Courses
American Novels of the ’20s

If you love discovering (or re-discovering) a book and sharing it with a friend, here’s a chance to do both by reading and discussing some iconic works of 1920s American literature. This session features Jessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun.

Date
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Why Does That Belong in a Museum?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Introduction to American Art
2-Session Course

In a two-session course, art historian Bonita Billman introduces major artists and movements in American painting from the late 18th century to the present, revealing the connections between historical changes and artistic choices. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, January 5, 2018 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Immigrant Experience in Literature
4-Session Evening Course

Fiction is ideally suited to capture the immigrant experience at its human core. Join Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University in an examination of four compelling novels that tell the stories of women and men creating new lives in America—and coming to terms with the lives they left behind.

Date
Monday, January 8, February 5, March 5, and April 9, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World
6-Session Evening Course

Food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink: Bologna, Buenos Aires, London, Lyon, Tokyo, and San Francisco. A reception featuring specialties from each location follows the final program in the series.

Date
Tuesday, January 16, February 13, March 6, April 10, May 8, and June 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Bologna

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Bologna.

Date
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Celebrating Brahms: The Man, His Music, and His Legacy
6-Session Daytime Course

Saul Lilienstein examines Brahms’ enduring influence and the breadth of his extraordinary output—from symphonies, concertos, and overtures to chamber music, songs, and choral music—in a series of programs highlighted by musical and DVD recordings.

Date
Tuesday, January 30 to March 6, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Who Enabled Indiana Jones?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Interception: How Info and Secrets Get Stolen
4-Session Daytime Course

In an absorbing series, intelligence experts and historians explore how secrets are safeguarded and stolen. They cover collection operations and counter tactics from the Cold War to today, ranging from organized campaigns by one country against another, to systems turned again citizens, and even to solo 21st-century hackers with an agenda.   

Date
Wednesday, February 7 to 28, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Impressionism Beyond France
4-Session Evening Course

Impressionism was a movement of wide reach, influencing artists in other countries who created their own national variations on the style. David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, examines impressionism as a major influence on the world's visual culture. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, February 7 to 28, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Buenos Aires

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Buenos Aires.

Date
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House architecture.

Date
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Russian Art: From Icons to the Avant-Garde
2-Session Course

In this two-part seminar, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine brings the culture of this vast country to life as she highlights some of the major art developments in Russia over the course if its history, with particular focus on the turbulent years of the early 20th century. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Who Confronted Indiana Jones?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: London

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of London.

Date
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Art and Kingship in Southeast Asia
5-Session Daytime Course

Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism, with a focus on the royal arts of the great civilizations that arose in the region. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Date
Wednesday, March 7 to April 4, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Feel Like an American: How the History of Emotions Reveals National Character
4-Session Daytime Course

The history of emotions is a relatively new area of study that offers a valuable tool to examine social developments and cultural trends. Historian Peter Stearns of George Mason University highlights some of the field’s core ideas as he looks at 250 years of American history through the lenses of happiness, love, shame and guilt, and anger and fear.

Date
Thursday, March 8 to 29, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House art.

Date
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Did Hollywood Get It Right?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Lyon

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Lyon.

Date
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House gardens.

Date
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: Tokyo

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of Tokyo.

Date
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Most Famous Address in Washington: Perspectives on White House History

In this 4-session lecture series, noted specialists explore architecture, music, gardens, and art at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue—a place where every decision, no matter how innocuous, has political ramifications. Participants receive a copy of each speaker’s corresponding large-format book published by the White House Historical Association. This session focuses on White House music.

Date
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Great Food Cities of the World: San Francisco

Part of a 6-session course, food expert and passionate culinary historian Fred Plotkin offers a gastronome’s dream tour of six global centers of food and drink. This session focuses on the city of San Francisco and also includes a reception featuring specialties from all six cities featured in the course.

Date
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.