Courses Monday through Thursday will be held in the Activity Center, Hopi Room, 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

1. 1776 Jim Williams             4 sessions      9:00-11:00      Jan 6-27

The Year 1776 was one of the most tumultuous in American history. American troops faced the British in Boston, New York City, and finally, on the banks of the Delaware River near Trenton, New Jersey. After much hesitation the Continental Congress agreed to declare independence in July. Americans were fighting two conflicts: between the colonies and the British Empire, and between themselves over the future after independence. This course will examine the political, social and military history of that famous year.

Jim Williams has taught ILR courses since 2007.  He recently published Claiming the Desert, a history of Oro Valley from 1865 to 1965.

2. Please note: As of Feb. 7, 2020, class is closed to new registrations. Modern American Politics or Has America Gone Tilt? Don Shepperd
6 sessions       9:00-11:00           Feb 3-Mar 9

In this course we will discuss the US Constitution, the structure of our government, our voting process, America's politics in crisis and the huge issues facing the country, such as debt, healthcare, immigration, military, cyberspace, tariffs, global warming, energy, gun control, the Mideast, Russia, China and North Korea. If that is not sufficient, we will also discuss these final questions: what are the possible election outcomes, what are the final driving issues, what do the polls say, and who do we think will be elected taking into consideration that the polls were wrong last time?

Maj. Gen. Donald Shepperd, USAF (Ret) is a well-known speaker and author and is president of The Shepperd Group, Inc. Don is an experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker who has frequently given his time and thoughts to the ILR

3. Women's Suffrage    Mary Lee Fitzgerald     4 sessions      2:00-4:00
Jan 6-27

The 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, turns 100 in 2020. This is an amazing story which began in the 1840s when women still had no right to property or ownership of their own wages—a story of persistence in the face of ridicule, arrest and imprisonment. This course looks at the major players in the suffrage movement, the obstacles they faced and the strategies they learned to overwhelm the opposition.

Mary Lee Fitzgerald is an educator and professor who has previously taught ILR classes in American and Arizona history.

4. Masters of 20th Century Jazz Piano    Jim Ford         4 sessions      2:00-4:00           Feb 3-24

In this class we will hear performances by sixteen of the 20th century's foremost jazz pianists, ranging from Art Tatum to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock. There will also be some brief biographical notes. This should be a "must" for jazz lovers.

Jim Ford is a 22-year resident of Sun City and a life-long music lover. He played trumpet in bands and orchestras while in school. In retirement he has accumulated a sizable library of quality recordings which he uses for these ILR classes.