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History

AN INTRODUCTION TO INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Six Tuesdays, March 7-April 11, 4-5:30 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator: 
Dr. Jan Kornilow, Emergency Medicine Physician, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Infectious diseases touch the lives of everyone on the planet. Whether it's something as minor as a brush with the common cold or as serious as Ebola, we all have grappled with infections and will continue to encounter them as we age. This DVD series, produced by The Great Courses, will provide a comprehensive overview of diseases from the mundane to the fatal with renowned physician and award-winning professor Dr. Barry Fox of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Stepping into Dr. Fox’s classroom will give you unparalleled access to a physician who has dedicated his career to this topic, providing the most reliable, clear, in-depth and up-to-date information. 

Topics Covered Each Class (two, 30-minute DVDs per class) 

March 7:The Dynamic World of Infectious Disease; and Bacteria: Heroes and Villains
March 14: Viruses: Hijackers of Your Body’s Cells; and Moldy Menaces and Fungal Diseases
March 21: Milestones in Infectious Disease History; and Antibiotics: A Modern Miracle Lost?
March 28: Which Germs in Your Daily Life Matter?; and Six Decades of Infectious Disease Challenges
April 4: Vaccines Saves Lives; and The Immune System: Our Great Protector
April 11: Zoonosis: Germs Leap from Animals to Humans;and Tick-Borne Diseases: A Public Health Menace

APPEAL TO THE GREAT SPIRIT: THE REAL STORY
Friday, April 7, 10-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenter:
Mrs. Karen Vincent, Director of the Minnetrista Heritage Collection

Mrs. Vincent will tell the real story behind the statue at the intersection of Granville and Walnut Avenues. How did this statue become the symbol of Muncie?  Was there really a Chief Munsee? How did Muncie and Delaware County get their names?

BEECH GROVE CEMETERY COMES TO LIFE
Wednesday, June 7, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required
Presenter:
Mr. Chris Flook, Lecturer, Ball State University, Department of Telecommunications

Cemeteries are depositories of our ancestors—the men and women who shaped the evolution of our current times. Pioneers, politicians, soldiers, the rich and poor, doctors, shopkeepers, industry titans, suffragettes, and former slaves—44,000 unique individuals lay at rest in Beech Grove Cemetery. Those buried there represent the movers and shakers of Muncie, the men and women who shaped the city from an agricultural backwater, to a regional manufacturing capital of the industrial revolution, and have helped guide it after industry left. Beech Grove Cemetery also serves as a valuable resource for genealogists, historians, students of architecture and landscape design, photographers, and the general public. Mr. Flook will discuss his latest book that examines the  history and evolution of Beech Grove Cemetery, as well as the lives of those buried there. Refreshments and book signing to follow program.

BEGINNING GENEALOGY
Three Tuesdays, May 9—23;  10:00-11:00 a.m.
No Charge–Reservations Required  
Instructor:
Mr. Jack Carmichael, former Governmental Affairs Coordinator at Ball Corporation

Mr. Carmichael has worked 70 years on his own genealogy, tracing his roots as far back as Charlemagne. He will provide insight on how to locate, examine, and organize records. Computer research is not included. Limited to 15 participants.

EVERLASTING LIGHT: THE STORY OF INDIANA'S BICENTENNIAL TORCH RELAY
Thursday, March 9, 2-3:15 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required
Presenter:
Mr. Chris Flook, Lecturer, Ball State University, Department of Telecommunications

To honor Indiana’s 200th anniversary in 2016, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) conducted a 92-county, 3,200 mile torch relay from September through October. Students and faculty from Ball State's Department of Telecommunication traveled with the IOTD on the relay and produced all photos, daily highlight videos, social media, and a 37-minute documentary on the relay itself.

GREAT BATTLES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD - PART 2
Six Wednesdays, March 1–April 5, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator:
Richard Kennison, Lt. Col. (Ret.—USAF) 

Hollywood has gone to elaborate lengths to recreate the violence and mayhem of ancient warfare in movies such as Gladiator and Troy. But what were ancient battles really like? What weapons, tactics, armor, training, and logistics were used? And what were the crucial factors that could turn the tide of battle? This DVD series, produced by The Great Courses, features Dr. Garrett G. Fagan, Professor of Ancient History at The Pennsylvania State University. He will focus on warfare in the ancient Mediterranean world, encompassing the region from Mesopotamia to Western Europe, including Egypt and North Africa. This is the second part of a series that started fall semester. You may attend these sessions without having attended Part 1.

Topics Covered Each Class (two, 30-minute DVDs per class) 

March 1: The Athenian Expedition to Sicily; and The March of the Ten Thousand
March 8: Macedonian Military Innovations; and Alexander’s Conquest of Persia
March 15:The Legions of Rome; and The Battles of Cannae and Zama
March 22: Legion versus Phalanx—Six Pitched Battles; and The Sieges of Alesia and Masada
March 29: Caesar’s World War; and Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
April 5: Catastrophe at Adrianople; and Reflections on Warfare in the Ancient World

HISTORY OF THE GEORGE AND FRANCES BALL FOUNDATION
Tuesday, April 11, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required
Presenter
: Mr. Thomas C. Bracken, President, George and Frances Ball Foundation

The George and Frances Ball Foundation was founded in 1937 as a private foundation with initial funding from George and Frances Ball. It was organized exclusively to promote charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. The Foundation’s Board remains dedicated to the spirit of its founders by providing grants focusing on Arts and Culture, Civic and Community Programs, Education, Environmental/Conservation, and Health and Human Services.

MEMORABLE TEACHING MOMENTS
Tuesday, June 13, 10-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenter:
Mr. Rodney Gill, former school teacher and history chair of South Dakota’s Southern State College

Mr. Gill will entertain us with stories about his experiences while teaching junior and senior high school as well as college. Find out what question Mr. Gill was asked that helped make an 8th grader a millionaire in adulthood!

ROOTED IN THE COMMUNITY
Thursday, May 11, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenter:
Ms. Kelly Shrock, President, The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.

Just as a fragile sapling requires care to flourish and time to grow, so does a young philanthropic organization need oversight to thrive and years to mature.  Only with dedicated attention can both a tree and a foundation put down roots, bear fruit and evolve as symbols of stability and permanence within their surroundings.  Our community has nurtured its Foundation for 32 years.  Now deeply rooted in this community that generously supports it, the Foundation fulfills its mission of encouraging philanthropy, helping donors build an enduring source of charitable assets and exercising leadership in directing those resources to programs and organizations that enhance residents’ lives.

SHAKESPEARE’S TOMB
Friday, March 31, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required  
Facilitator:
Mr. William Robertson, retired senior scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pennsylvania  

To coincide with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Cambridge historian Helen Castor and a team of archaeologists embark on the first ever investigation of Shakespeare’s grave. They want to discover if there’s any truth to the rumors that his grave, which carries a curse against any man who ‘moves his bones’, has been tampered with. This 60-minute DVD produced by PBS, also explores a Victorian story that trophy hunters stole Shakespeare’s skull. It’s a trail that leads to a mystery skull stashed in a crypt beneath a country church. Removing the church step and taking a 3D scan of the skull is the only way to discover if it's a possible match for Shakespeare.

STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND
Wednesday, May 24, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator:
Richard Kennison, Lt. Col. (Ret.—USAF) 

In 1946, the United States created the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in order to protect itself and its allies from the Soviet Union. The Command was responsible for a network of military bases and all the atomic weapons until its deactivation in 1992 when the Cold War ended. Mr. Kennison will talk about his 12-year career with SAC that included aircraft such as B-47, B-52, B-58, KC and EC 135.

WICKED MUNCIE
Thursday, April 6, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenters:
Mr. Keith Roysdon and Mr. Douglas Walker, both award-winning journalists who write for “The Star Press”

Muncie is the classic small American city. But for much of the past two centuries, the city fell victim to murder, corruption and the bizarre. Mayor Rollin Bunch went to prison for mail fraud, while his police commissioner faced a murder rap. Viola “Babe” Swartz ran a brothel out of a truck stop that was raided by police at least a dozen times but ran for sheriff in the 1974 primary election. June Holland, of the locally famous Holland triplets, killed her neighbor for refusing to sell her house. Authors Keith Roysdon and Douglas Walker explore the notorious and unusual side of Muncie’s history. Refreshments and book signing to follow program.
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