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George Scheper

George Scheper

Director, Odyssey Program Johns Hopkins University
George L. Scheper (Ph.D., Princeton) is Senior Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Director of the Odyssey Program (lifelong learning and educational enrichment for adults) at Johns Hopkins University. His interdisciplinary humanities teaching focuses on Pre-Columbian and Native American Studies, and on urban cultural histories, especially of turn-of-the-century culture circa 1900. He has directed fifteen National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institutes for college and university faculty on Pre-Columbian and Native American topics, convened on-site in the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America. His publications include many articles and reviews on cultural studies; a survey of British Literature text for a telecourse by Maryland Public Broadcasting; a bio-critical study of Oxford don and detective fiction writer J. I. M. Stewart, aka Michael Innes.

Currently Teaching

Belle Epoque Paris

Explore how the aesthetics, technologies, and politics of Paris at the turn of the 20th century transformed the world.

Imperial London

Examine London around 1900—a period of time whose implications resounded around the world and throughout the 20th century.

Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture, and Turn-of-the-20th-Century Culture

Become familiar with the spirit of the Secession Movement and explore the culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna.

An Afternoon with Thoreau: What Walden Means Today

Examine Thoreau’s Walden in its mid-19th-century context and for its relevance to our current culture and environmentalist thinking.

Playing Desert Solitaire with Edward Abbey

Explore the writings of Edward Abbey, whose radical voice is not only a cry in the wilderness, but also a cry for the wilderness.

Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Revisited

Explore Annie Dillard’s exhilarating stories of nature that pair first-person storytelling with philosophical and religious questions.

The Wilderness World of John Muir

Examine the life and writings of John Muir, whose legacy endures through the Sierra Club and the national park system.