The most fascinating cities are not always at the center of power, but rather serve as beacons of civilization. Each session will highlight the history, art, and architecture of a distinctive city. We will begin with Florence, which gave rise to the Renaissance, then move to Prague, a key center for the Scientific Revolution. Proceeding to the Enlightenment, we’ll experience Edinburgh and St. Petersburg, then end our journey in Vienna in the Waltz Age and Art Nouveau Barcelona, home ground of Picasso andAntonio Gaudí.
Bruce Elliott received his doctorate in European history from UC Berkeley. He teaches courses in cultural history for Stanford Continuing Studies and OLLI programs at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and Dominican University.