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Fellows Lectures—Fall 2017

The Fellows Lectures are sponsored by the Fellows of the Presidents' College as a service to the campus and community.
Cost: $15; Fellows, no charge.

»   American Musicals of the 1960s—Tracey Moore, John Pike
          Fri., Oct. 13; 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—KF Room
American musicals of the 1960s: how much were they influenced by what came before, and how much did they influence what came after? What do shows like Hello Dolly and Hair have in common? This lecture will look at the different players, the stars and star-makers, the hits, and the flops.

»   The Art of the Pilgrimage on the Road to Compostela—David Simon
          Tues., Nov. 7; 12–1 p.m—KF Room
The pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain was, during the Middle Ages, one of the three most important pilgrimage sanctuaries in Christendom, along with Jerusalem and Rome. It marks the site believed to house the tomb of St. James, the first of the 12 apostles to be martyred for his faith. St. James was beheaded in Judea and his disciples carried his body by sea to Spain, where a number of miracles were associated both with the journey and the tomb site. Many thousands of pilgrims visited Santiago de Compostela annually during the Middle Ages and the route has once again become popular, with nearly 300,000 pilgrims visiting the town last year. This lecture will concentrate on the significance of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on artistic production during the Middle Ages.

»  Why Do the Middle Ages Matter Now?—Jonathan Elukin
          Thurs., Nov. 16; 12–1 p.m.—KF Room
The modern world can often feel far removed from the European Middle Ages. We are more likely to turn to ancient Greece and Rome or to the Renaissance to find the origins of our institutions and cultures. This talk will challenge those assumptions and discuss the profoundly “medieval” nature of many aspects of western societies and culture. It is more important than ever to understand the political and religious dynamics of the European Middle Ages as European countries reassert local identities and loyalties.

»  Reanimating Lost Music: Arts, Science and the Alchemy of Acoustics—Jonathan Berger
          Thurs., Nov. 16; 4–5:30 p.m.; Fuller Music Center, Room 21
Combining musicological research—particularly musical performance practices in early 17th century Rome—with acoustical studies of churches constructed during this period, Professor Berger will discuss the fascinating and often complex relationship between music and the spaces in which it was originally intended to be heard.

»  Film and Dream—Michael Walsh
        Thurs., Dec. 14; 12–1 p.m—KF Room
The idea that seeing a film is like dreaming is one of the oldest and most persistent of all ideas about cinema. We will assess this idea by looking at films that present themselves as dreams, films that include dreams, and films that are nightmares.