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Spring Semester 2017

(Schedule subject to change)

 Memoir Club

Thursdays, April 6 – June 15

10:15 – 11:45AM

David Holdt and Helene Voto, Longtime Memoirists

Members are encouraged to write memoirs to share in class. New members are welcome.

 What is The Enlightenment?

Fridays, April 7, 14, 28 & May 5   (Dates changed)

1:15 – 2:45PM

Jerry Phillips, Professor of English, UConn

Four classes covering the following topics: 1) Themes and concerns of the Enlightenment, working towards the question: How fares the Enlightenment today? 2) Progress, perfectibility and universal history, as seen by Rousseau, Voltaire, Condorocet, and Diderot 3) The French and American Revolutions and the writings of Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson         4) Future prospects of Enlightenment, taking the United States as the primary example and focusing on Donald Trump, Walt Whitman, and democratic vistas.


 Great Decisions

Tuesdays, April 11 – May 23

10:15 – 11:45AM

Gerhard Austin, Former Director, Professional Study Abroad programs in Mannheim and Jena, Germany

Topics include: The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis; Trade, Jobs and Politics; Conflict in the South China Sea; Saudi Arabia in Transition; U.S. foreign Policy and Petroleum; Latin America’s Political Pendulum; Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons. A limited number of topic books will be available in class for $25.00.