World History Programs
Savonarola: The Moral Dictator of Florence

How could a lowly Florentine preacher almost singlehandedly overthrow the mighty Medici family at the height of the Renaissance? Historian Janna Bianchini traces how the fiery Girolamo Savonarola upended the civic and cultural norms of a great city and installed himself as the head of a ruthless, ruling theocracy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Did Hollywood Get It Right?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Juedischer Kulturbund: Keeping the Arts Alive in Nazi Germany

Though under severe Nazi government restrictions, in the 1930s, many Jewish artists expelled from German institutions found an outlet to reach Jewish audiences through the Kulturbund, the Culture League of German Jews. Historian Michael Brennner examines the Kulturbund’s achievements and the opportunities and dilemmas it brought for a persecuted minority under an authoritarian regime.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Henry Stuart: The Best King England Never Had

Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales—once the great hope of early 17th-century Britain, educated to rule—died at the age of 18 and became all but forgotten. His biographer Sarah Fraser traces the political and religious turmoil that followed his death, and what was behind the suppression of his memory.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Artistic Legacy of Byzantium

The interplay of imperial ambitions, luxury, and faith are reflected in the sumptuous art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire under Christian rule. Art historian Lawrence Butler explores Byzantium’s greatest contributions to world art and considers its legacy in today’s Orthodox Christian world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
African Art and the Struggle for Independence

The story of African liberation in the mid-20th century is as much about painters and sculptors as it is about politicians and soldiers. Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the critical role that artists played in mobilizing populations, organizing international support, and developing national pride and identity. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The History of Judaism

How has Judaism preserved its distinctive identity over the course of more than three millennia? Learn how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other, in this fascinating overview of one of the world’s oldest religions.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Exploring Egypt at the Met
All-Day Tour

Gary Rendsburg, a professor of biblical studies at Rutgers University, guides participants through the Met’s Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art, interpreting how the artifacts on display reflect the creativity and significance of art in this civilization, as well how Egyptian art, literature, religion, and culture illuminate many of the best-known stories in the Bible. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Mapping the Middle East

Ralph Nurnberger, a former professor of international relations at Georgetown University, reviews how shifting national boundaries within the Arab-Israeli world have reflected—and directly influenced—the region’s political and cultural histories.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Reigns of Queens: Women Who Independently Ruled Britannia

For most of English history, the possibility of a successful queen at the head of government was unthinkable. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger surveys the women who shattered that royal glass ceiling to inherit the crown of Great Britain in their own right—a procession of monarchs that extends from the 12th century to today.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.