Summer Institute of Learning

Western Esotericism:
Heretical Movements & Secret Societies

COURSE No. 01.2001/3-001

This course surveys the history of Western Esotericism from the "occult sciences" of the Renaissance (Hermeticism, alchemy, and Kabbalah), 18th century secret societies such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and the Illuminati, to the occult revival of the late 19th and early 20th centuries through exponents Eliphas LÚvi, H. P. Blavatsky, and Aleister Crowley. The course includes readings from Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Cornelius Agrippa, Giordano Bruno, and John Dee. We also examine the cultural, literary, philosophical, and religious influence of esotericism, including the contemporary success of novels and films such as The Da Vinci Code, and conclude by touring the esoteric designs of the Manitoba Legislative Building, a Da Vinci Code in stone.

This course will feature UWinnipeg Alumnus Frank Albo, University of Amsterdam.

July 17 - August 25, 2006
Mondays & Wednesdays
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Room 3M69
The University of Winnipeg

This course is open to all, including students, staff, and faculty at The University of Winnipeg. It can be taken for credit and can also be audited. Members of the media, and governmental and non-governmental communities, as well as members of the community at large, are most welcome.

To register, call 204.786.9159. To audit the course (not for credit), call 204.982.6633.