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Seminars

The French Revolution and the Birth of Modernity

Historian Alexander Mikaberidze examines the revolutionary fervor sparked by the French Revolution that spread across Europe, and which continues to serve as an inspiration of the finest principles of modern democracy, as well as a warning of what can happen when idealism goes wrong.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Rembrandt: Close-up on a Master

Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine embarks on a detailed exploration of the large-scale masterworks, intimate character studies, classically-inspired history paintings, and revealing (and sometimes enigmatic) self-portraits that marked Rembrandt as one of Western art’s most significant innovators. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thinking Like an Historian: A Practical Guide

How do professional historians work? In a unique workshop, Christopher Hamner, an associate professor of American history at George Mason University, demystifies this process by guiding you in how to think about and interpret the past.

Date of event
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Legacy of the Ancient World: The Texts That Tell the Stories

Homer, the Bible, and the New Testament, are among the ancient texts that provide us knowledge of the ancient world. Explore the stories behind these and other sources, which still retain their narrative power into the 21st century.

Date of event
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

France During World War II: Occupation and Resistance

The world was stunned when, in the spring of 1940, Germany invaded and quickly defeated France. Ronald C. Rosbottom, a scholar of French and European history, examines why knowing more about the impact of both occupation and resistance during WWII helps us understand aspects of France’s present political and diplomatic environment.

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Scandinavian Art and Architecture: Modern Aesthetic and Traditional Heart

The urban aesthetic of Scandinavia reflects both the cherished past and innovations in architecture and design. Explore the creative contributions of noted artists, architects, and designers reflected in the region’s beautiful capitals with art historian Karin Alexis. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Victoria: From Teen Queen to Matriarch of Europe

When Victoria came to the throne, she was 18 years old, with no experience or training in governance, just as England was on the brink of enormous expansion and change. Learn how this young woman became one of the most iconic monarchs of all time.

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

Death and Beyond: Comparative Reflections on World Religious Traditions

Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world.  Explore differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives.

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

Visual Literacy: The Art of Seeing

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)

Date of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mongolia: From Genghis to Khubilai Khan

Historian Michael Chang of George Mason University examines the path that transformed an ambitious warrior named Temujiin into Chinggis (Genghis) Khan, a forward-thinking, politically savvy ruler of a the largest contiguous land empire in history.

Date of event
Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.