These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, see more details at the bottom of this page.
Coordinators: Harriet Finkelstein, Marian Friedmann, Bob Reiss, Rick Salter
This course will explore anti-semitism from ancient times to its current manifestation. It will be interesting to anyone of any faith, race, and background who wants to understand fully the magnitude of hatred toward a people and how it can distort and destroy both soul and society.
A WEEK / THURSDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm
Coordinators: Wayne Cotter, Leslie Goldman, Michael Wellner
Over the past few years, this country’s First Amendment rights have been more tarnished than treasured. This course will profile some of history’s most courageous journalists and publishers from Thomas Paine to Christiane Amanpour. Their stories underscore the strength and fragility of our First Amendment.
A WEEK / WEDNESDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm
Coordinators: Caroline Thompson, Steve Allen
Russian history is a study of fascinating contrasts: a country in close contact with Western Europe but maintaining a very separate set of traditions, including a history of serfdom and absolute authority exercised by the Tsar.
We begin with a quick summary of the three lectures that were given before the course was interrupted. We will then pick up with the legacy of Peter the Great and follow events from Catherine the Great through Napoleon’s invasion, the freeing of the serfs, the Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin.
We also discuss Russia’s enormous contributions to Western literature, music, dance, theater, and intellectual traditions. Hopefully, a study of Russian history can help us understand modern Russia of today.
B WEEK / TUESDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm