Connected Histories: Muslim Journeys Book Discussion Group (260)
SVSU’s Melvin J. Zahnaw Library and OLLI are partnering with the Islamic Center of Saginaw to host a book discussion series featuring five books from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. Zahnow Library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils nationwide receiving funding for this series. The initiative aims to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The first book (When Asia was the World) was the subject of our November monthly meeting. The remaining four books will be discussed in this class. The books include: January - House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance (discussion led by Khurram Shazad, SVSU professor); February - Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Christians, and Jews Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (discussion led by Dr. Waheed Akbar, M.D.); March - Leo Africanus (discussion led by Dr. Rosina Hassoun, SVSU professor of sociology); and April - In an Antique Land: History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale (discussion led by Dr. Hossam Gouda, M.D.). Copies of the five books are provided free of charge to registrants. The class maximum is 20. The February book will be mailed to registrants prior to the first class. Funding for this program has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
Wednesdays: January 15, February 12, March 12 & April 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. Price: $27 Members & Non-Members Room: Roberta Allen Reading Room, Zahnow Library
Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity’s Greatest Empire (266) The ancient Roman world, which lasted more than 1,000 years, and spanned three continents at its height has left us enduring images of its power and influence. Working on the premise that Rome needed to “impress” its mostly illiterate subjects, Dr. Stephen Tuck, a professor of classics, guides us through that ancient culture’s cultural and practical contributions to its far flung empire. OLLI member Barb Mitchell will be your facilitator for this fifth exploration of the Great Courses series which will examine imperial forums and monuments, the immense bath structures, Roman engineering and the contributions (beyond fighting) of the Roman military. You need not have taken any of the previous classes to enjoy this segment. You will have access to previously viewed DVDs.
“Freedom” was the word that truly expressed the cultural activities of the 60s and 70s - a period that generated the largest surge of communal living in American history. This OLLI class will offer a plethora of the amazing styles of intentional living that formed. The “liberation” of the counterculture was expressed in music, art, clothing, food, sexuality, consciousness, spirituality, and celebrations. This class will use specific examples and film that capture elements of the time. It will be led by retired history professor and OLLI member Diana Garno who will encourage comments and discussions about the various communities that arose during these tumultuous decades.
This class begins in 1942 where our WWII: Part I class left off in February, and continues through the end of the war. The advance of the Axis powers was halted and the long battle to reverse their gains began. Victory over Axis tyranny brought great rejoicing which, however, soon gave way to the harsh reality that the world had not moved to sunlit uplands where order, justice and freedom prevailed. Now the menace of Soviet and Chinese imperialism had to be confronted. This class will be led by Northwood University history professor John Pafford.
Experiencing Rome: A Visual Exploration of Antiquity’s Greatest Empire (354)
The ancient Roman world, which lasted more than 1,000 years, and spanned three continents at its height has left us enduring images of its power and influence. Working on the premise that Rome needed to “impress” its mostly illiterate subjects, Dr. Stephen Tuck, a professor of classics, guides us through that ancient culture’s cultural and practical contributions to its far flung empire. In this final set of lectures from the Great Courses series, Dr. Tuck discusses the Roman colonies, Roman harbors and border monuments, and Roman bathing culture. He ends the series with “A Day in Pompeii” and “A Day in Rome.” OLLI member Barb Mitchell will be your facilitator. You need not have taken any of the previous classes to enjoy this segment. You will have access to previously viewed DVDs.
Tuesdays: July 15, 22, 29 & August 5 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
I Like Ike: Exploring Eisenhower’s Hidden-Hand Presidency (355)
This course examines the Eisenhower White House and American political scene from 1952-1961, focusing on Ike’s presidential management style (in comparison with previous administrations). This includes an in-depth discussion of his background as a general and World War II hero in relation to his political ambitions, position within the Republican Party of the 1950s, and 1952 campaign for the presidency. Along with politics, the course will also contemplate Eisenhower’s extensive use of the National Security State’s “new” Central Intelligence Agency in relation to secret wars in South America and abroad, his solidification of the Military Industrial Complex, and the Atoms for Peace Program as it relates back to his “Hidden-Hand” management style. The class is led by Katherine Ellison, an SVSU and Delta adjunct faculty member and managing director of History Geek Consulting.
Tuesdays: July 22, 29, August 5 & 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members Room: C129
A Century of Progress: The 1933 World’s Fair (356)
1933 might easily have been one of the darkest years in the history of mankind. Hitler came to power and the Depression was at its deepest point. Still, hope loomed for a brighter future. Forty million people found the money and the time to visit “A Century of Progress” on the waterfront just south of Navy Pier in Chicago. There, science aided by industry and government predicted a better tomorrow. Our tomorrow was modeled for all to see. Cars would drive themselves, homes would be transformed, pictures would come through the airwaves into every home, and trains would get you from Denver to Chicago in one day. This will be a riveting class with media to add to the excitement. The class, led by OLLI member Fred Welsh, will be a follow-up to his previous class on the Columbian Exposition.