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Michael Newton | Executive Director

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      • A Spectacular Night in Ruins: The Pacific Basin
        Tonight class members will journey to some of the world’s greatest archaeological monuments and experience the joy of ruins. We will begin with a look at the art of travel and start in Southeast Asia with Burma and Thailand and the great ruins of Bagan, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. We will then travel to the fabulous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This is the world’s largest religious structure and we will explore the main complex and several other temples and sites, some which have just been opened. From here we travel to the little known ruin of Nan Madol in Micronesia, a strange city built on a coral reef. We will then jump to the fabulous stone figures of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) exploring its culture history and archaeology. Next we will move on across the Pacific to Mesoamerica where we will journey to the fantastic ruins of Mexico; Teotihuacan, the Yucatan and the awesome Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala. To complete our journey we will travel to the mountains of Peru and survey the primary Inca sites including Machu Picchu. This will be a fantastic visual experience with over 300 slides.
      • Famous Spy Films - Myth or Reality?

        This course will take you on a journey to the secret shadowy world of spies and intelligence services. Excerpts of 6 selected famous espionage films will be shown during this course and students will receive reviews of the movies. We will then explore and discuss these films in the cultural, historical and political context of their time. Are these spy films purely entertainment and myth or based on reality? We will also take a closer look at the role and influence of spy movies in film history as a genre in their own right.


        • Saboteur (1942), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Priscilla Lane and Robert Cummings, is a tense high-paced action movie about an US aircraft factory worker from California, who is wrongly accused of sabotage in starting a fire that killed his best friend. On the run, as a fugitive, he tries to catch the real culprit, who is part of a German Nazi-spy network in the USA in World War II.
        • Five Fingers (1952), directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, is set during World War II in Ankara, Turkey, starring Danielle Darrieux and in the central spy role James Mason, as a spy, who is selling British war secrets to the Germans.
        • Bridge of Spies (2015), directed by Steven Spielberg, is a dramatic espionage film, starring Tom Hanks in the leading role as an US lawyer, who in the hay days of the Cold War tries to negotiate the release of an American spy plane pilot, captured by the Soviets.
        • Three Days of the Condor (1975), directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, is an intense psychological thriller about a CiA researcher, who walks into his workplace to find that all of his co-workers have been murdered and has to figure out why his own agency wants him dead too.
        • The Lives of Others (2007), directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, starring Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch, takes us back to the repressive Orwellian like world of the State Security, the Stasi, in Communist East Gemany in 1983.
        • Zero Dark Thirty (2012), directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Jessica Chastain, is an intelligent but very dark spy thriller, showing CIA’s excessive hunt for Al Kaida’s leader Osama Bin Laden.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Develop a better understanding of espionage as a movie genre and as an important and influential part of film history;
        2. Gain more knowledge about intelligence history in the 20th Century;
        3. Recognize the variety of ways historians approach the past – here through visualisation via film.
      • Musical Evocations of Spain: The 19th and 20th Centuries

        Spain and its distinctive musical traditions has inspired not only native composers but those from many different European countries. Explore in this course a rich selection of this varied repertoire, beginning with Bizet and continuing with Chabrier, Rimsky-Korsakov, Minkus, Granados, De Falla, Moszkowski, Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz, and Rodrigo. The works will include operas, ballets, dances, and orchestral and piano works. The course will conclude with DVD extracts from two ‘Spanish’ ballets.

        By the end of this course, students should be able to:

        1. Appreciate the distinctive qualities of Spanish and Spanish-inspired music
        2. Evaluate the musical history of Spain during the 19th and 20th centuries and its wider influence
        3. Discuss the social and artistic environment in which the music was composed and performed
        4. Develop a clearer idea of the special colours associated with Spanish music
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