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Michelangelo Buonarotti was a sculptor, a painter, an architect, and a poet, often considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time. This lecture is an introduction to Michelangelo—the man and the artist —through some of his works. Geauga County Conversations Join us for this monthly luncheon series. Led by local university faculty and laypeople, this program provides participants an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation on contemporary topics. Fees include lunch More
Dates Dates: Wednesday, July 1 noon-1:00 p.m.
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Status Status: 116 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
Join Yair Nitzani, renowned Israeli performer, for this remote learning opportunity with a look into Jewish and Israeli humor. Drawing on his experiences as an Israeli rock star, songwriter, and TV host, Nitzani uses satire and comedy to present his distinctive take on life. More
Dates Dates: Wednesday, July 8 | 12:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 123 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
This course will focus on selected plays written by Aeschylus, the earliest tragedies to survive in European literature. Aeschylus preferred to write plays that were thematically connected, such as The Oresteia, which deals with the homecoming of Agamemnon from the Trojan War. He also wrote Persians, a history play which deals with the Persian Wars, in which Aeschylus himself fought as a general; and he wrote plays such as the Seven Against Thebes and Prometheus that explore the complex families of Greek heroes and the relationship between gods and humans. Most fascinating is the way in which Aeschylus frames his plays from a perspective that acknowledges the heroic-mythic past while at the same time anticipating the possibilities inherent in the new progressive democracy at Athens. Books: We will read the translations of Aeschylus published by the University of Chicago: Aeschylus I: The Persians, The Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliant Maidens, Prometheus Bound, and Aeschylus II: Oresteia, both volumes edited and translated by David Grene, Richmond Lattimore, Mark Griffith, and Glenn W. Most. More
Dates Dates: Tuesdays, July 7-28 | 9:30-11:30 a.m.
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Status Status: 2 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
 
Why are the Jews so funny? What is unique about Jewish humor? Why are so many comedians, satirical novelists, and film directors Jewish? In this short course, we will seek to answer these questions by tracing the history of Jewish humor from the nineteenth century to the present, following the migration of Jewish humor across the European continent to America (and Israel), where the Jewish funnyman and funnywoman have transformed the cultural landscape. We will also look at how the Jews have used laughter as both a coping mechanism and an instrument of self-defense against pogroms, forced migrations, and even the Holocaust. More
Dates Dates: Tuesdays, June 30-July 21 | 10-11:30 a.m.
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Status Status: 28 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 50 seats
 
This paper investigates waste management at the Roman Pompeii, tracing the path of refuse it moved across the city and its suburbs. I argue that garbage was an unavoidable part of life in Pompeii, not because the city lacked systems for dealing with waste, but because those systems prioritized recycling and reuse over removal. Studying waste, therefore, reflects not only on Pompeii’s sanitation, but also illuminates essential patterns of its economic and social life. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, August 4 | 1:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 254 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded for the “benefit of all the people forever.” Behind the art that resides in the galleries are the stories of the people and events that made the museum what it is today as we continue that legacy into our second century.

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Dates Dates: Monday, July 27 noon-1 p.m.
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Status Status: 170 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
In the final years of the suffrage struggle, Ohio women’s efforts to gain the vote took place within a national movement that accepted the regional disenfranchisement of African Americans as part of a bargain to overcome Southern resistance. Yet in Ohio, the opposition from organized liquor interests brought black and white suffragists together. The story of these complex relationships helps us think about how race, region, and special interests shape alliances and access to the vote. More
Dates Dates: Wednesday, July 29 | 7 p.m.
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Status Status: 170 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
Bird-watching, or birding, is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States, and even more people are discovering the joy of watching birds while we are all spending more time at home. Dr. Jones will cover the basics of how to identify birds, including how to select a field guide and binoculars, and how to use your sightings to contribute to science. This seminar will also cover how to bring more birds to your yard, including choosing bird feeders and bird-friendly plants. Bring any bird-related questions you may have! More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, July 7 | 6 p.m.
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Status Status: 85 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
Trajan's Column is best known for its sculpted spiral frieze depicting Trajan's victories in the Dacian Wars (101-106 AD), but it was also a great technological achievement requiring a great deal of site organization. The blocks making up the Column of Trajan are among the heaviest to have been lifted during the Roman Imperial period (the largest of which weighed as much as 77 tons). In this talk I look at the possible ways this could have been accomplished, some of the logistical problems of accomplishing such a feat, and how it fits into the Roman desire to demonstrate power through large scale construction projects. I will also touch on some of the problems involved in creating hypothetical reconstructions of ancient processes. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, August 18 | 1:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 254 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
This two-part series will study the mythologies of the world contrasting their differences and also the commonalities that all societies share. The text by Roy Willis and Robert Walker divides the mythologies of the world into regions and zones, providing a background for the discussion. We will examine how these beliefs and stories have come down to us through the ages. In World Mythology 2, we focus on the major themes in Greek, Roman, and Celtic, plus Nordic & European, American, African, Oceanic and Australasian mythologies. Required Text: Roy Willis and Robert Walker, World Mythology: The Illustrated Guide (ISBN-13: 978-0195307528) (Optional Supplemental Texts: Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth (ISBN978-0-385-41886-7); A Short History of Mythology by Karen Armstrong) More
Dates Dates: Thursdays, July 23-August 13 | 10-11:30 a.m.
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Status Status: 20 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
During the Middle and Late Bronze Age (ca. 1900-1400 BCE), Cycladic islanders played key roles as intermediaries in regional exchange networks that linked the Minoan palaces of Crete and emerging elite societies on Aegina and mainland Greece. Over these centuries, the Cyclades experienced a great deal of material culture change, especially as part of the Minoanization phenomenon, by which Minoan ways of doing things were adopted and adapted beyond Crete. This presentation explores the important roles of mobile craftspeople and the spread of novel craft technologies in the promotion of new forms of material culture in the Cyclades during these eras. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, July 14 | 1:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 258 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 300 seats
 
This presentation shares my research on the Late Bronze Age tombs around the Palace of Nestor in southwestern Greece. The tombs were used during the rise and the zenith of the palatial economy and offer us a unique perspective on how people created their identity, manipulated the landscape, and used tombs and funerals as a way to create, affirm, and legitimize their status More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, July 7 | 1:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 253 open seats left
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Course Overview: • Learn where Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies can be applied for design or economic advantage • Understand lightweighting AM technologies, trends and applications in transportation industries • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in lightweighting through analysis of case studies • Learn the fundamentals of materials science and how to improve properties such as strength, stiffness and ductility in a wide array of lightweight material options • Understand the use of advanced materials databases (e.g., Granta) and the impact of key market drivers on the selection criteria for critical applications in the transportation industry. More
Dates Dates: Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 50 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 50 seats
 
Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your "voice," and keep your writing process in motion. We’ll investigate ways to playfully expand the imagination and increase creative output as well as work with prompts that will help inspire specific writing projects, and most importantly generate new work. Participants will leave with a tool kit to keep the writing flowing. This course is offered in partnership with Literary Cleveland. More
Dates Dates: Wednesdays, August 5-26 | 10 a.m.-noon
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Class Size Class size: 4 seats
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Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens, nestled in Rockefeller Park, are a community treasure. This Cleveland gem is inextricably linked to the history of immigration and migration to the city, and to the changing landscape of the Doan Brook Valley and University Circle. We will examine the wider historical, geographic, and social landscapes that have shaped the Cultural Gardens over the past century. More
Dates Dates: Friday, July 17 Noon - 1 p.m.
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Status Status: 19 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 70 seats
 
In the age of Photoshop and other photo editing software, people viewing professional and fine art often question the authenticity of photographs. Is that photo manipulated? How do they do that? Photographer Michael Weil will examine the impact of photo editing on the field of photography. More
Dates Dates: Friday, August 21 Noon - 1 p.m.
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Status Status: 58 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 70 seats
 
The modern-day landscape of Sudan, ancient Nubia, is dotted with temples and pyramids – remnants of great kingdoms that flourished in the 1st millennium BC. One of these, the Kingdom of Kush, rose to particular prominence as some of its kings ruled over Ancient Egypt as pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty. Largely neglected in the history books, this talk will delve into the stories of early explorers to Nubia and highlight how ongoing fieldwork at Nuri is changing our perception of this part of the ancient world. More
Dates Dates: Wednesday, August 5 Noon - 1 p.m.
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Status Status: 41 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 70 seats
 
Excavations have been underway at the ancient Greek and Roman city of Morgantina for over sixty years. Throughout that time, a near-uncountable amount of data has been acquired describing the architecture, artifacts, and people. We are now faced with the challenge of how to present all this information from a remote, inaccessible, and inhospitable location to a wide audience. The VR Morgantina experience housed at CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library unites numerous aspects of the excavations to recreate the ancient city as it would have been roughly 2400 years ago. Within the VR environment it is possible to embed small educational lessons on ancient Greek and Roman history, art, and culture, inviting new audiences all over the world to experience the city first hand. Normandy residents pay member cost through the Normandy. Fees include lunch. More
Dates Dates: Friday, August 7 | Noon -1:00 p.m.
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Status Status: 199 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
 
When it arrived on Broadway in 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical was an instant success, selling out months in advance. With a national tour to follow, the show quickly captured the imaginations of history buffs and theater aficionados across the country. Even so, Hamilton has faced criticism for the liberties it takes with history. The musical follows the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the Treasury, but with its diverse cast and hip hop inspired songs, Miranda has described Hamilton as “a story about America then, told by America now.” With a film version of the musical set for release in July 2020 that will make the musical more accessible than ever, this course offers participants a chance to explore Hamilton’s success and the questions it has raised about America’s past, present, and future.


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Hamilton: An American Musical Original Cast Recording (available for purchase on CD, free through YouTube, or with a subscription to Spotify, Apple Music, or Amazon Music)

Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past, ed. Renee C. Romano and Claire Bond Potter, Rutgers University Press, 2018 (ISBN 978-0813590295 available in paperback or as Kindle edition for $15-25)
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Dates Dates: Mondays, July 6-27 2 - 3:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
 
Classical Hebrew exposes students to the sights and sounds of the original Biblical Hebrew as it appears in both the Torah and the Hebrew prayers.  Students will have multiple opportunities to explore ancient Hebrew texts and their meanings in-depth.

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Hebrew Primer
Lois Rothblum, Bella Bergman and Ora Band. Published by Berman House ISBN 0-874-41463-6

https://www.amazon.com/Hebrew-Language-Course-Lois-Rothblum/dp/0874414636/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Hebrew+primer&qid=1566536745&s=books&sr=1-4

The Guide to Lashon Hakodesh Mastering The Basics (level 1 has a tan cover)
Nachman Marcuson Published by Feldheim ISBN 978-1-59826-043-4

https://www.amazon.com/Guide-Lashon-Hakodesh-Vol-Mastering/dp/159826043X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3TN5EZQNUQ69&keywords=the+guide+to+lashon+hakodesh&qid=1566536999&s=gateway&sprefix=The

A Reading and Prayer Primer
Sol Scharfstein Published by Ktav ISBN 0-88125-270-0

https://www.amazon.com/Reading-Prayer-Primer-Hebrew/dp/0881252700/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=A+reading+and+prayer+primer&qid=1566537169&s=gateway&sr=8-1

I included the Amazon links but they can also be purchased from the publishers or from Jewish bookstores.
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Dates Dates: Wednesdays, July 15 - August 19 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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Status Status: 11 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
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