Triumph & Tragedy : Great Men In History

OSH 105 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English
Locations: TBA
Instructor: Robert Dawson

Course Description

In this six-week, live costumed performance, historical lecture series, we will examine the lives of various great men in history, as portrayed by actor and historian, Robert Dawson. We will learn of their triumphs, failures, joys and disappointments, their decisions and choices (good or bad), and the events that shaped their lives. Think you know history? You ain’t seen nothing yet! 

Fall 1      

Week 1

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) ‘Man of Genius’

Week 2

Bernal Diaz del Castillo (1496 – 1584) The Conquest of New Spain

Week 3

Hemingway in Cuba (1899 – 1961) « Papa & the Cuban Years »

Week 4

Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) “The Enterprise of the Indies”

Week 5

William Marshal (1146 -1219) “England's Greatest Knight”

Week 6

Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) “Tormented Naturalist”

Fall 2

Weekly topics: To be announced on the website.


Mr. Robert Dawson is an actor/historian and was the former lead lecturer for The Miami Museum of Science for 16 years, and spent 8.5 years as educational director, ship's historian, and lead presenter as Lt. Cmdr. William Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty.  Since joining Osher, Mr. Dawson has developed over 100 historic first-person characters, for his Triumph & Tragedy: The Lives of Great Men series. He has a second series of third-person lectures called A Science & History Miscellany.

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