History, Political Science & Law

Upcoming Courses


The coins and currency that initially circulated in Virginia from 1607 (Jamestown) through 1865 (end of the Civil War) was, of course, not American.

Every day, starting on 04/20/20 and ending on 04/20/20
Known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, the documents contain not only the oldest copies of the Bible, but also ancient Jewish texts.

Every week on Thursday, starting on 1/23/20 and ending on 2/27/20, meets in Westhampton Living Room for all sessions, except 1/30/20 which meets in Wilton MultiFaith. ( No seats currently available )
Join this class to learn about Jodhpur is a city in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan.

Every day, starting on 04/08/20 and ending on 04/08/20
This course will examine the long history of African Americans as they have fought for freedom, equal justice, and recognition of their humanity.

Every day, starting on 02/11/20 and ending on 02/11/20 (2 seats (5%) remaining)
This class will cover the rise of right-wing populism and, of course, Brexit.

Every day, starting on 02/05/20 and ending on 02/05/20 ( No seats currently available )
Learn about the deaths and funerals of Presidents, including the eight born in Virginia.

Every week on Thursday, starting on 03/19/20 and ending on 05/07/20
Explore Richmond's historic 18th and 19th century burying grounds and Romantic cemetery parks.

Every week on Tuesday, starting on 02/25/20 and ending on 03/03/20 ( No seats currently available )
In this game-show style event, audience members are invited to battle it out over their Revolutionary-era awareness and communication skills for points and prizes.

Every day, starting on 02/19/20 and ending on 02/19/20
Designed by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) and facilitated at the grassroots, the Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year.

Every week on Wednesday, starting on 01/22/20 and ending on 03/11/20 (2 seats (2%) remaining)
Come marvel at the beautiful gardens and mansion as Spring turns to Summer during our docent tour.

Every day, starting on 04/30/20 and ending on 04/30/20
This course will review Winston Churchill's fascination with the Civil War and his and others' 'What Ifs?

Every day, starting on 03/03/20 and ending on 03/03/20 ( No seats currently available )
Attend this class offered by an elder law expert as she talks about what legal options you may wish to consider, what critical legal decisions should not be overlooked, and how to know and choose what's best for you.

Every day, starting on 05/12/20 and ending on 05/12/20
Step back in time to the Victorian era with a visit to the opulent home of James Henry and Sallie May Dooley.

Every day, starting on 02/07/20 and ending on 02/07/20, Maymont Mansion
The class will look at tensions and separatist movements in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Spain and Catalonia, and Greece and Macedonia.

Every day, starting on 01/28/20 and ending on 01/28/20, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
Come enjoy hearing about experiences featured in John Hager's 'Best Seat in the House,' as well as the current political environment in Virginia politics today.

Every week on Thursday, starting on 03/12/20 and ending on 03/19/20
As 16-year-old Susanna Bolling served the British general and at his officers dinner, she overheard their plans to capture General Lafayette and crush the American rebellion.

Every day, starting on 05/13/20 and ending on 05/13/20 ( No seats currently available )
Using Smithsonian American Art Museum artworks, this session will explore America from its earliest days as a British colony to its birth as a new nation.

Every day, starting on 02/14/20 and ending on 02/14/20
Using Smithsonian American Art Museum artworks, this session will explore the forces that influences the emerging American identity: the great expanse of western frontier, the growth of the agricultural economy, and the rise of industry.

Every day, starting on 03/02/20 and ending on 03/02/20
What changed to bring about the astonishing turn of events in the Cold War conflict?

Every week on Monday, starting on 04/13/20 and ending on 04/20/20, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162
Before Alexander's conquest, a thriving new civilization had emerged in southern Jordan. It appears that a nomadic tribe known as the Nabateans began migrating gradually from Arabia during the sixth century BCE. Over time, they abandoned their nomadic ways and settled in a number of places in southern Jordan, the Naqab desert in Palestine, and in northern Arabia. Their capital city was the legendary Petra, Jordan's most famous tourist attraction.

Every week on Monday, starting on 03/23/20 and ending on 03/30/20 ( No seats currently available )
This course endeavors to explain why there were SEVEN different opinions when the Supreme Court recently decided the case challenging the constitutionality of a large Christian cross on public property (American Legion v. American Humanist Association).

Every day, starting on 03/04/20 and ending on 03/04/20 ( No seats currently available )
The presentation will focus on the background and history of the Camino de Santiago and the preparation involved to hike it.

Every day, starting on 03/31/20 and ending on 03/31/20
Come hear how the University of Richmond played an important role in WWII.

Every week on Monday, starting on 02/03/20 and ending on 02/10/20, WILT, Multi-Faith Room 100 (3 seats (6%) remaining)