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Welcome to Lifelong Learning at Wofford Registration for the Summer termis now open. Classes start June 3rd. Download Summer2024 Term Flyer > Review Classes > History and Politics

History and Politics   

 
  • Battles of the American Revolution Part I: LEXINGTON & CONCORD
  • Course Fee: $21.00
    Dates: 6/4/2024 - 6/25/2024
    Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 4
    Location: Central United Methodist Church  Norton Room
    Instructor: James Lineberry
    During the 1760s and 1770s the British Crown found itself in a financial dilemma. The French & Indian War had placed a major strain on expenditures that were needed to sustain Britain's military might. To assist the Crown in raising these funds, officials decided that the thirteen colonies in America should pay their fair share for protection. Over time, the American colonials saw these taxes as extremely intolerable, especially since they had no representation. On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party closed the harbor until the tea was paid for. Militia units practiced on village commons near Boston, and the stage was set for a military confrontation. Class lectures will cover the causes of the American Revolution and the style of warfare for the period. The video "Johnny Tremain" will depict the battles at Lexington and Concord. Class will participate in these battles on the 12' x 6' tabletop with 1/32nd scale soldiers. 
 

  • Ladies of Long Ago and Some Gentlemen
  • Course Fee: $21.00
    Dates: 6/4/2024 - 6/25/2024
    Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 4
    Location: Central United Methodist Church  Shepard Room
    Instructor: Carol Nescio

    We'll take a look at various 'Ladies of Long Ago and Some Gentlemen'.

    1. Selfies ... Not So New. (The mania for capturing one's own image goes back centuries when artists did self-portraits- some making over 30 or 40 or 50 portraits of themselves! We'll look at over 25 famous ones from Rembrandt to Renoir to Rockwell.)
    2. 39 Unfamous People of The Great War Who Became Famous ~ Part 1 (Little do we know when we are in our teens or early twenties that one day our name will be known around the world ... names such as Disney, Pilates, Bogart, Chanel, Christie, Hilton, Ferrari and more.)
    3. 39 Unfamous People of The Great War ~ Part 2
    4. Plain Jane ... Or Maybe Not (We'll look at 30 historical figures named Jane - from movie maidens to sitcom stars to singing sensations to literary ladies.)
 

  • Life in Spartanburg County Backcountry During Colonial Times
  • Course Fee: $21.00
    Dates: 6/6/2024 - 6/27/2024
    Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Days: Th
    Sessions: 4
    Location: Central United Methodist Church  Upper Room
    Instructor: Richard Meehan
    Author Richard Meehan and his wife, Renee, a S.C. teacher, will discuss the Backcountry around Spartanburg County during Colonial times. Wikipedia tells us that Spartanburg took its name from the Spartan Rifles (the Spartan Regiment of Militia). This is a tiny part of the story and a very flat statement that does not cover the struggles of these brave pioneer Carolinians. We will restore flesh to their bones by discussing their way of life, why they formed community pockets within prime Cherokee hunting grounds, and what made them fight against the most significant military force of the times to hold onto their livelihoods. Join Rick and Renee Meehan for an unforgettable journey into Spartanburg’s deep roots.
    Suggested reading for the class: Ford the Pacholet, by Richard C. Meehan Jr., ISBN #978-1-7372975-4-3. The book may be purchased at Wofford's Bookstore, 578 N. Church Street, Spartanburg.
 

  • Mill Hill Secrets
  • Course Fee: $21.00
    Dates: 6/4/2024 - 6/25/2024
    Times: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Days: Tu
    Sessions: 4
    Location: Central United Methodist Church  Upper Room
    Instructor: Phillip Corbin

    You see the smoke stacks and empty (and refurbished) brick warehouses through the county, so what was life like when those mills were fully operational? Step back in time with Philip Corbin for a historical perspective of Spartanburg County's Mill Hill from behind the mills. His class will include a lecture and power point presentation along with videos. Topics covered will include: Introduction to Cotton Processing, Farmers to Mill Hands Transition, Mill Village Folks Perspectives and Education/Achilles Heel and will end with Other Industries, Secrets, and Conclusions. 

 

  • SPECIAL EVENT: Normandy D-Day- 80th Anniversary
  • Leader or Host: James Lineberry
    Fee: $0.00
    Date: 6/6/2024 -- 6/6/2024
    Max Enrollment: 15
    Day of the Week: Th
    Time: 11:30 AM -- 12:30 PM
    Location: Central United Methodist Church, Shepard Room

    June 6 is the 80th anniversary of D-Day. In remembrance, Ben Lineberry is offering a showing of Lee Ermey's video on the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. History buffs please join him for this 45-minute viewing to gain a greater understanding of the significance of this infamous day in our history as told through Ermey who besides being a popular actor was also a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant.

     

 

  • The Secret of our Success
  • Course Fee: $21.00
    Dates: 6/5/2024 - 6/26/2024
    Times: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Days: W
    Sessions: 4
    Location: Central United Methodist Church  Garrett Room
    Instructor: Richard Wallace

     

    The period of 250,000 years is an instant in geological time, but during that time period the human race has gone from a marginal species whose extinction was highly likely to the dominant species on earth. We will read a recent book by Joseph Henrich entitled "The Secret of our Success" to seek an understanding of the factors that have led to our species's success. Students should borrow or purchase the book for class. 

 

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