History, Language & Current Events



Ancient Astronaut Theory

Since this is theory, it will center more on discussion than lecture. Evidence will be presented as past recent history from around the world. Dating 20,000 years to present, the heart of the subject will be explaining what archeologists aren't really able to. (2 sessions)

Instructor: John Wresch has a B.S. and M.S.G. in Education from UW Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  He lives here in Sun City West and loves to share his interests in history and literature.



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AnAT
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 1
Wresch 3/14 - 3/21 We 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM $15.00

French for Beginners
This class is intended for those who have not studied French previously (or not for several decades). Students will be introduced to French pronunciation as well as basic vocabulary and grammar. Planned topics include numbers, dates, family, food, travel, descriptive adjectives and common present tense verbs. Topics may vary, due to class input and experience.  (6 sessions) 

Instructor:  Kay Young has a BS degree in French from the University of Kansas and an MA in Church History from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.  She has taught French at the high school and college level, both in California and Arizona.

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FRB
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Young 2/20 - 3/27 Tu 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM $25.00

Murder at the Fair

The assassination of William McKinley altered the political alignment in the US and changed the course of American History. The assassin himself perfectly fits the sociological profile of the extremists who commit acts of terrorism today. The class will explore this event with the help of a documentary, and will address the ascendancy of President Theodore Roosevelt and the changes he brought to the US as a direct result of the assassination. (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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MATF
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 1
Lemma 4/17 - 4/17 Tu 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM $10.00

The Atomic Bomb and a Reckoning of WWII

The decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan in August of 1945 contributed to ending WWII. This class will address that decision and its impact on ending the war. Also, we will assess the short and longer-term results of the war by answering the following questions: Which country paid the least for victory, but probably got the most from the war? Which country paid a high price for victory, but got very little in return? Which country paid a very high price for victory and got much in return? The class will answer these questions with explanations of the prices paid, as well as, the benefits. We will also address how these issues are portrayed in American textbooks and in the media. (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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ABWW
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Lemma 3/19 - 3/19 Mo 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM $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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TDN
PORA Adult Learning
Camino 2
Blair 2/21 - 2/28 We 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM $10.00