Great Courses: World Heritage Sites
June 26, 2024


06/28/24 @ 10:30am –
06/28/24 @ 11:30am

Meeting Room B

Mammen Family Public Library

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Registration is required.
Registration starts: 05/10/2024 @ 7:00am

Registration end: 08/23/2024 @ 10:30am

Join us as this summer as we explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites! 

This is a weekly series that will begin on Friday, May 31st. You can join the series at any time, and you only need to register once. Each of the weekly gatherings will start with a short video lecture, followed by a group discussion.

Below is the schedule of the video topics we will cover in this series, along with a course overview.

Series Schedule:

Friday, May 31st: Paleolithic Cave Art of Spain and France
Friday, June 7th: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
Friday, June 14th: Easter Island and the Moai
Friday, June 21st: Canada’s Rocky Mountains
Friday, June 28th: Ancient Egyptian Thebes
Friday, July 5th: We will not meet this week due to the Fourth of July holiday.
Friday, July 12th: Timbuktu, Islam’s Center by the Sahara
Friday, July 19th: Virunga National Park, Gorilla Sanctuary
Friday, July 26th: Earliest China: Yinxu and the Oracle Bones
Friday, August 2nd: The Inca Estate of Machu Picchu
Friday, August 9th: Iceland’s Great Assembly at Thingvellir
Friday, August 16th: Afghanistan’s Lost Bamiyan Buddhas
Friday, August 23rd: Palmyra, Oasis in the Syrian Dessert

Course Overview:

Since 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated locations of cultural and natural significance that are of outstanding value to humanity as World Heritage Sites.

Sites designated by UNESCO highlight masterpieces of human creative genius, such as great archaeological sites, sublime works of religious architecture, monumental sculpture and painting, classic urban landscapes, and masterworks of architecture and engineering. Similarly, UNESCO also notes our planet’s most magnificent natural features, physical and biological formations, and areas of noteworthy beauty and scientific value.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites comprise a breathtaking panorama of our world’s greatest treasures, both natural and man-made, now encompassing sites in 167 countries. To be familiar with even a sampling of these sites is to appreciate and understand the masterworks of human endeavor down through history, as well as our world’s most extraordinary natural wonders.

In World Heritage Sites: Exploring the World’s Greatest Places, celebrated historian Justin M. Jacobs of American University takes you on a sumptuous tour of 24 of the most outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites. [The full course is 24 lectures, but in our library series we will be watching 12 lectures together.]

You can view the full course description and all of the video topics here.