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12/30 1:00 PM/CH Hosted by: Herb Kaufman   Music played an integral role in the life and culture of Victorian America. From the music of the minstrels through the most patriotic of songs, music found its way to the battlefield and the home.  Bands played stirring marches, and mothers...

11/10, 11/17, & 11/24 1:00 PM/ CH Great Estates of Scotland This four-part series takes an in-depth look at the workings of some of Scotland’s most magnificent country estates through the eyes of the current owners, the ghillies, the gardeners and the housekeepers, not forgetting the paying...

11/3 1:00 PM/CH Secrets of Highclere Castle It may be more famous now than any time in its 1,300-year history as the setting of Downton® Abbey, but England’s Highclere Castle has its own stories to tell. In its heyday, Highclere was the social epicenter of Edwardian England. See how...

Saturdays 2:00 PM/CH Jewish Intellectual History God. Torah. Israel. These three concepts—incorporated in personal belief, the meaning of Jewish ritual acts, and the purpose of continued Jewish existence—have been the focus of Jewish thought throughout history. In a world having a history of untold suffering—especially, it seemed, for...

12/5, 12/12, & 12/19 3:15 PM/ CH Hosted by: Steve Pollack   Viking culture, art, politics and mythology have supplied us with powerful images and folklore about plunderers, explorers and adventurers of pre-medieval times.  But the Vikings left us with a rich cultural history filled with art and...

11/7, & 11/21 11:00 AM/CH Hosted by: Dr. Steve Ancient Egyptian civilization thrived for at least 5,000 years, an amazing achievement. Theancient Egyptians did not, however, erect even one Burger King, McDonald’s, Roy Rogers,or a Taco Bell. Just like people today, the ancient Egyptians got hungry. What...

“The Search for Petra, Jordan: The Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time” 2 Part Lecture 10/10, & 10/31 11:00 AM/CH Hosted by: Dr. Steve Nestled in a mountainous basin in a remote, rugged corner of Jordan lies the magnificent ruins of the ancient city of Petra, recently named one of the “New Seven Wonder of the Ancient World.” This richly illustrated PowerPoint presentation, incorporating photographs taken during my own archaeological excavation work and subsequent travels at the site, takes the audience on a virtual tour of this “lost” city that dates back more than 2,000 years. Petra served for a time as one of the major trading centers of the ancient world. It served also as a backdrop for a scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” Petra was abandoned after a series of earthquakes in about 400 AD and was not “rediscovered” until 1812.  This virtual desert journey holds a special place for me, focusing on my personal archaeological training in Jordan. Is archaeology really like Indiana Jones? We will also learn how satellites now are being used in archaeology - an emerging technology in archaeological research that recently led to the discovery an enormous, previously...