World History Programs
Lethal Action: Deadly Plots, Silenced Voices, and Epic Fails

Thrillers often feature deadly plots in which governments eliminate spies, operatives, dissidents, or enemies of the state. But when a questionable death occurs in real life, it can be hard to discover what really happened. Intelligence experts and historians explore the true stories of four real cases of successful, failed, or possible cases of targeted killing. This session spotlights Walter Krivitsky.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne: 47 Days to Victory

Over the course of a month and a half in 1918, poorly equipped and inexperienced American doughboys managed a feat that had stymied French and British forces for more than 3 years: defeating the German army. Historian Mitchell Yockelson recounts the story of the battle that brought WWI to a close.

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Henry VIII: The Man Behind the Crown

An egomaniacal monarch? A driven political and religious reformer? A notorious serial queen-maker? If any king suffered from a centuries-old image problem, it’s Henry VIII. Join scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger for an unvarnished and comprehensive look at the man whose bigger-than-life royal legend masks a complex man.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The World in the Early Modern Centuries: New Perspectives on History
4-Session Daytime Course

The centuries from 1450 to 1750, once handily summed up as the era of the rise of the West, are now receiving more globally focused attention from scholars. Historian Peter N. Stearns of George Mason University offers a wider view of the significant events in Europe, Russia, Asia, and the Americas in an era of unprecedented change.

Thursday, March 9 - 30, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Celtic World: Ancient and Modern

Does our contemporary fascination with all things Celtic truly reflect the complex history and heritage of these ancient peoples? Historian Jennifer Paxton traces how their legacy affects culture and politics in the nations and regions commonly known as the Celtic Fringe—as well as in the wider world.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Double Lives of Jack Barsky: The Spy Next Door

Forged identities, a smokescreen suburban life, and wives and children on two continents were all elements of Jack Barsky’s career as a KGB operative in America. Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum interviews Barsky about his immersion in espionage, juggling allegiances, and assembling a new life after decades as spy.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The American Civil War and the World

Far from being a domestic conflict, the Civil War was closely watched by other countries. Paul Quigley, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, explores international perspectives on the war, ranging from ideological affinities to economic calculations to strategic considerations.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The Rise of the Airplane: From the Wright Brothers to Lindbergh

Aviation expert Paul Glenshaw explores the scientific, cultural, and social contexts for the invention and development of the airplane and how a critical period early in the last century launched the wild ride we’ve been on ever since.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Traveling on the Danube: River of History

Over its storied history, the Danube River has played a critical role as the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, a highway for goods, the route of emperors and kings, and a vital source of water for 20 million people. Art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann travels through time to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along its shores. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Thomas Becket: A Martyr for All Seasons

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores how the Archbishop of Canterbury fell afoul of his king for both personal and political reasons, and why his violent death turned him into the most important saint in Europe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.