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Summer 2022
Laura C. Berry
Wednesdays
4 PM - 6 PM (AZ Time)
Jul 13 to Aug 17
Sherlock Holmes never actually uttered the words, "Elementary, my dear Watson!" but this and other iconic traces of the detective have lasted for over a century. There have been more than 60 film adaptations of Holmes, including versions in which he is portrayed by a mouse, a dog, and at least once as a woman. Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the original stories, was a medical doctor, a freemason, and a believer in spiritualism and clairvoyance. In this seminar, these and other curious facts will be explored (or should we say 'detected'?). We will examine a cross-section of the Sherlock stories...

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Summer 2022
Eleni Hasaki
Wednesdays
10 Am - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Aug 3 to Aug 24
Attend In Person OR Online! See Below for full details about our new Hybrid courses This course explores the people, processes and places that fostered the technological and artistic creativity of potters, sculptors, and temple builders in ancient Greece. Our topics range from the arduous apprenticeship of a potter glorified by ancient philosophers as the ultimate example of patience and cumulative learning, to the precision and forethought of a sculptor carving a 15 ft monolithic marb;e statue. Any mistakes in quarrying, shaping, or detailing such a colossal marble statue, would force the...

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Summer 2022

In Session

Courtney Friesen
Mondays
1 PM - 4 PM (AZ Time)
Apr 25 to May 16

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The Christian religion is inextricably bound up with contemporary culture in America and around the globe. Yet, even after centuries of scholarly inquiry, numerous questions regarding its historical origins remain contested and unanswered. This course probes several: How did Jesus of Nazareth, the son of an obscure carpenter, come to be worshiped as the eternal son of God? How did his death, at the hands of the Romans, come to be interpreted as a means of...

Summer 2022

In Session

Albert Welter
Thursdays
10 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Apr 28 to May 26

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The Hangzhou region has long been one of China's most important cultural hubs and has had a wide-ranging impact on Chinese culture and Buddhism throughout East Asia. It came to prominence in the 10th century, when Hangzhou served as the capital of the independent state of Wuyue. It was instrumental in spreading Chan Buddhism to Japan as Zen and Korea as Seon. The Buddhist institutional network developed in the Hangzhou region and was transferred to Japan,...

Summer 2022

In Session

Matthew Mugmon
Fridays
10 AM - 12 PM
Apr 29 to May 27

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Leonard Bernstein embraced a remarkable range of roles in his career, including composer, conductor, pianist, educator, multimedia pioneer, and engaged citizen. This course presents him as one of our towering cultural figures. We will examine the intersections among Bernstein's musical activities, his personal and intellectual life, and their shifting political and social contexts. We will focus on Bernstein's multifaceted contributions to American...

Summer 2022

In Session

Steve Smith
Thursdays
10 Am - 12 PM (AZ Time)
Jun 2 to Jul 7

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Arid and semiarid environments, commonly known as "deserts," make up about one-third of the earth's land surface and are home to more than one billion people. We will begin this course by discussing the geographical features of desert regions, answering seemingly simple questions: What is a desert, and why do they occur where they do? While humans are particularly maladapted to life in deserts, many other organisms present in these environments exhibit...