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Kyoto: Japan’s Cultural Capital
Kyoto has long been one of Japan’s most innovative centers of arts and culture. Art historian Yui Suzuki of the University of Maryland, College Park, guides a day devoted to Kyoto’s artistic, architectural, and cultural treasures and the timeless creative spirit that gives this tradition-rich city its vibrant character. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Dinner in Oz: A Taste of Australian Cuisine
Forget about bloomin’ onions: Sample food that real Australians would recognize when you spend an evening at a private three-course dinner at Oz, the area’s first authentic Australian restaurant. Oz’s chef, Brad Feickert, and Dana Robertson of the Embassy of Australia introduce a fascinating cuisine that’s ripe for discovery.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering
Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:45 PM
African Art Through the Centuries
4-Session Evening Course
Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the political, social, religious, and economic forces that influenced the form and the spirit of African art from Stone Age cave paintings to contemporary expressions. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM
A Day at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum
What began in the late Renaissance with the collections of rare and manmade objects assembled by various members of the House of Habsburg evolved into Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine considers the great museum’s evolution and some of the masterworks housed within it. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 9:30 AM
In the Indian Kitchen
Food writer Monica Bhide guides a deliciously informative tour of the wide range of India’s foods, covering classic dishes, lesser-known specialties, distinctive ingredients, and cooking styles. A buffet reception features dishes that reflect the regional variations and techniques discussed.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:45 PM
True Tortillas: The Seeds of Mexico’s Culinary Heritage
A kernel of an idea can lead to something great. Learn how small farmers and growers in Mexico are finding a booming new market for their country’s heirloom corn varieties. A tasting follows the discussion.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The Celtic World: Ancient and Modern
Does our contemporary fascination with all things Celtic truly reflect the complex history and heritage of these ancient peoples? Historian Jennifer Paxton traces how their legacy affects culture and politics in the nations and regions commonly known as the Celtic Fringe—as well as in the wider world.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Traveling on the Danube: River of History
Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 AM