Berlioz and the Spectaculars - Bill Tamblyn
Surrealism in Literature Part 1 - Abbie Saunders
The Religious Quest - David Sharp
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This is a study of Berlioz whose work was critical in the furthering of Romanticism. We aim to reveal the complex literary and spiritual background to his work and demonstrate how this non-pianist could master the world of the classical orchestra and transform the structures of musical composition.
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Part 1 of this two-part course traces the origins of Surrealism in Literature to its roots in children's literature and absurdism and explores the coalescence of the conscious and unconscious minds across a range of experimental novels by English, French, Czech, and Russian writers.
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Interested in religions in the modern world? This course will explore key aspects of major and more minor religions and spiritualities thriving today. There are the big five - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, but there are also Sikhs, Jains, Parsees, Ba'hais, Taoists, Confucianists, Shintoists, as well as New Age and New Religious Movements. We shall explore some of the themes of these religions and also how they respond to the modern challenges of science, gender, fundamentalism, violence and secular humanism.
The religious quest also looks at our personal search for meaning, well-being, our journey through life and how we see our destiny in the context of many contested religious and philosophical claims. Come, listen, learn, and discuss why religion matters.
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Airs & Graces - Ian McLachlan (starts 26th September for 7 weeks)
Democracy left and right, racism and resurrections - Nicholas Hyman
Monarchy - Roger Cooke
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Aeronautical myth, legend, folklore and fact from Icarus to the Wright Brothers and the Edwardian age of aviation innocence. Colchester’s regular tutor Ian McLachlan takes you on a flight through time with some aspects studious and others anecdotal and light-hearted but always educational.
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We look at the cultural and political changes that swept Britain and Europe in the wake of the French Revolution and the rise and fall of Napoleon in 1815. The Age of Enlightenment was now buffeted by nationalism, the drive for widening political participation, supported or repressed, by Liberalism, Imperialism, and the emergence of the twin dogmas of Socialism and Fascism – though it was not yet called that. This period ends with the destructive horrors of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the redrawing of Europe’s boundaries. Why did Liberal Democracy struggle? Why did an authoritarian Fascism have appeal? Would Socialism triumph? No one knew.
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Monarchy, from insecurity via sovereignty to figure head 1485 - 2017. At the end of the Wars of the Roses the English monarchy was weak and insecure. Two hundred years later it was aspiring to a form of absolutism, yet suddenly evolved into a slowly declining constitutional mode before arriving at the symbolic crown we have today. We will trace how these and other more subtle changes and the role of key actors over the last five hundred or so years, have influenced the monarchy.
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Society and Culture in Medieval East Anglia - Kate Jewell (starts 27th September)
The Jazz Century - Cakewalk to Culture - Graham Platts
Science in Our World: Benefits & Controversy - Steve Haydon
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This course explores the diverse society of medieval East Anglia and the rich culture which was an important part of that society. We will discuss East Anglia's urban centres - Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester - it's power-players such as Bury St Edmunds Abbey, and the strong-minded women who played such a vital role in East Anglian society. We will also consider East Anglia's medieval culture- the cloth trade, the heritage of its parish churches, the written word and the many forms of art produced in the region.
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A decade-by decade jazz journey, from 1900 to 1999, with guided commentary/discussion and numerous musical examples. From the dance halls and sporting houses of New Orleans to Carnegie Hall and the greatest concert stages around the world, jazz has travelled far both geographically and culturally. America's greatest indigenous musical form, but soon to be a World Music, who were the men and women behind its development and what did they contribute? What would jazz become by the end of the twentieth century? This course celebrates some of the many pioneers who have kept us dancing and enriched our lives.
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The aim of the course is to promote thinking, learning and interactive discussion on the impact that scientific discoveries and the often controversial resultant technology have had on our world. 4.6 billion years after the birth of our planet, it is being argued that we have entered a new geological time period called The Anthropocene – the age when human activity has had a decisive influence on the state, dynamics and future of the Earth system.
How did we get here and where are we going....??
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Shakespeare on Screen - David Read
Music for the Cinema - Chris Green
Creative Writing - Petra McQueen
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From the dawn of cinema to the present day Shakespeare has directly or indirectly inspired a huge number of films and an equally wide range of interpretations. Since the first recording of King John in 1899 film-makers have risen to the challenge of adapting some of the most imaginative verse in the English language to the screen with variable results. Beginning with a study of the process of adaptation from text to screen, the course will go on to explore each week several film versions of a single play to see how different directors have handled that process and to assess how successful they have been.
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From the earliest days of the cinematograph, music has played an integral role. The first known commercial music score for a film was by a distinguished composer, Camille Saint-Saens, and the lure of celluloid has attracted the attention of distinguished composers since, including Britten, Shostakovitch, Bliss and Vaughan Williams.
This course will trace the history of the film and how music was changed and adapted to new formats from the silent cinema, through the talkies and particular genre such as the film musical and cartoons.
The course will be illustrated by sound and film clips, so be prepared to be transported across a century and more of film-making and encounter the work of émigrés who fled to the UK and USA to the present, blockbusters and music for video games.
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Always fancied writing but don't know where to start? Are you a secret writer but haven't dared show anyone your work? In this ten week course, we will explore what makes fiction work and how you can turn your ideas into reality. The areas we will cover include: how to tackle the blank page; the art of show not tell; characterisation; setting; dialogue and editing. This class is participatory, and encouragement and support is given throughout.
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Reading Old Handwriting - Part 2 - Patrick Denney
Italian Renaissance - Robin McCartney
The Approaching Storm: The Origins of the English Civil War - Simon Doney
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The aim of the course is to equip students with the skills necessary to undertake primary research using manuscript sources from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Students will be introduced to various conventions associated with handwriting from the period including commonly used letter forms and abbreviations. A key factor of the course will be the time allowed for students to develop their skills through a range of practise sessions making use of a variety of sources encountered in family history research.
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The Renaissance meant a rebirth of classical culture. What did this mean for Italian painters and sculptors in the fifteenth century? And how did giants like Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo emerge?
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This course will identify the complex roots of a war that divided families and communities. It will chart the tense relationship between King and Parliament and trace popular and political opposition to the King over finances, foreign policy and religious identity, culminating with the Long Parliament 1640-42.
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