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Lectures - Streaming
June 5, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

At the end of 1177 B.C., many of the Late Bronze Age civilizations of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean lay in ruins, undone by invasion, revolt, natural disasters, famine, and the demise of international trade. The so-called First Dark Age had begun. Classicist and anthropologist Eric Cline, author of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, surveys this dramatic period and how the downfall of powerful civilizations created new circumstances, innovations, and opportunities to which people and societies had to adapt.

Lectures - Streaming
June 11, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Walter Raleigh called Henry VIII a “merciless prince.” He was a “disgrace to human nature and a blot of blood and grease upon the history of England” according to Charles Dickens, and clergyman Edward Lewis declared him “a sincere Christian and a patriot king.” Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger examines why the real Henry VIII was all these men, a complex king who fascinates us more than 450 years after his tumultuous reign.

Lectures - Streaming
May 28, 2024 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

As twilight settled in the ancient world, a host of activities began, some of which were significantly different from what was done during the day. Paleolithic archaeologist April Nowell reveals the people who worked the night shift in ancient societies: the hunters, sewage workers, poets, ironsmiths, rebellion leaders, and others. Drawing on archaeological data and textual evidence, she argues that night in the ancient world was anything but sleepy.

Lectures - Streaming
June 6, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Famous since the late 1920s, a century later Georgia O’Keeffe remains an icon of American art. Art historian Bonita Billman traces O’Keeffe’s life and artistic career from her upbringing in rural Wisconsin to her association with New York City’s avant-garde circle of the ’20s to her years in New Mexico, where the desert opened a new range of subject matter for her work. She also looks at the influences on O’Keeffe—including fellow artist Arthur Wesley Dow, who taught her the importance of “filling a space in a beautiful way,” and her husband, gallerist and photographer Alfred Stieglitz. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Lectures - Streaming
June 3, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

In the months leading up to D-Day, General Dwight D. Eisenhower projected optimism about the massive undertaking but was aware that failure was always a possibility. Author Michel Paradis examines how Eisenhower’s qualities as a leader shaped the strategic planning of Operation Overlord—which led to D-Day and the liberation of France—focusing on the six months preceding the mission when he grew from a widely respected general into one of the singular figures of American history.

Seminars - Streaming
June 15, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Vincent van Gogh spent 1886 to 1888 living in Paris with his brother Theo. Drawn into a social and artistic circle of like-minded rising painters that he called the Painters of the Petit Boulevard, van Gogh’s immersion in the world of the avant-garde helped him define his own style and technique. Art historian Bonita Billman explores why these years in Paris were among the most influential in van Gogh’s brief life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Courses - Streaming
June 6, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

From the vibrant paintings found in Stone Age caves to the abstract sculptures produced during the continent’s colonial period, the arts of Africa have been shaped by unique creative insight as well as by specific political, social, religious, and economic forces. In a four-part series, art historian Kevin Tervala explores these vibrant artistic expressions through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Lectures - Streaming
June 14, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Founded 50 years before the federal capital of Washington, D.C., Georgetown got its start as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River. Despite very modest beginnings, the area eventually came to have the most expensive and desirable property in the District. Carolyn Muraskin, founder of DC Design Tours, reveals the highlights and secrets of the city’s most exclusive neighborhood, home to palatial mansions, notable cemeteries, stately churches, and a world-class university.