Lifelong Learners Program

Program Description

In-person vs. virtual classroom?

  • An in-person class provides the traditional on-site instruction.
  • A virtual classroom provides real-time, online instruction. A student is responsible for the technology needed to attend the class.

 

All Seminar sessions will be held via ZOOM.

Iran: A Historical Perspective on the Iran Deal: Appeasement or the Best of Bad Options?   NEW

Presenter: Dr. A. Pitz

Join us as we examine the Iran Deal through a historical lens by starting with a brief background of Persia now known as Iran since 1938.  Using the Harvard’s Interest Based Negotiation approach to examine it, Dr. Pitz will present on this multilateral deal that had to meet the interests of those at the table. Russia, China, France, the U.K., Germany and the U.S. had to agree to it along with Iran.  What were the alternatives?  Was there a BATNA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement)?

3 Tuesdays           Sept. 14 – Sept. 28   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 80891                Fee $30

 

What were the Salem Witch Trials?    NEW

Presenter: Dr. A. Pitz

Join us as we go back into the late 1600s to learn what happened during The Salem Witch Trials. We will learn about the series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693, what the culture was like back then that allowed for such events to take place and who were the true victims in the trials. This was a unique part of history that is often retold, but seldom examined from a historical perspective.

3 Wednesdays     Oct. 6 – Oct. 20    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 80892            Fee $30

 

To Kill a Mocking Bird    NEW

Presenter: Dr. A. Pitz

Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is a classic book set in the 1930s during the Great Depression and deals with topics of social and racial relations. Join us as we discuss this classic and why it still is a popular book today. Please read the book prior to the first class.
3 Wednesdays     Nov. 3 – Nov. 17  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 80893             Fee $30

 

Bakery Bus in a Box    NEW

Enjoy a new experience with BHC’s PaCE Department and travel virtually to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to sample sweet treats from Milwaukee’s ethnic bakeries. Enjoy pastries from authentic Italian, German, Danish, Mexican and French bakeries. Learn more when you attend the virtual interactive 90 minute discussion about Milwaukee’s immigrant past and a chance to meet the makers behind the treats in the Bakery Bus in a Box.  Bakery Boxes will be mailed directly to participants. Virtual trip includes bakery items in the box, shipping, and educational seminar.

Some samples included in the box will be:

  • Taste Milwaukee’s Italian heritage with a half-pound box of Peter Sciortino’s Bakery on historic Brady Street.
  • Delve into Mexican culture with a mini Three King’s Cake from woman-owned La Flor de Trigo.
  • Enjoy a dozen of National Bakery’s famous German pecan fingers.
  • Homemade, hand-dipped chocolates from Ultimate Confections.
  • Chocolate swirl meringue as a French delight from Greige Patisserie.

Last day to register or receive a refund: Thursday, October 14th

1 Saturday           Oct. 23                 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Virtual classroom CRN 80894           Fee $79

 

 

Lunches Seminars

Sons & Daughters of Thunder    

Presenters: Kelly and Tammy Rundle, Documentarians and Filmmakers of Fourth Wall Films

Join us as award winning, Emmy-nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films present their film, Sons & Daughters of Thunder, based on the play by Earlene Hawley and Curtis Heeter. This film tells the unforgettable true story of the first-in-the-nation 1834 emancipation debates led by firebrand abolitionist Theodore Weld in Cincinnati, Ohio, and their effect on a young Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Discussing the abolition of slavery in 1834 was considered radical, even in the North. Organized by Weld, the nation’s first public debates at Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio led to near riot conditions in the city.

The shocking oratory sparked intense controversy and awakened a young Harriet Beecher Stowe to the horrors of slavery. Harriet was captivated by Weld’s charismatic leadership at a time when Calvin Stowe was trying to win her heart.

Inspired by Weld and the debates, Harriet later distilled her Cincinnati experiences into the world-wide best-selling novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”. This forgotten true story from award-winning filmmakers Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle was a prelude to America’s Civil War.

Date:   Thursday, Aug. 12

Location: Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)

Last day to register or receive a refund: July 28

In-Person CRN 80646

 

Welcome to the Jazz Age of the Roaring 20s!   

Presenter: Angie Snook

The years between World War I and the Crash of the 1929 Stock Market included the Industrial Revolution as well as the major changes for American women and the role women played in society. Join us as we learn about the exciting times of Flappers, Prohibition and Jazz!

Date:   Wednesday, Sept. 15

Location: Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)

Last day to register or receive a refund: Sept. 1

In-Person CRN 80895

 

The Life and Crimes of John Looney, Notorious Early 20th Century Quad City Gangster  – CLASS IS FULL

Presenter: Roger Ruthhart, Co-Author of “Citadel of Sin: The John Looney Story

Join us as we learn more about John Looney’s story, he was not just locally known, but rather, he ran a nationwide crime organization from Rock Island. We will learn the notorious history of one of the nation’s biggest crime bosses. Looney’s crime organization ruled Rock Island, the Quad-Cities and much of the rest of the country in the era of the teens and early 1920s. Looney controlled protection, gambling, illegal liquor, prostitution, stolen cars and more through his crime organization.

Date: Friday, Oct. 15

Location: Quad City Botanical Center – 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)

Last Day to register or receive a refund: October 1

In-Person CRN 80896

A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport’s Infamous District Transformed         

Presenter: Jonathan Turner, Author

Join us as we learn about the colorful history of Bucktown, and how it transformed from an area full of saloons, theaters and brothels to the unique part of downtown it is today.

Date: Thursday, November 18th

Location: Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.

Fee: $23 (Fee includes admission to the Botanical Center)

Last Day to register or receive a refund: Nov. 4

In-Person CRN 80897