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Seminars
Four Great Controversies in Early Christianity

The growth of the Christian church from a tiny sect of Jesus’ close followers to a major world religion was not smooth and seamless. Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, explores four major controversies encountered by the early Christians.

Date
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term

Spend a morning getting a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court—including the courtroom where cases are argued. Then, a panel of top legal experts previews the issues that will come before the court when the new session begins in October.

Date
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Supreme Court: A Preview of the New Term (Afternoon Panel Only)

Spend the afternoon with a panel of top legal experts who will preview the issues that will come before the Supreme Court when the new session begins in October.

Date
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Art Nouveau: New Style for a New Century

Though it flowered only briefly in the early years of the last century, art nouveau has had a long-lasting influence and popularity. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the movement’s organic, sinuous, and seductive styles. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Bauhaus: Creating Designs for Living

The Bauhaus, founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, was part modernist school of art and design and part dream factory. Artist and art historian Joseph Paul Cassar explores its importance and enduring influence. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Discover Jazz

The sounds, styles, and artists who shaped jazz—and give it life today—are essential elements of our musical tradition. Smithsonian curator emeritus John Edward Hasse, one of the country’s leading jazz historians, leads an exploration of the mysteries, riches, and joys of this all-American art form. With live music performance.

Date
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
English Words: Etymologies and Curiosities

Over the past millennium and a half, the language we now call English has developed its deep, rich vocabulary by liberally adding words from other languages. This entertaining daylong program explores the origins of a range of English words and how words and phrases change meaning over time.

Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
C. S. Lewis: Life and Legacy, Philosopher, Fantasist, and “Mere” Christian

Fifty-five years after his death, Clive Staple Lewis (1898-1963), Irish-born Oxford don, Cambridge professor, and best-selling author, still attracts and inspires readers and thinkers everywhere. In this absorbing daylong program, Lewis scholar Andrew Lazo offers insights into Lewis’ personal life, published works, and enduring appeal.

Date
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Ancient Egypt's A-List: Power, Empire, and Propaganda

Egypt, one of the great superpowers of the ancient world, produced a culture and system of government that endured for more than 3,000 years. Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson draws from the most recent archaeological evidence to examine four of Egypt’s most influential rulers and the impact of their reigns.

Date
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Magnificent Cities of Russia

Explore the history, culture, and signature sites of four great cities—Kiev (now Kyiv), Novgorod, Moscow, and St. Petersburg—with historian George E. Munro. He shows how they exercised power, celebrated religion, and fostered trade while pursuing a singular path into the present.

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Fortresses and Fantasies: The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

The splendid structures of the Loire Valley reflect lives of opulence and intrigue. Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton showcases these romantic and historic places, and sets them in the context of French history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Art Deco: Vibrant, Eclectic, and Dynamic

The up-to-the minute energy of the Jazz Age found its perfect embodiment in Art Deco. Art historian Bonita Billman surveys the eclectic influences and wide range of creators whose work shaped the style that reflected modern living in machine age. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.