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HACC, Gettysburg Campus presents Community Education Day

Oct. 11, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Community Education Day features coffee and donuts, a bagged lunch and three class selections.
Review the course offerings for each session time and choose a first and second choice.




9-10:30 a.m. (SESSION I)

Leadership from the Movies: Moby Dick (50916)
Re-visit a classic movie, Moby Dick, with an eye toward finding leadership lessons for contemporary times. Using movie clips to guide discussion, we will analyze the obsessive Captain Ahab (played by Gregory Peck) as he masterfully persuades his international crew to abandon their original mission and join him in seeking revenge on the great white whale, Moby Dick, who had taken off Ahab's leg in a previous voyage.

Instructor: Antigoni Ladd, Curriculum Director, Tigrett Leadership Academy, Room 148

Tips for Historical Research- (50919)
Dig past the names and dates in your historical and genealogical research to find the stories of the past. Discover some new resources in your research and how to use them to uncover the tales that make writing about history interesting.

Instructor: James Rada, Jr., Room 115


Unsung Allied Codebreakers of World War II– (50920)
It was disclosed 30 years after World War II that the Allies broke the German ENIGMA cipher machine and 60 years after the war that they broke a second German machine called TUNNY. Popular accounts omit critical contributions of some overlooked men and women who deserve to be better known. This nontechnical talk will describe their ingenious work and specific instances of how intelligence from both systems brought extreme disadvantage to Nazi forces.

Instructor: David Peters, Room 138

Historic Architecture of Adams County, Pennsylvania– (50921)
This lecture will look at the history of the diaspora and settlement of three or more ethic and religious groups to York-Adams County –including the Scots-Irish, the German, and the Society of Friends/Quakers. We will look at each of the groups’ architectural contributions to our communities and discuss leadership, martial, culture, and religious impacts.

Instructor: James J Fritz, Room 113


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (SESSION II)


The Devil among Us: Understanding Salem- (50923)
This lecture examines the cultural, religious, and psychological influences that led to the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693. Primary historical documents and sermons, as well as modern perspectives and theories will be discussed.

Instructor: Cristal Renzo, Associate Professor, English, Room 145

A Walk among Heroes- (50924)
Join us for a walking tour among heroes. Participants will board the HACC bus. We will begin with a short walk to the iconic statue of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the D-Day invasion. Participants will then continue on to the National Cemetery where they will discover the history of the cemetery as well as visiting the sites of 10 WWII heroes buried there. Hear their stories and participate in a Jewish/Military tradition of honoring the dead. Seating is limited to 13 people and will be assigned on a first come basis.

Instructor: Tara Wenzel, Master Instructor Department of Defense (Retired). Meet in the HUB

Discovering Truth with John Dewey– (50925)
We will spend time with American Philosophers who loved the adventure of discovery for young and old alike. Enthusiasm guides us to find what is true and good – what works to solve a problem. Let’s look at the facts, plan together, be ready to listen and change our views along the way. John Dewey invites us to come along just for a while this morning. I hope you enjoy the journey

Instructor: Thomas J. Joyce, Ph.D, Room 147

Eddie Plank: Gettysburg's Hall of Fame Pitcher– (50926)
Eddie Plank is a Gettysburg farm boy who made it to the Major League. This famed left-handed pitcher played in four World Series and had 326 career wins. This is still the third best for a left-handed pitcher, and Eddie did this in fewer years than the two players with more wins. Come learn about Eddie's career, his life in Gettysburg, his marriage to a local girl from New Oxford, and his legacy in baseball.

Instructor: James Rada, Jr. Room 115


12:15-1 p.m. LUNCH

1-2:30 p.m. (SESSION III)


Chief Justice Roberts and the Supreme Court – Controversy or Consensus?- (50927)
The ideology of the Roberts Supreme Court is the subject of discussion and debate. This past year, the Court issued major opinions on gerrymandering, the symbolism of crosses on public property, the legality of a citizenship question in the Census, and Congress’s relationship with administrative agencies. Ted Hirt, who was a career attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice for over 36 years, recaps several of the controversial decisions from the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term.

Instructor: Ted Hirt, Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University Law School, Room 113

How are You Composing Your Life? – (50928)
How do we compose our lives? What happens when interruptions occur, like job loss, children moving away, limited mobility? We may face transitions, like retirement. How do we handle such events? What do we do now? We will discuss these questions by exploring what activities we have enjoyed in the past and present. Are there common threads throughout? What are they? How can we use those threads to stitch together a new garment that fits us today and tomorrow?

Instructor: Nancy Whitman, Retired Teacher, Room 148

Historic Homes and Grounds Tour at the Seton Shrine– (50929)
Visit a national shrine in Emmitsburg, MD that is a historic and religious site of the first native-born American saint, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Whether you are interested in history, art or the outdoors, you will find it at the Seton Shrine while discovering this incredible woman's story and the inspirational like and legacy that lives on in her name. This lecture will be a 60 minutes guided tour that includes 2 historic homes Elizabeth Ann Seton lived in as well as the Basilica. Participants will board the HACC bus and travel to the Seton Shrine. Seating is limited and will be assigned on a first come basis. This program is limited to 14 people. This bus tour is expected to return at 3:15 PM.

Instructor: Bridgett Bassler, Education Coordinator, Lisa Donahue or Richard Sautter, Docent Guide, Seton Shrine. Meet in the HUB

More Perspectives of Civil War Medicine: from the Practioner and the Soldier- (50930)
Contrasts the perspective of the Civil War medical practioner and the patient soldier. Relates the many advances in medical practice of the mid 19th century, including examples of actual medical devices (replica) and first person accounts of soldiers who were patients in a Gettysburg Civil War field hospital - and their encounters with the military medical system of their day.

Instructor: Tom Laser, Christ Lutheran, and Virgil Gibson, HACC Faculty, Room 138


Community Education Day Registration Form (pdf)