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    If you have ever wondered if there is a difference between love and lust, there is no better place to sort out your thoughts than with Shakespeare's sonnets. You may not agree with the Bard, but you are sure to learn something! Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Friday, February 16, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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    Few medical histories are as compelling as the story of the conquest of polio. The virus emerged as an epidemic in the 20th century, causing paralysis and death, mainly in children. The path to its conquest was one of great effort until Salk’s vaccine was announced in 1955. Presented by Richard D. Andersen, M.D., Saturday, February 17, at 7:00PM (doors...

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    In 1368, a Chinese peasant defeated the Mongol descendants of Ghengis Khan, became emperor, and established the Ming dynasty. With economic strength built on trade, the dynasty of “Great Brightness” was able to expand the Great Wall, sail as far as Africa, and build the Forbidden City. Presented by Ruby Ming, Friday, February 23, at 7:00PM (doors open at...

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    Except for his most diehard defenders, the case is now closed: Alger Hiss (1904-1996) was a spy for Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. Whitaker Chambers's pumpkin patch, in which Hiss allegedly concealed State Department papers, became one of the iconic images of the Cold War.  Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, March 2, at 7:00PM (doors open at...

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    The Making of the Western Mind ~ Winter Quarter: The Medieval World.  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  10 Thursdays, January 11 - March 15, 2018, at 7:00PM. 

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    Victorian England ~ Winter Quarter: England in the Mid-Nineteenth Century ~ The British Empire (upon which "the sun never set").  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  10 Mondays, January 8 - March 12, 2017, at 7:00PM. 

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    INSTITUTE NEW MEMBER - "SILVER" LEVEL (ONE YEAR) Members have access to the following exclusive benefits: -       All streaming videos and lectures created to-date -       The online Institute Travel Guide -       The Institute collection of DVDs, for borrowing

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    The History of Modern France ~ Winter Quarter: France in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (1820-1870).  We will discuss rebels in art, rebels in the street, and rebels in the literary world.  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  10 Wednesdays, January 10 - March 14, 2018, at 7:00PM. 

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    "The History of Modern Italy" ~ Winter Quarter: Italy in the Eighteeth and Nineteeth Centuries. We will study the beginnings of modern Italian democracy and the impetus for unification.  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  Ten Tuesdays, January 9 - March 13, 2018, at 7:00PM.

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    Except for his most diehard defenders, the case is now closed: Alger Hiss (1904-1996) was a spy for Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. Whitaker Chambers's pumpkin patch, in which Hiss allegedly concealed State Department papers, became one of the iconic images of the Cold War.  Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., Friday, March 2, at 7:00PM (doors open at...

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    We owe a great debt to the Greeks, if their long legacy is examined. Even the very word "economy" is Greek, like 25% of English vocabulary. Greek contributons to Western philosophy and politics, including democracy, and to music, poetry, and drama are immense. Presented by Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., Friday, March 9, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine...

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    No place on earth has a richer history than the Levant: modern day Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordon, and Israel.  We will look at the history and culture of this region that has so impacted world civilization as we know it, and the sights, food, and places that must be on your “bucket list.”  Presented by Naeem Zafar, Saturday, March 17, at 7:00PM (doors open...

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    If you have ever wondered if there is a difference between love and lust, there is no better place to sort out your thoughts than with Shakespeare's sonnets. You may not agree with the Bard, but you are sure to learn something! Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Friday, February 16, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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    The city that beckoned to James Joyce, Italo Svevo, Sir Richard Burton, and Jan Morris is more famous for its literary contributions than its art or architecture. Pictured above is the statue of Joyce near the Trieste harbor. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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