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World History Programs
Germany’s Path From Despotism to Democracy

Historian Charles Ingrao traces the influences and leaders that shaped Germany’s governmental evolution from the 18th century, in which authoritarianism co-existed with Enlightenment-era values, through the dictatorships and totalitarianism that gave way to today’s model democracy.

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Cambridge Five: Soviet Intelligence Spies

Why would a group of young men from one of England’s elite universities betray their country for Russia? Using recently declassified British, American, and Soviet intelligence records, historian and author Calder Walton examines the lives, motivations, damage, and legacy of the notorious Cold War operatives that came to be known as the Cambridge Five.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Battle of the Marne

Early in WWI, Germany had its eye on a significant prize: the capture of Paris. Historian and author Mitch Yockelson examines how British and French troops prevented encroaching forces from reaching the city—and foiled Germany from achieving what had been envisioned as quick end to the war.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Queen's Spymasters: Cecil, Walsingham, and the Secret Service

With a court infested with spies and religious conflicts leading to calls for her overthrow, Queen Elizabeth I needed her own reliable clandestine eyes and ears in order to remain firmly on the throne. Renaissance and Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger examines how two loyal Protestant courtiers masterminded an intelligence network that fiercely protected their queen’s sovereignty, and in the process, sparked the birth of modern espionage.

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard

Art historian Bonita Billman explores the intersecting lives and careers of van Gogh and the rising post-impressionist artists of 1880s Paris whose depictions of the celebrities and scenes of Montmartre vividly captured the night life and low life of a bohemian world. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Last Blitzkrieg: The Battle of the Bulge and Allied Victory in Europe

In the bitter winter of 1944–45, more than a million participants faced off in the dense Ardennes forests over six weeks in a battle that severely depleted Nazi Germany’s forces—and opened the way for Allied victory in Europe. Author and retired military archivist Timothy Mulligan surveys the defining features and the aftermath of the Battle of the Bulge.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
The Trojan War: The Epic in Art

With its timeless mythic themes of beauty, heroic courage, and sacrifice, the story of the Trojan War has long been retold and interpreted by writers and artists. Art historian Renee Gondek examines the legend’s power through works it inspired, weaving together ancient literary sources and a variety of visual depictions that span the centuries. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Stalingrad: Turning Point of World War II in Europe

Author and retired military archivist Timothy Mulligan examines the history, leaders, political framework, and devastating human cost of the month’s-long battle that dwarfed the 1944–45 Allied campaign in Western Europe both in it numbers and ferocity. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Blueprints of Empire: Ancient Rome and America

Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes, and historian and classicist John Prevas examine the connection between the final stages of the Roman Empire and the United States as a contemporary world power. Though an analysis of political and moral leadership, they compare these two versions of empire, their similarities and differences, and speculate on what that link holds for America’s future.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.