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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.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Zulya Rajabova, a Silk Road educator and travel expert, serves as guide for an evening focused on the history and culture of several Central Asian nations that grew along the fabled thoroughfare.

Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Humanities scholar George Scheper shows how interdisciplinary study of the Maya extends beyond traditional archaeological studies to comprise political and social history, art, comparative religion, and ecology.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As voices of all kinds were being silenced in 1930s Germany, Max Beckmann, Felix Nussbaum, and John Heartfield raised a powerful outcry—through their art. Erich Keel, former head of education at the Kreeger Museum, examines their heroic efforts, as well as art’s role as witness to history during Hitler’s regime. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6:45 PM

How did the Polynesian voyagers of a thousand years ago cover vast ocean distances without instruments or charts? Anthropologist Sanford Low found the answers by filming the journey of a modern navigator who circled the globe guided only by waves, wind, and stars.  

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Perhaps the greatest mystery in the history of Arctic exploration is the fate of British explorer Henry Hudson. In June 1611, mutinous crew members cast him adrift in the waters of what is known today as Hudson Bay. He was never heard from again. Author and Arctic explorer Lawrence Millman shares stories that may shed new light on the explorer’s disappearance. Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them series.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The story of ancient Rome—its citizens and politics, its cruelty and conquests—continues to resonate today. Acclaimed classicist Mary Beard provides an extraordinary new look at Roman history in her new book, S.P.Q.R.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Historian George Munro looks how the presidencies of Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin defined the political culture of post-Soviet Russia and shaped the country’s changing role on the world’s stage.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Bill Keene explores the social, cultural, and economic history of the country house, tracing the rise, fall, and legacy of these fabled residences. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Join Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger on a fascinating exploration of Queen Elizabeth I’s England. Although the country appeared to be experiencing a golden age, from New World exploration and growing naval power to less religious and political strife and a cultural flowering, there were signs of renewed trouble at home and abroad.

 

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