Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, Case Western
“Interwar Europe: Working out Modernity in the Midst of Crisis”
treaties signed at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 changed everything about
Europe and ushered in a twenty-year interlude of promise and tumult. Victors and defeated alike suffered loss, of
complacency, of confidence, of certainty.
Innovation abounded, in technology, in borders, in gender relations, in
class relations, and in cultural expression.
Rapid change marked every aspect of life. This course will examine the interwar period
on its own terms, not as a fore-ordained intermezzo between two inevitable
wars. And when we study it closely, we
can both find parallels to and find lessons for our own time.
Earl Leiken, Former Mayor of
“The American Local
Community: Its Role and Its Challenges”
This course will examine the origins and structure of our local
American communities and the challenges faced by these communities today.
Drawing on his 10 years of experience as the Mayor of Shaker Heights, Earl
Leiken will discuss the role and importance of local government in America,
including such issues as public safety, diversity, community relations,
infrastructure needs, climate change, public education, and neighborhood and
Instructor in Lifelong Learning
“Fool Me Twice: The
Confidence Man in American Literature”
The confidence man in
American literature is a seller of faith, dreams, and snake oil. But where did
he come from, and what accounts for his enduring prevalence in our stories?
What about our charlatans and humbugs is uniquely American? Are they prophets,
heroes, villains — or a little of each? We’ll read and discuss everything from
Br’er Rabbit to Bernard Malamud, paying particular attention to some great work
by Poe, Twain, Melville, Lewis, Fitzgerald, O’Connor, among others, in our
exploration of this fascinating figure of the confidence man.
Recommended reading list is available on website.
David Hammack, Hiram C.
Haydn Professor of History Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University
“American Giving: The
History of Philanthropy in the United States”
This course will consider key aspects of the history of
philanthropy in the United States. We will begin with consideration of some of
the prominent current debates over the nature of philanthropy, over the roles
it should play in the U.S., and over the social norms and the government
regulations that apply to it. Subsequent sessions will take up the role of
philanthropy from the colonial period, into the 19th century, the Gilded Age,
and today, paying close attention to the development of religious institutions,
the rights of women, the struggles of labor organizations, slavery and racial
discrimination, and freedom of worship and freedom of speech.
Thursdays, October 10-November 14
Meghan Strong, Research
Associate, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
“A Journey up the Nile – Exploring
the Archeology of Ancient”
The monuments of Ancient Egypt have long captivated popular
imagination. But mummies, hieroglyphs and elaborate tomb paintings are far more
than just ancient curiosities. This course will journey through the land of the
pharaohs, introducing some of the main sites and examining the lives of the
Ancient Egyptians. In addition to exploring pyramids, temples and tombs, each
class will discuss what modern archaeological techniques are revealing about
these ancient wonders.
February 4- March 3
Peter Haas, the Abba Hillel Silver Professor
Emeritus of Jewish Studies, Case Western Reserve University
Antisemitism & Its Origins”
March 17-April 21
Green, Professor Emerita, Political Science, Cleveland State University
“Growth of Illiberal Democracy in Poland and Hungary”
Wednesdays, February 5-March 11
1:30-3:30 p.m. | NO CLASS March 4
Roth, Scholar-in-Residence, The Jefferson Educational Society
“American Tapestry: The Stories We Tell Ourselves”
SPRING BREAK | March 9-13
Wednesdays, March 18-April 22
John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in
History, Case Western Reserve University
“Crossings: A History of the Transatlantic Passage”
Thursdays, February 6-March 5
Dario Gasparini, Professor Emeritus, Civil
Engineering. Case Western Reserve University, School of Engineering
“History of Civil Engineering: Our Built
Thursdays, March 19-April 23
Jeff Ullom, Associate Professor and Director of
Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University
“Defining America: The History of the American