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.
Examine New York City public spaces and the influence their designs have on New Yorkers.
Mediterranean Encounters: The Byzantine, Islamic, and Northern European Influence on the Art and Architecture of Sicily
Explore the multicultural history, art, and architecture of Sicily.
Learn about the developments in 19th-century Europe that culminated in a new relationship between the individual and the state.
Examine the uniquely American institution of the presidency through presidential administrations past and present.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Discuss the possibility of a new shake-up of the global power structure and the resulting fateful consequences for the coming decades.
Track the lives and works of this most extraordinary couple, as well as their intense engagement in art, politics, and personal exploration.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Explore the groundbreaking scientific discoveries of the 21st century that have extended and complicated our understanding of nature.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
Explore the roots of anti-intellectual sentiment in the US, and evaluate how it relates to the country’s first principles and self-image.
Explore how the aesthetics, technologies, and politics of Paris at the turn of the 20th century transformed the world.
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.
Explore the history of democracy, from the Vikings to ancient Athens, and discover what it might reveal about democracy’s future.
This one-day seminar focuses on voting rights and the battles over the right to vote in American history.
Examine London around 1900—a period of time whose implications resounded around the world and throughout the 20th century.
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 to take full advantage of the City’s cultural resources.
Take a walk on the wild side with a visit to New York City’s only bird and wildlife rehabilitation facility.
Examine the cultural impact of the Civil War, including how it is remembered and interpreted today.
Learn about the historically and culturally rich regions of southern Italy, from Amalfi to Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Engage in an in-depth exploration of the sophisticated courts of the classic Maya and their city-states.
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 the history of Europe, from the end of the western half of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Reformation.
Explore what privacy means today and how the right to privacy has varied over the course of American history.
Explore current cases before the Supreme Court, and discuss the landmark decisions and historic events that led to them.
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.
Examine the historical narratives necessary to understanding the relationship between religion and politics in the United States.
See the people, neighborhoods, and culture of London through the eyes of Virginia Woolf, a visionary of literary style.
Explore the emergence of Paris, London, and New York into modernity in the 19th century.
Gain the French language skills to understand conversations about basic topics, share information, and engage in brief exchanges.
If you have never studied Spanish, then take this course to develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the language.
Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.