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MINI COURSE SELECTION


SPECIAL EVENT
The Gilded Age: America's Downton Abbey Era

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-71
DAY: Wednesdays
TIME: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus


America's Gilded Age – a term popularized by Mark Twain – encompassed the years 1870-1900 and was an era in which American society dramatically changed. It witnessed the emer­gence of the United States as a world power as well as a time of significant domestic changes. The talks will consider issues of race, gender, class, and power along with the problems related to them. Comparisons will be made with British society at the time as portrayed in the popular television series Downton Abbey.

All six lectures are free and open to the public and will be on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.


SEPTEMBER 21 What Was the Gilded Age (and Are We in Another One Now?)
SEPTEMBER 28 The Nightmare Years: Race and Terror in the Gilded Age
OCTOBER 5 Life in the Gilded Age City: Creative Chaos or Working Class Tragedy?
OCTOBER 26 American Art in the Gilded Age: Ambition, Wealth and Power
NOVEMBER 2 Upstairs, Downstairs: Middleclass Women and Their Domestic Servants

NOVEMBER 9 Science, Technology, and Capitalism in the Gilded Age: Progress and Poverty  


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SPECIAL EVENT
15-WEEK EVENING COURSE

Topics in American History - The Gilded Age

COURSE NUMBER: HIS-127-52
INSTRUCTOR: J. Pesda
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 6-8:30 p.m.
DAY: Wednesdays
DATES: 9/7-12/21

 

This course will focus on the period in American history from 1870-1900 and review the Progressive Era that followed it. It will be offered in conjunction with the lecture series The Gilded Age: America's Downton Abbey Era.

Note: Registration for this 15-week course includes your registra­tion to the lectures. On the night of a lecture the class will meet at 7 p.m. inside Civic Hall in the Connector Building.


SPECIAL EVENT
Autism Lecture Series

COURSE NUMBER: CE.IDY-209-72
DAY: Tuesdays
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Connector 101, Forum, Blackwood Campus


Welcome to the 8th annual Autism Series at Camden County College! We are particularly pleased to be offering several workshops that address specific areas of interest as requested on evaluations by previous workshop attendees (communication skills, challenging behaviors/anxiety/hyperactiv­ity, medication and genetics). As always, the workshops are FREE, but we do ask that you register so we can be sure to have the appropriate number of seats, handouts, etc. This year's series is once again underwritten by a generous grant from the Autism Society of America, Southwest New Jersey Chapter, www.solvingthepuzzle.com and by the ongoing generosity of the Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH), www.cnnh.org.

We hope you will join us!
All five lectures are free and open to the public and will be on the Blackwood Campus of Camden County College.

 

OCTOBER 4 A Basic Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
OCTOBER 11 Autism and the Decision to Drive
OCTOBER 18 Transitioning from PECS to Technological Devices
NOVEMBER 1 Assessing Challenging Behavior with Medical or Psychological Causes
NOVEMBER 15 The Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities and Epilepsy

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS
Election 2016

During Fall Semester 2016 Camden County College is sponsoring a free lecture series on the issues in the upcoming national election that will include visiting university scholars and political figures. All of the lectures are scheduled for 7 p.m. on either Monday or Tuesday evenings at the College's Blackwood Campus. A full description of the series and the lecture dates will be provided at a later date. For more information contact Valerie Concordia atvconcordia@camdencc.edu.


Foreign Policy Challenges in the 2016 Election and Beyond

October 4 - 7 p.m. Civic Hall Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer

The United States faces many foreign policy challenges ranging from ISIS to an ascendant China, from fraying Western alliances to a more aggressive Russia.The stakes are high and the outcome of the 2016 election will determine the direction of U.S. foreign policy in the years ahead.What should we expect?

 

The 2016 Presidential Election 

October 11 - 7 p.m.

Jim Florio Former NJ Governor

Florio will draw upon is knowledge and experience as governor, US Congressman, NJ Legislator and faculty member of Rutgers’s University’s Eagleton Institute to analyze the issues and the candidates in the election.

 

Government Regulation: What Difference Could it Make in the 2016 Race?

October 25 - 7 p.m.

Richard Harris Professor of Political Science/Public Policy & Administration Rutgers University

Traditionally, Democrats advocate far more regulation to protect citizens while Republicans charge that regulatory burdens stifle economic growth.Actually, both parties promote regulations but have distinctly different priorities which produce varied outcomes.The regulation debate in the coming election will have a far reaching impact on its outcome and on the future of America.


The Second Most Important Election of 2016

November 1 - 7 p.m.

Ross Baker Professor Department of Political Science Rutgers University

This year there are 34 seats up for election in the U.S. Senate the results of which will determine the control of that body.The make-up of the Senate is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the new president will be able to nominate justices to the Supreme Court but confirmation requires a majority vote in the Senate.Control of the Senate will also impact on important legislative matters with far ranging impact.


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SPECIAL EVENT
Constitution Day Lecture

The Electoral College: What Were the Founders Thinking?

COURSE NUMBER: CE.IDY-210-75
DATE: Thursday, September 15
TIME: 2-3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Connector 101, Forum, Blackwood Campus

2016 is a presidential election year. No doubt people will discuss why we don't just have an election by popular vote for our chief executive. How is it that the Electoral College has remained our voting system for President? In this talk we'll take a look at why the system was chosen, how it actually works, and whether a popular vote option is a possibility. Get ready for election season with this primer on the Electoral College system.

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SPECIAL EVENT
Civil War Book Award: Doreen Rappaport, Abe's Honest Words

COURSE NUMBER: CE.IDY-210-76
DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016
TIME: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Connector 101, Forum, Blackwood Campus


Doreen Rappaport, award-winning children's author of fifty-three books, will be presented with the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table inaugural Michael A. Cavanaugh Book Award for her book, Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Ms. Rappaport will be talking and answering questions after the award ceremony via SKYPE.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Children of all ages – but especially those in grades two through six will be fascinated to hear Ms. Rappaport talk about her book and to answer questions from the audience about her book on Lincoln and other of her books. Copies of
Abe's Honest Words will be available for purchase at the award ceremony.

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SPECIAL EVENT
Film Screening: Remarkable Tales of the Civil War
DATE: Thursday, October 20

TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Civic Hall, Blackwood Campus

"Remarkable Tales" features the seldom told and fascinating experiences of countless soldiers whose captivating stories have been relegated to the dust bin of history. Heroes and heartbreak come alive in this new documentary produced by the same team that collaborated on the 2015 documentary, Civil War Prisons - An American Tragedy. Come hear the tale of an escaped prisoner, a runaway slave, an unlikely tragedy on the railroad and a disaster at sea. Written and produced by Joseph F. Wilson. Music arranged and performed by Mike Wilson. Edited by Rich Mendoza Video Productions. 53 minutes

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SPECIAL EVENT
The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table presents a Civil War Symposium
New Jersey in the Civil War - Answering Lincoln's Call

DATE: Saturday, October 22, 2016
TIME: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

• Northern Homefront : Dr. Judith Giesburg, Villanova University
• Civil War Ballooning: Dr. Jim Green, NASA
• Philadelphia, Arsenal of Defense: Dr. Andy Waskie, Temple University
• New Jersey Generals: Dr. David Martin, Peddie School
• Exhibitors from local Historical Societies, Museums and Civic Organizations
Civil War Music, Door Prizes and Raffles.

 

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SPECIAL EVENT
Freedom of Religion and Freedom from Religion: Current and Emerging Issues

COURSE NUMBER: CE.IDY-210-78
LOCATION: Civic Hall, Connector Building
DATE: Monday, November 14
TIME: 7 p.m.
PRESENTER: Edward Barocas


The State of New Jersey is attempting to provide over 10 million dollars to a yeshiva and seminary; a private company is seeking an exemption from discrimination laws for religious reasons; and town meetings are still often opened with a prayer. Protecting religious freedom (which includes freedom from religion) requires protecting both the right to be free from governmental restraints as well as the right to be free from undue government influence, interference or involvement in the religious realm. The contours of those rights are still being developed. This discussion will address recent court decisions and emerging issues in the area of religious freedom.

 

This program is sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

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SPECIAL EVENT
A FILM SCREENING
Germans and Jews

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Civic Hall, Connector Building, Blackwood Campus

 

Germans and Jews is a recently released documentary film (June, 2016) exploring the current relationship between Germany and its Jewish population. More than 200,000 Jews currently live in Germany, while Berlin, Germany’s largest city, has one of the fastest growing Jewish populations in all of Europe.


The film begins with conversation around a dinner table between descendants of Holocaust Survivors and Nazi perpetrators. Through their personal stories, and through interviews with various academics, the film explores Germany’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on.


The participants filmed in the documentary grapple with a difficult and painful subject. No one in the film ignores or minimizes the crimes of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Rather, they confront the questions of where are they now, and how are they moving forward in reconciling their painful histories.

The film was directed by Janina Quint, a non-Jewish native of Germany, and Tal Recanti, an American-Israeli Jew. Friends for more than 30 years, Quint and Recanti have been exploring together the repercussions of the Holocaust on their identities. Their openness and respect for each other has been carried over into this film.

In a world that feels ever more divided and broken, Germans and Jews illustrates the value of what can be gained with open and honest dialogue. One does not need to be German or Jewish to feel hopeful after watching this film. Germans and Jews encourages conversation about uncomfortable issues and illustrates how bridges can begin to be built by sitting together and having a thoughtful dialogue.


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SPECIAL EVENT
WALKING TOUR

A Center City Stroll of the Magical Rittenhouse Square Area
DATE: Tuesday, September 27
TIME: 10 a.m.
COST: $20 per person
LIMIT: 25 people Joe Haro, long-time Philadelphia architectural guide, will take us on a tour of Victorian and Gilded Age architecture in the Rittenhouse Square area of Center City. The tour will feature an eclectic mix of buildings and sites including historic churches, brownstone houses and public buildings.

 

The tour will begin at the Academy of Music at the corner of Locust and Broad Streets, which is easily accessible from the PATCO Speed Line, 15th-16th Street exit (the last stop).

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MINI-COURSE SELECTIONS

Courses are offered to community members to enhance their knowledge and to help teachers meet their professional development requirements.

  • Teachers receive 3 hours of professional development per session, 15 for attendance at all 5 sessions of the series.

  • The courses are $25 each or you may become a member of the Center for $50 and take unlimited courses September 1 to August 31. (Review our refund policy here.)

  • To become a member, download a pdf of the registration form to mail in or call 856-227-7200, ext. 4333.
  • To register for a Mini-Course, download a pdf of the Mini-Course Registration Form  and return the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility
    Connector Building, Room 103
    Blackwood Campus
    200 College Drive
    Blackwood, NJ 08012


MINI-COURSE SELECTION
SESSION I: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 27
EVENINGS: BLACKWOOD

Southern Living: Biographical Sketches of Antebellum Southerners

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-51
INSTRUCTOR: R. Baumgartner
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
DAY: Monday

 

Enables students to examine the lives of five individuals who lived in the South prior to the Civil War and examine the connections between their lives and the war.


Week 1: 9/26/16 The Diarist: Mary Boykin Chesnut
Week 2: 10/3/16 The Plantation Owner: James Henry Hammond
Week 3: 10/10/16  The Slave Owner: April Ellison
Week 4: 10/17/16  The Newspaper Editor: William Henry Parsons
Week 5: 10/24/16 The Soldier Turned Politician: Jefferson Davis

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MINI-COURSE SELECTION

SESSION I: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 27

EVENINGS: BLACKWOOD

The Microbiome:Our Intestinal Friends or Our Intestinal Foes

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-52
INSTRUCTOR:T. Del Girono
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 105
TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
DAY: Tuesday

 

Bacterial populations and their effects on our moods, weight, energy and health will be discussed. We will also consider what we can do to enhance (or not!) our bacterial friends: probiotics, prebiotics and antibiotics.

 

Week 1: 9/27/16 Mother Nature Sent Me – Evolution Began This Entire Process
Week 2: 10/4/16 Who's in Control Here? We're Outnumbered 10 to 1
Week 3: 10/11/16 Watch Those Antibiotics!
Week 4: 10/18/16 Why Are My Cows and Pigs Getting so Big?
Week 5: 10/25/16 Pregnancy, C-sections, Breast Feeding and the Microbiome

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MINI-COURSE SELECTION

SESSION I: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 27
EVENINGS: BLACKWOOD

Pivotal Tuesdays: Five Elections that Changed the Twentieth Century

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-53
INSTRUCTOR: R. Voldish
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
DAY: Thursday

This course will examine in detail five elections that fundamentally altered the course of American government and society. These elections not only captured the socio-political zeitgeist of their times but also substantially redefined how Americans viewed themselves, each other, and their place in the world. We will see the new government agencies created, issues debated, and commitments made. Each class will include excerpts from a documentary or feature film, editorial cartoons, and party-defining speeches to supplement the course content.

 

Week 1: 9/29/16 1912: The Battle of the Progressives
Week 2: 10/6/16 1932: The Advent of FDR
Week 3: 10/13/161968:The Politicization of the Culture War
Week 4: 10/20/16 1980: The Reagan Revolution
Week 5: 10/27/161992: The Installation of the Baby Boom

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MINI-COURSE SELECTION

SESSION I: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 27
EVENINGS: ROHRER CENTER, CHERRY HILL

 

On Being Human: Discovering Truth and Beauty in the Humanities
COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-65
INSTRUCTOR: N. Markellos
LOCATION: ROH 110
TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
DAY: Mondays  

 

This course introduces students to the value and function of the humanities in modern life. Through an examination of the history, process, issues and techniques of the humanities, students will realize that many of the problems and uncertainties faced in the modern world can be better understood in the light of humans' accomplishments and failures as reflected by the humanities.

 

Week 1: 9/26/16 What Makes Us Human?
Week 2: 10/3/16 Art – The Imitation of Life
Week 3: 10/10/16 Roots of Culture Mythology and Literature
Week 4: 10/17/16 On Morality and Happiness in Society
Week 5: 10/24/16 Love and Death

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MINI-COURSE SELECTION

SESSION I: SEPTEMBER 26 – OCTOBER 27
EVENINGS: ROHRER CENTER, CHERRY HILL

Desperate Measures: Civil War Extraordinary Occurrences, Controversial Individuals, and Military Medicine

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-66
INSTRUCTOR: H. Kaufman
LOCATION: ROH 110
TIME: 2-4:30 p.m.
DAY: Thursday

 

This course concentrates on a significant number of controversial personalities, occurrences and events, and strange and highly unusual incidents that occurred during the four years of the Civil War. It also dispels the myths and explores the reality of Civil War medical practices.

 

Week 1: 9/29/16 Duels, Fools & Scoundrels
Week 2: 10/6/16 Civil War Terrorism
Week 3: 10/13/16 Secrets and Spies
Week 4: 10/20/16 Medical Practices of the 1860s
Week 5: 10/27/16 The Truth about Military Medicine Explores



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SESSION II: NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 16
DAYTIME: BLACKWOOD

The Black Death:A Time of Death, Despair, and Revival

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-54
INSTRUCTOR: J. Pesda
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 2-4:30 p.m.
DAY: Tuesday  

 

 

Fear of epidemics, such as Ebola and Rika, have become part of our every-day life, especially the possibility that they could become pandemics that threaten the survival of society. To better understand the impact of the spread of deadly diseases on social, political, religious, and economic institutions, we will examine the catastrophic Black Death of the fourteenth century as well as survey later epidemics and pandemics. One of the consequences of the uncontrolled spread of disease is the fear it generates and the emotional responses it engenders which often exacerbate the damage caused by it.



Week 1: 11/8/16 Medieval Society on the Eve of the Black Death
Week 2: 11/15/16 Origins of the Black Death and Its Initial Impact on European Society
Week 3: 11/22/16 Efforts to Explain the Causes of the Plague
Week 4: 11/29/16 The Toll of the Black Death on both Humans and Institutions
Week 5: 12/6/16 Later Pandemics and Their Consequences

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SESSION II: NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 16
EVENINGS: BLACKWOOD

The American Presidency: George Washington to Abraham Lincoln

COURSE NUMBER:IDY-209-55
INSTRUCTOR: J. Carmichael
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
DAY:Monday

 

An examination of the evolution of the presidency, from the indispensable leadership of George Washington to the seminal political sagacity of Abraham Lincoln.  

 

Week 1: 11/7/16 George Washington: Shaping the Presidency
Week 2: 11/14/16 The Impact of Jeffersonian Ideology
Week 3: 11/21/16 Jacksonian Democracy and Bureaucratic Expansion
Week 4: 11/28/16 The Antebellum Period:
Week 5: 12/5/16 Abraham Lincoln and the Preservation of the Union

 

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SESSION II: NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 16
EVENINGS: BLACKWOOD

Lincoln, Kennedy and King: Their Great Speeches and Writings and How to Improve Your Writing and Speaking COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-56
INSTRUCTOR: E. Dwyer
LOCATION: Madison Hall, Room 105
TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
DAY:Tuesdays

 


NOTE: Class will not meet on 11/23. This seminar examines the great writings and speeches of Lincoln, Kennedy and King. The rhetorical brilliance of these great historical figures will be examined in detail, and you will gain new insights into their outstanding abilities as communicators. Additionally, you will learn how to improve your speaking and writing. You will receive the text for the class, free of charge. It will be handed out at the first class.

 

Week 1: 11/8/16 Introduction: Rhetorical Devices and Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and "First Inaugural Address"
Week 2: 11/15/16 Lincoln: Selected Great Letters (Horace Greeley, Mrs. Bixby, Meditation) and "The Emancipation Proclamation"
Week 3: 11/22/16 Kennedy: "Inaugural Address" and "The Unspoken Speech"

Week 4: 11/29/16 King: "I Have a Dream" and "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Week 5: 12/6/16 Conclusion: How to improve Your Speaking and Writing and Recap

 


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SESSION II: NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 16
EVENINGS: BLACKWOOD

A Literary Journey through the U.S., Part 2: The Gilded Age

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-57
INSTRUCTOR: E. Hernandez
LOCATION: Madison Hall, room 210
TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
DAY:Thursday
NOTE NO CLASS: Class will not meet on 11/24

 

This course will examine late nineteenth through early twentieth century American writings from the post-Civil War period through the start of the Progressive Era. Diaries, letters, newspaper accounts, short stories, and poems will shed light on American History, sociopolitical realities, and cultural adaptations of the period known as "The Gilded Age." Readings will represent different geographic areas.

 

Week 1: 11/10/16 Reconstruction
Week 2: 11/17/16 Industrialization
Week 3: 12/1/16 Rural Life
Week 4: 12/8/16 Urban Life
Week 5: 12/15/16 Realism

 

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It Happened on Broadway: Exploring the American Musical

COURSE NUMBER:IDY-209-67
INSTRUCTOR: M. Screnci
LOCATION: ROH 110
TIME: 4-6:30 p.m.
DAY: Monday

 

This course focuses on the greatest of American art forms, the musical. The course will look at several popular musicals from five different eras, looking at what made them the exciting events of their day. A brief history of the New York Theatre District will weave throughout each week as well. The course will employ lecture, discussion, and of course, clips of each musical presented.

 

 

 

Week 1: 11/7/16 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
Week 2: 11/14/16 Tradition
Week 3: 11/21/16 One Singular Sensation

Week 4: 11/28/16 The British Are Coming
Week 5: 12/5/16 We're in the Money

 


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His Name Was Alexander Hamilton

COURSE NUMBER: IDY-209-68

INSTRUCTOR: K. Jackson
LOCATION: ROH 110
TIME: 6:30-9 p.m.
DAY: Thursday
NOTE: Class will not meet 11/24.

 

Whether you've seen the show, plan to, or just have heard the buzz, this course will introduce you to the life and times of Hamilton. Using scenes from the Broadway smash as a jumping off point, this series will explore Hamilton's life and the times in which he lived, thrived, and tragically died. He had interesting relationships with each of the first five Presidents, which will be a thread that connects the series.


Week 1: 11/10/16 Scene One

This session will provide an overview of Hamilton's life, death, and numerous achievements. His surprising and little known connection to our 5th president, Monroe, will highlight the talk.

Week 2: 11/17/16 Scene Two
The time period leading up to and including the Revolutionary War take center stage. Hamilton's relationship with Washington before, during and after the latter's presidency are the focal point in this session.

Week 3: 12/1/16 Scene Three

Hamilton's role in shaping the Constitution at the convention, its ratification and interpretation early in the Republic will be discussed. His collaboration and then rivalry with Madison are explored.

 

Week 4: 12/8/16 Scene Four

Hamilton had a big influence on the outcome of several Presidential elections. John Adams makes his cameo in this talk as we see the rise of political parties and dirty politics.


Week 5: 12/15/16 Scene Five

Hamilton vs. Jefferson. Hamilton's rivalry with Jefferson was one that helped define the direction of the nation. In the wrap up session, the triumphs and failures of Hamilton will be summarized and discussed. 

 

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