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--How-to View Presentations with Images-- 1. Click on the “GET” Button. 2. This will download the file into your itunes playlist, which is accessible via the left hand navigation. 3. Locate the Pennsylvania State University folder and click on Moments of Change. This will display your downloaded file. 4. By double clicking or single clicking and pressing the play button (located in the upper left hand corner) the presentation will play. 5. The images will be displayed in the lower left hand corner. 6. By double clicking on the image, you can view the presentation images in a larger format. (There is no need to click on every image to view a larger version of it. The images are timed and will change according to the designated time within the presentation.) Moments of Change 2007-08: The Early 17th Century and the Roots of Modernity (ca. 1600-1625) Four-hundred years ago, in 1607, Shakespeare's Hamlet was performed for the first time outside of England on a British East India Company ship off the coast of Sierra Leone. Meanwhile, in Italy, Monteverdi's L'Orfeo received its premiere in Mantua, heralding the birth of opera. Five years later, in 1612, Artemisia Gentileschi unveiled her painting of Judith Slaying Holofernes to astounded gasps at the realism of her work and the violence of her subject. This period also teemed with scientific breakthroughs, including Galileo's first use of the telescope, Kepler's new understanding of the cosmos and planetary action, and Bacon's theorizing of empiricism, all of which laid the foundations for our modern scientific and technological world. At the same time, accomplishments in other parts of the world crowned a long process of development. For example, architect Mehmed Agha's design of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, constructed between 1609 and 1617) marked the culmination of more than 200 years of the classical period of Mosque development. Geographical and political maps would also be changed forever, as the shores of Virginia received its first English settlers (1607), the French colonized Quebec (1608), and Pilgrims and Wampanoags celebrated the "first Thanksgiving" in Plymouth (1621).