Monthly Archives: March 2017

C.S. Lewis Book Club Series

Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.
Course Spotlight: The Inkling Prophet of Oxford: C.S. Lewis Book Club Series
Instructor: Danielle Christmas
Thursdays, March 30, April 13 & 27
10-11:30 am
Fee: $20

 

 

The imaginative fictions and compelling apologist writings of Clive Staples Lewis have captivated generations of readers. What is it about this self-described “very ordinary layman of the Church of England” that has inspired such a following across age groups, continents, and decades? What sort of mind can invent a children’s paradise like Narnia one day, and move a group of skeptics to Christian belief the next? This course will grapple with these and other questions as participants examine the social and historical context of several of Lewis’ short works including:

Session One: Mere Christianity
Session Two: The Screwtape Letters
Session Three: Perelandra

If you enjoy book clubs, are willing to enthusiastically participate in discussion, and are eager to dig deeper into C.S. Lewis’ writings, this course is for you. Participants should (re)read the text ahead of each session and bring a copy of the book to class.

Danielle Christmas is an Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill. While she primarily works on contemporary African-American and Jewish-American fiction and film, her own conversion story led her to the oeuvre and legacy of C.S. Lewis and has resulted in a lasting personal and professional interest.

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Shakespeare and War

Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.

Course Spotlight: Shakespeare and War
Instructor: Christopher Armitage
Thursdays, March 16 & 30, April 6 & 20 | 10 am – noon
Fee: $20

 

 

Join us for an interactive and fascinating series that examines war through Shakespeare’s lens, led by distinguished UNC professor Christopher Armitage. The sessions will include a mixture of lecture and discussion and will aim at close readings in the texts, as revealing Shakespeare’s profound understanding of human nature and astounding ability to find the words to articulate that understanding.  Topics include:

Session One: Henry V: “Once more unto the breach” with that “band of brothers”
Session Two: Julius Caesar: Soothsayers prove more reliable than 21st-century pollsters
Session Three: Antony and Cleopatra: War games in bed, on land and at sea
Session Four: Troilus and Cressida: The Trojan War wreaks havoc with romance

Christopher Armitage, Professor of English will celebrate his 100th teaching semester at UNC this spring. During his fifty years of teaching, he has taught over 20 different courses. He became the first UNC Professor of Distinguished Teaching in 1995.  He was the pioneer in developing a study abroad summer program on ‘Shakespeare in Performance’ in England.  He has conducted the six-week Honors Summer Program in London and Oxford since 1975.  Born in Manchester, England, Armitage received two degrees from Oxford University and another from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. One of the most memorable moments of his career was when he was asked to play the part of founder William Richardson Davie for the University’s 200th Anniversary. At 83, he shows no signs of slowing down! His passion for literature and the spoken word and his dedication to take teaching seriously, not solemnly, make him a model instructor and inspiration to all!

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Discover The Paris Opera Ceiling

Throughout March and April, create, connect, and explore in the Friday Center’s Daytime Enrichment Courses. All courses are Thursday mornings at the Friday Center and range from $10-$20. Visit the Friday Center website for more information or to view the entire list of daytime courses.

Course Spotlight: The Paris Opera Ceiling by Marc Chagall
Instructor: Vivian R. Jacobson
Thursday, March 9 | 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Book signing 11:30 – Noon. | $10

 

 

The Paris Opera Ceiling at the Palais Garnier was commissioned by Andre Malraux, the Minister of Culture under Charles DeGaulle in 1963.

This monumental work was developed and executed by Chagall when he was 79 years of age. Join us for an interactive and engaging lecture that will be devoted to the original preparatory sketches to the final artwork. In this artwork, Chagall never forgets his love of Vitebsk, his birthplace, Paris or the composers of the music that he adored: Mussorgsky, Gluck, Adam Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy, Rameau, Berlioz, Verdi, Wagner, Bizet and Mozart. All this memory embellished in luscious colors of blue, white, red, green and yellow. Chagall believed that the integration of art and music would bring world peace. The Paris Opera Ceiling is a true example of that dream. This is one opportunity not to be missed!

Vivian R. Jacobson personally met and hosted Marc Chagall at her home in Chicago that began a 15-year friendship with him and his family. Her insights are interesting and unique as she relates her personal experiences in working with Chagall on various national and international projects the last eleven years of his life. She was the president of the American Friends of the Chagall Biblical Message Museum from 1978 – 1982 and the Chairman of the Chagall Tapestry Project at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from 1982 to 1986. Jacobson has lectured in 22 states, Europe and Israel. She has been a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council since 2001. Her book, Sharing Chagall: A Memoir provides the reader with many intriguing stories about her experiences in working with Chagall. Her book has sold 3000 copies and will be available for sale with a book signing after the session.

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