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Opium and the Arts (Closed)

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Course Description:

For over three centuries, opium was central to the lives of millions of people throughout the world, including many Europeans in the 19th century. In this course, we’ll track the spread of opium from the Middle East to Asia and finally to Europe. We’ll focus on its profound effect on poets, artists and musicians. People may be surprised to know that Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charles Baudelaire and Jean Cocteau were addicts and that Byron, Shelley and Keats were frequent users of this mysterious substance.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Feb. 27; Mar. 6 *10:00am – noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Melinda Coffey Armstead, pianist and Japanophile, has been Music Director at Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach since 1995. She has performed around
the world as a recitalist and chamber musician and has released three solo CDs: "Season of Dreams," "Beyond Words" and "Christmas Reflections."