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HIST:713 Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion & Its Consequences10/22-10/22  

*** WAS CS-205 *** The period in which it attempted to subjugate and firmly install its brand of communism in Afghanistan is often referred to as the Soviet Union's Vietnam. This course will examine the decade long struggle, considering the role of such key players as the United States, Pakistan, the Soviets, and the American-backed mujahedeen who ultimately defeated and hastened the demise of a superpower. It will explain the Soviet invasion in the context of Afghanistan's complex geography, tribalism, Muslim identity, and alliances. Lastly, it will discuss the Afghanistan that remained as the Soviets departed, piecing together the story of how Afghanistan became the haven for terrorism and extremism that provoked another superpower invasion just over a decade after the Soviet withdrawal. Join us to discuss this crucial period of Afghan and global history. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70218
  • Meeting Dates= 10/22-10/22
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 211
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Afghanistan: The Taliban & the Modern State11/12-11/12  

*** WAS CS - 205 *** When the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, the CIA withdrew most of its funding and influence. What remained was a power vacuum in which old tribal rivalries resumed, now powered by radical Islam, American-provided Kalashnikovs, and well-organized militias armed with the confidence of having just defeated the Soviet giant. This class will chronicle the post-Soviet Afghanistan, from its struggles to install a government, to the rise of the Taliban, to its quest to retain a viable state among a people whose tribal history contravenes the very concept of central government. The Afghanistan we know is marred by official corruption, terrorism, scarce resources, and a portion of the population that resists entry into the 21st (or even 20th) century. Join us in this important and difficult study of the enigma that is modern Afghanistan. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70219
  • Meeting Dates= 11/12-11/12
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 211
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Battle of the Bulge11/03-11/03  

Spend an evening studying Hitler's last desperate gamble to drive to the sea, split the Allies and snatch victory. How close did it come to succeeding? Did it delay or extend the war? Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70042
  • Meeting Dates= 11/03-11/03
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Birth of an Industry: US Airlines before 194011/13-11/13  

Beginning with the historic flight of the Wright Brothers in 1903, the industry of carrying passengers in airplanes developed in the US and abroad. In this class, you'll hear the story of the early airlines and the US airline pioneers who created an industry. The story of the development of the Douglas DC3, the plane that made the industry possible, will be highlighted and the role that government played. We'll finish the evening with how the airlines prepared for World War II and helped win the war. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70215
  • Meeting Dates= 11/13-11/13
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Kenneth Velten
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Civil War: Battle of Mobile Bay09/18-09/18  

During the Civil War's 150th anniversary, we'll remember August 5, 1864 when Admiral Farragut with monitors and fourteen wooden ships entered Mobile Bay and was engaged by Fort Morgan's cannon. The ironclad ram Tennessee, commanded by Admiral Buchanan, came out to attack Farragut's fleet two hours later with her escorts. A grand naval battle ensued. You'll hear about what happened, learn if Farragut was lashed to the top of his main mast, and whether or not he yelled, "damn the torpedoes!" Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70387
  • Meeting Dates= 09/18-09/18
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee Strikes North10/02-10/02  

After being forced to leave Atlanta, Hood's Army of Tennessee struck northward through Georgia and Tennessee. Hear how this daring Confederate Major General attempted to move his army north far enough to free Nashville from Union control. The Federals were on his heels. This is the last great campaign of the Civil War and we'll remember it in detail, this 150th anniversary of the war. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70398
  • Meeting Dates= 10/02-10/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: Sherman Goes from Atlanta to the Sea09/25-09/25  

Late in the fall of 1864, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman finally persuaded Ulysses Grant to let him take two United States armies and strike across Georgia and South Carolina to Charleston on the coast. You'll hear of the lack of provisions he took with him, the "scorched-earth" policy he instigated across those two states, and what it achieved. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70394
  • Meeting Dates= 09/25-09/25
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: The Petersburg Campaign (1864)10/16-10/16  

At this point in the Civil War, U.S. Grant with the Army of the Potomac had forced Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to Petersburg, Virginia, the railroad center of lines going into Richmond. The Confederates dug earthworks all along the line protecting Richmond where they had to hold the line at all costs. It began a siege which lasted into 1865. Understand the importance of several battles that took place during that siege; hear what was likely the biggest mistake the Union army made during the whole war. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70647
  • Meeting Dates= 10/16-10/16
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War: Two Great Gambles10/09-10/09  

Both sides knew the border states were crucial areas in their efforts to win the war. Each was ready to take a gamble. A Union regiment was sent to Lexington, Missouri, to keep that busy river port city from aiding the Confederacy with supplies and recruits. At the same time, Major General Sterling Price was headed there with a larger force of Confederates. This battle is famous in Missouri. In another gamble, Stonewall Jackson hoped the Confederates' smaller force would defeat the Union at Cedar Mountain. Come find out how each of these ventures turned out. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70428
  • Meeting Dates= 10/09-10/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Civil War--The Battle of Gettysburg10/28-10/28  

The most famous battle in the Civil War started by accident. Neither army expected, nor even wanted a great battle around the little town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But when scouting parties collided, the battle was on. Follow the development of this very large and important battle as 150,000 Confederate and Union soldiers became engulfed in close fighting that continued for 3 days in the hot July sun. Everyone has heard of the Battle of Gettysburg - we invite you to come hear all about it. Call for directions to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center: 314/353-3050. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70375
  • Meeting Dates= 10/28-10/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Classical Anti-Semitism vs. Modern Anti-Israelism10/08-10/08  

*** WAS CS - 205 *** During World War II, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini recruited 20,000 volunteers to work with the SS in implementing Hitler's "Final Solution." The Mufti's efforts to bring Hitler's program of extermination of Jews to the "Arab world" mark a missing link of sorts, between the classical form of anti-Semitism, which motivated Hitler, and modern anti-Israelism. The former is marked by a series of distinct characteristics related to history, religion, and culture, which this course will discuss in detail. The latter, perhaps equally dangerous breed, carries a religious component but is grounded in what many Arabs, Muslims, and other observers deem Israel's illegal "occupation" of its country at the expense of displaced Palestinians. This class will distinguish between the two forms of animosity toward the world's Jewish population and discuss the role of each in shaping regional and global policies and opinions. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70216
  • Meeting Dates= 10/08-10/08
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 211
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:709 Cuban Missile Crisis10/06-10/06  

We'll spend this morning exploring in detail the events during those fateful 13 days in October. Could a wrong decision or misperceived signal have led to war? Did President Kennedy give in too much? The characters, decisions, and events will be analyzed. The crisis has many lessons that can still be applied to our foreign policy today. Call for directions to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center: 314/353-3050. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70039
  • Meeting Dates= 10/06-10/06
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Dragons: Fact or Fiction?09/16-09/16  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * The myth of the dragon is present in nearly every ancient civilization, most of which did not have contact with one another. How then did they each individually conceptualize the same creature? Do such findings legitimize the existence of these winged, fire breathing beasts? Did ancient peoples find dinosaur bones and mistake their identity? Or given the surroundings in which we are placed, are all humans equipped with the thought processes to conceptually develop creatures? Looking at ancient documents as well as modern sources, this course will look at the debates and theories surrounding this unique topic.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70029
  • Meeting Dates= 09/16-09/16
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Cancelled CE-WD
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Espionage: World War I10/30-10/30  

Wars provide plenty of intrigue and espionage on all sides, and World War I was no exception. You'll hear of the sabotage here in the United States, secret codes, and the famous "Zimmerman telegram." Many telegrams were sent from the German Foreign Office to their envoys in the United States, but this particular one may have been the biggest reason we joined the Allied nations and entered the war, making it perhaps, the most important telegram ever sent. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70386
  • Meeting Dates= 10/30-10/30
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Fireside Book Club: Haunted St. Louis10/02-10/02  

Picture yourself seated fireside in a cozy book-lined library room, sipping a warm beverage. You've read a fascinating book and are eager to hear more about the historical events, people, and culture. Joining you are several others who've read the same book and a group leader who is an expert on the subject. If this sounds like a perfect way to spend a crisp fall morning... come join us! This month's book will be: "Haunted St. Louis" (Troy Taylor). Discussion led by Joan Huisinga. Come prepared for a lively, informative discussion! Call for directions to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center: 314/353-3050. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70098
  • Meeting Dates= 10/02-10/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Joan Huisinga
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Fireside Book Club: The Imperial Cruise11/03-11/03  

Picture yourself seated fireside in a cozy book-lined library room, sipping a warm beverage. You've read a fascinating book and are eager to hear more about the historical events, people, and culture. Joining you are several others who've read the same book and a group leader who is an expert on the subject. If this sounds like a perfect way to spend a crisp fall morning... come join us! This month's book will be: "The Imperial Cruise" (James Bradley), a secret American story of empire and war in Asia from 1904-1909, uncovering the myth of American benevolence in Asia. Come prepared for a lively, informative discussion! Call for directions to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center: 314/353-3050. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70199
  • Meeting Dates= 11/03-11/03
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Fireside Book Club: The Kite Runner09/15-09/15  

Picture yourself seated fireside in a cozy book-lined library room, sipping a warm beverage. You've read a fascinating book and are eager to hear more about the historical events, people, and culture. Joining you are several others who've read the same book and a group leader who is an expert on the subject. Fiction novels often possess an extraordinary capacity to bring to life the story of an actual time and place. To truly understand modern Afghanistan, our instructor/discussion leader recommends, "The Kite Runner" (Khaled Hosseini). This painfully honest, highly emotive tale exposes the turbulence, contradictions, and tragedy that have plagued Afghanistan since the second half of the twentieth century. Please join us for a lively and informative fireside discussion of this heartbreaking work of fiction that elucidates the reality faced by millions of Afghans. Call for directions to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center: 314/353-3050. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70198
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-09/15
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:708 Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton: Remarkable Women in History09/11-09/11  

Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton are remembered for their devotion to nursing during wartime. In the Crimean War, British Florence Nightingale became known as the "Lady with the Lamp" for her evening rounds. She is credited with being the founder of modern nursing and for inspiring the founder of the Red Cross Movement. She fought to find ways to maintain clean hospital facilities for her wounded soldiers. Clara Barton, known as "Angel of the Battlefield," volunteered in the American Civil War, nursing wounded soldiers and later working with the War Department to find missing soldiers. Later, she organized the American Red Cross. Hear the stories they told, the brave deeds they performed, and the gratitude they received. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70025
  • Meeting Dates= 09/11-09/11
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:701 Gunfighters of the Old West11/06-11/06  

During this fascinating evening of American history, you'll hear stories about nineteen of our country's most prominent gunfighters, including one woman. These are the famous and the infamous of that curious, lawless period in American history - the last two or three decades of the 1800's. We'll talk about men like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson (all lawmen) and outlaws like Jesse James, Bill Longley, and "Curly Bill" Brocius. We'll be sure to include one of the most famous gunfights: the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Come hear the real account, as related by Wyatt Earp to his deputy. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70384
  • Meeting Dates= 11/06-11/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:765 Historic Saint Louis Architecture09/18-09/25  

What's new? What's tried and true? St. Louis is experiencing an architectural boom. Learn about our great buildings of the past, why we built with brick and what's coming in the future. Enjoy a comfortable seat and a cup of coffee while we talk about the St. Louis architectural scene. Cost for adults 60 and over $22.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70200
  • Meeting Dates= 09/18-09/25
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Joan Huisinga
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:713 Horrible Histories: Mad Kings & Queens09/30-09/30  

* * * CLASS WITHDRAWN * * * Slobbering invalid, bloodthirsty brute, and simpering coward - these are all descriptions that might define just one "mad" king or queen. Spanning over several millennia, European history is riddled with crazed monarchs. This brief introduction will acquaint you with some of royalty's worst offenders and the historical implications of their "madness." In addition to defining this vague term, we will identify and examine causes of madness as well as ask important questions to realistically determine the validity of history's claims. Was the ruler mad by way of inbreeding and genetics, or were they victims of cruel propaganda? After taking this class you will have a more acute perspective on individuals in power, both past and present, with a greater ability to discern fact from fiction. Guest appearances made by (but not limited to): Cleopatra, Nero, Henry VIII, and Ivan the Terrible.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70030
  • Meeting Dates= 09/30-09/30
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Continuing Ed Cancelled CE-WD
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:712 Ike & Monty: Generals at War (with each other)09/17-09/17  

World War II produced many great leaders and in this presentation we explore the often rocky relationship between two great generals, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bernard Montgomery. These two men were vastly different in temperament, background, military training, experience, and philosophies. This presentation follows the major actions of the European theater from the invasion of North Africa, through Normandy, and finally the fall of Berlin. We examine the turbulent collaboration between Ike and Monty and their clash of wills against the background of America's transition from junior to senior partner in the war and on to world superpower. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70460
  • Meeting Dates= 09/17-09/17
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:765 Immigration: Rethinking Secure Borders11/05-11/05  

As a nation, we face many issues along our borders. These problems are not new; many peoples in the past have tried to control the ebb and flow across their borders (e.g. Romans and Chinese). Are we letting history repeat itself by merely following ancient practices? Can we envision a new way to think about border security? This class will examine the successes and failures of past civilizations to help find a workable solution for our future. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70038
  • Meeting Dates= 11/05-11/05
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Timothy Hetrick
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Misconceptions of World War II11/10-11/10  

A class for history-buffs with a solid knowledge of WWII or for those interested in sorting "fact from fiction" about commonly misunderstood facets of the war. This class will explore issues such as which country really had the edge in technology, how "General Winter" was not the cause of defeat in front of Moscow in 1941, what "blitzkrieg" really was, and other common misconceptions of the war. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70040
  • Meeting Dates= 11/10-11/10
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
HIST:713 Mongols to Mao Tse-tung11/06-11/06  

Twice the size of Caesar's Roman Empire, the Mongols eradicated the old world order and connected the Eastern and Western Worlds. Their extensive trade network opened China to the West and fueled an insatiable desire for Asian goods. The Mongols destruction of the civilizations in China and Persia gave rise to a new Asia that reaches into the modern era. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70047
  • Meeting Dates= 11/06-11/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Timothy Neckermann
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 New Weapons of World War I10/23-10/23  

This is the centennial year of the beginning of The Great War, as World War I was first known. It wasn't until halfway through World War II that their similarities brought about the numbers of I and II to distinguish them. In this class we'll consider the perfection of the machine gun, improvement of cannons, the first use of airplanes, tanks, and poison gas, as well as the extensive use of railroads. On the seas for the first time, submarines became an important part of naval warfare, dreadnoughts entered the battles as did aircraft carriers. More new and different weapons than any war in history were introduced. Some were successful, some not and all required new tactics. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70649
  • Meeting Dates= 10/23-10/23
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Operation Market Garden: The Battle for Arnhem (WW II)09/24-09/24  

Operation Market-Garden was to be the spear thrust to the heart of the German industrial Ruhr Valley that would end World War II before Christmas. It didn't work out that way - the largest airborne operation in military history was a complete failure. Using the movie "A Bridge Too Far" as a backdrop, we'll examine the reason for Market-Garden, the personalities involved, the plan, the reality and the critical factors that may have instead prolonged the war. After considering the facts, you decide if Market-Garden was a terrible strategic mistake. Cost for adults 60 and over $12.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70456
  • Meeting Dates= 09/24-09/24
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:713 Pakistan Series I: Foundations - Pakistan at its Inception09/22-09/22  

Though they were both formally emancipated from British rule on August 15, 1947, Pakistan celebrates its independence on August 14th, while India recognizes the 15th as its birthday. This is not the only issue on which the subcontinent's nuclear powers disagree. This first installment of our new series on Pakistan will discuss the reasons for partition, i.e., the establishment of a separate Muslim state that emerged during the fight for Indian independence after nearly a century of British colonial rule. By examining the role of the Muslim League, Mahatma Gandhi, geography, religion, resources, and history in the creation of Pakistan, this course will create a foundational framework through which to understand some of the underlying issues that have shaped the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70654
  • Meeting Dates= 09/22-09/22
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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314-984-7777
 
  Pakistan Series II: Foundations: The Nascent State of Pakistan09/29-09/29  

India's first prime minister and, besides Mahatma Gandhi, founding father, Jawaharlal Nehru, had nearly three decades in which to implement the principles he envisioned for the state he helped to create. Pakistan's founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, died a year after his country was born. A thousand miles of hostile India divided the industrialized "West Pakistan" from the agricultural "East Pakistan." The only viable organ of state that Pakistan won upon independence was its military. This class will discuss the myriad of challenges that faced a nascent Pakistan, including the sources of its intense (and mutual) animosity toward India. It will outline three "Indo-Pak wars," as they are known, ending with a second round of partition, in which Pakistan lost over half of its population and a considerable amount of revenue. Join us to unravel the causes and some of the shattering effects of the subcontinent's still unresolved acrimony. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70659
  • Meeting Dates= 09/29-09/29
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Pakistan Series III: The Military State of Pakistan10/01-10/01  

When asked to name his heroes, American Congressman Charlie Wilson named Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, and General Zia ul-Haq. The third installment of the Pakistan series will introduce the latter, as well as his predecessor, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who General Zia ousted in a coup. This was a period of intense international involvement and intrigue, as Pakistan carved out its role in the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan, sought an atomic bomb, and encouraged the burgeoning belief that Pakistani control of Kashmir was a religious, not merely a territorial issue. Engaging in the study of this fascinating period in Pakistan's history will help to explain its growing current of Islamism, the pattern of military leadership in Pakistan, and Pakistan's role in both the fall of the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet deterioration of Afghanistan. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70660
  • Meeting Dates= 10/01-10/01
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Pakistan Series IV: The Challenges of Modern Pakistan10/20-10/20  

The 2011 capture of Osama bin Laden just 75 miles outside of Pakistan's capital city, Islamabad, illustrates the complications of America's relationship with our important ally in the War on Terror. The Pakistani state has gained notoriety for dealing with subversive elements for the purpose of advancing its aims. This class will discuss the objectives of these associations, as well as the threat of another round of armed conflict with India, attempts at conciliation, domestic political intrigue, including the return and assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and Pakistan's classification by multiple outlets as the most dangerous country on the planet. Can a nation that has neglected its infrastructure in favor of military development maintain the vestiges of a democratic state? Should a state associated with corruption and heavy-handed domestic policies be trusted to combat regional terrorism? What is the alternative? Join us to discuss whether Pakistan is an indispensable partner or dangerous fifth column in the tense climate of modern global affairs. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70661
  • Meeting Dates= 10/20-10/20
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 The Battle of the Atlantic: "WW II on American Shores"09/15-09/15  

Most Americans believe that WWII was fought only in distant Europe, Africa, or the Far East. Few know about the crucial battles fought within sight of the shores on our own East Coast. This class will examine in detail "Operation Drumbeat," the German U-Boat offensive against the U.S., and the part it played in the Battle of the Atlantic, the first battle that had to be won in WWII. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70037
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-09/15
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  The Great Irish Potato Famine11/06-11/13  

The Great Potato Famine in Ireland is considered one of the major sociological events of the 19th century. This class will examine Ireland in the pre-famine years, the causes of the famine itself, the impact upon the population and the long term impact upon Irish society. The class has been updated with new written sources not previously available. Cost for adults 60 and over $20.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70784
  • Meeting Dates= 11/06-11/13
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Charles Kilker
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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HIST:708 The Little Half-Orphan Child from Long Prairie, Illinois, and How She Persevered10/02-10/02  

In 1859, a little girl was born in the flatland near Hecker, Illinois, in Monroe County. This is her story as told by her great-grand-daughter, who will be narrating the tale in the dress of that period. It's often hard to trace orphans or even half-orphans in the realm of ancestral searching. Tips on doing so will be shared with the audience, as well as this fascinating tale embracing the years 1859 to 1920. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70032
  • Meeting Dates= 10/02-10/02
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 205
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:704 The Pilgrims, The Mayflower, Plymouth Rock & Thanksgiving11/13-11/13  

Join us for a stimulating evening as we discuss the religious separatists who later became known to us as the Pilgrims in America. They were a ragtag group with interesting travels and travails as they set about to found Plymouth Colony. It's a thrilling account, but we'll let you decide if they truly laid the foundation for democracy in the New World (or not!). Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70648
  • Meeting Dates= 11/13-11/13
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 118
  • Instructor= Wynn Ward
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 The Story of the Spanish Armada and how the Dutch Fought England11/06-11/06  

In the 16th Century the European powers were busy dividing up the rest of the world and ultimately reverted to war to settle their issues. The Spanish Armada attacked England in 1588 in an epic struggle. The smaller English Navy had better leaders and nature helped turn the tide in their favor. In the 1600's, England and Holland began a series of conflicts pitting the English fleet against the smaller Dutch forces. But the Dutch had some remarkable naval leaders. These naval conflicts helped shape the course of European history. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70079
  • Meeting Dates= 11/06-11/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 205
  • Instructor= Kenneth Velten
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:708 The Three Wives of Henry: The Story of an 1835 German Immigrant Family09/25-09/25  

What was it like to be German and newly arrived to the booming city of St. Louis in 1835? The presenter will wear German period dress as she recounts the intriguing story of one family's struggles through the early years of this city's existence along with significant historical events. The "Three Wives of Henry" is a fascinating tale set against the backdrop of very early city life in St. Louis. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00

  • Registration Code= 201425 70031
  • Meeting Dates= 09/25-09/25
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 205
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:710 Understanding Iran10/20-10/27  

Some say Iran is one of our many Achilles' heels in the Middle East. Iran is a fundamentalist Muslim [Shia] theocracy under the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [Supreme Leader]. It's number four in world production of oil and our "enemy" since 1979. Join us for a two-part class involving a brief history since the 1940's [under The Shah and his secret police - the Savak] to the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979; the role of the revolution in Iranian life; and the role the USA plays in her survival as an Islamic [Shia] theocracy. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70034
  • Meeting Dates= 10/20-10/27
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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  Understanding Saudi Arabia10/06-10/13  

Some say that Saudi Arabia is one of our many Achilles' heels in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is a fundamentalist Muslim [Sunni-Wahabi] theocracy under King Abdullah. It's number two in world production of oil and number one in oil reserves. It's also been our ally since 1945. Join us for a two-part class involving a brief history since 1945, including the political-religious structure of the kingdom; her relationship with Iraq, Syria, Israel, and Iran; and the role the USA plays in her survival as a theocratic kingdom. Cost for adults 60 and over $15.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70033
  • Meeting Dates= 10/06-10/13
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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HIST:713 Understanding the Hajj (the Fifth Pillar of Islam): Compulsory Pilgrimage to Mecca10/15-10/15  

*** WAS CS - 205 *** According to the central tenets of the faith, every Muslim must undertake the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, at least once in his or her lifetime. The rites and rituals associated with the Hajj are performed at prescribed places and times during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, commemorating key events in the religion's history. Each year, the designated Custodian of the Two Holy Places, the Sa'udi government in modern times, organizes and hosts more than two million pilgrims from around the world. Bringing together Sunni, Shi'ite, and Sufi men and women, from friendly and hostile nations, for the most profound religious experience of their lives constitutes a massive feat of coordination, cost, and diplomacy. This class will outline and discuss the significance of the Hajj program, including how the beliefs and proclivities of the host impacts the experience. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70217
  • Meeting Dates= 10/15-10/15
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 211
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Waffen SS: Nazi Germany09/29-09/29  

The Wasson Schutz Staffel (SS) was the military branch of the Nazi Party. Myths mixed with rumors and opinions surround the Waffen SS. Were they jack-booted criminals, misunderstood honorable soldiers, or somewhere in between? This class will explore the history, ideals, weapons, tactics, and battle record of the Waffen SS. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70036
  • Meeting Dates= 09/29-09/29
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:710 World War I: Woodrow Wilson's War10/07-10/21  

They are all gone now - the men and women who witnessed and participated in this worldwide event, oh so long ago. It was 100 years ago, in the summer of 1914, that the war to end all wars began. This series will focus on past world events of the 1910's and on our role in this war. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, the world rejoiced and celebrated at the end of four bitter years of war. The war to end all wars was over: NO MORE WAR! The world was now safe for democracy. Class meets Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21. Call for directions to the Thomas Dunn Learning Center: 314/353-3050. Cost for adults 60 and over $32.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70023
  • Meeting Dates= 10/07-10/21
  • Meeting Days= TTh
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 59.00
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HIST:712 World War II: 194409/22-09/22  

Spend an evening looking back 70 years to when the tide of war was definitely flowing in the Allies' direction: the year of Mone Casino, the air raid on Polesti, the fall of Rome, a fourth term for FDR, the overthrow of Tojo and the attack on Hitler, V-1 and V-2 attacks, the liberation of Paris and Antwerp, Peleliu, Market Garden, and The Bulge. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201425 70035
  • Meeting Dates= 09/22-09/22
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 112
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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