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 Spring, study from anywhere in the world in the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.
Through lively online discussions, trace the history of the design of public spaces in New York City.
Examine some of the key moments of presidential leadership throughout American history, with an eye to our own time.
Discover the aesthetic treasures of New York City’s public transportation system, both present and past.
Explore the history of Europe, from the end of the western half of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Reformation.
The Three Branches of Government in the 20th and 21st Centuries: Do They Form a "More Perfect Union"?
This course explores the history of the relationships among the three branches of the US government in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Learn the postwar history of China from the perspective of political, diplomatic, and economic history.
Learn how our different identities relate to social norms and how we can become better allies for every member of our society.
Learn to identify and reduce microaggressions and to communicate effectively with people of color.
Explore the multicultural history, art, and architecture of Sicily.
Learn about the history of hip hop and its influence on global music, fashion, and culture.
Study Wales from the Middle Ages to the present to learn about its history and cultural heritage.
Explore the rich cultural history of the Inca from ancient and colonial to modern times.
Engage in an in-depth exploration of the glories and enigmas of ancient Maya civilization.
Join us via Zoom for six “walks” through the history of various Manhattan neighborhoods.
Explore ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
Explore Britain’s medieval legacy through some of its remarkable characters, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Gundulf of Rochester.
Study past royal scandals to put the more recent events into historical perspective and to explore intriguing comparisons.
From Peter to Putin: The Evolution of the Kremlin and Russia's Place in the World from Empire to the 21st Century
This course provides a narrative of modern Russian history that frames an analysis of contemporary Russian politics and leadership.
Explore the trends, tastes, and designs of those who commissioned the elegant 18th-century country houses of Georgian England.
Gain an in-depth introduction to ancient Andean civilizations including the Inca, Moche, and Chavín cultures.
Explore famous speeches and the characteristics that made them successful.
Examine the political and cultural significance of the Italian princely courts in their proper historical context through a literary lens.
Uncover the politics, influence, imagination, and intrigues of the important Italian families of the early Renaissance.
Explore the major constitutional issues that are involved in the administration of criminal justice, and examine how race pervades them.
Analyze the electoral process, including the anger and venom that have been part of US presidential elections since 1796.
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.
Examine the historical and social changes in Europe from the 15th to 17th centuries that influenced science, medicine, and culture.
Examine the political, economic, and cultural influence of the landmark decisions of the Roberts Court.
Learn about the history of the Syrian Civil War and analyze the involvement and responses of international players to the Middle East crisis.
Explore the history of the relationships, as well as the ebbs and flows of power, among the three branches of the US government.
Gain familiarity with major events and figures in New York City history through four walking tours and four lively slide-illustrated talks.
This course will give you a foundation for a lifetime of wine appreciation.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Explore New York City at the time of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.
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.
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.
Explore films of Jewish history and experience, discussing the movies, directors, and themes, as well as the contextual history and settings.
In eight illustrated lectures, see how New York neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City itself changes.
Explore New York City’s cultural history from the 1910s to the 1970s through art, literature, and architecture.