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Christian Monasticism: The Transforming of Civilisation

Western and Eastern Byzantine Christian monasticism shaped civilisation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor through its spirituality, art, architecture, music, scholarship, agriculture and social welfare. In this illustrated course you will learn of the history of the monastic movement and how monks have lived. As well, meet some colourful abbots and abbesses along the way and visit some of the more impressive monastic foundations in different parts of the world,... [More]
$162 Limited inc GST / $146
Christian Monasticism: The Transforming of Civilisation

<p>Western and Eastern Byzantine Christian monasticism shaped civilisation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor through its spirituality, art, architecture, music, scholarship,

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Life and Death in the White Tower

The Tower of London is one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions. It has been a palace, an armoury, a zoo, a prison, an execution site and a fortress. At various times throughout its 1,000 year history it has housed the Royal Mint, The Royal Observatory and the Crown Jewels. The White Tower, which gives its name to the whole complex, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078. The intimidating Norman structure was designed to terrorise the conquered Anglo Saxon population. It... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Life and Death in the White Tower

<p>The Tower of London is one of the world’s greatest tourist attractions. It has been a palace, an armoury, a zoo, a prison, an execution site and a fortress. At various times throughout its 1,000

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The Battle of Arnhem (September 1944): One Family's Experience

The Battle of Arnhem was a dramatic and traumatic event in the Netherlands in World War II. In this talk we will look at this historic event within the military history of WWII, and the personal experience of one Dutch family. Against a background of the historic events, our guest co- presenter will offer a Dutch perspective of family memories. We will look at how the Dutch town of Oosterbeek, central to this battle, still commemorates those that took part and those that lost their... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
The Battle of Arnhem (September 1944): One Family's Experience

The Battle of Arnhem was a dramatic and traumatic event in the Netherlands in World War II. In this talk we will look at this historic event within the military history of WWII, and the personal

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Siena: Tuscany's Gothic Glory

Siena often gets less than a day from the travellers flocking to her famous (and over-crowded) rival, Florence. But Siena has a history of medieval power and wealth, thanks to its location on the Via Francigena and its significant papal connections, and it was among Italy’s most innovative cities in both the Gothic and Mannerist periods of art and architecture. It’s time to re-evaluate this elegant town, which is well-placed for both language study and excursions into the iconic... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Siena: Tuscany's Gothic Glory

Siena often gets less than a day from the travellers flocking to her famous (and over-crowded) rival, Florence. But Siena has a history of medieval power and wealth, thanks to its location on the Via

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The Anschluss: Hitler's Annexation of Austria 80 Years Ago

80 years ago in 1938, the Austrian born Hitler changed the map of Europe with the ‘Anschluss,’ the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Only recently has began to see herself as 'Hitler’s first victim'. We will take a closer look at the ‘Anschluss’ and its legacy today. SUGGESTED READING Beller, Steven, A Concise History of Austria (Cambridge Univ., 2006) Brose, Eric Dorn, A History of Europe in the Twentieth Century (New York, Oxford, Oxford University, 2005) Schulze, Hagen,... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
The Anschluss: Hitler's Annexation of Austria 80 Years Ago

<p>80 years ago in 1938, the Austrian born Hitler changed the map of Europe with the ‘Anschluss,’ the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Only recently has began to see herself as 'Hitler’s first

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The Impact of Memory on Holocaust Testimony

How do we remember the past and how does our present influence those memories? Our elders are our receptacles of wisdom – what can we learn from them that may determine our future? Please note: Course fee includes entrance fee admission to the Sydney Jewish Museum. This course will stop taking enrolments on close of business 28th September 2018. [More]
$78 Limited inc GST / $70
The Impact of Memory on Holocaust Testimony

How do we remember the past and how does our present influence those memories? Our elders are our receptacles of wisdom – what can we learn from them that may determine our future?<br/><p><br/><strong

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A History of Ballet: From Europe to Australia

For ballet lovers who want to learn the history and cultural context of this art form. We analyse performances and choreographic structures, and explore the meaning of movement in different choreographic repertoires. The course outlines the origins of ballet and the milestones achieved by ballet practitioners throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe and Russia and its transmission to Australia. SUGGESTED READING Jennifer Homans, Apollo’s Angels: A History of... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
A History of Ballet: From Europe to Australia

<p>For ballet lovers who want to learn the history and cultural context of this art form. We analyse performances and choreographic structures, and explore the meaning of movement in different

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Philosophy and Revolution: The French Revolution Revisited

Examine the role the French Revolution played in philosophy and vice versa. It will begin with Rousseau and move to Burke and Wollstonecraft. We will analyse Walter Benjamin’s Theses on History as well as Kant and Hegel’s framings of the Revolution. Further, we will explore what the Revolutionaries themselves said, including Robespierre. SUGGESTED READING The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau Robespierre and the Terror Today, Marisa Linton COURSE OUTLINE Jean-Jacques Rousseau:... [More]

400th Anniversary of Europe's Biggest Disaster: The Thirty Years War (1618-48)

In terms of absolute casualty numbers the Thirty Years War can, of course, not be compared to the two World Wars of the 20th century. But in relation to the population of the times, it can arguably be classed as the biggest disaster the continent has ever seen, with far reaching political, economic and individual consequences impacting on several generations. Europe’s recovery certainly took much longer than after WWII. COURSE OUTLINE Historical Background The Bohemian Revolt The... [More]

German Resistance Against Hitler: From the White Rose to Operation Valkyrie

Seventy-five years ago the founders of the ‘White Rose’, the students Hans and Sophie Scholl, who had dared to speak out against the Nazis, were executed by the regime they had defied. Take a closer look at the history, motives and legacy of the German resistance against Hitler. Among the topics we will further explore and discuss, are: Elise and Otto Hampel, a working-class couple, who - ‘Alone in Berlin’ - began their own campaign against the Nazi regime, Operation Valkyrie', the... [More]
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