3 - Zoom - Growing up Jewish in Australia Helen Wolfers - 1 session from 2.00 to 3.45 on Wednesday 29 July
In a letter written in 1926, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Freud said: “...there were other considerations which made the attractiveness of Judaism and Jews irresistible...many obscure forces of emotion, all the more powerful the less they were to be defined in words.” Although Freud himself did not seek to explain these “obscure forces” he said that he was sure that one day they would be identified. In Growing up Jewish the author follows the evolution of her Jewish identity from earliest childhood to the end of schooling in Sydney Australia and throughout a career working with the United Nations in Singapore, London and New York. Finally, retiring in Jerusalem, the author focuses on the impact of the re-establishment of a Jewish homeland on Jewish identity after 2000 years of exile. Drawing on the positives, the negatives and the ambiguities of the reactions of others, Growing up Jewish attempts to define this enigmatic Jewishness which, defying all odds, has survived millennia of homelessness, centuries outside the ghetto walls, and now continues to persist even outside its own religion.
33 – Zoom - The History of Marriage The Honorable Julie Dodds-Streeton – 1 session from 2.00 to 3.45 on Thursday 10 September
In this session, we look forward to a fascinating discussion of ideas such as the following: How long has the institution of marriage existed? Was it inspired by love – or money? Is marriage a religious institution? Was it related to social class? What are current definitions of marriage?
41 - Zoom - How do we feed 10 Billion people? Prof Iain Clarke - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.30 on Monday 19 October
The current production of food will be discussed, including the provision of food from farming and its impact on our diet and environment. There will be some consideration of the impact of climate change on food security. What is the Government doing about food security, land use and sustainability?
43 - Zoom - In the steps of Martin Luther (1483-1546) Chris Fletcher - 1 session from 10.00 to 11.45 on Monday 9 November
The talk deals with the life of the German Church Reformer Dr Martin Luther against the background of the political situation in Germany during the early 16th Century. We will cover - Short overview of the three "Reiche" of Germany and the power struggle of Roman Church vs. German Princes Luther's youth in Eisleben, Mansfeld and Eisenach Luther's education in Eisleben, Mansfeld, Eisenach and Erfurt Time as Augustinian Monk, entry to the Priesthood and Walk to Rome The Reformation: Wittenberg, 95 Theses, Trial at Worms, underground on the Wartburg Married life at Wittenberg and organisation of the German Protestant (Lutheran) Church Luther's Legacy