2014 Course Offerings

Coffee Lectures are $20 each. Coffee and refreshments are available at the beginning of the lecture. All Lectures meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom unless otherwise specified.

Icons of 20th Century French Fashion | Therese Rawson

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Please join us for a lecture on the institutions and trends in French fashion from World War I to today, highlighting such icons as Chanel, Dior, St Laurent, Hermes, and more.

Crop Circles: Beautiful, Mysterious Formations | Dom Roberti

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beautiful and intricate designs have been appearing overnight in crops, mostly in England, but also around the world -- including Pennsylvania. While many are undoubtedly hoaxes, the genuine ones seem to have a spiritual quality that is felt by researchers and visitors. Some scholars believe they are intended as messages from extraterrestrial beings.

Under the Covers – the Norman Rockwell Story | Bob Brooke

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Learn about the stories behind the lively covers created by Norman Rockwell -- America’s most beloved illustrator -- for the Saturday Evening Post.

The Baroque Style: a Visit to Versailles and Rome | President Sharon Hirsh

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. | Held in The Rotwitt Theater of McShain Performing Arts Center

This class will review Baroque style by visiting Rome and Versailles, representatives of “Free Baroque” and “Academic Baroque” respectively. Rome, the ancient city that was forever enhanced in the 17th century by the churches, squares and fountains of artists like Bernini and Borromini, will be contrasted to the intentionally 17th century buildings of Le Vau and Mansart-Hardouin, commissioned by King Louis XIV as the symbol of a newly unified France.
This will be an interactive lecture, as many attendees may have been to these sites!