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ENRICH-0533 – Explore: North America (ENRICH-0533_N_AM)

The Extraordinary Expedition: Uncovering the Deep History and Story of North America

Please note the schedule below is revised as of 9/27/21.*

Volcanoes, mountain ranges, dinosaurs, glaciers, woolly mammoths, human migration—just a few of the items in the captivating history of the North American continent. From Panama to Greenland, it’s a landmass replete with a dazzling array of diverse landscapes, climates and cultures, all punctuated by the dramatic story of humans exploring and adapting to its vastness and vagaries. Join award-winning historian and educator Judy Okun for a penetrating deep dive into all that North America has to offer—from its geologic genesis through its climatic changes and finally the arrival of humans 11,500-plus years ago. Return to the continent’s earliest beginnings with volcanoes and tectonic shifts that formed the Appalachian Mountains some 480 million years ago, then the Rockies. Next, consider the climate changes, dinosaurs and the Great Ice Age, as well as all of their lasting impacts on fauna, landscapes and, of course, humans. Then visit the early forms of The Great Lakes, Yukon and Alaska, the Great Salt Lake, the Channel Islands and Hudson Bay. Tag alongside the first humans as they enter the North American wilderness and learn how these early groups lived. Study Cahokia, the Mandan Villages and the Southwestern cultures. Finally, examine early European expeditions, which searched for shortcuts to Asia. It’s a vast and revealing adventure not to be missed!

Four Zoom sessions
*Updated 9/27/21: Thur., Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2, 2021, 6:30-8:30 pm MT

Judy Okun teaches geography at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania and leads history and geography workshops for teachers and adult groups throughout the Philadelphia region and the U.S. She holds master’s degrees in history and environmental conservation. In 2020, Okun won WCU’s outstanding faculty award.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 17Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday4th November 202118th November 202106:30PM - 08:30PMN/AJudith Okun
Thursday2nd December 20212nd December 202106:30PM - 08:30PMN/AJudith Okun