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
Sacred Mosaics in Washington
All-Day Tour
From great cathedrals to monastery grounds, sacred sites throughout Washington, D.C., provide the setting for beautiful religious mosaic works in a wide range of styles. Mosaic artist and educator Bonnie Fitzgerald leads a tour that covers the city and mosaic art representing nearly 125 years of creation. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 8:30 AM
Sacred Signs: The Interwoven Symbolism of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
4-Session Evening Course
Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have shared origins and symbolism, and even adopted symbols and visual ideas from the pagan art that preceded them. Ori Soltes of Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization explores how the three Abrahamic faiths transformed or reinterpreted the meanings of common symbols to express their particularized sense of God. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Exploring Islam: Myths and Realities
In a thought-provoking program, explore the faith of Muslims from different perspectives with an Islamic scholar Salih Sayilgan.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 9:30 AM
Theodor Herzl: The Founder of Modern Zionism
As an assimilated Viennese Jew who was not particularly religious and didn’t speak Hebrew, Theodor Herzl was a most unlikely candidate to spearhead the movement to create an independent Jewish homeland. Ralph Nurnberger, professor of international relations at Georgetown University, shares how—against the odds—this determined playwright, writer, and political activist became the founder of 20th century Zionism.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:45 PM