Algeria is an endlessly fascinating country with an ancient past. Join us as we explore the power, purpose and profession of the French Orientalists with Alex McKay, Associate Professor and former research fellow and lecturer in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) in examining the personal motives of great Orientalist painters such as Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Léon Gérôme. Dr Julian Droogan, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University will illustrate how this once lush and green province was the breadbasket for the Roman Empire. Today, its deserts and Mediterranean coast hold magnificent traces of Phoenician, Berber, Roman and Arab civilisation. Come and uncover the secrets of the Sahara.