Life in Society:

Culture,Politics, History 

What is society? How is it shaped by culture and politics (and how does it shape them in return)? What role does history play in these processes? This domain ranges from the historical through the socio-political to the conjectural, bringing together a wide assortment of topics that will engage students of the complexities of human interaction. (What follows is a listing of sample future lectures.)

  • Introduction to the World’s Languages

  • Trails West: the American Frontier

  • Populism and Nationalism: Whose Voice?

  • The Echo Chamber: the Five Stages of Right-Wing Extremism

  • China—from the Qing to Xi Jinping

  • The U.S.—the Long North-South Divide

  • The Real Witch Hunt—Witchcraft, the Inquisition, and Today's Neopaganism

A thoughtful, informative lecture/slide presentation

with Jim Kenney (3 weeks, $35)

China: From the Last Emperor to Xi Jinping
Dec 04, 1:00 PM CST
A fascinating glimpse of the past 120 years of China's history, and the passage from the last ruler of an imperial dynasty to an emperor of a very different sort.