The University of Arizona’s Humanities Seminars Program explores subjects from Shakespeare to Vaudeville in its summer series of 4-week classes, which offer the perfect cure for Tucson’s summertime blahs. All the courses are taught by UA professors who have been selected for their scholarly accomplishments and exceptional teaching abilities.
In May, Professor Meg Lota Brown will teach Shakespeare and Film, which looks at the question of how Shakespeare and the filmmakers who adapt his plays engage their audiences, construct meaning, and enable us to understand more fully our own culture and ourselves. Classes meet May 2, 9, 16, and 23.
Professor Emeritus Norman Austin will lead students through Homer’s Odyssey, the story of the epic journey of the Greek hero Odysseus returning home after the Trojan War. This course investigates both historical and mythical aspects of the poem. Classes meet June 6, 13, 20, 27.
Regents Professor and former vaudevillian David Soren will offer a course in the history and evolution of American vaudeville from its roots to superstars such as Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, the Nicholas Brothers, and many more. Classes meet July 9, 16, 23, 30.
July is an ideal time to navigate Dante’s Purgatorio with Professor Fabian Alfie. The course discusses Dante’s ideas about sin and how it is that human beings can transcend their fallen nature and become “pure and ready to rise to the heavens.” Classes meet July 10, 17, 24, 31.
All courses take place in the Dorothy Rubel Room in the Helen S. Schaefer Building at 1508 East Helen Street, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell. There is convenient parking in the Highland Garage across the street from the classroom. For more information about these courses or the Humanities Seminars Program go to http://hsp.arizona.edu or call Program Coordinator Kerstin Miller at (520) 626-7845.
The University of Arizona’s Humanities Seminars Program offers a variety of thought-provoking classes for adults in literature, fine arts, science, geopolitics, classics, film, and more. The program is in its 28th year.
Kerstin Miller, Coordinator
Humanities Seminars Program
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210150
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150
Tel: (520) 626-7845
Fax: (520) 621-5566