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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 4:39 pm

On Wednesday, June 5, at 2:30 p.m., the City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center will be streaming the lecture, “Brexit, Grexit, Frexit, and More: Where Is the European Union Headed?” in partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The European Union (EU), born in 1957 out of post-war ashes, is at a crossroads. Its 28-nation membership is scheduled to decline with Brexit as early as June or as late as October. Grexit, the departure of Greece from the 19-member Euro Zone, has been hanging in the wind since 2010. Frexit, a campaign promise by French politician Marine Le Pen to leave the Euro and the EU, has been echoed in other member states. Where is the European Union headed? And how does that matter to the United States?

Then, on Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m.. we will be launching the second quarterly Osher Saturday Arts Lecture. This streaming lecture entitled, “A New Look at Impressionism: Renoir, Degas and 19th Century Paris,” investigates the transformative Impressionism movement that shattered the trajectory of Western art. In the 1860’s, a new generation of skilled, innovative artists challenged traditional techniques and historical assumptions on many levels. This lecture contrasts the work of Renoir and Degas, two painters so antithetical in personality, technique, and subject matter that each throws the other into high relief. Both artists provide keen insight into 19th-century Paris, and it’s high and low pleasures - from the many bordellos to the privileged lives of the haute bourgeoisie.

Plan ahead for the remaining Osher summer streaming lectures: July 10 learn about “Ethics in Science and Technology”, and August 7 Wendy Patrick, a career prosecutor and SDSU business-ethics lecturer will present “How Twitter Has Revolutionized Political Speech.”

To register, come in to the Spreckels Center located at 1019 Seventh Street; call 619-522-7343; or visit

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