History & Art History

 History & Art History


Jihad! – Mark Albertson

8 Mondays, May 15-July 10, 10:30 a.m., $80

Jihad is an Arabic term meaning struggle. For the Muslim that struggle is of an internal nature; an effort by which the individual attempts to rid the self of those impediments which compromise their becoming one with their religion. Waging that struggle justifies the essence of Islam, which is surrender to God.

The popular notion of Jihad held by many non-believers is that of Holy War. This series will be a progression of sessions which will seek to peel away the confusion, misconceptions and propaganda which hamper a proper conception of not only what is construed as the Jihadi movement, but hopefully foster a better understanding of one of the globe’s most fascinating yet misunderstood religions.

 


NEW: Nazi Revolution, 1919-1934

Mark Albertson

4 Tuesdays, June 6 – 27, 10:00 a.m., $40

From the demise of Imperial Germany to the Night of the Long Knives, this course will chronicle the Nazi Revolution. Covered will be the Versailles Treaty; the 1919 Spartakus rising in Berlin, led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg; General Hans von Seekckt and the roots of Blitzkrieg; the Freikorps; the inimitable Ernst Rohm and the S.A.; the 1923 Munich Putsch; Mein Kampf; origins and organization of the Nazi Party; Adolf Hitler; and the Night of the Long Knives.


♣ From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism

12 Tuesdays, April 18 – July 11, 1:00 p.m., Free

They appeared in a period of upheaval. They saw the rebuilding of Paris, the rise of industrialism, the ruin of the Franco-Prussian war. They displayed their shocking works in a series of exhibitions from 1874 to 1886. And by the 1890s, this “loose coalition” of artists who rebelled against the formality of the French Academy had created the most famous artistic movement in history. “They” were the Impressionists, and Professor Richard Brettell from the U. of Texas, Dallas is your expert curator and guide to a movement that created a new, intensely personal vision of the world.


♣ From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism, Part II

Tuesdays through July 18, 1 p.m., Free

We will continue this series with Degas, Cassatt, Manet, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Professor Richard Brettell from the U. of Texas, Dallas is your expert curator and guide to a movement that created a new, intensely personal vision of the world.


♣ Picasso & Braque go to the Movies

Tuesday, July 25, 1 p.m., Free

Explores the relationship between fine art and early cinema as seen in the works of cubists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.


♣ The Rape of Europa (117 minutes)

Tuesday, August 1, 1 p.m., Free

Documentary about Nazi Germany’s WWII plundering of Europe’s great works of art and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.


♣ Islamic Art (90 minutes)

Tuesday, August 8, 1 p.m., Free

Documentary of stunning breadth and beauty transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal the astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture.

 


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