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Great Courses: Turning Points in Modern History

Thursday, January 21

10:00 am - 11:00 am


Thursday, January 7th & 21st 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.

January 7th, 2021: 1896—The Invention of Motion Pictures (Episode 16) 1903—Kitty Hawk and Powered Flight (Episode 17) 1904—The Russo-Japanese War (Episode 18)
January 21st, 2021: 1928—The Discovery of Penicillin (Episode 19) 1942—The Dawn of the Atom (Episode 20) 1969—Walking on the Moon (Episode 21)
Suggested readings:
(Episode 16) Baldwin, Neil. Edison, Inventing the Century. (Put it on hold)  Dixon, Wheeler and Foster, Gwendolyn. A Short History of Film. (Put it on hold – 2018 ed.)  (Put it on hold –  2008 ed.) (Episode 17) Kennett, Lee.  A History of Strategic Bombing.  (Put it on hold)  Wohl, Robert. A Passion for Wings. (Put it on hold) (Episode 19) Hobby, Gladys. Penicillin: Meeting the Challenge. (Put it on hold) (Episode 20) De Groot, Gerard. The Bomb. (Put it on hold) Rhodes, Richard. The Making of the Atomic Bomb. (Put it on hold) (Episode 21) Cadbury, Deborah. Space Race. (Put it on hold) McDougall, Walter. The Heavens and the Earth. (Put it on hold)

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.