Given that no civilization lasts forever, how can we identify moments in history when a society, as it had been known for generations, ended?
Over six lectures – three in fall and three in spring – Cal Lutheran history professors will explore the collapse of Ancient Egypt, the Persian Empire, the Han Dynasty and the Roman Empire, as well as the Black Death and the end of the European order.
Nov. 1, “Sea People Invade Egypt” – Michaela Reaves kicks off the series with a discussion of the invasions of Egypt beginning in 2000 BCE that led to its collapse in 1177 BCE.
Dec. 6, “Collapse of the Persian Empire” – Paul Hanson discusses the lead-up to the events of 323 BCE.
Jan. 10, “The Han Dynasty Collapses” – David Nelson concludes the fall series with a talk on the civilizational collapse of 226 CE.
Admission is free. The Grant R. Brimhall Library is located at 1401 E. Janss Road in Thousand Oaks.