THE ANCIENT WORLD: SACRED THINGS AND SECRET PLACES (LAA 6001): Through the lens of ancient mythologies, investigate the thoughts that first conceived sacred things and secret places. Once a place is identified as sacred it can remain that way for thousands of years. Using beliefs which have come down to us from ancient times, we can proceed deeper into ideas which, in some cases, we still find held sacred today. Take this opportunity to expand your knowledge and enjoy your trip through time with Egyptologist, Dr. Tom Mudloff. No previous knowledge needed. Conducted by District 214 Community Education. Location: John Hersey HS, Door 1, Room 105, 1900 E. Thomas St. Arlington Heights.
IRANIAN CULTURAL LIFE (LAA 0291): Examine a variety of Iranian cultural practices and the factors that motivate them. Discuss shared Iranian values, attitudes, and behaviors such as the acceptable way to enter the home of an Iranian friend as a guest, how to show respect towards elders, and the boundaries between non-intimate men and women. Learn about popular Persian ceremonies, e.g. cheharshnba-suri, Now-Ruz (Persian New Year), sizdah be dar, and Yalda Night. Mahnia Nematollahi Mahani earned her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University. She is the founder of Binesh Institute for Persian Studies and the author of several books and articles.
IRANIAN MATERIAL CULTURE (LAA 0292): In modern Iran, classical Persian poetry, mystical concepts, and motifs are fused with decorative art forms and used for political purposes. The poems are used for decorating objects or buildings and conveying mystical concepts and motifs. We examine several aspects of Iranian material culture to observe the relationship between poetry and the decorative arts. Readings are provided in areas including iconography, calligraphy, epigraphy, food and dress. Mahnia Nematollahi Mahani earned her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University. She is the founder of Binesh Institute for Persian Studies and the author of several books and articles.
ROOTS OF CIVILIZATION: 6000 BCE - 2000 BCE (LAA 6000): Integrate anthropology, archaeology, and ancient religious practices to understand the rise of civilizations in the ancient Near East and how they fed into the cultures of the modern Middle East and traditions in Western society. From the Neolithic era and the start of recorded history to the Bronze Age, we will explore developments in Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia and see how cultures emerged and interacted. View pictures from the instructor’s own excavations and other work in the region. No previous knowledge necessary. Conducted by District 214 Community Education. Location: John Hersey HS, Door 1, Room 105, 1900 E. Thomas St. Arlington Heights.
THE MAYA: TRAVEL TO MEXICO: Join Harper College anthropology professor Dr. Helmut Publ on this trip to important Mayan archaeological and cultural sites throughout Mexico. Grow your understanding of Mayan culture through site visits and lectures. Depart for Mexico May 21, 2018, and return on May 30, 2018. Make travel and tour reservations through World Strides Tour Company. Begin the Harper registration process by visiting tinyurl.com/lvgrx4s for more information. Note: Visiting some archaeological sites will require hiking through rugged terrain. Trip Dates: May 21 – May 30, 2018. Click here for details about the trip.