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Humanities West: Bronze Age Greece: Mycenaeans and the Origins of Western Civilization 2-Day Orchestra Combo

Includes Orchestra  tickets for both:
Friday, May 3, 2019 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 am – 4 pm
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Humanities West: Bronze Age Greece: Mycenaeans and the Origins of Western Civilization 2-Day Balcony Combo

Includes Balcony  tickets for both:
Friday, May 3, 2019 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10 am – 4 pm

Democracy Then and Now: From Ancient Greece to This Week / Showcasing Humanities West at 35 and Stanford Humanities Center at 39!
Saturday, February 2, 2019   7:30 - 10:00 PM
In Conversation with Josiah Ober (Political Science and Classics, Stanford), Walter Scheidel (Classics, Stanford), and Caroline Winterer (Stanford Humanities Center, Classics, and History); moderated by Tyler Stovall (History, Dean of Humanities at UCSC). Join us for a scintillating conversation on the ancient principles of democracy, oligarchy, and dictatorship; on the Roman Republic experiment and its failure of Empire; on the implications of Ancient Greece and Rome for American intellectual life and its representative democracy; on the contemporary relevance of ancient Greek political thought and practice; on inequality in democratic societies; and more! Rush Rehm (Theater and Classics, Stanford) presents a special performance of Stanford Repertory Theatre’s Democratically Speaking. Democratically Speaking explores the idea and realities of “democracy,” from ancient Greece forward—a powerful smorgasbord of speeches, writings, and rubrics about democracy across 2,500 years. This staged reading with Gianna Clark, Thomas Freeland, and Gabriella Grier features a timely exploration of “people power” (the root meaning of demos + kratos), a compelling challenge to all of us now.

Creating Leonardo: Commemorating 500 Years of Leonardo’s Legacy
Friday, February 22, 2019   7:30 – 9:30 PM
Saturday, February 23   2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Leonardo da Vinci’s achievements continue to amaze us, even after 500 years: iconic images like the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the Vitruvian Man; a remarkable range of artistic and scientific drawings; and inventions far ahead of their time. His notebooks go beyond the writings of other artists of his era, in recording his observations on the world of nature and man. His intense curiosity about “how things work” led to ground-breaking creations: from studies of plants and mountains, to comparisons of the motion of hair and water, to renderings of the human form, based on dissections. His innate abilities were shaped by his unusual early self-education, followed by his fortunate apprenticeship to Verrocchio, the most accomplished painter and sculptor in Florence. Leonardo worked for a variety of patrons, each affecting his work by supporting different sides of his talent. Join Humanities West in exploring Leonardo’s vast achievement and his interaction with the world that shaped him. With support from the Stanford Department of History and the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies; the Stanford Humanities Center; the Italian Cultural Institute; the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies; and the Leonardo da Vinci Society.

Bronze Age Greece: Mycenaeans and the Origins of Western Civilization
Friday, May 3, 2019   7:30 – 9:30 PM
Saturday May 4, 2019   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A prehistoric culture from mainland Greece, now called the Mycenaeans, inherited the fabulous brilliance of Minoan Crete. When the Bronze Age collapsed, all signs of state-level society disappeared from Greece, and both Minoans and Mycenaeans disappeared from history. Only their oral tales remained, composed half a millennium later by Homer into the Iliad and the Odyssey, and these have stood ever since like colossi dominating Western literature. Yet most scholars came to assume that Homeric tales and even the society they described largely were fiction. Then a few romantically-minded 19th-century amateur archaeologists (most memorably Heinrich Schliemann) took those tales seriously and those brilliant predecessors of the ancient Greeks exploded from obscurity. Humanities West is delighted to bring the Mycenaeans to you, including the archaeologists who uncovered the latest Mycenaean finds (2017), as this still-young archaeological field continues to deepen our understanding of our Western Civilization.

Humanities West Meals

Donors of $250 or more to Humanities West are invited to a private Presenters Dinner on each Friday preceding the program. Dinners include a 3-course meal with wine!

All donors to Humanities West are invited to the private Friends Luncheon on the Saturday of each program at noon. Luncheons include a 3-course meal with wine!

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