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The following course information is effective for the Spring 2019 term.

CDIS 5 Heels on Reels

This series will look at films whose protagonists are people viewers love to hate. Participants will watch Michael Douglas make a case for a deadly sin, and then Richard Dreyfuss will never stop hustling to achieve whatever he thinks success is. Burt Lancaster will then lie his way through a newspaper career before the series ends with a dubious look at a young woman making her corrupt way in a corrupt world. No one is spared in this series guaranteed to make participants mad at the world while loving how the films inspire their rage. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 7 Documentary Films with a View

The truth gets strange in this series, which will examine documentary films that make no effort to be objective. The series will start with a murder case about brotherly love down on the farm and then look at another family in a loftier social class. The series would not be complete without a look at the Oscar-winning “Hearts and Minds,” and then participants will pick a Michael Moore film to screen and discuss. These filmmakers have been accused of twisting reality, but this series should have participants wondering whether reality is already twisted. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 13 Great Decisions Discussion Group

Part 1: First Four Topics (4 sessions) Section 001
Part 2: Last Four Topics (4 sessions) Section 002
Great Decisions is an opportunity to study, discuss and share opinions about some of today’s complex foreign policy issues using articles provided by the Foreign Policy Association, an independent nonpartisan and non-governmental
organization that has worked to educate the public about foreign policy issues since 1918. The eight topics for discussion
in 2018 are: Refugees and Global Migration; The Middle East: Regional Disorder; Nuclear negotiations: Back to the Future?; The Rise of Populism in Europe; Decoding U.S.-China Trade; Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics; The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested and State of the State Department and Diplomacy. Please order your Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book online at http://fpa.org and read the first topic before the first session.

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 38 Everyday Math Made Easy

Don't let math intimidate you. Review and refresh your memory. Learn quick and easy ways to tackle everyday math. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 60 Great Film Directors

The class will look at the careers of four of the greatest film directors of all time. The multimedia presentations will offer a unique opportunity to examine not just the lives and the films of these brilliant artists, but an opportunity to understand how each reflected and shaped their time. Directors may include John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. (3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 61 1968 Stories

This class will offer a deep look at two of the most important stories of 1968. We will examine the Democratic Convention Riots of 1968 and the life and death of Robert F. Kennedy. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 62 Barry's Best of Offbeat Broadway

Some Broadway musicals that are not big hits still produce unforgettable music, delightful characters and fascinating plots. After all, who would have guessed a musical about singing cats in a London alley would be a hit. Join Barry Bradford for a fun and insightful look at shows like Finian’s Rainbow, Call Me Madam, Xanadu and Babes in Arms, none of which was a huge smash, yet each of which is delightful and important in its own way (2 sessions)

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 63 American Royalty

Historian Barry Bradford offers a fascinating new class about Americans who have married into royalty. From the Queen of Jordan to Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly to Wallis Simpson, all of these stories are unexpected and unique. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 64 History in Perspective

Historian and master storyteller Barry Bradford returns for a sequel to last year’s class. Each week will examine a different year in American history - 1919, 1944 and 1969 - the USA 100 years ago, 75 years ago and 50 years ago. Each multimedia presentation will include stories about the top news stories of the year, culture, sports, famous births and deaths and more. (3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 65 “Germans and Jews” – Looking at an Uneasy Relationship through the Lens of a Documentary Movie

In this 80th anniversary year of the beginning of World War II, it is particularly poignant to look at the rather uneasy current relationship between the mostly Christian Germans and their Jewish compatriots. Participants will watch and discuss the fascinating German-American documentary from 2016, described by the film critic for the New York Times as “Incisive – part psychology seminar and sociology course, ‘Germans and Jews’ is a real cause for hope, despite history.” (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 66 The Historical Origins and Evolution of Islam and Islamic Civilization

As both a religious and a cultural orientation, Islam finds expression through the lives of countless individuals who speak hundreds of languages and constitute a complex matrix of cultures and communities. To assist the audience in building a basic vocabulary of Islam, Alex Barna will focus on the origins of Islam and the development of Islamic societies and civilization across North Africa and West, Central, and South Asia. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 67 The Agenda of the New Congress

The mid-term elections led to some significant changes in Congress. We will explore the impact this new Congress is having on policy issues as well as relations with the White House. We will discuss what changes, if any, to expect going forward with the 116th Congress. Don’t miss this talk about the latest developments on Capitol Hill with Julie Strauss, Ph.D. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 68 The Presidency of Lyndon Johnson

Johnson’s presidency will always be remembered for the contrast between his domestic successes and his international failures. A forceful leader of the U.S. Senate who was always able to compromise, he changed as President and began to surround himself with people who would neither disagree with him nor even challenge his proposed policies. He stood up for civil rights within our country but turned his back on the population of a small Asian country that wanted the right of self-determination. LBJ’s presidency resembles a Greek tragedy where the protagonist commits a terrible crime without being aware of how arrogant and foolish he has been. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 69 Female Leadership: The history of Female Leadership from Joan of Arc to Hillary Clinton

What are their track records of governance, success, and challenges in the political world? Catherine the Great, Elizabeth I and II, Bloody Mary, Mary Queen of Scots and others will be studied with an eye to the American political scene. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 70 Presidential and Mid-Term Election Security

This class will examine which countries have most aggressively targeted our recent elections. We also will examine what methods have been the most prevalent; what steps the state and federal government are taking to guard against these attacks and whether the attacks were successful. Please join Julie Strauss, Ph.D. for a stimulating discussion of this topic. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 72 Media Representations and Negative Stereotypes of Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East

Alex Barna’s presentation introduces a framework for understanding, interpreting, and assessing anti-Islamic images and texts. First, we will explore how Europeans and Americans, past and present, have tended to perceive and depict Islam and Muslims. Second, we will consider how negative stereotypes might play a role in reconfiguring speech, actions, and public policy in contemporary society. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 74 The Early Frontiersman

The likes of Daniel Boone, Simon Kenton and Davy Crockett paved the way for early Americans to move west. Their persistence, determination and grit are legendary. Learn their stories and decide if there are any equals in today's America. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 76 Martin Luther: Protest and Renewal

On October 31, 1517, legend says, Martin Luther marched to the Wittenberg church and nailed 95 theses to its door. With this list of criticisms Luther lit the fuse that exploded into the Protestant Reformation. We will examine Luther the man, his message, and his lasting influence. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 77 Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is widely recognized as one of the most creative figures in contemporary American Judaism. In his new book, Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries, Rabbi Rami asks two important questions about religion: are we making all this up, and if so, can we make it up in a more positive and life-affirming way? The book questions God, free will, the stories we live by, faith and doubt, the need to abandon “truth,” and more. We’ll question these things too—and Rabbi Rami as well. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 84 The Presidency of Harry Truman

A compromise choice for Vice President, Truman was pulled onto the international stage with little experience and no preparation. And yet during his nearly two full terms in office he faced every problem head on, made momentous decisions in a collegial manner, acted both tactically (e.g. Berlin airlift) and strategically (e.g. NATO), and when faced with a constitutional crisis (i.e. MacArthur’s challenge to his presidential authority) made the correct decision in the correct way. Truman faced more significant challenges while President than any other President (except Lincoln). Our appreciation of him grows every year. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 85 The 27 Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

Over 11,700 proposed amendments have been introduced in the U.S. Congress. Only 27 have been adopted. We have corrected oversights and omissions (e.g. how many terms a president may serve), we have responded to social pressure (e.g. granting women’s suffrage), we have clarified delicate situations (e.g. how do we determine if a president is unable to serve) and in one case reversed a mistake (cancelling prohibition). We all know the first 10 as “The Bill of Rights” but the stories behind all 27 are fascinating and important. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 86 Media and Government

The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 declared a citizen to be a criminal if he made public statements critical of the Federal Government. In 2018 the Twittersphere is ablaze with accusations of “fake news.” How is a citizen expected to navigate these types of assertions? Join Professor Gary Midkiff on a journey seeking to understand. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 88 The Hidden History and the Lost History of the World‘s Fair

Andrew Call, author of Chicago: A Civic, Industrial and Familial History, will speak about two important construction companies in Chicago history, both of which were founded and owned by his family. Subjects will include the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, technological innovations at the fair, and important buildings. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: Yes

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CDIS 90 Israel at 70

The center of attention for three world religions, the land of Israel has been the scene of conflict and triumph for centuries. One hundred twenty years ago, a modern Jewish state was imagined, and then planned and brought into reality in 1948. How was the state created, and how has it developed over the last 70 years? Topics will include wars, refugees and immigrants, the Palestinian people and territories, the creation of modern Hebrew culture, and future prospects. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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