Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Transylvania in History, Folklore, and Popular Culture


Price for Members: $0
Price for Non-Members: $10
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26th 2:00-3:30pm
Instructor: Dr. Glynn Custred
Location: In-Person Concord Campus 

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Course Description

Students will hear about Transylvania and its place in history on a gateway from East to West, and see how familiar legends such as the Pied Piper and the vampire have come to be related to the country. In this way they will have a better appreciation of the stories and films we know, and how beliefs, images and labels can become attached to places through folklore and popular culture. Transylvania is a polyethnic and multilingual region in the Carpathian Mountains of Southeastern Europe, with a long history and many superstitions, customs and legends, some of which have come down to us in the form of popular culture. We examine here how literature and films have shaped our perception of that otherwise little known country. (IN-PERSON)



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Glynn Custred, Ph.D., professor emeritus of anthropology, CSUEB

Event Details

Date: 2022-10-26

Start time: 02:00 p.m.

End time: 03:30 p.m.

Venue: Concord Campus


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