The fall of the Roman Empire was one of the most pivotal events in human history. Learn about the larger context of events leading up to the fall, and the many theories historians have put forth. We’ll analyze several parallels that exist between Rome during this period and contemporary Western society. We’ll also look at the early Middle Ages, the civilization that would spring from the ashes of the fallen empire.
Countless studies have explored the origin and nature of prejudice, and virtually none have suggested that a solution is at hand. We’ll explore some of these studies and attempt to shed light on this social trait that is peculiar to humanity alone. We’ll also examine America’s immigration policies, which students will be surprised to learn were — for half of the 20th century — designed to exclude numerous ethnic and religious groups. Students will be further surprised to learn that about half of their classmates are likely to be descendants of those excluded.