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Mummies and Their Mysteries: Kings to Crocodiles to Eva Peron

The practice of mummification dates back thousands of years. Egyptologist Bob Brier (also known as Mr. Mummy), discusses the history of mummies from ancient to modern times.

Date
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Portugal’s Golden Ages: An Artistic and Cultural Mosaic

Portugal’s famous voyages of exploration in the 15th century led to the creation of global maritime trading empires in Asia, Africa, and Brazil and fabulous wealth in the homeland. Art historian Lawrence Butler explores the art and architecture of Portugal and its dependencies during several of the country’s golden ages. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Jane Austen: From the Parlor to Politics

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. The passing years have increased her novels’ appeal as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, the Dashwood sisters, and Emma Woodhouse and Mr. Knightley continue to delight us. Discover how Austen introduced the realities of Regency England into her carefully crafted worlds.

Date
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Traditional Roots of Modern China: How an Ancient World View Drives Contemporary Policies

In a timely daylong program, China scholar Robert Daly traces China’s 21st-century drive for wealth, power, and status to the beliefs, geographic influences, and social and cultural practices rooted in the earliest dynasties.

Date
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Art of the Medieval World: Cathedrals and Beyond
4-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art and architecture of the 1,000-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance, and its relationship to a society infused with faith and spirituality. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.