World History Programs
D-Day: Success Against the Odds

Christopher Hamner, an associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, explores the experiences of the rank-and-file GIs on D-Day as they endured the chaos and terror of what was, for many, their first experience under fire.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Art, Power, and Pleasure in Italy’s Renaissance Courts

Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman explores Italy’s four northern Renaissance court cities—Ferrara, Urbino, Mantua, and Milan—where artists as famous as Da Vinci and Mantegna, and patrons as notorious as the fearsome Federico da Montefeltro and the elegant Isabella d’Este lived and worked. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
African Art and the Slave Trade

Art historian Kevin Tervala discusses the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, with a focus on how African artists—and the societies that they were a part of—reacted to the sudden and brutal disruption and transformation of the world’s second-largest continent. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Mary, Queen of Scots: Villain or Victim?

On Feb. 8, 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots was executed for treason on the orders of her English cousin, Elizabeth I. It was a tragic end to a turbulent life. Historian Jennifer Paxton explores Mary’s life for an answer to one of history’s enduring questions: Was the queen a martyr or a failed conspirator? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Athens and the Roots of Democracy

Kelcy Sagstetter, assistant professor of history at the United States Naval Academy, explores the fascinating origins of Western democracy and their link to its current iterations.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Amsterdam in the 17th Century: From Tulip Mania to the New World

Explore the many facets of Amsterdam, which in the 17th century transformed itself into a thriving center for great artists, scientists, writers, and scholars, as well as a hub of banking and finance and religious tolerance.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Moscow’s Haunted House of Government

In conversation with Peter Baker, White House correspondent for the New York Times and former Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, historian Yuri Slezkine discusses the lives of the Bolshevik true believers who lived in the House of Government, from their conversion to Communism to their children’s loss of political faith and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.
Great Escapes: How Spies, Hostages, and Assets Survive and Get Out Alive
4-Session Daytime Course

Escape-room challenges are popular among fans of spy thrillers, but what if your life actually depended on the result? Be regaled by experts familiar with life-or-death operations conducted in such places as Iran and Moscow in this series exploring memorable escapes, rescues, and evasions from the 1970s through today.

Wednesday, September 27 to October 18, 2017 – 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.