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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Marcus Jones, history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, tells the story of the ambitious Allied offensive in which nearly 26,000 lives were lost, but that turned the tide against Japan in the South Pacific.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Anatolia’s ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces are witnesses to a colorful history. Serif Yenen, a Turkish tour guide, guidebook author, and filmmaker, leads a cultural journey that spans the centuries.

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Since no written Etruscan literature, history, or philosophy survives, what we know about this enigmatic ancient civilization comes from its art. Art historian Renee Gondek traces the clues to a lost world found in its stunning visual achievements. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The description swashbuckler seems tailor-made for this Victorian-era explorer, whose expeditions to the African continent opened up not only new geographic realms, but cultural inquiries into religion, race, and sexuality. His biographer Dane Kennedy introduces the colorful—and sometimes controversial—adventurer. Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them series.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Historian, prescient political analyst, and insightful proto-anthropologist, Herodotus chronicled a vivid depiction of ancient civilization. Classicist Frederick Winter examines Herodotus’ writings and what they reveal about the man and his world.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Authors William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh explore the decades of secret back-door diplomacy that preceded the most recent official steps in changing the chilly and suspicious relationship between the United States and Cuba.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Scholar George Scheper surveys Oaxaca’s rich cultural history over the centuries, from the domestication of maize corn more than 10,000 years ago to the emergence of Oaxaca as a contemporary arts center today.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

What insights into current domestic and international issues can the histories of great powers offer us? Marcus Jones, professor of history at the United States Naval Academy, discusses the concept of grand strategies in eras that span ancient Rome, the British Empire, and the Cold War.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

In 1925 British explorer Percy Fawcett launched his final—and fatal—expedition into the depths of the Amazon to find a legendary city of gold. Writer David Grann tells the tale of that doomed adventure, and of his own journey along the explorer’s path. Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them series.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Long before Edward Snowden, the revelation of government secrets ignited national controversies. Intelligence experts and historians explore the cases of five men who decided to take their information and run—and the public responses from vilification to admiration that these actions brought. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 6:45 PM

When Denmark’s Jewish population faced arrest and deportation in 1943, their fellow citizens provided an extraordinary rebuke to Hitler by smuggling almost all of them out of the country. Ralph Nurnberger of Georgetown University tells the story of this national act of courage.


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