• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-24-2021 to 09-24-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 11:00 AM
    Instructor: Mark Sample, Professor of History, MCC
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    In April 1961 Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba & the enemy of the United States. That month an army of Cuban exiles -- trained and armed by the U.S. -- landed on the beaches of Cuba to begin a counter-revolution to take back their country. President Kennedy was only a few months in office at this time. The results of this event would shape our... read more
    In April 1961 Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba & the enemy of the United States. That month an army of Cuban exiles -- trained and armed by the U.S. -- landed on the beaches of Cuba to begin a counter-revolution to take back their country. President Kennedy was only a few months in office at this time. The results of this event would shape our relations with Cuba & the Soviet Union for decades to come.
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 09-10-2021 to 09-10-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Hkadin Lee, Refugee Support Coordinator at Lake Ave. Baptist Church
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    We will take a brief look at the long history of this nation, and its connection to the current turmoil. We’ll get acquainted with some of our Rochester neighbors who have settled here and learn why many are from Burma, but are not... read more
    We will take a brief look at the long history of this nation, and its connection to the current turmoil. We’ll get acquainted with some of our Rochester neighbors who have settled here and learn why many are from Burma, but are not “Burmese."
  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 10-08-2021 to 10-29-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 11:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Laurence Britt, author and commentator on political and economic affairs
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    This course will cover the history of the Cold War from its  beginning immediately World War II to the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991. It will cover all major events of the period and seeks to illuminate the underlying causes and consequences of this historical event. The approach will be of a revisionist nature, meaning that it will challenge some... read more

    This course will cover the history of the Cold War from its  beginning immediately World War II to the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991. It will cover all major events of the period and seeks to illuminate the underlying causes and consequences of this historical event. The approach will be of a revisionist nature, meaning that it will challenge some of the orthodox beliefs on this subject and consider many of the mistakes made on both sides. It will also attempt to see certain aspects of the Cold War from our opponents viewpoint. The course will be divided into four one hour segments. These segments will cover:

    • How and why the Cold War began and will cover the early confrontations in Europe and the Korean War.
    • The Eisenhower and into the 60’s culminating in the Cuban missile crisis.
    • The Viet Nam years and the Sino/ Soviet break-up.
    • The slow decline of the Soviet Union leading to the Gorbachev era and the ultimate dissolution of the Soviet Union. US policies regarding Russia since the Soviet break-up will also be covered.
  • Sessions: 4
    Class Date(s): 11-11-2021 to 12-09-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 10:30 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Mel Braverman
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    Who makes foreign policy in the United States and how is it made? Shouldn't we know the answer to that question? In this class we'll take a look at American foreign policy – the good, the bad, and the ugly (too much of that, unfortunately).We'll look at the Departments – State, Defense, CIA, Military and the people – Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries,... read more
    Who makes foreign policy in the United States and how is it made? Shouldn't we know the answer to that question? In this class we'll take a look at American foreign policy – the good, the bad, and the ugly (too much of that, unfortunately).We'll look at the Departments – State, Defense, CIA, Military and the people – Presidents, Cabinet Secretaries, staff (all The Best  and the Brightest). But most of all we'll look at the National Security Advisors  (Kissinger, Scowcroft et al.) and the National Security Council – the  unelected, all powerful, accountable to no one group with outsized influence. We'll close with a detailed look at the run up to the Iraq war, with a special emphasis on the role of VP Dick Cheney and the rift of the once close relationship  between Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell. After looking at how policy is made, we'll take a stab at deciding how – in a democracy – foreign policy should be made.
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-08-2021 to 11-08-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:30 PM → 3:30 PM
    Instructor: Peter Elliott
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    Opened in 1927, the Monroe Theater was the most well known of the neighborhood theatres in Rochester. It was the last remaining neighborhood theatre when it showed its final regular movie in 1970. The Monroe was famous for its Saturday afternoon matinees for kids. In the  late 1950s it was renovated to show Todd-AO and CinemaScope and then in the... read more
    Opened in 1927, the Monroe Theater was the most well known of the neighborhood theatres in Rochester. It was the last remaining neighborhood theatre when it showed its final regular movie in 1970. The Monroe was famous for its Saturday afternoon matinees for kids. In the  late 1950s it was renovated to show Todd-AO and CinemaScope and then in the early-1960's it was retrofitted with an enormous curved screen and six track Stereophonic speakers lining the walls to show films shot in Cinerama. Perhaps its most famous resident was "The Sound of Music" where it ran for 85 record breaking weeks. Around 1970, hard times hit the theater and it started screening porn films until 1995. Show World set up its infamous shop inside the mostly gutted theater. And then after community effort to "Save the Monroe", the auditorium was demolished in September 2008, leaving just the facade and foyer and lobby areas. There are plans for that space to be turned into a stand-up Comedy Club. Students are encouraged to participate and bring their own photos and memories of Monroe.
  • Sessions: 6
    Class Date(s): 10-21-2021 to 12-02-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 12:30 PM → 2:00 PM
    Instructor: Bob Richane
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    This course will examine the impact of American slavery and its corollary, embedded anti Black racism.  To start we will examine Isabel Wilkerson’s recent book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, as a background to understanding the endemic racism that she sees as it exists in and impacts today’s America.  In addition, we’ll consider how and why... read more
    This course will examine the impact of American slavery and its corollary, embedded anti Black racism.  To start we will examine Isabel Wilkerson’s recent book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, as a background to understanding the endemic racism that she sees as it exists in and impacts today’s America.  In addition, we’ll consider how and why she describes the America of today and during all of its past as being defined by a rigid caste system and social hierarchy.  From this we will proceed to “how we got here,” with a mostly chronological study of how the racism created and fostered by the American slave system developed into such a dominant social, cultural, political and economic force.  This will include the pre-Civil War evolution of the slave system and the post-Civil war creation of Jim Crow law and its racist doctrine of segregation and domination.  Finally, we’ll describe how this history has led to today’s profound problems with racism which follow in a direct line from the history described.
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 10-11-2021 to 10-11-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 1:00 PM → 3:00 PM
    Instructor: Thomas Boyce, Printer Interpreter, Genesee Country Village
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    Tom will take you through a fictional time travel journey that actually could have really happened; that each year of a life from 1869 with 1969 with one year per minute or less. The actual class lecture time will be 100 minutes exactly. It will take you from birth to death from the Frontier prairie, the Wild West, the Centennial, the Gilded Age, Teddy... read more
    Tom will take you through a fictional time travel journey that actually could have really happened; that each year of a life from 1869 with 1969 with one year per minute or less. The actual class lecture time will be 100 minutes exactly. It will take you from birth to death from the Frontier prairie, the Wild West, the Centennial, the Gilded Age, Teddy Roosevelt, Victorian age, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, both World Wars to Kennedy's death and into the final year 1969 witnessing and seeing Neil Armstrong landing on the moon in July 1969, and will end in the 100th year. It will involve the ever changing personal living years and not so much what is going on in politics of nationally. A time tunnel travel of 100 years presented through lecture and PowerPoint with background music and pictures from those eras, with a stop watch and advance to the next year every 60 seconds. The males in the class will all be named Jonathan, the females will all be named Elizabeth. This will be a memorable and very unique storytelling presentation more than just a class.  This is timed so please be seated on time.
  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 11-12-2021 to 11-12-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 10:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: Thomas Boyce, Printer Interpreter, Genesee Country Village
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    Tom will take you through a fictional time travel journey that actually could have really happened; that each year of a life from 1869 with 1969 with one year per minute or less. The actual class lecture time will be 100 minutes exactly. It will take you from birth to death from the Frontier prairie, the Wild West, the Centennial, the Gilded Age, Teddy... read more
    Tom will take you through a fictional time travel journey that actually could have really happened; that each year of a life from 1869 with 1969 with one year per minute or less. The actual class lecture time will be 100 minutes exactly. It will take you from birth to death from the Frontier prairie, the Wild West, the Centennial, the Gilded Age, Teddy Roosevelt, Victorian age, the Roaring Twenties, the Depression, both World Wars to Kennedy's death and into the final year 1969 witnessing and seeing Neil Armstrong landing on the moon in July 1969, and will end in the 100th year. It will involve the ever changing personal living years and not so much what is going on in politics of nationally. A time tunnel travel of 100 years presented through lecture and PowerPoint with background music and pictures from those eras, with a stop watch and advance to the next year every 60 seconds. The males in the class will all be named Jonathan, the females will all be named Elizabeth. This will be a memorable and very unique storytelling presentation more than just a class.  This is timed so please be seated on time.
  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 09-27-2021 to 10-04-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 11:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: David Woodruff
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Oasis Rochester
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than... read more

    The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than it was to buy a loaf of bread. It would awake the dark heart in politicians the world over who would end up leading their states down the same path. Please register for this class if you are interested in participating via Zoom only.  You must have access to a computer/tablet/phone with audio and video capability.

  • Sessions: 2
    Class Date(s): 09-27-2021 to 10-04-2021
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 11:00 AM → 12:00 PM
    Instructor: David Woodruff
    Term: 2021-3
    Location: Zoom
    REGISTRATION OPENS ON 08-16-2021 AT 12:00 AM
    The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than... read more

    The French Revolution is the first of the world’s successful revolts to go horribly wrong. What started as a noble exercise in defining the rights of man devolved into a murderous series of riots, slaughters, and bloodlettings. What started as a simple bankruptcy proceeding lapsed into a lawyer-controlled mess where it was cheaper to buy a newspaper than it was to buy a loaf of bread. It would awake the dark heart in politicians the world over who would end up leading their states down the same path. Please register for this class if you are interested in participating via Zoom only.  You must have access to a computer/tablet/phone with audio and video capability.

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