Insight Seminars

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2014-2015 Season - Winter Classes - Register Now

Enjoy a Taste of the Upcoming Seminars with a Free Introductory Lecture
(Location for All Free Lectures: Knight Library Browsing Room)

  • Taste of Italian Renaissance Villas (James Harper) - Monday, January 5, 2015 (7:00 pm)
  • Taste of History & Art of the Book (James Fox & Marilyn Reaves) - February 2, 2015 (7:00 pm)
  • Taste of Boccaccio's Decameron (Gina Psaki) - Monday, March 30, 2015 (7:00 pm)
  • Taste of The Beatles & Their Time (Carl Woideck) - Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (7:00 pm)

Winter 2015 Classes

The Italian Renaissance Villa - Register
Saturday mornings January 10, 17, 24, 31
9:30 am- Noon
James Harper (History of Art and Architecture Department)
Registration $99
This course focuses on the Italian Renaissance Villa, treating it as a site type where architecture, landscape, fresco painting and the display of collections combine to form an integrated, synergistic whole.  While we will consider both the villa’s roots in classical antiquity and its progeny up to the present day, primary attention will be given to the period from 1450 to 1650.  These two centuries encompass monuments like the seminal Villa Medici in Fiesole, the working villas of Palladio in the Veneto, and the opulent villas of the Roman court, including suburban examples like the Villa Borghese and exurban ones like the Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati.

History & Art of the Book - Register
Saturday Mornings February 7, 14, 21, 28
9:30 am- Noon
James Fox and Marilyn Reaves (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives)
Registration $99

Ethnic America After the Gold Rush: The Chinese Immigrants (half-day seminar) - Register
Saturday March 7
9:15am - 1:15pm
Kevin Hatfield (History Department)
Registration $45

Spring (2 class offerings in April)

Boccaccio's Decameron
Saturday mornings April 4, 18, 25, & May 2 (no class on April 11)
9:30 am- Noon
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 Saturdays getting to know the hundred tales in a brand-new translation, and we’ll spend one morning with a few glorious ancient editions in our Special Collections that will show us a little about the Decameron’s reception in history. 

The Beatles and Their Times 
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!

Native American Photographs: The Art of Edward Curtis (half-day seminar)
Saturday May 16 – 9:15 am – 1:15 pm
James Fox and Jennifer O’Neal (UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives)
Registration $45

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