History & Culture
Discover the styles of American buildings, with a Baltimore perspective, from colonial times to the modern era. This course will feature many examples from the Classical 1821 Catholic Cathedral to the Charles Center high rises of the Mid-Century Modern movement. Architect Robert Gisriel, AIA, will be your pictorial guide, describing the historical events, new technology and visual features that define these various styles.
Have you ever wondered to whom you might be related? The explosion of direct to consumer DNA test kits has opened the door to discovering your genetic makeup, your ancient origins, and potential family relationships. Genetic genealogy has emerged as an important tool for genealogists and family historians.
This course will teach you about DNA, what tests are available, how to use your DNA results to find family and how to use it in your genealogical research.
Instructor: Andrew Hochreiter
In this course, you will examine the life and death of the Egyptian boy king, Tutankhamun, who has fascinated the world since the discovery of his almost-intact tomb in the 1920s. The tomb’s discovery is considered one of the greatest archaeological finds. You will chart his family lineage and consider the latest scientific data on who he was and how he died. You will also explore the history of the Valley of the Kings and why the boy king would have been entombed in such a remote, desolate location. You will also learn about a new museum currently being constructed in Egypt on the Giza Plateau near the pyramids, to house all the artifacts found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb, which is scheduled to open this year.
Instructor: Bill McGowan
In this course, you will explore the fascinating history of Greek sculpture as it developed in the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods (ca. 800-150 BC), and the contexts in which they were created and viewed.
You will examine Greek originals both in marble and bronze to include architectural sculpture and freestanding monuments—dedications, cult statues, victory monuments, grave monuments, and other types of sculptures. You will study the relationships between the sculpture and the society that produced it—artists, patrons, and viewer. Finally, learn about the architectural and civic contexts of these works, and about the lasting effect that Greek sculpture has had on the history of western art.
Instructor: Bill McGowan