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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: No

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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: No

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CDIS 60 The Years of Lincoln

A fascinating look at our greatest president! Historian Barry Bradford will lead us through a four-week class. Each session will focus on a different topic. You won't want to miss this multifaceted look at Lincoln's life, leadership, and image.
(4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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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 Midterm Elections - Predictions and Analysis

The midterm elections of 2018 will be among the most consequential of the last half-century! With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin majority in the Senate and an energized Democratic electorate threatening the GOP majority in the House, these elections will be hard fought and immensely important. During the first session, we will look at the major races across the country and hear predictions for many of them. In the second session, we will hear an in-depth analysis of why the results turned out the way they did and hear how these outcomes set up the future of the Trump presidency and the presidential election of 2020!
(2 sessions)

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 63 Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Our most eagerly anticipated class of the year! Barry Bradford will offer his list of the top ten news stories, new words and top quotes of the year. Then he'll fearlessly predict the top news stories of 2019! And he will show us how well he did (or did not) correctly predict what would happen this year!
(1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 64 From Richard J to Rahm - The Modern Mayors of Chicago

Chicago had many Republican mayors until Richard J. Daley consolidated power for the Democrats and built a political machine that held absolute power for decades. In three class sessions, historian Barry Bradford will trace the Chicago mayors from the first Mayor Daley through today.
(3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 65 The End of the Hausfrau? German Women Today

This year the Germans, and especially the German women, are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage which was granted to them in 1918. One hundred years later one can indeed say that emancipation has reached Europe’s most populous nation full force: the country is led by a female chancellor, a record number of women are working, and they are eclipsing men in terms of education and career goals. All this progress, though, does not come without its drawbacks. Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. for a discussion of what it is like to be a woman in today’s German society. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 66 Silent Heroes: An Important and Long Overdue Look at the Resistance Movement in Nazi Germany

The 85th anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in Germany presents us with the perfect opportunity to look at the relatively unknown and sometimes even forgotten heroes who often gave their lives in order to fight against the Nazi regime. Join German historian Anette Isaacs, M.A. as she pays homage to Sophie and Hans Scholl, Georg Elser, Baron von Stauffenberg, the women of Rosenstrasse, and other groups who made up the German Resistance. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 67 The Current State of the News Media

Join Julie Strauss, Ph.D., as she delves into the current news media landscape. We will discuss how people consume their news and how the Internet has affected traditional news sources. We will also explore the impact these changes have had on our body politic and the role the press plays in our democracy. Don’t miss this stimulating class. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 68 Confusing Presidencies

Gerald Ford was the object of many jokes about his clumsiness; Jimmy Carter was held responsible for the Iranian hostages; George H.W. Bush was unable to escape his false promise of “no new taxes.” And yet each of these men also made significant decisions with long lasting positive impact. Join Professor Gary Midkiff for an examination of their three confusing legacies. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 69 A Forensic Update of the Lizzie Borden and Jack the Ripper Cases

A fresh look at two very old and cold cases. See how today's science has revealed new information. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 70 Post-Election Analysis: Tsunami or Wave? What the Mid-Terms Reveal

We will analyze the 2018 mid-term elections. We will examine both parties’ messages, the quality of the candidates recruited and whether there was the predicted enthusiasm gap. Finally, we will discuss whether the mid-terms were primarily a referendum on President Trump or on the Democratic Party. Don’t miss this deep dive into the election results with Julie Strauss, Ph.D. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 72 Prussia’s Glory: The Hohenzollern Dynasty

With the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II 100 years ago this fall, monarchy came to an end in Germany. This anniversary is a welcome and timely opportunity to look back at this rather infamous ruler and his illustrious dynasty that consisted of seven kings and three emperors. Join German historian Anette Isaacs and explore the colorful history of the House of Hohenzollern, a family that shaped Germany’s fate like no other. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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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: No

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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 Women’s Suffrage

In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized and chaired the Seneca Falls Convention to discuss the unfair legal treatment of women in the United States, especially the issue that they did not have the right to vote. This convention is the starting point of a time line that stretches to the 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment to the constitution which guarantees that right. Join Professor Gary Midkiff for this 72 year journey that includes a fascinating cast of characters, high drama and a little skullduggery. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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CDIS 85 America Emerges onto the World Stage

Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft and Woodrow Wilson pushed and pulled the United States onto the world stage. Our Presidents from 1865 through 1901 were more concerned about domestic matters. However these three men understood that the United States needed to play a larger role and each made a contribution in that regard. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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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 West by Southwest to Stickney, Draining the Central Area of Chicago and Exorcising Clout

Widespread flooding and sewage discharging to the lake, Chicago's South Side presented challenges. Where was the real Bubbly Creek and why such a large sewage treatment plant? More and bigger canals wasn't enough, so the deep tunnel was built. Scandal upon scandal brought in a reformer to clean up the Sanitary District. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Spring 2019: No

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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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