Lectures and Discussions

Staging Shakespeare in the 21st Century: Is the work still relevant?
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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The lecture will describe the influence Shakespeare has had through the centuries including the development of the English language, his contributions to what we think of as “the modern human,” and the importance of live theatre.

Elvis Lives! The Evolution of an American Icon, 1935-Present
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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This lecture will consider the complicated historical legacy of an American legend, a figure whose music, image, and rise-and-fall story continues to shape popular culture.

Water Quality and Distribution: An Application-Based Approach
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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Using research-based applications and methods in the field of environmental chemistry, this lecture will explain water-related issues and their environmental and economic importance.

Palaces, Tombs, and Mosques: The Magnificent Archictecture of Mughal India
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

HyFlex (Thousand Oaks Campus and Zoom)

The Mughal Dynasty's reputation was derived from the iconic buildings the dynasty erected, the most famous of which is the Taj Mahal. In addition to creating a distinctive aesthetic, they were designed to enhance the political power of the rulers.

Parasitism and Animal Behavior
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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It has been said that a good parasite will not kill its host (until it no longer needs it). We will discuss the effect of parasites on humans, insects, and other animals’ behaviors.

Impossible Dreams, Improbable Deeds — Cortés: Conquistador and the Aztecs
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

HyFlex (Thousand Oaks Campus and Zoom)

Hernán Cortés was daring, ruthless, cunning, and cruel. His mistress, Malinche, proved as essential as the spread of mysterious diseases to final victory. Gambling for the highest stakes, he lived only for a few chances to leave an impact on history.

Isabella Stewart Gardner and Her Museum (Parts 1 and 2)
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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In this two-part lecture, we look at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which was designed according to her personal and eccentric aesthetic, and the immense collection of works of art including pieces by Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, and many others.

The Spanish Art Nouveau Style of Antoni Gaudi
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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This lecture will explore the exuberant inventiveness of Gaudí’s work in architectural and interior design, in the context of the urban and social forces that shaped Barcelona during the turn of the century.

The Global Carnival of Harry Belafonte (Parts 1 and 2)
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

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These lectures will trace the sources for Belafonte's most popular songs, as well as explore his journeys into prison work songs, blues, spirituals, and music forms from other countries as well the United States.

Gender and Bible Translation (Parts 1 and 2)
Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

HyFlex (Thousand Oaks Campus and Zoom)

These lectures will first examine the basics of Bible translation and will then consider specific passages where the Hebrew and the Greek originals could present a slightly different picture of men and women than many English translations often present.

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