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Homer’s Odyssey is one of the oldest masterpieces of world literature and its influence extends beyond the confines of a specific discipline or time period. We will analyze and discuss this epic poem, which is made up of 24 books. We will also delve into related topics such as Odysseus’ voyage and adventures the Greek concepts of challenge, honor, heroism and otherness and the conflicting concepts of death v. memory v. fame and of poetry v. history v. mythology.

Read: Suggested translation: The Odyssey by Homer, Robert Fitzgerald (Translator) (ISBN 978-0374525743)
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Dates Dates: Tuesdays, April 6 - May 11 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. ET
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Join Rabbi Dr. Raphael Zarum to honor the memory of Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of our time. As we mark 6 months since his death, Zarum, who received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Lord Sacks, will draw on his personal experiences and interactions, to show how “Rabbi Sacks, more than any rabbi I know, spoke to our generation.”

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Dates Dates: Monday, May 3 noon - 1:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 162 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
Speaker: Steven Litt, Art and Architecture Critic for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com

“Designing Cleveland: What’s Next?”

From the Group Plan to the Terminal Tower, Urban Renewal, and University Circle, Cleveland’s history is full of attempts at building a better community. In a mayoral election year, amid a pandemic and the aftermath of the Trump Administration, what lies ahead for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio in architecture, urban design and city and regional planning? We’ll discuss big projects, big bets, inflection points, and trends that will shape the future of the city and the region. A brief business meeting with the election of officers will precede the lecture.
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Dates Dates: Monday, May 24 | 1 - 3 p.m. ET
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Class Size Class size: 75 seats
 

The Association for Continuing Education has chosen On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong as the book for common reading for Book Discussion Day. Read this award-winning novel then hear Professor John McBratney’s lecture. Although this event will be presented as a webinar, participants will be able to ask questions in the Q&A portion of the talk.


Speaker: John McBratney, Ph.D., Professor of English, John Carroll University

This lecture is offered by the Association for Continuing Education (ACE)
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Dates Dates: Monday, April 19 | 1 - 3 p.m. ET
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Class Size Class size: 150 seats
 
The Association for Continuing Education is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing and supporting continuing education programs in cooperation with the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University.



Membership is open to those who love to learn. ACE independently provides the Grazella Shepherd Lecture Day, Discussion Day, Acclaimed Authors Luncheon and the Annual Book Sale, trips, a semi-annual newsletter and a summer luncheon series featuring local authors.
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Dates Dates: September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021
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Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 700 seats
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A casual conversation with Gila Silverman, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, dedicated to further discussion of a book or topic featured in a recent Jewish Studies course or lecture. More
Dates Dates: Monday, June 28 | 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET
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A casual conversation with Gila Silverman, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, dedicated to further discussion of a book or topic featured in a recent Jewish Studies course or lecture. More
Dates Dates: Monday, April 26 | 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET
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A casual conversation with Gila Silverman, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, dedicated to further discussion of a book or topic featured in a recent Jewish Studies course or lecture. More
Dates Dates: Monday, May 24 | 1:30-3 p.m. ET
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Allied leaders met frequently during the war to develop strategy and to set a course for the post-war world. We will focus on the several high-level meetings – those which involved the “Big Three” – from Casablanca to Potsdam. Status of the war effort against the Axis will be reviewed at the time of each conference. Material includes historians' articles, documents and maps.

This course is offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education (ACE).

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Dates Dates: Thursdays, April 8 - May 27 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
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While American literary history didn't begin in the 1850s in Concord, Massachusetts, it certainly blossomed there. This small town an hour west of Boston was home to a band of writers whose works still resonate with modern readers. In this course, we will read Susan Cheever's American Bloomsbury and examine the way the writers in this group challenged, influenced, and ultimately bettered one another. We'll also read a selection of each author's work in full.

Read: American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work , Susan Cheever (ISBN 9780743264624)
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Dates Dates: Thursdays, May 6 - June 24 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. ET
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A full understanding of American culture requires looking at the role doctrinal and personal religious belief has played in our politics from the time of the Pilgrims through the events of June, 2020. This course will trace some of the major elements of religion and politics in American culture.
Reading: Jon Meacham: American Gospel (Random House, 2007) ISBN: 9780812976663
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Dates Dates: Fridays, March 5–April 9 10–11:30 a.m. ET
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The Jesuits labeled him “the devil’s partner in crime,” Frederick the Great of Prussia called him “a monster” who wished to destroy humanity, and his name appears frequently in the plays of Shakespeare in reference to nefarious and murderous characters. Vilified and demonized almost immediately after the publication of his book, the very name Machiavelli has divided readers and critics. This seminar will introduce students to the historical figure of Niccolò Machiavelli through an in-depth discussion of the intellectual, historical, and political contexts into which The Prince was published. We will introduce readers to the major themes of The Prince against the backdrop of the historical reality of the political and philosophical climate of 15th and 16th century Florence in the aim of unraveling the complex mystery and mythology surrounding this towering figure of Renaissance thought. More
Dates Dates: Wednesday, May 5 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET
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The Merchant of Venice, Oliver Twist and Trilby are English literary classics, which have stood the test of time. Each work’s lasting relevance is due, in large part, to the influence of its leading Jewish character. In fact, the characters have become so synonymous with their Jewishness, that their names are part of modern antiSemitic vernacular. In this class, we will study the portrayal of these characters – Shylock, Fagin and Svengali – while examining how and why numerous anti-Semitic tropes thrive and endure. More
Dates Dates: Thursdays, June 3 - 24 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET
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This talk discusses the branch of archaeology known as “intensive survey,” in which teams of archaeologists systematically walk across a landscape, collecting artifacts and recording features in order to glean a holistic and diachronic picture of a region. Examples are drawn from the speaker’s fieldwork in Greece—around the Panhellenic sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea, and in the Mazi Plain, on the northern reaches of Athens’ territory—during which he has engaged in a variety of digital methods for studying and representing past landscapes. More
Dates Dates: Wednesday, August 4 | 1:30 - 3 p.m. ET
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In this course, we will read and discuss five plays by Aristophanes, the earliest comic playwright whose works survive in European literature. Aristophanes was a native Athenian who wrote and staged his plays during the time usually seen as the Golden Age of Greek civilization. Yet, in this period the fortunes of Athens changed dramatically. Athens went from a position of pride and power in the mid-fifth century to suffering ignominious defeat at the hands of the Spartans, barely surviving internal political upheavals by the end of the century. Throughout this period Aristophanes wrote comedies that reflect and comment on people, places, and politics in Athens and the Mediterranean. Read: Acharnians, Birds, Clouds, Frogs, Lysistrata, Aristophanes More
Dates Dates: Thursdays, July 8 - 29 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. ET
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This course will look at the life of former Vice President Spiro Agnew through the eyes of Rachel Maddow. Maddow’s book follows Agnew’s career first, as Governor of Maryland; then as Richard Nixon’s Vice President; and finally, his fall from power. We will review the legal issues he encountered, the prosecution case against him, his resignation from office, and his life following that event. We will also look at the case of United States v Nixon, which was happening simultaneously, diverting national attention away from Agnew and onto Watergate. Read: Bag Man: The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Up, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House, Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz This course if offered with the generous support of the Association for Continuing Education More
Dates Dates: Tuesdays, June 22 - July 13 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. ET
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Also known as, Ritual Murder, the Blood Libel is a centuries old anti-Semitic canard, which alleges Jews use the blood of Christian children in the baking of matzah. This malicious fabrication, which has been used to sow the seeds of systemic hatred, first appeared in medieval England before spreading its vile throughout Europe, Czarist Russia and eventually into the United States. In this course, we will examine the reasons this vicious lie has perpetuated and thrived for nearly one thousand years by studying the more significant cases of this enduring evil fiction. More
Dates Dates: Thursdays, April 8 - 29 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. ET
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Books of Wisdom and Wanderings, April 19 - June 7 (10 a.m. - noon)

4/19 Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these

150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. 

Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul

4/26 Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old. 

Leonie Jacob, Graduate of Program of Advanced Talmud Study, Yeshiva University

5/3 Job: a tormented character asks thorny questions about good, evil, and human suffering. 

Ezra Blaustein, Ph.D, University of Chicago Divinity School

5/10 Daniel: a dramatic narrative woven into fantastical visions, together map out the ultimate guide for life in exile. 

Jo Bruce, Program Manager, Whole in One at CWRU-Siegal

5/24 Ezra and Nehemiah: present the triumphs and challenges of returning home from exile.

Susan Stone, Director of Spiritual Care, Hillcrest Hospital

6/7 Chronicles: Offers a telescope-view of history all over again, raising the obvious question, Why? 

Jonathan Berger, Associate Head of School, Gross Schechter Day School.

Book: The Jewish Bible JPS Tanakh or Jerusalem Bible, Koren

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Dates Dates: Mondays, April 19 - June 7 10 a.m. - noon EDT (No Class May 17, 31)
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Books of Wisdom and Wanderings, April 19 - June 7 (10 a.m. - noon)

4/19 Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these 150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. 

Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul 

4/26 Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old. 

Leonie Jacob, Graduate of Program of Advanced Talmud Study, Yeshiva University

5/3 Job: a tormented character asks thorny questions about good, evil, and human suffering. 

Ezra Blaustein, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School

5/10 Daniel: a dramatic narrative woven into fantastical visions, together map out the ultimate guide for life in exile. 

Jo Bruce, Program Manager, Whole in One at CWRU-Siegal

5/24 Ezra and Nehemiah: present the triumphs and challenges of returning home from exile. 

Susan Stone, Director of Spiritual Care, Hillcrest Hospital

6/7 Chronicles: Offers a telescope-view of history all over again, raising the obvious question, Why? 

Jonathan Berger, Associate Head of School, Gross Schechter Day School.

Book: The Jewish Bible JPS Tanakh or Jerusalem Bible, Koren


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Dates Dates: Mondays, April 19 - June 7 7 - 9 ET (No Class May 17, 31)
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The Great Depression presented Jewish women with a unique set of challenges and choices. In response, Jewish women found new survival strategies to cope with the difficult economic conditions and changing family dynamics of these turbulent years.


This program is part of the Association of Jewish Studies Distinguished Lecture Series
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Dates Dates: Thursday, May 20 | 7 p.m. ET
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