Course Description

How Did We Get Here? - The Enlightenment

Instructor: Steven Pollack
Dates: Thursdays, Feb 2-Mar 30
Time: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Location: Online via Zoom  
Location: In-person at Ambler (TUA)


A continuing look at the evolution of human civilization: the advent of the value of reason, rational thought and cooperation; the rise of science and math as competitors to religion; the decline of monarchies, evidenced by the American and French Revolutions; the rise of Deism; a call for “liberty, equality and fraternity;” and how the Industrial Revolution sparked the 2nd Agricultural Revolution.
Maximum online registrants: 200
Maximum in-person registrants: 40


In-Person Courses
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  • follow current public health guidelines, which may include masking and social distancing, and are subject to change, while on campus.
  • provide proof of vaccination, or request a medical or religious exemption, prior to your first day of class. Students who have an approved exemption will be required to test for COVID-19 at least once a week. 
  • obtain a noncredit OwlCard. An OwlCard is a Temple-specific photo ID that will give you access to campus buildings and classrooms.
Once you are admitted to an in-person course, we will provide instructions on how to submit your vaccination record, or request a medical or religious exemption, as well as how to obtain a noncredit OwlCard.

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