Classes by David Bisno

Topics

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EUROPEAN CULTURAL HISTORY

David brings alive European Cultural History with his two courses, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna and The World of Yesterday.

In the former, the art, architecture, music, literature, science, medicine and philosophy reach their zenith in Vienna as the society with its cultural hypocrisy frays away between river and vineyard. Everything seemed to glitter in the city along the Ringstrasse but the red glow would prove to be the city’s sunset. In the latter course, David travels with Stefan Zweig, Theodor Herzl and his students from Vienna to Paris to Budapest with stops in Atlanta and Boston. The Dreyfus Affair, Leo Frank, the murder of Mary Phagan, Sacco and Vanzetti and The Grand Budapest Hotel all play a part.

A selection of these topics can be formatted for a single presentation (such as The Lady in Gold) or for 3, 5 or 8-day sessions.

 

David-Bisno-Lecture-Topics-2THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

Presentations around Charles Darwin, The Conversation in Copenhagen (Bohr and Heisenberg), J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Bomb or the story of How Race, Gender and Politics Wrote the Script for the development of nuclear fission, can be formatted for a single presentation or for 3, 5 or 8-day sessions.

 

David-Bisno-Lecture-Topics-4THE SUPREME COURT AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

Having studied at the Harvard Law School and the Law School at the College of William and Mary, David has honed his skill over the past eleven years at making clear and understandable for lay audiences the challenge of our Bill of Rights, Free Speech, Equal Protection and Separation of Church and State. Whatever the format, students come to an appreciation of those wise restraints which make men free.

David-Bisno-Lecture-Topics-3THE HISTORY OF EXPLORATION

The Race to the Poles is best done in 3, 5 or 8-day sessions. Movies are shown and suggested reading is supplied.

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