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Cold War presentation to be held at NCTC

Pat Ledbetter | Jul 20, 2017

On July 27, 2017, the Adult and Continuing Education division at North Central Texas College will offer a presentation on the Cold War led by Professors James Jones and Pat Ledbetter. They invite the community to join them at 10:00 am in Room 204 of the Adult and Continuing Education Building (200 Building) on the Gainesville Campus. This program is a snapshot of an exciting opportunity that the college is providing to its service community this fall: a new humanities course focusing on the Cold War era in American and world history.

The course will be offered through both the academic program and the Adult and Continuing Education Division.   The class, taught every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11:00 in Lecture Hall of the Health/Science Building, will go beyond a historical account of the era. Through an exploration of film, graphic novels, games, music and other cultural artifacts participants will gain insight into the clash that dominated life in the latter half of the 20th century.  

Professors Jones and Ledbetter will be coordinating the course. Professor Jones is a cultural historian with special emphasis on ways the fear and uncertainty of the Cold War influenced film and television. His graduate work is in the history of ideas and humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He noted, “Too often college courses are narrowly focused so that students learn facts and figures without seeing how those facts and figures connect. We believe in a holistic or 360 degree approach that demonstrates no event or person exists in isolation and every piece of history affects every other piece. This course reflects this philosophy.”

According to Lori Dunn, Program Coordinator for Community Education, “This will be an opportunity for our constituents who are interested in personal enrichment to participate in an academic learning community. They will be invited to share their experiences and perspective with these outstanding faculty members and with the current generation of college students. After all, a core principle of our Lifelong Learning division is to foster personal growth throughout life.” NCTC encourages all interested persons to join the class, which will be open and free to those who do not seek academic credit. They may attend any one or all of the sessions.

Department Chair Crystal Wright added that the college offered a similar experience in the spring semester of 2015 involving a study of the Dust Bowl. “We found this model to benefit both our academic students and interested community members. In this case students will have the opportunity to interact with people who lived through these turbulent years, while community members can engage in a retrospective consideration of their own experiences.”