Winter 2023 Online Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Imperial Spain

In January, February and March 2023, I will be teaching a course on the history of Imperial Spain online at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Ferdinand and Isabella transformed Spain into a world power. They sponsored Columbus’s voyages to the Americas and formed alliances with other European kingdoms. This new imperial Spain had a dark side in the rise of the Inquisition, the expulsion of Spain’s Jews and the exploitation of the colonies’ native peoples. Gold and silver from the Americas made Spain’s rulers the richest in Europe until the Golden Age came to an end with the wars of the 18th century. Join Carolyn Harris for illustrated lectures and lively discussion about the rise, fall and enduring influence of imperial Spain.
 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Discern the lessons of the rise and fall of Imperial Spain for modern politics and international relations.
  • Appreciate the art and culture of Golden Age Spain and their lasting impact on painting, literature and architecture.
  • Trace the influence of Imperial Spain on the politics and culture of Latin America today.

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Smithsonian Magazine Interview: Why 1992 Was Such a ‘Horrible Year’ for Elizabeth II and the Royal Family

I discussed Queen Elizabeth II’s annus horribilis in 1992 with Meilan Solly at Smithsonian Magazine including the breakdowns of the marriages of three of the Queen’s four children, the fire at Windsor Castle and how these events are being dramatized in Season 5 of The Crown on Netflix.

Click here to read Why 1992 Was Such a ‘Horrible Year’ for Elizabeth II and the Royal Family in Smithsonian Magazine

CBC News Interview: Mixing royal fact and fiction: Why the next season of The Crown is facing more controversy

I discussed Season 5 of The Crown on Netflix, which will be released on November 9, including why this season is more controversial than previous seasons, and how the priorities of historical fiction are different from those of historical scholarship.

Click here to read “Mixing royal fact and fiction: Why the next season of The Crown is facing more controversy” in The Royal Fascinator newsletter at CBC News

I also recently discussed the accession of King Charles III and The Monarchy in Canada with CBC Kids

My interview with CBC Airplay: What Is Queen Elizabeth II’s Legacy to Canada?

Royal Studies Podcast: English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty

I discussed the English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty series with co-editors Elena Woodacre, Aidan Norrie, and Joanna Laynesmith on the Royal Studies Podcast including key themes in the history royal consorts, and the challenges of co-editing a book series that includes chapters on every English/British royal consort from 1066 to the present day!

Click here to listen to English Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty on the Royal Studies Podcast

Click here to purchase the first volume in the series to be published: Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence and Dynasty, edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and Elena Woodacre.

Rabble Radio Podcast Interview: Keep Calm and Carry On: Reviewing the Royals in Canada

I discussed the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and popular perceptions of the royal family in Canada with Rabble Radio.

Click here to listen to Keep Calm and Carry On: Reviewing the Royals in Canada

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Anne (HRH The Princess Royal)

My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about Princess Anne (HRH The Princess Royal) with a focus on her Canadian charitable work and patronages, official and working visits to Canada and her participation in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

Click here to read Princess Anne (HRH The Princess Royal) in the Canadian Encyclopedia

Fall 2022 Course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Women in Power

My course about the history of Women in Power from the Classical World to the 21st Century will be offered in class at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies on Tuesday afternoons in Fall 2022 from October 11 to November 29.

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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Powerful women have presented themselves as warrior queens, rulers by divine right, wives and mothers and, most recently, as elected officials. We’ll examine the most significant female political figures in history, including Boadicea, Queen Isabella, Queen Elizabeth I, Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Hillary Clinton. Through lively lectures and discussions, you’ll learn the story of women in political life. Why are women still underrepresented in political life? Join Carolyn Harris for a fascinating look at the often-neglected place of women in power from Cleopatra to Angela Merkel.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Survey changing attitudes toward women and political power throughout history.
  • Explore how female leaders have presented themselves to the public.
  • Understand how powerful women are portrayed in popular culture and the media.
  • Compare the experiences of female leaders around the world.
  • See how the history of women in power influences female political leadership today.

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