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About Our Programs

Refugees: A Historical Introduction to Human Migration

Every day all over the world, people make the most difficult decision of their lives: to leave their homes. Human migrations, both voluntary and forced, have been part of history for millennia. Yet, migration has taken a different form with the emergence of the nation-state. Transnational migration today prompts us to reconceive the way we think of society, nation, family, and home. This course aims to provide a historical introduction to understand the contemporary issues in migration by examining case studies from [Western] Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Note: This course is offered online using learning management system (Canvas) and video conference program (Zoom) on scheduled days and times above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28239 | $109
Wednesday | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2/3/2021 – 3/10/2021
Instructor: Pelin Kadercan

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Jacksonian Democracy

Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, shaped an era which now bears his name. The Jacksonian Era has been heralded as a revolutionary time period. However, this assertion has been challenged in recent years, and a time which once seemed revolutionary might have been regressive. This class will look at not only Andrew Jackson and his Presidency, but will also look at the nearly three decades that followed. By looking closely at the political, economic, social, and military impacts of this time, we will study to what extent this period was revolutionary, if at all. This era has uncanny parallels to the United States in which we live today. What can we learn from this historic period which could be applied in our own time?

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28237 | $89
Monday | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
2/22/2021 – 3/29/2021
Instructor: Mark Mello

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Women in the Middle East

Many people in the West hold a rather stereotypical view of women’s lives in the Middle East. But like any place in the world, there is a spectrum of varied lived experiences due to factors such as class, social customs, geographical location, family traditions, and so on. This course provides an overview of the history and present conditions of women in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).We will particularly focus on the status of women in various countries in the Middle East; modernization and gender issues; active state involvement in issues such as maternity and abortion; development of female education; growing participation of women in public life; family life, marriage, and divorce; views on emancipation of women; and female sexuality in literature and film.

Note: This course is offered online using learning management system (Canvas) and video conference program (Zoom) on scheduled days and times above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28238 | $109
Wednesday | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
4/7/2021 – 5/12/2021
Instructor: Pelin Kadercan

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It’s All Greek to Me – Explore Greece

Are you thinking about traveling to Greece or wanted to know what it’s like? Spend the next 90 minutes with Dr.Roi Armstrong, a first-generation Greek American, who has lived and traveled extensively around Greece. She will show pictures and give details of mainland Greece as well as the islands. In addition to highlighting the geography she will discuss the culture and the people, explaining their deep attachment to food, freedom, and a more relaxed way of life. She will touch upon Greece’s history, its many monuments and temples, and teach you how to say a few helpful words and phrases. If you want to know more about the birthplace of democracy and the mood, or “kefi”, of the Greek people, hop on board!

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28235 | $8
Monday | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
3/22/2021
Instructor: Argyro Armstrong

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France – It’s Not All About Paris

France is known for its food, Paris, and of course a somewhat superior attitude, but it is also so much more than that. Come journey with Dr.Roi Armstrong, who lived in the South of France and traveled throughout the country. She will offer her insights into the language, the culture, and why it’s ok to eat a cheese platter for breakfast. She will teach you how to pronounce helpful words and phrases and why the French are so confident. Additionally, she will discuss France’s history and importance in the world. Did you know that at one point French was the dominant language across most of the globe? Come hop on board and learn about France, and finally learn why the French made the phrase joie de vivre (joy of living) so popular.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28236 | $8
Monday | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
3/29/2021
Instructor: Argyro Armstrong

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About Our Instructors

Dr. Pelin Kadercan holds a B.A. from Bogazici (Bosphorus) University, an M.A. in International Relations from the European Union Institute of Marmara University, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Rochester. Her research and teaching interests lie in the broad fields of refugees, displacement, war, diplomacy, human rights/women’s rights, education, and film. Pelin is an Assistant Professor of History and Government at Massasoit Community College.

Mark Mello holds a B.A. in History from Bridgewater State University and an M.A. in US History from Providence College. Mark is a life-long historian, with a special love of the American Civil War. He currently works for the National Park Service at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park as a Park Ranger and a Public Historian. He has taught classes at the Second Half Life-Long Learning Center in Fall River, and several other Life-Long Learning programs. He is a Civil War Reenactor and has lectured on topics related to the American Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Antebellum Period to numerous groups including Civil War Round Tables, historical associations, public libraries, and schools