American Giving: The History of Philanthropy in the United States
This course will consider key aspects of the history of philanthropy in the United States. We will begin with consideration of some of the prominent current debates over the nature of philanthropy, over the roles it should play in the U.S., and over the social norms and the government regulations that apply to it. Subsequent sessions will take up the role of philanthropy from the colonial period, into the 19th century, the Gilded Age, and today, paying close attention to the development of religious institutions, the rights of women, the struggles of labor organizations, slavery and racial discrimination, and freedom of worship and freedom of speech.
A Journey up the Nile – Exploring the Archaeology of Ancient
The monuments of Ancient Egypt have long captivated popular imagination. But mummies, hieroglyphs and elaborate tomb paintings are far more than just ancient curiosities. This course will journey through the land of the pharaohs, introducing some of the main sites and examining the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. In addition to exploring pyramids, temples and tombs, each class will discuss what modern archaeological techniques are revealing about these ancient wonders.