Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club offers University Lecture Series

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden is once again hosting a lecture series through California State University at San Marcos. The lectures are offered through the University’s The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The RSF Garden Club will host four unique six-week lecture series beginning Feb. 11.

Nature of Human Aggression

Mondays at 9:30 a.m. - Feb. 11, 2013 - March 11

The history of humanity reveals an endless stream of aggression both by individuals and nations. In fact, the frequency and severity of human aggression would lead many to conclude that aggression is an indelible and irreversible part of human nature. The controversy generated by this issue involves these seminal questions: “Are humans the product of their genes, their environment or both; and can human behavior be manipulated to mitigate or even eliminate aggression?” Bruno Leone has a Master’s degree in European Intellectual History, is a lecturer and freelance writer, and is the author of numerous books and articles.

Appreciating the Greatest Film: Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Mondays at 1 p.m. - Feb 11 - March 11

The authoritative Sight & Sound Critic’s Poll has named Vertigo the best film of all time, knocking Citizen Kane off its perch it held since 1962. We’ll begin our appreciation of this masterwork with an overview of Hitchcock’s life and career, his influences and innovations. Then we will view and discuss Vertigo itself in several parts, analyzing production elements, structure, and themes. We will finish with a look at the lasting impact Vertigo has had on films and filmmakers to the present day. Robert Sheppard received his B.A. in English from Stanford University and his M.A. in Radio and Television from San Diego State University, with additional training at the American Film Institute, Directors Guild of America, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Northern Italy and the Rise of Modern Europe

Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - Feb 14 - March 14

The spectacular mountains and plains that stretch from Rome to the northern border of Italy have remained an important crossroad for the Mediterranean and Western European worlds. Over time, several major political superpowers have made their capitals in this region, including Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan. How did these great cities come to be and why were they so important? What part did they play in the creation of modern Italy? Join us as we explore the story of one of the most fought over, and fascinating, parts of Europe. Jack Williams, Ph.D., has worked as an archaeologist and historian on various research projects in the United States, Mexico, South America, and Europe.

From Caravaggio to Art Nouveau: Western Art from 1600 to 1900

Thursdays at 1 p.m. -Feb. 14 - April 18

Western art after the Renaissance went through a period of enormous and ever-accelerating changes, producing one outstanding master after another. The 17th century saw the work of Bernini and Caravaggio in Italy, Velazquez in Spain and Rembrandt and Vermeer in Holland. In the 18th and 19th centuries Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism present us with the art of such masters as David, Delacroix, Blake, Constable and Courbet. And Impressionism and Post-Impressionism are much loved today for the work of Renoir, Monet, van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne. Douglas R. Barker M.A., is a professional art historian, educator and metaphysical researcher who lived for fourteen years in Europe and has taught over one hundred courses in art history at a number of colleges and universities

The classes are held at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club located at 17025 Avenida de Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe. Tuition for each of these six-week courses is $70. However, members of the RSF Garden Club may register and attend for free.

To register or for more information, visit or call 760-750-4020