Björklunden Offers Three New Seminars

From July 17 – July 22, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering these seminars: “Winston Churchill: The War Years, 1939-45” with Tim Crain, “Worlds Gone Bad: Modern Dystopias and Their Ancient Roots” with Goeff Bakewell, and “East and West: Renaissance and Islamic Art in Dialogue” with Ben Tilghman and Ryan E. Gregg.

Winston Churchill has a tremendous impact on 20th-century history. A one-time officer in the British Army, historian, politician and artist, Churchill rallied the nation against Nazi Germany during World War II. This seminar will explore the life and times of Churchill and will focus in particular on his leadership during World War II.

Crain is the director of the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education and an assistant professor of history at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania.

“Worlds Gone Bad” will explore dystopias, both in fiction and film. Before coming to Björklunden, participants are encouraged to reacquaint themselves with these works: Orwell’s 1984, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Bakewell is the L. Palmer Brown Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

“East and West” will examine the art and architecture born of the dialogue between the European Renaissance and the Islamic world, including mosques and churches of Spain, geometry of ornamental patterns and single-point perspective, and eastern carpets and silks that beautify paintings of Christian saints.

Tilghman specializes in Medieval and Renaissance Art, particularly illuminated manuscripts and art from the early medieval British Isles.

Gregg is assistant professor of art history at Webster University in St. Louis, where he teaches Renaissance and Baroque art.

Seminar classes are held at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor, and meet weekday mornings and some evenings. For complete course descriptions, fees and registration dates, call 920.839.2216, email [email protected] or visit

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