Wright Brothers

Memorable Moments (D)

Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Library 3021

Richard Dabrowiak

This is a drop-in seminar. As seniors, we have lived though an enormous number of exciting and significant events in history. This morning seminar will relive earth-shaking human tragedies, scientific breakthroughs and calamitous events that have affected how the world thinks and acts. The BBC videos in this seminar use dramatic reconstruction, eye-witness accounts and archival footage to relive and detail significant events in history. Each program focuses on two seemingly incongruous memorable events that shook the world. A short class discussion will help to clarify and understand the events more thoroughly. The schedule will also be in The Recorder.


Sept. 5: First in Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Moon Landing.
Film of Orville and Wilbur Wright's flight of a "curious air machine" for more than a minute in 1903. And 66 years later, the culmination of the race to the moon with Neil Armstrong's first step onto the moon surface.
Sept. 12: Attack on Pearl Harbor.
The surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pear Harbor, Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack led to the United States entry into World War II.
Sept. 19: Reach for the Stars: Gallileo's Trial and Yuri Gargarin's Flight.
Gallileo is persecuted for his heretical belief that the sun is the center of the universe. The 1961 flight of the first human in space, Yuri Gargarin, is documented in dramatic fashion.
Sept. 26: Tutankhamun's Tomb and the Deciphering the Rosetta Stone.
The unlocking of the mystery of the Rosetta Stone in 1822 and the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 brought ancient Egypt to life.