While I've attended a number of Context Conversations, this was my first multi-part course. I appreciated the thoughtful way Dr. Lister organized each session around a central theme and a key word; this was more interesting and memorable than would have been a simply chronological narrative. Having only visited Edinburgh once, there was a lot that was new to me -- but the course also served to make me enthusiastic about my next visit (wherever that becomes possible again).
Fascinating course with engaging presenter. Highly recommended.
It was indeed a very interesting peek into Edinburgh's development history from a variety of perspectives: economic, political, cultural, literary, etc -- and how, in many instances, people and events so often had two different histories, and why. It was delightful, and we learned a new word each week!
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In my visits to Edinburgh I saw a medieval but bustling international town. Never was I aware of the great literary contributions of the many of my very favorite poets and writers that emanated from its mystical borders. The religious influence together with the its scientific endeavors formulated fodder for the great books written and the advances to our civilization.