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If you were wondering what happened to that golden mummy case at the Met last year…

https://www.google.com/amp/s/news.artnet.com/art-world/new-york-returns-ancient-4m-mummy-1661824/amp-page

Crushed by Grendel, Discovered by Archaeology

Is this Heorot, the great drinking hall of King Hrothgar?  Archaeologists have discovered this 6th century hall in Lejre, the first capital of Denmark, complete with the bones of suckling pigs and chickens…and gold!

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/features/feasting-and-fighting-the-longlost-secrets-of-beowulf-8784510.html

A Must Read: “Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down”

https://afroculinaria.com/2019/08/09/dear-disgruntled-white-plantation-visitors-sit-down/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

Summer One Day Class: World Religions- “Theisms”

This crash course in World Religions traces religion back to its roots, and introduces students to some of the major belief systems:  animism, totemism, ancient religions, Persian Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism,  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.   We use art as our gateway to better understanding these world views.  We discuss the roles of gods, the representations (or lack of representation) of gods, how the religion “worked” and how it may have changed over time.
Interested? And do you want to know more about this little power shown here? Check the homeschool lists for more info, or email me!F2352BED-6FEC-4DAE-920A-070F53DD23A7

Fall Registrations are filling fast!

bayeaux cometHello homeschoolers!  I am working on the content for the fall classes, and homeschool class spaces are going very fast!  If you’re interested in anything being offered, please reach out.  I can provide you with more details and a preliminary syllabus.  As always, more information may be found on Homeschoolny and NYCHEA email lists.  Be sure to join them to keep up to date on homeschool happenings!

Medieval History! – using the Met and written primary sources as our guides

Medieval Literature! – starring Boethius, Augustine, Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the lost writers of the Tain, Mabinogion, Icelandic Sagas, Song of Roland and more!

The Universe! – Cosmology, Astronomy, Astrophysics, and the crossroads of science and culture!

Issues in the Ancient World! – Colonialism, Racism, Orientalism, Religion and all of the other ways in which we make assumptions about Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Andean peoples, Mesoamericans, and more!

Paranormal and History! – Studying world and US history through the lens of the “unexplained” – haunted castles, alien assumptions, vampires, ghosts and other examples of the otherworldly as our lens!

Governments! – using the AP Comparative Government exam as our guide to comparing the governments of China, Iran, Great Britain, Nigeria, and Mexico…as well as others, based on student interest!  More US focus available, too!

AP styled courses in US History and Europe!, but with many additional twists and museum explorations!

I am also delighted to finish the fine-tuning on my Hunter College syllabi.  Religious Experience, Ancient Near Eastern Religions, Religions of Mexico, Central and South America, and Astrology and World Religions are offered.

I’m looking forward to a great 2019-2020 year!

 

 

One Day Classes for JULY!

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How Do We Look: Art and Image through the Ages will be offered next.  This class is loosely based on Mary Beard’s book, How Do We Look, and applied to the Met’s collections on Egyptian, Greek, Mesoamerican, West African, Christian, Islamic, and Renaissance Art.  How do the Met’s “masterpieces” convey meaning? How is the human figure shown?  Why is this controversial in different historical periods?  What does this tell us about culture and about ourselves?

Proposed Dates:

Tuesday, July 2 11-1 pm  Younger students (7ish and up)

2-4 pm  Tweens and Teens

Thursday, July 11  1-3  Teens

Friday, July 19       5-7 pm High School

 

 

Shifting the Gaze:  African Identities in Art begins with Titus Kaphar’s painting, “Shifting the Gaze” at the Brooklyn Museum and then examines other works of art, from antiquity to modern, that bring into question Eurocentric bias.   It’s a bit of art history, a bit of colonialist history, and a walkthrough of one of the most spectacular museums in New York.

Kaphar

Proposed Dates:

Thursday, July 11

5-7 pm  High School

Wednesday, July 24 

1-3 pm  Tweens and Teens

 

 

 

 

The Empire of TIBET offers another perspective, as does the Rubin Museum.   I will be holding a one day class on FRIDAY, JULY 12 from 6-8 pm for our teens who want to explore the Rubin, the concept of empire, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibet’s neighbors, and current political issues facing Tibet, China, and the region at large.

 

Tibet

 

Interested?  Let me know at wendyraver@hotmail.com for more information!

SPRING!

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/248706

New Classes!  New Exhibits!  New Students!   Most of the continuing classes are full, but I’m delighted to offer a few new spring and summer one days, including History and Science, Empires, and new museum based classes!

Image from the new ISAW exhibit, “Hymn to Apollo:  The Ancient World and the Ballet Russes”