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The Greats of Spanish Art - Velazquez, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso and Dali

500 years of Spanish art, including Diego Velazquez; the dark images of Francois Goya; the light and joy of 19th century Joaquin Sorolla; and in the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, and the surrealist Salvador Dali, whose melting clock continues to fascinate and inspire. This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>500 years of Spanish art, including Diego Velazquez; the dark images of Francois Goya; the light and joy of 19th century Joaquin Sorolla; and in the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, and the surrealist

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11 Aug

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Excavations and History of the Vatican Hill Rome

Visit ancient Mons Vaticano, the area now occupied by St Peters and the Vatican City, Rome. The history of this area dates back to the time of the Caesars, a site of ancient gardens, circuses, temples and tombs. We will look at the development of the earliest church dedicated to St Peter on this site and examine some fascinating recent excavations... [More]
$29 Limited

Visit ancient Mons Vaticano, the area now occupied by St Peters and the Vatican City, Rome. The history of this area dates back to the time of the Caesars, a site of ancient gardens, circuses, temples

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12 Aug

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350 Years of Rembrandt's Women

2019 marked the 350th anniversary of the death of the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt, and his life and heritage was celebrated throughout The Netherlands. This evening session will focus on Rembrandt’s Women – loving and sensitive paintings of the important women in his life, magnificent commissions of society ladies and touching drawings of... [More]
$39 Limited

2019 marked the 350th anniversary of the death of the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt, and his life and heritage was celebrated throughout The Netherlands. This evening session will focus on

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14 Aug

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Giorgio Vasari and The Lives of the Italian Artists

Giorgio Vasari was a talented artist, architect, engineer and event planner. He also wrote one of the most important texts for art history, The Lives of the Italian Artists. From Cimabue and Giotto down to the contemporaries he most admired – Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael – Vasari knew Italian art inside out and his gossipy tales... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Giorgio Vasari was a talented artist, architect, engineer and event planner. He also wrote one of the most important texts for art history, <em>The Lives of the Italian Artists</em>. From Cimabue

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15 Aug

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Boris Yeltsin - The Decade That Shook Russia and The World

Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), along with various non-Russian nationalist leaders, was instrumental in the break-up and dissolution of the Soviet Union. He then served as the first president of the Russian Federation from 1991-1999. During this time, Yeltsin transformed Russia’s state socialist economy into a capitalist market economy, but his... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007), along with various non-Russian nationalist leaders, was instrumental in the break-up and dissolution of the Soviet Union. He then served as the first president of the

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17 Aug

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Past Climate Changes and the Lessons They Teach

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the Ice Age cycle, which has dominated our planet for the past 2 million years. Can we explain this phenomenon, including the important fact that changes... [More]
$15 Limited

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the

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18 Aug

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European Mathematics During the Middle Ages: From Boethius to Fibonacci

The fall of the Western Roman Empire in the late 4th century was followed by abandonment of the Greek sciences and overall decline in mathematical knowledge. Revival of mathematics in Europe began with the translation of Arabic mathematical treatises, including those translated from Greek. The decimal positional numerals spread around Europe since... [More]
$65 Limited

<p>The fall of the Western Roman Empire in the late 4th century was followed by abandonment of the Greek sciences and overall decline in mathematical knowledge. Revival of mathematics in Europe began

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20 Aug

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Natural Climate Variability and Australia’s Summer from Hell

Australians have known for decades that our “droughts and flooding rains” are largely driven by the vaguely cyclic variations in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino/La Nina (and the Southern Oscillation). In the past 20 years or so, science has realized that this is not the only “mode of variability” which affects our weather. In particular, changes... [More]
$15 Limited

Australians have known for decades that our “droughts and flooding rains” are largely driven by the vaguely cyclic variations in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino/La Nina (and the Southern

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21 Aug

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Literary Northerly England: Land and Writers

Wander around nine of the northern counties of England, exploring them through the eyes of fifteen great and popular English writers (and possibly more!). From DH Lawrence and the Brontes, to Herriot and Cookson. In each region we will look at the environment, history and folk traditions that prompted these stories and the writers who lived there,... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>Wander around nine of the northern counties of England, exploring them through the eyes of fifteen great and popular English writers (and possibly more!). From DH Lawrence and the Brontes, to

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22 Aug

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Beyond Mountains and Clocks - The Elegance & Luxury of Switzerland in the Arts

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold & silversmiths focus on making watches as reaction to the Calvinists in 1541, from which sprung an amazing watch & clock-making tradition. From rich 18th... [More]
$39 Limited

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold &

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25 Aug

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