Judson offers Off-Campus Studies courses at its communities in University Circle and Chagrin Falls

Judson will host courses via Case Western Reserve University’s Off-Campus Studies program beginning mid-January at Judson Park and Judson Manor in University Circle and South Franklin Circle in Chagrin Falls.

See individual course descriptions below for registration information.

Judson Manor
“China: From Concubines to Communists”
Instructor:  Enid Kirtz

January 18-March 7, 2012

This class will meet Wednesdays, January 18-March 7, 2012, 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Judson Manor in University Circle, 1890 E. 107th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Fee is $70.00.  To register or for more information, please call George Havens, course coordinator, (216) 231-2511, or ghavens@prodigy.net.

Course Summary:  Instructor Enid Kirtz offers students a bird’s eye view of the United States and China in the 20th Century.  Nixon and Mao, offers a fascinating picture of how Nixon broke the barrier of isolation between the U.S. and China.  Wild Swans is the story of three generations of women whose lives and fortunes mirror tumultuous 20th Century China.  Books:  Wild Swans, Jiung Chang; Nixon and China, M. MacMillan.

Judson Park
“Slavery by Another Name”
Instructor:  Jim Van Horn
January 20-March 9, 2012
This class will meet Fridays, January 20-March 9, 10:00–11:30 a.m. at Judson Park, 2181 Ambleside Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Fee is $70.00.  To register or for more information, please call Margaret Trenkamp, course coordinator, at (216) 721-1899.

Course Summary:  Pulitzer Prize Winner Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light a shameful chapter in American history, an age of neo-slavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II through the leasing or sale of black convicts to commercial interests. Book: Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon.

South Franklin Circle
“History as a Branch of Biology”
Instructor:  Jay Abercrombie

January 16-March 5, 2012
This class will meet Mondays January 16-March 5, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-12Noon at South Franklin Circle, 16600 Warren Court, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023.

Fee is $70.00.  To register or for more information, please call (440) 247-1300.

Course Summary:  For many centuries, philosophers, church leaders, historians and demagogues portrayed the story of civilization as a chronicle of competition between cultures, ideas and armies, as the triumph of progressive or godly groups over backward or evil adversaries.  Scientists today assert the primacy of nature and natural history — the forces of the Earth itself, including climate, the regional uniqueness of flora and fauna, and the mutability of microbes — as the true governors of human potential, the rise of certain civilizations, and decline and demise of others.  There are compelling links between natural and human history, but do they provide convincing answers to age-old questions about who we are, where we are and how we got here?  Book:  Gins, Germs and Steel by J. Diamond.

Media Contact:
Rob Lucarelli, Director of Communications
(216) 791-2321; cell: (216) 990-7616


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