World History Programs
“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.
The Arts and WWI: Creation, Destruction, and Revolution

The crucible of destruction and death that was World War I also forged some of the most innovative and significant creative works of the early 20th century. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine surveys the artists and writers whose wartime experiences provided the genesis for bold—and often, highly personal—experiments in form and expression. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Britain in WWII: Europe’s Last Hope Island

When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, London became a refuge for government leaders and armed forces from six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. Author Lynne Olson, in an interview with historian Evan Thomas, discusses those perilous days when Europeans joined forces to fight their common enemy and restore order to a broken continent.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The Rise of Genghis Khan: Forging the Mongol World Empire

Historian Michael Chang of George Mason University examines the path that transformed an ambitious warrior named Temujiin into Genghis Khan, a forward-thinking, politically savvy ruler of a the largest contiguous land empire in history.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Drinking the Past: Re-creating Ancient Brews

This evening, archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern leads a sensory journey back in time as he recalls adventures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Peru and Mexico, and other locales, in search of “liquid time capsules.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Elegant, Intimate Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city is fast becoming a not-so-hidden jewel among European destinations. Spend an evening discovering the charms of this great old city.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.