Hot Pots, Museum Raids, and the Race To Uncover Asia’s Archaeological Past
The chance discovery 50 years ago of beautiful Bronze Age artifacts in the Thai village of Ban Chiang, led to a new understanding of an ancient Asian culture. It also led to one of the largest antiquities-trafficking cases ever investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. In this evening program, discover an exciting detective story that also reveals the harm caused by archaeological looting.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:45 PM
South Africa: Empire, War, and Sovereignty
Queen Victoria’s military adventures in Africa demonstrate both the global reach of the mighty British Empire in the 19th century and the dangers of overreach. Historian Benedict Carton explores three pivotal conflicts that profoundly shaped South Africa and its legacy of empire.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:00 PM
The Bronze Age: Civilization and Collapse
4-Session Daytime Course
After the cultural and technological evolution of the Late Bronze Age, the civilized and cosmopolitan world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic end—and its effects would echo for centuries. Eric Cline, a professor of classics and anthropology at George Washington University, surveys a dramatic period of achievement, upheaval, and collapse.
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 12:00 PM
The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest of England
Much has been written about the Norman Conquest of 1066, but nothing begins to compare with the telling of the story on the Bayeux Tapestry. Richard Abels discusses the fascinating history of this time and this special tapestry. 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Holy Land in the Time of Herod
In the Gospel, King Herod the Great is associated with the Massacre of the Innocents. The truth of that event is open to scholarly debate, but there’s little doubt that Herod was the single greatest builder in the history of the Holy Land. Archaeologist Jodi Magness explores some of the major archaeological sites dating to Herod’s reign.  
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:30 AM
How the Britons Became the English, the Welsh, and the Scottish: Creating a United Kingdom
How did the island of Britain come to comprise three distinctive ethnic identities—English, Welsh, and Scottish—and what does it mean to be British? Historian Jennifer Paxton traces the emergence of Britain’s diverse ethnic landscape and considers the future of the United Kingdom in a time filled with many uncertainties.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Russia’s Place in the World
As Russia transformed itself from a formal empire into the Soviet Union, and most recently, into the Russian Federation, it has been a power to be reckoned with. Historian George Munro examines four key periods of Russian history, each spanning about a half century of Russia’s history, concluding with a consideration of Russia’s ambitions in the post-Cold War world. 
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Prisoners of War
Just as war and the rules of engagement have changed dramatically over the years, so has the treatment of one of their inevitable results, prisoners of war. Evan J. Wallach, an expert on war crimes and the law of war, investigates the history of POWs and their status in current conflicts.
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After
Eleanor Roosevelt redefined the role of first lady, creating a public presence that made her both a supporter and surrogate for her husband, as well as an advocate for her own social issues. Biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook examines how her experiences in the wartime White House and FDR’s death shaped Roosevelt’s emergence as a moral force in a turbulent world.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Cracking the Runic Code: The Alphabet of Mystery
The Runic alphabet has long held its secrets chiseled on stone. Henrik Williams, a professor and chair in the department of Scandinavian languages at Uppsala University, shares the stories behind this still-mysterious code, providing glimpses of the Viking culture as it was nearly 2,000 years ago.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Civilizations of the Andes: A Cultural Exploration
In a day-long seminar, survey the pre-Columbian civilizations that created the earliest cities of the Western hemisphere, stupendous monumental architecture, magnificently crafted artifacts, and one of the most extensive empires the world has known, the Inca. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Temples, Monuments, and Tombs: Exploring Egypt’s Ancient Treasures
Egyptologist Bob Brier examines Egypt's spectacular historic sites from the Giza Plateau to the Philae Temple—some of which still hold their secrets after thousands of years. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 9:30 AM
Spies Among Us: Codebreaking, Espionage, and Counterintelligence in Arlington
Arlington, that across-the-Potomac center of booming neighborhoods, restaurants galore, and enviable real estate, has long held a secret distinction: It’s a hotbed of spies. Rendezvous with David Robarge, the CIA’s chief historian, as he exposes the dark side of suburban Virginia.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 6:45 PM