Tacoma Community College in Gig Harbor presents Harbor Institute, a program for active, engaged, and non-degree seeking adults who don’t want to stop learning! Harbor Institute is a new lineup of courses designed for the curious, the inquisitive, and the academically inclined – individuals seeking ongoing intellectual challenges! Courses are dynamic and topics are inspired. Instructors are talented, highly qualified experts in their fields of study, motivated to share their knowledge and experiences with people who appreciate and crave further awareness about exciting, interesting, and relevant subjects. Participants will continue to learn in an environment that supports face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers, about diverse topics in humanities, science, technology, social science, and public interest – without tests, term papers, or grades!
Have you ever wondered what your DNA has to tell you about your ancestry? Look at the current science and methodologies being utilized by public and private institutions to determine genetic ancestry, and see how anthropologists, historians, and archeologists view this “evidence.” 4 sessions.
This class picks up the history of spying with the disestablishment of the OSS and formation of the CIA. Spying operations, successes, and failures will be explored as well as the intelligence needs that underlie these operations. Discuss current US intelligence structure and the formation of the Counter Terrorism Center. 5 sessions.
Vienna is much more than strudel, coffeehouses, waltzes, and the Blue Danube.Learn about the fascinating history and prominent characters, including Richard the Lionhearted, Sigmund Freud, Klimt, Lenin, and Mozart’s bizarre burial. 4 sessions.
Learn how to use these sources for finding and compiling family information. 1 session ea.
Examine the major issues and theories of modern Egyptology. Beginning with the earliest inhabitants of the Nile and continuing through the fascinating religious and funerary practices that most people have heard about. 6 sessions.
Have you ever wanted to know more about the Etruscans or the other non-Latin (Roman) cultures of Italy? This class examines the overlooked history and key contributions of cultures that shaped the region. 6 sessions.