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Events this week

Excavating the Bible: The Archaeology of the Biblical World
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, November 29th, December 6th, 13th, & 20th, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose
Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

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Excavating the Bible: The Archaeology of the Biblical World
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, November 29th, December 6th, 13th, & 20th, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Chutes and Ladders: Four Pitfalls (and Solutions!) for Writing Prose
Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Build Your Photography Portfolio
Speaker: 
Andrew Scrivani
Thursday, Dec. 3rd, Saturday, Dec. 5th, and Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

The idea of a printed portfolio has become a relic of the recent past. How we present ourselves to potential clients in the digital/social media age is constantly shifting, and Andrew Scrivani wants to help you navigate this confusing landscape.

Copyright & Fair Use for Artists & Filmmakers
Speaker: 
Brian Frye
Thursday, December 3rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

This seminar will provide a practical introduction to concepts in copyright law, tailored to artists and filmmakers. Among other things, we will discuss what copyright does and doesn’t protect, and when the fair use doctrine applies to copyrighted works.

Let's Launch Your Podcast
Speaker: 
Jill Salzman
Fridays, December 4th and 18th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join Jill Salzman, creator of the top-rated podcasts "Breaking Down Your Business" and "Why Are We Shouting", for a crash course on how to launch your first podcast. In Jill's two-session workshop, you’ll cover concepting, branding, distributing, and you’ll actually launch your first episode!

Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Fake It ‘Till You Make It: How to Start Your Art Career with Limited Resources
Speaker: 
Olivier Corneau
Monday, December 7th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join Olivier Corneau for an inspirational and interactive talk about his journey from aspiring artist to successful artist with exhibitions worldwide. Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and how you can begin a life of professional creativity.

Pandemic Dreams: An Exploration and Dream Incubation
Speaker: 
Deirdre Barrett
Tuesday, Dec. 8th and Thursday, Dec. 10th, 4-5:30pm PT / 7-8:30pm ET

Join Dr. Deirdre Barrett, author and dream researcher at Harvard, in an interactive seminar that takes participants deep into the research and riveting dream accounts gathered by Dr. Barrett in the development of her most recent book, Pandemic Dreams.

Presence, Excellence, & Resilience: A Professional Circus Artist’s Daily Principles and Story of International Success
Friday, December 11th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join Cirque du Soleil principale character, rope artist, contortionist, and acrobat Lauren Joy Herley in this interactive talk that will take you behind the curtain of an international circus career and shed light on the persistence required to achieve professional success.

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