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HCC offers lecture series on ancient Celtic masterpieces

This summer, Hagerstown Community College’s Center for Continuing Education is offering a two-part lecture series on the great Celtic masterpieces of the Mabinogion in HCC’s Valley Mall Center.
     
“Mabinogion” is a term that is generally used to refer to the collection of ancient Celtic stories that date from the early 12th to the early 15th centuries. Taught by HCC instructor, Karen Gray this two-part lecture series will delve into the past of Celtic storytelling, and will explore the sources, language and culture that make up these early tales.
     
The lecture series is broken up into two separate sections, “The Four Branches,” on Wed., July 16, and “The Mabinogion’s Arthurian Connection,” on Wed., Aug. 13. The first half of the series focuses on the four core stories that make up the Mabinogion collection, collectively known as the “Four Branches.” The second half of the series focuses on “Culhwch and Olwen,” the earliest Arthurian tale in Welsh, as well as three other Arthurian romances. Course sections may be taken together for a cost of $50 or separately as individual sections for a cost of $20 each. Senior adults age 60 and older may take the entire lecture series for $35.
     
For more information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.