SECRET ILLNESSES OF WORLD LEADERS AND U.S. PRESIDENTS

January 11, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W18-79 THE SECRET ILLNESSES OF WORLD LEADERS AND U.S. PRESIDENTS 7 Sessions: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Thursdays: Jan. 11-Mar. 1; Note: No class Jan. 18 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Allan B. Schwartz In this course, we will examine how the secret illnesses of world leaders and U.S. presidents affected history, politics, and wars (e.g., Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam). Our discussions will include Golda Meir, Winston Churchill, Mao Tse-tung, Hitler, and Stalin; and presidents Washington, Jefferson, Jackson,…

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W18-07 20th ANCIENT EGYPT: THE PTOLEMIES

January 22, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-07 20th ANCIENT EGYPT: THE PTOLEMIES Mondays & Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Two Weeks 4 Sessions: Jan. 22-31; Note: Late Start Date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The glory and splendor of Egypt had one last opportunity to serve as a shining light to the world. This opportunity would take place following its conquest by Alexander the Great. His general, Ptolemy I, would forge a new dynasty that would last 300 years. Egypt…

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W18-16 JERUSALEM: 3,000 YEARS OF HOLINESS

January 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W18-16 JERUSALEM: 3,000 YEARS OF HOLINESS Mondays & Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Two Weeks 4 Sessions: Jan. 22-31 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler “Ten measures of beauty were descended upon theworld by God; Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world by God as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud. Jerusalem began as the City of Ophel of the Jebusites, was occupied…

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ACADEMY ADVENTURES: YBOR CITY HISTORIC WALKING TOUR, TAMPA

January 26, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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February 2018

W18-96 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: GREECE

February 2, 2018 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-96 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: GREECE Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: Feb. 2 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Ancient Greece is the civilization belonging to the period of Greek history lasting from the Archaic period of the eighth to sixth centuries BCE to 146 BCE and the Roman conquest of Greece after the battle of Corinth. At the center of this period is Classical Greece, which flourished during the fifth to fourth centuries BCE, at first under Athenian…

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W18-18 ASSASSINATIONS AND TRAGEDY

February 5, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W18-18 ASSASSINATIONS AND TRAGEDY Mondays: 1-2:20 p.m. 4 Sessions: Feb. 5-26; Note: Late Start Date TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Richard Rizzo In this four-week course, we will examine the assassinations of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy and the tragic sinking of the Titanic. The events leading up to the Lincoln assassination will be explained in detail. We will also discuss the Kennedy assassination and debunk all conspiracy theories. The sinking of the Titanic is a Greek tragedy in that…

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W18-39 THE CIVIL WAR: BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK CITY

February 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W18-39 THE CIVIL WAR: BROOKLYN AND NEW YORK CITY Tuesdays 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 2 Sessions: Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Bud Livingston BROOKLYN (Feb. 6) Where did the Union troops go after their surrender at Fort Sumter in 1861? Where was Abraham Lincoln supposed to speak in 1860 before he delivered his Cooper Union Address? Where did the Squibb and Pfizer pharmaceutical companies begin their operations? Where was the Civil War’s most famous ship built, the one…

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ACADEMY LECTURE: FLORIDA MARITIME HISTORY

February 8, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Westminster Point Pleasant, 1533 4th Ave.
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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“FLORIDA MARITIME HISTORY” Thursday, Feb. 8 • 1-2 p.m. WESTMINSTER TOWERS & SHORES Stan Zimmerman The palette of Florida’s history is drawn on its waters. The men and women who sailed them are the subjects of this lecture. It is composed of tales that turn on sleeping sentries and a maddened gardener; tales with the imprint of emperors and kings, generals and admirals, heroism, and cowardice. We’ll discuss canoe makers, U-boat captains, Teddy Roosevelt, and a near-crazy Cuban who thwarted…

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ACADEMY ADVENTURES: EDISON AND FORD ESTATES, FORT MYERS

February 16, 2018 @ 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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Join us for a trip to Fort Myers for a guided tour of the Edison main, guest and caretaker’s houses, the Ford Estate, and the Edison Botanic Research Lab. Expert docents will share stories about the great inventors, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and their families. Visitors will see the 1929 historic landscape, evident throughout the entire property including the award-winning Moonlight Garden. The Edison and Ford estates offer visitors the opportunity to step back into “old Florida” and learn…

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March 2018

SP18-20 HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD

March 6, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP18-20 HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Mar. 6-22 Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Three Weeks TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Although it is one of the smallest areas of the world, the geographical region of Syria/Palestine has some of the greatest variations in climate and topography found anywhere on earth. This region is a land bridge 350 miles long and only 60 miles wide. It is situated between Africa…

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SP18-25 THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: ROME

March 6, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP18-25 THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: ROME Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Mar. 6-22 Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Three Weeks TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The Roman Republic was the era of ancient Roman civilization traditionally dated from 509 BCE, and ending in 27 BCE with the establishment of the Roman Empire. It was during this period that Rome’s control expanded from the city’s immediate surroundings to hegemony over the entire Mediterranean world. The Roman Empire was…

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SP18-34 1927: AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR

March 7, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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SP18-34 1927: AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 4 Sessions: Mar. 7-28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett The year 1927 headlined a cast of outstanding individuals whose names still resonate today. The two top and still famous are Charles Lindbergh and Babe Ruth. In addition to Ruth, it was a golden age of sports with Gehrig, Moody, Jones, Nurmi, and Weissmuller. In Hollywood Clara Bow starred in “Wings” and Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer”. “Show Boat” opened on…

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SP18-62 EGYPT: AGE OF THE PYRAMIDS

March 7, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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SP18-62 EGYPT: AGE OF THE PYRAMIDS Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Mar. 7-Apr. 11 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM David Miano This course provides a study of the history, geography, literature, art, religion, and culture of ancient Egypt from the origins of Egyptian civilization to the end of the Middle Kingdom. We’ll cover the unification of the country under Narmer, the building of the pyramids under Snefru, Khufu, Khafre, and others, and the fascinating literary remains of the Middle Kingdom. The course…

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SP18-44 FOUR FATEFUL YEARS: 1988-1992

March 8, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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SP18-44 FOUR FATEFUL YEARS: 1988-1992 Thursdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: Mar. 8-Apr. 26 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones The presidency of George H. W. Bush corresponds with momentous events that both closed lengthy chapters in the American past and opened the United States to new challenges in the future. Specifically, those four years witnessed the break-up of the Soviet Union and the collapse of colonial rule in South Africa. During the same period, the Exxon oil spill and Operation Desert…

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SP18-45 WORLD LEADERS: THEIR SECRET ILLNESSES AND EFFECTS

March 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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SP18-45 WORLD LEADERS: THEIR SECRET ILLNESSES AND EFFECTS Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Mar. 8-Apr. 26: Note: No class March 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Allan B. Schwartz In this course, we will examine how the secret illnesses of U.S. presidents affected history, politics, and wars. Our discussions will include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Bill Clinton, and George Bush (#43); and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Course Fee: $90; Member Fee: $81.

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SP18-WMT-64 THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION

March 13, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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SP18-WMT-64 THE DAWN OF CIVILIZATION Tuesdays: 1-2 p.m. 6 Sessions: Mar. 13-Apr. 17 WESTMINSTER TOWERS & SHORES David Miano In this series of six lectures, we will study the emergence of our planet’s first complex societies in the ancient Near East, beginning with the first settlements in the Mesolithic Period (about 10,000 years ago) and finishing with the development of the world’s first empire in the mid-third millennium B.C. We will pay special attention to how societies evolved across the…

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SP18-60 PASSOVER DESSERT SEDER

March 26, 2018 @ 2:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP18-60 PASSOVER DESSERT SEDER Monday: 2:30-5:30 p.m. 1 Session: Mar. 26 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The Passover narrative of the Hebrew Bible is one of those experiences that truly shapes western religious traditions. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. The concept of no human ever being enslaved to another and redemption in the face of evil has been…

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May 2018

SU18-13 THEY ALSO RAN

May 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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SU18-13 THEY ALSO RAN Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: May 8-24 Alfred Jones No one loves a loser, especially in this success-driven society. No wonder candidates who run second in our presidential sweepstakes are often soon forgotten. In this course, we will recall and re-evaluate some of the defeated major party nominees who don’t deserve to be forgotten. Who they are will be decided by the class in our first session. How they won their party’s nomination,…

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SU18-11 ANCIENT EGYPT: THE NEW KINGDOM

May 8, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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SU18-11 ANCIENT EGYPT: THE NEW KINGDOM Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: May 8-24 Steven Derfler The New Kingdom, when “Egypt Ruled the East,” spanned a period of 1550-1070 BCE. It was a peak period of prosperity and power when Egypt extended its authority north into Syria and Palestine, west almost to the Siwa Oasis and south to the First Cataract. The monumental architecture of the day was the temple. In addition, there was a paradigm shift with…

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SU18-24 LOVE, SEX, AND DESIRE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD

May 9, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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SU18-24 LOVE, SEX, AND DESIRE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: May 9-June 13 David Miano This course will introduce you to cultures of ancient Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome through an examination of their conceptions and expressions of love, desire, and sexuality. We’ll engage in an interdisciplinary study using a variety of literary genres, including lyric poetry, love letters, philosophical dialogue, didactic poetry, and the romance novel. A wide range of topics will be discussed,…

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September 2018

FA18-63 KING TUT

September 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA18-63 KING TUT Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: Sept. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler One of the greatest archaeological discoveries and subsequent mysteries emerged on Nov. 26, 1922, when archaeologist Howard Carter identified the tomb of the New Kingdom Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. Over the next few years, more than 3,500 objects were excavated, along with his intact sarcophagus and mummy. Of 62 tombs discovered in “The Canyon,” as Carter called the King’s Valley, this was the only royal tomb…

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October 2018

FA18-64 MARK TWAIN: THE AMERICAN

October 5, 2018 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA18-64 MARK TWAIN: THE AMERICAN Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: Oct. 5 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alan Kitty Mark Twain was called “The Father of American Literature” and was considered the funniest man alive. Known for his satirical populist works, he earned money as one of the first modern touring stand-up comics. This prolific superstar was also a journalist, printer, pilot, miner, a citizen of the world, polyglot, crackpot, social critic, philosopher, and inventor. During this workshop, the instructor will…

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FA18-12 MENNONITES AND AMISH: HISTORY, BELIEF, AND LIFE

October 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - November 12, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
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FA18-12 MENNONITES AND AMISH: HISTORY, BELIEF, AND LIFE Mondays: 1-3 p.m. Note: Extended Time 4 Sessions: Oct. 1-Oct. 22 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM J. David Yoder Who are those people riding three-wheeled bikes in Sarasota? Why do they dress that way? What is a Mennonite? Are Mennonites and Amish the same? These questions and more will be addressed in this informative and engaging look at Mennonite and Amish history and traditions. Silver Member: $70; Gold Member: $63.

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FA18-62 ROMANESQUE AND GOTHIC WORLDS

October 26, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA18-62 ROMANESQUE AND GOTHIC WORLDS Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: Oct. 26 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler “It was an age of intellectual darkness that extinguished the light of Rome. Yet amidst the errors there shone forth men of genius; no less keen were their eyes, although they were surrounded by darkness and dense gloom,” said Francesco Petrarch, an Italian scholar in the 1330s. On the heels of the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, Europe was plunged into a…

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FA18-WPP-69 ARCHAIC GREECE

October 30, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA18-WPP-69 ARCHAIC GREECE Tuesdays: 1-2 p.m. 5 Sessions: Oct. 2-30 WESTMINSTER POINT PLEASANT (formerly Westminster Towers & Shores) David Miano This course offers a survey of the social, political, and cultural history of the ancient Greek world, from the Mycenaean Age of heroes to the Persian Wars. We’ll talk about the Trojan War, epic poetry, early Greek philosophy, the differences between Sparta and Athens, and the beginning of democracy. Famous figures include Agamemnon, Odysseus, Helen, Homer, Hesiod, Sappho, Lycurgus, Solon,…

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November 2018

FA18-60 THE MAJESTY AND MANNERS OF SAVANNAH

November 9, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA18-60 THE MAJESTY AND MANNERS OF SAVANNAH Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 1 Session: Nov. 9 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Karin Jones Savannah boasts the finest examples of 19th-century architecture in America. During the 20th and 21st centuries, Savannah became a living textbook for historic preservation as nearly every mansion and townhouse in the historic district was restored under the regulation of Historic Savannah Foundation, and many commercial buildings were adapted and reused by The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).…

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FA18-18 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES

November 13, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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FA18-18 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 9-Nov. 13 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Ron Cohen In this course, we will revisit the lives of history makers from all walks of life. Our journey will lead to discoveries that include their unknown accomplishments and secret failings. We can expect to meet politicos, geniuses, athletes, the Hollywood elite as well as those with connections to the arts, science, literature, and more. Join us for a peek into the…

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FA18-31 VIETNAM

November 14, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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FA18-31 VIETNAM Wednesdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 10-Nov. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alan Grindal For the majority of us, the Vietnam War was the seminal event of our generation. The war caused many to question America’s principles as well as its values, and its legacy remains with us to this day. This course will review the history of the war and the many interpretations of its significance and meaning. Silver Member: $90; Gold Member: $81.

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FA18-35 FORMATION OF THE MODERN WORLD – 18TH CENTURY

November 14, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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FA18-35 FORMATION OF THE MODERN WORLD – 18TH CENTURY Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Sept. 26-Nov. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett The fall term will cover 1800 to 1860 where we will observe social, technical, and political advances from Napoleon to Lincoln; horse and buggy to the railroad; mail to the telegraph; and sailboats to steamboats. We will see how the United States reached coast to coast acquiring the Louisiana Territory and Mexican lands. Beyond our borders, we…

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FA18-46 1920s WASHINGTON: POLITICS, POLITICIANS, AND POLICIES

November 14, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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FA18-46 1920s WASHINGTON: POLITICS, POLITICIANS, AND POLICIES Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 10-Nov. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Arnold Well and Susan Well As the 100th anniversary of the end of “The Great War” approaches, we look back at the 1920s. Two of the decade’s presidents are considered to be among the worst in history. A third was popular and shocked the country by choosing not to run for re-election. We will consider the stories of these presidents as well…

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FA18-44 THE ROMAN REPUBLIC

November 14, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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FA18-44 THE ROMAN REPUBLIC Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 10-Nov. 14 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM David Miano This class explores the emergence and development of Roman civilization from the foundation of the city of Rome to the time of Julius Caesar (1st century BCE). Students will be introduced to the works of ancient Roman poets, historians, and thinkers together with art and archaeology to investigate Roman culture and society, as well as the origin and development of republican government, imperialism,…

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FA18-19 THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD x 2

November 15, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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FA18-19 THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD x 2 Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 30-Nov. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The Seven Wonders of the World is a list of remarkable constructions of classical antiquity cited by various authors in guidebooks or poems popular among ancient Hellenic tourists. Although the list, in its current form, did not stabilize until the Renaissance, the first such lists of Seven Wonders date from the 1st-2nd century BC. The…

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FA18-52 HOW THE FAILURE OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC LED TO HITLER’S RISE TO POWER

November 15, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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FA18-52 HOW THE FAILURE OF THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC LED TO HITLER’S RISE TO POWER Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Oct. 4-Nov. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jens Albiez During the 14 years of Germany’s first attempt at parliamentary democracy, German society was roiled by revolution, defamation, anti-Semitism, political murders, hyperinflation, coup attempts, and mass unemployment, all of which led to Hitler’s rise to power. We will explore the rich detail of Germany’s short but intense historic period called the “Weimar…

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FA18-54 HOW DEMOCRACIES END

November 15, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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FA18-54 HOW DEMOCRACIES END Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Oct. 11-Nov. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Craig Hill and Regan Teague How and why does a seemingly successful democracy fail? How and why does a specific historical democracy form, and what is it trying to accomplish? This course is a timely look into the historical structure of democracies, their strengths and weaknesses, and what history tells us about the future of our own governmental system. We will explore what happens during…

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FA18-26 FROM SPICE ROUTES TO SPACE AGE: LIVING IN THE MIDEAST

November 15, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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FA18-26 FROM SPICE ROUTES TO SPACE AGE: LIVING IN THE MIDEAST Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 sessions: Oct. 30-Nov. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The Middle East is generally considered the birthplace of civilization. In this course, we will examine the archaeological and historical evidence found in this region, looking in particular at the evolution of living patterns, to understand how humankind developed. We’ll look at patterns ranging from the nomadic and semi-nomadic, through city and urban society,…

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January 2019

W19-92 LIFELONG LEARNING TIME SIFTERS IN-DEPTH SERIES: THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

January 25 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

W19-92 LIFELONG LEARNING TIME SIFTERS IN-DEPTH SERIES: THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: Jan. 25 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The rediscovery of the biblical world has included some of the most exciting archaeological discoveries made in the 20th century. The finding of a series of scrolls (that were hidden in caves along the northwest corner of the Dead Sea) dated to the 3rd century BCE-1st century CE perhaps tops the list of discoveries regarding their…

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February 2019

W19-80 THE CIVIL WAR: BROOKLYN, N.Y.C., AND LINCOLN

February 7 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W19-80 THE CIVIL WAR: BROOKLYN, N.Y.C., AND LINCOLN Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 3 Sessions: Jan. 24-Feb. 7 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Bud Livingston BROOKLYN: Where did the Union troops go after their surrender at Fort Sumter in 1861? Where was Abraham Lincoln supposed to speak in 1860 before he delivered his Cooper Union Address? Where did the Squibb and Pfizer pharmaceutical companies begin their operations? Where was the Civil War’s most famous ship built, the one whose very existence changed naval warfare…

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W19-91 THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT TO 1967

February 15 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-91 THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT TO 1967 Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session: Feb. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The state of Israel became a reality in 1948. Finally, after 2,500 years of spiritual Zionism and about 55 years after the advent of political Zionism, a state was reborn in the ancient homeland of the Jewish people. Yet this homeland was to be re-established on a “twice-promised land.” Palestinian and Arab nationalisms were also promised self-determination by the British during…

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W19-SCF-97 SIX CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

February 21 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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OLLI East— SCF: Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E.

Sarasota, FL 34240 United States
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W19-SCF-97 SIX CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 sessions: Jan. 17-Feb. 21 OLLI EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Robert Brent Toplin Our studies will draw attention to the character and leadership of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. We’ll investigate their upbringing, early life experiences, and personality formation. Central to our discussion will be an examination of psychological factors, which may help us understand why…

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W19-SCF-95 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: THE RENAISSANCE

February 28 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W19-SCF-95 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: THE RENAISSANCE Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Feb. 7-Feb. 28 (Note: No Class: Feb. 12) OLLI EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Steven Derfler From the 14th to the 17th century, the Renaissance was regarded as the cultural bridge between the Romanesque/Gothic Age and modern history. The Renaissance started as a cultural movement in Italy during the Gothic Age and later spread to the rest of Europe, thus marking the…

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W19-SCF-103 MEDICAL ILLNESSES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS

February 28 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W19 SCF-103 MEDICAL ILLNESSES OF THE U.S. PRESIDENTS Thursdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 24-Feb. 28 OLLI EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Gene Ginsberg This course will cover the medical illnesses of every U.S. president and how their illnesses impacted our history. Particular emphasis will be placed on the case histories of FDR, Wilson, and Lincoln. We will also discuss medical illness trends among the presidents (i.e., those with cancer, heart disease, the average age of death,…

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W19-SCF-99 THE BYZANTINE WORLD

February 28 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W19-SCF-99 THE BYZANTINE WORLD Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Feb. 7-Feb. 28 (Note: No Class: Feb. 12) OLLI EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) Steven Derfler Rome’s influence in the Mediterranean Basin began to wane at the start of the 4th century CE. The Byzantine Empire was founded when the capital of the Roman Empire was transferred from Rome to Constantinople. In 330 CE, Constantine moved the seat of the empire to Constantinople, which he founded as…

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W19-SCF-104 LIFE IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES

February 28 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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OLLI East— SCF: Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Pkwy. E.

Sarasota, FL 34240 United States
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W19-SCF-104 LIFE IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES Thursdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Jan. 17-Feb. 28 OLLI EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH) James Aaron This course will explain the religious, economic, and historical influences shaping the modern Arab Middle East. Class discussions will focus on social and political practices such as marriage, family, language, veiling, and civil rights. We will explore how and why Arab countries embrace Islam as a religion and a way of life. Silver Member: $90; Gold…

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March 2019

W19-10 WORLD WAR II LEADERS: ALLIES AND AXIS POWERS

March 4 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-10 WORLD WAR II LEADERS: ALLIES AND AXIS POWERS Mondays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Jan. 14-Mar. 4 (No Class on Jan. 21; Holiday) TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Ernest ‘Doc’ Werlin Join us as we focus on the four most important leaders of World War II—Churchill, Roosevelt, Hitler, and Stalin. Additional lectures will be centered on the background of World War II and this complex period in history that almost destroyed the civilized world. Silver Member: $90; Gold Member: $81.

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W19-13 GERMANY UNSURE OF ITSELF, 1814-1914

March 4 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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W19-13 GERMANY UNSURE OF ITSELF, 1814-1914 Mondays: 1-2:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Jan. 14-Mar. 4 (No Class on Jan. 21; Holiday) TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Jens Albiez This course explores Germany’s development from a collection of multiple small states in 1814 into continental Europe’s powerhouse by 1914. We will review the stages of revolutionary struggles of the German people longing for unification, which was finally achieved by von Bismarck in 1871. We will examine the reasons for Germany’s uneasy fit into Europe…

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W19-17 A HISTORY OF SMUGGLING IN FLORIDA

March 4 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-17 A HISTORY OF SMUGGLING IN FLORIDA Mondays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 28-Mar. 4 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Stan Zimmerman Florida’s rich and colorful history is due in part to its role as a major conduit for contraband. Booze, guns, and drugs are just part of the story which stretches from conquistadors to cocaine cowboys. If it is illegal to possess, it’s been smuggled through Florida including human beings, endangered species, cigars, animal hides, invasive plants, and much more. The…

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W19-32 NO, MR. WEST, SLAVERY WAS NEVER A CHOICE!

March 5 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-32 NO, MR. WEST, SLAVERY WAS NEVER A CHOICE! Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 7 Sessions: Jan. 15-Mar. 5 (No Class: Feb. 26) TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM David G. Wilkins The recent comment by the rapper, Kanye West, characterizing slavery as a choice, highlights the misinformation and deliberate falsehoods that impede our understanding of American slavery. Inadequate, and in too many cases, non-existent instruction in American classrooms can be faulted for some of these shortcomings. Revisionist historians and Confederate apologists who have…

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W19-27 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES

March 5 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-27 THIS WAS THEIR LIVES Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 29-Mar. 5 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Moderator: OLLI Instructors In this course, we will revisit the lives of history makers from all walks of life. Our journey will lead to discoveries that include their unknown accomplishments and secret failings. We can expect to meet politicos, geniuses, athletes, the Hollywood elite as well as those with connections to the arts, science, literature, and more. Join us for a peek into…

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W19-31 THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

March 5 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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W19-31 THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 15-Mar. 5 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Paul Sarno How were the 11 countries of Southeast Asia (Myanmar to Timor Leste) formed? What is their ethnic and religious composition? How do those formations impact the chance for democracy to succeed in each? Do you wonder what the impact of colonialism was on these countries? What is the historic influence of China and India on their societies? This course…

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W19-42 HUMAN HISTORY— THE BIG PICTURE

March 6 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-42 HUMAN HISTORY— THE BIG PICTURE Wednesdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 16-Mar. 6 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alan Grindal Most studies of history are limited to a specific geographical area or time period. The brief duration of human life tends to limit our perspective on long-term change. This course will address a wider and multidisciplinary view beginning with the origins of life and following the major trends of human adaption and progress. Silver Member: $95; Gold Member: $85.50.

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W19-49 FORMATION OF THE 20TH CENTURY: 1860-1914

March 6 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-49 FORMATION OF THE 20TH CENTURY: 1860-1914 Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 16-Mar. 6 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett Much of our modern world was developed and shaped by the events of the second half of the 20th century. The stories of men and women, politicians, artists, inventors, scientists, authors, and many everyday people will be told and discussed this term. Course topics include: the Civil War; the assassinations of Lincoln and the Archduke of Austria; the sinking…

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W19-52 IN HARMONY: A HISTORY OF THE GREAT VOCAL GROUPS

March 6 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-52 IN HARMONY: A HISTORY OF THE GREAT VOCAL GROUPS Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 16-Mar. 6 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Tony Moon For more than seven decades, America has had a love affair with vocal groups from the Big-Band beginnings of The Andrews Sisters to the recent popularity of Boy Bands. We will listen to recordings and watch videos as we explore the history of singing groups. Class discussions will include the development of Doo-Wop (that enduring sound…

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W19-63 LITTLE KNOWN HISTORY OF U.S. VICE PRESIDENTS

March 6 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-63 LITTLE KNOWN HISTORY OF U.S. VICE PRESIDENTS Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m. 6 Sessions: Jan. 30-Mar. 6 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Theodore Russell Quirky, off-beat stories about our U.S. presidents are well-known. But, what about some of our vice presidents? There have been 48 vice presidents since 1789. Two were not even elected to that office. One had taken up arms against the United States! Three have won the Nobel Peace Prize, and one had been accused of murder. All have fascinating…

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W19-68 TRANSATLANTIC: THE GREAT OCEAN LINERS FROM TITANIC TO QUEEN MARY 2

March 7 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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W19-68 TRANSATLANTIC: THE GREAT OCEAN LINERS FROM TITANIC TO QUEEN MARY 2 Thursdays: 9-10:20 a.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 17-Mar. 7 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones Once upon a time, getting there was just as exciting as being there—whether you were headed east or west across the Atlantic Ocean. Every ship had its own personality, and each sailing was an event— although sometimes, alas, a tragedy. In this course, we will study and discuss seven ocean liners that made history during…

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W19-77 WORLD LEADERS’ SECRET ILLNESSES EFFECT ON HISTORY, POLITICS AND WARS

March 7 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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W19-77 WORLD LEADERS’ SECRET ILLNESSES EFFECT ON HISTORY, POLITICS AND WARS Thursdays: 11 a.m.–12:20 p.m. 8 Sessions: Jan. 17-Mar. 7 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Allan B. Schwartz This course will examine world leaders and what influences their secret illnesses had on history, politics, and wars. Course discussions will include Joe McCarthy, Indira Gandhi, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. Other discussions to include U.S. Senate Hearings and Meetings; Civil Rights;…

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SP19-40 SARASOTA AND THE 1893 CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR

March 14 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Elling Eide Center, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL United States
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SP19-40 SARASOTA AND THE 1893 CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR Thursday: 9-10:20 am 1 Session: Mar. 14 ELLING EIDE CENTER 8000 S. TAMIAMI TRAIL Benita Stambler Although Sarasota was just a fishing village in 1893, the lives of some of its later significant citizens were affected by the World’s Columbian Exposition. The legacies of Bertha Palmer, John Ringling, and Elling Eide were influenced by the Fair’s art, architecture, and commercialization. It occurred at a pivotal time, when the country was grappling with…

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SP19-20 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: BAROQUE ROCOCO

March 28 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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SP19-20 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: BAROQUE ROCOCO Tuesdays & Thursdays: 1-2:20 pm 6 Sessions: Mar. 12-Mar. 28 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Around 1580 in Italy, the Baroque style began to replace the Late Renaissance. To young artists, it seemed that everything that could be achieved was already achieved. No more difficulties, technical or otherwise, remained to be solved. They would create a new style based on the new world order—elongated proportions, highly stylized poses with no sense of…

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SP19-52 WORLD HERITAGE SITES: GREECE

March 29 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP19-52 WORLD HERITAGE SITES: GREECE Friday: 9:30 am-3 pm 1 Session: Mar. 29 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Founded in 1975, UNESCO’s World Heritage mission is to encourage countries to sign the World Heritage Convention and to ensure the protection of their natural and cultural heritage. Today there are 18 sites in Greece. They include: Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, Acropolis of Athens, Sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, old city of Rhodes, Olympia, Mycenae, Meteora, and Thessaloniki to name…

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April 2019

SP19-WPP-59 CLASSICAL GREECE

April 16 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Westminster Point Pleasant, 1533 4th Ave.
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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SP19-WPP-59 CLASSICAL GREECE Tuesdays: 1-2 pm 5 Sessions: Mar. 19-Apr. 16 WESTMINSTER POINT PLEASANT David Miano The classical period in Greece will always be remembered for its awe-inspiring innovations in political systems, art, literature, and philosophy. This course surveys the history of that period with an eye on the development of ideas. Democratic Athens will be at the center of the course, but we will also try to understand the larger historical context, taking into account the conditions that led…

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SP19-28 1968: TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES

April 17 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP19-28 1968: TRIUMPHS AND TRAGEDIES Wednesdays: 11 am-12:20 pm 6 Sessions: Mar. 13-Apr. 17 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Monroe Brett Nineteen sixty-eight has been described as “The Year That Changed America.” The country experienced a tumultuous upheaval in political, military, racial, and cultural matters. Two shocking assassinations left the country reeling in disbelief drastically altering both the political and racial atmospheres. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam ushered in the bloodiest year for American troops as well as a new realization of…

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SP19-36 EGYPT: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

April 17 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP19-36 EGYPT: RISE OF AN EMPIRE Wednesdays: 1-2:20 pm 6 Sessions: Mar. 13-Apr. 17 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM David Miano The New Kingdom period of Egyptian history (16th to 11th centuries BCE) was the time during which the Egyptians created an empire. A succession of extraordinarily capable pharaohs, covering the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties, laid the foundations of a strong state and pushed the control beyond the traditional borders into Palestine and Nubia. The Egyptians entered into a period of…

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SP19-46 U.S. PRESIDENTS AND THEIR SECRET ILLNESSES’ EFFECT ON HISTORY, POLITICS, WARS

April 18 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP19-46 U.S. PRESIDENTS AND THEIR SECRET ILLNESSES’ EFFECT ON HISTORY, POLITICS, WARS Thursdays: 11 am-12:20 pm 6 Sessions: Mar. 14-Apr. 18 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Allan B. Schwartz This course combines history, politics, and medicine involving U.S. presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Woodrow Wilson, and Abraham Lincoln. Class discussions will include: FDR and the New Deal; Eleanor; polio; World War II; hypertension; Yalta; Truman and the atomic bomb; Korea; Gen. Douglas MacArthur; Dewey; Berlin; NATO;…

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May 2019

SP19-42 AMERICAN SLAVERY

May 2 @ 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 AM on Thursday, repeating until May 2, 2019

Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SP19-42 AMERICAN SLAVERY Thursdays: 9-10:20 am 8 Sessions: Mar. 14-May 2 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones Chattel slavery was America’s original sin. For almost 250 years, men and women of European ancestry residing in North America held Africans and their descendants in cruel bondage. For generations after Emancipation, Americans (black and white) avoided coming to grips with the so-called Peculiar Institution. Finally, after World War II, historians began a wideranging investigation of slavery that continues to this day. This research…

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SU19-01 ARCHAEOLOGICAL MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE (Summer)

May 22 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Monday and Wednesday, repeating until May 22, 2019

Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SU19-01 ARCHAEOLOGICAL MYSTERIES OF THE BIBLE (Summer) Mondays & Wednesdays: 11 am-12:20 pm 6 Sessions: May 6-May 22 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler Viewed from the perspective of “a letter written to each of us,” the Hebrew Bible can be seen as a work outlining an incredible history, geography, spirituality, and cultural identity. However, there are many passages that remain enigmatic to this day. In this course, we will use the literary and archaeological record of the ancient Near East…

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SU19-03 “THEIR FINEST HOUR:” THE BRITISH AND THE BLITZ (Summer)

May 23 @ 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until May 23, 2019

Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SU19-03 “THEIR FINEST HOUR:” THE BRITISH AND THE BLITZ (Summer) Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11 am-12:20 pm 6 Sessions: May 7-May 23 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Alfred Jones After France fell to the Nazi war machine in June 1940, Adolf Hitler turned his sights on the island nation across the Channel. Thus began the epic Battle of Britain. For many long months, the British people stood alone as the bombs fell, with only their courage and stamina to sustain them as they…

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SU19-14 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: 18th-19th Century (Summer)

May 24 @ 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SU19-14 HISTORY OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE: 18th-19th Century (Summer) Friday: 9:30 am-3 pm 1 Session: May 24 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Steven Derfler The history of the human experience through art and archaeology continues in the 18th and 19th century. Part of the age of revolution that saw movement, reawakened human rights and dignity including the Neoclassic, Romantic, Realistic, and Impressionist styles of art. We will explore the details. Silver Member: $109: Gold Member: $98.

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SU19-09 THE EPIC OF MEDICINE (Summer)

May 29 @ 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
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Main Campus Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Building 1
Sarasota, FL 34237 United States
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SU19-09 THE EPIC OF MEDICINE (Summer) Wednesdays: 1-2:20 pm 4 Sessions: May 8-May 29 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM Al Tripodi This course traces the history of medicine as it relates to the history of mankind from prehistoric time to the 20th century. The emphasis will be on Western medicine, but influences from Eastern traditions will be included. A fervent attempt will be made to learn history so we will not be destined to repeat it. Parallels will be drawn throughout the…

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