Following the blockbuster Vermeer Exhibit at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, we’ll examine the details and remarkable beauty of Vermeer’s work and consider the Holland of his time, the factors that made him unique and his remarkable sensitivity to the world of women.
Wednesdays Dec 6 – 20
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Instructor: Kevin Justus
Enjoy the memories of Christmas from the view of a young child and discover more about a nostalgic and simpler time through this beloved work by Dylan Thomas
Monday, Dec 11
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: Cynthia Meier and Joseph McGrath
Celebrate the movie musicals that starred the greatest dancers of the 20th Century. We’ll explore the rich history of dance in movie musicals and toast the directors, choreographers, and stars who created dance works of art on film. Put on your dancin’ shoes! It’s lights, camera, action for an all singing, all dancing spectacular!
Tuesdays, Jan 9 – Feb 27
10:00 am - noon
Instructor: Richard T. Hanson
Discover the intriguing history of saguaro cactus imagery that followed the railroad’s progress through the Sonoran Desert in the early 1880s —resulting in transplanted displays from Southern Pacific depots to world’s fairs that acquainted Americans with the plants firsthand. The use of highly imaginative images by the tourism industry after WWII continues to the present day, making the saguaro an icon of the American West.
Monday, Jan 29
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Instructor: William L Bird Jr
Move beyond the well-known works of great American authors to discover and discuss often overlooked treasures in this series of monthly lectures by literature professor William Fry.
John Barleycorn, an autobiographical novel serialized in the Saturday Evening Post (1913)
Friday, Feb 2
10:00 am – noon
Instructor: William A. Fry
Britain has had a long-standing connection to the Middle East in the modern era. The Ottoman Empire was long supported by Britain in the 19th century and the 1917 Balfour Declaration marked British interest in the politics and oil of the Middle East. The current conflict between Hamas and Israel is just the most recent event that has forced Britain’s choices in foreign policy.
Tuesdays, Feb 13 - Mar 5
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove