I Didn’t Know That – Tell Me More! – Winter Season
By: Smitty Smith

We all continue to discover new things about the past and are always looking for ways to increase our knowledge of the history of our world. In Sarasota there is a group called “Ringling College – Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA)” that offers continuing studies and lectures on various topics including History. Their Mission statement: “The mission of the Academy is to enrich the lives of mature adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable and outstanding educational and social interaction programs that cover a broad spectrum of topics and are rich in intellectual stimulation, often interactive in scope, and worthy of academic consideration”.
RCLLA’s schedule is based on the four seasons and each is packed with interesting topics. Visit them on line at www.RCLLA.org for their complete catalog. In the winter season they are offering 22 History classes from Classical Egyptians to Vietnam. We are only highlighting some the winter classes for the History lover.

Jan. 8-Feb. 26; Mondays: 9-10:20 a.m. – 7 Sessions: Note: No Class Jan. 15 TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
The history of political, social, military, and economic issues after 1755 that lead to the American Revolution will be the focus of this course. Topics for discussion will include the French and Indian War, British attempts to reorganize the empire, taxation, and resistance, the debate on independence, a successful revolution, and winners and losers in the new nation.
NOTE: There is no required reading for this course. However, the instructor will provide suggested readings. Course Fee: $109; Member Fee: $98 – (includes boxed lunch).

W18-SCF-51 THE AGE OF NAPOLEON – Daniel Stephens
Jan. 9-Feb. 27 – Tuesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. – 8 Sessions: ACADEMY EAST (STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA, LAKEWOOD RANCH)
Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most controversial figures of the 19th century. More has been written about him than any other historical figure. In this eight-week course, we will explore Napoleon’s humble beginnings, his rise during the French Revolution, and his reign as Emperor of the French. We will look at his military strategies, victories, and defeats and the undeniable mark he made on the world and history. Course Fee: $95; Member Fee: $85.50.

W18-07 20th ANCIENT EGYPT: THE PTOLEMIES – Dr. Steven Derfler
Jan. 22-31 – Mondays & Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Two Weeks, 4 Sessions: Note: Late Start Date – TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
The glory and splendor of Egypt had one last opportunity to serve as a shining light to the world. This opportunity would take place following its conquest by Alexander the Great. His general, Ptolemy I, would forge a new dynasty that would last 300 years. Egypt would regain her prestige as a leader in Mediterranean affairs and play a major role in reshaping the nature of the biblical world. However, its last ruler, Cleopatra VII, would be seduced by the power of Rome. Join us as we explore the last dynasty of the pharaohs. Course Fee: $70; Member Fee: $63.

W18-16 JERUSALEM: 3,000 YEARS OF HOLINESS – Dr. Steven Derfler
Jan. 22-31 – Mondays & Wednesdays: 1-2:20 p.m., Note: Class Meets Twice a Week for Two Weeks, 4 Sessions: – TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
“Ten measures of beauty were descended upon the world by God; Jerusalem received nine of them. Yet ten measures of sorrow were visited upon the world by God as well: Jerusalem received nine of them…” according to the Babylonian Talmud. Jerusalem began as the City of Ophel of the Jebusites, was occupied by Rome, invaded by crusaders, and today is the capital of Israel. The Jerusalem of antiquity was home to the ancient Israelites who worshiped at Solomon’s Temple. In this class, we will explore the city’s religious legacies, from its historical roots to today’s Hekal Shlomo Synagogue; learn about the setting of the city during the time of Jesus; and see how Christian traditions developed in Jerusalem, changed over the centuries, and are observed today. Course Fee: $70; Member Fee: $63.

February 2, 2018 @ 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Friday: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 1 Session; TEMPLE BETH SHOLOM
Ancient Greece is the civilization belonging to the period of Greek history lasting from the Archaic period of the eighth to sixth centuries BCE to 146 BCE and the Roman conquest of Greece after the battle of Corinth. At the center of this period is Classical Greece, which flourished during the fifth to fourth centuries BCE, at first under Athenian leadership. In this course, we will trace the history and archaeology that reflects the glory of ancient Greece.
Course Fee: $109; Member Fee: $98 (includes boxed lunch).

Registration starts: December 12, 2017. There are three ways to register for classes at the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy: Online, by mail, or in person. See their website www.RCLLA.org for more details.
We hope you find something you like.

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