The American Southwest: a New History for an Ancient Land with George Scheper, PhD


Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: The American Southwest: a New History for an Ancient Land

Instructor: Dr. George Scheper

Brought to you by Odyssey   

March 27, 2024 - May 01, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Wednesday,  6PM ET  

Virtual via Zoom 



Course Description: We explore the art, history, and cultures of the American Southwest, from ancient Native American homeland to contemporary cultural mosaic. We begin our exploration some 2,000 years ago, when the Southwest was the homeland of the Ancestral Pueblo people (the “Anasazi”), visiting such major archaeological sites as Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, and Canyon de Chelly, with their spectacular residential compounds, cliff dwellings, and intriguing petroglyphs. We then turn our attention to the historical communities of the Hopi, Zuni, and other Pueblo peoples of New Mexico and Arizona, along with their Navajo and Apache neighbors. We then consider the impact of the coming of the Spanish in the 16th and 17th centuries, and then the arrival of Anglo traders and settlers, the coming of the railroads and the influx of Easterners, and the genesis of the Southwest as a multicultural mecca, with a vibrant avant-garde arts scene extending from the 1920’s to the present day.


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ABOUT George L. Scheper, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Advanced Academic Programs, Johns Hopkins University

George L. Scheper (Ph.D., Princeton) is Senior Lecturer in Liberal Arts and former Director of the Odyssey Program (lifelong learning and educational enrichment for adults) at Johns Hopkins University. His interdisciplinary humanities teaching focuses on Pre-Columbian and Native American Studies, and on urban cultural histories, especially of NYC and of turn-of-the-century culture circa 1900. He has directed fifteen National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institutes for college and university faculty on Pre-Columbian and Native American topics, convened onsite in the U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America. His publications include many articles and reviews on cultural studies; a survey of British Literature text for a tele-course by Maryland Public Broadcasting; a bio-critical study of Oxford don and detective fiction writer J. I. M. Stewart.


 Event Date
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
6:00pm EDT

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
8:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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