Music, Art & Poetry Classes

Virtual Class: Kerrin Meis - Exploring Eastern Turkey: Art, Culture, and Politics (via Zoom)

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 1:00pm

Two Saturdays: December 5 & 12 • 1:00-2:30pm PT • $80 • Hosted via Zoom

Travelers to Turkey (actual and virtual) miss the real Turkey. In this class, participants will (virtually) tour through: Ankara, home of the award-winning Archaeological Museum; the Hittite sites of Yazilkaya and Bozakoy with their history-revealing sculpture; Trabzon, home of the Hagia Sophia Church with its priceless Byzantine frescoes and the precariously perched Monastery of Sumela; Erzurum's distinctive Mosque and Madrasa; the ghostly remains of the church of Ani and monasteries hugging the Armenian border; the mind-blowing palace of Ishak Pasha with its conglomeration of architectural styles; Akdamar on Lake Van, home of the 10th-century Cathedral of the Holy Cross with astonishing and amusing relief sculpture; Mardin, the golden city on Syria's border—an architecture student's paradise; captivating Diyarbakir, the unofficial capital of Kurdistan, with its Roman walls, intriguing bazaar, and fascinating Ulu Mosque; Nemrut Dag, home of the monolithic sculptures and tomb of the megalomaniac ruler Antiochus I; Gobekli Tepe, the most important archaeological site extant with finds from 11000 BC; Gazientep with the world's largest and most spectacular collection of Roman mosaics from the sunken city of Zeugma. The "problems" with the Kurds and the Armenian genocide will be addressed.

Hayirli yolculuklar!

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.

Virtual Class: Wendy Walsh - Continuing the Journey with Dante's Purgatorio (via Zoom)

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 3:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: January 5 - February 23 • 3:30 - 5:30pm PT • $240 • Hosted via Zoom
The course is taught in English with frequent references to Dante’s brilliant and evocative Italian.

Continue the journey with Dante on Zoom! Join Wendy Walsh for the reading and study of Purgatorio, the second cantica of Dante’s Commedia.

Dante and Virgil begin their climb of the immense Mountain of Purgatory in the middle of the unpopulated waters of the Southern Hemisphere. Before reaching Purgatory proper, they travel through Ante Purgatory and then up through the seven terraces, each one reflecting one of the seven deadly sins. Their goal is the Earthly Paradise at the top of the mountain and along the way they will meet the many saved souls who are happily purifying themselves for their ascent to Paradise.  Purgatory is “where the soul of man is cleansed,/ made worthy to ascend to Heaven. (dove l’umano spirito si purga/e di salire al ciel diventa degno” Canto I, 5-6.)

Wendy Walsh has a PhD in Italian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has been teaching Italian language and literature since 1979.