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Perhaps the most significant abolitionist emblem of the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century was Josiah Wedgwood’s “kneeling supplicant” and its caption “Am I Not a Man and a Brother?” Appearing on ceramic medallions, coins, and numerous items of personal fashion, this iconic device appealed to the sympathy and Christianity of participants in the antislavery movement on both sides of the Atlantic. Less well known, however, is that Wedgwood adapted his design from stock figures of captive barbarians featured on ancient Roman coins. Hitherto unexplored is the likelihood that Wedgwood encountered this image on eighteenth-century paste impressions (impronte), which reproduced and disseminated a wide array of ancient and contemporary iconography. Ultimately, Wedgwood’s use of this type of kneeling figure, originally intended to project Rome’s power over its foreign enemies, reflected a basic awareness of its classical meanings, while imbuing it with modern colonialist attitudes about race and slavery. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, January 12 4-5:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 296 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
“These are unprecedented times.” This has become a common phrase used to describe the COVID-19 crisis, but is our experience truly unprecedented? In this course, we will examine three of the most devastating epidemics in American history: Yellow Fever in the 1790s, Spanish Flu in 1918, and HIV/AIDS in the 1980s. Using historical accounts as well as various imaginative representations, we will consider the social, medical, and governmental responses to these outbreaks and the subsequent effects on “American” identity.

Readings: M.K. Czerwiec, Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371
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Dates Dates: Tuesdays, December 1 - 22 | 1-2:30 ET
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Status Status: 24 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 30 seats
 
The Association for Continuing Education is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing and supporting continuing education programs in cooperation with the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University.



Membership is open to those who love to learn. ACE independently provides the Grazella Shepherd Lecture Day, Discussion Day, Acclaimed Authors Luncheon and the Annual Book Sale, trips, a semi-annual newsletter and a summer luncheon series featuring local authors.
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Dates Dates: September 1, 2020 - August 31, 2021
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Status Status: 488 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 700 seats
 
In this lecture, we will explore the relationship between one of history's most famous kings and his brother. Many historians treat Arrhidaeus as an afterthought because he lived with an intellectual disability, but he nevertheless ruled Macedon for six years after his brother's sudden death. Professor Leon will discuss how Arrhidaeus charted a course through a chaotic political situation and helped transform European politics for centuries to come. More
Dates Dates: Thursday, January 14 4 - 5:30 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 292 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
Origins Science Scholars

Fall 2020

During this unique program, community members engage with one another and with leading scholars to investigate rapidly developing areas of origins science.

Archaeologist Dr Mark Aldenderfer, the MacArthur Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced, has spent his life investigating the origins of settled village life, human adaptation to high altitude environments, hunting and gathering, and early plant and animal domestication. Dr, Aldenderfer’s work encompasses the sites of Asana, Qillqatani, and Jisk'a Iru Muqu, and survey projects in the Osmore valley of Peru, and in river valleys in the Lake Titicaca Basin, as well as projects in Ethiopia, the US, and Tibet, where his research on Buddhist and pre-Buddhist occupations in the Himalayas have elucidated the fascinating cultures of this region.

Friends of the Institute for the Science of Origins & Emeritus Faculty are eligible for the member rate for this program.

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Dates Dates: Tuesday, October 27 | 6 p.m. EDT
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Status Status: Closed
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
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As the first woman Police Chief of a major American City, Shelley Zimmerman witnessed San Diego's overall crime falling to its lowest level in 49 years during her tenure. She will discuss the authentic leadership principles she instituted and why public safety must be a shared responsibility. More
Dates Dates: Friday, November 20 12 p.m. EST
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Status Status: 179 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 

Join Cathy Lesser Mansfield for this haunting photographic history of life in Berlin and Germany before, during, and immediately after the Holocaust. Professor Mansfield  will also share photos of sculptures that stand today in Berlin.

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Dates Dates: Tuesday, January 26 | 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET
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Status Status: 288 open seats left
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The death of George Floyd spawned a summer of protests, where activists chanted that Black Lives Matter. Meanwhile, Floyd's funeral allowed his family to remember him and to celebrate his humanity. Burials, funerals, and commemorations have long served as an important opportunity for the Black community to reassert the value of Black lives, strengthen community bonds, and make political statements. This talk will examine this history from the late 18th century to the present discussing slave cemeteries, African-American funeral homes, and the significance of the public funerals of Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, and victims of police violence like George Floyd. More
Dates Dates: Monday, February 8 | 1-2:30 p.m. ET
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The book of Isaiah is not a story; it is a polemic. Born at a time when Israel was divided into two, Isaiah son of Amotz watched the final destruction of the Northern Kingdom. Join us for a look at the context and content of this influential but tragic book. More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, October 21, 28; November 4, 11 | 10 a.m. - noon EDT
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The book of Isaiah is not a story; it is a polemic. Born at a time when Israel was divided into two, Isaiah son of Amotz watched the final destruction of the Northern Kingdom. Join us for a look at the context and content of this influential but tragic book. More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, October 21, 28; November 4, 11 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT
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Status Status: 23 open seats left
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Books of Wisdom and Wanderings, April 19 - June 7 (10 a.m. - noon)

4/19 Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these

150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. 

Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul

4/26 Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old. 

Leonie Jacob, Graduate of Program of Advanced Talmud Study, Yeshiva University

5/3 Job: a tormented character asks thorny questions about good, evil, and human suffering. 

Ezra Blaustein, Ph.D, University of Chicago Divinity School

5/10 Daniel: a dramatic narrative woven into fantastical visions, together map out the ultimate guide for life in exile. 

Jo Bruce, Program Manager, Whole in One at CWRU-Siegal

5/24 Ezra and Nehemiah: present the triumphs and challenges of returning home from exile.

Susan Stone, Director of Spiritual Care, Hillcrest Hospital

6/7 Chronicles: Offers a telescope-view of history all over again, raising the obvious question, Why? 

Jonathan Berger, Associate Head of School, Gross Schechter Day School.

Book: The Jewish Bible JPS Tanakh or Jerusalem Bible, Koren

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Dates Dates: Mondays, April 19 - June 7 10 a.m. - noon EDT (No Class May 17, 31)
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Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 

Books of Wisdom and Wanderings, April 19 - June 7 (10 a.m. - noon)

4/19 Psalms: among the Bible's most well-known verses, these 150 poems put words to feelings of thanksgiving, joy, and lament. 

Eddie Sukol, Rabbi, The Shul 

4/26 Proverbs: wit and wisdom in the form of one-line advice to the young and old. 

Leonie Jacob, Graduate of Program of Advanced Talmud Study, Yeshiva University

5/3 Job: a tormented character asks thorny questions about good, evil, and human suffering. 

Ezra Blaustein, Doctoral Candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School

5/10 Daniel: a dramatic narrative woven into fantastical visions, together map out the ultimate guide for life in exile. 

Jo Bruce, Program Manager, Whole in One at CWRU-Siegal

5/24 Ezra and Nehemiah: present the triumphs and challenges of returning home from exile. 

Susan Stone, Director of Spiritual Care, Hillcrest Hospital

6/7 Chronicles: Offers a telescope-view of history all over again, raising the obvious question, Why? 

Jonathan Berger, Associate Head of School, Gross Schechter Day School.

Book: The Jewish Bible JPS Tanakh or Jerusalem Bible, Koren


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Dates Dates: Mondays, April 19 - June 7 7 - 9 ET (No Class May 17, 31)
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Few musical titans have been more ubiquitous than the German-born composer of powerful and poetic masterpieces - Ludwig van Beethoven. So does he need to be saluted, even on what may appear an important milestone? Two days after the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, we'll explore why the answer is an emphatic "Yes!" More
Dates Dates: Friday, December 18 12 p.m. EST
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Status Status: 150 open seats left
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The establishment of a Jewish State presented growing challenges to the collectivist, statist, patriotic
Zionist narrative that dominated Israel's early years. Kassow and Roskies will examine Jewish writing
during the Holocaust, the Renaissance of Jewish life in America after WWII and Jewish creativity behind
the iron curtain in the Soviet Union before 1973 as they tie into the foundations and formation of the
Jewish State of Israel.

This lecture is offered as a part of the Posen Library Lecture Series.
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Dates Dates: Tuesday, November 17 4 p.m. EST
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Status Status: 258 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 400 seats
 
Course Overview: • Learn where Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies can be applied for design or economic advantage • Understand lightweighting AM technologies, trends and applications in transportation industries • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in lightweighting through analysis of case studies • Learn the fundamentals of materials science and how to improve properties such as strength, stiffness and ductility in a wide array of lightweight material options • Understand the use of advanced materials databases (e.g., Granta) and the impact of key market drivers on the selection criteria for critical applications in the transportation industry. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The intersection of Jewish and popular music culture has been an exceedingly rich and productive encounter. Is it Jewish? Is it American? Can we claim the voices of such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and a host of others? More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, October 21 - November 11 | 1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
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The dramatic book of Exodus follows the Israelite journey from slavery to freedom. This course will give you a chance to take a complex look at what feels like a very familiar story. More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, May 19 - June 9 10-11:30 a.m. ET
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The book of Genesis presents some of the most vivid characters and strongest personalities in the whole of the Hebrew Bible. We will look at how the lives of our biblical ancestors reveal their strengths and weaknesses and we will glean lessons to shape our responses to contemporary issues. More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, April 21, 28 May 5, 12 10 a.m. - noon EDT
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The core repertoire of Verdi and Wagner owes much to the works of their great predecessors. Wagner sought Meyerbeer's influence, emulated him, and later reviled him in his essay, 'Judaism in Music'. His admiration for Halevy's 1835 opera La Juive, (The Jewess) however, was lifelong. Develop appreciation for operas we rarely hear, which influenced operas we hear perhaps too much!
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Dates Dates: Wednesdays, February 3-24 | 1-3 p.m. ET
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Join us for a close, guided reading of Homer’s great epic poem the Iliad. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in analysis and discussion of various aspects of the poem, including style, historical context, and the poem’s significance within the literary canon. Required text: Homer: The Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles. ISBN# 0140275363. (note: As the Fagles will be heavily referenced during class, students will benefit the most from having this particular translation and are urged not to purchase a different one.) More
Dates Dates: Tuesdays, January 5-February 23 | 10-11:30 a.m. ET
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