2020 Spring Online Courses

From Daguerreotype to Digital: Exploring the History of Photography (Online Course)

Group Leader: BETH SANDERS
Meets on: Mondays 10:00 to 11:00 am
Starting: 4/27/2020
Sessions: 6
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As we are bombarded by photographic images today, it is hard to imagine that the first daguerreotype was created in 1839. From Muybridge and motion, darkroom to digital, the first instant camera Polaroid sold at Jordan Marsh to Instagram, together we will explore the history and process of capturing icons and ideas in print and online. This class is open to current 2019/2020 BHS members only, and will run from 10 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, April 27 through June 8, skipping Memorial Day Monday, May 25. April…

Education Wars: The Supreme Court and the Public Schools (Online Course)

Group Leader: PAUL KELLEHER
Meets on: Wednesdays 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Starting: 4/29/2020
Sessions: 6
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Schools are often arenas where our most incendiary social and cultural conflicts emerge. The Supreme Court is where many of those conflicts get debated and resolved. In the last century, the Supreme Court has decided cases involving constitutional claims that touch many hot button educational issues – like student rights of expression, racial inequality, due process, censorship, student discipline, and corporal punishment. In this four-session course, we will examine several specific decisions and their impact on the lives of children. We will also look at impacts on some…

Sacred and Profane Art In Padua (Online Course)

Group Leader: LIANA CHENEY
Meets on: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 am to noon
Starting: 5/5/2020
Sessions: 8
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Padua, the picturesque and oldest city in Italy, has been the center of culture since antiquity and especially during the Renaissance. This mini course focuses on the artistic achievements of Renaissance Florentine artists such as Giotto and Donatello and Venetian painter Andrea Mantegna. In 1300, The Scrovegni family invited Giotto to paint their chapel with religious themes. In 1450, the Narni family commissioned Donatello to sculpt in bronze an equestrian monument, Gattamelata. While the Venetian painter Mantegna decorated the Overtari Chapel in 1450 (partially destroyed during WWII). Giotto…