I didn’t Know That!

Facilitators:   Mac & Gail McNeill, 377-2012, mcneil0115@comcast.net
Dates:            
Mondays, March 20— May 8, 2017    Time:             9:30 AM 11:30 AM
Text:              None
Presentations: Required

At Front Range Forum, we love learning. There is a little-known magazine that is made for us. Cabinet Magazine says it is "designed for the intellectually curious reader, from artists and designers to scientists, philosophers, and historians.” Each issue is full of articles on lesser known but interesting topics. Here is a small sample:

Reversing the Order of Nature: Mary Ward, Mary Treat, and Martha Maxwell were all 19th- century natural historians. Unlike their male counterparts, their work has largely been ignored. Artist Emile Clark has been exploring their little-known archives.

The Scale and the Spectrum: A surprising number of people have written on the possibility of visualizing a musical language, from an 18th-century scientist and his ocular harpsichord, to Steven Spielberg and his electric color synthesizer.

Divine Wind: On October 25, 1944, the first group of Japanese Kamikazes crashed their planes into a group of US Navy vessels. The end of the war left a pool of Kamikaze pilots still in training. This article is an interview with one of those trainees.

Last Supper: The Last Supper is the subject of numerous paintings by innumerable artists, from complete unknowns to Rubens and Da Vinci. This article explores the different choices made by these artists.

Participants will be asked to select one or two Cabinet articles, from a list of 70 alternatives, and to make a 15 to 20 minute presentation on the topic(s). No book is required. Nor is a subscription to Cabinet Magazine. The article you choose will be provided to you. Your challenge is to present your topic and leave the class saying, “I didn’t know that!”