|A Brief History of London|
|Session||12 weeks 9/12|
This course is an abbreviated look at the West's most important city from prehistory until the present. We may use a few lectures from the Teaching Company, but primarily we will present short videos, artwork, photography and other interesting visual material.
Coordinator: Christine Johnston and David Johnston
Chris and David have coordinated several other A.L.L. courses on art history and science.
|Session||12 weeks 9/11|
Throughout its history American politics has been defined by the tension between the oligarchic forces controlling our institutions and populists attempting to install new systems. We will inspect the nature of this tension by taking a close look at its components. We will encounter both populists and oligarchs in depth.
Coordinator: Stew Goodwin
After a 35 year career in the international investment business, Stew has been involved with many Cape organizations. For over a decade he has coordinated more than a dozen courses at A.L.L. and given five lectures.
|Ancient Greek Civilization: Why the Greeks Matter|
|Session||12 weeks 9/13|
The Greeks enjoy a special place in the construction of Western Culture and identity such as democracy, poetry, tragedy, writing, philosophy, and many other features of cultural life. This series of 24 half-hour Great Courses lectures by Jeremy McInerney from UPenn, will cover the period from 600 to 400 BC and draw on numerous literary and archeological sources of Greek history and culture. Thomas Cahill's Sailing the Wine Dark Sea is recommended as an addition to these lectures. Discussion (as time allows) will follow the lectures.
Coordinator: Gershen Rosenblum
Gersh is a retired clinical psychologist who has coordinated several A.L.L. courses.
|Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt|
|Session||12 weeks 9/11|
The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the greatest stories ever told. They were born to privilege, suffered extreme life traumas, and were reborn as two of the greatest humanitarian leaders the U.S. and the world have ever known. They led the U.S. through the Great Depression and World War II. The class will consist of a mixture of videos, discussions, reading, class participation, and lectures. The texts for the course will be No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin and/or FDR by Jean Edward Smith
Coordinator: Rick Kornblum
Rick holds engineering and business degrees from Dartmouth College. He had a long career as an engineering manager. He is an amateur historian and an avid student of FDR.
|History of Radio and Television|
|Session||First 6 weeks 9/10|
This course will examine the historical development of broadcasting from the invention of radio to the creation of radio programming, to the era dominated by over-the-air television broadcasts, to contemporary distribution of programming via cable, satellite, and the Internet. The class will also consider the ways technological innovations have influenced programming and the socio-political impact of electronic media. Selected articles will be made available on-line.
Coordinator: Christopher Outwin
Chris earned a doctorate in educational media and technology from Boston University. He taught media courses at Emerson College, Ithaca College, and DePaul University. He is the former owner of WXGL FM Radio in Maine.
|History of Rock and Roll: The 50s and 60s|
|Session||12 weeks 9/10|
Rock and Roll was everything the suburban 1950s was not. While parents were listening to Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and others, their children were moving to a new beat, and by the end of the 50s, rock and roll helped define the boundary between youth and adulthood. The 1960s saw the emergence of more and more new artists who were developing different genres under the umbrella of rock and roll: Motown, Surf Music, Girl Groups, and the British Invasion. By the end of the 1960s, rock and roll would be a genuine force of cultural and political consequence
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.
|Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust|
|Location||Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 10/23|
When I was teaching the holocaust in high school, a student asked, 'Why did the Jews not resist?' The answer was they did, but that was not admitted by the Germans and it failed to get into most history textbooks. This course will deal with the most dramatic of Jewish resistance efforts in the death camps of Sobibor, Treblinka, Belzec, Auschwitz and Theresienstadt (Terezin). This history is mostly hidden and as a result has led to the perpetuation of unfortunate myths.
Coordinator: Jim Perry
Jim Perry has offered history courses to A.L.L. for over 12 years.
|New England in the American Revolution|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 10/24|
This course will present a series of 6 lectures on why the American Revolution began in Boston, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, Cape Cod and the American Revolution, John and Abigail Adams, and Benedict Arnold.
Coordinator: Jim Sefcik
Jim has taught A.L.L courses at the Cape and in New York. He trained as an 18th-century American historian and retired as Director of the Louisiana State Museum in 2004. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses on the American Revolution.