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This Spring vacation choose from a selection of short courses running between Saturday 28th September and Saturday 12th October.

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Ways of Seeing: Looking at Art and Architecture

What do we see when we visit a museum and examine a painting or sculpture? Too often we only notice a few things about the work. But there are many questions we might pose: In what ways does it please the eye? Do the colours soothe, or jar? What is a painted scene about and why did the artist choose to present it? And if we view a building, then... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>What do we see when we visit a museum and examine a painting or sculpture? Too often we only notice a few things about the work. But there are many questions we might pose: In what ways does it

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30 Sep

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New Forms of Capitalism - New Forms of Exploitation?

That ‘Capitalism is Changing’ is presently being explored from several directions. Proposals have come from those seeking to make sense of the impact of new technologies and a number of internationally renowned scholars are looking to transform capitalism radically, provoking intense discussion. Yet many thinkers - & not only Marxists - have argued... [More]
$38 Limited

<p>That ‘Capitalism is Changing’ is presently being explored from several directions. Proposals have come from those seeking to make sense of the impact of new technologies and a number of

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30 Sep

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Michelangelo meets Sinan: Representations of the Divine, Salvation and Paradise

The lecture seeks to explore the analogies of early modern Ottoman art aesthetics with the Renaissance in Italy through artists' thematic representations. The two artworks, Michelangelo’s fresco Last Judgement (1536-41) and Sinan’s use of the Iznik çini (tiles) in the Mosque Rustem Pasha (1560-61) respectively, physically manifest reflective... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>The lecture seeks to explore the analogies of early modern Ottoman art aesthetics with the Renaissance in Italy through artists' thematic representations. The two artworks, Michelangelo’s fresco

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30 Sep

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Reconquista and Conviviencia - The Remarkable Story of the Christian Reconquest of Muslim Spain 732-1492

For more than seven centuries, Christians and Muslims fought for control of Spain. This is the extraordinary story of that conflict, and the myths which developed to explain the complex interaction. We will explore the notion of the Christian reconquista (reconquest) of Muslim Spain, and the conviviencia, (coexistence) in which Christians, Muslims... [More]
$92 Limited / $83

<p>For more than seven centuries, Christians and Muslims fought for control of Spain. This is the extraordinary story of that conflict, and the myths which developed to explain the complex interaction

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01 Oct

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Abbey Road - "The perfect ending to a recording career"

On the 26th of September 1969 the Beatles released their last recorded album. It is arguably their finest. We explore each track and the background to the making of this album.... [More]
$38 Limited

On the 26th of September 1969 the Beatles released their last recorded album. It is arguably their finest. We explore each track and the background to the making of this album.

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02 Oct

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The Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie

Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of all time, and Dame Agatha Christie remains its most enduring author. Her detectives dominate our screens and stages, and her prolific body of work is often cited as the most widely translated, after Shakespeare and the Bible. In this course we will reconstruct her life and context, in order to... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres of all time, and Dame Agatha Christie remains its most enduring author. Her detectives dominate our screens and stages, and her prolific body of work

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03 Oct

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Solving Cryptic Crosswords

Learn how to approach cryptic crosswords – the less challenging ones first. Learn what hints the compiler is honour bound to give the solver, and what attempts to mislead are still possible. Hints, tips and secrets are revealed as the class puts in a combined effort. Anagrams will be unscrambled, synonyms sought, and red herrings demystified. Note:... [More]
$82 Limited / $74

<p>Learn how to approach cryptic crosswords – the less challenging ones first. Learn what hints the compiler is honour bound to give the solver, and what attempts to mislead are still possible.

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11 Oct

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Doing it in the Middle Ages: Sex and Pleasure

Did pornography exist in the Middle Ages? What about erotic fiction? How did people learn about sex, pleasure and reproductive health in fourteenth-century England? Answering these questions and more, this 2-hour evening seminar gives an overview of fourteenth-century depictions of sexual intercourse, focusing on prominent medical and religious... [More]
$49 Limited

<p>Did pornography exist in the Middle Ages? What about erotic fiction? How did people learn about sex, pleasure and reproductive health in fourteenth-century England? Answering these questions and

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11 Oct

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Does God Exist?

A walk through the basics of knowledge, analysing the arguments for/against God’s existence.... [More]
$125 Limited / $113

A walk through the basics of knowledge, analysing the arguments for/against God’s existence.

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12 Oct

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