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World History Programs
The Last Blitzkrieg: The Battle of the Bulge and Allied Victory in Europe

In the bitter winter of 1944–45, more than a million participants faced off in the dense Ardennes forests over six weeks in a battle that severely depleted Nazi Germany’s forces—and opened the way for Allied victory in Europe. Author and retired military archivist Timothy Mulligan surveys the defining features and the aftermath of the Battle of the Bulge.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Trojan War: The Epic in Art

With its timeless mythic themes of beauty, heroic courage, and sacrifice, the story of the Trojan War has long been retold and interpreted by writers and artists. Art historian Renee Gondek examines the legend’s power through works it inspired, weaving together ancient literary sources and a variety of visual depictions that span the centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Stalingrad: Turning Point of World War II in Europe

Author and retired military archivist Timothy Mulligan examines the history, leaders, political framework, and devastating human cost of the month’s-long battle that dwarfed the 1944–45 Allied campaign in Western Europe both in it numbers and ferocity. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on ancient Chinese philosophers.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Blueprints of Empire: Ancient Rome and America

Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes, and historian and classicist John Prevas examine the connection between the final stages of the Roman Empire and the United States as a contemporary world power. Though an analysis of political and moral leadership, they compare these two versions of empire, their similarities and differences, and speculate on what that link holds for America’s future.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Pick Your Poison, Royal Style

For centuries, Europe’s royals were frightened there might be poison in their pie, so servants were forced to lick the royal family’s spoons. Perilous potions and royal schemes are the subject of historian Eleanor Herman’s entertaining discussion about the eras when mercury ointment, dead birds, and arsenic and quicksilver were part of many a royal’s first-aid kit.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Flying Aces of WWI

Early in the last century, a group of young men from several nations took to the sky to do battle in World War I. They went on to achieve a status similar to modern-day rock stars. Learn about the exploits of these daring flying aces—many of whom didn’t survive the war.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Caught in the Act!

The best operatives never get caught—but some spies and insurgents get stopped in their tracks. Learn about notable arrests, captures, and expulsions from the 1960s through today from experts familiar with the maneuvers behind each successful catch.

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Wednesday, September 26 to October 17, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Richard III: The Search for the “Real” King

Richard III is one of the most famous—and possibly the most infamous—of all British monarchs. For more than 500 years, his true nature has been debated. Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger explores the various attempts to portray Richard III over the centuries, from the villain of Shakespeare to the hero of his followers.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on ancient China.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
White Canvas Over Blue Water: 500 Years of Sailing Adventure

Join transportation expert Scott Hercik in an immersive exploration into great sailing vessels, from those of the earliest explorers to today’s high-tech and high-performance speedsters. Highlights include the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia, the Watermen’s Museum in historic Yorktown, and a 2-hour schooner sailing adventure. 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Chocolate! Cioccolato! Schokolade! Chocolat!

Chocolate has quite a history—and it’s delicious. Join food historian Francine Segan as she explores its evolution from ancient grainy bitter brew to the smooth and luscious treat we love today. And stay for a tasting of imported Italian chocolates paired with selected French red wine.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on modern Chinese history.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
China and Japan: A History of Empires

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts in an informative lecture series. This session focuses on the Japanese Empire.

Date
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.