Winter Lectures 2017

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2017 Winter Lecture Series

 

Penelope and Odysseus reunite

   Presented by various resident and visiting lecturers 

Evenings at 7:00 PM

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

$30 per lecture

(FRI, JAN 13) THE ODYSSEY: PENELOPE & ODYSSEUS REUNITE 

Presented by Marsh McCall, Ph.D.

The long, tense meeting of Penelope and Odysseus and the mysterious and magnificent way that Penelope comes to her reunion with him is one of the most widely studied sections of the Homeric epics. SOLD OUT

 

(FRI, JAN 20) RODIN CENTENARY

Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.

2017 marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death. Though his most notable works were criticized during his lifetime, he is now regarded as the father of modern sculpture.  SOLD OUT (See REPEAT LECTURE DATE, MAR 18, BELOW.)

 

(FRI, JAN 27) NIETZSCHE ~ THE CRITIQUE OF WESTERN CULTURE

Presented by Van A. Harvey, Ph.D.

Nietzsche is one of the most controversial yet influential philosophers of the 20th century, first celebrated by the Nazis but now interpreted as a radical humanist.  TICKETS

 

(FRI, FEB 3) SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS

Presented by Nicholas Jenkins, Ph.D.

The 154 sonnets by William Shakespeare, published in 1609, are a summit-achievement in the history of lyric poetry in English. But though unquestionably great, these poems are neither serene nor unchallenging.  TICKETS

 

(SAT, FEB 11) THE CONQUEST OF POLIO

Presented by Richard D. Andersen, M.D.

Few medical histories are as compelling as the conquest of polio, which was fraught with many errors until the success of Jonas Salk’s vaccine in 1955. TICKETS

 

(FRI, FEB 17) PAKISTAN ~ THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS PLACE  

Presented by Professor Naeem Zafar

Why has Pakistan come to dominate the news over the last two decades? What are the internal and international dynamics shaping this country’s place in the world?  TICKETS

 

(FRI, FEB 24) THE ULTRA SECRET: CODEBREAKING AT BLETCHLEY PARK AND THE WINNING OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR 

Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D.

By 1940, Britain had lost its only ally—France. But Winston Churchill had one ace up his sleeve: British codebreakers at Bletchley Park had just broken the code used by the Luftwaffe. TICKETS

 

(FRI, MAR 3) MONET ~ THE EARLY YEARS 

Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.

Monet’s artistic development during his formative years of 1858 to 1872 in Paris, Algeria, England, and Argenteuil. TICKETS

 

(FRI, MAR 10) BEETHOVEN ~ THE MIDDLE YEARS (TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY) 

Presented by Robert Hartwell, Ph.D.

War and despondency define the works of Beethoven’s middle years. Vienna fell to Napoleon, and as the full implications of his hearing loss begin to unravel, Beethoven’s music underwent a fundamental change.  TICKETS

 

(SAT, MAR 18) RODIN CENTENARY (REPEAT)   

Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.

2017 marks the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death. Though his most notable works were criticized during his lifetime, he is now regarded as the father of modern sculpture.  TICKETS

TICKETS: 408-864-4060, Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM
OR click TICKETS links above to register on line.

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