History and Culture

John Richards
Thursdays, August 6 - September 10|10 - 11:30 a.m. EDT

Herodotus' work has come down to us as the first composition of Greek history and presents us with an incredibly expansive and detailed amalgam of theology, science, theater, and philosophy.

Meghan Strong
Thursdays, September 10 - October 8 |1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT

Mythology served as the underpinning for many aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. Mummies, pyramids, the afterlife, pharaohs - all of these are rooted in myths that developed and evolved over 4,000 years.

Angela Fasick
Mondays, September 14 - October 26 (No Class 10/19)|10 - 11:30 a.m. EST

In this course, we'll look at the cultural factors that led to the Harlem Renaissance, an artistic movement that arose in Manhattan in the 1920s and included artists, writers, and intellectuals, including the legendary Langston Hughes. We'll dip into blues and jazz, examine some of the visual art, and then read selections from Hughes, W.E.B.

Earl Leiken
Fridays, October 2-November 20|10 - 11:30 a.m. EDT

Heading into the 2020 election year, the United States is experiencing what sometimes feels like unprecedented political strife and polarization. This is not, however, the first time that this country has experienced extreme crisis, conflict, and polarization.

Bruce Ogron
Thursdays, October 15-November 5|7:30-9 p.m. EDT

Henry Ford was an American icon, innovator, industrialist, and also an ardent antisemite. Ford used his fame and fortune to disseminate his vitriol - blaming Jews for all the ills in America. This class will examine the dark side of the self-made billionaire whose prejudice still resonates today.    

Daniel Melnick
Mondays, October 26 - November 30|2 - 4 p.m. EST

In this course, we will study the remarkable breakthroughs across the arts and sciences in the first several decades of the twentieth century.