Visit Morocco and Egypt at Coe's Thursday Forum

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2015-11-19 09:01:04 - General

Floyd Sandford, Biology Professor Emeritus
Floyd Sandford
Biology Professor Emeritus

Coe College's Thursday Forum takes a whirlwind tour of Morocco and Egypt in December. With the aid of photography from his travels in both countries, Biology Professor Emeritus Floyd Sandford will discuss these two fascinating destinations.

The single presentation on Dec. 3 explores the cultural and historical perspectives of Morocco and Egypt. From tribes of nomadic Berbers, to conquest by Rome, to Arabs invading in the seventh century bringing Islam, to an influx of Jews and Moors from Spain, to French and Spanish colonization, to independence and sovereignty in 1956, to the current constitutional monarchy it is today, Morocco has had a fascinating history. The history and culture of Egypt is even more varied, encompassing thousands of years of recorded history as one of the world’s earliest civilizations.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the December lecture costs $12. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8523.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Travels in Egypt & Morocco: Cultural and Historical Perspectives" - Dec. 3
  • "La Traviata: A Peek Behind the Scenes" - Jan. 14
  • "A Look at our Solar System: The Sun, the Planets and More" - Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Asia Minor: A 3500-Year History" - March 3, 17, 24, 31
  • "A Historical and Cultural Perspective on Travel to Cuba by US Citizens: A Century of Flux, Paradox and Contradiction" - March 10
  • "The Evolution of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll: A Closer Look at Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones" - April 7, 14, 21, 28

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.