Figures of Modernism with John Mears

Sundays at 10:00am

Raible Chapel

Eight sessions April 9 – June 11*

*no class on May 28 for Memorial Day weekend

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.