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Seminars

Literary London: In the Footsteps of its Writers

London is a writer's city where poets, playwrights, and novelists have long found welcome and inspiration. A British social historian and an emeritus professor of English delve into the literary contributions and the distinctive London worlds of writers from Lord Byron to Virginia Woolf.

Date of event
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The Gilded Age

In the years after the Civil War, captains of industry and robber barons were the Gilded Age’s masters of the universe. Art historian Bonita Billman examines the influence of their wealth on the period’s extravagant art, architecture, and interior design, and also explores the dramatic chasm that opened between the haves and the have-nots. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Judaism in the Time of Jesus and Paul

In an absorbing day of illustrated lectures, archeologist Jodi Magness, an expert in early Judaism, examines a variety of aspects of Jewish belief in in Palestine and the Diaspora during the late Second Temple period (1st century B.C.–1st century A.D.).

Date of event
Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The Golden Age of Spanish Art

Over the 16th and 17th centuries, Spanish art flourished as it reflected the influences of Northern European and Italian artists and the complex forces of humanism and spirituality. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine provides an overview of the era and the enduring achievements of the artists who shaped its visual culture. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Ancient Egypt Through Its Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

The secret to understanding the daily life and culture of ancient Egypt under its great rulers and pharaohs is right before our eyes—in its art and architecture. Using evidence from recent archaeological discoveries, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson surveys the social and historical realities of this seminal civilization. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The World of the Crusades: Holy War and Jihad

Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the origins of the Crusades, the complex relations between crusaders and their opponents, and their legacy for the modern world.

Date of event
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Toni Morrison: A Portrait

Spend a day exploring the life and works of Nobel laureate, writer, and educator Toni Morrison with Michele L. Simms-Burton, founding board member of the Toni Morrison Society. She traces the creative and personal arc that spans Morrison’s formative years at Howard University to her status as an internationally acclaimed literary figure.

Date of event
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Henri Matisse: Master of Color and Line

Art historian Joseph Cassar offers an in-depth look at this revolutionary giant of 20th-century art whose prolific and varied body of work spans more than a half-century. (World Art History Certificate Program elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Religious Crises in the Western World: Triumphs and Traumas

Ori Z. Soltes, professor of Jewish civilization at Georgetown University, examines some of the key transitional moments in the religious history of the West spanning the nearly two millennia from the era of Roman paganism to the secularized shaping of modernity.

Date of event
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The Inca and Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, built by the Inca Empire around 1450, is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. Lecturer George L. Scheper looks through the lenses of geography, history, and culture to uncover new truths about a people and a place that fascinate us still.

Date of event
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

The Wars of the Roses: Cousins, Conflicts, and the Crown

Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger traces the tumultuous history of the battles and power grabs that led to the establishment of the most powerful family of the 16th century, the Tudors.

Date of event
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Sicily: Eternal Crossroads of the Mediterranean

From stark Greek temples through dazzling Roman and Arab-Norman mosaics and on to Baroque opulence and charming romantic-era revivals, art historian Janetta Rebold Benton highlights the aesthetic eclecticism and cultural signposts of the island of Sicily. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Heaven and Hell: Perspectives on the Afterlife

Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, examines ancient Near East, Greek, and Roman cultures, the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and other sources to trace how the nature of the afterlife became a central focus in Western religion.

Date of event
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Writing a Successful Screenplay

You've got a brilliant idea for a terrific film. Your next move is to master the steps in turning it into a reality on the screen. Spend a valuable two days with Marc Lapadula, a screenwriting professor at Yale University, as he analyzes the key ingredients of a successful script.

Date of event
Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Forgotten No More: Rediscovering Remarkable Women

Women have been making strides in their fields that have often being overlooked, uncredited, or forgotten by time. Celebrate Women’s History Month by spending a fascinating day with four experts who bring to light an array of remarkable women who have lived in the shadows of history far too long.

Date of event
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Vermeer: In Praise of the Ordinary

Explore the legacy of painter Johannes Vermeer, a master of light and color whose paintings captured the beauty and meaning of everyday life, with art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

Start To Tell Your Family Story

You have a trove of wonderful family memories, but documenting them to share with the people you love can be a challenging undertaking. Bring your own mementos to inspire your work in this practical day led by writing coach Mathina Calliope, who provides the tools and guidance you need to move from daunted to accomplished.

Date of event
Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.