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Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin: Revolutionaries at the Keyboard

Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin: Revolutionaries at the Keyboard

Focus on the impact of these three musical giants who revolutionized piano repertoire and performance technique in this combination of lecture and performance.

Wednesdays Sept 28 – Nov 2
2:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Alexander Tentser

In Person
Crowning Glories: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve English Queens

Crowning Glories: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve English Queens

Discover the stories of twelve influential women who wore the crown and changed English history. Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the six wives of Henry the 8th, Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, Victoria and Elizabeth II.

Wednesdays Oct 5, 12, 19 Nov 2
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: Richard A. Cosgrove

In Person
Mark Twain

Mark Twain

“Italian Guides” and “The Tomb of Adam” from Innocents Abroad (1869)

Friday Oct 7
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
In Search of the First Americans: Exploring Paleoindian Archaeology in North America

In Search of the First Americans: Exploring Paleoindian Archaeology in North America

Explore the discoveries that address the question of when, where and how people first migrated to North America and examine the different chronologies and cultures found in the archaeological record.

Thursdays, Oct 20 – Dec 8
10:00 – noon

Instructor: Matthew J. Rowe

In Person
The Great Short Stories of Charles Dickens

The Great Short Stories of Charles Dickens

Best known for his novels, Dickens also wrote hundreds of short stories. Read and discuss selected stories from the famous Pickwick papers to his beloved Christmas stories, in this four lecture series.

Thursdays Oct 20, 27, Nov 3 and 10
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Instructor: Cynthia Meier

In Person
Anyone Can Whistle: The Musical Theatre of Stephen Sondheim

Anyone Can Whistle: The Musical Theatre of Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim was the most influential composer-lyricist of the last half of the 20th Century, Join Richard Hanson for a lecture series that honors the legacy of this giant of Musical Theatre who managed to entertain and at the same time, speak to a higher moral and human truth.

Oct 25 - Dec 6
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: Richard T. Hanson

In Person
Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Nov 4
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Making Sense of the 60's

Making Sense of the 60’s

Consider the turbulent political and social climate of the Sixties from JFK’s New Frontier to LBJ’s War on Poverty, the Cuban Missile crisis to Viet Nam, the sexual revolution to racial unrest and more.

Wednesdays, Nov 9, 16, 30 and Dec 7
10:00 – noon

Instructor: Michael Schaller

In Person
The Art of Spain: El Greco, Velasquez, Goya and the Evolution of Spanish Art

The Art of Spain: El Greco, Velasquez, Goya and the Evolution of Spanish Art

Take a closer look at Spanish art from the late 16th Century to the beginning of the 19th Century as you investigate the turbulent rise and fall of Monarchial Spain, the Golden Age of Spanish Baroque and the eventual twilight of Spanish art.

Wed Nov 30 – Dec 21
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Kevin Justus

In Person
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Dec 2
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Jan 6
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Black, White and Shades of Gray: Classic Fine Art Photography of the 20th Century

Black, White and Shades of Gray: Classic Fine Art Photography of the 20th Century

Individually made from negatives in the dark room, modern black and white photography established a new art form. Revisit famous images by legendary photographers and discover hidden gems in four lectures plus a visit to the UA Center for Creative Photography.

Thursdays Jan 12 - Feb 2
1:30-3:30pm

Instructor: Mike Dominguez

In Person
And the Beat Goes On... The Saga of Television and American Rock and Roll

And the Beat Goes On… The Saga of Television and American Rock and Roll

Television and Rock and Roll – a match made in heaven! We’ll chronicle three decades of American Pop Music from the Rock and Roll of the 1950s to the Rhythm and Blues of Motown of the 1960s to Disco of the 1970s.

Tuesdays: Jan 17 - Mar 7
10:00 am - noon

Instructor: Richard T. Hanson

In Person
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Feb 3
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Versailles-the Palace of Power, Artistic Triumph, and Poignant Memory

Versailles-the Palace of Power, Artistic Triumph, and Poignant Memory

Examine the palace of Versailles from its political messages to its cultural triumphs through the reigns of Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis VI to its evolution as a museum in the present day.
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Wednesdays Feb 8 - Mar 15
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Instructor: Kevin Justus

In Person
Willa Cather

Willa Cather

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Mar 3
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Discover and discuss these often-overlooked treasures in a series of lectures that will expand your understanding of and appreciation for the giants of American literature.

Friday Apr 7
10:00 am – noon

Instructor: William A. Fry

In Person