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Pilgrims, Puritans, and Early Cape Cod History 
Day/Time  Tuesday 12:00-1:20 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/23
Limit: 25

Explore the life and times of the Pilgrims and Puritans before and after their arrival on Cape Cod. Follow the religious and political upheaval that forced them to Holland and then New England. Study the exploration and exploitation from 1500 to 1620 along with the fur trade, colonization and peaceful hostile relations with the Native Americans. Discuss how the achievements of the Plymouth Colony affect your life today: Bill of Rights, separation of church and state, civil marriages, selectman form of government, and America's first constitution of 1636. Textbooks will be provided at first class, some resource materials via email prior to the start of class.

Coordinator: Francis D. Robinson and Dorothy B. Robinson

Coordinators Francis and Dorothy are former CT educators with advanced degrees in history and education. In retirement Fran was a Mystic Seaport Interpreter. They are co-authors of numerous historical genealogies.




Six Negotiations that Shaped the 20th Century 
Day/Time  Monday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-106
Session Second 6 weeks 10/29
Limit: 25

This course will examine the historical context, behavior of the participants, and global consequences of six transformative 20th century negotiations: (1) WWI Versailles Peace Conference, 1919, (2) Munich accord, 1938, (3) U.S. Japan pre-Pearl Harbor negotiations, 1941, (4) Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962, (5) Vietnam War negotiations, 1969 to 73, and (6) Egypt- Israel Camp David Accord, 1978. Besides their historical significance, the six cases provide examples of different types of diplomacy: multilateral negotiation, appeasement vs. deterrence, cross cultural communication, bargaining in a nuclear crisis, inter-ally negotiations, and high level mediation.

Coordinator: Russell Leng

Russell is the James Jermain Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College. This is his third A.L.L. course.




The Korean War 
Day/Time  Friday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-115
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/26
Limit: 25

The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese occupation until 1945. After World War II Korea was divided across the 38th parallel into a communist North and a Western-supported South. The war cost the United States 36,000 lives and 100,000 wounded for a gain of nothing. Have we learned anything from the Korean War? Does the bellicose rhetoric from either side portend a future conflict? What can be done to lessen the chance of a military struggle that would redound badly on the lives of so many Korean people? These and other questions will be discussed with the class whose active participation is invited.

Coordinator: Raymond Partridge

Ray is a retired physician with a life long interest in the history of our times.




The Ottoman Empire - Part 1 
Day/Time  Monday 10:30-11:50 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/10
Limit: 25

This is the first of two courses covering the history of the Ottoman Empire. We will watch videos by The Great Courses and I will provide optional supplemental reading material. The course this fall will cover the period up to about the 17th Century. Part 2, to follow in the spring, will conclude with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after WWI and its replacement by the Turkish Republic under Ataturk.

Coordinator: Ed Foster

Ed is a retired aerospace engineer who now has the time to indulge his love of history.




The Persian Empire 
Day/Time  Monday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/10
Limit: 25

In its time, the Persian Empire was the largest and greatest empire the world had every seen. It began in 559 B.C. under Cyrus the Great and lasted more than two centuries. It eventually encompassed lands stretching from Greece, Asia Minor and Egypt in the west thru Central Asia and the Indus Valley in the east. We will explore the multifaceted reality of ancient Persian history.

Coordinator: Paula Stefani

Paula has led several courses for A.L.L. on diverse topics in history.




The Roaring 20's 
Day/Time  Thursday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/13
Limit: 25

The Jazz Age began with Prohibition and ended with Black Tuesday. In between there were government scandals, a kidnapped evangelist, a political convention that lasted 16 days and required 103 ballots to choose a presidential candidate, multiple attempts to fly across the Atlantic (some of them fatal), a catastrophic flood, and much, much more. This class will examine those events.

Coordinator: John Kennedy and Dean Troxell

John is a versatile student of history and literature. Dean has co-moderated weekly Current events classes for two years and moderated a class on Baseball's Golden Age (1945-1960). He has a long-time interest in history and sport.




The Russian Revolution, 1891 to 1991 
Day/Time  Wednesday 12:00-1:20 
Location C-106
Session 12 weeks 9/12
Limit: 25

This course will treat the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union in a single long historical cycle (1891 to 1991) in three phases: from the birth of the Old Bolsheviks in the 1870s and 1880s through the October Revolution (1917), until 1928; from Stalin's first Five Year Plan in 1928 until his death in 1953, and from Khrushchev's de-Stalinizatiion policies and attempts at reform until the collapse of the Soviet state in 1991. The course text is Orlando Figes, Revolutionary Russia, 1891 to 1991: A History, New York, 2014. First class assignment is: pp. 1 to 28 (Introduction, Chapter One, part of Chapter Two)

Coordinator: Richard Stewart

Richard taught history for 43 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. His degrees in history are from Allegheny College (BA) and Wesleyan University (MA). He has traveled extensively, including Russia and Eastern Europe. He has participated in A.L.L. since 2015.




TV Indians Even Now 
Day/Time  Monday 1:30-2:50 
Location C-115
SessionSecond 6 weeks 10/29
Limit: 25

Presently there are sixteen 1950s and 60s western reruns being shown on TV. Most of them have episodes involving Native Americans. This class will view selections from Wagon Train, Cheyenne, Death Valley Days, Bonanza and others to analyze the images of Native American people that were projected and are still being viewed today. We will also evaluate their cultural and historical accuracy.

Coordinator: Frank Cuphone

Frank has taught Native American studies to multiple age groups, visited many reservations and learned from tribal elders.