Fall 2021 Schedule / History

These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, see the links at the bottom of this page.

ANTISEMITISM: PAST, PRESENT, FACTS, MYTHS

Coordinators: Harriet Finkelstein, Marian Friedmann, Bob Reiss

This course will explore antisemitism from ancient times to its current manifestation. It will be interesting to anyone of any faith, race, or background who wants to understand fully the magnitude of hatred toward a people and how it can distort and destroy both soul and society.

FABULOUS FIFTIES

Coordinators: Michael Wellner, Ellen Gottfried, Bob Gottfried

If there is any single word that describes the Fifties it has to be transformative. Politically, it began with President Harry Truman, born in 1884, and ended with JFK, the first elected President who was born in the twentieth century. The Fifties saw development of the first computers, the beginning of the information age, and the introduction of the commercial jet plane. It changed the way we live, shop (with the rise of the suburbs and shopping malls), and travel.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Coordinators: Bob Gottfried, Caroline Thompson

We will examine the lives and accomplishments of outstanding people whose ideas and actions have had a lasting influence on our society, whether for good or evil. Subjects covered in past talks have included Dmitri Shostakovich, Larry Page and Sergey Brin (founders of Google), Isaac Bashevis Singer, Winston Churchill, and Martin Luther.

RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Coordinators: Judy Hampson, Jennifer Jolly, Donna Ramer

At its zenith, Great Britain owned territories across the world and yet, during the 20th century, the empire started to crumble and now little of it is left. What happened?

SLAVERY’S ROLE IN U.S. CAPITALISTIST DEVELOPMENT

Coordinators: Richard Byrd, Diane Crothers, June Zaccone

It is impossible to understand our country without incorporating the role of slavery in its history. Slavery helped shape its institutions, legal and voting systems, labor and foreign relations, social welfare, and much else. This course will first look at that history, assess Black strategy and response, and examine the extent of the remaining injustice to the descendants of those enslaved.