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Introduction to Western Art: From Cartouches to Constantine

Our modern world echoes with the creative vestiges of the past. Art historian Renee Gondek leads an insightful survey of the paintings, sculptures, and architecture produced in ancient Egypt and the Greek and Roman worlds and their enduring influence on the art of the West. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Wednesday, September 5 to October 3, 2018 – 6:45 p.m. (no class Sept. 19)
Maryland: A Fertile State for Dinosaur Fossils

Ray Stanford, a self-taught fossil hunter, accidentally found the tracks of five dinosaur species in the parking lot of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. Stanford, who has tracked dinosaurs for 25 years, talks about the amazing diversity of fossils preserved within Maryland, from Ice-Age mammals to fossils hundreds of millions of years old.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Exploring the Arts of Latin America

From colossal Olmec heads to the paintings of Frida Kahlo, Aztec temples to Mexican murals, this survey of Latin American art sweeps through the centuries. Join art historian Michele Greet, who traces the significant creators and trends that defined and shaped the arts of Latin America from their earliest expressions through the 19th and 20th centuries. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Monday, October 15 to November 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Ancient Egypt's A-List: Power, Empire, and Propaganda

Egypt, one of the great superpowers of the ancient world, produced a culture and system of government that endured for more than 3,000 years. Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson draws from the most recent archaeological evidence to examine four of Egypt’s most influential rulers and the impact of their reigns.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Art of India: From the Indus Valley to Independence

The complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Robert DeCaroli of George Mason University highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Thursday, November 1 to 29, 2018 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 22)