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IWC 2018 STUDY CIRCLE
Tthe Study Circle meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Readings will be posted to the website in advance of each meeting
Groups meet at Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA


• JOIN US FOR A NEW IWC STUDY CIRCLE •
JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY EVENING BEGINNING JANUARY 16, 2018 THRU MAY 2018 FROM 7:30–9:00 PM

"EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE: THE REBIRTH OF CLASSICAL IDEALS"



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THE INSTITUTE STUDY CIRCLE WILL FOCUS THE EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE OF THE 15TH AND 16TH CENTURIES. DIVERSE TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, LITERATURE, ART, ARCHITECTURE, MUSIC, POLITICS, SOCIAL CHANGE, AND HUMAN POTENTIAL WILL BE STUDIED TO SEE HOW CULTURES OF THE PAST, PARTICULARLY BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY THOSE OF CLASSICAL GREECE AND ROME, WERE REVIVED, ASSIMILATED, AND USED TO SHAPE NEW CULTURAL IDEALS. HOW DID HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN TRADE, TRAVEL, AND SOCIAL VALUES CREATE CONDITIONS FOR A RENAISSANCE? WHAT PROCESS OF ASSIMILATION TURNS A REVIVAL INTO A GREAT TRANSITIONAL MOVEMENT? HOW DOES A RENAISSANCE SPREAD FAR BEYOND ITS ORIGINS? PARTICULAR ATTENTION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE "RENAISSANCE" MEN AND WOMEN WHO FORGED A NEW IDENTITY FOR HUMAN BEINGS AND CREATIVELY DEMONSTRATED PRACTICAL WAYS OF EXPRESSING NEW IDEALS.

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It is not the civilization of a race, but that of mankind, present and future alike, that we must give up as lost, if belief in a rebirth of our civilization is a vain thing."
Click here to continue with this quote from Albert Schweitzer "On The Decay and Restoration of Civilization"


READINGS WILL BE POSTED BELOW AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE EACH MEETING.

Click here for a printer-friendly schedule of topics
Click here for a printer-friendly map of renaissance Europe
Click here for a chronology of the renaissance period


Meeting Dates

Topics for Discussion

Presentations and Readings
Links to readings will be posted at least a week before the meeting.

January 16

Global Precursers of the European Renaissance

After an introduction to the study circle topic and a presentation on global presursers, we will view a videotaped talk by Professor Daniel N. Robinson on "The Renaissance–Was There One?"

January 23

Recovery of Antiquity

Reading: The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Part 3: The Revival of Antiquity, pgs. 125-135, Jacob Burckhardt. Click here for printer-friendly copy of the reading.

January 30

 

The City State: Creative Associations
Part 1: Government, Medici Family

Reading: to be posted

February 6

The City State: Creative Associations
Part 2: Florentine Academy, Guilds, Machiavelli

Reading: to be posted

February 13

Humanism: Core Values

Reading: to be posted

February 20

Leonardo da Vinci

Reading: to be posted

February 27
Renaissance Music

Reading: to be posted