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.


♣ Great Artists of the Italian Renaissance

6 Tuesdays, March 7 – April 11, 1:00 p.m., Free

We will finish Professor William Kloss’s artist-centered survey of Italian artists. We will begin with Urbino and Mantegna and then move onto several weeks of Venice and its most celebrated artists including Bellini, Giorgione and Titian.

♣ 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.


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