E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Banner

History

AMERICA’S ONLY DOUBLE AUTODIDACT PRESIDENT
Friday, February 12; 10:00 – 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 prepare us for President's Day by providing us with research he has unfolded about this interesting topic.

BEGINNING GENEALOGY
Three Tuesdays, April 5-19;  10:00 – 11:15 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 share his expertise in researching family history, such as locating, examining, and organizing records. Computer research is not included. Limited to 15 participants. 

THE CODE
Three Fridays, April 15-29, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Facilitator: Mr. William Robertson, retired senior scientist at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pennsylvania 

What makes the world operate the way it does? Are there patterns to what happens or do we live in a universe of random events that cannot be predicted or explained? This three-part documentary narrated by author and Oxford University professor Marcus du Sautoy, sets out to answer these questions about the power of numbers. 

DOCTORS: THE HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC MEDICINE REVEALED THROUGH BIOGRAPHY
Dates to be announced
Facilitator: To be announced
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Produced by The Teaching Company, this DVD series draws on the lives of 12 of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine. This course shows the human side of science. It's a story about strivings, disappointments, triumphs of human genius, and sometimes, greed. The lectures feature Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., former Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine and Fellow of the university's Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

Topics Covered Each Class (two 30-minute DVDs per class)
1st Class: Hippocrates and the Origins of Western Medicine; and Paradox of Galen
2nd Class: Vesalius and the Renaissance of Medicine; and Harvey, Discoverer of the Circulation
3rd Class:  Morgagni and the Anatomy of Disease; and Hunter, the Surgeon as Scientist
4th Class: Laennec and the Invention of the Stethoscope; and Morton and the Origins of Anesthesia
5th Class: Virchow and the Cellular Origins of Disease; and Lister and the Germ Theory
6th Class Halsted and American Medical Education; and Taussig and the Development of Cardiac Surgery

INDIANA’S COURTHOUSE SQUARES
Thursday, May 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required
Presenter: Mr. Chris Flook, Ball State University, Instructor of Telecommunications

This presentation showcases all 92 county courthouses and their adjoining squares in the state of Indiana. County courthouses serve as iconic fixtures for a community's identity that: symbolically asserts the rule of law at the center of American society; exhibits a unique architecture that captures the era in which the structure was built; serves as the iconic edifice for many of the county seats; and provides centralized places for economic and social activities. In recent decades, several communities in Indiana have taken significant efforts to revitalize their courthouses, which has assisted in the rejuvenation of their surrounding squares. Many American county seats have courthouses and communities across the United States have either 'commons' or public squares. However, the courthouse as the central feature in a public square is regular feature in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas

MUNCIE COURTHOUSE STATUARY
Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenter: Mr. Robert Good, Pioneer Cemetery Preservation Committee Chair, Delaware County Historical Society

Learn more about the story behind the statues that are outside Muncie's courthouse. 

MUNCIE IN 150
Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenter: Mr. Rick Yencer, writer, The Muncie Free Press

Mr. Yencer will discuss his book "Muncie in 150" that discusses Muncie's past and present as it was examined during the city's sesquicentennial celebration. 

REMINISCING WITH MARY VAN ARSDOL BROWN
Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
No Charge – Reservations Required 
Presenter: Mrs. Karen Good, Ancestry and Genealogy Chair, Delaware County Historical Society
Mary was born in Montgomery County, Ohio in August of 1812. She arrived in Delaware County in 1820 when she was eight years old. She and her family settled along the White River in Perry Township. At this event, Karen Good will cover what we know of Mary’s life and the early history of Delaware County and Munsee Town. 

THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION: A HISTORY OF CONTROVERSY
Six Wednesdays, March 2-April 6, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Facilitator: Mr. Richard Kennison, Lt. Col. (Ret.—USAF) 
No Charge – Reservations Required 
This DVD series, produced by The Great Courses, is an examination of the varied elements that so often make this science the object of strong sentiments and heated debate. The lectures are presented by Edward J. Larson, University Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. Dr. Larson leads you through the "evolution" of evolution, with an eye toward enhancing your understanding of the development of the theory itself and the roots of the controversies that surround it. 

March 2: Before Darwin; and Evolution in the Air
March 9: Darwin’s Inspiration: and An Intellectual Revolution
March 16: Debates over Mechanism; and Missing Links
March 23: Genetics Enters the Picture; and Social Darwinism and Eugenics
March 30: America’s Anti-Evolution Crusade; and The Neo-Darwinian Synthesis
April 6: Scientific Creationism; and Selfish Genes and Intelligent Design 

TOP SECRET ROSIES: THE FEMALE COMPUTERS OF WORLD WAR II
Date to be announced
No Charge – Reservations Required
Facilitator: Mr. Charles Gilbert, retired minister

In 1942, a secret U.S. military program was launched to recruit women to the war effort. But unlike the efforts to recruit "Rosie the Riveter" to the factory, this clandestine search targeted female mathematicians who would become human computer for the U.S. Army. This 60-minute documentary tells an untold story of women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. 


E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center
400 Minnetrista Parkway
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8975
Fax: 765-747-9566