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South Greece: Land of The Ancient Heroes

The great Peloponnese island is linked to mainland Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth. Travelling south from Athens opens up a realm of vivid history and heroic landscapes, for South Greece is the home of such evocative sites at Mycenae, Tiryns and Pylos (home of Homer’s great warriors); the glades of ancient Olympia and wind-swept temples of Apollo; Sparta and its rival Messene; and the Byzantine glories of Mistra. Add seaports and the wild Mani peninsula to the mix for an evocative... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
South Greece: Land of The Ancient Heroes

<p>The great Peloponnese island is linked to mainland Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth. Travelling south from Athens opens up a realm of vivid history and heroic landscapes, for South Greece is the

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The date has been changed for this class to June 1 at the tutor’s request.

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Joseph Banks in Australia

It is almost 250 years since Captain Cook and HMB Endeavour arrived in Botany Bay where Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander were the first trained naturalists to observe, collect and describe the unique flora of Continent Australia that had evolved during its thirty million years of isolation. SUGGESTED READING Where Australia Collides with Asia- The Epic voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and the Origin of The Origin of Species [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Joseph Banks in Australia

<p>It is almost 250 years since Captain Cook and HMB Endeavour arrived in Botany Bay where Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander were the first trained naturalists to observe, collect and describe the

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The Tiananmen Square Protests - 30 Years On

The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, known in China as the June 4th Incident, were student-led demonstrations that formed part of a popular national movement called the '89 Democracy Movement, which sought freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and a more democratic and accountable government. In this course, we will examine the social, economic and political factors that gave rise to the '89 Democracy Movement; the Tiananmen Square Protests and their tragic aftermath; and the... [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
The Tiananmen Square Protests - 30 Years On

<p>The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests, known in China as the June 4th Incident, were student-led demonstrations that formed part of a popular national movement called the '89 Democracy Movement, which

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Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or practice these beliefs. Conversely, many of those who belong to one or more of the world’s most significant religious communities – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam – do not believe some of the basic tenets of their faith. This course examines the changing relations... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
Resurgence and Change in Religion: Belonging

<p>Recent research shows that many people believe in ‘a divine Being, Thing or Principle’ (to quote from the 1983 High Court definition of a religion), but do not belong to any religious community or

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Plesae note the start date of this course has been moved to Tuesday 4th June.

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The Political Artist: David, Delacroix and Courbet

French nineteenth century artists were both commentators upon, and personally involved in contemporary political upheaval. Examine three major artists – Jacques-Louis David, Eugene Delacroix and Gustave Courbet – who perceived their artistic output as linked to a broader civic and social role within society. SUGGESTED READING Anita Brookner, Jacques-Louis David (Thames & Hudson, 1987). Jacques-Louis David: new perspectives, ed. Dorothy Johnson (University of Delaware Press, 2006).... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
The Political Artist: David, Delacroix and Courbet

<p>French nineteenth century artists were both commentators upon, and personally involved in contemporary political upheaval. Examine three major artists – Jacques-Louis David, Eugene Delacroix and

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Matsuo Basho - The Poet, and his Journey through Northern Japan

Matsuo Basho developed the style of poetry we know today as Haiku. In 1689, four years before his death, he undertook a monumental journey around the Northern parts of Japan, a journey of 2400 kilometres. The journey took over five months, and resulted in one of Japan’s greatest pieces of travel literature, the Oku-no-hosomichi (The Narrow Road to Oku), a mixture of travelogue prose and haiku poetry. The course describes Basho’s life, some key passages from the text, and the... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Matsuo Basho - The Poet, and his Journey through Northern Japan

<p>Matsuo Basho developed the style of poetry we know today as Haiku. In 1689, four years before his death, he undertook a monumental journey around the Northern parts of Japan, a journey of 2400

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Sydney Discovery Walks - Rocks Secret Walk

Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay. Explore the historic heart of Sydney with its hidden lane ways and back alleys on this entertaining stroll through The Rocks with Jo Gerk. The amount of hidden secrets awaiting your discovery is staggering and during these two hours you are bound to see and hear things you never knew existed! Be prepared to learn something new about your city! Please note: This walk will go ahead whatever the weather, except... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Sydney Discovery Walks - Rocks Secret Walk

<strong><em>Meet at Big Bus Stop 1: First Fleet Park, George Street, Circular Quay</em>.</strong><br/><p><br/>Explore the historic heart of Sydney with its hidden lane ways and back alleys on this

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Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone South Walk

Meet at the Cenotaph outside 1 Martin Place. Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. Two clusters of such buildings are located along Macquarie St and George St between Martin Place and Bathurst St respectively. Not only are these buildings architecturally impressive and showcasing fascinating features, but many interesting stories are attached to the people planning, constructing and using them. Join Jo Gerk on a leisurely two hour stroll of... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Sydney Discovery Walks - Sandstone South Walk

<strong><em>Meet at the Cenotaph outside 1 Martin Place.</em></strong><br/><p><br/>Sydney boasts a variety of beautiful 19th century sandstone buildings. Two clusters of such buildings are located

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Geometry Along the Way

Imagine yourself a traveller in a distant land. How would you find the height of a tall tree or the width of a river or the distance to a person? We will learn a dozen of methods for doing these estimations, with the help of simple tools made of ordinary things: a measuring tape, a string, a piece of paper, a cap, a small ruler, a hand mirror or just your own palm. Other geometric practices performed barehanded include measuring angular diameter of the Moon and angular distance... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Geometry Along the Way

<p>Imagine yourself a traveller in a distant land. How would you find the height of a tall tree or the width of a river or the distance to a person? We will learn a dozen of methods for doing these

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Enrol into Ancient Egypt and Babylonian mathematics; Ancient Greek mathematics; and Geometry Along the Way and only pay $150!

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Tallulah Daaahling! The Troubled Life of a Screen Icon

Tallulah Bankhead was a fiercely determined actor who crafted her own life, image and reputation. Though her greatest successes were confined to the theatre, what little film and radio work she did was legendary right from the start. A doomed, hilarious, fabulous and hugely influential creative force, this talk will examine Bankhead’s story and legacy. [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Tallulah Daaahling! The Troubled Life of a Screen Icon

Tallulah Bankhead was a fiercely determined actor who crafted her own life, image and reputation. Though her greatest successes were confined to the theatre, what little film and radio work she did

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.