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Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

The Myth of the Lost Cause, created by ex-Confederates as a social and cultural movement to define the Confederacy’s value and justify the just-concluded Civil War, remains part of contemporary America. Historian Stephen D. Engle challenges the enduring Southern reverence for the Confederacy as he examines issues central to the myth over generations by targeting its origins during Reconstruction, its cultural endurance through the 1920s and the Great Depression, its challenges to the Civil Rights era, and its symbolism in rallying patriotism today.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Food historian Francine Segan leads a delightful exploration of the most delicious foods and unforgettable sights of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Pompeii. Learn about distinctive Italian culinary specialties, unique holiday traditions, and the most intriguing destinations to visit on your next trip to Italy. Following the program, enjoy a reception featuring tastings of regional delights.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Get the scoop on the evolution of the women’s pages of newspapers and a female journalist who defied the staid conventions of her times and attracted millions of readers. Journalism professor Kimberly Voss explores the significance of the women’s sections, and journalist Allison Gilbert delves into Elsie Robinson’s career and life.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

Art historian Janetta Rebold Benton leads a fascinating journey through some of the most creative and extreme examples of architecture constructed worldwide in recent years. From Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (the world’s highest building) to the Nautilus House in Mexico City (a giant psychedelic mollusk shell) to a Malibu residence designed around the wings of a decommissioned Boeing 747-100, the surprising structures blend innovation, technology, and imagination. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

For nearly a thousand years, the Roman legions were the most successful infantry formation on a large part of the globe, carving out one of history’s mightiest empires. In heavy-soled hobnailed boots and precise cadence, they marched from the Atlantic to the Persian Gulf bringing terror and death—as well as order and civilization. Military historian Barry Strauss examines some of Rome’s greatest battlefield victories as well as its failures.

Session 5 of 5
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

French Impressionist art, filled with color, light, and scintillating brushwork, was an act of extreme rebellion when it appeared in the 1870s. The work of modern masters Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and Morisot led to the radical art of the next decades’ post-impressionists including Seurat, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Art historian Nancy G. Heller explores the sources, masterpieces, and later influences of these rebels, including their impact on 20th century art. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Many young readers list reading J.D. Salinger’s blockbuster novel, The Catcher in the Rye, as one of their most formative experiences with literature. Joseph Luzzi, a professor of literature at Bard College, revisits this epochal work to see how it has aged since its publication in 1951, highlighting the ways in which readers continue to see themselves reflected in the tormented character of its complex protagonist, Holden Caulfield.

Session 1 of 3
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

A key feature of the Byzantine Empire’s visual culture was an orientation toward religious themes as shaped by Orthodox Christianity. They were explored in a remarkable variety of media, from wall frescoes to miniature mosaics to exquisitely carved ivories. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores some of the most important aspects of the visual arts of this empire at the cultural crossroads of west and east. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Session 4 of 10
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
$120 - $135

Looking for a choral program that celebrates memorable music across the decades? Ernest Johnson leads the ensemble in arrangements of the hits you know and love such as favorites by the Beatles, Carole King, the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, and others. Singers receive instruction in vocal techniques that include exercises in healthy breath management and improving your tone and range, and rehearsals culminate in a free performance.

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

All great chefs know not to waste ingredients, time, or effort—and for master chef Jacques Pépin, this means thinking efficiently about cooking, even at home. Drawing from his new book Jacques Pépin Cooking My Way, the legendary cooking teacher joins chef Carla Hall for a lively conversation on cooking economically at home with techniques that save money, time, and cleanup effort—and provide delicious results.