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Seminars
Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Timeless Journey

Dante’s epic poem, a portrayal of the human condition both terrible and sublime, is explored by Frank Ambrosio, director of Georgetown University’s My Dante Project. He lays out a roadmap that allows you to follow the poet’s journey to personal discovery.

Date
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Developing Character and Plot in Fiction Writing: An Organic Approach to Story Telling

Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from? How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex? In this daylong program, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class writing exercises.

Date
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Fin de Siècle Vienna: The Cradle of Modernity

As the 19th century drew to a close, Vienna was a city at the heart of a vanishing world power. It was also an incubator for some of the most important figures in the arts, letters, and philosophy: Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores the ways in which fin-de-siecle Vienna became the cradle of modernity in Central Europe. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ancient Israel and Its Neighbors: The Biblical Connection

Biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg explores how the people who left us the Bible were informed by cultures including Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia, and how these influences are reflected in its books.

Date
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
The Divine Michelangelo: His Life and His Works

Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines Michelangelo’s epic life, using milestone works of art and architecture to illustrate the chapters of his artistic biography. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Churchill: The Man Behind the Myths

Historian Kevin Matthews discusses Winston Churchill’s tempestuous career as an army officer, war correspondent, member of Parliament, and minister in both Liberal and Conservative governments to reveal a man too often hidden by the post-World War II legends that surround him.

Date
Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Four Pivotal American Women Artists

The lives of the disparate Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, and Cindy Sherman share one thing: the desire to ignore society’s dictates and live and work according to their own. Art historian Nancy G. Heller examines how these controversial American creators helped ignite some of the most important and radical developments in modern and contemporary art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Inside Shakespeare

Shakespeare created worlds out of words that have informed and shaped our language and culture for more than 400 years. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger examines how his histories, tragedies, and comedies so insightfully capture the full spectrum of the human condition.

Date
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Jerusalem Through the Ages

What makes Jerusalem a unique and revered place? In an absorbing day of illustrated lectures, Jodi Magness, an archaeologist who is an expert on Jerusalem, traces how a poor, isolated mountain town became sacred to billions of followers of the three Abrahamic faiths worldwide.

Date
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Napoleon: The Rise and Fall of a Man Who Changed History

Tracing Napoleon’s life from its Corsican roots, through military triumphs and defeats to the final exile, historian and Napoleon scholar Alexander Mikaberidze tells the story of the French leader’s remarkable life and of the sheer determination and careful calculation that brought him to the pinnacle of power in Europe.

Date
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Take Control of Your Health with Dr. John Whyte

Physician John Whyte gathers all his best advice in a day designed to guide you through a comprehensive look at critical aspects of personal health. You’ll leave educated, engaged, and entertained—and with new tools to approach the job of staying healthy.

Date
Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.