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Monday Scholars: Cycles of American Political Thought


 

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Mondays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
September 12 - January 16*

* No meeting Sept. 26 & Oct. 10

About Monday Scholars:

Monday Scholars combines the best of online learning with live virtual discussion! All you need to do in advance is be eager to learn and discuss. Each week, you will log in and together, via Zoom, all of us will watch two video lectures presented by Dr. Joseph F. Kobylka. Then, via Zoom, OWL's Karen Pasternak will lead everyone in a discussion of what we just watched.

About the course: 
In Cycles of American Political Thought, we will examine the often neglected philosophical underpinnings of our nation's history. With renowned political scientist Professor Joseph F. Kobylka as our guide, we will explore how this nation of "doers" has, from its birth, been deeply engaged with the most fundamental questions of political philosophy.

From our earliest days, the nation has borne the imprint of influential thinkers from the European continent, from the Reformation theology of John Calvin to the Enlightenment philosophy of John Locke. We will examine how these ideas have influenced the actions and events of our history. 


About the instructor:
Dr. Joseph F. Kobylka is Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. Professor Kobylka has received numerous awards for teaching and is recognized as an expert in American politics, constitutional law, judicial behavior, and American political thought. He is a founding member of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU, and he appeared in a four-part PBS series on the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Tuesday Scholars: The Guide To Essential Italy


 

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Tuesdays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
December 13 - April 11

About Tuesday Scholars:

Tuesday Scholars combines the best of online learning with live virtual discussion! All you need to do in advance is be eager to learn and discuss. Each week, you will log in and together, via Zoom, all of us will watch two video lectures presented by Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett. Then, via Zoom, OWL's Karen Pasternak will lead everyone in a discussion of what we just watched.

About the course: 
 “You may have the universe, if I may have Italy.“ — Giuseppe Verdi 

Anyone who is familiar with Italy—its glorious architecture, epic history, exquisite fine arts, and majestic landscape—understands Verdi’s passionate words. The Great Courses, in collaboration with the renowned Smithsonian, brings you a specially tailored journey of a kind no guidebook anywhere can offer—a personally guided tour that lets you explore the most famous and culturally important sites: splendorous palaces, grand piazzas, dazzling statuary, glorious cathedrals and churches, monumental artworks, and much more. In the process, you’ll take time to visit hidden gems and less traveled byways, and to make unusual and fascinating discoveries.

About the instructor:
Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett is a Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 1978. He was the first director of the University of Toronto Art Centre and founding director of the Office of Teaching Advancement at the university, a position he held until 2009.

Much of Professor Bartlett’s career has been devoted to bringing the culture of European history into undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Together with his wife, Gillian, who herself holds a Ph.D. and is the author of seven books, Professor Bartlett regularly leads tours to Europe for major museums, universities, and cultural organizations.

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Friday Scholars: Classic Novels - Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature


 

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Fridays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
August 5 - December 9*

*No class November 25

About Friday Scholars:

Friday Scholars combines the best of online learning with live virtual discussion! All you need to do in advance is be eager to learn and discuss. Each week, you will log in and together, via Zoom, all of us will watch two video lectures presented by Dr. Arnold Weinstein. Then, via Zoom, OWL's Karen Pasternak will lead everyone in a discussion of what we just watched.

About the course:
Join us for the whole series or pop in to hear selected lectures! 

Classic novels perform a sort of miracle, jolting us to see the remarkable, often provocative truths that underlie the human condition. To experience these extraordinary novels is to ask deep and sometimes unsettling questions about our lives and our world. In this series, we will move beyond what is often offered in literary courses: plot synopses, anecdotes, facts about where and when a novel was written. With Professor Weinstein's guidance you'll gain something greater and more profound: an opportunity to experience the startling brilliance that makes each of these works a classic.

Here is our schedule for the classics we will discuss on each given date:

August 5:  Introduction to the Course and Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

 August 12:  Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Lacios

 August 19:  Pere Goriot by Honore de Balzac 

 August 26:  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

 September 2:  Moby Dick by Herman Melville

 September 9:  Bleak House by Charles Dickens

 September 16Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

 September 23:  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 September 30:  The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

 October 7:  Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

 October 14:  The Metamorphosis and The Trial by Franz Kafka

 October 21, 28 & Nov 4:  Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust and Ulysses by James Joyce

 November 11:  To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

 November 18:  As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

 December 2:  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 December 9: Overview - Conclusion


If you would like, we will have copies of the book a few weeks before each lecture. Stop in or reserve a copy online. 

About the instructor:
Dr. Arnold Weinstein is the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor at Brown University, where he has been teaching for over 35 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Among his many academic honors, research grants, and fellowships is the Younger Humanist Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award as a visiting professor at Stockholm University, and Brown University's award as best teacher in the humanities. 

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Friday Scholars: Masterworks Of American Art


 

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Fridays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
December 16 - March 3

About Friday Scholars:

Friday Scholars combines the best of online learning with live virtual discussion! All you need to do in advance is be eager to learn and discuss. Each week, you will log in and together, via Zoom, all of us will watch two video lectures presented by Professor William Kloss. Then, via Zoom, OWL's Karen Pasternak will lead everyone in a discussion of what we just watched.

 

About the course:
A nation's identity is expressed through its art. Great painters capture the essence of a culture's brightest hopes, deepest anxieties, and most profound aspirations. But all too often, Americans are unfamiliar with the great artistic legacy of their own country. In this sweeping survey, you encounter the brilliant paintings of the homegrown masters who documented the birth of our nation from its colonial roots up to the brink of World War I and the birth of Modernism. As you examine this vital artistic tradition in its historical, cultural, and political contexts, you discover how appreciating the legacy of American art is crucial to fully understanding the story of our great nation.

About the instructor:
Professor William Kloss is an independent art historian and scholar who lectures and writes about a wide range of European and American art. He was educated at Oberlin College, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Art History. He continued his postgraduate work on a teaching fellowship at the University of Michigan and was then awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for two years of study in Rome. He has enjoyed a long association with the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a featured lecturer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The Art Institute of Chicago. He currently serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, a presidential appointment he has held since 1990.

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