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 Monday Scholars: In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh


 

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Mondays: 1:00 - 2:30 PM 
July 11 - August 29

 

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 National Geographic Historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts. Then, via Zoom, OWL's Karen Pasternak will lead everyone in a discussion of what we just watched.

About the course: 
What was the secret of Vincent van Gogh’s amazing output—over 800 paintings, created in less than a decade? How did he arrive at such a deeply individual and expressive style of art? And did he truly mean to kill himself in a field outside the village of Auvers-sur-Oise, or was it merely a desperate cry for help?

In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh is an immersive journey through the world of Van Gogh, filmed on location at historical sites in Europe and enriched by the voices of fellow Impressionists, as well as the music of his time. Written and directed by Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts, an art historian, best-selling author, and award-winning filmmaker, the series sets out to answer many urgent questions that remain unsolved to this day.

One thing is certain: van Gogh is one of the most widely recognized, as well as one of the most widely misunderstood, artists of the modern world. Shrouded in enigma and difficulty from the start, his life was touched by tragedy.

This background and many other secrets about his life are the subject of this fascinating series of 15 documentary shorts. Each are filmed on location in Holland, Belgium, and France. Each episode features not only Vincent’s own words, based on his letters to Theo, but also those of fellow Impressionists and friends, brought to life by a cast of 11 voice actors. In addition, each episode is movingly edited to the music of Debussy, Satie, Franck, Fauré, and Ravel—music that Vincent was probably very familiar with. Some of these pieces were recorded by Professor Isbouts with ensembles and soloists in Los Angeles and New York.                      

About the instructor:
Jean-Pierre Isbouts is an art historian and best-selling National Geographic author. He has served as a member of the doctoral faculty at Fielding Graduate University, where he is a Humanities Professor, for more than 15 years. He earned his DLitt at Leiden University.

Jean-Pierre’s work includes the authentication of a canvas in Geneva, Switzerland, as Leonardo da Vinci’s first version of the Mona Lisa, which prompted a BBC TV special. In 2019, he discovered that da Vinci and his workshop produced a second version of da Vinci’s famous Last Supper fresco, and he traced the work to a remote abbey in Belgium.

Jean-Pierre gained worldwide renown with his book The Biblical World. His books on biblical history include In the Footsteps of Jesus, Who’s Who in the Bible, The Story of Christianity, and Archaeology of the Bible. He is also the author of National Geographic’s Ultimate Visual History of the World and coauthor of Mapping America. His films include Van Gogh Revisited with Leonard Nimoy; Walt: The Man behind the Myth with Dick Van Dyke; Inside the Cold War with David Frost; and The Search for the “Mona Lisa” with Morgan Freeman. As a musicologist, he has produced recordings by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles and soloists.

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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 2*

*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


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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