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    In 2019, Rome will be about 2800 years old. What is it like in 2019, with mass tourism, thousands of pilgrims coming to see Papa Francesco, and the famous and ubiquitous graffiti on the walls? Answer: It's still great! Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:00PM.

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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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    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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    One of the greatest surviving works of sculpture from the Roman world is the Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace. It was lost to history for centuries, and then in the 20th century, it was dug up and pieced together, and is now in one of the greatest modern buildings of Rome, designed by American architect, Richard Meier. Presented by William H. Fredlund,...

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    Fifteen miles east of Rome is the magnificent garden city of Tivoli. This charming town is the location of several spectacular villas, each with gardens, fountains, and pools: the Villa Adriana, built for the Emperor Hadrian in about 200 AD, and the Villa d'Este, created in the Renaissance. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, April 18,...

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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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    Orchestral music is one of the foundations of Western culture. Maestro Thomas Shoebotham takes us on an evening's journey through the origins of the orchestra—from the ancient Greek "orchestra" to the early instrumental ensembles of the Renaissance and Baroque eras that set the stage for the modern symphony orchestra. Presented by Maestro Thomas...

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    Over milennia, gardens have been used to show wealth and dominion over the natural world. But gardens are also sanctuary for the soul, sacred space to invite the Muse of art. Elizabeth Murray shares personal stories and historical references about the great gardens of Versailles and Giverny and lesser-known gardens of Normandy. Presented by Elizabeth...

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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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