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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Dante’s epic poem, a portrayal of the human condition both terrible and sublime, is explored by Frank Ambrosio, director of Georgetown University’s My Dante Project. He lays out a roadmap that allows you to follow the poet’s journey to personal discovery.
Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from? How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex? In this daylong program, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class writing exercises.
Biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg explores how the people who left us the Bible were informed by cultures including Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia, and how these influences are reflected in its books.
As the 19th century drew to a close, Vienna was a city at the heart of a vanishing world power. It was also an incubator for some of the most important figures in the arts, letters, and philosophy: Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the ways in which fin-de-siecle Vienna became the cradle of modernity in Central Europe. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines Michelangelo’s epic life, using milestone works of art and architecture to illustrate the chapters of his artistic biography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)
Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day with art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)