Shakespeare's Women - Ron Marks
Musical Postcards - Chris Green
Poetry and Landscape - Melissa Lloyd
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An illustrated course exploring some of the extraordinary and powerful female characters Shakespeare invented for boys and men to act: companions, lovers, wives, mothers, daughters, viragos at war and victims of jealousy, agents of destruction and angels of redemption.
Dramatic relationships explored through text and video clips: lasses with lovers – wives with husbands – maids and mistresses – mothers and sons – daughters and fathers – women at war, as queens or wives – the deadlier of the species or the saviours of their men?
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The days of sending a postcard when on holiday may have largely faded away thanks to social messaging, but thankfully composers have preserved the tradition through composition depicting countries and places they have visited.
This course will take you on a journey with members of the group deciding at times the direction they wish to take. So, the course starts with trains and do you know both the Orient Express and Eurostar have music associated with these trains? The journey will take us initially to France and the Channel Islands, and then a choice has to be made- whether to go south, west, or even east?
This course, however, is more than just encountering music- it is about the way in which composers faced the task of capturing the spirit and essence of a location in music, whether it be the sound of shepherds in the French countryside or an Italian seaside town. The only requirements for the course are an open ear, mind and, possibly, a few maps.
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‘The British landscape has inspired some of the most powerful and unforgettable poetry ever written’. So writes Owen Sheers, the Editor of "A Poet’s Guide to Britain", which is the required text for this course. The Anthology includes poems from a wide range of historical periods, taking us on a journey across the length and breadth of the British Isles. We will discuss ways in which a poetic response to a wide variety of topographies, both urban and rural, can deepen our own ‘conversation’ with the landscapes that surround us.
Owen Sheers passionately believes that poems, and particularly poems of place, not only affect us as individuals, but can have the power to mark and define a collective experience - our identities, our country, and our land. Under the headings of six varieties of British landscape - London and Cities, Villages and Towns, Mountains and Moorland, Islands, Woods and Forest, and Coast and Sea - he has collected poems that evoke qualities of the land, city and sea and have become part of the way we see these landscapes.
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Reading Old Handwriting - Part 3 - Patrick Denney
The World turned upside down: The British Civil Wars 1642-1649 - Simon Doney
The Role of Location Drawing in Art - Sue Pownall
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If like many family historians you have experienced difficulty in reading the old handwriting found in some old English documents, particularly those from the Tudor and Stuart periods, then this series of courses will help to get you started.
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The Civil Wars divided the double kingdom of England and Scotland and would play a important part in shaping the subsequent history of the British Isles. This course will provide a survey of the Civil Wars. In particular, we will focus on English dimension, the experience of war, the reasons why Parliament won, and how and why the King was brought to trial and executed.
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Looking at a range of male and female European artists like Constable, Angelica Kauffman, Barbara Hepworth, and Graham Sutherland, the course examines the position of drawing on location in art and compares it with studio based pieces. We will look at the artists' working methods, studies, and artworks along with some context to their work. Starting with the sketchbooks of Old Masters we progress through the centuries and discuss the value of these artists working outside their studios whilst comparing them to studio based artists.
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Taking the Papyri: Life in Roman and Byzantine Egypt - Michael Bloomfield
Surrealism in Literature - Part 2 - Abbie Saunders
Great Music in Latin! A Detective Story - Bill Tamblyn
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Delving into ancient papyri, this course illustrates the story of Egypt under the Romans and Byzantines, from the 1st century AD to the 6th. Each week we read selected documents which cover an exceptionally interesting range of topics: people and their problems, women’s lives in villages and towns, engaging with workmen, troubles with injury and disease, doctors and medicine, slavery, education and cultural transition, pagan practice and the challenge of the Church, monks and monasticism.
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Part 2 of this two-part course explores contemporary applications of Surrealism in Literature, comparing and contrasting the execution of the modern Surrealist novel by examining award-winning Russian, Japanese, Portuguese and Ukrainian writers.
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Concert music is still sung in ‘church’ Latin, and in Greek and old Russian too. What is the back-story? This course aims to resolve the mystery.
We will discover the reasons for composers to use a church language of 1000 years ago, the binding hold of this music on later periods, the separation of the music from church rituals and in to the concert hall, and the addition of concert music in old Russian, and Greek, and then, in the late 20th century an Early music revival which renewed our interest in the setting of Latin texts.
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Story of Parliament Part 2 - Roger Cooke
Battle Skies of East Anglia 1939 - 1945 - Ian McLaclan
Democracy left and right, fascism and resurrections Part 2 - Nicholas Hyman
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The development of a ruling body, in 1689 Parliament was secure but what kind of parliament it would be, was not. We will explore how over the next two hundred and more years it evolved into being the envy of the world and truly the representative of all the people.
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How wartime aerial conflict affected East Anglia. The impact on communities suffering air raids by German and Italian bombers & tragic loss of young ATS girls by hit & run; British Defences -preparations on the Home Front; the region's role in radar development; the RAF boys and girls in blue; Bomber Command's role in achieving victory; RAF night fighters; Germany’s "V" weapons; personal stories throughout bring strong human interest.
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The Second World War was ultimately a continuation of the First, with the spectre of Communism, the rise of mass electorates, better, but only partially, informed, and industrial and economic crises adding to the mix. Peace in 1945 led to the Cold War, the rival philosophies and tactics of Washington and Moscow, the threat of nuclear apocalypse, decolonialisation, neo-colonialism, and a rising popular wish, fed by affluence or (in most of the world) the desire for affluence, for a gentler, open world in which social, cultural, and gender realignments redefined the old Enlightenment agenda; while failed states, mass urbanisation and 24-hour digital news leave us still wrestling with old ideas in new ways.
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The Golden Age of Television Drama - David Read
Cinema and Religion - David Sharp
Literature and Revolution in Russia - Anat Vernitski
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Was there ever a Golden Age of television drama? The course will look at some of the seminal productions of the 60s, 70s and 80s that established the reputation of original TV drama as a new art form. The course will include both one-off plays (Culloden, The War Game, Cathy Come Home, The Cellar and the Almond Tree) and series (Talking to A Stranger, The Singing Detective, Edge of Darkness, Boys from the Blackstuff, Heimat) and will consider the impact productions had on the public in the age before multi-channel Television.
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The portrayal of religion and spirituality through the medium of cinema is not easy. The far-reaching nature of this subject means that films may be used for propaganda purposes as well as enlarging our understanding and tolerance of the beliefs of different peoples and cultures.
This course will explore the depiction of some of the themes we associate with religion such as doubt, faith, love, and death. We will consider how such major figures as Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, and Gandhi, are represented, looking at films like Scorsese’s Kundun, Silence and The Last Temptation of Christ as well as Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.
We shall also examine how films feature many of the interesting varieties of New Age spirituality linked to native and mainstream faiths
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This course concentrates on literary works written in the years immediately following the Russian Revolution. We become acquainted with a number of significant 20th century Russian writers, and read their works in the historical context of the dramatic events of this period..
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