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Great Courses: Turning Points in Modern History

Thursday, December 3

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Thursday, December 3rd & 17th at 10:00 am.  Turning Points in Modern History takes you on a far-reaching journey around the globe to shed light on how two dozen of the top discoveries, inventions, political upheavals, and ideas since 1400 have shaped the modern world. Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius Ph.D. will be our guide. View each episode on your own prior to our online discussion of the topics.

December 3rd: 1789—The French Revolution (Episode 10) 1838—The British Slavery Abolition Act (Episode 11) 1839—The Opium War in China (Episode 12) December 17th: 1859—Darwin and the Origin of Species (Episode 13) 1869—Binding Continents (Episode 14) 1893—First Women Voters in New Zealand  (Episode 15)

Suggested Readings:

(Episode 10) — Himmelfarb,Gertrude.  The Roads to Modernity (put it on hold) Winik, Jay. The Great Upheaval  (put it on hold) or (download it on  Hoopla/Overdrive)  — (Episode 11) Bernstein, William. A Splendid Exchange. (put it on hold) or (download it on Hoopla) Hochschild, Adam. Bury the Chains.  (put it on hold) or (download it on Hoopla) — (Episode 12) Bernstein, William. A Splendid Exchange. (put it on hold) or (download it on Hoopla) Lovell, Julia. The Opium War. (put it on hold) or (download it on Hoopla) (Episode 13) —Bowler, Peter. Charles Darwin. (put it on hold) or (download it on Overdrive) Stott, Rebecca. Darwin’s Ghosts. (put it on hold) (Episode 14)  — Ambrose, Stephen. Nothing Like it in the World. (put a hold on it)or (download on Hoopla) Cadbury, Deborah. Dreams of Iron and Steel. (put a hold on it) Jensen, Oliver. The American Heritage History of Railroads in America. (put a hold on it) Karabell, Zachary. Parting the Desert. (put a hold on it) (Episode 15)

These episodes are available for viewing using the library’s streaming service Kanopy.

If you have not previously created an account with Kanopy, first set up your account through the library’s website so you have a free subscription.
To join Reference Librarian June Hesler for these live online discussions through Zoom, request an invite by clicking HERE
If you have previously signed up for a Great Courses program you do not need to request an invite. You are already invited.