King Arthur and the Holy Grail in Myth and History

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September 22, 2021 - September 29, 2021
Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM ET (3 course hours)

The stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table have fascinated people worldwide since the Middle Ages. Equally captivating have been the myths associated with the Holy Grail, that object of marvel and mystery interwoven with the Arthurian Romances and Celtic lore. Both have been major inspirations for the literature of Western Civilization. This class will explore the legacy and historical development of these two enduring legends. At the conclusion of this course, students will:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major myths and legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. 

2. Examine the process by which these stories were developed and perpetuated. 

3. Identify the legacy of the stories in the literature and popular culture of Western Civilization.

Session 1 09/22/21 

Myths and History of King Arthur 

Session 2 09/29/21 

Myths and History of the Holy Grail 

About the Instructor

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Robert Baer (EdD), is a college administrator with over thirty years’ experience in higher education. He received his bachelors and masters in history and his doctorate in higher education  He has taught history at York College, CUNY, Community College of Baltimore County, Osher Institute, and Howard and Norwalk Community Colleges.

Tuition Remission and Refund Policies

Full-time JHU faculty/staff, their spouses or same-sex domestic partners, JHU retirees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. The tuition remission form is required. All tuition remission forms and details on eligibility can be found here and should be returned to

After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates.  

Please visit the registration and policies page for more information. 

While participating in on-campus events and meetings, participants must follow all public health guidelines required by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine at the time of the event. If you are not fully vaccinated, we require that you wear a face covering during your visit to campus, even when it is no longer required for those who are vaccinated.  

While participating in off-campus events and meetings sponsored by the JHAA/JHM/JHHS participants must follow all public health guidelines mandated by the local jurisdiction and venue at the time of the event, including vaccination and masking and distancing guidance. Johns Hopkins strongly suggests that attendees who join in person be fully vaccinated. 


 Event Date
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
6:30pm EDT

Wednesday, September 29, 2021


Virtual via Zoom
Baltimore, MD 21218


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Osher membership will be confirmed
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