Fall Lecture Series 2017

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2017 Fall Lecture Series

 

Presented by various resident and visiting lecturers 

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All lectures begin at 7:00 PM

(doors open at 6:15 PM for wine and goodies)

$30 per lecture

TO REGISTER:

Call 408-864-4060, Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM

OR register online at shop.westernciv.com

or click TICKETS links below.

 

(OCT 13, at 7:30) HANNIBAL

Presented by Patrick Hunt, Ph.D.

How did Hannibal bring an army with elephants over the Alps and invade Italy, surprising Rome in many tactically brilliant battles? Patrick Hunt sheds light on many conundrums associated with one of the greatest commanders in history.

 

(OCT 20) STRAVINSKY’S THE RITE OF SPRING

Presented by Robert Hartwell, Ph.D.

A new ballet featuring a pagan story, bizarre costumes, nearly impossible-to-dance choreography, and jarring, dissonant music debuted in Paris in 1913 before an incensed audience that booed so vehemently that the dancers could not hear the orchestra. TICKETS

 

(Oct 27) MARTIN LUTHER: 500 YEARS

Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.

“Here I stand; I can do no other.” October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s legendary nailing of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg Castle church, changing the history of the church and the world forever. TICKETS

 

(NOV 3) KLIMT

Presented by Van A. Harvey, Ph.D.

This fall, the Legion of Honor presents “Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter.” Professor Harvey will offer some comments on the San Francisco exhibition and discuss Klimt’s background and the controversies that have persistently swirled around his art (especially his portraits of women). SOLD OUT (call 408-864-4060 to get on the wait list)

 

(NOV 10) HISTORY AND CATASTROPHE: THE TITANIC REVISITED 

Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D.

Why, more than a century after sinking on its first voyage across the Atlantic, does the tragic fate of the Titanic continue to fascinate us? TICKETS

 

(NOV 17) EGYPT: THE WORLD’S OLDEST CONTINUOUS EMPIRE  

Presented by Professor Naeem Zafar

Egypt has been in the center of civilization for over 6,000 years — few cultures in the world have richer history. We will travel through time to appreciate this magical land and its customs, culture, and people. TICKETS

 

(DEC 1) A HISTORY OF THE WIFE 

Presented by Marilyn Yalom, Ph.D.

Distinguished cultural scholar Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage in the Judeo-Christian world through the centuries and shows how radically our ideas about marriage have changed.  TICKETS

 

(DEC 8) THE POET YEATS ADDRESSES DEATH

Presented by William M. Chace, Ph.D.

Dr. Chace discusses three Yeats poems that address death: “The Municipal Gallery Re-visited,” “The Circus Animals’ Desertion,” and “Politics.” TICKETS

 

(DEC 15) THE ART OF THE NATIVITY

Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.

The infant Jesus, the gentle mother Mary, the steadfast Joseph, the resplendent angels, the shepherds with their lambs, the manger, the cows and the donkeys…this familiar story from the New Testament has generated a priceless heritage of paintings over the ages of Western art. TICKETS

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