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.
This Summer, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.
Analyze the electoral process, including the anger and venom that have been part of US presidential elections since 1796.
Learn about the history of the Syrian Civil War and analyze the involvement and responses of international players to the Middle East crisis.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
In this course, delve into Winston Churchill’s life—a roller coaster of bitter failures and glorious achievements.
Explore life in the English city of Bath, from its Roman and medieval history to its height of popularity in the 18th and early-19th centuries.
Explore Britain’s medieval legacy through some of its remarkable characters, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Gundulf of Rochester.
Study the origins and ongoing effects of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Explore the trends, tastes, and designs of those who commissioned the elegant 18th-century country houses of Georgian England.
Explore famous speeches and the characteristics that made them successful.
Examine influential and controversial trials and decisions that have affected American history, from the colonial period to today.
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.
Examine the rich history of hospitality and dining in New York City by visiting some of the City’s most famous restaurants and hotels.
Uncover the politics, influence, imagination, and intrigues of the important Italian families of the early Renaissance.
Discover the aesthetic treasures of New York City’s public transportation system, both present and past.
Study the changes brought about by WWI, which altered the nature of political institutions, governmental structures, and social movements.
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.
Examine the political, economic, and cultural influence of the landmark decisions of the Roberts Court.
Study New York City’s history, from the earliest European encounters with Native Algonquian peoples to the Gilded Age.
In this illustrated course, read fascinating accounts of travelers through Tudor England, uncovering rare insights into English life in that era.
Examine the historical narratives necessary to understanding the relationship between religion and politics in the United States.
Explore the work of novelists who rely on the fusion of the magical and the real to portray the complexities of Latin American identity.
This full-day course will trace the origins of World War I, from its beginnings in the French Revolution to its volcanic eruption in 1914.
Explore Islamic history during the first six centuries of its existence.
Watch powerful foreign films that serve as catalysts for post-screening discussions about present-day issues in the associated geopolitical regions.
Explore the evolution of the American situation comedy and analyze popular sitcoms from different eras.
This course covers art, architecture, politics, planning, and urban technology in London, Paris, and New York in the 20th century.
If you have a basic knowledge of ancient Greek, use your skills to read and discuss an ancient Greek work that changes each semester.
In eight illustrated lectures, see how New York neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City itself changes.
View the history of cityscape art, from Bellini’s paintings to Wiltshire’s drawings, including the great tradition of urban printmaking.
Explore New York City’s cultural history from the 1910s to the 1970s through art, literature, and architecture.
Using existing literature and art, explore women’s position in the sociopolitical sphere of the Ancient Near East.