Alessandro de’ Medici, the Black Prince of Florence
Drawing on her new book, The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici, historian Catherine Fletcher presents the story of a man and a family that is a never-ending source of fascination.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM
The Imperial Splendor of Ottoman Arts
Art historian Lawrence Butler introduces major figures, styles, and monuments of the Ottoman Empire, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean for 600 years, dazzling and terrifying the nations in its wake, and creating one of the most brilliant traditions of Islamic art under imperial patronage. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:30 AM
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