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D4. The Transcontinental Railroad

  • 03/23/2020
  • 04/20/2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 03/23/2020, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 03/30/2020, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 04/06/2020, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 04/13/2020, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • 04/20/2020, 3:15 PM 4:45 PM
  • AC - Kennedy Building Rm. 119
  • 65

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In the sesquicentennial year of its completion, we will examine the creation of the first rail line to cross the USA. It was a tremendous feat of engineering, a massive public boondoggle, a vehicle for racial prejudice and virtual genocide, a death march of cutthroat competition, and a corrupt political stew all rolling on rails 4’8 ½” apart.

INSTRUCTOR: Victor Saffrin has a BA in Theater and Economics and an MS in Computer Science and is now retired from a career spanning rock-and-roll lighting roadie, laser light show designer, embedded software engineer, and engineering process manager. He has taught WISE courses for several years.

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Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609
508-767-7513
wise@assumption.edu

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