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Seminars

Researching Your Genealogy: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Every family has stories about their roots, but are they true? Professional genealogist John Colletta offers a day filled with practical information and time-saving advice to start the adventure of discovering your personal history.

Date of event
Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Renaissance Pleasure Palaces: The Art of the Sensual Life

Wealthy Renaissance Italians loved their suburban villas, the private retreats adorned with the most magnificent of art that allowed owners and guests to indulge in a voluptuous and relaxed luxury. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, explores the history, design, and art of three of the most beautiful and well-preserved of these villas. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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. to 3:00 p.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. to 4:15 p.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. to 4:15 p.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. to 3:30 p.m.

Ancient Egypt Through Its Art and Architecture

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. to 4:15 p.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. to 4:15 p.m.