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Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age 
Day/Time Monday 9:00-10:20 
Session12 weeks 1/30-5/1
Class Limit25

This course will examine the age ushered in by Alexander the Great, son of a brilliant father, yet always at odds with the man whom he succeeded. He was a blend of greatness and madness and he replaced the Persian Empire with a new, mixed ruling class. His death ushered in a period of catastrophic change as ambitious warlords carved up his realm to create Seleucid Syria and Ptolemaic Egypt.

Coordinator Paula Stefani 


Paula has led several courses at A.L.L. on diverse topics in history




Highlighting the Darker Side of Chocolate 
Day/Time  Wednesday 10:30-11:50 
Location Hyannis North Street Campus
Session Second 6 weeks 3/22-4/26
Class Limit 20

Beginning with the ancient history of chocolate to our modern day medical fascination with it, chocolate, the food of the gods, will be analyzed. The film documentary, The Darker Side of Chocolate will enable class members to decide for themselves how much slavery can be tolerated from a big business point of view. The final class features virtual chocolate tours of Boston, New York City, Cape Cod and places in between.

Coordinator  Cindy Scanlon 

Cindy, a 30-year veteran teacher in secondary education in Connecticut, has published articles in the Harford Courant. She has had a love/hate relationship with chocolate for many decades.




History of Rock 'n' Roll -- The 50s 
Day/Time  Monday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 1/30-3/15
Class Limit 25

Rock and roll was everything the suburban 1950s were not. While parents of the decade were listening to Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and big bands, their children were moving to a new beat. In fact, to the horror of the older generation, their children were twisting, thrusting, bumping, and grinding to the sounds of rock and roll. This generation of youth was much larger than any in recent memory, and the prosperity of the era gave them money to spend on records and phonographs. By the end of the decade, the phenomenon of rock and roll helped define the difference between youth and adulthood.

Coordinator  Lew Taylor 


Lew is a retired public librarian and has a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at ALL and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.




History of Rock 'n' Roll -- The 60s 
Day/Time  Monday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session Second 6 weeks 3/20-5/1
Class Limit 25

In 1960, the music of Frankie Avalon, Paul Anka, Connie Francis and Mitch Miller (an avowed enemy of rock & roll) ruled the airwaves and the record charts, giving some observers the notion that decency and order had returned to the popular mainstream. But within a few years, rock would regain its disruptive power with a joyful vengeance until, by the decade's end, it would be seen as a genuine force of cultural and political consequence. For a long and unforgettable season, it was a truism — or threat, depending on your point of view — that rock & roll could (and should) make a difference: that it was eloquent and inspiring and principled enough to change the world — maybe even to save it.

Coordinator  Lew Taylor 


Lew is a retired public librarian and has a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at ALL and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.




History of Wired and Wireless Communications on the Cape and Islands 
Day/Time Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
SessionFirst 6 weeks 1/31-3/7
Class Limit25

We will discuss great technological landmark achievements on the Cape and Islands using historical images and photographs. Some topics will include Jonathan Grout's visual telegraph of 1800, Isaac Small from Truro, (first electric telegrapher), brass-pounders on land and ships, submarine signaling, Marconi's first wireless station at Wellfleet and 'Sconset', high-powered transatlantic wireless stations in Chatham and Marion, Fessenden's 1906 AM radio broadcast, Armstrong's FM W1XOJ, Loran Nantucket Station, the Cape Cod System (pre-national air defense), Navy communications and air navigation, Pave Paws, and underwater innovations at Woods Hole.

Coordinator Gilmore Cook 


Gil Cooke is a retired electrical engineer with a passion for the history of science and technology. He is an active member of the IEEE and has served on many committees dedicated to preserving the history of electrical and computer engineering. He has authored many articles on the development of electrical systems in New England.




Key Conflicts in the Cold War 
Day/Time  Wednesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 2/1-4/26
Class Limit 25

This course will examine key moments and conflicts in the Cold War: its origins, the Yalta and Potsdam conferences in 1945, multiple crises over Berlin, the Korean Conflict, the Cuban Revolution and its aftermath, the Vietnam War and its effects, Middle East crises since 1945, various questions pertaining to China, the performance of American presidents from Truman to Clinton, and insights into the thinking of the Soviet leaders. Concluding questions include: Has a new Cold War broken out between the US and Russia? Is the new world order harder to manage than the Cold War standoff between the superpowers? The main text will be Stephen Ambrose and Douglas Brinkley, Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, Penguin Books, 10th edition, 2010. The first assignment is to read the Introduction and Chapters 2 and 3. Students are encouraged to participate in the weekly discussion and to make one oral presentation on an important event in The Cold War.

Coordinator  Richard Stewart 


Richard has 43 years of experience in teaching history; he is in his second year of teaching in A.L.L.




Mercy Otis Warren: Muse of the Revolution 
Day/Time  Monday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session First 6 weeks 1/30-3/13
Class Limit 25

This is a six-week course focusing on the life, writings, and political impact of West Barnstable native Mercy Otis Warren. A confidant of many of the leaders of the patriot movement, Mrs. Warren, through her writings, fanned the flames of revolution.

Coordinator  Lew Taylor 


Lew is a retired public librarian and has a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at A.L.L. and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.




Pilgrims, Puritans, and Early Cape Cod History 
Day/Time Tuesday 1:30-2:50 
LocationHyannis North Street Campus
SessionSecond 6 weeks 3/21-4/25
Class Limit22

Explore the life and times of the Pilgrims and Puritans before and after their arrival on Cape Cod. Follow the religious and political upheaval that forced them to relocate to Holland and then to New England. Study the exploration and exploitation from 1500-1620 along with the fur trade, colonization, and peaceful/hostile relations with the Native Americans. Discuss how the achievements of the Plimoth Colony affect your life today: Bill of Rights, seperation of church and state, civil marriages, selectman form of government, and America's first constitution. Each student is loaned a resource notebook for the duration of the course. Preliminary material will be emailed prior to the first session.

Coordinator Francis Robinson and Dorothy Robinson 


Francis and Dorothy Robinson are former CT educators with advanced degrees in history and education. In retirement Fran was a Mystic Seaport Interpreter. They are co-authors of numerous historical genealogies.