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Registration for each monthly class is $99.


January 2016

Musical Instruments: Their Sounds and Repertoires 1300-1900 - Register ($99)
January 9, 16, 23, & 30
Saturdays  9:30 am - Noon, Knight Library Browsing Room
Marc Vanscheeuwijck, School of Music & Dance
We will explore the development of woodwinds, brass, organs, harpsichords, pianos, and the variety of bowed and plucked stringed instruments in Western Europe from the late Middle Ages until World War I. Our journey will take us mainly through France, the Low Countries, Spain, and the German-and Italian-speaking lands. We will discover many images and documents (and discussing approaches to interpreting them).  Listening to all these instruments and their changing sounds over time in various musical repertoires will be a substantial part of the seminar.
Book: Curt Sachs, The History of Musical Instruments (New York, 1940). This paperback book is available as a Dover Books reprint.  We will mainly focus on the book's 4th part during the seminar.

February 2016

Herodotus, The Histories - class full
February 6, 13, 20, & 27
Saturdays  9:30 am - Noon, Knight Library Browsing Room
Jim Earl, Department of English
Herodotus was the first Greek historian, author of the first Greek book in prose, as Homer was the first in verse. He tells the epic story of the Persian Wars—an East-West struggle that seems never to have ended; but that is only the setting for what readers most enjoy in his book, i.e., his lively anecdote-filled accounts of his own travels throughout the ancient world. He is our personal 5th-century BCE guide to the social practices, myths, religions, and politics of the cultures of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Egypt and Africa. 
Book: Herodotus, The Histories. translated by Aubrey de Selincourt, revised by John Marincola (Penguin paperback, ISBN 0-140-44908-6).

April 2016

Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - Register ($99)
April 3, 10, 17 & May 1
Sundays  2:00 pm - 4:30 pm Knight Library Browsing Room
(note: this class is on Sundays, rather than Saturdays)
Steve Shankman, Department of English

April/May 2016

Women in Islam  - Register ($99)
April 30, May 7, 14 & 21 
Saturdays  9:30 am - Noon, Knight Library Browsing Room
Anita Weiss, Department of International Studies

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