Experiential Learning

The Russian Women’s Battalion in WWI

MCC Center for Experiential Learning Director George Maniates will discuss the significance of the Russian Women’s Battalion in World War I at the USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St., in Muskegon.

The talk launches the Fall Lecture Series, entitled “Truth Is Stranger than Fiction in Military History,” being held at the USS Silversides Museum. Admission is $5 person but free to all USS Silversides Museum members.

A companion 2015 Russian film, “Battalion,” will be shown every day at 2 p.m. from Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 9. The film is included in the admission price to the museum.  Museum members are free.

“Before most women could vote and 100 years before the United States Military allowed women to serve on the front line, Russian women stepped up to the plate,” said Maniates, an MCC history faculty member and National Endowment of Humanities Summer Institute scholarship recipient.

“The Russian Provincial Government formed The Women’s Battalion, all-female combat unit, after the February Revolution as a last-ditch effort to inspire the mass of war-weary soldiers to continue fighting in World War I. This effort nearly transformed the war and recast the role of female combatants in the Russian and later, Soviet Armies.”

“Cowboy Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and Donald Trump” Presentation Sept. 26 in Grand Haven

The MCC Center for Experiential Learning will host a lecture, “Cowboy Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt and Donald Trump,” on Thursday, September 26, from 7-8 p.m. at the Loutit Library, 407 Columbus Ave., in Grand Haven.

The talk is free and open to the public. MCC Social Science faculty members Kurt Troutman and George Maniates will compare the two presidents, both New Yorkers, who upset the establishment by declaring war on the “invisible government” of special interests.

For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

Experience Nashville on Oct. 11-13

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

MCC’s Center for Experiential Learning is sponsoring a weekend trip to Nashville, TN, on Oct. 11-13, 2019, to experience Americana music and presidential history. Join us for three glorious days of heartland travel, historical exploration and musical enjoyment.

Your travel fee of $450 per person includes luxury motor coach transportation, two nights at the Inn at Opryland and tickets to Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum and a musical event at the world famous Bluebird Café. Optional Nashville activities include: the Ryman Auditorium – the Mother Church of Country Music; Ernest Tubb Record Shops; Old Town Trolley Tours; and Peg Leg Porker – Nashville’s Best Bar-B-Q.

If you have traveled with us previously and you sign up prior to July 15, 2019 you qualify for a preferred rate of $400 per person. Registration can be completed by contacting Mary Schutt 231-777-0380.

Friday, October 11, 2019
7:00 am Depart Muskegon
6:00 pm Arrive in Nashville
7:00-10:00 pm Downtown Nashville (Optional)

Saturday, October 12, 2019
9:00 am Depart Hotel for Hermitage
Noon: Depart Hermitage
12:30-5:30 pm: Downtown Nashville
6:00 pm: Bluebird Café Live Music
9:00 pm: Depart for Hotel

Sunday, October 13, 2019
7:00 am Depart Hotel
6:00 pm Arrive in Muskegon

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For more information on the Center for Experiential Learning, call (231) 777-0380.