Current Webinars


Instructor: Thomas Banks

People have written stories about animals for nearly as long as we have written stories about ourselves. From the fables of Aesop to the folk tales of Joel Chandler Harris, tales of four-footed tricksters and furry fools have found a permanent place in the literature of several civilizations. Join Classicist Thomas Banks to learn more about the history of the form and the authors who have developed it.

Date: July 23

Time: 7-8:30 pm EST

Price: $15

Can’t make the live session? No problem! The webinar will be recorded and available for you to view in your account shortly after the session (usually within 24 hours.)


How do I view the Live session? On your receipt is a link; click the link and enter the webinar. There will also be an email sent out a few hours before the session with the link and detailed instructions.

How do I view the recording? Log in to your account on www.houseofhumaneletters.com, click on My Account and then Orders to view the recording. Videos typically appear in your account within 24 hours.

kelly's class

Instructor: Kelly Cumbee

C.S. Lewis says it is “worth while to spend some labour on ‘putting ourselves back’ into the universe which our ancestors believed themselves to inhabit. What their work means to us after we have done so appears to me not only more accurate (more like what they intended) but also more interesting and nourishing and delightful.”

A key element to entering Medieval and Renaissance literature in this way is understanding their model of the cosmos—when they talk about “the heavens,” and they talk about it a LOT, they do not mean what we mean by the word “space.” The modern meaning of “space” does not exist in medieval literature because, as Lewis says, “the thing meant did not exist for the human mind. The drama of existence was not performed against any such forbidding backcloth. There was no abyss. Man looked up at a patterned, populous, intricate, finite cosmos; a builded thing, not a wilderness; ‘heaven’ or ‘spheres,’ not ‘space.’ ” As we seek to recover an understanding of medieval cosmology in order to increase our ability to enter into and delight in Medieval and Renaissance literature and their modern descendants, we often don’t know what we’re looking for.

In the first class, Kelly Cumbee will map out the celestial spheres and what they meant to the medieval imagination, and will walk you through them using Dante’s Paradise as a guide. In the second and third classes, we will read togther Lewis’s Prince Caspian and Shakespeare’s Macbeth in order to see how those works embody medieval cosmology.

This course is envisioned as part of a series on mini-classes on Medieval Cosmology.

This is a three-session class.

Dates: July 27, August 3, August 10

Time: 3-4:30 pm EST

LIVE OR LATER (All sessions are recorded)

Cost: $45 (includes lifetime access to recordings)

Book List:

Prince Caspian by CS Lewis

Macbeth by Shakespeare

**Before class begins, you will receive a link to enroll in the class page.

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