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Salon Hopping Throughout History   

Let’s do some time traveling. Imagine yourself in 1920’s Paris at 27 rue de Fleurus, in the company of Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Marie Laurencin as you take part in Gertrude Stein’s literary salon. Or, in London enjoying a fascinating discussion with Bloomsbury Group members Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell, Duncan Grant, and John Maynard Keynes. Travel across the Atlantic to Harlem to join the conversation between Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, and Duke Ellington. Visit the New York apartment talks with entertaining art collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg or the Algonquin Hotel round table discussions with Dorothy Parker. Going westward visit the Chicago Salon of Harriet Anderson, the southwest Taos salon of Mabel Dodge Luhan, or west coast Santa Monica afternoons with Greta Garbo, Bertolt Brecht, and Billy Wilder. In this course, we will explore and celebrate famous and lesser-known salons throughout history as well as learn how to participate in the art and joy of conversation. An added benefit will include suggestions for starting and conducting your own literary or artistic salon.


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