History Events

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

Upcoming Events

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Sundays, May 9 - Jun 6, 9am-10am PT / 12pm-1pm 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.

Past Events

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

Speaker: 
Andrew Henry
Saturdays, Mar 6 - Mar 27, 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 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: 
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.

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.

Thursdays, Feb 11 & Feb 18, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

The interdisciplinary theorist René Girard’s work traces the sources of human conflict to the tendency to imitate, and identifies scapegoating as a fundamental means of social pacification. This interactive seminar will explore Girard’s core insights with reference to the fraught realm of contemporary social media.

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: 
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: 
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: 
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: 
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: 
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?!

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: 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 
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.

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: 
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.

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.

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.

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: 
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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.