An overview of the history of Iran and its people’s trials and tribulations over millennia will be presented, culminating in the arrival of modernity. The focus of the lectures is on the Iranian people’s struggle for independence and long-desired freedoms and to review their current views and attitudes toward the West, particularly the USA. The lectures are intended to illuminate the way in which the Iranian people perceive their own identity and place in the world and have pursued their national aspirations. It is hoped that the course will provide a better appreciation of this ancient land and its people and suggest a framework for understanding the current international crises and controversies involving Iran.
Dr. Masood Parang is an engineer by profession who has spent most of his life in teaching and mentoring engineering students and in engineering education. He is a student of Iran and has long held a great interest in that country’s people, politics, and culture. He is currently an Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at UTK.
Three sessions: Wednesdays, 2:30 - 3:40 p.m., June 10, 24 and July 1
This class will seek to merge the tools of basic genealogical research with the greatest source of genealogical information ever assembled, the Internet. Each session will concentrate on matching specific areas of building a “family tree” to available resources on the Internet so that the students can take full advantage of the computer to find their ancestors.
Please note that this is not a “hands-on” computer class, but a lecture class from which students can take away information and use on their home (or other) computer.
Robert Marlowe, an Oak Ridger, has been a teacher and an administrator with the Anderson County School System. Now retired, Bob has been and continues to be involved in genealogy. He has taught this subject at ORICL in the past, but now computers and the Internet can make genealogy searching easier and quicker.
Six sessions: Mondays, 2:30 - 3:40 p.m., June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6 and 13
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