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Academy Travel Online Lecture Series – June

June 27, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Speaker: Academy Travel Tour Leaders
Cost: A$50.00


Our popular online lecture series continues in June 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 2.00pm* AEST (commencing Saturday 6 June), this month’s series takes a closer look at northern Europe and the USA, from Haarlem to Harlem. We explore the religious turbulence of the 17th century in Sweden and the Dutch Republic, the exuberance of the Harlem Renaissance in 1920’s New York City, and contemporary questions about church and state in Putin’s Russia.

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 June is $50.

*Please note, due to time zone differences, our lecture on Saturday 20 June will commence at 4.00pm AEST. The June lectures will be recorded, and by attending the lecture you are consenting to being recorded.



Lecture 1 – Breakfast! Still life in the Dutch Golden Age
Date: Sat 6 June
Start time: 2.00pm AEST
Host: Robert Veel
Lecturer: Dr Nick Gordon (biography)

Still life painting was born in the Dutch Golden Age, and it has remained perennially popular since. Among the most magnificent masterpieces of the genre is a unique style: the ontbijtje or ‘breakfast scene’. These scenes display the opulence of the period, with exotic foods and household items casually interspersed with humbler things, herring included, all casually flung out on damask cloth. In this lecture, Dr Nick Gordon takes you into these paintings and the new world of the Dutch Golden Age that lies behind them.


Lecture 2 – Minerva of the North: Queen Christina of Sweden
Date: Sat 13 June
Start time: 2.00pm AEST
Host: Robert Veel
Lecturer: Dr Matthew Laing (biography)

In a nation known for eccentric monarchs, Queen Christina of Sweden perhaps stands above them all. Amongst the most learned people of her day, she was a forerunner of Enlightened absolutism and a patron of the arts who envisaged Stockholm as the ‘Athens of the North’, attracting a generation of scholars, artists and writers to the country. Yet she abdicated after a decade of rule, converted to Catholicism and moved to Rome, where she became a leading patron and collector of art, amassing the core of what would become the world-famous Orleans Collection. A complex and fascinating character, this lecture explores the art, politics and culture of Queen Christina’s world.


Lecture 3 – Russia’s Armed Forces Church: Society, culture, and politics in the new Russia
Date: Sat 20 June
Start time: 4.00pm AEST.
Host: Robert Veel
Lecturer: Dr Matthew Dal Santo (biography)

Annually on 9th May, Russians mark Victory Day, the commemoration of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. Since the collapse of the USSR, the day has become Russia’s de facto national holiday. In connection with it this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the opening of a brand new “mega church” in Moscow dedicated to Christ’s Resurrection in honour of the war dead of Russia’s Armed Forces. Its interior decoration will feature representation of Stalin, Putin and pro-Russian protesters in Crimea. As such, the church concentrates in its walls all the questions about post-Soviet Russian identity, its international ambitions, and the relationship between the Orthodox Church and the Russian State that Russia-watchers have been puzzling over for many years. The lecture will offer partial answers to those questions by way of a walkthrough of relevant chapters in Russian history.


Lecture 4 – A New Black Identity: The Harlem Renaissance
Date: Sat 27 June
Start time: 2.00pm AEST
Host: Robert Veel
Lecturer: Dr Matthew Laing (biography)

In the 1920s, the Harlem district of New York was the centre of a revolution that was redefining what it meant to be an African American. For the first time in history, African Americans were living in large urban areas, economically independent, and becoming producers and patrons of culture and the arts. They would give birth to jazz, the smash-hit of the interwar period, but also engaged in important debates as to the direction of black culture in a white country, a debate waged amidst a flourishing of literature, music, philosophy and the arts. The rise and fall of the Harlem renaissance was a pivotal moment in American history that still influences African American culture today.



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’.



June 27, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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