World History Programs
The Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Trials: History and Legacy

In 1945, the victors of World War II took the unprecedented step to hold the vanquished leaders of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan responsible for criminal acts of war, including torture and systematic murder.  In this riveting program, explore the history and legacy of these trials.

Date
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Wallis in Love: Andrew Morton on the Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor

Wallis Simpson—the infamous “woman I love” for whom Edward VIII abdicated his throne—continues to fascinate us. Historical biographer Andrew Morton draws on his new book to offer insights into the personality and motivations of a complex and controversial American who changed the course of the monarchy.

Date
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Terracotta Warriors in Richmond
All-Day Tour

Spend a fascinating day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts viewing the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China. It features 10 majestic terracotta figures, including a cavalry horse, among 130 works that tell the story of China’s birth and one man’s lasting imprint on a nation.

Date
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Who Confronted Indiana Jones?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Art Treasures of Berlin: Lost, Destroyed, Recovered

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine focuses on some of world’s most noted Old Master paintings and sculptures and their fates during and after World War II in a city that has once again become one of the top art destinations of Europe. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Savonarola: The Moral Dictator of Florence

How could a lowly Florentine preacher almost singlehandedly overthrow the mighty Medici family at the height of the Renaissance? Historian Janna Bianchini traces how the fiery Girolamo Savonarola upended the civic and cultural norms of a great city and installed himself as the head of a ruthless, ruling theocracy.

Date
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Indiana Jones, The Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration

Using swashbuckling Indiana Jones as both a movie hero and an archetype, Justin M. Jacobs of American University leads a fascinating expedition into real-life and Hollywood-style history that examines the controversies and contexts of archaeology and exploration. This session focuses on "Did Hollywood Get It Right?" Part of a 5-session lecture series.

Date
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Juedischer Kulturbund: Keeping the Arts Alive in Nazi Germany

Though under severe Nazi government restrictions, in the 1930s, many Jewish artists expelled from German institutions found an outlet to reach Jewish audiences through the Kulturbund, the Culture League of German Jews. Historian Michael Brennner examines the Kulturbund’s achievements and the opportunities and dilemmas it brought for a persecuted minority under an authoritarian regime.

Date
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Henry Stuart: The Best King England Never Had

Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales—once the great hope of early 17th-century Britain, educated to rule—died at the age of 18 and became all but forgotten. His biographer Sarah Fraser traces the political and religious turmoil that followed his death, and what was behind the suppression of his memory.

Date
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Artistic Legacy of Byzantium

The interplay of imperial ambitions, luxury, and faith are reflected in the sumptuous art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire under Christian rule. Art historian Lawrence Butler explores Byzantium’s greatest contributions to world art and considers its legacy in today’s Orthodox Christian world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
African Art and the Struggle for Independence

The story of African liberation in the mid-20th century is as much about painters and sculptors as it is about politicians and soldiers. Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the critical role that artists played in mobilizing populations, organizing international support, and developing national pride and identity. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The History of Judaism

How has Judaism preserved its distinctive identity over the course of more than three millennia? Learn how this great religion came to be, how it has evolved from one age to the next, and how various strains, sects, and traditions have related to each other, in this fascinating overview of one of the world’s oldest religions.

Date
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
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)

Date
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 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.

Date
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.