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    At 6AM on Sept 20, 2019, Dr. William Fredlund and his sister Patricia joined 12 people at the doors of the Vatican Museums. The streets were empty. No taxis. No other people. We were about to unlock the doors and windows of all the Vatican museum rooms ~ and enter the Sistine Chapel with no one there. How did we do it? Presented by William H. Fredlund,...

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    The familiar Nativity story from the New Testament has generated a priceless heritage of paintings over the ages of Western art.  This lecture, a tradition at the Institute, is a wonderful way to enter into the beauty of Christmas! Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D. Friday, December 20, 2019, 7:00PM.

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    James Tissot was one of the most celebrated artists of his time, yet we now know less about him than his contemporaries, the Impressionists. Dr. Fredlund presents an overview of Tissot's life and work to prepare you for the Legion of Honor's show James Tissot: Fashion and Faith (to Feb 9). Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, January 4,...

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    Elizabeth Wydeville, Margaret Beaufort, and Elizabeth of York, women whose characters were forged by The Wars of the Roses, embodied courage, persistence, stamina, and fortitude to a degree rare in human nature, and they created a generation of English kings:  the Tudor dynasty.  Presented by Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    Thirty-five miles north of Rome, the city of Cerveteri is most famous today for its 1000-acre Etruscan burial ground, with thousands of rock-cut tombs rich in artifacts and wall paintings depicting scenes from Etruscan daily life. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    Today, January 25, is the first day of Chinese New Year. Learn why it’s not really a lunar new year and why the Chinese zodiac isn’t a zodiac, discover the meaning of some of the many symbols for prosperity and good fortune, and look at artworks inspired by the symbols and traditions. Presented by Ruby Ming, Saturday, January 25, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    Brahms ranks among the most loved of composers, yet his personality was anything but lovable—even his closest friends lived in fear of his acid tongue. Brahms was Wagner’s rival, Beethoven’s successor, Clara Schumann’s lover (?)—and not least, one of Western music’s greatest geniuses. Presented by Robert Hartwell, Ph.D., Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    How long have humans used the sun, moon, and stars as sky calendars? Stonehenge is only one example of ancient time reckoning.  Whether for tracking animals or for agriculture, human measurements of time have been profoundly tied the skies above for at least 20,000 years. Presented by Patrick Hunt, Ph.D., Saturday, February 8, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    The History of Ancient Greece ~ Fall Quarter: The Homeric Age.  Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.  10 Wednesdays, October 8 - December 18, 2019, 7:00-9:45PM (no class November 27).

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    At 6AM on Sept 20, 2019, Dr. William Fredlund and his sister Patricia joined 12 people at the doors of the Vatican Museums. The streets were empty. No taxis. No other people. We were about to unlock the doors and windows of all the Vatican museum rooms ~ and enter the Sistine Chapel with no one there. How did we do it? Presented by William H. Fredlund,...

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    Thirty-five miles north of Rome, the city of Cerveteri is most famous today for its 1000-acre Etruscan burial ground, with thousands of rock-cut tombs rich in artifacts and wall paintings depicting scenes from Etruscan daily life. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, January 18, 2020, 7:00PM.

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    Monte Cassino is the home of the most powerful monastic force of the Middle Ages: the Benedictines. Here Benedict wrote down his Rule that has governed his company of monks to this day. The abbey has been repeatedly destroyed—most famously during the Battle of Monte Cassino in World War II—and each time, it has arisen anew. Presented by William H....

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    A few miles from the capital lies Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome. Over the centuries the Tiber flooded and covered much of it ~ in our own time, archaeologists are uncovering it piece by piece. Here you can see the remains of docks, warehouses, homes, shops, and baths — giving a peek at the life of Rome. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D.,...

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    The familiar Nativity story from the New Testament has generated a priceless heritage of paintings over the ages of Western art.  This lecture, a tradition at the Institute, is a wonderful way to enter into the beauty of Christmas! Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D. Friday, December 20, 2019, 7:00PM.

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