Sundays at 10:00am
Six sessions April 9 – May 21*
*no class on April 16 for Easter Sunday
During the fifty years prior to World War One, European artists and intellectuals who have been called “the first moderns” were pioneering a fundamental transformation in outlook and values that helped to set the dominant tone of Western culture throughout most of the twentieth century.
Responding to what they perceived as the tensions and dangers lurking beneath the surface calm of a seemingly prosperous and confident age, free- thinking painters, poets, musicians, dramatists, philosophers, and scientists challenged prevailing assumptions, and experimented with radically new modes of thought and taste. No one who has lived through the turmoil of more recent times can fully understand contemporary developments without taking into consideration late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century cultural innovations whose ramifications can reveal so much about the character of our humanness.
April 9: Friedrich Nietzsche and the Advent of the Modernist Movement
April 23: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Diagnosis of the Human Predicament
April 30: The Naturalism of Henrik Ibsen
May 7: The Pessimism of Sigmund Freud
May 14: Paul Cezanne’s Contributions to Modernism
May 21: The Modernism of Albert Einstein
Drop in at any time.