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Study History and Culture

Local and world history and current events courses.

Classes for Study History/Culture - Spokane

FALL 2021

In Person

American History: Enlightenment and 18th Century
Class # 28437
Cost: $50
Location:
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/23/21 - 11/18/21   
Instructor: Chester Caskey
Days: Th
  

Notes: Spokane Community College Building #5 Room 148 1810 N Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217

Historians differ as to what date marked the European Enlightenment, the dawn of the Modern Era and the Scientific Revolution, many suggesting 1648 and the Peace of Westphalia as the starting point. However, in our country we know exactly when the American Enlightenment started. It began without question on a day in 1714 when Yale scholar Samuel Johnson opened up several cases of books from a private library estate sale sent to the college by its agent in London. Inside were many dozens of books by writers such as Francis Bacon, John Locke, Isaac Newton and Copernicus, as well as literary works by Shakespeare, Milton, and Addison. Johnson later wrote that the books were like a sudden flood of sunshine into the closed-minded Puritan-dominated society of New England. Within four years, colleges across America had revamped their former theological-based curricula to broad-based studies in mathematics, history, literature, physics, geography, as well as the new science of politics and the intellectual excitement of the New Learning would carry America through the 18th Century and on to the 21st as the U.S. continues to sort out the implications of Modern as opposed to pre-Enlightenment thinking. Join us in class as we look into those cases of books and see just what Master Johnson was so excited about.


Charles Dickens and the French Revolution
Class # 28452
Cost: $30
Location:
Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Dates: 9/22/21 - 10/27/21   
Instructor: Thomas Robinette
Days: We
  

Notes: Spokane Community College Building #5 Room 148 1810 N Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217

Visit the French Revolution and discuss Charles Dickens¿s treatment of the topic in his classic novel A Tale of Two Cities..


Lewis and Clark: The Corps of Discovery
Class # 28450
Cost: $76
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/21/21 - 11/16/21   
Instructor: Don Popejoy
Days: Tu
  

Notes: Corbin Senior Center Lower South Classroom 827 W Cleveland Avenue, Spokane, WA 99205

This quarter follow the Expedition down the Columbia River, through the Cascades Mountains, and on to their third winter quarters at Fort Clatsop. Their last 350 miles, going with the current of the river, will be one of the Corps more difficult challenges. They enter into the Columbia River water on October 18th, 1805 and arrive at the Pacific Coast on November 7th, 1805. But it will take them another full month to find a suitable place to build their winter fort! Join the Corps in their adventures and help them make some critical decisions..


Spokane History Reading Group: Edward Curtis Bio
Class # 28454
Cost: $65
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 10/20/21 - 12/8/21   
Instructor: Richard Sola
Days: We
  

Notes: Southside Senior and Community Center Washington Trust Room 3151 E 27th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99223

Join the Spokane History Reading Group in its classroom exploration of Spokane and the Inland Empire as it reads Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. Award-winning writer Tim Egan explores the 20 years Curtis spent photographing and documenting the lives of Native Americans in the early 20th Century, including those throughout our region. You can expect lively discussions, lots of supplemental materials and suggestions for self-guided day trips to complement the book. Please have a copy of the book by the second class..


Topics in National Security
Class # 28164
Cost: $50
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Dates: 9/22/21 - 11/17/21   
Instructor: Richard Woods
Days: We
  

Notes: Spokane Community College Building #5 Room 148 1810 N Greene Street, Spokane, WA 99217

America faces a number of daunting challenges to its national security (military, social, environmental, economic, etc.). Examine those challenges in the course of eight classes. Some challenges exist today and will get worse. Some are new challenges that will arise. Join us for a glimpse of our future and discussions about what can be done about these challenges..


Online

Legends & Ghost Stories of Spokane
Class # 28439
Cost: $24
Location:
Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Dates: 10/21/21 - 10/24/21   
Instructor: Chester Caskey
Days: Th Fr
  

Notes: Online Class meets Thursday Oct. 21, Friday Oct. 22, Saturday Oct. 23 and Sunday Oct. 24.

It is Halloween, and there is no better host and instructor for a course on Spokane Legends and Ghosts than Chet Caskey, historian and author of Haunted Spokane (2013), Spooky Spokane (2015), Spokane¿s Historic Cemeteries (2012) and Haunted Hillyard (2018). Each evening of this four part course, sit back with a cup of hot chocolate in the comfort and spiritual safety of your own living room to hear two hours of stories and see pictures of Spokane¿s most legendary ghost sites, with assorted interviews of local ghost hunters, mystics and cemetery workers..


Legends & Ghost Stories of Spokane
Class # 28438
Cost: $24
Location:
Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Dates: 10/26/21 - 10/29/21   
Instructor: Chester Caskey
Days: Tu We Th Fr
  

Notes: Online

It is Halloween, and there is no better host and instructor for a course on Spokane Legends and Ghosts than Chet Caskey, historian and author of Haunted Spokane (2013), Spooky Spokane (2015), Spokane¿s Historic Cemeteries (2012) and Haunted Hillyard (2018). Each evening of this four part course, sit back with a cup of hot chocolate in the comfort and spiritual safety of your own living room to hear two hours of stories and see pictures of Spokane¿s most legendary ghost sites, with assorted interviews of local ghost hunters, mystics and cemetery workers..


Lewis and Clark: The Corps of Discovery
Class # 28444
Cost: $66
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/20/21 - 11/15/21   
Instructor: Don Popejoy
Days: Mo
  

Notes: Online

This quarter follow the Expedition down the Columbia River, through the Cascades Mountains, and on to their third winter quarters at Fort Clatsop. Their last 350 miles, going with the current of the river, will be one of the Corps more difficult challenges. They enter into the Columbia River water on October 18th, 1805 and arrive at the Pacific Coast on November 7th, 1805. But it will take them another full month to find a suitable place to build their winter fort! Join the Corps in their adventures and help them make some critical decisions..


Nez Perce War of 1877
Class # 28446
Cost: $66
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/22/21 - 11/17/21   
Instructor: Don Popejoy
Days: We
  

Notes: Online

Follow the flight of the Nez Perce and Chief Joseph for 6 long months in 1877 and cover 1500 miles trying to escape the pursuit of the U.S. Army and General O.O. Howard, from Oregon, through Idaho, and into Montana, with the intention of seeking asylum in Canada. Join Don and travel the harsh trails, cross raging rivers, travel through Yellowstone National Park, and finally head north to the Bears Paw Mountains, where they are captured just 40 miles short of the Canadian border!.


Ordinary People and Extraordinary Feats
Class # 28448
Cost: $60
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/23/21 - 11/18/21   
Instructor: Don Popejoy
Days: Th
  

Notes: Online

Explore people of uncommon valor, courage, and foresight who accomplished amazing achievements that changed the world. How many of these amazing people will you recognize by name and will you remember what they accomplished? Join Don Popejoy in spirited discussion about this fascinating journey through time..


Spokane History Reading Group: Edward Curtis Bio
Class # 28455
Cost: $53
Location:
Time: 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Dates: 10/18/21 - 12/6/21   
Instructor: Richard Sola
Days: Mo
  

Notes: Online

Join the Spokane History Reading Group in its classroom exploration of Spokane and the Inland Empire as it reads Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. Award-winning writer Tim Egan explores the 20 years Curtis spent photographing and documenting the lives of Native Americans in the early 20th Century, including those throughout our region. You can expect lively discussions, lots of supplemental materials and suggestions for self-guided day trips to complement the book. Please have a copy of the book by the second class..


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