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The Magic and Majesty of Peru and the Galapagos

Fri, 2015-03-06 13:00

The Magic and Majesty of Peru and the Galapagos

Presenter: Sherry Steinberg
I had a fascinating tour of Peru and the Galapagos in July-August 2014. I will show slides and talk about the mystery of Machu Picchu, why the Galapagos have such unique animals and more.

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Tragic Defeat – France 1940

Fri, 2015-03-06 13:00

Tragic Defeat – France 1940

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Stem Cells: What’s New?

Fri, 2015-03-06 10:00

Stem Cells: What’s New?

Presenter: Clare McFarlane

Stem cells, identified in the 1960s, can now be produced on a 3D printer. What are stem cells? What is their potential clinical importance, and what does recent research tell us about their biological activity?

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Clone of Germany, Art and Dr. Faustus

Fri, 2015-03-06 10:00

Afghanistan Then and Now – Part I
Presenter : Ron Campbell

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Germany, Art and Dr. Faustus

Fri, 2015-02-27 13:00

Germany, Art and Dr. Faustus

Presenter: Frédéric Wagnière

Thomas Mann’s novel on Germany’s political and artistic decay as the country stumbled towards National Socialism.

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My Life in Somalia (repeat)

Fri, 2015-02-27 13:00

My Life in Somalia (repeat)

Presenter: Ron Campbell

This is a repeat of a popular talk summarizing the lecturer’s living and working experience in Somalia. Historical background of the Somali people will be provided, as well as information on today’s society. Somalia is unique in today’s world and cause for concern to many countries.

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D-Day – Operation Overlord

Fri, 2015-02-27 10:00

D-Day – Operation Overlord

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Bernini – The Universal Man

Fri, 2015-02-20 13:00

Bernini – The Universal Man

Presenter: Rory O’Sullivan
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, primarily a sculptor, was also a gifted architect and a very fine painter, and figured prominently in the creation of the Baroque era. In this illustrated talk we will examine samples of his works in these three branches of art, along with his personal relationships with popes, cardinals and women

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Philosophy, Cosmology and Einstein

Fri, 2015-02-20 13:00

Philosophy, Cosmology and Einstein

Presenter: Brad Moffat
Cosmology has embraced many insights from Physics. In this lecture, through an introduction to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, we’ll investigate how the special nature of light led to new ideas about time and space, and the more subtle idea of what is meant by “now.” Knowledge of mathematics is not necessary, but an open, agile mind is.

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Council of Constance 1414-1418

Fri, 2015-02-20 10:00

Council of Constance 1414-1418

Presenter: Harald von Cramon
This church council, under the auspices of the emperor Sigismund, deposed three popes and then elected a new one. The Czech reformer Jan Hus, who came to the council to defend his views, was declared a heretic and burned at the stake. One of the most intriguing aspects of this council is that a contemporary burgher, Ulrich Richental, documented its activities.

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