Culture & Society
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Exploring Our Culinary History
Join us for a look inside our country’s early dining culture. Our instructor, a culinary historian, shares insights and behind-the-scenes secrets from various periods. Each class meets for 1 Thurs., 10:00 am-1:00 pm, and costs $30. L Nahon.
Dining in the Colonial Mid-Atlantic
One pot of mush served in a wooden bowl is what most people imagine when they think about eating dinner during New York’s colonial period; the truth is much more delicious. From the early years of Dutch settlement through its birth as a new state, dinner in New York consisted of a rich array of local and imported ingredients. Join us as we explore dinner at the tables of New York’s merchant class. How were the tables set, what food was served, who did the cooking; all part of a tantalizing look at history that can grace your tables today.
CE-CULTR 2046VA, Mar. 8, KNC-2. #13055
Dining with George and Martha Washington
You’ve been invited to join his Eminence and Mrs. Washington for dinner in New York City, our country’s first capital. What can you look forward to enjoying? A new nation, recovering from war with one of the world’s most powerful countries. Yet, before the war, NYC had been one of the wealthiest jewels in the king’s crown. What is it like now? What could possibly be on the menu? Like many guests, you have questions; join us for a look at some possible answers.
CE-CULTR 2047VA, Mar. 15, KNC-4. #13056
Dining in the Gilded Age
From socialites to robber barons, New York was home to many of the rich and famous of the late 19th century. Not just NYC, but up and down the Hudson River Valley, lavish homes dotted the landscapes; the high life took on new meaning following the Reconstruction Era. The Gilded Age solidified fine dining as we know it today. Join us in this exploration of conspicuous consumption in and around the dining room.
CE-CULTR 2048VA, Mar. 22, KNC-2. #13057
Tea and Dessert
The displays of fine goods in the mid-Atlantic during the colonial and new nation period rival those of most international cities. The wealth of the upper class allowed for a leisurely life, including some of the finest social repasts, like tea in the afternoon or dancing in the evening, ending with a lovely dessert display. These were the times a woman of the house displayed her skills, and her husband’s wealth. Journey back in time and explore pleasures you can add to your life today.
CE-CULTR 2049VA, Mar. 29, KNC-2. #13058
New! The Art & Architecture of Jewish Culture Part 2
An exploration of the art and architecture of Jewish culture from the 18th century through modern times.
CE-CULTR 2051VA, 6 Thurs., Mar. 22-May 3 (skip 4/5), 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-2, $120. B Levy. #13013
The Art of Ancient Civilizations
Explore the fascinating art and architecture of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rose. Discover the ways humans of long ago made sense of and expressed their view of the world, resulting in artistic conventions which influenced generations of artists that followed and are still in use today
CE-CULTR 2040VA, 3 Mon., Mar. 5-19, 1:00-3:00 pm, KNC-3, $75. S Altman. #12274
Art of the Renaissance
Explore the period from the 14th to the 16th centuries across Europe as we discover the artistic trend away from the medieval and towards more realistic and secular depictions of the world. Artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Durer will be covered among many others. We’ll look into the underlying reasons for these changes in the political, religious, and social climates of the times through slide presentations, lecture, and discussion.
CE-CULTR 2034, 3 Thurs., Feb. 15-Mar. 1, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, KNC-3, $60. S Altman. #12275
The Mystique of the Roman Empire and Medieval Architectural Ramblings
Explore architectural styles from early Roman, Byzantine, Medieval, Romanesque and Gothic periods and their role in the transition from the “dark ages” toward contemporary architectural themes.
CE-HIST 2036VA, 6 Tues., Mar. 6-Apr. 17 (skip 4/3), 1:30-3:30 pm, KNC-3, $120. B Levy. #12446
New! Beautiful Violence: Religion, Power, and Warfare as Revealed through Ancient Egyptian Art
Study ancient Egypt’s intriguing rulers, conflicts, and conquests using art as a lens.
CE-ART 2272VA, 3 Wed., Apr. 4-18, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $65. A Abbott. #13091
Mary Cassatt in France
Join us for a compelling presentation about Mary Cassatt’s journey to becoming a professional artist in France. Share her struggles to balance family obligations with career goals as well as your instructor’s own journey in researching Cassatt’s life for her play, Girl in Blue Armchair. Includes images of Cassatt’s work and those of her contemporaries.
CE-ART 2187VA, 1 Wed., Mar. 21, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-5, $25. S Courtney. #12436
Mary Cassatt and the Impressionists at the Met
Join us for a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a guided tour of the artwork of Mary Cassatt in the American Wing and that of her fellow Impressionists Degas, Renoir, Monet, and Pissarro in European Paintings. A wonderful accompaniment to our companion class, Mary Cassatt in France (not required). Meet inside the Met at the large vase on the right facing the grand staircase. After the tour, you have the option of having lunch together at Le Pain Quotidien (1131 Madison Avenue between 84th & 85th Streets).
CE-ART 2226VA, 1 Wed., Mar. 28, 11:00 am-1:00 pm, $25 (+ $10 payable to instructor for Met Group Tour Fee). S Courtney. #12437
An Opera Experience: Part 2
A lively and informative preview presentation of Live from the Met HD performances prior to their cinema showing. Includes an exploration of the various operas’ history, librettos, arias, and highlights of the productions, as well as the cultural and social significance of the various operas.
CE-MUSIC 2076VA, 3 Mon., Feb. 12, Mar. 19 & Apr. 23, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $60. J Mallory. #12353
Birth of the Beatles
Discover the individual lives of each of the Fab Four. Follow the Beatles’ rise to success while intertwining that success with the events of the 1960’s to grasp their incredible significance on the cultural changes in the U.S. and around the world.
CE-MUSIC 2064, 1 Sat., Mar. 3, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $30. D Fruci. #12452
The Music of Lennon and McCartney
Examine the genius of the songs written by the Beatles; follow the songs from their early years over time as their music grew in complexity. Stories and quotes from the Beatles themselves about how each song came to be are included.
CE-MUSIC 2063, 1 Sat., Mar. 3, 1:00-4:00 pm, Room TBD, $30. D Fruci. #12453
The Music of George Harrison
George Harrison was known as the “Quiet Beatle,” but as years went by he established himself as a songwriter comparable to his mates. Explore George’s growth as a musician and songwriter throughout the Beatle years, along with tunes from his solo career.
CE-MUSIC 2078, 1 Sat., Mar. 10, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #12455
Music: The British Invasion
Focuses on the music created by British bands that rose to prominence in the early 1960’s. We’ll explore the groups and their songs as they rose to the top of the U.S. charts following the success of the Beatles arrival on the American music scene.
CE-MUSIC 2079VA, 1 Sat., Mar. 17, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-2, $30. D Fruci. #12464
Bye Bye Miss American Pie
Discuss the lyrics of Don McLean’s #1 hit song, American Pie. The lyrics of the song cover the musical changes in rock & roll from the 1950’s to 1970, as the American cultural landscape changed dramatically. From the optimism and conformity of the 1950’s to the cultural changes caused by the political and social changes of the 1960’s, Bye Bye Miss American Pie.
CE-MUSIC 2075, 1 Sat., Feb. 10, 1:00-4:00 pm, KNC-3, $30. D Fruci. #12451
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of John is one of the most important pieces of sacred literature in the New Testament, the last to be written but the only Gospel that claims to be based on eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus. Get introduced to this highly spiritual and mysterious text, using multiple disciplines to bring insights that go beyond what has been offered in Church sponsored courses. By the end of the course it is hoped that some of the mystery of this enigmatic text will be dispensed with as well. Students should bring a Bible.
CE-PHIL 2003VA, 7 Mon., Feb. 12-Apr. 2 (skip 3/26), 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-3, $150. J Coppola. #12325
What Christians Believe: The Nicene Creed
Explore the essentials of the Christian belief system as established by the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed. With a synopsis of church history, we’ll explain for both Christians and non-Christians the core tenets of one of the world’s major religions and encourage a conversation with both a theological and practical understanding. As an introductory level course, it is intended to either introduce the non-Christian participant to, or to help the Christian participants’ understanding of, the Christian belief system.
CE-PHIL 2025VA, 2 Thurs., Apr. 12 & 19, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-4, $40. M Tomas. #12510