Two Saturdays: March 13th and 20th, 2021
Join art historian Kerrin Meis on a virtual tour of this tiny jewel of the Maghreb. Across from Italy on the northern shores of Africa—sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Sahara desert—Tunisia, for centuries, was the center of the world’s evolving history. For over 600 years Romans traveled through it, preceded by the Phoenicians and followed by the Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans, and the French—all of whom left visible and fascinating marks. Through brilliant slides and informed commentary, discover the remains of these cultures: the world’s finest Roman mosaics, the site of ancient Carthage, underground villas, and the spectacular amphitheatre at el Djem. Marvel at lush oases, fortified granaries, hilltop Berber villages, and some of the scenery that so enchanted the directors of Star Wars and The English Patient. Tunisia is especially rich in Islamic architecture: the great mosque at Kairouan, the medina of Tunis, and more. The Arab Spring was most successful in Tunisia, making it an excellent country to visit.
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.