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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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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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History of the English Language

The English language has flourished over the last few centuries and is now arguably the pre-eminent language of the modern world. This state of affairs was not always so. We will examine the evolution of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon roots, through its subjugation under the French speaking Normans, to its current status as the world language of science and technology in the 21st century. NOTE: There will be a short break for morning tea and lunch. COURSE OUTLINE The... [More]
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March 1917 - The End of the Russian Empire

On 15 March 1917 the last Russian Emperor, Tzar Nicholas II, abdicated and rescinded all claims to the Russian throne for himself and his heirs and thus marked the end of the Romanov Dynasty and ultimately the Russian Empire altogether. To mark the centenary of this event, this course will look at the reasons for Nicholas' decision and the various historic events leading up to, as well as following after, the abdication. SUGGESTED READING Crown of tragedy: Nicholas II / Noble... [More]
March 1917 - The End of the Russian Empire
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Interior Style & Design Trends through the 20th Century

Take the Journey from the Bohemian 1900’s, through to the radical Art Nouveau movement and the emergence of Modernism. Visit the richly decorative style of the Art Deco period, the optimism and innovation of mid Century design, all the way through to the Swinging Sixties. We will discuss the development and changes through history in furniture design, textiles, colour palettes, and architecture, both in Australia and internationally and what led to the emergence of these iconic... [More]
Interior Style & Design Trends through the 20th Century
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