World History Programs
The Arts and WWI: Creation, Destruction, and Revolution

The crucible of destruction and death that was World War I also forged some of the most innovative and significant creative works of the early 20th century. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine surveys the artists and writers whose wartime experiences provided the genesis for bold—and often, highly personal—experiments in form and expression. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Britain in WWII: Europe’s Last Hope Island

When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, London became a refuge for government leaders and armed forces from six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. Author Lynne Olson, in an interview with historian Evan Thomas, discusses those perilous days when Europeans joined forces to fight their common enemy and restore order to a broken continent.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
The Rise of Genghis Khan: Forging the Mongol World Empire

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Drinking the Past: Re-creating Ancient Brews

This evening, archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern leads a sensory journey back in time as he recalls adventures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Peru and Mexico, and other locales, in search of “liquid time capsules.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Elegant, Intimate Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city is fast becoming a not-so-hidden jewel among European destinations. Spend an evening discovering the charms of this great old city.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Undiscovered Italy: Emilia-Romagna Sights, Food, and Wine

Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy, is filled with cities rich in art, culture, music, history, and world-renowned food and wine. Food historian Francine Segan leads a virtual walk along the ancient Roman byway, via Emilia, connecting some of Italy’s most amazing sights with unique gourmet experiences. The “walk” ends with a tasting of regional wines and foods.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Monarchs for the Ages: Elizabeth I and Victoria

Between them, Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria ruled England for more than a century and their names define two historically and culturally significant eras. Sabrina Baron, an assistant research professor in the department of history at the University of Maryland, illuminates the lives and legacies of these two extraordinary women.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Cultures of the Ancient World: An Evolutionary Exploration from the Sumerians to the Greeks

Between them, Sumer and Egypt, two early civilization centers at opposite ends of the Fertile Crescent, invented writing, accounting, and astronomy, and diffused and disseminated a variety of cultural arts to peoples of the Near East. Join archaeologist Robert Stieglitz for a fascinating exploration of achievements that still resonate with us today.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Breath of History: How Gases Connect Us to Our Planet and Past

For science writer Sam Kean, every inhale and exhale we take directly links us to our planet’s atmosphere—and to humanity’s past itself. On a journey through the periodic table, he takes a closer look at the gases we breathe and their origins, significance, and context in history.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
D-Day: Success Against the Odds

Christopher Hamner, an associate professor in the department of history and art history at George Mason University, explores the experiences of the rank-and-file GIs on D-Day as they endured the chaos and terror of what was, for many, their first experience under fire.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.
Art, Power, and Pleasure in Italy’s Renaissance Courts

Art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman explores Italy’s four northern Renaissance court cities—Ferrara, Urbino, Mantua, and Milan—where artists as famous as Da Vinci and Mantegna, and patrons as notorious as the fearsome Federico da Montefeltro and the elegant Isabella d’Este lived and worked. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
African Art and the Slave Trade

Art historian Kevin Tervala discusses the Atlantic and Indian Ocean slave trades, with a focus on how African artists—and the societies that they were a part of—reacted to the sudden and brutal disruption and transformation of the world’s second-largest continent. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m.