Lectures

PRAISE FOR PAUL FISHER’S LECTURES:

“Paul Fisher kept our attention and we are thrilled we took his course. Excellent experience of learning from an enthusiastic, widely educated man. The course was most educational and fun. I’d take any course from him.” Participant at The Learning Curve.

“Participants asked me to please offer the class again. I did not receive one complaint.  Paul is an excellent presenter with  a great sense of humor. Paul’s presentation was never dull. He was respectful of the participants.” Helene Mittleman, Coordinator of Arts & Culture, Tucson Jewish Community Center


LECTURE TOPICS:

(Each lecture can be presented as a one hour overview or an extended lecture series.)

LECTURE TOPICS DETAILS:

A Kingdom United: The Stuarts, the English Throne, and the Gift that Changed Scotland Forever

In 1603 when Queen Elizabeth’s throne passed to the Stuart King, James VI of Scotland, she united Scotland and England. This royal gift eventually resulted in Scotland’s undoing.

Celebrate the 409th Anniversary of the union of Scotland and England as you learn the fascinating details of this tumultuous period in the history of the “United” Kingdom. Embark on a journey of history, religion, economics, literature, art, and music and come away with a new understanding of the tangled history and fragile marriage of these two fiercely independent nations.

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Gunpowder, Compass, and Printing Press: The Prophetic Gifts of Genghis Khan

The science of the Islamic culture and technological advances of the Chinese brought enlightenment, the compass, gunpowder and the printing press into the hands of the Europeans and created the world that we live in today. Learn how the legendary destructive power of Genghis Kahn and his victorious armies actually led to the dominance of Europe and the USA in the modern world through the inspired dissemination of ideas and technology. Join a host of characters as diverse as European and Russian knights, Papal envoys, Chinese navigators, Buddhist monks, devoted Mongol soldiers, Islamic scientists, Persian philosophers and merchants as you journey from the heart of Mongolia, east to China and Japan, through Baghdad, west to Europe, south to India and Turkey, and north to Russia. By the time you’ve completed this six week expedition you will have a new appreciation of the debt we owe to these “Barbarian Hordes”.

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Francisco Goya – The Last of the Old Masters and the First of the Moderns

Franciso Jose de la Goya was the first to “blaze a trail” into Modern Art by breaking away from sponsorship, commissions and patronage. In 1799, he was the first prominent artist to self-publish his own set of prints, “The Caprichos” which were withdrawn from public sale by order of The Inquisition, within 15 days of their release. The subversive and subjective elements in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso. Goya lived through the Napoleonic Wars and the invasion of Spain. By the time he painted General Wellington in 1810, he had painted formal portraits of the leadership from all sides: Spain, France and Britain. His last set of etchings, Los Disparates, was not published until 36 years after his death. They remain among the most mysterious and misunderstood works of any major artist. Join Paul Fisher as he brings Goya’s unique philosophy, actions and achievement to life and leads you into the amazing and fantastical world of Goya’s mature genius.

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Apaches – to the last man

Little Big Horn was in 1876. Chief Joseph surrendered in 1877 and “The Indian Wars” ended in the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. Many of us have heard about Geronimo and Cochise, but during the extensive Apache Wars between 1851 and 1886, there were many other outstanding characters, events and adventures. Apaches were among the last Native Americans to resist US domination. They were never subdued: they surrendered. Have you ever heard of Haskay-bay-nay-natyl (“the tall man destined to come to a mysterious end”)? He became known as “The Apache Kid”. How about Thomas Jeffords, buried in Evergreen Cemetery on Miracle Mile, Tucson, Az? His gravestone reads, “Friend and blood-brother of Cochise. Peace-Maker with hostile Apaches.” He was! Learn about many more memorable characters and remarkable events during the Apache Wars. Find out about Apache lore, religion, customs and history. Join veteran, Learning Curve, instructor Paul Fisher who has recently conducted these lectures to Apaches on the San Carlos Reservation.

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Scotland the Brilliant

Join Paul Fisher to glory in all things Scottish. As amazing as it sounds, almost all modern inventions and many modern ideas stem from the original “genius bar” that culminated and blossomed during and after the Scottish Enlightenment. From the engines that drove the Industrial Revolution, to the Mathematics that founded the “computer society”, to the roads and bridges over which our Economy flourishes, you have many a Scotsman to thank!

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Ancient Magic Prt 1
Exploring the Power of Wishes, Rituals, and Spells.

Where does our belief in magic come from? Why do myths give such profound credence to the power of “a wish”? Why should you be careful what you wish for? Why do some believe in the magical power of the Arc of the Covenant, the Cross, Jinns and Genies, the Shroud, the True Menorah and don’t forget the Holy Grail. Is everyday belief in the power of God, angels and devils belief in magic? Who were the Druids, the Witches and Wizards? What do Pagans believe? What is Voodoo? Why do new religions appropriate the practices of the religions that came before? What about Fairies and Goblins and Sprites? Why do we want to believe in the power of intention and visualization? What is the placebo effect? What is quantum physics telling us about our “magical” connection to the world around us? Join Paul Fisher in an esoteric voyage into the realm of true magic and the history of supernatural human powers. Not for the faint hearted!

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Ancient Magic Part 2
Exploring the Power of Magic, Belief, Religion and some extraordinary eccentrics.

(PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE ATTENDED PART 1. PART 2 WILL STAND ON ITS OWN.)

Part 1 of “Ancient Magic” described many of the ancient belief systems that inform our spirituality today. However, I only covered approximately half of my research.

Part 2 will continue with compelling descriptions and tales of ancient “magical” beings and beliefs. Also, it will continue to investigate the roots and essence of religions. We will examine the essence Alchemy. Part 2 will continue to explore some of the stranger, inexplicable stories of healing and vision. What were Franz Anton Mesmer and Mr. Quimby actually up to? We will also familiarize ourselves with some of the eccentric folk who have practiced and written about magic; such as the biographies of James George Frazer (“The Golden Bough), Charles Godfrey Leland (Aryan traditions, the development of Wicca and modern Neo-paganism and the Gospel of the Witches), Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers (one of the most influential figures in modern Occultism), Sir Kenelm Digby (astrologer, alchemist & the first person to note the importance of “vital air”), Roger Bacon, (aka Doctor Mirabilis) and Aleister Crowley (occultistwritermystic & “the wickedest man in the world”). Join Paul Fisher in another esoteric voyage into the realm of true magic, magicians and the origins of religious belief. It’s going to be uncannily and bizarrely fascinating!

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Between Columbus and the Pilgrims: America’s fearless first explorers

Learn about the exploration of America that occurred during the 130 year period between Columbus in 1492 and the arrival of English settlers in the 1600s.

The early French and Spanish explorers crossed the Appalachian Mountains, rafted down the Mississippi and explored the Grand Canyon: reaching about half of the states in the present-day continental U.S.

In the 1540s, Coronado and his horseman traveled all the way to central Kansas: they were amazed by the flatness of the landscape and the “sea of grass”.

Join Paul Fisher as he retraces the steps and tells the stories of these unsung, intrepid explorers. And hear the amazing descriptions of the many, Native American civilizations which collapsed after European contact.

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The Original Spy Master: Sir Francis Walsingham

Sir Francis Walsingham 1532-1590 was the original “spy master” for the British Government. During the reign of Elizabeth I, Walsingham crafted the art of spying and subsequently set the standard for spying in the British Empire. Join Paul Fisher for a frolic through the emergence of the craft of spying which has grown to such eminence in the management of the dynasties of Britain.

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History by the cupful: a brief history of coffee

Examine 1000 years of history through your morning cup of coffee, from its first mention in a 9th. century Ethiopian legend to its significant role in world politics.

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Money Talks

The evolution of our nation can be traced through the history of our currency. Politics, entrepreneurship, art, economics and a little bit of mystery all play a part in this intriguing story.

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The Science of Leonardo Da Vinci

You know Leonardo Da Vinci as a master painter, but how much do you know about his groundbreaking research into all of the major Sciences?

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One comment on “Lectures
  1. Curt Matuna says:

    I enjoyed Paul’s class on the Constitutional Convention offered thru The Learning Curve. He clearly enjoys teaching and his enthusiasm for the subject matter was infectious, which has led me to further readings and inquiries of my own. Any teacher who can accomplish that has done his job well!

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