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Lecture/Seminar

Europe 1900: The Golden Ages of Vienna, Paris, London

Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The year 1900 found three of Europe’s greatest cities entering defining eras in their historical and cultural development. In a richly illustrated seminar, lecturer George Scheper explores how the alignment of creative forces shaped three highly distinctive urban milieus—each nourished by the energy and excitement of new ideas and each witnessing the birth of modernism in the coming century. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


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Spanish Art and Architecture: A Treasury of Delights

Friday, January 13, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The art and architecture of Spain as seen in the works of El Greco, Goya, Velazquez, Picasso, and Gaudi offer a window into the influences that define the country's history and national identity. Art historian Joseph Cassar highlights artists and structures that exemplify Spain’s distinctive cultural heritage. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


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Reading and Understanding James Joyce’s Ulysses

Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Take a deep dive into this fascinating novel with Joseph Luzzi, unpacking its mysteries and exploring its insights on a dizzying array of subjects: from ancient literature and modern fiction to Irish politics, Joyce’s own “exilic” biography, and the vigorous literary avant-garde of the early 20th century.


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Renaissance Rome

Saturday, January 21, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The return of the papacy in the 15th century transformed Rome from a dilapidated town littered with ruins to a city at the center of the Renaissance movement in Europe. The pope and cardinals spent lavishly as Bramante, Michelangelo, and Raphael were given one commission after another to complete and beautify the city of God. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in early-Renaissance art, examines this pivotal time in art history as it swept across Rome. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


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Inside Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 Years of the Bard’s First Folio

Saturday, January 28, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Shakespeare’s plays have been part of our lives seemingly forever—quoted in the taverns of 16th-century London, sparking the theatre riots of 19th-century New York City, performed in the American Wild West, and filling stages and screens across the globe today. Tudor and Shakespeare scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger closely examines the playwright and his plays and how he created worlds out of words that inform and shape our language and our culture.


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The Regency World of Jane Austen: Art, Architecture, Culture

Saturday, February 11, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, and the Dashwood sisters may be fictional heroines, but their creator Jane Austen set their adventures in romance against the very real social and historical backdrop of Regency England. Art historian Bonita Billman brings the era to life as she surveys Regency manners and fashions, the personalities who dominated the public imagination, and the stylish spa town of Bath, where many of Austen’s characters made appearances. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


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Scotland and England: An Imperfect Union?

Saturday, February 25, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Though Scotland is the only part of the island of Britain never to have been conquered by England, the country has always had to reckon with its powerful southern neighbor. Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the remarkable story of the struggle to define Scottish identity over the past thousand years, as the country went from proudly independent kingdom to junior partner within Great Britain.


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Ancient Egypt Through its Art and Architecture

Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

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 the most recent archaeological discoveries, Egyptian specialist Jacquelyn Williamson surveys the social and historical realities of this civilization from its early pyramids through its art created under King Akhenaten, who upended centuries of tradition to create new artistic conventions. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


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Tudor London: A Dynasty’s Imprint on History

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The rule of three generations of Tudor monarchs became inextricably linked with the growth and identity of London as a powerful urban center. Historian Cheryl White examines how the dynasty created an indelible Tudor imprint on history—and the city—across the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.