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250     The History of Home, Part I

pic of toy houseThis course will provide a history of residential architecture, interior decoration, and furniture within cultural context.  Cultures studied will include Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Medieval and Gothic.

SueAnne Lewis was an instructor of interior design at Pellissippi State Technical Community College until her retirement in 2011.  She has worked as an interior design consultant specializing in design for older people.  She holds an MS in interior design with a minor in gerontology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.  As a professional, most of her work has been in healthcare design.  She has taught ORICL courses in the history of residential architecture and interiors and has spoken to several local groups on designing for older people.  She is a native of Oak Ridge.

Five Sessions:  Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:40 a.m., November 6, 13, 20, December 4 and 11

251 Selected Topics in Egyptology

This class will consist of four 2-hour presentations.  The first topic (to be covered in 2 sessions) is: Historical Overview: From the Predynastic to the Graeco-Roman Era.  This topic will include an examination of the governance, religion, and ethnicity throughout over 3 millennia of Egyptian history.  The second topic is: What was Going on with Akhenaton?  This Pharaoh fascinates us all, hailed by moderns as the first monotheist in history, yet excoriated as a heretic immediately after his death by his contemporaries.  We will look at the extreme changes he imposed on Egypt during his rule and speculate on what may have motivated him.  The third topic is: Female Pharaohs.  This topic will showcase women who actually ruled Egypt as Pharaohs or Queens in their own right (and one who may have), and the circumstances leading to their elevations to the position.

Elane Streets has been interested in Egyptian history from a young age.  Always having some regret that she did not study archaeology in college, as an (older) adult she eventually satisfied her itch to some extent by taking courses over several years in Egyptian and Near Eastern history,  offered through a continuing education program at The Oriental Institute at The University of  Chicago.  Since moving to Oak Ridge she has continued to be an avid reader of ancient history, and particularly Egyptian history.

Four sessions:  Thursdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., September 25, October 2, November 13, December 11

252     Enigma Code Revisitedpic of enigma machine

This course will include information that the instructor gained from attending two conferences at Oxford – “The Enigma Code” and “Enigma and Intelligence.”  Particular emphasis will be on the Polish contribution to Enigma, Alan Turing, and the Enigma code as viewed by other code breakers in retrospect.  From the perspective of 2014, it is amazing to comprehend the secrecy involved in the Enigma project at Bletchley Park, the German belief in the invincibility of their code, and the sheer number of individuals connected to the success of the project.

Patricia Jobe has a BA and MA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  She was a post-graduate student at the University of Madrid, Spain. 

One session:  Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.,  November 19

253 A Collection of War Lectures

stampGaspee (The first battle of the American Revolution):  During the dark night of June 9, 1772, - 65 patriots took to long boats and silently rowed to capture Lt. Dudingston and burn the grounded HMS Gaspee.  The class discussion will be based on the book, Gaspee, book of the year recipient for mainstream literary fiction based on actual events.

Cold War Weapons:  This lecture is a history of the Armed Forced Special Weapons Project out-growth of the Manhattan Project.  We will trace origins in post-war years and the rise of the Cold War to its end.  Discussions will be based on the book Adventures of an A-Bomb Mechanic.

The White Rose:  This lecture describes the activities of the members of the White Rose – active resistance against the Nazi regime.  Recently, a photo and story about finding the guillotine used to execute Hans and Sophie Scholl and other members of the White Rose, has surfaced on the internet.  This presentation is their story set in wartime Germany.  Discussions will be based on Blood of the Roses, historical fiction accounting of The White Rose, a “Freedom Book of the Month” selection.

Alex Gabbard is originally from Berea, KY, where his early life rotated between a small college town with his father and a tobacco farm in the mountains of North Carolina with his mother.  He became a special weapons expert during the Vietnam era, then attended college and worked as a physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from which he has recently retired.  Alex is a widely published author.

Three Sessions:  Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:40 p.m., November 5, 12 and 19

254     A Very Brief Outline of our Greek Past

Death mask of AgememnonThe Greeks of antiquity created the first sophisticated European culture, and with it, the base of much of the Western world-view which exists today.  This history spans one millennium, essentially the years from 1200 BC to 150 BC, from the Minoan civilization on Crete to the political absorption of Greek territory into the Roman Empire.  This class will briefly outline the main historical points by dividing this history into four classes:

1.      1600-800BC   The Minoan and Mycenaean bronze age, Troy, and the decline into the Greek dark age.

2.      800-480BC    The Archaic iron age revival, Athens, Sparta, colonization, Herodotus and the Persian wars.

3.      480-323BC    The Classical intellectual revolution with Athens, Sparta, and their Peloponnesian war.

4.      323-148BC    Alexander the Great, the Hellenistic age and dominance of Greek culture and absorption into the Roman Empire.

David Olsen is a retired PhD physicist from ORNL who worked in the Neutron Physics Division, Physics Division, and SNS Project.  He has had a life-long interest in History, particularly European Medieval history since in his view, the present reality is simply the weighted summation of the past.  Since retiring, he has taken many history classes at UTK.  His interest in Medieval English history was sharpened by a stint as a post doc at the University of Manchester.

Four sessions:  Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:10 p.m., November 12, 19, December 3 & 10

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