Seminars

Discuss fascinating topics with an engaging expert and an intimate group of fellow lifelong learners.

Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
Mark Sundaram
Thursdays, Mar 4 - Mar 25, 4pm-5pm PT / 7pm-8pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we will learn some of the basic principles of etymology. Through a series of linguistic puzzles we will follow in the footsteps of etymologists and historical linguists to reconstruct the relationships between languages and long-forgotten roots English words.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, Mar 6 - Mar 27, 8:30am-9:30am PT / 11:30am-12:30pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, Mar 6 - Mar 27, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Speaker: 
Kerry Hannon
Wednesday, March 10th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

What will the world of work look like post-COVID, and what can you do to prepare yourself to succeed, particularly if you’re interested in making a career transition? Join Kerry Hannon, a leading authority and strategist, for an engaging webinar that will empower you to take control of your professional and economic future with hope, confidence, and optimism.

Saturday, March 13th, 7am-8am PT / 10am-11am ET

Join marine biologist Melissa Cristina Márquez as she dives into the secret lives of sharks, from their past to their perilous present.

Tuesday, March 16th, 6pm-7pm PT / 9pm-10pm ET

Master photographer Scott Robert Lim is kicking off an in-depth mentorship program in April. At this event, he’ll talk about how he has trained many world-class photographers and the plan for this mentorship program. He’ll also answer questions so you can decide if you’d like to participate. The cost of this ticket will be applied toward the mentoring program for anyone who signs up for both.

Speaker: 
Abbey Williams
Wednesday, March 17th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Practical advice, realistic ideas for self-care, and rich discussion to support community building for mothers navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaker: 
Matt Beat
Thursday, March 18th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Mr. Beat guides you through common logical fallacies and gives you tips for how to spot them.

Speaker: 
Robert Mack
Thursday, March 18th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Achieve an energizing balance of authentic personal happiness and effortless professional success by applying time-tested, Ivy League science and timeless, transcendental wisdom.

Wednesdays, Mar 24 & Mar 31, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In plain-English, everything you need to understand the basics of how cryptocurrencies are created and managed.

Speaker: 
Roy Dean
Monday, April 5th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Jiu-Jitsu isn’t just about training hard; it’s about training smart. This seminar will give you an overview of the journey to black belt and how to optimize your training for that goal.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays & Sundays, Apr 10 - Apr 18, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

What kind of world did John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul inhabit? In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of 2nd Temple Period Judaism as well as the world of the Roman Empire in which Christianity first emerged.

Past Events

Sunday, February 28th, 10am-11:30am PT / 1pm-2:30pm ET

In this seminar Brigit will explain some of the basic differences between bumblebees, solitary bees, and honeybees – including lifecycles and nesting behaviour; their relationships with flowering plants; the problems they all face; and, most important, what we can do to help them.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays & Mondays, Feb 7 - Feb 28, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Speaker: 
Larry Swedroe
Thursday, February 25th, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

What’s the investment forecast for 2021? Cloudy, with a chance of pent-up spending, fiscal stimulus, trade tensions, and showers of unexpected determinants. Join investment educator, author, and nationally acclaimed speaker Larry Swedroe in this intimate seminar to learn what to consider as you put together your investment plan for the year ahead.

Speaker: 
Mani Marcus
Thursday, February 25th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

A virtual Bravo Happy Hour Mixer! Learn about and discuss the rise of the “Real Housewives of Potomac” with other superfans!

Mondays & Thursdays, Feb 15 - Feb 25, 3pm-4pm ET / 8pm-9pm GMT

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series explores topics covering the basics of the field and examines, through robust group discussion and Q&A, how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Speaker: 
James Tanton
Wednesday, February 24th, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Do you field questions like, "Why is negative times negative positive?" Have you a beautiful and mathematical solid answer to this question that adequately answers your students' concern? In this 90-minute session, mathematician James Tanton will go through all the tough questions students naturally--and rightly--ask that are surprisingly thorny and deep and offer his mathematical advice on how to address them.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Are you curious or concerned about how the global pandemic could impact your retirement? Join Richard Eisenberg, the Managing Editor and Senior Editor of the Money and Work & Purpose Channels at Next Avenue (a PBS site for people 50+), in conversation about 9 retirement trends emerging across the US in 2021 and how they may (or may not) factor into your retirement planning.

Speaker: 
Sharon Louden
Monday, February 22nd, 6pm-7:30pm PT / 9pm-10:30pm ET

In this ever-changing world, do you wonder how artists are being creative, sustaining their lives, inspiring people behind the scenes? Join artist, author, and acclaimed lecturer Sharon Louden in this talk dispelling the belief that there is only one way to chart a path into a creative and sustainable life as an artist by revealing a few distinctly different artists who are living their lives despite the obstacles.

Speaker: 
Alison Foley
Thursday, February 18th, 4pm-5pm PT / 7pm-8pm ET

This seminar will help high school student-athletes, their families, and coaches understand how to navigate the college recruiting process, specifically through COVID-19.

Speaker: 
Ronald Neumann
Tuesdays, Jan 26 & Feb 2, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join Ronald Neumann, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain, and Algeria and president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, in an intimate two-session seminar to learn and discuss the new and old foreign policy questions, tensions, and challenges the Biden Administration will face in the early months of the diplomatic transition of power. Build your understanding of American foreign policy guided by a leader who was there for it and engage in lively discussion with a small group of other curious learners.

Speaker: 
Ronald Neumann
Tuesday, February 2nd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join Ronald Neumann, Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005-2007), Bahrain, and Algeria and President of the American Academy of Diplomacy, in an intimate seminar to discuss the US's presence and role in Afghanistan. The speaker's proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, Jan 3 - Jan 31, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, Jan 24 & Jan 31, 8:30am-9:30am PT / 11:30am-12:30pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesday, January 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, January 19th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60 minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Roy Dean
Tuesday, January 12th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Jiu-Jitsu isn’t just about training hard; it’s about training smart. This seminar will give you an overview of the journey to black belt and how to optimize your training for that goal.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, November 29th, December 6th, 13th, & 20th, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

In this four-session seminar, we’ll examine the archaeology of the cultures that lived in the Near East from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period, especially the Canaanites, Israelites, and Philistines. By unearthing material and textual evidence, we’ll explore how scholars approach the study of ancient history, especially when archaeological evidence tells a different story than Biblical narratives.

Mondays & Thursdays, December 7th, 10th, 14th, & 17th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Evolutionary Psychology examines the human mind through the lens of evolution. This short seminar series introduces the basics of the field and examines how evolutionary psychology answers some of the most controversial and persistent questions about human nature.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, December 5th and 12th, 10-11am PT / 1-2pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Olivier Corneau
Wednesday, December 9th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join Olivier Corneau for an inspirational and interactive talk (en Français!) about his journey from aspiring artist to successful artist with exhibitions worldwide. Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and how you can begin a life of professional creativity.

Speaker: 
Olivier Corneau
Monday, December 7th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join Olivier Corneau for an inspirational and interactive talk about his journey from aspiring artist to successful artist with exhibitions worldwide. Learn what it takes to become a professional artist and how you can begin a life of professional creativity.

Speaker: 
Brian Frye
Thursday, December 3rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

This seminar will provide a practical introduction to concepts in copyright law, tailored to artists and filmmakers. Among other things, we will discuss what copyright does and doesn’t protect, and when the fair use doctrine applies to copyrighted works.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Wednesdays, Nov. 4th and 11th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Tuesdays, Oct. 13th and 20th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
Chavi Karkowsky
Monday, October 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

They say knowledge is power, but is it always? As a maternal-fetal medicine physician, Dr. Chavi Karkowsky has seen how genetic testing can empower her patients -- and also open a Pandora’s Box they wish they could close. Join Dr. Karkowsky for this exploration of the history, science, and human experience of modern prenatal genetic testing.

Speaker: 
Joseph Stenberg
Saturday, October 3rd, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

What is happiness? Philosophers have been debating this question for millennia. In this interactive seminar, philosopher Joseph Stenberg will lead us in an engaging discussion of different philosophies of happiness and their implications for our own lives. 

Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

Sundays, September 13th and 20th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, award-winning sociology professor and director of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, for this two-part lecture examining the history of race and the criminal justice system.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, September 12th and 19th, 3-4pm PT / 6-7pm ET

In this two-session seminar, we’ll use archaeological evidence to understand the magical rituals the ancient Romans practiced. We'll examine our own modern notions about the differences between magic, science, and religion, and explore how our modern categories influence how we examine ancient evidence.

Speaker: 
John Finn
Friday, September 4th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Join award-winning professor of constitutional law John E. Finn for this timely seminar. We’ll explore what the First Amendment does—and does not—say about the place of hate speech in American political culture.

Speaker: 
Joseph Stenberg
Friday, May 8th, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

What does it mean to be happy? Philosopher Joseph Stenberg will help us understand how various thinkers' answers to that question can guide our own pursuit of happiness.

People dealing with infertility have a dizzying array of experts (and self-described experts) to turn to for advice, and the directives they share may be contradictory and of variable quality. Guided by their academic research and personal experiences, Bethany Johnson and Margaret Quinlan will help us understand the historical precedents for the advice we're given and how we can navigate it.

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Wednesday, April 29th, 9-10am / 12-1pm ET

Religion scholar and former archaeological excavator Andrew Henry takes us on a journey into the past. We'll try to pinpoint the origins of religion and discuss the challenges of doing so.

Speaker: 
Étienne Brown
Tuesday, March 24th, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Join philosopher Étienne Brown for a lively discussion about the tensions between free speech and fake news.