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Professional Baseball: Globalization of the American Pastime

Professional Baseball: Globalization of the American Pastime
Charles Kennedy, PhD
Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30 pm      July 12 – August 16           Brookstown Campus

Perhaps unlike any other institution in the United States, professional baseball has both reflected and helped to define the changing contours of an imagined American identity since the early Twentieth Century. Today the “American pastime” has become truly globalized. In this class we will look at the history and development of professional baseball in the US, including the MLB, Negro League, minor leagues and the Players Association, the role baseball plays in America’s national identity and ethnic relations, and baseball as a global business and its development in other countries.

Professor Hank Kennedy is a member of the Politics and International Affairs Department at Wake Forest. Dr. Kennedy’s academic specialty is South Asian politics, but his attachment to baseball has been even longer and far more visceral. He cannot remember not being a Yankee fan – it is an integral part of his identity. Growing up in St. Pete Beach, Florida during the era when his beloved Yankees trained in St. Petersburg, Dr. Kennedy was afforded an opportunity to live in the same neighborhood with many major league players and their families. His irrational attachment to the game and to the Yankees has led to his developing a freshman seminar course dealing with professional baseball and globalization, the course upon which our Lifelong Learning course is based.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Feminism But Were Afraid To Ask!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Feminism
But Were Afraid to Ask!
Elizabeth Way, PhD
Tuesdays 3 – 5 pm             July 11 – August 15           Brookstown Campus

Was your grandmother or great-grandmother one of the first American women to cast a vote in 1920? What did feminism mean to women back then? What did it mean to men? What about women and men of color? What issues were important to women in the 19th century? From Abigail Adams and Susan B. Anthony to Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass, many women and men advocated for changes for women through their writings. In this course, we will explore the early foundations of Enlightenment and first-wave feminism in the United States of America and Europe. From voting rights and education for girls to legal rights and temperance advocacy, the efforts of these amazing women and men changed the face of America forever. Join us on this exciting journey back in time as we trace the history of the early women’s movement, with a few surprises along the way!

Suggested Reading: Miriam Schneir, ed., Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings (Vintage, 1992) ISBN: 9780679753810

Reading Schedule for this class:
11:  Introduction; Video: “Not For Ourselves Alone”; Schneir, Feminism, Part I
(Schneir’s “Introduction” recommended)
18:  Feminism, Part II
25:  Feminism, Part III
1:  Feminism, Part IV
8:  Feminism, Part V
15:  Feminism, Part V continued; film viewing of Suffragette

After completing an undergraduate degree at Wake Forest, Elizabeth Way received an MA in English Literary Studies at Durham University in England, and completed a PhD in English at the University of Georgia. She specializes in British Romanticism, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Gothic, and genre studies. Dr. Way taught a class on Gothic Fiction with Lifelong Learning in 2016.

Health, Disease and Society in the Age of the Black Death

Health, Disease and Society in the Age of the Black Death
Monique O’Connell, PhD and Sharon DeWitte, PhD
Thursdays 2:30 – 4:30 pm
July 13 – August 17
Brookstown Campus

The course will focus on Europe between 1300-1600, with a close look at the Black Death from both literary and scientific perspectives, and an examination of developments in medicine and public health as the Black Death becomes endemic in European society. Fourteenth century Europeans recognized that they were living at a time of calamitous social and political upheaval. Recent scientific discoveries in the history of climate and infectious disease provide exciting new perspectives on how we can understand the history of a society in crisis. We will look at the short and long term effects of the bubonic plague on European society, using Florence and London as case studies.

This interdisciplinary course is co-taught by a historian, Dr. Monique O’Connell of Wake Forest University, and a biological anthropologist, Dr. Sharon DeWitte of the University of South Carolina. Dr. O’Connell teaches courses on Mediterranean and European history in the medieval and early modern period. This is the second class Dr. O’Connell has offered with Lifelong Learning, having taught a class on Machiavelli’s World in 2016. Dr. DeWitte’s primary research interest is infectious disease in the past, how disease shaped population dynamics, and how host and environmental factors affect disease patterns.

Older and Wiser: Living Well, Aging Well

Older and Wiser: Living Well, Aging Well
Annamae Giles, MSW
Mondays  1-3 pm          July 10 – August 14      Brookstown Campus

What does current research tells us about aging? What strategies will benefit us as we age? How can we best care for aging loved ones while we also care for ourselves? This informative and interactive class will explore many facets of aging, using hands-on and creative activities. Topics covered will include myths and realities of aging, legal issues, policies and government resources, psychosocial aspects of the older adult, and mindfulness activities.

Annamae T. Giles, MSW has worked in the field of aging and health care for more than 20 years. Annamae is currently a Clinical Instructor for UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in the Winston-Salem Distance Education Program and Program Coordinator for the Elder Care Choices employee benefit at Senior Services Inc. She has experience working in the fields of rehabilitation, hospital social work, hospice, and aging, and has led many workshops on aging issues. Annamae received her MSW at University of Kentucky.