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 ancient Roman history and trace its evolution from a city-state monarchy to a republic and then to an empire.
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.
Discover the history and beauty of the Lake District, home to some of England’s most renowned artists, poets, and thinkers.
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.
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 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 the history of Europe, from the end of the western half of the Roman Empire to the eve of the Reformation.
Discover New York City of the 19th and early 20th centuries through the novels of Edith Wharton and Theodore Dreiser.
Become familiar with the spirit of the Secession Movement and explore the culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna.
Take a walk on the wild side with a visit to New York City’s only bird and wildlife rehabilitation facility.
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 the history and culture of the ancient Near East, including its cultural legacy as birthplace of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions.
Explore the works of great artists, musicians, and writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
Explore the key role of Australia in 21st-century current affairs by examining the social and cultural landscape of the country.
Explore the culture of New York City in the 20th century prior to the Crash of ’29 and the Great Depression.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the culture of New York City in the 1930s, including WPA mural art, Federal Theatre projects, the Ziegfeld Follies.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Explore the legacy of Central Park—one of the greatest works of art of the 19th century—in the context of the history of New York City.
Explore the contrasting legacies of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs on the fabric of New York City.
Explore the legacy of the man known as the “master builder” of mid-20th-century New York City.
Study the cultural and sociopolitical history of Britain in the art deco era, from art and architecture to political upheavals and royal scandals.
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 key free speech debates that have demarcated the boundaries of what can—and cannot—be said in the United States.
Unravel the greatest mysteries of the universe, including the Big Bang, supernovae, and black holes, in this introductory astronomy course.
Explore how socioeconomic conditions, fear of communism, and the use of violence led to the rise of fascism in Italy after World War I.
Explore Britain’s medieval legacy, from architecture and decorative arts to illuminated manuscripts and literature.