with Raymond Vergne
The second part of this exercise will entertain Fascism in thirteen different countries, comparing them to each other and to Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in the 1920’s through the 1940’s; Hungary and Romania in the 1930’s and later, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Greece; in the 1940’s, Norway, Croatia and France. Fascist movements grew in England, South Africa and the USA in the 1930’s and 1940’s; and in Argentina under Peron during 1946-1955 and again from 1973-74. An overview of Neo-Fascism in six European countries (Italy, Germany, Austria, France and the Balkans and Greece) will bring the discussion to the XXI Century. Each session begins and ends with a listing of critical concepts. A narrative syllabus will be available electronically. Lectures and discussions will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides.
Recorded Course available thru May 31 ($30)
with Lawrence Rudner, PhD
Artificial Intelligence is the science and practice of systems that exhibit the characteristics we associate with intelligent human behavior. In the first session we will look at the question of “what is AI?” How are probability models, optimization, and machine learning implemented? Session two will focus on “AI and Corporate America” as we discuss some of the applications of AI in business and whether AI needs regulation. The third session will view “AI around the World” as we look at some of the applications affecting international relations and how the US should respond. Participants will gain a practical grounding in the science of artificial intelligence. They will acquire the ability to identify, discuss, and evaluate issues surrounding existing and novel AI applications.
Recorded Course available thru May 31 ($30)
with Sammi Ocher
Keystone species make a huge impact on their ecosystems, sometimes building entire habitats for hundreds of other species to call their home. In this session, we will learn what makes a keystone species, where the term came from, and some local examples found in Maryland. We will then find out why identifying keystone species is so important and how we can use them to help guide our conservation efforts.
Recorded Course is available thru May 31 ($10)
with Samuel Hilgartner
Join us in a close reading of the canon of English language maritime literature while we explore themes of human freedom and authority, risk and reward, eternity and mortality, secularism and religious tradition, and humankind’s perennial listlessness. In this course, we will focus on works of early to late modernity and take note of our genre’s proclivity to foretell the elasticity and amorphism of our post-modern epoch as illustrated by the biography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.
Recorded Course is available thru May 31 ($30)
with Rich Wagner, Ph.D
Recent discoveries and increased interactions among the disciplines of whole-genome genetic mapping, linguistics, archeology, and paleo-anthropology have helped broaden our understanding of prehistoric migrations of human populations, languages, and cultures. Taking these discoveries into account, we will focus on prehistoric migrations over the last eight thousand years in and between Europe, the Middle East, and the subcontinent of India. We will also touch on more ancient human migrations out of Africa and into Asia and the Americas. The history of these ancient migrations may indicate some systematics of human migration in general that may apply to more recent and even current migrations.
Recorded Class is available thru May 31 ($20)
a FREE docent-led program offered by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art
The Smithsonian Institution has two museums of Asian art: the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The Freer Gallery houses one of the premier collections of Asian art, with objects dating from Neolithic times to the early 20th century, as well as the world's most important collection of works by James McNeill Whistler. Although the galleries are closed, we can still appreciate Asian Art Collection with this virtual tour of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. From Tokyo to Istanbul, this program of Asian art and culture will transport you across the Smithsonian’s many rich collections of Chinese paintings including Indian sculpture, Islamic painting and metal-ware, Japanese lacquer, Korean ceramics, American Art from the late 19th-century aesthetic movement, and Whistler’s Peacock Room.
Recorded Virtual Tour available thru May 31 (no charge)