Insight Seminars

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2015 Season - Spring Classes - Register Now

Enjoy a Taste of the Upcoming Seminars with Free Introductory Lectures
(Location for All Lectures: Knight Library Browsing Room - 1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR)

  • The Making of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band  - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (7:00 pm)
    (Carl Woideck - (School of Music and Dance)
    Lecture description: When the Beatles entered Abbey Road studios in late 1966, they had no concept in mind for their new album. This lecture will explore how they proceeded to expand the capabilities of the modern recording studio, brought into play an unprecedented set of non-rock music influences, and ended up with a pioneering "concept album."

  • Boccaccio's Decameron - Monday, April 27, 2015 (7:00 pm)
    (Gina Psaki - Romance Languages Department)


The Beatles and Their Times - Register
Tuesday evenings: April 7, 14, 21, 28
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Carl Woideck (School of Music and Dance)
Registration $99
Over the course of the 1960s, the Beatles evolved from lovable mop-tops to counter-culture icons, and from purveyors of fleeting music for the moment to creators of lasting art. This Insight Seminar will use period audio and lots of fascinating video to explore the music, personalities, and the English and U.S. culture of the Beatles and their times. No technical music skills are needed to fully enjoy this seminar.  Class Book - Shout: The Beatles in their Generation by Philip Norman.

Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (half-day seminar) - Register
Saturday, April 18
9:15 am - 1:15 pm
Lara Bovilsky (English Department)
Registration $45
If you're planning to attend the upcoming Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of this play or just interested in its strange and stirring vision of ancient history and politics in the form of Superheroes in Love, this half-day session will help orient you.  We'll talk about some of the experiments in form, rhetoric, plotting, and representations of emotion that Shakespeare undertakes.  We'll also go over some historical background (Rome's and Shakespeare's) to contextualize the play.  Last, we'll think about the play's unusual combination of tragic, comic, and other generic elements in order to investigate Shakespeare's new directions near the end of his dramatic career.  Class Book - The Oxford Antony and Cleopatra (ed. Michael Neill) - ISBN is 978-0199535781.

Boccaccio's Decameron - Register
Tuesday evenings: May 5, 12, 19 & 26
6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Regina Psaki (Romance Languages Department)
Registration $99
A generation before Chaucer cheerfully began “What that Aprille,” Giovanni Boccaccio opened his Decameron with an unforgettable aphorism: “It is a human quality to have compassion for the afflicted.” As the Decameron opens everybody is afflicted, whether by the Black Death of 1348, or by the pain of love and other desires. The Decameron is one of the most endlessly various, energetic, transgressive, intricate, and laugh-out-loud funny books of the past 2000 years. We’ll spend three Tuesdays getting to know the hundred tales in a brand-new translation, and we’ll spend our final evening with a few glorious ancient editions in our Special Collections that will show us a little about the Decameron’s reception in history.

Native American Photographs: The Art of Edward Curtis (half-day seminar) - Registration Closed
Saturday, May 16
9:15 am – 1:15 pm
James Fox and Jennifer O’Neal (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives)
Registration $45
This class will take participants on a guided tour of Curtis's rare, original photographs, a treasure housed in the UO Libraries Special Collections. From the mid-1890s to the late 1920s, Edward S. Curtis roamed throughout western North America documenting what he perceived to be the vanishing lifeways of Indians. More than 2,000 of the Curtis images appear in his monumental The North American Indians (1907 – 1930).  This publication is composed of 20 volumes of large photogravures and 20 corresponding volumes of photogravures and text.  In this seminar, Curtis’s own copy of this stunning work will be examined, its aesthetic value will be discussed, and it will be evaluated from a Native perspective. No book is needed.

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Created by jenkins on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Mar 24, 2015