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When History Lives 

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Spring 2022 Registration Now Open

Designed for life-long learners hungry for discussion, context, and a broader understanding of modern U.S. history, "When History Lives," now in its fifth year, is a journey back to the classroom (minus the final exams). 


Join Dr. Longley for one or all of these multi-session courses offered in the fall, spring, and new for 2021 - in the summer. Courses are currently held online and are separate from his classes at Chapman University.


NEW: Spring 2022

Details below 

All classes take place on Wednesdays, via Zoom, from10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Arizona time. 

You will receive an invitation weekly in addition to advance materials including a PowerPoint presentation.

You will have access to the chat room to ask questions during the presentations.

Classes are $120 per person or $200 per couple. 

Register one of three ways: 

1. Online, by clicking one of the buttons below the course description. 

2. Via Pay Pal, using the QR code below.  

3. By mail. See instructions below. 
Spring 2022 Series: How Democracies Die: The History of How Authoritarians Rise to Power From Ancient Athens Through 2022   

March 23, March 30, April 6


Winston Churchill once stated: “Democracy is the worst form of government - except for all the others that have been tried.” While cynical after being voted out of office in 1945, Churchill understood that despite the challenges of democratic rule the alternatives such as those of the fascist regimes stood in the way of people exercising their basic human rights.


Classic democracy arose more than 2,500 years ago in Athens and other city-states of ancient Greece and has evolved in many renditions over the years, but especially since the founding of the American Republic in 1776. Democracies throughout the world have battled to sustain the commitment to popular rule against despots who continually threaten the foundations. This class will look at how democracies have arisen, thrived, but also failed and why.

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Additional ways to register: 

Via PayPal using the QR code below and pricing noted above:

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