Virtual Programs

Book Discussion: The Dutch House

Thursday, May 28 @ 6:30 pm

Washington author and literary enthusiast, Ann Hodgman, this program will lead a book discussion on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, The Dutch House. The Dutch House is a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

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Cyber Conflict and Geo Politics

Thursday, June 4 @ 6:30 pm

Historian, Professor & Author Mark Albertson will deliver a virtual lecture entitled Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics.

Modern technology has altered the strategic considerations of great powers at war. For example, the globe has gone from industrialized, commercialized, corporatized war to more technology altered conflict. America’s corporate serial wars no longer require millions of men mobilized for actions on a large scale.  The battlefield has become global and conflict has moved from physical space to virtual space. Man has accomplished much with technology, including turning the globe into a tactical battlefield.

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Music and Culture in Renaissance Europe

Thursday, June 11 @ 6:30 pm

Musicologist and Music Theorist, Gil Harel will deliver a virtual lecture on Music and Culture in Renaissance Europe.

We are often taught that the word “renaissance” means “rebirth” – however, in the realm of music, it’s not so simple as that. While an architect could study the Roman Colosseum, and an aspiring poet could read Homer or Virgil, it would have been impossible for a 16th century musician to study the music of antiquity. Therefore, one might think of renaissance music not as a “rebirth” of a former style, but as new style that brought tremendously expressive sounds to the ears of that period.

During this program, Dr. Gil Harel, Assistant Professor of Music, NVCC will discuss the musical style of the renaissance, how it emerged, and how it was intertwined with the culture of an oft-romanticized era. Through analyzing mass settings, madrigals, lute songs, and more, we will see how the music of the 16th century laid the foundation for modern harmony.

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