Spring Lecture Series, 2020

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2020 Spring Lecture Series

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled 
the weekend lectures in April and early May (as noted below).

Due to the staff limitations necessary because of the “shelter in place” directive, we have simply granted future lecture credit to those persons who hold seats for cancelled lectures. (If instead you require a refund, please send an email to: office@westernciv.com)

Saturday evenings (except as noted)

All lectures begin at 7:00 PM

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

$35 per lecture

 

SAT, APR 4: ORCHESTRA HISTORY II: The Classical Era

Presented by Maestro Thomas Shoebotham

Orchestral music is one of the foundations of Western culture. Maestro Thomas Shoebotham returns to continue our survey of orchestral history. After the origins of the symphony in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, the orchestra entered the standardization of the Classical period, with its specific roster of instruments.

 

SAT, APR 25: JAN VAN EYCK and the GHENT ALTARPIECE

Presented by Frances Rushing, M.A.

Jan and Hubert van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece exemplifies the grand scale and minute detail of the painting style of the 15th century Northern Renaissance. In our evening together, we will examine the work of the Van Eycks and also pay particular attention to the city of Ghent.

 

SAT, MAY 2: KLIMT: His Controversies, His Women, and His Landscapes

Presented by Van A. Harvey, Ph.D.

Somehow, Gustav Klimt continues to pop up in the news: In the latest case, a lost painting, Portrait of a Lady (stolen from a museum in 1997), was just discovered hidden in the museum’s garden wall. Dr. Harvey will discuss the lost portrait, the controversies over Klimt’s portraits of women, and the new interest in his landscapes.

 

SAT, MAY 9: FRIDA KAHLO

Presented by Citlalli Del Carpio, M.A.

Spend an evening with Frida Kahlo ~ hear about her life in Mexico City amidst a background of the cultural, social, and political realities of that time; her marriage with Diego Rivera; her art; the importance of her dresses in her painting Las Dos Fridas; and her legacy in popular culture.

 

SAT, MAY 23: THE LION’S CUB: DAVID BEN-GURION

Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D.

David Ben-Gurion was the founder of the State of Israel. As the country’s commander-in-chief and principal strategist during its war of independence, he was the indispensable man, one of the most creative and consequential political leaders of the twentieth century. TICKETS

 

FRI, MAY 29: IRAN: Its History, Culture, and Future

Presented by Professor Naeem Zafar

Iran is one of the earliest civilizations in the world. It has ruled far beyond its borders but has been engulfed in conflicts with its neighbors and the West for the last 40 years. What are the sources of these conflicts and what does the future hold? What are the people like and what is their culture? (This lecture is also offered on Saturday, May 30, as noted see below.) TICKETS

 

SAT, MAY 30: IRAN: Its History, Culture, and Future

Presented by Professor Naeem Zafar

(This lecture is a repeat of that offered on Friday, May 29. See above for lecture description.) TICKETS

 

SAT, JUN 6: Orchestra History III: The Romantic Era

Presented by Maestro Thomas Shoebotham

Maestro Thomas Shoebotham continues our survey of orchestral history with the changes occurring during the Romantic period (roughly 1830 to the early 20th century), when the orchestra became an even greater force due to its increasing size. TICKETS

TO REGISTER:

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

OR register online at shop.westernciv.com

or click TICKETS links above.

 

Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

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