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Humanities HUM 1020: 11:15am Class

For Professor Sarah Garman's HUM 1020 classes

Topics and Descriptions

Central Park- What Lies Beneath?

Central Park is an oasis of nature in New York City, amidst the countless skyscrapers and gridded streets of Manhattan. Over 800 acres of sweeping fields, shaded pathways and picturesque vistas attract more than 42 million visitors a year. It was created to give free and equal access to recreational space for all. But, as Don hears from Leslie Alexander, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of History at Rutgers University, underneath Central Park are the remains of Seneca - a village of African-American, Irish and German communities, whose inhabitants were forced from their homes to make way for the park's construction in 1857.

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Before Central Park

A great injustice

Unearthing traces



The Mysteries of the Terracotta Soldiers and Tomb

Greg Jenner is joined in Ancient China by Professor Julia Lovell and special guest Phil Wang as they take a closer look at The Terracotta Army. In 1974 a family of farmers made arguably the greatest archaeological discovery of all time whey they uncovered arrowheads and fragments of terracotta whilst digging a well. Join us as we examine one of the most astounding mausoleum sites in the world - one so large that much of it still remains to be explored.

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Emperor's Ghost Army - Films on Demand

Emperor's Ghost Army - PBS Video

New clues

Ceramic craft technology

Provenance study

The Darker Side of the Myth of Atlantis

Greg Jenner is joined by Dr. Stephen Kershaw and comedian Sophie Duker to dive into the myth of Atlantis. The Atlantean story has its origins in the writings of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. And literally nowhere else. Yet the enduring appeal of this mythical city and a sophisticated civilization lost beneath the waves has lasted for thousands of years. It has inspired a huge number of stories and some very ropey documentaries. The myth also has a darker side, as the allegory of Atlantis has been used to try and justify racist philosophies and policies during some of the darkest events in history.

Some database links:

Atlantis (audio file)

The Atlantis Myth

Its purpose and its moral

Remembering Atlantis


Should they Stand or Fall: The Great Statue Debate

As statues of controversial historical figures continue to hit the headlines, Alex von Tunzelmann - author of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues that Made History - looks at some of the most illuminating examples from across the centuries. She explores why the debate has proven so divisive and gives her take on what should happen to controversial statues.

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Fallen soldiers

Correcting history

Knocking down statues

Two podcasts

US History Repeated

Intelligence Squared

Historic High Heel

Bata Shoe Museum

This History of High Heels

Listen to this surprising podcast on the history and evolution of high heels have been around since as early as the 10th century. Today we see them as a cornerstone of footwear fashion, with models strutting their stuff on the catwalk in heels of varying colours and styles. But how has this impractical, even masochistic piece of design become so gender-specific and has it always been this way? Greg Jenner discusses the history of high-heeled shoes with Dr Elizabeth Semmelhack from the Bata Shoe Museum and with returning comedian Lauren Pattison.

See photos of the shoes discussed.

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Tall Stories

Footprints of History