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Coffee Lectures

Archaeology: A Discussion of the Nature of Archaeological Investigation

Presenter: Nick Eiteljorg

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    

Why do archaeologists do what they do in the field? An illustrated lecture about the nature of archaeological fieldwork with discussion of how and why different projects pursue different strategies and the values of new, modern tools, and techniques.



Women of Will
Presenter: Christine Emmert

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

In spite of the times in which he lived, William Shakespeare wrote female characters across the spectrum. We will explore the British society of Shakespeare’s lifetime and his ability to capture it as well as the individual personalities of women from sonnet to scene. While people tend to stereotype some of his heroines and villainesses, we will look at the soft and hard emotions that these ladies hold.


German Expressionism
Presenter: Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD ’70

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Held in The Rotwitt Theater of McShain Performing Arts Center

Although the term “Expressionist” was not coined until much later, artists in Germany began around 1905 to create works that were extremely subjective, using color and forms that, when compared to classic art and the expectations of viewers at that time for “realistic” depictions, were distorted and even “ugly”. This course will focus on two German Expressionist Groups, Die Brücke (The Bridge) and Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), and will trace the artistic
precedents that influenced their work and theory. Their efforts to realize a new kind of art that would provoke deep feelings, even empathy in the viewer resulted in paintings and prints of unusually strong, vibrant images. In the work of Kandinsky, even the images were so distorted that they approached abstraction.

Life in the Age of Victoria

Presenter: Bob Brooke

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.    

The Victorian Age has come to the forefront with PBS’s highly successful Masterpiece
mini-series, “Victoria”. But how much is really known about everyday life during her reign in this time period? To fully understand what life was like during the reign of Victoria, it’s
necessary to study the architecture, furnishings, fashion, and everyday objects that people used and, in so doing, gain a better understanding of the Victorians themselves.