Spring 2022 Courses / History

The courses listed below, all in the general area of history, are currently offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. Click on a title to view the related course 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

It’s safe to say that every single one of us at Quest remembers the Fifties pretty clearly. If there is any single word that describes that decade it’s transformative.

FASCINATING ISLANDS

Coordinators: Stephen Baker, Pete Weis

In this course we will explore some fascinating islands. These are widely scattered throughout the world in oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers as well as scattered in time with references from antiquity to the future.

HISTORY OF GERMANY

Coordinators: Caroline Thompson, Steve Allen

The German people have a complex history that has had a profound impact, both good and bad, on all of Europe and the world. This three term-course will examine Germany’s political, religious, and cultural history from The Holy Roman Empire in 800 CE up to today.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Coordinators: Bob Gottfried, Caroline Thompson

In this course, we will examine the lives and accomplishments of people who have attained great notoriety.

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, 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.

THE NEAR EAST

Coordinators: Ann Goerdt, Bob Gottfried, Ellen Gottfried

Search for a map of the Near or Middle East and you will not find a consistent set of countries. In this course, we will discuss the countries that are geographically east of the Mediterranean Sea, thus eliminating the countries of North Africa.