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[Past Event] Felis Catus: A Historical Celebration of Cats in Art, Literature and Music

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Course Description:

Since 9000 BC, cats have adapted to live alongside humans, yet retain wild, independent natures. In this course, we follow them from their solitary North African ancestors to semi-domestication in the earliest agricultural settlements, worship as gods in ancient Egypt, proliferation across Europe and Asia, persecution as diabolical agents in the Middle Ages, and recovery of status as beloved companions celebrated from the 18th century forward. Live performances of poems and songs will accompany a parade of images to inform and delight.


Tuition: $30.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13 *10:00am - noon* (2 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Melinda Coffey Armstead, pianist, Japanophile, and cat lover 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. Her previous OLLI courses are "How the West Fell in Love with Japan" (2016-17) and "A History of Opium and the Arts" (2018).