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An Evening with Chopin

Chopin’s music has delighted us for nearly two hundred years. Perhaps no other composer is so closely associated with the piano, which in his time was newly finding its voice. His too-short life had its own drama and turmoil, with his exile from Poland, his relationship with French authoress George Sand, and his battle with tuberculosis. Join us to spend an evening with this great composer, listening to his music and exploring his life. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. [More]
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President Trump: Implications for the American Alliance

The election of Donald Trump as US President has implications not only for his country but for many others as well. Australia is locked into the US defence establishment in many ways. For example, by hosting the Pine Gap facility we make ourselves a target for anyone who wants to attack the USA. Trump is unpredictable and Australia cannot assume that things will be the same. Some will see this as a bad thing and others as good thing. This course will examine what we know so far and... [More]
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Travel Hints for Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s reputation as a capital of liberality is well earned and stretches back to the early seventeenth-century, when it was the centre of a trading empire that stretched from Japan to Brazil, and home to artists such as Rembrandt and the refuge of philosophers such as Locke, Descartes and Leibniz. Go beyond the clichés of windmills and kitsch as we explore the history and culture of this great city and its surrounds. [More]
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City of London in the 1660s

On the 29th May 1660 Charles II was restored to the thrones of England and Scotland after eleven years of Republican experiment. The Restoration heralded the return of the theatres, sports, gambling and whorehouses and the court developed a reputation for licentious behaviour. The great City of London faced two severe crises in the 1660s: the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. Both crises changed the ancient and mediaeval city of London forever. But the period also... [More]
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German Chancellor Merkel: The Last Defender of the EU and the West?

After 11 years in power, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will stand for a fourth four-year term in Autumn 2017. She is widely seen as the World’s most powerful woman and even as the last defender of Europe and the trans-Atlantic alliance. In this session we will explore Angela Merkel’s life, career and her continued contribution to international politics. [More]
German Chancellor Merkel: The Last Defender of the EU and the West?
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The History and Archaeology of Myanmar (Burma)

This course will be of interest to people considering joining the WEA annual Myanmar exploration, people considering visiting Myanmar independently, or anyone seeking some insider knowledge about the ancient and modern history of this emerging democracy and former military dictatorship. COURSE OUTLINE From 42,000,000 years ago until yesterday: your basic potted history, a review of the archaeology of Myanmar until recent times. That “Golden Land” promise of the travel brochures... [More]
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Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is often considered the most serious mental illness but it is often misunderstood by many people in our society. People who are diagnosed with schizophrenia continue to be stigmatised by society and they may even be considered dangerous. Using examples from popular films we will explore the myths, misunderstandings, facts and symptoms of schizophrenia. We also consider the causes and treatment options for the disease and examine how our attitudes can impact on the way... [More]
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The Plight of Minorities in the Middle East

The Middle East is a region of great ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity. However, the number and size of the ethnic and religious minorities is being reduced at a great pace. As well as the Christian minorities (such as Assyrians) and ethno-religious groups such as the Yezidis and the Sabean/Mandeans, smaller Ghulat (Shia) groups are also in danger of disappearing. The lecture will outline the ethno-religious diversity of Middle East and highlight those communities that are... [More]
The Plight of Minorities in the Middle East
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Undiscovered Athens

Greece, the southernmost country on the European mainland, is the ultimate summer experience for tourists. Tourists usually spend no more than 2 days in Athens before moving on. There is, however, an unknown Athens. This course will introduce the potential traveller to the Ancient Agora, the Antiques Market Place, Old Parliament House and the Numismatic Museum. COURSE OUTLINE The Ancient Agora in the Plaka area of Athens – The Ancient Agora of Classical Athens is the best-known... [More]
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