Online Class: A ZOOM invitation link will be sent one day before each class session begins.
In this class we conclude our series with the fascinating documentaries of UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the world. Starting in 1972, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated as World Heritage Sites more than a thousand locations valued for their outstanding cultural and/or natural significance to humanity. The sites include archaeological excavations, masterpieces of religious or secular architecture, monumental sculptures, and paintings. Many sites also represent the earth’s most magnificent features of physical and biological formation. This class, adopted from The Great Courses series, features lectures by Justin M. Jacobs of American University, and breathtaking visuals from six of the most outstanding World Heritage Sites. We invite and encourage a lively discussion of the selected sites.
May 9: Canada’s Rocky Mountains
Earliest China: Yinxu and the Oracle Bones
Iceland’s Great Assembly at Thingvellir
May 16: The Acropolis of Athens
Palmyra, Oasis on the Syrian Desert
The Redwood Forests of California
Toby Teorey is the current Vice-Chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and in retirement pursues his enduring love of world history, music, and culture.