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2021-2022 Lecture Series

Great Revolutionaries

Throughout history, there have been outstanding leaders and change-makers that have guided societies through times of great difficulty and triumph. Explore the stories behind a diverse mix of revolutionaries who brought dramatic change to their societies from ancient times to today.

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2022-2023 Lecture Series

World Heritage

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. These sites comprise a breathtaking panorama of our world’s greatest treasures, both natural and man-made, located in 167 countries. Learn about a selection of these sites.

Domitian's Rule

There have been many tyrants throughout history. Among them, Roman Emperor Domitian, whose reign ended when he was assassinated in 96 A.D. In this edition of Expedition, Dr. Brian Rose tells us about Domitian's time as ruler and how, after his death, the Roman Empire attempted to erase him from history.

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