History, Language & Current Events



American History: General U.S. Grant

Our American history has some interesting and colorful figures. This class will discuss General U.S. Grant based on the book "Captain Sam Grant" by Lloyd Lewis. Learn about his life from his childhood until 1861, when he became involved in the American Civil War. (4 sessions)

Instructor: During his 30 years in the court system, Larry wore several hats including Education, Training and Development Director. He serves as a volunteer for the AARP Smart Driver program and is a certified instructor in Arizona. Larry has also taught several other classes for PORA. He combines his professional knowledge and sense of humor to offer his students a rewarding classroom experience.



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This class meets Tuesday, September 25, Thursday, September 27, Tuesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 4 (4 sessions).

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AMGG
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Anderson 9/25 - 10/4 Tu Th 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM $20.00

Civil War Western Campaign
Using letters from a soldier in the 40th Illinois Volunteer Regiment, we will follow his unit’s involvement in the Western Campaign from 1861 to 1864; from basic training to the taking of Atlanta.  The 40th was involved in many engagements including Fort Henry, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta and finally ending in the Grand March in Washington D.C before being sent home to Illinois.  Through letters and other sources we will explore this period as it related to what was going on in the country beyond the strategies of the Generals and politicians from both sides and gain insight on how the soldiers felt about the battles.  (4 sessions)

 

Instructor: Larry Anderson was inspired to develop this class from the 30 letters written by his great uncle to his mother during his time of service between 1861 and 1864. His letters tell a unique and interesting story not documented elsewhere.


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CWWC
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Anderson 10/8 - 10/17 Mo We 11:00 AM - 02:30 PM $20.00

The Day Pres. Kennedy Died in Dallas by Parkland Hospital Employee: Dr. Diane Cheney

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy took place over 53 years ago, but many of us still remember where they were when they heard about it. Find out the timeline of what happened in that short space of time after Kennedy was shot at noon on 11/22/63. Learn the motivating factors in this tragedy. Then two days later his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was assassinated by Jack Ruby, and two years later Jack Ruby died of cancer - all at Parkland hospital where Dr. Cheney was working as a nurse. You will hear what really happened! (1 session)

Instructor: Dr. Diane Cheney belongs to the American Psychological Assn., the American Nurses Assn., the National Social Workers Assn., and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Diane was a nurse at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy, but later became a psychologist. She did psychotherapy, testing, and consulting with companies and cities to eliminate drug problems and hire good employees. She was appointed Drug Czar of Dallas by the Mayor. The author of 10 books and co-author of 9 more, she has served on the Sun City West Rec Center Governing Board. 



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PRESK
PORA Adult Learning
Conference 1
Cheney 11/7 - 11/7 We 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM $10.00

The Fake Death and Final Decades of Howard Hughes!

Learn about the incredible story with the ingredients of fabulous wealth, a reclusive man unable to escape his famous life, assistance from the CIA providing an alternate identify, and a loving wife who knew how to keep secrets.

 

Howard Hughes changed his appearance, employed a stand-in to create a diversion, accepted another name and identity, faked his death, yet continued to operate his business through his cadre of aides. Additionally, he found a wife, Eva McLelland, who loyally kept his secret to herself.  After the stand-in died in April 1976, Howard and Eva lived a reclusive lifestyle.

 

Eva McLelland relayed this amazing story to Mark Musick over a period of eight years.  After four years he came to believe the story, and set out to fully develop the intriguing tale.  Becoming totally convinced of its authenticity, he worked with Douglas Wellman for two more years prior to the book’s release in May 2010.  The 2nd edition, with additional information was released in March 2016.

 

Hear about the details of how Howard pulled the wool over the eyes of the public and lived the remainder of his years with the woman he loved.  He finally met his maker in November 2001, a quarter of a century later than thought.

 

Instructor:   

Major General Mark Musick retired from the military in 2008 at the rank of Major General. In 2002, Mark met Eva McLelland who told him a secret which she had not divulged to anyone, however since her husband of 31 years had just died it was time to tell someone. Mark has authored and published a history changing book “Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes.”  I have presented at many libraries, museums, meetings and events in NE, IA, ND, SD, MO, IL, FL, IN, WI, NY, CO, AL, and KS. 




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hhftw
PORA Adult Learning
Conference 1
Musick 12/12 - 12/12 We 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM $10.00

The Love Life of Presidents Kennedy, Reagan, and Trump

The story of wives, girlfriends, odd behaviors, strange habits, and the incredible role of love in the lives of these presidents. (1 session)

Instructor: Dr. Cheney was a nurse at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy but later became a psychologist. She did psychotherapy, testing, and consulting with companies and cities to eliminate drug problems and hire good employees. She was appointed Drug Czar of Dallas by the Mayor. The author of 10 books and co-author of 9 more, she has served on the Sun City West Rec Center Governing Board.



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llp
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Cheney 10/4 - 10/4 Th 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM $10.00

The Unquiet Shades of The Little Big Horn

The American film industry has produced more than 50 films and even a TV series with the exploits of Custer as a focal point. If you grew up watching the Westerns of the 50's and 60's, it is likely you have been exposed to copious amounts of misinformation regarding the Little Big Horn battle at Greasy Grass in late June of 1876. This presentation will clarify what occurred while demonstrating how each generation uses history to create its own narrative. Scenes from "They Died with Their Boots On" (1941), "Little Big Man" (1969) and "Son of the Morning Star"(1989) will be shown. (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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USLBH
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 1
Lemma 10/18 - 10/18 Th 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM $10.00

The Vietnam War

Driven by domestic politics and the Cold War, the Vietnam War helped define an entire era in American History. This class will explore the causes, conduct, and results of the Vietnam War -from the colonization of Indochina by the French through the rushed American withdrawal in 1975. We will address the lessons learned and not learned by our leaders as evidenced by our current struggles in the Middle East.

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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tvw
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 1
Lemma 12/3 - 12/3 Mo 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM $10.00

What's Going on with our Fire Department

The story of the changes in the Sun City West Fire District up to the present time as Arizona Fire and Medical Authority. Learn about changes in the fire service over the years. Invited fire district guests will add information to Dr. Cheney, the fire board director who presents. (1 session)

Instructor: Dr. Cheney was a nurse at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy but later became a psychologist. She did psychotherapy, testing, and consulting with companies and cities to eliminate drug problems and hire good employees. She was appointed Drug Czar of Dallas by the Mayor. The author of 10 books and co-author of 9 more, she has served on the Sun City West Rec Center Governing Board.



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wgf
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Cheney 10/31 - 10/31 We 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM $10.00