Adventures in Lifelong Learning


Journey to the Center of the World

The British Empire in the age of Queen Victoria, France of the Impressionists and the rebuilding of Paris, the unifications of both Italy and Germany, and the flourishing of the arts and sciences when European civilization was at its height are stops we shall make along the route to understanding how Europeans shaped the world and were shaped by it.

9:00 am – 10:15 am


Instructor:  Nicholas Racheotes, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Framingham State University

Lecture 1: England, 1837 – 1910: Royalty Restored

Lecture 2: Imperialism: Expansive Europe

Lecture 3: Unification of Italy and of Germany: Inclusive Nationalism

Lecture 4: La Belle Epoque at the Turn of the Century

10:30 am – 11:45 pm

Art History

Instructor: Erika Schneider, PhD, Professor, Framingham State University

Lecture 1: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Lecture 2: Impression as a Reaction to the Industrial Revolution

Lecture 3: Fin de Siècle Decadence: Art Nouveau and Symbolism

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Instructor:  Helen Heineman, PhD, President Emerita, Framingham State University      

Lecture 1: The Hungry 40s and the Reformers

Lecture 2: Poetry of the Period (Browning, Tennyson, Arnold, Hardy)

Lecture 3: Doubt and Religious Poetry

Lecture 4: Thomas Hardy, the Last Victorian and the First Modern