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Traditional Roots of Modern China: How an Ancient Worldview Drives Today’s Foreign Policy

Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The relationship between the United States and China has never been easy. Currently, Beijing and Washington view each other with profound distrust and both sides are planning for conflict even as they say they hope to avoid it. China scholar Robert Daly traces China’s 21st-century drive for wealth, power, and status to beliefs, geographic influences, and social and cultural practices rooted in its earliest dynasties.


Cultural Heritage Sites of India

Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

From India’s elaborately decorated Ajanta Caves to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites offers a spectacular window into South Asia’s past. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights palaces, grand temples, royal mausoleums, and more that showcase the subcontinent’s abundant historically and culturally significant destinations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo: Contrasts in Greatness

Saturday, May 13, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Leonardo and Michelangelo: These towering geniuses of Western art disliked each other intensely. But their fraught relationship was fueled by a secret mutual fascination and a fierce competition that spurred them to new levels of artistic achievement. Art historian Nigel McGilchrist depicts the two men as perfectionists and brilliant craftsmen of radically different kinds who revolutionized painting and sculpting. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)


Jane Austen: Forever Fascinating

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

Why do so many readers throughout the world still clamor for the books of Jane Austen? And why is her life the subject of ongoing fascination? Joseph Luzzi, a professor of comparative literature at Bard College, explores the remarkable career and life of a woman who overcame countless obstacles to become a deeply revered author.


Virginia Woolf's Literary Genius

Saturday, July 15, 2023 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Why is Virginia Woolf considered one of the most important authors of all time? Join Joseph Luzzi, a professor of literature at Bard College, as he explores Woolf’s remarkable literary contributions. Discover why her innovative writing style, extraordinary emotional insights, and profound level of learning continue to enchant readers worldwide and attract new audiences.