History, Language & Current Events



A Forgotten American Tradition

America has a long and storied tradition of solving its problems through a forgotten, yet much maligned tool. Beginning three centuries ago, colonials found a way of addressing issues that legislators, large or small, could not. They met in what was called a “congress” or “convention”. Conventions were used to resolve a diversity of issues including resolving wars, currency’s, foreign trade boycotts, reforming political structure, and even water allocation and distribution. They were used to write constitutions for the states and our nation, for ratifications, Indian treaties, and amendments. This course will scan the many notable conventions of this American tradition from 1620 through 2017. We will delve into the pro’s and cons of the convention process. We will look at the Constitution’s Article V and the established precedent of the two methods of amending the Constitution: Congress and a convention of states. We’ll discuss the source of the 105 years of abuses to the Constitution and amendment proposals that might repair it.

Instructor: Michael Kapic is retired business executive with a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. He has been studying and researching history and economics for many years. He is the author of three yet to be published novels and published the non-fiction book Conventions That Made America: A Brief History of Consensus Building. He has presented to civic groups and appeared on radio and television. He and his wife, Joanne reside in Sun City West, Arizona.



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Camino 2
Kapic 5/14 - 5/14 Mo 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM $10.00

The Dine (Navajo)

Learn the myth concerning the Navajo Creation Story and how the Navajo worlds compare scientifically with the evolution theory. You will learn about Changing Woman and her two sons, Monster Slayer and Child Born of Water, and why they are important to the Navajo people. You will learn about the Navajo clans and their relationships. This class is based on 20 years of instructor's personal relationships with Navajo mentors. (2 sessions)

Instructor:  Thomas Blair grew up in New Jersey, and after he graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree from Huron College in South Dakota, he commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After serving in Vietnam, he became an English teacher for 36 years. He then left teaching and went into generic pharmaceutical sales where he was transferred to the Phoenix area. Thomas has served on several Councils and Associations, and is presently an active member and Commandant of the White Tank Mountain Detachment of the Marine Corps League in Surprise. His hobbies include golf, oil and acrylic painting, silver jewelry making, lapidary work and Navajo history.



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PORA Adult Learning
Conference 1
Humana 8/13 - 8/13 Mo 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM $10.00

The First Successful English Colonies in North America

Even though Jamestown, Virginia and Plymouth, Massachusetts were settled by people of the same English origin, these two colonies grew into very different societies.  We will focus on these earliest settlements including the reasons for their establishment and the hardships endured by the immigrants. The development of slavery and the beliefs of Calvinism will be addressed.  Some myths will be exposed. (1 session)

Instructor: John Lemma has a Master's Degree in History and has over 40 years teaching experience. He was an Advanced Placement History teacher in the USA, Europe and Asia. John is recognized by Stanford University for "Excellence in Student Preparation" and is also a winner of the "Most Inspirational Teacher" and the Byrne Innovative Teacher awards. He was nominated as a College Board mentor teacher and served on the College Board for the Education Testing Service as a reader/grader.




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PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Lemma 5/22 - 5/22 Tu 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM $10.00