Coe Thursday Forum spotlights the city of Florence past, present and future

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2016-09-22 11:01:01 - General

Andrea Kann, Robert O. Daniel Associate Professor of Art
Andrea Kann
Robert O. Daniel Associate Professor of Art

The city of Florence, Italy – past, present and future – will be spotlighted in the Coe College Thursday Forum series October 6, 13, 20 and 27.  Coe Art History Professor Andrea Kann will lead participants on a virtual trip to Florence, Italy – from the city’s ancient Roman past through its storied heritage as a leading Renaissance center and beyond.

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. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

After seeing Roman ruins and visiting famous Renaissance residents like Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Medici, participants will examine Florence as a destination in the 18th century Grand Tour and its restyling as a European capital during the 19th century unification of Italy. Twentieth-century Florence witnessed the fascism of Mussolini, as well as the ravages of Hitler’s destruction. This century also brought the catastrophic 1966 flood of the Arno River that destroyed or damaged many beautiful works of art and architecture, prompting major advances in the science, technology and practice of restoration.

The virtual journey culminates with a look at the city of Florence today as it engages with contemporary as well as Renaissance art and culture, inviting 21st-century artists like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst to show their work alongside famous Renaissance masterpieces. Today Florence seeks to be more than just a timeless city of art, striving to become a growing center for contemporary food and fashion as well as an incubator for a restored vision of artisan creativity.

The Coe College Thursday Forum Series

Coe College Thursday Forum courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. 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) 399-8619.

For the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, the Thursday Forum schedule includes:

  • "The City of Florence: Past, Present and Future" - Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
  • "Radicals, Writers and Rabbits in England's Lake District" - Nov. 3, 10, 17 and Dec. 1
  • "The Conflicted Jewish World of Chaim Potok" - Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
  • "The Lechaion Harbor: A New Excavation in Greece" - March 2
  • "The Drugs We Take: Contemporary Issues Affecting Patients, Doctors, Drug Makers and Regulators" - March 9, 16, 23, 30
  • "Plant Stewardship in the 21st Century" - April 6, 13, 20, 27
  • "The Acts of the Apostles: Luke's Second Volume" - May 4, 11, 18, 25