World History Programs
The Double Lives of Jack Barsky: The Spy Next Door

Forged identities, a smokescreen suburban life, and wives and children on two continents were all elements of Jack Barsky’s career as a KGB operative in America. Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum interviews Barsky about his immersion in espionage, juggling allegiances, and assembling a new life after decades as spy.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The American Civil War and the World

Far from being a domestic conflict, the Civil War was closely watched by other countries. Paul Quigley, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, explores international perspectives on the war, ranging from ideological affinities to economic calculations to strategic considerations.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Rise of the Airplane: From the Wright Brothers to Lindbergh

Aviation expert Paul Glenshaw explores the scientific, cultural, and social contexts for the invention and development of the airplane and how a critical period early in the last century launched the wild ride we’ve been on ever since.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Traveling on the Danube: River of History

Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Thomas Becket: A Martyr for All Seasons

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores how the Archbishop of Canterbury fell afoul of his king for both personal and political reasons, and why his violent death turned him into the most important saint in Europe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”: The Life and Times of an Explorer in Africa

Russell Gammon, one of Africa’s leading wilderness guides, narrates the remarkable and dramatic life story of a man born in a Glasgow slum who opened a new era of African exploration—and, ultimately, a new expansion of the British Empire.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
A Question of Provenance: Holocaust-era Art, Research, and Restitution

Five international art historians who headed the research task force for a trove of potentially looted art discovered in 2012 unfold fascinating stories of the lives of Jewish collectors, German art dealers, and the art-world web that connected them. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Great River Expeditions

The mystery and adventurous allure of distant rivers held a fascination for American explorers of the 19th and early-20th centuries. Author and maritime historian Andy Jampoler recounts true stories of voyages of discovery along the Congo and Amazon and to the Dead Sea.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Art-Treasure Island: Malta’s Storied History

For the Mediterranean island of Malta, there was no escaping the turbulent influences of ancient cultures. Joseph Paul Cassar, an art historian and native of Malta, offers a highlighted look at its fascinating history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The WWI Navy: Second to None

For the U.S. Navy, World War I was the first significant test of its global prowess. Historian James C. Rentfrow, a faculty member at the U.S. Naval Academy, examines the growing role of the Navy in peace and war during early decades of the 20th century.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.