History Events

Let’s make sense of the present by time traveling into the past.

Upcoming Events

Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
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.

Evolutionary Psychology: Foundations, Questions, and Controversies
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.

Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom
Speaker: 
Ilya Somin
Wednesday, December 16th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join George Mason University professor of Law, author, and Cato Institute scholar Ilya Somin in this interactive exploration of ideas introduced in his new book, “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom.” Ilya will explain how “voting with your feet” has important advantages over conventional ballot-box voting, and how expanding foot voting opportunities – particularly by breaking down barriers to international migration – can increase freedom and happiness for many millions of people around the world.

A Soulful New Year's
Speaker: 
Adrian Miller
Monday, December 28th, 5:30pm-6:30pm PT / 8:30pm-9:30pm ET

Take a trip around the world to learn New Year's food traditions with the Soul Food Chef Adrian Miller in this single-session seminar. Adrian is a James Beard Award-winning food writer who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of global culture with curious learners––no cooking experience required. What better way to prepare for your own delicious New Year's celebration?!

Past Events

Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
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.

Magic in the Ancient World: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, & Heal
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.

Womanist Activism and the Fight for Equality
Saturday, October 3rd, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

Over the past 40 years, Black women activists have built the womanist movement to advocate for the rights of all people. The inspirational Reverend Dr. Fry Brown will highlight the work of several womanist activists, from public figures to ordinary people committed to making change, and demonstrate how their actions illustrate the ideals of womanism.

Pepper, Salt, Empire: How the Spice Trade Made the World Modern
Saturday, September 26th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

What we view as commonplace seasonings like pepper and cinnamon were once the most luxurious items known to humans. Join award-winning Cornell University Professor Eric Tagliacozzo for this talk about humanity's millennials-long yearning for the spices of Asia.

Magic in Antiquity: How the Greeks and Romans Used Spells to Curse, Love, and Heal
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.

The Past, Present, and Future of Jewish American Literature in 60 Minutes or Less
Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Sunday, September 6th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for a fascinating talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature, including how Jewish American literature responds to and shapes the ever-changing role of Jews in America.

Hate Speech and The First Amendment: A Short Course for Concerned Citizens
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.

President Lincoln in Pop Culture
Speaker: 
Kim Kutz Elliot
Tuesday, March 31st, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Join historian Kim Kutz Elliott for a thought-provoking exploration of Abraham Lincoln's ubiquitous presence in American popular culture.

You're Doing it Wrong! Navigating Advice About Infertility

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.

How Saudi Money Changed the Muslim World
Sunday, May 3rd, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Award-winning journalist Krithika Varagur will discuss Saudi influence on the Muslim world and national security implications of the US-Saudi relationship.

Excavating Ancient Religion
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.

How Babies Made America Modern
Speaker: 
Janet Golden
Monday, April 27th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Historian Janet Golden believes babies have shaped many aspects of modern life, including medicine, government, consumer culture, and economics. Recommended for anyone who has ever been a baby!

In Times of Crisis: How Has America Responded?
Speaker: 
Al Camarillo
Saturday, April 25th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

How have Americans and their leaders responded in times of crisis throughout our history? Join acclaimed Stanford historian Al Camarillo for this timely discussion.

The Strange History of Personality Testing and Its Continued Allure
Speaker: 
Merve Emre
Wednesday, May 6th, 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET

Oxford English professor Merve Emre explains the bizarre origins of personality testing and explores why these tests continue to intrigue us.

Space Junk: What To Do About Waste In Space
Speaker: 
Lisa Ruth Rand
Saturday, April 18th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Like industries on earth, the space industry also generates waste. Join science historian and space junk expert Lisa Ruth Rand to explore how space junk became a threat and to discuss the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem.

The History of Miscarriage in America
Wednesday, April 15th, 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.

Human Rights in the Arab World, from the 1970s to the Arab Spring
Friday, April 10th, 7-8pm PT / 10-11pm ET

Spend the evening learning about human rights activism in the Arab world with law professor and historian Catherine Baylin Duryea.

Aroused: How Hormones Control Just About Everything
Thursday, April 9th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a fascinating journey into the history of hormones and the outsized role they play in our lives. Randi has an MD and MPH and teaches writing at Yale and Columbia.

The History of Miscarriage in America
Thursday, March 26th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.