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.
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.
Examine New York City public spaces and the influence their designs have on New Yorkers.
Revisit 1968, the most tumultuous year in recent history, which alternated passionate hopes and searing tragedies on an almost daily basis.
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 history of the United States with a focus on immigrants, including how they have shaped the history and meaning of the nation.
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 the three successive capitals of ancient Mexico through the lenses of archaeology, history, art, literature, and religion.
Explore the history of democracy, from the Vikings to ancient Athens, and discover what it might reveal about democracy’s future.
Learn about the developments in 19th-century Europe that culminated in a new relationship between the individual and the state.
Explore the influence of the church and its monastic foundation on English society from the 11th century onward.
This one-day seminar focuses on voting rights and the battles over the right to vote in American history.
Learn about the achievements, influence, and controversies of major Georgian England figures to gain a vivid perspective on 18th-century England.
Examine the concept of social justice, and determine how social justice is—and is not—represented in contemporary American society.
Through a series of lectures and walking tours, explore what has been lost in the quest to build New York City’s constantly changing skyline.
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.
Explore the major constitutional issues that are involved in the administration of criminal justice, and examine how race pervades them.
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.
Examine the uniquely American institution of the presidency through presidential administrations past and present.
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 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.
Learn about the Jewish community in Italy since Roman times and its many important contributions in literature, journalism, the arts, and more.
Study New York City’s history, from the earliest European encounters with Native Algonquian peoples to the Gilded Age.
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.
Take a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics.
Explore the global fascination with royal fashion from Elizabeth I and Tudor court fashion to Princess Diana and Meghan Markle.
Discuss the possibility of a new shake-up of the global power structure and the resulting fateful consequences for the coming decades.
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.
Gain an understanding of the history of New York City, including politics, finance, architecture, and arts, from its Native American roots to today.
Examine law and the judicial process in the ancient Near East.
Track the lives and works of this most extraordinary couple, as well as their intense engagement in art, politics, and personal exploration.
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.
Explore the rich history of Jewish cinema and uncover a diverse array of experiences and emotions.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Explore how art has been used as propaganda from early Greece to the United States in the 20th century.
Using existing literature and art, explore women’s position in the sociopolitical sphere of the Ancient Near East.