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The Silk Roads connecting East and West invite us to escape from a limited geographical perspective focused on Europe and to acknowledge that so-called western civilization originated in the East and survived in the East after the fall of Rome. The Silk Roads made possible the travels of Marco Polo, whose account of his service to Kublai Khan seemed incredible to his Venetian contemporaries. Five hundred years ago, China was far ahead of the West in virtually every area. How did the West come to dominate the world, the so-called Great Divergence? Six “killer apps,”—competition, science, property, medicine, consumption, and work—brought about an unlikely reversal of fortune.

Dr. Wenk has pursued careers as a musicologist, calculus teacher, psychotherapist, and organist. He has published books on music history and bibliography, choral conducting, bookstores, western culture, and a series of mystery novellas with a musicologist as sleuth.

Dr. Wenk’s most recent books include In Search of America:  Perspectives on History, Literature, Art, Music and Film; History, the Arts, and Ideas:  Exploring the Matrix of Western Culture; A Brief History of Classical Music:  A Tale of Time, Tonality and Timbre; and The Matrix of Western Culture:  Perspectives on History, the Arts and Ideas.

Registration: Advance registration is not required, and this free event is open to all. You may be prompted to enter your name and email address before being admitted to the webinar.

Connect to the presentation online via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84268052749

This program is presented in partnership with Encore Learning. Encore Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2002. They offer a wide variety of college-level noncredit courses, clubs, special events and activities to help meet the continuing educational and social interests of anyone over age 50, regardless of residence location.

Monday, August 8, 2022
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Good for Adults Age 55+
Arlington Public Library

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