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All upcoming World History programs

All upcoming World History programs

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June 24, 2024

A remarkable 175-year-long story of survival, ambition, and political intrigue connects two rival Jewish families­—the Sassoons and the Kadoories—who dominated the world of Chinese business and politics. Author Jonathan Kaufman examines how their members helped transform China during pivotal years of growth, responded to revolutions that changed the future, and why they reluctantly had to leave it all behind with the advent of communism.


June 26, 2024

Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, was a hot-headed, anti-social outlaw and murderer who despite a short lifespan created a sensation with a bold, naturalistic style of painting that evoked intense drama and emotion. Author Ross King explores the life and times of this complicated man and puts his innovative paintings and notorious lifestyle into the context of the turbulent first decade of the 17th century in Rome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Session 4 of 4
June 27, 2024

From the vibrant paintings found in Stone Age caves to the abstract sculptures produced during the continent’s colonial period, the arts of Africa have been shaped by unique creative insight as well as by specific political, social, religious, and economic forces. In a four-part series, art historian Kevin Tervala explores these vibrant artistic expressions through an examination of the continent’s historical trajectory. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


July 2, 2024

Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Essdras M Suarez leads a visual tour of two of Cuba's most captivating cities: Havana and Trinidad. Suarez's street photos document Havana's rich history and resilient spirit, while his shots of Trinidad evoke its charm through cobblestone lanes and pastel adobes. In photographs that reveal the cultural tapestry of Havana and the timeless allure of Trinidad, Suarez captures the deep connection between their inhabitants and their environments.


Session 1 of 4
July 9, 2024

Our modern world echoes and even replicates the creative vestiges of the past—and the key to understanding our surroundings is through an overview of ancient material culture. Focusing on the Mediterranean region, art historian Renee Gondek offers a survey of the earliest traces of artistic production from the Paleolithic period through the late Bronze Age. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)


July 9, 2024

Lecturer Paul Glenshaw looks at great works of art in their historical context by delving into the time of the artist, exploring the present they inhabited, and what shaped their vision and creations. Together with Revolutionary War scholar Iris de Rode he examines The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, covering the story of the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781 and the fascinating process of the creation of the epic work by Trumbull. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


July 11, 2024

The term “Art Deco” did not exist until the 1960s. Prior to that, the geometric, bold, machine-focused style now collectively packaged within that genre was known by many names, representing a variety of regional versions of Modernism. Drawing from the recent exhibition “Art Deco: Commercializing the Avant-Garde,” Angelina Lippert, chief curator at Poster House in New York City, offers a lively chronicle of the rise and fall of what would come to be known as Art Deco. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


July 14, 2024
In-Person
$200 - $250

Travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond with historian Justin M. Jacobs for an awe-inspiring look at Japan’s exquisitely crafted samurai armor from one of the largest collections in the world. More than 140 works from the collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller offer a glimpse of samurai history with a focus on the flourishing culture of the Edo period. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


July 14, 2024

As the threat of World War I loomed over them in the opening decades of the 20th century, German artists turned to raw and uncompromising art that reflected their interpretations of a tumultuous world. David Gariff of the National Gallery of Art explores the vital role that German and Austrian Expressionism played in a period of volatile contradictions—providing a fertile ground for the emergence of the new visual language of artists including Max Beckmann, Gustav Klimt, Wassily Kandinsky, and Egon Schiele. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)


Session 2 of 4
July 16, 2024

Our modern world echoes and even replicates the creative vestiges of the past—and the key to understanding our surroundings is through an overview of ancient material culture. Focusing on the Mediterranean region, art historian Renee Gondek offers a survey of the earliest traces of artistic production from the Paleolithic period through the late Bronze Age. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)