History & Art History

 History & Art History


  ♣ Italians Before Italy: Conflict and Competition in the Mediterranean

12 Thursdays, September 8 – December 8, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., (no class 11/17 or 11/24) $20

This course traces the development of the Italian city-states of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, showing how the modern nation of Italy was forged out of the rivalries, allegiances, and traditions of a vibrant and diverse people. Esteemed Italian history professor Kenneth R. Bartlett from the University of Toronto will take you on a riveting tour of the peninsula, from the glittering canals of Venice to the lavish papal apartments and ancient ruins of Rome. Our own esteemed volunteer, Ladd Seton, will lead the discussion after the showings.


  ♣ NEW: 1000 Masterworks

10 Tuesdays, September 13 – November 15, 1:00 p.m., Free

Take a fascinating journey through the history of art and examine 50 masterpieces from the greatest museums in the world. Let well known authors be your guide, explaining the greatest works of art and providing interesting interpretations and background information to every masterpiece. A deep insight into the most important genres will bring you closer to the most famous artists and will help you to see the works from Hopper, Gauguin or Warhol and many more with new eyes.


♣ Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

11 Tuesdays, December 6 – 20 and January 10 – February 28, 1:00 p.m., Free

The supreme works created in Florence, Rome, Venice and other Italian cities during the Renaissance by such masters as da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian have never been equaled and have established a canon of beauty that pervades Western culture to this day. Professor William Kloss is your guide through this visual feast in an artist-centered survey that explores hundreds of paintings and sculptures by scores of artists.


Iraq: A History, Part 1 – Mark Albertson

8 Mondays, January 9 – March 13, 10:00 a.m., $80

Iraq as a modern nation is a recent addition to the family of nations. This tortured nation is the product of the infamous Sykes/Picot Agreement of 1916, where the British and French forged the borders of modern Iraq. London and Paris pursued their colonial agendas in the Near East in expectation of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Such agendas came at the expense of the indigenous peoples living there. This series will trace the evolution of one of the most storied epics in human history, proceeding from Ancient Iraq, Islamic Iraq, Ottoman Iraq, British Iraq, American Iraq and culminating with the current tragic aftermath.


♣ Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

18 Thursdays, January 12 – May 11, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., $20

This course offers you a penetrating look at the fascinating and remarkable past of this storied part of the world. Taught by professorial lecturer and Middle East expert Eamonn Gearon of Johns Hopkins University, these lectures unfurl a breathtaking panorama of history, exploring a 1,300 year window from the rise of the warrior prophet Muhammad to the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War 1. The history you’ll discover here is as dazzling as anything in the Arabian Nights, and is all the more astonishing for being the true story of the Middle East.

Our own esteemed volunteer, Ladd Seton, will lead the discussion after the showings.


♣ These programs are high-quality video lectures from the Teaching Company, BBC, PBS and other venues shown on a big screen.