OSHR 1084 - Classical Civilizations and Their Legacies Today

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

A "Duo" of diverse viewpoints will discuss six classical civilizations and their ongoing impact on today’s world. In subsequent weeks they will address: 1) Ancient and Classical Rome, emanating from classical Greece; 2) The Middle and Dark Ages; 3) Islam and the Ottoman Empire; 4) The European Renaissance and Reformation; 5) The Birth and Demise of several Non-European Civilizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; and 6) European Expansionism and Colonialism.

Each week will consist of a 25-minute stage-setting, two 25-minute appraisal and assessment sessions, and a 25-minute open discussion with questions/comments/answers.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Dan Ward

Dan Ward, Ph.D., is a former associate professor at CSU, holds a Ph.D. in Physics, previously earned a Colorado Teaching Certificate and, separately, was a Certified Financial Planner. He has lectured on numerous topics throughout the world, including geopolitics and history at OSHER.

John Roberts

John E. Roberts is a 34-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Peace Corps and has taught a variety of Osher courses for the past nine years. As the roundtable moderator, he brings a rich set of life experiences and a keen interest in international affairs. He describes himself as "a student, a teacher, and an internationalist".