2015 Course Offerings

The Forum Kickoff is scheduled for April 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Forum Classroom.

Coffee Lectures are $15 each. Coffee and refreshments are available at the beginning of the lecture. All Lectures meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom unless otherwise specified.

The “Time-Less” Journal: Diaries for Busy People

Presenter: Carolyn R. Guss
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   10:00 –  11:30 a.m.

Tallulah Bankhead wrote, “It’s the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time.” Think you’re too busy to keep a diary? This lecture will explore ways to capture the essence of journaling without being constrained by the daily writing format. You will learn tips and techniques that allow you to make the most of your journal-writing sessions and use the time you do have effectively, so that you can keep in touch with your thoughts and feelings in only a few minutes a day.

Winslow Homer – Painting America

Bob Brooke
Thursday, May 21, 2015   1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America, Winslow Homer was the most original and strongest painters of his time. But despite his critical recognition, his work never achieved the popularity of other painters of his day. Find out why in this in-depth look into his life through many of his works.

Neoclassic Art

Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D. ’70
Wednesday, May 13, 2015   10 – 11:30 a.m.
Held in The Rotwitt Theater of McShain Performing Arts Center

The eighteenth-century Rocco style was designed for the pleasure of the ruling aristocracy.  When that century ended in Revolution, a new style evolved that would better suit the new values of stoic loyalty of several new governments. France, Germany, and even the United States adopted architectural and fine arts style based on the measured perfection of ancient Greece and Rome. With classical references offering "instant age " and "instant legitimacy", Neoclassicism had a strong influence on the early nineteenth-century building programs of new governments, but also on music, fashion, and decorative arts. We will discuss the elements of the Neoclassic style as well as the message of strength and stability that it was meant to convey.