Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering
Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, returns to complete his popular series that reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of several extraordinary regions from the Alps to the Mediterranean.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Haydn and His Famous Student
In this 6-session course Saul Lilienstein reveals the range of Haydn’s genius and the strong influence he had on his willful student, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM
African Art Through the Centuries
4-Session Evening Course
Art historian Kevin Tervala examines the political, social, religious, and economic forces that influenced the form and the spirit of African art from Stone Age cave paintings to contemporary expressions. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Lethal Action: Deadly Plots, Silenced Voices, and Epic Fails
Thrillers often feature deadly plots in which governments eliminate spies, operatives, dissidents, or enemies of the state. But when a questionable death occurs in real life, it can be hard to discover what really happened. Intelligence experts and historians explore the true stories of four real cases of successful, failed, or possible cases of targeted killing. 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 10:15 AM
The Art of Gandhara: Where India Met Greece
4-Session Daytime Course
Spreading among neighboring India, Persia, and the Greco-Roman world, the kingdoms of Gandhara produced artwork that blends influences and ideas from many cultures, reaching its peak in the first through fifth centuries. Art historian Robert DeCaroli examines the origins of the region’s material culture, explores how imperial and religious power were displayed, and traces the role of trade in the exchange of ideas. (World History Art Certificate core course: Earn 1 credit)
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM
Reading the Gilded Age Authors
Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Understanding Modern Art: From Picasso to Pop
The radical innovations made by European and American painters and sculptors between 1900 and 1965 forever altered the way we think about visual art. Art historian Nancy G. Heller presents a 2-session overview of the major creators, movements, and works of this seminal period, offering a focus on their broader socio-political and aesthetic contexts. (World Art History certificate core course:  Earn 1 credit.)
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30 PM
Masters and Masterpieces of American Art: Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Early Modernism
4-Session Evening Course
Our nation’s history—and changing identity—finds its reflection in the panorama of American art. Art historian Jennifer Van Horn introduces major artists and movements in paining from the mid-19th century to today. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The World in the Early Modern Centuries: New Perspectives on History
The centuries from 1450 to 1750, once handily summed up as the era of the rise of the West, are now receiving more globally focused attention from scholars. Historian Peter N. Stearns of George Mason University offers a wider view of the significant events in Europe, Russia, Asia, and the Americas in an era of unprecedented change.
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00 PM
The New Middle East
American involvement in the Middle East has become more complex, more dangerous, and more important than ever before. In this series, retired foreign service officers offer insights on the pivotal issues that define the new landscape of our national policy in the region.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:00 PM