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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

Capital Cities of Ancient Mexico: Teotihuacan, Tula, and Tenochtitlan

Explore the three successive capitals of ancient Mexico through the lenses of archaeology, history, art, literature, and religion.

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.

Splendors of the Royal Courts of the Classic Maya: Copan, Tikal, and Palenque

Engage in an in-depth exploration of the sophisticated courts of the classic Maya and their city-states.

City-States of Ancient North America: Chaco and Cahokia

Explore arguments and evidence about two intriguing city-states of ancient North America.

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.