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Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Step into the Grantham dining room with food historian Francine Segan as she offers a guide to the meals and manners of the British aristocracy of the early 20th century.

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

In a richly illustrated seminar, art historian Bonita Billman traces the hallmarks and features of Palladio’s enduring classical-inspired architecture, from the magnificent villas he created in Renaissance Italy to the country houses and mansions that were built in his spirit by great British architects in the era of the European Grand Tour.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the rising Arab Spring, Western pundits have hailed the triumph of democracy. But its promise has been tough to realize in many parts of the world. Learn why this is happening and what should be done to smooth democracy’s path, with historian Charles Ingrao.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Explore the history and legacy of the Venetian, Ottoman, and Habsburg empires as they imposed their own distinct version of social, economic, and political rule.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The age-old art of forgery continues today as fakes slip past the experts and wind up in prestigious galleries and museums the world over. Hear stories about some of history’s most prolific forgers and how their infamous “masterpieces” beguiled the art world.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piemonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session three of a six-session course.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, examines the tragic final crossing of the Lusitania, the disaster that steered America on the road to World War I.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session three of a six-session course.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 6:45 PM

In this evening seminar, learn the fascinating story of Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s first president, who changed the face of the Ottoman Empire following World War I. Relying on a theme of governance by science and reason rather than by dogma and religion, he dragged a predominately illiterate and lethargic society into the 20th century.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Author Susan Butler tells the story of how the leaders of the capitalist and Communist worlds joined forces to defeat Hitler, and illuminates the unlikely but real alliance the two men forged.

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Scandinavian language professor Henrik Williams sheds light on early Runic inscriptions, providing glimpses of the Viking culture as it was nearly two thousand years ago.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Historian Jennifer Paxton traces the transformation of Magna Carta from a list of concessions granted by an unpopular medieval king into a blueprint for good government that influenced the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session four of a six-session course.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session four of a six-session course.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

A new documentary from the Smithsonian Channel looks at the maritime tragedy in which nearly 2,000 lives were lost and that set the United States on the path to enter World War I. Join British historian Diana Preston, whose book Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy provided material for the film, for a screening and a discussion of the Lusitania’s legacy.

Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Whether the joke is by Aristophanes or Woody Allen, we know when something tickles our funny bone. Television and film writer (and recovered stand-up comic) David Misch offers an appropriately irreverent history of comedy as he explores why it does.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session five of a six-session course.

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session five of a six-session course.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The mud of Novgorod preserved more than a thousand birchbark scrolls whose messages provide a vivid picture of the everyday lives led by the residents of this once-powerful center of ancient Rus. Harvard’s Michael F. Flier puts the people and their remarkable city into cultural and historical context.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Author and curator Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History looks at the rival expeditions led by a pair of “ideal antagonists” that resulted in grand heroism, bitter tragedy, and myths that have lingered for generations.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The systematic seizure of countless art treasures during WWII was an unprecedented attack on Europe’s cultural heritage. Ori Z. Soltes of Georgetown University explores its political background, execution, and postwar and contemporary implications. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Archaeologist Robert Stieglitz explores the history and cultural heritage of the civilization that brought urban life and literacy to the ancient western Mediterranean.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session six of a six-session course.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Opera expert Fred Plotkin takes you behind the curtains at the fabled houses of Milan, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, and New York, evoking the glamour and fascination that surround them, the cities that built them, and the legendary artists who performed on their stages. This is session six of a six-session course.

 

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