Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America

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Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America

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Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America
The course Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America is an online class provided by The Smithsonian Institution through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Explore the history of America through the view of key historic objects, inventions, and exhibits in the Smithsonian collections.
Course description
This course, produced with The Great Courses, will look at four key themes in the History of America as presented by Dr. Richard Kurin, Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian. American Icons – from the Star Spangled Banner to the Statue of Liberty – how have these become iconic symbols for Americans? What do these icons represent in a global context? Rights and Liberties – from the Declaration of Independence to the Greensboro Lunch Counter, how have Americans defined, and continue to define, their rights and governance? America the Beautiful – From evidence of the continent’s first inhabitants to the conservation efforts of the Smithsonian’s scientists, how have the American people – both native and settler – envisioned, explored, worked and protected the land and its resources? Spirit of Invention – from the Model T to the space program, how have America’s pioneering inventions changed the world? In this course you will gain a unique perspective on American history and culture by learning the stories behind objects that were, and continue to be, an essential part of U.S. history. Most importantly, you will reflect on what objects have personal meaning to you, and the role that symbolic objects play in your own histories. This course is adapted from the video lecture series produced by Smithsonian and The Great Courses, Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour Through History.

Prerequisites & Facts

Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America

Course Topic

Art and Culture, History, Humanities

University, College, Institution

The Smithsonian Institution

Course Skill Level

Introductory

Course Language

English

Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)

Degree

Certificate

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Smithsonian’s Objects That Define America

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Topic: Art and Culture, History, Humanities
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