Nostradamus Unraveled

How would you interpret these enigmatic verses? What do they mean to you? What would you read into Nostradamus’s poetry? Do you see contemporary events reflected in poems written 500 years ago? Join us on April 30th as we delve into these mysteries and unravel fact from fiction.

Nostradamus Unraveled: A Public Workshop

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
Cost: $25 & Open to the public
Registration and pre-payment at 480.730.0205 or REGISTER ONLINE

About the Program
For centuries Nostradamus’ prophecies have fascinated readers, and for centuries they have been misinterpreted, exploited, and sensationalized. These poetic works of art-which Nostradamus called The Centuries and never The Prophecies deal with issues from Europe, Asia, and the then newly conquered Americas, and 500 years of half-baked “analysis” has claimed that they represented everything from the Kennedy assassination to the major genocides of the 20th century. Is this true? Can we understand Nostradamus, in the context of his own time? As a descendant of Spanish Jews who had fled the Iberian peninsula to escape religious persecution, as a man whose own religious beliefs have never been fully deciphered, and as friend and advisor to Catherine de Medicis in Renaissance France, the reality of Nostradamus transcends the popular fiction surrounding him. This workshop will focus on separating the man from the myth, and actually look at the texts of his much-misunderstood “prophecies,” or, as Nostradamus described them, his poetic quatrains. In this workshop we will pick 10 of Nostradamus’s quatrains and have the group come up with their own analysis. We will then take a look at Robert Graves’ historical interpretation and argue its validity.

About Sharonah Fredrick
Sharonah Fredrick joined ACMRS as its full-time Assistant Director in May 2014. She earned her doctorate in Hispanic Literature at Stony Brook University and her research focuses on the impact of the Early Modern Period in Latin America and on the effects of the Spanish and Portuguese conquests on the Native American peoples and on Africans in the New World. She is particularly interested in the manifestations of Pre-Columbian religion in epics authored in Latin America in the 16th-18th centuries, and issues of cultural survival and religious syncretism. Sharonah speaks four languages fluently: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew and English, with some Arabic as well. She also enjoys exploring the world of Celtic pre-Christian myth, and the medieval literature of Sephardic Jewish culture, both before and after the 1492 expulsion, in Spain and the New World. Sharonah has an Ph.D in Latin American Colonial and Indigenous Literature from SUNY Stony Brook, an MA in Renaissance and Medieval History from Tel Aviv University, as well as a BA in Latin American Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo, and a TEFL English Teaching Certificate from the International TEFL Teachers Consortium (ITTO) in Guadalajara, Mexico.