New! Viking History and Journeys to America
4 sessions, 10 hours
Among the Old Icelandic sagas are two that have come to be called the Vinland Sagas. They contain the oldest European descriptions of North America and the stories of Norse experiences sailing to and from it, and briefly living there. In these four lectures, Dr. Karen Gray will provide an overview of Viking history and culture and extensive information on Norse ship-building and sailing techniques before turning her attention to the two Vinland sagas: The Greenlanders Saga and Saga of Eric the Red. The latter saga is a significant source of information on Gudrid, whose son may have been the first European born on the North American continent. All presentations are heavily illustrated with slides and each class involves a 10-minute break midway through the presentation and half-an-hour discussion at the end.
Instructor: Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. She has had a lifelong fascination with the world’s religions which she approaches with openness and from a scholarly perspective.
ILR866 Viking History and Journeys to America
Fri 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 7/13/2018-8/3/2018
Tuition: $40 Fee: $99 Total: $139
Location: Conference Center (E Building)/E106
MD Residents Age 60+ Pay Fee Only