Organised by Dr David Lines (PhD, Harvard University) together with other university lecturers, the Kenilworth Community Course has been going since 2012. It provides a stimulating opportunity for adults in work or retirement to explore topics in western civilisation, including art, history, philosophy, literature and film. On Friday evenings, a  group of 12-18 people with a real passion for learning gather to hear a lecture and participate in a discussion of some pre-distributed readings. The topic changes each year. In 2017 we are looking at ‘Representations of Power in the West’, studying figures such as Plato and Machiavelli and concluding with the TV series House of Cards. No previous knowledge is required—only a real willingness to be engaged!

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The site’s photo depicts the mausoleum of Rolandino Passeggeri (d. 1300), professor of law, in Piazza San Domenico in Bologna, Italy. Photo credit: D. Lines.