FROM THE BIGHTS OF BENIN TO BLACK LIVES MATTER: AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY

“We are now the most perfect society in the world”:
Understanding America’s Past and Present

 

In 1782, a French-born immigrant to New York, J. Hector St. John de Crévecouer, published a series of letters intended for the European audience in which he posed a famous question: “What is an American?” As the author celebrated the quintessential characters of American society and its people, he triumphantly declared, “We are the most perfect society now existing in the world.” To the modern international readers, Crévecouer’s assertion may sound ludicrous and arrogant, especially considering what happened in America in 2020. Such media portrayals of America under Donald Trump’s presidency, however, frame a narrative that the superpower is on the path of irreversible decline while China is on the rise.

We now know the outcome of the U.S. Presidential Election of 2020. What the future holds for America in the upcoming decade? No one can tell exactly what will happen, but we can identify political, social, economic, and cultural trends by examining America's past to make some informed predictions. This course will survey the key themes of American history which continue to resonate with the global community in search of finding the perfect balance between prosperity, freedom, and equality.


Please note: All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Courses are usually cancelled, when necessary, 1-2 working days prior to the scheduled start date.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021 - W1136G

Time:
06:15pm to 08:45pm
Schedule:
5 weeks, Wed 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Presenter(s):
Price:
$49.00 incl. gst
Enrol on-line discount Online CC Payment: $44.00 incl. gst
Non-NZ Residents / Citizen: $98.00 incl. gst
Sessions:
5 Session(s)

Wednesday, 19th May 2021 - W1236G

Time:
06:15pm to 08:45pm
Schedule:
5 weeks, Wed 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Presenter(s):
Price:
$49.00 incl. gst
Enrol on-line discount Online CC Payment: $44.00 incl. gst
Non-NZ Residents / Citizen: $98.00 incl. gst
Sessions:
5 Session(s)

Wednesday, 11th August 2021 - W1336G

Time:
06:15pm to 08:45pm
Schedule:
5 weeks, Wed 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Presenter(s):
Price:
$49.00 incl. gst
Enrol on-line discount Online CC Payment: $44.00 incl. gst
Non-NZ Residents / Citizen: $98.00 incl. gst
Sessions:
5 Session(s)

Wednesday, 27th October 2021 - W1436G

Time:
06:15pm to 08:45pm
Schedule:
5 weeks, Wed 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Presenter(s):
Price:
$49.00 incl. gst
Enrol on-line discount Online CC Payment: $44.00 incl. gst
Non-NZ Residents / Citizen: $98.00 incl. gst
Sessions:
5 Session(s)