Our popular online lecture series continues in July 2020. In addition to the pleasure of learning and hearing from experts in fascinating fields of research, these live lectures are also a great way to get to know a tour leader better, ask real-time questions, and stay in touch with like-minded people.
Held each Saturday from 4.00pm* AEST (commencing Saturday 4 July), the live lecture sessions will be 90 minutes in length, with an hour’s presentation from your lecturer interspersed with time for moderated Q&A sessions.
The cost to subscribe to the four lectures in July is $50. The July lectures will be recorded, and by attending the lecture you are consenting to being recorded.
ONLINE LECTURE PROGRAM – JULY 2020
Lecture 1 – The Japanese garden as an artform Date: Saturday 4 July, 2020 Start time: 4.00pm AEST Lecturer: Dr Kathleen Olive (biography)
Expanses of raked white gravel. Iconic trees – pines, maples, gingko – carefully twisted and pruned into dynamic and sometimes torturous shapes. The soothing drip of water onto stone. The autumn light shining through richly coloured leaves. When you deconstruct them, the elements of a Japanese garden seem so simple that they’re almost banal, yet their combined effect is undeniably engaging and soothing. In this talk, Kathleen investigates the historic roots of Japanese garden design that, like much of the country’s art tradition, developed in isolation from European influence and thus preserves something quintessentially “Japanese”.
As the last in the line of venerable nineteenth-century Italian opera composers, Puccini’s operas, although loved by audiences, are not recognized as particularly innovative when compared to those of Rossini, Bellini or Verdi. Writing opera during the period that produced Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Richard Strauss’s Salome and Elektra, Puccini’s work seems at least somewhat anachronistic. However, scholars who have taken a closer look at the music of Turandot, call it a masterfully ambitious work which clearly belongs to the early twentieth century. This lecture explores Puccini’s musical style and looks at his contribution to Italian opera.
Lecture 3 – The historic Chinese art treasures of Taiwan Date: Saturday 18 July, 2020 Start time: 4.00pm AEST. Lecturer: Judy Tenzing (biography)
Curiously, one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese antiquities is not in China – but 130kms across the sea in Taiwan. After war with Japan and defeat by the Maoist Communists, Chinese Nationalist leader, Chiang Kai Shek, retreated to Taiwan in 1949, taking the very best of the vast collection from the Forbidden City in Beijing with him. In this lecture Judy will explain the history and significance of this collection as well as some of the other extraordinary treasures to be found in this surprising island nation.
Lecture 4 – Finland: art, architecture and national identity Date: Saturday 25 July, 2020 Start time: 4.00pm AEST Lecturer: Robert Veel (biography)
Formerly a Swedish colony and then a Russian grand duchy, at the end of the nineteenth century Finland found itself without a compelling national narrative. This talk surveys how the the artistic language of national Romanticism and then modernism was harnessed to project the forward-looking identity for which the country is now famous.
HOW OUR ONLINE LECTURE SERIES WORKS
Our lecture series will be hosted live on Zoom, a free online education platform. If you don’t already have an account with Zoom, you will need to sign up at www.zoom.us. To join with video, you’ll also need a device with a camera (such as a computer, phone or tablet with a webcam). Otherwise you can join with audio only.
An online ticket booking is required, made below. Each booking is for one computer screen use, not person. Our online booking system is through our secure PayPal account. You can pay through your personal PayPal account, or check out as a Guest using all major credit cards.
A confirmation of purchase will be sent to your email and once we receive your enrolment, we will send you an email with a link and password to use for every Zoom meeting in that month. We’ll send basic instructions on joining a lecture session for those who are new to Zoom, and each session will be hosted by an Academy Travel staff moderator who can help you troubleshoot any technical issues.
When joining the Zoom meeting, please ensure that your Zoom screen name matches the name you booked under, so that the Academy Travel host can admit you from the virtual ‘waiting room’.