Insight Seminars - Winter 2014

University of Oregon Insight Seminars

Winter 2014 Classes - Register Now

Free Introductory Lectures

God's Plenty: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - January 6  (7:00 pm) - Professor Warren Ginsberg

The Fountains of Rome: Sculpting with Water in the Age of Bernini - February 3 (7:00 pm) - Professor James Harper

Classes

CHAUCER’S CANTERBURY TALES - registration closed

Professor Warren Ginsberg (English)
Saturdays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1 (9:30 a.m. – noon)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $99
Dryden, the great poet of 18th-century England, put his finger on one quality that makes Chaucer seem modern no matter when he’s read. The Canterbury Tales, Dryden said, captures the whole English nation: “Tis sufficient to say…here’s God’s plenty.” The drunken Miller, who revels in anything off-color; the rambunctious Wife of Bath, who demands that women rule their husbands; the consummate Pardoner, a con man so cunning he reveals his scams to the audience he intends to defraud: these pilgrims, and others as vivid, come to life in Chaucer’s verse. 
Book for Class:  Geoffrey Chaucer. The Selected Canterbury Tales A New Verse Translation by Sheila Fisher. (Norton paperback edition is 2012). The UO Bookstore/Duck Store will have copies for purchase shortly before the class begins.

BERNINI’S ROME: ART & ARCHITECTURE OF THE 17TH CENTURY - registration closed

Professor James Harper (Art History)
Saturdays, February 8 (cancelled), 15, 22, March 1 (9:30 a.m. – noon)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost $99
Bernini (1598-1680) was most famous as a sculptor, but also worked as a painter, architect and theatrical designer.  Collaborating with popes, kings and princes, he created some of the most lively and important artworks of his day and helped define the international high baroque style.  This class will consider his art in the cultural, political and religious contexts in which it flourished.  We will track his career from the technically dazzling sculptures of the young virtuoso at the papal court to his mature works which fuse the visual arts and architecture into a unified, multi-media whole. 
Book for Class: Howard Hibbard. Bernini  (Penguin, 1965, reprint 1990).  The UO Bookstore/Duck Store will have copies for purchase shortly before the class begins.

ROMA: GYPSY MUSIC AND CULTURE - registration closed

Professor Carol Silverman (Anthropology)
Saturday, March 15 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Knight Library Browsing Room, 1501 Kincaid Street
Cost: $45
As Europe's largest minority and its historical "other," Roma are revered for their music and reviled as people. As Roma combat historical stereotypes, what challenges do they face, and are they succeeding?  What are the roles of the European Union and cultural mediators?"  No book needed for class.