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Senior Scholars | Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays | September 3 - April 23 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Space Available
Course closing date: 9/3/2019
Location: Landmark Centre
Your Instructor(s) will be: Peter Haas, John Grabowski, Dario Gasparini
For more information contact: Lorraine Nelson, 216-368-5145


Tuesdays, September 3-November 12

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, Case Western Reserve University


“Interwar Europe: Working out Modernity in the Midst of Crisis”

The 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.


Wednesdays, September 4-October 2

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Earl Leiken, Former Mayor of Shaker Heights


“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 economic development. 


Wednesdays, October 16-November 13

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Shelley Bloomfield, 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.


Thursdays, September 5-October 3

1:30-3:30 p.m.

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

1:30-3:30 p.m.

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.

Senior Scholars Spring 2020


Tuesdays, February 4- March 3

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Peter Haas, the Abba Hillel Silver Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies, Case Western Reserve University

 “21st Century Antisemitism & Its Origins”


Tuesdays, March 17-April 21

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Barbara 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

Andrew 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

1:30-3:30 p.m.

John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History, Case Western Reserve University

“Crossings: A History of the Transatlantic Passage”


Thursdays, February 6-March 5

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dario Gasparini, Professor Emeritus, Civil Engineering. Case Western Reserve University, School of Engineering

“History of Civil Engineering: Our Built Infrastructure”


Thursdays, March 19-April 23

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Jeff Ullom, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Case Western Reserve University

“Defining America: The History of the American Theater”

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If you have any issues while registering please call us at 216-368-2090 or 216-368-2091
The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program | Case Western Reserve University | 10900 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106-7116 | 216.368.2090 | lifelonglearning@case.edu

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