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Never forget. Dive deeper into our fascinating history and learn more about historical sites, battles, events and influential leaders.
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This course will study the book, What's In A Name?  A book writtten by Dale Hartsfield, the instructor.  Mr. Hartsfield was the family spokeperson for the Hartsfield family when the City of Atlanta renamed the airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.The controversay surrounding the name change prompted the writing of this book.  The class will cover the history of the great airport and the five official names since, the airport was built in 1925.  The course will also discuss "fighting City Hall".  If you enjoy local history, politics, race realtions and more this will be an intersting course for you.  The textbook will be included in the course fee.  

181SHIS2617A

Start date: 07/17/17

End date: 08/14/17

Fee: $99.00

5 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  Not Assigned



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The US Constution is the oldest still in use original document in the world.  It works because it is designed to keep its nation and its diverse population alive and vibrant through the natural tension created by forced interplays of levels of government.  2017 is a banner year for learning the nuances of how to influence others to your understanding of the US Constitution.  This course will use case studies of significant local US elections over the last century to demonstrate how no one point of view can control decision making in the US.  This course will also examine the differences created by the Electronic Revolution.  

181SHIS2619A

Start date: 08/01/17

End date: 09/26/17

Fee: $159.00

9 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  Not Assigned



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This course will explore the various methods used, North and South, in deploying spies to gather intelligence during the Civil War.  Men and women served as spies, and secret socities formed, as the combatants sought to gain a military advantage.  This course will explore the use of encrypted messages, life-risking missions behind enemy lines, and much more. Optional Textbook: Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War. Donald E. Markle. Hippocrene Books, 2004. ISBN: 078181037x. 

174SHIS2612A

Start date: 05/01/17

End date: 05/22/17

Fee: $69.00

4 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  221



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The "American Experience", sometimes called the "American Dream" rises from the ashes of war again and again since the founding of the American Nation in the late 18th Century.  In the 19th Century the term "Manifest Destiny" exploded to the forefront of the explanations and justifications for frontier "pioneers" to patriotically fill in all that land between both oceans no matter the personal sacrifice. The 20th Century, pockmarked with a new form of poverty and massive systems failure, resonates to this day with the hopes and achievements of successfully "Making the World Safe for Democracy". Our 21st Century mantras have often clustered around themes of multiple faces of "Keep America Great"...students will leave this course knowing why. Recommended books-Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics (Signet Classics) by William L. Riordan, Peter Quinn, and Philip Freeman. The Assault of Reason by Al Gore.

174SHIS2615A

Start date: 04/04/17

End date: 05/23/17

Fee: $129.00

8 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  221



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Game Changers- History and Folk Music.  Students will hear stories of people and events that changed the course of our history.  These classes include the stories of these "Game-changers" : The Erie Canal, Sacagawea, "Westward Ho", Andrew Jackson (hero or villain), Kit Carson, John Wesley Powell, "Three Ladies", "The Dust Bowl", and Abigail Adams (founding Mother).  Each class contains folk music and guitar. 

174SHIS2614A

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 05/22/17

Fee: $79.00

8 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room : Multiple  Room : 
  105. 
  225.



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During the American Civil War, the early bond developed between U.S. Grant and William T. Sherman-officers with different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses-ultimately, leading the Federals to victory.  This course will compare and contrast the leadership styles of both men, compare personalities and drill into their respective battlefield performances.  

181SHIS2616A

Start date: 08/07/17

End date: 08/28/17

Fee: $89.00

4 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  Not Assigned



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This five session wine study class will be instructed by Walter Bost who has worked in the wine industry as a Wine Consultant, Wine Specialist, Wine Steward and Wine Broker. He has visited Wine Regions in Europe (France, Spain & Portugal) and the United States with twenty-one visits to the Napa-Sonoma Wine Regions of California, the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) and the Finger Lakes Region of New York. With his experience, Mr. Bost brings a significant wine background that also includes classroom instruction of the history, expansion and growth of the world of wine. He sums up the value of this wine class with “Know What You Drink – Like What You Drink”.

181SHIS2604A

Start date: 09/18/17

End date: 09/27/17

Fee: $79.00

4 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  123



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In this course, students will learn about a former Marine, who served in Japan on a top secret assignment and defected to the Soviet Union and returned to American but did not face espionage charges. He purchased a mail order poor quality Italian made rifle that he used to kill President John F. Kennendy while on a lunch break. This individual went to the lunchroom after the assassination to eat his lunch and later, proceeded to a movie theater, killing a police officer along the way.  He was arrested in the theater and was killed two days later in the police station by a MAFIA connected strip club owner.  Suggested reading: The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Governement by David Talbot.  The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and their Secret World War by Steven Kinzer and November 22, 1963: A Brief Guide to the JFK Assassination by Jeremy Bojczuk. 

174SHIS2613A

Start date: 04/13/17

End date: 06/01/17

Fee: $99.00

8 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room : Multiple  Room : 
  123. 
  221.



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This class is a very unique look at American History westward from the Mississippi River to California. Major historical events are chronologically tied together with personal accounts, legends and myths. Little known and rarely addressed events and characters are woven together in a classroom lecture & group discussion environment using source documents and hard copy maps. Some historical questions are addressed but are left as "histories mysteries" since there are no complete explanations that resolve them. Facts are woven together with legends and common sense to make history come alive as you have never experienced it. This class is frequently repeated by students who find each session equally as informative as the preceding one. Students find that Quentin, who is a recognized historian, author, and cowboy poet entertaining, informative, and enlightening.

174SHIS2565A

Start date: 04/05/17

End date: 05/24/17

Fee: $99.00

8 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  123



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The age of Clipper ships came, flourished, and vanished in the mid-nineteenth century, the result of a unique combination of people, events and circumstances.  With their sleek lines and billowing sails, these ships raced around the world in their quest to deliver cargoes in record time.  This course details the birth, the glory years, and the decline of the Clipper.  We examine the design in detail, the contributions of Matthew Fontaine Maury in mapping the oceans, the men and women of the Clipper trade, and some of the Clippers that made notable voyages.  The British with the famous tea race between Ariel and Taiping will be included.  

181SHIS2620A

Start date: 07/24/17

End date: 08/28/17

Fee: $99.00

6 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  Not Assigned



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From the Appalachians to the Wiregrass, the little known conflict that nearly brought Georgia to the brink of anarchy.  A rare look into the irregular war that began with local opposition to secession in 1861 and the passage of conscription in 1862 which led to open rebellion by 1863.  This course will include an overview of the operations of state troopers and home guard militia to counter draft evasion, desertion and "Tory" activity in the state.  The various guerrilla bands that existed during this period are covered in detail.  The course includes a look into local history and resources.

181SHIS2618A

Start date: 07/11/17

End date: 08/29/17

Fee: $99.00

8 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  Not Assigned



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In the book, :"The Vital Question, Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life." Nick Lane explores the processes that lead from primordial bacteria to te complex cells that make up all life.  In this course, this book will be used as a reference to focus discussion on how the universe can build higher levels of complexity.  Students will spend time on evolution but augment that with the emergent process that is at the heart of creativity.  Reading Lane's book is not required but will enhance class discussion. 

181SHIS2675A

Start date: 08/21/17

End date: 09/18/17

Fee: $79.00

4 sessions.

Location : KSU Center Location : 
  KSU Center.

Room :  Not Assigned



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