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.
Learn the stories of both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, told against the rich background of a fast-growing mercantile city with global reach.
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.
Explore NYC’s rich history of political activism, including the fight for workers’ rights, racial justice, and gender and sexual equality.
Delve into three hallmarks of 19th-century NYC: Central Park, the tides of immigration, and Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
Explore the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of the 21st century that have extended and complicated our understanding of nature.
Explore the lives of Louis XIV of France and William III of England through an exploration of the two monarchs’ lavish palaces and royal courts.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
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 the English country house by drawing on the wealth of written perspectives by owners, visitors, and residents.
Learn about the major diplomatic events in this period that changed Europe and the world—and that continue to influence us today.
Examine the contemporary issues associated with memorials and monuments in New York City, and investigate their historic significance.
Immerse yourself in dynamic lectures, captivating readings, spirited debate, and socializing with peers, without the pressures of tests and papers.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
Explore the history and culture of the ancient Near East, including its cultural legacy as birthplace of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions.
Learn about the architecture, music, and art that fostered the Belle Époque in Paris.
Through works by New York’s finest writers, examine how the City’s diverse population has experienced urban life.
Explore the cathedrals—extraordinary masterpieces in stone—that reflect the unique splendors of the medieval period in Europe.
Examine London around 1900—a period of time whose implications resounded around the world and throughout the 20th century.
Evaluate the distinction between the story of HIV/AIDS and the “storytelling” that has colonized its meaning.
Discover how New York City’s fascinating past illuminates its vibrant life today.
Gain valuable insights from New York’s movers and shakers, who will help you take full advantage of the City’s cultural resources.
Explore Sicily and its contributions to the arts, its cuisine, and the unique characteristics that distinguish it from the rest of Italy.
Analyze the electoral process, including the anger and venom that have been part of US presidential elections since 1796.
Learn about the new era of astronomy that includes discovering thousands of planets, finding water on Mars, and landing space probes on comets.
Join us for an eight-part lecture series to discover the aesthetic treasures of NYC’s public transportation system, both present and past.
This course will depict how modern New York came into being.
Explore the key free speech debates that have demarcated the boundaries of what can—and cannot—be said in the United States.
Explore the complexities of Italian history before and during the Holocaust, and examine why so many Italians risked their lives to help Jews.
Using his book A Little Tour in France as a guide, follow Henry James’s footsteps during his travels from Versailles to Avignon.
Examine sermons, Supreme Court decisions, and other primary sources to explore the connection between religion and politics in the United States.
Gain rare cultural insights into the latter years of Queen Victoria’s reign and the reign of her son, Edward VII.
Learn about turn-of-the-century Vienna, birthplace to one of the most dramatic cultural moments in modern history.
Immerse yourself in the art of 1970s New York, while exploring the ways that this period continues to influence creativity and culture today.