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Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The unprecedented scale of World War I’s devastation and loss redefined the concept of “total war.” Marcus Jones, a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, explores the origins and the legacy of the most consequential conflict of the 20th century. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger looks the clash of the Yorks and Lancasters, exploring how family dysfunction played out on England’s national stage—and its history.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Author Ronald C. Rosbottom brings to life the grim and dangerous days of wartime Paris, evoking the detail of daily life in a city under military and civilian occupation and the brave people who fought against it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Written in berry juice on newspapers, the contents of the 1871 field diary on which legendary explorer David Livingstone recorded his observations on the African slave trade faded to near-invisibility in just a few years. A team of scholars, scientists, and spectral imaging experts have revealed his words again.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

As the current struggle between Ukraine and Russia demands our attention, there are some who worry we may be witnessing attempts to reconstitute the former Russian Empire. Historian George Munro provides insights into the people and events that led to the empire’s creation and a key to understanding the issues at play today.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Prized for their beauty, Oriental rugs have been woven in the Near East for more than 4,000 years—and coveted as objects of splendor for just as long. If you are considering purchasing one for your home, listen to antique rug experts Michael Seidman, Tom Xanakis, and Rick Seyford talk about the history of these objects and provide tips on what to look for (or look out for) when buying a rug.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:45 PM

It took Israel only six days in June 1967 to immobilize the airpower of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, but the legacy of that lightning war still shapes the seemingly intractable search for Mideast peace. Ralph Nurnberger, a professor of international relations at Georgetown University, uncovers the roots of the war and reveals little-known events leading up to it.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This fascinating seminar explores the tale of two cities during the Renaissance—Florence and Venice, rich, confident, magnificently beautiful, and powerhouses of creativity—and the artists they nurtured, including the contrasting geniuses of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

From antiquity to our own day, the Black Sea has bridged civilizations, continents, empires, religious traditions, and strategic interests. Journey into the past and present of this fascinating region, from Greek explorations to the glories of Ottoman Istanbul to the current issues in Ukraine.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Amy Leonard, associate professor in the department of history at Georgetown University, discusses the myths and realities of the Spanish Inquisition, from its inception in the 15th century as a heresy court to monitor the Moorish and Jewish converts to Christianity to its part in the “Black Legend” of Spanish imperial history.

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Genealogy expert John Colletta guides you in researching your own family’s history within the broad sweep of European migration to North America. He offers practical tips to deepen your investigation in the records of your ancestors’ native country.

Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The Battle of Hastings opened a bitter, centuries-long rivalry between France and England. Historian Mary Frances Giandrea traces the origins of the Norman invasion and the devastating impact of William the Conqueror’s victory.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger introduces seven powerful women who helped spin and shred the web of conspiracies that blanketed the English throne.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the cities of Dresden, Leipzig, Weimar, and East Berlin have emerged renewed, vigorous, and ready to make their mark once again on the world stage. Explore the history, culture, and sites of these cities in an illustrated seminar led by cultural and music historian Carol Reynolds.

 

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