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History

Appomattox Court House: It Is Over
Tuesday, August 26, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Jack Buckles
No Charge – Reservations Required

Fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, The Battle of Appomattox Court House was one of the last battles of the Civil War. Mr. Buckles will lead the discussion about this period of time in American History.

Beginning Genealogy
Tuesdays, September 16, 23, 30; 10-11 a.m.
Instructor: Jack Carmichael
No Charge – Reservations Required

This 3-day course will cover valuable resources that will aid you in researching your family history, such as how to locate, examine, and organize records. Computer research is not included in this course. Limited to 15 participants.

Conversations With Veterans
Monday, November 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Facilitator:  Nate LaMar

Come share your war stories with others who fought to preserve our country’s freedom.  Discussion will be led by Nate LaMar, whose U.S. Army service includes:  Airborne Paratrooper School, Ft. Benning; Counter-Terrorism School, Ft. Bragg; Pentagon Speechwriter and Research Intern; and service at Ft. Knox, Ft. Sill, Germany, and Jordan. Nate is currently the International Regional Manager for Draper in Spiceland and President of Henry County Council.

The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries
Three Wednesdays, Aug. 20, 27; Sept. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Charles Gilbert
No Charge – Reservations Required

Everything we now know about the universe-from the behavior of quarks to the birth of entire galaxies-has stemmed from scientists who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of approaching and grappling with some of the universe's most pressing and vexing dilemmas. Produced by The Teaching Company, these DVD lectures feature Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Dr. Tyson also hosts The Cosmos, a science documentary series televised on the Fox network, and former host of the PBS television series NOVA scienceNOW.

Two Topics Covered Each Date:
Aug. 20: History’s Mysteries & The Spooky Universe
Aug. 27: Inexplicable Life & Inexplicable Physics
Sept. 3: Inexplicable Space & Inexplicable Cosmology

A Not Entirely Modern Family:
From Lupe Vélez to Sofia Vergara
Tuesday, October 7, 10-11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Nicolas Poppe
No Charge – Reservations Required

 In its five seasons and one hundred and twenty episodes, the television series Modern Family has become both a critical and popular success through its depiction of three branches of the Pritchett family tree. Among the ostensibly modern characters is Gloria (Sofia Vergara), a Colombian immigrant and the second wife of the pater familias. While Gloria in some ways marks shifts in contemporary television in the United States, Sofia Vergara’s portrayal recalls the stereotypical hot blooded and more than slightly ridiculous Latina coded by Lupe Vélez’s Mexican Spitfire film series of the late-1930s and early-1940s.

The Qur'an's Guidance To Readers
Tuesday, September 9, 10-11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dr. Steven D. Ealy, Senior Fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc.
No Charge – Reservations Required

The Qur'an may provide its readers with guidance on how to live their lives, but this possibility raises another question: Does the Qur'an give its readers guidance on how to read and understand the Qur'an itself? This talk deals with the question of how the Qur'an should be understood both by examining passages of the Qur'an that describe the nature of its revelation and by considering the views of a number of  Muslim scholars and theologians on this topic. Many biblical figures--Abraham, Noah, Moses, Job, Jesus, and Mary, to name a few--also appear in the Qur'an. A comparison of the Jewish or Christian accounts of these figures with the accounts contained in the Qur'an may help us in the quest to understand the Qur'an and its message.

Skeptics Guide To American History – Part 1
Wednesdays, September 10-October 15, 10-11:15 a.m.
Facilitator: Mr. Richard Kennison
No Charge – Reservations Required

 For most Americans, the history of the United States is built on a set of long-accepted beliefs about events, each of which resonates in the nation's collective memory. But what if those beliefs—however familiar—don't really tell the whole story? Sorting through misconceptions, myths, and half-truths about America's past provides a chance to revisit some of the country's greatest episodes, figures, and themes from a fresh perspective and an opportunity to hone the way you think about and interpret the past, the present, and even the future. This program aims to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization.

Two Topics Covered Each Date:
Sept. 10: Religious Toleration in Colonial America & Neither American nor Revolutionary
Sept. 17: The Constitution Did Not Create a Democracy & Washington: Failures and Real Accomplishments Sept. 24: Confusions about Jefferson and Hamilton & Andrew Jackson: An Odd Symbol of Democracy
Oct. 1: The Second Great Awakening: Enduring Impacts & Did Slavery Really Cause the Civil War?
Oct. 8: The Civil War’s Actual Turning Points & The Myth of Laissez-Faire
Oct. 15: Misconceptions about the Original Populists & Labor in America—A Strange History