Summer Programs 2021

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Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan





Great Things!

Presented by William H. Fredlund

June 29 ~ Great Ideas: Happiness
July 6 ~ Great Men: Lincoln (Bruce Thompson)
July 13  ~ Great Books: Dante’s Divine Comedy
July 20 ~ Great Artists: Toulouse-Lautrec
July 27  ~ Great Food: Wine (Patrick Hunt)
Aug 3    ~ Great Food: Tea (Ruby Ming)
Aug 10  ~ Great Food: Coffee
Aug 17  ~ Great ideas: Calculating Time
Aug 24  ~ Great Ideas: Mapping the Earth



Great Cities

Presented by William H. Fredlund and Naeem Zafar

June 30 ~ London, UK
July 7  ~ Hamburg, Germany
July 14 ~ Copenhagen, Denmark
July 21 ~ Frankfurt, Germany
July 28 ~ Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aug 4   ~ Athens, Greece
Aug 11 (7:30PM)  ~ Istanbul, Turkey (Naeem Zafar)
Aug 18  (7:30PM) ~ Tel Aviv, Israel (Naeem Zafar)
Aug 25  (7:30PM) ~ Lahore, Pakistan (Naeem Zafar)



U.S. History: Truman and Eisenhower 

Presented by Bruce Thompson

July 1 – August 26 (9 sessions)
Tuition: $315


Innovation and Empire

Presented by Naeem Zafar

July 9 ~ Silicon Valley
July 16 ~ Demystifying Startups
July 23 ~ Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire
July 30 ~ Showdown: The United States and China



History of Music in 4 Easy Lessons!

Presented by Robert Hartwell

July 3 ~ The Baroque Era
July 10 ~ The Classical Era
July 24 ~ The Romantic Era
July 31 ~ The Modern Era



Imperial Japan ~ Land of the Rising Sun

Presented by Daniel J. Moran

Aug 7 ~ Part 1: Japan Among the Powers, 1853-1931
Aug 14 ~ Part 2: The China War, 1931-1941
Aug 21 ~ Part 3: The Pacific War, 1941-1943
Aug 28 ~ Part 4: Downfall, 1944-1945


Shakespeare lectures 

The Institute’s Shakespeare Center continues the year-long series of lectures through the summer.

Presented by Arlene Okerlund

SAT, Jun 19 ~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream
SAT, Jul 17 ~ The Tempest
FRI, Aug 13 ~ What’s So Great About Shakespeare? (Note date change from SAT, Aug 14.)



William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz, and also teaches at the Institute. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.

Ruby Ming received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Brown University. An avid follower of the Bay Area art scene and a visual arts educator for over twenty years, Ruby provides teacher trainings for the California Association for the Gifted and the California Art Education Association. She has developed arts curriculum for use in public schools, trained volunteers in teaching art appreciation and basic drawing, and taught visual arts skills to thousands of children.

Naeem Zafar is a Dean’s Teaching Fellow and a member of the faculty at the University of California Berkeley, and Professor of the Practice at Brown University. He teaches courses in Entrepreneurship, Technology Strategy, Innovation and New Venture Finance at Brown and Berkeley.  Naeem is the co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, and has authored five books on entrepreneurship.

Robert Hartwell holds a doctorate in music education from Columbia University. As professor of music at Foothill College, he specializes in welcoming the uninitiated into the world of classical music. He co-authored a three-volume series on the history of Western music, and contributed to the New Pedagogies in Higher Education series. He has served as a pre-performance lecturer for the San Francisco Opera.

Daniel J. Moran is Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca. He was educated at Yale and Stanford Universities, and has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Moran teaches courses and supervises doctoral research in strategic theory, American foreign relations, and the history of war and international relations since the end of the 19th century.