History & Culture
Hannibal terrorized Rome for over 16 years after crossing the Alps with elephants to attack Italy. This was considered by the ancients as one of the greatest military achievements of all times. In this course, we will explore the military genius of Hannibal of Carthage. The struggle between Carthage and Rome was of monumental importance as these two powers decided the fate of the Western Mediterranean. Instructor Bill McGowan has an M. A. Degree in Latin and Greek from Fordham University.
Societies select and promote information about the past to help people develop a sense of their history and identity.
Unfortunately, many of the “facts” that are taught are often overly simplified, half-true, excessively biased or just false. It is often difficult to separate legend and popular misconceptions from historically accurate information. This course will explore why myths arose, the role they play and what historians say really happened. It will assist you to think critically while challenging widespread misunderstandings.
Examine how popular culture, politics and education influence our knowledge of the past. Historical topics will include colonialism, the Revolution, expansion of the nation, the rights of women, minorities and immigrants, the wars of the 20th century, the 1960s and more.
In the past five years, because of technology and the internet, there has been a revolution in the way genealogists do their research and record their findings. Come learn about the huge repositories, some free and others with fees, to preserve your legacy (the treasures you have discovered) and to break through your brick walls.
In addition, learn how you can contribute to the growing on-line resources to assist others in their quest and to select genealogy software for your home.
Instructor Davis Gardner is president of the Howard County Genealogical Society and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this topic.
The assassination of Julius Caesar is a momentous event in world history.
On the Ides of March, 44 B.C., a group of senators cut down Caesar in hopes of restoring the Roman republic.
In this course, we will explore how the assassination was planned and executed and the profound impact on the future course of the Roman Empire.
Instructor: Bill McGowan.