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Speeches that Made History

Great speeches have influenced and sometimes even changed the world. As US President Barack Obama once repeatedly mentioned in a famous speech in 2008 “don't tell me that words don't matter”, words in speeches indeed do matter and can become an inspiration and guidance for millions of people, and can give them also hope, especially in their darkest hours. But in the hands of tyrants and demagogues, like Hitler and Goebbels in Nazi Germany, words can also seduce the audience to... [More]
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The Tragedy of the American Civil War

150 years ago, in 1867, the southern states of the United States were forced to give black men the vote. It was the final humiliation for the defeated south -- punishment for starting the costliest war in American history, with 620 000 soldiers killed, millions more injured and the South devastated. This updated course traces the origins of the war, some of the main battles, and the continuing legacy of the conflict. Video clips and images of the battlefields today bring the story... [More]
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A Much-maligned Monarch: Herod the Great Builder

Herod the Great has had a bad press in both Judaism and Christianity, yet he was among the greatest of Jewish leaders. His massive building program included the greatest temple in the ancient world and a fine port, as well as theatres, markets, palaces, city walls and aqueducts. Like Henry VIII, he killed several wives, as well as his father-in-law and two of his sons, and other people who stood in his way, but his kingdom survived and prospered as long as he did. A revealing,... [More]
A Much-maligned Monarch: Herod the Great Builder
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Japanese Woodblock Prints: "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido"

Japan’s famous woodblock print series by the master landscape artist Utagawa Hiroshige. The series was a huge success on the streets of Edo, the Shogun’s capital, when published in 1833-1834. The series beautifully depicts everyday life of travellers and locals at the rest areas along the Tokaido road which linked Edo (today’s Tokyo) with Kyoto. We explore the Tokaido by “virtually” travelling down major sections, thereby deepening our understanding of the content of the woodblock... [More]
Japanese Woodblock Prints: "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido"
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Bella Sardinia: A Natural, Ancient and Cultural History

Sardegna (Sardinia) is an island of breath-taking beauty and extraordinary natural and cultural significance. Its giant Neolithic menhirs and stone temples eventually gave way to the massive nuraghe (circular fortresses), mysterious sacred wells, and tumulus tombs of the Bronze Age. Phoenician, Greek and Roman influences followed over centuries. This day tour of Sardegna’s history will also include invaluable tips for the traveller on the island’s culture, cuisine and sights.... [More]
Bella Sardinia: A Natural, Ancient and Cultural History
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Medieval Churches of Northern Europe

Fenno-Scandinavia is not usually associated with impressive church buildings. Impressive churches do exist in Finland, Sweden and Norway but are often overlooked while the focus rests on the Gothic masterpieces of France, Romanesque wonders of Italy and Spain or the Baroque highlights of Germany and Austria. This course will introduce some of the artistic and architectural show stoppers of Northern Europe that are well worth a sightseeing trip. SUGGESTED READING Textile treasures... [More]
Medieval Churches of Northern Europe
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Self-Guided Walking in Japan: The Nakasendo

Self-guided walking in Japan has increased over the past five years. The Nakasendo Way is the most popular of the walks available. Historic context and cultural understanding vastly enhances the experience of walking this ancient Way. The course focuses on a central section of the Nakasendo in the picturesque Kiso Valley, the most walkable section. Advice will include transportation, accommodation, and cultural sensitivities. Participants will be able to plan their own walk down... [More]
Self-Guided Walking in Japan: The Nakasendo
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