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HIST:765 A Biographical Look at the Wright Brothers03/28-03/28  

The Wright Brothers lived in a remarkable family in a city that was a hotbed of innovation during a time period that was ripe for aviation experimentation. Join us for an insightful, biographical look at two of the most famous brothers in history. Doug Schneider will show how the Wright Brothers succeeded in creating the airplane, and how they tried to promote and protect their invention after Kitty Hawk.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50291
  • Meeting Dates= 03/28-03/28
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications South 104
  • Instructor= Douglas Schneider
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:708 Armchair Architecture02/27-02/27  

From early French construction to Classical to Mid-Century Modern, the St. Louis area abounds with beautiful buildings. Join us in the classroom as we view and discuss what makes us so unique. This class is a perfect precursor to the Architecture in St. Louis class. Bring a sack lunch.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50512
  • Meeting Dates= 02/27-02/27
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Continuing Educ Bld CE
  • Instructor= Joan Huisinga
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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HIST:712 Battle of Waterloo03/08-03/08  

Waterloo is one of the most famous battles in history. Come see why it was important and how it was fought.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50134
  • Meeting Dates= 03/08-03/08
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - G Tower 327
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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HIST:705 Captain Eads, General Grant and the Civil War Ironclads04/26-04/26  

Before he built the bridge in St. Louis, James B. Eads built seven ironclads in 100 days. He delivered them in January 1862 just in time to play an important part in U.S. Grant's campaign to capture Forts Henry and Donelson. The unknown Brigadier General became nationally known when he captured the two forts. Eads built seven more ironclads and registered eight patents including a steam-driven turret that fired every 45 seconds. His gunboats helped win many important victories including the capture of Clarksville, Nashville, Island No. 10, Fort Pillow, and Vicksburg. Eads and Grant became "warm friends."

  • Registration Code= 201705 50504
  • Meeting Dates= 04/26-04/26
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:711 History Through Black Cinema, Part I: 1865-192003/21-04/04  

History Through Black Cinema is the perfect opportunity to converse about political, social and relevant issues on the plight of African-Americans. Conversations in class are centered on how film is portrayed via the lens of the creator and the student as the critic. By opening a dialogue through film, this course opens an outlet that allows participants to freely discuss relevant issues. This course includes films that span time periods from 1865-1920 that will broaden your scope to create an experience of relating real life issues to cinema.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50508
  • Meeting Dates= 03/21-04/04
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Flo Valley - Social Sci Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Keith Ware
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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  History Through Black Cinema, Part II: 1920-197504/11-04/25  

History Through Black Cinema is the perfect opportunity to converse about political, social and relevant issues on the plight of African-Americans. Conversations in class are centered on how film is portrayed via the lens of the creator and the student as the critic. By opening a dialogue through film, this course opens an outlet that allows participants to freely discuss relevant issues. This course includes films that span time periods from 1920-1975 that will broaden your scope to create an experience of relating real life issues to cinema.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50509
  • Meeting Dates= 04/11-04/25
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Flo Valley - Social Sci Bldg 108
  • Instructor= Keith Ware
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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HIST:765 Islam 10104/04-04/18  

Find yourself curious about Islam? This class will be an overview of Islam. By the end of the class, you will have a very good basic knowledge of its teachings, understand the different points-of-view in Islam, recognize the Golden Age of Islam and zero in on the major issues the faith faces today.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50033
  • Meeting Dates= 04/04-04/18
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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HIST:708 James B. Eads-His Life and His Bridge04/11-04/11  

We all know the Eads name from the bridge he built across the Mississippi River. But what else do you know about where he grew up and how he became rich before the bridge? Did you know how he helped General Grant in the Civil War? Come and learn a little about the man, his family, and the major engineering feats he engaged in before and after building the St. Louis bridge.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50503
  • Meeting Dates= 04/11-04/11
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 JFK at 10005/02-05/02  

Spring 1917 includes the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Take an evening to look back at a century of life and legacy of this youngest elected and youngest to die president.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50054
  • Meeting Dates= 05/02-05/02
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:706 LZ X-Ray03/09-03/09  

LZ X-Ray in the la Drang Valley was the first major battle of the Vietnam War. The story of this battle was ably told, in part, by the movie "We Were Soldiers," but the movie only covered half of the actual battle. Come hear the full story. This battle raged over a week and was the first clash of regular NorthVietnamese Army soldiers against U.S. forces. Learn what they discovered about each other in this battle.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50070
  • Meeting Dates= 03/09-03/09
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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HIST:727 Making Sense of the Middle East Today04/05-04/19  

In this class we will explore and discuss the development of Israel from the 1920's to 1948, the Cold War "push and pull" in the area, the issues of oil and water, the history behind the "unnatural" boundaries drawn by outsiders on specific nations and conflicts and divisions within Islam. These, and other topics, will shed light on our study of making sense of the Middle East today.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50034
  • Meeting Dates= 04/05-04/19
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 45.00
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  Sa'udi Succession05/03-05/03  

Last spring, Sa'udi Arabia's king made headlines when he announced changes to the line of royal succession. Besides thrilling forecasters and analysts, the change prompted speculation and uncertainty about the conservative monarchy's future. With the dozens of sons of the founder, King Abd-al Aziz ibn' Sa'ud, down to just a few, the future belongs to the next generation. Hundreds strong, this group faces terrorist threats, a hostile Iran, regional change, and a restless population, half of which is under the age of thirty. Join us to examine the possibilities, complexities and potential mine fields that King Salman's successors may confront in global Islam's terrestrial core.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50689
  • Meeting Dates= 05/03-05/03
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Steamboat Disasters03/22-03/22  

Steamboats were great technological advancements that made the Mississippi Valley prosperous, but passengers and merchants risked fires, explosions, sinking, epidemic diseases and other disasters. Tens of thousands of immigrants, business men and pleasure seekers rode the steamboats. Most trips were safe, but disasters were real and often terrible. Hundreds of steamboats ran aground, burned, blew up or sank. In the early years steamboats, were engineering experiments and the rivers were full of danger and delay.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50502
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-03/22
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:708 Steamboats on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers03/07-03/07  

Steamboats were an amazing technological advancement. The shallow and dangerous Midwest rivers were the commercial arteries of the heartland. Despite the dangers, steamboats on the western rivers opened the land to farmers and merchants. What kind of cargo did they carry? What was it like to be a passenger on a steamboat heading up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers? Learn how steamboat design improved and how they brought waves of immigrants and increasing prosperity to the river regions.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50500
  • Meeting Dates= 03/07-03/07
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 204
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 Sunni/Shi'a Divide03/14-03/14  

Though the subject is abundantly more complex than the space of two hours can unravel, please join us to dampen our feet to the intricacies of the Sunni/Shi'a divide. Critical to our understanding of the Muslim world, classifying these two groups will require an examination of politics, geography, history, religion and culture. We'll explore the schism within Islam that created these groups, sources of and exceptions to their mutual hostility, the structural specifics of each and the impact of their rift on modern international relations. Our instructor will venture to explain the rules governing the use of the term "Shi'a" vs. that of "Shi'ite." Unveiling this essential component of intra-Islamic affairs will focus the lens through which we read a newspaper, study the problems of individual states and understand one of the root causes of conflict in the modern Middle East.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50688
  • Meeting Dates= 03/14-03/14
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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HIST:702 The Life of a German Indentured Servant in St. Louis in 183504/05-04/05  

What was it like to be an indentured servant from Germany at the age of thirteen in St. Louis, Missouri? Come follow the life of one such young man in this outpost city at this early time. His life took many twists and turns throughout his seventy-six years as a resident of our city. This story is a true account of the storyteller's great-grandfather and the many historical events that happened during his lifetime from the great fire to the cholera epidemic. This fascinating story of one man's life and that of his family's will be told in Period Dress of that Era. A story sure to please that may inspire attendees to recount their own genealogical stories.

  • Registration Code= 201705 51098
  • Meeting Dates= 04/05-04/05
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 Woodrow Wilson03/29-03/29  

2017 marks the centenary of the spring that Woodrow Wilson led America into the Great War. Spend an evening examining the career of this scholar-president whose administration made such a mark on the early 20th Century.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50053
  • Meeting Dates= 03/29-03/29
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 WWI 1917: Year of Decision03/01-03/01  

After three years of stalemate, 1917 brings significant changes to the war. One major belligerent leaves, and another enters. On the Western front, the French Army mutinies, and meanwhile the war rages on in the Middle East. 1917 is an important point in the war in terms of combat, but also in terms of diplomacy.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50133
  • Meeting Dates= 03/01-03/01
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - G Tower 327
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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  WWI: The 1918 Offensives03/22-03/22  

In 1918, the Germans devised how to break the stalemate of trench warfare, allowing them to launch a series of offensives that almost turned the tide of the war. Find out how they were stopped and learn why these offensives were the beginnings of what would become what was later called Blitzkrieg.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50132
  • Meeting Dates= 03/22-03/22
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Forest Park - G Tower 327
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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  WWII: Battle of the Kursk03/30-03/30  

This unsuccessful German offensive against Soviet forces in 1943 claims several titles: the turning point on the Eastern Front, the last German strategic offensive of the war, and the greatest armor clash ever. Come and see if the battle can truly lay claim to these descriptions and learn about the titanic battle on the Eastern Front that involved millions of the best soldiers both sides had.

  • Registration Code= 201705 50071
  • Meeting Dates= 03/30-03/30
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 225
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 25.00
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