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Forever Learning Institute

History and Politics

Great Decisions 2021


with Paul Stevenson

Calendar Mar 2, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 8 weeks

Great Decisions is a national discussion program created by the Foreign Policy Association. Each year eight timely topics are chosen for the creation of a short video and classroom discussion materials. Interested students will receive a link to watch the video and then meet each week in a Zoom for instructor lead discussion. The 2021 topics are:

  • Global Supply Chains and U.S. National Security
  • The future of Persian Gulf Security
  • Brexit: taking stock and looking ahead
  • The coldest war: toward a return to great power competition in the Artic?
  • China and Africa
  • The two Koreas
  • The World Health Organization's response to Covid-19
  • The end of globalization?

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Advanced Genealogy


with Peg Adams, M.Mus.

Calendar Mar 2, 2021 at 10:30 am, runs for 10 weeks

This is a continuation of Beginning Genealogy taught fall semester 2020, but will be of interest to anyone working on their family history. Class members will have a choice in some of the topics which will include breaking through a brick wall, immigration records, dating photos, and more. Participants are encouraged to participate and share knowledge.

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The Rise of the Ottoman Turks 1200-1453


with Jack Williams, Ph.D.

Calendar Mar 2, 2021 at 1 pm, runs for 10 weeks

During the later Middle Ages, the Ottoman Turks emerged as one of the most powerful empires in Europe and the Near East. Who were these Turks, and how did they assemble this vast state? In what ways did their empire effect the future development of Eastern Europe and Anatolia? Join us as we explore the tumultuous events that reshaped the geography and political development of this important civilization.

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Why Studebaker Failed


with Leighton Schmitt

Calendar Mar 3, 2021 at 9:30 am, runs for 10 weeks

How does a company go from 12,000 employees and its biggest profit ever in 1959, to bust four years later? This course will answer that question blending history and story telling with economics, car design, and finance. Studebaker made great cars, but that wasn’t enough for them to stand the test of time. We’ll focus on the business decisions Studebaker executives made, and discuss the external forces that ultimately led to the end of the line for South Bend’s largest company. It’s a story of brilliance, idiocy, dividends, suicide, big gambles, and huge losses. I hope you'll join us to find out.

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