History and Culture
- Explores Varying Interpretations of Historic Events
- Identifies Patterns and Trends
- Provides Lively Discussion and Debate
To understand the present, we first must know the past. These courses focus on the origins of civilization, explore the causes and effects of world events, and debate conflicting interpretations of past events. From the world stage to New York City’s five boroughs, examine how history impacts our lives today.
Explore the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of the 21st century that have extended and complicated our understanding of nature.
Explore the three successive capitals of ancient Mexico through the lenses of archaeology, history, art, literature, and religion.
Explore arguments and evidence about two intriguing city-states of ancient North America.
Engage in an in-depth exploration of the sophisticated courts of the classic Maya and their city-states.
Discover how New York City’s fascinating past illuminates its vibrant life today.
Examine the cultural impact of the Civil War, including how it is remembered and interpreted today.
Gain a historical perspective on the white working class, a demographic whose members and political power have seen great change since WWII.
Trace the history of book publishing in New York City from 1800 to today.
Explore current cases before the Supreme Court, and discuss the landmark decisions and historic events that led to them.
Explore the emergence of Paris, London, and New York into modernity in the 19th century.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
Discover the history and beauty of the Lake District, home to some of England’s most renowned artists, poets, and thinkers.
Explore the history of the United States with a focus on immigrants, including how they have shaped the history and meaning of the nation.
Explore how the aesthetics, technologies, and politics of Paris at the turn of the 20th century transformed the world.
Explore the key issues—including race, labor, urban politics, and law—at the heart of the urban decline of Detroit.
Study the architecture of New York City’s public spaces and examine how their designs help New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy the great outdoors.
Discover the history and culture of Naples, Italy, through Elena Ferrante’s bestselling Neapolitan novels.
Explore the influence of the church and its monastic foundation on English society from the 11th century onward.
Learn about the achievements, influence, and controversies of major Georgian England figures to gain a vivid perspective on 18th-century England.
Examine London around 1900—a period of time whose implications resounded around the world and throughout the 20th century.
Read and discuss Italian writers who grapple with the “Southern Question” and the South’s highly disputed place in Italy.
Explore the political, legal, economic, cultural, and spatial issues that animated Los Angeles’s rise, and delve into what the future holds.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Join us for an introductory illustrated lecture about and then five walks through some of Manhattan’s great neighborhoods.
Sample from a breadth of interesting topics that will be showcased, over the course of a day, by featured faculty and other renowned guest lecturers.
Take a walk on the wild side with a visit to New York City’s only bird and wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Examine the uniquely American institution of the presidency through presidential administrations past and present.
Learn about the diplomatic events that lead up to the collapse of the pre-1914 European system, the consequences of which resulted in WWI and WWII.
Explore the history of Europe, from the end of the western half of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Reformation.
Explore the key free speech debates that have demarcated the boundaries of what can—and cannot—be said in the United States.
Discover New York City of the 19th and early 20th centuries through the novels of Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser.
Explore the shared culture of England and France, and analyze how each country adopted and made these cultural traits its own.
Gain familiarity with major events and figures in New York City history through four walking tours and four lively slide-illustrated talks.
Explore the global fascination with royal fashion from Elizabeth I and Tudor court fashion to Princess Diana and Meghan Markle.
Explore the history and culture of the ancient Near East, including its cultural legacy as birthplace of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions.
This dynamic and interactive course takes the Italian language off the page through lively classroom discussion and cultural outings.
Become familiar with the spirit of the Secession Movement and explore the culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna.