Upcoming events

    • Sat, September 19, 2020
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    • Sat, October 10, 2020
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    • 4 sessions
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    Considered the leader in professional photo editing software, Photoshop allows users to create, manipulate, crop, resize and correct digital images. Begin to get a handle on this massive program from a Photoshop expert with an introduction to the tools and settings that can have an immediate impact on your photographic workflow. Become comfortable with user interfaces through lectures, demos, and projects. This course is intended for students with a working knowledge of photography and its basic terms. Please bring USB thumb drive to the first class. Not sure if it's the right class for you? Take our quiz or call 801-587-5433.


    • Mon, September 21, 2020
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    • Mon, October 26, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Join an award-winning screenwriter as he takes you through the steps of writing your own screenplay. Learn to understand the form and structure for screenplays that sell as well as best practices to help you avoid the pitfalls by which many new screenwriters become trapped.


    • Wed, September 23, 2020
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    • Wed, October 28, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Learning the basics of the language and customs of any foreign country is a great start to your vacation abroad. We will learn essential Japanese words and phrases to make your travels to Japan more pleasurable. Class will cover common greetings, vocabulary, and Kanji necessary to navigate your way around Japan, purchase a train ticket, and order sushi. We'll also learn about the unique culture and customs of Japan.


    • Thu, September 24, 2020
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EDT)
    • Onlline
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    Curious about scotch? Wonder why the different regions of Scotland produce unique flavors and characteristics? Join us as we discuss scotch from the Highlands, Islay, and other regions. Learn the difference between a blended, 12-year scotch and a single malt Scotch whiskey. Whether you are a food and beverage professional or a casual enthusiast, this class is not to be missed.


    • Sat, September 26, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    We see food trucks everywhere these days. What does it take to own and operate one of these unique kitchens on wheels? Local truck owner, Chef Abby, will present a behind the scenes look at the food truck industry, covering a variety of topics such as finding and outfitting the right vehicle; working with a commissary; local laws and requirements for food truck operation; and more. Then, take a virtual tour of Abby's award-winning truck, the Falafel Tree. This is not a comprehensive class, but is great for every student from the merely curious to those that might want to try their hand at the food truck game.


    • Mon, September 28, 2020
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    • Mon, November 02, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
    • Online
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    According to Jerry Seinfeld, the number one fear in life is public speaking -- more so than death! Overcome your fear as you work with an experienced speaker coach to: build confidence; develop content; create effective visuals; learn memorization tactics and stage presence (gestures, voice inflection, etc.); and ultimately deliver a memorable, insightful, powerful talk. If you have a specific talk to work on please bring it. Students are encouraged to attend every class to get the most out of skill-building exercises. Additionally, in this time of virtual everything, we will cover how to effectively adapt your talk from in-person to online, with pointers for presenting via screen.


    • Tue, September 29, 2020
    • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Learn practical tools for creating meaningful and lasting connections between couples, family members, friends, co-workers and even challenging people. The Seven Relationship Unities is a simple but profound and effective practice that comes from the centuries-old tradition of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, yet is perfectly suited for our modern way of life. Come to this workshop by yourself, or with a friend, brother, sister, parent, partner or spouse.


    • Thu, October 01, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    What I’ve Learned from COVID-19

    Professional and Personal Opportunities from the Pandemic

    With six months of experience living our business and personal lives in the unprecedented COVID crisis, what have we learned that can be useful as we go forward? There is every indication that the crisis will be with us for some time to come. Even the most bullish economists say employment will take years to get back to 2019 levels, and the overall economy won’t likely rebound for another six months. Some industries will never be the same. Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”  What will we do differently as a result of COVID? Will we make those changes permanent? Can we improve our businesses and jobs? Our personal lives?

    Attendees will get an opportunity to spend an hour reflecting on what we have learned from the COVID crisis. Hear success stories from other businesses that can be applied to your own business, and then commit to a written action plan to capitalize on opportunities that will improve the future of our own lives and the lives of our colleagues, friends, and family.  


    Joe Walker is a sought after Speaker, Executive Coach, Team and Talent Builder, Strategic Planner and Board Member. Throughout his business career, Joe has led international companies, (R.L. Polk & Co. now IHS Markit) a professional services firm (Plunkett & Cooney), as well as for-profit and not-for-profit associations and foundations (ex. Providence Health Foundation) as a Board Member and Board Chairman, CEO, COO, General Counsel, President of an International Division and Consultant.


    • Sat, October 03, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Join an award-winning author in this intensive, one day workshop. You will learn everything you need to start writing your novel. Expect to leave with a synopsis and outline for a book you'll be able to embark upon after the class is completed.


    • Sat, October 03, 2020
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    • Sat, October 17, 2020
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    • 3 sessions
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    Horror is more than a genre-it's a physical sensation, the place where the unknown lurks, where nothing can be assumed, and anything can happen. Explore the nuances of creating levels of fear and effective techniques that allow your writing to create a desired reactionfear! dread! disgust!-from your readers. This intensive two-week course of lecture presentation and workshop will give you an opportunity to write and present your work for critique and discussion (which isn't as scary as it sounds!).


    • Sat, October 03, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sat, October 17, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Location will be sent once registered.
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    Foraging for Herbs

    Saturdays, October 3 and 17     

    Time:  3:00 -5:00 pm and Place:  Location will be emailed once you are registered.

    Cost:  $30.00 per session.

    Sierra Bigham, Certified Herbalist, Wild Harvester, and owner of Bear Earth Herbals, will lead a walk in the woods to forage for herbs.  Sierra will help you to find herbs, learn how to preserve them, and to know what their beneficial qualities are. 

    REGISTRATION OPENS  SEPT 8TH -  If you are registering more than one person, each person will need to be registered.  


    Please call 231-348-6613 or email mnolan@ncmich.edu for more information or to register. CCE brings workshops, conferences, as well as innovative learning opportunities created from input from our community.  Please Note: Due to Covid ONLY those registered may attend.  Thank you for understanding.

     


    • Mon, October 05, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Mon, October 12, 2020
    • 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Class
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    The Owls of Michigan

    Mondays, October 5 and 12

    Time:  7:00 - 8:30 pm  and Place: Zoom.

    Cost:  $60.00 for both sessions.

    Jamie Platt is a professional ornithologist who helps people find birds. Most of us know how hard it is to see owls in their natural habitat. What we don’t realize is how many owls are hidden in the fabric of our everyday lives. Owls more than any other animal, take  great pains to conceal their presence. You will learn the how, where and when to find and identify by sight and sound the ten owl species that can be found in Michigan.  

    REGISTRATION OPENS  SEPT 8TH.

     

    Please call 231-348-6613 or email mnolan@ncmich.edu for more information or to register. CCE brings workshops, conferences, as well as innovative learning opportunities created from input from our community.  Please Note: Due to Covid ONLY those registered may attend.  Thank you for understanding.

     


    • Tue, October 06, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hybrid, NCMC Rm 536 and Zoom
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    This session will give an overview of what medicare is, how it works in relationship to work insurance (especially HSA's), Supplement plans, and Advantage plans.  Patrick will give some insight to changes over the last few years and also what we see coming in the future.  This session is helpful for those past retirement as well as those considering retirement.  

      Patrick Egelus - Bankers Life   

    Patrick a former teacher, has been in the retirement planning field for six years and thoroughly
            enjoys helping people find the plans that work best for them.
     

    • Wed, October 07, 2020
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    • Wed, November 11, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online
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    Learn the basic techniques - chords, rhythm, note reading, finger picking, scales, and music fundamentals - that will put a solid foundation under new players and be applicable to all styles of guitar music. This course is also great for guitar players needing a refresher. Students will learn in a relaxed and fun environment. Acoustic or electric guitar with amp is fine.


    • Thu, October 08, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • NCMC room 536 or Zoom
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    As we and our parents grow older, we need to make tough decisions.  When to move parents into assisted living or a nursing home, is one of those decisions.  Tracy will walk you through the process of making these decisions, so you can be prepared when you need to make the decision. 

    Tracy Rupinski, RN  

    Tracey has worked with the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging for thirteen years.  where she helps seniors and their families navigate the challenges and joys of growing older. 

    • Thu, October 08, 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    The land of "firsts" awaits you! Predating Champagne for sparkling and Port for fortified wine, there are many other unique aspects of the largest wine region of France to discover and taste. As we discuss the history of a land planted first by Phoceans then the Romans, we will taste rosé, white and red wines from Languedoc, the language of "yes!".


    • Mon, October 12, 2020
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    • Mon, November 16, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    This course provides an introduction to Buddhist philosophy through the lens of the landscapes, history, and culture that inspired it. Students will trace the emergence of Buddhism in northern India and examine the role that the geography and culture of the Himalayas have played in its evolution. The class will explore the representation of mountains in Eastern mythology, as well as the art, literature, and ethnogeography of the Himalayan region. Through slide-illustrated lectures, readings, and open discussion, students will gain intimate knowledge of a region that is held sacred to five of the world's great religions.


    • Mon, October 12, 2020
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    • Mon, November 16, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Mindfulness, Self-compassion and Wellness is a six-week course that includes formal mindfulness practices including the body scan, sitting meditation, simple Qi gong, and informal practices for mindfulness in daily life.  Mindful self-compassion exercises are introduced to enhance one's capacity to respond with gentleness and kindness to the inner critic.  Learning about the stress response and understanding the changes in the brain through training the mind allows for increased health for the body/heart/mind.


    • Mon, October 12, 2020
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    • Mon, October 26, 2020
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    • 3 sessions
    • Online
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    Journaling has become productivity's new darling. We'll explore beyond the hype and learn how and why journaling can be a fulfilling practice. We'll explore how different types of journals meet different needs, as well as how journaling can help with goal setting, becoming unblocked, time management, creativity, and searching for inner peace. Let's make a record of the incredible adventures of our lives.


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    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Fantasy, like youth, is wasted on the young. J.R.R. Tolkien was 40 when he wrote "The Hobbit," about a 50-year old's adventure. His best-known heroes, Bilbo and Frodo, are not teenage chosen ones or lost royal young-lings: they are middle-aged yeomen doing their best--which still comes up short. As an academic, Tolkien insisted that children have, as a rule, less need than older people" of what "fairy stories offer." Now that you're old enough to get more out of them, it's time to revisit (or finally meet, if you haven't yet) Tolkien's masterpieces. As a baseline, this course will assume a casual reader's familiarity with "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings." If you haven't read them yet, there's still time before the term starts.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Many of us think of World War II as having taken place primarily in the places where the forces of the United States and Great Britain fought. We know very little about World War II campaigns in Eastern Europe despite the fact that the vast preponderance of fighting happened there. This lecture series focuses on the specific events of the Eastern European campaign and the decisions that led to victory. We will carefully examine the pros and cons of the major decisions, the factors in play, and why the final outcome was what it turned out to be. We will examine Operation Barbarossa, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the amazing recovery and resilience shown by the Soviets. We will also discuss additional topics, including the role played by Soviet women.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    World War II, with the devastation it unleashed on all dimensions of life, set the stage for the second half of the 20th century. Nuclear war became a real threat and affected the geopolitical balance of power and the nature of international conflict. In the 1940's the center of the Western art world shifted from Paris to New York. The relative economic stability of the United States was a major factor in the shifting of the center of art to New York and helps explain the predominance of American artists in world art markets. The art produced often shocked the public and reflected a challenge to old values as modernism and the avant-garde prevailed. The later 20th century saw the production of art that reflects artists' reactions to a social, political, cultural, and psychologically changing world as they challenged the very nature of Art itself!


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Great movies rely on a masterful cinematic narrative, that often originates with a short story. In this course we will read the little-known short stories that inspired directors, Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen Spielberg's productions of three Hollywood classics: "A Face in the Crowd" (1957), "Rear Window" (1954), and "The Minority Report" (2002). After reading each short story, class members will view the movie adaptation at home and come prepared to discuss and compare the literary and cinematic narratives in class. A copy of the short story will be provided every two weeks and should be read before watching the film adaptations at home. Film clips will be shared as part of the class presentation. More specific instructions for finding and viewing the film at home will be provided after registration is complete.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    Shakespeare's compositional power was in his ability to confer greater mental scope on any aspect of the human imagination. In 1609, 154 of his poems were published as Shakespeare's Sonnets. They dealt with three main subjects: the "fair youth, " the dark lady" and "the other poet." We will examine one quarter to one third of the sonnets, reading them aloud in class while discussing their structure and both apparent and hidden meanings.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    The achievements of the great Persian Empires live on in the minds of Iranians today--but in reality they are a people faced with an uncertain future. They exist in the midst of a hostile world, burdened by economic sanctions and torn by internal political strife. Iran, a country rich with natural resources and steeped in a proud heritage, underwent a traumatic transition from a major regional power governed by a Western-backed Shah to an isolated Islamic semi-theocracy determined to champion the oppressed Shi'a masses in a Sunni Muslim world. Iran's religious and political leaders cast themselves as heroes on one hand, but they have managed to earn the animosity of almost every state in the region. Join us for an in-depth look at what makes Iran tick, its colorful and fascinating history, its gregarious people, the foreign influences on the country, and why it presents a vexing problem to its neighbors and to today's world leaders.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    We are certainly living in a most uncertain time. Most of us weathered good times and bad times throughout our lives, but this time seems particularly challenging, especially for the older adult population. This class will provide tools and information to help keep us mentally and physically healthy as the status of the world changes every day. Students will learn how to maintain the best quality of life and why flexibility and adaptation are key elements to staying social, staying strong, and staying sane.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
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    • Tue, November 17, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    How would it feel to have your home free of clutter? In today's world we are bombarded with information and stuff! There is clutter everywhere: on our phones and computers, desktops and countertops, bedrooms and basements, closets, and cupboards. We crave being free of the clutter and fantasize about being organized but it feels impossible. Marla Dee is here to change that. As a professional organizer for 20 years, Marla has seen the pain! With contagious enthusiasm and stories from real clients, Marla shares her belief that living organized is a skill anyone can learn. Her Clear & Simple Systems teach where to start, what to do and how to keep it up. If you are ready for a change, come get everything you need to make it happen.


    • Tue, October 13, 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • NCMC Room 536 or Zoom
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    This session will cover what Long Term Care Insurance is, how it works, and different ways to finance it.  This session will give information on the most common issues people encounter and how best to handle them.  

    Patrick Egelus - Bankers Life    Patrick a former teacher, has been in the retirement planning field for six years and thoroughly  enjoys helping people find the plans that work best for them. 


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    This course will provide a background in basic genetics from DNA to RNA to proteins. The goal is to give students the tools to understand genes, genetic predispositions and gene editing. We will discuss the ethical, legal and social issues raised by this revolution.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 6 sessions
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    Paper piles and overloaded files are taking over American homes, everything from the kitchen counter to the stuffed boxes in the basement. Come get the expert SYSTEMS that make getting through the paper, old and new, possible. You can overcome the paper pain and create simple systems to stay on top of all that keeps coming in. Marla Dee has been a professional organizer for 20 years specializing in paper organization.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    The popular view of Hinduism is that of a complex, confusing mix of rituals, festivals, and customs combined with thousands of gods and goddesses. Yet, it is also the source for deep philosophical insight and practices, such as yoga and meditation. This picture masks the underlying unity and appeal of the ancient ideas of the Vedic seers seeking answers to fundamental questions: Who am I? What is this creation? What or who is God? These questions are addressed in the study of Vedanta--the Bhagavad Gita along with the Upanishads. This course will introduce Hinduism through these most sacred texts and the relevance of their messages in day to day life. It will cover the basic tenets of Hinduism -- dharma (ethical living) karma theory (destiny/free will), karma yoga (path to spiritual/emotional maturity) and reincarnation.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Wed, November 18, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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    This class will explore the U.S. Constitution and civil rights, focusing on issues relating to race, gender, and sexual orientation. We will begin with a review of the adoption of the Bill of Rights in 1789, as well as the three amendments to the Constitution adopted in the wake of the Civil War (13, 14, 15). The bulk of our discussion will center on a number of Supreme Court cases in their historical context, addressing equal protection of the law and due process.


    • Wed, October 14, 2020
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    • Thu, November 19, 2020
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    • 6 sessions
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