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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)
Caught in the Act!

The best operatives never get caught—but some spies and insurgents get stopped in their tracks. Learn about notable arrests, captures, and expulsions from the 1960s through today from experts familiar with the maneuvers behind each successful catch.

Wednesday, September 26 to October 17, 2018 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Verdi and the Transformation of Bel Canto Opera

Drawing on audio and video recordings, opera expert Saul Lilienstein demonstrates how the bel canto style evolved under the restless musical imagination of Giuseppe Verdi.

Tuesday, October 9 to November 13, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Understanding Contemporary Art: From Pop to Pluralism

From soup cans to photo-realism, abstraction, super-realism, and more, this richly illustrated seminar explores the roots and later influences of radical American art from the last five decades. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 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.
Literature of the South: Defining a Genre

What do novelists like William Faulkner and Eudora Welty have in common that defines them by the honorific “Southern writer”? Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English Department at Georgetown University, leads spirited lectures and informal discussions about four authors—William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, John Kennedy Toole, and Ernest Gaines—whose works uniquely define what it means to write about the South.

Monday, October 15, November 19, December 17, 2018 and January 14, 2019 – 6:45 p.m.
The Future of U.S.-Russia Relations

For decades following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. and Russia established a mostly amicable relationship in order to avoid further conflict. Today, this relationship is beset by challenges. Explore the current tensions between the two key world powers, and where the relationship may be headed.

Wednesday, October 17 to 31, 2018 – 6:00 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)