History in focus at U3A lectures

The University of the Third Age (U3A) hosts lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Historic Motor Vehicles Club in Victor Harbor at 2pm. Members and visitors are welcome to attend.

1918: The Last Year of the Great War – Thurs, November 15 – Presenter: Maryanne McGill

In the spring of 1918 there was a surge of activity as Germany launched its troops on a final and desperate offensive. The result hung in the balance before the Allies turned the tide. The home fronts of both sides, especially in Germany, played a crucial, perhaps decisive, part in the final outcome.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Tues, November 20 – Presenter: Richard Kleinig

An extraordinary poet, philosopher, playwright and Shakespearean scholar, Coleridge was one of the founders of English romanticism. His own life, however, was dogged by an addiction to opium. Two of his great poems, Kubla Khan and Frost at Midnight, will be highlighted.

RAA Motoring Quiz and History – Thurs, November 22 – Presenter: Jan Webber

The RAA presentation will consist of two parts. The first, “Years Ahead: Road Rules Quiz”, is presented in a game show style. The idea is brush up on established, misunderstood and new road rules. The second part of the presentation will be on the history of the RAA and motoring in South Australia.

The Peace Treaty that Guaranteed War – Tues, November 27 – Presenter: Colin MacDonald

The 1919 Treaty of Versailles was supposed to ensure there’d never again be a major European war. In fact, its provisions made a second world war almost inevitable. While some British politicians, including PM Lloyd George, warned the Treaty was too harsh, popular feeling in Britain and France demanded its pound of flesh – and more – from Germany. Australian PM Billy Hughes agitated for the harshest possible terms. Colin will briefly review the state of Europe at war’s end, then examine the major provisions of the Treaty before tracing the Treaty’s steady unravelling over the following 20 years until WWII broke out. There’ll be a few interludes of music from the 1920s

A Musical Christmas – Thurs, December 6 – Presenter: Colin MacDonald

This will be a musical exploration of the Christmas story. He will trace the development of folk music, traditional carols and composed music for Christmas from medieval times to the 20th century.