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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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    The most famous play (perhaps) in all of Western drama is riddled with perplexity.  Are the gods and the universe just or unjust toward Oedipus? Does Oedipus lead his life with a series of free choices or is he simply controlled by fate? Is his life innocent or guilty?  Presented by Marsh McCall, Ph.D., Saturday, March 7, 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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