2014 Course Offerings

Each Three-Week Course is $45. All courses meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom. Classes will not meet the week of November 24, 2014 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Three Popes: Two New Saints and the Man Who Chose Them

Thursdays: September 18, 25, and October 2, 2014 | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Sr. Marie Michele Donnelly, RSM

In the spring of 2014 the Catholic Church will have two new canonized saints, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Many see these two men as very different. Join us as we explore that question and the contributions of each of them and why Pope Francis deems them worthy of canonization. We will also consider Pope Francis himself and what he is bringing to the Catholic Church and to the world at large.

Strike! John Mitchell and the Coal Barons 

Wednesdays: October 22, 29, and November 5, 2014 | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Joseph Hylan

In 1902, the nation was paralyzed by a labor dispute in five counties of northeast Pennsylvania, long a cauldron of ethnic violence and simmering social tensions. The strike occasioned a bitter confrontation between the powerful coal companies led by George Baer and the United Mine Workers led by a 28-year-old John Mitchell. President Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, the titan of Wall Street, were only two of the colorful characters in the controversy. Represented by Clarence Darrow, Mitchell’s long-suffering coal miners set precedents in labor relations that continue to resonate today.

Mysterious Offerings: Psyched Out!

Tuesdays: October 28, November 4, and 11, 2014 | 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Meredith Baird

Psychological mystery fiction offers a unique perspective into the mental “inner sanctum” of various characters - good guys and bad guys alike!  First person narratives reveal motives, secrets, and complex emotions which all contribute to the immediate sense of menace and unexpected outcomes in these novels.

Join us as we read and discuss three character-driven psychological mysteries featuring compelling insights, actions, and more than a few “don’t go down the basement” moments.
Please note: Because this course will be heavily discussion-based, the class size will be limited to 25.   

Book Discussion List:
Week 1: “Live Flesh” by Ruth Rendell
Week 2: “The Poison Tree: A Novel” by Erin Kelly
Week 3: “Hide” by Lisa Gardner (“Hide” is a longer book. Please allow enough time to read.) 

The American Revolution and the Battle for Philadelphia 

Thursdays: October 30, November 6, and 13, 2014 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Lawrence Stepelevich

In the short time between July and December of 1777, the British, led by General Howe, succeeded in occupying Philadelphia, the capital city of the new nation known as The United States of America. The largest city in the colonies, Philadelphia was defended by a small but brave colonial army led by General Washington. In its defense of the city, the army suffered a series of defeats, from its first loss at the Brandywine, to others, in places such as Paoli and Germantown. But finally, with the British victory over the American forts on the Delaware, the colonial army was forced to retreat into the hills of Valley Forge. But in time, Washington's army, organized and trained during the bleak winter of 1777 and 1778, once again prepared to move against the British, and this time, the British knew that it would face defeat. In the spring of 1778, they left Philadelphia, never to return. This course will relate, in some detail, the history of the military battles and events, many located in our own area, which took place during the British campaign for Philadelphia.