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Understanding Russia: 
A Cultural History

Lectures
2 weekly lectures
12 weeks/62 minutes

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Obert Meeting Room

“From the earliest recorded history of the Russian state, its own countrymen have sought to understand what is meant to be Russian, and to find a source of unity, stability, and legitimacy through shared identity, history, and culture.” 

January 9, 2019
1 A Russian Past, the Putin Future 
2 Ivan the Terrible's 500-Year Reign 

January 16, 2019
3 The Russian Orthodox Church 
4 Peter the Great and a European Empire 

January 23, 2019
5 Russia's Northern Window on Europe 
6 Nobility, the Tsar, and the Peasant 

January 30, 2019
7 The Authentic Russia: Popular Culture 
8 Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment 

February 6, 2019
9 Alexander Pushkin's Russia 
10 Alexander II, Nihilists, and Assassins 

February 13, 2019
11 The Age of Realism in Russian Art 
12 Russian Fin de Siecle and the Silver Age 

February 20, 2019
13 Empire across Two Continents 
14 The Rise and Fall of the Romanovs 



February 27, 2019
15 Russian Radicals, War, and Revolution 
16 The October 1917 Revolution
 
March 6, 2019
17 Lenin and the Soviet Cultural Invasion 
18 The Roaring Twenties, Soviet Style
 
March 13, 2019
19 The Tyrant Is a Movie Buff: Stalinism 
20 The Soviets' Great Patriotic War
 
March 20, 2019
21 With Khrushchev, the Cultural Thaw 
22 Soviet Byt: Shared Kitchen, Stove, and Bath 

March 27, 2019
23 Intelligentsia, Dissidents, and Samizdat 
24 Soviet Chaos and Russian Revenge


Understanding the History of Russia
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The World's Greatest Geological Wonders: 36 Spectacular Sites
Lectures

2 weekly lectures 
18 weeks / 60 minutes

Wednesdays at 12:00 P.M.
Obert Meeting Room

“ Earth is an amazing and wondrous planet. Learning more about it gives us new eyes 
that increases our ability to appreciate
its beauty and complexity.”



April 3, 2019
1 Santorini—Impact of Volcanic Eruptions 
2 Mount Fuji—Sleeping Power

April 10, 2019
3 Galapagos Rift—Wonders of Mid-Ocean Ridges
4 African Rift Valley—Cracks into the Earth

April 17, 2019
5 Erta Ale—Compact Fury of Lava Lakes
6 Burgess Shale—Rocks and the Keys to Life

April 24, 2019
7 The Grand Canyon—Earth’s Layers
8 The Himalayas—Mountains at Earth’s Roof

May 1, 2019
9 The Ganges Delta—Earth’s Fertile Lands
10 The Amazon Basin—Lungs of the Planet

May 8, 2019
11 Iguazu Falls—Thundering Waterfalls
12 Mammoth Cave—Worlds Underground

May 15, 2019
13 Cave of Crystals—Exquisite Caves
14 Great Blue Hole—Coastal Symmetry in Sinkholes

May 22, 2019
15 Ha Long Bay—Dramatic Karst Landscapes
16 Bryce Canyon—Creative Carvings of Erosion


May 29, 2018
17 Uluru/Ayers Rock—Sacred Nature of Rocks
18 Devils Tower—Igneous Enigmas

June 5, 2019
19 Antarctica—A World of Ice
20 Columbia Glacier—Unusual Glacier Cycles

June 12, 2019
21 Fiordland National Park—Majestic Fjords
22 Rock of Gibraltar—Catastrophic Floods

June 19, 2019
23 Bay of Fundy—Inexorable Cycle of Tides
24 Hawaii—Volcanic Island Beauty

June 26, 2019
25 Yellowstone—Geysers and Hot Springs
26 Kawah Ijen—World’s Most Acidic Lake

July 3, 2019
27 Iceland—Where Fire Meets Ice
28 The Maldives—Geologic Paradox

July 10, 2019
29 The Dead Sea—Sinking and Salinity
30 Salar de Uyuni—Flattest Place on Earth

July 17, 2019
31 Namib/Kalahari Deserts—Sand Mountains
32 Siwa Oasis—Paradise amidst Desolation

July 24, 2019
33 Auroras—Light Shows on the Edge of Space
34 Arizona Meteor Crater—Visitors from Outer Space

July 31, 2019
35 A Montage of Geologic Mini-Wonders
36 Planetary Wonders—Out of This World