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World History Programs
Exploring Egypt at the Met
All-Day Tour

Gary Rendsburg, a professor of biblical studies at Rutgers University, guides participants through the Met’s Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art, interpreting how the artifacts on display reflect the creativity and significance of art in this civilization, as well how Egyptian art, literature, religion, and culture illuminate many of the best-known stories in the Bible. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Mapping the Middle East

Ralph Nurnberger, a former professor of international relations at Georgetown University, reviews how shifting national boundaries within the Arab-Israeli world have reflected—and directly influenced—the region’s political and cultural histories.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Reigns of Queens: Women Who Independently Ruled Britannia

For most of English history, the possibility of a successful queen at the head of government was unthinkable. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger surveys the women who shattered that royal glass ceiling to inherit the crown of Great Britain in their own right—a procession of monarchs that extends from the 12th century to today.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The European Civil War: 1900–1945

How would our understanding of European history change if the tumultuous events of the first half of the 20th century were considered a single, continent-wide civil war interrupted by a 20-year truce? Historian Kevin Matthews examines that perspective as a means of tracing the building blocks of the European Union and the struggle for domination between the Soviet Union and the United States in post-WWII Europe.

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Lost Texts Revealed: Ancient Manuscripts Meet High-Tech Imaging

Palimpsests—text and drawings on parchment that had been scraped off and overwritten—can hold secrets of the original writing beneath their surfaces for centuries. Michael B. Toth discusses how the international teams of researchers he leads use advanced imagining technologies to reclaim and share precious texts once thought lost forever.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
U.S.–China Relations: Looking Ahead

A panel moderated by Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, examines a relationship between nations that has transitioned from an era of engagement to one of mutual suspicion and testing as they vie to shape global practices to suit contrasting social and political systems.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Istanbul Unveiled

It is a city of mystery, a city of wonders, and a city whose history is unlike any other. Let Serif Yenen, a travel specialist, be your guide as he highlights some iconic places to visit as well as those waiting to be discovered in this storied city.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Exploring Anatolia: A Turkish Odyssey

Anatolia’s colorful history has left a windfall of riches—ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces. Serif Yenen, a Turkish travel specialist and author, examines some of these cultural gems. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Habsburg Legacy

The world is still dealing with the troublesome remains of the Habsburgs’ 400-year-old empire, whose abrupt removal from the heart of Europe drove many of the catastrophes of the 20th century. Historian Charles Ingrao examines the challenges that have been met and those that still confront us in coming to terms with that legacy. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Germany’s Path From Despotism to Democracy

Historian Charles Ingrao traces the influences and leaders that shaped Germany’s governmental evolution from the 18th century, in which authoritarianism co-existed with Enlightenment-era values, through the dictatorships and totalitarianism that gave way to today’s model democracy.

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.