Seminar programs offer in-depth examinations of topics in an intimate, small group setting, fostering interactive discussion and opportunities for personal growth.

Masterworks of American Literature
Michael Verde

Wednesday - Friday, January 14 - 16, 2015
10:00a.m.– 12:00p.m.
$135 ($155 Non-Museum Members)

"Reading,” says American author, Joyce Carol Oates, “is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul." Great works of literature are x-rays into the myths and metaphors within whose imaginative boundaries a people conversationally dream up and talk out who they were, are and can be. Join Michael Verde, founder of Reading for Life, as he plunges into the mythological and metaphorical deep structures of great works of American literature. Beginning with Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—the book from which Hemingway claimed all American literature comes—and including Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, arguably the most popular novel ever written in English, and Fitzgerald’s gem of imaginative genius The Great Gatsby, Verde will lead participating readers through these great American novels while facilitating a collective exploration of the visions and spiritual energies that make them enduringly valuable to us.

Michael Verde grew up in east Texas, where he read so much it alarmed his high school counselor. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas, earned a M.A. in literary studies from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in theology from the University of Durham, England, where he graduated at the top of his international class. In the English classroom, Michael was named Teacher of the Year in only his third year of teaching, at Lamar University. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. at Indiana University in the area of empathetic communication.

The Great War
Judy M. Pittenger

Friday, January 30, 2015
9:00a.m.– 3:00p.m.
$100 ($120 Non-Museum Members)


World War I marks a great chasm separating the world of the Belle Époque and that of the twentieth-century’s brave new world. No other event had such a decisive and catastrophic impact on modern history. Four great empires collapsed. A whole world was convulsed and forever changed. And ominously, unresolved resentments and hatreds created an embittered atmosphere and an even more destructive war two decades later. In this all day seminar students will consider the complex nature of the Great War as reflected not only in great events and the lives of famous men, but also in lives of simple soldiers and bereaved families. Each lecture will be richly illustrated through photographs and film clips from the period. In the year of this terrible war’s centennial, we will pay tribute to the lost generation that lies forever in the poppy fields of Flanders and in cemeteries across the globe.

With a B.A. and a M.A. in Modern European History from Stanford University, Judy Pittenger taught history and literature at Roland Park Country School for twenty-two years. In 1991 she was named by the National Endowment for the Humanities as the Teacher-Scholar of Maryland. She has lived, studied, and traveled extensively in England and has taught literature to adults in Oxford University’s Continuing Education Program. In Baltimore she has taught literature to adults for the past decade and also lectures frequently.

Parents and Children: Intergenerational Conflict from Antigone to Mary Karr
Tamar March, Ph.D.

Monday - Wednesday, March 9 - 11, 2015
9:30a.m.– 12:30p.m.
$195 ($215 Non-Museum Members)

The conflict between parents and children is pervasive in western cultures. It is often the best example of the "clash of cultures" that we generally think of taking place on a larger canvas, in other ways. The tension revolves around the old and the new, the conservative and the radical, the steady and the restless, the tried and the innovative. We will explore this eternal dynamic through discussions of ancient and contemporary readings that will range from Sophocles' Antigone to Mary Karr's The Liars' Club.

Tamar March is Founder and President Emerita of The Arden Seminars, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. March received her B.A. from Brooklyn College, M.A. from Radcliffe College, and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Romance Languages. She served as dean of the Radcliffe Center for Educational Programs at Harvard University from Fall 1996 to Summer 2002.

Partners in Art
Susan Rosoff

Friday, March 27, 2015
10:00am – 2:30pm (includes lunch)
$95 ($115 Non-Museum Members) Lunch provided by The Museum Café

Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keefe. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. August Rodin and Camille Claudel. Edward Hopper and Jo Nivison. Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. While artists speak the same language and understand what it takes to be creative, tensions can develop as one partner’s success overshadows the other. While some artists suffered from bruised egos and “out of bounds” behavior that made life close to impossible, other artists gave each other enduring support. However, everyone benefited from intermingling ideas. Delve into the lives, careers and the nature of creative partnerships through these intriguing couples.

Susan Rosoff is the founder and managing member of Susan Merrill Rosoff, Arts and Museum Consulting, LLC. Previously she served as Curator of Education at the Orlando Museum of Art, where she developed many award-winning programs for adults including lectures, workshops, seminars, and art appreciation classes. In partnership with the University of Central Florida she taught graduate and undergraduate art history classes including Twentieth Century Art, Art of the Last Twenty-Five Years, and Non-Western Art. She has received the Briarcliff College Alumnae Award as well as awards from United Arts of Central Florida, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education, and the Florida Art Education Association.

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