History and Culture Courses

Summer 2017


Hypatia of Alexandria

One of the most remarkable women of the classical world, Hypatia was a mathematician, astronomer, teacher, and author who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, ca. 375 to 415 CE. Associated with Alexandria's great library and museum and the work of her father, the mathematician Theon, she lived at a time of growing tension between Christians and non-Christians that would culminate in her murder. In this lecture Dr. Gray discusses the life and times of Hypatia and the great city that was her home. The lecture from 9:30-11:30AM will be followed by a half-hour discussion period.

Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-113-L | 06/21/17-06/21/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Era of Dependency

Dr. Gray draws on multiple Icelandic and Scandinavian sources to explore Icelandic life first under Norway's dominance, then as part of the Kalmar Union, and finally under Denmark, culminating in the darkest era of its history. This presentation is designed to help students grasp the vast diversity of Icelandic history and experience, and to help students fully appreciate the remarkable era that follows.

Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-547-J | 04/19/17-04/19/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


Emergence of Modern Iceland

In this presentation Dr. Gray focuses on Iceland's astonishing climb from deep poverty into the successful nation that it is today. Emphasis is on its rich literary culture as exemplified by the fact that one in ten Icelanders will become published authors in their lifetime. In addition to excerpts from Nobel Laureate Halldór Laxness, Dr. Gray will provide a taste of the island's world-class mystery writers.

Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-548-K | 05/24/17-05/24/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Continental Army in the American Revolution: A Social History

In this program, we'll emphasize the roles performed by women and Afro-Americans in the Continental Army. We'll also cover the changing demographics in the war: who enlisted; who was recruited, and why. We'll discover how the country's changing financial conditions and rules governing a soldier's conduct contributed to mutiny. Finally, we'll see how the army was an emerging force for nationalism in our country's history.

Fee: $83 Senior Adult Fee: $50 Materials Fee: $13 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-549-L | 06/13/17-07/11/17 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Creation of the Modern Supreme Court

In this program, we'll discover why and how the Supreme Court was created. We'll discover how the power of the court expanded in the 1790s. We'll learn why the court was and is considered "an active court." We'll review important cases and characteristics of the Court under four Chief Justices: John Jay; Oliver Ellsworth; John Marshall; and Roger Taney. Finally, we'll discover the myths and realities of the first ten amendments to the US Constitution (the "Bill of Rights").

Fee: $83 Senior Adult Fee: $50 Materials Fee: $13 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-552-K | 05/02/17-05/23/17 | R. Swartz | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Art, Culture, History, and Spirituality of the Lindisfarne

The Lindisfarne Gospels is a manuscript of the same class as the magnificent Irish Book of Kells. It is heavily illuminated in a unique style that combines Anglo-Saxon and Celtic themes and is named after the island that was home to the great Northumberland scriptorium at which the manuscript was made c. 720. In the 10th Century an Old English translation was written in above the original Latin text, providing an invaluable example of the vernacular language of the time and adding to the unique importance of this work. In this lecture Dr. Gray discusses the history of the manuscript and what we learn from it about the state of art, spirituality, and Anglo Saxon culture in the 7th and 8th centuries when Roman and Celtic Christianity were in competition in the region. Her PowerPoint presentation is filled with examples of the rich artistry in this remarkable hand-made book that is among the most decorated still existing today. Her lecture is followed by time for questions and discussion.

Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-343-A | 07/12/17-07/12/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Book of Kells

One of the greatest works of medieval Celtic art, the Book of Kells is a splendidly decorated and illustrated manuscript created in about 800 in Ireland. Containing the four gospels of the Christian Bible, preceded by several texts and tables, it illustrates the highest level of calligraphy and illumination attained by the makers of Insular (medieval British) manuscripts. In this lecture Dr. Gray considers the historic and cultural context of the book as well as important facts about the source of its Latin text and the meaning of the symbols and images in its ornamentations. Her lecture is filled with illustrations from the manuscript and followed by time for questions and discussion.

Fee: $22 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-426-A | 07/19/17-07/19/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


The Glory of Medieval Manuscripts Series: Their Making, the Lindisfarne Gospels, and Books of Kells

Anyone who has stood in front of an illuminated medieval manuscript will have been awed not only by its great beauty, but also at the craftsmanship that went into creating such a remarkable object. This series by Dr. Karen Gray is designed to help students understand medieval manuscripts and especially two of the most famous British (Insular) examples. Dr.Gray's PowerPoint presentations include slides with data, quotations, and many images. Her 2-hr. presentations, with a 10 minute break midway, are followed by a half-hour of discussion.

Fee: $70 Senior Adult Fee: $42 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-551-A | 07/05/17-07/19/17 | K. Gray | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register


A History of Fashion: the Interweaving Of Clothing and Culture

Have you ever wondered how fashion and clothing evolved from animal skins to the styles and fabrics we see today? The fascinating history of clothing goes beyond the practical aspects of protecting ourselves from the elements. Intertwined with this history are clothing as a status symbol, early methods of espionage, the technology of textile production, global climate change, and how politics has influenced fashion. You will also explore the darker side of fashion from different eras and cultures, from foot binding and excessive corseting to the use of lead in cosmetics.

Fee: $91 Senior Adult Fee: $55 Registration Fee: $8

DIS-576-B | 08/15/17-10/03/17 | J. Remes | Check WebAdvisor for course details and Register