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Perhaps the most significant abolitionist emblem of the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century was Josiah Wedgwood’s “kneeling supplicant” and its caption “Am I Not a Man and a Brother?” Appearing on ceramic medallions, coins, and numerous items of personal fashion, this iconic device appealed to the sympathy and Christianity of participants in the antislavery movement on both sides of the Atlantic. Less well known, however, is that Wedgwood adapted his design from stock figures of captive barbarians featured on ancient Roman coins. Hitherto unexplored is the likelihood that Wedgwood encountered this image on eighteenth-century paste impressions (impronte), which reproduced and disseminated a wide array of ancient and contemporary iconography. Ultimately, Wedgwood’s use of this type of kneeling figure, originally intended to project Rome’s power over its foreign enemies, reflected a basic awareness of its classical meanings, while imbuing it with modern colonialist attitudes about race and slavery. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, January 12 4-5:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 292 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
“These are unprecedented times.” This has become a common phrase used to describe the COVID-19 crisis, but is our experience truly unprecedented? In this course, we will examine three of the most devastating epidemics in American history: Yellow Fever in the 1790s, Spanish Flu in 1918, and HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. Using historical accounts as well as various imaginative representations, we will consider the social, medical, and governmental responses to these outbreaks and the subsequent effects on “American” identity.

Readings: M.K. Czerwiec, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371
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Dates Dates: Tuesdays, December 1 - 22 | 1-2:30 ET
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Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
Beowulf, considered one of the most important works of Old English literature, is an epic poem where the hero travels great distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts. There are feasts, challenges, deeds of valor and a retelling of the history of the characters and their lineages.

Read: Beowulf: The Illustrated Edition, Seamus Heaney (translator) 

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



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Dates Dates: Tuesdays, January 19–February 23 | 7–8:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 25 open seats left
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Abraham Lincoln’s tenure as U.S. president coincided almost exactly with the duration of the Civil War (1861-1865). During the course of his presidency, Lincoln’s articulation of the Northern cause evolved. His tone and his emphasis changed with changing circumstances. As he wrote in 1862, “as our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” Simply put, at the outset of the War, Lincoln underscored the preservation of the Union. By 1862-63, and certainly by the time of the Gettysburg Address in late 1863, he had shifted to a theme of liberation. And by the Second Inaugural Address in 1865, one month before his death, in defining the War’s meaning he echoed the Abolitionist argument that the entire nation had been complicit in slavery. In examining this four-year pattern, we can credit Lincoln’s astute political skills for shrewdly reading and acting upon the fast-changing events, including the North’s strengthening position on the battlefield. But this course also highlights the crucial role of black Americans Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, by Garry Wills More
Dates Dates: Thursdays, March 4-25 10-11:30 a.m. ET
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Status Status: 26 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 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 Shepard 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, 2019 - August 31, 2020
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Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 700 seats
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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: 481 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 700 seats
 
Principal Eric Juli will discuss how Shaker Heights High School administrators, faculty, and staff are combating systemic and institutional racism in their school. This presentation will include the difficult work already in progress, successes, challenges, and next steps. 

This lecture is part of the Eastside Conversations Series
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Dates Dates: Friday, January 15 12 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 188 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
In this lecture, we will explore the relationship between one of history's most famous kings and his brother. Many historians treat Arrhidaeus as an afterthought because he lived with an intellectual disability, but he nevertheless ruled Macedon for six years after his brother's sudden death. Professor Leon will discuss how Arrhidaeus charted a course through a chaotic political situation and helped transform European politics for centuries to come. More
Dates Dates: Thursday, January 14 4 - 5:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 286 open seats left
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Join Professor Steven Windmueller to examine American Jewish behavior in reaction to our country in crisis. Discuss Jewish response to the pandemic  Israel's relationship with and the reshaping of the diaspora Anti-Semitism during the age of Coronavirus and the history of Jewish political behavior during a crisis and how that impacted the 2020 election. More
Dates Dates: Thursdays, March 4-25 7-8 p.m. EST
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Status Status: 196 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
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 More
Dates Dates: Fridays, March 5–April 9 10–11:30 a.m. ET
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The Archaic Period in ancient Greece (c.600-480 BCE) is one of the most fascinating in the development of sculpture, architecture, and vase painting. Spurred by the development of the Greek city-state and expanded trade with Egypt and the Near East, the Greeks boldly experimented with the forms and images. This course will serve as an introduction to the art and archaeology of this time period, exploring the kouros and kore sculptures, the development of temple design and decoration, and Greek black-figure pottery. More
Dates Dates: Mondays, January 4 - February 1 3-4:30 p.m. ET (No Class 1/18)
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The evolution of European armor shows how utilitarian weapons and armor of the early middle ages were elevated to an art form. These exquisite pieces were crafted as late as the 19th century, when armor was no longer seen on the battlefield but continued to be used to represent power and rank. Using armor from the much-beloved Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Armor Court at the Cleveland Museum of Art, we will look at the history of arms and armor as well as the early history of the armor court itself and how it has become one of the preeminent spaces of the museum. More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, January 20–February 10 1-2:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 94 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 100 seats
 
This “virtual” tour draws interesting connections between artworks in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection and major epidemics and pandemics throughout history. We will also explore the impact that epidemics have had on art and consider the potential impact of COVID-19. You may never look at art the same way again!

This lecture is presented by the Association for Continuing Education.
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Dates Dates: Friday, December 11 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 137 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
While Jane Austen is one of the most famous and beloved writers of all time, very few readers ever encounter her earliest works, which she wrote as a teenager. Instead, most readers know Austen through her novels and their many film adaptations. The early writing, or juvenilia, has been characterized as playful, funny, and at times irreverent—in many ways, very unlike the novels. But we can also see the influence of the juvenilia in the novels, and bits of the novels in the juvenilia. This course offers participants an opportunity to get to know Austen’s early writing alongside a classic, and to learn about Austen’s life and times. 

Read: Teenage Writings, Lady Susan, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

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Dates Dates: Thursdays, January 14–February 18 | 10–11:30 a.m. ET
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Status Status: 30 open seats left
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Join Cathy Lesser Mansfield for this haunting photographic history of life in Berlin and Germany before, during, and immediately after the Holocaust. Professor Mansfield  will also share photos of sculptures that stand today in Berlin.

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Dates Dates: Tuesday, January 26 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 271 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
Upon reading the Versailles Treaty, French General Foch remarked it was merely a twenty-year armistice. From 1919 to 1939, Europe’s nations struggled to keep the peace, rebuild, and cope with economic depression – all while  fascism and communism inflamed passions. Using articles,  maps, and some literature, we will explore this turbulent period that ended so tragically. 

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

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Dates Dates: Thursdays, January 21-March 11 | 2:30-4 p.m. ET
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The death of George Floyd spawned a summer of protests, where activists chanted that Black Lives Matter. Meanwhile, Floyd's funeral allowed his family to remember him and to celebrate his humanity. Burials, funerals, and commemorations have long served as an important opportunity for the Black community to reassert the value of Black lives, strengthen community bonds, and make political statements. This talk will examine this history from the late 18th century to the present discussing slave cemeteries, African-American funeral homes, and the significance of the public funerals of Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, and victims of police violence like George Floyd. More
Dates Dates: Monday, February 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 294 open seats left
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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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Status Status: 9 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 

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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Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
In 1601, Michelangelo Merisi, known famously as Caravaggio, was at the height of his fame throughout Italy. Coming 50 years after the Renaissance, Caravaggio changed the course and vision of painting for all time. Each of his paintings created a scandal or was immediately hailed as a masterpiece, often both simultaneously. He was known to be violent, arrogant, and even a murderer. Although he traveled in the circles of power and wealth, he is known as the painter of the poor. His work still stands today as the embodiment of empathy. 

Read: Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane, Andrew
Graham-Dixon 

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

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Dates Dates: Mondays, January 25–March 15 | 10–11:30 a.m. ET
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Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
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