Dr. David Stuart, the foremost expert on Mayan hieroglyphs, explores the Maya’s prediction of "the end of the world in 2012." Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico.
In celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, writer and historian Hugh Howard shares insights about his newest book, Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence.
Madeline Miller, the author of " The Song of Achilles," discusses her new work and creative process. She is joined by Michael Connolly, Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at Southern Methodist University, for a discussion about ancient Greek tragedies from a performance perspective. Presented in conjunction with Arts & Letters Live.
The magnificent stone walls of Great Zimbabwe are sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and most dramatic prehistoric site. Dr. William J. Dewey, Associate Professor of Art History at Penn State University, looks at the social and economic forces that contributed to the rise of this great southern African kingdom of the 13th and 14th centuries, examining the stunning architecture that symbolically asserts the status and prestige of the royals living there.
Sexual pleasure and religious ecstasy were often united in ancient India. Dr. Anne Bromberg, the DMA’s Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art, discusses works in the DMA collection that illustrate the Hindu nature of love.
From the ancient Egyptians through the French Revolution to the British royal family, fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave chronicles the evolution of women’s fashion through social, cultural, and historical perspectives. Cosgrave is a broadcaster, a curator, and author of three critically acclaimed books, includingCostume & Fashion: A Complete History and Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards.
Distinguished scholar and author Elizabeth Wayland Barber explores the Silk Road, the collection of trade routes where luxurious goods, technologies, and ideas were exchanged between East and West. For almost three thousand years, the Silk Road created important paths for traders, merchants, and pilgrims between China and India, the Persian Empire, and Mediterranean countries.
Larry Coben, Archaeologist, University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Director, Sustainable Preservation Initiative, describes the Inca use of ritualized performance, spectacles, and theatricality to create, grow, and maintain their empire.
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